Showing posts from 2019

Special news & updated family portrait

We had a very special and exciting summer. Whenever anyone asks our 6 year old daughter what we did this summer, she responds . . . "We had a baby!"  In July we were finally able to have our long awaited baby, a sweet 9 pound baby boy.  Last year I shared in  this blog post  about our three miscarriages in the last few years.  This was the portrait I started to draw to announce our new baby in 2015, that we lost to miscarriage. I never got to finish this portrait. After the third miscarriage in 2017 we had decided that we were done. We have 3 beautiful children and we wanted to enjoy and love them, and not wish away the days. However there was this image of my 3 children hold their new baby brother or sister that I could not shake from my mind. It was so vivid. We felt like crazy people but decided to try one more time. It was a very stressful, and emotionally exhausting pregnancy, but in July we welcomed our miracle baby.  What a beautiful gift this swe

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 wor

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

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 t