Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thankful word art

Remember this project?
It's true, I have saved the top to this for over a year now, knowing that I would eventually get around to making a sign out of it like I wanted to.  When Thanksgiving was approaching I realized that I have very little Fall/Thanksgiving decor and decided I would do well to read the word 'thankful' many times a day for several weeks.  I truly do have so many blessings yet I am often wrapped up in the details of life being so daily that I forget to stop all the time and be thankful.  I love how this turned out and I'm glad I picked that word.

This is what I did:
I wrote out the word 'thankful' on heavy cardstock.  Then I went back and traced around my original lines, making the letters thicker.  I cut them out, traced them onto patterned paper, and mod podged them onto the 'canvas'.  I felt like it needed a little bit of a border so I cut out some papers and glued those down around the edge.  That's it!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Clark turned 4!

{Catching Up}

Clark had a great birthday.  We fed him breakfast in bed and he opened a gift before we took the older children to school.  Then he patiently waited all day for his party that night to have family over and open the remaining gifts.  He is such an adorable boy.  He told me that he felt bigger and that his muscles felt different on his birthday.  Awesome.  I adore this boy.

All week he had been telling me how excited he was to go up to the front of primary during church so they could sing to him.  Then on his birthday at church he got shy and didn't want to go up.  He loved the idea of it but not the reality of 100 other children looking at him.

Can you tell how delighted he was with his gifts?  He made this face for a long time and was just so thrilled with everything he was given.  I love a grateful boy!
Because Madeline's birthday was so full of activity, I never had the chance to bake her a cake.  Clark was sweet to share his cake so both he and Madeline could blow out candles together.  Having 3 birthdays in 9 days makes things pretty exciting and I just couldn't squeeze in 3 cakes.  Two out of three isn't bad, right? 
Thank you, Clark -- for making me smile so much.  Thank you for blessing my life and for being so adorable.  I love you and I'm glad your four year old muscles are stronger now. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Light No. 47

I love this time of year.  Thanksgiving is such a great holiday, one where I love being with family and eating delicious food.  Then we turn the corner to the Christmas season, which is my all time favorite.

This past week the joy was a little dampened by sickness; mostly for Emma.  She got sick on Thanksgiving day {poor girl and poor Grandma's carpet} and then spent the next 18 hours getting dehydrated {for lack of a more gruesome description} and then 6 hours at the hospital getting re-dydrated.  That means she, Faye and I also missed the annual trip to the mountains for Christmas tree cutting.  Typically I would have 100 photos of that event and a bucket full of awesome memories.  This year I'm thankful that Madeline and my mom picked out a beautiful tree, Kurt was willing to do it all without my help, and we can live on the memories rather than photos.  I'm thankful that Emma is ok, hopeful that she will return to school tomorrow.  I'm thankful that I listened to my mother voice inside and took her in.  She was in pretty bad shape at the point and would have only gotten more serious from there.  Even after our hospital visit, we have spent the past 3 days nursing her back to herself.  I've never seen Emma lie so still, sleep so much, and be so quiet.  I love the 100% Emma and I'm looking forward to having her back.

One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving day is the walk after we eat.  I love watching everyone walking, talking, taking it all in, and of course the boys throwing the football.  The weather was beautiful and the people delightful.

My parents provided an amazing meal - only taking a spoonful of each option and my plate was overflowing.  They always make us feel so at home there and I love them so much.

Now thanksgiving is a memory and I see christmas lights all over town.  I hear music in the stores and I'm happy about it.  I feel like I'm in a good place to really focus on the memories and feeling of Christmas this year.  I hope to end the year with a lot of light shining; burning little holes of precious memories right into our hearts and reminding us that family matters, God matters, and serving others matters.

Sailing On,

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for our many many blessings.  I am thankful for all the wonderful people in my life.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Light No. 46

I'm in the whirlwind.  
We celebrated three birthdays within 9 days.   Fun and wild. 

I have much to be thankful for.   I'm happy with the time I spent slowing down when I was able to, spending time with my family, and making a sincere effort to give more hugs and offer more words of praise.  

