Question from Colleen …

Colleen’s Question: I clicked on your blog and the last post was Nov 2012. Is this correct or am I doing something wrong?
Thanks for making this world so colorful and Happy!

Answer from Stacy: No, Colleen you aren’t doing anything wrong. I just haven’t been blogging! I have had urges to post, but nothing strong enough to drive me to actually sit down and do it.
Thanks for the kick in the pants!

So, here I am. It’s a fine Wednesday morning and I’m eager to make that November date go away. But, has it really been two months? Goodness. SO MUCH has transpired …

Our BPC event in Hawaii was (in my opinion) a GREAT success. We were joined by 24 fantastic ladies in a mad dash for the beach on 12/12/12 at 12:12 and together we made a delightful project celebrating life in 2012. I was able to meet students that I’ve grown close to over the years, as well as new friends, who decided to come to Hawaii, simply because it seemed like a good thing to do! We all left with plenty of happy memories to carry us into the new year.

Note: We had many requests to make my 2012 Yearbook in a Snap! project available, that we’ve now turned the online event into a self-paced class. All the information is HERE.

Christmas was perfect. My family travelled to Seattle for several days and my mother is second to none when it comes to honoring tradition and sprinkling magic on the world around her. Picture a living room and dining area straight out of a magazine photo-shoot and then picture a lovely hostess with a sprig of holly in her hair.  You’ve just imagined my mother and her home. Even now at 72, she prepares food from scratch and prints up dinner invitations that include a Christmas Eve program with lots of singing and sharing. To be honest, it’s hard to believe it is all real, but it is.

The absolute highlight of Christmas was (for me) the chance to Skype Clark, our missionary. He is doing GREAT. Loving the chance to teach and serve others and speaking Spanish like a Mexican (or so say the people he is working with!) Yes, all is well on the family front!

And … thanks to the Amazon app on my iPhone, which I used to shop on the go, my children fared well enough.

Geoff and I have just returned from a cruise in the Caribbean. We sailed with 12 or so other couples and had a wonderful (and very relaxing) time. The highlight for me, was an excursion to Tulum to see Mayan ruins that are nothing short of amazing. We LOVED our tour and especially our native tour-guide who was full of fascinating facts and meaningful insights.

I was a bit rushed in my preparations for this get-a-way so I didn’t get a book to read. I was going to download something to my iPad when we landed in Florida, but Geoff handed me his book on the flight and never had it returned. The other highlight on this cruise was THIS book, Washington: The Indispensable Man
This is not something I would have selected on my own to read, but it is now in my top five, all time BEST books. I’m a slow and very deliberate reader and I loved that I had 6 days to really chew on the story of George Washington’s life and his contributions to the American revolution and the United States of America. Mr. Washington was not a perfect man, but he was truly a remarkable man and a visionary leader. I am so thankful for the serendipity that allowed me the opportunity to read this! You’ll be glad to know that I used the previously mentioned Amazon app to purchase a new copy to return to the lender. Obviously, I tore this copy up pretty bad, but I also underlined extensively and (seriously) cannot bear to part with those passages and quotes. It is that good!

Off and on and now more on than off, I am preparing to teach the next session of Finding Photo Freedom. I am spending time with my digital images. I am purging and rating and tagging them and I am reminded that there is NOT a better or more fulfilling hobby on the planet than scrapbooking. I may have slacked in my blogging, but I remain a devoted photo-enthusiast thoroughly convinced that your pictures can change your outlook and your life. There is so much goodness in everyday images.

If you wish you had a better handle on your collection of pictures (prints and digital) come take my class.
I will help you!

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