It is about discovering the Magic in all books; the Magic of awakening the love of reading in a child; the germination of imagination; of transportation to another world; of fictional characters taking on their own personas as you write. It is about finding Magic in the ordinary, everyday moments we share with our kids, and that most Magical moment of all--when the spark of understanding lights up their eyes. It's about the Magic in everyone's story; the Magic in joyful journaling, and the Magic when children realize their story matters.
My goals for this blog:
The FOCUS of this blog will be Joyful Journaling. Over the last four years I have come to learn joy in my journaling. It's not the grinding grudge I once thought it was. I could never get pre-printed journals to work for me. I never used all of the special printed papers, so they went to waste, or I never had enough of the kind of page I did use. I found a way to make it fun, enjoyable and relaxing for me. My quest is to help others explore new ways of journaling. I'll show you the different types of journals out there, and the possibility that you may already be journaling and didn't realize it. In this blog I'll show you what I have tried. It's not always pretty, but I have learned a few things. It's definitely a living, breathing work in progress. What works this year may not work out next year. That means, for as many different souls as there are out there, there are that many ways of journaling. You just need to find what works for you. Your journal should serve you, not the other way around.
That's me in the shades...
About my life: I am the mother of 5, mother-in-law of 5 more, and grandmother of 18. I am LDS, which means I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which also means I'm a Christian. While I strive to follow my Savior's example and teachings, I myself, have yet to become a saint. I like to think of myself as a 'work in progress.' I love to learn new things. I love to write and research history. I love to write historical fiction, children's books, and mysteries with the occasional romance. I especially love journaling and all things Harry Potter. By day, I am a nurse reviewer, meaning I make sure medical bills match what was documented in the medical record. I used to be a Labor and Delivery nurse, but after 25 years, my feet would no longer work the floor. My Top 10 Favorite things: 1. Reading on my front porch, especially in early summer. Gentle lavender breezes drift across the porch. It's even better after a light rain.
My husband built me my own little lending
library for the neighborhood kids.
Rustic on the outside,
waterproof on the inside!
2. Writing. I'm an aspiring author with more story ideas than time. I am about halfway to my goal of one million words. I've heard it said that it takes writing a million words before you finally get the hang of it. 3. Handbags, purses, and totes. You might say it borders on the obsessive, the more the pockets, the better. 4. Making lists. This is my chief means of survival. I used to have a near photographic memory, but now I have found the value of lists: *lists help me focus and set priorities. *lists give me a sense of accomplishment. *lists have become a stand-in for my brain. 5. Making Books. I have loved making books since I was about 4 years old. My mom taught me how to fold paper together and staple them in the center to make my own little notebooks. This must've been a relief for her, because it was one of the things that could keep me busy for at least an hour. I think I've always had attention deficit but making books and writing calm me down.
The first two journals I have made
6. Journaling and Organization. I found that the only way to find the perfect planner for my life was to design and build it myself. Now I've also found the joy in journaling. I love to journal with my grandkids!
Hand lettering. I love to try
to make my pages prettier.
Work in progress.
7. My Charities. This last year I have been supporting Operation Underground Railroad. They do great work rescuing children from human trafficking and supporting them after they're rescued.
My first Rapunzel wig
I also starting making yarn wigs for The Magic Yarn Project. They have organized people all over the world in making fun, Disney character yarn wigs for little cancer fighters who have lost or are losing their hair. Just one look at the children's faces showed me the kind of joy I take for granted. Bless their courageous hearts.
My Story Matters helps families and children heal from their sufferings through the process of writing their stories.
8. I am a recovering craft-a-holic. I flit from hobby to hobby, but I still enjoy primitive embroidery, making beach stone necklaces, journal charms and bookmarks, and especially Harry Potter crafts!
For stray socks
from Pinterest, of course
Hogwart's acceptance letter
Tom Riddle's Diary
Beach stones from the Med
No two stones are alike.
I wish you could see their individual beauty!
I made my first Fairy garden in 2016.
9. Log Homes and Tiny Houses, or better yet, Tiny Log homes:
How cute is this?
10. Last, but not least, My Family. I am married. I have 5 + 5 children. We have been blessed with really good kids. I also have 18 of the sweetest grandkids ever. They are challenging, entertaining, delightful, energetic and so loving. Everyone has such busy schedules, but they have all made commitments to quarterly family gatherings. These can be scheduling nightmares but we all work to clear our schedules for family time. We hold an annual Easter egg hunt, and Halloween treasure hunt. Summertime is the time for some sort of water fun. Winter we squeeze in both Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations, along with a host of recitals and soccer games.
Putting their heads together to figure out the next clue.
Best of all, the grandkids love their cousins and everyone gets along. Don't get me wrong...we are so far from perfect. I doubt we could ever live under the same roof again and get along as easily, but for family gatherings we make it work and I appreciate that my kids will do that for me and each other.
And there are other things I want to do along the way. I want to make all kinds of books, journals, planners, and doodle books.
I always wanted to own my very own bookstore. This blog is the virtual fulfillment of that dream--a bookstore where all of my favorite things have a home; journal supplies, kids' books, fun adventures, mysteries and pretend.
"Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all." ~Henry David Thoreau
We finished our last solicited review 9/9/2015.
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