Sheez. All this reminiscing is killing me. I know I'm over the news that Simple Scrapbooks has been shut down, but I'm definitely not over the people I love or all the experiences I've had. In fact, as I've spent time recollecting I have a palpable feeling of sadness in my heart. And these are happy memories!
Wednesday's post should be titled Wonderful Wendy. (note: I'm still a day behind!)
This is because Wendy is wonderful. I knew the minute I met Wendy there was something special about her.
 Wendy and I had both been hired as teachers at Pebbles in My Pocket, owned by Brenda Birrell. We met at the training meeting. During introductions, I found out she had four boys. I had two, and couldn't imagine doubling that. I later learned that her last two were twins. I have always thought that having twins would be a wonderful thing and I told her so.
The next time I remember seeing Wendy is when I taught a Core Composition class at her LSS, Heartland Paper (Bountiful, UT) She was so interested. She asked such great questions. I remember thinking, I'd like to be her friend. She was teaching a Summer Camp (scrapbooking for kids) so I signed up my Clark.
 Trey was almost one. Geoff was finally finishing his medical residency and we were preparing to leave Salt Lake City, UT for a job in Lewiston, ID. I got a call from someone at Creating Keepsakes, that The Idiot's Guide was looking for someone to write their first scrapbooking guide. There was no way I could do it. Their turn around was so short and there was so much information to gather and organize. I didn't want to just anyone to write this book. I wanted someone I trusted. Someone that I knew would have a friendly approach to scrapbooking; someone who would do a really good job. I thought of my friend Wendy. I really didn't know her that well yet, but … I called her and …
She got the book contract!
 I travel to the ACCI trade show in Chicago with Primeda/Creating Keepsakes and walk the show with advertising reps to drum up awareness and support for a new magazine. Guess who I run into in the My Mind's Eye booth? Wonderful Wendy. She is there with a new baby (another boy!) and we "catch up" I remember thinking as I walk away, I'd really like to work with her.
As it turns out, Wendy called Tracy White after the trade show and Tracy invited her to our very first editorial meeting. What you really need to know is that from that moment on, there is no Simple Scrapbooks without Wonderful Wendy. She has nurtured relationships in our industry like nobody I know and she is so interested in the editorial process, and in connecting to our readers. She most definitely asks great questions.
Without a doubt, the hardest thing I've ever done professionally was "leave" Wendy to start Big Picture Scrapbooking. It happened so fast. I intended (and wrongfully assumed) I would be able to do BPS with the team at Primedia. It wasn't to be and Simple Scrapbooks needed Wendy.
I think the "cry" I had with Wendy over that was in my top three, evah (and I'm a crier!)
 As I was looking for pictures to share that capture my love and admiration for this remarkable and wonderful woman, these jumped out at me. The biggest adventure (I think) of our time at Simple Scrapbooks, was the making of four or five DVDs. Wendy and I WORKED so hard, learned SO MUCH and had an AMAZINGLY FUN time. We travelled to Dallas, TX and worked with the talented team at Primedia Productions. We even did a segment from a scrapbook store in Dallas (the bottom photo shows us watching what we had just shot and to me "says it all")
I honestly can't imagine my life without my friend Wendy. She is that cool.
And for the record, I will never "leave" her again. If there is to be any more scrapbooking adventures in the future, we will be side-by-side again.