Sunday, September 30, 2007

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Treasures From My Swap Buddy - Jerusalem Greer!

Jerusalem Greer is a very talented and creative woman...You need to check out her blog at:
She made this adorable little Halloween Door Hanger for me and I quickly found a place for it on my front porch!

She also made me this gorgeous treasure of a Happy Halloween Banner! I love it. It's constructed from great papers, beautiful, vintage-style lettering and then, each letter is circled with tons of fabulous and sparkly black glitter! So wonderful - you all must know how much Sparkly means to me by now!!!

A totally GREAT pin for Fall! Old buttons...can't go wrong with those! I love Autumn Leaves and since we live in California, we don't see real autumn leaves until practically January......this will be very fun to wear! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL TREASURES JERUSALEM! I love everything! This was very fun and I hope you enjoy what I sent to you!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Battle for the Souls of Men

"When armies are formed, battles are generally fought on vast battlefields.
But this battle for souls is quite different. The conflict goes on each day in individual lives and pits the Lord's troops against Satan's forces of greed, selfishness, and lust. . . ."
. . .The weapons of choice are not spears and swords wielded on a chaotic field of battle.
"Rather, the weapons of eternal worth reflecting the whole armor of God are truth, righteousness, faith, prayer, and the word ofGod (see Ephesians 6:13-18). These weapons are wielded in our minds, mouths, and movements. Every righteous thought, word, and deed is a victory for the Lord. . . .
"The stakes are extremely high. The prizes are the very souls of the sons and daughters of God, their eternal salvation. And these souls will be won or lost on the basis of virtue and cleanliness, on the basis of charity and service, and on the basis of faith and hope."

-Elder Robert C. Oaks, "Who's on the Lord's Side? Who?"

Monday, September 24, 2007

The annual Hot Air Balloon Sighting in my Neighborhood....

Leslie's little Saturday Day Trip to Oakland...

The beautiful Oakland Temple with all the wonderful flowers...and Leslie and her friend Jason.

A Bridal Shower....

We had lots going on this weekend...yesterday was the shower I helped Christi and my mom throw for Megan, Christi's very good friend. It was fun and Megan was so happy.

Tonight we were in Madera to say goodbye to Donnie, my nephew. He's leaving for his mission to Mexico this week.

We had an impromptu family photo taken....which are the only kind we ever have taken. I keep wanting a professional photo of our family. In the meantime, these little snapshots of us will have to do.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Kim's Thought of the Day...

"Remember, a good attitude produces good results, a fair attitude fair results, a poor attitude poor results. We each shape our own life, and the shape of it is determined largely by our attitude."

--M. Russell Ballard

Well, isn't this the truth?
I'm going to do better and aim higher....a fair attitude produces fair results....I spend too much time with a fair attitude...and sometimes I dip down into the "poor" attitude level - especially when I don't get enough sleep because of my i n s o m n i a.
How about this:
A sparkly attitude produces sparkly results...? I like sparkly.
Or...a chocolaty attitude produces chocolaty results...?
Maybe a size 8 attitude produces size 8 results????
What if things could really be that easy?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Halloween sugar calories!

I have not been able to make any new jewelry for weeks! Maybe it's because it's been too hot in this town...maybe it's because Migraine is my middle name.......maybe I was just too busy getting the kids back in school...whatever the reasons - - I MISSED MY LITTLE escape to BeadLand every day. BUT I THINK I'M BACK! We'll see.....

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Baby Grant's Bday...He's TWO!!!

Christi and Ryan made that cute train cake for Grant's bday. The picture below is of Grant and his Great Grandpa (my dad) watering the plants after another long hot summer day. Cute! Notice the large quantity of cake. It was a family birthday party- we celebrated 4 different birthdays on one day...but my mom loves cake like I do. We sometimes get carried away!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Ryan's 16th Birthday last week....time for cake!

I love cake....and any reason to eat it.

But, I love Ryan more...and now he's 16 whole years old. Time has flown and now he spends a good deal of his time yearning to "fly" down the highway in my car. For now, here's pictures of him, his cake, my little grandsons - Grant and Nathan.

The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish Writer