Our Spring Weekend Scrapbooking Retreat takes place NEXT WEEKEND and I can’t wait to get settled in. I just wanted to remind the ladies attending that there will be two Egg Nog Chai Lattes (attached to two very special mugs) up for grabs in the prize drawing basket.
And let me tell you, it wasn’t easy hanging on to those nogsicles.
In addition, I wanted to point out this unassuming package. It’s a relatively new product called a “Talking Tag” – using your smart phone (iPhone, Android, or Blackberry) and related app, you can record up to 1-minute of audio and affix the tag to your scrapbook page. Using the same app, you can listen to the message again and again. It would be THE PERFECT way to capture a band concert snippet, your baby’s babble, or [if you have a child like mine] 120 digits of Pi.
It’s not always clear (I’m talking Big Picture here) what we are supposed to be doing with our lives. With so many demands for our time (and so many of them GOOD), how do we choose? I guess that’s part of what continues to draw me into God’s Word over and over again. Years ago while enduring a painful season of grief and loss, I turned to the bible for answers. As part of the healing process, God gave me a tender heart towards women seeking answers and comfort in their own places of sorrow. He gave me a passion for making the very most of life along with the sharp awareness that our days here on Earth are numbered.
It was early in this journey (6+ years ago) that I created a special journal for my grandma. I filled it with questions I wanted answered (What was it like when she first fell in love? When and how did she first learn to drive? What was her early marriage like? What did she remember about her own grandparents?) and told her I would come looking for it after she was gone.
Guess what I went looking for and finally found over the weekend?!!!
Words cannot even begin to describe how much this book means to me. To see Grandma’s handwriting, to learn things about her I have never known. (For example, she never learned how to ride a bike… I NEVER KNEW THAT!)
You can only imagine how incredibly special it was to read her words aloud to my grandpa – her husband of 65 years. He offered additional details, even some of his own stories. It made me wish SO BADLY she would have answered all of the questions, not just a handful.
I talk OFTEN at the faithbooking crops about the importance of our words and stories. Each one of us has an important opportunity to create and leave tangible remembrances of our lives. A legacy. We have the opportunity to give our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren (and beyond) a glimpse into their heritage that extends well beyond mere images. You see, in reading Grandma’s journal I also found pieces of myself.
Those connections help define a family and sense of identity. It feels even more important now that I’m on the receiving end of the journal. So much so, that I am going to make one (each) for Tony and myself to pass along to our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and beyond. [I’ll be sure to post my list of 100+ questions here as well so you can compile a journal of your own!]
And yes – I know I have shared the song below at least a million times but it was playing in the background as I was working on these images, serving as a powerful reminder. I just had to share it again.
If you want to leave your mark in this way, don’t put it off! None of us has a clue as to what tomorrow might bring (Proverbs 27:1).
The future of our Monthly Faithbooking Crop hangs in the balance and the survey that follows is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!!!
Our very first faithbooking crop at Hosanna! took place in October 2005; it began as quarterly event with workshops in January, April, July, and October. The crops always ran from 9:00 am-4:00 pm, with the option of staying as late as 9:00 pm. By the end of 2006 we were hosting monthly workshops from 9:00 am-4:00 pm, with the 9:00 pm end time option offered quarterly.
For the last year or so, Hosanna! has been unable to accommodate a quarterly 9:00 pm end time and our regular workshops have been shortened by one hour, ending promptly at 3:00 pm instead of 4:00 pm. Attendance and volunteer support have dropped considerably and I feel the time has come to make a significant change. Here are the options I am considering:
1. Continuing with the current schedule at Hosanna! (which runs through August) and then ending the crops altogether.
2. Continuing with the current schedule at Hosanna! (which runs through August) and then finding a new location with adequate space, light, and tables. Finding another church (or churches) willing to host our crops on a quarterly basis, would be the best option. The alternative would be renting a location and charging a workshop fee… meaning some would not be able to afford to attend. (Just the thought of that makes me want to end the crops altogether.) We have always provided materials to those attending who were unable to provide for themselves. Having to cover the expense of renting a space as well just doesn’t seem feasible.
3. Continuing with the current schedule at Hosanna! (which runs through August) and then… waiting. Waiting on God to see what He has next instead of pushing this into a direction contrary to His plan.
I would greatly appreciate your feedback on the matter! My decision will be based on your responses. Click HERE to complete the survey (you will remain completely anonymous) by Friday, March 23, 2012. I will post the results and plans for the Monthly Faithbooking Crop on Monday, March 26, 2012. Thank you SO MUCH!!!