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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

homemade summer fun...

Here, Damsel and I made these jewelry necklaces ourselves..mine has matching earrings. This was way more fun than I ever would have thought. A friend, Maryann, enjoys this hobby regularly and brought her kits over to my house for lunch and this fun..loved it! Do you like them?

USA Girl Camp! We love our local extension service around here. If you have one, run don't walk and get to some of there really cool classes at great prices!
Damsel and some friends went to this day camp revolving around American Girl Dolls, the girls brought their dolls and did crafts and cooked and learned all about a different doll's time period. It was so cute. Here is a sampling of what they m

Here, girly decided to dress her corn husk doll! Very creative.

Here is a homemade bag and hat my bought from a friend of hers that makes these. Someday I will attempt a bag similar to this, but alas, my sewing machine is dead...:( Good bye my faithful old Singer...we shall miss you...

Friday, July 23, 2010

happy birthday mom!!

This is my sweet mama. She is an amazing woman. She is a pilot too! (the best, I might add) I made her this lovely ripple blanket. Oh how we all loved it and Dylan is already telling me that he may have to have a second crochet blanket similar to this one before he goes off to college. (music to my ears really)
I made this out of my stash mostly with some good will finds in between, so no choosing colors but just crazily using the blues I had with some it was so fun! It turned out to be quite large as well.
Do you see that cake up there? My hubby bought that for my mom, we have been staying there this weekend as we lost our power then she lost some sewer power due to the large influx of people to her old, old house..please pray for that, anywho, that is the VERY large cake he bought! Yikes! AND..he ended up getting those never blow out candles..what a hoot. It was beautiful though and quite tasty.
We love you mom/grandma!

Monday, July 19, 2010

end of treatment party!!

Our friend Ralph set up this special antique firetruck ride from firefighters to take B and some friends to his END OF TREATMENT PARTY!!

Special friends visit...

Mom the pilot, loooooves riding in the truck.

Scouts racing...

This is our friend from Dance Marathon that came all the way here to hang with B.

This is my granny....

What a absolute blast we had at this party!! I wish we could do this every single year!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

happy birthday secret agent boy! #11

Dear friend God brought into his life. I love how each kid gets that special friend to encourage one another!

Don't you just love this kid's handsome smile? What a kid. He turned 11 and if you don't mind I will just just muse for a moment. I was so proud of how selfless my kids were when Braveheart first became ill 2 years ago. They stopped everything and gave up things only caring for B and his welfare, understanding his prioritized needs. We strove to give as much attention to the other kids as we could and my mom was mostly living here to help out. (thanks mom) but suddenly last year we realized something happened to this precious little boy. We aren't sure what, but emotionally he was troubled. Part of this was his personality, true; he really has always been a 'strong willed' child that has given me a run for my money, but we began to see some real issues arise in him...
After much prayer and love and training and work and more prayer..we are so pleased with how he has come along. So much joy back in his heart and countenance! Praise God!
Now, can I just brag on my man for his 'gifting' love language?? We were getting all the kids some swimming supplies for birthdays this year, can you see his back pack? He loves that thing. (I got these for $2 each on clearance) Birthday boy keeps telling me about that and all his gifts. He is even loving that hoodie he requested himself..can you say hot? Well, my husband wrapped each gift up inside each larger gift so that each time he opened one he had a surprise inside! The whole family had a blast wondering if there was yet another gift inside! Boy, was that a hit. Damsel prayed that night, thanking the Lord for dad's great wrapping was so precious! The kids are requesting more of that one. You're the best dad..but I didn't get a pic this year..soon I will though.

Monday, July 12, 2010

movie monday OVERCOME

Here is another movie from the same makers of the Belle movie we saw last week.
This one was quite a bit better quality with a few continued poor acting areas but I think these guys are just small time of coarse. This movie is good for the cleaness and good message although the biblical message is NOT clear indeed! But if you want something to watch that is at least a 'good' message then it might be doable. There is a teenage drinking scene but if I remember right there is no 'beer bottles' visualized. Very short scene too. No real hope in Christ is given but God's name is mentioned and church and the parents do get down on there knees to pray for God to intervene for their child. The prayer is not really said outloud though. So from there, I will leave it to you. It could make a VERY GOOD conversation peace without seeing the worst gore and his efforts were noble in doing the 'right thing'.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Belle and the Beast: A Christian Romance

You know how I like to mention movies that I like that are clean and such...this one is a good one.
It is a cheaply made movie and the 'beast' is unbelievable while he's angry, but more so as he sweetens up. I couldn't help but like this movie anyway, it has a classic tale and held my attention. Very clean in all ways, even damsel could watch this one. Beast looses wife, not shown, turns to drink, now shown, turns mean, Belle tames his heart, beast turns nice, other guy tries to ruin said budding romance, guy wins girl. One final, tasteful kiss in the end.


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Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:
MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.