About Me · My Life

I Need a Friend That ….

I am going through my Swap-Bot folder in My Documents. I’m keeping the pics and docs of stuff I sent. I’m keeping the pics of my favorite swaps I received. I’m deleting the rest. The docs I’m printing out to put in my personal history binder. I found this doc for a swap I did back in 2010. I think that was the last year I did any swaps… or maybe it was 2011. Now that I’m about done organizing my things I might join swaps again if anyone will let me. And do Postcrossing again. Anyway, most of the stuff in this is still valid, except the Facebook and Twitter links. I have a new FB and I don’t do Twitter at all anymore. I talk too much so Twitter does not work for me. 🙂 I copied and pasted rather than inserting media.


Hello everyone!


I need a friend that…


1.      Is nonjudgmental.

2.      Is around my age I do have friends younger and older than me, but I seem to do better with people my own age as we’re kind of in the same place in life.

3.      Is sidetracked, living in CHAOS, disorganized. If you know what CHAOS means than you probably are sidetracked like me 🙂

5.      Will walk with me (exercise). If not in real time then through accountability through email, Facebook, twitter or something.

6.      Will encourage and motivate me. Not in a pushy way though.

7.      Likes Facebook games, blog memes. Add me: http://facebook.com/laurainva

8.      Who actually reads, enjoys, comments on any blog posts, tweets, or Facebook posts that I write. I don’t write that many. I go to my family account only once or twice a month because no one there ever responds to anything I post.  (Slightly off track: I always wonder why people will read their friends or families blogs and then not comment. I see excuses like “I didn’t think they would want me to” or “they would be upset if they knew I was reading”. Why are they posting it for the whole world to see? Personally I would be slightly offended if an acquaintance or family came across a page of mine and didn’t at least say “Hi” Just my viewpoint)

9.      Is accepting of my beliefs and lifestyle. I don’t plan to convert anyone. I like to share but I’m not going to judge if you disagree. I would just like to be able to talk about things because that is part of who I am and what happens to be on my mind. I am not saying things to change you but just because it is part of me and affects the way I act and think.

10.   Shares the same interests. I like to craft (especially paper crafts) and sew. I like to read good books. I love road trips. There are so many other things. I just like to be doing something. Of course I love swapping 😉

11.  I feel comfortable talking to. (How do I rephrase that so it doesn’t end in a preposition?) I have a lot of social anxieties

12.  Will know it’s not the real me when my anxiety, hormones, depression, etc. act up. And will understand if I want to keep to myself at those times.

13.  Would like to Twitter FLYbaby stuff. I was just thinking of this the other day. The FLYLady group at Facebook has a discussion topic about FLYbuddies. People text each other to motivate you to stay on routines. I don’t text. I thought it would be nice if when someone did a mission, routine, or any housecleaning thing they could Tweet what they did and it would motivate the other person to go do something. Reporting on accomplishments usually gives a sense of obligation. So if anyone wants to join me on Twitter for that (or anything else) go here http://twitter.com/laura_in_va

14.  Has children (not necessary). It’s just nice to have someone to sympathize with


After all that, if I get comfortable someone I might actually write letters back and forth. Even if that is not the case, I think it would be great to be just online buddies and do the small chat and little things like games, tags, etc. Even though I am not comfortable opening up to a lot of people, I like most people. There are only a couple of people in my whole life that I can think of that I did not like. Out of all the people I’ve come across that is a very, very, very small percentage. So HELLO!





It’s been fun reading these questionnaire swaps from 10 years ago. It brings back memories.

Nursery · Printables

The Purpose of Nursery

Yes, I’m still here and yes, I’m still in Nursery. I was actually thinking of deleting the blog. I don’t how people find time for blogging. I have so much to do. But sometimes I’m working on something for Nursery or family history and think someone might find it useful.

I was working on the Nursery lesson for Sunday. It doesn’t take too much time anymore as most of the stuff is already done. So I have time for the extra stuff that I’ve always wanted to do. I thought I would make a sign about the purpose of Nursery as stated in the manual, “Behold Your Little Ones”. I think some people don’t understand what Nursery is and isn’t. This might help for those who are newly called to Nursery or just subbing for the day. It is definitely not a babysitting service. Maybe they should think up a different name for Nursery as the word “nursery” kind of implies that meaning. Anyway, it’s just black and white because I was printing on colored/patterned paper. I just got a frame from the Dollar Tree to display the sign. At the very least maybe it will inspire you to create your own 🙂


Here is the link to the printable: The Purpose of Nursery .doc or .pdf

Family History

Organizing Media in Family Tree Maker

I use FTM for my genealogy. Over the past few days I have been working on organizing the media. I have over 8600 media items. Most of them are the source images from Ancestry. I leave the source images alone, but I do categorize them. For the rest of the media I’ve decided to edit the captions to make identifying them easier when I’m in the media view. I put the last name of the principal person in all caps at the beginning of the caption. FTM lists all the media alphabetically. If I have the last name first all my media will be alphabetized. There are some media where this method does not work. Those are very rare instances. I’ve been trying to make a note of those so I can attach them to other people in my tree later. For an example of the caption/indexing result here I am in the “Media” tab under “Collection” tab with the media category “Photos” selected.


While working in media, I have also been renaming files. Again, I am attempting to have them index alphabetically, not just in FTM but also in my Windows Explorer. I do not have them all named properly yet. Ideally the naming process will be lastnamefirstnames-birthyear-deathyear-descriptionifnecessary-01(etc.) As I cannot see the dates in the media view most of them do not have the birth and death years yet.


If there is a media item that has more than one person I will put the principal person first and then after their deathyear- I will put the other people firstnamelastname- and then the description, if necessary. For example, here are my grandparents. I need to go look up their birth and death years because I do not have them memorized.

