Saturday, February 27, 2010

Child Rescue


Geoff and I are now working for a new non-profit organization called Child Rescue of North America. A Canadian group started this organization to combat child trafficking. I have had the opportunity to have been involved with many amazing causes but of all the things I have given my time to, the cause of fighting child sex slavery is by far the most worthy. As a mother of two beautiful children the horrors of this industry actually physically make me ill. I just can't stand by any more. We recently built our website (man that was a huge endeavor by the way but I am glad I know how to make websites now). Please visit it to learn more about Child Rescue.
http://rescuingkids.org
If any of you are interested in being apart of this awesome work please let me know. Children deserve our help!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Blue Kitty Family


This post is for a special family that I just recently spent sometime with. They are dear friends of mine and I have known them for a long long time. In talking with them I realized that I have learn so so much from them in my life. In their honor I will account for some of them here:

-The Five Love Languages, amazing book. Every married couple should read it.

-Arbinger Institute- life changing peace skills. Look it up www.arbinger.com

-Not judging up, or thinking little of rich people who spend a lot of money on things that seem ridiculous to me with my salary. I use to watch Life Styles of the Rich and Famous and use to get disgusted with how these stars spent their money. I thought it was wrong. They taught me that money is relative and when I spend $30 on a bag it is like spending a months salary to many people in the third world, so when incredibly wealthy people buy $3,000 bags I should not be quick to judge. Many people talk about how the wealthy judge the poor but it is possibly more common for the poor to think little of those with money... perhaps because it makes us feel better about not having what they have. It was a huge paradigm shift for me, I appreciated it.

-Digital scrapbooking, I use to scrapbook and then they exposed me to the more cost efficient, more workspace friendly, duplicatable, and professional option of digi scraping. I'll never go back.

-Parenting tips, this cute family has read thousands of parenting books and they are amazing teachers and so whenever I speak to them or read their blog or even so much as think about them... I gain insight into ways to be a better parent.

-work in the home equals love, my friend insists that if you work and do choirs with your family you by default will talk and interact on a different level. These mundane activities are opportunities to reach out and love each other. I love this concept and will always strive to implement it.

-cool artists, the husband of this family is a wonderful artist and is always sharing his love for art and introducing me to artists that before I would have passed on. He was the first to teach me about one of my new favorite artists Alphonse Mucha.

-Temple Prep, this cute couple mentioned something to me that really helped me feel prepared to enter the temple. They explained that every week in church when we take the sacrament we are participating in an ordinance. Baptisms, blessings, and confirmations are all ordinances just like we have ordinances in the temple. Because we grow up so use to these other rituals we do not find them anything but normal... the first experience in the temple is just a continuation of these types of practices and because we have never seen them before we may feel unfamiliar but they are really just new to us. If someone came to a baptism for the first time they would perhaps be puzzled why we need to say specific words and wear specific clothes. It really helped me when I went through the first time.

-To Journal More on my Blog, enough said. xoxo love you blue kitty fam, you know who you are.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Photoshop

I was up way to late tonight playing around with photoshop. I am still not very good at it, but learning as I go. Notice that I love black and whites?



Monday, February 1, 2010

Magic








These are some photos of my wedding that I hadn't seen in nearly 6 years. I love Laura for getting them to me. I can't believe how time flies. I am more in love with Geoffrey than ever before. It was and is Magic.