Friday, March 25, 2011

This is Why I'm a Keeper

"Mom, why do you keep all that STUFF?"
The card above is part of why I am a "keeper", and "saver". When I was a young girl I started saving greeting cards that I received. Sad to say I don't have all of them. However, I do have quite a few of them. The card above was always one of my favorites, and it came from my Great Aunt Elizabeth Vandenberg Keller. She was the sister to my Grandmother Mary Vandenberg Westerman. Aunt Elizabeth was a great story teller, so many of my aunts and uncles were. I wish I had the talent that they had in capturing their audience of nieces, nephews and their family members. Aunt Elizabeth wrote many letters to me over the years. I have saved some of them. Now I wish I had them all. When I started saving my cards, I remember keeping them in a special box. I loved reviewing each and everyone of them from time to time. I remember wishing I had the cute hairstyle that the girl on this card had, and Oh, how I would have loved to had the telephone too! The best part was always inside...the sweet message, but the best was how she always signed ....Love Aunt Elizabeth in her beautiful scrolling hand writing.
When I look at this card even today, and the other cards I have, it brings a wonderful memory alive in my heart, even when that special person is no longer here with me. Oh yes, I'm a keeper, a saver....and I will continue to enjoy the cherished memories looking at my"stuff" brings. and YES, I still save most of my cards! Just can't part with them. They make wonderful bookmarks and are a great reminder when I open my book, and find them inside with whatever sentiment is tucked inside of them. Yes indeed, I'm a keeper!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I've Got a Secret

I am so excited. I found an old movie on DVD that my Mom and I used to always watch together (it was an old movie then, even older now!!!). The title is "I Remember Mama". My Mom used to let me stay up to watch old movies with her. This "special" treat started when I was very sick and had to take medicine at regular intervals. Instead of making me go to sleep, then waking me up for the last dose, she would let me stay up and watch TV with her. At that time, there were late night movies on. (Sometimes I wonder if it really was very late, or if in my child mind it just seemed very late!) This movie was always one of our favorites. I ordered it from WalMart, online. The suspense of waiting for it to arrive grew each day. Finally today, my copy came. I have not told Mom that I found and ordered it yet. I plan on having her out for a special viewing, with treats and snacks. I can still remember my favorite parts of the movie and can't wait to share watching it with Mom again. I think we will probably look through family photos while watching. We are always multi-taskers around this house! haha.
I thought about saving the movie until Mother's Day, but I know I can not wait that long to watch it with her. So-- time to check the calendar and set up a movie day! Because you know " I Remember Mama"

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


So Amber started the Clarisonic want/need off by getting the first one. After Chelsee & Kristin saw how great it was for the skin, they both want/needed one. After research by all of we discovered that it might be a possible answer to some skin care issues that they were having. If this works, it would be better than using medication, and be better for the whole body. So, we found a promotion where there was a great buy two with a price reduction, plus some free stuff. So birthday gifts for both Kristin & Chelsee! Kristin chose lavender and Chelsee chose the turquoise. Also, this was really cool, we ordered them right from the Clarisonic web site. They offer free engraving, so they each have their first name engraved right on the MIA! How cool is that. The Mia is actually a smaller version of the larger Clarisonic, but will be great for travel and regular use. Feels so good to find a product that will be helpful!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sticky Notes

I'm Praying For YOU!
Wow, what wonderful words. I have a pack of sticky notes that are called. Stuck on You Faith Notes. There are 100 Heavenly Ways to Say "I Care". Little sticky notes with wonderful quotes and bible verses. Tonight as I was flipping through the pages, one page flipped right open and it said, "I'm praying for you" on it. I thought WOW, that is one of the most simple, profound, empowering statements. To say that you are praying for someone, to give them the support of your own very personal prayers. I can't imagine a better way to show support, care and love. To know that you are not alone in whatever is in your life. Not only is GOD there always with you, there is also that special someone, that is saying " I'm Praying for YOU! How wonderful.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Roll a Day! HA

I have been craving some of the home made cinnamon rolls that I make. I was off today, and thought maybe I would make some. I usually mix them up in my Bread machine, which is so quick and easy to use. I went to get my bread machine, and realized...OH wasn't in the pantry where I keep it. THAT's when I realized I forgot to bring it back home from Omaha. So no rolls today, or tomorrow..but soon. I hate to admit, I didn't even consider making them the conventional way.