Oct 31, 2010

Giveaway winner!

Thanks for entering the BubbleTree Bags giveaway!

The winner is entrant #40, Lindsey Philbrick.
Congratulations, Lindsey. Please send me an email to claim your awesome purse! And, Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

...from my cheeseburger
And nana split!
I sewed their costumes.

Yeah right. Are you kidding me?!?!

Wilder's hails from Old Navy.

Story's is from Target--it's a doggie costume.

Oct 29, 2010

Trick or Treaters, Beware!

Our home's been infested by ARACHNIDS!!

Get recipe here. They're boolicious!

Oct 28, 2010

Repurposed wooden spoons

A friend texted me: is today normal? I chuckled because it was so appropriate a question since life's been so not normal.

Refreshingly, today was normal!

A day at home all to ourselves (never mind we are kindof stranded because the car needs fixed)...laid out on the back patio talking, danced to Coldplay's Strawberry Swing, did a craft, did the dishes (Wilder), ate cookies, read books. This is the stuff life is made of. I am so grateful to be feeling well.

Now, how about that craft? I'd seen the wooden spoon idea in a magazine, but I can't remember which one. You don't really need directions, though. Just paint, decorate, and enjoy your puppet friends in a show! I of course found these ratty spoons at an estate sale for $0 probably.

Get set up
Time to paint
Check on Sissy while spoons are drying (and change shirts? I guess we did that too)
She's okay, Mommy.
Add embellishments
Have a show!
Stan and Fran (who has her own Marilyn Monroe beauty "mark") talked about cookie cutter bread
Don't forget cleanup!
And that was our normal morning.

Oct 27, 2010

My favorite Bible verses. EVER.

I am ready to share with you the most amazing piece of Scripture I have ever had the privilege to see, know, learn, love. It is now my personal mantra.

Are you ready?

The Gentiles shall see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory.
You shall be called by a new name,

Which the mouth of the Lord will name.

You shall also be a crown of glory

In the hand of the Lord,
And a royal diadem

In the hand of your God.

You shall no longer be termed Forsaken,

Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate;

But you shall be called Hephziba, and your land Beulah;

For the Lord delights in you.

And your land shall be married.

Isaiah 61:2-4

Hephziba means "my delight is in her"
Beulah means "married"

Oh that this passage of Scripture could have come to my heart years ago, when I struggled with self-worth, self-esteem, inadequacy, and other things Satan enjoys yo-yo-ing me around on {still}! It's meaning is so magnificent and deep-rooted for me in an inexplicable way. It validates me (the Lord delights in you), and beckons me.

I have a name, a secret name only God knows. And He'll tell it to me when I'm in heaven. And it'll be just our secret. And it will be a celebration of all He's overcome for my heart. Of all the pain He has squashed. Of all the glory He received by using me as a vessel to love people.

I could really write for days about how this passage has transformed my life, but I want you to soak in the words for yourself, let them get into your thought processing. They WILL change the way you think. Jesus has a way of breaking us {free} that way.

We are busy. So, so, so busy. And we are hard on ourselves. So, so hard on ourselves. But there is a God who desires to slow down with us, to delight in us, hold us still for a minute, so He can soak in our beauty, so He can minister to His beloved. So He can cradle His daughter. Soothe the wounds and handle the worries. God can do this.

Oh Lord, do this.

My delight is in her.
iPhone pic by Shawn

Oct 26, 2010

A blur

Life has been a blur.

Kinda like here:

hello, yes this is Shawn...Wilder you check on Story, Story you just sit and play for a minute...yes Wilder, we will read but first Mommy needs to grab a burp cloth...etc etc.
But I am on medicine now and getting back to my mischievous ways. Sometime, once I've unburied myself from piles of laundry, dishes, and scuttling dust bunnies, I'll write you.

I am thankful God cares for our needs when we are most incapable/unable, or anytime for that matter. He's solid.

Oct 23, 2010

The Porcelain Throne is NOT so Royal

I wonder if you are like me in that you sometimes think, "Gosh, I just want a break! Can't I have some quiet? I just want to lay.down!"

Well, the angels heard. I've been horizontal, shivering beneath an afghan blankie, for two days.

Contracted that darned virus (now I really feel sorry for the pain Wilder went through). Had a beautiful weekend planned: frozen yogurt with the girls, date night, shopping, baby shower, family in town.

And it all went to [the] pot. I was so, so sad, immediately retracting those yearnings for solitude. (I was thinking solitude that comes by way of a massage or reading, Lord).

While quarantined to the intensive care unit of our home, a.k.a., our bedroom, I've tossed and turned, willing myself to count sheep, in Spanish, but all I want to do is trim off their fluffy fur, wave a magic wand, and have a pretty sweater to wear tomorrow.

Like in a J.Crew catalog.

And the whole time life is going on outside these doors of quarantine, I'm thinking, has Story been changed? Is she getting enough tummy time? Has Wilder had enough liquids and enough "structured" activity time? It's as if I think everyone's going to fall apart without Mommy.

But everybody was fine, and Grandma came to help. And Shawn even dumped out the beans I had soaking three days too long (apparently one can soak beans this long but they must be refrigerated--oops). Pew. Stinky. Gross. Frothy. Scratch that for dinner. Shawn, you are amazing.

