Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year everyone!! I have been a little under the weather for about three weeks now..but thought I would put together a New Years BB page to start the year out for us.:) I didn't put the year on this page so that it can be used for other years too if wanted.Hope you like it and can use it!
You know ..this last year has been rather interesting. Not sure what is going on in the world..but we do have confidence that God knows what he is doing and has his children's best interest at heart.We DO know that our Lord spoke of these times in his word.Matthew 24..and when we see these things coming about to..KNOW that our redemption draweth nigh.:) Those of us who have given our hearts and lives to him..have an assurance during these difficult times...that he is for us and not against us....that he hasn't appointed us to wrath...that yea..though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death..I will fear no evil..for thou art with me...thy rod and thy staff..they comfort me. This last year the Lord has been teaching us..to TRUST him...to believe and have faith that he is for us and not against us. How many of us actually have that kind of trust? The kind that says ...I know there is something going on here that I don't understand..but I don't have to understand it ..because I KNOW the Lord is in control and is working everything out for good! The PEACE that comes from that kind of trust..is exactly what the Lord wants from his children. For us to REST in him and let him handle the situation.After all..he started this in the first place and who are we to question if he can finish it? God ceased from his work on the seventh day...and rested. That tells me..that we KNOW the end of the story...and it's a happy ending!!YAY!
I wish for you ..Peace and Joy this coming year! :)

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  • Tuesday, December 29, 2009

    Nicole


    This is just a test!


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    Sunday, December 20, 2009

    Friday, December 18, 2009

    I wanted to show you a really cute Christmas card I got from my dear friend Judy (link in sidebar). Isn't it adorable?! She sent it to me along with some wonderful and cute hand made trinkets.Cross bookmarks, and some intricate designs she had done by quilling. See the bottom left corner of the card for reference.:) Plus she sent some other sweet things like "plant a prayer" seed packets..etc.:) This card looks a LOT better in person..but the lighting is off and I didn't use a light box...mainly cause I don't have one.LOL Thank you soo much Judy for your Sweet gifts!:) I LOVE them all!

    This is a BEAUTIFUL card from my dear friend Barb! Look at all the wonderful embroidery she did on it and the COOL sequin frame..How Sweet! Thank you so much Barb for sending it to us! We LOVE it!:)

    This one I am telling you about...is from my friend LilyBelle. Her link is in my sidebar too!:) I went to her blog the other day and she said she wasn't sure if she was gonna make any more Christmas kits this year. I asked her ..."IF" you do decide to do one..would you consider doing a Nativity one...cause I had been looking for one. Well..to my surprise..she did a BEAUTIFUL Nativity one for me. These are some ideas for pages that can be done using the papers and elements from her kit. It's totally free and still there for you ..if you would like to have it!:) No strings attached to these papers and elements.Yours to do whatever you want with!! Thank you soo much LilyBelle! I LOVE it! :)


    I hope each and every one of you has a Marvelous CHRISTmas this year!


    Sunday, December 06, 2009

    Nicole and Troy's Engagement and Party

    This is my niece,Nicole, and her fiance,Troy, at Disney World.They had planned a trip there earlier this year and unknowingly to Nicole..Troy had planned the perfect spot to "pop the question".In front of Cinderella's Castle. How ROMANTIC!:)

    We went to their engagement party last evening .It was held at Troy's folks home.These are a few pics I took to have as a reminder and hopefully ..make some layouts of ..soon.:)

    Williams Brother's BBQ.mmmm Baked Beans and Brunswick Stew.:)

    This is my Nephew Eddie ,his wife Jennifer and their cutie... Katlyn.
    I wanted to point out the picture that is on the table behind Jennifer.It is of Troy proposing to Nicole.They placed it in the frame with a mat that was large enough around it so that everyone could sign their names on it instead of having a guest book. Terrific idea if you ask me.:)

    Nicole baked and prepared for two days making these scrumptious goodies for us.Isn't this a "Sweet" table? Literally!!:) From the front right..going toward the top of the pic...Choc chip and peanut butter cookies..Rice Crispy treats, Oh..I forgot what the next ones are called..but they are made with caramel,peanut butter and chinese noodle thingys.LOL Fudge that was loaded with marshmallows and sliced into perfect sized pieces and in the center of the platter...strawberries. Key lime pie..Pretzels dipped in chocolate,pineapple chunks,white chocolate with candy cane pieces mixed in it, more chocolate chip cookies with chocolate icing dobbed on top and in the center of the table..a plate of brownies. There were small bowls of Christmas candies placed in various spots to fill in.:) Great job Nicole!

