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Friday, May 30, 2008

More reflections, thoughts, whatever you want to call them....

If you read this blog at all, you know that in the past few months I've shared the loss of lives that are so hard to understand. Two young mothers, taken from this earth too early in our thinking. 6 children left behind, loved by family members, friends and community members yet mourning the loss of their mommy!

In the words of a friend and I hope she doesn't mind, "... such a young life. How tragic. All the more reason to scrap those memories, we never know when our time is up and our scrapbooks become our legacy." I couldn't have worded that any better!! Although our scrapbooks could never replace the life of a loved one, when it is our time to go what a beautiful gift for those left here to cherish! Memories captured, moments cherished, forever!!

  • If you don't scrapbook, start now! We can help you! Email me at info@kisscropnshop.com, I will help you get started!
  • If you do scrapbook but haven't lately cause your pages don't look like the magazines....phoey! Get started, your family will not care if your pages are like the magazines, they will cherish your art, your memories, your love, the "YOU" that you created the pages with!
  • You scrapbook but haven't had time...FIRST, spend time hugging, loving, sharing with your family THEN carve out an hour or two a week for YOU time. What other hobby allows you to get YOU time AND preserve memories that will be cherished forever? C'mon, name one.... okay...get scrapping!!
  • You scrapbook but your pages are about birthdays, trips, etc. What does that have to do with my legacy? EVERYTHING!! It's you, it's your family, it's your moments in life that made you smile, cry, laugh, scream and more!!
What do you all say, are up to the challenge? Who's going to take at least an hour this week and create a legacy?

Have a great weekend!
Shannon

Thursday, May 29, 2008

In memory...


Aaron Marie Winters Reed, 25, of Webb City, MO, passed away tragically on Saturday, May 24, 2008, as a result of a car accident near Denver, CO, on her way to begin a new life in Lehi, Utah. Aaron was born June 18, 1982 in Hickory, NC, to Douglas Arthur and Loree Dawn Tibbitts Winters. She married Cameron James Reed on March 12, 2002, in the Logan LDS Temple.
Aaron grew up in Missouri and graduated from Webb City High School and Missouri Southern State University, where she received a degree with honors in secondary education. She taught English literature at Granby Middle School. She had many talents and excelled in music. Aaron was an active member of the LDS Church and served faithfully in many capacities during her life. She especially enjoyed her calling as ward organist. Aaron was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband Cameron of Webb City/Lehi; three sons: Benjamin James, Samuel Douglas, Levi Thomas; mother, Loree (Mason) Stackhouse, Panaca, NV; five siblings: Krista (Thomas) Patrick, Robert Winters, Richard Winters, Megan Winters, and Michael Winters; grandparents: Clarence and Melba Winters, Hickory, NC, and Sherry Tibbitts, Millville, UT; and many loving extended family. She was preceded in death by her father, Douglas Winters.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lehi 16th Ward Chapel, 650 South 500 West, Lehi where friends may call from Noon-1: 45 am. Interment will be in the Lehi City Cemetery under the direction of Olpin Family Mortuary, Pleasant Grove.


When they said goodbye they didn't realize it would mean forever. You've touched lives in ways you never knew. Thank you Mrs. Reed for loving the students of Granby!

Thank you to her children and husband for sharing her with our students. May God Bless your family and surround you with strength, fond memories and the opportunity to see each other again one day!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Leaving on a jet plane...

I'm off again, this time to Buffalo, NY for a CK show. I'll be teaching 8 classes in two days for Lickety Split Scrapbooks. I drug three 50 lb boxes FULL of kits to the airport this morning! So much fun I tell ya!! Here's a peek of a couple new ones....

Copyright KISS Scrapbooks 2008

and....


Copyright KISS Scrapbooks 2008

I've got some others I'll share later this week with ya!! If you'd like to order either of these you can find them at http://www.licketysplitscrapbooks.com or email me at info@kisscropnshop.com for local delivery! (Those that have an order in for Girly Girl, they are ready and will be delivered next week when I return from the show!!)

Have a great weekend everyone,
Shannon

Saturday, May 24, 2008

With a sad heart...

This Memorial Day weekend has started out rather sad for members of our community. Fellow scrapper Jennifer Bowman lost her husband, Jay in an auto/motorcycle accident today. Please be much in prayer for that family. I was also just told that Mrs. Reed, one of my son's teachers was killed late last night/early this morning in an auto accident. She was thrown from her car with a seat belt on. She's a young mom of three small children. Others with her, including children were life-flighted. Please also be in much prayer for this family, the students that loved Mrs. Reed and the many friends and family that are hurting from both of these losses.

I'm also going to ask that each and every one of you be very careful this weekend in your travels!

Hugs to all,
Shannon

Memorial Day

Hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend! We just returned from a family reunion, had a good time but both kiddos are fighting terrible sinus infections so they didn't get to play in the creek with the rest of the kids but they had a good time.

