Monday, August 29, 2016

Even with a full shopping cart, it was a Bigger Than Me Day!

I woke up this morning with my heart aching! I was sad. It kind of surprised me, that is not how I usually feel. I normally can hardly wait to wake up because I have so many great things I want to do with my day. I usually wake up happy and very grateful for each new day that I get. I usually realize how full and blessed my life is, but today was different. I tried all the things that I know my Mom would have told me to do today...if she were still here. I said my prayers and prayed to know what was wrong, I listed all my blessings down, I read my scriptures and I also did some service and still my heart just kept aching. I felt like bawling all day but didn't ( probably should have ).
 I had a visit from a dear friend and it felt good when she was here, but then the feeling came right back. 
I called a couple of friends and they convinced me that I was just tired from all the excitement of the last 2 weeks. That was probably a big part of it. My house has been full and happy for the last 2 weeks with kids home and getting ready for Lee and Caitlin's wedding reception. Now everyone has gone home and my house is quite ( too quite ). So I think missing my kids is a big part of it too!
But then it goes a bit deeper than that, I am overwhelmed at how far I still have to go on really getting LynnMade out there with a lot of visibility. We have started...but only scratched the surface on all we need to do to make this Business really soar. I think I am a bit overwhelmed at all that needs to be done. Probably I feel overwhelmed because it is all the Social Media stuff that I really don't understand much. This seems like I have bitten off more than I can chew! 
Also I am mourning a loss of a dear friend, there seems to be a hole in my heart that can't completely heal. After almost 40 years together, I guess that might be a normal feeling?
I am also still in the mess of trying to get to appointments for Physical Therapy, after this car accident and now we just found out that the person who ran the red light and hit me, is now saying they weren't claiming to be at fault at all. I don't like having to deal with those sort of things. Plus, it is just hard to hurt so much again!
Well, I didn't sit down and have a good cry, I just kept going today, I kept praying and kept counting and recounting the many, many blessings I have. 
We had someone over for dinner tonight and that felt good. I dropped a treat off to a dear friend and their family...that felt good.
I even video taped another free video for ..and that felt good.
 Then I read this wonderful talk that I found HERE:
and I realized that I felt a bit better. 
Perspective is a wonderful thing! It was ok to had a tough day, everyone has them. But remembering that my Heavenly Father knows me, and is aware of my good days as well as my bad days, is quite a comforting feeling!
How grateful I am to remember to see the bigger picture. How grateful I am to know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are always there with me.. so that I don't have to do any Bigger Than Me Days alone! That makes me smile!

Good Night dear friends!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Neighborhood BBQs are the best!

What a wonderful evening with an amazing neighbors tonight! How blessed we are to live in such a  great neighborhood!

"If we wish to rebuild our cities, we must first rebuild our neighborhoods"

"Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered as a matter of course, just one kind word to nnother person... One kind word has a Wonderful Way of turning into Many!" ~Fred Rogers

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much!" ~Helen Keller

" A good neighbor is a priceless treasure"

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sugar and Spice!

Our Miss Oakley is ONE today! 

She really is made of Sugar and Spice and everything NICE!

It is really hard already to imagine life without her! She came into our family with sweet little smiles and a fun disposition!

 She makes us laugh, and her big brother Kai... makes her laugh and loves her soo much! Everyone should be so blessed to have an older brother like that!

She is her Mommy and Daddy's girl! And we feel so blessed to have her in our family!

 You can tell by looking at her and her Daddy at the same age... that the Genes are strong with this one! ( her Mommy even said that )

She is already my sewing buddy, and the inspiration for many of my creations!

So go to sleep tonight little Miss Oakley, knowing you are truly the Sugar and Spice of our lives! 
We love you more than words can say!
Happy Birthday from Nana and Poppa

Friday, July 29, 2016

Trying to count my blessings!

Today has been a tough day that I decided to count my blessings...
I only had to have one tooth pulled...instead of more!
It was a back tooth and you can't see the hole when I smile, really grateful for that!
I had the best Periodontist ever!
I had bone grafting from a cadaver, which I am grateful for and hope that they had better teeth than me, and that this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship:)
I have time to do some crocheting that I needed to do.
Yes, I have many blessings and I am grateful for them.

Good Night dear friends!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Quilts at the funeral....

