Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter Recap (Pictures)

I hardly need to write in between pictures.... A picture speaks a 1000 words. We really did have a fun filled day with friends. Yes- my kids stuffed the Easter eggs that we contributed to the egg hunt-haha!

 We colored eggs on the back porch
 And we even had a few melt down's here and there during the day...
 Painting eggs is serious business!

 All the kids waiting for "Blast-off"

 And they are off!

 Looking intently for possibly missed eggs. ;)

 "Best Buddies"

How was your Easter? 

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Sense of the Resurrection

12 school days before Easter weekend found us doing a wonderfully enriching study called "A Sense of the Resurrection" (by www.ohamanda.com)
Every day we read the Bible reading for the day and discussed a topic. We began with Mary anointing Jesus' feet with perfume and did an activity and a flag banner based on that. 
 We experienced Communion Bread and foot washing.

 And every day each of the three children made a flag to hang up. We chose to hang ours on our quilt rack.
We talked about the Rooster crowing three times and how Peter denied knowing His Master.

We talked about how the nails pierced Jesus' hands as He died for me and for you. And we put a red dot in the middle of our hands to remember this.
We talked about the Angel all glowing in light, who rolled away the stone from the tomb.
And oh so much more. I was very inspired and thrilled by this study and so thankful that we could do it together!
Keep this in mind for next year! It is very reasonably priced: between 5.50 and 6.50- I got a coupon code so I got it at the cheaper rate. It is well worth the price and you and your children will form many wonderful memories together as you learn about the sacred events surrounding Jesus Death, Burial and Resurrection.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Has Spring! {Inside Edition}

When the windows are thrown open and the curtains are ruffling in the breeze and the sun is shining brightly, I feel so inspired to clean my house! Coming off a rough winter filled with sickness which resulted in some injured side ribs and cartilage and lots of pain, I hadn't really done much of anything but the bare basics for months. Finally I am feeling much better pain wise and am able to attend to things easier! I decided it was high time to do some sprucing up! I took the mop to my floors and made them shine! I cleaned the ashes out of the wood stove for the last time this season! I dusted and arranged! And I opened the windows and doors and let that sunshine and fresh air stream in!
 I gathered flowers and put them in a neat old jar that my husband salvaged from an old house he is renovating. Isn't it pretty? I lit my delicious Blueberry Cheesecake candle from my friend Meghan at www.kmaccreations.com (LOVE her stuff btw!)
 Our God really knew what He was doing when he created this beauty!
 I went outside and cut a few Forsythia branches and put them in yet another cool vase and sat that on my table.
 That weekend I had the kids do Resurrection artwork. I got a few ideas from my friend Candace at www.mercyisnew.com for some resurrection art. The picture below was done by Rebecca (3) with just a little bit of help from mama. It's oil pastels and watercolor. I deemed it frame worthy. Love the colors in it!

I found this little printable on Pinterest. You can find it on my Easter board: www.pinterest.com/ozarkrose84

It is just so much fun to decorate for Spring!
Coming next is something to do with your kids to prepare their hearts for the Resurrection!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring Has Sprung! {Outdoors Edition}

The Winter was long, and Springtime was looked forward to by many (me for sure!) with eager anticipation. Little by little, the days became warmer, the sunlight more frequent.
And then, the buds began to burst forth. Sunshine Yellow, in big heaps of Forsythia bushes. Oh, how I love them! They just beam with happiness!
 The faithful soldier of a daffodil blooms, and a few more join him and soon, wherever the daffodils are planted, they are burst forth in full bloom. Daffodils. The happy flower. I love how fragrant they are.
 Bradford pear, wild pear, domestic pear...they are all in bloom. The apple trees are just beginning as now the pears are leafed out and the blossoms nearly gone.
 I tell the children to sniff they air as we stop under a Bradford Pear. "Sniff they air," I tell them. "Isn't it amazing how something so pretty can smell so awful? That's how it is in our lives. We can look all cute/pretty/handsome on the outside, but inside our hearts we can be miserable, unhappy and not very nice. In essence, we can stink!" They stop to ponder this concept a moment.... and then we move on in our springtime exploration.

 Fields of purple filigree.
 Outdoors, spring has certainly sprung forth! I am so glad! In town, the tulips are majestically blooming. They are gorgeous and plentiful in our small town! I wish I had a camera to capture them at one place we drove past today. SO beautiful!

