Meet Rita, our Christmas mouse

Meet Rita, our Christmas mouse

Rita has arrived!  She was hoping to be here at the beginning of Advent, but only her husband Ramón (currently unavailable for a photo) came then.  Rita was still visiting some of our friends in México. Ramón and Rita are missionary mice, and they’ve come to teach us about life in other countries, and help … Continue reading

25 Christ-Centered Christmas Traditions: Advent Calendars

25 Christ-Centered Christmas Traditions: Advent Calendars

Earlier this week I shared 25 Christ-Centered Christmas Traditions, and promised to give you more details in case you would like to make any of those traditions your own.  Yesterday we looked at Child-Friendly Nativities; today’s topic is Advent Calendars!   When you talk about Advent calendars, you get one of several reactions.  One is, … Continue reading

25 Christ-Centered Christmas Traditions: Nativities

25 Christ-Centered Christmas Traditions: Nativities

Yesterday I shared 25 Christ-centered Christmas traditions, and assured you that I would be blogging about these ideas before Advent. I want you to have all the ideas and resources you need! We’ll start with things you might want to buy, since Advent is coming soon! Today’s topic: Child-friendly Nativities! Having a Nativity your child … Continue reading

25 Christ-Centered Christmas Traditions

25 Christ-Centered Christmas Traditions

First, a disclaimer.  I love Thanksgiving.  I never begin the Christmas season until Advent.  I recently pinned this: But if you’re going to prepare an activity or two for Advent, which begins December 1st this year, you probably want to start thinking about it now. And a second disclaimer:  I don’t mind if you’ve already put … Continue reading

Polar Birthday Party

Polar Birthday Party

This party was for my sweet E on her 4th birthday.  It was SO much fun to put together!  I had to keep a lot of things simpler than I had planned, because I had a six-month-old baby who wasn’t doing a lot of sleeping by herself yet.  But I was still really pleased with … Continue reading

Amtrak Birthday Party

Amtrak Birthday Party

One sweet boy had a birthday, and requested a train theme; but NOT a Thomas the Train theme, an Amtrak theme!  We did our best to make that happen. He requested his favorite birthday party meal: chili dogs!  I made the food tags using Inkscape.  People always appreciate knowing exactly what they’re eating! Seven layer … Continue reading

Build, build, paint, paint!

Build, build, paint, paint!

I love building.  It’s a new-found love, since no one thought I should be around power tools.  It still makes my husband a little nervous.  But he showed me how to use them, and sometimes when he comes home from work, he finds out that I have been busy! I didn’t have to cut these … Continue reading

Bucket Hat Theory

Bucket Hat Theory

I finished a project yesterday!  Miss E has been BEGGING for a new hat…since last fall!  Adding Baby E to our family eliminated all sewing for 9 months, but I found a little time to get this project finished.  With spring here and summer coming, it’s the perfect time to get these hats made! Miss … Continue reading

No rot in my bones today!

No rot in my bones today!

Today I am content.  I am going to bed in a few minutes, and my dining room/kitchen, which is what I will see first when I get up in the morning, looks like this: It’s been a disaster, you know.  If you’ve been reading very long, you really do know.  I posted a picture once … Continue reading