Chalkboard Designs

8.27.2014

I've added something new to my Etsy shop...personalized chalkboard designs!  I've only listed a few for first day of school photos.  I was making one for Madelyn and thought why not put them on Etsy :)

In the near future I'm hoping to add birthday invitations, nursery decor, home decor, holiday decor and Christmas cards.  All of them personalized!

If you're interested in a first day of school chalkboard sign, let me know!  I'll be glad to make one for you.  You can keep it black and white or add colors.  I have a color chart on my Etsy Shop to choose from.  You can also add characters or any other info you'd like.  Some people like to put favorite things, favorite sayings, etc.  You can choose pretty much any size you'd like (standards are 5x7 and 8x10).  Once you download the JPEG file, you can print it on your home computer or at any retail location (Costco, Walgreens, Walmart)  Here's the link to my Etsy Shop:








If you want a sign, but not chalkboard, here are a few other choices:





I'll let y'all know when I have more designs up!

Asthma Update & Other Ramblings

8.21.2014

*disclaimer-I was planning on this just being an update on Theo's asthma, but turned into more than that.  This is my way of "documenting" what happens in our family.  It probably seems like rambling, but I LOVE looking back at posts from several years ago seeing what we were doing.  Ok, that's it.  Happy reading.

Many of you have been asking how Theo is doing with his asthma.  We went to an asthma specialist about a month ago.  They did a bunch of tests and then decided to have him try Flovent.  It's a light steroid he uses everyday and is taken through his inhaler.  The only side effect we've seen so far is it makes him a tiny bit hyper, BUT he hasn't been to the ER since we've started it.  PTL!!  We go back next month for a follow up visit.  So glad my little boy is feeling better.  Please continue praying for him and that he stays healthy.

While I'm at it, I'll do a summer update.  It's gone by way too fast!  It started with Tim overseas for a couple weeks then my parents up for a visit.  Tim and I headed to Chelan for a week at the end of June, without kids, and it was fantastic.  We missed our precious babies, but it was nice to get away for awhile.  It's been pretty and warm here most days...about 70-80 degrees...and I've really enjoyed it.  We've spent a lot of time outside playing in the backyard, in the pool or at a park nearby.  VBS was in the middle of July.  I was able to teach for part of the week then had to work at school the other part.  It was fun seeing all age kids in the classroom.



Most of the summer was also consumed trying to get the Music Academy up and running.  The week of VBS, I told my boss about the academy and that I'd be leaving at the end of August.  Like I mentioned in my last post, it's bittersweet leaving a job I've been at for awhile, but am excited about this next chapter with the academy and where the Lord's leading.

We put the kids in soccer this summer; just once a week.  They could be on the same "team" this time around...so we didn't have to go to separate practices!  They didn't play any games; just learned the ropes.  Theo loved it.  He's pretty good at dribbling (kicking) the ball.  Madelyn was pretty impartial.  Some weeks she got into it, others she just wanted to play on the playground close by.


Madelyn moved up to a twin bed!  She loves it and feels like such a big girl.  We found one on craigslist for a steal.  I'm teaching her to make her bed in the morning.  She always lines her animals up by her pillows when she does it.  My cutie.  She starts preschool in a couple weeks and dance as well.  I always tell her she can't grow up.  Then she repeats "but mommy, I have to grow up so I can get bigger".  She's VERY excited about preschool.  She's my social, chatty little girl.


Theo is started to talk more and repeat what we say.  His favorite is "VBS!!".  He'll say it over and over and over thinking he's so funny.  He now calls his little doggie he sleeps with "ruff ruff"...and every other dog he sees now has that same name.  Except he does call our puppies by their names.  He loves messing with them too.  Daisy takes it; Sadie..not so much.  He copies everything you do...especially everything his sister does.  She knows it too.  She'll do certain things on purpose...like blow bubbles in her milk cup.  I think so she's not the only one who gets in trouble!  Oh, these 2 certainly keep me on my toes!

Ok.  I think that's it for now.  Here are some more pictures for ya...




Music Academy

8.14.2014

For the past several years, Tim and I have been praying and thinking about starting a music school at our church.  Our heart behind this is to develop future music leaders and reach our community.  We both enjoy teaching lessons and have many talented musicians at our church that can be involved as well.  Since the beginning of this year, we've been discussing it with the church and figuring out how to make it happen.  I'm excited that we've worked it all out and announced it to the church last Sunday!

For those of you who are interested in signing up or signing your kids up, all the info is on the church website (www.ebc-edmonds.org/musicacademy) or you can always contact me! 

This means I'm leaving my job at the school I've been at for the past 6 years.  It's bittersweet.  I've really enjoyed being there and love the people I work with.  I've made one of my best friends and am sad I won't be able to see her as much.  My boss was kind enough to let me work part time after Madelyn was born and I got to pick my own days/hours.  Most bosses wouldn't normally do that; I'm extremely grateful.
However, one thing I definitely will not miss is getting up at 5:45am! 

Thank you to all who have helped us during this process.  I appreciate each one of you! 

Please pray for us as we start this journey and for those we teach and step into our building.




Madelyn-Ephesians 4:32

8.13.2014

Ephesians 4:32


"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."


NATP Take 1

8.01.2014

We had our first "Night at the Park" this past weekend.  It's where our church meets outside our church walls at a park nearby.  We serve free food, have live music, play games, fellowship with those we know and reach out to those we don't.  Tim and I were able to serve on the praise team and I love it!  Our kids were entertained by the music and ate for about half the time! :)  Thanks to those who watched our babies.

We have another one at the beginning of September.  Definitely looking forward to it.

And for some pictures...