God's Love - in memory of Nate

Today marks 1 year since my sweet nephew passed away. Nate was born with a rare chromosomal disorder and had many special needs. He was not expected to live past birth but he did, and lived for 10 years. He was a miracle. Nate never walked, or talked, he had a feeding tube and oxygen. Some might have only seen what he couldn't do, but those that knew him, knew his cute chuckle, giggle and special growl. Everyone that came in contact with him was touched by his special spirit, his family, friends, every teacher, aid and therapists came away influenced by him. 

Last year Nate was in and out of the hospital many times, his sweet body was breaking down. A week before he passed my brother called me and let me know his time was coming soon to a close. My brother asked me to come out to Kansas, where they live, to help with their other children before Nate passed away. My sister and another brother booked our tickets the next day, and flew to Kansas. I don't know how to put into words…

Teacher Appreciate gift ideas

It’s teacher appreciation week!! I’ll be honest. I’m tired. I’m worn out. 😅 If I was packing school lunches it would be bread and maybe a carrot stick. No drink though, because they can just go to the drinking fountain. But I’m not even doing that. I just started paying for school hot lunch.
But guess what? I guarantee our teachers are even more tired. So I can must up a little more energy to write a note and really thank them. Buy a treat and tie a cheesy note to it, or maybe a gift card. And guess what? Back when I had more energy I made a crap load of cheesy notes, and lots of cheesy ideas on this blog. So below are some of my favorite ideas. 
(click on blue link to go to original post to download the free printables)
Teacher questionnaire - kids filled out these for their teacher and bound into book. So hilarious and special  

Tags for flowers, soap, bookmarks and more - I had a lot of energy the year I made this. Lots of great printables to quickly slap on a gift. 

Poster ideas to pr…

Easter print of Christ - How Great Thou Art

For Easter I wanted to share this simple drawing of Christ I drew. I was collaborating with a friend on a project and this was one of the pictures of Christ I drew for her. We ended up tweaking it a little but I still like this original version. Feel free to download a free copy of it for your home. 
This is also my favorite line of this beautiful song, "Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee, how great Thou art, how great Thou art."
Every year, as I experience more of life, Easter becomes more and more special to me. The other day a little neighbor boy came running over to me and told me how excited he was for Easter. I thought he was talking about the Easter bunny, candy, etc. But instead he said, "I'm so excited for Easter! It's the day Jesus came back to life!!!" He said it with so much enthusiasm. I had to hold back tears and just smile and say, "That's right buddy." 
What a beautiful miracle that Easter Sunday is and has truly impacted m…

Free printables - school posters "Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody"

I found this quote and it really touched me. 
"Some children will be unresponsive, maybe you can't teach them yet. But you can love them. And if you love them today, maybe you can teach them tomorrow." Jeffrey R Holland
I love children. They are precious and amazing. I have seen this work over and over again. When a child feels loved, he or she will respond more to you. 
Whether you are a teacher or not, you influence children. Love your neighborhood children, give them high fives, hug your nieces and nephews, tell then they are amazing. Give that mom at the store, who is frantically trying to finish back to school shopping, a smile that says "You can do it!" (That mom is me, I always wait until the last minute, ugggg!)
With back to school I wanted to draw this for teachers and parents. 
Click here to download the JPEG or PDF version.  The size is square, great for 8x8, 12x12, etc. 
My sister is a secretary at an elementary school and asked me to put this quote on a p…

Teacher gift - FREE reading printables

This week is teacher appreciation week!! Let's thank our teachers! I use to help out once a week in my child's class for an hour and when I came home I needed a nap. Not even kidding. Hats off to these amazing teachers!
I made these little 5x7 quotes for my niece's school classroom. Several people asked if they could print them for gifts for their children's teachers. So here you go!!
The size is 5x7, but it should work for other sizes too. Print this off, put inside a cute frame, and wa-la, all done!
Like always, if you have any trouble, just email me and I'll email you the files. 
Here are past teacher gift ideas. Teacher questionnaires - one of my favorites  Thanks for helping us GROW - card for flower, hand soap and bookmark

Sink into a good book Click here for JPEG file

Get Losssst in a good book Click here for JPEG file

We are WILD about reading Click here for the JPEG file

Reading is un-BEE-lievable Click here for JPEG file

And like always, these are just cutsie ideas. I t…

Loss and small moments of peace and hope

I wanted to share something personal today. 

This weekend was my due date for our baby girl. Sadly several months ago I had a miscarriage and lost this sweet baby. This was my 3rd miscarriage in 3 years. For some reason, that doctors and many tests don't know, I can no longer carry a baby past my 2nd trimester. At my 12 week appointment everything looks great, and then at some point in my 2nd trimester the baby stops growing and in a very quiet room the ultrasound technician will become very quiet as she searches for a heartbeat and I know just by her face that we lost our baby. Three times this has happened and each time it is heartbreaking and devastating. Time stands still in that very small room as all our hopes, dreams and plans are instantly lost. It's a loss that I still can't put into words. A cloud of sadness that has never left me and sits on my shoulder at all times.

Over the past 7 years I have drawn probably a dozen or more baby announcements. It's one of m…

Personalized Valentine's Day Cards - FREE printable

I am so excited to share these little personalized Valentine's Day cards! Simply print, color and cut. Find the person that matches your friend, write their name down, and then add your name.  

Click here to download the JPEG or PDF file for Valentine's Day cards 

 I also made bigger versions for boys and girls that say "Happy Valentine's Day."  Here are some examples I added with color.
My 5 year old loved coloring these to match her friends. But she declared that she will be giving "Shimmer & Shine" (a kids cartoon) Valentine's Day cards on the actual Valentine's Day. ha ha! I guess I can't compete with store bought Valentine's Day cards, but these are still so fun to print and color. 

Click here to download the JPEG or PDF file for BOY Valentine's Day cards

 Click here to download the JPEG or PDF file for GIRL Valentine's Day cards

For personal use only pretty please. If you would like to edit these so they fit your child or…