Friday, February 20, 2009

Mozi Esmé: OLZ Book Giveaway #2

Would you like to learn more about Zimbabwe?? Over at the link is a giveaway for a book on it. Go on over and put your name in to win!!! And browse around if you feel like it. I find it a pretty fun place, you just might, too. :-)

Mozi Esmé: OLZ Book Giveaway #2

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Belated Trip To The USA: December 19, 2007 First Day With My In-Laws...


My mom and Antonio, her first of many grandsons... :-) She has 6 now, all together, and Miranda is the only girl!! :-)

My mom with Antonio and Giosaia, just sharing some love...


Look-a-likes... my brother-in-law, Joe, and Luca (So similar, I tell you!!! Expressions, cowlicks, and all!!!) :-)

Zia Julie and Luca... Such great smiles!!! You know they love each other. :-)

One of those tacky "brother" pictures I just HAD to take...Yes, they are posing just cause I said so... They want to be anywhere else but there. :-)

My mom came to join in the fun, and she was just soaking up the time together...

WII, friend or foe?? Depends what you are playing, I think... :-)

My brother-in-law playing WII with the kids...








Introductions were made between Dario and my in-laws, and it was "love at first sight". And the kids had their first interaction with WII... And what a love affair that quickly became, too. :-)

Belated Trip To The USA: December 19, 2007 Precious Friends Since 7th Grade...




My friend, Robyn, and I have known each other since 7th grade. She was one of the first people to welcome me as a new student to a new school, and she is the only one I have kept in touch with from that time period... What a great time we had laughing and just catching up together with her, her husband, TJ, and her parents.

Belated Trip To The USA- The 18th, The First Day...


My Dad and Dario...

My sister, Carly, and her precious baby belly... :-)

My Sister's, Carly's, son, Z...

My brother Jon (N's Daddy), Dario, and My Daddy...

My Sister-in-law, Yve, and her son, N...

Cousins meeting for the first time (Dario and N)...

Cousins 2 (Dario and N)...

I love my sweet, little nephew, N...

Dario loves the little rocking toy...


I did not take as many pictures as I could have on this first day, but... Oh well... It was great being together again.

One Choice Can Change Your Life...

“You are always only one choice away from changing your life.” by Mary Blochowiak

What do YOU think?

The Secret To Happiness...

“Happiness, the sheer joy of being alive, is within our reach. All we need is an attitude of gratitude...” by M.J. Ryan in her book Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Every Day of Your Life.

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Regarding The Last Post On Happenings In The Craft World...

My friend, Amber, kindly passed on these links to me. Thanks, Amber.

Please check them out when you can...

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09086.html

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09115.html

Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves: The Death of Vintage Kids' Books

Well, you may all wonder what has been happening in the craft/hobby/handmade/vintage book worlds... Here is the sad scoop! Please check it out when you can. All of us will certainly be affected!

Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves: The Death of Vintage Kids' Books

Monday, February 9, 2009

Mozi Esmé: OLZ Blanket Giveaway

What a sweet blanket it is!! Covered with monkeys and waiting for some cuddling. Come and see and put your name in for a chance to win. And while you are there, browse around.

This is to help raise awareness of my blogging friend and her passion for Zimbabwe. There is great need. Please check out her blog to see and read more. And, while you are there, leave a comment to put your name in to win this or other neat prizes.

Mozi Esmé: OLZ Blanket Giveaway

Mozi Esmé: OLZ African Alphabet CD Giveaway

Fun and Educational!! Check out The AFrican Alphabet CD at the following link. And hurry as the Contests will end this Saturday, the 14th.

This is to help raise awareness of my blogging friend and her passion for Zimbabwe. There is great need. Please check out her blog to see and read more. And, while you are there, leave a comment to put your name in to win this or other neat prizes.

Mozi Esmé: OLZ African Alphabet CD Giveaway

Mozi Esme Plumeria Candle giveaway...

Who does not like candles, and sweet smelling plumeria ones, at that? You can win one if you click on the following link. Hurry to enter, as the giveawayS will end this Saturday, the 14th.

This is to help raise awareness of my blogging friend and her passion for Zimbabwe. There is great need. Please check out her blog to see and read more. And, while you are there, leave a comment to put your name in to win this or other neat prizes.

http://moziesme.blogspot.com/2009/02/olz-plumeria-candle-giveaway.html

Mozi Esme Stone Carving Giveaway...

