{Turkey by my little artist, Kaelyn ~ age 5}
 Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and continue to have a great weekend!
We spent quite a bit of road time on Thanksgiving but we were able to see a lot of family which was good! On our morning drive we had gorgeous views. My photo doesn't do the sun rays justice but I tried. :) Kaelyn said excitedly, "Mom, do you know what that is?! God's light is shining down!" I love witnessing how God is an important part of her life. So very thankful for her, my family and all of God's blessings... big and small.


Online Auction Going on Now!


If you follow me on twitter you probably already know about this online auction that is going on, but I wanted to get it posted on here as well. Again this year I am donating a print of choice to the highest bidder in the Ekubo Auction. They are raising money for the Children's Home in Uganda. Auction ends this Sunday night, November 24th at 11:59 pm (EST).
Sorry I didn't spread the word on the blog earlier... so much going on. For one I've been seeing my share of doctors this week. My sweetheart of a dad sat with me for several hours yesterday while going through more health tests and we were both busy reading for a good part of it. At first I wasn't sure what to bring with since one of the tests took 3+ hours alone. Well the one thing I had and knew would keep me busy for a long time was the Bible, and it gave me wonderful words for this post...
"If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor,
he too will cry out and not be answered." Proverbs 21:13
There are so many wonderful items in the auction. You can bid by leaving a comment. Sometimes the comment area may not show up if you are on Google Chrome or a Smart phone so try switching over to Internet Explorer and maybe try hitting refresh. Go check it out, you might get a really good deal on an item and you might find something that would make a great gift for the holidays.
Go HERE to check out the items!


Do not be discouraged...

Have I not commanded you?
Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified;
Do not be discouraged; for the Lord your God
will be with you wherever you may go.
Joshua 1:9
Sometimes I find it hard not to get discouraged. I suppose everyone has that feeling at some point.
As I go through more doctor visits and several more tests once again, I just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other, trusting and knowing that God is by my side through this crazy journey. He gives me the strength to keep going. He provides and cares for the birds, bugs and plants, he will do the same for his children... he will take care of me.


Tooth Fairy!

 Having her first loose tooth was harder on me than I expected... it is another step away from the baby stage. It pretty much hit me the same way as when she walked across the room at 10 months. I was happy for her, in shock, and sad to see my baby growing up so quickly. You can't dwell on the negatives so I was determined to make this event special. How could you not when she was excited about wiggling the tooth around and talking about the tooth fairy for about 2 weeks? So my first step was going through my craft drawers to find felt and thread to make a tooth fairy pouch. Forget under the pillow, with a hyper active sleeper and a tiny tooth, the fairy would never be able to find it! Plus the tooth fairy doesn't want to be squooshed bringing her surprise. :)
 Luckily the pouch was completed just in time. That same night K's tooth came out! It ended up being a bit more of a tragic event rather than exciting but at least she was happy making an adorable card for the tooth fairy.
 Really she could have cared less about the money, she just wanted to know the tooth fairy's name. :)
When I was making the pouch I was originally going to have the tooth part be a pocket, but then when K said she was going to make something for the fairy and the tooth fairy may want to leave something a bit bigger than money I decided on a double pocket. Since I didn't have any ribbon around I used some tulle to make a handle. (just hand sewed everything together)

One of my favorite details was the certificate left behind with the details of her age, when she lost her tooth plus a special note on the bottom just for her. Thanks to Mike Adair for creating the design and sharing it with the tooth fairy! :) Go HERE if you know a tooth fairy wanting to do the same. K's certificate was printed at about 4"x 5" and was digitally customized.