Tinker Crate Fun

Ben scoured an amazing deal on Tinker Crate which we gifted to the boys for Christmas. It was just two boxes, but it ended up totaling $8 and we were given a bonus Doodle Crate.

This past week was busy, but the icy weather caused all that activity to come grinding to a halt. Thus the Tinker crate.

This particular crate was all about automatons. The booklet includes a brief history of automatons as well as some extras so that the kids can make little automatons out of the box itself.

Here’s the main project:

How cool is that? I really like how it looks, too. It’s not all bright and plastic-y. It’s as much decoration as it is toy.

Ben said the directions were really well done and everything was sturdy and well-made. It wasn’t hard to put together.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the next crate holds!

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Another Winter Ice Storm

This winter is certainly keeping us on our toes. We had several very warm days – 70 degrees –  and now this! Needless to say, everything everywhere was cancelled. The last ice storm caught us all by surprise. Cars slid off the road into ditches. Children were trapped for hours on buses or at school. Routes that normal only took 20 minutes took people hours upon hours to travel. A friend said that her 30-minute commute took her 8 hours and her unlucky husband 12. And he had three small children with him.

So, this time, everyone erred  on the side of caution. It’s just not worth the risk.

The upside is that there’s always beauty to be found for those who are looking for it. I thought it was amazing to walk outside and see every branch, rock, and blade of grass encased in ice. Stunning!

Barberry

Charred Log

Queen Anne’s Lace

Mushrooms on log

Rosebush

Thistle

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First Snow Day of 2017

Today we woke up to snow blanketing the trees and ground. It was only a few inches, but it was perfect.

Winter from our back door

Winter from our back door

winter-icicles

Explorers

Explorers

winter-fuzzy-foliage winter-ice-on-rock-cliff winter-foliage

winter-icicles-and-cave winter-lantern winter-more-foliage winter-sky winter-stream

The creek that cuts across the back of our property isn’t much, but it does look neat in winter. We get just enough water for it to be creek-like and the icicles can’t be beat!

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Captain Fantastic

I’ve been wanting to watch Captain Fantastic since I first viewed the trailer.

It features a homeschooling family that lives out in the wilderness. Instead of video games and tv, the kids spend their days gardening, hunting, rock climbing, playing music, and reading literature. When they do travel it’s done in style: a converted school bus named Steve.

There were things to like about this movie. For instance, I love how the dad tells his kids the truth about things. He’s frank and honest with them even when it makes the viewers squirm.

I like how the kids hunt and know how to field dress a deer and yet they are non-violent. Meanwhile, their cousins are the typical suburban-raised kids who would be appalled at the blood and gore of hunting, dressing, and preparing their own food, but spend hours playing violent video games.  It’s the juxtaposition of those types of things that really stood out to me in the movie and I loved it.

The downside: the hippie kids are very liberal. At one point, in a letter from the mom, she praises how they are raising their little “philosopher kings” and their “republic.” Both of these things refer to Plato’s Republic and if you’ve never read it it’s DISGUSTING. (Every dictator the world has ever seen can trace their thought process back to the Republic. It reads like every dystopian book you’ve ever read.) I’m no friend of government, but it kills me when people bash the government we have in favor of socialist regimes. (I mean, have you ever read a history book. Those types of governments never end well and are pure hell for all but the reigning elite who are running things.) But I digress.

Homeschooling. The oldest son applies and gets into every top university in the country. And yet throughout the entire movie everyone tells the dad that obviously the kids NEED to be in “real” school. Even though the kids are more well-read than most college-educated adults. Even though the 8-year-old schools her older cousins on the Bill of Rights. So at the end of the movie, you see the dad packing lunches and reminding the kids that the bus will be arriving in 15 minutes. Sigh.

(This, to me, points out the fact that so many people dislike homeschooling simply because it’s “weird.” They will try to cover those feelings with concerns about socializing and education, but in the end I honestly believe most people think kids should be in school because it’s normal and anything outside of normal makes them squirm.)

Mental health. Argh. This ticked me off. So, the background is that the mom was bi-polar. She ended up going back home at some point so she could get medical treatment. While there, she slit her wrists and killed herself. And yet, throughout the movie, everyone blames the dad (and he ends up blaming himself) for her mental illness persisting. He comes to the conclusion that it was their hippie lifestyle and lack of “real” medical treatment that lead the mom to kill herself. He, and everyone else, believe that she would have survived and thrived if she’d only received medical treatment sooner.

