Saturday, July 30, 2011

It's been a long time.

Over a year in fact. Many things changed the around that Christmas when I stopped blogging. My husband of 7 years left me for another woman. I tried ignoring the warning signs. Never do that. It was a struggle at first, the girls and I cried for days. But we pulled ourselves together and with the help of friends and family I moved on. The girls are doing better now, but Lily, who is about to turn 8, is still having some trouble with it. Moose, 5, just keeps rolling with the punches. She's such a trooper.

As I pulled myself back together, I bought a van from my sister, got my own apartment, and went back to school. Currently I'm also working part time as well. The ex (who trapped me at home cause our car was broken) still doesn't have his vehicle fixed. Instead he uses his girlfriends, who he moved into our old home as soon as I left it. I love the new place. Not being in that house is a HUGE relief. I hated it there.

Living alone has its major perks, and I'm learning some distinct disadvantages as well. My friends and family have been amazingly supportive throughout it, some, like T, since the night everything went down. Other friends, like J, I've found along the way am extremely lucky to have her. I am extremely lucky to have the friends I have and I know this.

I don't know if I'll keep up with the blog this time. I've been so very busy. I'm going to try however. It may be more of a journal as time goes though. We shall see.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Book Review: Beautiful Things Happen....


I was recently given the oppurtunity to review this book from Booksneeze.com. At first I was hesitant to get it, my life is a mess, and my faith has been struggling for quite sometime. But something in me told me to get it, after all, if now isn't the time for it... it never will be!

Beautiful Things Happen When A Woman Trusts God by Sheila Walsh is a well written book about the authors journey on discovering how to trust god again while struggling with depression in her life. The book itself is beautiful, the cover illustrating a key point of the book about trust and swings. Each chapter and segment raises questions from the author that really make you think and reflect. She uses people from the bible to explain her points from the biblical perspective, while keeping their stories easy to understand and relate to. Also included in the back of the book is a study guide that is helpful, especially for group discussions.

I have really enjoyed this book. I found myself reflecting on many of the questions asked. I felt the book was thought provoking and enlightening. I didnt feel like I was being lectured, rather I felt as though I was listening to an old friend. If you are looking for a book that will help you with your trust in God then its very likely that this book is for you. I would give this book 5 stars.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 25 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Back in Action! (Kinda)

Sorry I've not been around! I'm still struggling getting dsl again (my new company has given me nothing but trouble for over a month!!) and Blogger seems REALLY painfully slow on dial up! Yep. Dial up. Shoot me now. But its better then nothing and I was finally able to get my blog un-christmasfied (yep totally made up a new word there). I'm trying to get back up and running again. Real life has thrown me for a loop lately so I'm dealing with that also. I have a couple projects in the works, some book reviews, and some other ideas for upcoming posts though. Stay tuned!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Holy Lack of Internets Batman!

Hey everyone! First all, Merry Christmas! Secondly, I'm sorry I've not been posting this month! My internet has been down with various issuses and I havent had access to the net or anything else. I'm only on now because I'm at my parents house for Christmas. I'll be back as soon as I can be! If there are any questions, comments, etc. I'll try to be back as soon as I can be! Take care everyone!

Friday, November 27, 2009

25 Days of Christmas

Since I'm really feeling the holiday spirit this year I want to really get my girls into it also. Along with our yummy advent I really want to teach them about the traditions and all the great lessons of the season. I've come up with a list of things I'd love to do each day. Three of our days are birthdays so they were easy enough! These probably wont be in order since some of these will have to be done when they can be.

