Monday, September 15, 2014

The Last Of Summer

Our summer has been busy and full but wonderful. With
all of our company, we call it our house-guest summer.
Some recent happenings:

My sister and her little family lived with us for
3 months until they found a house...

Helping clean and set up her new kitchen.

 And painting too. :)

 Then once my sister moved out, James' sister and her
family stayed with us for a little bit.

We enjoyed a day at the lake full of sunshine,
playing in the sand and water, eating and chatting.


Uncle James caught a fish!!

And we also enjoyed some Glow Golf - so much fun!!

 Bowling with some Florida friends....

 Can you read our human letters?! ;)

We've also found time to work on some house
projects here - like staining my end tables....

doing some painting...

and clearing a bit of land in the back.

 A favorite is Grammy's book club!

 And days at the park.

And we are always being creative (like finding out
that our head and face fits in underwear lol)

That sums up a little bit of what's going on down here.
I hope you've had a wonderful summer as well!! :)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

DIY Chalkboard

I have been wanting a chalkboard for my kitchen for some time now but am too cheap and didn't want to spent $30 in the store. I saw on Pinterest that you can do it very easily and cheaply so I thought I would give it a try! It WAS easy AND cheap - 50 cents for the frame from a thrift store and about $3.50 for the chalk board spray paint!

Here's the ugly "before".

I thought about doing something fun, like a bright color, but decided on the dark chocolatey brown that matches my pantry door. My laundry room will be the fun room with lots of pop (before and after pictures of that to come). So first thing was to take the glass out and clean both it and the wood frame. Then I painted it.

 I did about 3 coats of this wonderful stuff - just make sure you do it outside or in the garage!!

Then I colored it with chalk because I read that if you do this before actually writing on it, the chalk will wipe off better.

And the finished product! 

Such an easy and fun DIY project that can
be finished in just a few hours!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Purposeful Nurturing

Since "motherhood" is my all consuming life right now,
I love reading blog posts from other people and
their encouragement, experiences and gleanings.

I came across this recently and thought it was
worth sharing with all of my mommy-friends:

Purposeful nurturing is so important and definitely an area that I am working on because I can get caught up in the daily tasks of life just trying to keep the laundry down, the house clean and healthy meals on the table - not to mention the extra things of gardening, canning, spiritual feedings, etc. But I have noticed in my own experiences that taking those extra moments to cuddle, kiss boo-boos and rub backs, that the emotional level stays more at an even keel than mountains and valleys and bursts of tears (yes, little girls have LOTS of emotions too!). This is truly part of that word "motherhood" and an aspect that we as mommy's needs to embrace and become experts in.

So hop on over to her blog and be encouraged -
I'm sure you will enjoy her other posts as well. :)

Tirzah is my cuddly one and loves those mommy moments

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Motherhood is one of those words that you don't
fully understand.... until you have
entered into that realm of life.

I looked up the word mother in the dictionary and all it said was, "The state of being a mother" Is that all?! I'm not sure what I was expecting to find but I was hoping for a bit more. Motherly said this: "Motherly authority; tender; parental; as motherly love or care." That was a bit better. One can not fully or simply describe what a mother is. It is so much. It engulfs so many words and characters. 

There are experiences that no one else in this world can experience, except for a mom. It's this fierce power of a love. There are times that you can actually FEEL your love growing and it's so amazing! They say that it is a man's ears and nose that doesn't stop growing but I'm convinced it's a mothers heart.

 If I've learned and am still learning one thing, it is the sacrificial love of a mother. Day in and out it is a giving, even when you don't feel like it. Even when you are tired and crabby or just "done!!" you have to continue to sacrifice your time and love for the little ones that God has placed in your care. There are many difficult and tiring moments but the joys and delights of motherhood far outweigh the negative.

It really is quite humbling as you come to realize how selfish of a creature you are when you become mommy. But in that realization, I am reminded of my Heavenly Father's most selfless love, that none can even compare to. His pure example is my highest goal... even when the girls wake up on the wrong side of the bed and the day is filled with tears, when they get into everything they shouldn't, color permanent marker on their face, draw on my bedroom door, spill grapes under my fridge, put sticky fingers on clean windows, have accidents in their undies, and on and on what a day can bring...

 They are my delight.
My joy.
My gifts.

I need not look any further and I can SEE
and know what my highest calling is.

My name is mommy. And I love it.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Another picture update

Just some more random pictures from the past few months. :)

Because we don't know many people here in MO, it has been
really nice having two of my sisters nearby!

Mornings at the nearby park are a favorite...

James and I celebrated 4 years in July - it's been a
wonderful 4 years to say the least and I am so incredibly
thankful for the man God gave me!!

 I am loving the ages of my girls.... they bring me so
much joy that I never could have imagined what 
I was missing before I was a mother!

 Verity loves helping in the kitchen!

 Helping clean up the yard....

 You know those moments when the house is quiet for far too long and all of a sudden you get a panic attack, wondering what your kids are getting into?! I was so please one day when I found her doing this!

 Keeping little hands busy with some window washing

 Watching/helping daddy lay the foam before the carpet goes in!
Have I said that my girls like to help?!

Ice cream is the perfect treat on a hot summers day!

 Stay at home date night with the hubby....
s'mores and a movie = happiness.

 Enjoying the water in the heat of MO at the lake.....

....or in the welcomed rain!

 We have had many memorable and enjoyable days this summer.
Some of those days include 4square....

 ....or visitors from next door.

 We have also had quite a few not-so-enjoyable experiences 
including mammoth spiders, an unwelcome guest snake and too many ticks.

But amidst the joy of this journey and the pain of adjusting, I am so very thankful for the three people in this picture and my Savior which is with me every step of the way.