Monthly Archives: September 2009

MIY Monday

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It’s “Make-It-Yourself-Monday” again! (Isn’t this fun?) Today I want to show you a labor of love I worked on a few weeks ago, getting ready for Lilly’s birthday. Our main gift to her was a little wooden toy train set and Jeff had the great idea of building a train-table for it. He put me to work figuring out a way to make the table a “train table” and at first I was wracking my brain for how I was going to paint a scene on the table.
Then I found this idea: a fabric mural background. Brilliant. And so much easier.

I used two foam boards taped together – from the craft aisle (or what’s left of it) at Walmart. Then I covered the front with flannel I found on sale at Joann’s. The larger pieces of fabric you see are flannel, and the rest I cut from felt pieces. The background fabric is folded over and taped on the back with packaging tape, and all the scenery is glued on using Tacky Glue, which I had on hand, also from Walmart. Jeff made two wooden tables, 2×3 foot on top, which we placed end-to-end. I laid out felt fabric on the top, and we set up the train on top of the felt. I found little animals and trees at the 99 cent Store, and at the $1 Spot at Target. Most of the things I found were identical to those in the scene pictured in the above link at the Apartment Therapy blog.
Playing with the train at Lilly’s party
The barn, animals, and some of the trees were carried away to play with other places in the house. Oh well.

This was such a fun project and I love the way it turned out. You can do this too, and it’s so versatile. I think I might do this again for nursery decor. You could even do a different scene on each side for playtime versatility. Older children can even help put it together. The possibilities are endless. So make this yourself – and make it your own!
If you’d like to participate in Make It Yourself Monday, please do! Leave a comment telling us about something you’ve made recently. You can even leave a link to a post on your blog so we can marvel at your work. Happy Monday!

21 Weeks

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Jeff took my picture yesterday as we were getting ready to go have dinner with a friend. (Thanks, Jerry for taking us out to eat for my birthday – the crab legs were GREAT!)

I’m also sporting a much-needed hair cut, thanks to my family for another birthday goody. I think I left about 5 lbs. of hair on the floor at the salon.
By the way, our pictures are very clear and quality, but once uploaded to blogger, they appear grainy. Anybody have an idea how to fix this?

A Good Day to be 35

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For decades (yes, I’m that old, now) this has been my favorite poem of all time. I know there are many times in my life I’ve taken the “path less traveled” and I am so thankful for the journey on which God has lead me. It has been quite an adventure so far.

So, today on my birthday, I share this with you.

The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference

Boy, are we blessed!

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Well, for all you who voted BOY……… you were RIGHT!

It took a while for the u/s tech to get a good view of his bottom. He had his feet pulled up to his bum and didn’t want to move them. She kept trying to get him to move, and finally had me lay on my side so we could get a good confirmation.
I’m trying to upload an ultrasound pic, but blogger is having a hard time with it… keep checking back.

Make it Yourself Monday!

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I’m up for something new and fun. So I’m declaring Mondays “Make-It-Yourself-Monday” on my blog. This is where I will showcase something I’ve made (or something YOU’ve made) and encourage others to be more crafty and creative.
Today’s featured item (drum roll please) is the set of felt “Counting Cookies” I made for a little friend’s birthday party this past weekend. I saw these online and found a great tutorial here. I thought they were such a good idea, and I had most of the supplies on-hand. So I set to work making a set for our friend and a set for my girls as well.

Maggie really took an interest in these, and when we made a trip to the local sewing store for the right-colored thread, she proudly told the clerk that we were making cookies. “But we can’t eat these cookies,” she explained.
Would you like to participate in MIY Monday? In the comments, link to a post on your blog where you tell about something you’ve made yourself. It could be sewing, cooking, crafting, or some other kind of creation. I’d love the inspiration!

A Day to Remember

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It’s September 16th. Forever burned into my memory. First, b/c it was my high school boyfriend’s birthday. (I suppose it still IS his birthday, and he’s still a friend of mine, so happy birthday, Friend.)

But now I’ll always remember this day b/c this was the due date of the sweet baby we lost in February. We thought that this week we’d be meeting another little one, welcoming him/her into the world.
I am not sad today. I am happy and blessed. I am happy that the LORD is sovereign. And blessed to be carrying another baby, due to be born in February.
About six months ago, during some prayer time, I was finally able to write about losing our baby. Just a few lines. But remembering our sweet little one today, I wanted to share them here.
You were barely here, then gone
Like the slightest refrain of a song.

A whisper, a breath, a tiny breeze.

And never will my fingers touch your earthly face –
Or ever feel the sweetest grace
of holding you that way.

And though I search for but a glimpse of who you would have been
My heart holds steady to the One you’re hidden in.

Still and quiet I remain.

A Good Day to be 2

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Lilly is 2 years old today! Happy Birthday, big girl!
I can’t believe it’s been two years since they handed me a little pink bundle. And I don’t mean the blanket was pink. Her skin was pink. I remember thinking, how long will it take me to get to know you?

Well, now we know this little personality quite well, and she is such a joy.

We celebrated Saturday with a Barnyard Birthday Bash, and our big birthday present to Lilly was a train set. Jeff built her the train table, and I made a background scene to set up behind the table. It was a big hit at the party.

The other big hit at the party was Lilly’s Little Tykes car. She was just getting on her new green rubber boots when she spotted the car being wheeled in and said, “whoa!” She couldn’t get into it fast enough.

It was quite a birthday celebration this weekend. Beats having a hurricane for your birthday.


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So, you might notice something new on the ‘ole blogeroo…

I posted a poll on the right-hand side. For years we have been thinking about writing a book about our adventures: how we got into missions, how we met, and stories about our time overseas. Maybe throw in a devotion or two and some pictures… you get the idea.
We’ve put off the project for years because such an undertaking requires, well, a plan. Not to mention time and self-discipline. But beyond that I’ve often wondered, after all the hard work we put into it… who would read it?
So that’s our question – would YOU be interested in reading such a book? The poll ends on my birthday – September 24th. So get your answers in. And feel free to offer further feedback in the comments.
And to reward you for participating, I leave you with this lovely picture.
Dude, where’s my car?