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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What A Godly Man Should Look Like

I LOVE this! I read this yesterday while visiting A Christian Home. In a world where young people are on the hunt for a new boyfriend or girlfriend, they don't even know what they are looking for and end up falling so short of what they had hoped for. I'll get on the subject of dating some other time. For now, read through this lovely article. I just read it to my daughter and pray this is what she looks for. Many men parade around saying they are men of God, but their lifestyle totally contradicts it. I have seen many young women marry ungodly men and now because of their relationship with the Lord, are stuck with them. Life for them is not at all how they would have imagined. Mother's and fathers, pray for your children. Emulate to them what a truly godly wife and husband is like so that they are not confused on what to look for when they are led to courting and marriage.

What a Godly Man Should Look Like
Kathy Gruben

"I would use these words to describe this wonderful man of virtue....

Noble, chivalrous, courageous, fun, true, wise, loyal, passionate, protector, gentle, humble, strong, self-sacrificial, adventurous, patient, loving, kind, serving, intelligent, polite, family centered, lover of truth, steeped in the Word of God, prayerful and hospitable.



These are not the kind of guys that you always notice first in a crowd. But they are the ones that you admire most once you do notice them. They are the ones who go to the person sitting on the side of the church looking left out, and shake hands with a smile. They are the ones that you will find at home instead of in youth group. You will see them sitting with their folks rather than passing notes in the back of church with their friends. You will find them helping in the kitchen or taking out the trash, walking the ladies to their cars and carrying diaper bags even if they don't belong to them.


You'll find them with other guys, in deep discussions about theology, worldview philosophies, politics, and books rather than just talking about the latest football games, computer games and girls. Yet, they can converse on these topics too when needed :- ) . These are the guys who walk on the outside of the sidewalk to protect the lady whom they might be with, and are always watching for ways to take care of her as a sister. When looking for a mate, they want the one who is at home (or wants to be) and "hangs out" with her mom and siblings more than her buddies.


They love a good time, but it usually entails sword fighting, ultimate Frisbee, board games, hiking, touch football, night tag, water balloon fights and G rated movies rather than sports teams, dancing at the bar or movies with violence and sex-who cares if they are in their 20's! A big night on the town includes taking the siblings to the grocery store, the library or out for miniature golf. They are passionate about the things of God and they do not bend on their convictions, no matter what others may say or do. They don't care that some might see them as "goody-goody" or strange for not dating or for spending so much time with their family-they are proud of it!


You might see them on the road at 6:30am rushing to get to a 7:00am catechism class, even though no one is making him go. You will find them in family worship, singing or playing the piano, teaching God's word to his family or sitting at his fathers feet. They write marvelous heart felt letters of encouragement when needed and yet might not say too much by way of personal stuff to many. They keep confidences. You might easily see him with a crowd of little ones about him as he helps to teach them something or play with them. He will watch an old movie and play cards with his siblings or parents ,even when he would rather be playing "Stronghold Crusader" on his laptop.



He would give up his very life for his savior, his ideals and his family. He makes ice cream floats of all kinds-even strange concoctions- and gives his mom tea in bed. He bakes birthday cakes for his friends with his sister's recipes. He learns follow a recipe and make things in the crock-pot because he wants to be able to at least take care of his wife when the baby comes. You are likely to find him under a car, on top of a roof, mowing a lawn, mending the fence, writing a book, working the night shift to help the family-anywhere that will require hard work, initiative and drive-but not for his own sake.



They are so admired and dearly loved by their families because they are an indispensable source of joy and encouragement, strength of character and servitude. They are never truly independent, because they have come to that wonderful place in the Christian life where they realize, that they must be dependent on God alone in His sovereignty, and the people that He has placed in his life.


Therefore, he is a true man's man. A giant. One to look up to. A hero. A leader among his peers. Strong, steady, dependable and one that you could place your life and the lives of your children into his capable and loving hands-with no regrets or fears."

