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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cuteness Alert!!

Getting cuter and cuter everyday!
The kittens are now 2 weeks and 1 day old. Their "cuteness factor" has sure gone way up since they opened their eyes! They are starting to move around a bit more, too. Not sure how much I'm going to like this! I kinda like them all contained in their current position which is my walk in closet with a nice door to close them in!

Strange behavior!
Just today the mama cat has started bringing out the kittens, one by one, and letting them nurse out in the floor of my bedroom. Is this normal? When she did it to the first one I was concerned that she was trying to get rid of it but now that she's done it to another one I'm guessing this is normal??? Maybe she's just encouraging them to hurry and grow up?!
Anyway, Emily and I are still enjoying watching every phase of this entire experience.


Psalm 122:6 "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: may they prosper who love you."



Monday, May 23, 2011

Cicadas are EVERYWHERE!

Pretty in pictures, NOT in your hair!
Not really liking the "once every 7 years cicada invasion" we're having here in middle TN! They're loud, they're gross and now they're dive bombing me when I walk outside! And, I'm told by the locals that I have to live with this until the second week in June! This is normally a time of year when I really enjoy being outside; not so much right now!


Leviticus 11:20 "All the winged insects that walk on all fours are detestable to you."

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Allergies are no fun!

Our new daily meds
As a result of a recent visit to the Asthma/Allergy specialist we Boyer's are having to implement some lifestyle changes around the ole homestead. My Peyton has had asthma since he was a baby but for the most part it's been very manageable with no medications. I'm a "hate to take medicines" kinda person so it would follow that I'm a "hate to give my children medicines" kinda person! So anyhoo, other than the first couple years of his life we've been skipping along very happily non-medicated. A few flare-ups now and again but even those were manageable enough that daily meds weren't needed.

Flash back to about 6-9 months ago.

I started noticing that he was having difficulties breathing on a daily basis. He's DEFINITELY an outdoor kid and often he would come inside from doing some odd job around our "mini-farm" and need to lay down because he was so worn out and breathing "wrong". He was also having to increasingly use his nebulizer machine more and more.  I do have to admit that the first several times (more than I'm willing to admit so let's just use that ambiguous word "several") this happened I was not very nice about it. My response was something like this, "You're WHAT? Coming inside to lay down in the MIDDLE of the day??? Just because you're a little tired from, fill in with whatever odd job/hobby he'd been doing. You're 13 years old! You're in the prime of your life; you should have the most energy now that you'll ever have. Are you just trying to get out of chores???!!!!" Even looking at this typed on the screen I cringe a tad with guilt; especially knowing what I now know from the specialist appointment and all the tests.

After several weeks  ok, maybe a couple of months (hey, I'm a non-medicating, non-alarmist kinda mama!) I decided that this couldn't continue. The thought occurred to me that perhaps things were getting worse....UH, YA' THINK????!!! And furthermore, the thought crossed my mind (and being the type person I am, I KNOW this thought was planted by my Heavenly Father) that perhaps what we'd come to accept as "daily normal" for Peyton wasn't really "normal" at all. That maybe, just maybe, we'd conditioned ourselves into thinking that because he wasn't having flare-ups and requiring trips to the ER that everything was fine. But what if it wasn't? What if in actuality his lung capacity was sub-normal and to continue in this way was doing permanent damage to his lungs? What if by the time he was 30 he would really have the lungs of a say, 50 year old man due to the years of breathing with inflamed lungs? So, off to the doctor we went!

After the standard visit to the primary care physician, for no other reason than to purchase (well, that's what I call plopping down my $20 copay for her to just hand me the referral papers)  the referral to the specialist (don't you just LOVE our healthcare system with all it's hoops to jump through?? That is SOOO another topic for another day!) we were on our way. We spent over 2 hours at the asthma/allergy specialist's office last week going through all the various breathing and allergy skin testing. They were so thorough! One of my biggest pet peeves is doctors who try to rush you out of the room; she spent so much time with us. She let me ask tons of questions and just ramble away to my heart's content never once making me feel like I was taking too much of her time. Thank you, Dr. Stauffer!

