Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gathering the Moments ~ July

Books, books, books!

Sweet Ethan. He picks me flowers, roots and all.

Odds and ends from July.

Canvas art. 
We all worked together on this and each added their own touch.

Elijah sure loves his little brother.

Not pictured are the days the boys and I worked with a friend getting their house ready to sell, the church play days, cleaning the medical clinic each weekend, working in the garden with Antonia, the quiet (or not so quiet with these boys) days at home and helping yet another family pack and move. I seem to be making friends only to help them pack up and move! Was it only last month I told my sister I was getting a little bored? That didn't last long! :)

July, you were good to us and we'll be sad to see you go.

Thinking About Home

In other news I've got a new Lilla Rose team member! My sister took advantage of the free shipping on new member kits and signed up to be a Lilla Rose independent consultant!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My Arms Won't Reach

It was scary to step out into the unknown and move to Alaska. 

We had a job lined up for Geoff but other than that we didn't know anything. We didn't even have place to live!

But now that we're here we love it so much I don't think you're going to get us to leave! (sorry mom!)

There are times though that I wish I were back in FL. 
Those times are when the people I love are hurting and I want to be there for them.

Like the time my friends baby is sick and there's nothing I can do from so far away.
Or like this past week when my Grandpa passed away. 
I just want to hug my Grammy and tell her I love her.
Photo credit: Crystal Topel
Terry Sherwood
August 10, 1923- July 24, 2014
Photo credit: Deanna Rabe
My Aunt posted a video on her blog of Grammy today. I love hearing her laugh.

It's also hard to be away when my family and friends are rejoicing. Just yesterday I found out that a wonderful family from our church in Florida is adopting a baby boy. I am so excited for them and would love to be there to experience and celebrate it with them. 

I will just keep praying and rejoicing with you all from afar!

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Wall Art

It's been lovely and cool with the rain off and on all day today. 

Our plans for the day fell through so I had to come up with something quick to keep these two busy guys entertained inside! 

When in doubt, pull out the art.

I had found a pack of 10" by 10" stretched canvas on amazon that I knew would make some fun wall art.

I pulled them out today along with the paint and sharpie pens.

First we worked on one together. I wrote the words and some of the flower stems, Elijah drew the flowers, sun, birds and Ethan added the blue clouds and rain and some other decorations here and there.

Easier said than done but I tried not to tell them what I wanted and let them decorate it how they wanted. I like Elijah's touches of the smiley faces on the flowers and the heart shaped leaves on the tree branch!

Then the boys each got a canvas to do on their own.

Ethan calls this "Volcano Island".
The purple thing is a house.
It's fun to see what they come up with, isn't it!

Elijah told me not too look and made me a surprise.
He knows exactly how to melt his mama's heart!

I'm lovin' the new art for my walls

Kenai Lake

 The beautiful blue color in the lake comes from light reflecting off glacier silt. 
On a sunnier day it would look even bluer!