mary, mary.

I love Mary, mother of Jesus.
She is my mom example. On many levels but mostly on
1) why I don't have to be a perfect mom and
2) it is OK to do something other than coo and dote on your kids all day long.

1)
I mean this in the best way possible. If it is OK for the Savior, Son of God, the Lamb, the Lord to have an imperfect mother then it is OK for my kids too. How do I (think I) know that she was imperfect? Well for one, God sent his Son to Earth to experience the human condition...not to experience Heaven on Earth. When Jesus was here it was still business as usual for the world. God did not make the planet perfect for thirty some years while Jesus was here. People still worked, still farmed, still had to cook and clean and still broke laws. The world was still messy and sinful, full of sinful people...every single one. Even the mother of Jesus. She was human just like any of us.

There is even an example of her imperfectness in the Bible...she left her child behind at the temple...and didn't even know it for a while!! A perfect mom would never do that right? Pshew...it's good to be off the hook, right?
This doesn't mean that I don't try my best...but I WILL make mistakes and plenty of them but it is nice to have a reasonable example to look up to, right?
2)
Yes, Mary was the mother of the Lord. But she was also a wife, a daughter and a keeper of her home. I would bet that she had a lot to do in a day...she couldn't run to the store to buy a loaf of bread...she had to possibly harvest the grain, grind it into flour, make the dough, knead it, let it rise, build a fire and THEN bake the bread. She had to keep her home clean. She washed clothes one at a time, by hand...clothes that she may have made...for her whole family. She had to prepare all the meals...from scratch...from animals that maybe she had to slaughter. She was the seamstress, the cook, the housekeeping, the wife, the mother and on and on and on.
My point...I don't think she sat around ALL day long and doted on the Savior. I don't think that God expected her to drop it all and hold Him all day. I don't think she was expected to give into his every whim or every attempt for her undivided attention.

Nope, I think she had to work out a balance between caring for her responsibilities and the things she wanted to do and playing with her kids. This doesn't mean she ignored them all day...they probably accompanied her on errands and chores...the children learned how to help and be part of a family. There was a time for all things.

I remind myself about this when I feel guilty about NOT playing with my kids ALL day. This doesn't mean I ignore them AT ALL. But I don't play all day. I take care of my home and my family. I do things that I WANT to do. I play with my kids. But I remind myself that if it was good enough and good FOR Jesus to have a mother that didn't dote on him ALL day...then it is good FOR my kids. I think kids need parents that leave them alone sometimes.

Make sense?

As usual...love to hear your thoughts. :)
xo

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for dinner.

Don't worry...you can do this. It is much easier than it looks or sounds. I promise. These are a tasty tasty alternative to your normal chops...with salty provolone and prosciutto...mmmmm. They have officially been added to our rotation....

Calzone Stuffed Pork Chops
8 pork loin chops (the thicker the better)
1 package pepperoni
1 package provolone
1 package prosciutto
olive oil
salt and pepper
tooth picks

1. Cut a slit in the pork chop---horizontally...like you are making an envelope out of it.
2. Stuff with a slice of cheese...3-4 pepperoni and about a half a slice of prosciutto.
3. Seal with toothpicks.
4. Line a pan with olive oil and place chops in.
5. Salt and pepper the top sides then flip...do the same to the other side.
6. Heat up your grill while they marinade a little.
7. Grill for 4-7minutes per side until done. :)

I served ours with homemade mac and cheese. :)

Get to the grocery store.

xo
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direction.

So...for a while now I have hinted that I am thinking real hard about both my shop and my blog. Like where I want them to go...what I want from them...how I want them to function for me. And I think I have decided. The pillow above is my dare to myself...to dream. Big.

