January 27, 2015

Exciting Things!

Yay, exciting things! I love exciting things.
So, yesterday was a really good day. And do you know whyyyy?
Ace's case was officially moved to adoptions!!! YAY!!! That's a big "yay"!! We have been waiting for this for so long. He is legally free now, but we will have an open adoption agreement with his parents (more on that later, that's a good story) which means we will be sending them letters and photos a few times a year to let them know how he's doing. Then there is a home study update and physicals and 100 lbs of paperwork, but he should be all ours in another three months or so!

Which is perfect timing, because...(other exciting thing!)

We're moving to Indiana this spring!! Can you believe that? Isn't that so wild and crazy of us?! I am sooo excited!

My husband was offered a ministry position at a church of Christ in Kokomo, which is just the most darling town. (With, btw, a Target and a Hobby Lobby! Swoon!) Which we have prayed about a lot, and have decided to take. The church was kind enough to fly our whole family out a couple of weeks ago to meet everyone, and it felt just like family. Which of course they are. We were really impressed with the leaders of the church, and I am really looking forward to spending time with their wives. Their former minister, who has been preaching there for over 30 years, is staying on part time to work with the church, so he and my husband will get to spend lots of time together. Which is awesome, because my husband and I both immediately loved their former minister and his wife. Paige is really excited about it all, and she made instant friends with all the kids. (Although she will miss her friends here dearly!) They are a very loving church, and we were amazed at how active their faith is, they are very hard workers for the Lord. We are really excited to be a part of that!

Of course, the flip side of all this is it will be extremely hard being away from family, and we will miss our Moses Lake church family very much. A few special friends in particular, who could just never be replaced. They have been lifesavers during the difficult times, and have been so encouraging to us. We have seen Jesus in some of the people here like we've never seen before, and are much, much better people for having met them. I wish with all my heart that we could take some of them with us!
But I do believe that this is going to be an awesome thing for our family. We are so very excited!! But scared. Whew! Moving across the country?!? Yikes!
My mom and I are still going to be working on our little business endeavor, which we are planning away for. Hopefully being partners in that project will keep us feeling close while we're so far away. :o)

So if any Hoosiers out there have any advice that you want to throw our way, we'd welcome it! And If you wouldn't mind, we'd appreciate prayers for a smooth adoption, and a smooth transition for the church family here in Moses Lake. Thank you so much!!

Hooray for new beginnings! You guys, I think 2015 is going to be really, really good. :O)

Love you!

January 25, 2015

DIY Gift Bows (with Cupcake Wrappers!)

Do you know what I just can't do? Holiday themed DIY. Every new holiday I have like Craft Anxiety (that's a thing) because all of the other bloggers are shooting out clever little heart-shaped everything and I'm just sitting here frozen like Arendelle. I was in the studio tonight determined to make a heart out of anything, and instead I ended up making gift bows. Haha, I just can't!! I think I have a hard time doing what I'm "supposed to do" in general, so when the world says: "Make Valentine's things!" I turn into Grump Cat: "No."  But it's ok, I like bows better than hearts, anyway!

Wanna make some??
You'll need this stuff: (+ scotch tape)

  •  Fold two cupcake wrappers in half.

  •  Fold them in half again.

  •  Make them kiss, and put a wee bit of scotch tape there to hold them together. (Optional: Sing "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green in your head.)

  •  Wrap some glittery gold washi tape around the center. You CAN use other kinds of washi tape, but I'm just warning you now, that nothing looks as good as glittery gold. (That's true for anything in life.) You can get this particular tape at JoAnn stores.

  •  Fluff out each side so they look nice and full.

 Put them on all the things, or string them as a garland for a party!
I'll be in touch soon with exciting life updates! Yay!!

Have a wonderful day. You are lovely. :0)

January 7, 2015

A New Beginning

We were always scheming. :o)
My sister and I, from as far back as I can remember, we were making plans, writing lists, imagining our future accomplishments together. Always together. We even had our first apartment decor planned out by the time we were about ten. (It was going to be a "groove pad", complete with shag carpet and a disco ball. Never happened. I always regretted that.) As married adults we frequently spoke over the phone about projects and plans that we wanted to do together. We had lots of different ideas, so for short we just referred to it as "taking over the world". But things got in the way. As "things" will often do in life. And we never reached our goal of world domination.  I thought we would someday, I really did. I could't ever express to you the immeasurable, unfathomable shock that her death was to me.