    Thanks for stopping in:)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Monday, November 30, 2009




    We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at my youngest son and his family's home. I use to have the dinner at my home until I just couldn't keep up with it anymore ..cause of my bad ankle and back.I handed the reigns over to my DIL ..Liz...a couple of years ago.. and she took them and ran.LOL She made a scrumptious Turkey by marinating it over night and it was sooo moist..and sooo pretty I just had to show you.:)
    The table and side counter was pretty much full of food for all.Liz made the turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes with cream cheese..mmm....corn,celery sticks filled with peanut butter and some with cream cheese..my favorite..then she had dinner rolls,(Jimmy supplied them)deviled eggs and cranberry sauce to go with the meal.Carrie(my oldest granddaughter)..now fourteen..helped her with some of the food and did a great job too! I made my Macaroni and cheese and Waldorf salad that everyone there loves.Christy made the sweet potato souffle this year and it was yummy too!For dessert..Liz made pies...pumpkin,chocolate pudding pie and lemon meringue (Jim's favorite). We all ate way too much and still had some left over to bring some back for our supper on Friday night. After the dinner at Robby's house..we all came back to our house to decorate for Christmas.Robby and Melisa(Liz's sister) and the girls decorated the Christmas tree and Robby and Melisa hung the Christmas lights outside for me.Wow..don't you just love a large family?LOL Thank you for helping me decorate!:)
    I wanted to give a shout out for "Just So Scrappy" and her COOL brag book pages.I LOVE her designs .They are soo cute.She gives ten brag book pages away for every kit she makes.If Jim would get me a pay pal account..I would buy out her whole store. Maybe that's why I don't have one yet?LOL I asked for one for Christmas.We'll see.hehe Her link is in my sidebar...be sure to go see her and please tell her I sent you.:) I will show you some brag book pages soon of Katlyn (my great niece) pretending to cook.I used "Just So Scrappy's cooking brag book pages to do it and they turned out soo cute!

    Thanks for stopping by and looking.Love your visits!

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Saturday, November 21, 2009

    Made another desktop for myself.:)

    I made myself another desktop.I used a paper from Annie's (link in sidebar) Thanksgiving kit. I Love this paper and I also love the fact that the Lord has truly made me VERY thankful for loving me so much that he would die for me..then rise again to sit on the right hand of his Father..and now mine....that I might live freely. Thank you sooo much my Lord!!:)

    Love,
    Valinda

    Thursday, November 19, 2009

    Morning Has Broken Layout!

    This is the view from my front porch last week.I opened the front door to let my dog,Freedom, sit on the porch..looked up..and saw the sun shining on the beautiful tree tops. I just HAD to get my camera and take a pic before all the leaves fell to the ground.:) It's really pretty here in Georgia when the leaves turn.:)
    I used a couple of freebie items in this layout.The background paper is from Brenda Mascari and it is one from her "Harvest Home" background papers.
    The flower in the center is from...Fotosuzu and it is called "Rain of Flowers". The other two are from another freebie site that is no longer available.I tried going there again and couldn't.:(
    The rubber band..didn't have a TOU in the folder..so if it belongs to you..please let me know so I can give proper credit.:)
    The COOL tag is from my friend Michael (jburkhart) from a color challenge she did and her link is in my sidebar.
    Thanks for stopping by.I am feeling better but this cold is still lingering...did you ever get something sticky on your fingers and try to shake it off and some of it left..but there's residue now? Well..now you know what I feel like.LOL
    Thanks for stopping in ..would love for you to leave a comment for me.:)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Sunday, November 08, 2009

