September 15, 2014

Game Day DIYs for eHow!

"Girls like football too, yo."
Those were the last words my sister ever said to me. :o) I've never really cared much for football. I mean I think it's really cute and sweet that people get so excited about it, I just don't know anything about the sport. My husband has tried to explain it to me multiple times, but I usually stop listening after a few seconds. So when eHow asked me to come up with a couple of DIY's for football season I was pretty scared! I texted my sister and she said: "Uh...Seahawks!" :O)
After she died (I hate those words! I hate them! I hate them. I hate them. Oh, I hate them.) I was going to email eHow to let them know that I wouldn't be able to do the projects after all. I couldn't even brush my teeth, let alone create something. But when I realized that it was the last thing we'd talked about, somehow I had to finish it. And it had to be in Seahawks colors. :O)

The table runner is made of astro turf and faux leather fabric, painted with acrylic craft paint. The pom pom garland is super easy and made from plastic table covers and white duct tape. Each one can be made for less than $10, so that's pretty exciting! Get the DIY's on here:
DIY Table Runner
DIY Pom Pom Garland

It felt good to make something and shoot photos again, I've missed that. Life has actually been really busy the last month, even busier than usual. Maybe that's a blessing from God, to keep me from thinking too much. Just a few days after the news about my sister we got the news that our little baby "B" would have to be moved to a new home soon, which has been really hard as well. We've always known that this would likely be the case, but I guess a part of me hoped he would magically be able to stay. After being with us for the past year, he has really become part of our family. There will be another big hole here when he leaves. We were told so many times not to get attached to him, but how could we not? How do you hold a baby every day and rock him to sleep and hunt for his binky ten times a night and make a fool of yourself just to hear his giggle and fuss over his health and teach him how to walk and teach him how to say "please" when he wants your last bite of cookie and learn what his noises mean and what causes his tummy to ache and kiss his fat little cheeks for 365 days and then just say goodbye? But there is nothing we can do. We've met the couple that will be welcoming him in their home and they are so, so kind, I know they will take great care of him. And he will have our prayers forever, which is the best thing we could ever do for him anyway. :O)

Life is a weird thing. I'm sorry it's not been terribly positive on the blog lately. I'm trying to stay above water here. But the world is the same as it's always been. One corner darkens, another lights up. And mine will be brighter again before too long.

Here's hoping that yours is bright right now. And if it's not, hang on. Just hang on, please. You are loved. By probably a lot more people than you know! Myself included. :O)

September 6, 2014

The Party

Before my sister died (I still can't believe I'm writing those words) she and I had been planning a birthday party for her daughter, my niece, Serena. Serena hadn't had the best of luck with birthdays in years past, and my sister asked if I could throw her one over on my side of the state because I'm "better at that kind of thing". Haha. :) My niece is very girly and princess-y, my sister always joked that she was raising my daughter by mistake. So it worked out perfectly that I could throw the perfectly pink party that I would have totally wanted (ok, still want) for her! It was going to be the best! And in no time my sister was having just as much fun as I was (or more!) planning the details. We texted back and forth all the time about length of necklaces for the princesses, what color of jewels for the table, and how much tulle we needed. It was going to be everything Serena would have wanted. And it was a surprise! Hehe!

When I got the news that she died, just a week before my niece's birthday, I assumed the party would be off. And the strange thing was, in the back of my mind, I kept dreading telling my sister that I wouldn't be able to throw the party. I kept thinking: "Oh man...I really need to call her and explain. She's going to be so disappointed."
When we went to visit the family, my sister's husband asked if we could go ahead and have the party still. I was delighted, of course. We all knew how important it was to her. But it was awfully painful to work on it without my sister there. I kept wanting to text her excitedly to show her the glitter covered pink diamonds I made or call with questions or show her what I bought her as a present. Every moment spent on it was a reminder that she was gone. And it killed me that she wouldn't get to see it. I think every decoration there had some amount of tears on it before it was hung up.
But I got it done! And it was pink and sparkly and princess-like and fabulous. I covered all my furniture in pink fabric and hung sparkles and hears and diamonds everywhere. It was pretty magical. Everything was ready for the birthday Princess!
We had a store bought cake, because I don't make cakes anymore. :o(
And an ice cream bar with delicious toppings. :O)
And alllll the presents. So. many. pink. presents. :O)
And a birthday throne, obviously.
When she walked in we all shouted "Happy Birthday, Princess Serena!!" and this was her face. Haha, I love it!
All the princes and princesses got to work right away dressing themselves in tons of royal garments. I was up until the wee hours beforehand hot glueing capes because my last sewing machine needle was broken, and it was totally worth it! There were tons of dresses and crowns and gloves and boas and swords and helmets and shields. Hung on a pink garment rack. With pink hangers. 