So here are the results of the tests:
  • Current lung capacity: 75% (that's out of 100% , folks...guess he really needed those afternoon rest times, you reckon?)
  • Allergic to practically everything they tested him for and some allergies are so severe he was off the chart on their numbering system.
  • She asked him if he was having any trouble breathing currently and he said no, not really. She then got the scope to look up his nose and said, "WOW! Your nose is so swollen and mucousy I don't know how you're breathing!" (he had conditioned himself to breathe through his mouth and didn't even realize he was doing  it!)
So, immediate lifestyle changes are on the horizon for us. Here's what needs to be done; some of which we've already accomplished:
  • No animals (we have two dogs and three cats) in the bedrooms. This requires us to re-train ourselves into remembering to close our bedroom doors every time we leave them. This is already proving hard but it's good training in learning how to break habits!
  • Will need to eventually look at making the one dog (who sheds the worst and is large) an outdoor pet (this is HARD; he and my son are almost inseparable)
  • Allergy covers on his mattress and pillow
  • Move his bed so that head of bed is not near window
  • Air purifier in his bedroom 
  • Special allergy air filter for our central A/C
  • Daily inhaler use twice a day
  • Daily nasal spray once a day
  • Must use mask when mowing the lawn and various other outdoor activities
  • Need to pull carpet up in his room (eventually the whole house) and lay down hardwood flooring 
  • Filter on the A/C vent in his bedroom
  • Change venetian blind in his room (eventually whole house) to window shades that are more easily dusted on regular basis
  • Eventually switch out our upholstered furniture in the living room for leather furniture
His biggest concern with all of this, as you can imagine with him being a "tough, becoming his own man 13 year old", is that we'll (and others) start "babying" him. He wants NONE of that! I told him that there is a difference in me "babying" him and me "acting responsibly" towards him. I told him we'll just take it a day at a time, making changes as we can and seeing how much his breathing and overall quality of life improves. I will tell you that my FIRST reaction upon seeing the test results that day in the dr.'s office last week was to come home and GUT MY HOUSE! (I'm kinda an all or nothing type gal) However, that is neither financially feasible, nor would it go a long way in "not babying him".  

So, I'm just going to treat this as yet another adventure my family gets to go on together. We'll learn along the way, make mistakes here and there, all the while knowing that our Heavenly Father is right beside us "working all things out for our good".

I would LOVE any comments from others who have been down this road before who could offer suggestions, advice, empathy, etc.!

Psalm 139:13-14a "For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;"

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Follow-up to yesterday's post re: Words by Ginny Yttrup

So, I got Words by Ginny Yttrup from my library yesterday and FINISHED it last night. I had to stay up till midnight to do it so I'm moving a little slow this morning!

Words by Ginny Yttrup
What a book; I was not disappointed. HUGE tissue warning if you decide to read it. But what a good cleansing cry and we all need those every now and again, right?

Here's one of my favorite quotes from the book. It's delivered by the one of the two main character's father: "Look beyond a person's actions and see their heart. Look for what's causing them to act the way they act, then you'll understand them."


John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New book to read

I've added a new book to my "must-read list". It's called Words by Ginny Yttrup. I was introduced to it at the website She Reads; this is a website run by Proverbs 31 Ministries. If you love to read Christian fiction then go check out this site.

The main purpose of this post is to share a quote by the author mentioned above, Ginny Yttrup. I've not read the book yet, it's her debut novel. (I'm on the way to my library this morning to look for it!) Here's the quote that spoke to my heart this morning; perhaps it will mean something to you as well.

God takes our pain, when we offer it to Him, and weaves it together for His purpose. In His infinite love, He offers His healing and then allows us the honor of comforting others with the comfort we’ve received. Each time I’m blessed to participate in one of these conversations, my reluctance to engage the next time dissolves a bit more. For this, I’m learning is God’s redemptive work in my own life—the purpose He’s assigned to the pain I’ve suffered. It is the gift hidden within the suffering.



I Corinthians 1:4 "who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by Yahweh."

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Miracles are all around!

How often do we miss out on miracles simply because they don't come shaped like what we were expecting. Not all miracles look like someone getting healed on their deathbed. Or a blind person suddenly regaining sight. Don't get me wrong. These ARE miracles and I believe they DO happen. But what I'm talking about are the miracles that might go unnoticed. I got the chance to be a part of an awesome miracle today.