First the shop. As you may have noticed, I don't do much with paper lately. Except for the silhouettes I really haven't touched my paper goodies in months. Months. Paper to me, is a fickle love. Some days I can sit down and make 20 cards in a day. Other days it's like I have never made a card in my life. It's so touch and go. Makes me crazy. So I think I am done with paper...at least in the card/tag making for the shop kind of way. I have enough fickleness in my life.
My sewing machine on the other hand. Love. Love it every day. Every day it loves me back. I can't remember the last day I didn't use it...(maybe since being in the hospital with Aaron?). Every single day I am inspired to use it...to learn a new sewing skill...to learn how to make something new...to try a new pattern or shop (too much) for fabric. Sewing is the future for my shop. I have never loved a hobby more.
You may have noticed a lot of new things lately in the shop. That is part of the future. I want my shop to be full to the brim of FUN, BEAUTIFUL, FUNCTIONAL, FUNKY and above all UNIQUE (because if you don't have integrity...you don't have much) items. So I have been on the hunt...for new things to make, to try and to include in my inventory. I have been pushing myself to learn/make something new each day.
My kids and husband are my lifelong career, love, and focus but my goal is to make sewing my livelihood by the time the boys are in school. Does that make sense?
People ask me every once in a while what I am doing to stay relevant in my field (social work) so that I can get a job when the boys are in school...uuuuh nothing...because I have no intention of going back to "work" like that. And why do people assume that when your kids are finally in school that you, as a stay at home mom, are done raising them and should run right back to the work world?
That's for another post...back to the sewing.
Sewing is the field that I want to stay relevant in. Does that sound completely ridiculous?
And the blog. I love this blog. Love it more than I thought I would love writing. It helps that there are no rules. :) But not so long ago I learned that I could afford to have it printed...like a book...that I could document the lives of my boys...of our lives as a family and have it in black in white for them to read when they are older...in a way that I LOVE doing. For some reason, the blog comes easily to me...journaling, scrapbooking, video taping...those all do very little to hold my interest. Blogging I love to do every day...to document a moment, a funny story or a favorite photo. To share a recipe or a new friend...love it all.
So if you notice more of the "documenting" type stuff on here...that is why.
Plus I think the blog shows another side to the shop owner...hopefully you can see that I am someone who tries my best in all I do...who has integrity in business and in life. Who loves her family, her friends and all facets of her life. :) Who keeps it real...because life is not ALL cupcakes and daisies.

So that is the tip of the future for all things Little Bit Funky. I would love to hear your feedback...or if there is some item you would like to see me make or carry in the shop.

I am thankful for you if you are reading this.

xo
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10 things.

1. A nice long weekend with my husband.
2. A clean house!
3. A smiling Moses.
4. A good dinner with friends last night.
5. Church this AM.
6. A successful business.
7. Joy!
8. Excitement for the future.
9. Toothless grins.
10. Hot coffee. :)

Ok, let's see your 10 things for today...remember just spout out the first 10 things that you are thankful for! :)

Happy Sunday!
xo
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bum-whoa.

Every so often I take out the bumbo to see if Aaron is ready.
We aren't quite there yet.
He likes to lean waaaay back.
Then topple forward.
I think he may think that middle part is a head rest or something...he often makes a dive for it.
He makes lots of funny faces while he tries so hard to sit up.
I think this face says "Ok mom...we both know this isn't working yet."
He is such a sweet blessing...it really takes all I have in me not to dip him in chocolate and eat him up.

xo
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however i can get it...

For weeks now I have been craving chocolate cake with coffee frosting...finally I made something even better.

Brownies with coffee frosting. :)

I just made a regular box of brownies...Betty Crocker Hershey's is my favorite.

For the frosting:
1/4 cup of soft butter
1/4 of coffee (I poured it straight from the pot)
confectioners sugar

I slowly blended the first two together with a few tablespoons of the sugar to get it going...then added more sugar until I got it to the consistency that I like...it ended up nice and fluffy.

And SO tasty.

Like coffee and chocolate flavored heaven.

Go make some.
xo

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a weird place for a reminder.

