Monday, November 26, 2012

For Sarah & Brooke

This is a picture of my cousins holding me as a baby. The older one with dark curly hair is my beautiful and sweet cousin Sarah. Just like this picture she has been this wonderful her whole life. Shining light and kindness to all. Always with a smile. I love this wonderful woman.

This last week my cousin’s 18 month old daughter, Brooke, passed away. She aspirated a bean and suffered brain damage. It was a week of faith and many prayers but in the end our prayers turned from those of healing Brooke, to comforting and supporting Sarah and her family. With Brooke’s passing they were able to donate her organs to several families.

Sweet Brooke.

You can read about it in Sarah’s own tender words here. I don’t know how to thank Sarah for opening up during this time and sharing her thoughts and feelings and asking for prayers. It has truly changed me.

I don’t have words to describe all my feelings. But I do believe in an afterlife, I do believe in heaven and I believe Sarah and her husband will see their sweet Brooke again. I do believe prayer is a powerful communication to our maker and God and he does listen to us and loves us. I do believe that it is through all the prayers and faith of Sarah and her husband’s friends and family that they were able to feel peace and comfort. But I also know there are many more hard days ahead so I ask that you pray for them now and keep them in your prayers that they may continue to feel peace.

We are all friends and family. Your sorrow is my sorrow, your grief is my grief, your joy is my joy, and I will rejoice with you in your rejoicing.

If you would like to purchase any of these 4 picture/quotes, I made, through my etsy shop, I will donate all the money to my cousin’s fund to help pay for the medical and funeral costs. (It is a JPEG file that I will e-mail to you directly that you can print however you like). Click here and it will direct you to my etsy shop. On her blog it also shows how to donate directly to them. 

This quote is so precious to me.

Last night our 5 year old little boy was saying his prayers and he said, "and please bless we sleep good, and please bless Brooke, and please help us not hit people . . ." After the prayer I said, "I thought I told you, Brook passed away, she is in heaven now." He gave me this weird look and said, "I know." It never occurred to him that just because she passed away that we should stop praying for her. I think in our home we will still pray for Brooke in heaven for quite some time. 

Here are Sarah’s words
Brooke's time on earth is at an end. She has had an amazing and joyful life. I have often wondered how God could bear to let her come down here, and I guess He knew that it would only be a short while. She has done what she needed to here on earth. She has made me a mother, and Darren a father. She has knit us so very close together. She has brought joy to everyone who has seen her. She has received her perfect, darling, chubby little body. She has lived every precious moment of her life to the fullest.

I hope that everyone who has hoped and prayed for our sweet little Brooke can feel some measure of the peace and grace we feel now. I know it is because of your powerful prayers and the mercy of God. Today I have felt light and happy. Never in a million years would I have ever thought that I would use those words to describe my heart on a day like today. But I have. I have felt lifted and floated. I have felt very close to the veil, and received wonderful spiritual impressions of the joy, beauty and love in the place where Brooke is now. We feel that her spirit has left her body, and that she is in the arms of our loving Savior, and with family that loves and cherishes her.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Clothespin Turkey

UPDATE: This little Clothespin Turkey has become quite popular, especially on pinterest. I have had quite a few people e-mail me having trouble downloading the printable. This post has actual links where you can download. You are also always welcome to e-mail and I can send you the printable. Thanks!

Are you looking for a Thanksgiving activity? Look no further my friends. A Clothespin Turkey will solve almost any problem. Except cooking that darn turkey, something I have avoided and will continue to avoid until I die. 

-some cute kids
-markers or crayons
-glue stick 

-Color your turkey.
-You could even write what you are thankful for on the feathers.
-Cut turkey, feathers and legs out.
-Glue the feathers to the back.
-Glue the legs to the clothespin. They do stick, just hold the legs on to the pin for a few extra seconds. 

And wa-la!

And then make your turkey do the turkey trot!

Here is your free printable. 
Click on the picture and save to your computer. 

Here is a video of some exceptionally cute kids demonstrating how to make a clothespin giraffe, same idea as a clothespin turkey. 

Also here is a silly coloring page. That poor turkey looks so scared. 

Click here to see my blog post where I showed how to make this fun and super easy fruit turkey!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Baby Nursery Room - Animals

Our sweet baby girl, and third child, was born a few weeks ago. I wanted her room to be decorated in giraffes but once I started drawing animals I couldn't stop. I guess her room is now a safari/zoo theme. 

When I was looking for quotes to put with the animal doodles I found this one from Winnie the Pooh. It was perfect. 

"Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."

When I held my baby for the first time I was overwhelmed with how small and perfect she was. Every detail was there, only in miniature size. From the fuzz on her ears, to the creases in the hands and feet. 

Truly, how can something so small take up the most room in your heart?

If you like any of these pictures I have them available on my etsy shop

I also stumbled upon this quote from Charles Dickens, 

"It is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us." 

I never feel closer to Heaven than when I hold a new baby.

I adore these hippos. 
Earlier this year our little family went to the San Diego zoo. Every exhibit was swarming with people except the hippos because they were hiding. We were preparing to leave when all of a sudden the hippo stood up from behind some bushes and headed to the pool. Then a little baby popped up too and followed the mama hippo into the pool. To watch the massive hippo nudge her baby along in the water was just awesome. Seriously the best part of our visit. 

I love these zebras with the yellow. I didn't know what phrase to use but I ended up with "my little one" because it's what I call my children.
"Come here little one," "Put on your shoes little one," etc.

I love flamingos but I'm not sure about these ones yet, I might need to work on them some more. 
Don't mind my awesomely horrible paint job on the frames. My yellow spray paint didn't want to stick to my cheap plastic frames

The wall arrangement. The walls are a light sage color, but they look puke color here. :)
I'm not sure how big I can print the pictures and keep the quality. I would like them blown up big on canvas. 

Here is our sweet baby girl.

Brother and sister were a little nervous as first but now they think she is the best toy ever. 

She has already changed so much in a few weeks. She can now focus and gives the best smiles that make her whole body wiggle. 
Thank you sweet little one for entering our lives and making us beam with ridiculous pride.  

I've been thinking of turning these animals into puppets. Comment below if your child/children would like these animals as puppets?