Stamp On a Happy Face

Yesterday was a tragic comedy at my house: In an attempt to help, my son updated the OS on my MacBook…and the result was that I lost everything. That was just the beginning of my trauma, but I won’t bore you with how I ended up crying myself to sleep in the parking lot of Simply Mac as they reset my computer to factory settings.

Those days happen to everyone.

When things like this happen, I remind myself that I wouldn’t recognize happiness if I wasn’t familiar with misery. T The scripture that was on repeat in my head yesterday was from Doctrine & Covenants 29:39: “…if they never should have bitter they could not know the sweet” (The D&C is a collection of modern day revelations from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) I’m just grateful that the sun rose this morning and I can start again!

One GOOD thing that happened while I was on the phone for 4 hours with Apple yesterday: I got to stamp a card for the Global Design Project Color Challenge #GDP289

This color combination made me smile when I saw it and the first set that came to mind was my beloved Cute Fruit stamp set that is retiring next week.

Just like the fruit on the card, I had to stamp on a happy face for the day and keep moving forward.

Lesson to be learned: When technology fails, we’ll always be able to STAMP!

Product List
Cute Fruit Photopolymer Stamp Set
Coastal Cabana 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Magenta Madness 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin' Pad
Magenta Madness Classic Stampin' Pad
Bumblebee Classic Stampin' Pad
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack

Pulled the Plug

Between computer, television and gaming systems, we felt that we were spending too much time in front of a screen at our house this summer, so we pulled the plug.

That’s right, you heard me…pulled. the. plug.

It’s only been about a week and it has been a blessing…and a curse.

Blessings: More time to finish projects, clean house, play games together, READ (yeah!), peace & quiet, less fighting and we choose (via dvd) which things we WILL watch together as a family.

Curses: Trying to keep up with my blog/website, can’t print information from the internet or e-mail people in my address book, have to run to the library to use the computer, harder to stay connected.

We weighed the options, and while it’s hard, it was “courageous parenting” (at least that’s what I keep telling myself). Truth be told, it’s been good for me, too. Who hasn’t wasted hours in front of a computer and looked around and wondered where the time went?

So while we are trying this out, there will be less posts here than usual because it’s hard to update at the library. But I can update my Facebook Fan Page, Creative Juice by Loni, so go ahead and “like” it:

I hope you’ll be courageous, too…turn off the technology, read a book, stamp a card, get a tan and reconnect with your family this summer!