Monday, July 23, 2012

new tent!

We love to camp.
This is not a secret.
So the other weekend we went away, just the four of us, and it was a wonderful little family get away.  We found this camp ground that was only 45 minutes from home so we would still feel like we were getting away without the long drive. They had a lake on the grounds and quaint sites that were quite private.  In fact, we might have been the only people camping there that weekend which was weird because it was the first cool weekend in a while up here!
I was trying to capture Audrey's diaper bottom but instead just got this shot of her.  Such a technology lover!

I have a daughter with really curly hair!  I love it!

Our little bon fire.

Trying to keep the mosquitoes out of our eyes but still enjoying some lovely quiet time after the girls went down.
The new tent was yet again, amazing.  Big enough for us all with plenty of room for our gear.  Both Dan and I were amazed that this is the first time we've ever camped, just us.  The first of many.

embroidery hoop

So I started doing a little embroidery.  I've always felt comfortable with a needle and some thread but now I'm learning some specific stitches.
Isaac John Harpel (due August 13th!)
For this baby blanket I made I used three different stitches.  The basic back stitch for the letters,  the french knot for the dots, and the stem stitch for anything round like the circle and the bottom of the J. 

The blanket was made based on this tutorial by Stay-at-Home Artist. It was so easy to follow and I already had the flannel because I bought a bunch on sale a few months ago.  This also helped me learn that my machine had a cute little zig-zag stitch I didn't know about (where it makes it looks a little hand embroidered) and I love it!
Just an instagram of the gal behind this blog!

Saturday, July 14, 2012


Oh Daniel.
You are the love of my life.
I am beyond blessed to be called your wife. 

photo courtesy of Leah Maria Photography
My desire:
"A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. 
Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. 
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing. 
She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises.  
She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day.  
She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden. 
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. 
She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. 
She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. 
She's quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor.  
She doesn't worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear. 
She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly. 
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise:
"Many women have done wonderful things, but you've outclassed them all!"
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be amired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!"
Proverbs 31:10-31 (The Message version)


I find it only appropriate that my first post on this new blog be about Who it's all about.

There is no other.
He is the reason I am where I am.
He is the giver of life.
The sustainer of my faith.
He is my rock and my salvation.

Thank you for loving me.