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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

Fallen Mommies

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Shhh!

There’s a dirty little secret about motherhood that no one prepares you for. (Actually, there are probably about 250, but this is the main one.)

Becoming a mother doesn’t automatically give you unending patience, unfailing love, and a heart full of self-denial and sacrifice.

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2017 Reading List

I used to love to read. My sister jokes that I spent my entire childhood lost in a book. Then adult life hit. I still love to read; I just haven’t been great about making time for it.

Well, I’m ready to get back into reading. One of the best ways I have found to reflect on life and faith is through reading the thoughts of others. I picked up The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard earlier this year and couldn’t put it down.

It was an interesting, convicting, and revealing read. I’ll have much more to say about it throughout many of my posts, no doubt, so I won’t go into detail here, but suffice it to say, reading these wise and insightful words whet my appetite for seeking out other illuminating words.

So, I’ve gathered up a hodge podge of books—some that family and friends have recommended, some that I’ve started in the past but never finished, and some just because. This is certainly not a list of new bestsellers and exciting reads. Instead, it’s a smattering of various words and thoughts that I’d love to have in my head as I navigate life.  Here’s the list I’ve settled on to start me off: Continue reading

A Hand-Me-Down and Homemade Christmas

My childhood memories of Christmas revolve around the decorations. Our family had many traditions and fun activities we did, but they all take place in my mind against the backdrop of the decorations and ornaments we would pull out every year after Thanksgiving. My mom made our house magical and beautiful at Christmas.

Corduroy is new (a grandparent gift to Pipsqueak), but that’s my old mouse that winds up and plays “Silent Night.”

I know it’s not necessary, but I love using decorations to mark this time of year as something special. I don’t want to make too much of it—after all, it’s the event that we celebrate, not the decorations, that make it special. But nonetheless, they have their place and I love how Peanut is already starting to remember particular ornaments, books, and toys, and take note of the changing seasons and holidays. Continue reading

Let Us Not Grow Weary of Doing Good, snapdragonofthefield.com

“Let Us Not Grow Weary of Doing Good”

And let us not grow weary of doing good,
for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
So then, as we have opportunity,
let us do good to everyone,
and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Galatians 6:9-10

I’ve been feeling weary lately. I don’t know if I would say I’m weary of doing good, as much as it is I’m weary and don’t feel like doing good.

There are multiple reasons for this, none of which are particularly important or substantial: tired of a messy house; tired of wrestling with perplexing issues; tired of trying to be understanding; tired of cooking; tired of solving the world’s problems. Nothing big. 😉 That and a 15 month-old who only naps 1.5 hrs a day and I’m tired. Continue reading

Mommy Blogs

When reading other mommy blogs, I often get the sense that the thought process behind starting a blog went something like this:

“Well! I certainly have it all together here! My laundry is all caught up, the dishwasher (and the sink!) are empty, dinner is in the crockpot, I can’t find any more dust bunnies and I am doing a FANTABULOUS job raising my kids right now, so—ya’know what? I better start a blog so I can help other women have it all together, too!!!”

If that is you, I really am not criticizing. My hat is off to you and I am so pleased for you that you’re in that situation. It’s a great feeling, I am sure—I’ve just never experienced it. But based on the high I get from occasionally accomplishing just one of those tasks, I’m sure you do feel great and I appreciate your willingness to share.

However, that is not me, not at all. Not even close. Just ask my mom (who is a pretty awesome homemaker and housekeeper).

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And yes, these are real dishes in my real sink. Pretty, bright colors but dirty nonetheless. I am in constant awe of the number of dirty dishes we can create in a day…

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