Monday, February 1, 2016

a plan and a purpose

photo: face timing with Daddy while we were on a visit to Houston last year

"If God has a plan and a purpose for your life he has a plan and a purpose for your years and if He has a plan and a purpose for your years then He has a plan and a purpose for your days and if He has a plan and a purpose for your days, He has a plan and a purpose for TODAY."  

from Kat Lee's workshop at the Mom Heart Conference this past weekend

I got to attend the Mom Heart Conference this past weekend with an incredible group of women who I am blessed to be able to call friends.  There was SO much good stuff and this was one quote that I wanted to share.  


Saturday, January 23, 2016


I am so happy to link up another post for Kelly's Korner's Single Link Up.  This is my cousin Jonathan.  I asked him if I could write a post about him.  

He is incredible!  He is 8 years younger than me so we grew up together but as I have gotten to know him as an adult I really just can't say enough good things about him.  He is an awesome guy.

Jonathan is committed.  He is not one to give up.  He is also adventurous and likes to travel.  He is easy to talk to and is intentional about spending time with his sisters, parents and nephews and also makes time with our extended family a priority.

Jonathan is a triathlete and a graphic designer.  He owns a photography business.  

He is always intentionally strengthening his relationship with the Lord and strives to live for Him in every aspect of his life.

He enjoys photography, traveling, running, softball, cycling, swimming, skiing and anything or any sport that gets him outdoors.

He spends a lot of his nights and free time with friends from church.

If you know of an eligible Christian woman who you think would like to meet Jonathan or if you are an eligible Christian woman and would like to meet Jonathan feel free to e-mail me (sundrenchedmoments @ gmail dot com) or e-mail him directly at jwaven@ yahoo dot com

(Also, to all of my other single friends out there, if you would like me to do a post for you too, please let me know!!)


Thursday, January 21, 2016


I am participating in Kelly's Korner singles link up day today to introduce you to my friend Jenni. 

Did you know that in the time Kelly has been hosting this link up for singles to meet one another that ELEVEN couples have gotten married??!  

Pretty cool. 

This is my friend Jenni.  

She is a truly wonderful person.  She is one of the greatest friends.  She is very thoughtful of others, is a great cook, loves to travel, is into sports and likes Harleys.  :) 

She is a very giving person.  She is smart and capable and has a very good job.  She currently lives in Abilene, TX.  

Jenni is a Christian and her faith is very important to her.  
She has a sense of adventure and likes to have fun.  

Jenni is an incredible cook and makes wonderful desserts, comfort food and hosts an amazing Christmas open house each year with holiday goodies that keep everyone coming back for more. 

If you happen to know
 of an eligible Christian man who you think would like to meet Jenni or if you are an eligible Christian man and would like to meet Jenni feel free to e-mail me (sundrenchedmoments @ gmail dot com) or e-mail her directly at jennipearl76blog @ gmail dot com

Obviously more women read Kelly's Korner's blog than men so if you know of any great single men who are looking to find someone to marry, point them to Kelly's Korner blog today.  The more people who check out her post, the better the chances are.  

Jenni with her nieces.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Home Tour - family room

Our family room is downstairs in our home.  When we bought the house it looked like this:

All of the furniture, etc. is from the previous owners.  The furniture went but the paneling remained!  

Then we did this:

And by we I actually mean our neighbor who is a contractor while we were out of town for Thanksgiving that year!  Wild!!  

Then there was a lot of this:  

And this!  

The countertops finally came in stock at Ikea and the door was removed and now here are our little Christmas touches this year.  

December calendar for homeschool - circles from Dollar Tree that I wrote numbers on and several extra came in the package which made me feel good in case there were mess ups!  Then I just stuck them up with washi tape.  Underneath some were post it notes with special things happening that day.  Inspiration from this book.

The glittered popsicle stick snowflakes are a craft that the kids dreamed up and executed with my help.  We did that on December 1st which felt really fun.  Cora wanted hers hung with a PINK ribbon.  :) 

Some of our engagement pictures, the felt tree I made when David was little that the kids enjoy decorating, a cross bought in a shop in Fredericksburg, TX with my mom when I was single and we took girls' trips a lot and the Rudolph I made in 4th grade.  So glad my mom kept that.  It makes me smile.

a little snowy scene with a red truck and a red snowflake cap to a bottle that broke :( some sparkly fake snow and bottle brush trees of course  (Thanks for helping me with that collection, Erin!) 

And finally a little merriment on the guitar

Merry Christmas Eve tomorrow!  


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas-y things

Well, I thought I was sitting down to write another Christmas home tour post and I thought those were the pictures I was uploading BUT these are the photos that uploaded instead so rather than trying to fight it at the end of the day I am just going to go with it. 

