Monthly Archives: November 2010

Celebrating Sue-Multitude Monday

Time to again count my blessings.  What a wonderful exercise to undertake at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Yesterday we celebrated Sue’s birthday as a family.  We went to church, then out to a fun place to eat where they sang to Sue, and finally home for her to open presents.  We all had a lot of fun.

Today I am thankful for:

8.  the wonderful family I married into.  They are so loving and particularly wonderful to/with our girls.

9.  Sue’s sweet, funny heart.
10.  a hubby who can, and does, create this.

11.  having a Church our girls ask to go to and are disappointed to miss for any reason.
12.  listening to our girls learn their Bible memory verses for Awana.

What are you thankful for?  Head on over to A Holy Experience to see what others are thankful for.

100th Post and My Sue’s Birthday

Today, my funny, smart, cute, charming daughter Sue turns 3.  Wow.  It seems like yesterday we were living her birth story.  But no, yesterday we were putting up Christmas lights and going Black Friday shopping…

And the day before that we were celebrating Sue’s birthday with family at our Thanksgiving Day feast.  I have mentioned before, at least once, how wonderful my hubby is.  And as great as a husband he is, he is an even better daddy.  And he really showed off with Sue’s cake. 

The girls have been watching a lot of Dinosaur Train on tv, so somehow Sue decided she wanted a dinosaur cake.  Daddy was teasing our friend, who makes wonderful cakes, that it needed to be 3D.  Turns out he got to make it a reality.  A quick internet search showed him how to make the cake…and the rest had to be caught in pictures…

Yup, this masterpiece was finished up in our laundry room.

Didn’t want the Birthday girl to see the creation!

Have you ever seen something so cool?  I can promise you, nothing you have ever seen was done with more love than this cake was by this special little girls wonderful daddy.
And in honor of my 100th blogpost, I will randomly select one commenter from this post to receive a CD of wonderful, basic sewing patterns.  Comments can be made either directly on this post, on the facebook post for this blog entry or in reply to the twitter for this post.

Hodge Podge–Saturday Snapshots

It is once again time to share what I’ve been snapping here…It’s
Patrice ready for a run (actually added one more layer before heading out)

I made the skirts, Patrice has one too :)

Now hop on over to An Ordinary Mom and see her photos!  They are SUPER cute!!!!!!!!!!

Even More Recent Projects

I have been going a little crazy with projects lately. You might have seen one of them, the photo book. I’ve done a couple of those. And otherwise I’ve done some sewing. I FINALLY figured out what I have been doing wrong when making skirts for the girls :)

Before you feel too bad for Patrice, she was happy as soon as the stroller started rolling

And here is a picture of little Miss Patrice getting ready to go running with mommy.  She is buried in projects from mama.  A snow sack I made when expecting Sue (my very first project on my own) and a wearable blanket I made originally for Sue, but she never really wore it.  I think Patrice might get more use of it jogging with me.

Here is daddy’s creation of a birthday cake for Sue (she will be 3 on Sunday).  Isn’t it awesome?!

And some sister love…

Book Report Time

I have an English and Journalism degree.  I think that is one of the reasons I am enjoying blogging, it allows me to use skills I do not always use in my everyday life.  At this point in my life, I do not always get to read a lot, but over the years I have read both Christain and non-Christian books, fiction, non-fiction, you name it, I’ve probably read it.

Max Lucado is one of my all time favorite Christian authors.  His style is very easy to read, his topics are both timely and timeless.  The word illustrations he chooses are phenomenal.  My favorite of his is

921285: No Wonder They Call Him the Savior: Experiencing the Truth of the Cross No Wonder They Call Him the Savior: Experiencing the Truth of the Cross

By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

Max Lucado takes you through the drama of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ-bringing to life Peter’s denial, Pilate’s hesitancy, and John’s loyalty. Relive the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion, from the foggy garden of Gethsemane to the incandescent room of the resurrection.

No Wonder They Call Him Savior leads you up the hill of mankind’s highest hope and reminds you why He deserves to be called our Savior.

  And today, http://www.christianbook.com/ is having a sale on his latest book  

920691: Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference

By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

On Pentecost, the Spirit came down and ignited the hearts and minds of believers to preach the gospel and live out justice for the forgotten. Max Lucado wonders, Might it happen again? Does God still free hearts, minds and bodies from the ravages of sin and poverty? The answer is yes! He does it through you, and in Outlive Your Life he challenges you to make a difference that will last beyond your time on earth. Take a stand for children, widows, and families who only need an opportunity to live.

