Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
then I commenced blowing while Cal Breed manipulated my blob into a stunning ornament!
Ben enjoys cooking so much. And the truth is, he's actually a pretty good sous chef! He has some mad prepping skills! What's that line from Matrix:Revolution???? "I see you have skills." Ha! Totally Benji in the kitchen.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I cut 12 lengths of ribbon that were 8 inches long. (My spools of ribbon were 3 yards each)
Monday, December 7, 2009
This year we have decided to try to honor this holiday season for what it really is, the celebration of the coming of Christ. It's more than presents, a trip to see Santa at the mall, and how many Starbucks gift cards we'll have to buy for all of those silly "Bring a $10 gift" parties.
This year we are celebrating Advent by:
1. Having a traditional Advent wreath with the five candles, one lit each Sunday with a scripture reading.
2. Intentionally spending our time together as a family and not apart. We will not be attending functions that our children are not a part of (except we went to Andy's company Christmas party- how else am I going to know who he is talking about when he does mention someone from work?)
3. We are making 90% of our Christmas gifts as a gesture of thought, care, and love.
4. Focusing the children on others who are not as blessed as we are with material things...we will try this in many ways- beginning, as always, with Operation Christmas Child.
I'm hoping the Advent season will grow in our hearts each year- that it will be a time of great spiritual growth and reflection on Jesus.
What are you doing to celebrate Advent and the Christmas season? I'd love to know!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Joy, sweet JOY! There's nothing in the world like the sight of precious snowflakes falling in Momma South! At about one o'clock this morning, when most sane people are sleeping, I was up crafting (of all things!) and looked out the window to see it ever so gracefully falling from Heaven. That's where it's from, ya know. A gift straight from God Himself! I just love how Cainberly looks in the snow. She's so nestled and sweet in her light shade of pink. (Off white, if you ask Andy- who obviously has issues with admitting to living in a pink house). Oh how embarrassing- pumpkins still on the porch and hummingbird feeders still hung! Poor porch has been neglected for a few weeks!
Abby is tickled everytime the bird bath freezes. How exciting that the birds will have the opportunity to ice skate, she says! Sadly, as of yet, I have been unable to actually document this momentus occurrence. However, last March, we found a tiny scarf draped over one of the bird ornaments. Honest! ;o)
Thursday, December 3, 2009
So we went to Edgars (the best bakery in Alabama) and each picked a yummy gourmet "pupcake"- mine was strawberry. Then we headed home and I broke out the depression glass from Momma and we had Shirley Temples and a big time!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
"Shoeboxes? What is she talking about?", you may ask yourself. Well let me just tell you....Operation Christmas Child. This is a ministry run by Franklin Graham (yes, Billy's son) where you pack a shoebox full of little toys and hygene items and they send them ALL over the world. The gospel goes with them and it is a magnificent opportunity to be a missionary from your very own livingroom. We have been volunteers with this organization for 12 years and finally our dream was realized when Andy was given the opportunity to distribute boxes to children in Peru in February of 2008. (Andy is the Birmingham Metro Area Coordinator and I'm the Birmingham Community Relations Coordinator).
This is a meaningful chance for you to teach your children the blessing of having much. My children and I sat down this year to decorate, rather than wrap, our boxes, and I think they are little masterpieces! Click on that link up there and go check them out! This is National Collection Week and all boxes must be in by Monday!
And so to the tummy yummy......I love Gooseberry Patch, don't you? Well I checked out some of their Christmas books from the library and found this simple, yet ever so delectable, recipe for Victorian Jam Cake in their Christmas: Book 11. It is going to be a tea favorite, I just know it!
In other news, I am currently hard at work making Christmas gifts. It is so terrible that I can't share what I'm working on because some of the loves of my life actually look at my blog- and wouldn't THAT be a disaster??!! SO instead, I thought I would share some of my favorite "web-lings" of the week: Posie has a beautiful laceweight scarf that I actually dream about here, I want these to COVER my tree, and have you seen how BEAUTIFUL Lolly is?
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
#2) Tonight is one of my most favorite and anticipated nights of the month, Otium Sanctum at my neighbor and friend's house. Otium Sanctum means "Holy Leisure". We meet at her house (we=women) and we discuss a book, currently Eat This Book by Eugene Peterson. After book-talk, we discuss other topics such as handmade crafts, natural remedies/cleaning, etc. One person each month brings a few of their "favorite things" and we pass them around as they tell us why they are so special to them. This is a real treat because I am fairly new to the group and it helps me to learn something intimate about each of the beautiful ladies. Well tonight is my night to share, so I though I would post a pic of my "favorites". Go ahead, ask me some ?s about the pic- I'd be glad to share!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Sadly, it came just in time for a soccer game...and a birthday party tomorrow. Looks like it's gonna be a late night! Diet DP and Rice Krispy Treat kinda night! (They cancel each other out, ya know!)
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Then maybe on to the birds..cause you folks know how much I love birds!
Friday, October 2, 2009
I have been inspired by some new and precious friends to be more me. With that in mind, I'm announcing to the world, via Blogspot, that I have decided to come out from under the "merely exist until my kids hit a more independent stage" cloud that I have been under the last eight years. My children are big enough now to do more on their own and I find that I have a little more time for me now. Time for sewing. Time for reading. Time for embroidering and cross-stitching. Time for doing the things I enjoy, things that make me me!
So I'm back, World! Get ready for some creativity!
P.S. Are you under that cloud? May I inspire you to find the you that has been lying asleep for sew long? (Intended mis-spelling, by the way) Come have a cup of tea- I have an open door and a lovely cup just waiting for you. And I can probably find a needle and a piece of fabric underneath this Operation Christmas Child stuff somewhere........