The Story of St Patrick: More than Shamrocks and Leprechauns…by Susie

Even though I took on the Butler name when I married the love of my life, there’s not much Irish about me.  I’ve tried in years past to jump into the fun that many enjoy on March 17th by cooking up some Corned beef ( yum!) and I think this year we’ll expand our horizons … Continue reading

Hosting a Happy Birthday Jesus Party by Susie

I’m writing this on the eve of hosting my 5th or so Happy Birthday Jesus Party.  My sweet five year old couldn’t fall asleep tonight he was so excited!  “Daddy, guess what tomorrow is?  It’s our happy birthday Jesus Party!”  And you know what friend?  I’m pretty excited too!  This one of those special times … Continue reading

Gift Giving Part 2: What’s in the bags?! by Kell

The bags.  Time with Jesus.  Rest for their little souls.  Peace from the boyness (aka punching, name calling, whining, and other *brotherly love*).  Oy.  Sometimes space is necessary.  For ALL of us. 😉 So here is how I did it and what is in them and I pray that this gift of meaning brings ALL … Continue reading

Citizenship in Heaven… by Susie

This summer will mark the 14th  anniversary of the day I crossed the Canada/US border at the Peace Arch and began a new chapter of my life here in the United States.  I was  following the love of my life into his land, ready to embrace his friends, his  family, his country.  It was harder … Continue reading

Alphabet Adventure: Z Week

I might be grieving the end of our alphabet adventure a little!!  We have had the BEST time ever!!  Daniel & I have been thinking through what’s next so stay tuned!  In the meantime, I will have my first giveaway in celebration of the end of the alphabet, and some new posts….missions, hospitality, mentors, accountability … Continue reading

Alphabet Adventure: Y Week

Y has been a great week for crafting around here!  We made our Y with Yellow Yarn & Yellow Stars.  We made yellow homemade play dough with lemon scent!!  The boys loved how warm it was right off the stove top & have continued to play with this all week.  We started out with cookie cutters that had yellow themes … Continue reading

Alphabet Adventure: X Week

Well, WHAT can you do with X??!!  Very little I realized ;-).  Our X was made out of foam pages cut into strips to make a xylophone.  We have a wooden xylophone and if I would have been really on top of it I would have had them pattern the colors to match the xylophone…but I wasn’t.  … Continue reading

Alphabet Adventure: W Week

Welcome to W week (though I’m blogging about it a week late!!)!  I really loved the family time that came out of W.  We took the kids with us to worship on Sunday morning.  Our church offers Sunday school for birth- sixth graders but our 1st-6th graders join the adults for the first part of the … Continue reading

Alphabet Adventure: V Week

What is a mother to do when V week comes around??!!  Take every opportunity to VEGGIE it up!!  Oh yes, we had a week full of vegetables!  For our faith lesson, we chatted all week about how our bodies are God’s temple.  I tried my best to give them a child like understanding of God’s … Continue reading

Alphabet Adventure: O, P, & Q Week

Well hello all you crazy alphabet junkies!!  Wait until you see my latest project that a buddy and I have been working on since July!!  You will have to wait a few more days for its reveal as we are going on a little adventure for R & S week!!!  We had one super fan-tab-u-lous … Continue reading