Friday, September 19, 2014

Family Bible Night

Up until this year, our family has participated in the Awana program. The kids have really enjoyed their time there, but this year we needed simple. We wanted to be home together. We wanted kids to get to bed on time so they weren't super cranky the next day. We wanted to learn and memorize together instead of each kid doing their own thing.

SO, we decided to take that $125 we would have spent on Awana this year and invest in some resources that we could engage in together. Here's what we're doing on Wednesday evenings this year.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lemon Ricotta Waffles

Whenever I make lasagna, I always buy enough ricotta so that I can make these scrumptious waffles in the following days.

These waffles are a little different from your typical waffle in that they are very tender and soft waffles. Which I really like. More reminiscent of a pancake plus all the nooks and crannies of a waffle. I think it must be the addition of ricotta that makes them so tender. Whatever it is, it's good. Let me tell you.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Preschool Owl Craft

Can anyone tell me if owls are still all the rage this year?  I’m really not up on that kind of thing.  At any rate, my 3 year old niece doesn’t give a “hoot” about the latest fad, but she sure had fun making this cute feathered friend with me!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Battling with Self Image

Warning: I am about to get real. I'm going to share my most current struggle with you right now, in the hopes that maybe I'm not alone and maybe you can be encouraged.

This picture was taken this morning. It's me, 28 weeks pregnant with my third boy. And as far as I know, I don't have gestational diabetes. You might look at this picture and think, "Aw, what a cute belly." But 28 weeks means that I still have about 2 1/2 months of growing to go. Everyone, and I do mean just about everyone, that asks me my due date follows my response with, "Wow, you're big" or they simply look in shock. And, oh, does that make me feel so great about myself.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Roast Chicken Recipe (PLUS leftovers and homemade broth!)

I have a pet peeve when it comes to recipes that call for cooked chicken as an ingredient.  I don't like to cook chicken, and then cook the rest of the recipe.  It just makes me feel like I'm cooking dinner twice!  So, I came up with a plan to get a whole bunch of messiness all done at once, and have lots of yummy chicken and chicken broth when I was finished.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Arts and Crafts Supply Organization

I'd like to introduce you to my art cart.

I have dreamed of this art cart for the past few months and am so excited that it is now a reality in my life :). It has helped a ton in making art and craft supplies not only organized, but much more accessible to my kids to engage in independent creating.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Happy Birthday, Graham Blanchard + Book Giveaway!

A hot new publishing company is turning one on October 1st and I'm so excited to be able to share with you some of the cool books they have put out over their first year of life :).

Graham Blanchard is a publisher that focuses on putting out books that are designed to help kids grow spiritually. The books they publish fall into one of three categories:

Learn: Focuses on teaching kids various passages of Scripture.

Absorb: Helps kids connect the information about God to their hearts.

Praise: Redirects kids' experiences of everyday life to God's active presence.