Joy Jars

JoyIt is a practice to find the joy in each and every day.  In the mundane of life, we tend to forget that there really is joy in each day even in the midst of hardship.

For this reason, we decided to keep Joy Jars for 2014.  January was our practice run.  The goal was to write something everyday that brought us joy…a kind thing we did for someone, something that we were thankful for, a Bible verse or other saying that resonated with us that day.  I say it was a practice run because I think more often than not, we all forgot.  But, at the end of the month, we had many joys in our jars to share with each other.

jarsOn the first of every month, we plan to empty our jar and read our Joys.  Then I am going to write them down on a notebook paper to keep track of each month and will start with an empty jar again.

Here is a sampling of our January Joys:

  • I was nice to the new kid at school
  • Spending time building with my dad
  • The hot tub on a cold winter night
  • A quiet weekend at home
  • Quote: Be who you are not who the world wants you to be.
  • Isaiah 26:3-4; You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you.  Trust the Lord forever, for the Lord God is the everlasting rock.
  • Warm, bright sun on a cold winter dayjoy


You Rock!

pop rocksFor Luke’s first Valentine’s Day at his new school, we decided to take an idea from Pinterest to create a fun Valentine treat for his classmates.  In 5th grade, it is difficult to come up with an idea that is not too dorky or immature for Valentine’s Day, but I think we came up with something fun, but not too “cutesy”!

One great thing that his class is doing tomorrow is hosting a Random Acts of Kindness Brunch where they will be making and serving waffles at the school.  I will be going to help with the process and plan to bring my camera!  What a great way to teach students the importance of doing kind things for others!

Tomorrow night we are getting together with some friends for a family Valentine dinner.  It will be a busy, but very fun day!

Scrapbook Letters

My friend, Sara, the one I blogged about the other day (remember the cute little bench) has 4 adorable children.  Since they are moving back into their house soon, I thought it would be fun to make them each something for their bedrooms.  Since monograms are the in thing right now, I decided to make a monogram for each of her kids.

For Chance
For Brielle
For Lucy
For Caleb

These are a fun project to make that take relatively little time.  One piece of scrapbook paper, a wooden letter, Mod Podge, and some stickers or flowers (or whatever else you want to use) and you can make a fun letter for a kid’s room! Letters also make a fun baby shower gift!

Summer Bucket List Challenge

Today is Luke’s last day of 4th grade and I cannot believe how fast the year flew by!  As I was looking at a friend’s Facebook page the other day, I saw a link to the 2012 Summer Bucket List Challenge and thought it might be a fun and interesting way to keep track of the stuff we do this summer and to complete some goals.  Tomorrow Luke and I are going to make our list and then it will be time to start the challenge.

The fun thing is that these items are not big things, but enjoyable summer fun!  It can be anything from having a picnic to going on vacation or eating an ice cream cone to planting a tree.  I will post a list of what we are planning after we making it tomorrow, but feel free to join in on the fun!!  I think it will be a great way to keep track of all the excitement that the summer has to offer!

The Happy Family Movement—Summer Bucket List

Christmas in a Wee Little House

Once upon a time, I had a huge amount of Christmas decor and a very large space to put the decor.  I used to decorate most of the main floor with all the lovely decoration and it was pretty decked out for the holidays.  Fast forward to the present and I find myself in a dilemma.  So far I have gotten rid of about half of my Christmas decor, but I am finding that even with the huge purge of stuff, I still have no room for a Christmas tree.  I have been trying to come up with some ideas of ways to have a little Christmas tree in our living room.

I was at Interiors Plus the other day and found a great idea.  I was a tabletop flocked tree that was flat on one side so that it could be set up against the wall.  It was beautiful and would work perfectly.  Unfortunately, the $140 price tag is a little much.

Of course, what I found is too many options with too little space (and time)!  Now I just need to try to find a great little tree and decide which decor I like the most.  Take a look at some of the options:

After Thanksgiving, I will post some pictures of the tree and the rest of the Christmas decor!  I really can’t believe the Holiday season is upon us. 

Inspiration Wednesday

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and with the economy so crazy and gas prices at $4.00 a gallon, I thought I would post some fun ideas for Mother’s Day gifts that are very thoughtful, but won’t break the bank.  I personally don’t think that most moms expect some far out there expensive gift, I think it is more the time spent and the thought that counts.  Surprise her with one of these fun ideas and get your creativity flowing! 

Cute cut out sugar cookies with glaze

Gift Basket

The You and Me Book
Framed Silhouette Art
A pretty plant

Homemade Bath Salts
Now that I have inspired you, have fun creating a special gift for your mom or someone special in your life that has been like a mom to you!  You may surprise yourself and find that it really is fun to be creative!  Happy Mother’s Day!!

Inspiration Wednesday

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day.  I wish I had time tonight to create one of these cute ideas for St. Patrick’s Day, but I have way too much on my plate already and am having to learn where to cut things out.  So, hopefully these will be inspiration for the rest of you to be crafty and make something fun for your family and/or coworkers to enjoy!  If you do make one of them, please send me pics!!!!  I would love to see them.  Oh, and don’t forget to wear green tomorrow so you don’t get pinched.

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