3.31.2010

When it rains...

it pours! Last Wednesday, my sweet Grandma passed away and we had a beautiful funeral celebrating her life on Saturday. She was an amazing mother, grandma, friend and more! She will be missed!


And then on Monday, we got word that my dear "Gramps" passed away. (photo taken of my mom & her dad in 2008)
He had been in a home care place for the past 18 months due to his poor health after back surgery a few years ago. It was hard seeing him in pain and I think we all feel at peace that he has gone onto a better place! We will miss him so much!

It's hard to loose your two remaining grand-parents within one week of eachother. My Dad's mom - and my Mom's dad. So we have another funeral on our calendar for this week - although it will be one of celebration as well. Although there are always tears and lots of emotional moments, it is also a great opportunity to share in memories of those that passed.

For those that will be watching the LDS General Conference this beautiful spring weekend, my father, Elder Ronald A. Rasband, will be speaking in the Priesthood Session on Saturday night. So tell your hubbies or son's to listen up - it's an amazing talk! The rest of us can watch for it online or in the Ensign shortly after conference.

If your looking for some fun church activities for your kids to do while watching Conference, here are a few fun links. There are plently more online - just do some google searches.

https://beta.lds.org/general-conference/children?locale=eng
http://www.ldsresources.net/april-2010-general-conference-packet/
http://ldscoloringpages.net/

I'll be back next week with lots of creative projects to share. Sorry about the crazy two weeks around here. Hugs!

3.23.2010

Random thoughts today

Hi everyone! I am alive - sorry about the absence! It seems like once I miss a few days...it's so hard to get back into it. What do I post about? What do I say? So, I really need to do better!!

Last week, I was able to slip into Rhonna's Advanced Brush Class at Dear Lizzy and had a great time! Not only is it great to get a little "mommy" creative time, but it's also great when you do it with friends and have a fabulous time. It was a fun night! Thanks Rhonna! :) I learned some new things and created this the next day as I played around in Photoshop...


On another note....did you see that Spark 2 has been announced? Get ready to register on May 1! It was so fabulous last year! I am just realizing that I never shared my project that everyone made and some other fun details of the event. What a nerdo I am! :) I will get that post prepared! But keep checking out the Spark blog...those girls are so fabulous and I can't wait to see what they have up their sleeves! Be there!! 

I've been working on some fun creative things...teacher appreciation gifts, some home decor things, a scrapbook page, anniversary card for my hubby (we just celebrated our 13 year anniversary!!) and more. So, I'll get photos up shortly to share.


On a tender, family note - my Grandma is not doing well and should be passing any hour now. I was able to visit with her last week (photo with kids is from Christmas Day) and the whole family met there last night for a special visit and family prayer. It was bittersweet - she is ready to go and so there is peace in that. We all shared special memories and moments with her and that was precious. Her life is definitely one to be celebrated! I love her and will miss her dearly!

I will be back with more creative shares very soon! :) Hope your all doing well!

3.04.2010

Hero Arts & Silhouette 'Thank You' Card

 
Quick little share today. This card was up on the Hero Arts blog this week. You can check out all the details by going here on the Hero Arts main site. I created the bird with a fun bird image from Hero Arts for Silhouette - I layered another Hero Arts design on top of it and cut it out on the pink bird and then layered a green bird underneath it. Lots of stamping and clear embossing with some new Cling stamps. I'm sooo loving their new releases! Be sure to check out all their yummy new stamps while your at their site.

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We are back from our trip to St. George for the funeral of Ryan MacPherson. It was a very sad, hard, yet very touching funeral...I don't think there was a dry eye during the service. It was a beautiful tribute to his young life.

I spent some time at my sisters the night before preparing for the funeral and was asked by his wife to type up the hand written letter she wrote to him...that my sister was reading at the funeral the next morning. I sat and cried as I typed. It is one of the most beautiful love letters I've ever read. They had a truly intense love for one another and I pray for his wife and little baby girl! You can view the obituary by going here. There is an account set up for his wife and daughter...if you able to donate, please do! They really need help at this time...it is going to be hard and if you are able to help, I know that you will be blessed greatly in doing so!

Thank you for your prayers for my sister, brother-in-law and his family. It is a hard time for all of them and I pray that they will continue to be comforted and taken care of. Thank you! :)