good-bye summer.

so long making rainbows with the hose. 
So long summer curls.
So long endless days.
So long leaving the house without a jacket on.
Adios, clothing optional backyard parties.
See ya next year, recovering in the AC with your best buddy.
At least we still have dress up.
Come back soon, messy outdoor fun.
See ya later flip-flops.  You were good to us.
See ya later, happy outside for hours boys.
Good-bye almost four Moses and 18 month old Aaron.
Next summer these boys will be completely different.  Four and 2 1/2.  :(
We'll begrudgingly welcome Fall...but we will miss homemade popsicles, and sandbox fun, and playing in the hose and sprinkler and pool. 

It's been a good summer.  We are blessed. 
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mini makeover.

Just a random little makeover for you...
Go from this...
to this.  By going to Wild Olive...
...and printing some cute thread bobbins...
and organizing all of your threads.
It makes your sewing basket just a little happier. :)

:)
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need a word picture for...

...stubborn? Well here it is.  Next time you think of the word "stubborn" you can picture this defeated tooth paste tube.

This, my friends, is a ridiculous game that Doug and I have been playing...we call it "Who is going to get the "last" of the toothpaste out of the tube and who is going to give up and open a new one".  Otherwise known as "Who is more stubborn?".  

I'm the one who broke out the scissors. 


I totally win.
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turn your childs art into embroidery!

Over the summer, Moses' drawing skills and changed by leaps and bounds.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the cute little smiley faces that he draws and wanted to capture them in a way that was better than stuffing papers in a box.  So...
I collected a bunch that he had drawn...and asked him to draw me a bunch.  I was very careful not to give too much direction...I have learned that that will only change what he would naturally do.  Once I had as many as I thought I would need, I traced on top of each drawing with a sharpie...being careful to keep the original artists integrity in tact. :)
I then cut them out...and taped them onto a piece of paper that was the size I wanted the final product to be...in this case an 8 by 10. 
I taped the 8 by 10 to the (clean) counter and then taped a piece of white fabric on top.
Then I traced each one with a cloth pencil...something that will wash/wipe off. 
Now I've started to stitch away...stay tuned for the finished product. 


:)

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on Eve {and women}

(this photo has nothing to do with the post...just wanted to share...and what good is a post with no photos?) 

"It's funny, not really, how the punishment fits the crime in God's economy. The woman took on Adam's headship and now futilely wants it. If she gets it, it's often to her own hurt. Adam, however, passively allows his wife to take charge of the situation. Now all nature fights against his passivity, never allowing him to rest." Sandra-a lady I go to church with...but don't know.  :)

I read this quote this morning and it made my heart sing.  Because it is so TRUE.  I honestly believe that the womens lib movement has done more harm than good...made women more unsafe than ever in history.  (Let the verbal beating begin).  And I have been so happy to hear a pastor preach so many thoughts on the subject that are in line with GOD's plan and NOT with mans.  Many of the thoughts in this post have been spoken from the pulpit of our church where we have been going through a series of sermons on Genesis.  And I have honestly never, ever, loved a series of sermons MORE...because I share so many of the same thoughts.

Each Sunday we would discuss God's original plans for how things should be...and how they are now.  So much hurt and pain through history because of man's disobedience...and the beautiful redemptive love of a God who cares too much to let us fall into the hands of our own destruction, but instead sends a Hope for our future. 

Many will claim that the Bible is not for today.  That times were different then and the instructions were for a different people.  And what do we even have in common with those people?  I say everything.  The more things change the more they stay the same.  They were "yeah, but" people and so are we. 

Let me explain...when I was a social worker, with 30-40 kids on my list of clients that I had to meet with regulary, I had two steadfast rules for them.  1) We never say "shut-up" and, 2) We never say "yeah, but".  As in I ask them a question, such as "Do you want to do better in school?" and they respond with "Yeah, but I can't"...or some form of that. 

We are "yeah, but" people just like the people of Moses' day.

God delivers them from an ugly situation and they say "yeah, but we don't have water"...God delivers us from an ugly situation and we say "yeah, but we don't have the house we used to".  

God gives them water and manna and they say "Yeah, but we want meat". 

God gives us a job and we say "Yeah, but I'm not using my degree". 

You get the idea.  God gives us/gave them good and we respond with "yeah, but it's not enough". 

God set up a plan for how the family unit was to be and we say "yeah, but we know a better way".  We are constant in our correction of God.  I know I am guilty of this.  

It has been my theory for years...for as long as I can remember...that you can trace every social problem back to the breakdown of the family unit.  And you can trace the break down of the family unit back to a break down of trust and reliance in God.  We think we can fix every situation on our own...seek our own solutions and do our own thing...like we know better.  We never know better.  

I know I am blessed to be in a marriage where my husband seeks God and His plans for our hope and future.  This allows me to trust Doug 100% without fear of my safety or well being.  I know that not everyone can claim such a thing and truly that grieves me.  As much as some may not want to hear it, women were made to be in care of men. Not dominated by or controlled by or bossed around by or hurt by...but cared for and loved by a man who seeks God and HIS intentions.  If every marriage was this way...imagine the love and grace in the world? 

