Joy in the Journey: Mice Play, Babysitting a Grandma and Christmas Stockings!

October 28th, 2014

Baby Oakley is home from the hospital and she’s doing so much better. Thanks for your love, support, faith and prayers on her behalf.

1. If you’re a grandma or grandpa and don’t have these books, you MUST got buy them as soon as possible!

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My pal, Lori Chadwick, gave me “How to Babysit a Grandma” to celebrate this blessed time in my life and I’ve devoured it. Love the illustrations and the clever message. It’s a must-have for all or future grandparents! It’s inspired me to create a “How to Babysit your Grandma” scrapbook with pictures I take while we’re together. I’ll share the results!

2. This cat has been a part of our lives for almost a decade.

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Photo by Robin Johnson Photography.

 

She came to us as a little kitten on a freezing, snowy night in November. I could hear a little “Meow” by my scrapbook window and my husband finally went out to investigate. He came back with a tiny white and black kitten. He’s never been especially fond of cats but his tenderness to this small animal touched my heart. He made her a bed and warmed up some milk. We then spent the next week asking around about the kitten. We finally kept her and called her “Lucky” because she was lucky enough to find a warm home and we were lucky enough to have such a sweet cat join our family. Two months later, we found out the kitten belong to our next-door neighbor! Somehow we had never asked them about the cat! My tearful girls and I delivered her back to the rightful owners and my sweet neighbor said, “How about if she lives at the Bearnson home but catches mice at our home?” Yep–true story. We stole this sweet cat from the next door neighbor and we’ve enjoyed her for a decade now!

She soon became inseparable with Sage and remains so to this day. She can always be found wherever Sage is at.

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Photo by Robin Johnson Photography.

Lucky is an indoor/outdoor cat. Three nights ago in the wee hours of the night, the cat wanted in the house so my husband obliged by opening the door. Five minutes later, Sage shrilled, “Dad, Dad–a MOUSE!” Steve jumped up and ran upstairs to Sage’s bedroom (he thought she was sleep walking). There was Lucky with a LIVE mouse in her mouth. YUCK! I am absolutely terrified and grossed out by mice. To make it worse, Lucky dropped the mouse when she saw Steve, leaving him on his own to catch this mouse which was running around Sage’s room. What happened next was a complete mouse chase. For 10 minutes, he ran around the room trying to catch it. He finally corned it, caught it in a pillow case, and nicely put it outside so it can come in once again icon smile Joy in the Journey: Mice Play, Babysitting a Grandma and Christmas Stockings! ! Oh, the memories! We’ve laughed so hard about this little experience!

3. Can you believe it’s already that time of year to start sending packages to our loved ones? My neighbor is a clever gal and makes the cutest stockings. I ordered three–the middle one for Collin and the other two for a niece and nephew. Collin just got moved to a city called Lower Hutt by Wellington, New Zealand. He had a tough time leaving Dunedin on the southern island. Thanks to all of you who reached out to  him there–he enjoyed every minute of it. He also already loves his new area. He said the people are so warm and friendly.

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For more information or to order a stocking, contact Susie at missionary stockings@gmail.com.

Can’t wait to share my Seattle and Canada trip with you!

Lisa

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Finding Joy Amid the Trials!

October 24th, 2014

Thanks for all your sweet messages concerning our new granddaughter. You make my heart so happy!

It’s been a bit of a tough week. Oakley had breathing problems soon after she was born and has been in the NICU ever since. The good news is she’s improving daily and hopefully will get to go home soon. That face; that hair! I’m so in love!

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And then there are those tiny newborn feet:

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As you know, I have the pleasure of spending every other Thursday with my dad while my mom is gone for the day. My dad has dementia and remembers very little about his past life. Yesterday was a great day. Right when he saw me he said, “How’s your sick baby?” I was shocked! He then said, “I need to go visit her.” Again–super surprised. He hardly goes out anymore.

