Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Crochet for the Hipster...

I am extremely thankful and happy today. When learning that I made something that was cool enough for not only me, but for my 16 year old daughter and her friends?? 
This year, handmade gifts all around! Hooray!
It is an exciting feeling! I am completely tickled to be able to make something my fashionable daughter would like to wear! 
That is a success in my book for sure!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Learning to serve...

When I was a little girl, my Daddy would come in from a long day at work and I would help pull his boots off. I remember doing this all the time. It was something I did to help Daddy sit back and relax, to help him realize he was home and I loved him and wanted to serve him. 
Time has passed and now I have four children of my own. I told my kids about how I used to help my Daddy by taking off his work boots for him. Daddy's work hard and when they come home, their feet ache and their backs are sometimes sore. In this little way, we are serving. 

Such a small gesture, but it shows such great love and respect, in my opinion. 
My daughter Carlie, is such an example. She is almost ALWAYS willing to serve. She loves to help and loves to do things for others. When I told this story many years ago, she was the first one in line to help HER Daddy with his boots that evening... and she still is doing it today.

I want to make sure that I am raising my kids to serve. Our greatest example, Jesus, served people. Why shouldn't we? Even if it is starting small. Give your children chances to serve. Let them bring you coffee. Let them sweep the floor. Let them buy a small gift for someone. Let them help your parents clean their house... There are MANY ways of serving. I pray that I will do my best to teach my kids this lesson and that one day when they are all grown, I will see men and women who enjoy serving one another and the Lord. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Enjoying Autumn

Sometimes life gets very busy, huh? I know it has for me. No matter how hard you try to simplify and slow... the busy-ness seems to take hold, even still. 
Let me tell you though, even in our day-to-day busy-ness, I have not forgotten to keep my eyes open and the beauty around me. I am in such awe of the beautiful place in which we live. 
The colors around us are exquisite!
All the reds, browns, oranges, yellows and green seemingly resting against that gorgeous blue sky and cottonesque clouds. It is nothing short of glorious.
The chickens and Wanda (the duck) are enjoying themselves immensely as I have let them out to free range during the day. They think they are all rebels now, as they seem to look at me with a questioning look...

Is this ok? 
Are you mad at us?
You don't like it when we get outside the fence...

Yeah, I'm that fruitcake lady who talks with her chickens, ask anyone who knows me in real life. Ha. 

The children are enjoying the fall weather and the falling of leaves as well. Carlie Jean and Abram have been making leave piles on somewhat of a daily basis. Because, believe you me... we have PLENTY of leaves to go around! I'm glad I'm not one of those who rakes them up. I like them. 

So, life has been moving along swiftly here, but it has been a very happy time. This is my most favorite time of the year. As we begin transitioning to 'looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas' mode.

So friends, don't forget to look around. Even if you are busy, take in the beauty around you in your busy-ness! Have a beautiful day! 

Friday, November 1, 2013

this moment:: Avengers Assemble!

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{this moment}
A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
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Avengers Assemble!!!
(Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow and Director Fury)

*sorry for the absence this week, friends... It has been some kinda crazy. I hope to be back next week*