Proverbs 16:9…

My theme verse for this past weekend…
“In his heart a man plans his course,

but the Lord determines his steps.”. Proverbs 16:9

On Friday Tucker and Mackenzie went to Houston with my parents. I got them packed up, picked up from school, and on their way to see their cousins. Later in the afternoon I took Jackson to pick up his friend Noah for a sleepover. They were so excited. We got home and we were making plans for dinner when they decided to go outside and ride bikes and scooters. Five minutes later, Jackson comes in with tears in his eyes holding his arm. Long story short…15 minutes later, the sleepover was canceled and we were on our way to the ER. Poor Jackson ended up with a broken arm…

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It was his ulna to be exact. The doctor did say that it was a “good” break. We head to the orthopedic doctor on Thursday for his cast. He is hoping for camouflage. :-)
Goodbye fun weekend with a friend…Hello low key weekend on the couch!
And then Sunday I was looking forward to a morning at church and then a fun time at our church’s Superbowl party…but instead I woke up feeling horrible and spent the entire day on the couch. The pajamas that I went to bed in on Saturday were the same pajamas that I went to bed in on Sunday. ;-).
Not the day that I had planned…not the weekend that I had planned but it was the weekend that the Lord had planned.
I’m a planner. I like to write things on my calendar and know what to expect. The unexpected is NOT my favorite. However, the Lord is working on me to let go of this false sense of control and to trust…really trust in Him.
He is determining and guiding my steps and however unexpected…I want to learn to follow.
Jackson is doing well. His pain is minimal and is adjusting to doing things with one hand. I am so thankful for the access that we have to good health care. I never want to take that for granted. And because of my day on the couch Sunday, I was thankful to get up Monday and get some things done. A house to clean, clothes to wash. I never want to take them for granted. ;-)
God is good. Thankful for his grace…
jenn ;-)

simple ways to say “I love you”…

I was on Pinterest last night and found the cutest blog with an idea for 14 Days of Valentines. She is doing them for her husband but I think there are quite a few that would be great for kids too. She even includes a printable tag to attach to the gift each day. While I was at the Dollar Store today I found lots of treats to use over the next 14 days. This is what the kids will get after school today :)…

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I’m going to keep Galen’s gift a secret since he reads this little blog. :) I know it is already February 1st but it’s not too late. You don’t have to do all 14 days…even just a few days would be fun!
It is amazing how just a little something special…different…out of the normal, everyday, routine… can make someone’s day. :)
Have a great Wednesday..
jenn :)

my little mossy heart…

I have had this black frame up for about a year now.  It was part of this grouping that I did on one of my living room walls…

I wanted to somehow incorporate my little vintage, floral purse into this grouping, and the black frame was the perfect solution.  And then when I was decorating this past Christmas, I thought it would be fun to change what was in the frame to give this wall a little holiday cheer.  I took down the purse and put up a little wreath…

I loved the seasonal touch on this wall, so I decided to replace the wreath with something for Valentines day.  Of course I was decorating at 9pm and wasn’t about to leave the house.  It needed to be something that I already had or something I could make  with existing craft supplies.  I knew I wanted  a heart but not just a red heart…something a little more creative. ;)  I remembered a project that I made a few years back using moss, and I immediately got the inspiration that I needed.  This is what I came up with…

All I did was take floral foam and cut it into the shape of a heart (warning…messy!).  Then I took the moss and covered the foam.  I used hot glue to attach the moss but it was messy.  After I was finished I remembered the last project I did with moss I used straight pins to attach it.  No mess…and they work great!  After I covered the heart I added a strip of red ribbon (hot glued to the back of the heart), cut out a felt heart (glued that to the ribbon), and then added a red button with a little bling glued on top. :)   I think it fits perfectly inside the frame and I love the little touch it adds to the wall…

I’m already looking for something to put in there for Spring/Easter.

Happy Tuesday…

jenn:)

Oh what a day…

It started out great! Back in the Fall I started meeting with my 3 friends Daphne, Annie, and Kelly (all our kids go to school together) for a Thursday morning Bible study. We have such a great time together and I look forward to it every week. We had a great discussion and then I left to go to Tucker’s first grade field trip. Annie drove with me because her daughter is in first grade too. We had a great time chatting on our way there. The field trip was downtown at a Children’s theater. The theater has very little parking so I had to park in another lot.
I found a $2 lot and noticed the payment kiosk when we first drove in but I ended up parking on the opposite side of the lot. Annie and I were just chatting away and I completely forgot to pay!
It was such a fun field trip and I really enjoyed my time with Tuck…