I loved this article, what a tribute to the lady who made all these quilts. By looking at them, you could tell how much she loved each person she gave them all the hundreds of hours that she worked and put into them. And by having them there displayed at her funeral could tell how much they loved her and cherished her incredible gift!
I love making gifts for others!
Night dear friends!

look at the quilts HERE:

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Teaching and Teaching!

Today I got my Online class project ready for video taping tonight. Then the girls came over and since it was raining they decided that they would like to go to the new library. So we thought maybe they should have some library tote bags to bring with them.
So they picked their fabric, their die cuts from Sizzix for their applique and then we went to work.
Audrey was having a hard time standing still, on the top right you could see where she was saying " stand right here Nana?"

Jenny, is loving that she is old and big enough now to iron things. She is really getting better and she is starting to love sewing more and more. She is beginning to read and so excited about that!

Angie is good and truly has an eye for anything she creates too! And she is also an avid reader!
I love teaching them though...hope they don't ever get too old to come create with their Nana!

When they went to the library, Jeff and I video taped some, but even with them gone... we still had the phone ring twice, then I actually got the top of my head in the camera for one whole session ( of course we didn't realize that till it was too late ) so tomorrow I will remake a another tote bag to that exact point and we will try to refilm it. We are so close I can almost feel it!

 So tonight, I will wash this same outfit one more time and put it back on with a smile and retape again! I have just one question...are we having fun yet?
Information to anyone who wants to do online classes in the future...
Save up more money ...because you will probably need 3 cameras instead of just 1, because you will need a better and faster computer and because you will probably like to hire someone to help you record and edit all of this,,, other than your family. It's a lot of pressure!
Just in case you were wondering!

But I like this quote... maybe I should copy it and put it on my wall in the studio :)
Good night dear friends!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Life keeps happening...even on your Anniversary!

I have heard this saying many times in my life and I believe it is true!
Today started out fine, I got a few things done around the house, then headed off to my Physical Therapist in hopes that he could give me some relief from my back pain lately. The appointment was in Bellevue. After that appointment...I was suppose to meet a friend and then on the way home I was going to stop and get a card and stuff to make a special dinner for Jeff tonight. After all , it is our 34th wedding anniversary!!!
But as I was heading to the appointment, only blocks away from the PT's office, as I was turning on the green light, someone coming the other way ran through the red light and hit me. I kept thinking as I saw him come closer ...that he is going to stop, but then when I put on my brakes, I realized that there is no way he wasn't going to hit me and he did. After we got to the side of the road and I called 911 and the insurance, I was still shaking. My neck hurt, my knee hit the dash board and my lower back was hurting. I first thought ...what are the chances that I would get hit ...on my way to the PT for back pain in the first place? Then I I going to have neck and back pain for my whole life? From then on the thoughts were getting worse and coming faster.
After all the calls and exchanging of numbers and insurance cards...I headed back to the PT office and told him what happened, he worked on my back and neck.
It was after the appointment when I was sitting in my car for awhile (because I still felt light headed and a headache was coming on)...that I thought...I am very lucky that I was able to see my PT right after something like that happened. I was blessed that it wasn't worse. I was grateful that the man did stop, admit he ran the red light; and that he had car insurance.
So even though I have a headache and a pretty bad neck and back ache, I realized that I am blessed. It could have been way worse.
Jeff and I will have to celebrate our anniversary later, but I just came home and laid down and have been keeping ice on my neck and back.
Though I am blessed to have had 34 years with Jeff by my side. Have they all been blissful and wonderful...nope, but we have continued to work at it and he still is my best friend and the love of my life! We truly have had many wonderful years!
I just need to remember this quote again today, life is still good and we have much to be thankful for.
Good Night dear friends!
P.S. I have posted this article before, but I feel like it is worth reading again!

I was 23, and all the way to the hospital I'd been composing what I would say to Mama before they took her to cut into her heart, whose center I supposed myself to be; hadn't she told me all my life I was the most important thing in the world to her?
Threading my way through the hospital corridors, I practiced my opening line, which  had to strike just the right note. Who but I could give her strength and confidence she would need? Whose face but mine would she want to be the last one she saw before they cut her open and died probably? Whose kiss but mine...?
I turned a corner and there was my mother lying on a stretcher in the hall, waiting for them to come for her. My father was standing over her. Something about the two of them made me stop and then, as I watched, made me keep my distance, as if there were a wall between us, and around them.
It was clear to me at that moment that for them, nothing existed outside them, nothing; there was only the man, the woman. She didn't see me, nor from the looks of it care much whether she did. They weren't talking. He was holding her hand. She was smiling into his eyes; and they were, I swear, speaking a language that at 23 I hadn't begun to understand, much less speak myself. But I could see them do it, literally see them, and I moved closer to see more, stunned, fascinated, very jealous that I had fallen in love with someone, married him, divorced him and never once come close to what I was looking at in that hall.
Next time, I said, I will know better. I will love like that.   ~ Linda Ellerbee

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Stand in the Light!

