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!



More Celebrations

Here are two more birthday packages for Sam and Cooper, who celebrated birthdays recently. Sam loves animals and Cooper loves sports, hence the packaging themes.

Speaking of celebrations, I wasn’t able to be at Patty Bennett’s celebration a few days ago, but you can read about it and see lots of photos on the Stampin’ Up! blog here or on Sara’s Facebook page at facebook.com/asarathing.


Birthday Bags

I’ve not been good at blogging lately, and I’m behind on sharing family birthday packaging, so I’ve got some catching up to do. Sara and Megan had birthdays within the month, so their bags are featured today.


A Mission Highlight

Sterling and I have enjoyed many sweet experiences while serving here in Hawaii, and Friday was among the sweetest. We’ve been teaching temple preparation classes to some of the members in our branch, and Keely was one who attended. She went through the temple for the first time, and we were able to be with her on this special occasion and have lunch with her and her family afterward. We love being a part of the young single adult branch and spending time with these spiritually strong and happy people…definitely a mission highlight!



Two Wonderful Women

I’ve thought a lot lately about how grand life is and how grateful I am for the people in my life who influence me for good. Of course, my sweetheart is the most important person in my life (btw, he’s recovering nicely…often tired and needs a daily nap, but slowly getting stronger), and I feel blessed to spend so much time with him and to have had the opportunity to serve him lately.

My thoughts then obviously go to our beautiful family, including our extended family, and their examples in our lives of love, support, and goodness. They truly teach us and bless our lives in immeasurable ways. And, of course, my life would be incomplete without all the fabulous people we get to associate with from around the world.

I usually don’t write of a person’s passing, but with Sterling’s recent stroke and the news that two special Stampin’ Up! demonstrators passed away during this past week, it’s a poignant reminder that life really is short and should never be taken for granted.

These two wonderful women, who struggled with debilitating illnesses, have been a part of the Stampin’ Up! family for many years, and my fond memories of them and the way they touched my life will forever be remembered. Among their notable qualities, Joann was one of the sweetest women you’ll ever meet, and Susy had a way of making everyone laugh. They will truly be missed.

I honor them and thank them for being part of my life. I also thank all of you for your influence in my life. I am blessed!


An Unexpected and Happy Visit

At the last minute, Shanna and her twins were able to come for five days and spend Thanksgiving with us at the Marriott Ko’Olina. It was the perfect way for Sterling to recuperate! While he got lots of hugs from adorable grandchildren, he spent most of his time resting and napping while Shanna and I were at the pool and the beach with the kids. Liam and Abilgail were like little fish and loved playing in the sand for hours. Shanna got more sleep than usual and was able to workout while I played hide-and-go-seek with the kids and read books to them. It was sad to see them walk away at the airport tonight, but we’re grateful for the unexpected and happy visit!