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!



Deb's Gorgeous Card

Congratulations to Deb Valder, who achieved her million-dollar milestone last week! She'll be celebrated in several ways, and the first way was with flowers and this gorgeous card we knew you’d want to see. It’s a one-of-a-kind, over-the-top card meant to capture Deb’s style and charm, and we hope it’s one she’ll save, knowing it was created just for her and her wonderful accomplishment! Enjoy.


Best. Birthday. Ever.

My birthday started last week when our branch members surprised me with cake, roses, a framed and signed photo, and a jar filled with candy and hand written birthday wishes. There were several who came to institute who don’t usually attend…just to give me hugs! It was a sweet and coordinated effort I appreciate and will long remember!

On my birthday, I was surrounded by most of our family (they’re here for fall break…yay!), including grandchildren. We went to church together (took up two full rows), had lunch in our small apartment, toured the mission office, and swung on the popular banyan tree vines at the tabernacle, ate dinner in one of the hotel villas, and visited the evening away! It was the best birthday ever! The only thing that could’ve made it better is if Shanna and the twins were here. We’re missing them TONS!



Congratulations, Susan!

Hi everyone, this is Sara taking over the blog.

Susan Nygaard recently achieved an incredible $1,000,000 in career sales, and we were excited to honor her at the home office on Tuesday for this amazing accomplishment. Susan was greeted by a standing ovation from Stampin’ Up! employees and enjoyed a fun reception featuring cupcakes—her favorite treats! She delighted everyone by accepting the microphone for a few moments and sharing her experience with her very first Stampin’ Up! workshop. Susan said that she was determined not to buy anything, but wound up purchasing $260 worth of Stampin’ Up! products. The rest, as they say, is history!

She and her husband, Lance, chatted with (and received hugs from) Stampin’ Up! employees, toured the home office, and helped to design a custom stamp set with one of our illustrators. And because Susan manages a very busy hospital pharmacy in her professional life, she especially enjoyed meeting with the supply chain team, touring the Distribution Center, and spending time with Stampin’ Up!’s information technology team. She also spent time on the pickline filming a video, one I can't wait to see!

The Corporate Team had the opportunity to enjoy dinner with Susan and Lance the first evening, and Sean and I were also able to accomodate Susan's request to tour Temple Square in Salt Lake City with dinner following. As you can see, we had a great time!

Congratulations, Susan! It was an honor to spend time with you, and we’re so grateful you're part of the Stampin’ Up! family!


Secretly Hoping 

Since we've been on our mission, I work with my designer to create birthday packaging unique to each of our family members. Then Shalae makes sure money is placed in the packaging and delivered to the birthday girl or boy.

When she asked me which was hers and which was Sidney's (their birthdays are a day apart), I was shocked! Shalae loves texture and the neutrals with a pop of color, so I was surprised she had to ask. When I texted to tell her which was hers, she replied, "I was secretly hoping that one was mine! I love it!

And I love Shalae!


Inspiring Quotes

As always, Sterling and I look forward to our church’s semi-annual general conference. It was truly a spiritual feast, and I didn’t want it to end! Aside from getting up yesterday and today at 4:30 AM (that’s right…it’s tradition for the young single adults to watch it live!) to get dressed in church clothes, we enjoyed watching conference with members of our branch and eating breakfast and visiting together in between sessions.

The talks and music were especially uplifting and inspiring, and the messages spoke to my heart. I laughed and cried, and I felt the Spirit testify of eternal truths. If you need a little uplifting, go to lds.org and watch or listen to some of the talks. It’s hard to choose, but two of my favorites were President Nelson’s and Elder Holland’s talks.

Some of the members of our branch wrote their favorite quotes from the talks on the board, and I thought you might like to see them too. Enjoy!