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our refuge & strength {refocus & renew}

Psalm 46:1-11

  • (1) God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  (2) Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,  (3) though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.  (4) There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.  (5) God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.  (6) Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.  (7) The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.  (8) Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolations he has brought on the earth.  (9) He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire.  (10) “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  (11) The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

(picture taken by Nick K.)

freak’n friday

i finished up my first ATCs yesterday….for a swap over on

they are a lot of fun to make. 

i can’t wait to see what others have done with this theme! 

a few days ago, my son turned 15! 

it’s hard to believe.  where has time gone? 

(today we went bowling with family….had a great time.)   

a few nights ago, ON his bday, we enjoyed some s’mores around our fire-pit. 

ohhhhhhh the days of summer…..  

life is good. 


itop {my new toy}


received my new toy yesterday….the new scrapbooking tool…i-top!!! 

i made 2 of the brads last night, using the pre-punched, adhesive paper that was included in this kit. 

the picture below is the first one that i made….woodgrain! 

isn’t it cute? 

this kit includes templates to trace before cutting out.  you can also purchase punches

i am going to play with it later today….i have a few coffee themed ideas that i want to try with it! 

yea!  what’s your favorite scrap-tool?  leave a comment and tell us about it! 

enjoy your tuesday! 


waiting for zucchini bread

ohhh yum. 

i love this time of year! 

fresh zucchini from the garden, zucchini bread baking in the oven, 

and chewy hardly able to wait another minute for it! 

chewy LOVES zucchini bread.  he’s so funny. 

he knows the cupboard where i keep my bread knife, he knows it all….one sound and he comes running for the kitchen. 

this bread recipe is fab.u.lous!  my BF lisa gave me the recipe a few years ago….it never fails!!!  it’s delicous!  (& the recipe is peanut-free, so it is safe for those with an allergy to nuts) 

i thought i blogged the recipe last year, but i couldn’t find the post….if you would like the recipe, leave a comment.   

as you can see below, it’s time to snack on some bread!! 

enjoy your day! 


my first 5k

yahoooo!  i hope you enjoyed your 4th of July weekend.  we did. 

i know it’s been a while since i’veposted anything.  blogging is always on my mind, but when i actually sit down with my laptop, the time seems to slip away as i spend time online….  oops! 

saturday, i started my day by participating in my first 5k!!!!!! 

….and it was surprisingly much easier than i ever expected! 

my parents and sister participated also….and thankfully my hubby & son came to cheer me on (& take pictures)! 

this is my parents as they headed for the finish line. 

they chose to run/walk it…my mom came in 3rd in her age category!  way to go mom!  (dad did great too, but i forget how he placed….and the website hasn’t posted the race results yet.)  yea-dad!! 

below is a pic of my sister & i as we headed for the finish line. i didn’t know where kevin & nick would be waiting for us…i knew they would be somewhere near the finish line so that they could take pictures.  my son has teased me all week about walking in the 5k….(i’m not so sure he thought i could do it!)….anyways, as we rounded the corner i could see them up on a small hill with the crowd.  my son broke into a huge smile when he saw us….i think he was relieved that i had made it….lol….and kev was snapping pictures….i tried not to look at them because i am sure i looked like a nut with a huge grin on my face, but it was a great feeling! 

this was something i wanted to do….kind of like when i signed up to take spinning classes this past winter. 

not necessarily because i needed to take the class, but because i needed to PROVE to myself that i could do it.  despite the fact that i will be turning 40 in seven months….

i am not a runner.  never have been.  i’m awkward and feel self-conscious just walking, let alone running!  my sister feels the same way….this was her first 5k also….we did really well!!!      

and i was really pleased with how well i felt doing it. 

i’vebeen walking on the treadmill, almost daily, for about 1 1/2years…so i guess it paid off….walking the 5k with my sister was a lot of fun!!! 

i’m even thinking about doing another one soooon! 

we also had a cook-out and enjoyed some delicious food & time with family.   also discovered that rock band is great fun for ALL of the family!  this is my mom!!!! 

we all took turns playing and singing. 

it was a great time for everyone. 

…i hope you had a great long weekend too…. 


scrapsinbloom layout

i’ve been scrapping a little here & there. 

…between my son’s summer gym schedule, running errands, usual housework and enjoying our pool…. 

i have been wanting to scrap my blog for a while.  i was inspired by one of my scrapbooking magazines that showed a few blog-themed layouts.  i love how this turned out!  loooove using THICKERS, printed out my flair, hand-cut some clouds from scrap paper…used lots of 3D foam to make some of the embellishments ‘pop’…love the wood-grain brown paper for the background, (although it’s a little hard to see in the pictures). 

my son does not like to have his pictures posted…so i block his face…lol 

(it’s a good thing my mom didn’t have a “blog” when i was young.) 

our pool has been nothing but trouble this summer.  my wonderful husband has worked like crazy to get the parts that we needed and get it up and running.  he knows how much i love my pool.  thanks, honey  ; )

thanks for looking! 


lazy dayz of summer

i haven’t blogged for the last few days…it’s been busy around here. 

a few extra nephews hanging out around the house lately….nick loves the company! 

they have enjoyed a few activities….like bowling & swimming… 

if you have little ones and you like to bowl, try 

kids under 15 can bowl TWO games EVERY day of the summer!!!!  for FREEEEEEEEEEE, yes free!!!!

including free shoe rental!!! 

(and for $23 you can join the family plan for up to 4 adults, then they can bowl two games EVERY day of summer!!!!)


we finally opened our pool!! 

perfect timing….the temps have been in the upper 80’s… 

snapped a few pix and of course, i had fun editing them on! 

(notice the lack of people in the pool pictures??…took many pix, but 14 year olds do not want their pix posted on mom’s blog…lol) 

enjoy your weekend! 


it’s tuesday

it’s tuesday. 

that’s the only title that i could come up with. 


i had fun making this giftbag today. 

i used some Daisy Bucket paper….the “In The Meadow” line… i had bought a few sheets a week or two ago.  it caught my eye because it has some of my current favorite colors–teal, green & brown.  i love that color combo! 

i am really into making these layered button flowers right now.  anything goes!  there are many ways to do it….this one i just cut out different sizes of circles and layered them together, and stitched 2 coordinating buttons to the top of it!  ta-da!

of course the gift tag included a THICKER!!! 

thanks for stopping by! 


sentimental shadowbox

this was a fun project that i made last night. 

a friend called me and needed some help getting some last minute preparations done for her cousin’s wedding this weekend…so she asked if i could do their engagement shadowbox. 

the large shell on the far right corner actually held the ring when he proposed….and the tiny colored shells around the bow were off of her shower decorations.  the picture to the right points out the actual spot on the beach where he proposed to her.  

this project was a lot of fun! 

there may be more shadowbox projects in my future! lol