I sweet-talked my husband into a mini tree for our family room this year. In additional to a tree in our formal area, where we’ve always displayed our tree, my spoiled-self wanted a little tree where we hang out the most.
I wanted to decorate it simply, with burlap and rustic ornaments. But after I got the burlap ribbon home, I quickly discovered there wasn’t enough for my little tree. I happened to also buy burlap fabric for another project, so I made my own burlap ribbon.
I cut the fabric and tore the side strings off. Viola! The fabric ribbon looked exactly like the spool of burlap ribbon I spent three times as much on.
I made enough for a tree topper as well, with the strings I pulled off the fabric.
Our tiny, sweet nativity where the donkey is missing his ears, and we’ve had since the boys were little, fit right under our special mini tree. A match made in heaven.
My men humored me while they helped decorate the larger tree. They don’t like their pictures taken any longer, so they do things like make walrus tusks with icicles, and use footballs for faces
When all is decorated, I enjoy our trees which remind us to focus on the real reason for the season.
We taught him to walk and he took off running. We taught him to ride a bike, and he took off riding. We’re teaching him to drive and soon, he will take off driving!
Life has a lot of firsts. Each time it gets easier for our boys, it gets harder for us (and potentially more expensive!)
Proverbs 13:1 “A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.”
Lord Jesus, I pray our sons would listen to our instruction, thus ultimately, yours, so they don’t learn the hard way. Help us not to provoke our boys to anger (Ephesians 6:4), but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Amen
I love to display God’s whimsical glories whether in a vase or through a camera lense.
There is something healing and redemptive about gazing on God’s beautiful creation.
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This Whimsical Wednesday I needed a creative break, especially with the beautiful weather! I’ve been working in a database at work. As I’m learning the technical ins and outs, my brain has felt overloaded by the end of each day.
I bought some plants over the weekend and decided I needed to get outside and dig in the dirt. I can’t wait to cook with the newly potted cilantro to brighten up salads and Mexican food. My favorite fruit is strawberries, but my dog likes them too, (as well as carrots, but that’s another story). After potting these anticipated berries, I decided they need to stay on the patio table, away from Sadie Mae, as last spring she ate them all.
And basil is a must in my patio garden, for salads, pizza, juicing, sauces, iced water, and grilled mozzarella cheese sandwiches (yum!) I look forward to this one growing like a weed! I already have a tomato cage around it ready to prop it as it grows, as last year’s basil.
And the piece de resistance on the patio is the Elm Bonsai tree I bought for my husband a while back. It just sprouted its spring leaves, and it needed some trimming. Therapeutic, to say the least.
Eclectic gardening did my brain some good truly making this a Whimsical Wednesday!
The Kindergartners celebrated 100 days (87 days left!) at school today. They wore their 100 day hats as they paraded with their 100 Day projects through the school. We all cheered them on and I passed out reward bucks as they paraded by.
I got nostalgic thinking about my sons’ elementary school years and found my youngest son’s 100 Day Kinder pictures from seven years ago. Wasn’t he a cutie?!
Upside-down 100 Day hat
100 Day math project
Now he’s 13 and in 7th grade pictured here with older brother and a brother-friend. Some things haven’t changed.
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things,
and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” Matthew 12:35
Lord, I pray for my sons that they would be filled with Your good treasure of joy in their hearts. Let the outflow of their hearts be good speech and kind conduct. Let the overflow of their mouths be words of life and not death. Guard their mouths from profane, cruel, negative words.
Your scripture says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21. Help my sons to guard their tongues and be quick to hear and slow to speak, always seasoned with grace.
Enable them to speak words of hope, help, healing and love to others. Let the joy of the Lord be their strength and contagious to others.
I’m notorious for getting bleach stains on a good shirt? I don’t know why I don’t just throw an apron on when I clean the kitchen or make a frantic cleaning run through of my boys’ bathroom. I always think it won’t happen this time and nine times out of ten, it happens. Oops! I did it again!
Well, the dreaded bleach splatter happened a few days ago. But this time I remembered seeing a recent solution on the Frugal Life Project blog, so I gave it a whirl (pun intended). It’s not perfect but I can at least wear the shirt to workout in.
