Verse of the Day

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Priceless cub sightings today!

Jewel has given us MANY, MANY sightings of her precious cargo today. Here are a few of the snapshots I was able to snag from the live den cam (when I finally "remembered" ... hey! I need to take some photos!!). It's been SO fun just watching & listening today... these sweetlings were born on 1/22/2012. You can go to the website and watch archived videos of Jewel & her cub, in addition to the live cam. Today, the sightings that I wrote down were 11:34am, 11:40am, 12:34pm, 12:45pm, 12:52pm, 12:55pm -- but there were many more as well -- LOTS of action!!

There's also lots of discussion, photos & video clips at Lily the Black Bear's FB page. I like to do the split screen and watch the video and keep up with other viewers.

Isaiah 40:31

Monday, January 23, 2012

Absolute BEST distractor!!

Jewel, a black bear up in Ely MN, had her cubs yesterday morning. Today she's been giving us several peeks at her precious cubs (2 confirmed at this point in time). Love listening to them squeek, slurp, squeel, and purr (called chittering... a sound they make when they're contentedly nursing). It's music to my ears. I'm hooked!! And it's only going to get more exciting as they grow!!

Here are a few pics snapped while watching the den cam at

 1ST CUB BORN AT 7:22-24am CST!
see if you can spot the cubs in the following photos??
I've been a huge fan of bears for as long as I can remember. Then began collecting stuffed bears and some ceramics. When my latex allergy went bizerko I finally realized something about my bear collection... they were harboring all sorts of nasties! ... ie latex-cross-reactive pollens, airborne latex proteins (from several years of clowning and working with balloons, from the few years working in a medical setting with latex gloves, from airborne latex-cross-reactive foods)... from the ventilation system constantly recirculating, etc.... also chemically contaminated from the airborne contaminants coming in the house thru air vents, window cracks, etc... living right next door to a farm -- then add to that all the "normal" allergens that have plagued me over the years ... vacuuming my bear collection once a year (or even less!) was not enough. I needed to get rid of them. Once I made that decision, I went around and bagged up ALL the stuffed bears that were left (after I'd done a serious 'weeding' and given several garbage bags away). I felt a sense of urgency and didn't know why! But, I continued in my task... well past bedtime... until ALL were securely bagged and the bags were sealed. Then I went to bed.
The very next day was the day of the microwave accident -- you can read about it here if you haven't already -- -- The bagged/sealed stuffed bears were safe! They did NOT get latex-contaminated or chemical-contaminated... SO, I was able to give them away and donate many. Now, if it can't be 'rinsed' off or washed, it's not among my collectibles. My home is now a MUCH safer environment... due to many changes, not just the elimination of my stuffed bear collection.
Now, it's the REAL thing! Last spring I was hooked to the Decorah Bald Eagle cam... this time it's Jewel's den cam -- the sound of those precious cubs is music to my ears :-)  We have such an AWESOME creator!! Watching the miracle of life unfold right before our very eyes, no matter what the species, is riveting! How much more so, the miracle of human life?
"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalms 139:14

Isaiah 40:31

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Scrapping Memories

One of the verses that has had special meaning & comfort to me this last year was Romans 12:12—"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer." I decided to use it to create a WordArt using a really fun new font & digital stamp images ("transparencies") from Club Scrap digital kits (full credits below WA).
credits: Club Scrap kit transparencies - Surfs Up (2006July), Retro (2006Sept), 
Centennial R (2007Oct); fonts - SU Heritage, Utsaah

you can get my Romans 12:12 WordArt free HERE 
(personal use only—please read TOU)


The worst thing about living in MN is that we're 10+ hrs drive away from our kids, grandsons & my parents. Therefore, I'm doubly thankful for today's technologies and the wonderful free software from SKYPE for video calls. I did this layout from photos snapped during our skyping in December. I call it:

Christmas Skypes
fonts - GlooGun, Tekton Pro


Then, another thing about MN... the winters are usually harsh & bitterly cold. However, this year has been exceptionally mild—even breaking a few records for daily high temps!). Anyway, 2yrs ago (just before Christmas) we were hit with a record-breaking snowfall of OVER 2 feet (very reminiscent of our years living in Michigan! When we 1st moved to MI, we were welcomed by the Blizzard of 1999 which dropped over 3 feet of snow by the time it was done!)!! 

These pictures were taken from the basement egret window. The snow had filled up all but a few inches of the window well and darling hubby had to "dig me out" :-)

It was fun using one of Amy's TEMPLATES for this particular layout. I thought it was a great idea to use her "Rain" kit to scrap "SNOW"! In warmer states this storm would've meant rain, but to us Minnesotans it was ALL SNOW! and LOTS of it!! It was the "Blizzard of 2010"... and we got a LOT more than the forecasters had predicted!! Roger & I called it a TSNOWNAMI... it was a doozy!!

"Tsnownami" 2010!
credits: Stand In the Rain (retired kit) & November Grab Bag Templates (Not Just One, #1)
fonts - Elephants in Cherry Trees, Tekton Pro

Isaiah 40:31

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Here she is again!

credits: Woodland Christmas kit by MagsGraphics
fonts - BD Cartoon Shout, LuzSans-Book
Isaiah 40:31

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Beach Fun!

It doesn't matter whether it's the ocean or a lake or a river -- wherever there is sand, fun will be found for all ages. These collage layouts speak for themselves... grandsons at a lake... Abigail at the beach (of Lake Michigan)... been a LONG time since I've been to an ocean beach—just have to make do with what's available. And where there's sand... there's MORE sand!! YIPEE!!!!
Beach Fun - Abigail

Beach Fun - Grandsons
credits: Beachy Fun kit by Binty Designs, fonts - SU Jodyola, SU Favero Wide

Isaiah 40:31

Monday, January 2, 2012

Clownin' Around!

1995 was the year our whole family joined the Mexico Missions Trip at our church. We were on work teams (manual labor) by day, and gospel program by night. Guess who was part of the clown team? Yep! ME!! I had oodles of fun clowning with the best! Our director/teacher was FABULOUS!! The musical/dancing skits we did all portrayed an short object lesson as well as just being a lot of fun (and took a lot of practice!!). Our ministry was to draw the crowds. We were followed by mime skits that were then connected to the gospel message. Afterwards, we'd hang around and do balloon animals for the kids and talk to people.
Clownin' Around!
fonts - SU Favero Wide, SU Girly Girl
Isaiah 40:31
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