Tuesday, April 22, 2014

what i'm reading wednesday

Noah and the Mighty Ark is great book for young children.  The author retells the Biblical story of Noah's ark.  It is easy to read and easy for little ones to follow along with.  The only thing I did not like about this book was the quality of the illustrations.  They seemed very blurry and I thought it distracted from the story.

I received this book through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my opinion.  My opinions are my own and I did not have to give a positive review.

Monday, April 21, 2014

a new season

the first day of spring may have been a month ago, but spring has finally arrived for us!  spring is always a time of renewal and hope for me.  it is my favorite season, because it is sandwiched in-between my least favorite season, winter, and the season i long the most for, which is summer.  i cherish the new life that begins to grow from the cold, frozen ground.  it fills my soul!

God breaths new life into everything in the spring...including me!  i feel like i'm entering into a new season in my life too.  at first i was a little hesitant, because God was asking me to give up some things.  things that were fun, and there wasn't anything wrong with them, but i wasn't wanting to trust Him.  sometimes it's hard to let go of something.  but i knew full well that God always has a plan.  i still don't now the full plan, but i have a sense of peace that God knows what is best for me, and i will follow and trust Him in that!

i do know that He has been speaking to my heart and that the word "intentional" has been swirling around in my head and heart for awhile now.  sometime we can't be intentional when we have too much going on in our lives...aka...too much busyness!  there are lots of things i've been involved in, but i've found that i've lacked fulfillment and wasn't able to be as intentional as i would have liked because i was juggling too many things.  rather than having my plate piled high, i would rather be intentional and have only a few things on my plate.  why?
because i want to do them well.
i want to have time to build deep relationships.
i want to be intentional about how i'm raising my children.
i want to make room for quality time with my husband.
i want to make room in my life for God to work in spontaneous ways.
i want to step into this next season with excitement and readiness, rather than hold on to something that will prevent me from from totally embracing what new and exciting things God might have for me!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

preparing for Easter

Palm Sunday
we began a new tradition this year.  at Christmas we always buy a real tree.  when Christmas was over, we kept our tree.  a few weeks ago, my husband cut off all the branches, so we were left with the trunk.  he cut the top off the trunk to make it into a cross.  at Christmas, we have a tree in our house to remind us of Christ dying on the cross, even though we celebrate His birth.  at Easter, the tree becomes a cross as we prepare for Good Friday and what Christ did for us on the cross.
i'm a doodler...always have been, always will be.  i love sketching things out, things that inspire me.  sometimes i do something with them, other times i don't.
this sketch made it to my chalkboard.
they are ready and waiting to be dyed.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

last day of our homeschool group

last week, we had our last homeschool group meeting for the year. we will start up again in the fall. 

we tested out our science experiments...the kids had to build an egg protector.
we dropped the egg from the ladder and two out of the three eggs did not break.

 this is my little guy's teacher, just about to drop their egg.
their egg didn't break either!

Monday, April 14, 2014

weekend randomness

lowes build and grow workshop...we made a recycling truck
went to a play...Dinosaurs Before Dark
out to lunch...thai food!
working on...bridal shower decor for my sister's shower.
more snow...i'm hoping this is the last of it! bring on the rain!
baking...strawberry banana bread!

Monday, April 7, 2014

weekend randomness

spring skiing
building bird feeders at home depot
leftover mexican food makes for a great breakfast!
paleo strawberry banana bread
we watched this movie...
i'm a huge fan of movies that are a period piece and that are based on true events!  it's sad that people were really were treated that way!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

girl's night out

a couple of weeks ago, i got to go out with one of my good friends!  we went to a new place, where we got to make a fun craft!  it was a ton of fun and i can't wait to go again!

i made the U.S. map and Bethany made the Colorado flag.  i loved how they both turned out!

thanks Bethany for the fun time!