    Christy's New "BEAUTIFUL" Doll




    YAY! Christy (DD) just finished making another doll. Isn't she gorgeous!!!!? Christy notices all the imperfections ..but I notice how very talented my daughter is and would love to have that kind of creative ability. Christy used inset eyes...that "she" made!! How cool is that? Okay..I am excited..hehe Christy hasn't been able to work with her polymer clay dolls for a while now because she had a problem with her hand going numb.She found something that helped her to adjust her back and she was surprised that her hand didn't go numb.I think it's like anything else that you do repetitively.(prolly mispelled) :) I was soo pleased to see her working on another doll and I just HAD to show her to you!:) Oh...her dress is made from "paper"..isn't that COOL!?

    I have been sick with a BAD cold this week. Hacking and coughing until my sides ache.. and seems like I have used the whole towns supply of tissues. hehe....but I got up this morning actually feeling like I just might survive it!LOL Maybe my fever broke??hmmm.Will have to check that out.:)

    If you wouldn't mind leaving a comment for Christy on here..it would make both of our days!!:)


    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Friday, November 06, 2009

    I've been working on my blog header and background..but having trouble finding the html for the center section color.I don't want the tan/creamy color.Would rather have a light blue or white..but will have to wait until Jim gets home to help me with it.:) Hey..I did pretty good..got the header and background and the font colors the way I want them.hehe

    Be back after he gets home.:)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Wednesday, November 04, 2009

    Valjs Tea Time BB page

    I had a few minutes to play yesterday and made this tea time brag book page. Hope you like it and can use it.:)

    I hab a told in my dose and a sore trote.:( Soo glad you can't catch it from me.LOL

    Here's the link:

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  • Tuesday, November 03, 2009

    Wednesday, October 28, 2009


    Any one need some fall leaves for scrappin?LOL This is my back yard at the moment.The winds came and then the rain and the leaves covered the yard.:) I can see in the top pic that there are still more leaves to fall ya'll. This isn't even half of the yard.I have another tree almost as big as it on the opposite side of the yard...doing the same thing.:( Sorry the pics are so dark..the sun hasn't come peeking through the clouds yet.I took these pics through the sliding glass doors cause it is cold out there this morning and if I hold the door open..the cat tries to run out...and she would be totally lost out there...cause she is an indoor cat with a passion for fresh air.LOL
    The little orange spot in the top pic is the reflection of my kitchen in the glass.:) I am definitely not a professional photographer.hehe
    I have a question for my dear friend Barb (Mrs.Miles). Would you like some more yard work to do? You would definitely get a work out over here.hehe

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Tuesday, October 27, 2009



    This is an oldie but goodie.I can remember listening to B.J. Thomas years and years ago and falling in love with my Lord..deeper and deeper.I LOVE Evie songs too.More oldies but really goodies.:)

    There REALLY is a deeper walk with the Lord.He REALLY is a "personal" Savior and a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.For those of us who have developed that personal relationship ..we wouldn't trade that closeness for ANYTHING! It all starts with BELIEVING him and in him.What he says IS "truth".I'm not trying to say I have arrived at the ultimate closeness..but as Paul the Apostle says..

    Phillipians 3:

    12Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

    13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

    14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

    15Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

    I wish I could let you inside my life for just a couple of minutes to let you see how the Lord has changed me through the years and brought me into a closer relationship with him. It hasn't always been an easy ride getting to where I am now. I like to call it "growing pains".It hurts some as we grow..but eventually we become adults and are ready to walk side by side with our Savior on the same wave link with ONE mind. That being..to spread the good news..that Christ died for ALL...and is offering a "freebie" to all of those who will accept it.:) You don't have to work for it..you don't have to do anything except..BELIEVE in your heart. How easy is that?:)
    I wouldn't feel right if I hadn't at least mentioned this on my blog one time.:) The closer I become with my Lord the more I want others to have this experience.! You can laugh..or scoff all you want at me...but I KNOW..that I KNOW..that I KNOW...what I am talking about.:)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Saturday, October 24, 2009

    New Roof ...Yay!

