Monday, April 7, 2008


Hi all! First of all I need to apologize for not being around this last month. I've been dealing with some personal stuff which could no longer be put on the back burner, which I had done for quite some time. I have been taking antidepressants for about 2 months which is now finally helping me. The 2 things which are still not in the right place are that I am always sleepy and I don't have motivation to create, which is in part due to the fact that I have to go downstairs in the dark basement to create. I know somebody suggested to bring my stuff upstairs. I have done that in the past and find that I am constantly needing to get some more things, and at the end I have so much to clean up that it is just not quite right for me.

Our LSS moved last week, so I HAD to go see their new store. It is such a fun place (I should get inspired, I know, but???). I was looking at the stamps (of course!) and this stamp just seemed to be yelling at me. I tried to ignore it, but it just would not let me go, so I finally gave in and brought it home with me. So, here it is and I want to give it to you. If you would like this stamp leave a comment on this post. I would love to know from you Mom's who have teenage girls, how did you tell your daughter about her period? My mom did an awful job and I want to do better. For you who do not have this situation, please leave a comment with an idea to get me back into my stamproom to create. I will select a winner on Sunday April 13th.

Thank you for dropping by.



Denise... said...

Adorable stamp. Let's oldest is 19 and my youngest (daughters) will be 14 in a couple of weeks. I guess I better get on the ball because I haven't done a very good job with my younger one...yet. My eldest didn't start her period until she was 16!!! It was awesome. Anyway, I told her everything all in one talk (the birds and the bees) and the period is a gift from God (I wanted her to appreciate it rather than loathe it as I do), and it is Him giving her the ability to have children...and that girls get it much earlier than needed, but it gets their body in practice for that special time in their lives. I also did have a book on hand so she could delve a little deeper and see if she had any questions for me. I'm glad you reminded me though...I need to get busy on younger one today!!!

Lesa said...

Rosella, Hey sweetie you are in my thoughts and prayers. I have had a rough couple of years and I have just decided that life is hard. I think it all boils down to how we handle the hard stuff we are given. I hope your life smoothes out soon. As for talking to your daughter I was always close to my daughter and we just talked tons. Even when she got married we talked about s*x and I gave her reading material. My Mom never said a word to me and I really felt cheated that I just had to figure it all out. Talk to her. If it is hard for you get books and read them together. I hope that I have helped some. Raising kids is the hardest job on the planet.

Linda SS said...

My daughter is now 28 and was such a late bloomer that she probably got a lot of information from her peers who started much sooner than she did. I had a very close relationship with her & could talk to her about anything, but it's funny because I don't remember ever having the "period" conversation with her. I suggest you start by asking your daughter if she has learned about the subject at school in a sex-ed class or health class. If not, explain it in simple terms and tell her that you picked up a book at the library for her to read that will explain it more fully. Most girls will talk briefly about these subjects with their mom, but certainly don't enjoy lengthy conversations, so having a short simple book on the subject will fill in all the blanks & be less awkward for both of you. When it's time to return the book to the library, I'd again bring up the subject & ask if she has any guestions and let her know that you are are always available to her if she has any problems or guestions. I love the stamp - thank you so much for the chance to win:)

Patty W said...

Wow... I have no suggestion and am dreading this day. My dd is 11 , almost 12 and I'm thinking of looking for some sort of book for her to read.

If you think of something, please let ME know :))

Find something that makes you smile...and then use that as a starting point to create something!

Thanks for the chance!

Kerry J. said...

What a cute stamp! (((HUGS))) to you Rosella! I too am on anti-depressants and it takes a good time for them to kick in. If you ever need to chat, feel free to email! I stamp in the basement too - I have a couple suggestions... A space heater, right near my feet, a daylight lamp, and I try to stamp during the day, during naps, rather than waiting until the evening. If I do go down again in the evening - it's a bonus then. Take care of yourself sweetie!

Linda said...

I have 3 daughters and I waited till they had a talk at school and then we discussed it when they came home. I was lucky that none of them developed very early, unlike my niece who started periods in 4th grade.
I am just getting over pnuemonia and urinary tract infection so am trying to get back in the swing of making cards. Now that the weather is improving, maybe I will have more ambition. Good luck!
Linda Peterson

sandyh50 said...