Our church hosted a brunch for the women the first Saturday of December and my mom and I went together and then got to enjoy the first December snow on our way to a thrift store afterwards where we both scored some fun finds.  

The following Monday our family went up into the mountains into Pike National Forest to cut down our own Christmas tree!  It was a perfect day for it!  Not too cold!  We had a lot of fun.  This is David posing by the huge crosscut outside of the office in downtown Colorado Springs where you go to purchase a permit for cutting your tree.  

After cutting down the tree we went to The North Pole!  

We had SUCH a good time riding rides.  The kids thought it was pretty much the greatest thing they'd ever done!  

Hope you've been having some fun outings this season and may you all have a very merry and blessed Christmas this week!  


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Christmas Home Tour - welcome in

The Nester is having her annual Christmas Tour of Homes today.  I have joined in several times in the past and when I was single and had lots of time free for reading blogs I remember looking forward to this day and looking at home after home!  

I don't have as much time these days between parenting and teaching my kids but I wanted to join in the fun.  I am going to post a room at a time and hope that I get more than just this one post in today but we will see.  

We had a lovely snowfall last night!  David, my 5 1/2 year old took this picture of me in front of our home.  I am participating in Dressember all this month to raise awareness and funds for International Justice Mission and A21 who are on the front lines working to educate those most vulnerable to becoming victims of human trafficking so that it can be prevented as well as seeking, finding, rescuing and providing aftercare for those who have been trafficked.  If you are interested in supporting me as I wear a dress every day of December in order to raise funds for these wonderful organizations, please email me at sundrenchedmoments @ gmail . com (link in sidebar as well)

The JOY sign is a new decoration that I made this year.  I dug a piece of wood out of the garage that was formerly a shelf in our linen closet before I revamped that space to make it more useable.  I have had the wreath for many years and had acrylic paint on hand as well as glitter!  

inspiration here and here

Once you step inside you are greeted with the merry jangle of bells!  This is one of David's contributions to our Christmas decorations.  He has appointed our house as a Christmas Museum and this alerts him when we have a customer.  :)  

I hope you are having a very merry Christmas season and a warm and cozy day today!  


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

school this week

We are all really enjoying this new journey of homeschooling that we are on.  I thought I would give you just a quick glimpse of our week in pictures.  

David created his own motorcycle - dreamed up the project and figured out how to execute it.  This boy is always building and creating!

Celebrated our first snow with snowflake tortillas for breakfast - just cut, butter and sprinkle cinnamon sugar - these are the uncooked ones from costco so then we just cooked it up on the skillet.

And a snowball fight before it all melted away!

Another project of the week was building a playground in the living room.  

We did a Five in a Row unit study on the book Cranberry Thanksgiving.  We examined cranberries under our magnifying glass and made observations about them.  I let David dictate and I recorded all of our observations for our nature journal.  I think I have decided that instead of a chronological journal I want to get alphabet divider tabs and insert sheets into a binder alphabetically.  

Examining the holes that hold the seeds. 

We counted the seeds in three separate cranberries.  I thought the numbers of seeds would be more uniform but our three counts yielded 18, 19 and 22.

Baking pumpkin cranberry pecan chocolate chip bread.

Today we did homeschool with friends!  We had such a fun day doing Cranberry Thanksgiving all together.  In the book one of the main characters "judges a book by it's cover" in regards to judging character.  We learned the saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover" and had a little object lesson to reinforce the concept.  (idea here)

Each child got to choose if they wanted a colorful gift bag or a crumpled plastic shopping bag.  The colorful bags contained rotten banana peels and the shopping bags contained leftover Halloween candy!  

They also got the immense privilege of eating lunch WHILE watching a video!  Dirty Jobs Cranberry Bog edition!  

We had a cranberry relay where they tried different physical skills (tiptoes, hopping, etc.) while trying to transfer cranberries on a spoon to fill their cups!

There was some impromptu "ice skating".  

And here my photos have gotten a bit out of order.

Breakfast Bible reading

Brother/sister free play

Sorting Halloween candy

Nature walks

And back to the photos from our friends' house . . . we made a "cranberry bog" sensory bin that they LOVED.

Craisin, whole raw cranberry and stewed cranberry snack that we ate while describing the different ones on a thinking map. 

The boys figured out how to turn the syringes in the sensory bin into cranberry launchers using the pressure of the water to propel the cranberries!  

Also, homemade cranberry playdoh in the background!  

coloring the New England states on the map since that's where cranberries are grown and the story took place

listening to the story

It has been a great week!