Last night was a sweet experience for me. My hubby wheeled my dad up to the NICU window and I was able to introduce Oakley to him and my mom.

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These are the moments and I can’t asks for anything more.

Steve–thanks for being proactive and capturing this on you camera phone!

My heart is full of gratitude!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Lisa

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It’s a Girl! She’s Here!

October 21st, 2014

My girls and I arrived home from our Seattle and Vancouver BC trip at 10:30 last night. At 11:00 pm we got a text from Kade saying they were at the hospital and the baby would soon be born.

We gathered in the waiting room in our Oakley attire:

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And at 7:22 a.m. on October 21st, 2014, Oakley Paige Bearnson graced this world:

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The picture above is pretty surreal (it was taken just minutes after her birth). It literally seems like yesterday when I was holding Kade in my arms for the first time.

I remember how amazing it felt to have him snuggle next to me.

I remember thinking he was the most beautiful baby in the world.

I remember feeling a bit overwhelmed and unsure how I’d be able to take care of a baby full time.

These are all things that I’m sure Kade is feeling today. And–I’m happy to say that is all works out perfectly in the end.

The circle of life is pretty amazing and this guy is going to be a pretty awesome dad. Taylor was such a trooper and is already such a cute mom.

I’ll give more details soon!

With Love and Gratitude,

Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

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Joy in the Journey: Tricks and Treats, Shopping as a Family and Arby’s!

October 15th, 2014

So sorry about not writing for a week! I always feel a little wiped out after a vigorous 24-hour craft day at HSN. There is so much energy and excitement while I”m there but also very little sleep. So–I always seem to come home and have a little down time.

1. Look what my buddy, Michael Lazorchak, made for Kerri Bradford and me using the Silhouette and inspiration from one of Kerri’s classes!

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These came as a surprise package in the mail and I’m in love with the look and creativity!

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Michael cleverly placed lights in the back of the haunted house for a lightening effect. The house slipped a little in shipping (it’s not suppose to be tilted) but I actually love the shadowed effect that this creates.

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This is what Michael meant the haunted house to look like.

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Love the candy corn on the bottom and the huge bug is clinging on the outside of the frame and can be moved around!

He got the idea from one of Kerri’s creations:


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You can get the cut file here and the instructions here. Thanks for the fun, Michael! You are the most creative guy I know!

2. My first grandchild is due in one week! Needless to say our family can hardly wait. Every Monday night we spend as a family and either have a spiritual message or an activity together. This past Monday, look what we did? Yes–it has something to do with the baby. Any guesses?

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3. I so love my Thursdays with my dad. While he sadly can’t remember a lot about his life, he does remember that his favorite place to eat is Arby’s! Usually his best friend takes him but this past week I got the privilege to be his escort. When asked what he loves about Arby’s, my dad replied: “The wonderful atmosphere, DeDe (an amazing employee) who already knows his order when she sees him, and the big handful of mints that the workers fill his pockets with as he says goodbye!” Oh how I love this man!

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I’m off to Seattle and Vancouver Canada for a few days with my girls for fall break. Unfortunately my hubby can’t go due to his rigorous university schedule. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my granddaughter will wait until her due date and not come early!

Hope you’re finding joy in the journey.

Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Giveaway Winners + Tomorrow’s Showtimes

October 6th, 2014

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What a fun week we had last week! Thank you to all who entered the giveaways. I am getting ready for my whirlwind day tomorrow on HSN and hope you will all join me. There will be some amazing deals and lots of new products for you to enjoy. Below are the winners for each of the giveaways.

Top Patterns Kit + 3D Embellishment Kit - Rochelle Pelachick

Holiday Nifty Gifties + Photo Tattoo’sDenise Luscan

Salt Lake Temple Print (instagram)tcrigby3

Amy Tangerine Plus One kitJulie Luna & April Walker

Project Life grab bag - Lauren A. in Whittier CA

eBrushRuth Ann Smith in Easton, Maryland

 

 

 

 

 

 

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