Let me set the scene by saying my daughter Emily really dislikes the dentist is terrified of the dentist. On top of that, Emily is pre-disposed to "bad" teeth. She has very weak teeth that get cavities easily, she's missing at least two adult teeth that may require extensive dental work in the future...poor kid! I purposely drive about 40 minutes to the next town to our current dentist because the hygenist, Mrs. Mary, is the only person Emily has ever gone to without crying hysterically. But, Mrs. Mary is only the hygenist so whenever Emily needs fillings she has to see the dentist. Just to give you an idea of how bad those visits can be, the last time she had a filling done (which was just last year) she cried and begged me to go home the WHOLE ride to the office. Do you remember I said the dentist is in the next town...40 MINUTES AWAY??!! Imagine, if you have the stomach for it, a precious 9 year old crying HUGE crocodile tears all the while begging over and over in the sweetest, most pitiful voice, "Please, Mama, don't make me go. Please, Mama, just turn the car around and take me back home. Please Mama, I'll do anything, just don't make me do this!" How I managed to actually drive the whole way without breaking down I'll never know; I just knew it was the right thing to do and that this was one of those "hard things" about parenting that no one warns you about!

So, today was Emily's appointment to have THREE fillings done. Last night, as I was trying to drift off to sleep, with not much success, (Gee, I wonder what could have been on my mind preventing Mr. Sandman from doing his job?????) I prayed to the Heavenly Father asking Him for an easy dentist trip. I asked that he would calm Emily's nerves and since her appointment wasn't until 2:30 in the afternoon (I hated that she would dread it all day and have her whole day spoiled) I specifically asked that from the moment she woke up that she would be filled with such peace about the whole situation that she would wonder to herself why she wasn't nervous. Here comes the miracle part....

This morning, after we'd been up for a couple of hours, Emily walked into the sunroom where I was sitting at my desk. I could tell she had something she wanted to tell me. I asked her what it was. She said, "Mama, when I woke up this morning, I started getting nervous about the dentist this afternoon. I prayed that God would take away my fear and you know what? I haven't been scared all day! I've thought about it a couple of times but that was just to wonder what all it was going to be like, it wasn't like I was getting scared or anything." Praise the Lord! Not only did He specifically answer my prayer from the night before, but He did it in an even better way than I asked for (isn't that how He always is? better to us than we deserve?), he allowed my daughter to experience praying for something specific and then getting an answer to that prayer. That's what I call a "faith-builder". Our children have to have experiences like this so that their PERSONAL faith is built; it's not enough for them to rely on the faith of their mommy and daddy. As important as these faith-builders are, praying for these experiences to occur in my children's lives is not easy though. You'll notice that for Emily to experience the miracle of her Heavenly Father granting peace to her she first had to go through several years of anxiousness and anxiety relating to the dentist. I, as her Mama, had to endure this right along with her. BUT, both she and I had our faith built a little stronger today. We "know that we know" the next time we need it, our Heavenly Father will walk us through our next trial. Why? Because He was there for us both today.

So, just to summarize (because I know I tend to ramble!), what exactly was the miracle that occurred today? It was the miracle of a usually TERRIFIED little girl riding in the car for 40 minutes happily playing her Nintendo DS on the way to the dentist office, that same little girl walking in without clinging to her Mama's hand, that same little girl walking back to the room with the dentist all by herself leaving her Mama behind in the waiting room. And why did this miracle happen? Because she asked for it!!!

Have you asked for your miracle today?

Matthew 21:22 "And all things you ask in prayer, believing you shall receive."

Dirty Jobs

We love this guy and his show in our house. Here he is talking about something serious for a change! Mike Rowe Senate Testimony
I whole-heartedly agree with him. As the daughter of an electrician and the granddaughter of a sheet metal worker (and the mother of perhaps a future tradesman/skilled worker/non-college educated successful man)..."BRAVO, Mike Rowe!"

Monday, May 16, 2011

A gift that keeps on giving...


A wall plaque given to me by a good friend
The above picture is of a wall plaque given to me by a good friend for my birthday. She gave me this gift not this birthday but LAST year. So, it's been hanging on my wall for well over a year now. This is a story of how a gift can keep on giving year after year.

