Friday, July 29, 2011

Free Scripture Art Prints...How fun!

I can't recall how I stumbled upon Jen's blog or her art, but I had to share.  Jen so graciously offers up beautiful scripture art prints free on her blog.  How amazing is that?  I love awesome creative folks!  I am thinking that I am going to frame these two for the Coopster upstairs...maybe one in the bathroom and one in his bedroom.  I feel like there is such a benefit to being surrounded by scripture.  It becomes a part of you...the way you think...the way you act...the way you live.

Jeremiah 29
COURTESY OF JEN AT THE LOGAN FAMILY BLOG

CS LEWIS
COURTESY OF JEN AT THE LOGAN FAMILY BLOG


I still have yet to work on Cooper's bedroom, paint the walls in this house, finish up some of the projects in the garage, or even attempt painting the kitchen cabinets.  I have such big ideas...and am suffering a bit with not being able to follow through...for quite some time now.  Wah-wah...(do you hear the Debbie Downer music playing?)  With my arthritis being so icky lately (but medicine is in the works...can't wait!), I think I can at least do a little art framing!  :)  Yahoo!   In time, I see fun projects in my future!  

Thanks again Jen.  I am so amazed at the generosity of folks through blogging.  What a generous gift we can all be to each other in little ways and in big!

Hope you take a peek, and maybe these scripture prints will work for you too!

Big hugs and a happy weekend to you!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Oops, I meant Indescribable by Chris Tomlin

When I saw the pictures of the grains of sand, all I could think of was the line...

Creation reveals your majesty from Indescribable by Christ Tomlin.

Although God of Wonders is a great one, I think I got my songs a little mixed up.

Just in case you are interested...have a listen.  

You are amazing God!



Many blessings,


On a personal note, I have been experiencing severe arthritic pain for some time now.  I will soon be getting some serious juju (my bigtime medicine) that will hopefully provide some welcome relief.  I am so looking forward to feeling "normal" again.  It may sound funny, but I can't wait to clean my house!!!  :)

Imagine these stuck in your swimsuit...and listen to God of Wonders by Third Day


Grains of sand magnified at over 250 times real life...incredible!!!

Colourful: The miniature particles are exposed as fragments of crystals, spiral fragments of shells and crumbs of volcanic rock.
PHOTO CREDIT TO PROFESSOR GARY GREENBURG AND FOUND HERE

Reminds me of this song.




Blessings on your day!

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Cutest Little Strawberry Cookies

COOKIE AND PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SWEET ADVENTURES OF SUGARBELLE


How cute are these sweet little strawberry cookies?  Wouldn't they be so perfect for a summer picnic...little party favors...a strawberry/garden themed party...every day munching?

Head on over to The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle to see how she created these darling cookies and find a whole lot more.  This gal is oober talented and pours her artistic talents into decorating cookies and baking sweet treats.  What's better than that is that she shares all of her recipes and secrets and posts it for the world to see.  It would be worth your while to take a peek!

Thank you to The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle.  You are so inspiring!

Many blessings friends,


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

JUST A LITTLE 4TH OF JULY FUN

Last year (find it HERE), we enjoyed a lovely time along Tacoma's Waterfront in celebration of the 4th of July.  Getting out and about was actually fun...not too crowded or crazy and great activities of walking and people watching.  

This year, we enjoyed such a beautiful sunny 4th of July day here at home...something we have been longing for all spring and summer.  The sun seems to play hide and seek with us around here...hiding for such long periods of time this year.  But when it shows itself and the clouds part...oh what a gloriously welcome warmth and sunshine we get to experience.  Not too hot...a slight breeze...and a lovely brightness.  Loved it.

