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Mother's Day, Grandmother, Mother, Compassion on Mother's Day

Compassion on Mother’s Day

  Having Compassion on Mother’s Day Mother’s Day always sneaks up on me, but it slapped me hard across the face this week when my mom said something about how my Grandmother always would take us all out for pizza on Mother’s Day. While she was talking, I realized that this will be the first …

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Month 3: Seven Possessions

Well, today is the end of Month 3 of Seven. If you’ve been here for a while, you know that I am participating with a group of girls in following Jen Hatmaker’s challenge to take on seven areas of excess in our lives in seven months. This month was Possessions, in which the goal was …

Diary Of A Mosquito, World Malaria Day, Compassion International

Diary Of A Mosquito

Today we are teaming up with Compassion International for World Malaria Day, to bring awareness to the fact that half of the world’s population, 3.3 billion people are at risk for malaria. Ben and Simon got involved to help me create a Diary Of A Mosquito. Some of my kids favorite picture books are the …

Willing To Run

  For Ten Dollar Tuesday this week, it seems like a good idea to support your favorite runner. I think it takes a lot of courage to run a race. For most of my life, I have admired from a distance those who lace up tennis shoes day after day to hit the pavement. When …

Printing Eurocruisazy Instagrams

I have so many pictures from my trip to Europe with my daughter (which we affectionately refer to as Eurocruisazy) that it has been overwhelming to think about printing them. I didn’t think I could begin to choose, so when InstaThis contacted me about reviewing some Instagram prints, I jumped at the chance to choose …

LiNK, Liberty in North Korea, Ten Dollar Tuesday

LiNK {Ten Dollar Tuesday}

I’ve been super excited about sharing this week’s nonprofit because I’ve been following this organization with some excitement since reading Escape from Camp 14, a true story about a North Korean boy who escaped first from a North Korean prison camp and then later from the country.     LiNK (Liberty in North Korea) is …

Walk for the Waiting {Ten Dollar Tuesday}

  Welcome to Ten Dollar Tuesday, where I give away a small amount of money ($10) to a worthy cause and invite you to join me! My small group is participating in the Walk for the Waiting in May, which is a walk benefiting children in Arkansas who need homes.  Here is a little bit …

Heifer Village

[pe2-image src=”http://lh6.ggpht.com/-UAVbq0XoGA8/U6p0db2aW8I/AAAAAAAAUZ4/DLhG3wrFP8I/s144-c-o/IMG_6246.JPG” href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/100212479652479288017/201303HeiferVillage2012LRZoo#6028759100229835714″ caption=”” type=”image” alt=”IMG_6246.JPG” ] One of Little Rock’s best outings is a visit to the Heifer Village downtown. Heifer Village is next to the main building for Heifer Project, an Arkansas based nonprofit working to end hunger. [pe2-image src=”http://lh3.ggpht.com/-3lvMw_YcELQ/U6p1A41JLJI/AAAAAAAAUZI/eesosnAlNK8/s144-c-o/IMG_6256.JPG” href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/100212479652479288017/201303HeiferVillage2012LRZoo#6028759709304564882″ caption=”” type=”image” alt=”IMG_6256.JPG” ] Here is a description from their website: Heifer …

Month 1: Seven Foods

Month 1 of Seven: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess So, you may remember that in back in the fall, I read Jen Hatmaker’s book Seven.  I mentioned then that a group of us would be tackling a similar project in 2013. Well here it is. We are a week into Month 1 which is FOOD. …

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Salt Dough Ornaments

I made these ornaments as a child with my mother. I think we made 56 snowmen one year. I have been homebound with sick ones this week so instead of attending Christmas school parties we stayed in our pajamas for four days while sorting legos and making ornaments. And watching The Lord of the Rings. …

Halloween Spider Web Pretzel Snacks

We made the cutest spider webs out of pretzels for an activity at Literacy Camp this past summer that would be a great Halloween craft and snack. This activity ties in perfectly with children’s book Anansi the Spider, the African folk tale about six spiders with different gifts for helping others.   We also did …

Teacher Appreciation

Every time I go on a field trip I am reminded of the fact that teachers are saints.  I mean really, I’ve spent enough time in a classroom to be amazed by the simple fact that teachers’ heads don’t explode from the noise. So I can get excited about some appreciation for teachers. In fact, …

10 Ideas for Teacher Christmas Gifts

For our women’s event today at church, I am doing a demonstration on 10 ideas for Teacher Christmas Gifts. Of course, it goes without saying that these could also be neighbor gifts. Or gifts for friends.  Or gifts for the UPS man.  Whatever. I usually choose something every year that I make a LOT of …

Candied Nuts

I made these on Sunday for our holiday shopping event at church and I sold them all. Honestly, I felt a little bad taking peoples’ money for something that is so insanely easy to make, but since all the money is going to buy flour, sugar, chocolate and lots and lots of butter for our …

Art Day

Happy Friday! One of my most favorite things about Fridays is that I get to watch the gal I teach alongside every day do one of the things that she was just made to do. Teach art. She is an artist, and she is a wonderful art teacher.  And on Fridays, we need art! We …

Homemade Playdough

Homemade Playdough: The Only Use I Can Find For Kool-Aid Someone recently asked me for this recipe for homemade playdough that I used to make long ago when I worked with preschoolers at church.  Now I serve with the middle schoolers and as I typed out this recipe it struck me that maybe a little playdough …