Thursday, April 24, 2014

DIY Patterned Wood Wall Boxes

Had plain wooden boxes in the kids room but they looked too, blah. Decided to draw some simple, kid, neutral patterns--since the kids share a room. Easy, cute, and cheap :)

What you'll need:

-plain wooden boxes



Then design whatever your little heart desires!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hard Week BUT...

Last week was tough. PJ was gone for a conference. I was sick while watching the kids. And even when PJ returned, it still was tense.  I couldn't help just feeling overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with parenting. Overwhelmed with ministry. Overwhelmed with relationships. Just overwhelmed.

I felt thin but thank God for his mercy that strengthened my soul. It's funny how sickness can really be a spiritual purging. Comfort, physical comfort, can be quite a foe.

I'm thankful for these times. The hard times. I know it's hard to praise the Lord Jesus during the trials. Thankful for God breaking through and allowing me see Jesus. Without him, life would be unbearable!

My soul is now strengthened-- Realizing how small I am and how BIG God is is refreshing. Leave it to the importance of the historical resurrection story, to open my eyes.

We remind our kids that Easter is not about a bunny, candy or eggs. But it's about a real person, the Son of God, who took the place of our sin, died on the cross, and rose on the 3rd day. His rising (his resurrection) proved to the world-- it showed that his death was the only God accepted sacrifice that could take away sin. Only a sinless, God-Man, Jesus Christ, could bear all sin and the punishment of the world. No other sacrifice or good deeds could do such a thing. Only Jesus' death. So that is why Easter is such a big deal! As one of my favorite hymns sings:

Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Around Here #2

During family pictures, the kids thought this would be hilarious :)
City peering out as our kids and neighbor kids play outside.
When I was sick with mastitis.
Getting ready for the beach.
We needed a clothes rack. Found instructions for a cute DIY pipe rack! Didn't know it would cost $125! No thank you, just got an IKEA one for $10. So cute though :/
Kids playing with our neighbor kids.
Enjoying the fresh air.
After putting Jordyn down for a nap (I put her to sleep on my chest:) and City, I gave them both a bath.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Some blogs I follow do fashion budget posts and they always look so fun to create. SO, I thought I'd try it.

Being on a budget means spending less or nothing at all.  Spending less plus looking cute, whatta deal! I'm all about it. Often our closets have hidden treasures and with a little Reworking of our wardrobe, new outfits can emerge. If you can, keep the wallet in your pocket!

This jcrew outfit is tomboyish, fun and cute for spring! BUT too pricey (and too immodest) but with some slight tweaks we can make this outfit work on a slimmer budget.

1. Green jacket $39.95
2. Stripped shirt $29.95
3. White shorts $19.99
4. Sneakers $16.99

Monday, April 7, 2014


Our dear City turned ONE! It's always bitter sweet... Parents, you know what I'm talking about!

Nothing big, just an intimate time with our little City girl. Time flies.  PJ and I are reminded that these moments are precious, and temporary.

Dear City,
You are amazingly cute and adorable, your Abba and I can't handle it! We are so blessed with you and the opportunity to raise you. We pray for your soul constantly and for grace to be able to be a faithful example of parents, that rely on God's kindness and strength. We strive, by God's grace-- to be light that shines on Jesus Christ, to you and your siblings. You weren't a mistake or an accident but thoughtfully woven and placed in our home by Our Creator. He knew your name before your Abba and I contemplated your existence! We pray you'll one day meet your Maker and call upon him.

Love you constantly (but some times imperfectly),
Mommy and Abba

Friday, March 28, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

the beach

Being at the beach was so refreshing and relaxing for family day. I couldn't help but really just be in the moment with the kids and watch them enjoy life. I'm so thankful to God for them.

I feel like the ocean can bring about reflection when allowed to. Reminds me of this song that sings

Many waters cannot quench your love, rivers cannot overwhelm it.
Oceans of fears, cannot conceal your love for me.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


The first two were for lunch, since my picky husband won't eat tofu or sushi (boring!). I've been craving sushi every day! I made a salmon sashimi poke bowl which turned out tasty. I'm looking forward to making it again.

Tried to copy Chipotle's tofu dish. Not as good, but it satisfied and was healthy! I've made it twice since.

I breaded the tilapia which I won't do next time. PJ wasn't a fan of the breading either. But it was pretty good when right off the grill.

The shrimp and grits were amazing in New Orleans. When PJ and I talk about the dish we tried there, we salivate! So, I took a stab at it! Pretty good but there's something about the New Orleans dish that was amazing! Ooh, maybe it was bacon :)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Smile Moment

It's been a bit crazy around here because of this conference. But good stuff to learn and apply!

This week was tough--asking the kids for forgiveness because I sin against them when impatient was heightened this week. I'm grateful God has set that in place in our home so PJ and I can walk in HUMBLE obedience.

Key finally is feeling better! Thankful for our pediatrician who cares for our family with much love.

Loving our neighbors this week, at Rock's basketball pizza party, was tough but encouraging. It was great talking to new friends and trying to build them up and pray for them! SO thankful for our church family who comes along and serves with us!

Just want to cuddle and watch a movie with the kids.