Christmas Cards to Bring Caroline Home!

A few weeks ago I posted that I was going to offer to put together some Christmas Cards for you (using your pictures) for a donation to help bring Caroline Home. :)  I wanted to give you a close up view of each of the cards for you to choose from when you are ready.  October is the perfect month to TAKE YOUR PICTURE!!!  You will need to order your cards in November so that you will have them ready to mail the week after Thanksgiving.  So you won't be rushed this year :)
Front Option #1
Back Option #1
Front Option #2
Back Option #2
Front Option #3
Back Option #3

Front Option #4
Back Option #4
Front Option #5
Back Option #5

Front Option #6

Back Option #6


One of my yearly favorite memories with our kids so far is the State Fair.  This year we did it a little differently this year trying to conserve a little money but all in all had a great time.  For us the fair is mainly about the animals and a few rides.

****Warning this post is HEAVY on Pictures... the best way to remember ;)  ****

While waiting on friends...jumping shots!

Photography Credit: Savannah Dawkins
Photography Credit: Savannah Dawkins
  At snack time we got one cotton candy to share and then I made them eat pop tarts we brought from home.  Money Saving Tip : you can bring your own food into the fair and then buy a few novelty items to share.
 We stayed a lot longer than I planned and we ran out of Crackers and Pop Tarts so I gave in and the kids + Grant got a Corn dog to avoid hunger meltdowns!
  Learned about milking...the kids loved it!
  State Fair Revisited less than 24 hours later with Bebe and G! 
  And then we ended on a sweet note...our something special :)

My Musings Lately...

In our small group class at church we were discussing putting God first in our lives and what does that look like.  This is a topic I've been personally mulling over in my mind for a few weeks.  Maybe it is because I'm a Mom and I have little ones who need to learn to obey.  At first I thought they needed to obey so I wouldn't go nuts.  Then slowly I came across a few nuggets of insight that struck me as the wisdom I'd been looking for.  They need to learn to obey because I want them to obey God when it counts, when it matters, when it is not what they want but when it is the better choice for them, when they won't know the why but because they trust the authority.  That's why they need to learn to obey.  

Driving to preschool to drop off Luke this morning I was still thinking this over when the verse came to mind that you can't follow two masters. [ Matthew 6:24 ]  Growing up in church this is not a new verse to me and I've always been told to name the other master.  Usually greed, power, money, fame some people offer up drugs, alcohol, or lust.  People always have a sin to blame the opposing master on.  It is God vs. the sin that we serve.  Today I realized in the light of all I've been thinking about that it is much simpler than that.  

The other master is me.

I obey God or I obey ME.  That's it make a choice.  And make it again and again and again.  No need to complicate or find out why.  

If you are impressed that God is asking something of drop what you are doing say "Coming" and come and obey.  It's is what I ask of the kids.  It's what God asks of me.  

This time He is asking me to obey and the unknowns are scary and filled with "what if I'm not enough" and "what if it's to hard".  But today I can say I trust the one whose authority I'm under.

From a Man who had practiced obedience over and over and over....

 Matthew 8:8-10The centurion (a soldier) replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.  For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 
And so the song in my head today I learned standing next to my Gammie (grandmother) many many years ago with her very LOUD singing voice:
Then in fellowship sweet, 
We will sit at His feet, 
Or we'll walk by His side in the way; 
What He says we will do, 
Where He sends we will go, 
Never fear, only trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.


I have a confession.  For years now I have had this hidden belief that to make it into the "cool" mom club (if there was such a thing!)  you have to know how to make homemade play dough.  Yesterday I conquered this challenge in 3 cool colors of orange (sort of), blue, and green.

The orange was my first attempt and we will leave it at that.  But the blue and green could very well hold up to Hasbro Play-doh quality standards :)  The best thing there was more than enough to go around for three kids too.  Every child got their own play dough and if you mixed colors well that is up to you.

We did have to mention a few times that Play-dough is not for eating for Luke.  But after a few tastes he caught on pretty quickly!

Here is the recipe that I followed thanks to Pinterest.  My first tip would to be not to tell your kids they can play with play dough and then figure out how to make it.  Make it ahead of time and then let your kids in on the fun.

1 cup of water
food coloring
1 cup of flour
1/4 cup salt
3 tsp vinegar
1 T of vegetable oil

Mix together well before heating on the stove so that the color mixes well.  Then stir it as it heats it will quickly form dough.  Then let it cool and play.  You should be able to keep it in the fridge in an air tight container for several months.

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