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All the kids got to play at a great playground by the theater, we ate lunch, and then we enjoyed a fun show called Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly. About 5 minutes before the show ended I remembered…I never paid for parking!! The kids all got back on the buses to go back to school and as Annie and I were walking back to my van I jokingly said, “I hope there’s not a boot on it.”
I had every intention of paying the $2, but before I could do that Annie noticed a sticker on my window and a boot on my front and back wheel. Ugh! And then I read the sticker and found out that I had to pay a fine of $110 to get the boots off. That was exactly how I wanted to spend $110 today…
SO frustrating but I didn’t exactly have a choice. I said goodbye to $110 and we were on our way. It was an honest and VERY expensive mistake…one I don’t plan to make again.
And if that wasn’t enough excitement for the day…
I made it back with just enough time to pick up Jackson for a doctor’s appointment. On our way to the appointment I picked up Luke from preschool. We made it to the doctor’s office and as I am answering some of the nurses questions Luke tells me that he needs to go potty. He is newly potty trained so when he says he needs to go…we go! He goes potty and we make it back before the doctor comes in. After the doctor comes in I noticed Luke move towards the corner. I start having a discussion with the doctor about some headaches that Jack has been having. I am trying to really concentrate but then I notice Luke backing farther and farther into the corner …I look over at him and he looks at me with very watery eyes. I knew exactly what he had done. And just in case I wasn’t sure, the smell confirmed my suspicions. :( The smell just kept getting worse and worse and the exam was not even half way over. It was just impossible to ignore, so I decide that the best thing to do is say, “I’m so sorry Dr. T. I think my little one had an accident in his pants and that is why it smells so bad in here.”
Goodbye dignity… I hope to meet again someday.
I will spare you the details of the clean up process…yuck.
Tomorrow is a new day…one that will hopefully be free of car boots and poopy pants.
…jenn :)

I found a few words…

I had no intention of taking such a long break from my blog, but one thing led to another and it is now almost February. ;)  We spent the majority of Christmas break in Nebraska, and I thought that I would blog while we were there but instead I just enjoyed being there.  We had such a great time with family.  Since this blog is like a scrapbook for my family I do want to do a quick recap…for memories sake. :)

The kids were so excited for snow.  They were just sure that they would be able to go sledding with their cousins.  However, this was the extent of the snow that we saw and instead we enjoyed some really nice December days.  I, for one, was really thankful for the nice weather because after 5 years in Texas I am definitely becoming a big wimp with the cold!

Santa came and brought presents for all the kids.  Luke was less than thrilled with the “ladies first” policy for opening presents. ;)

I got my Christmas miracle and was able to get a good picture of the 6 of us on Christmas day. ;)  There was some tebowing, a talent show put on by all the cousins, lots of playing, time spent with Grammy…Oh, and of course we ate and drank coffee…and ate and drank coffee, and ate and drank coffee, etc…

The last two pictures were taken while we were all together and my in-laws used them for their Christmas letter.  This should answer the question I have to answer the most when people hear how big the family is.  Do you all fit in one house?  Yes, yes we do. :) 

It was a blessed Christmas and we did not get back to Texas until January 3rd so we hit the new year running.  2012 is going to look a little different for me.  I am making some changes…letting some things go…and trusting God as He leads and guides.  I am excited.  As the Lord gives me the words, I will share about some of the things He has laid on my heart.

He has always been faithful and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He will continue to be…

This songs says it so perfectly.

Grateful for my faithful God…

jenn:)

A Merry Pinterest Christmas Winner!!

I absolutely LOVED reading all of your answers! Such a variety of great gifts. :) My favorite Christmas gift was given to me when I was 13. We always spent Christmas Eve with my Dad’s side of the family. After we opened our gifts with them at midnight, we would drive home and open our family’s gifts. When we got home that particular Christmas, my present was all set up in my bedroom. It was a brand new white metal bed with new black, white, and splatter paint bedding. It was a early nineties teenager’s dream. ;) I LOVED it!! And the best part was that a few months later my parents let me splatter paint my room!! Oh, how I wish I had a picture to share…it was totally awesome. ha ha

Another memorable gift was the Christmas after Mackenzie was born. Galen gave me a device to plug into the phone that was supposed to eliminate telemarketers…no, I’m not kidding! And he let me go to bed thinking that was all he was giving me. It was until the next morning when I opened my stocking that I found a beautiful necklace with a diamond pendant. STINKER!!!!

