Monday, September 17, 2007

I won...I won...I won!

This morning I got a call from my favorite scrapbook store, Scrapbooks Etc. This is how the conversation went
Her...Hi this is____ from scrapbooks Etc.
Me...Hi, what can I do for you?
Her...I have great news for you.
Me...really? Is my Christmas paper in?
Her...No, but you did win the quickutz prize!
Me...Are you honest?
Her....yes, you really did win.
Me...oh my gosh! I love you!
Her...LOL! I love you too. Come in anytime to pick it up.
Me...thank you so much!
Her...you're very welcome.
After I hung up I gave out a squeal and couldn't stop giggling. I am convinced that I won because I said yes to my new calling. :o) My fabulous, cutely packaged prize consisted of

The QK Revolution table die cutting system

The pink squeeze hand tool

Magnolia grand cookie cutter complete alphabet set
Moxie skinny mini alphabet set
Cookie cutter dies-nesting hearts
Cookie cutter dies-basic phrases
Cookie cutter dies-basic shapes
In all, it's a value of over $500!!! I am completely blown away and tremendously grateful.
Can you believe it? I surely can't! I still giggle when I look at it. I love Quickutz! I watched Susan demonstrate the revolution at the CK convention. I wanted it, but couldn't afford it. She was also kind enough to demonstrate the Silhouette, so I plan to try cutting some things when I have a few spare minutes at one time...probably Thursday night.

I picked up this wonderful book today at the LDS bookstore. It is packed full of ideas and such great online resources. I have a presidency planning meeting tomorrow because we need to have Wednesday nights activity planned out as well as several other things.

Last night was the 4th night in a row with little sleep. This time it was because of all the thoughts of my young women's responsibilities were dancing in my head. My stomach hurts. It's overwhelming to me. I think it's because all the callings I've been given over the past 21 1/2 years were in my comfort zone. I've done nursery, primary, cub scouts, achievement days, ward activities, and 14 years of Enrichment. All of those things I could do with confidence. In my mind Young Women's is the one truly scary calling that I never wanted, because it's totally out of my comfort zone. That my friends is where the blessings lie. I know in my heart that as I serve in this calling I will have my own personal growth. I know it won't be easy, but nothing worth while is ever easy.

32 comments:

Valerie said...

you are SO right! and you will do so well, have faith in yourself and your talents...you will so do well at this!

and congrats on the win!!! holy cow you are one lucky chicky!!!

Jacquie said...

Those girls will be lucky to have you! If they only new how lucky they are.

Maren said...

Congrats on the scrapbook win. You'll do great in Young Women's. Being so creative will be a way to connect with them. I loved having "fun" leaders like that. It's been ages for me too. I wonder how the program has changed since then.

Andi said...

Congratulations Jolene! Great prizes! Be sure and show us what you make with your stuff!

I'm excited to hear more about your calling with the Young Women. You're certainly a wonderful role model for them.

Kim said...

WOW. Congrats on the big win! That looks totally cool. You are going to do great with the young women.

Laura-Ky said...

Congratulations!!

Just think, with your new calling with the young women,of all the insight you will gain toward the daughter-in-laws on the horizon! What a wonderful eye-opening experience. I am betting that you will gain just as much insight from them as they do from you.

Briana said...

WOOHOO! Congrats on your awesome prize! I've had my eye on that pink squeeze tool for a while, but cannot convince my husband that I NEED it! :) Enjoy!

And I know you'll do fabulously in your new calling! These young women are going to love you and all the creativity you will bring to the position.

Jen said...

Very cool!! I'm so jealous I want a pink hand squeeze

Pam said...

Yay! So happy for you Jolene! Congrats, it was a well deserved win!

And I have total faith that you will be a huge success in your new calling!

patti_cake said...

CONGRATULATIONS on winning such an awesome prize! You SO deserve it honey!
You are right, when you say "nothing worthwhile is ever easy"! Go Jolene!

elisha said...

Jolene, I'm in the young women's presidency as well, and I LOOOOOVE it. You will very quickly get to know and love the girls like your own--I promise. It's an amazing calling and I'm going to be crushed when my time is up. Good luck with it and I know you'll be great!

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!

Hello...everyone who has ever been into Scrapbooks, Etc. at Convention Time has seriously drooled over those beautiful prize baskets! I am so glad YOU won---a faithful Scrapbooks, Etc. customer who will put her prize to good use!

