Friday, January 16, 2015

birthday girl.




Happy birthday to one of the most joyful girls I know. To the girl whose hair color totally took us by surprise. To the girl who would swim all day long if you let her. To the girl who adores tradition, "bun-bun", and shoes. To the girl who might love her birthday more than Christmas and has an infatuation with bubble gum...and candy...and treats...and all things sugar. To the girl who made me a mama. To the girl who is an excellent reader, but doesn't "really like to read books". To the girl who is a fantastic sister and I am fairly certain makes it her goal to be everyone's favorite sibling. To the girl with the happy heart and cheerful eyes. To the girl who sings constantly, loves to snuggle, and has a competitive spirit. To the girl who is beautiful, sweet, smart, and kind. To the girl who would still rather be at home than at school. To the girl who, at a young age, chases after God. To the girl who I feel blessed to have and thank Jesus for daily. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

book review + giveaway.



"According to the Ambassadors 4 Kids Club, one out of every four students is bullied—and 85% of these situations never receive intervention"  Nancy Rue has written a grand slam trilogy, perfect for tweens and teens. Each book in the trilogy focuses on a different character’s point of view: the bully, the victim, and the bystander. In this book you'll find biblical ways to deal and handle bulling.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

ivory soap


Have you ever microwaved Ivory soap? This is a neat little activity we tried over the summer. You must use IVORY soap...apparently this is the only type of soap that does this??? Place the soap in a glass bowl and microwave about 1 minute at a time. It should bubble up real nice, and create a snow like mixture for kids to play and mold with. The quicker you work with it the quicker it will mold. Cold soap will not form and mix, but if you place it into mold fast enough it should form. In all honesty, my kids could care less about the molds, they had fun smashing it, watching it "explode" in the microwave, and basically just crumbling it up. Overall it was a very fun "let's see what happens" activity.

Note: This is a messy activity...choose your space wisely...and your kids will smell like ivory soap all day...some of them will like it...others of them will demand a bath because them smell is too much for them to handle. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

letters, bread, and the flu.



Dear 4 hour baguette, You are my current favorite bread to make. You're a little time consuming but super simple to put together. My children devour you and you taste better than the baguette from panera.

Dear Flu,  You were brutal. Thanks to you two of my older children were miserable over Christmas break and I haven't left the house ( except to go to the doctor ) in 9 days....9 very long days. #shouldagotflushots

Dear Lysol, I don't usually use cleaning products with chemicals. In fact I use all natural cleaning products. However, thanks to the flu I have pretty much bath my house in you...multiple times a day...every time someone coughs...or talks. 

Dear Jesus, Thank you for your grace and healing power. Thank you for your protection over my two youngest children. I have basically prayed a bubble against the flu around my baby. Prayers were answered.

Dear Elisabeth, I will beat you at Beat The Parents. I will show you no mercy...until then keep on winning...and remain undefeated. 

Dear Jude, You lost your first tooth! Well, you lost your first tooth the natural way...it is nice not getting a tooth knocked.

Dear Lyla, You can spell your name!! It was a funny and cute process, and you got a Frozen Snackeez cup out of the deal.

Dear Brooklyn, I hope you haven't forgotten about your siblings. I know its been a week or so since I have let them in a 20 foot radius of you. They do exist, and they keep asking me if they are healthy enough to go near you yet. They miss your cuteness.

Dear PETA, I am all for the proper treating of animals, but if you think THIS is animal cruelty...I would hate for you to see how my two year old treats loves our dog.

Dear Husband, We need a date.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Jesus is {________} . book review/ giveaway.


Jesus is ____ .  by Judah Smith might be marketed towards teenagers and youth, but I was hooked by the first chapter. Judah Smith is funny, real, and to the point. The first chapter alone allowed me to see the story of Zacchaeus in a whole new light.

"To God, all sin is equal, and all sinner are loveable" // Judah Smith 

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 recap.




2014. I blinked and the year was over. It was a year filled with sweet simple moments.

We had an 8th birthday // hunkered down during a snowstorm // build snow hills, snowmen, and forts // hoped for an early spring // oscar movies and binge watching // celebrated a 2nd birthday // got a tooth knocked out // the two year chipped her thumb bone by getting it slammed in the car door // the boy turned 5 and partied survivor style...which included a donut cake // the same two year got another x-ray caused by jumping off a bed // became increasing paranoid of possible injuries // a spring filled with green grass, water balloons, and slip n slides // camping // lovely nights by the fire with great company // gardening and fresh tomatoes // more jarred pickles than we know what to do with // started baseball // awaited summer // watched the babe in action // got a first place medal //  spent endless days at the pool // went to branson in a rain storm //  cheered on a red head at swim meets // watched the blue ribbons roll in // cheered the brown eyed girl on at conference // got 8th place in back stroke // celebrated 10 years // fireworks // a whole lot of jesus and coffee // nights in the garden, flash light tag, and fireflies // another tooth knocked out // cousins // a few more birthdays // books, painting, and tents on the porch // early mornings and late nights // trips to the zoo and big t's // all things frozen and let it go! // a summer without travel // great worship and strong coffee // baby goats // more pool days and the first summer in a while without a drought // met the secret service and saw the presidents car // started kindergarten and the second grade // homemade jam // waited the arrival of a baby // a false alarm // It's a GIRL! // picking a name // apple orchards and consuming an unhealthy amount of caramel //  survivor and caseys pizza // sunday night dinners // summer fading into fall // church, football, and open windows // elsa, anna, and a turtle // nature walks and adventures // sleeping through the night // turkey day // anticipating christmas // branson in the fog //  the most wonderful time of the year // and it was a year filled with some of the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen // life whispers so listen closely //


Monday, December 22, 2014

great joy.


But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. // Luke 2:10-11

I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas!!