Category: Printables

The Best Laid Plans

I grew up in a small town in Southeast Idaho.  It was a great place to live, but when I left for college I decided I was through with small town anything.  My plans were to graduate and head to a cool metropolitan spot like California, where the sun was always shining, everyone drove convertibles, and one day some sophisticated, big city dandy would sweep me off my feet.  Ahh, the naivete of making a plan…

I remember clearly one of the first Sundays of my second year of school.  I went to church with my five roommates and we were scoping out the hot guys while waiting for the meeting to start.  My eyes lit upon a foxy bearded young buck – a standout because the dress code at Ricks College didn’t allow beards (lucky for him he wasn’t a student that semester).  Right then and there I called dibs.

We actually met a few weeks later, again at church, and like all good romance novels, my heart started beating for the first time, bound to his with an overwhelming tidal wave of everlasting love. Eww.  Nope, not like that at all.  But I knew there was something different about this guy and I was willing to stick around and find out what it was.

1986 to 2013 - love him more now than ever!

My very realistic and well-thought out life plan quickly went out the window.  I had fallen for a country boy, through and through, from a town even smaller and podunkier than mine.  The day he took me horseback riding was the nail in the coffin – not much tops a hot guy on a horse.  We met in November, got engaged in April, and married in July – yep, I chased him until he caught me.

Garth Brooks sings a song that says, “Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers.” How grateful I am for a Father in Heaven who knows what I need more than I do.  I thank Him every day for this cute, stubborn, entertaining, honorable, podunk country boy.  We’ve survived leaving the small town for the great northwest, five children, multiple businesses, and a giant load of chaos and he’s still my very best friend.  Remember the movie Fools Rush In?  There’s a line in it that describes my sweetheart perfectly.  Everything I never knew I always wanted.

Enjoy the printable.

You are everything I never knew I always wanted ~ Fools Rush In Printable!


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Tale of a Thousand Printables

Printables have become my new obsession.  I find them all over Pinterest.  I make notes during church meetings when I hear something that touches me or I zone out receive personal inspiration.  I jot down movie quotes (the main method of communication in my family).  But what to do with all these amazing sayings?  By now I have enough to wallpaper my main floor, and as much as I hate my walls, I’m not thinking this is the look to pursue – a little too Footloose circa 1984 “we call it The Yearbook” for me.

Easy-Printable-GiftOur church’s Young Women’s organization came up with a brilliant gift they give to graduating seniors.  Grab a cute 8×10 frame and pick 12 of your favorite inspiring printables – Staples will print them for 49 cents each.  Put them all in the frame, then the lucky recipient can change the look every month.  Brilliant, right?  Just before I was released from YW I scored one of these beauties for Christmas – WOOT!  Find this gem by the talented Nikki at




Lindsay, my most clever second daughter (picked up on that non-favoritism favoritism, didn’t you?), gave me a 5×7 frame for Christmas filled with some fun holiday printables for the year.  Presto change-o, instant built-in holiday decoration!  The girls at one of my favorite blogs, eighteen25, offer all of these goodies in one spot.  Click here to get yours!


Something else you can do to display these nuggets of wisdom (or sarcasm as in my case) is to modge podge the print onto almost any surface.  I found the ugliest canvas ever discovered at Goodwill – it was painted black with 3 white machine guns stenciled onto it. A little too 2nd Amendment decor for me… I had a snarky saying to display in my kitchen, so I played around in Photoshop and ran down to Staples to have an 11×17 printed for less than a dollar.  Modge podged my snark onto the scary gun canvas, and voila!  Sarcastic goodness displayed for all who enter Leisa’s kitchen for less than 2 bucks.  Makes me smile every time I look at it.


Feel free to download my printable here so you can warn those in your own kitchen.


And then check out my Obsession Printables on Pinterest.  Those dishes will still be there in 30 minutes.  Or 3 hours.

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