I am on the mend, and hope to not be assuming as much too soon. I just want to get back to my babies. Back to the exhaustion that is well-earned.

Not the kind you get from leaning over the commode.

Here's to health. Be healthy, get rest.

Buenas noches.

Oct 22, 2010

Weekend kickoff-a giveaway

Let's all take a breath of relief that we made it to Friday.

And celebrate with a giveaway!

marigold road's newest giveaway participant is BubbleTree Bags, an Etsy store owned by a local high schooler, Annica. I want one of each bag--cute stuff. My fave is Meggie in Blue. And I'm really excited to support a young woman in her entrepreneurial ventures.
Annica is a talented sewer (seamstress? I am not familiar with the jargon) who credits her mother for her creativity: I owe a ton of thanks to my mother, to whom I owe not only my genetics and creative passion, but also help with design of my shop. She taught and teaches me how to be creative and figure out things for myself.

Awww...isn't that cool? Can I get an amen on instilling confidence in our kids?

She started sewing fairly recently: I guess I just picked it up really fast. I've known somewhat how to sew most of my life, but I started seriously about a year and a half, maybe two years ago. I took a sewing class at my school last year, and tried to make a dress, which utterly failed. So I set off to teach myself how to make purses, which is what I really love to sew. I found a few patterns that I liked, and made those, then moved on to creating my own before too long.

My favorite part about making bags and purses is the creative process, and seeing that come to fruition. I adore picking out fabrics that look good together, and then trying to solve the many problems I run across in the pattern/purse designing process. It's a challenge to me to use more than just the creative side of my brain, but to stretch out and use the logical side as well.In celebration of the opening of her Etsy shop, Annica has graciously provided the Patchwork in Midnight Blue bag to give away to one lucky marigold road reader.
To enter:

1. Follow my website through GoogleFriends, "like" its page on Facebook, OR follow on Twitter, then leave a comment saying you have done this. If you have done this already in the past, leave a comment informing me.

2. Visit BubbleTree Bags then tell me your favorite item.

3. Post this giveaway (with a link) as your Facebook or Twitter status. Leave a comment telling me you have done this.

4. Finally, ask me a question in the comments section.

Remember...leave a separate comment for each entry, and include your email address on the first entry. On Friday morning, October 29th, 2010, at 8:00 a.m. CST, I will randomly draw a winner.

Oct 20, 2010

For my girl

I love you, princess. You are my always.

Half of a day

Here's what we did the first half of today.

Ate Aldi's bagels for breakfast:
Watched Sesame Street (you can see Sissy {Story} on the futon in her room):
Admired $3.26 Target ballet flats:
Multi-tasked by sucking thumb AND picking nose AND practicing trick-or-treating:
Went on a walk by the river:
Admired wildflowers gathered during said walk:

And just hung out:
What are you up to today? Wilder is steadily getting better. We are being patient just spending time at home as he heals.

Oct 19, 2010

Bubble gum machine craft

Pretty much my favorite blog is Whatever. You read it, right?

It's the second thing I check every day. First is email.

I loved Meg's gumball machine and typewriter photos so much that I ordered prints from her Etsy store for Story's room.
So I was a wee bit excited when she had her kids construct gumball machines for their regular craft activity. Her gumball machine story is a very precious one; go and read it if you haven't already! I asked if I could post a couple of pictures from that post, and she obliged. Wasn't that nice?photo credit, Meg Duerksen
photo credit, Meg Duerksen
photo credit, Meg Duerksen
photo credit, Meg Duerksen

Though Wilder's been doing a lot of this lately...
I was able to coax him off the couch to at least glue on some gumballs/foil for his own gumball machine craft.

He did a great job!
I think it turned out very cute. It will be hanging up for a long time.
What projects have you been doing? For inspiration, visit Meg's blog! There's a whole craft section.

Oh me.

Oct 18, 2010

56 questions

Ok not really.

You didn't think I'd make you sit through answers to 56 questions, did you?

There are only 16ish...

What's your favorite food? Cookies, cookie dough, chocolate, brownies, cake...

Can we see more pictures of my cute house? Well thanks for thinking it's cute! I do plan to release pictures of our house over time. We are currently rearranging our bedroom so I'll shoot for that next.

What is my pet peeve? Hearing someone clip his/her fingernails (ahem, Shawn). Another pet peeve is seeing people be rude to employees in the service industry. Also foot tapping and audible gum chewing. And interrupting.

How do I feel about arranged marriages? Ummm...?? Let's see, I wouldn't want it to be me!

What would Story's boy name have been? Truman Ray Harris

What is the meaning of Story's name? It's not as complex as you may think...when I saw it in a baby name book it immediately spoke to me. It was like, duh--I like to write and tell stories. Additionally, I consider it a privilege to hear people share their stories...every one has a story. This seemed appropriate because both Wilder and I love people...neither of us knows a stranger. So it is partly to recognize that strength of Wilder's, too. And it's also cool because Story's story has been written by God, all her days ordained...Elena is my best friend Davina's, middle name. She lives in Germany and I miss her very much.

