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Posted: 03/03/2011 in favorites, me, spiritual growth

what a fun weekend/week!

i feel like i’ve spent all my energy loving on friends!

what an awesome experience!

first we had GREAT friends over – and our first overnight guests!

what a joy it is to be serving!

we’ve spent a couple days recovering from late nights and fun times

(i came down with mastitis even – no fun!)

kristi blogged a bit more about their visit here 🙂

and now we’ve spent the last couple days prepping for a baby shower for another dear friend!

the invitations i posted here

this morning i finished the guest book and gift book.

gift book and box envelope that holds the gift book and guest book

verses on child-rearing and parenthood mixed in with guests signatures and notes



finished front of the guest book

guest book

the booties might just be my favorite 🙂


perspective! they are huge and awesome! wish i had time to chalk em up!


i'm in love with the large owls! (5 1/2 inches) this owls home for the shower will be a clothesline! 🙂

the presents are wrapped

finishing two last minute projects and we’ll be ready for saturday.

now to attempt to keep this cold at bay so we can actually GO to the shower!

for the last few weeks i’ve had each week designated to serving someone in someway… (and it honestly has taken up the entire week! LOL)

next week i only have ONE thing lined up – soup to a family going through some trying health issues right now… (this is NOT going to take the whole week)

i’m very anxious to see what else is in store for me this coming week. i know it includes a trip home to see my family! YAY!

how are you serving outside of your 4 walls?

what needs have been met by other’s service or what needs do you have that still need met?

my mother in law got me a subscription to family fun magazine. i really like it!

yesterday i was sitting outside in the sun trying to get a bit sun-kissed in some areas for this wedding saturday and found some great ideas!!!

the first one is this adorable book shelf stuffed with stuffed animals. i fell in love with this immediately! stuffed animals are my LEAST favorite toy. they take up so much space! this is fabulous and i can’t wait to do it!



here’s how:

along the shelve’ edges, mark spots to attach the elastic bars, spacing them 4-5 inches apart. with a drill make pilot holes to match your screws.

measure the height of the zoo enclosure, then cut strips of 3/4 in wide elastic that are 1 1/2 in longer than the enclosure.

fold under one end of an elastic strip and cut a 1/4 in slit through both layers with a craft xacto knife. slip a finish washer onto a 1 in wood screw (We used # 8’s) insert the screw through the slit, and attach it to the top shelf with a screwdriver.

fold and make a slit in the bottom of the elastic and secure it as you did the top, then insert a final screw to secure the middle. repeat until all strips are attached.

this is how to make a “cage”.

i think lizzie faith will even LOVE stuffing her animals in their cage!


Posted: 06/08/2009 in favorites

i’ve been reading mckmama for quite some time now… she’s pretty cool. i love her ways and of course her humor and her faith… 

i added her to my blogroll – scroll down on the right… mckmama 

used to think I was defined by my cloth diapering, babywearing, organic eating, acrylic painting, woods dwelling, fast talking, vaccination delaying, color obsessing, Frozen Tundra residing, nose piercing, amateur gardening, baby food making, photograph taking, faraway traveling, baby making, high school swimming, tattoo designing, medical detail memorizing, non-circumcising, lakeside living, college soccer playing, small government believing, pro-life advocating, television abandoning, extended breastfeeding, German speaking, deep thinking, former art teaching and baby cosleeping ways. 

Now, although I may choose to still do those things, I will simply be MckMama, a sinner saved by the King’s grace, wife to my Prince, mother of Many Small Children. 

go check her out.


Posted: 04/14/2009 in creative, favorites, sewing

here’s my only beef with hardwood flooring. 

my feet get cold. 

poo on you cold hardwood. 

if i were building my house on someone else’s dime – i would be installing in floor heating. since it’s my dime – here’s the solution… 


i have winter slippers. but i want something less bulky and warm for the spring and summer. these will be perfect. not bulky. not overly warm. just a bit between me and the floor.

mmm, mmm good!