    We got a new roof Thursday.:) We really needed one and especially because of the storm that came through a few weeks ago .Remember the flooding in Georgia? Well..the wind and rain did damage and we had leaks.Plus a few hail storms didn't help any either! :) We noticed that several of the houses on our street were getting new roofs ..so Jim stopped by and talked to the roofer.He came to inspect ours and between him (the roofer) and the insurance guy..the decision was made.:) This pic is before the clean up.It's the back part of the house above the deck.:)
    I have been keeping busy lately..paper scrapping ....transferring files....cleaning the house...watching roofers.LOL I have started an album of Christy.From the time she was born.I scanned her school pics too and am doing a progression album. I still enjoy paper scrapping!! I find the digital elements that I have collected over the years and then place the ones I want on a single sheet in my paint program and print them out to cut out for my pages. Some of the photos..I do digitally..(place the pic in the frame I like and print it out) ..then cut it out and place on my page.I also make cards using elements from my collections.:) I do the paper scrapping when my eyes get tired from looking at the monitor too long...and lately..that has been happening..so I will enjoy the hybrids for a while! :)
    Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!


    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Sunday, October 18, 2009



    More Mama:) The top left pic is my sister with her arms around Mama.The bottom right pic is Carrie..my oldest grand daughter with Mama.:) These were taken with different cameras at different times so that is why there is a big difference in the quality of the pics...but hey..I use them anyway.LOL Thanks for looking!

    Freebie QP in last post!!

    Valjs QP 10-14-09 page 2


    Here is another page to go with the last one.I want to show several pics of my Mama and this will be the second page of a two page spread. If you would like to have it.....

    Here's the link:

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  • Layout of my Mama

    This is my pretty Mama.:) She turned eighty this last April.
    Love you Mama!

    Friday, October 16, 2009

    Here's a Traditional Qp I made yesterday.I needed to see if my paint program was working properly after the reinstall.I am still finding glitches in it.Will have to work on those today.:)

    If you would like to have this one...

    Here's the link:

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  • Wednesday, October 14, 2009

    Monday, October 12, 2009

    Layout and a freebie QP

    Here is a layout I made yesterday of my youngest son..Robert. I thought I would offer the QP as a freebie for those of you who would like to have it.Enjoy! Oh..the one you get doesn't have ROBERT or his name or 2009 on it.:) Click on the pic for a closer look!

    Jim spent yesterday digging out a foundation for a patio which is the beginning of some badly needed steps going up the hill on the side of our house. He and Christy went to Home Depot late yesterday afternoon to get some bags of concrete mix so Jim could spend his day off (today) mixing concrete and pouring it into the foundation. Well...that has come to a fast stop.It's raining!! I have no idea how long it's been doing it..but I got up at five thirty and it was raining and it hasn't stopped and it is now eight fourteen.He's gonna have to do some repairing before he can get it going again cause some of the mud has washed out of the area where he dug.:( Oh well...such is life!LOL


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  • Sunday, October 11, 2009

    Challenge layout for Sharon!!

    Here is a challenge layout I did for my friend,
  • Sharon
  • She joined a forum..Michelle's-angels.(Link in sidebar) and in order to get the 4th part of the welcome gift..you had to ask a friend to do a layout using only the 1st part of the kit.Your friend would then post the layout in the gallery and then the original friend (Sharon) would then place the url to MY layout in the "How to get the 4th part of the Welcome kit" post.Then BOTH of you can get the 4th part. So..for me doing this..I got the first and last part of the kit and also if I wanted to do the challenges for the rest of the kit..I could.:) I now have three parts.LOL

    This layout is of Katlyn..my Great Niece on her third birthday.:) She is such a cutie!!

    Hope you have a fantasic weekend and thanks for stopping by!!

