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Friday, January 18, 2013


I don't have much.

It's abnormally cold.

And I'm doing laundry in the garage in a trench coat.

I'm really ready for sunshine and summer.

Lots going on around these parts.

Our carpet is being ripped up and the beautiful hardwood underneath that should have never been hidden is being refinished.

I cannot adequately express my elation over these interior design happenings.

We're also having the Pergo in our kitchen replaced with tile.

10 x 20 camel colored in a sideways subway formation.

Dave is not so sure but I am joyous.

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Kayla got purple glasses yesterday.

She can now "see her friends hair" which was clearly a crisis beforehand.

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Ashlyn is reading.

Books about cats on mats.

With hats.

Exciting literature.

The church recently launched a few new small groups.

A women's bi-weekly study and a once-a-month married group.

If you're interested, "like" Hope's Facebook Page for more details.

Dave is also scoping out a location for a mid-week service we're hoping to start in the next few months.

Anyone have a spare warehouse they're not using?

With heat?

That'd be great.


Happy weekend, friends.

Bundle up.

And GO Niners.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Pintertest Kitchen 16: Blessing Jars

We have friends in town.

And we're doing lots of eating.

And talking.

And exploring.

And not a lot of blogging.

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I came across this idea on Pinterest a few months ago.

And I thought it would be a perfect craft to start the new year.

A craft that's my style.

Quick and easy.

Stickers, labels, mason jars.

10-15 minutes of creative chaos.


Have your children decorate a mason jar however they see fit.

A Maple syrup leaf sticker?

Animal print "D"?

I mean.

What blessing jar is complete without them?

And you could probably have them decorate more.

But I'll be honest.

We had beach plans.

Have them write blessings down throughout the year.

Start January 1.

Add them to the jar.




Then, as a family, read them together on New Years Eve.

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I want to raise grateful children.

Joyful children.

Children that recognize and reflect on the good things in life more than the bad.

I can't wait for December 31.

And to hear all the good that 2013 will bring.

What have you been up to?

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