What's my favorite thing that Shawn does to help around the house? Besides being 100% devoted to the kids from when he gets home from work to when they go to bed? Hmmm...dishes and laundry.

What is my favorite childhood toy? Does WeeBee, our Siamese kitty count? We put him in dolly clothes and put a diamond earring in the hole in his ear (from a cat fight?) and I talked to him because I was too shy to talk to anyone else. RIP, WeeBee.
What is my favorite veggie? Carrots...especially with butter, Velveeta, and crumbled potato chips; it's a casserole my mom always made. After that I'd say farm fresh green beans, with onion and bacon. Don't like beets, asparagus, tomatoes, olives, radishes, broccoli, cauliflour, avacodo, cabbage, cucumber, squash etc etc...I am not a veggie gal. At all.

Do I have a subscription to ReadyMade magazine? No, I don't, but I've seen the mag and love it. If budget wasn't an issue, I'd subscribe.

What is my favorite dessert? see above. Oh, you want specifics? Outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookies. But if we are going out to eat I like Old Chicago's big cookie. With ice cream.

What is my favorite day of the week and why? Saturday, because there are two people to help with the kids during the day. And we're either cozying up on our king-sized bed as a family, or off having adventures.

What is my favorite movie? Erin Brockovich. Girl power! Julia Roberts! Nuff said.

Do I enter a lot of blog contests online? Hmmmm...not really. I don't actively seek them out but if I see something I like I'll take the time to enter.

How do you find all the estate sales you go to? How much time do you typically spend before scoring all of your treasures? Great questions! I live in an older neighborhood, so often, when we're out and about I will spot signs for nearby sales and just pop in. Other times, if I actually want to schedule estate saleing for the morning, I'll look in the paper (check the Classifieds, then Garage/Estate Sales) online. Estate sales can run from Wednesday to Saturday. If you're looking to pay reduced price, go the second or third day. As I've said before, the company-run sales won't have nearly as good of prices as private families who are just needing to close their loved ones' estate.

It doesn't take long for me to find something. If I'm not too distracted (think the Hallelujah choir...I'm just in.my.element) I'll scope out the whole house first for any larger pieces that may be up for grabs. I've made some dumb impulse purchases, but most things I plan to keep, or sell on Etsy if I ever get around to setting up a store.

As far as the hassle of bringing kid along? Story's still okay in her carseat or being worn, so, that's no biggie. Wilder enjoys estate sales and as long as he obeys/stays close/doesn't touch, we're good. Most people are friendly & I usually just joke and say, "Momma's gotta keep a hobby of some sort!" I always get help with things out to my car, too. But estate saleing takes a lot out of me with the kids; we don't go all the time.

If you could visit anyplace in the world with money not being an option where would you go? to Malawi, Africa, to meet Fillimon, the boy we sponsor. And if Shawn ever wants to take me camping at the base of the Grand Canyon, I'm there.

I like questions. Keep 'em coming.

And now here's one for you: if you could accomplish something, and be promised to not fail at it, what would you accomplish?

Oct 17, 2010

Giveaway winner announced by day's end

***UPDATE***I was able to hop on here and do Random Number Generator for the giveaway. The winner of the CSN giftcard is entrant number 22, Kendra at The Happy Neills!
Please email me at mindyharris25 (at) yahoo (dot) com for details on getting your card. Thanks so much for entering, Kendra (& everyone else!). Have fun shopping...

I can get lost on CSN. There's just so much to look at. Melissa and Doug toys, for instance. :-) Wilder got the mailbox. I love the smell of wooden toys. And these shoes are just calling my name:

I can't wait to answer the questions you all posted as part of the giveaway. Pray for WildMan. Goodnight!

Hey, everyone.

Sweet WildMan has the flu. Yesterday/night was filled with upchuck. It is so sad. He kept saying, "I'm so sorry." As if it were his fault? What a sweetheart.

Soooo...I'll be late posting the CSN Stores giveaway winner...that just gives you extra time to enter. :-)

Oct 16, 2010

Betty Crocker's Apple Crisp

Anyone besides me enjoy the crunch, warmth, and chilly ice cream combination that make up the apple crisp palette experience? Oh, joy. Oh rapture!

I chose to make Betty Crocker's version. You will need (minus the sugar; I photographed the ingredients then switched recipes last minute):
This $1 garage sale find, a Pampered Chef Apple Peeler/Corer/Slicer, was a steal. It's changed my life.
The crisp turned out beautifully.
But things quickly took a turn for the worst.

I placed the pan on top of the stove to cool. On a burner in fact. Then I put a pot of water on to boil on the other burner in preparation for dinner. Except I pushed the wrong button and the register the apple crisp was sitting on was the one that turned on...and ceramic isn't meant to sit on the stovetop. So my pan cracked. It made a hissing/thunk-thunk sound. Scary. There was lots of smoke.
See, I am not perfect. I have kitchen foibles almost weekly.

I managed to salvage some...oh it's so warm and yummy and fall-ish. And if you don't burn something, your house will smell cinnamon-ey and homey!
My darlin' clementine loves to jump. We went and had girl time with friends today. Bliss.