WFMW: Snack Baskets

My kids love snacks. They get it from my hips me.

I keep fun snacks and healthy snacks in the pantry. I make them alternate. Something healthy, something not-as-healthy.

Something that has really helped me to do this: snack baskets.

I keep three baskets on the bottom shelf of the pantry at kid-level. I always open up the packages of peanut butter crackers or honey buns (which would fall under not-as-healthy) and dump them in the baskets. They can have their pick of what’s in the basket.

It really cuts down on the “Moommm, there’s nothing to eat!”

I keep a fruit snack basket out on the counter all the time, too, for healthy choices.

Snack baskets work for my hips me!

BeWee Shop {Giveaway}

Congratulations, Michelle (! You’re the winner!

I love pretty things. Little hair clips and headbands and hats.

My 3 year has not acquired that love, HOWEVER. She often hands me a clip with a chunk of hair attached to it.

Thankfully, my big girl loves feminine touches. But that has it’s drawbacks too…because I now parent a borrower. And we’re the same shoe size. Let’s just say my accessories are her accessories!

The BeWee Shop is a collection of adorable hair accessories. They sent me a pretty headband to wear to the Relevant Conference (woot!) and my oldest a beautiful beanie…which I was going to save for Christmas.

But when her orthodontist asked her to be one of the kids in a photo shoot for the cover of our town magazine, I caved.

(The other girls and the dental assistants LOVED her beanie!!)

Not only does BeWee Shop have adorable items, for every beanie they sell, one is given to a girl at Dell Children’s hospital in Austin, Texas. (Now, y’all know how I love a good cause!)

Each pair of beanies is numbered before they go their separate ways, and the beanie givers can leave get well notes for the little girl that receives the other beanie in the hospital… or people can just write notes of encouragement to help fill those long hospital days.

Seriously, LOVE.

Visit the BeWee Shop, tell me what you like, come back and leave a comment to be entered to win a $50 gift certificate!

This giveaway ends on Thursday.

[FORTY] Reasons Why I Love My Man

He’s forty!

I love my soulmate more today than I did when I T.W.I.R.P.E.D. him (the woman is required to pay) more than 16 years ago. (I took him to a place called Trail Dust, where two-stepping is required. I didn’t know how, so he taught me, of course. Who says I’m not smart??)

1. He forgives the way I load the dishwasher even though it drives him crazy.

2. He understands and supports my meaningful relationship with sweet tea.

3. And brings it to me often.

4. He is an amazing dad-and can get his kids riled up right before bedtime like any good father.

5. He sang to me on our wedding day (surprise!) and still sings me love songs in the dark of the night.

6. He still calls me KC (his nickname for me in college).

7. He wears a cowboy hat every time we visit his parents farm.

8. And sometimes chews on a piece of straw from a hay bale.

9. He helps my daughter with math word problems.

10. And forces himself to play video games with our son.

11. He lets the dog sleep in the bed with us sometimes.

12. He works hard at his secular job, even when his heart longs to work for God.

13. Most days he works for God on his secular job.

14. He cleans, I cook.

15. Occasionally, he does both.

16. He reads my blog.

17. He encouraged the writer in me when no one else did.

18. He makes every copper necklace we sell at The Mercy Shop.

19. And loves bending metal.

20. He traveled to Africa with me in spirit and let it wreck his life too.

21. He is a dreamer.

22. And encourages big dreams in me.

23. His heart is made of gold.

24. He is my hero.

25. He eats my cooking.

26. And never compares it to his mothers.

27. He is a nice man.

28. He is a good man.

29. He is mine.

30. He’s not afraid of bugs or snakes or sounds in the middle of the night.

31. He texts and calls just because.

32. He gave Maureen her first father-hug.

33. He leads our family in prayer and Bible reading at dinner.

34. He carries my purse when it’s too heavy.

35. He helped me build The Mercy House site from scratch -a huge endeavor for us!

36. He hands me a tissue when I cry for no reason.

37. He loves His Savior

38. And his family,his life

39. And his wife!

40. He pretends to be surprised when the kids pull out the silly string. And he enjoys it!

    Happy birthday, honey!

    P.S. I have a new post at The Mercy House site with an update from our amazing launch last week.

    Links I Love

    The following amazing people donated Items to The Mercy Shop this week:

    (I have at least a dozen more items that will be added next week! Check back often and shop mercy). Have an item you’d like to donate? Email me (

    Mercy Me-Part III {Giveaways TODAY}

    We wouldn’t have even considered a maternity home in Africa without Maureen.

    We wouldn’t be moving forward with this crazy dream if it weren’t for the power of the local church in Kenya.

    I wouldn’t have been invited to Africa if it weren’t for the readers of this blog.

    I wouldn’t be writing this post if it weren’t for you.

    (So, I can blame ALL OF THIS on you!)

    Y’all have become like family and I love that my hubby and I, our kids, are not alone on this journey. Thank you.

    But I don’t want my blog to be a place where you feel guilty every time you read. I want you to know there’s a need. I want you to know there’s a place for you to help, serve, give.

    I also want you to know that God is calling our family to the work of The Mercy House. I know not everyone will feel compelled to respond in the same way.

    I’m going to present the need. I’ll update as this God-sized dream unfolds and ask you to consider being a part.

    There are many ways for you to support The Mercy House:

    • Give: We need around 50 people to commit to support The Mercy House by giving $25 a month (you get a beautiful necklace free if you choose this option). You can click here to sign up as a monthly sponsor.

    • Shop: The Mercy Shop offers unique, handcrafted jewelry (custom jewelry available also), African-shaped cookies, made from scratch by Bake at 350 and in the future-products made by the girls in the maternity home. (I would seriously consider it amazing if all the products were SOLD this time tomorrow. *Hint*) We are also open to accepting items from you (see below).

    • Supplies: We will be collecting supplies (prenatal vitamins, blankets, clothes, etc) for The Mercy House a couple of times a year through DIFO projects on my blog.
    • Advertise on my blog- All the profit from my blog is going to The Mercy House. You can see my stats and pricing here.
    • Buy my book-the proceeds from my first book will also go towards this ministry. Pre-order available for only $8.10
    • Share-Tell your friends, family and blog readers about The Mercy House. Please follow The Mercy House on Twitter and Like it on Facebook. The more exposure it can get, the better!
    • Grants-With all that we have planned, we will need some hefty donations or grants. Do you know of a family foundation that might match the work of The Mercy House or does your company have a grant program? Would love to talk with you about any opportunities.
    • Donate- Do you have an Etsy store or make/sell something AMAZING?? Please consider crafting and donating an item to The Mercy Shop. I will provide a link to your store/blog on the Etsy listing. Email me if you’re interested!
    • Pray: the best for last-We need all you can give us.

    We are giving away FIVE beaded necklaces (like the ones here) and a dozen Africa-shaped cookies to lucky commenters-more than $300 retail!

    Visit The Mercy Shop, leave a comment with what you like (or what you’d put on a necklace) and that’s your entry. If you’d like more than one entry, please follow The Mercy House on Twitter, become a fan (or like) it on Facebook, Tweet about the work of The Mercy House, or share it with your readers. (leave a comment with each of these as your extra entry).

    WFMW: Free Pass

    Hi friends-I won’t be sharing a tip today because I will be continuing Part III of the Love Mercy story (with giveaways!)

    If you have a tip and want to link it up, please go ahead.