Love 29~

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The finale~
I LOVE my rings...
for what they signify {Forever Love}
and who they stand for {Scott and my heaven babies}~
 Wedding bands~ 1986
and Heaven Babies ring~ 2003...
I gave birth to the second of two heaven babies in 2003
and not long after, we went away for our anniversary.
It was that special occasion that Scott gave me the Baby ring
as a way to always remember the love we continue to have for Sarah Lenox and Parker.
We know those babies opened our heart toward China
and we have three more beautiful children.

I LOVE my rings and rarely if ever take them off.
I thought this was the perfect photo to end a month of LOVE posts...
the ultimate symbol of LOVE.

Ruth 1:16
"Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. 
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. 
Your people will be my people and your God my God."

Love 28~

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I LOVE Xanthe Berkeley's class
{Birthday gift from Scotty}
Here is my first attempt @ capturing a memory in time~

Memory in time when I hope they remember
Never Any Worries.
I LOVE this new adventure!

Love 27~

Monday, February 27, 2012

I LOVE reading to my children~
 Thank you Rosie for taking the photo.
I LOVE you!

Love 26~

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I LOVE that while using this~
and this~
 and this~
 I transferred all our home videos to my computer~
and ALL are now on my external and CDs~
That's a great feeling...
now do I dare throw the VHSs and Hi8s away?
I LOVE that they are all just a click away
if I want to go back in time for a short while. :)

Love 25~

Saturday, February 25, 2012

I LOVE when ALL my children
are HOME for the weekend~
We ate, watched home videos, laughed,
played outside, and just enjoyed being together!
LOVE my precious children!!!

Love 24~

Friday, February 24, 2012

I LOVE getting together with dear friends~
 that 'get' my life loving my littles!
I LOVE sweet playmates over to play with my littles!
This week off has been just what we all needed.

Love 23~

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I LOVE outings with our family~
Tuesday afternoon, we took the littles to the zoo...
WP's first trip and he loved it.
He knew what an elephant, giraffe, lion, and duck were~ 
named them all by himself.
There is a really big playground out front
and they loved it just as much.
I think it took WP back to his SF days. :)
EK worked and worked to cross the monkey bars
and succeeded!!! Yay~ 
It was the best of days!!!

Love 22~

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I LOVE technology!
When I think back to my college days,
driving back and forth to Athens with no cell phone
makes my heart pound... we wonder how we managed.

Today I am SO thankful all my bigs are just a text away
all the time... I can reach out to them anytime.
Today I received this sweet photo of Amelia and Lew
{via a text}
dressed and ready for Spirit Night~

AND my birthday just keeps giving!
My sister gave me a gift certificate to Amazon
and I used it this week to buy this~
 Remember me saying I wanted to get all our VHS and Hi8
on DVDs??? This is the key to doing just that!
SO easy... just downloaded the software,
plugged the device into my camcorder/VCR,
then to my computer and poof~
5 videos already downloaded and saved!
The best part?
Watching Rosie watching herself when she was little...
This weekend will be one of ALL chicks in the nest.
I have a feeling we will be watching a lot of home movies...
Get ready Josh to see the sweetest little girls in the world.

Love 21~

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I LOVE school is out for the week
and we are on a relaxed schedule.
Today Scott took the day off and we took the littles to
It was SJ and WP's first visit to the museum
and they LOVED it too~

 Our morning was spent following and interacting
with these precious ones as they discovered and learned.
A great place for an outing on a day off.
After lunch we were off to the zoo...
photos tomorrow.

Love 20~

Monday, February 20, 2012

I LOVE delicious, juicy grapefruit 
this time of year~
{My little grapefruit knife is awesome!}
I LOVE them for breakfast or lunch!

Love 19~

Sunday, February 19, 2012

When I taught school,
my favorite thing was writing workshop.
I LOVED watching my children bloom as writers.
In my opinion, they became better readers through writing
and reading back to an audience.

Writing is probably the best part of home school for me too.
EK has really bloomed even more at school
and you can imagine my joy 
when she wrote this precious book for SJ yesterday~

The Tooth Story~
 SJ got her tooth out.
 Then she got a doll.
 She got back home.
 Then she ate dinner.
 Now she is asleep.
 The End. {Notice the 50 staples she used. :}
 Written and illustrated by EK~
SJ is so proud of it and shows it to everyone.
She also reads it over and over.
I LOVE that EK loves writing
and is setting such a great example for SJ.
Write on sweet girl~ LOVE it!

