A Mother’s Necklace {Giveaway}

*Update with Winner* Thank you all for entering! I knew you would love rhb designs as much as I do! Congratulations to our random winner, JJ.  

Family ties. 
They bind us. 
(Think positive, happy thoughts).
Seriously, though, when it comes down to it, life is about family bonds. 
And that’s why I love today’s giveaway. 
Rosalynn of rhb designs has created a beautiful Mother’s Necklace, named Family Ties. It is fashioned to contain your children’s names, as well as Mom and Dad’s.

Isn’t it unique? And lovely?

Of her creation, Rosalynn says “The center heart is sterling silver and has a hammered finish, it is also domed.  It has different options– it can include two short names on the bottom, two longer names listed one on top of the other, initials, a date, or can be left blank.  The circle is a 1.25″ sterling silver disc and can fit 30 letters/spaces with the lower case fancy font, or 36 letters/spaces with the uppercase typewriter font.  It comes with a 16″ or 18″ dainty ball chain, cable chains are available upon request.”
The value is $40.

If you’d like to be entered to win this beautiful custom necklace for yourself or for a Mom in your life, please leave a comment and tell Rosalynn what else you like in her darling store, rhb designs!
This giveaway will end on Thursday.

WFMW Reminder

Just a friendly reminder from your WFMW friend….

This week will be Backwards WFMW! 

Present a dilemma to your readers and let them help you come up with a solution!

Now, I’m off to narrow down my list of dilemmas.

That is all.

You are free to roam about the cabin.

Either My Bladder Has Fallen or That was Really Funny

My hubby can say two words and send me into a fit of giggles.

“Brother Davis.”
It’s not so much the words, it’s the way he says it,
In “Sister Lizzie’s” voice.
We met Sister Lizzie during the first two years of our marriage where we worked as Youth Pastors in our first church staff position. 
She was one of the many senior citizens in our church and she loved testimony night. She was married to Charles (we think, it could have been her brother. I’m serious). She would vie for the microphone and once claimed, it wasn’t easily surrendered. 
Two occasions stand out in my memory. She always started off in her unmistakeable voice,
“Brother Davis, I just wanna praise the Lord tonight. I want to thank God because my sister has been stuck in bed at my house. I been trying to help her, but it’s so hard. She’s driving me crazy. I greased up her legs and rubbed them down with Vaseline and she slipped right out of the bed! I just wanna thank the Lord because now she’s in the hospital and she’s out of my house.”
I have to say “Sister Lizzie’s” testimonies were a highlight of our time in that little Arkansas church. And that is saying a lot. It wasn’t an easy job, but every time we saw her reach for the microphone nearly every Sunday night, my new hubby would give me a secret smile. 
You just never knew what she was going to say.
And that’s what made it so good!
“Brother Davis, I just want to thank the Lord. I’ve been so clogged up and constipated. My insides are all wound up. I prayed and I prayed and He heard my pleas. I got diarrhea from the Lord!”
Oh, yes, she did.
And dear Brother Davis nearly broke his neck trying to get the microphone away from here.
The other night my hubby got started in his “Sister Lizzie” voice. He must have known I needed to laugh.
But I should have gone to the bathroom first.
{What makes you laugh? Even when you don’t want to…I won’t ask about your bladder!}

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 36

Picture of the Week:

last week

last year, 2008

The Week in Review: For the second Spring Break in a row we went to the Live Stock Show/Rodeo. Look how much my kids have grown in a year! Weird that the chicks are still the same size though…..

Introduction to The Society: Mommy Daily Vent! Check out this post she submitted. She is definitely a family member!

1.    Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog): 

My blog is Mommy Daily Vent.  I think it’s pretty self explanatory, but any mom of 4 under the age of 10 has to have her venting moments, doesn’t she.  I blog for release, but also to keep from feeling alone.  That sounds pathetic, doesn’t it?  I have 3 in school and one at home and sometimes I need to feel connected with another adult besides a toddler who wants CHEESE!!!

2.    How long have you blogging? 

A little over a year.  I love following other blogs too.  Tips and recipes are my favorite, but a good belly laugh never hurts either.

3.    How would you define THAT family? 

THAT family rolls with the punches, even if the punches sometimes throw you for a loop.  THAT family is also the one that everyone dreads seeing at the grocery store, because we take up a whole aisle and take 3 hours to get thru the store!!!!

