do me a favor on my birthday …

I want to publicly thank all those who made the effort to come to Doodlebug yesterday. I woke up very tired this morning, boarded a plane home and arrived just in time to teach Sunday school. I’m hanging out with my family now and I’m overcome with a wonderful feeling of gratitude to be alive and to celebrate 47 years on this planet. I’m blessed with wonderful, faithful parents who are in good health and I have fantastic siblings (most of whom I was able to see last night) who are working hard and raising happy families. I know without a doubt that peace and contentment come from striving to live as the Savior Jesus Christ taught. I (like you) frequently wonder if I’m doing the right things and making all the right choices. I often feel overwhelmed and I struggle to feel balanced, but when I’m still and prayerful I feel peace. Yesterday confirmed for me that even in the midst of my imperfection and struggles I have the ability to lift and encourage other women. I can assure them (and you) that what we do matters (in a big way.) For some reason, it is my opportunity to help others let go of guilt and obligation and embrace the potential we have to be and feel joyful. I have a gift that I recognize as God-given and I freely acknowledge that it is my Father in Heaven that sustains me in my work and in my life.

Much of the satisfaction that I draw from everyday life comes because I scrapbook. Not because I make or complete actual scrapbooks, but because I have learned to recognize happy memories in the very moment that they are being made. I happily wield a camera, which allows me to freeze time, so that I can more vividly remember the people, places and things that have blessed and shaped me.  Please remember that what we do and how we do it are not as important as why we do it. Please believe that any effort you make to honor a memory with a photo and words counts as scrapbooking, memory keeping, story telling—whatever you want to call it. It all counts!

Please do me a favor on my birthday … Today (or sometime this week) sit down with scrapbooks you have created and read and laugh and cry and remember. Instead of thinking about all you have to do, think about all you have done.

Life is amazingly grand and good.
Come back tomorrow to learn what I want to do in the next year of my life.

It will make you happy.


Comments

  1. Happy Birthday Stacy! I enjoyed the video chat yesterday – you are so much fun!! May the Lord bless you as you look ahead to your 48th year!

  2. Dawn Jones says:

    Happy Birthday Stacy! Have a blessed year!

  3. Happy Birthday Stacy! Hope you have an awesome day.

  4. I will do it! I finished a mini-album today and I tried to channel you while making it. I just kept telling myself – don’t worry so much about it being perfect – just have fun. How would Stacy do it? Mainly because I heard you say on PRT you sat down the night before the podcast and made 3.5 mini albums. Mine has taken me a week. I want to get to somewhere in the middle of those two. LOL! Hope you make time to rest and relax on your bday!

  5. Happy birthday wonderful Stacy

  6. Shereen says:

    Happy Birthday to you!

  7. Heather says:

    Happy birthday Stacy!! What a great idea to take a minute to enjoy all our memories. I can’t wait to see what you have planned for this year!! Thank you for letting us all tag along with you

  8. Happy Birthday Stacy!!!!! Thanks for all the inspiration and color you bring to our lives!!!!!

  9. Happy Birthday, STacy! There is no one who has inspired me more than you and I am so grateful for all you’ve done to encourage me on my memory keeping journey.

    I spent a few hours this afternoon looking for a photo that my (now 34 yr. old) daughter was wanting from her childhood. I’m sure that I never took a photo of her running and it was a huge part of her extra-curricular activity list. It made me very sad that I did such an awful job of saving memories for my children – it’s my biggest regret of motherhood actually. But then I read your words and realized that even though the photo is missing we still have the memories and the stories of that time. Perhaps they are stronger because the pictures are missing. I will write some of them down for her as a birthday gift this year so that she can savour that part of her history. See – you inspired me again! Thanks so much.

  10. Stacy – thank you for all you do for women (and their families) everywhere (including all the way around the world to me here in New Zealand) by encouraging memory-making and memory-keeping. I try to look at my completed pages before I begin a scrapbooking session and find it very affirming to see the stories captured there. It’s a great idea and I will make a point of turning the pages of an album or two today (while humming “Happy Birthday to Stacy” as I do!).

  11. Laurel says:

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing your life with us.

  12. Jenn T says:

    Love you lady!!

