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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My First Crop Night

Hello ladies!
I hope this day finds you warm inspite of this freezing weather we have been having. I do love it-I would love it more if there was actual snow on our ground-then the cold would be worth it!
Anyways, I wanted to give everyone advance notice of an upcoming Crop Night I will be having on January 9th from 6:00-10:00. It will be held at Trudy's workshop, as I do not have enough table space, but I will be the Host of this Crop-as you are my customers. I will be sending out actual announcements, but I wanted to put it on my blog too.
I am very excited about this. It will give us all a time to work on projects that we have put aside during this crazy Christmas season and things like LIFE. I will have another date to do this too, January 30 6:00-10:00 also. So please do me a favor and mark these dates on your calendars. I know so many of you have asked me for a time to do scrapbooking and I am taking the time away from my family to dedicate to you on these two nights for now. I hope you will come out to join me.
Warm toasy blessings**
DKL

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Aimee

Hello my friends,
It is already December 10! Time is flying by!! My youngest child turned 14 yesterday!!! I cannot believe it!! I just hope our struggles with his schooling will improve and he will finish the 8th grade. He is definitely smart enough-he just doesn't like school and so he has not put his all into it.
Anyways, come see me at BAA BAA. We are having a sale-ALL Christmas items are 30% off and Christmas ornaments are BUY1 GET 1 FREE!!! Plus you can come in and see my friendly face.
I know you all are not done with all your shopping yet, so get yourselves a going and come on in!!!
Have a great week-OH yeah and I am putting out a very special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my other daughter AIMEE BUCHERT-I love you sweetie-pie!!!
God Bless*DKL

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Well, it is December 4th. How is everyone doing with their Christmas shopping? I have bought for my parents, and for Lucie, Matt, Josh and Tori are getting money, and I think Ashley, Shelby and Anthony will get the same. That takes care of most of mine. Oriana is getting a babydoll, Mahalia is a little harder since she is turning the BIG 6 this weekend, we are getting the movie "Tinkerbell" for the both of them to share. I love my granddaughters. Plus we may be getting them both matching nightgowns too for Christmas morning. This is too fun....being a "grandma", that is!! And Christmas shopping too, although my husband would not agree-but phooey-he doesn't have to do it now does he? I will gladly accept all the fun!
I also have 3 birthday's this month that I have to take care of! Oh my goodness!! Somebody have a money tree I can pick off of?
I will count them all as blessings, right? (power of positive thinking)
Hope your shopping is coming right along! Until later.
Blessings,
DKL

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I Bring You Good Tidings of Great Joy!!

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. –Luke 11:10-14


I wish I could have been one of the actual people receiving this message in person. I would love to have been sitting by the manger-looking at the face of the baby Jesus.
We are still blessed beyond measure though. We can talk to Him everyday, have a relationship with Him that is so unbelievable, I don't know about you, but I definitely take that for granted so often!
Happy December 2nd!!!
DKL

Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas time is Coming!

Happy December Ladies!
My Tree is decorated, my house is decorated, the only thing left is getting my wonderful husband to get some lights on the house somewhere. I guess I need to bake him some cookies or something to get him sweetened up first. He is not looking forward to the task of hanging lights. I may have to ask our best friend Tom to come help motivate. There will be a pumpkin pie in it for him!!
I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving. I am looking forward now to enjoying the season since the decorating is done. I love Christmas!
My work schedule is not too crazy so I get to enjoy it more time at home too.
I hope to do some baking with Lucie-we always have fun doing that! Whatever plans you have, we all know how blessed we are with the wonderful birth of Jesus at the center of our center of our celebration this month. God is good all the time, everyday!
Blessings**DKL

