Sunday, July 25, 2010

Challenge #14

I think of a car wreck when I hear the word IMPACT, but it can mean so many different things. An abusive parent can IMPACT your life in detrimental ways.
A wonderful teacher can IMPACT your life in amazing ways, a loving mother can IMPACT your life forever. You can be scarred or shaped with it. Scrap a page with the word IMPACT in it, make it strong, make it you!
we have a fabulous

with a $50.00 Gift Certificate

to Keller's Creations

for this Challenge!!




I have very often referred to my daughter as a “medical nightmare”. She’s klutzy and often ends up in the emergency room. Well, this time was different - it was truly her health, and not just a broken bone. It all started when she told me her back hurt. I really didn’t think too much of it. I figured she had slept wrong or something...this went on about a week. On Saturday morning, she vomited. Again, didn’t think too much of it. By Sunday, the back was really hurting and she was feeling nauseas all the time - to the walk in clinic we went. They took an x-ray, said her back was fine and sent her home with painkillers. Monday morning, the fevers started - around 105 degrees. To the hospital emergency room we went. 7 hours later, we were told she had mononucleosis. I don’t think I ever realized that virus could hit that hard. But it did. We had to follow up with our regular doctor. So we did. What a surprise we had. Not only did she have mono, she also had a UTI and something called granulomas on her liver. This could have actually come from somebody who had tuburculosis. To make matters worse, our doctor wasn’t going to be taking our new health plan, so we had to follow up in a month to be tested for tuburculosis and find a new doctor before that. This is definitely what I would call a SUDDEN IMPACT!


Journaling reads:
"Reality check - maybe you're not taking care of yourself after all."

After those words left my tongue, I felt a little shocked. I was becoming more and more confident as a therapist, even though I was only 27. I loved my job working at the intensive psychiatric counseling center. Helping people professionally was something I dreamed about since I was a pre-teen.

The woman in my group therapy session just stared at me blankly, then said, "Isn't that a little harsh?" I sheepishly apologized for coming off strong but I pointed out a few things going on in her life that lead her to an emotional break down. For weeks after that, my colleagues and I worked with her on getting to where she needed to be emotionally. As her primary therapist, I often thought about how I would be affecting her life and I took caution in each approach. I challenged her to confront the reasons why she was being so self-destructive, and build her feelings of self-worth. There were times when she got defensive. Other times she'd break down and cry, showing her most vulnerable emotions. Sometimes she'd get angry, as most do when digging up raw feelings. But she never missed one day of therapy, even when it was draining.

The day that she "graduated" from therapy was the day I realized that I had made a genuine impact on her. She thanked me in front of my colleagues and said that she'd remember my words for years to come and how they'd help her in the future. She said that I was wise beyond my years and that she'd never forget me. Nor have I ever forgotten her.
I guess you just never know when you might impact someone.



There are so many things that have impacted my life to shape me into the person I am now. *Being a mom * God * Being a wife * Faith * My mom & Dad * Losing friends & family * strength * disease * love * passion * joy * sadness



You didn't have to treat Brian and I like that...we loved you , you were our father. You hurt us, not physically, but emotionally!! Screaming at us the way you did, did nothing to help our self-esteem. We were so scared of you, didn't want to piss you off. Now looking back, I realize it was a control problem you had. And even now, the excuses you use, doesn't make it right. July 2010



Memories have impact - good or bad. Memories affect our lives in unimaginable ways. Just remember everything happens for a reason and you will always have those memories to learn from.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

~The Dirtiest Girls around get even Dirtier~

I am always amazed by the overwhelming positive response to Dirty Scraps.
This DT call has once again amazed and humbled me.

We had 54 applicants and
what a tough decision it was....
but I am proud to announce the 3 new Dirty Scrappers



and last but not least


We are re-vamping the Dirty Scraps Blog
so please bear with us.
It's a crazy week since I will be headed
to CHA Sunday and have so much to do!

Welcome girls...
THANK YOU to everyone who applied!
I wish I had 25 spots to give...
I hope no one takes it personally.
In all honesty it's practically a straw draw because everyone
was amazing!!!!!!

Have a perfectly Dirty Day!

Saturday, July 10, 2010



Listen up all your Dirty Scrappers...do you want to win a 50.00 Gift certificate to Keller's Creation's??
Then get to creating!!!!!!!!!
OMG we are thrilled to have Keller's Creation's as a sponsor this month!!!!

Challenge #13 (Lucky 13 LOL)

Most people have a love hate relationship with their body, there are parts they LOVE and parts they HATE or both!
Maybe your toes are sweet as cherry pie, or your hair is less than model-rific?
Choose a topic and scrap your love/hate relationship.
You will be surprised at how many others feel the same way or struggle with body/self esteem issues.

Now go get dirty!

I still struggle with self esteem issues after years of abuse,
never see what others see, that is my fight within.


my journaling says:
"as a young girl i've always loved my hair-i knew it was different
from all the other girls that had straight hair
the only difference was my hair was thick and naturally curly
i couldn't wait for the ritual that took place every 2 weeks to
get it washed and pressed-i LOVED how my mother took her time
to care for my hair-now that i'm older i find myself doing the same
regimen my mother did for me and my sisters
now that i'm older i HATE that i can't lay on the sink like i did when
i was younger-so now i have to grin and bear it standing up
the whole time."

Last weeks WINNER!!!!!!!!
Blogger Shawna said...
This was a great challenge. Here is the link to my take on the challenge:


We want to sincerely THANK Nikki Sivils for sponsoring the last
2 challenges, what amazing lines she has, please always
remember out super fabulous sponsors when you go to shop!

~Dirty Scraps Design Team Call~

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Do you love to get down and dirty??
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You will occasionally receive sponsorship goodies.
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