My son has asthma. Some years it's pretty manageable but this year it has caused him quite a bit of aggravation. He's 13 now and going through puberty (YIKES!) so perhaps all the changes going on in his body are affecting the asthma. That's my own non-professional diagnosis!

Anyhoo, last week he had an attack late at night. (why are the worst ones always at night?) It was quite severe; he was crying (remember, he's 13, this does not happen often!) and panicking. His hands were starting to tingle which means they weren't getting enough oxygen. It was not a good scene.

At this point my husband and younger daughter were already dressed and had on their shoes in preparation for heading out the door to the ER. My husband came over and suggested we pray over my son. We immediately all laid hands on him and started praying. From my vantage point on the floor, sitting there holding my son's hand, stroking his brow and praying to the Heavenly Father to please open up his lungs and calm him down, my eyes were drawn to the plaque hanging above our heads. "Peace and grace be unto this place."

I immediately began to whisper over and over "peace and grace, Father" "peace and grace". What I meant was this... please, Father, just give him peace to be able to calm down (when an asthmatic person has an attack they have the sensation of drowning/not being able to breath which then causes them to panic which then really causes them to not be able to breathe!) and breathe easy and please extend Your grace to him once more in helping him through this.

Can I please tell you that mere seconds...did you hear me??? SECONDS after praying this 3 word prayer my son stopped crying, started breathing at a normal pace, and said his hands weren't tingling anymore! HalleluYAH! All praise to Yahweh Elohim, for His mercy endures FOREVER!

What a phenomenal faith builder this was to my whole family but especially my son; at the supper table the next night he prayed thanking the Father for taking care of him and for giving him a family that prayed over him. He went on to ask that the Father would heal him totally of this asthma for the rest of his life. Anyone out there concerned for their child's soul can understand me when I say that hearing his prayer was just as good as watching his breathing return to normal the previous night!

So, to my good friend (she knows who she is!) "thank you for the gift of a prayer when I didn't have the words myself."


Psalm 92:4 "For Thou, O Yahweh, hast made me glad by what Thou hast done; I will sing for joy at the works of Thy hands."

Update on those Kittens!

opened eyes
Well, today marks one week that we've had the kittens. In addition to being one week old today, they passed another milestone. Three of them opened their eyes! So adorable. Of course, now that means they'll be all over the place; no more just sitting in a pile on the blanket right where Mama left them. The picture is quite fuzzy; I couldn't get her to hold her head still! Imagine that!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Shabbat Shalom (almost!)

So, it's almost Shabbat/Sabbath...well, it's still about 6 hours away but you can't blame a girl for trying to rush a good thing! I look forward to Shabbat ALL WEEK LONG...really. My family just started observing Shabbat about 4 years ago and I sometimes wonder how we ever did without it.

What is this "Shabbat" I speak of? Here is a great page to learn more about Shabbat. Now, before you ask, no, I do not do EVERYthing on this list EVERY week. Having not grown up observing Shabbat it has been something that my husband and I have had to "learn as we go" and we find ourselves being prompted by the Heavenly Father from time to time to either add things or drop things. I do love to read/hear about how other families observe it to gather ideas! I will personally testify though, that as information is given and put into practice more information is given. It's just one of the many ways I've found the Father to work...at least in my experience.

So, Shabbat Shalom (a peaceful Sabbath) to you and yours! I'll be "unplugged" until sundown tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Life Lesson #457


"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive."
I just had to introduce one of my children (name withheld to protect the guilty!) to this famous quote. To ensure it (and the message behind it) sticks with them, they are now writing it 10 times. Penmanship and life lesson all in one fell swoop!

