I'm know I'm not the only one feeling this way but my goodness it has been a frantic fall! The pace always does seem to pick up when the boys go back to school; there is the driving up and down the hill to take Austin to and from school, the soccer & football practices & games, helping with homework, youth group and other assorted "have to be someplace" type of events. This year we also have the added challenge of trying to make it to as many of Alex's college soccer games as we are able.
In addition, I'm serving women's ministry and helping to oversee our women's Bible study. The planning meetings and some unexpected complications in terms of the curriculum and finding enough small group leaders threw me for a loop. BUT, I do have to say that when I got to Bible study this past Wednesday and met with all the precious ladies attending the study it made it all worthwhile. Seeing their eagerness to be back together after the long summer break and knowing their hearts were eager to be renewed as they seek Christ through the study of His Word moved me deeply. That God would allow me to be part of this simple, yet sacred gathering of His saints humbles me.
Of course, having a puppy in the house CAN, at times, add to the chaos. But it also adds a whole lot of fun and hilarity. I was thinking the other day how thankful I am that we have this new little guy in our home. With Alex away at college, the boys away at school and Mario working from an office downtown my days could get pretty lonely without the company of my pets. Poor Mario! He never had pets growing up and here he is looking at his wife of 25 years trying to figure out what the heck happened to that quasi-urban girl he married! Come to find out she had a secret passion to be a cowgirl, live in a small rural town, hum country tunes and surround herself with animals! There is a secret anxiety I see lurking in the back of his eyes as he wonders if I will continue to ease my empty-nest pangs with yet MORE animals! HAH!! (I haven't told him yet about the email my best friend sent me about the need to find homes for horses that are being abandoned due to the economic downturn...don't worry Babe, Dee was just teasing with that email!!)
On the business front we are very encouraged! My partner Stacey Stahl has been working like crazy expanding our market. The Artisan Notebook is now being sold in several wonderful digital scrapbook stores. Not only does this allow us to increase our market presence but it is also affording us the opportunity to invite some remarkably talented layout artists to contribute to the magazine. Each issue just keeps getting better and better. I am SO thrilled that we are able to put together a product that is filled with such inspiration. I just love being part of a creative environment where people share ideas and encourage one another to ever greater levels of creative expression!
And speaking of creative expression. I finally finished the October Guild kit (just two weeks past my self-imposed deadline...but hey...at least I'm trying to defeat that "procrastination demon" that is always tripping me up!) Want a sneak peek of the kit? Well....here is a layout I worked on this morning:
The composition for this layout was inspired by a layout created by Psyren. She is one of our new "Color Cuties" who will be contributing layouts for future issues of the magazine. See, I told you we have some amazing talent, didn't I?!!