  1. Decorate the Christmas Tree
  2. Put up lights outside
  3. Listen to Christmas Music
  4. Watch a Christmas Story
  5. Make Christmas Cards
  6. Take Christmas Pictures
  7. Attend Neveah's party
  8. Read The Night Before Christmas
  9. Make homemade playdoh snowmen
  10. Make Gingerbread houses
  11. Watch a Christmas Carol
  12. Go look at Christmas Lights
  13. Attend Meghan's party
  14. Write Santa letters
  15. Go visit Santa @ the Mall
  16. Watch Polar Express
  17. Play Christmas Bingo
  18. Go to Grandmas for Christmas Jammies
  19. Christmas with Papaw's side of the family
  20. Daddy's Birthday
  21. Watch Prancer
  22. Read Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
  23. Color Christmas Pages
  24. Attend Kaleigh's party
  25. Its Christmas!!!!
I can't wait to do these things and maybe more! Can you believe we have 3 birthday's in the family in December, plus Lily's little friends birthday?! Busy Busy Busy! January has almost as many birthdays but not quite!

Santa's Reindeer Games Freebie




Here it is! My first Christmas kit for this year. Inspired by T'was the Night Before Christmas and all the reindeer's names. Kit is 300dpi. There are 9 papers and 33 Elements. There will be a coordinating kit released in the upcoming days. Its like going from the North Pole to Home! If you download please leave a comment, or better yet a layout using my kit! That's all I ask :)

Advent Calendars



Last year, My mom, my sister, and I recreated our own advent calendars for our kids to mimic a design my mom made for us to use as an advent calender for literally as long as I can remember. Our old ones were a snowman, a Santa, and a Christmas tree. Each year my brother, sister and I fought over which ones we got to use.

To prevent this, when we made them last year we decided on ginger-breads that were pretty much identical. These are super easy to make. I made them and I can't sew to save my life!
These work best with candy canes or candy that you can tie a bow around the wrapper. My mom says we used to make it especially hard for her since none of us really liked candy canes or peppermints. Luckily for me, my kids love them! hehe They also make tons of flavored candy canes that they didn't use to.

I'm sure you could find small toys to do it with if you didn't want to use candy. But that will be more expensive.

Here is how we made ours!

Materials:

  • Long piece of felt in any color you choose. Ours is 30" long and 3.5" wide
  • 25 12" pieces of a thin yarn. It needs to be long so you can tie on the candy and still tie a bow!
  • Light Brown felt
  • White thread
  • a needle
  • Pipe cleaners
  • large jingle bell
  • Hot Glue
We started with our ginger-breads. We cut out the shape of our gingerbread from light brown felt. Each gingerbread you make will need two per advent. We put them together and started doing a blanket stitch around the edge. You could easily do a basic stitch for this, we just thought the blanket stitch looked really nice! When we had him sewn half way we inserted a pipe cleaner stick man into our gingerbread. This made it so our gingerbread can move his arms legs and even bow his head if the kids so choose! Our ginger-breads hold red and white pipe cleaner candy canes. Then we finished sewing up the gingerbread. Adding small knots for the eyes and button (you could add real buttons that would be cute!!) and a small mouth. Since my sister and I have girls we also added bows to the ginger-breads heads with red string to match our felt.

Next we cut a 30" long 3.5" wide piece of red felt. Any color you want would work though! It looks best if the felt is the same width as your gingerbread mans waist, so keep that in mind! Next we hot glued our gingerbread girls to the top of red felt, positioning it just above its armpits, down to its waist so the legs still move freely of the felt. Our felt is tapered at the end. We like how it left the nice point to hang the bell from.

Nearly done! this next part took a while. Not too bad but a tad repeatative for someone who lacks patience like me hehe. Spacing them about 1" apart sew the yarn pieces on one at a time. Tie a knot before the bow so they wont come off when they kids are removing candy (boy I hope that made sense!)

When you have 24 tie on the jingle bell with the remaining piece of yarn.

To hang them we made rings out of pipe cleaners and sewed them on the back of the ginger-bread person. Make sure this is re-enforced well cause they get HEAVY once candy is on them.

Tie on the candy and hang and hang on December 1st and enjoy this yummy way to count down to Christmas!

Final Tip: Help small kids untie the bows if you use wrapped candy. Getting the knot tied around a small piece of plastic is sometimes tedious work!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me or comment and I'll do my very best to answer them!