So this post may make you convinced that I am completely loopy.
I partly am, I will admit but not totally.
~*~
Jon and Kate plus 8 have reminded me.
I used to DVR the show on a regular basis...but then Kate got a little too crazy for me and I lost interest and before you know it, it was booted from the DVR list.
Then recently there was all that drama in the tabloids about them that I was refusing to believe. But I was curious...so back on the DVR it went for the season premier.
I barely made it through without bawling my eyes out. It. Was. So. Sad. From the looks of it and from reading between the lines...they are going down the path to divorce.
During Jon's interviews for the show he just looks so disconnected...they both do. For some reason my heart is broken for them...and their kids...ugh, those precious little ones.
The whole time I am watching it, I want to scream...WHAT CAN I DO!!!???
Loopy, right?
I am not the type to give a poo about celebrities. See my Howie Long story to prove that.
But something about this just kills me. As I watched and listened I could hear their pain...as they realized that this is what it has come to. All of the past talk about always being there for their kids...renewing their vows, etc...seems to be all for nothing as they sit at this new stage.
I prayed for them during commercials...yes I know, loopy. But not...because I felt like I needed to...because for some crazy reason I felt like I needed to do something for those poor broken people that I don't know.
~*~
And all at once it hit me...and I nearly did cry. How VERY precious my marriage is...how delicate and fragile it really is. And we have a good marriage. And so did they at some point, I assume. But it looks like one too many things came between them. When there should be nothing between them but God, undying love and concern for the other.
It shook me a little...makes me think twice about the things I do in a day and how I need to be as a wife.
And Jon and Kate reminded me. Nothing should be between me and my husband and the Lord. Not the junk of the day to day, not the chores, or the crazy kid days. Or the kids. I can't let the little things creep in there...because before you know it...there would be hundreds of little things. And when you are crowded with all those things...the Enemy can creep in all the easier.
I should always be above reproach in my actions around others...especially with the opposite sex (it looks like Jon was in the wrong place at the wrong time and the press just ran with it).
I think Jon and Kate are a reminder that marriage needs to come first...not "other"...ever.

I am not passing judgement on them at all...I obviously know nothing about their day to day life and what happened to lead them to where they are...And I sincerely pray for them to have a marriage that is healed...wouldn't that be an awesome testament to the world?

I am thankful for the reminder that marriage is beautiful and precious and needs tending to just like anything else I want to grow.

"...A cord of three strands is not quickly broken"
Ecclesiastes 4:12

xo
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3 months...and a winner! :)

Happy Three months to Aaron! :) To celebrate he graduated to size two diapers. :)

And the winner of the Joyshope goody is Trish! :)
You know what to do Trish! :)

xo
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is this normal...

I feel like I should start a new label for posts called "is this normal?" For example, if Moses is swimming in our backyard, alone, I usually let him go naked. Swim diapers aren't cheap, right? Again, avert your eyes from his paste-y whiteness.
Another new thing for the shop...what do you think...would you buy them/use them/carry them around in your purse for your hot cup of Starbucks?
And...I got such a response from Aaron's tie onesie that I thought I would see how they do in the shop...you pick the tie and onesie size.
I made this one for a friend...to coordinate with his big sisters pillowcase dress. :)
I hope you love it Lauren! :)

I'll choose a winner later on today...you still have time! :)

xo
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10 things.

1. Grass in my backyard!
2. Nice warm weather.
3. My MOPS ladies. :)
4. My sweet sweet Moses.
5. My always happy Aaron.
6. My handsome (sassy) honey.
7. Being loved.
8. Being saved by Grace.
9. Vacation sooooon.
10. Meeting my new nephew soon!

Let's see yours thankful list...don't think about it...just write the first ten things that come to mind...

xo
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see...

I totally let him eat Popsicles in the house.
He doesn't know that eating them in an empty bathtub is not normal. :)
(He waaaas about to take a bath.)
Just a little something I made for him yesterday morning...took about 45 minutes. We have tried to break him of the sleep sack but he won't have it...so I had to make him one that was big enough. Super easy. :)
And the dumpling sucks his thumb now...SO SO stinking cute. There is very little that melts my heart more than a bitty little thing and his thumb. :) It's a good thing he can't talk...because I would give him anything after seeing this cute scene.