Kathy Gruben 2006

Monday, September 20, 2010

It's All My Fault


The other day while in my kitchen I was thinking to myself "oh that Jon...." I'm sure you know how that goes with your own children. Then I heard this little voice saying "If that was Jon, it is your fault because you have demonstrated that to him".

Harsh reality. Does your child suffer from any of the following?

1. whining
2. complaining
3. bucking authority
4. down right bad attitude
5. rude sarcasm
6. back talking
7. yelling and screaming
8. throwing hissy fits
9. out right disobedience
etc...

The list could go on forever. This goes for any parent but especially those who have their children at home. Your children are around you more often than anyone else. If there is a problem, it's probably came from you. Now of course kids do make their own mistakes. Don't get me wrong in that. However, most people become more like those who they are around. I have talked to several people who tend to think their child is more stubborn or difficult than any other children (or our children). Unless that child has a mental disability, I would encourage that parent to go and look in the mirror. Chances are, the problem you are dealing with in them is the same problem you're having yourself. The big question is, why is it ok for you to do it when you get your child in trouble for doing the same thing?

God gave us children as a reward and a blessing. IF you do not view your child this way, I would highly encourage you to start praying about yourself and your children. Satan is the destroyer of families. He loves nothing more than to cause discord. How easily it is done when a mother is not the Godly mother she needs to be. THere is the saying "if mama an't happy, an't nobody happy". How very sad that is and yet at the same time, what a big responsibility - that one woman has that kind of power over her family and her home.

Pslam 137:3
Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.


If you're a mother who has a very mouthy child, chances are your or your husband are a very mouthy person. Whether you act this way on the phone, to your children or to your spouse.

If you're a mother who has a very whining or complaining child, chances are you or your husband whine a lot or complain.

If you're a mother who has a very spoiled child, chances are you or your husband are either spoiled yourself and/or spoil your child and cause that problem.

If you are a mother of a very sarcastic or back talking child, chances are you or your husband do the same.

My mother bought me a book when I was a young, single mom called CHildren Learn What They Live. I understood it somewhat then but didn't fully appreciate it till my child hit about 9 years old. With God's help, all things are possible! We often do not give Him the credit He deserves. Give up your problems fully to Him! You only have one chance to raise your child. Will you do it well with the Lord's guidance or will you follow your own human way which lead to destruction?

Another thought before I leave you with this lovely music video. How many times have you thought or said that some of your short comings are because of the way you were raised? That is now done and over. What are you going to do for your children? If they were grown right now, what would they say you are did to hurt their childhood? It's something you need to think about now, not when they become an adult.

To Sandi Boothman, my mother:
Mom, I'm so blessed to have you as my mother. There was never a doubt in my mind that you did not love me. You were always teaching me how to pray for those less fortunate and to help them in some way. You were always frugal with your money and did well with it - something that has helped me tremendously! You taught me the importance of being a stay at home mom. I hated those very few times I came home from school and you were not there. It was very comforting knowing that whenever I got home from school or work, you would be there. What a blessing! You were (and are) such a hard worker! I still marvel at how you made my clothes, grew a vegetable garden, canned food, made Christmas gifts, were in craft shows, had a lovely herb and flower garden, etc... How did you get it all done? Hard work is such a good thing for a parent to emulate and you did it well - without complaining! Sometimes I find myself complaining about all my work then I remember that you did it all and I never heard you complain at all. I learned from you how important it was to read the bible and pray. I would often find you doing just that. I learned to pity those who should be pitied and rejoice with those when they were rejoicing. You taught me how wrong it was to lie. I know there was a time when satan had a hold on my life and I lied much. But before then and now afterwards, I despise lying and I'm so glad that you told me even those "white lies" are still lies and not honoring to the Lord. Thank you mom for all that and so much more! Now having a daughter of my own, I'm so grateful to you to have these things to think on. God knew that I needed you so much when he gave me to you. I praise Him often for you, mom.


