Thursday, September 26, 2013

joe nuxhall miracle field {a scrapbook layout}

There's a baseball legend that grew up right here in our little hometown of Fairfield. He was a Hall of Fame pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, one of the youngest men to ever play the sport. He later went on to become a beloved baseball announcer but he never forgot his roots. Joe Nuxhall gave so much back to Fairfield, not only money but time and energy. His sons still live in our area and still help out with our schools. Not long after he died, an organization was formed to help our city build the Joe Nuxhall Miracle Field .
This isn't your ordinary baseball field. It's a place where children with special needs and physical limitations can play baseball with little to no assistance. In a word, it's AMAZING. 
As a mom of four healthy, active boys, it was humbling to stand on that field. As I watched them running and playing, I was so very thankful for the many blessings we've been given. I am so proud of my "adopted" hometown-and this very cool place. 

Happy Thursday friends!

Monday, September 23, 2013

have you ever...{a scrapbook layout}

Disappeared from your blog for months and hoped that people would still be around when you came back? :)
Saw a picture in the pile of photos you took from one a event and all you could think was, "I need to scrapbook that"?
Clearly, I can answer yes to both of those questions. To say that life has been a little crazy would be a huge understatement.
I took a new role at work in March of this year (right about the time I started disappearing from this blog). Within a month of my joining, the team of 4 people went to just one-ME. I've essentially been doing the work of 3 people all summer long. I'm not complaining or whining. Just stating facts. I've had some time to think lately-got some news at work that made me really think about how I was spending my time. Let's just say I won't be working through lunch anymore and that my kids will no longer be competing with my laptop for my attention on the weekends.
And I'll be back to posting at least once or twice a week here. I have lots of layouts to share. :)
I mentioned before that sometimes you see a photo and all you can think is "I have to scrapbook that". That was the case with this picture.

It's a photo of one of my oldest sons teaching my youngest son how to dribble a basketball and you can see their shadows in the background of the photo.

I immediately had the title in mind and got to work.

The journaling is all about how Brody is learning so much about growing up in the shadows of his older brothers and how the 3 of them are such great examples to him.
I kept everything about the layout really simple to focus on the story and pictures.
Love that chevron paper. I used it on a few different layouts. I was totally bummed when I ran out of it!
Happy Monday blogger friends!