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(For the record, Chloe picked her own outfit!)

We had a free sale today. Cleaning out things we no longer want or need, I put them out on the lawn with a “FREE to good home”  sign. We put a piggy bank out there with a sign that said any donations made would go to our church. Then we went out to the market. My husband thought I was nuts for expecting people to make donations when the items were free. He really thought I was nuts when I said I was going to leave the donation bucket out there unattended.

Thanks to the generous people who left donations for their free items, Chloe will be taking just under $26 with her tomorrow as her Sunday School offering. Not bad for a few items that we would have just donated anyway. The remaining articles went to Bibles for Missions – a local thrift store.

All in all it was a busy, successful day which ended with baths, jammies and bed!

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It’s been a tough week with grandpa passing away. Though there have been many sad moments, I am thankful that they were interspersed with joy droplets. I’ve learned that there is good in everything; sometimes it just takes a little more looking to find it!

Joy Droplets of the Week:

  • The comments of encouragement and scripture that I received from you. Thank you so much!
  • My mother-in-law arrived, and together my nana-in-law who lives with us, we have childcare so we could attend the visitation and the funeral with no worries.
  • Knowing that death is just a door that we pass through into eternal life; knowing that Grampa knew the Lord and is a glorious place there.
  • That though he was in a coma, I had the opportunity to say goodbye to Grampa. People lose loved ones everyday without the opportunity to say goodbye.
  • Dad and Scott got a good start on building our garden.

If a picture is worth 1000 words then here is 9000 of them!

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Chloe and Mommy doing dishes. If you look closely you will notice that the calendar on the sink is completely wrong. I’m months behind 🙂





Highlights of the Week 005Battling a cold as well as not being able to sleep this week, mornings were hard. Thursday morning I woke up, knowing that the visitation was that day and I started feeling overwhelmed before my feet hit the floor. Then Chloe raced into our room, noticed the folded towels in the laundry basket and picked them up, one by one, to put away in the bathroom cupboard. Each time she raced into the bathroom she yelled,  “I’m helping Daddy”, and “’I’m helping Mommy”. She’s two and loves to help. Though they were a little lopsided, they were put away good enough for me. I am proud of my little helper.

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Beautiful Flowers from thoughtful friends!

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Leaving the hospital and walking down the street to my car, I found this basket in the garbage on the curb. I washed up the liner and we now have a new book basket for the bathroom. The thing I love about this is that the handles can be up or down. Our other basket had a permanent handle and sometimes larger books were hard for the girls to get in and out.

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Chloe’s GG is visiting. GG and Chloe went garage saling and found this great piano. Both John and Chloe just love it. Chloe is also wearing a new hair clip that says her name. My good friend, Carm, bought it for her and it is darling!!

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I went garage saling with my Aunt who came in from out of town for the funeral. I found Chloe a Columbia spring jacket for $2 and then at a completely different garage sale I found myself a Spring/Winter Columbia coat in the same colors for $10. It has a removable liner so it works for all seasons. I was happy because my other coat has some issues and I had wanted to replace it. Chloe was very excited and tells me that we “match mommy”. When I asked her what color our coats were she informed me they were red. We’re still working on that 🙂

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This post also links to What I’ve Learned this Week

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Here is rough and tumble Princess Chloe. She’s famous over at Totally Tots. Totally Tots is a great resource for helping littles see Jesus in the every day, teaching ideas, crafts and more. John had his moment of fame here if you missed it!

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A Famous John

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Attention World!

Go and see my sweet John-John. He’s famous over at Cute Tots. I was so excited to discover his picture in my reader this morning. It’s going to be a fabulous day! I can tell already!

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Photo by McMorr

Things have been pretty eventful around here.

First, I received an email from Jen @ Cherish the Moments. She was the winner of the apron giveaway here at Beautiful Calling. She posted about it with beautiful photos. Take a peek!

Also this week, I had no menu plan. Thankfully we had some pulled pork in the freezer from the party we had for Nana’s birthday last year so we thawed a big package and ate it every which way. We still have enough left for one more meal but my husband informed me this morning that he is not eating pork for dinner so the little ones and I will finish it up for lunch LOL.