Lyrics to Legacy :
I don't mind if you've got something nice to say about me
And I enjoy an accolade like the rest
You could take my picture and hang it in a gallery
Of all who's who and so-n-so's that used to be the best
At such'n'such ... it wouldn't matter much

I won't lie, it feels alright to see your name in lights
We all need an 'Atta boy' or 'Atta girl'
But in the end I'd like to hang my hat on more besides
The temporary trappings of this world

I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who
blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy

I don't have to look too far or too long awhile
To make a lengthly list of all that I enjoy
It's an accumulating trinket and a treasure pile
Where moth and rust, thieves and such will soon enough destroy

Not well traveled, not well read, not well-to-do or well bred
Just want to hear instead, "Well Done" good and faithful one...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

French Onion Soup


A friend made mention not long ago that onion soup is great for colds. I knew eating onions and garlic was good for them but never put two and two together. I LOVE French Onion soup but had never found that one recipe....TILL NOW.

Here is my yummy adapted French Onion Soup recipe. The recipes I saw online mostly had sugar or wine in them. Since I don't want to use sugar and I don't have wine in the house, here's what I came up with. I think it turned out very nice.

Ingredients:
4 cups thinly sliced vidalia onions
1/4 cup butter
4 cups beef broth
pepper to taste
french bread
swiss cheese

Directions:
1. Melt butter in pan and add onions. Cook slowly over a medium/low heat for 20-30 minutes till almost carmalized.
2. Add in pepper and beef broth and bring to a boil.
3. Reduce heat to simmer and simmer for 20 minutes.
4. If desired, slice french bread and put on baking pan. Top with shredded cheese and broil till cheese is a bit bubbly. Add on the top of soup when serving.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Rice Pudding - Comforting AND sugar free!


Borrowed picture :)

I wanted something yummy, dessert like and sugar free. I have a book called Harvest Cooking by Keith Snow. His recipes all look amazing! He has a rice pudding recipe that looks good but I wasn't in the mood to put dried cherries in mine. I also wanted to add some cinnamon. Here is my altered recipe. I hope you like it as much as I do. I'm thinking it will serve at least 6 people.

Rice Pudding
1 1/2 cups short grain rice - dry not cooked.
2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup organic raisins - Meijer has HUGE and very tasty organic raisins. MUCH better than the regular.
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract. If not using pure, use 2 teaspoons.
1/2 cup maple syrup

Directions:
1. Cook rice according to directions.
2. Add in milk, cinnamon, raisins and vanilla. Cook on a medium low heat (or lower) till milk is absorbed and you have a creamy rice pudding.
3. When done add in maple syrup and stir. You can heat a bit more if it gets too cool.

I didn't do this with mine but I bet it would be amazing topped with real whipped cream and just a bit of freshly grated nutmeg. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Donating to Goodwill? Don't Donate Junk!


I am a lover of bargain shopping. Most of my wardrobe as well as my children's comes from Goodwill. We get great quality items for a great price. However, from time to time, we purchase something that is broken and not usable. What a bummer! Not only did the bargain we thought it was not turn out to be a bargain at all, but it actually cost us money to purchase something not usable.

Donating to Goodwill and other such organizations is a great thing! You can even deduct your donations during tax season on your taxes as long as you're using a long form and aren't already getting back everything the government can possibly give you. If you like to donate to Goodwill and other organizations that resell items, below is some great information for you. Not only will you get a tax deduction when you donate correctly, you'll be cleaning out as well as knowing that someone else is getting good use out of your items you're donated.

What condition should an item be in when donated to Goodwill? Here's what Goodwill had to say.
"If you’re unsure whether your item qualifies for a tax deduction, then consider this: if you would give it to a relative or friend, then the item is most likely in good condition and is appropriate to donate."

How much can you get from items you donate? Here's a link to an estimated resale value. Remember, the high dollar stuff are items that are high dollar and in like new condition items. Don't think you'll get $6 deducted from your taxes when the t-shirt is in raggedy condition and stained.
Goodwill tax donation guide.

What to do and not to do according to Goodwill.
Do:
Wash or dry clean clothing.
Test electrical equipment and battery-operated items.
Include all pieces and parts to children’s games and toys.
Check with your local Goodwill Industries agency to determine standards for donating computers and vehicles.

