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You’re here! I’m so excited! On February 26, 2005, I started this blog, and for the next two weeks, I will be looking back at the past TEN YEARS of blogging!

Ten years has gone by in the blink of an eye. At least, it seems so at times. I’ve been browsing back through old posts and, while the style of my photos (lots of borders and filters in the early days) has changed, the core of the posts has not. It started with a few posts about my kids and that’s pretty much the same today. I wrote about things we did, places we traveled, movies I loved, following my love of photography into a business, family, friends, parties, scrapbooking, memories, happy times, sad times, publishing my novel. So much of our life.

Ten years is a really long time.

So, for the next TEN DAYS, I will be looking back, sharing old photos and favorite posts, and there will be GIVEAWAYS!!!

GIVEAWAY INFO: There are four ways to enter through the giveaway box below and each will get you five entries in the drawing.

• The first option is the only one you HAVE to do in order to be entered. I’ll ask one question in every day’s giveaway. You just have to enter your name and email address, give a brief response to the question, and you’re in the drawing.

If you want more chances to win, you can …
• Join my mailing list (if you already have, enter your email address so I can verify)
• Tweet about the giveaway and copy/paste the link from Twitter
• SHARE about the giveaway and the BLOG-IVERSARY on your own blog, Facebook*, Pinterest, etc. and link to that as well.

All giveaways will end on my actual BLOG-IVERSARY, next Thursday, February 26th, so the giveaways will all be OPEN until then.
The winners will be announced in a blog post on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27th!

* Note: If you share on a private Facebook account and we aren’t “friends”, make sure you change the audience of that one post to “public” so I can see it. ;)


I’ve got a paperback copy of my first young adult novel ready to sign. The Truth About Drew was published last May.
It’s a sweet, uplifting, heart-warming story full of friendship and family with a journey to faith and a mystery surrounding a boy and his notebook.
Enter below. Tell a friend! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you have any questions at all about the giveaway, feel free to ask.


for today

Outside my window… It is sunny and bright. High of 55. I’ll take it!

I am thinking… of all the things on my “to do” list and how unmotivated I am to do anything today but blog and read blogs. ;)

I am thankful for… Spring! The long winter really sucked all the life out of me and I’m ready for this new season.

From the kitchen… baked up lots of salmon and sweet potatoes for Jake’s lunches. Jake made a bunch of hard-boiled eggs. Pre-cooked meals and snacks are the way to be successful with our healthy eating.

I am wearing… a minty green/grey striped shirt, jeans and grey moccasin slippers.

I am creating… layouts for our Project Life albums.

I am going… nowhere today and that’s fine by me.

I am reading… my favorite blogs today. Here are a few:

Becky Higgins – Becky shared a recipe today for what looks like delicious chocolate chip banana bread. My mouth is watering right now.
Elise Blaha Cripe – Today, Elise wrote about three things she knows to be true related to small businesses.
Emily Freeman – Emily shared my favorite quote from the movie “Hope Floats” and the announcement of a new website she and her family are starting called “Hopeologie”, about home, family and soul.
Karen Russell – Karen has a new photography guide available, all about focus. I love her recent spring break trip stories, too.
Sara Janssen – I’ve been following Sara since she and her family traveled the country in their veggie-powered motor home. Such fun adventures. Now, she is writing about her life settled in the mountains of Colorado, her family, her home, homeschooling, faith, etc.
All the blogs of my fellow Project Life® Creative Team members – I love reading about their lives and seeing their layouts and getting to know all of them better. Such a great group of girls.

I am hoping… to launch my book by May 1st. Fingers crossed.

I am hearing… the distant sound of a chain saw. Lots of people are finally cutting up the branches that fell in the big December ice storm.

Around the house… so gross … we discovered a mouse had been in our bottom kitchen cupboards, so we set a trap and have caught two. Hopefully no more.

One of my favorite things… 2048. Jake introduced me to this game this weekend and it’s totally addictive. Not that I need another time-sucking game, but it’s got numbers and matching so it must be good for the brain, right? ;)

A few plans for the rest of the week… coloring Easter eggs and frosting cookies, Chloe’s last gymnastics meet of this season, crossing a few things off the “to do” list, some running, some walking, and possibly dinner with Mom and Dad O.

A picture to share…

AJAXed with AWP