One of the neatest parts of living in the country has been exposing the girls to things they never saw in the city. Sadie loves to chase the geese, and Bailey really tries to peek in the bird's nest to see the babies.
And just this week, Bailey discovered her very first frog. No, she didn't try to kiss it and turn it into a prince. But she did try to eat it. Well, she carried it around in her mouth anyway. We had to have a quick lesson in "Frogs Are Friends, Not Food."
So instead of snacking on it, she decided to follow it around the driveway. Apparently she scared it stiff, because it just sat there for long stretches watching her. Eventually she sat down next to it and just watched it back. Every now and then she would nudge it with her nose and it would hop a foot or two away. Then she'd get up, walk over to it and lay back down. She must have done this four times over the course of 10 minutes or so.
Then Danny came outside and she just had to show her daddy what she found. There went the frog back in her mouth. He rescued the poor little thing and released him into the grass. Bailey still wanted to follow it, so she waded through the grass after it, sniffing and tracking. Two days later she was still trying to find her little friend.
I just hope he survived his ordeal with the big, black dog. He's probably telling all his froggy friends about it to this day! And they just roll their eyes and tell him they've heard that one a hundred times now.
We're having so much fun putting together goodie bags and door prizes for our upcoming ladies retreat at the church. So many of our ladies have donated craft supplies, decorations, time and energy to treat our visitors to an amazing time. These keychains are just one of the gifts some of the attendees will find in their bags.
All you need to make them are a variety of beads, some fairly thin yet sturdy cord and a jump ring.
Cut a length of cord, fold it in half and string it through the jump ring.
String matching beads on both sides.
And tie it off with a double knot. So simple, yet so pretty.
Here's another variation: Cut a length of cord, fold it in half and thread it through a jump ring.
Tie one or two beads on one side and tie it off with a knot.
Make the other side longer with additional letters and beads before tying it off.
Make a variety of lengths, colors, patterns and phrases so no two are alike.
A local paper crafter told me a couple of weeks ago that she was loving the opportunity to make some bulletin boards. It was like making cards or scrapbook pages, just on a larger canvas. This had me thinking!
So when I was asked to put together a Christmas bulletin board at the church this weekend, I pulled out one of my favorite card templates and used it on that larger canvas. Wrapping paper, wired ribbon, card stock letters and glittered Christmas ornaments replaced my usual scrapbooking supplies.
Then I just had to come home and make a card with the same layout. I love this design and how versatile it is. I could use this exact same arrangement for Christmas or birthday photos on a scrapbook page.
How creative can you get with the same layout, shape, template or design?
One of the characteristics of a woman who is leading a victorious Christian life is virtue. A virtuous woman is willing to conform to both moral and divine law, someone who glows with purity and goodness. Sounds like an overwhelming goal, doesn't it? Well, just like everything else in our lives, God has given us exactly what we need to triumph in the virtues He would have us attain.
"And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman" (Ruth 3:11).
Ruth was a poor widow, one who chose to leave her native Moab for her mother-in-law's home town of Bethlehem. She was given the choice to stay behind, but her relationship with Naomi was more important. Ruth was devoted to both her former family and the new family that would greet them (Ruth 4:15).
While she was forced to work in the fields to supply the household's needs, Ruth worked with diligence and stamina. In the second cha…