Theme of the Week {C O R N}










It seems like just yesterday that we did Popcorn for theme-of-the-week!

Can you even imagine sliding into a huge pool of CORN?

We must be in Indiana now.

Template for the CORN CREATURE HERE.

Happy Fall!


5 Reasons to Celebrate {September}






This month I celebrate (in order of appearance):

  1. Picking out Halloween Costumes
  2. Teaching my kids the ABCs
  3. Autumn in Indiana
  4. My Baby Bear in the Park
  5. A Cow Train Ride?!

“…God has so beautifully orchestrated this memorable event.  After all, He too loves the different and unique, and He wants us to be true to our own peculiarities. “  Marilyn Meberg

The Power of a Black & White


My life is filled with so much color and chaos and joy, that sometimes I forget about the moments that just need to be black and white. For me black and white photography embodies a timeless simplicity. Nothing else matters… It’s all about subject… No distractions…

A poignant letter to the future that this moment was real.


As I drew together this collection, I was in awe of how each photograph took me right back to that specific moment in time.  I could remember every little detail.

Daddio saying goodbye to our boys. He left minutes later for 15 long months in Iraq.

The boys laughing and being silly in the back yard of our first home.

Emerson a few days old in her bunny outfit.

These are the moments that mean the most to me. And because I have them in black and white, I know they will never fade away.

{Theme of the Week} Bees





—{The Buzz}—

Edible Delights: Bee Cupcakes, a Honey Taste Test & Bee Tea

Learning Fun: Bee Button Toss & Spelling Bees

Letter & Colors: B, Yellow & Black

Books: Honey in a Hive (Rockwell), Honeybees (Milton) & The Bumblebee Queen (Sayre)

Crafts & Activities: Bee Hunt (we identified three different kinds of bees in our “garden”), Paper Plate Bumble Bees & The Busy Bee Book



HI. A simple birthday wish.


It’s {almost} my birthday!

In a few days I will be 38 years old.

Please skip the cards this year.

Don’t send a gift.

Instead just click here: BE THE MATCH

This is The National Marrow Registry.

People with leukemia and other life threatening diseases depend on the kindness of strangers in hopes that they will find a marrow match. You could save a life!

{My 38th birthday wish is to have at least 38 people sign up with me this year.}

Will you please join me?  Don’t wait.  A life may depend on it.


Isn’t it PAINFUL to donate marrow??

According to the National Marrow Registry,  “General or regional anesthesia is always used for this procedure. Donors feel no needle injections and no pain during the marrow donation process. You can expect to feel some soreness in your lower back for a few days or longer.” Think you can handle that?

WHY should I donate?

You could very well be the only person on the registry of MILLIONS who is a match.  According to the Puget Sound Blood Center,  “There is a critical need for more volunteer donors. Many patients, especially people of color, cannot find a compatible donor among those on the Registry.  A large, ethnically diverse group of prospective donors will give more patients a chance for survival.”  Every single person who signs up is giving hope.

Is it easy to register?

After filling out your online registration with Be the Match you’ll receive a test kit.  Simply take a couple swab samples from inside your cheek and send it back to them.  It took me less than ten minutes to register online and five minutes to send the swabs back.

Who Pays?

Donors never pay for donating and are never paid to donate.

What if I can’t or don’t want to donate, but I’d still like help?

Volunteer. Make a contribution. Pray.

If I register is it certain I will be called to donate?

Nope. I wish it was that easy. You may never be called or your might be one of a number of potential matches.  I’m hoping for the latter.

Is it safe to donate if I have kids?

Yes. Absolutely. Your body replaces donated marrow with four to six weeks! Isn’t that amazing? The average donor is back to feeling normal within a week of the their procedure.

{Thank you for helping me celebrate in an AMAZING way. Email me know when and if you decide to register.  If you have an personal experiences I would love to hear your story.}

Color. Fun. Kids.

These three words sum up my life as of late.

Color. Lots of it!

Fun. Yes, please.

Kids. Can’t get enough.



Dear God,

Thank you for these simple and beautiful miracles. Your rainbow is always on my mind. Your grace-filled love is always in my heart. YOU, God, color this world so wonderful.

Thank You for letting me play along.

Love, me


Goodbye Summer


Goodbye shirtless warm evenings
Fishing until dusk
Nakie runs in the sprinkler

Hello Fall!
Pumpkin patches
Apple orchards
Cool crisp morning runs

I’m over-the-moon-happy for this NEW season to begin…


Crazy about Costumes!

Any excuse to dress up and be silly is a good day in my book.

Costumes are not just for Halloween!








Costume possibilities for this year:
Sunmaid Raisin Box
Picnic Table
Hot Diggity Dog Vendor
Table Top with Spaghetti Dinner
Dirty Laundry {for me-doesn’t THAT sound glamorous!?}
Wedding Cake

Happy {almost} Fall!!!!