Sunday, October 16, 2016

Live A Great Life...

I write this post with a heavy, broken heart.

Last weekend we woke up on a typical Sunday morning. We slept in. The kids slowly meandered downstairs and joined us for breakfast. I got a phone call from a friend asking if I had heard any news of an accident that had occurred in the wee hours of the morning. We hadn't heard anything. She proceeded to tell me there was a horrible, tragic accident involving 5 teenagers who were killed while driving back from a concert in South Burlington, an hour away. A man driving north in the southbound lane hit the teenagers head-on killing them all. At this point, we did not yet know who those kids were. No one knew. My 16 year old, Alex, had asked to go to that concert. I didn't let him go. We started to panic knowing many of his friends had gone to this concert.

As the news trickled in there were unconfirmed rumors that there were kids we knew in the accident. They were not from our hometown, but a neighboring town. Vermont is a small state, small communities that are very close, a state where there is usually only one degree of separation among people. Five of those teenagers were all from the same neighboring towns. Four from the same school and one, who went to a private school, was just home for the long weekend. This has left all the communities in Vermont devastated with this horrible, tragedy. We are all numb. We are in shock. I try my best to protect my children from hurt, from harm, but this week I have not been able to protect my son from this unbelievable pain.

Those five teenagers were Eli Brookens (16), Cyrus Zschau (16), Liam Hale (16), Mary Harris (16) (students at Harwood Union Highschool) and Janie Cozzi (15) (student at Kimball Union Academy).

Our whole community has been dealing with this horrible, tragic, unfathomable loss.

We attended a candle light vigil where several people spoke, but one speech that really left a mark on my heart was from Mary Harris' uncle, Darryl Mays:

"This is a beautiful day. We live in a beautiful place," he said as he warned against feelings of negativity — even toward the suspected killer. He thanked the emergency responders.
"Be thankful for your friends. Be blessed that you got to live today. Do your best. Live a great life. That's what you can do for your friends who died," Mays said to the students, many of whom wept in response.
I loved his words. A reminder and a message to not just adults, but especially to the kids... to be thankful, to count our blessings, to do our best, to leave a positive mark on this life, to live a great life. Like Becky Higgins' motto, "Live a good life, and record it." I think it's so important to take those photos, share your memories, share your stories for in times like this, those photos, those memories, those stories may be the only things we have left to help us remember those who have come before us, to help us remember those we have lost much, much too early.
This is the message that I want my son to take away from this. To live a great life, to enjoy all the blessings we have around us, to be thankful for our life today, to do our best, to LIVE A GREAT LIFE.
XO, Rosa

Friday, December 11, 2015

Need of a Fast Christmas Card?

Just a quick share for you today during this hectic, busy season! Have you put off making and sending out your Holiday Cards for this year like I have?

I'm sharing one of my card templates for you to download and use for your own personal cards!

It's a quick download in .png format. Just click on the photo to bring you to the download. You can easily paste your photos in the empty spaces and print them off at home or one of your favorite online printers!

For tutorials on how to use a png file in photoshop here is a link:

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ahni and Zoe Consultant

I love scrapbooking. I love everything about it. I love memory keeping, reliving memories through my stories. It keeps them alive. I get to remember them all over again. As the memory keeper and story teller in my family I'm hoping, one day, my kids will come to cherish these stories as much as I do and I hope that they will treasure each of the stories more and more throughout their lives.

Years ago I was a Creative Memories consultant. My family was young though and I just couldn't keep it going. Well, my kids are now older, still need me, but older which allows me to put in more effort into maybe becoming a consultant again.

In looking into Creative Memories again, I found out that they've turned into a company called Ahni and Zoe, by Creative Memories. Well, looking into the company, it seems they've gone into the pocket photo business as well as a traditional bent. It can still be Your Story | Your Way. I've decided to give it another go and will see how things turn out this time around.

If you want to look into Ahni and Zoe check out my website: where you can learn more about the company. You can order from me or if you're so inclined and want to buy products for yourself or sell yourself, you can join "my team." I think it's pretty cool and keeping memories in any way is a good thing.

Stay tuned. I'll be sharing some of my layouts with their products soon.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Isn't it amazing with all the technology we have in the world today from twitter, Instagram, to Facebook and I'm sure there are more, but these are the ones that I use the most. Facebook created a video link that can make a video out of all the photos you have added to your Facebook account since the day you signed on. Here is a link to the one that FB created for me. I love the music and just the way it was put together. What a world we live in today!

If you haven't made one already, you should go do it!

I made this Facebook Project Life card. I'm sure there is some sort of copyright on this sort of branding, etc. So, I've just made this for myself to include in my project life. Sorry I can not share it. I wouldn't want to get in trouble with Facebook now.