Thursday, April 26, 2012

Zzz - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2012
Someone fell asleep on the floor...

Rob & Drew

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Gosh, these two are so precious to me! ♥

Project 52 - Week 17 - White

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Project 52 - Week 17 - White
I just LOVE spring! The end! =)

Flower Clips

Monday, April 23, 2012

More Retreat prizes. They have alligator clips on the back of them so they can be attached to a bag, headband, hat, coat, scarf...whatever, really. Very versatile.

Flower Frolicking

Friday, April 20, 2012

Flower Frolicking - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2012
Some handsome gent brought me a flower, beckoning me outside. Don't tell my husband. =)

Flower Frolicking - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2012
"Flowers, Mama!"

Flower Frolicking - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2012
Flower Frolicking - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2012
Enjoying the nice weather and the lovely flowers it's bringing with it.

Project 52 Weeks 15 & 16

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Project 52 - Week 15 - Movement
I'm behind. Ugh.

Week 15's topic was "Movement". I was hoping for something slightly more thought-out, but it just didn't happen. This was just a casual shot of the boys playing in the yard one lovely evening last week. Despite it being not-particularly-warm weather, Drew insisted on letting Daddy soak him with the hose as he was watering the lawn. Crazy kid.

Project 52 - Week 16 - Perspective
This one was timely.

Long story short, I haven't seen my birth mother in almost 13 years. Before that, it was very hit and miss. Things were never good when she was in the picture and I had a lot of resentment towards her. I liked to blame her for all my heartache and troubles growing up.

Fast forward to Easter weekend this year. I get handed one of her letters. She's been in prison for the last three years; this doesn't shock me at all. She's been in and out of prison several times over the course of her lifetime. Usually her letters are disjointed and random, but this one was very different. She actually sounded...remorseful. Coherent. Something I've never experienced from her - ever. It shook me to my very core.

So many times I've regretted not writing her; even more times I regretted not sharing the Gospel with her. If ever a lost soul was in need of saving grace, it was her. But I drug my sinful feet. I put it off. "She's too far gone to understand, " I justified. Not far from the truth. A life of drugs and alcohol have completely fried her brain. She'd never understand.

Or would she? I set out to write her a letter.

It was the hardest letter I've ever had to write. I spent a great deal of time praying over it; stopping and praying some more. I had to get this just right. It might be my only chance. In the midst of it, I started seeing my mom for what she truly was - a sinner just like me; not the super villain of my life story.

I cried. No, I bawled in repentance. Instead of seeing the monster that had washed her hands of me years ago, I saw her as a broken lost soul, no different than I was.

And then I did something I've struggled with for years. I forgave her and changed my perspective.

Praying for hearts to be softened and eyes to be opened. May God be glorified.

Yard Work

 We've been itchin' all winter to get out and start tackling the yard. Finally, the weather cooperated enough this weekend to let us do so.

Here's my man putting in a new flowerbed. Thinking about putting some shrubbery here. Flowers will only get trampled.

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Baby Boy Ripple Afghan

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Forgot one! This is an afghan I made for a new baby in our church. The mom is brand new to our church family and I have the pleasure of hosting her shower in my home next weekend. I'm stoked! I'm thrilled to finally have a place big enough for that many visitors. =)

Shawl & Little Girl Purses

 I'm in project finishing mode! This shawl was made as a prize for our upcoming Ladies Retreat. It's really, really hard to part with!

Morning Has Broken Shawl, Pattern: Morning Has Broken Shawl by Kelly Surace

I made these as a commission job for a friend at church's sister-in-law's girls (whew). I put them off for a long time, but finally finished them a couple days ago. I think they're sweet. The pansy was a pain in the butt, though.

Little Girl Granny Purses, Pattern: Granny Stripe Boutique Bag by Sara Freisberg

Lovely Spring Evening

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

 Matt was out watering the lawn a bit, so we all came out to join him. He was playfully pretending to spray the boys, but Drew was all for it. It started with an innocent puddle on the steps...

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Easter Family Photos

Monday, April 9, 2012

 Finally got an updated family photo! It's not great, but it's what we got.

I love this setup shot.

Rob was less than enthused to do pictures.

Easter Baskets from Grandma Kathy

Bubble wands!

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Easter at Great-Grandma's

 Decorating cookies with Great-Grandma.

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Easter Photowalk

Easter Photowalk - Twin Falls - 2012
Hope you all had a blessed Easter - HE IS RISEN!!

Wandered around the yard yesterday, enjoying the beautiful weather.

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Grandma Kathy & Grandpa Roger's Visit

Friday, April 6, 2012

We had a wonderful six-day visit with my folks this week. These people are very, very special to me and I'm so happy to finally have an active relationship with my dad. Him and my step-mom make such awesome grandparents; I wish we had more time with them or less distance between us.

But we made the best of the time we did have and we enjoyed a lot of down time, just chatting, staying up too late and laughing over games, and rough-housing with the boys. A very sweet time.

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Project 52 - Week 14 - Home

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Project 52 - Week 14 - Home
Our home is special not only because of how we came by it, but also because of the people who are in it. ♥

Afghan & Potholders