Friday, April 26, 2013

Baby "Owlet" Shower

Today I was blessed to help out at a baby shower for a friend at school.  I coordinated some games, prizes and party favors.

These cute little guys were cut using this pattern from the Silhouette Online Store to adorn the tables holding treats.  

A simple pink paper "booklet" was the source for our games.  Included in the booklet were a literature game and spelling game.  

Spelling Game:
Using the letters from mom and dad's name, guests had to see how many names they could create in three minutes.  The winners of the various categories (most names, longest name, most interesting name, etc) won either a BabyRuth candy bar or a bookmark. 

Literature Game:
I found this great idea for a shower game to figure out the titles of children's books. 

Prizes for the literature game were this cute little owl holding a Barnes & Noble gift card and mini composition books bundled up with a pen and bookmark. 


It was a fun celebration as we all eagerly await the birth of a sweet baby girl. 

Check out my pinterest board here for more owl baby shower ideas. 

Friday, April 19, 2013


I love this passage of scripture, but it always makes me stop and think. 

Love is patient. 

Patience is not one of my best qualities! I desire to be characterized by love. I want others to see Christ's love in me and in the way I treat others. Thankfully, God is gracious and forgives us and is patient with us! So, with God's help, I'll keep working on this one. 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, 
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013


The current state of my yard:
I keep telling myself it will look like this soon:

I have a simple plan when it comes to my garden.... 
Cover up the dirt with plants that are easy to take care of. 

Ok, back to the current state of the yard:
This is Lamb's Ear.  
My neighbor gave me some from her yard last year, and I planted it in various places. It definitely likes full sun, but does ok in part shade. (You can barely see it by the whiskey barrel in last year's picture.)  It is getting huge! I love the color, texture and shape of the leaf.  Did I mention it was free? My favorite kind of plant. 
We have four different colored lilacs on our property.  These always amaze me.  I don't really know how to care for them, but even when I neglect them, they are faithful to bloom.  Just like God's faithfulness to us.   

I just love when flowers/plants peak out between rocks like the alyssum and ornamental strawberry below.  

Oops! A weed. It won't be there for much longer. 

We weren't too successful with our sunflowers and pumpkins last year.  Hopefully this year they will do better. These little guys just peaked out of the soil in the last day or two.
I just love the little sunflower seed that is about to fall off of that new leaf.  

I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.
I will sing your praises among the nations.
For your unfailing love is higher than the heavens.
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.
May your glory shine over all the earth. 

Psalm 108:3-5

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