How funny that I have actually pondered your new calling and thought,'maybe it is so that you will really get to know some of these young women, maybe one or two of them will become future daughters -in-law, maybe you will be praying for and teaching your boys' future wives. Although it seems your first two boys did a great job without any 'behind the scenes' help. Anyway, I believe God sometimes likes to give us BIG tasks so that we know without a shadow of a doubt that it is HIM not us, doing it!

I still have not made it to my mom's office to see all the pictures from the convention. But now I have an even bigger reason to get over there...to see the Quickutz Prize!

Noel
Yuma,AZ
:-)

Shanna said...

Jolene!!! You hit the jackpot girl! CONGRATS!!! I LOVVVVVVE my Revolution!!! And those YW hit the jackpot too having you as their leader! Awesome! You will do great!

lavon said...

CONGRATULATIONS,JOLENE, AREN'T YOU GONNA' HAVE FUN. JUST BE SURE AND TREAT US WITH PICTURES, OKAY? WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR NEW POSITION IN CHURCH.

lavon said...

JOLENE, IT'S ME, AGAIN. I LEFT YOUR SITE AND WENT TO VISIT BIGMAMA. PLEASE GO THERE. SHE ALSO HAS SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT LEAVING OUR COMFORT ZONE FOR THE LORD'S WORK. GGRRROOOWING, WHEN WE ALLOW HIM TO USE US FOR HIS WILL!!

velvet brick said...

Congrats on the new goodies!! How wonderful that you got that great phone call! And rightly so!! woohoo! Jolene, I know that this new journey that you are starting is scary... new journies often are. But God has a reason to call you...and think about it... we all see why! You are so wonderful to Mark as a wife, your children as a mother, as a mother-in-law, as a grandmother, as a sister, an aunt, as a friend, as a partner. These girls are about to have this blessing enter their lives and they need you!! There IS a reason that you have been chosen. No worries, girl.... you will do a beautiful job, butterflies and all! : ))

Love to you, my friend across the valley...

VB

robin c. said...

Congratulations on your big win...but I really think you won twice...the awesome scrapping supplies and the prize of mentoring young women. What a blessing!!!

robin c.

Chickenbells said...

Congratulations! I am so excited for you...for both winning the prize, and for your new calling. You're going to be just great! Those girls are really lucky to have someone who is so worried about doing a good job...I can't wait to hear how it all goes!

TK Angels said...

How wonderful for your calling with the Young Women. I agree with Andi, you're certainly a wonderful role model for them.

Your luck duck!! Get it? All the ducks we sent to Chad?

Take care,
Love,
Terri

Melissa said...

Congratulations! I love winning cool new stuff!

Saguaro Chick said...

Cool cool and more cool!

homedaisy said...

congrats!! you deserve it!!

okay, weird question... but what is this calling? i mean what exactly do you have to do?

just wondering!

Susan Keuter said...

Jolene - congrats on the QK prize. Who knew when I was showing you all of our goodies - that you'd soon be an owner of the fun new toys!!!!

have fun with them - and wait til you see the fun things that just got released at memory trends :)

Susan

Laurie said...

Congrats! I have some more good news for you over on my blog! ;)

Nikki *Ü* said...

Holy crap! That's one huge, awesome prize!!! Have fun playing with it. Any chance some of your good scrapbooking/prize winning luck can rub off on me?? LOL Good luck with planning everything for YW! I think you'll do great in this calling. You're just nervous because, like you said, it's outside of your comfort zone. Pray and I know the Lord will help you with it!! :)

Deanna (dw) Shain said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I too believe things happen for a reason and you certainly needed a little pick-me-up! So glad you feel better about the calling...some of us knew you'd be perfect all along! ;)
Hugs,
-d.

Amy Mowbray said...

Yay! Congrats Jolene! How exciting. You got some great stuff.

You'll love your Silhouette, if you every use it woman! I just used mine to cut some stuff for one of Lily's school projects. It's easy.

Leah said...

What an awesome prize!! Congrats!

linda t said...

I am SOOOO thrilled for you Jolene!
Couldn't have happened to a more giving, serving and loving gal!! And yes, I believe it is a blessing for all you do for others and these young gals that you will be pouring your life into. Waaay coool!

Hey, how are you handling all that black, toxic tire smoke hovering over Maricopa? Hope you're OK Jolene... what a mess!

Denise Bryant said...

OMG!!! You lucky girl...actually there was no luck..it was meant to be. OK..and I am sooo jealous too. WOW that is an awesome prize...I am sure you will be giddy for weeks. Congrats.

Cheeky said...

Just visiting from Patti's page - WOW! What a great prize - as a fellow scrapbooker - ummm I am just a weeeeee bit jealous..hehe

Tip Junkie said...

Congratulations!!