The Day After Thanksgiving

Today is the day after Thanksgiving, also known as the day after eating too much.

But it’s just the beginning of being thankful.

I’m talking about a life of return over at Christmas Change.

This December, I turn 38 years old. I was born in the middle of this hectic season and have celebrated with Christmas wrap substituted for birthday for as long as I can remember. My birthday is the day after my wedding anniversary and two days before my youngest child’s birthday and all of that just six short days before Christmas. We call it The Week We are Poor.

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I love Thanksgiving. I don’t like to rush through it to get to Christmas.

I’m going to savor it and try my best to live in gratitude for all that He has given me.

And I’m going to eat a lot of pecan pie.

I’m going to take a break for a few days…

and just pop in here later with some links to posts I’ve written elsewhere.

I’m so thankful for you: for joining me in this life’s journey, for loving mercy so well. Blessings to you.

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No Works For Me Wednesday this week….

Will be back Dec. 1 for a Themed Edition:

Share a Holiday Gift or Tip Idea w/a fabulous giveaway!

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Super Exciting News!


Our Love Mercy Jewelry that benefits The Mercy House

is finally at Dayspring and I have an awesome coupon:


I Give You: the Silhouette SD {Giveaway}

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Please check out the amazing Cyber Monday deal here. Use code: FAMILY

Boy, do I have a treat for y’all!

I’ve got a new love in my life. She and I have gotten very close in just a matter of weeks.

I’d love for you to meet the Silhouette SD-the most amazing digital cutting tool available!

This little machine creates endless possibilities!  With the Silhouette, you can cut vinyl, paper, make custom apparel, magnets and temporary tattoos–create cards and etch glass–to name a few!

Look what we made with the Silhouette in just a matter of minutes:

It cut this felted transfer paper perfectly:

Darling, huh?

With a press of a few buttons, I made birthday invitations for my youngest:

I’m so excited about making things for the Mercy House! I thought it would be fun to make magnets for our supporters.

Here’s a quick tutorial-

Simply choose the design-everything in red is where the Silhouette cuts:

Next, you need to fill in whatever color you will be printing for the magnets:

Insert magnet paper, proper blade and hit the CUT button:

And voila!

(The Silhouette even cut out this brochure holder from card stock!)

Look at this vinyl Africa:

And gifts? I have so many ideas!

I needed a quick gift and so I shopped my house to make a cute Bath Salt gift:

[bud vase (.99), unused bath salts, tule and ribbon from my craft drawer and I cut the vinyl word JOY w/the Silhouette]

And I can’t wait to make this:

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And today, I’m giving one of these AMAZING machines away!

The giveaway includes:

A Silhouette Machine

(a $299.99 value)


And it includes…


Silhouette machine


  • Software for Windows XP/Vista, Mac

  • Power cable, USB cable

  • 2 Cutting mats (one for thick media, one for thin media)

  • One cutting blade

  • $10 gift card to the Silhouette Online Store


    {Don’t forget: SILHOUETTE now available to MAC USERS TOO!!}

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    Want to win this sleek beautiful gal? Here’s how you enter:

    • Leave a comment, telling me what you love about the Silhouette SD-1 entry
    • Tweet “I want to win a Silhouette Craft Cutter @wearethatfamily (with this link to the post) http://tiny.cc/mnxgp-second entry
    • Facebook it-third entry

    U.S. entries only, please.

    And the best part????

    Cyber Monday deal!
    It is only valid on Monday, November 29, 2010 starting at 4 am and ending at midnight the same day.
    It will be sold for $199
    (originally $299)
    This is the newest version with more capabilities and newest technology.
    Silhouette America has NEVER sold these cutters for this cheap.

    PLUS!! Included in that price is:

    1 Roll of Cream vinyl ( $7.99)

    1 Roll of transfer paper ( $7.99)

    1 Home decor CD (Value $55)

    Total ($70.98)

    All for ONLY $199!!

    That’s almost $200 dollar in savings!

    Check back on NEXT Monday, Nov.29, to see who won this amazing machine and get the coupon code for the great Cyber Monday deal!

    DISCLAIMER: I was sent a lovely Silhouette SD to review, but I did not receive compensation to say I liked it. That’s just my honest opinion.

    We are *still* THAT family

    Just when I think we’re moving past being THAT family…you know the ones, I discover a ringworm on one of my kids, experience a tantrum for the record books and spend two hours in the Emergency Room with my son getting six stitches in a nasty cut–all today.

    Nope, we are *still* THAT family.

    Quick! Tell me your last THAT family moment. Ya know, so I feel normal.

    Pictures by the amazing Molly, of Lucky Horseshoe Photography