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Carrie & David

Family Sunday: Carrie and David

Carrie & David

In a July post, Praying For You, I mentioned that our two youngest children, Carrie and David, died in a car accident on Mother’s Day in 2007.  They were 10 & 8 years old.  Last month they would have celebrated their 16th & 14th birthdays.



This past week my daughter Kristin wrote a beautiful tribute to them on her blog and I wanted to share it with you.  You can read her thoughts here.  We miss Carrie and David terribly but we are grateful for our testimony of Jesus Christ, His atoning sacrifice, and the hope and comfort that He brings.

I don’t think anyone gets through life without heartache.  I am currently reading the story of a man who lost his wife and two of his four children in a car accident in 2007.  He talks about his love and hope.  His story is powerful, and I appreciate his willingness to share it.  I want to be willing to share my story also in hopes that it will help someone else.

If you are suffering, may God bless and comfort you and your family.  You are not alone.

God bless you all,


Family Sunday: Kristin’s Fun Projects

Kristin My daughter Kristin has always been uber creative.  She and her husband recently moved to Austin, TX and moved into a new apartment.  She has been busy decorating.  But she also goes to garage sales, buys salvagable pieces, remakes them and resells them for a great profit – all in the same day usually!

(She also has a cooking blog!)

Here’s just a couple of her projects.

Garage Sale Find – glider before make over:

Chair Before

Glider after make over.  Can you believe that’s the same chair!?!

Chair after

And here’s a glimpse at just one side of the baby’s cute room:

baby's room

She made the shadow box with burlap, twine and animals from a garage sale that she spray painted pink!

animal shadow box

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Enjoy!  Julie

Learn From My Mistakes! Episode 2

Here’s another installment in:  “Learn From My Mistakes!”

Summer Silhouettes Stamp Set

I love my clear stamps – easy to use and fabulous, uniform storage.  If you’ve been here for long you know how much I love this stamp set, Stampin’ Up! Summer Silhouette.  You can see samples hereNotice the number on the front bottom of the case – 9! 

So several days after I had started stamping with this set I was putting it away and I counted my stamps.   A good practice I have had since the beginning of my stamping days. Hmmmm – 8.  I counted again. 8  And again.  8

So I started comparing the cover picture with the stamps and I discovered I was missing………the stem!

Summer Silhouettes Stamps

Apparently, when I popped the rubber out of their sheet and put the stickers on, I totally missed the stem and I guess I….gasp…threw it away!!!  Ugh!!!

I have found a remedy though.  When I’ve needed a stem I’ve turned the long stemmed flower upside down and stamped the end of the stem.

So the moral of the story: ALWAYS check and count your stamps when you assemble them the first time!

Hoping for your Stamping Success!

Enjoy!  Julie

Family Sunday: Happy Birthday, Stephanie!

My first born with her first born!

I became a mother 26 years ago tomorrow when this sweet girl was born.  Stephanie is a beautiful adult now with loads of talent.  And she is an awesome wife to her hubby and mother to her two cuties.  (I’m not at all biased.  hee hee)  If I were home I’d share more fun pics from the past.  Next time!

Love you, Stephanie!  Happy Birthday!!


Family Sunday: Happy Birthday, Mother!

mother CA service mission

Here’s my cute mother and it’s her birthday today!  She is such an inspiration.  She is currently on a service mission in California working in the employment office and helping dozens of people find good employment.  What a tremendous help she is to so many desperate for a good job!

family disney picture

Last year she had a milestone birthday and my sister, brother and I took her to Disney World to celebrate!

mother julie kari 2010

And maybe you’ve seen this picture of my mom, my sister and me from a couple of years ago, when she had two granddaughters get married a couple of weeks apart.  First my daughter and then my niece.

I’ve used this picture on facebook and my ‘about’ page when I tell the story about all of us learning to stamp over 20 years ago when my mom bought a heat embossing kit at the Strawberry Festival in Plant City, Florida.  That’s where our love of stamping all began!

My mom has made handmade cards and gifts for family and friends for years.  And for a couple of years she taught a cute group of girls in a Sunday School class.  Each week she would make each of them a small hand made card with the scriptures to study that week.   Those girls loved her little cards and it inspired them to read their Bible verses each week.

Mother at 2.5 yrs At age 2 1/2, with her brother.

mother at 5 At age 5.

mother at 15 At age 15.

Happy Birthday, Mother!