Thursday, June 18, 2015

Blog update and some thoughts from the heart on

For so long, in these early years of raising children, my role of motherhood was pushing little toes into shoes, combing hair neatly to the side, reading storybook after storybook, making surprises for excited bright eyes, throwing grand parties, and creating a world of special magic.  My biggest desire was to establish a beautiful, everyday world for my family.

 And now, life expands and evolves.  These treasured boys need new things from their mama.  Most deep, foundational needs of our children never change.  But the details do.  I am the driver.  I am the helper and the organizer.  I am the cleaner-upper.  I am the listener and the explainer.  I am the learner...what is this new music called?  Tell me why fast cars are exciting to you.  What style of clothes do you prefer? And did I mention that I am the driver?  

 Overall, it's all still the same, even though it's oh so very different.   My desire is still to infuse joy into their everyday lives.  My job is still to create a home-sweet-home for these boys.  And the joy that these not-so-little-people give to me everyday is still constantly filling my soul.

During this transition, I have blogged less.  I don't have as many crafts and projects to share, or as many grand holiday decorations to show.  I miss the old but I'm excited for the new!  Missing is a good thing.  It means the past is filled with blessings, good times, and lots of heart.  It also means that we have hope for more beautiful tomorrows, even if our tomorrows look different than our yesterdays.  I am excited to watch these boys grow and grow.  It's so fun to pull out the tape measure and it swells my heart to hear their wisdom and their thoughts.  I've never be friends to your kids, but to instead to be their parent.  Well, that didn't work!  These boys are my greatest friends!  Their company is my favorite.  I can't wait for them to continue to grow up and to be able to grow with them.

Okay, so! Here's the deal.  I WILL still be blogging, just not as often.  Most of my blog posts are storybook summaries of our current life in action. I've always journaled, since I was 8 years old!  There is something deep within me that desires to share and to record.  I will continue to record our life through blogging.

Stay around, because I'll still add fun ideas, recipes, and tips along the way...full of all things cute and pretty!  You know it! :)


Thank YOU for reading.
I love and appreciate you all...and I always have. 

May you each be blessed through all of your own life transitions.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

PART TWO: Celebrating Easter Sunday 2015 with feast and friends

This is PART TWO of a two part blog post.  See here for PART ONE.

Last week, I shared our Easter home and early Sunday morning holiday celebration.  In the afternoon, we had company over for a celebratory feast.  It's a holiday!

Party appetizers...

Carrots of course

I even found bitty bunny crackers!
Homemade salted caramel cookies,
pastel marshmallows
and cheese.

Spring veggies!
Chilled mint pea soup from one of my favorite cookbooks, 

Fresh-made citrus punch...

Chris was in charge of hiding 55 real eggs and 40 plastic ones 
(including some special money-filled eggs!)

Hey babe, 
Would you hold this pretty basket for a **quick** picture before you hide these?
pretty please and thank you
love you


We love these two!

Battling it out...

Wait a second, we're supposed to be on a mad egg hunt 
but Kathy found some sunshine instead.

Marc looks happy about this hunt.

After our hunt, we finished up dinner prepping.

Our Easter Menu:

Roasted Turkey
Candied Carrots
Garlic Roasted Asparagus
Cucumber, Avocado, and Dill Spinach Salad
Homemade Rolls
Grape Salad
Fresh Citrus Punch

Chilled Mint Pea Soup
Assorted Cheese and Veggie Tray

Assorted Homemade Cheesecakes
Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Three layers of goodness 

Dish up!

My favorites

To see more of our Easter table, check here!

We so enjoyed spending our moments with these amazing friends!  Thanks to each of you for the special part you play in our lives.

Spring's new promises give us so much to appreciate. 
Easter is a celebration of LIFE.


This is PART TWO of a two part blog post.  See here for PART ONE.

Moore Easter:

Easter at Palisade Winery

Family Easter in Colorado outdoors

Kid's EGG-ercise workout

Pushing the doors wide open to springtime celebrating

Flying Kites on Easter Sunday

Pink Tulip Easter Table

Feather Nest Easter Table

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

PART ONE: EASTER morning, EASTER home decor, and EASTER spring table setting

Oh Easter...

 Spring's season replaces the heavy winter blanket with light and airy mists of color. Our earth sings with new scents and fresh growth.

Our home had its window's wide open to the newness of spring.

Before Easter, I worked on a SheReadsTruth Bible study throughout the lenten season.

As someone who has never practiced lent, I am fasciated by this ritual of withholding and restricting until Easter Sunday when we embrace and indulge in all of God's goodness.

Message board reminders...

Our family doing that holiday thing on a Friday night.

Almost Easter!

In our house, the boys leave empty Easter baskets on the front porch on the night before Easter.  The bunny fills them up early in the morning, eats a carrot or two, knocks loudly on the door and hops off.  When the boys hear the knock, they run to the front door to grab their filled baskets.

Some basket treasures:

all over the house for a giant hunt in the morning.

Our house is literally dotted with color on Sunday morning.

The boys LOVE the jelly bean hunt! 
 After collecting handfuls and handfuls, 
they decided to launch jelly beans while I cooked dinner.

He's the cutest teenager.


Our yard is decorated with giant eggs for the holiday! 

We had company coming over later in the day for an Easter feast 
so I set our table fresh and pretty for the celebration. 

The potted tulips were given as gifts after dinner was over.
You know I always like to combine gifts and decor in one pretty package! ;)

Ready for Sunday dinner!

This is a two part blog post.  
Check back soon for our big egg hunt,
 fun with friends, and Easter feast!

May the windows of your home let in all the light and beauty 
of spring's new promises.

Moore Easter home and decor:

Pastel Affection

Pushing the doors wide open to springtime celebrating

A tisket a tasket Easter home decor

Flying Kites on Easter Sunday

Pink Tulip Easter Table

Feather Nest Easter Table

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