Launching Scouting Into The 21st Century

Last year, my husband David was asked to design a new Boy Scout patch and logo for North Carolina’s Cherokee Scout Reservation Summer Camp 2013 program. The slogan that they chose is “Launching Scouting Into The 21st Century” – very appropriate, I think, considering the recent vote to allow gay youth to participate in Boy Scouts.

The camp director (who also happens to be my little brother, Colin) brought us the completed t-shirts and complimentary Scout patches last week, and they look amazing!

Launching Scouting Into The 21st Century - CSR Boy Scout Patch by Graphite Web

Boy Scout Camp started this week, and Colin tells us that it’s quite the sight to see… every child in camp wearing David’s awesome logo on their t-shirt. Even better, once camp has ended, each child will receive a patch that will permanently go on their uniform… how cool is that?!

Launching Scouting Into The 21st Century - CSR Boy Scout Patch by Graphite Web

I’m so proud of my talented husband!

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Clara’s Name Project #WW

This month, David and I participated in a Mother’s Day Name Project, creating the names of babies who have died through miscarriage, pregnancy loss and stillbirth, and infant loss. You can view those special images in last week’s Wordless/Wordful Wednesday post, or on the blog’s Facebook page. If you have experienced pregnancy or infant loss, and would like us to create your child’s name, please fill out our Google form. It would be our honor, truly.

This week, I am sharing the wonderful images that I have received of Clara’s name. Each image is so special, and each time a new one pops up in my inbox, I call David and the girls over to show them the latest beautiful name drawing or photograph. We are so touched by this project, and have had many friends and family members join in and send us their version of Clara’s name as well.

If you would like to participate in writing or drawing or photographing Clara’s name for our family, we would absolutely love and appreciate it. I would like to collect as many as possible before her 1st birthday on July 1st. There’s something special that I just can’t explain in each image… I really love seeing her name written in so many different ways and places by so many loving people.

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Mother’s Day Name Project 2013 #WW

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David and I have been honored to participate in the Twinkle of Light Mother’s Day Name Project. We were given the names of babies who have died through miscarriage, pregnancy loss and stillbirth, and infant loss. We created a special image for each family, writing, drawing, photographing and knitting these babies’ names to remember and honor them. In return, each family created Clara’s name for us. (I will share Clara’s beautiful name pictures in a later post.)

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I have included all of the completed names from this project, and I hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed creating them. I have also posted them in full-resolution in an album on my Facebook fan page as well.

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Nineteen Years, My Valentine

In 1994, I was 14 years old and I had a major crush on the artist for the school newspaper. He was a good friend, sweet and funny and more talented than he realized. He had a girlfriend and I didn’t think he would ever think of me as more than just a buddy to hang out with after school, while we waited on our moms to pick us up.

We had met the year before, right before my 14th birthday. I was a freshman and he was a junior. I had seen him around and thought he was so cute, but he was two grades higher than me, practically a man in my opinion, and I had no idea how to introduce myself to him.

On the first day we spoke, I was standing outside in front of the gym with a friend, and he came walking up the sidewalk. He stopped right in front of me and bent to pick up a screw off the ground. Standing back up, he looked right at me, reached out his palm and said, “Hey there. I’m David. You want a screw?” It sounded remarkably like, “you wanna screw?” I was caught in this moment of pure panic – “he’s talking to me!!!” mixed with “did he just say what I think he just said?” – but before I could react, he was grinning and laughing and I giggled, taking the screw from him with a wink.

From that day on, we were friends. He wrote me notes asking advice on the girls he liked, and I cried on his shoulder when my own relationships didn’t work out like I’d hoped. My crush grew quickly, but I didn’t tell him, not wanting to chance losing his friendship.

On Valentine’s Day 1994, David came up to me between 1st and 2nd periods and slipped an envelope into my hand. “Happy Valentine’s, Heather. This is for you, but read it later,” he said. I’d exchanged dozens of little notes with him at this point, but this was a full size envelope… what could it be? I slipped into the girls’ room and peeled the heart sticker off of the flap. He had drawn the card and written me a silly poem about “our screw”, as we referred to our first conversation.

Roses are Red (see?)
Violets are Blue (actually, they’re a little off purple!)
If you don’t like it, screw you!
Have a nice day!

Valentine 1994 Collage
As silly as that might sound to you, it was amazing to me. It made me laugh out loud, and I couldn’t wait to see him at lunch to thank him. He hugged me, and it felt like I’d won a million dollars. It was my first Valentine’s Day card from a boy. Of course, I’d received plenty of the little cards that moms buy their kids to hand out to everyone in their elementary school class, but I’d never been the recipient of a real Valentine, drawn specifically for me.

A year later, David kissed me for the first time. After another year, we progressed to talking on the phone most nights and exchanging naughty notes, though we claimed it was all innocent fun and we would always just be friends. Three years after that first Valentine, David and I started dating and he took me to my Senior Prom. Though our status as boyfriend and girlfriend didn’t last the summer, we remained friends.

Thirteen years after that first Valentine’s card, I was in the throes of depression, having ended my marriage of six years. David was there to pick me up, hold me close and listen to my tears. The summer of the following year, we admitted that we kept coming back to each other, year after year, because we had never found another person who could fill the void that we each had, and our relationship became exclusive and serious.

It has now been nineteen years since that Valentine’s Day, almost twenty years since we first spoke… when this funny man who I adore offered me a screw and made me giggle. He still makes me giggle, every day, and I feel like the luckiest woman in the world that he is my husband.

And yes, I still have the screw.

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Treats (Part 3)

Finally, part 3 of our free printable Valentine’s treats! Better late than never, right?

As with the treats from part 1 and part 2, all of the artwork is drawn by my husband, David Webb of Graphite Web. Please feel free to download any or all of the Valentine’s cards for your personal (non-commercial) use. They print beautifully on cardstock and are excellent for gifting to family, friends, and classmates!

Enjoy!

Be Mine Forever Valentine Collage
Be Mine, Forever (Perfect for your husband, wife or lover!)
Red | Lavender | Black
Red Rounded | Lavender Rounded | Black Rounded | All
You Make My Heart Take Flight Collage
You Make My Heart Take Flight
Black | Red | Lavender | Grey/Black | All
Free Valentine's Day Printables for Kids - Flowers, Candy, Hearts, Bears, Dragons!
I hope you enjoy our Valentine’s Day Treats! Don’t forget to check out part 1 and part 2 for more free printable designs with original illustrations by David Webb {Graphite Web}!

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Treats (Part 2)

Yesterday ended up being a much busier day than I had anticipated, and time just got away from me, which is why I am just now getting the second set of Valentine printable cards posted. There will be a third set as well, which will go live in the next day or two.

As with the treats from part 1, all of the artwork is done by my husband, David Webb of Graphite Web. Please feel free to download any or all of the Valentine’s cards for your personal (non-commercial) use. They print out beautifully on cardstock and are excellent for gifting to family, friends, and classmates!

Enjoy!

Bear Balloon Valentine's Cards
“I’m so glad that you’re my friend!” – Bear with Heart Balloons
Pink | Purple | Yellow | Aqua | Green | Red | All

 

Baby Dragon Valentine's Cards
“Happy Valentine’s Day!” – Baby Dragon
Lavender
Free Valentine's Day Printables for Kids - Flowers, Candy, Hearts, Bears, Dragons!
I hope you enjoy our Valentine’s Day Treats! Don’t forget to check out part 1 and part 3 for more free printable designs with original illustrations by David Webb {Graphite Web}!