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Blessings in My Life

Hello to you all!
I have to say I have had a very good weekend. Croptoberfest was a HUGE success. I had 8 customers attend. Thank you to each and everyone. You made my day, and I look forward to more fun times scrapbooking with you.
Today in church we were thanking God for the blessings in our life, we started with, our life; that it is not the same as it used to be-that we have changed (hopefully for the better). Then next for our husbands or wives that we have; or if you are not married, that God will bring to your life in the future, or if you are widowed, thanking God for the time that He allowed you to have with that person. Then we thanked God for our children; even the black sheep of pasture (ha!ha!) God has plans for them, and I will cling to that promise as long as I live. Lastly, we thanked God for our church; we are so blessed to belong to a wonderful church that has a pastor and ministry leaders that do care about us, that DO NOT claim to be perfect, but love us and when the storms of life come against us, they are there. I know in my life they have proven that.
But another thing I thank God for is YOU; my friends, I am so blessed to have so many flowers in the garden of friendship. You each are so special, and my life is full with the love and fun times I have with the moments that we share.
Have a wonderful week-there are some changes getting ready to take place in my life where I will actually be able to spend more time with my friends again. Especially my BFF Lucie. I missed you sooooo much yesterday. Get thee to the doctor!! Or I will take you there myself!!
Blessings and Love,
Deb

Monday, November 3, 2008

What a Perfect Day for a Fireplace!

Hello my friends,
I hope this windy, rainy day is finding you all warm and toasty like myself. Right now I am curled up on my couch typing this blog in front of my wonderful fireplace. What a perfect day to have a fire going huh? I am so thankful!
So it must officially be fall huh? The wind, the cold chilly weather, the falling leaves, which I think are so beautiful!
I am looking forward to getting together with you ladies at the Croptoberfest. I have approximatley 10 people signed up to come. My record event ever!!! I can't wait!! I also am going to have a time at my house to make Christmas tags. It won't cost anything, just a time to get together and make some tags to put on your christmas presents this year. You might want to purchase your own Tag Maker so we won't have to share one the whole time. It will cost you only $26.50. Let me know in advance and I can order yours and have it for you in advance. We will have refreshments and just have some good old fashioned crafts and girlfriend time!!!
I hope you all have a great week-Blessings to you all!
DKL

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Missing My Friends!!

Hello my friends. I just wanted to post real quick while I had a moment to let you all know that I miss seeing you on a regular basis. Lucie, Heidi, Kathy, Carmen, just to name a few of you. When you work as much as I have, it really makes you appreciate even the smallest moments when I get to visit with my girlfriends.
I hope you will come to the Croptoberfest so we can catch up and spend some fun girl-time together. I have heard from Carmen, Heidi and 5 others, but LUCIE>>>>>>>>>>>> I am counting on you too!! You ARE my best friend y'know!!
I love you all, even though I may not have said it lately. And I praise God for the amazing new friendships He has blessed me with Becky, Dannell, just to name a couple.
Have a great week, and just remember to be Thankful for the wonderful blessings, like being able to stay at home. Enjoy those moments as they go by so darn fast!
Blessings and Love,
DKL

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Counting down the days!!!

Trick-or-Treaters in Old Town

Hi girls!
I finally had some down time to update my blog. I am working today at the Baa Baa Sheepskins in Old Town. My schedule today is from 10:00-6:00. It has been pretty busy today as we had over 600 trick-or-treaters come by the store to get a candy stick from me. So, yes, I handed out over 600 candy sticks. I had been given 300 originally. Then I had to call the main store and have them bring me more. It was so cute, there was so many amazing and adorable costumes. I was tickled to see the adults dress up with their kids as well. I really enjoyed seeing their cute and sometimes very scary faces. God really has blessed us with the miracle of children hasn't He? I love them!
I hope the rest of you are enjoying your Saturday. My honey misses me, and that is a good thing. When I get home I get the joy of spending time with Mahalia and Oriana. Life cannot get any better than that!!
Much love, Deb

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Working, working, working!

Hello my friends! Sorry it has been so long since I last updated my blog! I have been working some crazy hours, I LOVE IT!!! But it doesn't give me much free time. Oh how I miss FREE TIME!!
I am looking forward to Croptoberfest-November 15. You all will be receiving your invites in the mail next week for sure, please RSVP as soon as you can so I can get a head count. I am so excited!! It will be a fun day for everyone. And I know that you will all be satisfied with the progress you make.
If you need any supplies before that day comes, please remember to give me a call and we can get you all set up.
November 21, Jeff and I get to take a little trip down to Oakland to pick up Matt and Tori who are coming for Thanksgiving Vacation. Needless to say, WE CAN'T WAIT!!!! We miss those kids so much!
So the next couple of months things will be getting busier and busier, but we have so much to be thankful for as God does answer our prayers.
Have a great week ladies. God's sweetest blessings to each and everyone of you.

