Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A One Armed Paper Hanger {Our Wooden Fence}

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 It's obvious that Steven came from a line of hard working men, but the story of a relative who was a one armed wall paper hanger, well, that just amazes me. That's about what this project was for Steven. He had much needed assistance from his father in setting the posts, but after that, he was a one man fence builder. Not only does the finished fence give the girls so much more room to play and freedom to roam, but it's super pretty to look at too.

February 2, 2015. Steven and his dad set the posts.
 We took a snow vacation and then on March 6, 2015 Steven set the top and bottom rails. 
 We took another trip out of town for a funeral and then on April 3, 2015 He hung the pickets. 
April 11, 2015 he added the last of the trim. 
Now we're working to strip and paint an old door to act as a gate. This beautiful fence was finished just in time for us to enjoy the lovely spring weather. It's so nice being married to a capable, "one man fence builder."

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter Tradition - He Took Our Sins

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I'm giddy when I find a simple, but meaningful way to teach the girls about the love of Christ, so when I saw this He Took Our Sins - Carnation Experiment I was thrilled.

To create your own all you need is:
White Carnations (Jesus the pure sacrifice)
Red food dye (our sin) About 20 drops
water and a vase.

Sitting around the table after dinner we each took turns adding drops (about 20 total) of red dye into the water and talking about ways that we sin and how none of us are perfect. Then we each trimmed our own white carnation, placing it into the vase. We added three more white carnations each day so that we had varying shades of pink. We placed the first few flowers in on Monday and by Saturday, they were tipped beautifully with red.

This simple activity lead to a meaningful discussion about the beauty of Easter and the sacrifice Jesus made because of LOVE. It's important to me that the girls know that our faith is based in scripture, so I shared these scriptures with them: 1 Peter 2:24, Isaiah 53:5 and

2 Corinthians 5:21
"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us,
so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 

Thanks be to God! Happy Easter!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Coralee's 3rd Birthday {A Visit to the Fire Station}

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 I'm big on tradition, if you didn't already know this. At times, keeping up with all of the traditions can be challenging, but this time it SAVED me! New Year birthdays are the worst and I really struggle with making plans to celebrate Coralee's birthday, but this year, tradition saved the day. I knew exactly what we were doing and where we were doing it. Third birthdays are spent at the fire station. See: Marin's 3rd birthday and Adalyn's 3rd birthday.
As it was with the other girls, Cora loved her day at the station. In her birthday interview I asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, she held up four fingers.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Acts of Kindness {A New Christmas Tradition}

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We are trying something new this Christmas season. A kindness project that I hope will develop into a meaningful tradition. Inspired by the book The Last Straw by Paula Palangi, I've challenged my little family to show secret acts of kindness to another family member each week leading up to Christmas.
Monday evening we drew names and for the coming week we'll each show acts of kindness. When we do, we get to place a piece of straw into baby Jesus' cradle. The goal is to create a soft bed for baby Jesus to sleep on Christmas eve.
The idea was met with enthusiasm and everyone has already shown loving acts of kindness. I'm excited to cultivate more love in our family with this simple tradition.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Family Room {Progress!}

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Wall number two is up!
Below is a little glimpse into what all has to happen to the boards before they go up. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Simple Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe

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This simple activity was a BIG hit at our annual Pumpkin Carving Party and best of all it was very simple to put together. All you need is 10 miniature pumpkins (5 white and 5 orange) and orange duck tape. This is sure to become a family tradition. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Our First Sweet Potato Harvest

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Remember the crazy sweet potato idea we had back in May? Well, that one sweet potato multiplied and this week (five months later) we harvested our first batch of sweet potatoes!
 We started by cutting the vines away from the top of the soil.
Once cut, everything rolled back like a big blanket.
 Next came the digging. We decided because the area was so small, we'd dig everything up by hand.
 Once the potatoes were out they were tossed on the ground around the garden.
Some of the tubers were long and snake like. This made the girls giggle.
We came away with a wagon load. I think Steven was expecting more potatoes. But 20+ good size potatoes from one isn't bad in my opinion. Now we wait six more weeks for the potatoes to cure and the put them to the REAL test, our taste.


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