Don’t:
Leave items unattended outside a collection center.
Donate broken or soiled items.
Give items that have been recalled, banned, or do not meet current safety standards. For more information about questionable items, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

So, before you haul those boxes of items to Goodwill, think "would I give this bag to someone I know and love or would they think it was junk". If you're unsure, freecycle it. Let people know the exact condition it's in. Many times people want it anyway. However, the people that are actually going to pay for your items don't want trash. What spurred on this post you might ask? Purchasing a camera today that does not work, clothes in the past where zippers did not work, etc... It's frustrating to say the least.

So, happy cleaning out. :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate


I'm feeling a bit under the weather today. Sore throat, tired, runny nose - yeah a cold. I wanted something yummy, soothing and healthy at the same time. I found this wonderful recipe on My Years Without Sugar. In it she had a lovely recipe that I will post below. In the future, I would add a bit more honey and a bit less cacao. I also used 1/3 cup coconut milk (thai canned coconut milk) and 2/3 cup boiling water. Another thing to mention is coconut milk, raw honey and cacao are all so healthy for you and touted as superfoods. Drink up to health and tasty goodness!

Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate
1/3 cup coconut milk
2/3 cup boiling water
2 heaping spoons of pure cocoa
1 small spoonfull honey (or more for sweeter)
dash of vanilla

To my french press I added the coconut milk then stirred in cocoa and vanilla. After pouring in the boiling water, I stirred in the honey and then pumped my French press to mix and make it frothy.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Going Unplugged


What is going unplugged? Well, each person's definition varies. Some people say it means unplugging everything! Not even using electricity at all for things like the stove, etc... for the period of time they are unplugging. Others, like myself pick and choose.

Why unplug? For our family, a time of unplugging will be to reconnect with one another. Don't get me wrong, I love my gadgets, the online arena, etc.. as well as get great info from it that is actually helpful to me and my family. However, it's easy to go overboard. You know it's bad when your husband is in one room on his laptop or ipad and you're in the den chatting away - online.

So, what is our plan? Well, Matthew and I are still in the planning phases. This is something I have longed to do for a very long time. Ideally we'll be unplugged for set times during the day and then for one whole day, we'll be totally unplugged (to our standards). No tv, no computer, ipad, ipod, radio, movies, video games of any kind, etc... Basically, when it comes to the entertainment arena, we're going to be unplugged.

We used to have a family schedule before Matt started working overtime. I'm hoping to get back into that as well. Here's an example of a family schedule that we would use.

Monday:
Eat dinner at 5pm
Family Devotions and clean up following.
Library

Tuesday:
Eat dinner at 5pm
Family Devotions and clean up following.
Family Game Night

Wednesday:
Eat dinner at 5pm
Family Devotions and clean up following.
Take a walk

Thursday:
Eat dinner at 5pm
Family Devotions and clean up following.
Reading Night/Quiet time for kids who can't read.

Friday:
Eat dinner at 5pm
Family Devotions and clean up following.
Family Movie Night

So somewhere in a schedule similar to that, we'll be having a night where we unplug. The whole point of the family schedule is because it's too easy to waste away time. Even though we're here together, we're not interacting with one another as much as we should.

So yeah, there you have it. My challenge to you as this school year approaches is to at the very least make up some kind of family schedule. If you're really daring, try unplugging. You won't regret either of these decisions. I do need to warn you though, if you follow through with either of these ideas, you'll have a stronger and more closely knit family. You'll also have more fun than you've imagined you could.



