Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Uh, Snow?

This photo was taken in February of this year. We had a light dusting of snow outside and this was the first year we let Trotwood out in it. Two years ago, we got some massive snow but Trotwood had some terrible ear infections, so we just stayed inside and enjoyed our school and workdays off. Trotwood's face in this photo just cracks me up because he's just not really sure what to think about all of this snow!

Monday, December 17, 2012

A Season Full

It looks like my dream of finishing Trotwood's first year scrapbook will not come true this year. I just tend to hop around too much in what I scrapbook. That's okay though. I created this page recently from photos taken around two years ago at Christmastime. I sure love my boys.


My Cookies for Santa layout was featured on the Creating Keepsakes blog today! That just makes me smile.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December 2010 Family Photos

So, I may be a few years behind scrapping our family photos. Better late than never right? Anyway, I WILL do better this year because Lissa Clair Photos took some amazing photos of our family and I can't wait to post them on my blog. Stay tuned!

I made this layout with Robyn Meierotto's Vintage Holiday kit and Rebecca Wagler's Paper Strip templates available at Design House Digital.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Merry & Bright

Love this photo from December 2010. I just made this layout for a 1 Kit, 4 Ways feature at DHD using the new Peppermint Stick kit by Crystal Livesay and Karen Funk. Trotwood used to be so tiny. *sigh* When did my little boy get to be so big?

Sunday, December 9, 2012


I did this layout for a recent feature at Design House Digital. Trotwood was about 8 months old in these photos and just learning to crawl. I love how big his little head looks in some of these photos.

Friday, December 7, 2012


I love this painting of Joseph & Emma Smith. The artist has done an amazing job capturing the emotion on their faces of what they must have been feeling after the death of one of their children. Lately, I've been wanting to read more about Emma Smith and how she dealt with losing so many of her children and I need to do a bit more research to find a good book about her. This may be strange, but I really want a copy of this painting even though it portrays such a sad experience. In a way...it's a bit reassuring, as is this description of a dream Emma had.
I'm not certain who the artist is for the painting although I believe it is Liz Lemon Swindle. Anyone know anything about it?

Here's an addedum to my post. My good friend Seth told me where to find it and a short description of the painting by the artist. The painting is called But For a Small Moment. (Thank you, Seth!)

Joseph and Emma Smith had been married seventeen months when their first son, Alvin, was born on June 15, 1828. He died shortly after childbirth. The next two children also died in infancy and the young couple was heartbroken. The young couple would go on to bury six of their eleven children.

Joseph said: “Why is it that... innocent children, are taken away from us? The Lord takes many away, even in infancy, that they may escape the sorrows and evils of this present world; they were too pure, too lovely, to live on earth… Notwithstanding all this, we for a moment lose sight of it, and mourn the loss, but we do not mourn as those without hope...[for] mothers, you shall have your children [again].” - History of the Church 6:366

This painting reminds me that the Lord knows our sorrows and promises us that our, "afflictions shall be but a small moment; and then, if [we] endure it well, God shall exalt [us] on high." - D&C 121:7

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Me & My Poppy (again)

About a year ago, I submitted a layout to be published in Creating Keepsakes magazine and it was accepted for publication. This was the first time I'd submitted anything digitally and couldn't believe when it was selected. You can find it on page 96 of the recent special edition of Creating Keepsakes, Scrapbooking Babies & Toddlers. I love this layout for so many reasons and am so happy with how it turned out. These are all such sweet photos of Trotwood when he was a wee thing and of Mr. Rochester's dad when he was still alive. We sure do miss him.