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Sunday Scriptures (on Monday) + Father’s Day

ABC Scriptures TDon’t you just love gifts?!? Of course I love to get gifts, but the older I get the more I enjoy giving them! Especially the really sentimental ones or the ones I just know the recipient is going to LOVE! It brings me joy to gift things to others! I think it’s my love language toward others and towards myself because giving just feels good. Have you ever given a gift that you knew the recipient would LOVE but would cost you everything you had? I know I’ve never given a gift like that. But, that’s what God did. He gave us his son. He traded his son’s life for our sins. My sins. Can you even imagine giving a gift that big, that costly? That’s why this verse is so amazing. God can imagine a gift like that because he gave it to you and me. WOW! It truly is indescribable!

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15

We had lots of big plans for Father’s Day weekend! We were going to celebrate big with both sides of our families, but Luke came down with a vicious stomach bug on Thursday night and it derailed all of our plans. He was just pitiful but is finally making a comeback. Thank goodness, I’m so happy to have my talkative little ball of energy back to normal.

We gave Jacob his Father’s Day gifts on Sunday morning and I think he really enjoyed them! His favorite gift was his book from Luke. As you can tell by the picture, Luke was still puny on Sunday morning and Lyla was still half asleep.

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Happy Father’s Day to Jake! I’m so thankful for him and his deep love for our kiddos!

Since we cancelled all of our weekend plans, I had time to tackle a project that I started in March… last March. As soon as I found out we were having a baby girl, I knew I wanted to sew her bedding. I wanted it to have lots of pink and lots of ruffles! I scoured pinterest and drew out a plan for the crib bedding of Lyla’s my dreams. It has been a labor of love to say the least. I created the teething rail cover, quilt, and bed skirt before she was born and decided to wait on the bumper and throw pillow. I knew I wouldn’t use a bumper with her as a newborn so it wasn’t necessary at the time. Well, fast forward to now and our 10 month old baby girl needs a bumper! Yes, I’ve read the articles that circled social media too, so please don’t chastise me for using one. I used a bumper as a baby and so did Jacob and Luke and we are all well and good.

While I didn’t take the time to do a full tutorial on how to sew the bumpers, I will tell you that it was super easy! I promise to post some sewing tutorials in the future, but I always get so excited to sew that I forget to stop and take pictures. The bumper was the most daunting item of the ensemble, but it turned out to be the least time consuming. I purchased bumper pad inserts found here at Hobby Lobby using a 40% off coupon and just followed the instructions that came with it – easy as that! Here are the finished results:
IMG_9600This is a rare sight! Lyla Rae is actually IN her crib!

IMG_9605This is how Lyla really feels about being in her crib! She prefers for Mommy to hold her in the rocking chair while we both stare at her empty crib!
At least it’s pretty to look at now!

7 Free Father’s Day Printables

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Father’s Day is just a few days away and if you’re needing a last minute gift idea, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve rounded up my favorite FREE Father’s Day printables. Some of these I’ve used in years past, I used two this year and the rest I’m saving in my back pocket (well, actually on my Pinterest board) for next year.

The last two years I’ve done an interview with Luke about his Daddy. They have always turned out hilarious, meaningful and sweet! Since Luke is getting older, I wanted to do something a little more and after a quick late night Pinterest search I found the perfect Father’s Day gift from Luke: a book!

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You can find the free printable here! You have to subscribe to TinyMe to download it, but you can unsubscribe if you don’t want to receive their emails. I’m actually thrilled I found their site because they have SO many cute ideas! Anyway, here ‘s a sneak peek at Luke’s book for his Daddy!

IMG_0730_2He forgot to draw Jacob’s body but he remembered to draw his beard! Hah!

IMG_0732I love that Luke drew a red Falcons jersey on his Daddy!

IMG_0733This cracked me up! Let’s hope we don’t have to ever test out Jacob’s bravery on this one!

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This is the first year I’ve done an interview for my dad and Jacob’s dad from Luke. It was quite funny to hear his responses. I’m sure both of his grandfather’s are thrilled to know that Luke thinks they are 99 years old! Hah! We used the printable above from Persnickety Prints!

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This is the interview printable I’ve use the last two years for Father’s Day. It’s from Kinzie’s Kreations and it’s simple and short!

Tee-rific printable
How cute is this idea for a Dad who loves golf? Give a gift of tees and a round of golf with this cute bag topper from Tatertots & Jello! Luke gave this to his Daddy last year along with personalized ball markers from Designs By Dawn Renee.

n*d-DadsDayTicketBookThis Dad ticket idea is too cute and one that I will use next year. Kids (or moms) can write down what each ticket can be redeemed for! I think Jacob might like his to say “an afternoon nap” and “homemade chocolate chip cookies”. This free gift idea is from Nellie Design.

Nuts about PapaThis idea from Liz On Call is perfect for my dad! My kids call him Papa and we gift him a giant jar of cashews every Christmas! Next year, he might get a jar for Father’s Day too!

Father's Day Banner This little banner caught my eye yesterday! We don’t normally decorate for Father’s Day, but this free banner from Ringmaster’s might just inspire me to!

Isn’t it great that there are so many free resources online for adorable gifts? I consider myself pretty crafty, but I’m very appreciative that these bloggers have done all the work for me on these gifts!

Sunday Scriptures + Social Media Break

I’ve been a bit of a slacker on the blog lately. Actually, I’ve been a bit of a slacker in life in general lately. I’m not exactly sure where all my time has gone. I seem to always be busy, always rushing, always trying to fit just one more thing in my day, but I never really seem to accomplish as much as I would like. When life gets busy, the blog is the first thing to go, but hopefully I will be better at posting more frequently. (Like I haven’t said that a million times already?!?)

Taking a social media break is on my 30 in 30 list and I had planned to take the break in the fall. However, I feel like the time is now. It’s become an unconscious habit to pick up my phone and check my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds. I literally do it without even knowing it. I am addicted and I’ll be the first to admit it. My fingers swipe across my phone and I mindlessly scroll through my “friends'” thoughts, pictures and opinions. I do this so I will be connected, so I will know the latest news and see what’s going on in everyone else’s world. But, while I do this, I’m missing out on my own world! The more time I invest in my superficial social media relationships, the less time I have to invest in my REAL relationships with people I dearly love. I find myself being jealous, bitter and even angry over the things others post. I’ve got to reel in my bad habits and nip them in the bud! So, starting today I will be done with social media for a while. I’m not going to put a number of days on it because I don’t know how long I will need to break my habit. I will continue to write on here and will be posting my new blog entries on Facebook and Twitter, but I will only be doing so through WordPress. So, if you leave me a comment on either of those sites, I won’t see it. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little sad about my break up with social media. I love seeing pictures of everyone’s kids and I love to shop on social media as well, but overall, I’m excited to get rid of the unnecessary distraction!

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These verses always seem to be so fitting for me each week. This is actually last week’s verse, but I’m behind on sharing, so this verse gets to be our focus for two weeks. I’m hoping that by nixing social media from my daily activities it will allow me more time to set my mind on things above!

We are so very excited that this is the last week of off season training for Jacob and he will be home in Kentucky with us for five glorious weeks! This will be the longest the four of us have ever been together and we couldn’t be more excited!

I would love to know your thoughts on social media. Love it? Hate it? Addicted to it like I am? One of my best friends recently told me she thought social media was going to be the downfall of society. I’m thinking she might be right! Hah!

Happy Sunday!