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birthdays old & new


It’s my birthday today and early this morning I came across this sweet book.

my name is tina

Written by 8-year old me. It spoke of my siblings, playing Barbies, and a birthday celebration with my then BFF (Tanya).

all about tanya

Who, for the record, did NOT have brown hair. Nor did she live in a pink house.

the end

Keep in mind, I was only eight. Which means the book was written 36 years ago!

Holy smokes, I’m getting old.

in the looking glass

Tony and I also did some calculating and realized we are both approaching the very age my parents were when we began dating.

Holy smokes, I AM getting old!

I wasted much of my youth concerned about things that I could care less about now. So much time, just gone in the blink of an eye.  To put things in perspective, my eating disorder began at age 12 and lasted nine full years.] It would be waaaay too easy to get similarly caught up in the process of aging by focusing too much on outwardly appearance and imperfections. I am ever determined to continue embracing the person God made me to be instead of chasing after something I am not.

But man, am I getting old.

Lisa - February 27, 2012 - 5:35 pm


You are such a dear. And you are not getting old…you are just getting older! 🙂 You started your artistry when you were very young, and now look at what it has become! You are a very sweet and loving person, as well as a wonderful Mom, Wife and Friend! Love you!

Keep on being you…because that is how HE made you!


Tina - February 27, 2012 - 8:54 pm

Thank you for the rephrase, Lisa 🙂 I am simply amazed at fast the time flies. I’m sure it feels even more so because of my grandma’s death and the memories I’ve been revisiting. Love you, too!

Crystal Satnik - February 28, 2012 - 8:53 pm

Tina – you are the coolest 44 year old I know! 🙂

Tina - February 28, 2012 - 9:04 pm

Awwwwww, thanks Crystal! 🙂

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little things

We spent most of the weekend holed up in the basement after chucking original plans for my birthday itinerary day. None of us were really in the celebrating mood after hearing about my grandma. Instead we closed the blinds and snuggled up on the couch to watch many episodes of our favorite television series.

the weekend in pics

We kept our Convention Grill dinner plans and swung by El Burrito for a few treats as well. Low-key.  Reflective. Sifting through memories of Grandma.

Feeling a bit out-of-sorts today but this video gave me a much needed laugh.


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grandma passed away last night

selfie with grandma

My grandma lost her battle with pancreatic cancer last night. Thanks to all who have held her close in prayer.

amy - February 26, 2012 - 7:33 am

I’m sorry for your loss. You and your family will continue to be in my prayers. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Tina - February 26, 2012 - 11:57 am

Thank you, Amy…

Colleen Warmka - February 26, 2012 - 9:58 pm

Prayers for you and your family as you say goodbye to your beloved grandma!

Jodie McLagan - February 27, 2012 - 3:38 pm

Tina, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your Grandma. Grandmas are so special! As you say ‘goodbye’ and celebrate her life, may you and your family find comfort through the story-telling and reminiscing. I’m sure there’s lots of great stories. Memories bring comfort & healing. The Lord brings peace and rest. Keeping you in my prayers during this time. Love, Jodie

PS Birthday blessings to you. As you celebrate Grandma’s life, celebrate your life. This is the day which the Lord hath made. Psalm 118:24

Tina - February 27, 2012 - 8:48 pm

I just opened your card, Jodie! Thank you so much for the sweet, uplifting words bother here and in my hand. You are such an encouragement!

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one two of my favorite ways to get lost

1. Wandering through a mall or bookstore or gift shop for the sole purpose of exploring. I especially love doing this with my family.


2. Soaking up every blog interview, how-to article, and image in THIS magazine.

artful blogging

A dreamy escape.

How about you? What is your favorite way to lose time?

Tony - February 21, 2012 - 2:04 pm

Wandering music stores looking at all the things I can’t afford to buy!

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cruising along

cool car

I have been so busy cruising along I forgot to officially mention that the 2012 Spring Weekend Scrapbooking Retreat is full. Our next retreat will take place November 29-December 2, 2012. Registration for the 2012 Winter Weekend Scrapbooking Retreat will open September 1, 2012 (a $50 non-refundable fee will hold your spot until full payment is due October 22, 2012). If you have any questions, let me know!

Crystal Satnik - February 20, 2012 - 8:26 pm

I can’t wait for the retreat! It’s gonna be so fun!!!! 🙂

Tina - February 21, 2012 - 11:05 am

Me neither, Crystal! I have a special gift for both you & Kelli… a way-late thank you gift for sharing your favorite thing about our retreats. It will be waiting for you there! 🙂

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