“The journey of a 1,000 miles begins with a single step”


This is the photo I took of Alexa the LAST day of her Chemo treatment. To mark a milestone. The end of a long journey for her. A new beginning.

This is for Alexa’s doctor’s. A thank you. For walking that long road with us.

THAT saying on this card is my newest motto. It puts everything we go through in this life into prospective.

WARNING: This gets deep! LOL! At least to me. Even if no one gets it, I do.

The weirdest thing happened to me. I so believe in fate, and God providing answers in unusual ways, or providing us with answers and things we seek.

 The very last day of Alexa’s chemo treatment, I was a wreck!!! During that visit, I was on a wild goose chase for some much promised Groovy Girls. Upon my hunt, I saw a silver bangle in the jewelry case of the store, out of the corner of my eye. I went over to look at (I never get that interested in that stuff), and the silver bangle read……

“The journey of a 1,000 miles”

I asked to see it.

Now I had JUST posted about what a long road it has been, and all we learned along the way, and blah blah blah. I looked inside and it read “begins with a single step”

Now you may think- SO?

But to me that was so pivotal! I was standing there, Alexa’s LAST chemo, and already worrying about the WHAT Ifs, and then, this simple bracelet put it all into perspective for me. Like a silent voice from God, reminding me-Lauren ONE step at a time. I felt so at peace. Tomorrow will take care of itself. We got through this journey that way, and we will continue through life the same.

Just like Footprints in the sand

      One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
             Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
                  In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
                       Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
                           other times there were one set of footprints.
                                  This bothered me because I noticed
                                that during the low periods of my life,
                             when I was suffering from
                         anguish, sorrow or defeat,
                     I could see only one set of footprints.
          So I said to the Lord,
      “You promised me Lord,
         that if I followed you,
             you would walk with me always.
                   But I have noticed that during
                          the most trying periods of my life
                                 there have only been one
                                       set of footprints in the sand.
                                           Why, when I needed you most,
                                          you have not been there for me?”
                                 The Lord replied,
                          “The times when you have
                  seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
          is when I carried you.”

So, that left me sitting there, really wanting the bracelet as a reminder to take life step by step. I thought it would be perfect to keep next to my Alexa bracelet that I have worn since the day she was diagnosed. Sort of a “we can do this”. But, it was pretty pricey for a simple bangle.So I walked away.

Then, later that day, I go to another store, hunting for those darn Groovy Girls, and in the store window-just before the store I am there to go to, THERE IT IS!!! That SAME bracelet! I wasn’t even looking for it. It just popped right out at me.

Mind you -the store in the hospital, and the store in Concord NH are like 75 miles apart! I thought WOW! What a message someone is sending me! LOL! But I left it again. Remembering the message I was given.

Then, the next day my dear sweet friend Paulette went and found that bracelet!! She gave it to me, and I was just in awe. She is so good to me. I am blessed to have a friend like her.

I have not taken that bracelet off since. I am reminded several times a day to take it one step at a time!

WHEW! Are you still with me? Weren’t expecting all that now were you?

I just wanted to share too, what an impact a photo can have on a card. I also like that it shows the A Man’s Sole, isn’t just a guy set.

My sentiment was printed off my computer. Paper is Autumn Leaves. The flowers are Queen & Co, and SU felt flowers.

This card is 5 1/2 squared.

So here is a view of the sketch-click to enlarge


You don’t have to use a photo. Just have fun with it. The possibilities are endless. It could be a scrap page. Those wanting to see more of that.

If you get to try it out, send us a link here so we can all see your take!

OK I’m WAY busy. Orders are all shipping today! YEAH! Don’t even want to know how much that is gonna cost EEKK!!!

Speaking of orders……Pink Cat is next up for their release on the 12th! You won’t want to miss that 😀 Then we have PTI on the 15th. Following up with my first Unity release on the 25th. Then in July Lizzie Anne celebrates 2 years! WOW!

Dont forget ATS just released 2 sets, MFT just released 3 sets and 3 singles!!

LASTLY!!! If you haven’t yet, don’t miss my classes at The Paper Tree next Friday and then Sunday the 29th!!

OK enough of that. Im off.

Till tomorrow