Monday, February 23, 2009

Mark your calendars!

Saturday, April 25, 2009
9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Family Church
11135 W Kellogg
Wichita, KS

$45 per seat and that includes lunch, dinner, goodie bag, freebies, shared tool station and chance to win door prizes from a slew of great scrapbooking companies, like McGill and Creative Memories!

Grand prize is a Provo Craft Cricut!

You'll want to register quick because we've limited space to just 75 scrappers—gotta protect that elbow room.

They'll be more details in the coming weeks, too—stayed tuned.

To register by phone, contact Christy Freeman at 620-584-2966 or e-mail her at To register online, visit!

For those of you who attended the Kyrie Krop 2008, any comments that you'd like to share? I'm sure some crafters are trying to make decisions about which crops they'll attend this year, and your feedback could help invite new people to the cause!

Also, we still have room for vendors! We're open to anything in which caring women would be interested. Pampered Chef? Sure. Scrapbook stuff? Yep. Cosmetics, candles, jewelry? Yes, yes, yes.

Also, the design you see at the top of this post will be the design on the t-shirt that you can purchase at Scrappin' Boot Camp. Scrappers love their event t-shirts!

Friday, February 20, 2009

To inspire you.

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”
—Randy Pausch

You many heard about or seen snippets of "The Last Lecture." We mentioned it here on Kyrie's blog last year. It is the moving final lecture of a Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor who was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Given just months left in his life, he gave this lecture on "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," which, as a Kyrie Foundation patron, you will clearly see that it's about so much more than that.

You can watch the entire hour-long lecture here courtesy of You Tube or you can visit Carnegie Mellon's site to view. As for me, I downloaded it to my iPod via iTunes. It's definitely something I want to watch several times. Hope you find that to be true, too.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thankful Thursday.

Today I'm thankful for winter. Winter gets a bad rap, doesn't it? Everybody typically wishes for some other season than that of Jack Frost. And if you don't live near a tobogganing hill, ski resort or hot chocolate factory, it's difficult to find winter's gifts.

I'm thankful for winter because it is the season of rest. (Or at least it should be.) By nature's example, winter is a time of hibernation, of long nights meant to usher sweet dreams and recuperation. Trees and, thankfully, grass and mosquitoes go dormant—to rest and ready for the blazing growth of spring & summer. I'm thankful for flannel and crock pot suppers and time spent fireside and for winter's ability to push people together, be it in a snow-locked airport or around an ice fishing hole or snuggled on the couch. I'm thankful that winter is the annual reminder of how well this world was made.

What are you thankful for today?

Monday, February 9, 2009

Save the date!

For all you paper crafters out there, save Saturday, April 25 for the 2009 Kyrie Foundation Krop! We'll announce more details and open registration soon, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, though, if you know anyone who would like to be a vendor for the day (scrapbooking, candles, Pampered Chef, cosmetics, etc.), please feel free to e-mail Christy Freeman at or 316-584-2966.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thankful Thursday.

I thought of something really good last night that I was thankful for, and then 40 winks washed it away. So today I'm thankful for memory.

I'm thankful that when it comes to remembering, the mind prefers quality over quantity, like the ol' adage: it's not the days of your life but the life in your days. This equalizes the length of everyone's life, no matter if our time here is short or long, which is how a 19-month-old child can have as much impact or more than a 72-year-old man.

Memory celebrates carpe diem, like bravely facing a new challenge, and one-to-one experiences, like learning to embroider with your mother and snippets of the everyday, like the smell of dryer sheets. We remember verbal exchanges that have stunned our senses, and we cherish the idiosyncratic patterns of those we love. This whole wad of life's souvenirs is housed in the cells of our brains, and I like to think, in the vibrations of our souls. What a miracle that something abstract and fleeting can be contained and recalled in a physical organ. Absolutely amazing. I like to think that your memory is the church of yourself, where you go pay homage to yesterday and offer up the happenings of today.

All of these butterfly moments are haphazardly collected in our little brain cubbies. And thank God for that. Thank God for all the memories and the ability to keep them. Even the ones that you wish you could forget. Even the one that cause today's tears--the tears mean that you care and caring is why we're here.

What are you thankful for today?