Just take a bleach pen (and some wax paper for in between the shirt) and pen your design! Wash and wear. I may try this on some old shirts just for fun! And at least I have a solution for my oops! I did it again bleach splatter!
I recently heard the DJs on our local Christian radio station KSBJ talking about how the concept of the “Tip Jar” has gotten a little out of hand. For example, at the local pizza joint, where you drive to pick up your own pizza and other drive-thru establishments. I’m sure we all could name a few places that have taken the “Tip Jar” a little too far.
In that same radio segment, a mom called in and said she could think of many places where a “Tip Jar” should be but is not. For example, in mom’s kitchen, in her car, next to the washer and dryer…
That lead me to action. After driving the kids to and fro, dropping off items they’ve forgotten, washing those specific items of clothing, and making sure the fam has proper nutrition throughout the week… I decided to implement the “Tip Jar.”
They haven’t seen it yet. I just put it out today. I’ve placed a dollar in it just to see if it starts a progression or if it disappears. I can’t decide whether to make it’s home on the kitchen table or on the counter top. Maybe I’ll move it around until I see some action.
My husband is certainly a good provider and I lack for nothing. (Well maybe for a few more pairs of shoes). And I know scripture says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward…” Colossians 3:23, 24. But I just couldn’t resist that mom’s call-in suggestion, if nothing more than to see my family’s response and to maybe buy another pair of shoes.
I’ll keep you posted!
By the way, I found the little jar tags at Walmart in the kitchen/canning section. They also have matching canning jar lids. I enjoy using them for foodie gifts.
New York, Central Park has the bird lady and my neighborhood has the duck lady? It’s not unusual (or maybe it is unusual) to find me lurking around our common ponds trying to get a shot of these feathered families. I’m so fascinated with watching nature nurture, protect, defend. I now bring bread (and carrot sticks for Miss Sadie Mae, otherwise she’ll howl) and my Cannon camera.
Mother’s Day weekend was especially delightful to watch them with wonder. Here at dusk, the families have joined together for feasting on breadcrumbs but not for long!
The mamma of eight is definitely the alpha duck. She calls the shots! When the family of five gets too close, she lets them know it. With her beak, she will pinch the tar out of one of the other chick’s neck. It’s so sad.
The family of eight also has the nicer sleeping rock, as it has easier access to the water. Believe it or not, she’s covering all eight here.
The family of five has the higher sleeping rock which requires some maneuvering. And, yes, I stayed until sunset to get these photos. They didn’t seem to mind the flash but they did keep a bird’s-eye on me.
All five are snug as a bug in a rug.
Until the “predator post” and pictures (stay tuned!), good night duck families. Good night.
My family, outstanding in a field (pun intended).
Among my extended family the unspoken “M” word is “Memories.” We’ve stopped saying, “We’re going to make memories” when we go on an outing because something notoriously happens, like a severe thunderstorm while we’re cutting down Christmas trees, or a child throws up in the car, or we get drenched at the zoo in another storm. The list goes on!
We’re not superstitious but we’ve just chosen to say, “We’re going to do the “M” word.” Potential disaster still doesn’t stop us or the lack of our Texas state flower blooms this year.
I couldn’t even get a decent picture of the maybe 20 Bluebonnets we could find.
This is current condition of our state–Drought.
But that didn’t stop us from enjoying a picnic and hike at Washington on the Brazos, making you know what! The “M” word, with no disasters to boot!
As an aside, I think we should make a Bounty Paper Towels commercial with our nifty way to use paper towels outdoors. Just saying’!
The guys playing with a rugby ball.
Kicking-back on a blanket enjoying God’s creation.
Hiking down some trails.
And taking snap shots of those we love.
My man nephew. One day he was a kid. Now he’s a man!
An oops on the over exposure but I played with the post processing and discovered a cool photo of my nephew.
My sweet niece on nature’s swing. It held steady with no teenage girls harmed in the process. Our “memories” in tack on this outing. It’s safe to say now. The outing is over.