The Soup Bowl

Tidbits about Jillibean Soup and the life behind the bowl…

Let’s celebrate! May 2, 2009

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It’s National Scrapbook Day and Happy Birthday to “The Soup Bowl”!!!  Woot! Woot!  Obviously, I have a great deal of passion for this industry!  You guys have been so great in supporting me and Jillibean Soup!  Can you belive my blog is a year old already?  It was a little over a year that I started “The Soup Bowl”.  I was still developing my first paper designs.  I was hoping the blog would be a way for me to relate to the everyday scrapper.  50,000 hits later – I guess it helped. 😉  You’ll get some laughs if you check out some of my early posts here and here.  Thank you bunches for your support through the past year!

As a tribute to National Scrapbook Day and “The Soup Bowl’s” 1st anniversary, we’re doing an awesome giveaway!  The girls and I (DT) have had great support from some industry leaders.  I want to offer you some product from Jillibean as well as some from our scrapbooking friends!

Check it out…

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Woo Hoo!  I think I see some Jillibean, some My Sentiments Exactly stamps, some Core’dinations cardstock, and some Fiskars tools! 

All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment.  Tell me why you’re having a great “National Scrapbook Day”!  I will pick a winner on Wednesday May 6th at 9:00pm EST.

Good Luck and a HUGE thank you to all of you for your support!!!

UPDATE: This Giveaway is now CLOSED.

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Happy 40th Jeff! April 7, 2009

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My brother turned 40 on Saturday.  My SIL threw a party for him…I think it was supposed to be a surprise but from a very young age, my brother has been sneaky (he used to open his Christmas presents and then wrap them again)…so of course he knew about it. 

 

I had the joy of picking some pics to blow-up and post around the party.  Here’s a few I thought you would enjoy…

 

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Awwwwwh.

 

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Love the pink shorts and the frosted hair…oh, did I mention the camero?

 

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Had to throw a good one in there…this is from my wedding day.

 

Hope you had a great time at your party!!!

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Happy Birthday Jen! February 9, 2009

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It’s Jen’s birthday today!   Happy thirty-something chickie!  Jen is a very good friend of mine from college.  We met through ex-boyfriends and have had a great friendship even though we’re hundreds of miles apart. 

 

Here’s Jen on our trip to California to see Ellen (in case you didn’t see it the first time I posted it). 

 

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It makes me chuckle everytime I see this pic. 

 

Can you help me wish Jen a  Happy Birthday????

Thanks!

Jill

 

Happy Birthday Pappy!!! November 21, 2008

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Today is my Dad’s birthday.  My Dad is not fond of the camera so I don’t have any great shots of him (kind of like my bro).  I won’t share his age either. ;-}  He’s the youngest son of 7 children (5 boys, 2 girls),  served in the army at Vietnam and has worked very hard as a mason for most of his life. 

Happy Birthday Dad!  Have a great day!

Love ya!

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Fun Bits for the Week… November 10, 2008

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Fun Bits for the week of November 3rd…

  • Kami saying “I see your bum, Mommy” as I got out of the shower.
  • Brooke throwing the wipes container in the toilet.
  • Leah cheering on the Hawkeyes as they beat Penn State. 
  • Brooke saying the words “daun” (done), “bah-bah” (bye, bye) and “e-ah” (Leah).
  • Leah reading books to Kami – she was so proud (me too)! 
  • I enjoyed dinner with some girlfriends last night.  They surprised me with a cake celebrating  Jillibean Soup’s success thus far.  Thank you ladies – you made my week!!!

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How cute is this cake – and the bird…love it!!!!  The cake was yummy too – it’s from Mrs. Goodman’s in Worthington.  You guys are so thoughtful!  Thanks Sarah for organizing the special celebration!!!

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On a more serious note, last week was a HUGE week in history.  Our first African-American president was elected.  Regardless of your political views, this is a huge step for the US and it’s people.

The pastor of my former church passed along this list of 10 ways to pray for Obama…not because he’s an African American or because he’s a Democrat but rather because this election was monumental.  We are in need of drastic change in this country and whether or not you feel he was the man to do it, he still needs our prayers.

