The things they pick up along the way.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
One day it was just Ryan and I in my van on the way to school.
"Hey mom, do you think you can know a lot about a person from the kind of car they drive?"
"I don't know bud. What do you think?"
"I think you can. Like, your car says that you're a mom. And Dad's car says that he cares more about you than he does himself."
I just had to smile. I marvel at little things that kids pick up on. I love the inferences they draw without ever being taught or told. And I love that everyday my kids see their Dad communicating love to us all in ways both big ways and small.
Here's hoping that one day Ryan is willing to drive a 15 year old, paint-peeling sedan, while his wife has the mini-van of her dreams.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
“It's funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools - friendships, prayer, conscience, honesty - and said 'do the best you can with these, they will have to do'. And mostly, against all odds, they do.”
I love the above quote. Against all odds, we make our way in life, and it's good. So good.
Friendships. Prayer. Conscience. Honesty. These are our tools.
I am not always the greatest friend....and occasionally my friends aren't perfect either. My best friendships aren't shiny and pristine and without flaw. Our conversations don't always read like a movie script; sometimes there are not tidy resolutions. But I count my friends among the biggest blessings God has given me. I learn so much about the character of God by watching my friends nurture and love and forgive and celebrate. It's amazing.
My prayers don't always get answered. Sometimes God seems inattentive
. Prayers that I've prayed for years start to sound old, and yes, they seem rusty. But then, suddenly, God moves. He acts
on my behalf. I keep hammering away with that seemingly rusty tool, and God begins to build something.
Conscience and Honesty: Mamas are so grateful when we begin to see these things in our babies. An apology rendered earnestly. A confession given freely. A tear shed over an injustice. Conscience and Honesty are, to me, proof of our soul. Telling the truth and acting on conscience isn't always an act of self-preservation, especially when you're 8 or 10 or 11. It's hard. But good.
Possibly the best thing about a fireplace.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Scenes thru my window.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Actually, this scene comes from my back deck. Friday afternoon neighborhood football game. The sounds of childhood!
I can't take my eyes off the trees. We're planning a drive up into the North Georgia mountains tomorrow to take in some vistas bursting with fall colors. Can't wait.
Dylan at Ten
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Dylan at 10 years old just makes me so happy. He's a hard worker and always anxious to help. He's acclimated to life in the South just fine --- quick with a "Yes Ma'am", quick to open the door for people, and has adopted the Southern tradition of remaining standing at the table until all his mom and sister are seated. What a charmer.
While we were praying for the birthday boy last night before bed, Lauryn prayed "God, thanks for giving me a big brother who always watches out for me and helps take care of me...." Tears. So incredibly grateful for the dynamic that this carefree guy brings to our sometimes high strung family.
10 years old. Wow.
One of the gifts was ten $1 dollar bills taped together and put in a tissue box -- so many laughs!
Scenes thru my window.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
How absolutely sweet is this? They must have sat for a full half hour this way, taking turns braiding each other's hair.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Some of you have been hanging around Lost in Laundry for long enough that you remember when my guys were smaller, and I posted about our "Family Fun Nights."
My kiddos are bigger now and our family nights look a little different, but I still coerce them into sitting down and getting crafty with Mom every now and then.
I had some leftover canvases from when my college small group painted together. I don't think I ever shared their creations...don't you love them?
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For our Mom/Kid painting night, I asked our resident artist Ryan to help sketch out my canvas. I told him I wanted it to say "Be Free". Here's what he sketched out in pencil, then I painted it:
I hung our creation in my closet by my jewelry rack. Hoping it will be a reminder to throw off the "Ugh. I have no clothes and I look terrible in the ones I do have...." mindset that we can all find ourselves in occasionally!
Here's the kids at work. The fact that Ryan is painting Coca-Cola and Lauryn is painting the Super G shows the effect that Georgia has had on my children! Love it!
List of Family Night Ideas
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Below are links to "Family Night" themes we did a few years back when my kids were itty-bitties. My hope is that if you're a parent of littles, you find some easy ideas for making memories and spending time with those precious wee ones. I had so much fun looking through these posts - would you look at those little sweet faces?!?
- Indoor Camping
Ye Olde Family Night
- Pirate Theme
Family Fall Festival
No One Eats Moon Pies Anymore
- Outer Space Theme
- Morning at Night Theme
- A night around Living Water International
- Train theme around Polar Express
Create Your Own Boardgame
Meet the President
St. Patrick's Day
- all things green
One Seriously Funny Hamster
- a night around the movie Bolt
Super Heroes and Princesses
Choose Your Own Fast Food Night
- a night themed around Compassion International
- all about critters that come out at night!
Sledding and Snowballs in Summertime
When I Grow Up
Easy Book Character Costumes
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Does your kids' school do a "Book Character Parade?" Well, our does, and this mama and these kids forgot to plan any costumes until the night before. I am so, so glad that I live in the era of Google. Seriously - how did people survive the demands of elementary school costuming pre-Google?
A search for "easy book character costumes", a quick trip to Hobby Lobby for felt, and we had our Fancy Nancy and our Big Bad Wolf. Pretty cute on both counts.
I'm trying hard to get these two to dress up as Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf for Halloween, but neither one of them are feeling the joint-costume thing. Hmph.
DIY Burlap Banner
Sunday, October 6, 2013
I'm loving my Give Thanks banner! My almost 10 year old Dylan said he liked it, but next time it should say "Dylan Is Awesome." I"ll take that into consideration.
Wanna make one? "Dylan Is Awesome" wording optional.
1 yard burlap
1/2 yard printed fabric
2 inch wide ribbon
For cutting out your burlap and fabric, find a banner template here
After cutting my fabric pieces, I printed out letters using WordArt in Word. The font size I used is 400. (Did you know in Word, you can type any font size you want in the font box? You don't have to use the provided options. This is recent news to me.) Lay the cut burlap over your printed letters, and trace with a paint pen. Since burlap is loosely woven, I could see right through to the letters and easily trace:
Next, fold wide ribbon in half and iron. Before ironing, lay out your pennants and cut your ribbon to the length you need, leaving a bit of extra on each end for hanging. After ironing your ribbon in half, you're ready to pin. Place the pennants inside the folded ribbon, and use about 3 pins per pennant so they stay in place while sewing:
If sewing ain't your thing, I'm pretty sure hot glue would work too!
That's it! Easy, easy. Now you're ready to hang; I used a few pieces of clear packing tape.