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Ask Those Questions

Sometimes the people you're closest to are the ones you know the least about, so pose these questions. The answers may surprise you.

Write a question on a small piece of paper and fold in half. Then pile the pieces of paper in a bowl in the center of the table. Let each person choose one to read and answer.

1. What was the home and neighborhood you grew up in like?
2. What was your role in your family?
3. What were your siblings like back then, and how did you get along with them?
4. What kind of student were you?
5. Other than family, who were the most important people in your life?
6. What were the happiest times of your childhood?
7. What were the biggest disappointments?
8. What were your hobbies?
9. Who was the first person you ever kissed?
10. What did you imagine your adult life would be like?

Love and Family:
1. Were you and your spouse in love from the start, or did it take time?
2. What has been the most rewarding part about raising kids?
3. What has been the most difficult part about raising kids?
4. Do you have any good parenting advice?
5. How are you like your parents? And how are you different?

1. What was the best job you ever had? The worst?
2. How did you decide what field to enter?
3. Was there one person who had a big impact on your working life?
4. If you had to do it all over again, would you choose the same career path?

Likes and Dislikes:
1. Who makes you laugh the hardest?
2. Do you have a favorite book or author?
3. Do you have a favorite movie?
4. What was the best trip you ever took?
5. If you could go somewhere you've never been, where would you go?
6. If you could live anyplace in the world, where would it be?
7. What are five things you couldn't live without?
8. What's your most beloved personal possession?
9. What's the bravest thing you've ever done?
10. What's the scariest thing you've ever done? The dumbest?
11. Is there anything you always wanted to do but never did?

Life in General:
1. What were the best years of your life?
2. What was the hardest decision you've made
3. What are the most important things in life?
4. What do you consider to be your strongest character traits?
5. What traits or habits do you wish you didn't have?
6. Do you believe that people can change?
7. Do you believe in God?
8. Has life made you more hopeful or more cynical?
9. What do you consider to be the biggest world events of your lifetime?
10. Do you think life now is harder or easier than when you were young?
11. What are you most proud of in your life?
12. What do you hope to be remembered for?

You could also add these to a journal jar for a gift.

What Time of Day Are You?

You Are Sunrise

You enjoy living a slow, fulfilling life. You enjoy living every moment, no matter how ordinary.

You are a person of reflection and meditation. You start and end every day by looking inward.

Caring and giving, you enjoy making people happy. You're often cooking for friends or buying them gifts.

All in all, you know how to love life for what it is - not for how it should be.

ABCs of Me

A -- Army; Altoona (PA); advocate
B -- blue eyes; blogs and blogging; bubble baths; bachelor degree
C -- children; Christmas; celebrations; chubby
D -- daughter; demanding; designer; disciplinarian
E -- email; exercise hater
F -- friend; freedom
G --generous; Girl Scout Leader
H -- hungry; horny; hormones; Harry Potter fan; Home Sweet Home
I -- intuition; independent; irises
J -- jewelry
K -- keeper of the keys; kiss; knowledgeable
L -- laughter; library; listener; lilacs
M -- mom; mystery; moody; music; motivator
N -- neat freak; Noah’s Ark collector
O -- organized
P -- photographer; “Princess of Quite a Lot;” platypus
Q -- “Queen of Everything;” quotes
R -- reader; RAKs
S -- sleep; scrapbooking; shopping; Storm; slippers; sensitive; sassy
T -- television (background noise); teacher
U -- unique
V -- volunteer
W -- www.
X -- (e)xtra short
Y -- yes
Z -- Zzzzz (love my naps)

This list is in preparation for my A2Z Challenge. View some of the pages in my A2Z album at

Won't you join me?

Scrapbook Wiki

If you haven’t yet had a chance to play with a wiki, you’re probably wondering what in the world it is. Well, a wiki is an online encyclopedia created, fed, and tended by its users. You can find wikis on all sorts of subjects, and now Better Homes & Gardens is hosting a scrapbooking wiki at its site, It is one of the most definitive encyclopedias on scrapbooking. Visit the site -- -- to check out posts from others, enter your own comments, or upload pictures to support your claims. It’s an awesome way to help out other scrapbookers and have a little fun yourself!

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