Okay…I’ve stalled long enough. ;) The A Merry Pinterest Christmas Winner is……

Julia!!! Yay!! Julia, I will bring your package to church on Sunday. :)
Happy Friday!
…jenn

A Merry Pinterest Christmas to YOU…

As I have said before…one of my favorite things about creating is when I can give my creations away.  So, during this Christmas season I want to give a little gift to one of you.  I put together a trio of items that I hope one of you will really enjoy…

This little trio includes a pleated scarf in a soft, chocolate brown knit…

a CD ornament with John 3:16 on it…

and a “sharpie” NOEL pillow…

These were three of my favorite projects from this week and I would love to share them with you!  So, all you need to do it leave me a comment letting me know what is the best Christmas gift you have ever received.  Leave your comment before tomorrow (Thursday) at 6:00pm CST.  I will have my trusty assistant Lukie pick a lucky winner. :)

Merry, Merry Christmas to each one of you!

Much Love,

…jenn:)

A Merry Pinterest Christmas~ Day 5

Day 5…yay!!  Once again, I have had so much fun doing all of these Pinterest projects.  I hope you have enjoyed following along. :)

Day 5’s project is one of the first things that I pinned on my Christmas board.  The use of old CD’s or DVD is what drew me in.   I would say that 80% of our DVD’s are scratched and many of those are scratched to the point of not working.  I have started throwing them away, but when I saw this project I knew this was the perfect use for them!

Here is the original pin…

 

And here are my versions…

When I first saw these on Pinterest, I really liked the idea of spelling out a word or making one for each of the kids with their initial on it.  But then last week Mackenzie did something that changed my mind.  She came downstairs with an ornament that she had made for our tree…

I love that she chose John 3:16.  I don’t always think of it as a “Christmas verse” but I should.  It is the heart of Christmas…the Father sending the son as his ultimate gift of love to us.  So I followed Mack’s lead and chose some  scripture to put on my ornaments.  I went back and forth on a few verses but I finally decided on the four ways that Jesus is described in Isaiah 9.

HE is our …

I followed the tutorial from the original pin and I love how they turned out.  They are a great addition to our tree.  :)

Make sure you come back tomorrow.  I’ve got a fun little surprise to share with you!!

Happy Monday…

-jenn

 

A Merry Pinterest Christmas~ Day 4

I didn’t say 5 days in a row right? ;-)  It has been a busy, busy couple of days and I just didn’t have time to sit down and blog.  I am actually home sick from church today :( (I hate missing church.) so I have some time and a quiet house to finally blog.

Day 5’s project was another one I did with the kids.  Here is the original pin…

And here are our versions…

Definitely not as pretty as the original pin…but we had fun.  ha ha :)  Just like the gingerbread houses we have made in the past, we struggled with keeping the structure together.  Even with a 10, 8, and 6 year old (Luke was napping), I still had to help them quite a bit.  But once we got the structure together, the kids had a good time making all the little figures.  We had a great time putting them together but I think they had the most fun when I said they could eat them…

Here are the supplies that we used:

  • graham crackers
  • coconut for hay (Put coconut in a ziploc with a few drops of yellow food coloring and shake!)
  • large marshmallows
  • black licorice
  • fruit roll ups
  • circus peanuts for baby Jesus

Making this craft was the “treat” they opened in their Advent calendar yesterday and they were all really excited about it.  I love to do crafts and I am so thankful that my kids do too.  I know it won’t last forever…but I am going to enjoy every minute of it while they do.

I’ll be back tomorrow with some fun little ornaments.

Have a great Sunday…

…jenn:)

A Merry Pinterest Christmas~ Day 3…

I am SO sorry for missing yesterday.  Luke was sick yesterday and so my plans were altered a bit.  By the time I finished my project it was late, dark, and I could not get a decent picture.  So I decided to wait until this morning. :)

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I have a home decor project today!  I was intrigued by this one when I first pinned it because it involved a sharpie. ;-)

Here is the original pin…

 

 

And here is my version…

 

I was amazed at how a sharpie really does work!  I used canvas for my pillows and decided to add some little rolled flowers for color.  It seemed so unnatural to write on a pillow with a permanent marker.  I kept hearing my voice saying, “You only draw on paper!”  I’ve only said that a million times to a certain little 3 year old. :)  But after stuffing the pillow…I just kinda went for it.  I did it free hand but if that makes you nervous you can definitely sketch it with a pencil first.

I liked doing the writing after I stuffed because then I knew exactly where the writing would end up.   However, writing before stuffing would give you a flat surface to work on.   I would just keep the lettering towards the center.

I think they are a fun addition to my holiday decor.  I have some canvas left so I might make a smaller one for my love seat.  And now I am trying to come up with some other fun projects using a sharpie…hmmm…. ;-)

Love,

…jenn:)