Love 18~

Saturday, February 18, 2012

I LOVE that sweet faces adorn
our walls all over our house now.
{Amelia's Room}~
 {Rosie's Room}~
  {EK and SJ's Room}~

 {WP's Room}~ wish I had hung them lower...
 I LOVE that each frame is special
and completely changeable in the months to come.
Planning to frame photos from Savannah's wedding
and hang over the living room sofa...
a day we will never forget!

{Next project~ lifebooks for EK and SJ}
EK has a Creative Memories scrapbook but just too big
for her to pull off the shelf to look at daily.
I think she will love a digital one
and I know WP will!
Oh and one more thing...
has anyone transferred their VHSs to DVDS?
I would LOVE to be able to pop the bigs' movies
into my computer and go back in time.
Let me know if you have advice!

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you must have an account with an email attached so I can answer.
I would be happy to drop you an email. Thanks!

Love 17~ Favorite Photo Friday

Friday, February 17, 2012

It is no secret...
I LOVE Photography!
My parents blessed me with money on my birthday
and in the past I might have wanted a new lens, etc...
This year {due to 7 project}
I didn't want to add to my stuff
I decided it was time for my China photo gallery wall
(something I have always wanted to do
but always something I would 'do later').
My first thought was to have canvases made
but through further research and blog reading,
I remembered a beautiful gallery I had seen on I Heart Faces.
I went to Tara Whitney
to which I began pouring over.

The first and hardest step was choosing photos,
popping them into PSE10, choosing an action, 
resizing them for the frames, and adding a TTV effect
so they looked as if they were framed.

I sent the photos to Cosco and had them printed as 20X16.
Ordered clip frames from Quadro Frames online 
and began researching the hanging process.
{$6 for photos and $39 for 6 glass frames} A Deal!!!
and yesterday I began getting the wall ready over sofa~
Per Casa Sugar, I cut magazine pages out the size of my frames
and secured them to the wall with tape
being sure to level and space just so~
{OK... so maybe THIS was the hardest part!}

After the littles were in bed,
we began hanging each photo (holding our breath)~

 First one up and it took my breath away~
With each one, I became more and more excited!
Last one hung~
 Straightening and spacing them all~
 My beautiful birthday gift up to treasure~
 I ADORE it!!!
Makes me feel so close to China~ SO beautiful~
 Oh and two more gifts~ my blog books.
Yes, it took two since I blogged every day all year.
I often wonder why I push myself to blog each day,
getting my stories and memories recorded,
taking photo after photo after photo.
I used to spend hours scrapbooking traditionally,
switched to digital, and finally decided blogging
 and printing a book was the way to go for me.
How do I know it's worth it?
My children have poured over them ever since they were delivered.
The littles thrilled when they see themselves on the pages.

A HUGE thank you to mama and daddy
for giving me the opportunity to make this dream come true~
I LOVE you both like crazy!!!
Thank you to Scott for hanging them for me!
I LOVE you like crazy too!!!
{And I even have more~ I have hung photos all over the house and will blog those soon!}

Visit Lisa for more Fav Photos~

Love 16~

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I LOVE that back in Oct, right before we traveled for WP,
Scott began working from home two days a week~
 We moved a desk into the basement,
set up his computer, and made a quiet place to work.
The beauty is he is able to spend more time bonding with WP,
checking in on us occasionally, not to mention eating lunch with us.
LOVE having him home with us!

Love 15~

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I LOVED Valentine's Day for many reasons...
mainly because of the LOVE of my life~
 We thought about going out with our crew for about a minute
and decided staying home, building a fire, and cooking
for the ones we Love was the most romantic evening
we could imagine... It Was!
 I think the photos speak for themselves...
we are crazy about each other
and can't imagine life without the other~ SO blessed!

The rest of the day was just as lovely...
EK and Scott were off to Donuts with Dad~
Rosie was off to school~
and two littles left to anticipate going to EK's Valentine dance~
They ALL had a ball!

Dinner was a big hit~ Fajitas and cupcakes!
 Loved having Hayden over~
 Only thing that would have sweetened the day...
having Josh, Savannah, Amelia, and John Daniel home.
We LOVE you all!!!