Tuesday, February 28, 2012

More on TeamAsher

I recently shared about TeamAsher here
My "little Asher" and my Addy LOVE "Big Asher" - - - - > https://www.facebook.com/teamasher
He is one of a kind!

We had an amazing time at this year's TeamAsher Auction on Saturday. I am thrilled to show you the brand new inspiring, beautiful, heart felt video made by Asher's dad.
I really hope you will watch it.
My mantra is "know their names.Know their stories. Be their messenger."
I hope you all have something worth fighting for.

2012 teamASHER from teamAsher on Vimeo.

TeamAsher is doing a final push this week for any final donations to the cystic fibrosis foundation.
So I just added to the shop - each of the new premium designs that I made for the auction.
I will donate 10% to CFF from any of these sales.
And PS - Here's a new coupon code to help motivate you! Asher10

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dear Elizabeth. And what I learned.

I had a dear old friend that was in the hospital battling cancer for quite a while.
I wanted to make & send her a necklace months ago but I kept putting it off.
I finally made it and mailed it this past weekend.
Then I saw her facebook page yesterday. The day she died.

She Will not see the necklace, or the long letter I wrote her expressing all my gratitude for her life.
I've learned to never wait - when the thought reaches you. 
Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today. It might not be there. 

Elizabeth rocked this earth. She was 56 and had finally found and married her love exactly one week before she passed. I watched the cute slideshow video they posted on her page, showing the wedding from her hospital bed.
I'm so glad she got to have that.
She "adopted" many children as her own along the way.
I'm so thankful to have been able to walk life with her for a time.
When I knew her, her life was much different. And I was so young. I worked under her in CA from 2000 until she left in 2006 (I think it was 2006).
She was a tough as nails, sharp as a tack, intelligent, strong, and also hysterical woman. She was kind, generous, and a true leader. We thought she'd stay in that demanding corporate world forever. But then in 2006, she left everything she knew to move to SC to "work for God" instead, and to be a life-changer as a youth leader, and boy did she do that! I couldn't be more proud. I'm always visiting her facebook page to see all the posts by all the people whose lives she changed. All the kids that loved her. All the people that called her family, and friend and sister and mother.... It's truly amazing.
She was a single and solitary person when I knew her. No one was too close to her. She only hinted that her life had not been easy. We became great friends and over time we made a close bond.

I wish she could have received my necklace in time. I'm thankful for her having showed me what grace, and healing and forgiveness in life looks like, and lots of strength. I watched a 360 transformation in her. A new life. A new name. A new spirit. it was truly inspiring to see and I admire her courage and strength and dedication to find it.
I will deeply miss her hysterical sense of humor. I do believe she gave me half my sassiness :)
***thankful for that.***
She showed me how to be a stronger woman. How to be tough. How to hold my own.
I miss her laugh already. I can still hear it.

{still visiting your page, every day. 
I went to put Addy's towel on her tonight. The one she has used every day practically since she was 6 months old (she's almost 7 now!), and smiled as I remembered you were the one that sent her that. How i wish i could tell you these things now.
How my Steve the crocodile hunter doll always makes me think of you. How I wish you could have met Asher.} 

This was the last photo I got of her on my last day in the office in 2003, before I moved to AZ to work from home.
 Miss Director of Operations :)

This is more current - forgive me all for having stolen it off her facebook page.

Love and miss you Elizabeth :)
Thanks for rocking my life as well.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Please meet Broxton

I'd love to share this sweet family and beautiful boy Broxton. Please hop on over to Laura's blog to check it out.
Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you!

When in doubt - always make it a donut

I saw a girls shirt at The Childrens Place that says "Donuts are the new cupcake"
I'm really hoping this shirt proves to be true in the near future :)

My rule of thumb is that if you have a cake mix, a bread mix, or a muffin mix - it can and should always be put in the donut pan :)
And yes - I do also have the huge Big Top Donut cake pan as well :)

Friday we had a birthday and a going away party and I had chocolate cake mix.

So of course I added chocolate chips to the mix, put it in the donut pan, and drizzled with nutella and caramel sauce on top, with chocolate sprinkles.

BIG HIT I tell you... BIG hit! :)

Super easy, and everyone thinks I know how to make actual donuts. NOPE!

And I have to give a big shout out to lil blue boo for the awesome donut theme birthday party she threw for her daughter. This is SOOOOO up my alley!!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Addy for President.

So this week at school is spirit week.
For career day, she was a fashion designer/cupcake wars judge :)

The girl has flare, what can I say...

For red white & blue day, I had this grand idea!  :)


Oh yes I did!

So I made the image above and then ironed it onto a shirt!

But the fun part came when I asked her what would be the first thing she would do as president...
Her answer = brilliant

"I would make more donut shops"

YES! YES, I would definitely vote for you!!!!

So then she said, "I'm going to go make some scrolls, and write out all the things I would do, and then pass them out"

ummmm..... LOVE LOVE THIS GIRL!!!!
with scrolls - - - >
Then I read them....

"make more playgrounds"
"make this a better world"
"make more donut shops"
"put a swimming pool in each backyard"
"make more skate lands"
"make more pop tart places"

Yes, yes, a wonderful campaign my dear!!!
So who wants to help create her super PAC! :)
and this is her presidential pose - - >

 Vote ADDY - 2056 For a better tomorrow, tomorrow :)

Wow. she kills me. So proud of this girl. She is a spitfire that's going to do some crazy amazing things on this earth! I can't wait to see it.

VOTE!!! :)