Monday, February 08, 2016

you+me craft day!

Good morning, friends! Hope you had a great weekend! I have a super fun announcement this morning!

When I was planning for my book, a friend and I brainstormed this amazing crafting event as a fundraiser for publishing costs! It is designed for you to carve out some slow and make memories together! Designed for mothers and daughters but also appropriate for grandmas and granddaughters, aunts and nieces, you plus a little girl friend or even just you yourself!

You can see a tiny peek at some inspiration behind this craft day here. It will be a very girly time of fun, crafting and memory making! Lots of special touches, some yummy snacks and of course, projects!

Crafts I'm planning are:
String Art: smaller one for little ladies and larger size for mamas! {both mom/daughter each get to make one!}
Bead Necklace {young girls will make this}
Metal Stamped jewelry piece {older girls and ladies will make this}
Storage Jar {each crafter gets to make one and decorate the lid}
Photo together + a way to display it {each crafter gets to make one}

Crafts are subject to change based on how many sign up and what I am able to find but this is what I'm planning right now! And even if I switch something out, I know you will still love it!

Doesn't that sound so fun!!!!! Yippee!

Ok, details:
Date: Saturday, March 19th
Time: Two sessions {choose either morning or afternoon}
Morning Session: 9:30-11:30am
Afternoon Session: 1:30-3:30pm

Cost: $35/adult; $12/child {under 18}
Location: my back yard! Exact address will be emailed with your registration confirmation.
Deadline to sign up: Monday, March 7th unless it fills up sooner!
How to register: Leave a comment here, Facebook or Instagram with your email address, how many spots you'd like to reserve and if you prefer the morning or afternoon session. I will send you a link via Pay Pal to complete your reservation - done! Easy! If you'd prefer to pay by check, we can discuss that by email too, unfortunately though, I won't be able to hold registrations without payment. Thanks for understanding!

One last thought: I know some mamas will wonder what age the crafts are appropriate for - my first thought is that age four an up would be fine, but with that I know that you know your little girls best and if you want to bring a younger girl that you are willing to craft with and help then come on!!!

Let me know if you have questions! I hope this sounds fun to you and that you will be able to join us for a super fun and special day together!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

When Believing Is Hard

Seasons come and seasons go and sometimes come around again. As time moves forward, it seems like we should too right? Yet, these seasons have left their marks and it can be hard. I've heard the word numb lately in many conversations. I've used that word to describe myself.

When I hear another friend of a friend has cancer - I didn't feel anything. Numb.
Trudging through another day when life feels hard. Numb.
Wondering what the next step is or if God is hearing. Numb.

It reminds me of years ago when I lived in my yellow apartment and I loved to watch Hallmark Hall of Fame movies. Once in a while I would hit a patch where I could watch the movie and not cry at a moving scene. I remember praying that God would let me cry again even during a movie because it meant my heart was soft and that I could feel.

Recently, I have been thinking more about this. I've been pondering things that my heart has believed that are not true.

God's promises seem easy to believe for others and hard to believe for myself.

Does He really have good things in mind for me?
Does He really love me for who I am when I mess up so much?
Has life made me cynical and hard for me to believe?

I'm working on a series for my blog coming up later this Spring and I want to know what promises it is hard for you to believe for yourself. If you don't want to post it publicly, send me an email {thehomespunheart at hotmail dot com} or leave an anonymous comment. I will not post names as part of my series, but I want it to be an encouragement to you, to me, to each of us walking through the hard of life.

What lies are you believing that are dragging you down? What promises of God are you having trouble believing? What has left you feeling numb?

It doesn't end at this question and that is the good news - God has an answer for every single one. Thank you in advance for sharing yours with me so we can learn and grow together.

I don't want this to be a downer post at all - in fact, I think maybe this is the best place to start. Coming clean with our numb-ness, our struggles to believe, being honest. I want to search God's Word for promises and stand confidently on them and believe them for myself even. And, I want that for you too. There is not an easy fix to this kind of heart and soul ache and yet there is. Jesus is the perfect fix for all, I'm the one who stands in the way. That doesn't mean everything is going to instantly come up roses but that I will take captive every thought to the obedience of Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5)

Won't you join me?

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Slow Day


Cute pinwheel stickers were on the Target Dollar Spot and I taped them to toothpicks in a moment of inspiration for a quick splash of fun at breakfast! Muffins were a gift in the CC Blessing Basket!
Valentine tic-tac-toe was a find at the Current outlet in Colorado Springs but here is a cute diy idea!
After breakfast, we each gave an idea or two {or five if you are Mama!} that we wanted to do together for Slow Day!
A Bible lesson on the 10 Commandments from this book!
These yummy chicken enchiladas for lunch {hooray for leftovers!}
I was recently telling our kids about when I worked at Glen Eyrie, there was a group of guys who called themselves The Fun Team. They would go around and take people out to lunch and do nice things for various co-workers. It was awesome, anyway, Rachel picked up on it and made Emily's bed for her and put a sign saying The Fun Team had visited! :)
PW Bean and Bacon Soup