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    Blessed to be a mother to half a dozen girls & one boy. Wife of an undertaker.
    Photographer. Homeschooler. Daughter of the King. Chicken and goat raiser.
    Lover of Jesus and all things pink and vintage. ♥

Turning One …

 

Could a little baby be more love? I think no. What a special day, celebrating Lazarus’ first birthday. A simple gathering. Good food. And lots of hugs and snuggles for our little boy.
Nothing brings out his smile like his sisters!

 

The girls made his cupcakes and icing, decorated them and make the cupcake toppers. They were great helpers!

 

 

 

Happy birthday, sweet Lazarus! It is hard to believe that a year has passed already. But what a sweet, lovely year it has been. We are so happy to have a little blue in our world of pink! You are loved. xo

December 20, 2016 - 4:19 am

Rebecca - Oh gosh so cute! Happy Birthday Lazarus!

December 16, 2016 - 6:55 pm

Renee - Oh Happy birthday sweet Lazarus!!!!! It was with such sweet joy we all sat stunned at your birth…..a BOY!!! What a wonderful beautiful surprise you were an what a darling little boy you are growing up to be!! Much love and Gods blessings to you today and always xoxo

December 15, 2016 - 5:17 am

admin - Lindy, I agree – I would *love* to live closer to you! I’d ask you over for a cuppa tea and suggest some sewing lessons … hee hee …

December 15, 2016 - 5:01 am

admin - Those are cute dresses, are they not? 🙂 We found them just in time for his birthday. They are all used dresses, because, of course, rarely can you find something new that is lovely for little girls and young ladies these days. Thrifts stores, etsy and homemade- that is what we tend to go by. I a can only sew a skirt and cannot sew much more so you are ahead of me by far on your sewing adventures! But yes, it is very challenging to find good modest clothing, not just for the little girls but for women, too. Have you noticed everything looks masculine in the women’s department lately?

December 14, 2016 - 10:15 pm

Lynda Lu Gibb - God Bless your one year old little son! isn’t he so precious…oh I so wish we lived closer.

December 14, 2016 - 2:01 pm

Lucy - Seriously! how do you keep your girls in dresses that cute? I only have 2 girls and cannot find affordable dresses that are pretty and modest. It’s like pulling eye teeth. I try to make dresses for them, but all too often lately by the time I get a dress finished it no longer fits the original recipient and becomes an new hand-me-down 🙁

First Haircut

I must say, it has been delightful to have a wee little boy in our home. At first, when he entered our lives after six daughters in a row, I was a bit nervous.
“I don’t know what to do with a boy! How will we adjust?”

It seemed strange to me to be holding a baby boy after six daughters had filled my arms – but within minutes of meeting our little son, it was natural. God knows what you need. He knows what your baby needs – male or female. He places a love in your heart that is all encompassing. Even if you prayed for one gender over another (which I believe is not God’s will – do not do that, mothers! God has already pre-destined your child for you and He has this little one’s future presence on earth planned), your heart will melt as you meet your precious bundle.

So, we are quickly approaching Lazarus’ first birthday. Shocking, I agree. And with his first birthday just peeking around the corner, his first cut was imminent. He was beginning to have a bit of a shaggy look. Lyla (10 years old) helped with the gentle trimming.

I think our little man enjoyed his first tiny hair cut.

 

I personally thinking he looks darling. xo

 

 

December 14, 2016 - 10:37 pm

Lynda Lu Gibb - So clever giving him water to focus on while sensitive, careful Lyla give him his first haircut!!

December 11, 2016 - 6:05 am

admin - Thanks – we think he is pretty cute!
The lens is a Nikkor 50 mm 1.4.

December 10, 2016 - 9:53 pm

Lauren - What a cutie patootie, Gigi! He sure is growing.
I have to ask, which lens did you use for these shots?

