Saturday, 7 December 2013

Winter Blast

It snowed and we admired the whiteness of the outdoors.

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We somehow ended up with two Christmas trees. Upon entering our home I feel like I've enter a Christmas village of multicolored faux trees. Yes, we have fake trees (plural). I overheard a woman declare in Target the other day that artificial trees " make her sick". I've never heard such disdain for fake plastic trees before.
I mean I get it. They are tacky. They are bad for the environment probably. 
I'll have you know that I did not actually purchase either of these trees they were given to me. I may as well use them. The white one is decorated with finger puppets, a sock, and my daughter's ballet slippers. The green one has a "little  tree" car air freshener on it to give it that natural pine smell that a real tree would emit.  Because i'm classy like that. Maybe one christmas one year we will have a real tree. But not this year. 







In other news, my kids enjoy riding in a sleigh and catching snowflakes on their tongues.



An ongoing situation in our house is that the kitchen is always a mess. We have also been enjoying pommagrante . I discovered a satisfying way to deseed the pommagrante. It involves cutting it in half and beating it with a wooden spoon to get all the seeds to fall into bowl.

Dr.Oz said pommagrante is a great antioxidant,superfood, fat burner. I pretty much do whatever Dr. Oz tells me to do.
Also, pommagrantes were $1.50 at Walmart super center making them one of the cheapest berry type fruits to purchase right now.

For advent I have been reading a youversion devo by the Good Morning Girls.

I've decided to abandon perpetuating the Santa Claus myth with my kids. I never told my daughter about Santa but she learned about him from television and the mall. Last year my daughter thought that Santa lived in Walmart.

I have found That Santa distracts and confuses the real meaning of Christmas ( AKA Jesus's birthday). I won't judge you if you do the Santa thing. I just find personally it doesn't work for us. We can't have it both ways it appears. so,given a choice I have to choose the real savior of the world over the fabricated character that perpetuates materialism. But no judgement. We are working on starting new traditions for Christmas.  
My daughter saw a gingerbread house in the store and asked " can we make that for Jesus's Birthday?" Now that makes my heart happy.

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Sunday, 17 November 2013

Talking to Your Kids About Death



At what age is it ok to teach children about death? Being a christian and wanting to instill biblical morals and principles presents a dilemma. 

How do I tell my three year old child about the gospel without telling her about death? 

Death is an integral part of the gospel.  Jesus died ( rather brutally) and came back to life three days later. How do you gloss over the death part? If death did not exist then what Jesus did would not be significant.
Maybe I need to stop sugar coating things.
One night a couple months ago I was reading a children's bible to my daughter at bedtime. We were reading about the resurrection. I told her " someday, everyone is going to  die. Someday, Even Gramma will die. But, because we believe in Jesus and how he died on the cross and came back to life we too will come back to life to live with God forever."
This seemed to make a light go on in her head. I felt relieved that I could explain death to her and explain salvation.
there is no other way to explain it without the death part.

The next day I dropped my daughter off at my mom's place. My mom called me later that day to ask why my daughter was professing to her that "you are going to die gramma". This kinda freaked her out. Her three year old granddaughter prophesying her death in the isles of Walmart. 

Upon further explanation on my part, my mother was appreciative as to why I would use her death as an aid to explain God's salvation.

How about you? 

When do you think is the right time to explain death to a child?

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Wreath Obsession

I'm no Martha Stewart, but at times I attempt things that are somewhat crafty.

I was inspired by some pics of wreaths online. The ones I made are not as nice in comparison. I did a rush job on this one. I basically wanted to get it done before my children destroyed the house or themselves. I made the flowers out of felt. It was surprisingly easy. The wreath frame was a  $3.99 hay one from Micheals. You will see a "nude"version of it below. I was told the flowers look like poppies. That the wreath could be dual purpose. Rememberance day/Christmas.

This was what the wreath looked like prior to Halloween. A "nude" version. I bought the flowers on clearance. The bobbles where $2.. I plan to keep the wreaths year round. Just switch up the decor to fit the season.

I feel so domestic. 

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Fall shots

A lovely warm sunny Fall so far. I'll add some scripture I heard on the radio today while driving to the grocery store. It's from Ecclesiastes. It is kind Of heavy but suitable for the Fall season. The Season that reminds me of a going away party.The leaves are natures departing confetti. We are all left with memories of the party of summer and the cold hangover of expectant winter.


A good reputation is better than a fat bank account. Your death date tells more than your birth date. You learn more at a funeral than at a feast— After all, that’s where we’ll end up. We might discover something from it. Crying is better than laughing. It blotches the face but it scours the heart. Sages invest themselves in hurt and grieving. Fools waste their lives in fun and games. You’ll get more from the rebuke of a sage Than from the song and dance of fools. The giggles of fools are like the crackling of twigs Under the cooking pot. And like smoke. Brutality stupefies even the wise And destroys the strongest heart. Endings are better than beginnings. Sticking to it is better than standing out. Don’t be quick to fly off the handle. Anger boomerangs. You can spot a fool by the lumps on his head. Don’t always be asking, “Where are the good old days?” Wise folks don’t ask questions like that. Wisdom is better when it’s paired with money, Especially if you get both while you’re still living. Double protection: wisdom and wealth! Plus this bonus: Wisdom energizes its owner. Take a good look at God’s work. Who could simplify and reduce Creation’s curves and angles To a plain straight line? On a good day, enjoy yourself; On a bad day, examine your conscience. God arranges for both kinds of days So that we won’t take anything for granted. (Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 MSG)



Sunday, 15 September 2013

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

I Have Moved Cyberspace Locations

Hello! If you are wondering what's up with me, I have moved to http://jenmacfarlane.wordpress.com/

Simply because I have been trying to balance blogging into my life and I find the Wordpress App so much more user friendly for micro blogging from my cellphone. This way I have more time for my family, living life and folding laundry!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Sharp Dressed Man


Psalm 127:3
Children are an inheritance of the Lord




SO, my little guy was dedicated at church last Sunday.He was dedicated with four other babies. It was a lovely time. He rocked out his suit that cousin/aunt Alison had gifted to him for the occasion.It was sweet that so many family members came to witness us proclaim our commitment to raise him up in Christ Jesus.
I cannot believe that you will be four months old on the 12th of October! You are getting so big. I already see you trying to sit up and roll over. You'll be able to fight your sister back in no time. :(


Not the best picture of us but hey at least we are all in a picture.