I really didn't think that I would get sad about my choice of not re-applying for the CreativeXpress design team this year. I guess I'm not really sad about not continuing on, because I realized some time ago that it was the time in my life to let this commitment go. However, as I sit here, knowing that calls are going out this evening for the new design team, it's just made me reflect on the past three years and what great memories my time at CX has given me.
I cannot even begin to express how blessed I am to have been able to work with such a great group of top quality ladies. My life has been so richly blessed because of so many of them.
Here's a little shout out to "my girls" that are retiring with me this year!
Cari...my dear sweet Cari. You know I love you to pieces. I only wish that we were next door neighbors cause we'd have way too much fun together. And our boys? Oh man...that would be trouble. Thank you Cari, for believing in me right from the get go. I'm so grateful that we've been able to meet....twice....and well, remember running to meet Lisa B? Hee hee...that will always be a happy memory!
Jen G. Wow. My life is so much better for knowing you. You are such an example to me and a pillar of strength. I so often think of you and your sweet family and the pain that you must all still feel each day with Joey's absense, yet every time I am with you, you seem so full of hope, peace and happiness. I could not have asked for a better replacement for my place on Nth Degree and I'm glad that you enjoyed your time there as much as I did. Thank you Jen for blessing my life.
Melissa. You are too stinkin' cute....and SASSY! You don't know how many times I nearly spit soda on my computer screen from some of the funny things you say. Your talent is endless and I've truly loved being able to see you create layouts in addition to your amazing cards. I'm so blessed to call you my friend.
Robyn....SISTAH! Oh girl. I love you. You are just like that big sister that God never gave me. I can't help but smile thinking of being around you. Remember that night at dinner in CA? I don't think I've laughed that hard since that night. You inspire me with all that you accomplish on top of being a teacher, wife and mommy. Your work totally rocks and I'll forever think of you when matting my photos in black!
Wendy....Giggle, giggle...remember Buco di Peppo or whatever the heck that place was called? Good times...good times. YOU my dear, inspire me....especially with the challenges that you have faced this year and how you've battled them like a she-woman! I love that you are such a devoted mother and have continued to put your kiddos first through everything that you've been dealt. I love that you've become half the woman you were last time I saw you. Yes...meaning the weight loss. ;) You are such an incredible photographer and I'm always inspired by your skills.
Peggy. Where do I even begin with sweet Peggy. The girl that can make magic out of any assignment given to her. I am so happy that I've been able to work so closely with Peggy for 3 years. What a joy she has been to me. Through all of the ups and downs in life, she just keeps taking one day at a time and moving forward! I love that about her. I love that she has such a strong will.
Kara - Now I don't know if Kara is retiring this year or not, because I don't know who has made the team, but wow....that girl....LOVE her. I love that I was given the opportunity to work so closely with Kara during our months of filming Nth Degree. She's such an amazing mother. I can't imagine how she finds the time to accomplish what she does with all of her little ones. I'm so happy that we live close so that we can see each other. She's a wonderful friend and amazing person.
I just want to wish all of you girls continuing on the best of luck! I'm so happy for you _____, ______ & _______ ;0) I'm crossing my fingers that I don't need to update my retiree shout out, but stay tuned in case I do!
Now I leave you with my very favorite memory of working with CreativeXpress. The Booger Episode