I love hearing from BPS students and blog readers and generally I keep these emails and letters to myself, because they tend to be personal, but … in the spirit of my last post I'm going to share a few additional people and "connections" that have come into my life because of scrapbooking.
I received two very thoughtful gifts this week, from girls in my Library of Memories class.
First, decorative napkins from Sharon in New Zealand. I LOVE decorative napkins (thank YOU.)
Sharon wrote to me that LOM has helped her past the feeling of being "totally overwhelmed with trying to scrap all of my photos chronologically — I honestly was at the point of wanting to quit all together" She goes on to write that she is learning to look at her life differently. She realized that she was not telling the stories (about her and her husband) she most wanted to tell. The most exciting part for me, is that Sharon not only wants to scrap again but now knows how to tell those stories that will really matter.
Second, I received sprinkles from Jacoba. Jacoba lives in Canada, shares my birthday and was raised in the Dutch tradition of eating sprinkles on her bread! How cool is that? Jacoba, who is in LOM for the second year, also has four adoarable boys, so she has eagerly embraced the photo freedom that comes from non-chronological scrapbooking. The Julians are looking forward to eating sprinkles on toast tomorrow morning — thank YOU Jacoba.
This is Lisa. Lisa doesn't live half way around the world from me –
she lives in Spokane. But I still wouldn't "know" her if I wasn't a scrapbooker. Lisa is also taking LOM this year (although her class
assignments have taken a backseat priority to her goal of running a
marathon, which she did on May 16th.) I met Lisa at the local event I
attended on the 15th. I got an email yesterday, letting me know that she reached her goal.
LISA, I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!
know what it takes to be a busy mother and make the decision to run a
marathon. I know the elation of running 10 miles and thinking to
yourself "I can't believe I can run 10 miles" I know the overwhelming
feeling that comes with the realization that 10 miles is less than half
the distance of a marathon. I am acquainted with the sheer mental
exertion that is required to keep yourself running at 17, 18 and 19
I know what it feels like to come home from a long run and
realize that the marathon day with family and to-do list is just
beginning — that the bath, massage or nap that your body needs is not
a part of the plan.
I know the sense of fortitude that you gain
by making this kind of commitment. I know how it changes your view of
life and yourself. You believe you can pretty much do anything once
you've run a marathon.
I AM SO *totally* PROUD OF YOU!
Rose (who lives in Utah) got the picture. Lookee — she has started the same tradition in her home. And hello? How cute is her daughter ("Clark, come and see ….")
If you stop and think of all the ways we benefit our families through the ideas, traditions and gratitude we share as scrapbookers, it is nothing short of AMAZING.
When you Teach A Friend to Scrapbook, tell her …
Tell her she is in for one amazing ride. Tell her she is joining a worldwide sisterhood of life-loving women, that are eager to connect and share and help her recognize and preserve what matters most.
Life is most definitely GOOD. Have a wonderful and productive weekend!