Monday, October 31, 2011

edie's kitchen, happy reformation day, and birthdays!

three things that i'm excited about.

1.  edie's kitchen   it's finished.  it's glorious.  do not be surprised if you see similar layers (read colors, accents, etc.) coming into my kitchen.  the girl knows how to finish a room!  which happens to be my downfall.  actually, in all honesty, edie has beautifully finished several rooms which in turn has totally inspired me to add some final layers to some of my rooms!  confession: i went to pier one and bought the same pillows in my music room that edie put in her porch.  really, edie's entire story of building their house is worth reading.  so happy for you and your family edie!


2.  happy reformation day! 
today is a GREAT day to celebrate the freedom we have to go to church, to be open about our love for Jesus Christ and his grace that saves us, NOT our works.  for our family, this is something to celebrate!
this is a book i purchased and have read to the kiddos. it is a beautiful, hardcover picture book that clearly tell the history and importance of martin luther.
we also celebrate this time of year with the pumpkin patch, fall harvest festivals, and birthdays!

which brings me to number three.

there will be a more detailed post on the birthday parties later.

3.  tonight we are celebrating the three boys birthdays!  boone will be 7, hank will be 5 and dubs just turned 3.  we will be hosting the party outside with a lego/john deere combined theme.  we're looking forward to carmel apples, donut eating contest, candy hunt, hayride, presents, yummy food and visiting with family.  the boys are PUMPED!  probably due in part to the fact that this party number two.  again, cheers to large families!!

this is boone on the night of party #1.  he received the lego kingdoms castle.

he finished it and it is awesome!






Saturday, October 29, 2011

operation christmas child: fill a shoebox!

How to fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child

do you fill shoeboxes?


if you have never filled a shoebox we would love for you to join our family this year!

i am going to do a series of posts that show how and why we fill our shoeboxes.

but hear this:  they need to be ready for your local drop off  NOVEMBER 14-21!

for all the information right from the organization checkout and save the following website:


we are filling five shoeboxes with toys, candy and toiletries to be sent to children around the world.

this has been such a great way to prepare our hearts as we head into the season of Christmas.

to fill a shoebox you need:

1.  a standard size shoebox or small plastic container similar in size
2.  decide if you want to fill a shoebox for a boy or a girl
3.  choose an age range 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14

go out with your children and start choosing small items that fit the criteria.



some of the items we've purchased so far:

socks
combs
stickers
small ball
jump rope
individually wrapped hard candy 
hair clips
toothbrush/toothpaste 
crayons
markers
pad of paper

some items we have yet to purchase:

small cars and trucks
small dolls
tshirts


we're just getting started so there is plenty of time!  will you join us??  

"go, fill a shoebox!"


Thursday, October 27, 2011

mudroom decor.

it has been fun adding personality to the house over these past few months.  

here are some updates we've made to the mudroom.

these vinyl numbers came from etsy and took mr. daddy about 30 minutes to apply.



its fun to count our way up the stairs.  especially with the little ones.

we also decided to consolidate the kiddos artwork on canvas all into one place.

the mudroom walls.

i'm sure they like seeing their work proudly displayed as the best decor choice for that room :)
i can't wait to add more!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

fall days

this fall has been full of fun!  i really really like all the different seasons and fall is no exception.

walks in the woods.  crunchy leaves and changing colors.




trying for the world record of "biggest pile of leaves"

then settling for the thrill of burying their 2 year old brother.

harvest festivals with petting zoos.

and of course deeeelicious crispy, juicy apples dipped in warm caramel.

or for the particular ones, no caramel.

bobbing for apples.

changing out the window boxes to mums.


this time of year carries traditions, memories, yummy smells (spices and caramel!).

so much goodness.  so much to be thankful for.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

master designer.

when we form words to speak from our mouth let them be purposeful.

when we put our hands to work let us do so with purpose.

when we place one foot in front of the other let us be purposeful in our steps.

when our minds process and create new ideas let them be fulfilled for purpose.

            
my friend, darlene, has boldly put out a challenge to each person who wants to stretch their purpose.
to those of us who appreciate a beautiful landscape, a well designed space, a passion for creating beauty.


let not these desires be meaningless or fruitless.


thank you darlene for encouraging us to look deeper and give glory where glory is due!

in darlene's words:

“I AM A MASTER DESIGNER.

I LOVE BEAUTY;
I SEE POTENTIAL AND I WANT TO FILL IT WITH BEAUTY.
I AIM TO CREATE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL THAT IS WORTHY OF JOY.

DESIGN IS A HIGH CALLING, ONE THAT CAN IMPROVE THE LIVES OF OTHERS, BE A MEANS TO FOSTER RELATIONSHIPS, AND ADD MUCH JOY TO MY FAMILY.

