I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.

3 Oct

autumn download!

Have y’all been introduced to the loveliness of Emily?! Her blog is full of creativity and eye-candy. Her words are inspirational. And as you can see below, her free printable downloads are crying out to adorn your walls!

Andddd …  if you like this download, be sure to check out her monthly download available to members. Each month the design tops the month before and includes all kinds of goodies to keep you organized:

* monthly calendar
* weekly calendar
* menu calendars
* chore charts
* shopping list
* grocery lists
* note cards
* scripture memory cards
* art print
* a project tutorial with printable templates

{download available here}

Do you have a favorite fall tradition? Anything you look forward to?

My favorite fall things are boots, sweaters, a lit fireplace, and the Amazing Maize Maze with my girls!

Posted in free download

31 May

another teacher gift idea!

A Teachers Prayer

Lord, please help me to strengthen
their bodies, voices, and minds …
to express their feelings and control
them sometimes …
to explore what is near and venture
afar. But most important, to love
who they are. ~ author unknown

basket idea
teachers prayer download
basket & frames – Michael’s
nail file, polish, and chalkboard tags – Target
candies & izze – Fresh Market
barnes & noble gift card – Barnes & Noble :)

Posted in creative, free download, gift idea

29 Mar

unless :: a lesson from the lorax

Have you seen The Lorax? We really enjoyed the movie, but what stirred me the most is one simple word:


One small word. A whole lot of potential. Can I share a few examples with you?

  • Unless we start exercising and taking care of ourselves, we’ll always feel unhealthy.
  • Unless we stand up and tell that person they hurt us, we’ll always feel hurt.
  • Unless we start budgeting better, we’ll always feel financial pressure.
  • Unless we forgive that person, we’ll always feel bitter.
  • Unless we decide to give it to God, we’ll always feel the weight of that burden.
  • Unless we’re more intentional with our time, we’ll always feel like we’re running around frantic.
  • Unless we share God’s word, people around us won’t see our light.
  • Unless we are the change we want to see, things won’t change.
  • Unless we believe God’s promises, we’ll never know the Father of Hope.

What’s your “unless?”

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Posted in encouragement, free download, inspiration, quote

1 Mar

it’s the first of march!!

And along with March comes a little green fellow and his favorite day … St. Patrick’s Day! Although. I’m not Irish, so technically I don’t know the whole leprechaun-favorite-day thing to be true. But play along anyway?

Since the big green day is on it’s way … I thought I’d revisit some of our past St. Patrick’s Day fun!

{click on the images for original posts … one includes a free download!}

For some special fun, hop over to my friend’s blog for an addition to the St. Pat’s party above. One word for you … bunco!

Posted in craft, creative, free download, holiday, party

31 Jan

i a-s’more you!

Get it? Or do I have to explain it to you too? Maybe it’s just that my cleverness is lost on the kiddlets?

I’ll explain anyway … :)

I a-s’more you … instead of I adore you. Get it now? And the treat bag is filled with s’more goodies! Clever, huh?

I enlisted the help of uber-designer extraordinaire, Nellie, per usual she didn’t disappoint! Lucky readers, guess what she’s offering up on her blog today? Free vday downloads!

nellie’s blog
nellie’s etsy shop
link to custom listing
link to free vday download

Posted in craft, creative, etsy, free download, holiday