4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?

Maybe after child #3 was born.  Face it, you have to loosen your standards a bit and not be quite so on top of things when you have 3 children under the age of 5.  

5.    Where can we find your blog? 

DIYP #41 A Thrifty Window Seat Makeover

My master bedroom is average size and pretty ordinary. The focal point is this window with a seat large enough to sit on. 

For nearly 5 years, we’ve just piled stuff there.
I have felt inspired to makeover the area several times, but felt very uninspired every time I checked into having a custom cushion made. 

After flipping thru a magazine, I realized that the answer was in pillows. Now, throw pillows aren’t always cheap, but if you shop around, use what you have and get creative, it’s amazing what you can create.
Before I tackled the pillow issue, I moved my existing curtain rod to the outside of the window, so the panels would create a small room feeling. You can see in the above picture where the rod was (the little white patch where I need to touch up the paint).
Next, I made several pillows out of napkins. I bought a package of napkins (they usually come 4 or 8 in a package). I love this option because it involves absolutely no sewing!

I matched up the sides and glued them together, leaving a hole small enough for stuffing.
I used this glue:

Make sure you glue a little at a time, not like I’m showing you in the picture below. I learned as I went that it’s hard to match up sides that have already been glued. It’s much easier to match up sides and add glue by lifting the edges.

I let the ‘pillows’ dry overnight. And stuffed them the next day. I couldn’t believe how well the fabric bonded!

I glued up the remaining seam and it’s hard to tell which pillows came off my bed, which ones I bought at WalMart for $5 and which one are napkins glued together for less than $2 each!

The most expensive part of the project was the outdoor lawn cushion I bought ($30). It’s not the exact size of the window seat, but I think it still looks pretty good!

I used some hooks I had on hand from Hobby Lobby ($2.99 each) to hold back the curtains. I spray painted two matching candleholders I’d retired to my garage and shopped my house for a couple of coordinating candleholders.

The entire makeover cost around $50!


The deeper I delve into this blogging community, the more I realize that I belong here. 

But I have also discovered that this online world is a powerful vortex that is enticing and time-consuming.   And as much it enhances my real life, I cannot let it become my life.    
I need to blog. I need to write. I need to use my voice. But I do not want my children to remember being raised from behind my computer.   
This is the work I want to pursue. I decided recently I need “work hours.” I wrote down a schedule for allotted computer time. I posted the hours near my laptop as a constant reminder of my goals. It’s going to take some discipline but I’m giving myself an E for effort. 
In my journey, I’ve learned that many others struggle with finding the same balance. Pampering Beki issued an Unplugged challenge encouraging bloggers and readers to unplug one day a week. I decided to join in and rearranged my blog posting schedule to six days a week instead of seven. I’m encouraging our entire family to unplug all the screens in our house one day a week! 
And on the heels of that decision, I learned that Kimba declared Friday (tomorrow) a day to unplug and catch up on life. I’ll be joining her and turning off my computer for 24 hours starting tonight. Look for my DIY post late Friday night (it’s a fun one!). 
I love the Internet. I think it is a valuable tool and it has taken this stay-at-home Mom on an amazing journey and I look forward to the future. But striking a balance is crucial to truly healthy living. 
How do you strike a balance? Do you ever feel the need to unplug?

Smarty Pants

I live with smart people.
(And I’m not just talking about being outsmarted or smart mouths).
In order to challenge the third grade class, my daughter’s teacher decided to let her students create their own spelling list if they scored a 100% on the new list at the beginning of each week.
The catch? The student-created spelling lists must contain words that are challenging.
In other words, that leaves out words like: bed, dog, bat
But that’s okay with my daughter. Here’s her list:
And the circled words emanations and picador?
Yes, I did that.
In my lofty, English-degreed mind, I circled the ones that I didn’t think were words.
You know, to help my daughter out.
Turns out they are words:
em·a·na·tion  (m-nshn)
1. The act or an instance of emanating.
a. Something that issues from a source; an emission.
b. Chemistry Any of several radioactive gases that are isotopes of radon and are products of radioactive decay.

pic·a·dor  (pk-dôr, pkä-dôr)

n. pl. pic·a·dors or pic·a·do·res 
A horseman in a bullfight who lances the bull’s neck muscles so that it will tend to keep its head low for the later stages of the fight.

And that I’m way out of my league.
I think I’ll just color with my 2 year old.