Ooookay. I call bull. This sounded like a last-ditch-effort of Big Pharma shills to push an untrue narrative. Research is showing that mental illness is not some mystery illness. It is directly connected to our gut. That means that our diet and lifestyle directly effect our mental health. When the gut is damaged, the body isn’t able to produce serotonin or maintain healthy levels. We know that drugs aren’t a good fix for most people with “chemical imbalances” and themselves often lead people to commit suicide. Plus, it was in the care of “real doctors” that she finally succeeded in killing herself…sooo.

Plus, really, really, who in their right minds would argue that being back in “the real world” is somehow less stressful that a peaceful farm in the middle of nowhere?! What in the heck. Our modern society is one of the most stressed societies anywhere ever. What a ridiculous notion.

In the end, this film felt like it was written by someone who had no insight to anything remotely alternative. It was the perspective of so many flat-thinking people and what they imagine a homeschooling, living-off-the-grid type of family to be.

The disappointment is my own, though. I shouldn’t have expected so much of a hollywood film. I should have watched it for it’s own sake and not gone into it with my own expectations. While I’m glad to have finally seen it, I probably won’t ever see it again and I’m not sure I’d really recommend it.

I do, however, now want a schoolbus named Steve.

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2016 Year in Review

1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?  We took another epic vacation. Yellowstone, the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore and more. On a much smaller scale, the boys and I joined a homeschool coop. I’d looked into various coops in the past and just felt like it wasn’t a good fit for us, but this one is new and it’s only 15 minutes way so we decided to give it a go. The jury is still out on whether we’ll sign up again next year, but it’s definitely been a change.

2. Did you keep your New Years resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I always resolve to try and eat healthier and exercise more. And I do a little bit better every year. (Same old, same old)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My sister gave birth to my nephew, Grant. He’s so handsome!

4. Did anyone close to you die? No. Thank goodness. We didn’t attend a single funeral or wake this year.

5. What countries did you visit? Just more of the U.S.

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016? Better health and more confidence!

7. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Our vacation included the best moments. Faces of Presidents etched in stone, donkeys begging for treats outside our car window, dramatic clouds hovering over the badlands, a never-ending hike to a gorgeous waterfall, the world’s biggest jackalope, alien landscapes of sulfur and heat-loving bacteria in a riot of color, and the best pancake breakfast ever.

The worst moment is private, but was heart-wrenching and will be seared on my mind forever.

8. What was your biggest contribution of the year? My biggest contribution was in loving well, learning, growing, and finding my voice.

9. What was your biggest failure? I’d so wanted to really master…something. Photoshop, Illustrator, LightRoom. Instead it all got away from me as I focused on the mundane things of life.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? This has been my healthiest year yet!! I’m still working on some things; fatigue and weight, but overall I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been.

11. What was the best thing you bought? Soft-as-butter leggings. No, I don’t wear them outside the house.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?I’ve seen Gabe grow a lot this year. He’s always had low muscle tone and it’s something that he’s self-conscious about. He’s been pushing himself, though, and I’m really proud of him. He’s been learning to ride his bike, he learned to tie his shoes. He’s also learned how to stand in front of his peers and give a report. He struggled to find his place and his strength after watching Luke pursue music. I love watching him come into his own.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? This is vague, but…I’m so tired of my intelligent, strong-minded friends and family ignore the vaccine issue. Not everyone is capable of rational thought – I’m well aware of that – but I have so many people in my life who “get it” on a wide range of topics, but they refuse to do their own research when it comes to vaccines and I think it’s a tragedy in so many ways.

14. Where did most of your money go?Paying off a surprise debt.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Again, our vacation. It was just amazing.

16. What song will always remind you of 2016? Anything by Lauren Daigle.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier. I feel like 2017 is full of possibility.
ii. thinner or fatter?Thinner, woot woot!
iii. richer or poorer? Poorer. By a lot. And for no good reason.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Photoshop and photography. Blogging.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?Conforming to other’s ideals.