  13. Happy Birthday, Stacy! You are such an inspiration!

  14. Happy Birthday Stacy! I spent time looking at our scrapbooks with my parents today. We laughed, we cried and remembered so many other stories. It was such a wonderful way to spend time with them. I love my scrapbooks!!!

  15. Happy, happy birthday, Stacy! Thank you so much for all your inspiration, beautiful thoughts, and words. What a gift you have given to all of us – the encouragement to tell our stories the best way we can. It is from you way back at the first Creative Escape that I learned that it’s telling our stories, not necessarily in any particular order, that is the most important part of scrapbooking. It gave me the freedom to step out of my OCD box and create the many pages/books that our family enjoys all the time. :)

  16. What a wonderful post. My father died recently and it was such a blessing to be able to look back at the pictures I have and remember all the good times we shared. But it isn’t just at these times – its important on the days where we are celebrating life like birthdays and we can see all the things they we have achieved instead of worrying about getting old.

  17. Thank you once again for your amazing inspiration and testimony! Happy birthday to you!!!!

  18. Theresa says:

    This is a wonderful uplifting message Stacy! You always have the most interesting and thought provoking things to say. Happy Birthday!

  19. As always, your words have inspired ME! Happy, happy birthday to you, I truly hope it was a great one.

  20. Stacy,
    You do have an amazing gift! From an amazing Gift Giver. This post was so beautiful and so You. The thing I admire most about you is your ability to find and celebrate the JOY in life and to share that JOY with other people. It encourages me so much and inspires me so much to come here to your space and glean wisdom from you.
    I’m gonna go snuggle up with my albums, and I’m going to be waiting with baited breath for your next Finding Photo Freedom class so I can get a refresher for I have lost my way in scrapbooking!!!
    In the meantime, I continue to come here and am energized by your words.
    Looking forward to your idea!!!

  21. I’m going to do it! Thanks for great reminders. I hope you had a wonderful day and that your coming year will be amazing!

  22. Happy Birthday girl! I cannot wait to see what you have up that cute sleeve of yours next. I will do this…I think I’ll do it tonight. I have to admit I don’t often look at my most complete scrapbooks. Partly it’s just not something I do in the day to day hubbub but partly it’s because I miss my mom sooooo much and it makes me cry to see those pictures of her with her beautiful granddaughters and my dad and all of us. Good tears but tears none the less. The anniversary of her death was Friday and I’ve been a bit of a mess all weekend. Maybe a good cry is really all I need.

    Wish I’d been there yesterday. Gave it enough thought to look at flights and then talked myself out of it. Another time I hope. :)

  23. Katherine L says:

    Happy Birtthday! Sounds like you had a terrific weekend! That’s awesome! Can’t wait to see what you have coming for us!!!

  24. Phyllis says:

    Happy Birthday Stacy! You bring so much fun and color to so many lives!

  25. bea medwecky says:

    Happy Birthday Stacy! Thanks so much for adding joy to so many lives. I loved, loved, loved Clark’s video. Sons in college are so much fun!

  26. Happy birthday, Stacy. Thanks for the idea. I made a date with my scrapbooks tomorrow. thank you for your positive attitude about scrapbooking. You have made a difference in my life even if we never have met.
    Karen G

  27. What a beautiful sentiment. I rarely find time to be “still,” and yet every time I do I feel so content and at peace. And I’ve learned one thing this past year, that I, even a little 34 year old housewife in Saratoga Springs Utah, can make a difference. I feel it’s a huge thing to lift others up and I take it very seriously.

    Thank you for always being so positive, upbeat, and at peace with yourself and your life. You’re an inspiration!

  28. HAPPY BIRTHDAY STACY!!!

  29. I will do that when I get back in town. I am excited to see the layouts I just had printed at Persnickety–bunches of layouts I’ve done in Twelve! And I am so with you on the freezing moments in time. It is so worth it! Hope you have had a wonderful birthday!!

  30. Julie Fallon MD says:

    Happy Birthday & thank you!
    My daughter had a friend over that turned into a sleepover and I was bemoaning missing The Creative Crop on BPS! My daughters friend wandered into my craft room when I was trying to finish my first and only challenge, she wanted to look at the scrapbooks. So I stopped and we all enjoyed looking at the albums! This young girl had no hobbies or activities outside of school and said she usually watches TV all weekend! I found an old, unused album and kit to give her when she left. NSD is about sharing our beloved hobby. Thx for giving me insight regarding this! ( I do which we had more time to finish the challenges!,?)

