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a couple of retreat treats

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.

Just a peek at the maaaaaany fun things to come!

Crystal Satnik - March 14, 2012 - 4:12 pm

If this post was designed to get me beyond excited – then it worked! Can’t wait!

Tina - March 19, 2012 - 5:08 pm

See you sooooooon!!!

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doing what we’re meant to do

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?!!!

my journal

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!)

marriage

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.

grandmas advice

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).

Renee - March 12, 2012 - 2:56 pm

LOVE this Tina! I too gave my parents books to fill out a number of years ago. Sadly my mom passed away unexpectedly and did not get the chance to fill it out like I wished she would have. Moving forward, I know that life is short and you just NEVER know when it is your time.

After that, I knew I needed to go out and buy books for both Aaron and I to fill out (something we need to be more diligent about doing). I am excited to see your list of questions though…thank you for this important reminder.

And I absolutely LOVE your grandmother’s quote about perspective and rose bushes! SO true!

Leslie Schiltgen - March 13, 2012 - 9:13 am

That is the greatest gift ever Tina! I started writing a journal to my daughter when she was five months old. Every day I write something in there about her day, what she did, how I feel, how she was. I am hoping that when she is 18 she will love it and appreciate all the memories and thoughts I had.

Tina - March 13, 2012 - 10:20 am

That is AWESOME, Leslie! She is sure to treasure it.

Tina - March 13, 2012 - 10:23 am

I’m sorry to hear your mom never had the chance to fill out her book. That sort of thing gives me a sense of urgency about my own. I’ll try to have the questions up within the week, Renee!

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faithbooking crop survey

My creation

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!!!

Diane Wipf - March 9, 2012 - 5:33 pm

I absolutely LOVE the crops, but would prefer them to go longer. I’m open to monthly or quarterly, but would prefer monthly, since I cannot always make every month so at least then I’d make some.
Tina’s devos have been rich, and her creativity that she shares with us, and her new angles on scrapping have been a huge blessing to me. I appreciate her helping me go deeper with my scrapping/living!
Thanks, Tina!

Tina - March 10, 2012 - 10:44 am

Thank you so much for the feedback, Diane. I appreciate it!

Cindy Brask - March 11, 2012 - 9:58 pm

Is hosanna not willing to accomodate us anymore? I would love to see the workshops continue on a monthly basis if possible,with the summer off. I would say wait on God for his leading and don’t charge for the crops.

Tina - March 12, 2012 - 10:19 am

The church is unable to accommodate anything other than 9-3 and our attendance has dropped by more than 50% this last year because of it. (I’m trying to figure out what is best for the group as a whole.) Having to be out of the room at exactly 3:00 pm (vs. 5:00 pm even on our short days before) has also given rise to a number of complaints.

Laurie Johnson - March 26, 2012 - 10:51 am

Hi Tina,
Sorry for the late response. I was sick with a serious sinus infection for three weeks ans still trying to catch up.

I really love the crops too and would also like the 9 – 4 time with the 9 -9 once a quarter but would even be open to 9 – 9 each month or every other month.

I vote for continuing at Hosanna til August while looking for another location and also praying for God’s guidance.

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5 fun things friday

5 Fun Things Friday

1. Photography (like scrapbooking) can be quite trendy. I found THIS article on the subject to be insightful.  As with anything, balance is key.

2. Postagram Postcards. You can use this free iPhone app to send postcards for only $.99 to anywhere in the world.

You can select an image from your iPhone photo album, Instagram, Facebook, or take a shot with the app. What a TERRIFIC way to share photos from your next vacation!

3. This rainy day session makes me want to collect umbrellas for a future session of my own. What a wonderful idea!

4. These beautifully handcrafted chocolate eggs.

eggs by andie specialty sweets

Click HERE to find them on Etsy.

5. I found a new handbag shop that I absolutely adore.

etsy

This bag (and the Etsy shop!) can be found by clicking HERE.

Happy Friday!!!

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{miss j turns 2} milestone mini session

Nothing quite sums up two years old like the perfect belly button shot.

belly button

You might remember Miss J from our session last year. It was so much fun to see how much she’s grown AND all of the things that go with it.   For instance, she’s now into tutus and purses and chocolate.

birthday girl

And she still has that gorgeous head of curls!

hair

And a shy [yet spunky] little personality to go with them.

silly girl 2

I had lots of fun with the new backdrops as well.

stool

Especially, the chalkboard wall idea.

chalkboard backdrop

Which turned out exactly how I’d pictured it in my head! (Love it when that happens.)

Happy Birthday, Miss J!!!

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