What a relaxing day for our family.  We had our parents over and just relaxed most of the day...playing, snacking, chatting, lounging.  It was wonderful.  I was experiencing quite a bit of pain due to my lame ankylosing spondilitis (I know, big word...you can read a bit more about my struggle HERE.), but having our sweet parents here surely lessened the load and made for a much more doable day.  We played some games in the yard, ran in the sprinkler, lounged and chatted about nothing and everything, barbecued burgers, and enjoyed food that took minimal prep and effort.  I was so thankful our parents brought wonderful dishes to enjoy and savor, leaving all of our tummies quite happy.  We ended the evening with dessert, a fire in the firepit, and some baby fireworks for Cooper.  

Just wanted to share a few snapshots from our day.  Cooper loved the sprinkler this year.  He was quite timid at first, but then he got really comfortable.  He would get close, then run away as fast as he could.  He ended up throwing all of his toys in the sprinkler (not sure why...?) and ended up quite soaked...completely comfortable to run right through that sucker.  So cute to watch the glee in his face.


My Mom made some Vegan Chocolate Coma Cupcakes.  You can find the recipe HERE.  They were delicious.  Winner for sure.  Our parents are living quite healthfully lately, and having them set that example and share that with us is lovely.  I welcome the sharing of health.  By the way, have you seen THIS documentary?  Or maybe THIS one?  So great and truly inspiring!


We all grabbed one of Cooper's instruments (Cooper grabbed his lawnmower...?!), and we headed out for a makeshift 4th of July parade down our street.  It was delightful and made me giggle like a schoolgirl.  I wished more of our neighbors would have been home to join us.


Toward the end of our evening (It was still light out...B had to head to works really early the next day.), we lighted a few sparklers amongst other little piddly "fireworks"...I call them baby fireworks.  Nothing fantastical, illuminating, awe inspiring...just good ol' kid fireworks.  I'm sure when Cooper is older, we will experience our fair share of legit fireworks.  You know, the kind that make the phrase burning money before your eyes...so true.  :)

After our modest little display, it was time for our neighborhood to shine.  The area we live in turns into a grand fireworks display...literally a war zone...every year.  Spending money on fireworks doesn't really seem necessary given that we can enjoy them for free by simply sitting in lawn chairs outside.  Next year, I might even hold an umbrella...for all the exploded cardboard pieces raining down on us.  It was great...true down home 4th of July.


Family pictures at our house usually turn out a little something like this.  :)  Life is too special to be serious all the time, right?



And here's our little 4th of July Super Cooper...flag and all.  Love this kid.
So much fun celebrating a holiday with a wee one running around.
Keeps life in perspective.  That's for sure.

What did you guys do?

So thankful for the freedom I experience daily in this country.  Truly blessed.

Big hugs to you friends,







Monday, July 4, 2011

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY FRIENDS! EAT WELL, LOVE WELL, AND BE WELL!

WHAT DO YOU HAVE GOING ON TODAY?

We are preparing to have our parents over, run in the sprinkler, use the grill for all it's worth, play some croquet and ping pong, roast some marshmallows, and enjoy some fireworks.  Looking forward to a beautiful day!  Hope a beautiful day is in store for you too!  Here's a glimpse into our dinner table last night!


CORN FROM THE GRILL


JUICY WATERMELON



TURKEY BURGERS AND A SMALL DOSE OF FRITOS FOR CRUNCH
Kind of looks like a pathetic little pile of Fritos, but I was trying to have self control.
Fritos are a weakness for me!  :)


CHEF COOPER HELPING ME WHIP UP SOME STRAWBERRYCRISP


HE CAN'T WORK WITHOUT HIS CHEF HAT.
The minute it goes on, he becomes Chef Cooper.  So hilarious.  We just love it.


I USED THIS STRAWBERRY CRISP RECIPE...AND ADDED MORE NUTS AND OATMEAL,
 AND WISHED I HAD MORE STRAWBERRIES TO ADD.  SO DELICIOUS!


DOESN'T QUITE FEEL LIKE A SUMMER PARTY WITHOUT

S'MORES



FINGER LICKING GOOD!

Blessings on your day!


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