Saturday, June 28, 2014

Scrapbook- Deputation- 2012- August Highlights!

Some parts of scrapbooking don't always get to be glamorous and fun. Sometime we need to document moments and timelines so that we can remember them in the future. Because of that, I will have a page for each month that we are on deputation... to show extra people/places/events and list the churches we were in.

Some highlights not scrapped individually were: kids being the higlight of the kids’ lesson at the church we visited. Lots of time with Grandpa Hanna and the Howells. Meeting new friends! 
(Mikayla from Friedens, PA)

Churches visited:
8/1- Brighton BC, Island Pond, VT. 8/5- Metro West BC- Wellesley Hills, MA- V . 8/5- Heritage Park BC- Burlington, MA- V. 8/8- Temple BC, Cherry Valley, MA. 8/12- First BC, Johnstown, NY . 8/12- Tabernacle BC, Pittsfield, MA. 8/15- First BC- North Adams, MA- V. 8/19- Hoosic Valley Community BC- Schaghticoke, NY. 8/19- Lighthouse BC- Schenectady, NY. 8/22- NorthRidge BC- Friedens, PA. 8/26- Faith Community C-Camden, DE. 8/26- Southside BC- Dover, DE- V

Digital Goodies Used:
Template (ready-made page): "festive layered page 1" by SimplyTiffanystudios

Thursday, June 26, 2014

2013- Deputation- Missions conference! (Canton, OH)

Missions conferences are always a wonderful time to connect with church families. You have more time than just one meeting, and hopefully the church family can get to know you (the missionary) more also! Pastor Mike and Rachel Frazier were a blessing to us, along with the rest of their church family! We are thankful that they are a part of our ministry supporters! 

Other missionaries in this conference with us: 
Sherwoods- Panama
Hendersons- Tanzania
Georges- limited access nation
Staleys- Ireland

Digital goodies used:
Kit- "that's life" a collaboration by
Template- "SOOctober blog template" by Scrapping with Liz

Monday, June 23, 2014

2012- Deputation- Flight 93 memorial

Hard to scrapbook. I always like scrapbooking the beautiful, unique, fun, and interesting things. A dark day in our US history with many deaths- not so much. But, we did have the privilege of going to this memorial that was made for those who died on flight 93 on September 11, 2001. We did have to explain it all to our children, and so I scrapbook it... to preserve those memories...


Remember. Remember the brave souls who fought instead of giving up. Remember all those who died on 9/11. What a sobering memorial. We had the sad privilege of explaining this all to our children. 

Digital goodies used:
Kit- "Fandom" by Mommyish
Template- "Winter Woodland Template" by

Friday, June 20, 2014

2012- Deputation- Philadelphia

We the People... Where it all started- Philadelphia- more specifically- Liberty Square.

We learned so much while we were there!

Philadelphia! We HAD to visit. Here’s what did at Liberty Square:
1&2. Saw the Liberty Bell!
 3. Learned about an old American toy: “Jacob’s Ladder”.
4. A seamstress explained turn-of-the-century items.
5. Learning about the Liberty Bell.
6. Learned about the Declaration of Independence, its signers, and Liberty Hall!
7. The pen is mightier than the sword!
8&9. Ate a Philly Cheesesteak right at Liberty Square! (Ben and I did. The kids- not interested)

Digital Goodies used:
kit- "Freedom Aint Free" by Summerdriggs
Template- #2 by elledesigns

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

2012- Deputation- Washington DC

I'm horrible at this scrapbooking and blogging thing. That makes me horrible at blogging about my scrapbooking! I just realized that the last post I wrote was in February! yikes! (not that anyone is reading this). So, I've only scrapbooked 3 pages in all this time.... and here's the first one! I'm now trying to, chronologically, scrapbook deputation and finish it by the time we leave for Argentina. We'll see if that happens!

Happy Birthday, Natalie Anne! 
To celebrate we drove and rode a train to Washington DC to site-see at the Smithsonians! Aunt Nora went with us to show us how to get there by train, and to see the art museums. First stop- the butterfly and sculpture garden next to the Museum of Natural History to eat lunch.

