Right Now posts.

The other day when I was a guest on the Paperclipping Roundtable, we discussed the idea that blogs can hold us accountable for things we want to do. I KNOW better than anyone that I have NOT always followed through this principle, but nevertheless I am push forwarding with a another new intention.

As you know I am deep in the refreshing of my upcoming workshop, Finding Photo Freedom. I’ve recently struck upon a new idea that I’m excited to teach–it is the idea of declaring your scrapbooking (or storytelling) success, by creating a personal E.Q. or Enough Quotient. I’ll probably talk more about this is coming weeks, but for now all you need to know is that monthly blog posts designed to document what individuals in my family are doing “right now” are an important part of my E.Q. and I’d like to use my blog to hold myself accountable for these posts (help me out, Ok?)

I’ll begin with a quick rundown that includes a sentence or two about each of us (from R to L)

Love this family. Right now …

is trying out for club soccer and rehearsing with the cast of Narnia (the next play at CVHS, in which he is fulfilling the role of the Centaur’s backside.) Trey is busy, busy.

is working on his senior project, which is a snowboarding video. He brought home his graduation announcements on Friday (yikes!)

anxious for warm weather and his Thursday golf games. He got snowed out on Thursday, but he made up for this by riding his Harley to church yesterday–had to go early to warm up with the choir (he sang beautifully, btw)

is giving very long prayers at dinner, as she prays for each family member multiple times. At some point, hunger usually overtakes someone and they help her wrap things up!

is feeling happy that she survived the weekend without a nap and looking forward to more spring weather that will entice outside exercising.

is working on the tech crew for Narnia and excited to be a T.A. for this French teacher next year (he is getting a solid A in French!)

is always creating large dragons and other mythical creatures with multiple sheets of notebook paper and scotch tape. He is also working on cooking in cub scouts, which has produced some delicious treats for his family (note to self: post Taft’s recipe for raspberry muffins)

Happy Monday!


  1. Thank you for sharing this. I am anxiously awaiting your new approach to LOM and this is a great teaser. I hope you don’t mind but I think I am going to start this with my own little family and begin to use Sunday afternoons to jot down a sentence or two about each family member. I love how you inspire us to become our family storyteller.

  2. What a fun wrap up and a busy family!

  3. I love this idea. I’m trying to capture more of the “right now” things in my pages. Sometimes it’s difficult to shift from event or milestone pages and remember that these are the things I’ll look back on and laugh at or be so thankful that I documented. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. I love these posts! Not only do I love updated photos of your kiddos (and you guys too!), but I just love hearing about each one. :-D

  5. lynne moore says:

    sweet wrap up of the family. note: do that today when family is together for small child’s birthday tonight. :- ) Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. I love your idea of monthly “right now” blog posts. It sounds like something I could manage! A sentence or two for each person is a nice length, too.

  7. What a delightful gem of an idea! You always know the best way to inspire me. I’m going to write this up today, using the people from our Easter gathering yesterday. Note to self: next year insist on a group picture! Hope your spring is full of colour and joy filled moments!

  8. Love this idea! I have started a personal blog in addition to my crafty one to help me do this same thing, but I do find it hard to stay on top of it all. But I’m OK with that.

  9. What a fantastic idea! I was just thinking about my poor husband, who is by far the least documented member of our family. What a great way for me to get him in the story! Thanks for the idea!

  10. What a cool idea, Stacy! I love Addie’s story, how sweet! I’m going to use this idea for a week of my Project Life when I need to change things up.

  11. What a great idea Stacy; I need more regular spots in my blog, and this would be perfect, thank you!

  12. Love this idea, Stacy. I always love hearing about your family (from all the pages you’ve published in Simple and in your books, I feel like I know every one of you), and these posts will be such a good thing to look back on in future years. You’re really scrapbooking digitally this way!

  13. Way to pull a *stacy*…again. What a useful reminder to focus on what we all need to. xoxo

  14. sharolyn says:

    Wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing all you do!

  15. Love this idea Stacy! I’m going to do this “right now”. lol Thanks so much for the inspiration. And I am also eagerly awaiting you new Photo Freedom workshop.

  16. Stacy, I know how you love chocolate. I got this off of a bb I frequent (thanks Rachel). Hope you like it.


    1. If you’ve got melted chocolate all over your hand, you’re eating it too slow.

    2. Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices & strawberries all count as fruit so eat as many as you want.

    3. Why is there no such organization as chocoholics? Because no one wants to quit.

    4. The problem: How to get two pounds of chocolate home from the store in a hot car? The solution: Eat it all in the parking lot.

    5. Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It’ll take the edge off your appetite and you’ll eat less.