  31. Happy Birthday!

    We’ve been tackling our “Bonus Room” over the weekend in preparation for upcoming company. With remodeling projects, that poor room turned into a giant storage pit, but we were thankful that we have it to use for storage. While cleaning/sorting/purging, I ran across my LOM, LOTS and LOTS of boxes of pictures (that are NOT yet organized), old photo disks, old scrapbooks and photo albums…. as well as my copy of PHOTO FREEDOM. ;) (I tell you… You are SUCH an inspiration!) Taking a quick glance, I did enjoy finding (many of) them and bringing a smile (or two) to my face. Hope you had a FANTASTIC BIRTHDAY!

  32. Theresa Erwin says:

    Happy Birthday Stacy! I didn’t accomplish much getting pictures to paper this weekend, but had fun making memories instead!

  33. AnnieB says:

    Happy Birthday, Stacy!I’m gald you are home safe and sound and hope it was a wonderful day for you.

    What a wonderful, inspirational class at the Doodlebug Event! My daughter and I (we are both RS Presidents in our wards!) were in your last class sitting on the front row. We talked about your presentation all the way home. We learned so much and especially loved hashing over EQ and guilt and obligation.

    You do, indeed, lift and encourage and we were very blessed to have been in attendance. Thank you.

  34. Happy Birthday Stacy!

    Thanks for your choices about Scrapbooking, you inspiring me in so many ways…with my family, with my work, with my future.

    I hope that you have a great day and the balance come to your life for sure.

  35. Happy Birthday, Stacy! And thank you for inspiration – and your smile!

  36. I’m so glad you were born Stacy! You being you has made a difference in me being me :) wishing you peace of heart and mind in the coming year of your life.

  37. Allie.Duckienz says:

    Happy Bday Stacy! I am so glad to ‘have’ you in my life. Thanks for all the inspiration and the love xxx

  38. Kathy Jo Camacho says:

    Happy Birthday Stacy. May you be blessed this year and always. Thank you for touching my life.

  39. Sheryl H says:

    My birthday wish for you: a year filled with happiness and unlimited good karma! Enjoy!

  40. Jill B says:

    Happy Birthday! As always you are giving and loving. Enjoy you day!!

  41. Nicky from Canada says:

    Hope you had an amazing day and the year ahead brings you lots of love and laughter

  42. Will do and Happy Birthday! Enjoyed the crop on Saturday. Did not have my act together enough to photo and post my layout (I only did one — but it is a good one!) I wrote down all the challenges, and plan to do them as I scrap this week — wonderful event.

    I so enjoy scrapbooking and I love looking at my old books — my style has changed, but even when I look at my old pages, I am so thankful that I found this hobby and began recording memories, not just storing my photos. Thank you for your continued words of encouragement and inspirational ideas.

  43. Happy Belated Birthday Stacy! I hope your day was restful and filled with family love. Can’t wait to hear about what you’ve decided to do for the next year.

  44. karen keiper says:

    You and my husband share a birthday! I hope you had a great day. My husband got slippers, did you?? Thanks for all you do. Karen

  45. Susan Ringler says:

    For you wonderful Stacy, I will do that!!! Hope your birthday was grand. We love you!

  46. Karyn Halter says:

    Happy Birthday Stacy! Have wonderful day an da blessed year. Thank you for the inspriration you give to us a woman. I so enjoyed your blog and praising the Lord Jesus Christ! God Bless you and your family. I look forward to your message tomorrow!

  47. Beth H says:

    Happy Birthday Stacy! You have certainly been an inspiration and encouragement to me in my memory keeping journey!

  48. Cathy L. says:

    This is a beautiful post. Happy birthday, Stacy!

  49. Cassie G says:

    Thanks for the reminder Stacy! My daughter and i will enjoy browsing through memories today.
    Have a wonderful birthday!

  50. Happy Birthday Stacy!! You deserve it!!

    Thank you for all you do, you are a wonderful example of life lived to it’s fullest!

    I will definitely be savoring our memories with my girls this week (just got some digi-layouts – including 2011 and 2012 week in the life back from Persnickity Yay!)

