Good morning/Afternoon ladies, we interrupt our regular schedule to bring a surprise to one Ms Julee Tilman!! Hugs to you missy!
If you are looking for our blog party round up, please scroll down to the post before this one, or you might like to stay and wish Julee well!
If you are following the Mojo Monday trail you will have arrived here from Taylor Van Bruggen's blog. If you have just dropped in at random, and very welcome you are, you might like to start here at Julee's blog or here at Teresa's Blog so's you can catch up and see all of the Mojo Monday inspiration cards.
I'm sure you already know that Julee is the owner of Verve stamps (one of my absolute fave places to shop, because Julee is one of my absolute favourite folks) and Teresa has hi-jacked the Mojo Monday Sketch challenge to invite us all to send warm wishes and hearty congratulations to Julee and her DH Mark who are expecting a rather special delivery!
Any moment now twins are expected in the Verve household and I think that's pretty much the best reason in the world to celebrate, so let's raise our tea cups, coffee mugs, soda glasses, and champagne flutes if you have them to say a huge Congratulations to Julee and Mark may all our very best wishes be with you both as you await the wee folk!
So Julee, Teresa assured me that it would be ok if I offered you the benefit of my considerable advice, being the perfect mother and all...and if I could remember any of it, I would, but since the arrival of my firstborn just over 12 years ago the one abiding piece of wisdom that still echoes in my empty, sleep deprived brain is this - When folks utter those golden words "Is there anything I can do?..." you say YES! Let's practice...Say it with me....Y...Ye...YES!!!
Yep, everyone will want to hold the babies and do all the cute stuff, and tie the wee bibs on and feed them with those cute wee dinky bottles, but no. You need the dishes washed, the laundry folded and the dinner made, and don't be afraid to say so. "Yes Aunt Marjorie, be a dear and scrub those filthy potatoes for me and if you could just peel those carrots ooh and the stock cubes are in the drawer and 220 degrees ought to do it ...and I'll be upstairs having a doze..."
Oh how different life will be Julee....but take the good of it - snuggle up beside them when they snooze, forget about the house, it'll still be standing 18 years from now when you are waving them off to college. Take all the help you can so that you can enjoy every second of their tiny lives. I hear that, with the right training, even men can be drafted in to handle such tasks as diaper application. I didn't get to see it in my time, but we've come a long way since then and new studies have suggested that the male of the species has finally evolved enough...
So, a simple formula to sum it up: Julee and Mark = Babies, Everyone Else = Everything else.
And since 9 to 12 months will go by in a flash, the formula for toddlerhood is as follows: Small boys = smiling dirt and Disney dvds are not evil.
Congratulations guys and Yes, Everything IS going to be OK!!
For my card today I pulled out an Irish Blessing from the Blessings stamp set that felt appropriate and mixed it with some purty paper that had dinky wee pears on it..geddit? pears? pairs...twins? lol. I liked it anyhow. And since ginger goes so well with pears (well it does in my house, ginger and pear crumble..no?) I used some ginger coloured card and toning inks in browns and distress tea stain. Alittle stitching and some nice ginger velvet ribbon to finish, a fabby sketch from Mary Fish.
I believe I am the last stop on the trail today and so I will send you back to Julee's blog after I show you the Mojo Monday Sketch.
Have fun playing along and don't forget to stop by and wish Julee and Mark all the very best!!!