Tuesday, June 28, 2016

My life... Crafting Interrupted

My life.. I am blessed beyond measure.  No words for my amazing blessings that The Lord God has given me.  My family, my friends, my passion for people, teaching, crafting and business.  I have it all (and then some).  Lately it's been busier than ever, join me for a moment as I share... 
We had an amazing week up in Big Bear Lake, CA.  My crafting pays for our family vacations and I'm so blessed that it does.  I adore our time on the lake.. I've even opened it to my crafting friends and family with an upcoming crafting retreat!

When we returned home.. my wheels were spinning at FULL SPEED from the moment we arrived home with a car full of home decor (as one of my favorite store in Big Bear Village was closing - booo!), kids, toys, and our week's worth of living.
Crafting.. it is good for my soul.  We arrived home on Friday.  I attended a Women's Movie Night that evening and came home d-o-n-e, lol. 

So much of our lives are changing this year.. we are excited to start a new chapter in our life for schooling and Saturday I was in meetings on this new and awesome venture.

Running home I couldn't wait for my crafting sisters to come and join me.  We had two amazing card making classes in one day and it was a blessing beyond measure!  I love my Gettin' Crafty Stampin' Stampers and my Gettin' Crafty Stampin' Family, I don't know how I could make it through life with out their love, support, laughter and crafting!
This girl loves her animals - lol... My beloved girl is always by my side, she's convinced she's my other daughter and believes she should still be able to sit on my lap!  

I'm a farm girl at heart.  We expanded our family with two more kids this weekend and couldn't be more excited!!
Squee!!  My world is a happy place in so many ways!  Meet our new Nigerian Dwarf Goats.  We are in love and so blessed by these girls.  Living in an equestrian neighborhood, joining 4H and taking on this new aspect to our lives.. These girls have taken over my life in the past few days as we set up, brought home and ran errands to bring home all of the items they will need.
Doctors can be a scary thing.  My heart hurts.  17 months ago my kids and I had to slam on our breaks for someone who cut off one freeway just to jump ahead onto another.  The lady behind didn't.  Hitting us at full speed when we were at a full stop, we saved the person who 'cut in line' but were hurt.  

Pain.. it's so hard.  I can stand so much but watching my kids hurt, cuts me deep.  They have a great Neuro and today he had them each taking an EEG test, meeting us, reviewing results... sigh.  4 hours in his office and the results are in some ways scary and the lack of knowing exactly what is causing some of the pain.  We have more visits on the horizon.  I hate that.  I love this doctor, have hope and am on my knees in prayer for His provision.

OK, So I'm sharing.  I'm not big on sharing deep.  I'm doing it because I know, if you - like me - have a heart that is massive (and crafters do!) you'll join us in prayer for His provision and healing.  

I also want to encourage you.  I know of friends who are going through so much more.  From Alzheimer, Cancer, loss of loved ones recently and on the horizon... it's so hard.  When your world changes, jobs lost, moving happens, sickness, new life and loss.... I know that when I turn to God I'm given grace, hope, joy and peace. 
If you aren't where I am, I hope that you can find hope in this world... Take time to create and connect with others - it is such a blessing to my soul.  

Tomorrow I am hopping into one of my favorite class series at our local Parks and Rec classes (this one is Wednesday evenings at the Goebel Center).  I can't wait for Friday's 20 Card Thoughtful Banners class!  

Tomorrow I will wake to my beloved children, my four legged babies and living in a beautiful community filled with amazing people.  I am blessed by YOUR love and support.  Come, join us and create beauty while we connect and have fun at our card making classes.

Crafting Hugs and Stamping Blessings,
Jamie AR Albanese
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Jamie is so passionate and creative about making cards - and wants everyone else to join her in the fun! She is so encouraging and positive in her attitude, helping me along when I get frustrated - and then rejoicing with me at the finished product! I love going to her classes to get new ideas, learn techniques, and have loads of fun in the process. ~ Christine C.

Jamie has wicked awesome classes! If you don’t like a particular stamp or paper/ink color Jamie wants you to change it to suit your style! I did my sister-in-law’s entire bridal shower from invitations/thank you cards, party favors to decorations, it was quaint and whimsical! Everyone ooh’d and ahh’d! I’ve had lots of special requests for classes and Jamie delivers; she always has tasty treats and flavored coffees too ~Ashley W.

I have been attending Jamie's classes for over a year. Her ideas for cards are fresh and fun. She always tries to have several different styles of cards available, so everyone gets to make cards that fit their personal style. The techniques she shows each class can be used in many different applications. She is very patient teacher when instructing class members on how to use the Stampin Up products. ~ Carol D.

If I looked up the word sparkle in the dictionary, I would find Jamie Albanese picture there. I have had the sweet blessing of knowing Jamie and her family for over 5 years now. Every time I am with her I feel loved and inspired. When I am in one of her classes I feel my creative juices flow, as she encourages me to go outside my comfort zone. Jamie helped our girl scout troop make cards for a soldier who needed some encouragement!!! For any of you who have not been in one of Jamie's classes, please don't let another day slip by. She is a beautiful friend and she will become yours too. ~ Blessings, Karen:-)

Jamie has a great eye for style and flair, and it shows in her work. Yet she can pick up on your own individual style and makes great recommendations. I love that she is always flexible for last-minute decision maker mommies like me! So much fun to host craft events with your friends and family - that personal touch always means so much. ~ Adonna

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