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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Embrace the Camera: June 17, 2014

 I both give and receive worship through song. 
The song that has currently been speaking to my heart is "Let Them See You by JJ Weeks". 

Let them see You in me
Let them hear You when I speak
Let them feel You when I sing
Let them see You 
Just let them see You in me

Who am I without Your grace?
Another smile, another face
Another breath, a grain of sand
Passing quickly through Your hand
I give my life, an offering
Take it all, take everything

Let them see You in me
Let them hear You when I speak
Let them feel You when I sing
Let them see You
Just let them see You in me

This is my prayer.
I am imperfect. 
He is perfect.
His grace is sufficient for me; His power is made perfect in my weakness. 
Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ's power may rest on me. 
2 Corinthians 12:9
Let them {my husband, my children, my neighbors and friends ... all those I encounter} see Him in me.

Gabs, Boo and Little Miss,
Mommy has many shortcomings. I'm impatient. I'm quick to raise my voice. I often rush bedtime skipping stories and prayers. I say "no" a lot. Although I am all these things and I'm sure you could/would add more I thank God that he has entrusted you to me. You are each amazing and bright and beautiful beyond words! I know I have done something right in parenting you while on this earth because you know and love the Lord. My heart's desire is that you learn to know Him more through me - through my actions, words, expressions of love to you and those around us.  I am imperfect, but I am a work in progress seeking His hand in parenting you for you are His. A gift to us. The best gifts!
I love you to the moon and back, to the highest mountain, to the deepest and widest ocean, to infinity. 
{Dawson says this each time he says his goodbyes}

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Embrace the Camera: April 3, 2014

I snuck away with this handsome young man last Thursday for a mommy/son date. 
{I'm so glad I did because I've been super sick ever since.}
 This little man of mine shares my love language of physical touch. 
He is a master snuggler, kiss giver and is never shy of sharing his love for me verbally. 
He's a keeper! 
Thank-you for being the best sister sandwich handsome brother in the middle!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Hall Bath Refresh

Our hall bathroom primarily serves as the kids bath. For the first 4+ years we lived in this home the walls remained the builders blah beige color.  We did little more than add a couple small fun art prints from Target and a striped shower curtain and called it good. Fast forward to my brother and sister-in-laws recent moving sale and this bath·tub plank art gave us the necessary push for a quick bath refresh. 
This could also read:
n. A vessel which receives overuse from one certain 3 year old toddler who takes up residence here multiple times in any given day
{no.lie! the child is bath obsessed}
Here is a quick view from the door straight ahead. 
The walls received a fresh coat of Behr Water Mark paint. 
I replaced the previous shower curtain with a simple white waffle weave that I scored somewhere along the way for $1. 
This white apothecary cabinet has been stored in our basement since the move in October 2009. I couldn't bring it upon myself to sell it and I'm so glad I didn't because it has found new life again.
Since taking these pictures I've since purchased new white hand towels and wash clothes to replace the previous creme & yellow colored ones. 
Our long term goals for this space are to replace the lighting & linoleum flooring as well as either add wainscoting or tile detailing on the walls. I'd also love to remove the mirror and replace with two separate beveled mirrors OR trim the mirror out similar to in our previous home. 
We replaced the previous over the door towel hooks with IKEA hooks we had on hand.
Note to self - Gabrielle needs a white hooded towel to match the others :)
{Yes, she is 9 and still uses her hooded towels. Read that as astronomical return on investment.} 
I bought several rug options from JCPenney but when I stumbled upon this set at Aldi for $9.99 I didn't blink an eye before returning the much more expensive options in place of the disposable affordable option.  
The last facelift I'd like for this bath is to receive is to paint the cabinetry. Our builder used very nice quality cabinets throughout the house but they are beginning to show water wear in this bath as evidenced by this photo. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Embrace the Camera: March 27, 2014