    I enjoy your blog posts hearing your perspective and learning about your faith (mine is wavering mightily right now) and it lifts me up when you talk about yours!!

  51. AnneMarie says:

    Thank you SO much for coming to Utah to Doodlebug on Saturday. You have no idea how much I needed to hear what you had to say. So, yes, you absolutely do have the ability to “lift and encourage other women.”

    Happy Birthday–hope this year is your best ever!

  52. Happy Birthday Stacy!!!
    It is also my 12th anniversary, which has been a very fun, happy and rewarding journey!

  53. Happy birthday, Stacy! Thanks for your message. I’m reading it as I sit in my 12 year old’s hospital room- he broke his ankle yesterday and had surgery this morning. We talked a lot this morning about how we’d spend our time this week since he’ll be home recuperating. He said he wanted to look at all the “memory” books in my craft room- totally made my day. :-)

    • Oh No! Life is full of fun and interesting surprises eh? That is fantastic that he’ll be recuperating with happy memories!!

  54. I’d be glad to do this favor for you on your birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day.

  55. ana smith says:

    so glad you had a splendid birthday. ps….your blog post always make me happy and leave me with a smile. Thank You.

  56. Jenny McGee says:

    Happy Birthday Stacy. Glad you had a great and uplifting day. Take care.

  57. TracyBzz says:

    HaPpY bIrThDaY sTaCy!!! Hope you had a wonderful day :)

  58. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Stacy, Happy Birthday to you!

  59. First off, Happy Birthday!! I am so glad that my daughter, mom & I got to spend time with you on Saturday. I was feeling a little bad about spending two Saturdays in a row away from my hubby and son. So, when I got home, I thanked my hubby for letting me go a second weekend to fill my creative bucket. He said that he is happy that I have an outlet to be able to get away from my obligations and to do something I want to do. Just as long as I don’t leave EVERY weekend, he’s okay with it. So, thanks again for putting such a fun event together. I look forward to the next time I get to go to Doodlebug.

  60. jeanette says:

    Happy Birthday Stacy – you are such an inspiration of positivity in my life !
    jeanette in Melbourne

  61. Kathy L says:

    Wow, Stacy, what an absolutely amazing post! It was so beautiful to hear your appreciation for everything in your life and it makes me want to look at my life through new eyes. So positive and upbuilding and thank you so much for sharing such personal feelings with all of your readers.

  62. C. Trimble says:

    I was one of the lucky ones! You inspired me. I wanted to cry (a happy cry!) during your presentation. I came home and told my husband all about it. I’m sure he didn’t “get” it, but I LOVED every minute of you. Thank you. Seriously. Thank you! Happy Birthday. You made my May!

  63. TerrieF says:

    Happy Birthday! Can’t wait to hear about your goals for the upcoming year…something tells me they will be daunting, but doable.

  64. Happy birthday Stacy! Thank you for all you do. Wishing you joy.

  65. Happy Birthday. I have college kids and could sooooo appreciate Clarke’s humor on what we do! We know they love us expecially when they poke fun at us!!!!!

  66. Tracy Moniz says:

    I hope you have a wonderful birthday, Stacy – and thanks for the encouragement to LOOK AT OUR PAGES! So often we are “too busy”, lucky to have time to complete a new page, much less look at those we have filed away in our albums. We need to – we need to look at them and remember the same joy, excitement, tears, or contentment that we felt when we created them. And they inspire us to create more – we are our own best role model.

    Happy birthday – hope the next year is the best yet! :)

  67. Happy Birthday Stacy! Thank you for spending your birthday weekend in Utah. I truly felt inspired by your message. I didn’t plan on crying in one of the happiest buildings I have ever been in! Thank you for sharing your gift with us. Thank you for being such an inspiration to me in so many ways-may it be physical, emotional or spiritual. THANK YOU!

  68. Lindsay says:

    Happy Birthday! I’ll have to make time for looking at MY books. Great idea. I just LOVE all your inspiration. You really are a role model for me!

  69. scrapper al says:

    Happiest of birthdays to you!

  70. Mary-Lou says:

    Trick question? Because when I came back the day after your birthday there was no update – so is that what you want to do for the next year – not blog? Oh I hope not, I enjoy your posts. Hoping that your family made such a fuss over your birthday you are just recovering from all the excitement and just finishing all the unwrapping.

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