As I worked on my oops this morning - I was struck by all the noise those few past posts created as they played together. Individually, each song had great phrases and harmony....All at once - strepitous is a kind adjective!
As I listened carefully to find one specific song which hopefully would then lead me to the task to make the site once again harmonious, I was struck with how much the racket coming out of my speakers can be so much like my life.
So many responsibilities.
Each is wonderful on its own.
Together, enough to make me wanna plug my ears and jump into a Calgon commercial.
Today's Soundtrack Saturday is no music ~ just a challenge to focus in on one concern, one individual, one situation that you can turn to and gift a little extra attention. Allowing yourself to do that not only will bless the one, but may help the other 'tracks' fighting for your attention fall into their proper order.
**The Oops should be fixed by the end of this week ~ It's going to be a looonnng process. For today I focus on getting my husband's graduation from Fire School surprise party ready! And, nope, he never reads this, so, I know the secret is safe here. :)
Twitter ~ The newest way to spend hours with your eyes fixed on your phone :)
I've fought the temptation for a long time.
But now I am sorry it took me this long to hop in the nest!!
There are some great faithbooking toppers or journaling topics on Twitter ~ I find myself "retweeting" so many wonderful quotes, challenges, and thought provoking words.
Use Twitter to enhance your albums, cards and journals. While I still believe scripture is the best 'space-filler' simply because it is His Word, Twitter can provide great words to turn your loved ones to Him or His Plan.
I've pulled my own copy of Unto All Generations out and started writing down statements that would fit perfect in pages of birthdays, basketball games, new paths, and ceremonies. You can also create category word documents on your computer - When it is full, place it in your Unto All Generations folder within the corresponding category. I knew when we designed the Unto All Generation format that I wanted empty space for a place for you to save poems or quotes. I just didn't know way back then that those words would be coming from a little blue bird on our phones! :)
Join me as I use Twitter as a great way to help us leave a legacy!
As I tweet and retweet, I will use the hashtag UAGCategory (#UAGbirthday, #UAGtribute) for you to easily reference other great words you can record in your Unto All Generations. Look for a list of exclusive hashtags from Scrapbookers Bubble Bath next week. What a great way to use modern technology to reach into future generations!
If you are a regular reader here, you probably realize I am a lover of music. There is a constant soundtrack playing in the background of my life. Got a thought, struggle, or celebration - I probably can come up with a song for you to sing to.
However, I can't sing. I whisper the words in church during worship so the people around me can worship. I believe the first thing I will receive in Heaven is a voice worthy of others' ears. :)
Since I shouldn't sing the words on my mind ~ I decided to Twitter them! See you on Twitter :)
Actually, how funny would it be to make a page or 2 titled "Before Kids", or "How We Used to Be". It would be a great random page in an album and your kids would enjoy the pictures. Here are some quick ideas:
I'm not gonna try to be creative and tie this post to scrapbooking....
To be honest and to the point: If you buy your child an I-Pod Touch, please be an informed parent.
This is just a quick infomercial to parents/grandparents who have purchased I-Pod Touches for their children. While these hand-held gizmos are amazing, they can be just another avenue for our children to be exposed to content that is unacceptable for adults, let alone children.
Spend some time playing with your child's I-Pod Touch. See what they see. Try to access everything they can access. I think you will be surprised and disappointed at what is out there.
Here are just a few suggestions for parents.
Regularly check the downloads on the I-Pod Touch
Restrict friends and teammates from searching / downloading content, apps, and games
Go to Settings: General: Restrictions: set a code and set age appropriate restrictions
However, realize that, although restrictions are set, your child will still have complete access to all app descriptions, which, I promise you, is way more than you want them to be able to see and read.
To avoid all access to the app store (which the best way to avoid all inappropriate content) you can turn off "in-app purchases", "installing apps" and "deleting apps" which removes the app store and options from the I-Pod. The store can still be accessed through the computer.
To download updates the restrictions can be changed temporarily, allow changes, then turn the store / restrictions status back on
We are pioneers in parenting/grandparenting children who have access to so many avenues and kinds of media. No generation has had so many ways for the enemy creep into their lives. We must stay alert and knowledgable as we raise these precious souls!
This post is so important for those of us who are bent toward obsessive-compulsive perfectionism :)
Enjoy another rerun post as you cherish your family this weekend, and, next week I'll post a great new one I have brewing in my OCD mind :)
So, for days, I was looking forward to last night ~ I was going to s-c-r-a-p-b-o-o-k!!! I ordered my pictures from, sad to say, August through October of 2004......I even ordered doubles for the kids to keep them busy.....I even gave my daughter some of my punches for her to have a new toy to experiment with....I even skipped dinner in my excitement to finally get to open my huge suitcase of supplies.
I sat down, opened the bag of pictures....only to find.....August was not there. I frantically looked in the van (3 times), sent all 4 kids searching for the missing red envelope, and, got so worked up that I found I was talking to myself as I searched. After way too long, I realized, I did not get them from the store, and, the store had no record of receiving the order from yahoo. Let me just admit that, it ruined my night. My husband came home, I told him the saga, and, in his husband way he said, "Well, why don't you just work on the ones you have".
Ahhh - doesn't he understand, my books have to be in chronological order - the 13th can't come before the 2nd, let alone September before August!!! :)
Well, needless to say, I only got one page done ~ but, at least I got September and October sorted :)
My point? We, well, for sure I, should not worry about if the pictures are in order. If you don't have the next date, if you forgot to journal that moment shared between your children, or if you find a straggler picture it really does not matter. What matters is that you put the legacy in. Generations from now, no one will care if the fishing trip was scrapbooked before the new bike or if in the year 2004 Halloween came before the All Star baseball game. Of course, what they will cherish is the stories and the pictures.
I challenge you ~ ME ~ to just stick those memories in there.
~ If you find a picture of you and your husband when you were dating and you have been married for 15 years, who cares, stick that picture in between the 2005 pages, and journal of your lasting love. (If you're like me, you probably will never get to the "pre-kids" pages anyway)
~ If you find a receipt in the bottom of your closet from your child's first hair cut, but, you forgot to bring your camera, just stick the receipt on a page next to his most recent hair craze (In my house it is red hair spiked up-yikes!)
~ If you read in the paper that your favorite high school english teacher has passed away, cut out the excerpt, and create a page in 2006 around how she influenced your life in the 1980s.
~ If you already scrapbooked your daughter's 5th birthday, but, found the Barbie napkin stuffed in her drawer, make a page with a picture of her with all her Barbies and let her journal of her favorite ones.
Do you see where I am heading here? Our books don't have to be in order ~ they just have to be done! Don't leave something out just because it wouldn't fit in the timeline or those pages are already completed. So, think of me tonight, I will be attempting to sit down and work on the Great Wolf Lodge pictures in September without first doing the baseball champions from August :)