Aunt Shari and GG came to visit over Spring Break. 
We visited Nelson Atkins Museum, did a little thrifting and shopping, s'mored whilst consuming adult beverages around the chimenea and enjoyed each others company. Oh did I mention we ate? A.lot! 
Aunt Shari and the girls gave each other manicures and pedicures but the real fun came later that evening when Shari colored my hair {it may or may not have turned out a tad on the reddish side eek!} and I convinced her to say goodbye to the mousey blond and hello to dark brown!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Office Overhaul

What started as a playroom overhaul led to me tackling our home office area.
This IKEA GLIS storage box is the culprit for my fit of organizational rage.
I had seen people using tackle boxes on Pinterest for battery storage so when the GLIS box was no longer in use in the playroom I grabbed it knowing it would be perfect for the job.
That simple 5 minute task of removing batteries from packaging and sorting by size led to this.
I really wish I had taken a before picture because although this picture is a hot mess of office supplies it was quite organized {in a not very appealing to the eye kind of way}. 
A quick trip to Dollar General and WalMart for the white storage baskets and drawers & an hour or less later and I had this.

Item Sources:
The fabric storage cubes were a garage sale find and were previously used to house puzzles and craft kits, the metal box is from my SIL and the two slim wicker baskets on the bottom shelf were purchased at Pier 1 Imports years ago. The multi colored mesh storage on the middle shelf are from IKEA and have been used and abused hard and have held up like new. 
 I printed out labels and ran them through my laminator before cutting and attaching with velcro.
This area in our kitchen packs a big punch with storage. 
It houses all our technology related disks and cords, vitamins and medications, flashlights & other miscellaneous items in the far left; batteries, camera and video equipment & bill related info in the middle and a large assortment of office supplies on the far right. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Embrace The Camera: March 2014

It's been too long since I've been intentional about getting IN the picture with my littles. I resolve to make a better effort of doing so this year.
Little Miss momma assisting in bottle feeding Makayla {and hamming it up for the camera}. 
My sweet babes on Valentine's day.
Life is a beautiful mess with these three but is full of love because of them!
I soaked in every.last.second of this cuddle season with my baby girl. I wasn't ready to let her go when she let loose. She's growing leaps and bounds right in front of our eyes and is no longer our tiny little love. She still asks us to "Hold you me" on a regular basis and insists on her nightly cuddle seasons with her Daddy which melts us both. Thank-you Ms. G for confiscating mommy's phone to take this picture :)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


The shortest month of the year
The month my niece celebrated her 21st birthday
also the month we celebrate Valentine's Day
A fellow blogger refers to it as Lover's Holiday which I think is charming 
I can thank all the recent snow days we've had for my creative crafting spark being lit
We dedicated some time the weekend prior to Lover's Holiday creating Valentine's boxes and Valentine's for the bigs classroom parties
We 100% lifted (that's a craft term for any non-crafters that may read this post) the ideas from the www and Pinterest
We used an empty cereal box for the body of Gabrielle's owl then recycled some crepe paper streamers I had sewn for previous party decor to create its feathers, corrugated card stock for the eyes and feet and an over abundance of hot glue to attach everything
What can I say? Girlfriend {Gabi} worked the glue gun like a boss
We confiscated Papa and Mema's oatmeal cylinder for Dawson's shark
We wrapped the cylinder in aluminum foil (I would have loved to use silver wrapping paper but used what we had on hand) and simply cut slits to insert the fins & tail
Travis free handed the body parts and cut them from craft foam
I honestly can't recall where I stumbled upon this free printable Valentine but just did a google search and found it here
I give this quick valentine exchange a big thumbs up for cost, ease and cuteness
Valentine day was spent celebrating with my 3 favorite little peeps
As we were heading out for a full day of activities, we were surprised with a super fun love package from Lynee, Micah and Makayla
She knows the way to our hearts is straight access through our sweet tooth!!

I tweaked our mantel a bit this year by removing the glass hurricane candy holders from the black candle bases and replaced them with tin mailboxes I picked up at Target a few years back
I added the La La Love You print from the girls 2012 birthday decor to a fun magnetic board we received from Aunt Linda
I anchored the left side of the mantel with a feather heart wreath

And everyone's favorite new addition is this adorable red and pink dachshund 
She fits right in with our dachsie lovin' family!