And don't forget to check out Lucie's blog for updates on our Chick Lit Book Club. You can see the next "book of the month" which is "A Thorn in My Heart" by Liz Curts Higgs.
We are looking forward to reading that!
Until later!
D

Friday, October 3, 2008

Thank God for the Weekend!!

Hello my friends! I hope you all had a great week. This weather has been so crazy huh? I loved the wind and hearing all our leaves blowing the other night-although my son is not so happy, as that means he will be raking them soon. (ha!ha!)
I am looking forward to this weekend-I have nothing planned except decorating my house for the autumn holidays and enjoying some playtime with my honey.
The days are getting busier-and I now have 2 full work schedules to juggle. NO COMPLAINTS though-God answered my prayers for work, and He is so incredible! What a mighty God we serve!
Please feel free to stop by Baa Baa Sheepskin to see me working-I would love to help you spend your money-and my friends can get my 25% discount!
I hope you all have a great weekend!
God's bountiful blessings to you all!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Our God Loves You!

The Lord your God is with you,he is mighty to save.He will take great delight in you,he will quiet you with his love,he will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

Hello my friends! I hope your week was a blessed one! I found out that I get to work at Baa Baa Sheepskins. So now I have 2 part time jobs!! Whatever it takes to get those bills paid! Do I get an AMEN??
I am sad though, since I have been working I haven't been reading as much as I used to. That bums me out, but I am finding time whenever I can steal a moment.
I hope you all have a great weekend. The scripture above is a gift to you-a reminder of how much our Lord loves us and cares about each one of us.
Blessings to you all!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fall is finally here!!

Well, it is official! Fall is here. I am looking forward to it. The change of seasons that is, but not losing the hours of daylight. Whaaaaa!
I just came back from Women's Retreat 2008 at TLC. It was titled "Divine Design" all about transformation. It was a great theme! Something I am ready for in my life. I know God is going to show me some new things about myself and I am ready to follow where He leads.
It was also my birthday the 19th of September, which I spent out at the retreat, but my friends out there definitely made me feel special. I came to my cabin with a decorated bunk complete with baloons. (Thank you Leslie) presents from Kathy, Leslie and Heidi, and a beautiful card from Tracey that brought tears to my eyes. I love you all so very much. The only thing that was missing was the presence of my Best Friend Lucie. But I am looking forward to spending some time with her on Friday to make up for that!!
I wanted to let you know that I will be starting to have regular Open Crop opportunities at my house 2 times a week. But if there is more than 4 of us, we may join forces with my fellow sister consultant Kathy and any of her customers that want to join us, and we can use Trudy's workshop which has 6 big tables. I will let you all know when the times are set up.
Have a great day! Blessings to you all!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Great Weekend!

Hello ladies!
Well, the Scrapbooking Retreat was very productive. I completed 22 pages. Considering I woke up Saturday morning with a horrible migraine, I am pretty satisified with those numbers. That got me caught up with the ones that I was behind on. Now I feel motivated to keep going with the current photos that I have a hundred stacks of-ha!ha!
I did miss the fact that my Best Friend Lucie was not with me. It's just not the same when she is not with me at things like that. I am hoping to schedule a regular scrapbooking night two times a month. I will keep everyone posted, so you can come too!! As the weather gets colder and the outdoor activities slow down, that tends to be when the scrappers want to pull all those photos from the summer out to start working on...and that's okay by me!
We have lots of events coming up, including Croptoberfest, which will be November 15th. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! We have great gifts this year ladies
See you soon!

Monday, September 8, 2008

This is one movie I really want to see!

I hope it comes to our area!

Brookings Here I Come!!

