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From the living room couch…

7 Feb

It’s been a strange winter here in West Michigan, a very mild and snowless winter as compared to our 100+ inches of snow and wind chills of 5 degrees.  I’m not really sure if it’s the weather that really throws us into sick mode, maybe it’s being cooped up most of the time but we’ve been struck with sick for the last 2 weeks.  The short story is my oldest has had strep twice in the last 10 days and 7 times total in the last 13 months along with me having the flu and my youngest has had an ear infection.  My husband has escaped it all!  Whew.

Anywho, that brings me to my observations from the living room couch.  Movies.  Kids movies.  Over and over again.  Luckily we have a lot of kids movies with adult humor so repeated watching is tolerable.  So one of the movies our girls love is Princess and the Frog.  Now before I get to what I noticed is the fact that this movie (and all Disney movies for that matter) have quite the sinister side, which isn’t really necessary.  Princess and the Frog adds voodoo and magic around every corner.  It takes away from a couple really cool messages that this movie illustrates, so here’s one I thought worth mentioning despite all the fluff.

I, by no means, am a theologian but the song that Mama Odie sang “Dig a little deeper” talks about how all the material things in life don’t matter (Don’t matter what you wear
How many rings you got on your finger… Money ain’t got no soul, Money ain’t got no heart…), how much money you have, you need to dig a little deeper to find what really matters.  I’m not sure if my 3 and 4 year olds get that at all, but it’s one of their favorite songs and if they walk around singing that, maybe one day it’ll click.  I hope each day we can show that to them in little ways that mommy and daddy try to run our house that way, how God provides for all our needs and gives us the ability dig deeper in ourselves to realize what really matters.  In the meantime, I love that song, I love the visuals, the colors and we’ll watch it a hundred more times.


This is it!

25 Jan

Hey there!  Glad you found me!  I’m hoping to make this a place for me to chat about parenting, crafting, trying to make my own whatever, loving the Gar, money…. Ok, you get the idea.  Whatever comes to mind.

A bit about me.  I grew up in a small Dutch town on the south side of Chicago until I made the leap to college and moved myself (and stayed) to Michigan.  There I became a bachelors degree holder in graphic design, a wife to my best friend and mommy (mommers, mama, etc) to my smart as a whip, conniving, stinkin’ cute little girls which are both going to be big sisters come this July.  I worked for nine years in the large format printing world as a graphic designer/creative director but this past summer brought some change of heart to my changing heart.

We decided that I needed to resign from my job and become a stay at home mom and freelance graphic designer.  And I’ve never looked back!  Yeah, it’s hard going from two incomes to one, but at the end of every day, I love where I’m at and where our family is headed!

So with that very short bio (which I’m sure will be elaborated on over time), I’m excited to share my findings, my ideas and my stories with you!