We were thankful to take a little trip to Mexico for our 10th anniversary – so I decided to make a little paper heart piñata for my hubby for Valentine’s. He is actually taking a class this weekend so I decided to get him a few of his favorite treats to keep him focused…
After cutting two paper hearts out of 12×12 thick paper, I used my daughters craft sewing machine to sew it up. Remember the little hedgehogs? I made some little love-y raccoons to join them.
OK, so I think the results would have been a little better had I pulled out my larger machine, since the petal on this one no longer works. You can flip a switch that powers it automatically, I kind of flip the switch and crazy turn the paper as it sings away (although I see it dropped a few stitches…) I don’t think he’ll mind. Did you make something cute for valentines?
We spent Christmas in Pittsburgh, our one outing was to the natural history museum. Everyone had a good time, I could feel it coming on – I am not sure how t-rex gave me the stomach flu since he doesn’t have a stomach or an immune system but I am sure it’s from him. Then the whole family went to the spaghetti warehouse for dinner while I slept in the car. I laid low over the holidays, I finished my study on Ruth (more on that later), and my favorites at the museum were the minerals and gems (more on that later too). I am going to stretch my little week into another blog post or two so I don’t feel as guilty about not posting as much this year. Which I said I would never do (the guilty part) but it just happens. I haven’t made many new goals yet this year but (more on that later…!)
Joy to the world! The Lord has come.
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart
prepare him room
And heaven and angels sing!
No more will sin and sorrow grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He’ll come and make the blessings flow
Far as the curse was found.
Thankful for enough time to finish preparations this week (mainly wrapping) and two snow days off school. Nothing makes wrapping go faster than gazing out on the falling snow. We took one day to hit the slopes as a family and spend some quality time together. I am extremely thankful for a quiet year, and Christmas is especially sweet as our littlest accepted her savior into her heart this year. Blessings to you and your family this Christmas season, see you in 2013!
Apparently I needed a break from blogging – sorry for my lack of November posts!
This weekend we celebrated our first Thanksgiving in our home. We usually travel to our families, but this year we invited them to join us. I had dishes and servers I didn’t even know I had … our new table was just shy of being finished so we made do. I cherished the family time, cooking, men breakfast (this will be a new tradition – where the men cook breakfast everyday), swimming, rock climbing, movies, and sleeping in a caboose. We packed in lots of fun with our turkey, how about you? Any great traditions, new or old?
This place is for real!
My husband just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with a little trip to Baja. The weather was beautiful everyday and what is more relaxing than life by the water! We only spent one day in Cabo before jetting up the coast to escape the busy tourist areas. This is the famous El Arco, located at the tip of Baja, we took a panga (water taxi) out and rented snorkel equipment on the beach for $10. Everything was so blue!
I have heard a lot of travel warnings and advise about Mexico – but our experience was nothing but peaceful. Perhaps I was comparing it to our travels in Africa and elsewhere but everyone seemed so laid back. I was surprised that few people spoke English, but even so we managed knowing only a few key phrases. I took SO MANY photos, I thought I would relive it a bit this week… more to come.
Saturday, I opened a package in the mail which yielded this necklace and earrings my sister handmade for me. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! I guess the hint I dropped … worked! They have such a great weight and are put together so excellently. I admire the unexpected combination of leather and pearls. Thanks E – you’re the best!
Celebrating in this order – our 10th wedding anniversary and a successful glaze kiln. I am so thankful for all the loves in my life and a chance to practice and embrace daily. My heart cannot contain the overflow.
For he loves us with unfailing love; the LORD’s faithfulness endures forever. Praise the LORD! Psalm 117:2
Living in a small town is just the best on the fourth. Our town does (one of the best) fireworks shows on the third, followed by a parade on the fourth. Rolling down main street is a nod to the slower pace of life here; tractors, old-fashioned cars, marching bands, and horses. My kids usually collect more candy from this parade than they do at halloween. I absolutly love it and sharing my lawn with some of our best friends!
Also I have been continuing to make bread from this book. Here is one of my whole wheat blueberry and strawberry loaf – I cut up the rest on the holiday and made some of the best french toast with it! Now that we have a break from the heat I may need to whip up another batch.
Can I take you girls on a “family date” tonight? My husbands idea of a surprise was to introduce us all to the driving range. I think I got a little farther with the camera than I did with the clubs… but the girls got into it. Nothing sweeter than seeing the love of your life teaching your little loves (in skirts none-the-less). Learning to take the moments as they come and embrace what’s around us. I keep saying “this is the best stage,” and praying that is my proclamation at every milestone!
A child has not made up his mind yet about what is and what is not possible. He has no fixed preconceptions about what reality is; and if someone tells him that the mossy place under the lilac bush is a magic place, he may wait until he thinks that no one is watching him, but then he will very probably crawl in under the lilac bush to see for himself. A child also knows how to accept a gift. He does not worry about losing his dignity or becoming indebted if he accepts it. His conscience does not bother him because the gift is free and he has not earned it and therefore really has no right to it. He just takes it, with joy. In fact, if it is something that he wants very much he may even ask for it. And lastly, a child knows how to trust. It is late at night and very dark and there is the sound of sirens as his father wakes him. He does not explain anything but just takes him by the hand and gets him up, and the child is scared out of his wits and has no idea what is going on, but he takes his father’s hand anyway and lets his father lead him where he chooses into the darkness.
Federick Buechner, The Magnificent Defeat
The other day I looked out the window across the street and saw a gaggle of boys climbing in a tree, hanging from its limbs. My daughters begged to join them, and after approval they flew across the street like so many times before. As I glanced across the street again I reached for my camera, it seems safer sometimes to grieve good friends moving from the other side on the lens. A van pulls up and more kids pile out. Their little laughs and giggles seem so natural, in fact this is all they know in life, they have played together since they were born. I quietly trail behind them snapping photos as they move from one favorite playing spot to another. They play hard together like they know the last time they get to be all together is coming, but I doubt they fully grasp yet the reality of that.
As a mother my heart breaks for these kiddos, I have learned to love them as my own, watch them grow, prayed for them and celebrated them. My heart is mindful of the teachable moments as I press through my own tears, for many of them this is their first “loss.” I can’t predict how they are going to respond or hurt as their little world changes, but I can come alongside to embrace and encourage in this moment. My youngest we tried to prepare by telling her they were moving around Easter, has remained quiet other than saying repeatedly “mommy, I don’t want Easter to come.” But my little love, it is here, now is the time to say our good byes, and hope that even this sad event may demonstrate to our kids about the meaning and cost of love, how to leave well, and the tie that binds. It’s Easter – it all happens according to His plan and glory. Thank you lord, for friends to journey with, our lives have been enriched and we have been blessed.