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Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I know I've been absent from the blogging scene for a while, but that's because my camera is broken. So all of my crafty things have only been shared on fb or instagram lately. That's ok... today's post is of a different sort all together. 

Growing up holidays with my extended family was always a must. We didn't live close to most of them so my parents always made sure that holidays were celebrated together. I posted a song to my brother's fb page today called Granddaddy's Gun by Aaron Lewis and it made me really miss my grandparents. Only one of my grandparents is still living (and I'm pretty sure she'll outlive me!). I started thinking about how fun it was to see all of my cousins and aunts and uncles over those fun filled, house packed weekends. We didn't care that there wasn't enough room for everyone to have a bed to sleep in, or that the kids table had to be on the back porch because the kitchen was too full. We only cared that there was enough laughter to fill 10 houses and plenty of food to go around. We enjoyed each others company and talked about the "good ole days". We spent a lot of time playing cards and creating mischief. We ate too much and fought over the last yeast roll. We thanked God for all of his many blessings and we loved one another. In the Hukill/Burke family we "hazed" the new family members by quizzing them on who belonged to who.  In the Harrison family we fought over who was sleeping with Margie's leg. Each side of my family was the same though. No matter which side we were spending the holiday with we knew we were loved and that no matter how long it'd been since you'd seen someone, family is family. And you love your family. Each year I remember my Grandmother (whoever's house we happened to be at) smiling and saying something like "My cup runneth over". Now that I'm an adult, I know exactly what they all meant. Being together and having the love of your family makes all of the difficult things worth while. My heart is so full with all of the blessings that I have. 

I feel extremely blessed to have grown up in a family where being together was important. As we've all grown up and started our own families, it hasn't always been as easy to get together. But to all of my family near and far, this year (as every year) I want you to know how thankful I am for all of you. And how much I love you. May God's blessings pour out on you this year and may you know His love and peace always!

Happy Thanksgiving,


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A few things I learned the summer my husband had surgery...

As most of you know John had surgery at the beginning of the summer. I don't think I fully prepared myself for what that would mean for us as a family. I think in my head I thought we'd have a couple of weeks of down time and then he would bounce right back and we'd have a month of summer vacation to enjoy. Unfortunately that wasn't the case. He was literally on the couch for the first month and half he was home and was only able to get up and around a lot right at the end. So my grand idea of having a leisurely summer went out the window. Instead I somehow managed to keep up with most of the house work and take the kids to and from the pool and vbs (which they did 4 of).  Early on in our marriage John and I made an agreement that he would keep up the outside of the house and I would do the inside. Well as you can imagine that idea went out the window pretty quickly because as the number of people in our home grew, so too did the tasks that it takes to maintain it. Thus creating a situation where we realized that the only way we could accomplish anything was if we did it all together. So John took on more of the inside work and I still managed to wrangle my way out of most of the outside work. That is until this summer...

Thankfully the Lord took pity on me and sent 3 of our friends to mow our grass for the first 3 weeks John was home. The rest of the time, I've been on my own. Let me share a little something with you all... I'm pretty spoiled. Ok there it's out there, don't hate. I've never had to work outside in the heat, unless I wanted to. My dad always took care of our home growing up and John loves working outside so I've always happily let him have those tasks. My dad did try somewhere along the way to teach me a few outside skills, but I think I somehow blocked it all out. 

So below find a list of things that I've learned about cutting grass and taking care of the outside of your home. If you've never had to work out in your yard, hopefully if you ever have to you'll save yourself some time and energy.

