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ready for monday.

ready for monday.


Today was our last Sunday in Beijing… Eric spoke last week, and I was asked to speak today. It was a little bit hard to get through, but I was so thankful for the chance to share my thoughts and feelings…I think that the best part of giving a talk is preparing for it. It gave me a chance to really look at the things I have learned and gained throughout the last year and ½.  It was a COLD, COLD day in Beijing today, and we had planned to take a family photo after church, but man, it was cold, and there were even snow flurries.  


As usual, i LOVE having visitors! and i feel so lucky that my dear friend Jodi could come and stay this last week. she has been an awesome help, and it's been so fun to show Beijing off to her. Last night we went shopping at the Hong Qiao Market, and we bought a bunch of purses and watches and scarves to SHARE with the unfortunate that can't actually COME HERE! … i hate knowing i won't have access to all the fun! not that i need anything, i just like KNOWING that if i want it, it's there! LOL… silly girl. Our friends the Mackays came too, and we made it into a big 'extravaganza' as is everything you set out to do here (nothing is simple! lol). we ate at our favorite restaurant, and GORGED. hmmmmm good food.

I had to get everything off my desktop computer that I would need during the transition, and turn my computer off, and take it all down. We are guessing 4-6 weeks before we’ll see the stuff that we are shipping by boat back home. We have  moving company coming tomorrow to help us get packed up and move us through customs. When we came here, we just loaded a container ourselves, and sent it over, and eric was able to deal with customs here… getting everything out of the country is a different story. We have to basically pay a moving company to verify all our contents, then they process it through customs. I am so totally not sure what to expect when they arrive in the morning. I am anticipating a flurry of activity.


I made a couple of little videos today. We are busy preparing for our ‘Easter’ Celebration (above is a little sneak peek!!)  at House of 3, so I was making a video for that. Our new content will all be up on April 1st!  if you aren't signed up for our newsletter, you be sure to do so! we'll be sending out daily ideas/inspiration, you won't want to miss. we have a few other surprises, so don't miss out!
 I had been making some thank you cards, so I thought I’d make a little video of the QUICKEST card ever! I have SO many people to THANK, and so I was making a few little cards- since I don’t have any envelopes, and all my stuff is packed up, it’s super minimal, and totally exactly what I needed right now.  Maybe it will come in handy for you some time! (if you need some Jewel Brads or some FLOWERS (on clearance, i love the WHITE too! shipped right to your door! wink!)
I also have been wanting to make a video about how the purse clip works, since it’s hard to describe if you have never seen one… so check that out as well! The purse clip retails for $6.99 and you can get one HERE!
I am going to get a few zzzzzz’s before tomorrow’s big day!
I LOVE Monday.
Here is the quick little cards:

and here is a little video explaining what the heck the PURSE CLIP is:

good night!

  • Kimberly

    29 March, 2009 at 12:06 pm Reply

    Thanks for the cool card video! I love that you have a purse clip too! Can you alter it? That would be super fun, a purse clip that you can alter yourself!!!

  • Michelle

    29 March, 2009 at 12:15 pm Reply

    I just saw this clip on eBay and bid. It’s too cute!

  • Emily

    29 March, 2009 at 12:15 pm Reply

    Good luck with the move, hope it all goes smoothly!

  • Theresa Grdina

    29 March, 2009 at 12:39 pm Reply

    I have to say that your purse clip is inspired! What a great idea…and where do I get one?
    Good luck on your move back home. I hope it goes well for you and your family. I can’t believe you have been gone long enough to come back. God speed.

  • nanci

    29 March, 2009 at 12:40 pm Reply

    I loved watching the videos! I love the earrings you are wearing in them – where did you get them?

  • michelle

    29 March, 2009 at 12:45 pm Reply

    I will say that I am a bit sad that there will be no more posts from
    China. My favorite have been of you at the Great Wall as that is part of the curriculum I teach to my 6 th Graders. May you and your family have a safe journey home.
    Those that heard you speak were blessed. I am sure there were few dry eyes. You are a heartwarming individual that bless us all. Prayers and safety to you and your family.
    Michelle from CA

  • Trish

    29 March, 2009 at 1:02 pm Reply

    Heidi, you are such an inspiration. I am a scrapbooker who loves your products (I’m using your ghost shape flowers today). And, your blog inspired me to start my own. Thank you and hope you have a safe trip back to the states. I am excited to hear about your travels.
    p.s. Great thank you card video and purse clip video.


    29 March, 2009 at 1:12 pm Reply

    Hey Heidi. Love all your products. So is there anywhere we can order one of those cute little purses? I am purse crazy and I just love that little bag. Hope your trip goes well. If you don’t mind me asking how was it that you all got the opportunity to go live over there? I think that it is so awesome that your kids had that opportunity. Have a great day.

  • Ernestine

    29 March, 2009 at 1:40 pm Reply

    Thanks for the video clips…have a safe trip.

  • Nancy Wyatt

    29 March, 2009 at 2:33 pm Reply

    Great videos! Thanks for sharing and hope the move goes as smoothly as possible! hugs from Nancy of Conroe TX!

  • Kathy F

    29 March, 2009 at 3:19 pm Reply

    Good Luck on your move and I hope that everything goes smooth for you..I will pray for it! 🙂
    Also, I watched the videos and loved them both…I will have to get the purse clip for sure….so useful for more than just a crop! 🙂 I also loved your personality in it…too funny (when you brought up TH)! I also loved the simplicity of your thank you card/envie. 🙂
    Oh…your family is beautiful and the pics are great! 🙂

  • Beverly

    29 March, 2009 at 4:57 pm Reply

    Best of luck on your travels back to the U.S. I hope it is a safe, happy trip. What a change to come back here after being in China, but I’m sure you’re ready to be closer to your extended family. That would be so hard being far away.
    I ordered your purse clip from Scrapbook.com and am supposed to receive it tomorrow. SO excited after seeing the video on it. 🙂 Can’t wait to try it out!!