Posted: 03/11/2009 in favorites

white cheddar cheese puffs… a favorite in our household and i hope they don’t stop making them!! flnatcheetos-thumb










like they stopped making these… oh my mouth waters just thinking about you, all natural white nacho cheese doritos. i miss you! 


fun ideas

Posted: 03/02/2009 in favorites, house

aren’t these so fun!

the door handle/towel hanger is soooo fun!! what personality!

the curtains are table cloths with metal rings stitched on (by hand). nails nailed in to the trim… love it!!! (con: lots of holes if i change my mind!)

love all the different chairs! how cute! think it would get old too fast???

oh  my goodnes! do i need to say anything about the clocks!? love em!!!!!!

courtesy  of: and 


Posted: 02/28/2009 in family, favorites

what a fun day with my loveys! 

lizzie had a blast yesterday!

we started the day out at the license bureau – yea somebody lost her license and thought it wise not to drive that distance without it. $12.50 a duplicate was printed. shwoo!! what a relief! 

we headed to osky and went to amanda’s first. 

once everyone arrived i hardly saw lizzie faith. i went looking for her a few times between 9:30ish and 11:30ish but she didn’t care about me AT ALL! once all the kids were upstairs and i realized this and panicked thinking for sure she managed to crawl up those steps by herself or with the help of attie or lili 😉 (we don’t have steps at home so this isn’t a mastered skill and attie & lilli are her best-big-girl pals!), nope she didn’t, she was content looking out amanda’s low windows (our windows aren’t as low as her’s so lf can’t see out so well). what a cutie! momma swelled at her obeying! (or she was oblivious to the big kids and was off doing her own thing the whole time, who knows, i was chattin!)

what fun to all get together! i enjoyed chattin with my sistas and the kiddos played!! they play SO well!!! time for more! LOL there were 7 children in that home (all under 9) and 3 adults chatted consistently for 2 hours!! all that child-training at home really pays off! 🙂 

we spent the afternoon at grammy’s and had a good nap in momma’s old bed and fun playin with henry! and got some good home decorating magazines too!!! 🙂 (thanks mom!)

we’re home and the house is back in order – it’s like it throws up on itself the evening we get home from a day in osky. 

thanks for a wonderful day away yesterday! i enjoyed every minute and i know lizzie faith did too!!! 🙂

my sister mentioned this lazy way of making this laundry soap that i had previously posted about here. i have all my ingredients and i’m trying to this today! i can’t wait to wash diapers and towels (not together of course!)


Do I win the award for Laziest Laundry Detergent Maker?!

I started out just grating the soap to make a powdered detergent. Then I realized that even that was too much work and aggravated my asthma with all the soap dust. So I’m back to melting it…without heat.


I don’t even heat the water to melt the soap anymore. I just cut it up into a few pieces and drop it into a plastic lidded pitcher (with the measuring lines on the side, no less) with 2qts of hot tap water. Within a few days it’s completely dissolved with no work on my part at all. 

I can pour it directly from the pitcher into a 1/4-1/2c measuring cup and dump that into the washer. Then I add in 1/2 to 1-1/2 T. of washing soda + Borax, kept in a lidded plastic container. For delicates such as a wool sweater, I just use the soap solution and no washing soda/Borax.

So my entire process consists of:
1) mixing Borax + washing soda in equal proportions and shaking it up, 
2) plopping a bar of soap into a graduated, lidded plastic pitcher. 

If I’m working ahead and have a second pitcher going, I don’t even have to cut up the bar of soap; it goes in whole! That’s what I do with my Fels-Naptha I use for pretreating stains: I stick a bar in a glass lidded jar and cover it with water. I use a toothbrush with that saturated solution to treat stains. It gets out almost everything, even better than Spray ‘n Wash, Oxyclean spray, Shout, or Zout.

Our clothes come out really clean and if I’m battling a particularly stinky load, I put in extra washing soda.

I am obviously thinking about trying her method– although for 30 minutes’ time and $2 I already have a stash of laundry cleaner that will last me about 2 months, so someone will have to remind me to plop the other half-bar of Kiss My Face into a pitcher of water in late February.

almost here

Posted: 01/28/2009 in favorites

and i couldn’t be more excited (well i think i would be more excited if it was a dining room table! :))


oh for goodness sakes!

Posted: 01/27/2009 in creative, favorites, fun

i seriously accidently found this. 


click in the top right hand corner-ish area “explore” and then “themes”.

i absolutely love their clean style. 

are you kidding me?

i did NOT want to see this! 

do i seriously have to go through this again over style? (moving my blog)


are they not amazing?!

i don’t even know what to think.