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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ringing in the New Year!

Little Abigail once again provided lots of inspiration for digi-scrapping. I've been way behind in CT commitments since I ended up taking a 6 month "sabatical" from scrapping (NOT planned!). I'm enjoying being back in the saddle once again and had TONS of fun scrapping today while dear hubby was shopping. Even managed a skype call with grandsons imbetween... YIPEE!!

Princess Abby
credits: It's A Party kit by 3Li'l Monsters Designs 
fonts - SF Alexa and SU Carefree
Abigail Brushes Teeth
 credits: All Done by 3Li'l Monsters Designs, fonts - SU Carefree
Isaiah 40:31

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Isn't She a SWEETY?!!!

This 1st LO is using just the solid papers (cuz there was a slight delay in access to the patterned papers and my instant inspiration needed an outlet IMMEDIATELY!!)...
...then, I added the patterned papers (clipping them to the solids) to add further texture and give the LO that little extra hmmmph :-)

 credits: Snuggle Bug by 3Li'l Monsters Designs, font - SU Heritage

available at STS January 1st (thru February 2012 only!)
Isaiah 40:31

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry CHRISTmas!!

2011 was a pretty eventful year for us. We were able to visit the kids & grandkids in MI in early Spring and Summer. Then we had quite an adventure with Roger being emergently hospitalized for epiglotitis over the July 4th weekend. Throw in a week long vacation to the Black Hills, visits from family & friends AND a new puppy ... whew! ... it's no wonder the year just flew by lickity-split!! 

Our newest member is Keiko Dakota (japanese for "blessing" & native american for "friend"). She's now almost 5 months old, weighs 7 lbs and is currently in basic training to be my service dog (I like to think of it as "boot camp", hehe). She's doing really well with basic commands (even "come", which is typically hard for Schipperke's!). So far, she alerts me to sounds AND their locations (which is "huge" for me cuz of my hearing loss)... already knows how to "FIND mommy's epi" & will bring it to me on command. Now just have to get her to understand it's for ME and not her, that it's not a toy!! Eventually, she'll be trained to recognize when I'm in early stage of a reaction and fetch my emergency meds on her own. I'm really excited about it. In addition to her "workload", she's a wonderful companion and is living up to her name :-)

We hope & pray you'll have a Merry Christmas, as we celebrate the birthday of our Lord & Savior, Jesus, & a very Happy New Year!!
credits: Winter Traditions kit by MagsGraphics
fonts: SU Heritage, Yard Sale

Isaiah 40:31

Thursday, December 22, 2011

local town ignores ADA!!

The ADA made recent revisions, some VERY specific regarding service animals. The town of Aurelia IA has attempted 'trumping' the ADA by using a breed ban ordinance to force Jim Sak, a disabled man, to remove his service dog from his home AND the town!! This is absolutely outrageous!! PLEASE voice your protest!

Here's a document from the ADA regarding Service Animals:

You can find contacts for the town of Aurelia IA here:

********** what i wrote to the town of Aurelia IA *********

ATTN: Mayor & City Council Members, Aurelia IA

I'm writing to you because of an outrage that has happened. Per this article,, I learned that you have forced Jim Sak to remove his service dog from his home and out of your town.

This is against the ADA, Ameican Disability Act (Federal Law which overrides your 2008 city ordinance!). Strongly suggest you contact the Department of Justice, to get your facts straight. Because the LAW is firmly on Jim Sak's side.

one of the changes, made July 23, 2010 and effective March 15, 2011, says Service animals are exempt from breed bans as well as size & weight limitations.

"Conversely, if an individual uses a breed of dog that is perceived to be aggressive because of breed reputation, stereotype, or the history or experience the observer may have with other dogs, but the dog is under the control of the individual with a disability and does not exhibit aggressive behavior, the public accommodation cannot exclude the individual or the animal from the place of public accommodation. The animal can only be removed if it engages in the behaviors mentioned in § 36.302(c) (as revised in the final rule) or if the presence of the animal constitutes a fundamental alteration to the nature of the goods, services, facilities, and activities of the place of public accommodation."