Spring always bears a freshness to me. It feels like a new beginning. Almost more so than January 1st does. I feel the urge to get outdoors, to work the soil and smell, and see and breathe of the freshness.
It also inspires me indoors, and next time we'll take a peep inside the house to see what's happening there to bring Springtime {Indoors}
See you then!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What Really Matters

stop and smell the flowers

The days flow by so quickly. In them lie a million things to do. Spaces quickly filled with the must do's, the need to do's, the want to do's. And yes, even the "I don't want to do's." You find yourself facing the end of another day and really questioning whether all that you just did really even mattered in the whole scheme of things. Did the things that occupied my day really matter? Those little faces, with their eyes turned up to yours, asking "mommy, will you play with us?" How quickly we dismiss them with thoughtless little words "mommy has lots to do! So much work to be done!" As if they don't even really matter. As if they are simply just an afterthought.
I mulled it all over this evening as I fixed supper. Chopping lettuce and tossing the salad. There were times I felt as if my whole day was "wasted." After all, I had only played with the kids today; That and done school. The house had been a wreck. Dishes smattered across the countertops, living room couch cushions strewn hither and yon, remnants of a childish living room fort or two.
The children wanted me to play with them. "Jump on the trampoline! It's lots of fun! Ride the four wheeler's with us! C'mon mommy!" I balked. Really? But the dishes need washing! And who's going to make us lunch if I don't? I just have so much to do! Pictures of messy closets and drawers come skittering across my mind. I go at the tug of the small hand. I climb onto the trampoline and I jump. As I jump I begin to feel a smile tug at my face and soon I realize that I am having a lot of fun. But my tummy is growling and I see the mail truck coming up the road and I wonder if my phone has texted or not..... The distractions are many, trying to tug away our affections from what's really important in our lives.
Lunch is finished and I think once more that I will be able to conquer the pile of dishes and the dirty floors. But once more I am tugged outdoors. Out into the balmy spring day where it feels so delicious and the sun kisses your skin a glowing pink. I jump some more, and I ride four wheelers, the wind warm on my face. We come inside and do Resurrection based crafts and Bible readings (using A Sense of the Resurrection-love it!!) and I begin seeing my children's little love cups being filled and beginning to spill over with the fullness. Afterwards they scamper off, playing independently and I begin to clear away those dishes. I ask them if they might each clean their rooms for mama and they cheerfully do. I scrub countertops, and scour pots. Sweep floors and set the dishwasher in motion. As I work I think over this day. I have joy. I had joy. I had joy each and every time I said YES. Even though the initial saying of the yes was hard and at times reluctant, I had joy in the yes. I piped up to my kids who were playing happily in the living room together- "You know kids, I really had a fun day today!" and my Hannah (7) pipes in- "Yes! Now you know how much fun playing can really be!" And I truly smiled all over. For isn't that the truth? We can get so caught up in all our work and all our must do's that we forget. We forget how much fun playing really can be.
At the days end, the house stands in relative neatness. The dishes are done. The rooms are cleaned. It didn't take all day to do it either. Just an hours worth of time or less. All taken care of and yet I spent time with my babies. My little ones won't be little for long. I felt such fulfillment in spending those moments with them. I know not every day can be like this one was, but I sincerely hope that I can remember those happy faces and those bright and eager eyes who saw and experienced their mommy playing with them and I can say "Yes" a whole lot more to their earnest requests.
We want to instill Jesus in our children. We want to teach and we want them to learn. But how can we do all this if we aren't truly present in their lives? Just something I am thinking about... How about you?  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Aqua Burst!


SALE TODAY ONLY!!! 15% off FOTM! It's a real pretty one, ladies! Also, I am offering a buy 3, get the 4th one on me today as well! (select and buy your three clips, then pick out the fourth and comment or email with the item number up to a 16.00 value, your email and customer ID number!)
Let's get those orders rolling!
Thanks so much for your support! :)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Weekending Links

I always love clicking on links that take me on a journey. Here are a few for you to do just that with...

*A very VERY good read called Technology Time-Out that inspired me to do better

*The Homespun Heart is doing a year with the word focus being SLOW. I am greatly enjoying her Slow Day picture posts. Scroll through back posts for lots of beauty.

*A Sense of the Resurrection looks like a beautiful ebook/activity book for our children to do during the Easter season. I am really looking forward to doing it! Oh Amanda has also done a beautiful booklet for Christmas called the Truth about the Tinsel.

*Have you seen this 40 bags in 40 days challenge?? It challenges you to get rid of the clutter in your life. Just what I need!

And some Easter pinspiration on my Pinterest,

Enjoy! and Hope you are having a lovely weekend! :)