Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sew Happy!

My last post was so heavy, I decided I'd switch to something light, and low key.  So, being sick this week provided an opportunity to do a little sewing.  Nothing fancy (because I can't make anything fancy :) but still fun.

Felt shamrocks in honor of St. Patrick's Day!

This weekend we were at my friend's house and she had these wonderful neck warmers (rice-filled fabric sleeves that you microwave for a minute and place them wherever you want heat).  Autumn fell in love with them so I made her one of her own, in her choice of Winnie the Pooh fabric.

A few months ago I made Autumn some baby doll diapers from flannel and she loved them.  She's been begging me to make more and I finally got around to it.  Here's a 'Cow Jumping Over the Moon' print diaper with two 'wipes.'   She was deliriously happy.  It's the little things in life, ya know?!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Loving the Unlovely!

My mom used to say, "It's hard to love the unlovely."  And this week has been filled with unlovely.  Everything from irritable personalities who seem to loathe my existence, to gossips and abortion supporters who purport to be believers.  My mind is frazzled and it's difficult to be Christ-like when what I really want to do is start throttling people, which of course would not be like Christ :)

As a born again believer I am overwhelmed at the onslaught of professed Christians choosing worldly ideals and having the audacity to declare them to others.  The Bible tells us in Romans 12:2, "do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."  I don't think this could be any more plain, but just in case there's confusion, let me spell it out.  We're not supposed to conform to the world.  We're supposed to be set apart (thus that big word 'sanctified').  We're supposed to have the mind of Christ and we're supposed to emulate Him.  Remind me again how supporting abortion, gossiping about other believers and being openly rude aligns itself with having the mind of Christ?  Oh yeah, it doesn't!

So far I have kept quiet because I don't want to utter words I will have to eat.  But it's difficult to remain silent when I'm watching people 'step out in front of a moving train.'  I know Christ suffered frustration as well.  Remember the money changers in the temple?  But He always refuted sin with scripture, and He always loved the unlovely.  So I will think on these things:

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.  Colossians 3:2

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.  Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 2:3-5

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Belated Valentine's!

On Wednesday I had my sister's family over for a belated Valentine's Day breakfast.  It wasn't fancy, but it was a great time getting together.  I made heart-shaped scones, and mini-brownies, served fresh fruit, bacon and hot cocoa!
We exchanged adorable, home-made Valentine baskets and spent the morning playing.
I hope my children will grow up remembering that Valentine's Day is for showing love to all family, not just a significant other :)

What's a party without balloons?
Heart shaped scones with confectioners glaze!
Conversation plates :)

I love these two little crazies!

Mini rose centerpiece - hopefully I can transplant it outdoors in the spring!

My smiley girl!

Balloon games.....Cayla, Luke, Autumn, Mark





Mark - So photogenic :)



Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's 2011

I love that my girls love holidays as much as I do.  And our family themed Valentine's day was no exception.  We had a candlelight dinner of 3-cheese baked spaghetti with salad, bread and steamed veggies, and Cyrus O'Leary's French Silk Pie for dessert.

Afterward we gave the girls gift bags stuffed with Silly Bandz, tee shirts, boxes of chocolates, a watch for Cayla, a Strawberry Shortcake car for Autumn, and various other little trinkets to make their day more special.  They loved it and were excited for their bags allllllllllll day long :)  Chuck didn't know he was getting a peanut butter bone, but he was pleased as a dog could be when we opened it up for him!

I gave Cory gun stuff (boring) and he gave me a Vera Bradley small cosmetic in Folkloric (exciting!) (See picture below).  It was short and simple, but oh so sweet and I look forward to it every year!

**Sorry if this post bored you to was mostly for my mom because she loves knowing every little detail of our celebration.  I think that must be where my love of holidays came from :)  Thanks Mom!!!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


The truth is, I have nothing exciting to blog about, so I added a poll......and my picture - winterized :)  Happy voting!