Paint the Backsplash? Why not!

Paint the backsplash? Why not?

Shhh. Don’t answer that. There are probably a few reasons why not.

But there are also many reasons why to paint the backsplash. For us it’s because I’m just crazy and spontaneous and like to do things like this. That and that the money in our budget needs to go to a new backsplash right now. Real life.

So, as I was making my egg white omelette this morning, the backsplash was staring me in the face. It was begging to be painted.

I’m telling you these projects talk to me. Remember the time the barn door spoke to me?

Anyway, I’ve done my deed and cleaned the closets out (thanks Marie Kondo. That chick. She’s something else) so why not start a project?

Millie learned how to use a flat head and phillips screw driver today so there’s a teaching moment. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Yes, she was supervised. By yours truly.

Anyway, I’m going for it today.

Stay tuned and I’ll post an update after I’m done.

Say.

Prayers.

Please.

Have a great weekend, friends!

A day in history…for us :)

Today is a big day for us.

One that I tried to explain to the kids that they will one day tell their own kids about.

Let me back up a little.

About two months ago, my parents sat us down and told us that they had bought land in Oklahoma and they are going to build a home on it for our family to come to anytime they want.

My first response? “Wait. Are you moving?”

“No, this will be a home that we can come to anytime we want.”

Come to to make memories. To hike. To check out. To laugh. To play. To explore. To eat together. To play games. To stay up past bedtime. To sleep in. To drink coffee. Lots of coffee.

So today, we are driving to (I’m writing this while in the van) and will step foot on the land for the first time ourselves. My parents, of course have been, but we have only seen pictures.

Our girls? They’re planning to look for trails to hike and the best tree to build a tree house on. Or in? 🤔 A tree house tree. There’s even a tree house building book in our home now.

So join us in this fun journey and I’ll document the house building progress! They just recently closed and house plans are in full swing!

MEET MR. MAN

Meet the man in our lives.

Dicky and I have known each other since the 7th grade.  He jokes that he knew who I was in the 6th grade and I didn’t have a clue who he was until the 7th grade.

But in my defense, I was the new girl mid-6th grade year. I was still getting to know everyone. 

We were friends for years. Our church youth groups did things together and we were at the same school. 

I remember the day very clearly though when we were getting off of a school bus. We were in a class together called P.A.L.S. We rode the bus to a local elementary school and mentored students. I remember thinking to myself one day “I want to marry someone like him one day.”

Little did I know my dreams (and lots of prayers from my parents) would come true.

When I told my parents that I thought he was the one, my mom told me that she’d known that long before I did. “Your dad and I have been praying for him since before you were born.”

He is so wonderful and the poor guy is in a house FULL of girls and loves us all so well. 

This picture was taken at 10:00 p.m. a few nights ago. Or maybe a few weeks ago? I don’t even know what day it is. Ha. 

But I took this picture (against his will) because I want to always remember the things I see in this picture.

He got home from work at 7:15, helped me bathe the girls and tuck them all in, then he went to go put lights on the front of our house. All because Maggie politely asked if we were going to have lights outside this year. He knew that was one way to show the girls love and he knew helping get the girls in bed was one way he could show me love. All of this after serving and loving others at the hospital all day. 

We love you, Mr. Man! That’s what we call him now, thanks to our sweet little friend, Everlee. 🙂 

Terri Brown’s Peanut Butter Crispy Chews

Oh man y’all. Before I tell you how to make these incredibly easy and delicious peanut butter crispy chews, let me tell you a little bit about Terri Brown.

Terri Brown is the mama and wife of this precious family. This family played a huge role in praying for me and for shaping the person I am today.

I probably didn’t realize that at the time. But now that I am a mama to three girls and have started to see the adults that are helping pray and shape the lives of my own kids, I appreciate Terri Brown and her family even more.

And I especially appreciate her peanut butter crispy chews.

Seriously so delicious.

I remember eating maybe 10 of these at a time when we would have church get togethers. So don’t ask me what a normal servig size of these is. My opinion of that is likely not a healthy one.

I especially remember eating them at Disciple Now, an annual youth retreat where we had leaders come in from out of town to lead us as we stayed at homes of families throughout the community. These deliciouns treats would be on the table and I would grab one every single time I walked by the table. I was very strategic.

And since then, guess what? Dicky and I have hosted Disciple Now and two of Terri’s daughters have each led a group of youth in our own home.

So there you have it. These crispy chews of deliciousness are yummy and also so very special to me.

Terri Brown's Peanut Butter Crispy Chews

These quick and easy peanut butter treats are sure to please and will become a staple that you’ll come back to time and time again! 

  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C light karo syrup
  • 1 1/2 C peanut butter
  • 4 C Rice Krispies
  1. Place sugar and syrup in a pan and bring to a boil.

  2. Remove mixture from heat and add peanut butter. Mix all three together.

  3. Place rice krispies in a large bowl with room to stir. 

  4. Pour mixture over rice krispies and still until all ingredients are combined. 

  5. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper to cool. 

Handprint Christmas Tree

Who doesn’t love a good handprint craft that you can cherish forever!?

I’ll admit that by the third kiddo, I don’t keep every little thing that they make. But if it involves a handprint, I will save that sweetness FOREVER!

So today I want to show you one of my favorite handprint crafts. We have also made these as gifts to give to grandparents and it was a big hit.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • a canvas or some sort of flat surface for the handprints
  • A sharpie or black paint marker
  • foam brushes

All of the paint used is acrylic. Here are the colors you’ll need:

  • green paint-you will need a shade of green paint per kiddo
  • colored paint for the tree lights
  • gold or yellow paint for the star
  • brown paint for the tree trunk

Here is we what we did…

  1. I started with Molly’s (our oldest) hands. We brushed a shade of the green paint on her hand and then did her layer of handprints. This will take a little planning on your end depending on the canvas size you’re working with and how many kiddos you’re hand printing. See how we did ours above. You will repeat this until you have your first layer of handprints. Next, we did Maggie’s handprint in a different shade of green, followed by Millie’s hands for the top and final layer of handprints.
  2. Once this dries, you are ready for the lights. I used a sharpie to draw the string on the tree. We used this as a guide for the placement of the lights. I let each girl pick a color and then one at a time, we used their thumbprints to place lights on the tree. I went ahead and did all of Molly’s, followed by all of Maggie’s and then Millie’s.
  3. See their names on the bottom? The color that they wrote their name in corresponds to the color of their thumbprint on the tree. I knew I might forget from year to year which thumbprint belonged to which girl. Problem solved.
  4. The final thing we did was the star and the tree trunk. I don’t know why I didn’t paint the tree trunk in. I must have gotten distracted and not finished. Ha. Maybe I’ll paint that in this year. Or maybe not.

Before we had 3 girls, we did a similar version with two handprints. On this canvas, we let each girl have two different colors of lights for their thumbprints. It looks like I colored the trunk in that time, too! I’ll have both trees out at Christmas each year.

Happy handprint tree making. I hope that if you do this with your kids or grandkids that it is something that you can also cherish for years to come.

If you want another handprint idea, see this post on what you can do with a tree skirt. 🙂 Handprints EVERYWHERE. I love it.