Welcome to my personal blog!

Just as I share some of my personal thoughts and views, I invite you to share yours. All I ask is that you keep your comments appropriate. I won’t feel badly about removing comments that are offensive. That doesn’t mean you can’t be honest—I want honest feedback—but I like to fill my life with positive people and positive things. I guess that means that if you have to say something negative, say it nicely!

More than anything, I want you to leave here feeling inspired and valued—and like we've had a nice visit!



A Card for Susan

Susan Nygaard recently achieved one million dollars in career sales, which is a huge accomplishment! We’re always keeping an eye on who is getting close and when we think they’ll hit that milestone. Once they do, a number of things are set in motion—and one of them is having an over-the-top card made to accompany flowers, congratulating the demonstrator on their amazing achievement. I thought you might like to see the card that was made for Susan. I’m not sure the pictures really do it justice. It is beautiful! Congratulations, Susan!


Happy Thoughts

Just wanted to send happy thoughts your way...wherever you are and whatever you're doing!


Twelve-Hour Tour

Touring the island with Cindy and Derek began with breakfast at Sweet E’s, a casual café with yummy and unique dishes. Then we drove along the east side of the island, stopping along the way at the typical tourist spots for a quick view and photo.

Next we stopped in Kailua for shave ice at The Local…all natural made from fruit gown locally in the Hawaiian Islands...awesome flavor!

Then we traveled the beautiful North Shore coastline and made our way to Laie for garlic shrimp at Giovanni’s, the original shrimp truck, and BBQ corn from Uncle Woody’s (so good!). We also had sliced ripe mango…the best I think I’ve ever had!

From there, we headed to “Turtle Beach”, but didn’t stop because it was pouring rain. About that same time traffic slowed to a crawl after a major accident. After spending over an hour in bumper-to-bumper traffic, we decided to spend some time in Haliewa until the traffic cleared.

We shopped at a little boutique, had dinner at Luibueno’s for the first time, and then headed home at sunset.

Although it was a longer day than we all original planned, we had a fun time with friends and enjoyed some fabulous eats! And we have a list of places to visit on several Saturdays to come…thanks to Cindy and Derek!


Meaningful Relationships

Sterling and I have the opportunity as senior missionaries to stay in touch with our family via phone calls and FaceTime, and I’m so grateful because I realize more and more that meaningful relationships (with Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, my family, my friends…everyone I know) are really what mean most to me.

Last month I was having a “moment” of missing my Stampin’ Up! family, so I asked if I could be included in our next company update, and I’ve been looking forward to seeing familiar faces ever since. It was only for a few minutes that I was able to connect over FaceTime today, but it did my heart good.

I also wish to extend my love to all of you. We may not get to connect as often or in the ways we like, but I am grateful for the relationships I’ve been blessed by. When I know of your happiness, I celebrate with you. When I hear of your sadness, I cry with you.

Hugs from Hawaii to all who read this, and please share my love with those who don’t.


Thinking of You

I don’t believe I’ve shared this card with you. The image from Timeless Love is used in a unique way, and the card is nice for extending sympathy or perfect for a quick note to a friend. It's beautiful with a hint of gold and easy to make too. Enjoy!