This is so lovely... I really think so... Check out these beautiful Stone Carvings. I love the color of the brown one, but love the images of the hubby, wife, and baby in the other. I would be proud to win one of these. Come see. Hurry as the contests end this Saturday, the 14th...

This is to help raise awareness of my blogging friend and her passion for Zimbabwe. There is great need. Please check out her blog to see and read more. And, while you are there, leave a comment to put your name in to win this or other neat prizes.

Mozi Esmé: OLZ Earring Giveaway

Oh-my-goodness!!! 300 year old beads on these earrings, folks!!! And such a beautiful blue!! Come see!! And they could be yours. Join in the give-away fun! It all ends on the 14th, this Saturday. Hurry!

This is to help raise awareness of my blogging friend and her passion for Zimbabwe. There is great need. Please check out her blog to see and read more. And, while you are there, leave a comment to put your name in to win this or other neat prizes.



Mozi Esmé: OLZ Earring Giveaway

Mozi Esmé: OLZ Scarf/Wrap Giveaway

So, this one is only available to European addresses, but I just had to share this giveaway with you because it is very unique. It is a Tibetan Yak's wool scarf/wrap. Neat, huh? And check out that spectacular color.

There are lots more giveways. Hurry as it is all to be given away on the 14th!!!

This is to help raise awareness of my blogging friend and her passion for Zimbabwe. There is great need. Please check out her blog to see and read more. And, while you are there, leave a comment to put your name in to win this or other neat prizes.

Mozi Esmé: OLZ Scarf/Wrap Giveaway

Mozi Esmé: OLZ Drum Giveaway

Yes, I am just crazy enough to WANT my kids to have this AFRICAN DRUM... Music is in my heart, and I want it to be in theirs as well, soo... join with me and take you try in winning it...

This is to help raise awareness of my blogging friend and her passion for Zimbabwe. There is great need. Please check out her blog to see and read more. And, while you are there, leave a comment to put your name in to win this or other neat prizes.

Mozi Esmé: OLZ Drum Giveaway

Mozi Esme OLZ Capulana Giveaway...

It is a neat piece of material, like a sarong, but it is really very versatile. Hmm... I am wracking my brain thinking of all kinds of possible uses for it. Come on over and see... http://moziesme.blogspot.com/2009/02/olz-capulana-giveaway.html

This is to help raise awareness of my blogging friend and her passion for Zimbabwe. There is great need. Please check out her blog to see and read more. And, while you are there, leave a comment to put your name in to win this or other neat prizes.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

February 3, 2009 :-) Running Races With Spring Fever...


Spring Petals

Run The Race, based on Hebrews 12: 1-2 (For a birthday card for my oldest son, 8 years old)


I am either ready for a GOOD snow or I am waiting impatiently for Spring to come upon us. I have not quite decided since we have had rain all winter.

I tend to be one who has a hard time letting go of things that I have had no closure to... Like winter's without snow, or baby days that fly by too quickly to even obtain an ounce of closure, or the sudden death of a dear and most-loved grandmother nine years ago, etc... It is not that I can't accept these events, it is that I tend to have an extended grieving time, that seeps into the soft parts of my heart, and, I suppose, readies my heart for more growth, like in Springtime. The land deals with the harshness of winter and buds forth wonderful fruit in spite of the pain, the beating wind, and any other elements. That is how I feel right now... Like I am facing certain elements that must be dealt with, must be a part of my life, but that are not easy, and that the result will be budding growth further along.

It is not easy, but... I am encouraged as I focus on these words,

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and LET US RUN WITH ENDURANCE the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the JOY that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
(Hebrews 12: 1-2)

I must Run My Race, I must grow, and I must arrive at the finish line. I MUST Endure.

"Lord, Help me to continue on in this Journey You have blessed me with. I am not strong, but You have said that I can rely on Your strength when I am weak. I need Your Joy to overflow in my sometimes grieving heart, and I need your hope to remind me that I need to continue forward so I can see the fruit of my labor, or here or in heaven. Be blessed by my "sacrifice of praise". May it be pleasing to you.

Thank you, Jesus, that You said you would never leave me or forsake me on my way, and that you said you would never give me more than I could handle, in Your strength. I surrender each step- running, walking, crawling, or trudging- back to You!! I love you, Jesus!!"

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