December 10, 2016 - 10:17 am

Jennifer Heemskerk - I think it’s fantastic that you get to experience raising a son amongst all those little women! He is so cute! Is it my imagination or does he look a lot like Lovelyn? Have a wonderful Christmas season with family

Virtue Training Bible {update}

Using random.org, the receiver of the Virtue Training Bible is ….

 

 

 Megan

 

Congratulations, Megan! I will be in touch with details regarding shipping your Child Training Bible kit to you. I hope you will be blessed as you teach the Word of the Lord to your family through this tool.

Thank you all for entering! Please go to the CTB website and look around. Their kits are priced fairly and would make a valuable tool for your family as you learn and teach the Scriptures. You can also visit their facebook page for more details.

 

December 19, 2016 - 4:28 am

admin - Megan, I have sent you an email. 🙂

December 9, 2016 - 7:39 am

Megan - Yay!!! 🙂

Homemade Rosehip Infused Face Cream

It’s the first of December. There is no snow falling now. The ground is bare and muddy. Children linger by windows waiting in hopes of seeing the faint sparkle of white falling from the heaves, while they still find their hearts filled with joy at the thought of going outdoors to play for long hours without being cold and wet. It is an in-between feeling. We are spending more time indoors, reading by the cozy fire, playing games, working on puzzles, drinking tea and listening to audio stories. This makes up some of my favorite things about winter at home with the children. My body and heart craves for quieter afternoons, even if just for a half hour of being curled up under an afghan and crocheting or reading by a warm fire.

All seasons are beautiful. And I am grateful for one as they unfold. This, to me, is a hopeful season of slow(er), intimate and quiet days.

 

Being indoors means I can work on some homemade projects that have been on my to-do list.  Here is one I worked on today in between homeschooling, cleaning up lunch and getting the house straightened out for the afternoon. So to me, that means this is a pretty simple recipe. 🙂

Here, adapted from Rosemary Gladstar’s book, is a delicious recipe for a beautiful, lightly-scented face cream that will make you feel feminine and lovely. You will not only save money from avoiding an overpriced cream at the retail store, but you will find satisfaction in personally creating a lovely healthy treat for your skin.

 

An easy collection of ingredients is all you will need. [I have had all of these ingredients on hand for quite some time – so if you feel that the initial purchase is intimidating, just know it will help you with future further projects.]

1/3 cup of Aloe Vera gel
half a dropper of Pure Rosehip Oil
1-5 drops of Essential Oil {preferred oil of choice}

1 oz. of beeswax (grated)
1/3 cup of coconut oil
2/3 cup of distilled water

I also added a few drops of my rose-infused oil, which I had made yesterday.

Making a face cream with rosehip oil is only natural, as this oil can regenerate skin cells, treats scars and acne. It has the ability to moisturize the driest skin, credited to give a healthy glow.  I have written about the benefits of rosehips before – which you may read here.

To begin, mix the distilled water, aloe vera gel, rosehip oil and essentials together in a glass jar or measuring cup and set aside.

In a double boiler, melt the beeswax and coconut oil together slowly. Do not overheat. Once the beeswax is melted, take your oils away from the heat source and allow it to cool. You will want to pour it into your blender of choice at this point as it is easier to pour when it is completely liquid.

Allow to cool until the beeswax/coconut oil are approximately the same temperature as the Aloe Vera/rosehip mixture.

Once the two mixtures are near the same temperature, turn on your blender/mixer and slowly, ever so slowly, begin adding your aloe vera mixture to the oils. Just drizzle in a little at time. Go slowly.

As the mixer works, it will slowly emulsify to the point where it will look creamy and rich.

 

 

 

Pour into your chosen vessel – I used a glass mason jar and two smaller glass containers.

 

 

This lotion is soft, rich and silky and 100% natural – oh so good for your skin! It will sink into the layers of your face – or anywhere you use it! – and hydrate your skin, something we all need as winter sets in.

 

This is a thick cream so you will only need a little on your face but you may also use it on your hands, arms, neck, etc.

