My Baby Is Getting Baptized!

 Well... it's official. I'm old. 

I mean, it's no surprise. My kids have been telling me for years, but it still crept up on me. My BABY is almost 8, and will be getting baptized! I can't even express how excited she is for this big step in her life.

I can hardly believe that this will be the last time that I will be watching one of my own children enter the waters of baptism. It's a bit surreal. I've had a lot of "firsts", but it's the "lasts" of life that really get me. 

We  decided to spend some time getting a few photos to use in her baptismal program and her invite. The mosquitos were out in full force, so we only had minutes before this girl was DONE with a capital "D"!!
 I am so happy with the shots we managed to get, and the look and feel of "promise" that she evoked in these photos. 
She is so anxious to follow in the footsteps of the Savior and be baptized. And we are anxious to support her. We love you, JJ!
Yep  it'll be great to be eight!



A Free Digital Pocket Scrapbooking Mini Kit - A Way To Give Back

Happy Day!
Back in THIS POST, I announced something so exciting! I am joining Canadian Humanitarian on an expedition to Ethiopia.  


My goal is to volunteer on an expedition to their programs in Ethiopia in October of 2015. As a volunteer, I will be working in a variety of ways - helping by doing handy work on their centers, cleaning, organizing and distributing donations, washing the hair of the children, preparing meals, working side by side with locals in their community on a variety of projects, and doing whatever grunt work is needed in their centers. It's going to be work, but life-changing, amazing work. I can't wait!

I also plan to extensively photograph my experience and share those photos via social media, as well as donating most to the charity for use in their advertising/website etc. I am so pleased to be offering this service to this great organization.

You can read more about this amazing charity and the fantastic work they do on their website:

In Canada:

In the United States:
As a volunteer, I will have to fundraise the entire amount of the cost of this expedition. In order to give back to the amazing people out there who are willing to donate, I have created a set of Project Life cards that will be given at no extra charge to anyone who donates ANY amount.

FREE with a donation of any amount. 

 Soon I'll be sharing examples of layouts made using this sweet kit!

To donate, click on "DONATE HERE" (below). You can decide on any amount - remember EVERY single little bit helps. Choose "PayPal" and either go ahead and donate through paypal, or if you do not have a PayPal account (or prefer to pay another way) choose "Pay As Guest" on the pop up screen and you will be directed on how choose your method of payment.


**Please include your email in the comment so I can send you your free printable card kit! (This is not a physical product - it comes in pdf format, ready for printing.)**

If you would like to get involved in other ways, there are many opportunities! You can read more about different ways to help on their site - things like sponsoring a child, donating items, attending a fundraising event, or even joining them on an expedition! The possibilities are almost endless.


Thank you, in advance, for all of the support and for spreading the word. I couldn't make my goal without you! And I hope you enjoy the card kit for your Project Life needs!



New Blue Neighbors!

Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. - Henry Van Dyke

We have a pair of blue jays building a nest in the pine tree in our backyard. I was able to catch these photos of the male jay - the female was just too quick for me! Yes, these birds may not have the most beautiful song, but I'm glad they have decided to call our tree home so we can appreciate their beauty. 
I can't wait to start seeing some baby jays! Good luck, little birdies!