Friday, February 23, 2018

{this moment}

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. 
Each moment is all we need, not more.” - Mother Teresa

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

8 Months

I can’t believe she is 8 months old already... She won’t keep her bonnet and shoes on, but she does love her kitty cat and watching her older brothers and sisters play basketball from just inside my bedroom door!

(size 3-6 months - she is still a tiny one) from BabyMyLove 

(medium) from JellyCat

Courage, dear heart :: Narnia vaLENTines

“But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, "Courage, dear heart," and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan's, and with the voice a delicious smell breathed in her face.” 
― C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

With St. Valentine's Day falling on Ash Wednesday this year, Chiquita decided to pass out a quote from her favorite book series, along with a pre-lenten treat and promises to pray for each of her vaLENTines.  She picked two of our Rycraft Cookie Stamps and a gluten-free peanut butter cookie recipe.

Unbelievable Peanut Butter Cookies 

1 cup peanut butter • 1 cup sugar • 1 tsp vanilla • 1 egg

Mix all ingredients well. Form one inch balls and place on engrossed cookie sheet. Stamp with cookie stamp. Bake at 350˚F for 10-12 minutes. 

Rycraft Cookie Stamps

While she had the cookie stamps out, she also made a batch of Cream Cheese Candy. 

Our original St. Valentine's Day Mailboxes have been too small the last few years (some of the kids bring HUGE valentines) so she quickly decorated a new "mailbox" using one of the coloring pages from her Chronicles of Narnia Coloring Book

Ferdinand Valentines {with free printable}

If you were a flower, I'd pick you! 
Happy Saint Valentine's Day!

- Inspired by The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
(we own the Spanish version too, a gift from my mother-in-law) 

Any flower shaped candy would tie in nicely. I would have loved to make long-stem chocolate roses with him if we had any Hershey's kisses, but instead we used candy melts and made red roses

It took him a couple days, but he signed all thirty of his valentines!

You are welcome to download our printable Ferdinand valentines if you'd like to use them too!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Reese's Valentines {with free printable}

We were going to try and come up with a book theme like her other sibling's who choose The Hobbit, Chronicles of Narnia, and Ferdinand themed valentine cards this year, but we were out of time and had lots of leftover Reese's from a recent birthday so we made these instead to give out at our homeschool group exchange this afternoon. 


You are welcome to download our printable Reese's valentines if you'd like to use them too! 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Hobbit Hole Valentines :: An Unexpected Adventure

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort...


While trying to come up with ideas for homemade valentines for our homeschool group's party tomorrow (it's early this year, since St. Valentine's day falls on Ash Wednesday) some of our children decided to focus on their favorite books.  For our ten year old, that would be The Hobbit. 

He especially loves reading his illustrated edition while curled up in his custom blanket from Sweet Sequels that he received for Christmas.

What kind of Adventure? How about a Lenten Adventure

We had a package of leftover Fudge Stripes from this year's Candlemas Cookies so I asked if he wanted to decorate Hobbit Hole Cookies! We modified our original cookie, using what we had on hand, and used some melted green candy to attach a green candy melt and yellow sprinkle to each cookie. We printed this image from Guemozart and attached them to each treat bag.  So easy! 

Next he needed to come up with a Valentine Mailbox. I told the kids they had to be creative with things we already have around the house, since it’s just too hard to get to the craft store. He is pretty excited with the Hobbit Hole Mailbox we made to match his Valentines using the Costco sized Quaker Oatmeal box, some felt, a wooden block, cotton ball, and rocks from our driveway! 💚

I'll be back soon with some more of our valentines for this year. In the meantime you can scroll through past Valentines in the archives. Some of my favorites are the Madonna and Child Valentines, Bible Candy Valentines, and Little Way Valentines

Friday, February 9, 2018

{this moment}

She is so loved ❤ Favorite Blankets from Lulujo and Sweet Sequels (these were Christmas gifts and a huge hit!)

Morning Prayer 
by St. Therese

O my God! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to Its infinite merits; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love.

O my God! I ask of Thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in heaven for all Eternity.