Thursday, March 19, 2015

Easter Sale - 2015

this year,  choose a gift for your family that will keep giving all year long. 

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usps takes about 2-3 days to deliver these, so make sure the easter bunny knows to order them in time :) 

head over the the etsy shop to get yours. may your family be blessed! 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Grandma's Chocolate Cake

Griff and I ended up taking a last minute trip to the panhandle last weekend to have a chance to see my grandmother again. She's been in and out of the hospital for several months now and just hasn't been able to get fully well. I am so thankful we ended up going, as she has taken a turn for worse and is being moved into hospice today.  While we wanted her to be comfortable and without pain, you're just never ready to say goodbye.

When I think about my grandmother, I think about:

Cousin's Week
          - hosting all eleven grandkids for a week of fun! my token cousin's week is when I was around 10 years old and when my mom came to pick us up, I bragged that I hadn't brushed my hair all week! (this is back when it was long and thick... it was a rat's nest! no rules at grandma's house though!) we always had matching shirts, made play dough and bubbles, slept in the garage [in the summer, in texas! how did we survive that heat??] and even braved palo duro canyon to camp outdoors! sometimes, when i'm exhausted after a long day with only one toddler, I can't imagine how they had the energy to entertain us all week!

Puppets
          - my grandmother had an amazing puppet ministry. I can't even tell you the countless shows she put on across the state and in Brazil. Lee Greenwood's "I'm Proud To Be An American" is a song that makes me think of my brother and her, because she always did a performance to it. As a young child, having a puppeteer grandmother was basically the equivalence of being related to a celebrity ;)


Games
          -Lots and lots and lots of games! My grandparents loved to play games and I am so grateful that she kept quite the social circle with her games after he passed away. I actually can't tell you the last time I beat her in a game of Wahoo either!


Chocolate Sheet Cake
          - Oh, Grandma's chocolate sheet cake! This will forever go down as my top dessert. It's so perfect.  It doesn't matter how full I am, what time of day it is or the diet I'm on, I can't turn down her chocolate sheet cake. Grandma knows my love for it and up until her health starting failing, every time I came to visit her she had my own 9x9 pan that she was pulling fresh out on the oven.  I am so grateful that almost 7 years ago for a wedding present, I had a family friend that put together a recipe book for me and had family members contribute some of their favorites. I don't have many from Grandma, but she knew what I would want.

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Our family would appreciate your prayers right now. Though we are preparing for a lot of grief, I think we'll make her chocolate cake this weekend and celebrate the blessing she is to us!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Good Day

if i had to guess

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i think that i would say


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that griffin had


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a very 

A Good Day

very 

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good

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day.

A Good Day

don't you agree?

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[no mom tears were shed in the making of this day. just good ole fashioned cupcake eating, marker drawing, baking powder measuring fun!] 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Books Of The Bible Rap Lyrics

As a part of our Wednesday night children's activities, we had a very generous donation made to our ministry to purchase 45 Bibles so that each student would have one to use during our lesson. It also helps that we're all using the same one, which makes it slightly easier for me to tell the kids where they need to be for our lesson that night. Despite the help that I try and give them on where to go, I've noticed that most of our kids don't know the books of the Bible.  Heck, I myself am guilty of knowing generalized areas, but some books take me a while to find! For Lent this year I challenged our students (and myself!) to learn all 66 books before Easter. We're using this great rap I found on Youtube from North Point Kids.


After showing them the rap last week, I sat out to find the lyrics so they could read it as the song was playing. If they are online somewhere, I couldn't find them so I typed them up for the kids today and wanted to share them online in case anyone else needs them. (Or if you want to challenge yourself to learn the books too!)

Here is the link to the lyrics. Enjoy!

these are the books of the Bible when we read them it makes us stronger and we learn about our heavenly father when we read all the books of the Bible....

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday Favorites: Griffin Quotes

Momma I carry you?
[when he wants to be picked up]

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Castle! Castle!
[pointing to shoe, wanting me to get the sand out]



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praying:

dear JESUSSSSSS.
THANK YOOOOOOOUU.
DAY.
THANK YOOOOOOOUU.
moMMA
daDDY
KODABEAR
help me
SLEEEEEEEEP.
night night.
love you.
AMEN.
[because yelling helps the prayers to get through.]


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Heart? Heart?
[when requesting to sing "Down In My Heart"]


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No get me. No get me Daddy.
[when running off to start a game of chase.]


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Ka-chow!
[after every picture.]

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No happy birday Daddy. Happy Birday Me!

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

Back in December I hosted a simple "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" party for a few of Griffin's friends. It sounds much fancier than it was, as it was just a glorified playdate so the moms could get together and have coffee!

I created an invitation using PicMonkey and texted it to everyone.

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Simple snacks for the kids [cookies, powdered sugar donuts, donut holes, and little smokies to balance out the sugar high!] A coffee station for the moms and snowman treats as goodie bags. [which I forgot to hand out and Griff is still playing with!]

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The "snowman" was based off of this pin I'd seen a while back.  I think in theory, it's made by older kids who could cut out all of their own eyes, mouth and nose pieces. Our oldest kid attending was four and while she might have been able to do it, I don't trust the other boys! [with nicknames like Hurricane Henry, G-Force, Tor-Knox-O and Wreck 'Em Rhett, do you blame me?? :) ] I used my silhouette the night before to cut out all of the pieces and then made the yarn pom poms for the ear muffs. I stayed up stupidly late making them and was kicking myself for doing it, but the first thing G said when he saw the was "Beautiful!" so it was totally worth it!

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While this project does require some adult supervision, it was mostly just because we used hot glue guns for the ear muffs. Glue sticks worked for all of the paper parts and then there was no worry of little hands getting hurt.


Here are the kiddos with their finished snowmen! [this was the best we could get with this crowd!]

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I know we're into February now, but with the Texas weather, you never know when our next snow day will be! Make the most of being cooped up inside and make a party out of it!



[here's the fine print: you'll spend all week getting your house ready for the party and then have six little ones and two babies show up and you really will think that a tornado hit. every toy possible will be pulled out, water will probably overflow from the sink, several kids will end up crying at some point and something will get spilt. but, the kids will totally love it, the moms will enjoy the conversation and everyone will leave brainstorming the next party idea! so skip the cleaning, leave the toys out and get ready to have some fun!]

Monday, February 2, 2015

You Can't Handle...

 this cuteness. 


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[ cody was away for the weekend so we did whatever it took to survive. which included painting, lots of movies, mcdonalds, and lots of diet dr. pepper for mom. thankful to have dad back and that paint washes off! ]