  • Danielle

    29 March, 2009 at 5:04 pm Reply

    Hey Heidi, I LOVE that ring you have where oh where can I find one?
    Thanks for the video’s inspiring and fabulous products as always! Good luck with the move home!!

  • hannah

    29 March, 2009 at 6:07 pm Reply

    Cool videos thanks! I am excited to get my purse clip that I won from you…such a cool idea! I hope your trip back to the USA goes ok 🙂 Safe travels!

  • Martha Beck

    29 March, 2009 at 6:22 pm Reply

    OK, so now I know how it works. Why didn’t I buy it while I was at the scrapbook store (yesterday that is 2 hours away) and figure it out later? This would be so useful!!!

  • Martha Beck

    29 March, 2009 at 6:23 pm Reply

    Genius on the cards! Love that!

  • Grace P

    29 March, 2009 at 6:50 pm Reply

    great videos…you had to tease me with that bag again??? lol Have a great Monday and good luck on your travels back to the States! Just remember to breath. Grace

  • Annette Schwab

    29 March, 2009 at 8:05 pm Reply

    Heidi, I just watched the video on the thank you card, and I can’t wait to make some! Thank you!!! Annette Schwab

  • kat-in-texas

    29 March, 2009 at 8:36 pm Reply

    Love the video! Hope all goes well with your move….you are such a trooper!!! God Bless your travels.

  • johanna (from sweden)

    29 March, 2009 at 9:17 pm Reply

    thanks for the easy-cards-video… very smart, i am missing envelops all the time.
    good luck with the moving.

  • Kirsten

    29 March, 2009 at 9:21 pm Reply

    Simply clever! and might I add…I love that I know you love Mondays from our BPS class, and I know to check in here on my Sunday? Bittersweet, your leaving Beijing, but what a wonderful memory 🙂

  • LenaS

    30 March, 2009 at 8:02 am Reply

    Brrr, it does look cold there. AZ in the 70’s and 80’s this week…so “welcome home”…just in time for allergy season. Loved the card video. Thx. We really appreciate you!
    I know exactly what you’re feeling right now and going thru–boat shipments are a pain and you might think coming back will be easier than living overseas but you have all changed so “back to normal might be different”. Best Wishes for you all. So happy to have you back in the valley soon! I’ll be praying.

  • Trudy

    30 March, 2009 at 8:43 am Reply

    Very cool card and purse hook – must get one of those. (wish I would’ve one that cute purse) God be with you on your journey home.

  • tena

    30 March, 2009 at 9:04 am Reply

    totally cute videos Heidi… love the purse clip and the yellow purse! I am looking forward to bumping into you again when you and the family move back to Mesa! tena

  • Krystin

    30 March, 2009 at 9:33 am Reply

    What beautiful family photos…I have loved reading about your adventures and life in China…what a great experience.
    I wish you safe and smooth travels home.

  • Travelingmama

    30 March, 2009 at 10:06 am Reply

    Love the cards and the purse clip is an awesome idea!! God bless as you and your family prepare to travel home. I know that is going to be a LONG trip! I hope you get great seat partners- you know, the kid friendly kind!

  • Lesley Oman

    30 March, 2009 at 10:44 am Reply

    i love your purse clip video, i totally need one of these…any come to think of it, so does my best friend, because if she doesnt have one too she’ll steal it from me. lol

  • Jill

    30 March, 2009 at 11:03 am Reply

    Wishing you and your family a safe journey home. What an experience you have had. I’ve enjoyed reading about it. I dream of getting to China one day. We are blessed with two boys, been thru the ringer w/infertility treatments and would love to do a China adoption some day to complete our family. Looking forward to hearing that you are home safe and all the new HO3 goodies for Easter.

  • Linda Salte

    30 March, 2009 at 11:18 am Reply

    Your family is so sweet Heidi! Good luck with the move home! Linda Salte

  • Shelley F.

    30 March, 2009 at 1:49 pm Reply

    Super cute note cards….and so easy too!!! Thanks for this video!!! Regarding the purse clip….you mention hanging your tool totes, etc. on them….even some purses I imagine can get really heavy!!! Is there a weight limit…how does it stay on the table?
    Have a safe trip home!!

  • Jenny

    30 March, 2009 at 2:36 pm Reply

    OMG Heidi I love your purse clip! I need that thingy so badly! Gotta search the net to find a store that ships to Germany at a reasonable rate.
    I wish you & your family the very best for your move! I know how hard it is to leave a country that you’ve lived in for quite a while and started to love and then you have to move back. I will miss your posts from Beijing, yet I can’t wait to hear how you are doing in AZ. (I used to live in Mesa. Loved every second of it!) Keep us posting! And remember Beijing is only a flight away!
    Love from Germany,

  • Amanda N.

    30 March, 2009 at 4:15 pm Reply

    Have a safe journey home! 🙂

  • Sandy M

    30 March, 2009 at 8:45 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing your family journey with all of us bloggers. You truly have inspired me in so many ways. Especially change is possible even if it means moving your whole family overseas. I admired your sense of adventure and your openness to new culture, place and people.
    Have a great trip home and look forward to Hof3 April newsletter.

  • Sharla

    31 March, 2009 at 6:50 am Reply

    I just popped in after being gone for awhile and can’t believe your stay in China is over. Thank you for sharing your experience and opening my eyes to another world. I can’t imagine moving my family to another country and everything that went along with that, but I can just picture the wonderful stories your children will be able to tell. What an amazing job you guys are doing!

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