checking in …

to say that I’m headed out to Utah for two days of Simple meetings (love my SS team, so this is a good thing)

also loving the things that are happening in the 2008 session of Library of Memories — already so many people getting their mojo back as they revisit years of photos and begin putting the basic processes in place that will get them printing and scrapbooking —

got this quote via email this morning:

“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”

This is so true! Love that as a mother I have the chance to do this for my kids. I was talking with my friend Helen at yesterday and she said, when her children come home with report cards, she skips right over the numbers, grades and actual marks to the read the short summary written by the teacher — because it is this "personal" statement that matters most to her. I so agree, I always tell my kids, better than a "A" is the "pleasure to have in class" comment. If we can raise children who can "risk curiosity, wonder and spontaneous delight so that they can that path in life that most reveals their unique human spirit — then seriously, what else matters?

Do this for someone today — make sure someone understands from you that they are "worth listening to"
Do this an you will have a GREAT day.

and, while I have your attention ….

You could also start thinking about spring shoes. I bought these Merrill cuties online, Saturday — at the suggestion of my very stylish sister. I’m thinking they will put a "spring" in my step.


  1. Totally agree with you on the report card thoughts.
    And I also have thanked you yet for including us LOM alumni in this class. The idea was genius. I NEEDED this. Doing it again a second year, I have more cash to put into the organizational products and b/c I’m not so overloaded with unorganized pictures I feel like I might just be able to ‘keep up’.:) AND I’ve had to year to all this sink in and I feel so much more capable of letting the organizational aspects, that are not quite worked out yet, go. And I’m actually scrapbooking!!! Yeah!!! So thank you, Stacy.

  2. cindy b says:

    Cute shoes!! So true about the comments on the report card. My dad never looked at the grades – just looked at the conduct comments to make sure we weren’t smartin’ off in class!! :-)

  3. Ann Grounds says:

    Stacy, that quote hit home. I have one very special person that I dated in College that pretty much “opened me up” with doing what that quote says. It was life changing. I never did keep in touch with him, but he holds a very special place in my heart and I do not think that he knows how he changed my life.
    BTW–go check out the Peeps section at Walmart-you will absolutely love it!!

  4. I was a little disappointed yesterday when my daughter’s report card had no personal comments… there should have been. Lovin the shoes… perfect for plenty of spring walking and scrap shopping! LOL

  5. You are such the enabler!! Very cute shoes . . . already been to the site and checkin’ out what I want!
    So agree about the report card too – unfortunately, teachers do that less and less it seems as kids get older. A very sad thing.
    Hope you have safe travels and lots of fun!

  6. mom2jnk says:

    Cute shoes…totally lovin’ them! Now if someone could only turn OFF the snow here! Four to six more inches today…arggg.

  7. nice post
    nice shoes
    i’m listening!

  8. love the personal comments section on the report card and the time to discuss that it is not all about the grades.
    Really love the cute Merrill’s, but, if you want to enable me, where are the uber cute shoes from that sit next to you on the bridge in Photo Freedom? LOVE THOSE!!

  9. Marilyn Cline says:

    Stacy – I bought those Merrell shoes about a month ago, and I LOVE them. They even make your foot look small, if you have issues with that. I am a BIG Merrell fan, and am thinking of ordering the shoes in a different color. You will love them – I promise! ps – took your Finished Line class at ScrapBowl, and loved it!! As soon as my friend gets all of my class supplies and new purchases mailed to me, I will be digging into your album the very first thing! She sure is taking her sweet time, isn’t she??

  10. Did you get to try them on somewhere first? This idea of buying shoes on-line freaks me out!

  11. Daurene Turpin says:

    I met you at the “Crop because you care” and I still need help posting, I live in Orem, I could come to you at the offices. I just can’t bring myself to call you. Please email me at
    Thaks so much,
    daurene turpin

  12. I homeschool, but this give me an idea. Perhaps I should start sending report cards to the kids. Maybe even start with frequent ones for the children who are especially challenging and exasperating, but who can soften your heart with those big brown eyes and sweet smile when he says, “I filled your water bottle just for you, Mama.”

  13. Lisa V. says:

    Continued enabling. If you have an REI membership you can get the shoes or any Merrill brand for 20% off plus free shipping if you pick them up at a REI store. You can go to the REI website for the coupon code. REI also gives its members dividends every year which you can apply. Thanks for sharing the shoes Stacy.

  14. Adorable shoes. Will you wear them to class this weekend?

  15. love LOVE Merrills. They are soo cute and comfortable. Spin some good ideas at your meetings because I LOVE SS

  16. Those shoes are so cute! As for letting someone else know they are valuable I am going to get right on that. Thanks.

  17. Maribeth O'Dell says:

    Speaking of shoes…
    I’m very excited to be a part of your LOM class and I loved your new book. So, here’s a vitally important question: where can I get those lime green shoes you have on the bridge on page 4 of Photo Freedom? I LOVE them!

  18. Your quote made me go look up a similar quote about parents: “Parents can plant magic in a child’s mind through certain words spoken with some thrilling quality of voice, some uplift of the heart and spirit.” Robert MacNeil. Re-reading this not only reminds me what power my positive words have to uplift my family, but what power the negative ones have as well. Hmm, how can I scrap this?

  19. Thank you so much for posting this. Last night I read it and immediately shut down my computer and went upstairs and climbed in bed with my 9 year old daughter who was up reading a book. At first she was confused. Then I explained that I don’t get enough time to just hang out with her. We talked, then she read and I just rested. When I got up to go check on my other children, my 9 year old said, “Oh, please come back”. When I returned, she patted her pillow and smiled brightly and beamed that I wanted to just lie down next to her and just be still and near.
    Thank you for posting that quote which became the catalyst for my experiencing and creating some “spontaneous delight” with my child.
    PS: I took your class at Scrapbowl last month and am reading Photo Freedom right now. I’m ready to order my category drawers!!

  20. Jessica C. says:

    Hi Stacy! Big fan, been stalking your blog for a long time now… :)
    Anyway, I came across this thread on the CK Message Board, thought you might find it interesting.
    Have a great weekend!

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