Wednesday, November 11, 2015

MOPS Craft: Mommy and Me Aprons

Our "Eyes to See Feasting" theme was the perfect time to make these "Mommy and Me Aprons" from reusable shopping bags. 

Our speaker encouraged us to turn ordinary moments into celebrations. Notice goodness around you. Know who you are (a daughter of the King) and live that way. Be intentional about slowing down. Don't be afraid to life your life fully. Be generous (not just with your money, but also with your heart and home). And most importantly, "Don't wait until you have something to celebrate - you already have it! Ask for eyes to see it!"

It's our job as mothers to teach our kids and model this attitude of celebration. As the holidays approach, I pray that I am able to celebrate the little moments along the way instead of getting caught up in the stress and to-do lists. 

I purchased these large reusable shopping bags from TJ Maxx for 99 cents. They can also be found at this price at HomeGoods and Marshalls. Other places, like Michaels, had cute patterns for $1.99. 

After the moms selected their bag, they cut the side panels off, cutting inside the seam. This left one long piece - handle to handle. 

If you cut along the bottom of the bag on one side, you are left with a mommy size (front side and bottom) and a kid size (back side of bag). 

Little arm hole sections helped the aprons seem less boxy. We cut shorter armholes for the kid aprons. 

Wrapping ribbon around themselves one and a half times, the moms cut the belt. 

The belt was then cut in half and hot-glued to the back side of the apron. You could sew this in place or use fabric glue. I just avoid sewing as much as possible. 

The handle becomes the neck strap. For the kid apron, I was able to get a better fit by cutting the neck strap in half and tying it into place. The ends of these handles can be melted with a lit match or sealed with clear fingernail polish. 

The aprons are adorable plain - but some moms got creative with the pieces that were cut off for the arm holes, adding side pockets topped with a button.

Another mom glued the two arm hole pieces together and attached it to the top front of the apron for a pocket.  

Ruffles could also be sewn onto the bottom of the apron to add more length or frill. 

I love that this material is easy to wipe off and won't fray. It would work great for crafting or painting too. 

Since the side panels that we cut off were too cool to discard, my crafting partner and I came up with these fun little pouches. 

The sides were hot glued into place and the pouch was secured with a button and some twine (just like our welcome journals here). 

These make great little storage pouches or adorable gift wrap for the upcoming holiday season. 

One mom made her girls purses from the side panels by attaching ribbon handles. 

A little stick-on velcro will hold the flap down securely for the purses. 

You could easily make aprons for every holiday! Or make them at a kid's birthday party. Or use them for your art class. The possibilities are endless for this cheap, but cute craft. 

Regardless of how the aprons are used, I hope that it reminds these moms to celebrate the little things and keep their eyes open for feasting opportunities! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Thankful for this Group

Last night, our small group had our annual Thanksgiving party -

We usually have it at the beginning of November, before all the family get-togethers begin.

Everyone brings part of a traditional Thanksgiving menu. And it always gets me excited about the yummy meals to follow in the next few months as we celebrate the holidays.

This year, we had our party at the church playground. Kids were running everywhere.

While the adults were able to talk.

And although were aren't related to the people in this group, they have become our family. Whether it's the bond we have in Christ or having kids around the same age - this group is what has helped make Chattanooga feel like home. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Let My Life-Song Sing...

I've thought a lot about Adam today. - I am still thankful for the impact of this young man's life. And as I re-read the words of a letter I wrote ten years ago, I found myself challenged once again to live my life with more urgency.


There are those moments in life that change your perspective on everything.  November 5, 2005 was one of those days.  Philippians says “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”  Those words are exemplified through the life and testimony of my brother in Christ, Adam Spencer.  I remember getting to know Adam, and his calling me “Dorothy.”  I remember talking in weird voices or discussing the newest guitar chord learned.  I remember hearing the cool dates that Adam took my sister on, and the way that he treated her like a princess.  I remember Adam being the life of the party.  I remember trying to keep him from drinking that caffeinated tea on the mission trip. I remember the times he led us to the feet of Jesus through song.  I remember praying with Adam the night at our youth camp when he gave his life to the Lord.  I remember hearing of the boldness and the heart for God that Adam had.  Although those times are wonderful, his testimony is doing even greater things today.  I see the lives at CHA that are forever changed.  I see the impact his testimony has had around the world.  My friends here at TTU are even sharing his story.  One friend commented, “I’m looking forward to meeting the guy that changed my life.”  And I know that my outlook has changed.  I can honestly say that I am now living in light of eternity.  I never realized the urgency of sharing the gospel or the importance of living my life for the Lord now.  I have been able to share his story in class presentations and times of testimony.  In chapel one day, Dr. Lovett, the president of TTU, told about the dynamic testimony that Adam had.  Many are still being touched by Adam’s story.  If a boy of 18 years could have such an impact after his death, what impact am I having with my life?  Darrell and Cindy, thanks for raising such a godly young man.  Each time I share his story, each time I hear the phrase “Whatever it takes”, each time I remember his laugh I am reminded of God’s greater purpose.  I miss that unique laugh more than anything, but I am amazed at God’s overall plan to use one goofy boy to change my life and the world.  Everyday, when I look at his picture on my desk, I am reminded to “Let my life song sing” as Adam did.  I love you guys and I am praying for you."

Friday, October 23, 2015

Time with Family

I cherish each moment that we are able to spend with our families.

This past weekend, we were able to go home for a quick trip to visit both the Coveys and the Cooks.

On the way to my parent's home, we were able to see my grandparents. I was blessed to grow up surrounded by such godly influences. I am glad that they can get to know my children as well.

I love that Hudson can now understand time (a little bit) and was eagerly anticipating this visit with his grandparents. We  had told him several days before our trip that we were going to Nana and PawPaw's house. All day, each stop that we made, he was sure to let me know that it was not Nana and PawPaw's house yet.

He pretty much lived in this little car for those two days.

We celebrated Nora's birthday with my parents (I'll share more birthday pics later).

And at Hudson's request, we spent lots of time outside enjoying the beautiful weather.

Hudson practiced push-ups, collected acorns and had sword fights with sticks.

Hudson was also super excited to take pictures with PawPaw in their matching glasses.

Minutes after our arrival at the Cook farm, Hudson was off exploring the equipment and following his Papaw.

I was so glad that we were able to attend the annual Cook Cookout - complete with a bonfire and hayride. (See pictures of the Cookout a couple years back here...Hudson was so little and round faced!)

Hudson and Nora got in lots of cousin time.

And we decided that Nora and Madeline could be twins. I think they are second cousins...I get all that confused.

It is such a blessing to have married into such a wonderful family. I love any time that we are able to spend together.

So many memories made. So much fun. Thank you, Lord for time with family.