I will be giving two of the jars as gifts and one will be for my own skin care. Rosemary Gladstar’s book suggests to keep your lotion in a cool location. My bathroom is rather cold so it will be fine – in the summer months when we are in the heat of July, I may just keep it in the fridge.

December 2, 2016 - 3:06 pm

Jenn - I am definately going to use this recipe!

Teaching Virtues to Little Hearts {VTB giveaway}

[Details regarding the giveaway of the Virtue Training Bible at the end of the post. Don’t miss out!]

Do you remember when I wrote about the Child Training Bible?

Well, yes, we just love our Child Training Bible!  It is so wonderful when there is a character issue that needs attention or when we want to memorize Scriptures in a category (for example, avoiding lying).  So when I found out the makers had created a new Bible – the Virtue Training Bible – I was delighted!

As a mother, encouraging my children to hide God’s word in their hearts is a big priority. Right now, we are putting together our VTB, going through all the virtues slowly but surely during our Morning Basket time together. The [four older] girls each have a Bible and we all look up the Scriptures, tab the Bible in the right place and highlight the verses accordingly.

If you are not familiar with how the VTB works – here is a great video explaining it:

 

 

 

 

 

Instead of putting the Bible together without the children, I have the girls do each section with me, highlighting and tabbing the Scriptures.

I love how the  virtues  – such as kindness, peace, patience, purity and humility – are able to be lined up with character traits that I am teaching or plan to teach the girls throughout the year. This month, we are looking up verses on justice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To create your Virtue Training Bible, you will need your Bible :),  along with different colored highlighters that co-ordinate with the VTB sheets. Also, you will need some coordinating sticky tabs to mark the Scriptures’ page.

 

It is a beautiful sight to see your child immersing themselves in Scripture and watch them become excited about the Word of God! One daughter asked if we could just do the Virtue Training Bible all morning long.

 

 

You can find out more about the Virtue Training Bible at the website. I highly recommend having such a lovely and fun way of studying the Scriptures for you and your children!

And what a blessing – Mindy Dunn, the creator of the VTB, has offered one reader a copy of the Virtue Training Bible. To enter the giveaway here on the blog,  just leave a comment below and I will use random.org to draw a winner at the end of next week.

Be blessed as you teach your family the jewels in the Scriptures!

December 8, 2016 - 11:52 pm

Christina - Would love this for my boys. 🙂

December 5, 2016 - 4:47 am

Renee - What a wonderful way to teach Biblical virtues to the children!! Great idea! We would love to try this method too!!

December 3, 2016 - 2:39 pm

Laura - I would love one of these training Bibles for our children. I have been interested in them for a while.

December 2, 2016 - 4:32 pm

Melanie - I would love this for my son and daughter!

December 2, 2016 - 9:17 am

Stacey - I would love to have one of these for our kids!

December 1, 2016 - 1:40 am

Liz Bronsveld - Oh I do remember a while ago you posting about this, but my girls weren’t of an age where they would appreciate it yet…I had it stored in my.memory bank;) but L is loving a veggie tale devo we got her and so I think she might be ready to help me with a bigger project!

November 30, 2016 - 11:47 pm

Jennifer Heemskerk - Looks like a wonderful tool for studying scripture!

November 30, 2016 - 11:37 pm

Megan - Oooo i would love this for my littles!!

November 29, 2016 - 9:08 pm

Steph - Yes please! This looks great!

November 29, 2016 - 3:52 pm

Nicole - I just love reading your blog. Would love to win.

November 29, 2016 - 1:40 pm

Kim B. - Please enter me in the giveaway. This looks like what we’ve been searching for. I have four young boys and this would be perfect for them.

November 29, 2016 - 1:39 pm

Emma - I’d love to win one of these Virtue Training kits. They look like a great resource for families. Thank you for the giveaway!

November 29, 2016 - 12:19 pm

Brenda (Gigi's Mom) - This is a wonderful tool, Gillian! What fun for the girls …
I would love to win one of these bibles 🙂
Love you and your passion to teach your children the ways of God! xoxo