Hello Eveyone!
Well, Officially tomorrow I start back to work. I will be working at my son's school doing yard duty. It will only be for 15.5 hours a week, but I am excited to be doing that until God brings something with more hours or more pay along.
Those of you who know me, know that I am a scrapbooking Consultant for Creative Memories. Scrapbooking is my first hobby and it is a business that I do and love. I love to show women how to bring out their creative sides even when they protest so much on how much it doesn't exist, but when they stand back and look at the finished product-they're hooked! I also am available to help people who want to just organize their photos. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE! The ones that are in shoe boxes or in plastic bins in the garage. Creative Memories has a simple box that holds 2400 photos, and it only cost $35, plus you get my services for 3 hours where I come and help you arrange and organize them into the 12 categories that you create yourself. When you are finished, you feel so much better about knowing exactly where your photos are for each child, each event, etc., without having to look through tons of photo envelopes. If anyone is interested in this service, please let me know. Or if you just want to order the Power Sort Box (that's what we call it) I do have a web site listed on my blog) You can also call me at 707-725-2625 and I can answer any questions you have.
This next weekend I am fortunate to be going to a scrapbooking retreat up in Brookings Oregon. We have rented a beach house and we get to enjoy 3 wonderful days of relaxing and catching up on some long overdue scrapbooking. At least overdue on my part, my albums are quite behind.
I am so excited I have photos of our trip to Six Flags and I have more of my granddaughters that I have to get busy on.
I also just finished A Mile in My Flip Flops. I loved it!!! I am now reading Death of a Garage Sale Newbie by Sharon Dunn. You can see the picture and a link to her website on my blog as well.
Hope you all have a great week!
God's richest blessings**

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Hello Ladies! Happy Hump Day! I love short weeks! I hope your labor day weekend was very restful or at least enjoyable and packed full of fun if that is how you preferred it.
We were able to go to our annual Church Family Camp. It was wonderful! My husband and I helped lead worship out there, which was an amazing thing to be apart of. We also did a concert on Sunday night that TOTALLY ROCKED FOR JESUS!!! We did a new song by Lincoln Brewster called "Today is the Day" I love it. You can download it now on itunes. Otherwise his new CD will be released on September 23rd. I have a picture of the new CD on my blog to advertise it because it is so ROCKIN!!
The newest book I am reading currently is called A Mile in My Flip Flops it is by author Melody Carlson. She is a very talented author who writes for women, teens and young children. She has a new book out called These Boots Weren't Made for Walking. It sounds really cute. You guys should check her out. This is the first book I have read of hers and I am definitely a fan from here on out!
I hope you ladies in the Chick Lit Book Club are enjoying Eyes of Elisha. I have talked to a few of you and the feedback is positive. I am looking forward to our meeting this Saturday.
Have a great week!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Beach House

Hello Ladies
I have already finished another book since I last blogged. It was titled The Beach House, by author Sally John. It was about 4 friends named Jo, Char, Molly and Andie (all short for their full names) who reunite after 12 years to celebrate their fortieth birthdays in San Diego. Somehow only annual Christmas letters have kept their friendship from fading away completely.
They get the chance to spend a week together in a cute little beach house and it gives them time to open up and reminise on days gone by, a time to grow closer to the God they once knew and maybe become the women they were really meant to be.
And that is all I will tell you. I may write my book review on this or Stealing Adda, it is a tough choice. I know if you read both of these you would enjoy them.
Hope you are enjoying your last days of summer!
God bless!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Well, the kids (Matt and Tori) went back to New York. It has been a bit more quite around this house. Jeff and I miss them very much. We took them and Anthony to Six Flags for some fun before we had to say farewell. We had a blast!! We enjoyed our time with all of the kids so much. It was so sweet when they kept thanking us for taking them to Six Flags. We knew it was a hit!
And in the midst of all of that fun I did get the chance to finish Stealing Adda. It was another good book, I must say. I haven't read one yet that I haven't enjoyed. This story let me reflect on the Book of Psalms and how David struggled and struggled. And even through it all God still loved him-just as he was, because He was teaching him lessons through his trials and tribulations and through his victories as well. I love that! Because I know He won't give up on me either!
I hope all of you are enjoying what is left of our summer. Whaaa! I am officially looking for work now. Please be praying for me.
Until later* Happy Reading & God's sweetest blessings*

Friday, August 15, 2008

Kids

Hello Everyone!
I hope you are having a great summer. I hope you are getting some fun time with your families and some time to read those wonderful books! I am enjoying Stealing Adda. Can't wait to see where this adventure takes me.
I am enjoying my visit with Matt and Tori who are here from New York. Their visit is short, but we will take what we can get, and we make the most of every moment! Our little girl is not so little anymore and our little boy is now a young man of 13 whose voice is changing and is towering over me (but then all of my kids are now-it is official!) I can handle that though! All my children are doing so well and I am so very proud of them, even in their struggles I see them growing so much. God is so good to us-and I am so blessed in my life!
I hope you all have a wonderful day! May God keep you strong and happy!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Our Club is Growing