Here are some unplugging activity ideas:
Play a game.
Take a walk outside.
Play with your kids outside.
Ride your bikes.
Bake cookies, bread, etc.. together.
Have a family sharing time.
Go out for ice cream.
Go to a park.
Walk around a shopping center together.
Work on an experiment together.
Go on a scavenger hunt.
Fly a kite.
Learn a new board game.
Make an indoor fort.
Plant a garden, then tend to it together.
Blow bubbles.
Go to the beach.
Go camping in your backyard.
Learn a hobby together such as sewing, drawing, painting, etc...
Help out a family or neighbor in need.
Make homemade play dough then make your own creations.
Build something with legos together.
Make music together with real or homemade instruments.
Fly a kite.
Play with a train set.
Go out and identify wildflowers, trees, etc...
Play Hide N' Seek or Marco Polo.
Make matching family clothing by tie dying or painting.
Write and then act out a play or story.
Make treasure hunts for one another.
Go to an apple orchard.
Visit the farmer's market.
Play in the rain while singing "I'm singing in the rain".
Play leap frog.
Play hop scotch.
Find something in your house to repurpose.
Take a drive and let the kids choose where you turn. Don't have a specific location in mind.

You get the idea. Last but not least, here's is an article another family wrote. It really gets one thinking. The part that struck me was this...

“First thing in the morning, I’d check my Facebook and it’d be the last thing I’d do at night,” Anderson said. “But I didn’t have the time for God and my devotions. It was time to examine our priorities.”

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Natural Wonders - A nature book for toddlers and early elementary


What a gem! I went to pick up some books today that I planned on purchasing from a fellow homeschooler. She said she had a book she thought we might be able to use and she'd throw it in for free. THe book is called Natural Wonders by Jan Thurman-Veith. I've been homeschooling for over 7 years now, so it takes something for me to get excited. I've pretty much seen it, done that, etc...

Well, I have not seen this book till today and it's amazing! Very easy to use, great concepts, lots of fun for the kiddos, etc... The first page got me hooked. Now of course the whole book isn't about mushy feelings. However, being a mushy mom, I loved this! Here's what it says.

Animal Affections

Each child chooses an animal to be and then shows the affection the animal might give.

Bear Hug - wrap arms around someone and give the biggest, strongest, tightest hug bearable.
Butterfly Kisses - Flutter eyelashes on someone's neck
Caterpillar Squeeze - Wrap someone tightly with whole body and squeeze gentle.
Parrot Peck - Give someone a quick, very light kiss on the forehead.
Puppy Love - Hold someone's hand and give a little lick.
TIger Pat - Roar fiercest roar and pat someone on the back while hugging closely.

"To the man whose senses are alive and alert there is not even the need to stir from one's threshold". Henry Miller

(Insert picture of two kids hugging)




What is there not to like about this book? Every little thing in this book is this easy but teaches fun lessons and gets kids active and involved. You can find your copy today at amazon. Visit the below link.

http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Wonders-Jan-T-Veith/dp/0912107561/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1284247647&sr=8-1-fkmr0

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Life and Longings of a Single Mom


As I was driving in my car today to run a quick errand with one of my boys, I started thinking about how my son is different, not at 4 years old from our now 11 year old daughter. When my daughter was born, I was a single mom. My old boyfriend had chosen to leave me when I was pregnant and encouraged me to have an abortion. Before that, he even mentioned we should sell our child after it was born at the Arizona/Mexico border for some cash (just a couple hundred). Praise God, He put within me a love for children at a very young age making those suggestions not even an option for me.

I don't think it matters what single mom you talk to, most of them will say that they had never imagined their life would turn out the way it had/has. I'm not talking here about women who were married and lost their husbands. I'm talking about the mom who from birth raised her child on her own. Who would imagine their life as working hard and long hours making sure they could keep their job just so they could support the little lives at home? Knowing that if they took one day off work to take a sick child to the doctor, they might not have the money to pay that bill? For me, government health care was not an option. IF I chose to partake in that, "they" would have to contact my daughter's biological father and get him to sign off on her birth certificate (even though he's not listed) just so we could get that government help.

