Birthdays Are Grand

Yay! She’s turning 8 today and I’m so so thankful for her. I’ve been thinking of all the opportunities we have when our children are young to create beautiful memories. Birthday cakes are definitely one of those opportunities for us. I minimally helped her to create the cake she wanted, lemon with raspberry flavored buttercream. The cake was a box mix, but the frosting was homemade. It’s all just about the same to her, although she does love butter. She’s learning to measure ingredients and how to control the stand mixer. Nearly everyday she asks if she can make something, so to get to bake for her birthday is pretty awesome. We mixed up the frosting, tasting as we went, and then adjusted the color to her liking. I dolloped the frosting onto the cake and stood back, watching her spread it just so, encouraging her as she went. She really wanted to pipe and had been looking forward to the task ever since her older sister got a piping set for her birthday a couple months back. She picked out the tip she liked and then set to work creating all sorts of beautiful flowers to top her cake. Tonight we’ll sing to her and watch as she blows out the candles and someday, Lord willing, she’ll say, “Remember when…” to me or perhaps she’ll recreate her childhood memories by making new ones with her own children.

 

 

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October Sunrise

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As I was bringing breakfast to the table this morning I caught a glimpse of the sunrise out our front door window. It’s a small window and what I saw caused me to pause, yet hurry. I wanted to see more. I set our plates down and opened the curtains and immediately uttered the words, “Wow! That’s beautiful.” God did it, He paints the sky. As Psalm 113:3 says, “From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised.” Here’s the thing; just as me seeing a glimpse of the sunrise this morning caused me to want to see more, when any person gets a glimpse of Christ they want to see more of Him. His beauty is altogether lovely.

Psalm 113 says:

Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
Praise the name of the Lord.
Blessed be the name of the Lord
From this time forth and forever.
From the rising of the sun to its setting
The name of the Lord is to be praised.
The Lord is high above all nations;
His glory is above the heavens.

Who is like the Lord our God,
Who is enthroned on high,
Who humbles Himself to behold
The things that are in heaven and in the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust
And lifts the needy from the ash heap,
To make them sit with princes,
With the princes of His people.
He makes the barren woman abide in the house
As a joyful mother of children.
Praise the Lord!

Prairies End Pumpkin Patch

On a hot, hot day in the middle of September we went to Prairies End Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze. Thankfully there was a breeze most of the time and we were together. Overall it was a fun way to spend a couple hours. There are lots and lots of photo opportunities and many different activities to do including bounce houses, playground equipment, trikes, and a corn cannon. Plus everything is spread out so even with lots more people it wouldn’t feel crowded. The highlight for us was the huge slide. It was tall and it went fast. Our kids enjoyed it over and over again. But, I will tell you if you’re looking for a super awesome corn maze this isn’t the place for you. We were expecting to be handed a map that the kids could then read and guide us to the way out. Instead we walked into the maze and felt like we were going in circles. This is the first year the new owners have been open, so I can understand they’re still figuring things out and overall the grounds are beautiful.

Painting with Wool

I was chosen to be a tester for a new wool painting course hosted by Dani Ives of Be Good Natured. She does beautifully realistic pet portraits with wool and her ability to teach what she knows is just as impressive.

I mostly signed up to be a tester because my daughter wanted to try it and I’m so glad she did. I had no desire to learn, but now that I’ve tried it, I love it. When I want a little breather from knitting puppets I’ve found myself turning to creating with wool and honing the techniques I’ve learned.

Here are a few shots from just one of the projects that Dani walks her students through from beginning to end that I made. She makes it so simple and the fact that it’s all done online is lovely. I found myself looking forward to starting a lesson and would get everything around the house in order so that I could sit down with a warm drink and all my supplies and start learning.

Both my girls ended up making their own pieces too. They did great at picking up the techniques quickly and were definitely safer than I was with the needles. I can see us incorporating wool painting into projects for school in the future and to simply capture the things we love about being out in nature with wool.

If you’re interested in learning more about her online wool painting course you can find info here. This is in no way sponsored.

Summer Camping

The weekend before the “official” kick off to summer we loaded up the truck and headed out to go camping. It was a wonderfully relaxing weekend full of my sweet ones in the most beautiful place. We did all the normal camping things and came home so very refreshed.

 

 

4 Weeks of Baby Chicks

These sweet babies have already been with us a whole month! They’re not really babies anymore though, more like kids who are quickly becoming teenagers. They’re changing daily and getting all the more rascally as time passes. I love how comfortable they can be around us, but it’s also pretty funny to watch them run and hide when they hear a strange noise like a sneeze or the car honk. They’re doing all the chicken things like scratching the ground, taking dust baths, flying up to higher spots, and exploring all over the place. Levi says very often that they’re just so cute that he wants to squeeze and shake them. So we acknowledge that yes they are indeed cute enough to squeeze, but that would be a very bad thing to do to our feathered friends. Instead we hold them gently and make them comfortable.