End of the School Year Thanks

[Banana bread with lady bug cards from here.]


We’ve been baking and baking for teachers and staff!  I can’t believe the last day of school is on TUESDAY!! 




Because it’s good for the skin.


The world is mud-lucious and puddle wonderful.

E.E. Cummings



A Prayer

This extraordinary prayer has been on my heart lately.  

 I wanted to share it with all of you and especially with my amazing husband and dear friends C.B. and H.P.   


May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.


St. Theresa of Lisieux



Sunshine in a Box

Sending SUNSHINE in the MAIL!  

My dear friend Kate and I made this Sunshine-in-a-Box to send off to a family who is going through some hard, hard times.  We thought a burst of yellow “sunshine” might give them a smile or two!  We included a little craft for the kids and lots of sweet goodies.   


 Here is box all packaged up and ready to send out—


This morning…

We played dress up.  Our costume box was emptied, explored and enjoyed.  

We fed swans in our back yard.  WOW is all I can say to that small slice of heaven.

We felt loved by God. 

I am reminded in the simple moments and miracles of our daily life that God is present in all we do.  

His love is in our gifts, struggles and joys. 

I love this passage from A Love Worth Giving, by Max Lucado…

“Gods loves you simply because he has chosen to do so.  He loves you when you don’t feel lovely.  He loves you when no one else loves you.  Others may abandon you, divorce you, and ignore you, but God will love you.  Always.  No mater what.” 

“The Lord loves you.” 

 Deuteronomy 7:8 NLT

THANKS God for loving us.

Thanks for sending us gifts wrapped up like swans and dress up clothes. 

Thanks for loving us, even when we don’t feel worthy or lovely!



Fun with {Flowers} II

Three of our favorite FLOWER activities:

1.  I Spy with Flowers

2.  Flower Spoon Math

3.  Painting with Flowers 


Blaise especially loved finding the tiny toys hidden inside the flowers!


MATH TIME— Flower Garden! 

 Kiddos act out simple addition or story problems with a pretend flower garden!  

Card above reads:  If you grow 12 flowers and the cat eats 2 how many do you have left?  




This activity never gets OLD— each spring we do a version of painting with flowers!  They always love it!!  




Wishing you all lots and lots FLOWERS and BLISS tomorrow!!!  Happy MOTHER’S DAY!!

And to my most loving, amazing, beautiful, inspiring, encouraging, lovely mom— H.A.N.D!!!!!  I LOVE YOU!

Fun With {Flowers} I

8 Ways to Have Fun with Flowers:  1.  Fancy Flower Girls   2.  Flower Cards   3.  “Bake” with Flowers   4.  Mini Flower Pots   5.  Chalk & Flower Folks   6.  Flower Cupcakes   7.  Flower Snack-N-Craft (eat the snack then use candy liners for crafting!) via Martha   8.  Paint with H2O Flowers


[Daisy Math Puzzle]  Idea via the wonderful & creative NO TIME FOR FLASH CARDS  


[Fancy Flower Feet]   Add peppermint and oil for pretty and soft tootsies!  Yep, even the boys enjoyed this.      


[Flower Sight Words]   Plant the seed and grow a word!


[Paper Towel Flowers] I thought the paper towel left over from cleaning our water color brushes was just too pretty to toss.


[Paint with WATER!]  

 I love this idea via Inspired Ideas!   

Supplies:  Waterproof Markers (I used Zig) + Water Color Pencils + Watercolor Paper + a Paint Brush + H2O. 



Fun with Flowers II:  HERE!! 



Flower Hunting

You have assigned to me

 the fantastic responsibility

of carrying out Your creative activity.

Oh God, how full of wonder and splendor You are!

Leslie  Brant (Meditation Based on Psalm 11)