Don't get me wrong, it wasn't the mom part of 'single mom' that I didn't like. It was in fact the single part. As a little girl I had dreamed only of getting married to a man who loved me and then having his children. Somewhere along the way, I allowed my lifestyle choices to turn a wrong road and got the child before the marriage. The heartache that I endured at the time seemed impossible for any young woman to bear. At the time I was almost 20 years old when I gave birth to my first child. I praise the Lord that my parents had welcomed me home with open arms. I was able to live with them which was a huge blessing. I also had the support of some family members, a few Christian friends at my work place and that of those in my home church. I'm glad I never had to go without their love, support and prayers. However, at night when everything was quiet, I would cry. For a couple years after my daughter was born, all I could do was cry. So often I cried to the Lord. I buried myself in study of His word. I longed to truly know Him and finally live my life for Him.

Very slowly and gently, God began a work in me. He grew me in maturity and taught me how to follow Him through praise, communion and His word. I'm still learning too :)

I had come to a point in my life where I had given up all hope on men. I had been so hurt by my past situations and relationships that I thought I was done with that life. I thought I would be single forever and that was ok with me - finally, it was ok. You see, before then, I had always had a list of boys that would be my next "fling". I was never without a boyfriend for long. So to now be at a place where it was ok, was totally the Lord.

It was at this time I came to work with my now husband and his mother. It was a dark time in their life where they were trying to simply survive after their father had left their home for good to be with another woman. That is another story, for another time, to be told by them. Anyway, I was not at all seeking out companionship, yet God allowed my heart to be stirred by Matthew. He was such a kind and God-fearing young man. I was in awe. Imagine my surprise when I found out he was 5 years younger than I - 16 years old.

Living in the world that we live in, people tend to only look at age or a persons past lifestyle and make harsh judgements. When it was common knowledge that the two of us were in love with another, you would not believe what we had to endure while we waited 2 years for each other. It was so hard for me, having gone through all the "crap" in my life before Christ. I wished that people could see into my mind and know that I wanted ONLY what God wanted for my life. If that wasn't Matthew, I didn't want him. Yet the judgements continued and to this day are still brought up. How I wish people could have seen it for what it truly was - one young man and one young woman with a child, simply wanting God at the center of their lives and with their lives together.

Why am I bringing all this up so many years later? To first give hope to single moms out there. You are NOT damaged goods. Seek after the Lord and His will for your life. He just may blow you away with the man of your dreams. He sure did with me. And it was with a godly man who had never touched a woman before. How amazing!

Second, for those who know single moms, pray for them. That is the single most important thing you can do in their life. Next, show them love in whatever way God directs you. Through phone calls, letters, visiting them, gifting things to them that you know they can use, etc... Remember those days like Valentine's Day - show her love when she has no young man in her life to do that.

Third is the last thing they need to hear is how they messed up their life and now they have to live with it. How many times I had heard that - and sadly from people that were closest to me. It's enough to know we made mistakes, it's another thing entirely to know we're going to be alone with our child with no father in the picture. I so often hear women complaining about their children, husband, etc... If you think your life is difficult now, imagine having no father at all. Some women say they think it would be better but when the time comes, it really is much more difficult than they could have ever imagined. Have some compassion. We feel enough guilt for 10 people, just love us.

Fourth is that it's not the child's fault. So many times I've seen these little children treated like outcasts because their family didn't agree with what the mother did in order to have that child. This child is just like any other. They simply need love.

I'm so thankful that after marrying my husband, his family accepted my daughter (then 4 years old) as if she were their own. What a blessing it was for me! I was somewhat nervous about how she would be treated, especially after his other siblings started having their own children. Praise God, my Lyshie is treated just like anyone else. God is SO good!

So much of my story has been left out. If you want the full version, feel free to call or email me. :) In this world today, sin is so rampant and that goes along with the territory. The closer we get to the end, the more evil this world will become. Satan has tricked so many young women into thinking that if they love someone enough, it doesn't matter if they wait. What a lie he has deceived us with! Please, reach out to those single mom's out there. You have no idea how much of a blessing that will be for them. You have no idea the hurt, pain and hopelessness that single moms feels. They can all use your support.

If you yourself happen to be a single mom, check this out. http://gleaningtheharvest.com/

Friday, September 10, 2010

Christmas Gifts or Home Decoration - You Choose!


