Archive for August, 2009


August 31, 2009

Nothing is worse as a parent than to know one of your children have gotten hurt.

Tanner is 19 now,  and in many ways is still my baby, but is also just on the brink of adulthood. When he first started showing interest in boxing/mixed martial art fighting, I protested. I hated the thought of him being punched or kicked in the face or head. We had some arguements about it. We had some fights. In the end, the 19 year old on the brink of adulthood won.

I admired the fact that for the first time in his life, he approached training his body with great discipline. Faithfully he was running, going to the gym. That same discipline extended into his eating habits and nutrition. Which was very impressive considering how much he likes to eat!

Well, last night the culmination of all of the training, eating right and mental discipline came to one event-his first real fight. There isn’t pads or face/head protection in this type of fighting. It’s the equivalent of street fighting in a metal cage.  Unfortunately, the guy he was suppose to fight backed out. The next guy they paired him up with backed out as well, leaving him with the third choice–a much more experienced fighter than Tanner. Had he only known.

The fight ended with Tanner being knocked unconscious with a nose that is fractured in three places. His eyes are black and purple. His lip is grossly swollen. His forehead is lumped  up with soft tissue swelling. He spent a night in the hospital, checking CT scans, observing him.

What a painful lesson for him. What a painful lesson for us as parents. In a million different ways I have thought about how this could have been different, prevented.  Obviously, the reality was Tanner had to learn this lesson the hard way.  I praise God for protecting him. This could have ended worse than what it did.

I am happy to say that Tanner has come to the decision to give up fighting but continue to train in a healthy way–no blows exchanged.



August 28, 2009

So I am out buying some trinkets and treasures from one of my favorite stores, and there, on the freshly rained  sidewalk, is this large, perfectly intact dragonfly.  I kinda felt silly, but I picked it up and brought it home with me.

I couldn’t help but be fascinated once again with God’s beautiful art. The intricate pattern of the wings.  In doing paper art I have seen dragonfly stamps, dragonfly stickers, dragonfly brads etc, etc.  But  compared to the real thing! There was no comparison.

I found myself thinking on the way home-did it just die?  How long was laying there?  Had other people seen it and walked on by?  Or maybe they were disgusted by the fact it was a big dead bug?  Hmm. I don’t know.


Tonya’s first

August 28, 2009

I had the pleasure of spending some time at the art table for the first time with my sister, Tonya. I don’t know how many times I heard from her,”I’m not creative, I can’t do that..”  Well, HA! You’re wrong, sis!

This is her first art piece, an inchie on a twinchie, featuring one of her favorite subject, cherries.

Hope this only the beginning!


Twinchie Heaven

August 28, 2009

I just finished swapping out the inchie on a twinchie swap and I thought I would share just a portion of the wonderful twinchies I received.  I was so impressed!!  There was a fabulous variety of art. Different styles, techniques….

It is raining on the porch today but it’s sunny here at the kitchen table!


Group 1 (left to right)

Row 1  arubberstamper-Robin Moore, lilacdreamer-Lynn Legge, pugs99-Phyllis Rollins, jmarul-Joyce Marshall

Row 2  jmarul-Joyce Marshall, nubin-Nancy Hinkle, Rosie NJ, flarobyn-Robyn Fergeson

Row 3  pugs-Phyllis Rollins, setes4-Liz Dewitt, bethyblue-Loretta Mecredi-Burns, letmecrop-Debi

Row 4  queenofinkland, joystamp4-Joy Baker, arubberstamper-Robin Moore, pugs99-Phyllis Rollins


Group 2

Row 1  justonemore-Diana McElheran, normat-Norma Thompson, justonemore-Diana McElheran, queenofinkland

Row 2 parknslide-Paulette Akagi, Lisa Cox, scrappermama, suji-Susan Thompson

Row3 seeingme-Stephanie Sawka, suji-Susan Thompson, Janelle Larson, Justonemore-Diana McElheran

Row4 cloudia, rosieNJ, normat-Norma Thompson, Lisa Cox

And those that dangle:

Left to right: kerbean-Karen Kirby, chez-lara-Lara Cottrill, chez-lara-Lara Cottrill, chez-lara-Lara Cottrill, cloudia

janellelarson-Jan Larson, glittergalore-Christy


Inchie on a Twinchie

August 24, 2009

These are for my recent swap. An inchie had to be somehow incorporated on a twinchie.


Oh, happy day!

August 22, 2009

Look what gorgeous works of art came in the mail today!! This swap was quite challenging–more than I expected to be honest. But look at the results!

The creators of these puzzle pieces from left to right are:

top row: Myself, Diane Teoh, Nancy Nelson

2nd row:Tammy Whitney, Kim Andersen,  Sue Dally

3rd row:Phyllis Rollins, Jan Darrah,  Sue Allen

bottom row:Deb Moon, Myself, Loretta Mecredi-Burns079

Art done chunky monkey style

August 22, 2009

Funny how my size of art has been all over the place.  I started out scrapbooking(12X12) then moved to inchies(1X1) then moved up to atc’s(2.5X3.5) then somehow worked my way back up to 4X4, chunky book size.  Here are some recent chunky book pages I have made.


21 and counting…

August 20, 2009

Today is Pat and I 21st wedding anniversary! Sometimes I wonder how did we get this far? 21 years?? Who stays married that long?? We were really still children when we married. I had only JUST turned 18!

Here’s what I know so far about MARRIAGE:

1. You better like the person as well as love them

2.If you haven’t mastered the art of compromise, hang it up

3.It’s amazing how much better it works when God is first

4.Never call each other bad words

5.Expect there will be crappy times–ride it out–the good ones are around the bend

6. Don’t forget you are an individual too

7.Let each other experience their dreams


9. Don’t forget to laugh

10. Let money be truly shared. When you divide up his and mine, you don’t invest fullyP1010997

Art from God

August 19, 2009

As a Women’s Ministries program, I provided tomato plants for everyone to take home and plant. I knew immediately
I would be planting mine in what was intended as a flower bed, right off the porch. I picked this spot not because I thought,”wow, wouldn’t tomatoes  look great here!” No, it was for the uber soil that will grow just about anything. I haven’t grown any veggies in a long time and wanted them to have a fighting chance.

Week after week, I have watched the plants grow and the tomatoes change from the size of a rubber bouncy ball to the size of my fist. Since the rabbits that live under the porch seem to like to chew up tender plants(the sunflowers didn’t stand a chance) I wondered if these would make it.

So here are my first bounty of the fabulous art only God could create. We had fried green tomatoes. Yum!033

Taking the plunge…

August 19, 2009

Ok…I finally did it. I finally decided to be a contributor of the blog world, not just a surfer and observer of others  thoughts and photos. My hopes are to share my art and what happens in my life from the Dena perspective.