Happy Friday to you!

Be sure to visit Joyshope for a super fun giveaway! :)

xo
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strawberries and spg.

So I thought today would be fun...a little extra work but fun none the less.
I could not have been more wrong.
Let's start this off by clearing the air about something. I have NO NO NO sense of direction. Seriously. None. Blind, newly born kittens have more of a sense of direction than I do. At least they can find their way to their food source. I on the other hand, could be four blocks from a Wendy's and starve to death. Having asked for directions 10 times and written them down twice.
And I hate to be late. Hate it. Being late sends my lack of internal GPS even further into SPG (the opposite of GPS) as I get flustered and frustrated. Because I AM intelligent. I am. I graduated magna cum laude and everything. But there were no classes on how to get somewhere. Luckily.
We left the house with 15 minutes more than we needed to get to the orchard (according to mapquest). I still managed to get there about 30 minutes late. WITH a GPS...that was on...and working. I think the Tomtom was preying on my stupidity. It knew I was totally dependent on it. It sent me in the opposite direction than I was supposed to be going. And of course I had no idea. Until I was waaaaay off course. By the time I got to the orchard I wanted to punch the Tomtom in his faceface. Seriously.
Then we left early because this was Moses' attitude.
And Aaron was covered in sweat and screaming.
FYI
2 1/2 year old + 3 month old + 80 degrees +flustered mom = disaster.

You can file that equation away for when you need it.
And then to top it off...they charged us for our strawberries approximately twice as much I could have gone to Kroger and spent. In the AC. With NO children in tow. And gotten chocolate. Seriously.

So I am starting over right now at 2:39pm and celebrating the fact that instead of napping...Aaron rolled over for the first time just now. :)

Later taters.
xo


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i. am. so. old.

And do you know why that is? Well, one reason is that I went to bed at 8pm a couple of nights ago...and I loved it. :) The other reason is that I am SO excited about grass. So very excited.
This is our backyard...or was our backyard. We have been trying forever to figure out what to do with this patch of earth back here...mulch just makes it dirty...stones seem very un-kid friendly and for some reason we couldn't get past those two options.
Then I asked Doug if we could just try sod...it ended up being only $24 to do this back patio area. I also added an edge around more of the garden area around the bbq.
And here is the finished product. I. Love. It!!!! It completely transformed the whole area and provided a nice finishing touch to all of the work we have put into this backyard over the past three years...grass, fence repair, fence staining, planting, edging and more. Now it provides the perfect place to play and hang out. I love it all!
And just for good measure...this is what the backyard looked like when we moved in...see how the fence is all uneven and messy looking? It literally looked like five different people built it at different times...none of which knew what they were doing. :) It had weird garden boxes...that ugly white stone walk, a vine that attracted beetles and spiders and no plants. (Sorry the photo is terrible...I scanned it in from the brochure we got when we looked at the house the first time).
I love what it looks like now! :)
And just one more shot of my sweet little dumpling. The first photo and this one above are a couple of good shots I got of him in the yard today. I swear...sometimes he is so sweet I could just nibble on him! :)

xo
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r.i.p. or object of my affection.

I got bad news today at the camera shop. My poor 15-55 lens is dead. It started acting funny a few weeks ago and today we finally took her in for a look see. The guy told me that he sees the same problem in that lens all the time...so if I bought a replacement that was the same...it would probably happen again. And the cost to fix it is about as much for a whole new lens...that would just break again. Bummer. He did recommend the 18-200...which I have immediately fallen in love with. The only let down is that it costs about $425...not exactly an amount we can just go out and spend.
So I started thinking...$425 is only...
39 burp cloths or...
29 5 by 7 silhouettes or...
17 dresses or...
16 pillows or...
13 blankets.

I better get sewing.

The only thing saving my sanity...and keeping me in photos are the Mother's day gifts Doug got me...
This super spunky tote AND the 55-200 lens...which means I can still take photos...I just can't get too close. :)

So...back to that sewing...

xo
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