 God created woman to be a helper to her husband.  Some read this as derogatory but it is not so...for God called Himself a helper.  Woman is supposed to be born into the PROTECTION of the family to be honored, served and protected.  Sadly, this is often not the case because of all of our "yeah, buts".

The state of our society today often has me in a whirl of homesickness for Heaven.  I'm weird in that the death of a believer, while it does sadden me...also makes me a little jealous.  Jealous because the worries of this world are behind them and they are now spending eternity worshiping and hanging out with Jesus.  

Someone once commented on one of my posts about how they felt like the world was getting better and better every day.  Can I tell you that no comment has ever haunted me more? No comment, not even the all the ugly ones combined, has ever made me more sad. 

Are we blessed beyond what we deserve? Yes.  

Is God good? Yes. 

Is the world a good place and getting better? No, no, no.  Nothing is as it was intended.  If the world is good...what good would Jesus be? 

If there was good in us...what would the point of a redemptive savior be? 

We are all knee deep in sin.  

We all need the point of life...and that is to glorify God and enjoy HIM.

So that is where my heart is at the moment...swirling and whirling around these concepts and how to apply them to my life...how to pass them on to my children. 

And for some reason I feel compelled to share this, maybe you need to hear it, maybe I'll just look pathetic but...

I have read my Bible for years...13-14 years or so.  And it is only in the last year that I have LOVED to read it.  It has only been in the last year that I can truly say that I savor it...that I miss it when I don't...that look forward to my time reading it because I can FEEL His presence when I do.  That is MY time and I treasure it.  Can I just encourage you to hang in there?  God always shows up.

Never has this been more true:

No power of hell, no scheme of man
Could ever pluck me from His hand

Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I stand

And this is where I am in my learning...I always love to hear your thoughts...and as usual, ugly, anonymous comments will be ignored and not published.

 Thanks to Chris (our pastor) and his thoughts that echoed mine so well. 

xo




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a gift for great pa.

We'll be celebrating Doug's grandpa's birthday while we are on vacation. 
He came here from Norway when he was just 14...with almost nothing.  
Since that day many many years ago, he has built a great life for his family through his hard work and started a successful contracting business after retiring.  After having a daughter that was blind and multiply impaired and seeing a need for residential housing and care for this category of God's people he helped to start and fund AMIB.  The agency now has several houses and programs that help people who may otherwise not have access to the care they need.  
 Needless to say...we love great pa (as the boys call him) and we are so proud to have him as a head of our family.  We are excited to see him next week.
And I hope he loves our little tribute to his roots. :)  

xo
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a girly little makeover.

Last week Doug and I got to go on a little day date...thanks to my awesome neighbor we got to go ALONE.  Which never happens...unless we are with my in-laws. 
Anyway...while we were out we went into a not so local Goodwill and found this old little beauty...I hoped that I could make it pretty for my niece, who we get to see soon. 
Some sanding, filling and spray painting got us to a very pretty place with it. :)
I made a cute little mattress that fits right inside...along with a cute little pillow and mini-quilt!
So cute, I could nibble on them! :)
Here's a better look at the two sided quilt and the other side of the pillow. :) 
When I made this little doll (that comes in a panel of three from Patty Young) I had hoped she would fit inside nicely...but she's a little big...but I'll just assume that Ky has something that will work.

She does sit nicely inside. :)

I hope she will love her and it becomes a sweet little memory in her childhood. :) 


I've been working on lots more that I want to share so stay tuned!
XO

p.s.  I have two dolls from THIS PANEL left.  If you would like to order a doll/outfit/mini-quilt/pillow combo be one of the first two to let me know and and I would happily make one up for you! :) Email me for details. :)



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20 minute crafter. {photo ornament}

Hooray!! At long last I have another 20 minutes crafter for you!!
Now this one is a Christmas one...and I know it's August.  But if you *really* want to make things to give as gifts...*this* is the time to start...and not in mid-December.
So here is what we are making...cute little photo ornaments for your tree!
Or to give to grandma...or teachers or anyone who would just LOVE a photo of your child...or pet...or you! :)
Here is what you need:
one 4 1/2in by 6 1/2in white piece of white or light colored fabric
one 4 1/2in by 6 1/2in piece of patterned fabric
approx 9in of ribbon
a 2 by 3in piece of vinyl
(i get it from Joann's...i don't know the gauge...but get something in the middle range...not too thick and not too thin)
either a set of letter stamps and ink pad
OR
fabric pen
Step one...stamp the name you would like on your fabric...practice on paper first to get a good feel for how hard to press and make sure everything is spelled correctly.  If you are using a fabric pen...practice first! :) You can lay the vinyl in the middle of the fabric to get an idea of where to stamp. 
Step two...using a zig-zag stitch go around the bottom three sides of the vinyl.  
Step three...fold your ribbon in half and pin it in the top middle of the piece you just sewed.
Step four...lay your patterned fabric on top of what you just did...right sides together and sew around the perimeter leaving a two inch or so opening.
Step five...clip the corners.
Step six...turn right side out and stitch around the edge...leaving the opening.
Step seven...stuff and sew closed...either by hand or with your machine.
Yes, this photo is sideways...sorry.
Add a photo and you are done! :)

Enjoy and have fun!
I'll answer any questions in the comments!
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