We had our monthly Chick Lit Book Club Meeting on Saturday, and I was so happy to see two new people join our group. I would like to take this time to warmly welcome Kathy and Jaqueline to our group. Lucie and I are so happy you decided to share your love of books with us. This is going to be a fun time of reading, fellowship, and new friendship! I am so excited about the growth of this club, Lucie and I have prayed about it not being just a club but also a ministry, that God will use us for HIS glory. So if there is anything you ladies need, or any questions or concerns that you have, please feel free to voice them. This is YOUR book club too!
Until tomorrow, happy reading! God Bless!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Hello Ladies! Tomorrow is our Chick Lit Book Club Meeting at Starbucks and I am looking forward to seeing most of you there. Along with a new face or two hopefully!
I have been enjoying the visit of our daughter Tori, here from New York, so I have not been blogging as much as I thought I would have. My book reading has also slowed down, as I have a little girl that needs/wants constant entertaining. I don't mind though because I miss her so much when she is not here with us.
The book I am currently reading is called Stealing Adda by Tamara Leigh. It is really funny so far. I love the character-feisty, sassy, and yet I can totally relate to her myself! I will be giving you the review as soon as I am done so you will be hearing more about it.
Happy reading!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Another Great Book

Good Morning! Well, I finished Eyes of Elisha. All I will say is "WOW!!!" I can't wait to do my book review on it. You ladies will definitely want to read this one. It really keeps you going. I am so glad I bought the 2nd in the series. And it being the 1st book I have read of author Brandilyn Collins, I will say, I am very impressed with her writing skills. She really must do her homework when it comes to the judicial system and all that mumbo jumbo. Loved it! To hear my complete review and to get your FREE bookmark with BOTH books on it-you must come to our next book club meeting on August 9th at 11:00 at Starbucks in Fortuna. Hope to see you there!
Have a glorious day ladies!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Prayers for the Work Hunt

Just wanted to let you all know I am almost finished with The Eyes of Elisha it has really been a good read! I would have finished it by now but I have been trying to redecorate my house before I start hitting the pavement looking for work again.
I would appreciate everyone's prayers that if God would allow it, I would be able to find a job here in Fortuna. My skills consist of clerical, bookkeeping, and I even did 8 years of retail. I would be willing to get back into that, except I am adamant that my hours are the same as Jeff and Anthony. So we will see what God has planned. I have always trusted Him and He has not let me down yet!
Have a blessed day my beautiful friends!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

So Many Good Books

Last night I finished the Book of the Month Chocolate Beach by Julie Carobini. It was really good. Definitely different than I had expected. I am looking forward to what we will be reading next. In the meantime I am reading Eyes of Elisha by Brandilyn Collins. It is a murder mystery and so far it is really really good. One of our favorite series, Cape Refuge author Terri Blackstock even was quoted saying " it kept me guessing and gasping and franically turning the pages to see what happened next." Brandilyn Collins as been compared to secular author Mary Higgins Clark, which is a huge compliment! I was in contact with Brandilyn and her assistant and was able to get some FREE bookmarks for our bookclub! So I am very excited about this book possibly being one of our next books to read! We will have to vote on it as usual!!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Chick Lit Book Club

I belong to a woman book club called "The Chick Lit Book Club" and today we had our monthly meeting. It was great turnout! Thank you to all the women who attended.
We had a speakerphone conversation with the author of "The Other Daughter" Miralee Ferrell.
It was a complete thrill to speak with her and ask her questions and listen to her answers! I think we all had a good time!
Lucie did a great job of coordinating that with her! Great Job Lucie! You were made to do this stuff! I love being your assistant!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Blogging-Here I Come!!

Hello Ladies! This is my first blog entry! I am sure Lucie will be amazed that her star pupil has followed through.
I am looking forward to developing my writing skills that have been long lost. Maybe keeping in touch with those precious few friends who do not like myspace. (which I do understand) And just having some fun with this blog-since blogging is the newest thing out there! I am hopping on board!

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