Sunday Sketches

Do you have card stock? Oh my, yes.
How about decorator paper? Check.
Got fibers? Yes.
And tiny embellishments? Of course.
Then you can put together an adorable, 3D layout this week.

I made this magnet from today’s sketch, and it’s so cute. Coordinating paper helps when you want to match colors, but get creative and add in some shades and hues that you might not normally use.
When you tackle this week’s sketch, put your card stock and decorator paper background together first. Then make the ENTIRE rest of the card before tacking it down to the background. This will allow for you to wrap and tack ribbon the back easily.

The side border is one of my favorite parts of this sketch. If you use a patterned paper, you can add some accents to it, and you will have several color options to play with. Glue stuff, hang stuff and wrap stuff. Stuff is good, and the sentiment will be accented with all these lovely bits of goodness.

As The Sun Slowly Sets...

Driving home to Ottumwa from Iowa City this week, we were treated to an amazing sunset. The photos don’t do it justice, but I just had to share them with you.

The closer we got to home, the deeper the pinks and oranges turned. I felt bad for the drivers who could only see it in their review mirrors.

This is another one of those reason we love living in Iowa. It doesn’t get any prettier than this.

It’s OK To (gasp) Not Do Things

Somewhere along the way, I’ve convinced myself that I’m supposed to ... a lot of things.
Aren’t I supposed to keep working, keep moving, keep up?
Am I supposed to be accomplishing, be completing, be competing?
I’m supposed to fill my hours, use my minutes and track my seconds, right?
But where do these strange convictions come from? Haven’t I read somewhere that this is what productive people do? If I want to have it all together, don’t I have to keep it all together first? How do I get stuff done without pushing myself to get stuff done? Who wrote that article from “somewhere?” Someone who wants to be constantly moving? That’s not me. It’s who I feel like I’ve been lately, but that’s not what’s in my heart. Moving is good, even necessary a lot of the time, but moving is also why I’m tired. Moving is why I’m winded and longing for five minutes to call my own. 
It’s why I want to spend an entire day in my pajamas watching Hallmark movies and watching the snow fall. 
And that nagging voice in …

Words For Wednesday


Sausage And Veggies Rice Bowl

The best meals in our house are the ones we collaborate on. Danny and I each bring something to the table - literally and figuratively - and that makes creating a meal so much fun.

So recently we combined our skills to make a fun dish. You can personalize it in your own kitchen by using your favorite veggies, meats and other add-ins.

1 smoked sausage
1 small onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 bag frozen vegetables
2 cups cooked rice
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.

2. Thinly slice the smoked sausage. Reduce heat in skillet to medium and add sliced sausage, cooking and stirring until blackened.

3. Add onion and pepper to the skillet. Cook and stir until blackened and soft.

4. While the skillet mixture is cooking, thaw and heat vegetables in the microwave. Cook rice according to package directions.

5. When all ingredients are cooked, combine in skillet and stir until combined and heated through. Serve i…

Journaling Your Faith

Part of my Christmas present from my amazing husband was a set of journals, Bible journaling supplies and several packages of faith-centered embellishments. I was so touched that his gifts were things that would add to my quiet time with the Lord, strengthen my faith and encourage me to be in God’s word.

I think my favorite gifts are always blank books. There is so much potential there, and a blank page just callls my name. Inside a purple case (yay, purple!) is a thin book with lined paper and four colors of pens with a highlighter. I already have a praise journal, a prayer notebook and a place to keep my study notes, but I didn’t have a place to put extra quotes and thoughts that have meant something to me during my devotion time.

So this special notebook is now a collection place for a litany of words to encourage, to strength and to motivate. I love that they’re finally all in one place, and I can pull it out and get a nugget or two whoever I need them.

Do you have a place to col…