  1. It's very important to make sure you are well hydrated and wear sunscreen while out in the sun. (Sorry the nurse part of me took over for a sec.) It's also really important to wear proper clothing while cutting the grass. You'll need eye wear, and shoes that cover all of your feet. Long pants aren't a bad idea either as flying debris can really sting when it shoots you in the leg.
  2. Make sure to completely check and clean all parts of your mower before attempting to mow. It only takes a few seconds to turn that bad boy over and scrape all of the old grass off. It's also not a bad idea to take it into a shop and have them professionally tune it for you. This will make your job SO MUCH EASIER! Trust me!
  3. Make sure you check the oil and gas before starting. Sounds simple but I learned the hard way that you don't just dump in oil and call it a day. You have to pour a little, check the level, then pour some more.
  4. If you're using a weed eater make sure you know what kind of fuel it takes. Ours is a two-cycle and doesn't take just gasoline, it takes gas and oil mixed. Ok who knew that those even existed? I surely didn't and almost ruined our weed eater in the process. It's also important to know if your weed eater can also be used as an edger or if your hubby has a separate one of those. 
  5. Take the time to sweep off the sidewalk after your done. I never fully appreciated John taking the time to do this until the one time I didn't do it and then the kids came home... you guessed it... grass tracked all through the house. It's worth the few extra minutes it takes to do it.
  6. Don't put the lawn mower back in the shed while it's hot. You have to wait for it to cool down or it could cause a fire. Thankfully I didn't learn this one the hard way. Just got some wise advice from my father in law. (see # 7).
  7. And if all else fails and you can't figure something out, make sure you have a back up person who you can ask. My father in law was a God send to me this summer. I'm sure I drove him crazy asking for help all the time. But he patiently helped me figure things out when John wasn't available.  
  8. Not to mention that you burn somewhere between 700-900 calories just while cutting the grass... now that's what I call a work out!
What I learned this summer has changed my mind about working outside. There's honestly no better feeling than pulling up in your driveway and your grass is nice and neat. It makes me feel so good! I just LOVE it! Thankfully summer is winding down and soon I won't have to worry about finding the time to do it again... until next summer. And by then John might have to fight me to let him cut our grass... if you're reading this honey you know I'm totally joking! (I wouldn't want him to get any ideas after all...) :o)

PS if anyone has any really great tips about working in the yard to share with me I'd love to hear them!


Saturday, July 7, 2012


This is the view that I had for most of the day yesterday. My hubby had to have what we thought was a minor procedure, but in actuality turned out to be pretty extensive surgery. We had to be up at 4 am and at the hospital at 5. Thankfully my mother in law kept the two big girls so all we had to do was get SG up and get ourselves ready and out the door. Once at the hospital he got checked in and taken back to the OR by 730. I spent the next 4 hours on pins and needles worrying. They told us that the surgery would only take an hour, but because of what they found it actually took closer to 4. They told me to expect him to have to stay overnight but because he felt like he could handle the pain they let him come home. He was only able to sleep for about 1 and a half hours at a stretch and was pretty miserable all night. I felt so bad for him. Now I know how he felt when I had each of my c-sections. It's a pretty helpless feeling watching the one you love hurt. 

After having two nights in a row with very little sleep I was having a particularly low morning. My baby got sick yesterday also so I had two patients last night. I was feeling exhausted both emotionally and physically. Then this morning while checking my email I got this post from Beth Moore. I literally started crying because truly I've got zero reasons to feel sorry for myself. My children, aside from a small stomach virus, are healthy. My husband gets his entire time off from work paid for, and we have insurance that will cover all of his medical bills. His surgery was successful and without life threatening complications. Our ac works great on these hot days and a sweet friend is bringing us dinner.

As I started reading through some of the replies to Beth's post I was so struck by some of the situations that I read about. Very quickly my attitude changed from poor me to an attitude of prayer for the situations that I was reading about. Matthew 11:28-30 came to mind. I love how the Message phrases it. "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me- watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly". I love that anytime we feel overwhelmed or exhausted we do have a friend we can lean on. We have a place to rest and recharge. 

My prayer is that as my husband recovers at home over the next six weeks we would find it to be the best summer of our lives. Time to recharge as a family and time to rest and relax. Time to draw closer together and closer to Christ. My prayer for you is the same. That whatever challenges you're facing you'll take the time to reach out to Christ and let him be your safe place to fall. And if you need a sister in Christ to share your burden with, feel free to call me. I will offer you love, an ear of understanding, prayer, a direction in the Word and even a cup of coffee if you need it. 

Blessings to you all,


Monday, May 28, 2012

End of the year Teacher gift

Bekah's last day of pre-school was May 18 and I wanted to do something really special for her two teachers. They also taught Hannah last year so we've gotten to know them really well. I've seen lots of ideas for tote bags with beach supplies for teachers and decided to do my own version. I also wanted to do a personalized bag. The amazing hubby got me a brand spanking new sewing machine for mother's day (EEK! :o) ). So I knew I needed to take that baby for a test spin. I got some canvas bags from Michaels and went to town. 

First i painted a stenciled B using the freezer paper method onto each bag. Luckily Han's teacher's last name starts with the same letter as Bekah's two teachers first names. So I only needed one letter. 

