June 26, 2015

Come Visit Us in Kokomo!

Just wanted to send out a quick invite to any readers in the Kokomo area to our church family's "friends day" this Sunday! Don't get us wrong, we want our friends there every Sunday. :o) But once a year we invite all our friends at the same time and have a little church party of sorts. It's gonna be wonderful! And you'll get to hear my husband preach, which is always so encouraging.
We'd love to see you!

Center Road Church of Christ
899 W 300 S Kokomo, IN

Have a great weekend, guys! 

"Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. 

For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. 
In his hands are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. 
The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. 

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
 for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care."
Psalm 95:1-7

June 14, 2015

Work Camp!!

We just had the coolest week!!!
We went with our youth group to the Central Ohio Work Camp, where we painted houses for free for people who needed it. In five days, we painted 9 houses! Phew! And I say "we" loosely, because Ace and I mostly just delivered lunches and took photos. :o) But we still had fun!

Many of the houses looked like this before we started-or worse:
The home owners got to pick their paint colors...even if they wanted bright purple...and all the paint was supplied for free!
The teens worked so hard, every day from 8am-3pm, out in the hot sun, up on ladders...it was amazing. They also did landscaping tore down sheds, installed gutters...I don't even know what else. They did so much!! I was so proud of everyone! 
Of course, I was most proud of this cute little biscuit. She stayed out all day with the older kids and worked, every day. Granted, I think there were a lot of KoolAid breaks, (she is barely 8) but she still worked hard!
We all stayed at the dorms of Otterbein University in Westerville. 
And after the hard day's work, every evening we did something fun, like baseball games and swimming and scavenger hunts. It was so great to have that time with them and get to know our teens more. My husband and I were blown away by the Kokomo youth group. Such good, hard working, spiritually minded kids. We hit the jackpot with our church family, like seriously. What.
It felt so, so good to help people who needed it. And I wish you could have been there at the end when we had a big banquet for all the home owners. They were all so gracious and wonderful. And it was so neat to hear their stories. Life is just so much richer when you're helping God bless other people.

P.S. I wish I had more "after" photos to share with you guys! Unfortunately I didn't end up driving out the the sites on the last day, so I didn't get many of those shots with my camera. But the transformations were pretty awesome!

Take care! I hope your day is going wonderfully. I love you! :o)

April 17, 2015

Wedding Cake Topper DIYs!

Hello, guys! Just sharing a couple of cake toppers I just created for eHow. A "Mr. & Mrs." donut pair, and an elegant monogram wreath that would be perfect for a wedding cake, or any kind of cake that you feel like making fabulous. :O)

I was all pumped to tackle these projects until I realized that I would have to make CAKES for them to go in. Yyyyyeaaaaahhh, I can't make cakes. Not the kind that don't have pans to hold up the sides. The last two cakes I've made turned out like this. But thank goodness for JoAnn crafts! Because they sell styrofoam cake forms. Ha! I frosted the styrofoam! Isn't that AWESOME?! Too bad it won't work for your wedding...I guess that's why we have caterers. I have to say though, it was really disappointing to not be able to eat these when I was finished with the photos. :o(

Click here to get the instructions for these toppers!

Have a great day :o)

April 10, 2015

Meet Ace!!

  Ace Powless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yay, adoption day!! WE DID IT!!!
And on national sibling day...is that perfect, or what??

Disney :o)

Thanks so much, Larissa Rachelle Photography for documenting our most special day!!

April 7, 2015

We Bought a House! :O)

WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!! Our first house! It just closed today so it's totally ours! *Happy dance* I'm so excited!!

We've been keeping our eye out on the market in Indiana for a few months and it seemed like everything we looked at just sold right underneath us! It was hilarious! And a little stressful. I totally thought it would be like: "Oh, I like this house, I'll buy that one!" Not even. Apparently there are other people in Kokomo, and they want to buy houses, too. Did not see that coming. But we found one that we're so happy with, I can't wait to see it in person. Oh yeah. I haven't seen it in person yet...I don't know if that makes us adventurous or just stupid, haha! :O) Luckily, we had some great friends check it all out, and they know what they're doing.
It was built in 1915 so it has all that lovely character, and my favorite part: original wood trim! ^^^ Isn't that gorgeous? I actually really love white trim in houses, because it feels so light and airy. But there is no way I could ever paint over 100 year old wood trim. So I'll have to settle for white walls and gorgeous complimentary trim. I think I can suffer through that. ;o) We'll have a few things to paint, and lots of wallpaper to remove, (yaaaay.) but really the house is in great condition for being so old, we don't have much to change. And there is even room for a craft studio! And a fenced yard. And a playhouse. And a two car garage. And a nice long driveway for skating. Basically, I can't wait to get there. Less than three weeks!! :O)

Boy, we get a house today, a cute little boy on Friday...we're getting all the things this week! Thank you, God for these blessings.

Oh! And thank you so much for your bracelet orders, guys!! I sold all out of the trios (well, the circle bracelets, more specifically) and now have enough to cover our website costs for the first year. Yay!! I can't wait to get started with setting that up. Play time!! (If you're late to this party, you can still get the other two bracelet styles, in the etsy shop!)

So, if you need me, I'll just be pinning all the new house things!! See you this weekend, when you meet Ace for the first time! :O)
Love you!

April 1, 2015

We're almost there! (And you can help!)

As I've mentioned before, my mom and I are working on starting a little business endeavor in memory of my sister and all the dreams she and I had when she was alive. We are getting pretty close to being able to launch our awesomeness! But I just don't quite have the funds for some of the remaining startup costs. SO! I searched my studio, and created some pretty little things to sell in order to cover our costs. I have to admit, I really love what I came up with. Is is ok if I say that?? I really, really like these! I've been wearing the pearl one with everything.

What is really special about these is that they were made with the beads and jewelry supplies that my sister gave to me when she was teaching me about jewelry making. I used to love hearing her talk about her latest necklace creations. She used to answer the phone by just saying "Dis! BEADS!!" It was one of her biggest passions, and she was immensely talented at it! It makes me happy to know that I'm passing on a little of what my sister and I shared to you guys when you buy one. :o)

Each bracelet is just $10, or you can get all three for the discounted prince of $25! They can be made in 8'' or 9'' lengths.

My mom set up a little Etsy shop to sell them in. (Three guesses who picked out the name. Ha.) So head over there, if you'd like to help! Some day, when our company is like, all huge and stuff, you can say "Oh yeah, I actually helped start that..." ;o) And I'd love it if you passed on the link to the shop to anyone you think might be interested! I'm so eager to get our project off the ground!

Thank you so much in advance!!
Love you!

P.S. Thank you, thank you, thank you to my GORGEOUS girl, Mia, for modeling these shots! She is so sweet and beautiful! And makes the best coffee in the northwest. ;o)


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