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a woman obsessed

I’ve spent the last two days OBSESSED.  What began as an attempt to organize my kids’ memorabilia turned into this:

pilebag binge

I was supposed to be working on tax business, not generating a hefty donation pile. Not to mention the garbage. But there’s something cathartic about this sort of purge and I guess I lost myself in the process.

What prompted it was talk of sorting through Grandma’s memorabilia; a sentimental like me, she kept everything. Years ago I’d given her a journal full of questions, telling her I expected it to be full by the time she passed away.  (She was indeed writing in it and even showed me once during a visit.)  But alas, now the time has come and the location of said journal is a mystery.  Something about it made me feel like I had to get my stuff organized right now, so that my own family could easily locate important stuff when the time comes.

Like drawings & cards & special outfits & handwritten notes & lovies & birthday candles & favorite books.

My goal has always been to give each boy their own memorabilia box.  Bits and pieces of things special to them (and me!) over the years.  Part of their story.  For example, here’s a picture of my youngest right before we brought him home from the hospital.

ren baby pic

And here’s the little outfit he wore.

going home outfit

My husband also picked up a newspaper for each child on the day they were born. Which is stashed in the box along with everything else.


All tucked neatly into these slick – but no longer available – Creative Memories boxes (though I did recently spy one on Etsy).


I plan to keep a box for myself as well – though mine is in need of a thorough sifting.

messy memorabilia

Like it or not, we just can’t keep everything. Well… we could, but eventually someone will need to sort through it. And I guess for my family, I’d like that “someone” to be me.

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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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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.


So good.

4. Jamaica Me Crazy K-Cups.


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.


Great, easy-to-follow advice!

Happy Friday!!!

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