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Thursday, October 08, 2009

    Wednesday, October 07, 2009

    Today's post deleted.:) Wasn't happy with it!

    Tuesday, October 06, 2009

    Valjs Desktop 10-3-09

    Here is a simple layout I made of Christy when she was much younger.hehe It's a simple layout but I really love it.Doesn't she look like she knows who she is?LOL I have loved this photo since the day I saw it..cause it is SOO her.:)

    I made another layout of my DD ..using my dear friend Cintia's "Fashion Girl" kit. I LOVE Cintia's designs.Such wonderful elements and the textured papers are awesome.:) Thanks Cintia for sharing your Fantastic designs with me.:) If you haven't checked out Cintia's designs..please look to the right and click on her link.It's in my sidebar.:)



    I made myself a desktop for my puter..using my Hearts Frame Cluster...and I am really happy with it.:) There is room on the left side for those who show the icons and want a spot to put them.Or...there is room for journaling or reminders etc. It's made at 1280x800.I have a widescreen monitor and that size works great!:)

    Here's the link ..if you would like to have it.:)

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  • Monday, October 05, 2009

    WOW! It's been a longgggg time since I have offered a freebie.I just got in the mood to share this morning..so if you would like to have this one..help yourself.:) It is an 8"x8" since my paint program doesn't respond well with the larger sizes.Hope you like it and can use it.:) Click on the preview for a closer look.:)

    It's raining again today.Everything is wet.We just had those floods last week and had to sweep two inches of water out of our garage.Whew! That was a job.:) My brother told me that we are suppose to get two to four inches more over the next couple of days. Can we say "Mold"? I saw some man at Walmart yesterday buying up ALL the product that they had of one brand to take care of moisture.He almost got down on his hands and knees to get to the back of the bottom shelf.Poor guy.:( It has hit a lot of people in our area. If we could share some of this rain for those unfortunate in California ...wouldn't that be great?:)
    Well..I am off to get a few things done around the house..before Jim fires me.LOL

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  • Saturday, October 03, 2009

    Some more layouts.:)

    I saw this layout on Scrapbook Memories on TV. I just loved the layout and since it was done in paper..I decided to create my own designs in digi.:) I am really happy with the way they turned out.The top layout is done with the word "baby" and has my DD as a baby.Sure wish I had a better pic of her..but this one has aged.She is thirty two now.:)

    You prolly have seen this pic of Katlyn (my great niece) before but I couldn't resist using it again in this layout and all I did was change the word "baby" to "sweet".It works for me!!LOL The pink vellum was my idea.Theirs didn't have that ..just another patterned paper.
    Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!:)

    Thanks for looking and comments are welcome.:)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Wednesday, September 30, 2009

    Happy 30th Birthday Robby!!


    We met at Shoguns(Japanese restaurant) near the mall for lunch today.Those of us who were able to anyway.There were seven of us. Tonight there will be cake and ice cream and opening of the presents!! It's been a busy day so far!:)
    I can't believe our BABY is thirty!! Say it isn't so!!LOL
    We LOVE you Robby and hope your day is a special one for you!

    Love,
    Mom and Dad

    p.s. I didn't tweak the photos..they are straight out of the camera.:)

    Saturday, September 26, 2009

    Here's another BB page I made to go with the last one I posted. I had to do this one in shifts.Life gets soo busy.:) I used Joni Gray's "Summer Daze" kit. I LOVE it! This one has pics of my other two granddaughters Lexi and Carrie.They are the sisters of Destiny.(pic in the last post)
    Joni's link is in my sidebar and if you haven't gone there to see her designs and grab them..then you are missing a wonderful treat.:)

    I am suppose to be babysitting my Great Niece today while my Mom and sister go to a wedding.(a mutual friend of theirs) It should be just beautiful and I can't wait to see the gorgeous pics.:) That's pretty much how I will be spending my day today.You all know how a three year old can require your full attention.hehe
    Thanks for stopping by and looking ..and for taking the time to comment.I LOVE to hear from you.:)
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Thursday, September 24, 2009

    Can you believe this kit is PERFECT for Destiny's dress? How cool! This is another brag book page I created using "Summer Daze" from Joni Gray designs.(link in sidebar).
    Destiny is growing up sooo fast.She's not a baby any more..that's for sure!:)

    We had flooding here in Georgia this last Monday.Whew! Was it ever WET!! We didn't have enough damage to really mention when you think of the damage that others had.Losing their homes and all their belongings.Then the nine lives that have been lost in the flood.:( How sad!