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By naming my files this way, they index alphabetically and I know which person it refers to as there are a few people with the same name.

This is an extremely long process. I highly suggest deciding on a standard naming convention for your media files when you are just starting so you don’t have to go through this. I also have a few duplicate files that I need to delete.



Printables · quotes



Every man and every person who lives in this world wields an influence, whether for good or for evil. It is not what he says alone; it is not alone what he does. It is what he is. Every man, every person radiates what he or she really is. … It is what we are and what we radiate that affects the people around us.

As individuals, we must think nobler thoughts. We must not encourage vile thoughts or low aspirations. We shall radiate them if we do. If we think noble thoughts; if we encourage and cherish noble aspirations, there will be that radiation when we meet people, especially when we associate with them.

I really liked this quote by David O. McKay so wanted to put it in my scripture journal. I like pretty things and like putting quotes and stuff on journal cards or labels to glue in my journal. Some quotes are too long to write by hand onto a physical journal card so I wanted some digital ones where I cut copy and paste quotes.

I bought a pack of digital journal cards from Joyful Heart Designs at Creative Market. I like these because the file includes individual image pngs so you can just pick one card to use. It also has a PDF file of all the cards for printing.

I added the border while I was editing it in Paintshop. If you would like to print for yourself, just click on the image for the full-size.


Serve the LORD Your God with JOY and Gladness of Heart

I was reading Isaiah 1:7-15 this morning and pondering on how these verses apply to my life. In verse 7 there is a cross-reference to Deuteronomy 28:51-52. The verses in Deuteronomy are the prophecy and the verses in Isaiah 1 are the fulfillment of that prophecy. I decided to read a little bit more in Deuteronomy 28 and saw that the preceding verses also matched up with the verses in Isaiah 1. In Deuteronomy 28:45-47 it says:

Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not to the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded thee:
And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.
Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;

This has been on my mind for quite some time. I have known I need to repent. I am very grateful today that each time I read the scriptures it applies to whatever happens to be going on in my life. The truth is we are not always asked to do things we enjoy, but the Lord needs us to do them anyway. We need to overcome our sorrow and pride and find it in our hearts to serve Him with joy and gladness.
The verses I was reading in Isaiah spoke of the Israelites performing the actions of the law but not living the heart of the law. They did not serve with joy and gladness. Their service was an unacceptable sacrifice to the Lord. As a result, they were faced with the prophesied curses.
I love this image with Deuteronomy 28:47. I love how it is a reminder to serve with joy and gladness of heart.

Heart Inspirations


Deuteronomy 28:47 encourages us to

“…serve the LORD your God


joy and gladness of heart,

 for the abundance of everything…”

Isn’t it true…that we are so richly…abundantly…filled-to-overflowing…with blessings?


I hope wereally see that!


And what is our heart’s response to Him for such loving care and provision?

The awesome God Who has so abundantly cared for us deserves ALL of our praise…

…and ALL of our lives,

…devoted to Him in joyful, gladness

…with ALL of our hearts!!

The Hebrew word used here, translated joy, means blithesomeness or glee.

Do we find our hearts feeling that type of joy when we consider the abundance of God’s love and care for us?  He most definately deserves no less!

Sending hugs!


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Getting Organized

Shoe Organization

Today I finally got around to taking photos to put on my shoe boxes. I bought these clear boxes so I could see the shoes without opening the box. However, my closet is dark so I couldn’t always tell what pair it was. I took pictures of all my heels and wedges today. Tomorrow I’ll do flats and boots. My flip flops are all in a bag together so I won’t bother with those.


After I took the pictures I transferred them to a folder labeled “Shoes” in my Pictures library. To print, I selected the “Share” tab at the top of the toolbar in Windows Explorer. I then pressed Ctrl-A to select all of the photos.  Back to the menu bar…I selected “Print”.




When the Print window opened I used the scroll bar on the right and scrolled to the bottom and selected “Contact Sheet”. This allows you to print 35 thumbnails on one piece of paper.

I put a sheet of sticker paper in the printer and printed them out. All that is left is to cut them out and apply to the appropriate shoe box. A paper trimmer would be great for this job, but as you can see in this blurry photo, I just used my scissors. ✂️


Holly Journals Subscription Box

One of my guilty pleasures. I’ve  had a subscription to this box for a couple of months. I would have shared earlier, but I feel it is an indulgence and I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I spend this much money each month on a handmade journal. The journal definitely lives up to the cost but I don’t have the budget of a “Real Housewife”. This month I felt I had to share because of the personal touch included in the box. 
For the month of May, Holly created a travel journal. My first thought, “Great. The one year I’m not making two cross-country trips.” But as always it is gorgeous. 

And every few pages is a section filled with various ephemera, envelopes, bags and/or smaller bits of paper.

Each month she includes a loose sheet of journal prompts. This month she also included a sheet of photo opps inside the journal.

I was pleasantly surprised today to find this charming pendant personalized with my town! 

The journal box ALWAYS arrives by the first of the month. I opened the box when it arrived but not the little packets inside. I’ve been really busy, and exhausted, with yard work this month. That is why I am just opening the “little” bits today. The box also includes a little sweet. This month it is a mini altoids tin.

I love Holly Journals. I always intend to journal but I struggle, as with everything else, on making it a daily habit. These journals are just the right size to use up in a month. I didn’t journal this month because a topical journal was sent. With the way the month has been going I don’t know if I would have journalled anyway. I did go to two events the past two Saturdays so those will be definitely recorded in this travel journal.

Holly Journals are so beautiful I love opening them up every day. Having the various ephemera in them gives me plenty of space for including pictures, recording notes and lists, and making focused journal entries rather than just my daily thoughts. Yes, it is a luxury, but it will be one of the last things to get cut from the budget if the need arises.