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!



Our First Wedding Reception

When Karmen and Jordon invited us to their wedding reception, we were happy to accept and delighted with what we experienced at our first here in Hawaii. We really didn’t know what to expect, but we’d heard that receptions usually last the entire evening…something we couldn’t quite grasp until tonight.

After four hours, the event was still going strong when we left. It was filled with good food, talented song and dance, and lots of laughs! We sat with the young adults from our branch and truly enjoyed relaxing and watching the entertainment and feeling the love from family and friends as we celebrated a cute couple’s special day!


North America Inspire. Create. Share. 2015

Hi there! This is Sara taking over the blog so I can share a little bit about our most recent event here in North America.

What a whirlwind three days!

We began the event Thursday morning with “The Daily Share” talk show, where we introduced our brand new holiday catalog. I thought this was a really fun way to share the products in the catalog, and it also gave demonstrators the chance to get acquainted with some of the wonderful people who work at Stampin' Up!

During the afternoon, demonstrators enjoyed classes, the Demonstrator Theater, the Gathering Place, and Product SpotLight, to name a few. Everyone was on a specific track, so no one missed anything.

Awards Night was a highlight for me. The costumes and energy were amazing and I think that carried over into the rest of the event. It was so fun to see everyone dressed up and to recognize those who earned some remarkable distinctions.

I spoke on Friday morning and it was a bit emotional for me. I shared some personal thoughts and experiences and was so humbled by the kindness shown me. We really do have the best demonstrators and employees ever!

We continued Friday with track rotations, stamping presentations, announcements, and an afternoon general session.

Saturday morning we heard from Rich and had two more awesome stamping presentations to highlight the holiday catalog. This was the end of Inspire. Create. Share. for most demonstrators except for those attending our very first CentreStage Leadership event.

CentreStage Leadership gave leaders an opportunity to synthesize what they had learned over the course of Inspire. Create. Share. 2015, share with others, and make a plan for moving forward in their personal business and with their teams. We also heard a wonderful keynote address by the talented Jenna Glover.

This was such a fantastic event, and I want to thank all of our employees,  demonstrators, and other crew members for all they do to make Stampin' Up! such an amazing company and culture to be a part of.

We’ll see you all in November!


Just Not the Same

I know Sara will blog about convention when it’s over, but I couldn’t resist sharing some of my thoughts tonight. After attending 26 North America Stampin’ Up! conventions, there have been several melancholy moments for Sterling and me these past couple of days as we’re missing our first.

While we’re so grateful for the opportunity to watch the live streaming and catch a glimpse of convention, it’s just not the same…SO not the same! Similar to being there, we've enjoyed the presentations on stage, we’ve laughed and we’ve cried, especially when Sara welcomed everyone yesterday and then spoke this morning (the proud parents that we are!).

I must say that watching all the recognition is so much more moving when you’re in the same room than on the screen. And we’ve missed the classes and the Gathering Place, the warm hugs, the incredible energy, the inspiring swaps, hearing amazing stories…well, just being with everyone!

For those who have been to convention before and aren’t able to attend, for whatever reason, you understand what I mean when I say that it’s great to view portions of the event through the miracle of technology, but nothing compares to attending…live and in person!

Convention is also a special time for our family to share in the Stampin’ Up! spirit together. There’s just something we feel at convention that we don’t feel any other time. It’s hard to explain…humbling, rejuvenating, and kind of magical. And even though we’re not all able to attend this year, it’s been fun to receive photos from those family members who are there. I’m sharing a few of those photos now and will wait with anticipation for photos of the entire event in a few days when Sara posts!


Congratulations, Angie!

Angie Juda achieved her million-dollar milestone last fall, but because she’s had some health issues, she wasn’t able to fly to Utah for the usual celebration at the home office. Instead, she opted to fly in a couple days early for this week’s Stampin’ Up! convention in Salt Lake City and celebrate in Angie Juda style…calmly, quietly, and with no fanfare.

Of course I wasn’t there, but I got to visit with Angie on the phone earlier today. She sent me a few photos and shared with me what she loved about her experience. She said, “I know people always say it’s perfect, but really, everything has been wonderful and perfect for me.”

A highlight for Angie was receiving her special name badge and spending time yesterday at Stampin’ Up!, working with Kathy, one of our illustrators, creating a special stamp set that she’s sure will be a great-selling set…”because of the cute factor.”

She also went to lunch with Pam and Paula, along with shopping at Gardner Village and Dear Lizzie. Her simple celebration (aside from her convention recognition) ended with dinner downtown last night with Sara, Sean, and Darcy at Bambara’s.

Angie also told me she was enjoying her time today, relaxing with friends...excited for convention to start! I’m glad her celebration was just what she wanted because she definitely deserves it! Congratulations, Angie!


Wonderful Weekend with Our Family Away from Home

This weekend was the island’s SA and YSA Regional Conference. (SA and YSA stand for single adult and young single adult.) The conference is an annual event where singles get together to be spiritually uplifted, to meet and make new friends, and to just have a good time together.

We were asked by our branch family to join in the fun, even though we are far from young or single, and we had a wonderful weekend! The conference began and ended with devotionals. Choices of activities included hiking, fishing, going to the temple, attending several classes, a talent show, two dances (one was at the USS Missouri...40s themed), and lots of visiting!

It was well planned and well attended…over 700 registered…the largest group ever! Because of work schedules, our branch family couldn’t attend everything, but we had great representation during the three days. We love our little branch, and we're so grateful to be part of their lives!