    Our garage filled up with two inches of water..due to the overflow on the hill behind us.The trench Jim made for the runoff (to keep our yard from flooding) a few years back..just couldn't handle the amount of rain that was coming down the hill.Jim came home from work that afternoon and came in through the garage to get into dry weather faster..and discovered the garage floor was covered in water.Sooo we all got together and swept and blew the water out (using the yard blower) and things down there are drying out now.What a job! I need to do more sweeping or lift weights or something..to get more toned in my shoulder muscles.Moving that water around with a small broom..is NOT the best solution ..but it was all we had available at the time. I am soo thankful that the damage my family had was basically minor things.At least the ones I know of so far anyway.Mom had some leaking from her roof and will need a few minor repairs. Fortunately..she has the guys to help her with that.I personally refuse to do roofing repairs. I am not as young as I use to be.Yes..I did help Jim start roofing one of the houses we helped build as a down payment years and years ago.Jim made me stop helping the moment he found out we were expecting our third child. Hmm...he did that with riding a motor cycle with our first one too..:( .and I was having FUN!!LOL
    Things seem to be drying out around here now and so is this subject.LOL Sooo ..I guess I will leave it at this for now.

    Have a wonderful week!!

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Sunday, September 20, 2009




    No need to say more!!:)

    Monday, September 14, 2009

    Even More Layouts!! :)




    These top four BB pages are made using Kim B's (link in sidebar) Bday Peaches kit. So fun!! I did use her frame design and added a different paper from her kit to make a different frame for the third one down.

    These bottom two are from another kit of Kim's called Happy Day.I love this one too and will most likely make a few more BB pages from it.This is as far as I have gotten so far....and prolly wouldn't have stopped if it wasn't sooo late last night and time to go to bed.LOL They look a lot better without the 'Sample"written across them..but these are NOT mine to offer as freebies.Just wanted you to see what can be done with a wonderful designer's work.:) Thank you sooo much Kim for making such fun kits for us to play with.!!! :)

    If you haven't gone to see KimB..which is hard for me to believe...hehe..then please go to my sidebar and let the link transfer you all the way to South Africa and to her blog.:)

    Sunday, September 13, 2009

    New Blog design :)

    Hey! It's Fall ya'll !! :) Well..maybe not officially..but seems to be on my blog.LOL I have been wanting to change my blog background for a while now but wanted to wait until I could figure out how to get the background to be wide enough for a wide screen monitor.With the patient help of Jim (DH) together we did it! He told me what to do and I did what he said.LOL It sure is colorful..don't you think?:)
    Thanks to Barb who had no idea we were sneaking in her back door to see how SHE did it.LOL Turn about is fair play! LOVE YOU BARB!! :)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Saturday, September 12, 2009

    More layouts:)





    Lexie and Destiny in one of their cute moments.:)

    Katlyn leaning on the coffee table watching TV...oh..and the camera.LOL

    These are NOT mine to offer as freebies.I just wanted to show you what I did using Joni Gray's new Sunset kit.It was soo much fun playing with it.:) I did take a little artistic license and made things to my liking...using HER papers and HER designs.I just duplicated some of her items and filled them with HER papers.On the flourish..I filled it with HER papers and then used my button option on PI to make it an element to go with the pages. Everything you see on these pages..cept the pics of course...can be done using her AWESOME "freebie" kit.:) I knew that would get your interest up pretty quickly.LOL

    If you are interested in getting this kit..Joni's link is in my sidebar.:) Enjoy!