The Miracle of Birth

What an amazing treat my daughter and I had yesterday evening. We got to watch our cat give birth to her very first (and last!) litter of kittens! I agreed to the one litter so she (and my son, although he didn't really hang around too close for the birthin'!) could experience up close and personal the whole wonderment of life. The most precious moment of the whole experience (which lasted about 2-3 hours) was when the first kitten was born. Have you ever just been so "filled up" with emotion that you just kinda lose it? Emily was just that filled up when she saw the first kitten! She just fell to the floor laughing and giggling and pointing...it was truly a joyful moment. Her wonder and joy at what she had just seen was palpable. Here's a pic, though it so weakly conveys the moment.
Emily overjoyed at the birth!
Midnight Falcon (my 13 year old son picked the name; we shorten it to Falcon.) wound up having 5 beautiful little babies; 3 black like her and two orange. It was the calmest birth; in fact she birthed one or two of them and we didn't even know until we saw her licking them! She is proving to be an amazing mommy; she's so gentle with them AND she totally allows us to be with them as well. I had read that some "mommy-cats" will get aggresive and not let you near their young; I was so hoping that wouldn't be the case as it would so ruin the experience for Emily. I should have know better, though; Emily has so gentled her and won her trust that Falcon welcomes the attention. Emily has a true gift for nurturing; be it with animals or humans!
So, all in all it was an experience I will never forget! It's also a bonding memory that my Emily and I will have FOREVER! Thank You, Heavenly Father, for Your precious gifts to us.
Falcon and her babies

Monday, May 9, 2011

Technology does it again!

Does what, you ask? AMAZES ME!!

I sent the previous post from my mobile phone!!! They don't call 'em smartphones for nothin'!!! Phone is smarter than me! (hey, I heard that!)

'Course, who knows what all kind of portals I've unwittingly opened to let bugs and viruses into my computer now. But, hey, this stuff is FUN!

Off to see what other kind of mayhem I can create.
Testing mobile blogging. :-)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

End of a Wonderful Mother's Day

Well, today was one of the funnest days I've had in a long time. And that's saying something considering I got the chance to scrap ALL DAY LONG yesterday.

The family








We went to the Colonial Fair and wound up staying 3 hours. It was so fun; lots of demonstrations, re-enactors in period costume and some fun shows. Made me want to come home and study history! Here's a couple of photos.
I LOVE this dress!

Emily will find a pet anywhere!

Told Matt I wanted one of these built in the backyard!

Peyton learning about a flint-lock rifle

Me being silly

After the fair we went fishing. I normally just sit and watch and do some reading. Well, tonight I decided to join in the fun and guess what? I caught TWO large mouth bass!!! My first bass ever! What fun. Here's a pic:

My first Bass
So we came home and had a fish fry. Fish, hush puppies and french fries! YUM-O! I'm exhausted now so it's off to bed I go. Nighty-nite.

Happy Mother's Day!

Emily caught the biggest one!

Today started off wonderfully. Hubby and children were up fishing at 5:30 (allowing me to sleep in!). They came home with 5 nice size large mouth bass. We're going to have a delicious supper!!
Now we're off to our local Colonial Fair. Should be a fun day! Happy Mother's Day to all!
Peyton caught the most...THREE!

Daddy caught the smallest!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

NSD Challenge #12 (Kids Theme)

Drum roll, please! The final challenge is here!!! The theme was "anything kids" so since I did so many LO's for my daughter today I figured it was time to include my son. Since he spent most of the day fishing this card seemed appropriate.

I really had SO MUCH FUN with this challenge today sponsored by Robyn over at mypinkstamper.com
She really knows how to celebrate National Scrapbook Day!

NSD Challenge #11 (Pink, Green, Black)

Here's the next to last challenge for the day! I have had so much fun with this I can't even tell you but I'm needing some "veg-out" time. My brain seems like it's been on overdrive ALL DAY!! Which is good every now and then...gotta keep it in good working order. The big 4-0 is staring me in the eyes! But, that's for another post!!
The challenge this time was use pink, green and black in a project. My daughter Emily has been begging for days to have a "Mommy/Daughter" tea party and I've just not found the time. How hilarious that I now have the LO but no pics for it yet! Guess you know what I'll be doing this week...tea time!

Supplies used:
  • Black cardstock
  • Patterned paper from Moxxie
  • The embellishments are pieces I cut from coordinating PP and then pop-dotted. This is a trick I sometimes use when I don't have any embellies for a particular theme.

NSD Challenge #10 (Card/LO with Pet)

Whew...I need some chocolate or caffeine...or BOTH! This has been a long, BUT FUN, day! I'm so close to the finish line I can smell it. (and it smells like chocolate...sense a theme?!)