20. How will you be spending the Winter?Reading. Playing board games, and, by gum, learning Photoshop.

22. Did you fall in love in 2016? Same loves as always. :)

23. What was your favorite month of 2016? August, the month of our vacation.

24. What was your favorite TV program?We actually sort of stopped watching TV. It wasn’t planned, we just kept finding other things to do in the evening. We’ve also been annoyed at the lack of truly good programming.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Nope. Not a hater, such a waste of time.

26. What was the best book you read? Self-help type books include Rising Strong, Making Peace with Your Past, Victory over Darkness, and Boundaries.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? Luke. Brag-gy? Yes. Can’t help it. He’s my little musical genius.

28. What did you want and get? A new blender. We won a Vitamix from our chiropractor. Well, technically Luke won, but he’s letting us have it. 😉

29. What was your favorite film of this year? Finally saw Broken. I LOVED the book and was afraid the movie wouldn’t do it justice, but it was well-done and made me cry.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 36.  Ben surprised me with a squatty potty and tickets to see Beauty and the Beast at the Fox. Unfortunately, I got SO sick and we only got to see half the show. The live-action movie is coming out this coming March so we joked that we should try again.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?Staying off of FB. Giving up TV freed up a lot more time and I know I’d “find” more time if I could just dump FB.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015? I’ve made a little bit more effort. I really want to go ahead and create a capsule wardrobe. That’s one of my goals for 2017.

33. What kept you sane? Prayer, journaling, friends.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? None.

35. What political issue stirred you the most? Vaccines. The pressure is intensifying to mandate vaccines across the board.

36. Who did you miss? Chelsea. Acutely. We were supposed to spend a bunch of time together when they came up over Christmas, but she ended up getting strep. Beyond disappointed.

37. Who was the best new person you met? Steffanie, a mom from my St. Louis Holistic Moms group. She lives 5 minutes from me! And she has two boys. I’ve been blessed to meet several SLHMs in real life. The vast majority of them are quite a bit younger and are still in the pregnancy/baby stage of life, but they are all ah-mazing women and I’m grateful to know them.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016: This is difficult because this year has been full of insight and lessons. I could do about 5 different posts. Right now, thinking of the year ahead, I guess the thing that really stands out to me is learning to live authentically. I realized that I’m a HUGE people-pleaser. Like major, major people-pleaser. But it’s something that I’m working to overcome and I’ve already seen progress. Anyway, right on the heels of that discovery, it hit home to me that if I want to start living the life that I’m meant to live and do the things that are important to me I have to do things that are going to disappoint people. Or don’t do things that others feel are important.  Or even just letting go of things that people maybe think are weird or over-the-top (like giving up TV).

For example, we’re trying to pay off debt. There are so many things we’ve had to say no to. And yet we’re planning our yearly vacation. I’m sure there are a lot of people who will be miffed that we said no to xyz and yet have the audacity to go on a 2 week vacation. Too damn bad. #noimnotgoingtoapologize

39. Best quote of the year? “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” – Pema Chodron

I’ve been looking for a way to help others for a long time. I’ve had a strong desire to get a degree in counseling, but the money and time made it clear that that’s not an option right now.

I started looking at other avenues and was excited about an opportunity to be trained as a peer counselor. I had to take the class Making Peace with Your Past as a prerequisite. A friend offered to facilitate the class for myself and 2 other ladies. It was amazing. When it came time to take the peer counseling class I was informed that I wasn’t eligible because I hadn’t taken MPWYP with the organization offering the peer counseling classes. I was so frustrated. It was just another brick wall.

But God started working in my heart and as he revealed my strong people-pleasing and perfectionist issues he gently reminded me that small is okay, too. Things don’t always have to be big to make an impact.

I slowly began to realize that I don’t have to be perfect and I don’t have to have all the answers to be able to reach out and help others. I began to see that when I leaned on him and acted as a conduit of his truth and compassion that he could do big things through me.

So, despite all my misgivings (“I don’t have a degree,” “I’m not perfect,” “I don’t have all the answers”) I’m taking small group leader training at my church and then I’ll facilitate the Making Peace with Your Past class for other women who have grown up in dysfunctional families. That’s the plan anyway.

