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Creepy, Hoppy, Crawly, Slithery And Swimming

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Spring is the perfect time of year to find all the creepy crawlers out in nature. On our property, especially around the ponds, you’ll find countless bugs, frogs, snakes, fish and many other amazing creatures. If these aren’t your favorite species, I wouldn’t suggest scrolling down. Or at least just stay here on this adorable frog picture. He’s about the size of my palm, but his camouflage was so good that I didn’t see him until I was right beside him.

With all the rain we’ve had, the fish are going crazy in both ponds. Also because of the rain, we haven’t been able to get out the fishing poles lately. I firmly believe that they were following us around the banks of the pond, taunting us because we were working and not chasing them. Someday, my dears. Someday soon.

Though we very rarely see them, we do have tons of crayfish. On occasion we’ll find parts of them around, the leftovers from something’s good meal, but more often we find their dirt-tower homes. It blows my mind that they …

Wood Slices And Reopening Our Stuff From Trees Etsy Shop

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Today is the perfect day to be working outside! Stuff From Trees fits perfectly into a setting like this, right?

Our Etsy shop has been on vacation for a few weeks so we relax and take our time making new inventory. On Monday we’ll open back up and feature some beautiful handmade cards and a new line of wood ornaments. We’re excited to show them off and help them find a new home at your house!

We’ve done some serious work on the property over the past few weeks, which means we have lots of freshly cut trees to turn into fun projects. On a recent day off, Danny was so sweet and cut me a huge stack of tree cookies. I know, I’m easily pleased, but this pile of wood slices means we can create so many ornaments with a ton of different designs. It just screams fun!

We look forward to seeing you in thee Etsy shop on Monday!

On My Bookshelf At The End Of May

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I wish I could say that I’ve done nothing but read over the last few weeks. Unfortunately, my days have been filled with working from home, getting ready to start our Etsy shop back up and the everyday ins and outs of owning your own home. What I am doing is making sure I read a little bit of something every day to keep learning and keep changing. Here’s what you’ll find on my bookshelf right now:

What Happens When Women Walk In Faith by Lisa Terkeurst. Such a good study on trusting God. While staying home as much as possible, it can feel like the world has stopped moving. I want to do things and make things happen, but this book is reminding me that God is working in this time too, I just have to be patient and wait on His timing.

Psalm 119: An Exposition by Charles Bridges. Oh. My. Goodness. My heart has been desperate for God’s word lately, as I’ve honestly felt like I’m just going through the motions. This book was first published in 1827, which seemed a little daunting at first,…

Words For Wednesday

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Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Crescent Ring

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We didn’t have any cookies in the house. We were almost out of chocolate altogether. The ice cream container was just about empty. This is a sad place to be in, not having sweets ready for your cravings, right?

But where there’s a will, there’s a way! I combined a few sweet treats from the pantry and wrapped them up in crescent dough for an amazing dessert. It’s perfectly rich, super thick and has just the right touch of fruit mixed in. You’ll want to try this ASAP - trust me.

One note: this crescent ring is best eaten warm and immediately. The filling can make the tough soft and tough even if stored in an air-tight container.

Ingredients:
4 oz. cream cheese
6 oz. hazelnut spread
1 cup marshmallow fluff
2 cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
2 cups strawberries, quartered

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine cream cheese, hazelnut spread and marshmallow fluff until smooth and creamy.

3. Place a small bowl in the center of your baking sheet. Arrang…

On This Memorial Day

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My “Memorial Day” Planner Layout

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Memorial Day is not just a three-day weekend or a time for barbecues and friends. For military families, especially, it is a time to remember those service members who have lost their lives defending our country and fighting for our freedoms. I pray we will take time this week to praise God for people dedicated to their service to America.

With this in mind, I filled my planner layout this week with “Don’t Forget” phrase stickers. We can’t take one moment of our lives for granted, knowing soldiers over many decades have given their lives so we could live these lives as we choose. We are the home of the free because of the brave.

God has not given up on America. He continues to bless us and fight for us, and we need to praise Him for those blessings every single day. Our soldiers, both past and present, sacrifice everything because they believe our nation is worth it. Let’s take time this entire week to thank God for all we receive and remember the soldiers who gave their last full me…