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About Areli

Hey there, welcome! Thank you so much for stopping by! My name is Areli Johnson, the face behind WithHisGifts.com

My husband and I live in Michigan. We have been married for 32 years. After raising our three children and only a couple of years of an empty nest, we are living a "life redirected" as we are raising our four grandsons. I love the boys with all my heart. Every day that He chooses me to care for them is truly a blessing. And, on those days that are tougher than others, I rely on the strength of our Lord and hold on to His promise that "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." ~Romans 8:28

Parenting a house full of boys is not for the weak! It requires a level of energy normally reserved for super heroes. Energy that I did not possess. You see, I was working full-time as a Database Administrator and by the time we were all home in the evening from work and school, I was running on fumes. I was exhausted. I was not the best me the boys needed me to be. And so, after five years of this, I decided it was time to leave my career and become a stay-at-home-grandma. No, I still don’t possess super hero energy, but it is more than fumes!

With that many boys (ages 10, 8, 8, and 7 ... yes, twins!), it's pretty obvious that my house is never lacking things that make loud noises or covered in dirt. Which is why I take refuge in my crafting, my girly place.

I love learning new crafting and art techniques and sharing what I learn with others. And, I absolutely LOVE everything vintage/shabby chic and can't resist the urge to distress paper.

I'm so glad you stopped by. It is such a blessing to be able to share my love of crafting with you and to inspire you to transform paper into little works of art.


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