So, 2016, it’s been real. 2017, I’m looking forward to everything you have in store. Bring it on!

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Christmas in 2016

This was the most relaxed Christmas we’ve ever had and I’m sad that it’s coming to an end.

Because we hosted Tim’s 40th, I wanted to get as much Christmas stuff done early so that I wouldn’t be stressed trying to cram it all in mid-December.

We did a good job of sticking to the Something you Want, Something you Need, Something to Wear, and Something to Read with the boys.

Luke:

Something you Want gift: Signed Rob Scalon LP and Rocksmith

Something you Need gift: Headphones (he’s been stealing mine all year)

Something to Wear: Sushi rock band t-shirt

Something to Read: Mysterious Benedict Society book set

Stocking: guitar picks, mints, Good Mythical Morning sock hat

Gabe:

Something you Want: A bucket of plain Legos. He’s been building more structures and wanted just regular bricks.

Something you Need: a super fluffy blue blanket (I have the same one in green and he’s been stealing it from me)

Something to Wear: a shirt that looks like a penguin

Something to Read: Minecraft book set

Stocking: clear glue (for making slime), Good Mythical Morning posters, rubber shoe lace thingies to replace his laces, penguin coffee mug.

For a family gift we purchased season passes to Six Flags and we also got them an educational gift of 3 Tinker Crates (total $8).

All that to say, we stuck with the plan and were able to order everything early on. As things came in I wrapped them right away and put them under the tree. Easy-peasy.

We simplified gift giving to others, too. We bought for our parents, nieces, and nephews. No grandparents and no neighbors this year. Oh and I bought a couple things for the bestie, but she’s worth it!

It really helped cut down on the agony of finding, buying, and wrapping all those gifts.

Bonus? We were able to donate a tidy sum to our church’s outreach. They did a big offering with 100% of the proceeds to go right into the hands of 4 carefully-chosen organizations that are all amazing. This felt like the right thing to do. Christmas is Jesus’ birthday – not ours.

Now some things we can’t take credit for: one family get-together was rescheduled due to some crazy ice storm. Another family get-together was cancelled because too many people were sick. I myself felt under the weather for several days. I was able to use my hippie powers to keep from getting sick-sick and no one else in the family caught what I had, but it was enough to keep us pretty well homebound.

Ben is taking the week off between Christmas and New Year and we’ve done a lot of reading, moving watching, etc. It’s been the best thing ever and I know that we can’t expect this to be a yearly thing, but it’s been wonderful and I know I’ll look back on it fondly.

On the 23rd, Chelsea and Nate come over, ate dinner with us, and then rode along with us to Six Flags. We were only there an hour, but the lights were beautiful! We had such a nice time.

On Christmas Eve we attended church and then had dinner, opened gifts, and played games over at Karen’s.

Christmas Day was glorious! We opened gifts and then had a yummy breakfast. I made the gingerbread waffles from Against All Grain’s website. We played board games over at Karen’s for a bit and then had a turkey dinner at home.

The rest of this week has been very chill. I did two weeks worth of grocery shopping right before Christmas so that I wouldn’t have to cut into my stretchy-pants wearing time too much. We did got out to see Rogue One and a couple of films at the Science Center (I promise I wore real pants).

We have just two days left before the real world begins again. I think I’ll be ready for it. Ready-ish. Ready enough. Eh, I’ll make do somehow.

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Light Painting

How do you survive an entire weekend indoors? If you’re us, easily!

I know so many people hate winter and cold and ice and snow, but I really don’t mind. I don’t like the stress of driving in crummy weather, but I’m perfectly content to settle down for days at a time.

Friday afternoon I happened to be emptying the water from the vacuum and saw Tim pull in next door and proceed to slide down the driveway and into the yard. Then Ben came driving by…slowwwwwwly. He crept down the road and into the driveway. I had no idea what was going on until I peeked out the door and saw them talking out back and the whole driveway was a sheet of ice.

Poor Karen had to drive home during the worst of it but she went slow and was fine, thank goodness. We saw many people struggle to get up the hill in front of our house. I am amazed that our mailbox is still intact and noone had to camp out in our front yard.