I'm thankful for the lessons I learned from friends who stayed with us over the weekend and for the happiness they brought with them to our home.  

I'm finding light everywhere; most often in the hope of believing that we will endure, that we will move towards a deeper understanding, that we will learn, grow and become better.  

I'm frustrated that the van situation is still not resolved.  I dealt with some personal health issues that reminded me how short life is.  I'm happy to report I have been sneaking creative time in and it is helping me to calm down and breathe deeply.  I love the Colorado sunshine and feel so blessed to live in a place where I see so much of the sun.  

Sailing On, 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

12 Years Old

Twelve is a big celebration.  Madeline was thrilled that she had reached the age of ear piecercing!  She was the happiest girl on her birthday night.  I was expecting some type of reaction from her when she got her ears pierced but she just sat there and didn't move or make any expressions then said after the second ear was pierced "that one hurt more".  And that was it.  Now her eyes and her smile and her ears are sparkling.

She enjoyed breakfast in bed and then was off to school.  I was stuck without a car so I felt bad that I could not take her out to lunch; especially since her friends were all gone sick and she was left alone!  After school she was able to attend the temple with her dad and perform baptisms there.  It was a great experience.  Then we were off to the mall for the earrings and peppermint milk shakes with Grandma and her friend Lexi.  Back home again and opening gifts.

I love Madeline so much and I am so happy that she is twelve.  She is thrilled.  She was spoiled rotten with gifts from grandparents and friends and us.
Have I really been a mother for 12 years?  That's wild. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Light No. 45

We sailed through another week.  Baby Faye turned ONE YEAR OLD. That was a very very fast year.  She loved being the center of attention and having everyone around her handing her gifts.  She was pretty upset that we wouldn't allow her to touch the flame on the candle and loved making a mess of eating cake.

We located a Eurovan and Kurt drove it back from Kansas City.  Without a working heater.  In a snow storm.  The drama continues...

I'm falling behind on things at a time of year when I can't afford to fall behind.  I'm trying to remind myself what matters most.  I'm trying to remember how light works and how I need more of it and how I can be a light and what it feels like to have our burdens made light.

Sailing On,

Friday, November 9, 2012

Photo Favorite

Somebody turns 1 year old today. We love her to the moon and back.  Isn't she adorable?


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Light No. 44

I need to get out of this habit of putting off my post until monday but the idea of climbing into bed and catching that extra hour of sleep (because all of my children slept HORRIBLY on saturday night) was much too tempting.

And now it's wednesday morning and I'm finally sitting down to finish this.  Again.

The days move on and I'm swallowed up in all of it; constantly running a race I wonder if I can finish each day.  With every step I take I'm fighting desperately to catch up; gain ground in any area.

The weather is wonderful, soccer season is over for a few months, scouts has begun, and I have three birthdays to celebrate in November.   My baby has decided she is finished nursing and while I'm happy to have a little more control of my body back I miss her snuggles and falling asleep on me.

Will I ever feel at home in the time that we use for this life?  I want it to speed up or slow down; stop altogether or just skip entire days.  My heart is heavy as I trudge on this week, hoping I can find some reasons to smile under the laundry piles or candy wrappers.  Right now I'm too discouraged by the outcome of the election and the messy house to have much hope.  I'm off to get grounded again and open all the windows so I have as much light as possible today.

Sailing On,

Friday, November 2, 2012

Photo Favorite

I couldn't choose just one.
because she is gorgeous.

and she bites everything.
and laughs.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween 2012

The children have now been on a sugar high for nearly a week.  I tried really hard to find reasons to like Halloween and then I realized that I still just don't like it.  But I played along and now everyone has obscenely large bags of candy and are very proud about that.

The weather yesterday was over 70 degrees and with a beautiful sunset trick-or-treating was comfortable.  I even took Faye out for a little while with the other children because it was such a beautiful night.  Madeline went with some friends so I didn't see her for most of the evening.
Savanna spent a good deal of time on painting her face and enjoyed being Frankenstein's Bride.  

These two were just adorable.