Hang in there Rosella! I was a Girl Scout leader so we organized a mother daughter meeting and had a nurse come talk. So then it was just natural to talk about supplies, etc.

thanks for the chance to win.


Velta said...

Rosella ~ I am so happy to see you back!!! I understand the depression thing and hope that the medication will kick in for you. While you were gone, I kept checking to see if you had posted and I got worried about you. BIG Hugs to you and cannot wait for you to get creative again :)

Primitive Seasons said...

Sorry to hear things have been yucky in your world. Persist with the meds....they do work! Thaks for taking the time to offer up such a cute stamp. I appreciate your effort.

Marilyn said...

So sorry to hear about your troubles - life is tough there is no doubt about that - but with God's help we can get through it! I will be praying for you that God will give you peace and comfort during this difficult time - and as far as talking to your daughter - definitely do it - you'll be surprised at what she already knows. I got a book at the library called "Period" and it was great - we just went through it and talked about it together and it wasn't nearly as hard as I'd thought it would be and now my daughter tells me every little detail about her life - it really helped bond us - good luck and I'll be praying for you!

Giovana said...

Hi, I just found your blog and I like it. I am Christian and SAHM. My daughter is 4 now and she nows one day she will have her period, I haven't talk to deep about that, but she knows that will happen to her one day.
My mom talked to me about that, oh my, many years ago, I knew that will happen, sadly that happened when I was in school and I had a really bad cramp.

God bless you

Michelle said...

I love your card, Rosella. Now onto the big question. There aren't any taboo subjects in our house, so it wasn't ever a problem to discuss body parts and such. I was 9 when I started menstruating, so I knew my daughter risked getting her period before she knew what it was. I think she was eight when I explained it. She was horrified, but she got over it by the time she finally got her period, the day before she turned 13!! I grossed her little eight year old mind out for nothing.

How did I tell her? I just sat down beside her and said "There's something all girls need to know, so I'm going to tell you." And I did. Good luck!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rosella!! :)

I think I can REALLY relate to what you're saying! I even went so far as to delete my blog! I am on two DT and I have really been needing to stamp! The meds will help you for sure, but it takes a while for them to start working well. When I didn't feel like stamping, (And it's weird because the basement is where I stamp & some days I wouldn't go down at ALL!) what I would do, is talk to a close friend who could relate to me...especially a friend that stamps!...or I would take a walk outside to get some sun, stroll through the craft store(s) or when I couldn't do any of those things, I would go to SCS and just look through the gallery. I think it all depends upon what works for you. Just hang in there though, it will come back soon! Don't give up! :)

Claire said...

I often think about you ( I really liked your card candy) and I didn't know that you were going through this. You are in my prayers and It will get better.

My craft room is in the basement. , I think you just have to design it so that it is also your comfort room. Somewhere you can go to be inspired , or to just relax and have a me day. Make your craft room a ME room . Everything that you like, gives you comfort put it in there so when you go downstairs you can relax and create.
Hugs to you ,
you are in my prayers


Patty W said...

Just wanted to tell you, we ...almost..kinda sort...had this talk yesterday ! I asked if she had any health classes in school this year. She said no. I said, you had one last year, right? It's like a one time class and they give them a little bag of supplies to bring home. She said yep. I asked if she knew what a period was , she said yes. I said, did they explain it to you. Yes Mom. Ok.. I said if you need to know more or want to know more..ask and if you should "start", please tell me, we can talk some more then...and I told her it wouldn't be unusual to spot a little from time to before she starts or after.

So..kinda sort...almost ! LOL

Rosella said...


The Crafty Chik said...

Wow! I feel your pain about the basement and it being depressing! I usually have my room down there but this move, I'm upstairs! I still bring a mess to the kitchen table though just so I can be nearer my family while I play! Today's "FLE" courses at school teach the girls just about everything they need to know about being a girl - thank goodness! I just told them to ask me any questions they might have, not to be embarrassed at all since it is just a fact of life! I also try to keep them stocked up on their personal items and on Motrin! I hated to ask when I was growing up so try to keep them from doing it! My youngest is so independent that I don't have to say or do anything! Good luck with yours though!