By Saturday morning the road were fine so I volunteered at the thrift store like usual. Ben and the boys helped assemble prisoner gift bags next door. Luke was able to get to music and then home before it started to get bad again. We got rain and then freezing temps so we were back to ice.  Christmas at my dad’s was cancelled so we stayed in and watched Elf and Winter Soldier.

Church was cancelled on Sunday. Luke came up with the idea of light painting. We had to guess what was “painted.”

Gingerbread Man

Gingerbread Man

Joy

Joy

Squiggle

Squiggle

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

 

We watched a ton of movies. Star Wars Episode 2, Winter Soldier, Elf, Storks, Jason Bourne (that was Ben and I). Read a lot of books, did some crafts, and just rested. It was so nice.

Rest is one of the things I like most about winter. In Spring, Summer, and Fall, there’s hardly a good reason to stay inside and just rest. Winter gives us the opportunity to do just that. And this introvert couldn’t be more pleased.

 

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Homeschooling in December

Random homeschooling notes.

We put together a cheapy science kit early in the month.

weather-vane

It has a thermometer, rain gauge, weather vane and barometer. Oh, and compass. It was easy to assemble and while it probably won’t last long, but even a year or even a season would suffice for most homeschoolers. My boys are a bit old for it, but I can see little ones really enjoying this set.

Ben’s been teaching the boys about computers this year. Every Monday, while I’m at Bible study, they settle in for class. Hardware, software, etc. Ben pulled together a bunch of parts and has been teaching them about all the components and how they function and work together. I can’t believe I actually had looked around trying to find a program or book to teach them all of this! What was I thinking?

 

Computer class is in session.

Computer class is in session.

 

A FB friend is always doing cool outdoorsy things with her kids and it really inspired me. She added me to the Wilder Child group and I’ve been spending time on there and the website.  A lot of the activities are geared toward younger children but some things have worked for us and it encourages us to get outside more. We’ve done a lot of fire-building because the boys are always willing to go outside for that, but we’ve also found neat rocks and twigs, and cool seeds and berries.

Yellow berry

Yellow berry

Burrs

Burrs

Fluff

Fluff

Red Berries

Red Berries

Thistle

Thistle

Finally, I bit the bullet and payed the $50 to join the St. Louis library system. I love our little library, but it’s so very limited. I got along grudgingly, but the boys really started putting up a stink. They get so into different series and then have to wait months upon months for the next book to become available. It’s really frustrating for them. So we signed up and it’s SO fancy! Why did I wait so long?

How cute is this card?

How cute is this card?

 

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Thrift Store Scores: Christmas Edition

My mom and I hit a couple of thrift stores the other day and I came home with several exciting (to me) things.

First off, was this gingerbread sweatshirt. For me. It was 25 cents.

Gingy Sweatshirt

Gingy Sweatshirt

Then I found 2 coats for Luke.

Blue coat

Blue coat

Brown coat

Brown coat

I found the brown coat first, for $1. I picked it up because even though I knew he wouldn’t be excited about it, it was a coat and would keep him warm. Toward the back of the store I ended up finding the blue coat. The blue coat was size 14/16 so I went ahead and grabbed it, too, because I figured for $3 why not? Turns out the blue coat is only a little big on him and now he has a more rugged play coat to boot.

These were my best finds of the day because I didn’t realize until about a week ago that Luke didn’t have a coat! We had such nice weather for so long that he’s been wearing hoodies and sweatshirts. Once it turned cold we remembered that we’d gotten rid of his coat because the zipper was broken. An unexpected $50 purchase is never a fun thing. But $4? I can handle that! Thank you, Lord!

I also picked up this ugly sweater:

ugly-sweater-ben

Luke’s music school is hosting a Christmas party and there’s an ugly sweater contest. I picked this one up for 25 cents. Ben borrowed it for his work Christmas party (he’s the one in the red Santa hat, 4th from the left). I didn’t notice until I got home that it’s missing a button, but that just adds to the ugliness.

I picked up two of these cute Christmas village houses to repaint.

house-church house-home

I’ll do them in silver and white to match my silver and white decor.

 

And, finally, this little guy:

tree-scraggle

I haven’t decided what I’ll do with him, yet, but he was only 15 cents so I’ll decorate him and welcome him to my Christmas tree collection. I’m thinking some flocking might be in order. And some sparkles.