"The Department does not believe that it is either appropriate or consistent with the ADA to defer to local laws that prohibit certain breeds of dogs based on local concerns that these breeds may have a history of unprovoked aggression or attacks. Such deference would have the effect of limiting the rights of persons with disabilities under the ADA who use certain service animals based on where they live rather than on whether the use of a particular animal poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others. Breed restrictions differ significantly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Some jurisdictions have no breed restrictions. Others have restrictions that, while well-meaning, have the unintended effect of screening out the very breeds of dogs that have successfully served as service animals for decades without a history of the type of unprovoked aggression or attacks that would pose a direct threat, e.g., German Shepherds. Other jurisdictions prohibit animals over a certain weight, thereby restricting breeds without invoking an express breed ban. In addition, deference to breed restrictions contained in local laws would have the unacceptable consequence of restricting travel by an individual with a disability who uses a breed that is acceptable and poses no safety hazards in the individual´s home jurisdiction but is nonetheless banned by other jurisdictions. Public accommodations have the ability to determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether a particular service animal can be excluded based on that particular animal´s actual behavior or history--not based on fears or generalizations about how an animal or breed might behave. This ability to exclude an animal whose behavior or history evidences a direct threat is sufficient to protect health and safety."

If Jim Sak is disabled and Snicker's is his service dog, the breed is irrelevant. The owner/handler has certain responsibilities (ie keeping service dog under control, on restraint in public, etc) and if those have been followed, you cannot legally stop him from entering any area/building that is normally open to the public. You certainly cannot order him to remove his service dog from his home OR the town!!

Very Sincerely,

owner/handler of service dog "in training"

Isaiah 40:31

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Day at the Park

A spring visit to Michigan and time to play with grandsons. Grampa & Uncle Pete enjoyed some "park play" with Ethan. There were SO many fun, Fun, FUN photos that I did my 1st-ever QUAD-layout. Then using a 12x12 fixed crop setting, separated them into individual LOs. It was TONS of fun!!!
Then, some extra fun playing around and creating a WA to go along with Amy's kit. 
WordArt by janieinMN
credits: A Day At The Park & Monkeying Around by 3 Li’l Monsters Designs
font - Croobie, ErasLight ITC
fonts for janieinMN wordart - Scramble, NoodleScript, NoodleShade

Isaiah 40:31

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Caught Napping!

Baby Face
 credits: Wee Dolly Molly by Milly Dee Designs
Photomask #28 by Carley's Digi Scraps
Word Art (swap 30) by Jennifer at Word Art World
font - Monotype Corsiva
Love the awesome effect of this photomask by Carley's Digi Scraps that really makes this adorable photo of my great-nephew Ray just POP! Jennifer's Word Art was absolutely perfect AND Milly's baby kit was just right for scrapping this wee one caught napping :-)
Isaiah 40:31

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Charming, Precious, Adorable ABIGAIL!

Here are some layouts I did back in June with one of my favorite subjects: Abigail~ she was a miracle baby (premie) of a young friend of ours. We got to meet her this summer and I hope to scrap our photos with her soon. They were staying at the Holland State Park and we met on the sandy beach... fun pics of her playing with the sand & us (different textures were part of her therapy so not only was it an adventure for her, it was also helping her development). Without further delay, here's...... charming, precious & adorable Abigail!

 credits: Fish Are Friends by 3 Li’l Monsters Designs
font - Monotype Corsiva
Abigail -bunnyfingers
 credits: My Boy by Milly Dee Designs
font - Monotype Corsiva
Abigail -artistry

credits: Flutterflies by Binty Designs
font - Monotype Corsiva
Isaiah 40:31

Monkey-ing Around!

Cade & Kitty
My nephew Cade & his kitty -- thanks Virginia for the adorable photos!!

credits: Monkeying Around June 2011 BLOG TRAIN... CT designers...
3 li'l Monsters Designs, Milly Dee Designs and MagsGraphics
font - CK Tomfoolery
Stitches Brushes 2 by Aida Scraps

Great Nephews 1st Birthday
credits: Monkeying-Around kits by Deliscraps by Min, Eyeinspire & Wyld Web Designs
font - CK Yonkers
Isaiah 40:31
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