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Meeting Lisa Leonard

I'm a bit behind in blogging about meeting my favorite jewelry designer. Lisa Leonard was in Alabama and asked Rachel of Alabama Bloggers and a couple of other bloggers to host a meet-up.

It was the day before my sister's wedding so knowing I would be in Birmingham anyway I figured out a way to get to the meet-up. I love both the Be Still necklace as well as the mini open circle necklace. The pieces are perfect for me. Simple yet meaningful.

Meeting Lisa was such a pleasure. She is so down to earth and kind. I wish I had been able to hang out longer and spent more time getting to know her. Thanks to the world of blogging though I can keep up with Lisa via her blog and twitter. (I'm sure if you're reading my blog you already know about her though.)

Oh and of course I bought another necklace.  🙂

Project Life: August 16 – 22, 2010

Welcome back to another week of my Project Life photos. Be sure to check out Jessica Turner's blog for more Project Life links on Tuesdays. Also check out the last photo's caption for a link to a music giveaway I have going on over at Alabama Bloggers.

Monday, August 16, 2010 – DH sat down pecking out keys on the piano and the little cat kept going back and forth, up and down underneath the piano hearing the sounds. It was so funny, but of course by the time I got the video camera out he was tired of the game.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 – Every few summers when we have a hot, dry summer these spider webs or whatever they are show up in the trees. It's not very pretty.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 – I spent a couple of days last week and this week helping a dear teacher friend of mine fluency test students at two of our schools.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 – I made the ultimatum. Either get some of the legos put away or else. So DH and Squirt pulled them out and tore the kits down and put each kit in its own extra large ziploc bag.

Friday, August 20, 2010 – Could it be? Can I actually see the carpet? I spent the day cleaning house which was much needed and thanks to DH and Squirt his room is clean. Now how long will it last?

Saturday, August 21, 2010 – As I was making my way back home from downtown I noticed a tree at the corner of the student parking lot had been rolled. Probably in celebration of the football team's football win the night before.

Sunday, August 22, 2010 – I didn't get a personal photo for today, but I had an afternoon session with a friend of ours who needed some updated photos for his website. I laughed so much during this session. He couldn't keep a serious face when I was taking photos of him and would burst out laughing which didn't help my camera shake at all, but we managed to get some good shots I think. At least I hope he thinks so. And I have a giveaway open to anyone in the U.S. of some of his music in a guest post over on Alabama Bloggers. Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.

Magic Moments of Alabama

Logonav Have you heard of Magic Moments? I was first introduced to Magic Moments several years ago when a civic organization I was a part of helped serve meals to the families attending the Magic Moments Family Camp.

Magic Moments is an extraordinary organization here in Alabama that grants wishes to Alabama children with life threatening or life altering illnesses that limit one or more major life activities.

Life changing illness and injuries can take the magic out of childhood. The Magic Moments organization gives a child "back their childhood-if only for a moment – and create smiles and memories that last a lifetime."

They also offer an annual Family Camp for the families allowing these families to connect with other families also effected by terminal or life altering illnesses and injuries.

Magic Moments is a non-profit organization and is not a United Way organization and relies solely on the support from civic groups, foundations, individuals and fund raising events.  

To learn more about Magic Moments and their events or how to donate you can visit their website. To learn how you can volunteer your time please visit here.

Alabama Children’s Authors

I love children's books. There's just something about them. As I was walking through my son's school the other day I saw a poster with youth and children's books by Alabama authors and thought I would do some searching for other Alabama children's authors. This post isn't to be taken as reviews of these books, but just bringing attention in case you would like to check out these Alabama authors. Once I discover more Alabama authors I'll be sure and let you know.

But before you check out these two tell me – do you have a favorite Alabama author?

Alabama Moon by Watt Key. You can also check out his Facebook page here. Alabama Moon is on a reading level of ages 9 – 12.

Synopsis from the publisher:  For as long as ten-year-old Moon can remember, he has lived out in the forest in a shelter with his father. They keep to themselves, their only contact with other human beings an occasional trip to the nearest general store. When Moon’s father dies, Moon follows his father’s last instructions: to travel to Alaska to find others like themselves. But Moon is soon caught and entangled in a world he doesn’t know or understand; he’s become property of the government he has been avoiding all his life. As the spirited and resourceful Moon encounters constables, jails, institutions, lawyers, true friends, and true enemies, he adapts his wilderness survival skills and learns to survive in the outside world, and even, perhaps, make his home there.

Irene Latham is the author of Leaving Gee's Bend. You can follow her on twitter here. Leaving Gee's Bend is on a reading level of ages 9 -12.

Synopsis from Latham's website:

Ludelphia Bennett may be blind in one eye, but that doesn't mean she can't put in a good stitch. In fact, Ludelphia sews all the time, especially when things are going wrong. But when Mama gets deathly ill, it doesn't seem like even quilting will help. Mama needs medicine badly – medicine that can only be found in Camden, over forty miles away. That's when Ludelphia decides to do something drastic – leave Gee's Bend.

Beyond the log cabins, orange dirt, and cotton fields of her small sharecropping community, Ludelphia discovers a world she could never have imagined. Fancy houses, cars, and even soda pop! But there's also danger lurking for a young girl on her own, and Ludelphia begins to wonder if she'll ever see Gee's Bend or her Mama again. Despite the twists and turns, Ludelphia weathers each challenge in a way that would make her mama proud, and may even save the day not just for Mama, but her entire town.

Set in 1932 and inspired by the rich quilting history of Gee's bend, Alabama, LEAVING GEE'S BEND is a heart-touching tale of a young girl's unexpected adventure.

 

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

One of our favorite places to visit when we make a trip to Birmingham is the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. When the flowers are blooming it's impossible not to be inspired and amazed by this extraordinary jewel of Alabama.

A tranquil haven amidst the busy city, the Gardens have places to sit and read or trails providing a bit of exercise. Spring is especially beautiful at the Gardens. Masses of tulips and pansies display their colors.

From the trails through the Alabama Woodland area to the Japanese Garden there is so much to enjoy. Bring a picnic for a peaceful lunch or spend a couple of hours exploring the many trails and gardens.

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Visit their website to see what's in bloom. You can also follow them on twitter to keep up with the latest happenings.