Overall today I spent a whopping $9. $4 of that was credit from volunteering at Peace by Piece so only $5 was out of pocket!

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Mid December

This is where it gets good.

The beginning of December was a flurry of activity. I planned and hosted Tim’s 40th birthday party amidst all of the usual holiday activity. After getting the tree we put it up. Then we hauled up all the tubs of Christmas decor and spread holiday cheer around the house.

We decided to place the tree in the “school room.” Usually my desk is in front of the window and the boy’s desks are where my desk is now. We moved the little desk and computer back to the music room and moved my desk in its place. It looks so nice I want to keep it there!

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

I decided to take the extra time to pull all the decorations off of the cabinets and put Christmas decorations up in their place. This meant that decorating took more time, but oy, everything up there was so dusty and desperately needed cleaning.

Here’s my budding tree collection:

One of these things is not like the other...

One of these things is not like the other…

Yes, I took the picture without fixing the crooked tree. #lazy.

On Dec. 1 we took the boys and some friends to the St. Louis Science Center’s Dr. Who-themed First Friday. The girls weren’t into Dr. Who at all, but they were good sports and the kids all had a wonderful time.

dr-who-first-friday

Dec. 4th found us at Paul and Amanda’s. They have an awesome VR set that the boys can’t get enough of. I played, too, this time and it was SO fun! I can see how it could be addicting!

While walking up their driveway I saw the trashcan shift and went over to inspect. This is what greeted me:

Well hello there!

Well hello there!

It was SO CUTE!!! Oh my word. It was the most adorable thing. We watched, from inside, as he waddled across the street to the neighbor’s driveway. It was hilarious. The owner was outside, car hatch open, loading things into the car and going back and forth between the vehicle and the house. That chunky little raccoon moseyed right up the driveway and into the garage. Ben ran out to give her the alert and we saw the trash panda scuttle away and up the street. I wanted to take him home.

I spent the next week cleaning around the house, party planning, decorating, and errands. On the 8th I was cleaning the front of the fridge and I noticed some tickets. I’m glad I really looked at them because they were for a show that I’d completely forgotten about!

So, on Dec. 9th, Ben and I attended an Ambassadors of Harmony show.

aoh

We were so impressed and I kept wishing the boys could be there with us because it was an amazing experience. Not only were their vocals astounding, but their love of God really shined through every word. I’m so glad we got to see that show.

Tim’s 40th birthday party was on Dec. 10th. We had around 22 people here. The whole day was a flurry of activity. Ben and the boys helped a ton. We did a “favorite things” party. Legos, superheros, Dr. Who, cats, photography, board games, Simpsons, Star Wars…It was like every 10-year-old boy’s birthday party thrown together in one.

We made a donut cake, Mt. Dew ice cream, and sliders. Karen made a big pot of soup. Various friends brought oatmeal cream pies, covered pretzels, M&Ms, corn chips and hummus. People stayed late and we just talked and talked. Such a good time.

On the 13th and 14th my mom came up to hang out. She had two days off. She works 3rd shift so it’s hard to spend time with her. We did crafty stuff on Tuesday and thrift store hopping on Wednesday. It was really nice to spend time with her. We always have a good time.

Also, on the 13th, I met up with the bestie to chat over coffee and exchange gifts. I hate that we don’t see each other as often as I’d like. I got lazy because we were seeing each other every Wednesday at coop. Anyway, she gave me a whole box of cute, crafty things including some washi tape! I see a new obsession in my future. I’ve already washi-ed several things.

On the evening of the 14th was the last meeting of the women’s Bible study I’ve been participating in. I’ve really, really enjoyed it and feel like I could write a whole post just on what we studied and learned. The interesting thing is that I ended up not learning much from the study itself, but the study prompted me to dig further and figure out some things. It was a book about Biblical marriage. I was disappointed with a lot of what the author was saying because her examples were poorly supported by Scripture. She cherry-picked verses from the Bible, ignore context, etc. This had me digging into the Bible on my own and discovering some surprising things. It forced me to think more about women’s roles in society, church, and marriage. It’s been quite a journey.

This weekend will be busy again, but it’s a good kind of busy. I’m so looking forward to these next couple of weeks. #itsthemostwonderfultimeoftheyear.

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