My sister hand made gorgeous necklaces for the girls, wire-wrapped amulets for the boys, and a billion rings for everyone. She was AMAZING at the jewelry making. Seriously, amazing.
We set up two obstacle courses outside, one for the princesses, to earn their royal jewels...
And one for the princes and knights to earn majestic amulets and signet rings. 
My nephew, Alex: :O)
The kids had so much fun, and of course, the princesses wanted to go through the boys' "dangerous" course afterward, which was adorable.
Then it was present time! She had a lot. of presents. :o) We had to make up for all the years before, you know...
I convinced my family that we needed to buy her an American Girl Doll. :O) Might have been living through my niece juuuuust a little here, but hey. It was a special day. We picked it up at the AG store in Lynnwood, and oh my goodness is that place fabulous! It's like they designed it just for me!!
We got the one that looked just like her. With a matching outfit, which is so cute. My sister in law took this adorable photo of her little sunburned face with her new doll. :O) My sister would have loved this!!
Then the kids all decorated paper crowns while singing Frozen songs at the top of their lungs. It was so, so sweet.
Of all the parties I've thrown, this one takes the cake for how much fun the kids had. I would you could have seen them all dancing and flitting around singing and sword fighting and laughing.
I love this photo of 'Rene-bean and Paige. I hope they'll grow up to be best friends. :O)
My niece and nephew had a blast! And Serena let me know that this was her "best birthday ever", which just made me want to cry. They stayed the night and we took them to the water park the next day, where they also had a blast. At one point, while showing me his swimming skills, my nephew said: "Mom, look! Uh...I mean, Aunt Disney, look at this!" and I thought my heart was going to just disintegrate. It was definitely the most bittersweet couple of days I've ever had. But I really enjoyed having them here. I love those kids so much. And I think my sister would have loved the party. I really wish she could have been there.

On a different topic, thank you all so much for your kind comments and emails. I really appreciate it. I really, really do.
Love you so much,

August 17, 2014

I might not post for a while, dear ones.
I lost my wonderful, wonderful, wonderful sister on Thursday.
She jumped off a bridge into a ravine.
There were a million, million reasons why she was so, so, so, so, so, so, so special.
And there were a million ways that I wasn't there for her when she needed me.
And I will never heal from this.

August 12, 2014

Foster Care Update :)

It's been a while since I posted anything about our sweet little guys. Probably because there is very little I can post, haha. Several of you have asked questions on Instagram (@rufflesandstuff) so I thought I'd post an update!

So, we still don't know anything. Haha! For either case.
"Ace" has been with us for almost 14 months now and is starting to stand by himself, yay! He'll be walking in no time, which will be crazy. Two of them walking! Yikes! He says "Mama" and "Dada" and "num". He's happy playing by himself or with other kids, but he's not into physical affection much. I try to respect that, but it's SO HARD! If you could see his cute little face!! He's equal parts charmer and whiney pants and he's very smart. We adore him. :o)

Baby "B" (aka "Curly Fry") is the sweetest little boy in the world. He had such a rough beginning with us and for months he just cried and didn't sleep and just seemed sad. But he has developed into such kind hearted, easy-going kid. If any of the other babies at church cry, "B" will walk over and pat their heads or hand them a toy. It's so sweet! He's very snuggly and affectionate. He does so well, in spite of being unsettled still. His mother is very involved and he sees her a lot, which is wonderful! I am really praying that she is able to be reunited with him. Especially since, if she isn't able to, the chances of us being able to keep him would be very slim. I can't even bring myself to think of him being uprooted and placed with strangers after all this time. If you could say a prayer for his situation and his mother, I would really appreciate it.

Our little family is doing well, though! We love these little guys so much. They are such a blessing to us, even when they make me feel like I'm losing it. :O) It's hard to imagine life without them.

SO! On a totally different note, I wanted to say thank you so much to Steph, from A Silly Pearl (Handmade) for doing a great review post of my book! Click over to see her ADORABLE twin girls modeling her project. (Thanks, Steph!!)
My supply is limited for giving away physical copies of the book, but if any of you have a blog and would like a free copy of the ebook to review/post about, I would be happy to provide that for you! Just shoot me an email.

Have a lovely day, everyone!

August 7, 2014

Giveaway Winners!

Thank you everyone for donating to our Well-drilling project with Healing Hands International to give clean water to a community that needs it.

Here are the two lucky winners who will get a copy of my book!

Ladies, if you could please email me with your physical addresses, I will get those sent right out! 

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone who donated!

Love you!!

August 5, 2014

Last Chance!

Yesterday I was sweeping up cereal (again), singing "Kix on the floor" (to the tune of "Pants on the Ground") and wondering if my home would ever be clean again when I realized something: if I had dirt floors, I wouldn't ever worry about them being...dirty. And I wouldn't have to worry about markers on the wall if my walls were straw. Or if I had no markers. I wouldn't ever dread doing the dishes if I only had one bowl and one cup.

It's not that my children are messy. It's that I am a hoarder of wealth. It's that I treasure things that were never meant to be treasured.

I am rich. And I am grateful for my riches, but I think I am finding out that the blessing isn't in the wealth, but in the opportunity to share wealth with people who truly need it. The opportunity to be generous. The opportunity to be like God in some small way.

Today is the last day to be entered into a giveaway for a copy of my book by donating (any amount) to the Healing Hands International "Well Wishes" project that will build a community well in a third world country. We are almost 4/5 of the way there, thanks in part to you, my generous readers! I can't thank you enough for what has been donated so far. It is going to feel so amazing to get this project finished!! And I can't wait to start on the next project, whatever that might be. I have a few ideas lined up that I'm excited about. :O) I have been thinking about things, and I want to change my life, make it more of a blessing to others in meaningful ways. I don't want to waste the precious time I have here, and my heart is burning to make a difference. It has been for a while now. I keep thinking about when Jesus spoke to the rich young man in the book of Mathew who followed all the commandments, but wanted to be "perfect". Jesus told him to sell his possessions and give to the poor, then follow him. But the man went away sad, because he had great wealth. He went away sad. I just don't want to be that person. I want something better.

Anyway, blah blah blah, :O) If you want to read more, donate, and enter the giveaway, 
And as always, I hope you're having a splendid day, and I love you to death. :O)


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...