Slowing Down

Just popping in to say hello to you all.  It’s the last week of summer vacation for us so I am trying to soak it all in.  Only problem, I feel like this week is jammed with event after event.  Actually, I think that is just life in general.  There seems to be a lot of  “stuff” right now.  I feel tugged in a lot of life directions and am just praying for peace.

So hard to choose a direction sometimes.

How do you know when to say no?

Just taking it one day at a time and be confident in the ways God is using me TODAY, without worrying about next week.

Hope your summer has been peaceful, friends!

Can’t wait to be back with you again soon.

DIY: Vacation On A Branch

Over the course of the Summer, we can take so many pictures to remember the fun, hopefully relaxing, times we had as a family or with friends.  We want to remember the beauty that we take in around us that reveals the complex nature of our God.  He made these brilliant things around us to be admired and appreciated.  Photographs hold on to that beauty and complexity.

I’m sure you all have heard of Postal Pix by now, but if you haven’t, allow me to share something extremely useful and wonderful.  Postal Pix is an app you can download on your phone which allows you to easily order prints from your camera’s picture library or roll.  They are about 30 cents for a high-quality 4″ x 4″ picture (the size pictured), but they have many other size/price options.  They mail the your selected pictures to your house and you are all ready to go.  Not bad for a phone, right?

I’ve had my Postal Pix photos (taken using my Instagram) laying around, waiting to be used, since May.  It’s summer, so I look for a touch of simplicity to go with the relaxed mindset I enjoy having (or attempting?) during these few short weeks.

I wanted to create something fast and simple, using materials I already had.

I wanted to remember our Summer trip that already seems a distant memory.  I’ve been bored with regular picture frames lately, so I decided to try something fun and different.  My boys gave me this mossy branch after finding it on a hike with my husband in our local mountains.

I love everything about it.

This project literally requires a branch, pictures and some paper clips.

I just bent the outside “free” end of the paperclip down and attached the pictures.  Then I poked the paperclip into the branch, adjusting them to differing heights.

I’m sure you could buy something fancy to display the pictures better, but the paper clips cost me $0 and only a few seconds of installation.

 So simple.

I love this picture of my sweet girl, especially since I learned what poison ivy looks like in Kentucky (minutes after this was taken). It was literally right next to her leg.

That was a close one.

Now my lovely branch is ready to welcome our summer guests!

I’m so thankful to be able to enjoy those memories in this simple way, instead of longing for them to be off of my memory card.

Anyone have any fun plans this summer ?

 

Happy Goodbyes

God found her a new home.

We just got to spend the best 6 weeks with a sweet baby girl.  She just went to be with her “forever” family this last Friday.  I am SO excited for them to give her a comfortable and loving home, full of siblings to love on her.  Her new parents are just wonderful.  We will never forget the precious (and also sleepless!) weeks God allowed us to spend with her.  We’ve shed some tears over her leaving us but now it’s time to pick up our little life again as a family of 5…instead of 6.

On the bright-side:  my purse is SO much lighter and my arms are free to squeeze my little ones whenever I want!

Until the next sweet bebe…

Snapshots of a LEGO party

 

A few months ago, I decided to throw together a LEGO party for Mr. J.  I always start out planning really simple parties, but no matter what I do, they end up bigger.  There always seems to be life craziness that is going on around party season.  When life gets intense for me, I take on more projects.  It’s a fault of mine.  I totally recognize this.  I started prepping the things for this party the day before.  That’s not a lot of time but when you’re crazy like me, you find a way to work it out!  Sometimes working it out involves drawing and cutting out Lego heads until after midnight.  Sometimes it also means finishing a Lego shirt, seconds before guests arrive.  It’s true, I’m weird.

Anything for J.

Anything for Lego.

I wasn’t crazy on my own, though.  My super awesome sister made this Lego pinata.  We both saw this pin from the blog Delia Creates and knew it would be pretty perfect, especially since I haven’t noticed Target selling Lego pinatas lately.

I had plenty of Lego coloring pages printed from the Lego website.  I broke out the Lego brick and Lego man molds.  I decided to make chocolates for the ice cream bar with both.  Super cute.

I’ve seen so many cute mason jar lids floating around, I decided to spray paint a few for the party but is colors I could use at any time really.  We filled up soap bottles with Legos for the bathroom from this idea.

My amazing sister also made the Lego man banner (based in this pin from Zakka Life) which was AMAZING!

Everything worked out in the end because the birthday boy and all of his guests seemed to enjoy themselves.

What a great day celebrating an awesome 5 year-old!

Our Little Summertime Gift

 

 Sweet Summer.

I love you for your refreshing breezes.

Your warmth brings new life to my very favorite foods.

Berries are one of your specialties.

You do them WELL.

We are enjoying our summer days.  We’ve had a few changes around here.  A few weeks ago we got our very first foster care placement.  It’s true!!  We’ve been so thrilled to share our home and arms with a cute little snuggle-bug again.   It’s been so strange to care for a newborn having NOT just given birth and NOT breastfeeding.  I tell you, those two things make a world of difference!  I still wake up several times a night, but I am not nearly as fatigued as I was after giving birth, while also not having the ability to walk.  For those who have asked, we don’t know how long this sweet baby will be with us, but we will give her all the love we can until she goes to be with her forever family.

I am so excited to be able to do what, I believe, God intended for us all to do.  There are so many kiddos in need of our love.  Sometimes, we get busy with our jobs and appointments and forget about those in need of our compassion.  As a wife and mother,  I have made a specific choice to stay home and care for my kids.  Thankfully, this also means I am able to bring other little ones into our home along the way, be they friend’s kids or strangers.   I love that.  Kids get shuffled around a lot these days so they need a little love.  Sometimes my job is difficult, but I am SURE I am doing what God wants me to be doing right now and for that I am EXTREMELY thankful.

This IS my job.

This is my privilege.

My heart is full.

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ “

(Matthew 25: 31-40)

If you are interested in adopting a sweet child like this one, contact an agency like the one we do foster care with.  They work with adoptive families nationwide for domestic as well as international adoption.  Check them out!

 

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