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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.

LOVE.MY.FAMILY.

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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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5 fun things friday

5 Fun Things Friday

1. This RollerLite Touch Up Kit is The Cool.

It sure came in handy this week when I smeared black paint on the ceiling. [grrrrr.]  You will find it at Home Depot.

2. Also cool? Gaffer Tape.

Gaffer Tape

It sticks like crazy without leaving that nasty residue so common to other types of tape. You’ll find it HERE.

3. Snackwell’s Cinnamon Drizzle Caramel Popcorn.

cinnamon

So good.

4. Jamaica Me Crazy K-Cups.

K-Cup

The perfect amount of coconut goodness. And makes your kitchen smell like a tropical retreat. You will find them at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

5.  Elsie’s 5 Tips for Great Indoor Photos posted HERE.

Elsie

Great, easy-to-follow advice!

Happy Friday!!!

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a beary helpful assistant

A couple of weeks ago I, shared a quick image from my iPhone.

extra large canvas

My GINORMOUS canvas had arrived and I had big plans.  Very big.  The first one involved wrapping it all up and adding a piece of trim to create a portable, changeable backdrop:

full bear wallclose bear

I had the thing pictured in my head and prayed it would turn out exactly like it.

landscape bear

Thankfully it did!  But the real surprise lies underneath the wrap.  And THAT you will need to wait on.  [I will be messing with it at a session this weekend and will hopefully have some fun images to share with you next week!]

Christine Engman - February 23, 2012 - 10:19 pm

Love, love, love your new website! :)

Tina - February 24, 2012 - 12:17 pm

Thank you, Christine!

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remodel, restore, or renovate – all for ruslan

new creations

My husband met Steve Tuttle of New Creations early last summer and in no time at all, we went from this:

before basement

To this:

after basement

Talk about a transformation! We were so impressed with the work (the entire process FAR SURPASSING the experience we had building our home) that we also hired Mr. Tuttle to fix both our attic (an insulation problem) and yard (drainage issues).

And he’ll be back this spring to build us a deck.  (We are huge fans, in case you couldn’t tell.)  What I haven’t shared yet about “Mr. Puddle” [as my 3-year old nephew refers to him] is that his family is working to give this beautiful boy a home.

tuttles

Specifically, their home.  Ruslan (his chosen name, Kristian) lives in an orphanage in the Ukraine.  During a recent visit to Minnesota, the Tuttles fell in love with him.

ruslan

And looking at this sweet face it is very easy to see how that happened!  You can follow the Tuttles’ adoption journey by clicking HERE.  (Be sure to read through posts from the beginning of their story via the Blog Archive on the right-hand side of the page.  You will be moved to tears by the love and determination to bring their son home.)

Not only can you support the Tuttles by making a donation to help defray adoption costs by clicking HERE, every single job [no matter how large or small] for New Creations will help support this endeavor as well.  (If you would like to see more of their work in our home, just click HERE.)  Knowing that our home improvement projects help support the Tuttles in this adoption process is all the more reason we are honored doing business with New Creations.  (If you are interested in contacting Mr. Tuttle for a project of your own, click HERE.)

**ONE MORE THING**  It is so very cool how God carefully orchestrates even the smallest of details.  Be sure to read Mr. Tuttle’s latest blog post HERE, which includes a link to THIS local news story.  Simply amazing.

steve tuttle - February 22, 2012 - 10:14 am

Tina,

I am touched and really moved by this. I hope that God will use this information for His glorious purpose. Thank you for your support and your time in spreading the word about our mission.

Steve

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