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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Three Sisters. Three Weddings

This last year has been filled with WEDDINGS! This is not a complaint, but rather an exclamation. I must share with the world about how I, and my two sisters, all got married within 10 months! Not to mention, one cousin and an aunt! I know, pretty ridiculous?! This was not a wedding "intervention" sort of thing, but a random act bliss!

Wedding #1 - It all started on September 12, 2010. Eric and I were married at my parent's house. We had an outdoors, country wedding filled with tractors, corn bread, old wooden church pews,  cowboy boots, elk antler arbor...You get the idea.

Wedding # 2 - May 9, 2010,  My older, wiser sister Sarah and her husband Kent were married! They had a traditional church wedding at a historical chapel. It was picture perfect! They had gourmet cupcakes and handmade candies at their reception. Not to mention, the most beautiful flowers arrangements I have ever seen!

Wedding #3 - June 26, 2010, My younger,  beautiful sister Kaytlyn and her husband Chris were married! They had an evening wedding, and it was a gorgeous night! The ceremony was in an outdoor ampitheatre, and the reception was indoors and catered with scumptios finger foods and mini cheesecakes for dessert. It was a perfect, summer evening wedding.  Kayt also set a new record...she had 10 bridesmaids!!

I would not recommend this method of marrying off your children. I know for a fact, we could not have pulled off all of these individually beautiful weddings without the help of #1 Our amazingly talented mother, and ALL of our super supportive family and friends who helped out above and beyond any level of expectation.

I love weddings.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Whimsy Jar Swap

I have officially participated in my first swap! I had a great time putting together these Whimsy Jars for my swap partners, Patty and Gina. The swap was hosted by Jessica, over at Kids Napping? I am Scrapping!. She was a wonderful host - so organized! 

Here is the jar I put together for Patty...

Gina's Whimsy Jar...

My Whimsy Jar from Patty...

My Whimsy Jar from Gina...

Thank you Jessica for hosting a great swap! Whimsy Jars are such a fun, great idea!

Thanks to my partners for a great first "swap experience"!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

James 5:16

James 5:16 (New International Version)

16"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."

      Prayer. How powerful! How rewarding! Yet, how difficult at times? I have  been struggling with setting aside the time for just me and God. I came across this scripture while listening to K-Love on the radio at work.   
      Spending more time in prayer has really been laid on my heart lately, and I am so glad this scripture was brought to my attention for yet more reasons to be in prayer; for others, for healing, for righteousness...

Truckin' and Junkin' - June

I have the best husband. On his way to a tractor/truck/machinery parts flea market, he asks me if there is anything I want him to watch out for? Jokingly, I told him to keep an eye out for a produce scale. Well, as fate should have it, guess what was the only thing he got from the sale? An old hardware scale! It's perfect, and I just love it.

Of course, I am not using it to weigh nuts and bolts, but it makes the best fruit bowl!

The other day my husband walks in to the kitchen and says, "Well, it's time to buy fruit, we're down to under 2 pounds!"


         Not only is it great for fruit, but for puppies! This is Sergeant York, aka "Sarge." He is my dad's new hunting dog and he is about 8 weeks old in this picture and looks like about 8-1/2 pounds! He's a cutie isn't he?! He's a German hunting breed called a Pudelpointer.

2 Doors = 2 Desks

We moved in to our first house about 2-1/2 months ago......Man!Tell me, does the work ever end?! We have certainly come a long way and are taking some time off to enjoy all of our hard work.  One of my favorite projects so far is our two desks/tables that we made from two old doors.
They were pretty simple to put together. We just scraped off the loose paint, put a layer of clear verathane on both sides, built the legs and then bought a sheet of 1/4 thick glass for the top! I especially love how easy the glass is to clean after working on craft projects!