Deuteronomy 4:35

You have been shown these things that you might know the Lord is God besides him there is no other.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Ellie’s Glasses

So adorable..Now if I can just get her to keep them on.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas in the Barn

We headed to the country last weekend for an autism event called Christmas in the Barn.
It was held at Miracles in Motion where many children have therapeutic riding sessions.
We enjoyed crafts, homemade cookies, the horses dressed in their holiday best, and a visit with..
Santa Claus. 
You can't avoid this guy this time of year,
and, while my girls know the truth about this guy,
sometimes it is fun just to play along.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Painting Salt Dough

After making the dough, we pressed our little hands in, cut out a mitten shape, and baked it to harden it up.
Then we painted them and added glitter.
We also used permanent markers to decorate a manger scene in these snowglobe shaped ornaments that we made out of the dough. 
These turned out great and I loved their sweet little drawings of baby Jesus!
Like I said before Jillian's shapes were a bit unconventional, but they turned out beautiful.
She may have gone a bit overboard with glitter, but a girl's got to sparkle.
Here is our sweet Ellie's ornament painted by Momma as I was sure she would put the paint in her mouth.  Maybe next year, she will be ready to paint with something other than edible ingredients.

Making Salt Dough Ornaments..

I have seen salt dough ornaments everywhere..
and I love making ornaments with the girls each year.
Because we hadn't attempted a salt dough hand print mitten in the past,

we went for it, and making them was so much fun!
This girl has loved all my crafts, but she really liked this one.  The shapes she cut out were completely unconventional and totally unique just like she is.
You can see the trail of destruction in the background and our little tornado sitting on the floor in the middle of it all!  What a blessed morning this was to have my girls with me!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

We had our first dusting of snow, and the girls were anxious to get out and play.
There wasn't near enough snow to build a snowman so we did the next best thing and built these guys out of craft foam on our glass door.
I cut out lots of pieces, set out a paint brush, and water..
and these ladies got busy. 
Anna's completed masterpiece was completely unique.
So was my sweet little peanut's man.  She is so petite that she had to use a stool to place her foam pieces.  This activity was super inexpensive, kept them busy for a good while, and has endless possibilities for many seasonal connections. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Our Tree 2017

Seeing my babies together never gets old though the light in this corner of our basement is terrible.  What JOY these babies have brought me!
Every single year that she enjoys decorating I remember how hard the first few Christmases were for her.  Praise God Jillian loves our tree these days!
Anna Mei takes decorating very, very seriously!
My biggest girl loves her some Molly.  Emily traveled with me to get her, and she unashamedly declares Miss Molly her favorite!  Only one more week until our biggest girl is home with us!  Counting down the days to celebrating Jesus birth together!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Her First Tree

It is always such a privilege to celebrate the wonder of this glorious season with a new baby home!
To watch her eyes light up as she sees the sparkling lights,
to hear her giggle as I squish her little hands in the salt dough to make an ornament,
and to feel the thrill as her little hands dig through the bow and wrapping paper sensory bin..
makes my heart overflow with a JOY so big that I can't help, but praise Jesus with everything in me that He would bless me so with this sweet, sweet child!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

A Live Nativity

Last night, we headed with some friends to a little country church that hosted a live nativity.  When we turned down the country road to the church, there were milk jug luminaries for a half a mile.  It was so simple, and so beautiful.  
I think our girls favorite part was the dress up station.  It was manned by a dear church lady who fitted each of our girls with a costume, including wings and a tinsel halo, that they could wear while visiting the nativity.  It was precious!
Ellie Grace took it all in.
They had rich, hot chocolate milk, homemade cookies, and coloring sheets in the basement too.
Molly has taken to wearing these plastic glasses everywhere we go because sweet girl is the only one without a need for them.  She wants glasses so badly.
The manger scene even had live animals..chickens, dogs, rabbits, sheep, and a cow.
When the girls were dressed up, we went back around to hold baby Jesus.
Could it be any sweeter?
This little princess just loved, loved her some baby Jesus.  What an angel she made..
This older sweet girl of mine loved the fire, and the animals, but wanted nothing to do with an angel costume. She was all smiles sitting by the fire.

 It was a beautiful night which this church says they have been hosting for over 20 years.  Can't wait to go again next year.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Let the Countdown Begin

Today is December 1st, and we started our countdown to Jesus birthday!  The little girls were over the moon to set up the verses that we are using this year to help us prepare to celebrate.
This year, Anna Mei can look up the verses with very little help and read the Children's Bible version of them..It is an exciting time around here!  We are using the free printable verses at this site..  They are super cute and easy to print. 

The New Children’s Hospital

After four days in a row of long appointments, this girl was tuckered out after our day at the University yesterday.  She fell asleep just sitting up while the girls and I were using the restroom preparing to head home. (Seriously she is so chill.  Have I mentioned how thankful I am for that?)  Stay tuned because yesterday our sweet Ellie Grace got her an eyeglasses prescription, and the little pink ones I picked out for her are beyond cute!  Can you imagine?
Since I knew transferring her to her car seat would wake her up, and she desperately needed to rest.. I let my tag a longs visit the theater room in the lobby of the new hospital.  It has giant virtual reality games.
For a moment, I thought we were at the Children's Museum, but then remembered we were in the hospital.  Seriously, this new Children's Hospital is AMAZING!  Right around the corner from this theater is an amazing new playground and wonderful children's library with story hour, crafts, and books to check out.  I am grateful to get such  amazing care here so close to home, and to be able to have a little fun too!  It makes the twenty hours a week we can spend here so much more enjoyable.