Our favorite museum is the Museum of Natural History. And what better way to discover it than to hide in a locker, right? Silly kids. Once we left the locker room we enjoyed seeing the animals on the different continents. The kids like taking silly-faced photos next to exhibits like the animals here. 
It makes for interesting photos!

A custom we started was taking a photo on Daddy’s shoulders in front of the massive whale in the oceans display. It started with Lucas, but now all three kids want to take a photo. What will we do when they outgrow his shoulders? A silly display hey had at the time was the “titanoboa”1 a huge snake which didn’t seem real! (on right)

We stopped in at the Museum of American History before we ran out of time. Of course Alenna was wiped out and Ben has to carry her. I took a photo of the Washington monument from far away and said, “so long ‘till next time!”

Digital Goodies used: 
Template- by elledesigns

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Scrapbooking- A Pinterest inspired page- 10 Years! (Anniversary)

I usually get inspiration for scrapbooking from other people's pages, or from a digital template. However, when I used to do "paper" scrapbooking I sometimes copied a whole layout almost identically if I REALLY liked it, which is what happened with this page I found one Pinterest. Here's the Pinterest page:
And here's my scrapbook "scraplift" photo of the page I made. I loved all the buttons, it was so much fun to make!

In honor of our 10th Anniversary. The photos were taken by Malea Lusa Photography (a missionary kid friend of ours) in January 2012. They were part of the same photoshoot that we used for our prayer card also! 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Scrapbooking- Daddy Tickle Fest

There's something so special about wrestling/tickling fun between a Dad and his son. I love any time I hear laughter between Ben and Lucas. It makes my heart happy. 

Journaling: Who gives the best tickle fests ever? Daddy! Who loves it but can’t take it? Lucas! Let the fun begin!

digital goodies used:
I didn't actually make this page. It is another ready-made page. I dropped in my photos, added text and a couple of extras to make it mine. I don't even remember where I got it though! oops!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Scrapbooking- Embke Family Reunion

I actually didn't make this scrapbook page. It was a ready-made page and I just added my photos and journaling. However I did add some extra photos. I always seem to have more photos than spaces provided. Sometimes it's just nice to make a page really quick with pages like this. tada!

June 14-20. 2013
The Embke family reunion was so much fun! We had a great time  playing games, hanging out together, going on a picnic, bowling, and catching up on the last few years since we’ve seen each other. It was neat to have 6 of the 14 cousins together, and to see Mom with her siblings and parents together too, and with Grandpa on Father’s Day!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Scrapbooking- Lucas' Baptism

Lucas was saved almost a year before he was baptized but we waited because we wanted to be sure that he truly understood and believed. He was so thrilled to show everyone that he was choosing to follow Christ! We were so proud of him as he took this step of obedience in His walk with the Lord. Afterward he went around giving “high fives” and saying, “brother in Christ!” It cracked us up.

Digital Template used:
Layout 047 by Marisa Lerin (

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Scrapbooking- Whooo's Grandma's Helper?

Alenna is a great little helper! She loves to be involved with what’s going on, and offers to help whenever she can. During our family reunion Great-Grandma Embke was always busy serving us, and Alenna wanted to help Grandma dry the dishes and re-make the beds. It was so sweet to see her servant’s heart and watch her help the best way she could with her adorable little four-year-old hands.

Digital goodies used:
Kit: Free kit "sunny days" by JustJaimee
Template: "tuesday template 62" by Mturnidge 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Scrapbooking- Bowling- Family Reunion 2013

Bowling Time!

What's more fun than going bowling with your whole family for really, really cheap? Not much! We had so much fun!

The bowling alley in Neillsville had $1 bowling during our family reunion! We had so much fun for so little money! And Grandpa bowled his first spare! How awesome is that! 

Digital kit used: 
"Shiny Happy People" a free collab kit by the "Heartistic Project"