I’ve not done much posting, and thank you for your patience. I’ve been working on a series of posts about an experience in my life that the Lord has been leading me to share. It took some time as it wasn’t something I felt I could rush through. The first post will be out next week, along with the regular posts.

Grampa is still in the hospital, overall, doing no better or worse as far as I know.

I spent 2 1/2 hours with very sick little ones at the walk in clinic earlier this week. It usually isn’t so busy but that night it was (Ahh!) Anyway, the doctor thinks they both have Scarlet Fever, which sounds bad but it  is just glorified strep throat with a rash. He gave us antibiotics and after 24 hours of medicine, they are apparently no longer contagious. Chloe doesn’t like her medicine. I give it to her three times a day and she cries the moment she sees me coming, telling me that “Dhoe no like mess-in” and covers her mouth. It is quite an ordeal but I am getting it into her. John is much more co operative and actually likes he medicine and is sad when the syringe is empty 🙂 Funny little ones!

Today I am going through the house disinfecting everything!

Then I am packing because tomorrow I am off to FaithWay for the Annual Ladies Retreat. It is an overnight event and something that I look forward to every year. This year I wasn’t entirely sure I was going because in this season of little ones, I wondered if my place wasn’t at home caring for them. But at my husbands insistence, off I go! Hurray! I am so excited as it is always such an encouragement, a time for refreshment, a time to focus on the Lord and my relationship with him, and a time to visit with other ladies! Did I mention that we will be eating much junk food in our hotel room? Mmmm.

So have a great weekend and don’t forget to stop by Heart(h) Management on Saturday for some great reads!

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Well earlier this month was a Spring Cleaning Party hosted by Simple Mom. I had every intention of joining in, however, life happened and I missed the boat so to speak. Thankfully she has an e-book entitled Spring Cleaning for Normal People and it’s affordable! I purchased it and am working through it now. Though I will not be posting pictures of everything (or at least I am not I am not planning to…) but these were taken on the one day (day 6) that I did join the party, I just hadn’t posted them.

Bathroom Cleaning! I have four bathrooms which can be a blessing and also, not so much 🙂

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This is Chloe & John’s bathroom. There are actually a couple cupboards and in addition to giving everything a good cleaning, i went through and sorted and organized everything in all the cupboards.

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This is our master bath. A lot of tile! I also moved all the additional supplies (toothpaste etc.) from the kids bathroom into ours. We had used their bathroom cupboards as storage before they came along. I had never cleaned it out before but now anything we would use is in ours and their stuff is in theirs. Imagine that!?! LOL.

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This is the bathroom off of Scott’s home office. It is also the ‘public’ bathroom upstairs. I have a rack and extra bar in there and generally use it for drying our clothes. I am really looking forward to a clothesline this year. Previously, there was a ban on them in our subdivision but it was lifted last year! Hurray! We also store our medicines in this bathroom. Everything is organized into baskets and labeled. Anything expired was thrown out.

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This is our powder room on the main floor. It doesn’t look like I’ve done much – except cleaned up Mr. John-John from the floor LOL. There isn’t much to this bathroom and I clean it on a regular basis anyway. It is also where our learning poster is because we spend a lot of time in here since we are still potty training. We also read our library books here. We generally visit the library every 3-4 weeks.

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It was the simplest of ideas; cheap, easy to make, and lasting…

Rock Critters!

This is one of the last rock critters we have kicking around. I would say he’s about 20+/- years old. He resides in moms garden. His eyes are missing so he just has rocks propped up on him. We used to have dozens of them but when you move clear across the province (a 23+/- hour drive), you can only transport so many rocks, regardless of sentimental value. At least that is what they told us when we were packing…I personally would have left the furniture and brought more rocks 🙂

How To Make a Rock Critter

  1. Choose your size rock and two smaller rocks for eyes. A rock about the size of a iron makes the best size I think but we made them smaller and larger and they looked fabulous set up as a little critter family!
  2. Paint the body a light color (or leave it natural if it is a light colored rock to begin with)
  3. Paint the spots a darker color (or use markers…not sure about crayons)
  4. Paint the smaller rocks black and glue on
  5. Paint on a mouth

My grampa helped us create these. We should have went into business I think. Growing up with Grandpa was such blessing! He’s in the hospital right now and could use your prayers!


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