    6. A nice box of chocolate can provide your total daily intake of calories in one place. Isn’t that handy?

    7. If you can’t eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer. But if you can’t eat all your chocolate, what’s wrong with you?

    8. If I eat an equal amount of dark chocolate and white chocolate, isn’t that a balanced diet? Don’t they actually counteract each other?

    9. Money talks. However, Chocolate sings – and singing sounds much better than plain old talking. Trade your money for chocolate – you’ll be happier.

    10. Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives make you look younger. So bring on the chocolate!

    11. If not for chocolate there would be no need for control top pantyhose. An entire garment industry would be devastated. How could we knowingly do that?!?

    12. Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today. That way you’ll get at least one thing crossed off your list today!

  17. karen schmidt says:

    Love the idea. I will have to do this also. thanks for inspiring us to do more with our families. For Easter, all the family came over to my house, once dinner was done it was nice enough weather to play outside in the front yard. We had three games happening all at once. Us girls where playing volleyball with our daughters, a father and son where playing football and a father and daughter where playing frizbee. some of the kids where playing on bikes and some where going from game to game. it was awesome. my brother in law grabbed my camera and was taking pics. I haven’t looked at them yet but can’t wait to see what he captured.

  18. This is a great idea Stacy. I’m going to get started on this right away for my family. Can’t wait to sign up as an alumni for your Photo Freedom class..I’ve been slacking on keeping up with all my photos.

  19. Suzanne B says:

    Love the idea Stacey. I need to apply this to my scrapbooking for sure — it doesn’t need to be perfect, just “enough.” Can’t wait for Photo Freedom class!

  20. Thanks for the ideas. The enough quotient could be applied to so many areas of my life! Love the idea of the empty egg, too!

  21. What a wonderful idea for a quickie page that will have lasting meaning!

  22. I love the concept of “enough quotient.” I do a variety of “Life Right Now” layouts for each of my kids about 3-4 times a year. (This subject is what I blogged about last summer at Write Click Scrapbook.) I figure that if I fill in these with layouts from the past as well, it will be enough. I’ve been doing these for about 4 years now and they are some of my favorite layouts to look back on. The very little details you’d otherwise forget are without price.

  23. I love this idea of what’s happening right now. I have to do this with my family. wonderful idea, can’t wait to hear more about the whole EQ concept.

  24. love this idea! – Just a snippet of your lives and a fmily photo – so fun! I do a ten on tuesday – much like E.Dillow used to do and it helps me sort of re-live my week so that I’m not just letting life pass me by – I always include three photos and last year invisioned printing it al out for an album- but didn’t get to it and have decided that on-line ‘scrapbooking’ is not a bad deal after all – lol.

  25. Super idea for RIGHT NOW!

  26. Mmmmm, raspberry muffins sound yummy. YES, please DO share the recipe!

  27. Love this idea. Thanks for sharing! And love that you got the whole family in the shot!

  28. Hey Stacy, I already posted, but just got curious. Is that Darcie on the papercoterie.com website? I thought it looked like her on the “We are” book.

  29. Love this idea!

  30. Yay another *simple* way of documenting our life. Thank you.

    So giddy excited to be apart of your maiden voyage of Finding Photo Freedom! Thanks to LOM 2010, I’ve got the printed photos under control. But, my digital work flow and 24,000+ digital photos still have me overwhelmed and paralyzed with all the options available. It’s like you created this new focus just for me exactly when I needed it. I’m so looking forward to your magically inspiring perspective. THANK YOU for being so generous to the alumni.

  31. Stacy, your post is a lovely record of “where your family is” in life; what a good idea :)

    I also wanted to thank you for offering your new class to LOM alumni free of charge. I’m interested to see how your library system has evolved since I first took the class in 2007, and now I can participate in the re-vamped version. Thank you so much for your generosity!

  32. I ould love Taft’s recipe for raspberry muffins – my mom loves respberry anything and I’m always looking for something new to make her. Love your blog. You’re such an inspiration.

  33. Even though I’ve already commented on this post, I had to pop back in to say a huge THANK YOU from this LOM alum. I am so very, very excited! I cannot even begin to tell you how much I appreciate your generosity. I look forward to June 2 and the following ten weeks. :)

  34. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

    On Thursday I did my first ever ‘right now’ entry on my blog in response to the following ‘right now’ challenge I came across on Kelly Willette’s Blog:


    Here is the link to the ‘right now’ blog entries.


  35. stacy, i love this idea!! and i love it when you are on the roundtable. you do not talk too much!! keep up the great work!!

  36. Hi Stacy,
    please give my compliments to Chase on his A in frensh, I thought that was a horribly hard language to learn! I was a total failure…
    Love to you both, Monica

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