I APPRECIATE FINE AND LOVELY THINGS, BUT THEY ARE NOT MY TREASURES.
I KNOW WHAT IS TRULY IMPORTANT, AND
I DO NOT AIM TO “STORE UP MY TREASURES HERE ON EARTH.”* 

I LIVE TO BRING GLORY TO GOD, THE ULTIMATE MASTER DESIGNER.
HE CREATED BEAUTY.
HE CREATED ALL BEAUTIFUL THINGS.
AND, HE CREATED MY PASSION FOR DESIGN, AND SET THAT JOY IN MY HEART.

EVERYTHING THAT I CREATE,
AND HAVE CREATED,
IS BECAUSE I MYSELF WAS CREATED BY A MASTER.

I AM A MASTER DESIGNER.”

*{VERSE REFERENCE, MATTHEW 6:19}


Friday, October 14, 2011

friday favorites

this song will speak volumes.  please listen.  its beautiful.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

adding a little gold.

i am really appreciating the "mixing metals" trend in decor that is taking hold.

no need to do just silver or just gold or just black.  mix it up!

i found this table at a local consignment shop this past summer... okay, look past
the gorgeous faux ivy and look at the shape of that topper!  and twisted wood legs?  yes please.


sans children, i folded the seats down and piled that baby into the back of my car.

along with a couple of other goodies.

hello gorgeous.  this was such an easy and inexpensive solution.  i spray painted the legs a gray
color that i found at lowes (so sorry i don't remember the exact color).

i first sprayed a gray primer.  then two coats of the gray.

gray and gold?  yup.  it can work.



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

all you need is love. love is all you need.

almost two years ago i spotted some wooden signs that had this saying on it.

all you need is love.  love is all you need.

the quote is from a beatles song but i saw this through different lenses:

1 John 4:8  
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

all i need is GOD.  GOD is all i need.   (and i needed these signs!)


enter my dear friend, the super talented susie harris the signs i spied so long ago showed up
on susie's blog, and i decided if susie will paint them i would buy them!  i am so pleased.

susie does amazing work....i'm sure you can find a sign that will work in your home :)

right behind these love signs, on the wood behind the drywall we wrote our wedding verses:

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.




i had to super-crop a photo from the construction phase.  you can see the black sharpie on the studs.


i long to show God's love daily in the way i live.  do i mess up? fall down?  absolutely.

but i have a savior.  his name is Jesus.  the son of God who died for me.  and THAT is love.
the fact that God's allowed His son to die for me?  for you?  for us?

when i start feeling froggy about something not-so-great in my life and maybe wonder "really? this situations stinks big time" i think about how God IS love.

He is pursuing little 'ol me!

i can wallow and try to take charge on my own or i can surrender and love him more.

i can grasp and feel His love.  its a very good thing.


everyone has trials. some worse than others that's for sure.  i have had trials.  and i STILL have trials.

grasping the truth and reality of the death of Jesus on the cross and the resurrection from the grave....
i just can. not. imagine.  my life with out my precious Lord and Savior.  He has moved mountains
in my life.

HE has LOVED me.  and that is all i need.

Monday, October 10, 2011

boys bunk room update

i finally put the new bedding on all the bunks. 

the striped duvets are from west elm and the pillow covers are from etsy.



i still wouldn't change a thing about these bunks.  the boys love them.

they're roomy and the individual light is so practical.


i still stand my ground that these beds are no more difficult to make than my girl's twin beds.

the boys have a fitted sheet and a duvet cover.  no in between sheet.  its just easier this way.
if they need an extra blanket we keep a stack in the closet.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

courageous. the movie.



we saw this movie last weekend.  it will turn a lot of emotions and definitely make you think.

i cried.

i laughed.

it challenged me to be a better mother and for my husband to be a better father.

and i think we ALL have room to improve.  whether you have your own children or not.

this movie will tug at your heart to ponder the way you raise your children.

have you seen it?  what did you think?

Courageous the movie trailer

Sunday, October 2, 2011

its fall. and i love it.

we started out with a trip to chicago for our 12 year anniversary.....i love my husband!  cheers for many more years :)


fall brings fresh apples......and yummy candles.  i've been burning this hazelnut by swan creek candle and it is a. maz. ing.

fall decorations are out.  and i found white pumpkins and hobby lobby.  so cute.

the fall mantle.  so easy and simple.  here is last year's mantle. you'll see where i used these vases last year as well.



fall means extra hot salted carmel mochas and sunday paper after church.

fall means going to the pumpkin patch....




happy fall!




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