So, here's my LO for the pet challenge. This is Emily riding our neighbor's horse, Marbles. We "horse-sat" Marbles for a week so she was technically our pet for just a little while! Emily rode her for HOURS that week though, so it's a significant memory to preserve. I think back to all the years I longed for a horse as a little girl (to no avail!) and to have had the chance to watch my little girl (who may love them more than I did!) ride her heart out was priceless!

NSD Challenge #9 (Glitz, Glamour, Glitter)

I know I said this earlier but, "This was the hardest one yet!" I'm just not a glitzy, glamourous gal but thank goodness I had a bottle of glitter glue in my stash so I wouldn't be left out! To the moderators judging, I promise there's glitter on this tag...you just might have to look really hard!

NSD Challenge #8 (Summer Theme)

Here's my take on the summer theme; a miss you card going to my sister in sunny South Florida!
Eazy-breezy!

Supplies used:
  • "Country Life" cricut cartridge (my new FAVE!)
  • cardstock
  • "miss you" stamp from Stampendous

NSD Challenge #7 (Scrapbook Page)

Finally caught up! This was a joy to create. As I mentioned earlier today, I've not scrapped very many pages the last year. So to have already done TWO today as a result of Robyn's challenges...I'm ecstatic!!
These pics are of my sweet Emily last year at violin practice. She and the violin didn't get along (we've moved onto piano!) but I wanted to capture the memory (and the precious look of concentration in the bottom photo!).

NSD Challenge #6 (Tag)

Whew!! That 3D project nearly did me in...I'm so behind!!!

Here's my entry for the tag challenge. I made a bookmark and then hung a tag off of it. I used a brand new stamp set I hadn't had a chance to play with yet.  It says "I was blown over by your kindness!" And then the image of the birdhouse is blown over. It's so stinkin' cute!
The stamp set comes from Clear Dollar Stamps...love their sets AND their prices!!!
Off to challenge #7.............

NSD Challenge #5 (3D Project)

Boy this was hard BUT the funnest one I've done yet!!! I'm so not a 3D artist...this took me so long (challenge #6 is already in swing!) but I wanted to accomplish it. I'm really happy with how it turned out...sunflowers are my FAVE so stick one on anything and I'm happy!!
You'll notice only 1 project in the picture...Emily got lured (no pun intended!) away by Daddy and brother to go fishing. She loves to fish almost as much as she loves scrappin; it was a hard choice. I helped her make the decision by reminding her that Robyn is leaving the challenges open for several days. Knowing she could still participate when she gets home was all she needed to hear to head out the door! Hopefully she'll bring home supper!
Now, to go catch up with challenge #6!
Supplies used:
  • recycled crystal light container
  • popsicle sticks
  • paint
  • cricut cartridge "sampler"
  • black sharpie
  • pop dots

NSD Challenge #4 (Mother's Day Theme)

Emily and I canNOT believe how much fun this day is!!! Here are our submissions for the Mother's Day Theme; hers is on the top, mine is the bottom card.

NSD Challenge #3 (Breast Cancer Awareness)

So, for the rest of the challenges I'm just gonna post one picture with BOTH mine and Emily's creations. In this one, she did the card and I did the tag. We are having WAY too much fun with these challenges! What is it about a challenge that makes you work harder, faster, better?!!

Challenge #2 (Emily's Project)

Due to technical difficulties in creating a blog for my sweet Emily I've just uploaded her project here on my blog for now. We'll continue trying to get her own blog! Hope you enjoy!

NSD Challenge #2! (Kraft Cardstock)

Here we go with challenge #2! I'm so excited because another FIRST has occurred...my 10 yr. old daughter, Emily, has decided to participate in this challenge with me so we are off to create a blog for her as soon as I upload this post! Can today get ANY more FUN??!!
I haven't scrapped an actual PAGE in months so this was so fun for me! To tell the truth I was beginning to wonder if I still "had it in me"!! My life has been so busy that creating cards is about all the time I've had lately so to be able to accomplish an actual page was wonderful.
Off to create blog page for DD!

National Scrapbook Day Challenge #1

Today is a day of FIRSTS! I've never blogged before, never entered an online scrappin' challenge, never participated in a National Scrapbook Day event. WHEW! I'm already exhausted! LOL

Here is (hopefully, if I did this right!) my submission for mypinkstamper's first challenge of the day. CUPCAKES!
Looking forward to an entire day of fun!!