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!



Stamping with the Sisters

A highlight for this week was driving to Laie to attend the temple and then to stamp with the sister missionaries. I brought a few Paper Pumpkin kits for them to choose from, and we enjoyed stamping while Sterling ordered dinner. Our hour together went by too quickly, but we enjoyed visiting, and each adorable missionary seemed tickled with her card!


Party on the Lanai

Last month I was asked by one of the local missionaries, who works with us in the mission office, if she could have a Stampin' Up! party. Of course I said YES! I knew a local demonstrator, so I gave Cindy a call and told her I would do all the stamping if she would take care of everything else. Thankfully she agreed.

The party was yesterday out on the lanai with a light breeze to keep us cool. Cindy took the lead and shared a little about Stampin’ Up!, why she loves being a demonstrator, and gave away prizes; I demonstrated a few items; the guests made two of the cards; and Betsy treated all of us to a lovely lunch.

It was a delightful Saturday morning, stamping and visiting with a dozen friendly women, while enjoying the view of Diamond Head and the beautiful ocean…all on the lanai.

Below are the samples I showed. Betsy wanted to learn more about Framelits and Thinlits, and I wanted to keep the samples simple and the supplies to a minimum. So the two stamp sets I featured were You’re So Sweet and Awesomely Artistic, and I used Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and PL Cards & Labels Framelits.




A Happy Stampin' Up! Day

I’m giddy about my day and want to share it with all of you because I know you’ll understand!

I received a package from Stampin’ Up! It was a small box but filled with fun NEW product, and I could hardly wait to open it! I’ve been putting my stamp sets together while listening to beautiful music, and it just makes me happy!

Also, Sterling and I picked up dozens of tacos at noon for some of the missionaries who happened to be at the mission office, and I met and visited with a demonstrator while we waited for the tacos. I now know a demonstrator who works nearby and who said she would let me borrow her Big Shot when I needed it! Woohoo!

And finally, a couple of adorable sister missionaries were in the mission office waiting for their companion to see the nurse, and somehow we got on the subject of Stampin’ Up! I don’t remember how it came up (I wasn’t advertising…at least I don’t think I was!), but they were so excited to see some cards and look through the catalog. (I do keep a couple on hand…just in case!) Anyway, to make a long story short, when we’re on the other side of the island next week, we’re going to get together for an early dinner and do some stamping on their p-day (preparation day). Elder Gardner said he’d take care of buying dinner if I took care of the stamping! I can hardly wait!

So, along with a usual great day at the mission office, I had an exceptionally happy day filled with Stampin’ Up! goodness!  


Saying Goodbye

We’re always looking for great cards for the men in our lives, and here are two of those cards. I meant to share them a while ago and forgot…sorry. Even though some of the products will be saying goodbye in a few days, the ideas are still worth seeing. Enjoy!


Memorial Day Morning

It was a beautiful day to attend a stirring and probably once-in-a-lifetime Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, which is commonly called Punchbowl.

We arrived early and walked through the cemetery among the thousands of graves, each decorated with a lei and an American flag. I felt a reverence difficult to describe while standing on this sacred crater high above the city.  Photos can’t do justice to what we saw and heard.

The band and musical performances were patriotic; the remarks made were insightful and inspiring, and the posting of all the flags by the JROTC was moving. The event began and ended with prayers, and there was a fly by as well.

Afterward we walked up the stairs, read names of the fallen, and enjoyed the cut-glass murals that describe the historical wars of the Pacific.

I am so grateful for all those who serve our country, and I was particularly pleased to attend yesterday’s service to honor those who died while serving in the armed forces of the United States of America.