Next I added some fabric ruffles from some really sweet fabric scraps I picked up in the clearance bin at JoAnns (1.00/ fat quarter bundle... score!). There are a million and one ways to make ruffles, but I love this tutorial from Positively Splendid. The tricky part was that i had to open up the seam of the bag, sew the ruffles on and then resew the seam closed. It wasn't difficult, but definitely took longer than I'd anticipated.

Then I filled the bags with lots of goodies for a fun time in the sun and added a little sunshine tag. 

Making the ruffles was the most time consuming part of this project, but i loved how they turned out! The lighting is terrible in these pics, but I really wish you could see how cute that fabric is! Oh well... maybe for my bday the amazing hubby will get me a new camera... A girl can dream right? :o)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Ballet Recital/ Preschool Graduation

As usual things have been super busy around the Mitchell house and we wouldn't want it any other way! The girls participated in their 2nd ballet recital and while it was a crazy week and pretty stressful, we had a great time! Here are some pics: 

Wonder which one is doing the right move?

Some of their class

One of our good friend's daughter is in our girls class.
The girls had a blast knowing they would see their friend every week.

Hannah modeling ballet

With their most favorite dancer of all time, Amaris.
My girls think she hung the moon!

With their teacher Mrs. Robin

Nana even came to visit! What a treat!

All ready for the last dance, tap.

Next up some pics of Bekah's pre-school graduation. I shed a few tears thinking about my girl growing up. Having the girls go to a Christian pre-school is probably one of my favorite things we've done. They've loved it, and I've loved knowing their foundation in school started in a loving, christian environment.

with Mrs Bonnie- who Bekah says gives the best hugs!

with Mrs Brenda. Her love for her students is just amazing!
How in the world are my girls going to kindergarten and first grade already? Time flies! 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Week

The first week of May was teacher appreciation week. I have really loved my girls teachers this year so of course I had to make some special things for them. Bekah is finishing up her last year of pre-school and I've gotten to know the teachers there really well over the last couple of years so I wanted to make their gifts extra special.

Hannah's school sent home a list of what to bring each day so we followed along with that. 

Monday was candy so I printed out these adorable little boxes designed by Toni  of MBC and filled them with chocolates. They were a big hit! 

Tuesday was fruit so I made my own version of a fruit basket and used this super cute printable from Eighteen 25. Everything in it was fruit flavored. 

Wednesday the girls had to bring in a hand made card. I loved this idea! So of course thank you to Pinterest I found this awesome printable from... I feel horrible bc I can't find the site that I got this from. But there is a watermark so hopefully you can see who it's from. My girls really had fun with this and were the most excited to take these to their teachers.

Thursday was school supplies day so we went the easy route and made a very simple pencil bouquet. The girls made some tissue paper flowers with their grandmother a few weeks ago and it was the perfect way to use these. 

Friday was my favorite day. We got to send in flowers. I didn't want to just send in real flowers though. So I got a little creative. MBC had previously posted this idea. So I combined the printable idea from Monday with the flower idea to make these: 

Then I made a little note that said "Thank you for helping me grow" I loved how they turned out! 

The girls teachers certainly appreciated all of my hard work and I had a blast putting it all together. Next time I'll show you what I did for end of the year gifts. :o)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Projects and pics... that's all I've got!

Long time no post... I know I know! Between all of the holidays we've celebrated recently and spring break, there just seemed to be no time for blogging. So this post is going to be packed with pics of all that's been going on around here. 

First up remember the st patricks days shirts I made for the kids? Well here is a pic of them wearing them. 

SG is impossible to photograph with her sisters these days so that's why she's all by herself.

Next up Easter. Thanks as usual to pinterest i found this tutorial for ruffled easter egg shirts. And here's how they turned out. (Warning you must tilt your head to see these... sorry in advance)

 (Ok seriously does anyone know how to rotate an image once it's on blogger? its driving me nuts that I can't figure that out!)

And last but not least here are some sweet ruffled skirts that i upcycled from jeans. While I was in NY visiting the bestie for spring break we ran across some premade ruffles that we thought would work perfectly for turning blue jeans into skirts. Here is her blog post about it. Because her daughter is smaller than mine she was able to just cut the legs off and sew the ruffles on, but mine required a little more work. I didn't take pics of the process but I'm sure there are a million and one tutorials about how to turn blue jeans into a skirt. But here is the finished product. 

Ok that's all for today! Hope you enjoyed the pics! More to come later! Have a blessed day! :o)