Not a Resolution

I do not make resolutions each New Year.  I do not set goals.  The New Year does bring a natural inclination to think about the previous year and where the new one will take you.  I think about a lot of aspects of my life and goals to set for myself.  I am not static.  I am ever-changing and growing emotionally and spiritually.

I have thought a lot about things I want to change in my life.  Eat healthier, exercise more often, stress less, be the best wife and mom I can be.  Each one of these things is affected directly by God.   My goal this year, and every year, is to grow closer to God.  I was remodeling my blog today and something in the category cloud caught my eye.

Can you see it?  That teeny tiny “Jesus” in the midst of all the larger things?

My blog topics may vary, but in my everyday life, I want Jesus to be a bigger priority than anything else in my life.

Today, tomorrow, always.



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MSP: Twirly Tiered Skirt


Another tiered skirt from this tutorial.  This one is for my sweet niece.  I upcycled a flannel baby blanket for the top layer.  The middle layer is white chenille and the bottom layer is flannel.

This skirt is high in twirl factor.  I hope she loves it!


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We are getting a rare, wonderful snowfall today and tonight.  The kids anxiously awaited the first snowflakes and greeted them with sheer joy.  We have played in it three times today.  We have about 4 inches and the snow is still steadily falling.   Tomorrow should be gorgeous.

The 4 year old sums up how we all feel about the snow at the end of this video:


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Procrastination is my middle name

And I’d rather it not be.  So tonight I took care of a ton of paperwork and re-organization of stuff for the nonprofits who get a lot of my volunteer time.  I have too many kids and not enough time to not keep this stuff organized.  I have made a big mess on the floor around my desk, but I have a lot of stuff trashed and filed in addition to my sorted piles around me.

Looking forward to having this long overdue “to do” D-O-N-E.

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2011 Reading List

Books.  I love them.  I sometimes get caught up in everyday life and forget to have a book on hand to read.  I think a reading goal for 2011 is a resolution I can actually achieve and have fun while doing it.   I’m sure I will read more than 10 books in a year, but let’s be realistic here.  I have three kids.  That I homeschool.  In addition to my volunteer work and other hobbies.  I also babysit a sweet girl part-time.

So.  Yeah.  10 books should be just fine.  I imagine there may be the Sookie Stackhouse or Twilight book candy of 2011 that will not be on my list.  A girl can dream.

Books I’ve always wanted to read, books I recently heard about.  Fiction, non-fiction.  The only requirement is that they NOT be a children’s book, since this whole exercise is for me, after all.

In no particular order…

1. Radical by David Platt

2.  Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austin

3.  Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

4.  The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

5.  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

6. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

8. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

9. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

10. The Charlatan’s Boy by Jonathan Rogers


What is on your must-read list?


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Book Review: God Gave Us So Much

The book: God Gave Us So Much by Lisa Tawn Bergren

My first book review selection is a children’s book.  As a homeschool mom, it seemed like the right choice as I have three young critics to help me share about the book.  The book is actually three books in one, something I did not know when I selected it.  Included in the treasury is God Gave Us the World, God Gave Us Love, and God Gave Us Heaven. So my work is cut out for me since I will be reviewing not one, but three books!

The stories are from the perspective a polar bear family and often depict a mom, dad, siblings, and grandparents.  I enjoyed the illustrations for all three books.  They were gentle on the eyes and depicted loving familial relationships.  The words were soothing in tone and and, combined with the soft illustrations, this makes them great bedtime stories.  My four and six year old daughters loved reading them just before bed, but they did lose interest after the first two.  For younger children, treating it like a chapter book and reading one story per day will help keep them interested.  My youngest children really like to feel bigger than they are and treasury books are a great way to do that.

Up first is God Gave Us the World.  This story was not what I thought it would be based on the title.  I imagined it would be based on Genesis based on the title.  Instead it turned out to be a lovely story about all the unique things God created and how we are all created individually.  Children are always full of questions, and the bear cub is no different.  He has a lovely discussion with Mama Bear about all the different kinds of bears there are in the world and the different places they live.  It generated some great conversation with my daughters about people being the same on the inside even if we look different on the outside.

God Gave Us Love was exactly what I expected.  It was a timely read for us as my daughters are not always wanting to love each other, much like little cub and the otters in the story.   One particular part of the story was good for me, too.  Little cub is reminded to

show others love by being patient, gentle, and kind


In all ways, we should try to show love.

Good reminders, no matter how old you are.

God Gave Us Heaven is a very simple explanation of the age old question “What is Heaven?”  Unfortunately, I tried to read the story to the girls after reading the first two and they left me on my own after a couple of pages.  Little Cub has lots of questions, much like my sweet girls, and the first thing I will do when the subject comes up again is read this story again!  Much like the other two stories, the illustrations are gentle to the eyes and seeing the little bear go fishing with his father is so sweet.  Even if bears don’t use fishing poles in the real world!

This treasury is certainly a treasure!

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Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I did not have to provide a positive review to get this book, the opinion here is entirely my own.


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Blogging For Books

Recently, I learned about an opportunity for bloggers called Blogging for Books. You choose a book to review from a list of suggestions based on what you enjoy reading.  They send you the book.  You read it.  No, really.  And when you are done, you review the book on your blog.

Once the review is done, select another book and repeat the process again.  Reading is one of my favorite things to do for myself and my children.  We have a ton of books at home and we visit the library every week.

I received my first book just before Christmas.  It is a children’s book called God Gave Us So Much by Lisa Tawn Bergren.  I can’t wait to share about the book.  If you blog and love books, check out Blogging for Books!

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