Ushering in the New

Happy New Year to each of you!!! It has been a wonderful 10 months getting to know each of you. Many of you have inspired me in ways that you may never know in how you balance being wife, mother, home educator, crafter extraordinaire, friend, sister, aunt, niece, just plain ol’ nice. I love the encouragement from each of you and getting to know you in this medium.

This was a good year for me and my family. No major challenges but lots of growing in ways that were unexpected. Our home church continues to florish through and by the grace of God and I admit that I am excited to see what He will do in 2008.

The kids and I will embark upon the 2nd half of our first full year of official homeschooling. They are excited and I look forward to the blessing of being able to learn with them. The Prince will turn 4 in a few weeks and his desire to read more and now write is amazing and I hope to foster those desires in a way that suits him. The Princess is still my challenge because she doesn’t learn how I learn so I look forward to how I have to get out of my box in order to help her understand and comprehend.

My crafty pursuits continue and for that I am thankful. I like making and making helps me find balance in the midst of life. Those that I make for enjoy my items and that is special to me to know that you have given someone something that they genuinely appreciate because they know that you made it just for them.

I don’t know what tomorrow holds but I do know that I am excited to find out and I hope that you will continue to read about the journey.

Happy New Year!!!!

Breathing Again

I am, are you? πŸ™‚ We had a blessed Christmas and even did something different this year with the children. We gave them gifts like the three wise men gave baby Jesus. I saw the idea at BIMW and here is more detail. It was wonderful and they have been enjoying their gifts which when you factor in gifts from both sets of grandparents, aunts/uncles, close friends, it turned into more but as always, they know that other stuff must leave. I have been freecycling and I have a growing pile that is headed to the local charity store for my end of the year tax discount.

Here are the little cherubs on Christmas morning

Christmas morning

ripping it up

who's gonna win

My parents gave them each one of those VTECH laptops and they have been besides themselves with joy and I have enjoyed the educational aspect of the gift. Great purchase as they were half off on the day after Thanksgiving at Wal-Mart.

I did manage a few handmade gifts but I tell ya, I need to start now for next year. πŸ™‚ I didn’t get pics of some as I was too busy rushing to get them wrapped, but here are a few.

This was by far the quickest, fastest gift – Wheat sacks.

wheat sacks

I also made this apron for my MIL. It is also a refashioned piece in that it was a tablecloth when I found it at the thrift store already donned with pompoms so I cut it and added the jean waistband and voila!


I made a scarf that I wasn’t sure who it was going to be for but hubby has claimed it. It is corduroy and accented with some fabric from my paying it forward gift received from Euphoria – thanks chica! I used the opposite colors on the reverse side.

side 2

side 1

On Christmas Day we went to my SIL’s as she was the host of this years family gathering and which family is on again for next year….drum roll….you guessed we are. So, I have already been thinking about my plans as we are talking over 40 folks and more when you start adding in the kids. The good thing is once you do it you are off the hook for at least 3 years.

I love this time as I get to reflect on where we have been and where we are going so I have been refining the homeschool schedule and clearing out clutter and looking forward to 2008. Hope you are doing the same!

Merry Christmas to All!

Merry Christmas!!!!

I hope that each of you enjoy this beautiful time of the year. In all of your getting, please remember to give as it is truly better to give than to receive. There are many that stand in need this year, so dig deep in your heart and pocket and share your blessings with them.

I look forward to 2008 and seeing how God will continue to work in all of our lives.

Peace, Hope, and Joy to each of you and thank you for how you have blessed me through your visits and comments.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

The Toilet Paper Wedding Dress

Okay, how many times at bridal showers have you played the toilet paper wedding dress game? I know, too many to count, but I never thought that our silly game would become someone’s real life gown. The folks at Charmin felt otherwise and Ms. Jennifer Cannon was married in 2-ply toilet tissue, glue and tape. Did I mention that she was also married in the public restrooms that Charmin sets up during the holidays in NYC, you know to help with all the visitors and what they must deem to be a lack of clean public restrooms.

The jokes are pretty much infinite on this one but let’s pray the marriage stays together. πŸ™‚

CharminΒ gown(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Everyday Miracles and Prayers

It is so easy to miss the everyday miracles that surround us on a daily basis because we are often looking for the big miracle. I was reminded of this when we went to the annual holiday party held by the transplant team at A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children. This is where our Princess received her liver transplant and it is where numerous other kids have received a gift of life.

The holiday party is always a fun event as there is food, fellowship, lots of holiday baking goods (yummy), and they are so generous in that they give toys to all of the siblings of the transplant patient. Trust me, that makes some large families very happy at this time of the year.

There is a DJ so there is dancing also face painting, balloons, and a visit from Santa (dear hubby of one of the transplant team).

In the midst of all of the festivities, I found out that a little girl, Kierra, that received a partial liver transplant the same week of the Princess had some issues and was in the ICU, as she has had another liver transplant, a kidney transplant, and in the process of recovery, she had a stroke. She is 6 years old. Her mom was holding up well but it has been a long haul for them as her second transplants took place right after Thanksgiving. Please keep this family in your prayers especially during this holiday season as she will be spending most of it in/near the hospital. She is married now but she isn’t able to work as the long hospital stays have caused her to have to leave her previous place of employment. Thank you!

