INHOME Session: Baby sister G

I have one graduating this Spring.  

I tried to go back in time, in my remember when she was this itty bitty...

To be honest, those days were long and the nights were longer...
My older two daughters were incredibly colicky and overly sensitive to the outside world, as well as their digestive made for some quite exhausting days with no real relief, except for the occasional break when a sympathetic grandparent could come for a couple hours, once in awhile, just so I could escape the crying.  

I don't say that to insight sympathy, but just to reiterate the strong survival and LOVE that occurs during hard seasons...and we did survive...and that daughter, that once seemingly drained every ounce of energy out of me in the early months, is now a tall beauty with hopes and dreams on the horizon. 

I know it sounds cliche or even trite to say this...but, even though those days were hard and long...I can look back on them with sweetness and even longing from time to time...not that I would trade this season of life for anything in the world, but there is a joy that comes from weathering the hard things and seeing the amazing GOOD that comes from it...

This sweet baby sister is a JOY to her older siblings and parents...she brings a new dynamic to a family in the midst of balancing life...she's the reminder to slow down and enjoy...she's the tiny babe that reminds everyone just how blessed they all are...

AND they will be her biggest cheerleaders, the ones that protect and fiercely love that she will one day be that tall beauty, heading out on her own...grateful for the foundation of love given to her.


CT Favorite Things Day 3 HOMEMADE CRAFTS

Day 3 of #ctfavoritethings I'll be sharing homemade crafts or thoughtful gifts.  I'm a creative at heart and since creating is an extension of myself, it's the natural course of action for me to take at the past I've created all sorts of "homemade" gifts for my girls and family members.  I'm sharing a few today, you can watch the video below to see more. 

I'll list some "how to" videos for DIYs in case you want some specific directions to try on your own. 

Wood Canvas Banner : This one gives you the gist, it just doesn't show you the stain and varnish.

Wood Slice Ornaments: For these, I create my pattern just like they did it on this little video.  For the back, I did the Photo transfer to wood.  

Merry Christmas to you all!  I hope your family time is beautiful and memorable!


CT Favorite Things Day 2: BOARD GAMES

Day 2 of #ctfavoritethings I don't take time for granted.  My girls are BUSY!  Between their academic schedule, Senior year commitments, musical rehearsals, and job clock ,among a string of many more activities, it's difficult to find time together...and when we do, we want our time to be meaningful and memorable. 

One thing that we attempt to do anytime we have a chance is Family Dinners.  HERE are a few pinned creative conversations starters. 

If we DO find time, we love board games!  We also enjoy a bunch of card games too...but here are some board games to get you started.

Tellestrations was a game gifted to us and it has brought LOTS of laughter and FUN over the years. Even the neighbor boys have come over and joined us.  It's sort of a cousin to Pictionary, but more like the game "telephone" that we played in grade school...but try to play that with drawing pictures rather than whispers and you get a hilarious combination!  

Codenames is a new one to me.  My girls LOVE this game though.  They attend a youth group game night each Tuesday and this is a favorite of a lot of the teenagers! 

Rummikub is for lovers of math and strategy.  We've owned this game for a long while and my girls have learned to be strategic and think multiple steps ahead.  As a former teacher, I would highly recommend this game for any family!

Spot It is a QUICK game that you can play over and over again. There are all kinds of versions: camping, fishing, emoji, holiday, sport, animals and even Frozen! It's basically like "Snap" from days of yore...but more contemporary and pretty. Though I'd have to slow it down a bit, I even played this with my then 3 year old who loved it! 

These are just a few favorites...but really, you can't go wrong with board cultivates time around the table together, laughing and learning and "NO SCREENS" :) 

((AND, there are LOTS of sales going on all over right now on the classics like Connect Four or Yahtzee or Apple to Apples :) ))


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