Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

{photo: Tara Oliver}

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

four months

Monday, December 20, 2010

a well and a winner!

You did it! Another well fully funded, and then some!

In just one short week,
hundreds of people- just like me and you-
have been guaranteed the gift of
clean drinking water for years to come.

Thank you to each and every one of you who donated time, talents, and resources to be the change
for an entire community this Christmas!

She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
Proverbs 31:20

Thanks to all who used their entries for my New Moms bundle!

And the {randomly selected} winner is...

Congrats! Email me, and this could be on its way today!

fundraising campaign will continue through January.

Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.
Ephesians 3:20

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Project 320 raffle: New Moms bundle

This bundle consists of five must-haves for mom & baby, a total value of about $85.
Keep them for you, or save them for a fabulous baby shower gift!
{Entry info below.}

handmade infant carrier tent
{keeps out glaring sunlight, your preschooler's germs, and the crazy lady at target.}

handmade adjustable nursing cover
{baby's gotta eat, whether or not plopping your boob out is appropriate at the time.}

handmade water droplet onesie
{long-sleeved size 3-6 months}

signed copy of Totally Desperate Mom by Wendy Hagen
{hemorrhoids, poop, and break-downs... it's all in there.}

Martha's Holiday Cookies magazine
{just cause we love cookies!}

Here's how it works:

One $10 donation to the
Project 320 Well equals ONE entry.

Donate at the Project 320 charity:water page first, then come back to this post and leave one comment for each entry.

$10 equals one entry...
$50 equals five entries.
{Which may be divided amongst participating blogs!}

Make sure that either your email is attached to your profile, or is included in each comment.
Comments will stay open until midnight pacific time on Sunday, December 19th.

Donations will be verified, and one winner will be chosen to receive all five prizes on Monday, December 20th!

Win prizes. Save lives. Thank you for having the heart to make this earth a safer, healthier, happier place for a community an ocean away.

{Be sure to click over to the Project 320 blog and check out all of the other wonderful giveaways!}

Friday, December 10, 2010

ten on ten

ten on ten: Take a photo every hour for ten consecutive hours on the tenth of each month. Document a day of your life and find beauty among the ordinary moments!


{photo by Camden Kate}









Monday, December 6, 2010

Cookie Monday

Posts around here have been few and far between these days. *tear*
[...she types one-handed with drooly, fussy baby on lap....]

Lucky for you, Mel is hosting a virtual cookie exchange today!

link up & share the Christmas cookie love!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Here we go!

December already?!

It's my favorite time of year. Christmas songs may or may not have been gracing my car since before Thanksgiving. But the best part of the season for me, by far, is the giving... and watching my kids learn the importance of gratitude, while experiencing the magic, creating new traditions, and carrying on the old.

photo: Mel Larson

Here's what's on my mind today...

The Project 320 girls are working on something big... details coming soon!

Blessed to Bless bags for the homeless. I want to give away as many of these as I can this season.
'They should just get a job' may seem like an easy conclusion to jump to, but I'm not going to be the judge of that!
Tonight we filled 10 quart-sized bags for about $35- less than my family spends on a typical dinner out.
Times are definitely tough for all of us, but I'd rather sacrifice a few dinners out this month, if it means a tiny, simple blessing for someone else really in need.


Monday, November 22, 2010

three months

operation christmas child

Today is the last day of Samaritan's Purse national collection week for Operation Christmas Child. But it's not too late to get involved! You can also mail your donation... go here for details. Your kids will love packing shoe boxes for children their own ages {hello, Target dollar spot!}, and I can't think of a better way to kick off Thanksgiving break!

"...'You're far happier giving than getting.'" -Acts 20:35

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

ten on ten

ten on ten: Take a photo every hour for ten consecutive hours on the tenth of each month. Document a day of your life and find beauty among the ordinary moments!

{I shot my photos a day early this month, as part of a
compilation today on Mama Manifesto.}

9 am: Clean laundry pile.

10 am: Smiles & a silly singing sister.

11 am: Quick cruise before school.

noon: Errands in my new ride (aka minivan... finally).

1 pm: 'Hi, I'm Cole. I refuse to nap unless I'm in the car. The second mommy takes me out, I wake up ready to be entertained. Good thing I'm cute!'

2 pm: One of many piles o' randomness... just the tip of the neglected housework iceberg (see 1 pm).

3 pm: 20 minute lapse between picking up kid 3 and kid 1... enough time to climb a tree.

4 pm: Diaper change #6, and counting!

5 pm: 'Daddy's working late & I'm not cooking with a baby in one arm' homemade roasted chicken dinner.

6 pm: My helper gets a bit more than she bargained for.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

it's ba-ack!

Remember last year's Scarf Along?

Are you up for an inexpensive and fun sewing project that leaves you with three happy, handmade gifts for the holidays?

Oh My! Handmade Goodness will be the place to be tomorrow, the 10th.

I've updated the instructions, creating one basic tutorial style post, simple enough even for beginning sewers.

Go change your rotary cutter blade, and join me tomorrow!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

What's the point?

Thursday, at the park:

Chayse: [on the slide] "Camden, will you come over here and play with me?"
Camden: [on the swings] "No, thanks."
Chayse: "CAMDEN! That's the whole point of brothers and sisters!"

This morning:

"Chloe, do you want to blow dry your hair?"
Chloe: "No."
Mommy: "What I meant was, go blow dry your hair please."
Chloe: "MOOOOOMMY! Then what's the point of even taking a shower?!"

Yep, our kids know it all.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

thankful on paper | week one

Thankful on paper:
Let's use the power of the written word to show our Thankfulness this season. We all have so much to be grateful for. Let's tell one another how much we love them.
Head here for more details on how to take part!

week one:

I chose to write to Chloe this week. Chloe reminds me so much of myself at her age. She is extremely mature, and me so often being caught up with the littler kids, I tend to forget to express my appreciation for her help. Since Cole has arrived, she makes breakfast for herself and the others every single school day, packs her own lunches, folds her own laundry, helps me out with dinner, entertains Cole while I shower, and makes sure Camden is read to each night. Really, I don't think I could get through the day without her.

Did you know you should praise your children ten times per behavior correction? It's hard work, and Chloe deserves more praise. I have found this article to be a huge encouragement for building your kids up, and promise to work especially hard when it comes to her... maybe as hard as she works to make my day run smoothly.

I am so thankful for my daughter,

Sunday, October 31, 2010

october's end.