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…'cause duct tape fixes everything!

Spring Has Arrived April 26, 2013

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Last week, working on the front, the trees were barely budding.  On Wednesday, I stayed inside because it was so cold, it was like all nature exploded.   When I opened the curtain on Thursday morning, I was greeted by my 2 front trees in full leaf.   I was surprised to see all the leaves out, and it made my heart sing.

This morning, I looked out my kitchen window and reveled in God’s  creation.

The view from our back yard.

The view from our back yard.

While the house will always have projects that need to tackled, I can look out our back window and see a green field framed by trees.  It helps me feel like I live closer to the country than I do.  This is one of the biggest reasons we bought the house.  I hope that the property behind us never sells, so I will have my “bit of country”.


Transformation April 15, 2013

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This past week, my parents came to visit.   The week went by too quickly as it tends to do.  It was full, and we kept ourselves busy.  A lot of projects got tackled. I love how I am given the choice of which projects to tackle.  I finally have a ceiling fan in our master bedroom.  Bring on the summer!

The other big project that we set out on was the jungle landscape in the front of our house. It has been a sore spot for me over the past year. When I come in the front, it felt so desperate and most uncared for-which it was.  The ground cover was quite thick and over taking things.


When we first looked at the house, I liked the front.  Once we got it, I started noticing how overgrown it was.  I just didn’t know where to start.  I mowed the ground cover last summer, but that made things look worse. This is what it looked like before we started on it last week.

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After 3 days of sawing, digging with a pick axe, pulling and tugging, we have this:


I am still digging up roots on the right of the house, and almost done with it.  The left of the house will be next.  I am thinking, I’ll do one side of landscaping at a time, but not sure how that will play out. At least I have plenty of mulch! 🙂


Hold on a sec… April 1, 2013

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Will the Real Easter Stand Up? March 31, 2013

Filed under: faith — swedblue @ 3:10 pm

When did Easter become a mini Christmas?  Walking the aisles at any store or pursuing the ads for store, I have been bombarded by outsiders telling me that I need to give gifts lavishly to my kids.  Candy, toys, clothes.   Add on that all the ideas flying around Pinterest, with all the little fancy things to do for Easter.  Have we given into a so non-Christian view of Easter?

This morning during worship time for some of our preschoolers, the leader said that Easter was not about candy, eggs, and gifts.  A little voice perked up in the room, and very definitively said, it was all about those things.  My heart was sad to hear the focus of today more about what we physically get than Jesus rising from the grave.

Guess what.  I did squat. Yep. Squat.  No fun little resurrection buns for breakfast, no package of bunny tails to give to our little friends, no easter baskets, we didn’t even do an egg hunt (the boys did have one with Granni last week).  Dreams of a lovely Easter dinner…do PB&J sandwiches and apples slices count? Actually, we are having ham for supper, would have been lunch-but those planes were dashed to the ground this morning as the ham would not fit into my crockpot.  It works out better for us, as Lil’ Bit falls asleep in the car on the way home from church.  He got his sandwich in the car before he crashed.

Easter Notes

What did I do today?  I took time out of my life to go to church.  To worship with my church family and praise God that Jesus didn’t stay in the grave.  To praise Him that He conquered death.  The tomb is empty.  Our Savior lives.  Isn’t that enough for today?


Wiped clean March 20, 2013

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“Today is always fresh with no mistakes in it yet”- Anne Shirely

Last night I felt I needed to write yesterday’s post.  I know a lot of mommies deal with bad mommy days, and some may feel they are alone.

My spiritual walk is  journey-I am far from perfect-just ask any of my moms (both my mom and my moms-in-law).   I am encouraged by other moms who have gone through the bad mommy moments, and know that I can change.  Last night before going to bed, I read the following:

I speak to you from the depths of your being.  Hear Me saying soothing words of Peace, assuring you of My Love.  Do not listen to the voices of accusation, for they are not from Me.  I speak to you in love-tones, lifting you up.  My Spirit convicts cleanly, without crushing words of shame.  Let the Spirit take charge of your mind, combing out tangles of deception.  Be transformed by the truth that I live in you.

…Holiness is letting Me live through you. Since I dwell in you, you are fully equipped to be holy.  Pause before responding to people or situations, giving my spirit space to act through you.  Hasty words and actions leave no room from Me, this is atheistic living.  I want to inhabit all your moments-gracing your thoughts, words, and behavior.

-Jesus Calling (March 19) by Sarah Young

What challenging words.  Pause before responding…when I feel the end of patience near, I need to calmly put the child in time out, tell him why, then take a time out for me too!


I’m sorry, what? March 19, 2013

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It has been one of those days….

…a bad mommy day.  I admit it.  I don’t know where that thin line was when my patience broke.

oh, wait, maybe it was somewhere between non-existent nap-time for the oldest and the early wake up for youngest.

I became the mom I can’t stand…the yelling mom.  I try so hard not to…but it happened today.


…all over my boys, they experienced ugly mommy.  The worst part? I just finished a Bible study about passing along my faith to my kids.  and how they will see through my example of what faith is. What a great way to end the study.

I want to go find a place where I can curl up. Sit in the darkness, recharge,  be alone and hopefully come out as a better person.   Unfortunately, no place exists here, because one can’t become better when living in a bubble.

Instead, I will climb up  in my Father’s lap and lay my head against His chest.  I will listen to His heart.  I will hear some rebuke, correction, instruction and exhortation.  But most of all, I will come away a better person.

Wednesday morning edit: I followed up  to my thoughts in a new post this morning.


Creative Plates March 12, 2013

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I have seen really creative lunch plates all over Pinterest.  Too much work, I think.  Today, as I was making the boys their pb&j, I had a brain storm.  Pete wanted triangles for his sandwich and Tim-brontosaurus (got it by default, as I am watching a little girl who wanted her sandwich that way).  I cut up and apple and grabbed the Gold Fish crackers.  Here is what I came up with…really simple.



The kids got a kick out of it.