Here are some pictures of the festivities:

The Princess

The Prince & His Pop-Pop

Early party attendees

Waiting for face painting

After face painting

Here is our best bud, the Doctor with blessed hands in his balloon reindeer antlers.

Doc the reindeer

3 amigos

Mom trying to teach daughter the Chicken dance

Chicken dance

Chicken dance #2

The dancing continues


More dancing

Of course, there was the Santa visit, the Prince had a not so pleasant attitude.


It's a Sinus Infection

Okay after weeks of being sick in an on again off again fashion, I finally went to the doctor. I admit that I suffer from momitis in that I do not always take care of me as fast as I take care of everyone else. However, my goals of a not made in China Christmas were quickly falling to the wayside as I continued to be less than 100%. Now, my doctor is a delight, she spends time with you and really wants to know what is going on to make sure it is not something else and while I love her attention to detail, she provides this level of detail to everyone so it means that you are guaranteed to wait (for some time) to see her. I had the kids in tow and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and I had my sinus infection concern confirmed. I filled the prescription for my horse pill antibiotics and need to stock up on some yogurt to replace the good bacteria that the horse pills will definitely kill. πŸ˜‰

Time is ticking and I have lots to do so hopefully some magical fairies or elves could show up and sew, knit and a few other things. πŸ™‚

Stay Home Jessica!! (T.O. & Others Agree)

Many of you know that I dearly love my Dallas Cowboys and as a result, I would like to give some advice to Jessica Simpson, next time STAY HOME!!!! You see, our beloved quarterback, he obviously has a thing for blondes as many of you may recall, his last love interest was Carrie Underwood. Yes, she also served as a distraction to Tony that caused us any hopes of moving beyond the first round of the playoffs. As much as he is getting paid, Jerry Jones needs to implement a Tony rule, no more celebrity-girlfriend-of-the-moment should be allowed to attend the game unless they have been escalated to the level of fiance and have been at that level for at least 5 months.

We played like trash today and we better win the next 2 games because home field advantage through the playoffs is much better than having to head to Green Bay (no offense as I do like Green Bay and love Brett Favre) and play in the cold, remember I do not do cold. πŸ™‚

So, Jess, hon take your pink #9 Jersey and watch the upcoming games via TV in the comfort of your home. Thanks a bunch, hon!

ETA: Obviously, T.O. has similar feelings and thoughts about Jessica as seen on Fox Sports

Cupcakes & Cookies Oh My!

Last night was the last night of AWANA for the kids until the new year. It was cancelled last week due to the snow so I wasn’t exactly prepared because in my mind I had another week. Nonetheless, I wanted to give the teachers/assistants a little something and the grandiose plans of tissue holders and other assorted handmade items fell by the wayside in light of the calendar glitch. πŸ™‚ I thought oh we will make some cookies which are always appreciated at this time of the year. My kids asked if their classes were going to have a party, and silly me said I am sure they are, well we would like to bring cupcakes. Uhhh, come again….out came the box of Duncan Hines and the mini cupcake liners and the little elves lined the pans with the liners. While cupcakes are baking, we whipped up some quick buttercream frosting and they pulled out the decorations and then the orders started flying.

Do we have to have white frosting? About green? No, I want red! Make some hearts! and Smiley faces?

waiting line

red icing

green icing

all finished

No pics of the cookies because they were bagged so fast and the rest mysteriously disappeared. πŸ˜‰ Don’t worry my annual Cookie Swap is tomorrow night and I think it will be my cookie recipe so there will be pics by the weekend.

The light wasn’t too too bad today so I thought I would try to capture the Christmas tree in its glory.

side view

front view

And here are the stockings hanging from the mantle.

mantle stockings

Each one has our initial on it and the kids chose their own fabrics. The stockings are purple and the one in the middle is blue with a heart in honor of Malachi.

I really should probably be baking being that I need 7 dozen cookies for tomorrow but I just don’t feel like it yet. I have poured over my old/new cookie recipes and just nothing has clearly jumped out at as this years recipe….off to look again!

A Princess and a Camera

The Princess has a thing for taking pictures…she likes to be in them as well as take some and with the immediacy of digital cameras, she likes to take my camera and go do her own thing. πŸ™‚ While in NC for Thanksgiving, she took some pics and I promised that I would share them so here they are as seen through the eyes of a 5 year old and please note that I haven’t cropped these pics or done pretty much anything except hit the auto correct button in my Microsoft Picture Manager.











The Magic Number

Yes that is the number of unread posts on my Bloglines. I am just ashamed! My cold has come back even though I don’t think it really ever left it just kinda went away so I could do the wedding. I have just been under the weather and while I have tried to sneak a few reads here and there, post here and there, it has not been working, now has it?!?!?!?

Also, just life has been a bit crazy as of late and when combined with not feeling well, I feel as if I was dangling by a string. I am slowly making my way back and hope to be back to a much more consistent schedule soon.

Happy late Monday to each of you! πŸ˜€