A Dozen Scrapbookers

365 Project: Days 37-39

This was one of my views from Friday through Sunday this past weekend. Is this beautiful or what?!

365 Project: Day 37

There were 12 of us who loaded up our photos and our scrapbooking stuff and went for our annual girls’ scrapbooking weekend. We stay at a resort-type house, which backs up to the Saint Francis River. Even though it’s only 30 minutes from my house, the remoteness makes it feel really far away.

This trip is always so much fun… and so much more than just scrapbooking, especially since I have never scrapbooked up there. Over the years, I’ve brought ginormous totes of decades of photos and sorted them, or brought different projects to do like Swedish weaving, knitting (major fail), reading, cookbooks and recipes, and even the dictionary–to read for fun. I’m a total wannabe-scrapbooker, but I am blessed to have such dear friends who not only inspire me, but invite me to come, regardless of my lack of scrapping skills. I totally feel the love!

Every year, Terry says I get to be in charge of the music though. I like having a “job”. I feel useful, and I like being a part of seeing/making people happy, so it’s a fun deal for me. I bring my laptop, my speakers and extra bass (gotta have bass!), and my iTunes all ready to shuffle. We are women, many with different tastes in music, so it can get tricky to make sure everyone is happy with what I decide to play. I have music of every genre (except opera), so I do my best to mix it up, but sometimes I really start to perspire if I sense that someone wants to leave the room. 😉  Such pressure, but I love that I get to do it. Most of us will get up and dance, and that’s when the real perspiring starts.

Here we all are at our “stations”… not perspiring, except the occasional hot flash.

365 Project: Day 38

This year was going to be the year I ACTUALLY scrapbooked (albeit digital scrapbooking), but the internet was paaaaaainfully sloooooow there, and the program I was using to do my digital scrapbooking required the internet, so it was a lost cause. Bummer.

I made the best of it and drank lots of coffee, stayed up way too late, and had some sweet, heart-to-heart conversations, as well as ones that made me get a stomach cramp and laugh until I cried. I laughed so hard at a Tim Hawkins video we watched, that I thought I might, well… nevermind. I won’t go there. I stood up and danced and lip synced at my station, read a book on my Kindle, imagined what Jon and Hannah were doing back at home and hoped they were having fun. I carried in firewood like a beast, and at times I ate like a beast too. Man, these ladies have some mad cooking skills. I sat on the deck and breathed in the fresh air and soaked in some sun with a couple of the girls (without jackets even!) as we drank our chai tea lattes and listened to the river flow peacefully over the rocks.

Here we are on our last day… outside without jackets again–in January in Minnesota.

365 Project: Day 39

I just love these girls. I can feel so much how God loves me by the people He surrounds me with each and EVERY day, and I was so blessed to spend the last three with these beautiful women. Friendship truly refreshes the soul. I’m looking forward to next year already.

1 John 4:7-8 ~ Dear friends, let us love each other, because love comes from God. Those who love are God’s children and they know God. Those who do not love do not know God because God is love.

1 John 1:7 ~ If we live in the light as He is in the light, we share what we have in God with each other. And the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, makes our lives clean from all sin.


  1. Terry
    Jan 11, 2012

    I LOVE the way you write Julie & I think for this years scrapbooking page I’m just going to print this! I’m only sad I didn’t get up & dance this year – the time really went by way to fast! I adore having you as my friend & thanks for the tunes!!!


    Julie Reply:

    Thank you, Terry. Love you!


  2. Shannon
    Jan 11, 2012

    Julie – we love having you there and being in charge of all the music genres. Even if it there are ones we prefer not to listen to it stretches us out of our comfort zones. Your wit and laughter light up the room. Your picture of the sunset turned out awesome!


    Julie Reply:

    Thanks, Shannon! This really blesses me. <3


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