1. Pray for Obama’s protection. We already know that some weird, neo-Nazi fanatics in Tennessee plotted to kill Sen. Obama during his campaign. Let’s pray that racist hatred is not allowed to spread. Let’s cancel every assassin’s bullet in the name of Jesus. May civility triumph over bigotry.

2. Cover his wife and daughters in prayer. It is not easy to live under constant media scrutiny. Pray for Obama’s wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, Malia and Natasha, as they face invasive cameras, nosy reporters, maniacal fans and dangerous enemies. Obama is not only a politician but also a husband and a father. 

3. Pray that Obama will govern with God’s wisdom. God rewarded Solomon because he asked for wisdom instead of wealth, long life or vengeance on his enemies (see 1 Kings 3:11-12). Pray that Obama will order his priorities like that. Despite Solomon’s tragic character flaws, his legacy was wisdom. We can ask God to give our president the same grace.

4. Ask God to keep our president humble. Many great American leaders became corrupt after they moved to Washington. The fatal attraction of fame, wealth and power proved irresistible. The only thing that will guard a man or woman from this pitfall is humility. May God deliver President Obama from the curse of pride.

5. Pray for wise and righteous advisers to surround him. Godly leaders cannot do their job alone. Even the best leaders have failed because they trusted the wrong people. Pray that Obama will not select his counselors based on party, race, pedigree or political cronyism but on godly character and proven wisdom. Pray also that he will not allow secret traitors into his inner circle.

6. Ask for the spirit of reconciliation. Some segments of our deeply divided society want nothing to do with Obama now that he has won the presidency. Even some Christians will be tempted to harbor resentment and nurse political grudges throughout his term in office. Pray that God will grant forgiveness and healing so that leaders on all political levels can have constructive dialogue.

7. Pray that Obama will adopt pro-life convictions. Many politicians have changed their views on key issues while in office. In the 1800s some leaders who favored slavery later denounced it. In the 1950s some who opposed racial integration later became champions of it. Even though Obama won approval from many voters because he sanctions abortion, God could soften and change his heart.

8. Bind all evil forces assigned to manipulate our president. The specter of Islamic terrorism looms over the United States, and dark forces are ready to infiltrate. Our only hope lies in prayer to the God who is able to expose and outwit the schemes of the wicked. This is truly a time for spiritual warfare, and intercessors must not come off the wall in this hour! Pray that no foreign government, terrorist organization or demonic principality will use Obama as a tool. We must stand strong against the spirit of antichrist that promotes dictatorship, persecution of Christians and hostility toward Israel.

9. Pray that Obama’s door will remain open to the church. The loudest voices of secular culture—from Bill Maher in Hollywood to atheists in academia—would be happy if religion were removed from public life. Pray that Obama, who claims to have a personal faith in Jesus Christ, will unapologetically welcome Christian leaders into his company and seek their counsel. And pray that false religious leaders (who claim to know Christ but deny His power) will not have his ear.

10. Pray that our nation will enjoy God’s peace and blessing during the Obama administration. The apostle Paul instructed early believers to pray for all in authority “so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Tim. 2:2, NASB). God’s will is for America to experience peace and prosperity so that we can continue to export the gospel to the nations. This must happen whether a Democrat or a Republican is in the White House. As we cry out for God’s mercy on our wayward nation, pray that He will allow us to be a light to the world as we finance global missions, feed and heal the world’s poor and share Christ’s love at home and abroad.

 

Happy Birthday Ron! November 5, 2008

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Happy Birthday to my big brother Ron.  This is a photo of Ron with his high school sweetheart Kathy – my sister-in-law.  Kathy will probably boycott my blog after this post. 

I won’t share Ron’s age…I will share that he still looks like the photo.  I guess he’s aged well. 

Have a great day!!!!!!

 

Happy Belated Birthday to Karen!! October 12, 2008

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Karen celebrated her birthday yesterday and shame on me for not posting it!  Karen has been a huge help to me and a huge supporter of Jillibean Soup!  You can see her at most of the make n’ take sessions and hopefully will be teaching some classes soon!  You can view some of Karen’s cards here.

Happy Birthday Karen!!