Monday, June 27, 2011

A Quick SOS

**UPDATE:  It's over!  Thank you for praying!  Everything went well...and sort of long!  Oops!  God completely took control over my nerves and the baby discomfort.  I'm so thankful!**



I had every intention of giving little updates throughout the last week.

We enjoyed a super fun vacation in COLORADO!

Now we're at a conference.

Could I send out a quick prayer request?

Tomorrow morning, I'll be doing a workshop on Balancing Family and Ministry.

PLEASE pray that I'll be able to have clarity of thought and discernment of speech.

Also, could you pray for baby to stay put and those crazy braxton hix to just can it for awhile?

Thank you!


Pictures and vacation stories soon to follow...


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thrifty Thursday!

Thrifty Thursday #68:  Have you noticed the crazy sales at GAP lately?  To receive email notifications about sales, scroll to the bottom of GAP's home page and sign up to be on their email list.

Last week, any purchase made using a GAP card received an extra 40% off!  We picked up a lot of extremely adorable clothes for baby boy for under $2!  The boys scored new tennis shoes for $4 a pair, and Cloe got a beautiful fluffy skirt and cardigan for less than $10 for the outfit!

This weekend, GAP has an extra 50% off women's clearance.  Watch out for those highlighted price tags!  They are a final sale (so try on before buying), but the prices are rock bottom!

The hefty sums on regular priced clothing at GAP can be overwhelming, but hang in there and head to the back of the store!  Large clearance racks are filled!  Be patient and you'll find yourself a steal of a deal!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It's Vacation Bible School Week...and a random favor!

It's a crazy exciting week here:  VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL!

The theme is Rev It Up Full Throttle For God!

Race cars and checkered flags are everywhere!

Today was t-shirt day, so I tapped deeply into my crafty side...
...oh who am I kidding...
I printed out some stellar iron-on transfers!  Woot!
It's the CRIGGER PIT CREW!

The Pit Crew Leader and his Jack Men.
Not to be left out, my amazingly crafty, caring and generous friend made me my own specialized race car shirt.
It's cute.
It's super creative!
I can't imagine how much work this was--each letter is stitched on!
I love it!

Oh, the brain of a pregnant lady.  I'm sorry.
This picture was a good idea in theory...
Better?
Isn't it stinkin' cute?
THANK YOU, ABBY!!!

After VBS, swimming lessons, and a trip for groceries, I was at that "no energy" stage.
The kids were so helpful in carrying in and putting away the groceries, picking up around the house, finding a healthy snack and playing very contently outside.  
Can you spot my monkey in the tree?  I had to keep reminding him...that's high enough!  
The kids also adopted two baby bunnies.  I told them they shouldn't touch the babies.  So what do their creative minds come up with?  Why wrapping the bunnies in leaves and then picking them up.  Technically they weren't "touching" the bunnies.  Oh my.  Sometimes they are not my children.  I could never even bring myself to touch a bunny through a leaf much less actually desire to pick one up!  They had a blast and the babies happily hopped off later.

So here's the favor I need from you!

Pretty, pretty please!

Awhile back, I made this special Berry Pie for our family.  Later on, I submitted it to Sweetopia's Sweet of the Week Contest really thinking that it would never even get a second glance, but maybe it was worth a shot.

Well, guess what!  I'm on this week's list of choices to vote for.

Now, I realize that the competition of sweet treats presented all totally kick my rear.  But maybe, if you're feeling just really generous, you'd give me a vote?  You know...boost the pregnant lady's ego?  (going to miss playing the pregnant card in a month!)

So, go here:  Sweetopia's Sweet of the Week and place your vote for the Berry Pie. 

Thank you!  Thank you!

And as soon as I come across a free berry patch, I promise to make each and everyone of you a Berry Pie! ;)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Help!

In a couple of weeks, I'm going to be doing a workshop on Balancing Family and Ministry.
(Never more have I felt like I DO NOT have it figured out until I started preparing!)

I could really use some input...

Whether you are a ministry wife or have observed a ministry wife, could you help me out?

Ministry Wives:  What do you find is the most difficult thing about balancing family and ministry?


What is the one thing you have learned about being a ministry wife that you think other ministry wives should know?



Those who have observed ministry wives:  What are your perceptions of ministry wives? 


Be honest (but tactful, please)!  If you need to answer anonymously or by email, please feel free.
Thank you so much for your help!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Fat Friday!

Did you know it's National Donut Day?

It was also the last day of school for Cloe.

So we decided to CELEBRATE!

"Homemade" Donuts...all fried up!

We heated up some oil and threw in some refrigerator biscuits with a little hole cut in the middle.  (Yes, classy!)

Once they were golden brown, we flipped them and cooked the other side.
We patted off the excess grease on paper towels.
 And rolled our piping hot donuts in powdered sugar...
 ...or regular sugar.
 Mmm...tasty!
 Finger licking good!  (Enough grease and sugar to last us for quite awhile!)

We took our obligatory "Last Day of School Picture" on the front steps...can't get enough of our pretty girl!

 The boys wanted to kiss their sister before she left!  Hope they always adore her this much!
Last day of parent drop-off...

I couldn't help but notice as we celebrated Donut Day, the last day of school, and the arrival of summer vacation, that the American flag was at half mast.  While this day marks one of the "best" days in a kid's life, it surely marks one of the worst days in some family's life as they bury their soldier.  Praying for those families today who have suffered a great lost and praying for our soldiers that are still serving...

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Thrifty Thursday!

Thrifty Tip #67:  Beat the SUMMER BLUES and take advantage of FABULOUSLY FREE children's events!

Here are a few fun activities we've already tried out:


Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic  (Just click here to register at the Lowe's nearest to you for the next clinic!)

 These biplanes were a hit! 


Creative Kidstuff Toy Store Events (Check their calendar for events all throughout the summer)

Our beans are growing like crazy!


West Des Moines Public Library Summer Reading Program (go here and meet our friend Jenna!)

Other FREE summer activities we LOVE:

Des Moines Wading Pools  (although I think my kids might be a little big this year!)

PappaJohn Sculpture Park

State Historical Museum

Raccoon River Nature Trail, Park and Beach

Gray's Lake Park and Beach


What FABULOUSLY FREE activities will your family be enjoying this summer?