Thursday, May 10, 2012

Life Lessons

As a mother of 5 and a homeschooler, I am constantly keeping my eyes and ears open for anything that will help our daily lives run smoother.  I've found that our dynamics change so often that what was tried and true last month is totally useless now; this has become more and more true as the children 5 and above become more and more of themselves.  One of the places I have found great inspiration and hands on practical knowledge is from the Duggar family - when their show first came out I would tape it so that I could really listen and go back and listen some more to the truths that worked for their family.  Later as it became a weekly show, while we still enjoyed watching as a family some of the little details were missing, so I began reading their books.  While our family is not the same as theirs, our values are very similar and I truly appreciate the Duggar family being so open about their lives because in a day and age when large families are not the norm - I need some help!

You can imagine my excitement when I found out the Duggars were only going to be 2 hours away from us at a marriage conference!  So for the first time I left all 5 of the dudes with a baby sitter and my hubby and I headed off for a day away.  It was wonderful to be together, it was wonderful to actually hear Jim Bob and Michelle speak and share exactly what I needed at that moment, and it was wonderful to eat and shop a little just the 2 of us.  I was thrilled to find a Michaels and an AC Moore right next to each other, go figure!  And so I headed in with my trusty coupons to find something...

I quickly filled up my basket as would be expected, but I chose to use my coupon on a new tape dispenser by glue art - a glue glider pro.  I had seen this advertised in my magazines, but I never had a chance to actually find one in the stores; another yea thing for my day.  So when I saw that Glue Arts had offered up a challenge for NSD I just had to participate and scrap the topic of the day!  (I didn't make a card because I wouldn't be sending it to the Duggars, but I did want to document a mom who really inspires me!)  Isn't it amazing what your mind links together!  LOL  I also found this sketch and loved it so I decided to participate there too.

Here is the sketch I used:

And here is what I created using my April Scrapbook Nook kit (Crate) and my Glue Arts:



  1. How exciting to meet the Duggar's. I love how you did your layout. The title and all your elements..fabulous! Thanks so much for joining us at Sketchabilities and good luck with your homeschooling.

  2. how awesome is this? i love that you were able to meet them and love all your layering on your layout!

  3. Wow, your layout looks fantastic! I love all the layering behind the photos & the little pops of red here & there. Great take on the sketch...thanks for playing along at Sketchabilities :)

  4. Your layout is amazing, I love all the layers! Thank you for joining us at Sketchabilities!