Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Happy Couple

Although each majored in some type of engineering, my niece Becca met her future husband Sam in the marching band at the University of Minnesota where they both played sousaphone. With their similar interests in music, math, and science, and their faith in God, their romance blossomed. On their wedding day, you could see the happiness beaming from their faces.

Antiquity Collection by Jen Reed (string, re-colored)
Freebie Template 31 by Delores Schaeffer of Peach Dove Designs
Font: Georgia

Notice that this lovely template is a freebie!  Snap it up on Delores' blog here

Jen Reed's beautiful kit, My Fair Lady, is available now at her store.


Friday, July 26, 2013

Worth the Hike

My favorite memory of our 1972 family trip to the Rockies was the hike to Grinnel Glacier in Glacier National Park. At the end of the trail, we could look back and see the three lakes we skirted on the way up. It was a truly glorious view!

For Spacious Skies by Jennifer Ziegler at


Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Dog's Life

It's a dog's life!  Specifically, it's the life of Riley, my sister's family's dog.

0613 Ad Challenge Template by Jen Reed
CU paw print shape; Font: Arial Rounded MT Bold, Ravie


October 1, 2009
Riley is a miniature golden doodle, a cross between a golden retriever and a miniature poodle. He joined my sister’s family on October 1, 2009, when he was just a few weeks old. At first he was a little apprehensive about his new home, but he quickly adapted.

November 30, 2009
After six weeks in his new home, Riley had grown a lot, including his tongue! Riley had become used to being around my sister’s family and lapped up all the attention he got. As he grew bigger, he slept less and played more. He grew very skilled at chewing and destroying the new toys he was given.

March 24, 2010
After five and a half months in his new home, Riley looked much more like a dog and less like a puppy. When off his leash, he loved to dash around the yard. His personality was very loving. He was a joy to my sister’s family, even if he did shred every sock he found.


Saturday, July 20, 2013


Wearing sunglasses is an enduring fascination for our boys, as you can tell by the their ages in this fun collection of photos. Hope this makes you smile!


You Melt My Heart by Jen Reed (striped paper used as overlay for background paper)
Stories 365: Hex Template by Jen Reed (a FREEBIE HERE on Jen's web page)
Geometric by Jen Reed (red numbers; kit a FREEBIE HERE on Jen's blog)
Fonts: Tahoma, Matura MT Script Capitals, Stencil, Cooper Black, Impact 

1. 1986: When Harry and I put some Joe Cool glasses on David (4 mo), we laughed, so David did, too.
2. 1990: John (3) loved the weird pair of glasses he received for Christmas.
3. 2005: Steven thought he was a cool dude in his suit, shades and baseball cap.
4. 2010: John showed off the clown gear he got in our family’s white elephant game.
5. 1991: Steven (3), David (6), and John (4) posed on the couch with their weird glasses.
6. 2005: Steven preened in front of the bathroom mirror with a strange do and shades.

You Melt My Heart, the collection I used to make this page, is UNDER $2 in Jen Reed's store.  Click here to grab it!

Did you smile?


Friday, July 19, 2013

Special Delivery

Grace was born in 2012, the seventh generation of a line that started more than 150 years earlier with her Great (x 5) Grandma Hohenstein. What a special delivery!

I made this page using Family Ties, a new heritage kit by Jen Reed.  It is 20% off this weekend only! Click on the image below to check it out.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Model Husband and Father

Harry is an amazing role model. He is a loving husband and wonderful father. He is godly, considerate, faithful and hard-working, a man of integrity and perseverance. I am blessed that he is my husband and the father of our sons. It’s an added bonus that he looks good posing for pictures.

After I made this layout for Harry for Fathers' Day, our computer's hard drive died. Fortunately, I had printed out a copy for him. This page is scanned from the original, so the quality is not as good as usual. I am just happy I have the layout in some form. Isn't Harry a great model?


Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Story Behind Split Rock Lighthouse

Did you know that it is hard to navigate by compass in Lake Superior because of the vast deposits of iron ore and other metals in northern Minnesota? This fact, along with temperatures 13 degrees below zero and thirty-foot high waves made the "storm of the century" on November 28, 1905, very deadly for those on Lake Superior. That storm cost 35 seamen their lives and wrecked or heavily damaged 29 vessels of various types. Split Rock Lighthouse was a direct result of that storm and others like it as ship owners lobbied for a lighthouse to provide a better way to navigate on Superior's North Shore. Harry and I learned this and  more when we visited Split Rock Lighthouse as we last September.

July Ad Challenge Template by Jen Reed;  Pirate Code by Jen Reed

1: (Center photo) Harry and I posed by the anchor of the Madeira, one of the 29 vessels wrecked or badly damaged on Lake Superior in a storm on November 28, 1905. 35 seamen also lost their lives. Following the great storm loss, ship owners lobbied for a lighthouse on the North Shore, and Split Rock Lighthouse was built in 1910. There were no roads in the area then, so all building materials and other supplies were shipped in and hauled up the 130-foot cliff using a steam-powered derrick. The beacon was produced when a large lens, floating on a mercury bath and turning by means of a clockwork mechanism driven by 250 pound weights, magnified an oil vapor lamp’s light. The beacon shown every 10 seconds and was visible directly in good weather 22 miles away. At times the glow could be seen as far north as Grand Marais, 60 miles away. 

2: (top left, Anna and Harry) We met Harry’s sister Anna at Split Rock and enjoyed many of the exhibits together, as you can see here.

3: (middle left, main buildings) The octagonal light tower stood next to a separate fog signal building. Kerosene and gas were stored elsewhere.

4: (bottom left, keepers’ homes) The head lighthouse keeper, the assistant keepers and their families lived nearby in identical homes.

 5: (top right, fog horn) A gasoline-driven air compressor, housed in its own building, originally ran the sirens for the fog signal.

 6: (middle right, lens) A third order, bi-valve type Fresnel lens magnified the light of a 55mm incandescent oil vapor lamp that burned kerosene.

 7: (bottom left, view) The rugged beauty of the Split Rock Lighthouse makes it a favorite for visitors and an icon for Minnesota.

I used a free template from Jen Reed to create this page.  Stop by her blog here to pick it up.  Link your page back to Jen's blog so we all can admire your work.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Love Birds

After 32 years of married life together, I love my wonderful husband more than ever.

Brandy Murry: Value Pack: Cottage Rose, 19 Hearts Embellishment Biggie (lace); Amanda Fraijo-Tobin: ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Absolutely Blended; This page was submitted to the 7/2 Tuesday Freebie Challenge at Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking.


Monday, July 1, 2013

Friends and Brothers

I love the boys' smiles and enthusiasm in this photo. When I was asked to make a page about friends, I immediately thought of this picture. I'm glad my sons are good friends.

In this photo, David, John and Steven were celebrating the completion of their enormous sand castle, which you can't really see in the photo above.  If you are curious about what it looked like, click on the links below to see layouts featuring their sand castle.

Playing in the Sand
What Goes Up Must Come Down!
No Matter the Season ...

My layout and an explanation of one technique I used on the above page are featured in a Scrap Girls Digital Scrapbooking newsletter you can read here.

Hope this made your smile!