Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gift idea for girls

I'm amazed at all the gift idea lists circulating around on blogs- recommendations for toys and books and games.  So very helpful!  I wish I was so organized to put a list together, but I am so not.  ;)

I do want to offer up one small recommendation for girls, though, that may not be as well-known to some of you.

Noble Rose Press has the sweetest offerings for young girls, and they are really affordable, too.  Our favorite is the Family Treasure Coloring Book, which is lovingly drawn by the talented Breezy Tulip.  (I adore Breezy's illustrations!)  Her drawings throughout this book are of siblings and families doing various activities.  Our three girls have each colored their way through a book, and requested new ones this year.  (The coloring books are only $7, and it is hands-down the best coloring book I've ever seen.)

Noble Rose Press also has paper dolls (another favorite at our house!) and a new Bible Story book for girls, written by Angie Smith and illustrated by Breezy Tulip.  I ordered two copies, and was so grateful to see that it was just as beautiful as I'd hoped.  Their collaboration on the Bible story book was a prayerful one and a thoughtful one, and turned out beautifully. 

Blessings to you and yours as you celebrate this season of Jesus' birthday!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Finger-painting for Christmastime

We all had fun doing some (super easy, super cute) finger-painting today:

I think this would also be cute on some brown kraft paper for gift-wrapping!  [Thank you, Pinterest!]

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


I've started working on a little handmade Christmas gift for my girl...  (Shh!)


 ... and having so much fun.  I can't wait to make some dresses! 

{Inspiration here and here.}

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Worth Watching

Oh, wow. 


Do you have 15 minutes to go watch something?  I just finished watching an adoption story.... twice.  Once alone, once with Ella.  I *loved* this adoption story, and how the character of God is revealed through it. 

In an effort to "hook" you to go watch, this is a family (The Via family) in the process of adopting a little girl, Chloe, from Uganda.  They find out that Chloe is not granted a visa, so she is not able to come home to them.

So they decide to bring home to her.

Go here to watch.  (Follow the link, watch the video (4:58) at the top of the page, and then watch the video at the bottom (10:09)).

Loved this.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ABC Hunt, Take 2!

Major parenting fail, here.  A couple of weeks ago I was singing the ABC song with the little girls and it became apparent that Audra isn't super familiar with that song.   #youngestchild #sorryaudra  ;)

This is not to say that she doesn't know her ABC's.  She does.  And she knows the sounds most of them make.  And she can write all of her uppercase letters and is learning her lowercase letters.  But.  The ABC song?  Not so much.

I'd been meaning to put up the alphabet somewhere around our house for the girls, so I did that recently.  And now we're practicing the song.


This reminded me of a game I started doing back when Isaac was in Kindergarten (*sob* about him being five.  I love memories of Isaac-at-five.)  We did a game called "ABC Hunt".

^^^These are Isaac's chubby little five-year-old hands and his wobbly five-year-old handwriting.
So this morning I did this with the girls.  I just traced a plate onto cardstock and cut out the circle, then glued it onto a craft stick and did some cutting and writing.  They thought it was pretty fun.  :)  The only rule was that they couldn't stand in front of the alphabet on the wall and flip their little tabs.  ;)