Saturday, March 28, 2015

Kim's Bridal Shower Brunch Photos

A sweet and simple banner with the upcoming wedding date.
Notice the beautiful snow in the background.  
I had the joy of helping with a sweet bridal shower earlier this month and wanted to share a few photos.  It was so fun coming up with ideas with my friend Kelly who hosted the shower at her gorgeous home.  The vintage sunflower themed turned out lovely if I do say so myself.  

The main table.  

My contribution was largely the decorations which I made with my sweet little sister Bekah.  She came over for a sleepover the night before and we had a blast crafting together.  We placed sunflowers in mason jars that were wrapped in burlap and lace.  Then we placed them all over the house.

I didn't make the cupcake dress cake but they were absolutely delicious!  (I did make a similar cupcake dress for my sister-in-law's shower last year.)  The food was great and I am sorry I forgot to take a picture of it to share.  

A touch of ribbon adds such elegance. 
You can't see it in the picture but the cupcakes actually had edible glitter on top of them!  How neat is that?  We also used mason jars with yellow striped straws to drink from instead of plastic cups.

The "T" plaque was a cinch to make.  Bekah gave the plaque two coats of bright yellow paint while I cut out the letter on brown vinyl using my Cricut machine.  (It would be best to seal the plaque but my sealer was all gone at the time that we made this.)  At the end of the shower we did give the plaque to Kim to enjoy in their new home together.  It is always fun having initial art in your home and I hope that it brings back pleasant memories of her bridal shower every time she looks at it.  

Of course I forgot to take a picture of the pin that Kim is wearing but it said Bride.  

One of the games that we played involved everyone writing down a piece of marital advice.  Then Kim picked her favorite.  This was the first time that I had ever seen this game and it turned out so sweet.  What a sweet memory to have in your kitchen.  

We are so excited for Kim and her upcoming marriage in May.  I am so thankful that I was able to be a part of her bridal shower.

Monday, March 16, 2015

February Reads

Their Name is Today: Reclaiming Childhood In A Hostile World by Johann Arnold: This book has been on my reading list for a few months and I am so thrilled that I finally had the opportunity to read it.  I am a firm a believer in the importance of children enjoying a happy childhood where they are free to just be kids.  As a child I was blessed with parents who allowed us to have the best childhood a child could wish for.  (I grew up on a farm complete with animals AND a horse of my own.  My parents also allowed us the freedom to be kids, get dirty, build forts, play in the creek, explore, garden, keep pets, travel, and read books outside for hours.  I thought this book was so thought provoking and it really made me think about what type of childhood I desire for my own children.  It also made me sad to realize that many children aren't blessed with a carefree childhood.

From This Day Forward: Five Commitments to Fail-Proof Your Marriage by Craig & Amy Groeschel: Although I found this book really funny (so much so that I was laughing out loud) I was really bothered by the whole premise that if you do these five things then your marriage is fail proof.    There did seem to be a lot of fear of getting divorced throughout the book instead of really encouraging the reader to fight for a great marriage for the right reasons.  Personally I am blessed with a wonderful marriage.  Both my husband and myself put a high priority on our marriage.  We allow other areas of our life suffer in order to maintain a great marriage.  The book did include a good amount of decent advice but it was really lacking in a couple of aspects.  

The Postage Stamp Garden by Karen Newcomb:   This book is wonderful!  I love the entire thought process behind the book: growing great produce in a tiny amount of space.  Although I am a big garden kind of girl I am toying with the idea of adding a small postage stamp garden behind our home this year.  I just think the whole idea is so cool.  I know that my garden for the year will also include some container gardening this year and I have this book to thank for that.  One thing I loved in the book was all of the recommendations for different varieties of seeds.  The author also included which seed companies sell which variety.  Like most gardeners I am itching to get my hands in the dirt.  Please note that I did receive a review copy of this book from Blogging For Books.  

The Surrendered Wife by Laura Doyle:   This book was definitely thought provoking.  I still don't absolutely love the title but she does have a lot of good things to say.  This was a secular book which surprised me.  (In my opinion the author hasn't really been married long enough to be writing advice books on my marriage.)  Of course I can't agree with the entire book but I know that I did benefit from the encouragement she gave not to try to control my husband or treat him like one of my kids. :)  
I didn't actually have a chance to read Fierce Convictions last month (pictured above) but I am looking  forward to reading it on our vacation in a few weeks.  

What books did you read last month?  Any suggestions for books to read on our upcoming vacation?


Monday, March 2, 2015

10 Goals For This Week

I am so thankful to say goodbye to the end of February.  It was a hard month for our family as I came down with a bad case of bronchitis that lasted for weeks.  Thankfully I am starting to feel better and looking forward to getting back into a nice routine.  Here are a few of my goals for this week.  

Mothering Goals
1.  Take Elijah to swim lessons and hopefully remember to take along my camera.
2.  Enjoy a special story time at the library this week with friends.
3.  Begin a detailed packing list for our vacation!  We are SO excited and counting down the days before we head to Gatlinburg, TN this spring.  It is one of our favorite places and thankfully just a short day trip from our home.

Homemaking Goals
4.  Finish adding up our itemized deductions for our taxes and deliver to my favorite CPA (my Dad).  
Marriage Goals
5. Finish reading From This Day Forward.  

Personal Goals
6. Enjoy dinner with a friend.
7.  Read 4 chapters of John MacArthur's Hebrews Commentary.
8.  Have a blast having a sleepover with my youngest sister!

Ministry Goals
9.  Meet some sweet mentor friends of ours for dinner.
10.  Help throw a bridal shower brunch for a friend from church.  (I am helping with decorations and food.)

What about you?  Do you have any goals for this week?