Monthly Archives: December 2013

Handmade Christmas 2013: Trees and Sheep and Birds, Oh MY!

Continuing last year’s “Christmas decoration” theme for my family, and having so loved the tree garland that I made for Eric and Meggan last year, this year, I decided to make three more for my other siblings! For Jon and … Continue reading

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Close the Door of Hate and Open the Door of Love All Over the World

Merry Christmas!! We love you all! Love, Nik, Laura, Ellie and Mark Christmas Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Loving Father, help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness … Continue reading

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Recipe: Peppermint Molasses Snaps (Laura’s Family’s Christmas Cookie)

I’m sure you have nothing else to do today so why not make some delicious cookies? 🙂 My mom made several different kinds of cookies every year for Christmas, including rolled gingerbread and sugar cookies and Russian tea cakes.  Peppermint … Continue reading

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At 11 Months, Let’s Talk about 4, 6, and 9 Months, Shall We? (and 11 months, while we’re at it)

Mark is 11 months now (HOW DID THIS HAPPEN??  HOW? HOW?) and so, I figured it’s about time to share his 4, 6, and 9-months stats with you.  Clearly, the past nine months have gotten away from me in blog-land. … Continue reading

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Tutorial: A Flock Of Sheep (for your Christmas tree)

This year, I decided that we should have a sheep as part of our church’s annual ornament sale.  Because we made angels last year, I figured it would be fun to have some sheep, too  And there were shepherds living … Continue reading

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September/October/November Sewing: Ornaments for the Advent Bazaar

For the fourth year in a row (here’s years #1 and #2 and #3), I was in charge of designing and coordinating the sewing of felt ornaments to be given as thank yous for donations made during the Advent season, … Continue reading

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Trimming the Tree (and the tree skirt in action!)

Here are our obligatory trimming the tree pictures (here’s 2012). Ellie was really able to help this year and we all had fun putting on the ornaments! Our felt ornament collection is growing – good for babies and 3-year-olds alike! … Continue reading

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There Has To Be A First Time To Call 911 For Your Children, Right?

Back in November, I was making breakfast, Nik was getting ready for school, and the kids were playing in the bedroom.  At some point, Nik came out of the bathroom and asked me where they were. “In the bedroom…oh, I … Continue reading

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Recipe: Turkey Curry (Our Favorite Post-Thanksgiving Meal)

This recipe for Turkey Curry is a standard at our house in the week following Thanksgiving.  The original recipe is called, “Turkey Curry in A Hurry,” and it is an exceedingly fast recipe to cook once you have all the … Continue reading

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Mama, He’s Climbing!!

About a month ago, Mark really started climbing in earnest.  He especially loves it when I forget to put the nursing stool up because then he can get up into the recliner.  One morning, a couple weeks ago, I heard … Continue reading

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