The rest of the weekend is going to be spent packing class kits and new kits that we'll be debuting at the CK Convention in Buffalo, New York next weekend. I get to teach four awesome classes for Lickety Split Scrapbooks again! Wendy Linn rocks at designing classes! It makes it sooo easy to teach when you've got a great project! I'll also be teaching the new acrylic/chipboard class that I designed. It's a fun album full of possibilities! We've had great feedback and the classes are all so fun! Just hope we don't have another early morning class! You all know that I'm not much of a morning person! I don't know how you all take classes so early! My brain is mush until noon most days! LOL!!

Hope everyone has a great weekend, be safe, enjoy family and thank a Veteran! (Thanks Dad! Love you!!)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Another thought

While we are on the subject of time.....what are you doing to capture time in your albums? Have you done a page about your daily routine? Included photos of the not so fun stuff that you must do everyday (laundry, ugh!!) What about a then and now page? Photos of you before kids and after or what about photos of your home before/after kids or marriage. We all know how drastically those change!! Created a Looking Back album or page highlighting all those moments in time that are special? First kiss, first job, first house... you get the point. Where you where when... page? Where were you when 9-11 happened? Where were you when you found out someone close to you was ill? Where were you when you were told the first time that you were loved by that special someone?

So often we scrap our photos but what about scrapping our thoughts, our memories, our moments in time and THEN adding photos!! Give it a try, I'd love to see what you create or hear your ideas!

Time....

Seems like we've been talking about time alot the last few days. Where does it go? One day you are handed a newborn the next they are going to high school. Start working at 7:30 and next thing you know it's 5:00 and it's dinner time. Calendars are jammed pack with work and kid activities. You try explaining how important it is to enjoy youth/school only to get the eyes rolling in the back of the head and the heavy sighs. You get the point! Time.....

So on thinking of this subject I thought it would be fun to share that moment in time that you would love to be able to go back, stop or slow the clock just so you can enjoy it just a bit more.

I don't think I could do just one but here are a couple of mine. Tyler from 1st - 2nd grade. Not sure where that year went at all! It was a whirlwind with Papa having had a bad wreck and change from working to staying home. It just seems like a blur! Another would be Emma from age 2 1/2 - 4. Business was going full speed and the time spent with her before she started school was not what it should have been. Lots of missed moments!! The other would be the few weeks before Nanny passed away. I only wish I could have had more time with her, to talk, to share, to just be with her. My major time wish right now is time to just spend with the family. No phones, no computers, no work, just time to enjoy! These kids are growing so fast that it won't be long and we'll be saying wow! where did the time go yet again! Sounds like a vacation is needed and I'm working on that, LOL!! Wherever we go, whatever we do, I'm going to enjoy the moment of time!

Hope everyone is having a great day and look forward to hearing from you!
Shannon

Monday, May 19, 2008

Wow!!

Am I the only one who's head is spinning with all the end of the year school activities? I just got home last night from a fun trip from CK Manchester. I took the kiddos to school today and stayed for Tyler's 8th grade awards which lasted for a little over an hour. Then it was to my mom's for a quick bite of breakfast and back to school for Ryli's 1st grade awards. Home for a little while, trying to get some orders placed, check some reviews and guess what..... it's now time to go get the kids from school! Where do the hours go? Oh, and tonight, we have 8th grade graduation and tomorrow Emma's kindergarten graduation then schools out. But really, more than the fast paced two days...how on earth did my "baby" become a FRESHMAN? How does that happen? I'm so nervous about the next few years, only four more and he's going to be looking at heading to college. I sure hope I'm able to do right by that guy and guide him in the right directions!

Have a great night!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Waving hi....

from Manchester, New Hampshire. Just finished teaching at Creating Keepsakes, we had a blast!! Taught 8 classes and loved all of them! The ladies that attended were so fun, well-behaved (well, most of them, LOL!) and excited to be in class! Thanks Manchester!

I'll be confirming all bus seat reservations on Monday. I believe we only have two seats left as of tonight. I'll update the website and get information/payment from all that have registered later this week. I'm so excited about this trip! Only a little over a month, girls! YEAH!!

We'll also be opening registration for the July Beat the Heat Crop on May 25th. Be watching the website for details! Only 60 seats will be available.

Hope everyone had a great weekend, I've missed home and can't wait to get back to good old Missouri!

Oh, I did talk with Debbie, aka Trouble and they are getting a new home! She'll even have a scrapbook area all to her self cause we know she's not going to share with hubby! It's always amazing how when things look really bad, blessings come out of it.

Shannon

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tornado pictures....

Thought I'd share a few pictures of some of the tornado damage sustained to our little town.
This is what I could see of my parents home when I arrived.The home of a family friend, what is left of it.

Not sure who's vehicle this is or where it came from!!This partial semi-trailer is sitting along Hwy 59. No sign of the other half of the trailer or the truck that was pulling it.
The remains of a 2 story brick church.

Please be much in prayer for all those that lost loved ones in this terrible storm, those that are dealing with the loss of their homes and all those that are still hurting. It's going to be a long healing process for this area.

Just a parting thought, I heard this on the radio on the way to the airport. "God is the bearer of all great gifts, even those that are wrapped in pain." Sometimes it is very difficult to see beyond the pain however good will come out of the pain!!