Thursday, July 20, 2017

Week 3 of 52

Week 3. What memories do you have of your father (his name, birth date, birthplace, parents, and so on)?

My Dad Joseph John Tencza, was born  August 29th 1944 to Joseph and Marguerite Tencza in New Port, Rhode Island

I have so many memories of my Dad, but most of them revolve around our milatray moves and the long extended road trips to get from one duty station to the next.  Our longest trip was coming back stateside from Hawaii.  We had to pick up our car in LA, where we stayed with my moms aunt and uncle for a few days to adjust. Then it was cross country to Maryland.  We crossed through some beautiful country on that trip and got a chance to hike in Zion National park.  My other fond memories all have to do with road races.  My father was an avid jogger and would drag my brother and I along for fun runs. 5-10K.  We were always moving


I was lucky enough to have him around for 33 yrs of my life. Unfortunately he lost his fight with Leukemia April 8th 2007  

Monday, July 10, 2017

Week 2 of 52 weeks of questions

I'm joining along with a fellow blogger on this journey. Of answering  one question for the next 52 weeks. ( Lora got the idea another blogger some time ago but is just now starting). The whole idea is to tell your own story by answering one question a week.

Week 2: When and where were you born? Describe your home, your neighborhood, and the town you grew up in.

When: January 15, 1973  I was an Emergency C-section because my mom was running a high fever and wasn't progressing with her labor.

Where:  Weisbaden, Germany in the Military Hospital.  I honestly can't tell you about Germany as I really don't remember much from my first 2 and 1/2 years.  I also didn't have a childhood home as we moved every couple of years.  If I had to pick one place it would be Upper Marlboro, Maryland.  My mom's parents home.  My brother and I would spend weekends there when my Dad was stationed at the Pentagon.  It was also the place we would go in between moves when all our belongings were packed up for shipping cross country.  I still remember the hillside home with a daylight basement and the creepy area that was the furnace room/ workshop.  Playing hide and seek in the dark and catching fireflies


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

52 questions in 52 weeks 

I'm joining along with a fellow blogger on this journey. Of answering  on question for the next 52 weeks. ( Lora got the idea another blogger some time ago but is just now starting). The whole idea is to tell your own story by answering one question a week. People that love ancestry love finding diaries, journals, and letters, because they tell about everyday life. Not just the big stuff, but the every day little stuff.


So... here goes 

Week 1: What is your full name? Explain why your parents gave you that name


Haven Michelle Amacher (Tencza)


The story goes... something like this.  Both of my parents knew a Haven my mother a femal and my father a male.  ( personally think it was Haven Moses the Denver Broncos football legend, but I never got that confirm.  Regardless I would have been Haven, male or female.

My middle name was a compromise  as my maternal grandmother is French and had a difficult time with Haven so my parents went with Michelle which was pretty much the same in English or French.  It also doesn't hurt that my mother had a French cousin(male) also named Michele.


My maiden name is Tencza, which is Polish. The direct translation is Rainbow, which some of my friends glommed onto when I was at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  They tried to turn me into a hippie calling me Haven Rainbow.  Fortunately , I was a bit too conservative for it to stick.

So there you have it...

Friday, May 5, 2017

Happy NSD

Holy cow it's been a almost a month since I posted last and I'm not going to get a chance to scrap this weekend for National Scrapbook day either.  I'm headed to Florence Oregon to facilitate an adult girl scout training. It seems like my volunteer life keeps getting busier and busier, so with that said.  I need to start making time for me and some serious scrapping, but with out deadlines, so I'm stepping down from Lasting memories Design team.  I feel like I'm letting them down by sitting out so much.  I haven't even managed to finish commenting on the April challenges.  
  Until I surface again happy scrapping

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Lasting Memories April 16- Easter Sunday use bunnies, chicks or eggs

Happy Easter Sunday everyone.  I hope the Easter bunny stopped at your house with some special treats.  I'm trying to cut back on the amount of sugar I'm consuming so I decide to treat myself to some new scrapping supplies this spring instead of indulging in a chocolate bunny.
I picked up the Creative memories power palette folders.  Now that I'm doing more kits I like to keep everything together so I don't have to hunt and search for coordinating papers and embellishments.  Next up is creating my own kits from my stash.
 
Anyway on to this weeks Challenge which is to create a layout using Bunnies, chicks or eggs.
Also don't forget there is plenty of time for  you to play along with our first two spring challenges as well (use flowers, use the word spring)
 
Here's my Easter layout from April 2015
 
I used the March jumpstart sketch from TSR, but added a few twist

Super cute bunny from the march  TSR kit "Echo Park- Celebrate Easter/Spring"
 
 The lined paper in the kit was the perfect place to add journaling to the layout

 and my title piece is salvage from the paper identification strip. 
 
Hope You enjoyed my inspiration.  Please join us over at lasting memories for our Spring Challenges
 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Lasting Memories April 9th - use the word spring in your title or journaling

Welcome to the second spring themed layout challenge.  This week we are asking you to create a layout that uses the word Spring in the title or journaling.  We can't wait to see what you come up with and don't forget it's not to late to join us for last weeks challenge to use flowers.

I choose to go with the word Spring in my title and was inspired by the March 15th sketch over at Stuck sketches. Nothing like a good sketch to get the creative juices flowing.  I've been away from scrapping for too long due to girl scouts and I have a feeling that this Spring will be busy too.
 
But for now here it is my "Spring Planting" layout
 featuring my Junior scout Danielle and her troop mate Samantha. 


I pulled the blue polka dot paper from my stash as it was a close match to one of the journal cards I have from the GS kit I've been trying to use up.  I got it from one of my former scouts that was cleaning out her closet.  Cute die cutes and bugs go perfectly with the theme too
 
 
 
My "spring" title and journaling
 
Hope you've been inspired to create a spring layout. 
 Don't forget to share it with us at lasting memories.
 
 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Lasting Memories April 2 -Spring Flowers

I can't believe Spring is finally here after weeks and weeks of non stop rain for us in the Pacific Northwest, so to celebrate all of the challenges this month will have a Spring theme.

This week we are asking you to create a layout using spring flowers.  It can be photos of flowers, patterned paper with flowers or even bunches of flower embellishments.  I went with flower embellishments as my photos are actually from November/Dec 2015.  I did however go with the bright spring colors to compliment the flowers on my layout and to pull in the blue on the bow my daughter uses.
 
  I went with flower embellishments as my photos are actually from November/Dec 2015.  I did however go with the bright spring colors to compliment the flowers on my layout and to pull in the blue on the bow my daughter uses.
 
I also used  even more scrapping challenge

 
The flowers are a mix of die cuts from my TSR kit " Jillibean soup Chit Chat chowder" and felt flowers that I have had in my stash for a while along with the assorted pearls and gems.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you join us at lasting memories for our spring challenges