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Simple Triangle Bunting Project

This fun triangle bunting is a simple sewing project, great for teaching beginners, using up scrap fabric, or making a quick seasonal decoration.

So, let me just start by saying—I really do not decorate for every holiday.

Honestly, I’m more the type that gets annoyed when I have decor for obscure holidays because I feel like I have to keep it, but it takes up storage space, it’s a pain to remember to use it, the decorations are up for a day, etc.

But having kids will make you do crazy things. So, here I am—decorating for Valentine’s Day. Continue reading

Birds and Branches

Bring some color, cheer, and piece of the outdoors to your home decor this winter by adding in these fun and easy DIY birds and branches!

Well, Christmas is over. It’s almost Epiphany. It’s time for the decorations to come down. Sigh…

It’s time to get all this extra stuff out of my living space, but it’s also a bit depressing when my house is plain and boring. The outside is bleak and gray, we can’t spend much time outside because of the cold, and I just can’t stand the thought of my house being bleak, too! Continue reading

Bringing a Child into this World

*Note: This is a something I wrote shortly after the birth of my first daughter. It’s a bit intense, but pertinent as we head into Advent; the enormity of the event for which we prepare should always make me shudder with the awe I felt in this moment. 

There was only a faint light through the window of the dark nursery, but I could still clearly see each tiny curve and chubby wrinkle of my infant daughter’s hand. I gently rocked back and forth as I held her warm little body against my chest. But, as I sat there—the perfect image of maternal contentment—I was overwhelmed by a recognition of the tender fragility of life and the tremendous magnitude of evil.

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." www.snapdragonofthefield.com
That’s a photo of Pipsqueak’s hand I took when she was teeny-tiny…what a sweetie.

With the birth of my first child, the heaviness of God’s sorrow over the brokenness of our world came sharply into focus for me. I was delighted with my daughter, and marveled at every little wonderful thing about her, but the beauty and wonder and joy and glories of life stood in heart wrenching contrast to how far short of God’s good plan our world is. Continue reading