We started our first day of homeschooling here this week, which has led to a few VERY busy days, but also very blessed days. Our first day was pretty rough, but yesterday was really a great day, and I’m looking … Continue reading
It’s been quiet here the last couple of weeks, as I’ve been working on a baby shower for my best friend.
The shower was Sunday, so I thought I’d share some snapshots with you for this week’s post.
First, a little background…
Marcia and I met in junior high…back when we were awesome enough to wear tube socks with: sandals and black tennis shoes…
roller blades, swimsuits, and awesomely high-waisted jean shorts…
and matching overalls…
I am an only child, so when we met, Marcia quickly became the sister I’d always hoped for. We were inseparable for years.
Time, distance, and different seasons of life have changed our friendship over the last 18 years, but we always pick up right where we left off, and she remains the one friend who knows every detail about me, and is always the first to hear of any big news.
She’s the kind of friend who never judges, always forgives and forgets, loves no matter what, and is always there. In fact, she’s unknowingly taught me a lot about the love of Jesus over the years, by the patient, enduring love she’s always given.
I’m so thankful to have her in my life, and for all the years of memories we’ve had…here are some of our newest:
Thanks Marsh, for always being the kind of friend I could ever only hope to be. A forever friend.
It was a privilege to help celebrate with you this weekend, and I can’t wait to meet that sweet little boy.
Hugs ~ Sara
Looking for some Father’s Day gift ideas?!
The girls and I are working on their stuff today, so I thought I’d share some fun ideas.
Here’s what we did for their daddy last year:
We made this as a birthday gift for one of their grandpa’s, but it could also make a great Father’s Day gift:
Here are some of my favorite ideas for this year from other bloggers:
Hugs ~ Sara 🙂
Gift tags to attach to a bottle of nail polish and give to teachers on the last day of school! Quick and easy – just cut the tag, punch a whole in the corner, and tie with ribbon!!! 🙂
We’re half-way through April, so I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite craft and gift ideas for the month of May 🙂
I love to do crafts with my girls, but I have to tell ya that it can also be a huge struggle for me. I constantly battle with perfectionism, impatience, and control, and none of these things are very helpful when you’re crafting with a 3 and 5-year-old. Thankfully, God is teaching me more and more everyday how to release these sins to Him, and focus on what brings glory to Him alone. Do our neighbors care or notice if their May Day baskets are perfectly cut out by a control freak mom? Do the girls’ grandmas want me to be the one making their Mother’s Day gifts? How about the kids’ teachers – do they want gifts made by me? No. Gifts from the kids are much more special if they’re actually from the kids. More importantly, whether or not every piece of paper is precisely cut into a perfect shape does NOT matter for eternity. Things like this do not glorify God, and so they simply should not matter to me. So this year I am resolving to let my kids help, to praise them for their hard work…and most importantly to enjoy their creations, and our time spent together…time that will all too quickly be gone.
This process of choosing joy over frustration, patience over perfection, and grace over control is not easy for me. I continue to take two steps forward, and one step back…but over time, God is leading me up an ever slow hill, that keeps bringing me closer and closer to Him. We made cookies this weekend. I started out with a great attitude, but as soon as I lost focus on just enjoying time with my kids, my patience began to quickly fade. Allison was licking flour off the counter, Kate spilled a 4 1/2 pound bag of chocolate chips, and I was giving in to my strangely irrational fear of raw eggs. I wish I would have taken pictures of these now funny and sweet moments, but instead I chose to feel frustrated and out of control. If I would have chosen instead to focus on glorifying God by extending grace to my kids, I could have created a time for all of us to just laugh and have fun, and for my kids to see Jesus in me. Next time, I’m going to start out with my camera, and just go into it knowing it might be a bumpy ride, but one that I want to end by taking two steps froward instead of that one step back.
Do you struggle with any of these issues? Take heart my friend, you are not alone. And praise God that His love is higher than any mountains that we face…it never fails, gives up, or runs out on us. Amen!
I’m excited to do some of these crafts over the next month with my kiddos, and I hope you might enjoy some of them too. 🙂 These are our photos from last year (when I was still hung up on cutting perfectly shaped flower petals).
End-of-year Teacher Gifts
Hope you enjoyed some of these ideas 🙂
Hugs ~ Sara