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Current Snapshot

I came across a fill-in-the-blank scrap booking form the other day. I don’t think that I will ever use if for any of my pages; however, I thought it would make a nice monthly blog template. So here is my first ever “Current Snapshot” blog, for those who are interested.
Currently…

Watching:
This is a tough one. Kevin and I enjoy watching series on Netflix in their entirety. We just finished season 3 of Downton Abbey and season 1 of House of Cards. We are currently searching for and taking suggestions of our next series. His vote: Walking Dead. My vote: hack into the UK BBC site for Season 4 of Downton.

Otherwise, it’s the occasional Baby Einstein with Levi or Little House on the Prairie with MC.

Reading:
I just checked out Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. It is a biographical account of former Olympic athlete turned airman Louis Zamperini during WW II. This is one of the main reasons I am in a book club. I probably would never have chosen to read this book, but I am enjoying it and learning a lot!

MC and I are reading a biography of Jackie Robinson together. His teacher has been doing a unit for Black history month, and I decided he would really enjoy learning more about this baseball great and civil rights activist.

Listening:
I typically listen to talk-radio or KLOVE in the car, but I recently made a new “Hymns for Worship” Pandora station. I am LOVING it!!! It is full of traditional hymns arranged and performed by contemporary artists. It has the added bonus of calming Levi when he’s restless, and teaching MC some standard hymns that we don’t sing very often in church.

Making:
As usual, I’m at various stages of several different projects. I just finished making a soda pop tab bracelet for my oldest. It was super fast and easy and turned out pretty cute!

I’m in the researching and materials-gathering phase for Levi’s Easter outfit. I absolutely adore Jon Jon rompers on little boys, but they are ridiculously expensive to buy and one can usually only find them at children’s boutiques or specialty online shops. Luckily, I found some great tutorials on Pinterest for making your own- including how to copy the patterns from existing outfits that we already own. I’m so excited! I have bought the fabric last week and purchased the remaining notions today so I can begin my “test run”. I had the idea to buy a couple of cheap men’s shirts from the thrift store to practice on just in case I mess up. I think this is kind of brilliant and plan on using this concept for lots of things, including some new vests for MC made from suit pants. Pictures of successful projects to come!

I’m also making Levi an Easter basket. It will be a cute crocheted bunny design. I better get busy!

Feeling:
I am feeling extremely grateful. I have a husband who loves me and our children. He works hard at his job and is an amazing help-mate to me at home. He also genuinely enjoys my company and makes me laugh everyday. I am grateful for my sons. MC is a bundle of creative energy and enthusiasm. Levi is such a happy and generally easy baby. They bring so much joy into our home. We have an extremely generous and supportive family who we love spending time with. I am so grateful for our friends. We’ve been blessed with the kind of friends who are truly more like family. We have found a warm and welcoming church that is Bible centered. Our church small group has been such a source of strength and inspiration for us. I pray that God will continue to cultivate a thankful heart in me.

Planning:
Our garden! We have loved having a garden the past couple of years. There is just nothing quite like preparing a meal with ingredients freshly cut from your own garden. This year we are starting our plants from seed indoors and then transferring them to the garden when they are ready. We are also building a second square foot planter to yield more yummy goodness.

Loving:
Our Lenten bulbs. I stole the idea from my friend Lindsey to plant something on Ash Wednesday to use as a centerpiece throughout Lent. Every family member has their own pot. MC chose these lovely bulbs that will have beautiful clusters of small white flowers. After Easter we will plant them in the ground outside.

I love the idea that the bulb represents us dying to self. It is only through Christ that we can be transformed into something beautiful. I marvel at how some days it seems like the plants don’t change at all, and other days it seems that they have grown inches over the course of just a few hours! I can wait to see how beautiful they are by the time Easter rolls around. I’m looking forward to making this a family tradition during Lent.

So that’s what I’m up to these days. It may not sound like an exciting life to many people, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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