My son Lee called the other day and told me to look up this music video by Jordan Smith. The song is called Stand in the Light
Funny that he would send that to me this week, as I am trying hard to get ready for this first paid LynnMade video, and for a presentation that I am going to give at a Quilt Guild on Monday.
I am excited for this new venture... but I'm still a bit unsure of myself. I want it to work, because I love to people and teaching others how to create and feel good about themselves. I love that my family believes in me and so ...
I am going to stand in the light and be seen as I am!
Wish me luck!
Good Night dear friends!

Listen and watch the video here:

Didn't I tell you I hear what you say
Never look back as you're walking away
Carry the music the memories and keep them ins
You laugh everyday
Don't stop those tears from falling down

This is who I am inside
This is who I am I'm not gonna hide
Cause the greatest risk we'll ever take is by far
To stand in the light and be seen as we are
So stand in the light and be seen as we are

With courage and kindness hold on to your faith
You get what you give and it's never to late
To reach for the branch and climb up leaving sadness behind
You fight hard for love
We can never give enough

This is who I am inside
This is who I am I'm not gonna hide
Cause the greatest risk we'll ever take is by far
To stand in the light and be seen as we are
So stand in the light and be seen as we are

Riding the storms that come raging toward us we dive
Holding our breathe as we break through the surface
With arms open wide, with arms open wide

This is who I am inside
This is who I am I'm not gonna hide
Cause the greatest risk we'll ever take is by far
To stand in the light and be seen as we are
So stand in the light and be seen as we are

Cause the greatest risk we'll ever take is by far
To stand in the light and be seen as we are
So stand in the light and be seen as we are

So stand in the light and be seen as we are

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Just a little over a week ago!

Just a little over a week ago, our son Lee and his fiance Caitlin got married.
Amy and I were the lucky ones that got to drive there with her 3 little girls.
Hard...yes! Long...yes! Exhausting...yes!
Fun...yes! Lots of bonding time...yes! Worth it...YES!!!

I have to admit Amy drove more than I did, still eating is the only thing that kept us awake!

Girls were troopers but after a whole day of driving we decided to get a Motel room and rest for the night!

You can see how excited the girls were to get to do a Sleep Over in a Motel! Actually so were we!

Arriving in Salt Lake and being with family and friends, was so fun! I have missed my great nieces and nephews! I love how the cousins all connected!

Two of them, we met for the first time. Oh how I instantly loved them!
Look at those faces...aren't they the sweetest?
We all got to be together for meals!

For a special trip to the Dinosaur Museum, where the kids got to actually dig for bones,

while their parents got to reconnect!

Hard to imagine my own kids, neices and nephews grew up but now to see the next generation...was a Priceless gift!

Stuffed animals have always been near and dear to our hearts, only fitting that Amy's girls got to go home with one each!

Then because we got to Utah a few days early, we were able to have breakfast with some old friends, ones that we hadn't seen in over 35 years...what a treat!

I love, love, loved seeing all the kids and grandkids together.
What a powerhouse of women, these 5 ladies are!
Then after Lee and Caitlin got married, right before they came out of the Temple, Jeff and I came out and acted like we were the newly weds! It was too funny, people starting clicking their cameras then they stopped and I heard someone say... " who are they?" It was too funny,  
What we were really excited about was...we just had our last child get married! Can't you just see the excitement on our faces?

Ok, here is who they were really waiting for, but Jeff and I looked just as excited ...right? :)
All the kids couldn't wait to tell Uncle Lee congratulations!

When I look at these young men, I am grateful first of all ...for Bradley and the great older brother he has always been for Lee. Then as I look at the rest, and I am so thankful that Lee has such incredible friends in his life. Good friends can make all the difference!

Here is the Bride ( our new daughter in law ) and her sweet sisters and friends!

So blessed to have all our family together for such an amazing wedding!

We are glad to see our family getting bigger.
And congrats to Lee and Caitlin, your journey has just begun! We love you!

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Good Night dear friends!