I can't remember what I was saying.

Oh yes, the dreams, the plans. I'm gonna go ahead and do them anyway. I've been thinking about it, and working on it for a couple of months now, and I've recruited my mom to help me, because, basically she's the only one I trust to do things correctly. ;O) And it's gonna be pretty good guys. I think you're gonna like it.

Can I be honest? 2014 wasn't a good year for me. Even before my sister died. It was quite a doozy, and it really put me through the emotional wringer. I usually try to be pretty optimistic about things, but last year was just. not. good. But instead of being bitter, or overcome with grief, I'm going to be thankful. I'm thankful for the million blessings that God gave me, even though he took a few away as well. And I'm just thankful that I know Him. In the end, that's just enough. It's enough for me to be happy, it's enough for me to be peaceful. So, thank you, God, for 2014.

And thank you for 2015, as well. Which I am going to rock so hard it will kind of blow people's minds. :O)

Thanks for listening, guys. And see you soon!
Love you,

December 10, 2014

Whaaa?! Thank you!!

You guys just blew our minds!! 
Paige sold enough necklaces to buy the doll in less than a day! We can't thank you enough for all of your orders. You guys ate them up!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! We're so glad you liked them. :O)

I wish we could keep up with all your orders, but we ran out of Grandma's crocheted flowers, so the shop will be out of a few colors for a little while. I told Paige that she's welcome to keep selling her necklaces, even though we already ordered the doll. It'll be a good homeschool experience for her! She wants to save money for a dolly bed next. I'm thinking savings account...we'll see who wins. ;o) We've also got some ideas up our sleeves for some charity fundraising in the shop as well, once we get our own set up. Should be a fun adventure!

In the meantime, there are still a few necklaces available that will ship (in the US) in time for Christmas, if you'd like to snag one! Thanks again!!

A note from the artist:
"Thank you for buying my necklaces. I think they'll look pretty on you! And if it's for someone, I think they'll really like it. I made it up myself! -love Paige!!(with two exclamation marks) Oh, and one more thing: You. Are. AWESOME!"

We love you! Goodnight!
-Disney and Paige

December 9, 2014

Paige's Handmade Necklaces for Sale!

You guys!! I am so, so proud of my little Paige!
I'll bet you didn't know that. ;o)

The necklaces pictured above are the ones Paige crocheted to earn money for her American Girl doll a few months ago. After she earned all the money she needed, she said she wanted to sell more to help her little friend, Brooklyn, earn one as well. You see, all the other girls at church either had a doll, or were very close to getting one, and Paige was worried that Brooklyn would feel left out. Brooklyn is a few years younger than all of the other girls, so we try to make sure she doesn't get left behind...as the younger sibling, I remember that feeling all too well! :O)

Sooo, Paige is taking her entrepreneurial aspirations to the online world! We've listed her necklaces on Etsy, in six fun colors! She has two of each color ready to ship, so if you have your heart set on a certain color before Christmas, better snatch it up right away if you can! They are just $10, plus $2.50 for shipping and handling. :O)

Just to be clear, each necklace was hand crocheted by Paige herself, I didn't help at all! She worked so hard on them. Grandma did pitch in some help with the flowers, but Paige still had to do the eye-batting and puppy eyes, so that's work, too. ;o) And she glued them on herself! She might actually be better with the glue gun than I am, but we don't need to talk about that...

They are made with a super-soft acrylic yarn, and are lightweight, so they don't pull on your neck at all. They would be great stocking stuffers or gifts for any of the ladies in your lives! The strings are left long, so the length works well for girls, teens, or adult women.
Thanks in advance for supporting Paige and helping her get a special present for her friend! And learn the wonderful blessings of generosity.

Here's the link to the SHOP!

And if you aren't in to necklaces, maybe you might pass the link on to someone who is? Thank you a million times! 
Disney and Paige

P.S. A big thank you to my sister-in-law for letting me "borrow" her Etsy shop to sell these! We will have our own shop set up some time later. :o)

December 4, 2014

Our Well!

Just wanted to pass on these two photos of the well that you guys helped build in India with Healing Hand International! Isn't that just beautiful?? A super-fist-bump to the kid in front with a Pokemon shirt. :o) I wonder if Paige will notice that when I show her the photo.

Thank you, thank you, and thank you again for your donations! And may you be as blessed by your generosity as these people have been.

Love you!


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