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.

Highlights of the Week 006This picture is at my parents this weekend. It is still far too chilly for a swim but Chloe had a fun time splashing her little feet. 

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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Joining us in the Set for a Sizzling Summer Series, Moms and Bums sent me a MonkeyDoodlez Swim Diaper to review. It arrived and it is even more adorable than the picture! Though it is too cold here to swim in the outdoor pools yet, we’ll test it out at our local indoor pool!

I have used the Huggies Little Swimmers disposables for the past two years. In our pools here, it is mandatory that babies have a swim diaper. Even on sale, disposables cost a lot because we swim on a daily basis in the summer. I won’t even mention the impact that has on our landfills. I‘ll be adding this product to our list in More Green = More Green $$ as it is the perfect solution. It always helps when the solution is super cute too!

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Watch for the official review next week!

I should also mention that Moms and Bums has generously offered to sponsor a giveaway! What fun! When the official review is posted, there will be additional chances to enter. Be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss it!

Moms and Bums is also giving away a swim diaper. Go here for details.

For all of you anxious to get started, go ahead and leave a comment in this post for a bonus entry! What should your comment say? How about telling us what kind of swim diaper you currently use?

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!

wetbag Photo from Ottawa Cloth Diapers

Joining us in the Set for a Sizzling Summer Series, Ottawa Cloth Diapers sent me a JamTots zippered wet bag to review. I am excited about this. Though it’s primary purpose is for diaper bag use with cloth diapers, it is versatile and would be great as a swim suit bag. With the green movement, plastic grocery bags are no longer as plentiful as they were. What sort of alternative is there for bringing that wet bathing suit home from the pool without getting everything else wet? I think this is it!

We’ll allow a two week review period for this product so please come back for our official review of this bag and my impressions of its functionality.

I should also mention that Ottawa Cloth Diapers has generously offered one reader the chance to win their own wet bag! That’s right! This giveaway is open to USA and Canadian friends only! When the official review is posted, there will be additional chances to enter. How exciting so keep watching!

For all of you anxious to get started, go ahead and leave a comment in this post for a bonus entry! What should your comment say? How about telling us if you’re a pool, beach or sprinkler family?

Sizzling Summer Logo Photo adapted from Zanastardust

Set for a Sizzling Summer? You’re about to be! Join us on Wednesdays to find out what works for me when it comes to important topics about summer!

The Tentative Line Up:

  • Sun Safety
  • Dangerous Waters
  • Modesty is Progressive
  • Picnic Packing
  • Beach Bag Essentials
  • Simple Summer Pleasures
  • Super Summer Adventures
  • BBQ Time Baby! Guest post by a Grill Master!
  • Summer Lovin’

Product Reviews & Giveaways

An important note: This series will feature links to products and many sources of information. Any products that I mention or link to have been tested or used by me and/or my family. I believe them to be useful and beneficial or I would not have included them. This is not a series to promote products but rather any product reviews/giveaways/links are simply to enhance the series.

See you Wednesday!

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“…to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8)

The Lord called Grandpa home on Monday. While those left behind have breaking hearts, he is rejoicing as he meets his Savior face to face. Praise the Lord for Salvation and the unparalleled wonders that await those who know Him. (2 Corinthians 2:9).

A song that my sister and I are thinking about this week is I’ll Fly Away. In Sandy’s baby book mom wrote that when she was little, Gramp would play it and Sandy would flap her arms. Grampa probably got a good chuckle out of that. Grampa loved to play and was so musically talented! Though he couldn’t read music, he played the piano, organ, harmonica, violin, guitar and probably more. He could even play more than one instrument at a time. Our childhood was filled with joyous music! I hardly have a childhood memory that is not intertwined, in some way, with my grandparents.

You can read here and here for pictures and stories about growing up with Grampa. Oh, how I love him!

I ask for your prayers for Grandma and our family. The visitation is Thursday night and the funeral is on Friday afternoon.

Do you have a comforting scripture that helped you through a tough time? Please share!

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As part of our Set for a Sizzling Summer Series, we have the opportunity to review a pair of children’s sandals, the Pink Psyclone by Teva. I am thrilled! They arrived and we put them on immediately, I grabbed my camera and we headed outside!

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My Initial thoughts:

These are sporty, yet sweet and cute in their soft pink color! I loved the look of them immediately!

The first thing that I noticed was that there are dual Velcro fasteners on the sandal. Why would this be so important? Well, it means that it is super easy to put the sandals on wiggly little feet and also it means that they adjust completely for a good fit. Every little foot is different and so that is a huge plus for these sandals!

The Velcro seems to grip well to hold the shoe on firmly but is loose enough that Chloe is able to take her shoes off herself.

They appear to be comfortable, supportive and she seems to have no issues racing around in them.

I am a big fan of good footwear. I think it is important to have proper fitting, supportive, quality footwear in order to aid in proper foot development and to avoid injuries. So far, I am impressed with these sandals!

Please come back in about a month for our official review of these sandals and how they stand up to every day toddler life!

I should also mention that Teva has generously decided to sponsor a GIVEAWAY! That’s right! One of you lucky readers will have the opportunity to choose your style and size of from their Infant or Kids Line. This giveaway is open to Canadian friends only! When the official review is posted, there will be additional chances to enter. How exciting so keep watching!

For all of you anxious to get started, go ahead and leave a comment in this post for a bonus entry! What should your comment say? How about telling me who you are hoping to win a pair for?