I loved this blog post so much that I am featuring it on my blog. Visit this link for the actual blog I got this post from :)

Decorate My Home, Part 24 - Painted Canvases
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Okay, back to the toddler room again.
(For other boy/girl toddler room ideas, click here, here, here, here and here. Whew!)

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I decided that the little fella of the room needed some of his favorite things incorporated into the decor.
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Cars. And trucks.

So, I placed some painted canvases right above his crib.

And he has already spoken......his favorite one is the firetruck.




The blocked artwork goes nicely with that bold tumbler quilt.

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And the group of canvases come out at different levels from the wall......giving it dimension.

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Nice and simple way to spruce up an open space.

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Ready to make your own?

I first painted different sized canvases, the color that I wanted them.
(I used acrylic paint for the whole project.)



Then allowed them to dry fully.

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Then I cut out car shapes from paper, the size that I wanted them, and placed them on each canvas. (My shapes were printed off from my Silhouette program.)





Then I arranged the canvases how I wanted them to appear on the wall, and then adjusted each paper car as necessary.

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Then I traced around each paper shape with a pencil.



Then I painted 2 layers of paint within the lines of each car shape.

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Then I allowed each canvas to dry completely.

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And while waiting, my little helpers put the extra paint to good use.

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After all canvases were dry, I put the canvases back into the arrangement that I liked.......then one by one I nailed them together from the back. Using several nails for each canvas.
(Make sure you keep each piece straight as you turn it over to nail it.)

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Then hang the canvases right up on the wall.

(I used 2 nails behind the blue canvas, which is right against the wall.......and 2 behind the green canvas, which is about an inch away from the wall. So the nails behind the green canvas are 2 inch long nails and I only pounded them in about an inch. I had to measure and use the level a bit......and then placed the blue and green canvases on their nails. And then the whole grouping hung nicely.)


Because these canvases are pretty light, I was able to create this sort of arrangement and only used nails to hang them in the center. If using heavier wood pieces, you may have some problems with balancing and hanging an arrangement with just nails.


**And if you have a younger baby who grabs at everything, you may not want to hang this right above their crib. Try another wall. My little guy is a bit older and we were able to talk about not touching it. And for some reason, he really doesn't play with it. He says, "no touch, mommy!" Works for me.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

First Day of School 2010/2011

Today is our first day of school. The first day is always greeted with enthusiasm. Now to make every day like this. There's something about the first day of school that makes everything feel more "normal" again. It's nice to know we have a routine - something to follow. Dinner is ready and in the fridge for when the time comes to make it, the house is clean (for now), laundry is started and dishes are done. Praise God for another school year with my children!

The day started out with Lyshie helping me fix my wind chime.


Jon thought he could get away with riding his bike first. Sorry buddy :)


A Beka for Lyshie and Rod and Staff for Jon.


Joshua watching his siblings and loving being next to them. It will be his turn all too soon.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Preparing for Fall and Winter


She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet. Proverbs 31:21

I read a lovely blog the today about preparing for winter. What a lovely idea! It's kind of what we've been doing freezing fruits and veggies, but this took it to a whole new level. Here is the link to that article.

For me and my family, things are a bit different here so this is what I"m hoping to do/have on hand.

1. plenty of blankets
2. flashlights with batteries
3. clean small room heaters and have them in a handy place.
4. clean humidifiers and put them in a handy place.
5. take winter clothing out of storage for the kids and myself and see what we need to get/get rid of.
6. get out the cover for in front of the fire place.
7. clean the basement for those long winter nights so the kids can play/exercise (yes us parents too).
8. have herbs, raw honey and spices on hand for the herbal remedies we make.
9. have kool-aid packets on hand for making our own electrolyte drink.
10. purchase waterproof mats for my car.
11. till up my garden, sew in some hairy vetch and let it be :)
12. put away everything outside that needs to come in for the winter.
13. make sure sleds are in a handy place for when it snows.
14. soup packets for those times when i'm sick and need some :)
15. get out aromatherapy items and essential oils to use instead of candles.
16. Cut down perennials and clear diseased and dead debris from gardens.