An Easter Resurrection

8 Apr

As we were celebrating our risen Savior today, it was only fitting to come home and find a resurrection of a different kind.

The pigeons are back.

For being “rats with wings” as Husband says, they are quite smart. They managed to tear down his chicken wire barricade and build a roomy nest in the eave of our house. But for all their brains, they clearly have a short memory because they’ve completely forgotten what Husband did to their relatives last year, and by the look in Husband’s eyes, I fear they’ll suffer the same fate.

However, I’ll put death talk aside and talk about life for a moment. It’s so easy to take for granted that we have a living Savior who cares about every detail of our lives, although we don’t deserve it. So, with that in mind, I want to share one of my favorite vocal performances of all time. I’ve probably watched this video a hundred times, but it never fails to give me chills. Happy Easter!

Wild West Baby Showers

7 Apr

Husband and I are days away from becoming an uncle and aunt, and while we anxiously await the blessed day, I’ve been busy throwing/attending baby showers for my sis. I shared before about the diaper cake my other sis and I made for one of the showers, but here’s how the rest of the decorations turned out:

Here are some more fun photos of the 3 showers she’s had. I just can’t wait for that little munchkin to be here!

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My Hiatus From Blogging (aka Where Have I Been?)

6 Apr

For the few of you that may follow this blog, you may have noticed my absence over the past several weeks. Just to reassure you, Husband and I are alive and well – just busy. We’ve been living and loving life and that’s left me little time to write about it. So, what have we been up to that’s sucked up every second of my available writing time?

  1. Baby showers, baby showers, baby showers. (more on this later)
  2. Game night with friends. If you haven’t discovered Cranium or Munchkin yet, get yourself to Target and check them out. All you need are a few friends, and you’re guaranteed an evening full of laughs.
  3. Our wedding anniversary celebration. Two words: Capital Grille. Yum!
  4. Husband’s week-long birthday celebration, including a surprise birthday party that I barely pulled off. Husband will tell you he knew the whole time, though.
  5. Spring cleaning. Yes, all of our winter clothes are now packed away in celebration of warmer weather and longer days, and those drawers that needed cleaning out are now stowing a much lighter load.
  6. For Husband, motorcycle track days and day trips with his buddies have filled much of his time.
  7. Reading. I caught the Hunger Games bug and read all 3 books in 1 week – then went to see the first movie with a friend. While the story is captivating, I can’t decide if I actually like it or not.
  8. Working out. Husband and I have become quite the gym rats and have been consistently going 5 nights a week. I have to say he’s looking pretty buff lately!
  9. Making some safety improvements to our house, including a new alarm system which helps me sleep easier on the rare occasion when Husband is out of town.
  10. See #1

As you can see, there’s plenty to catch everyone up on. So, be looking for more posts in the coming days!

 

How to Make a Rustic Diaper Cake

13 Feb

As you all know, Husband and I are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our nephew in April. Well, I guess I’m the only one who’s anxiously awaiting, but we’re both excited about getting to spoil the little guy.

The nursery bedding inspired the theme for the BBQ baby shower.

One of the things that is keeping me busy until he decides to arrive is helping to throw a baby shower for my sister. Using the nursery bedding as inspiration, we are planning a BABYQ party, complete with mini BBQ sandwiches and teacup size servings of banana pudding. The invitations and decorations all tie into the theme, but more on that later.

Today I want to focus on the diaper cake my other sister and I created last weekend. We had two goals with the cake: 1) Match the theme and 2) Include as many useful things as we could. Here’s what we came up with.

Making a Diaper Cake

  1. Start with a solid, sturdy base that will be used to transport the diaper cake. In this case, we used a large white platter.
  2. Roll up individual diapers (like a tortilla wrap), using scotch tape to keep them coiled.
  3. Pack the diapers as tightly as you can until the base is the size you want, then wrap your ribbon around the entire layer to hold it together. We used hot glue to keep the ribbon secure, but you can also just tie it.
  4. Create a solid base for the next layer. We covered a paper plate with some cute rodeo scrapbook paper and used pinking shears to cut a cute border into the paper.
  5. Then we stuffed newborn socks into six different bottles to create the next layer. This was my sister’s idea, and I love the way it turned out!
  6. We placed another paper plate on top of the bottles, using a small dab of hot glue on the top of each bottle to add stability.
  7. Then, we created the top layer in similar fashion to the bottom layer, only smaller.
  8. Finally, we created the topper by using more of the ribbon on the two diaper layers, as well as some raffia.
  9. The last step was to tie pacifiers into the top bow and at the center of each diaper layer.

We can’t wait for our sister to see it!

It’s Awards Season…

11 Feb

With the Grammys and Oscars this month, award season is in full swing, and apparently blogs are no exception. My lovely friend and fellow blogger Mrs. Hargrave recently honored me with the Liebster Blog Award, and I want to give her a HUGE thank you.

The Liebster Blog Award is to recognize your favorite blogs with less than 200 followers.  The rules for the award are: 1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog. 2. Link back to the blogger who awarded/nominated you. 3. Copy and paste the blog award to your blog. 4. Reveal your top 5 blog picks! 5. Drop by your top 5 picks and let them know you chose them by commenting on their blog!

And the Award Goes To…

In addition to Mrs. Hargrave, you’ve got to check out these other wonderful blogs:

 

Mantel Makeover

2 Feb

Well, I’m in a decorating slump. Now that the Christmas decorations have been put away, the fireplace is looking forlorn. We finally got the TV set up downstairs (it will soon be mounted on the wall), and my mother got me these two beautiful candlesticks for Christmas. Other than that, I don’t know where to go fireplace decorations.

I’ve considered apothecary jars, garlands, a pot of sage or gold hydrangeas for the mantel. Then comes the base of the fireplace. I don’t even know where to start there.

So, I thought I’d ask you. What should I place on the mantel?

  • Apothecary jars with wine corks
  • A seasonal garland
  • Lanterns with candles
  • A stack of old books
  • Potted floral arrangements

Financial Makeover

31 Jan

Husband and I spent the last year giving our house a makeover, and we are excited about beginning this year with a financial one. We have begun the 13-week Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course with a group from his office, and after only 2 weeks, we are so excited about what this course is teaching us.

It’s more than just a course in how to manage your money, it’s about how to manage your attitude towards money. Luckily, we’ve been doing a lot of things right, but there are several areas of improvement that we are pumped about working on. The one surprise (for me at least) has been learning how much the Bible talks about our personal finances. It’s full of wisdom on how we should be stewards of what God has blessed us with.

Verses About Personal Finance

  • 1 Timothy 5:8
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:10
  • Proverbs 28:20
  • Genesis 41:35-36
  • Hebrews 12:11
  • Psalm 62:10

The most eye-opening verse we’ve covered is Proverbs 22:6-7. While most of us have heard Proverbs 22:6 as a promise to parents, we rarely here it coupled with the verse immediately following it:

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is a servant to the lender.”

Dave Ramsey uses these verses to make the point about how important it is that we teach our children how to handle finances. I am so looking forward to doing this one day!

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