One hundred percent of the author royalties from Outlive Your Life products will benefit children and families through World Vision and other ministries of faith-based compassion.

Either one of these would be an amazing Christmas present. For you or someone you love.

Trying Something New

I did some searching today and found some cute Thanksgiving Day crafts and printables for the letter T.  So Tuesday we will Try Something New.  We’re going to make turkeys.  I got construction paper, glue sticks and a couple cute templates.

I’ve also been trying some new sewing patterns.  I made two skirts, a stethescope cover and a onesie dress this last week.  I finally figured out what I have been doing wrong when I make skirts.  Ummm, yeah.  It only took me doing 4 wrong to see what I needed to be doing instead.  Good thing.  I got some great fabric for Thanksgiving skirts and am excited to finally make them look the way I envision.

Soon I am going to try another new sewing project.  I am going to make a couple dresses that will be taken to Kenya for pregnant girls at the Mercy House.  Please take a few moments to read more about this amazing ministry that is in the beginning stages.  I don’t feel even remotely capable of doing this project. I do not personally know the women/family starting this, but it resonates with me.  So much so I have volunteered to help with a few projects.  This family has undertaken a God size mission.  Please join me in praying for them as they raise funds, gather supplies, undertake many lifechanging activities.  I will be making a nursing cover for them to sell in the Etsy shop to support this home.  There are already tons of cute things listed in their shop.

That’s what I am doing to Try Something New lately.  What are you doing?  I would love to hear about it!

Three Little Girls–Multitude Monday

This morning it was my privilege to wake up to my older girls climbing into bed with me.  With them joining Patrice and I, all us girls were snuggling in bed.  Caitlyn tucked herself next to me, Sue wriggled herself toward my feet.  Ahhh.  It’s not exactly the most comfortable sleeping arrangement, but it is one I love on occassion.  It reminds me how blessed I am.

Blessed.  That is the best word to describe me.  And today I want to begin the exercise of counting those blessings as part of

Yes, I found another blog hop to help me remember and recount the precious moments in my life.  Head on over to A Holy Experience to see what they, and many others, are thankful for.

1.  My precious Savior who never walks away and always draws me home.
2.  The amazing amazing husband the Lord brought me to when I had given up hope of finding a helpmate.
3.  Caitlyn, my 4 year old

Sue just makes me smile
Caitlyn is a wonderful big sister!

4.  Sue, my almost 3 yeard old
5.  Patrice, my 15 week old
6.  My wonderful midwife who invests herself so much in the women she cares for.  May she be abundantly blessed.
7.  Friends who stick by you no matter who wacky life gets

We are the Project House

It was amazing to me when I saw how engrossed the girls got with their painting project, so I decided to go ahead and do another one with them.  This one was yummier.  You can craft it or eat it or craft it then eat it (the girls chose the last option).

Caitlyn and Sue adore their friend Logan

Some day the binky will be history, well documented history, but history nonetheless

It is so fun to see the girls getting into a project

Sue’s didn’t get as big as the older girls necklace, but it was yummy while it lasted

Caitlyn models her edible jewelry before devouring it.

Hamming it up! Saturday Snapshots

Here are a few I have snapped this week.  Head on over to An Ordinary Mom to see what others have been snapping!
Sue loves brushing her teeth!

I know I have said it before, but I LOVE pictures of my wee ones when they are sleeping.

Look at that smile!  Patrice is absolutely my smiliest baby at this age.
We were informed this week that the tail in this is a mouse tail.

These glasses bring a huge smile to mama’s face!

This also brings a huge smile to my face

They were willing to smile for the picture, but not willing to look at me.

The kid meal toys at their favorite eating establishment are, ahem, stupid

Last week, I was taking pictures to do my post, this week, I have so many cute ones that were just part of our regular life :)  Yay kids! 

Kids and Paint, Not Always a Disaster

One day this week we were at a local store getting items to put in our boxes for Samaritans Purse to distribute to kids all around the world through Operation Christmas Child.  This week is collection week.  If you are interested in filling a shoebox, get on over to their site and check it out.  The girls loved deciding to do one for a boy and one for a girl.  We chose items for kids ages 2-4 and the girls selected little things they would enjoy.  It was a good opportunity to talk to them about how blessed they are with all they have and teaching them to give to others.

Along the way, we found a craft project to bring home and do.  I braved paint…

Sue never did really “finish” hers.  She was happy to add layer after layer of paint.  But she had a blast!