Archives for October 2010

THE Christmas Card

If you walk into Scott’s grandmother’s back door, it will land you in her kitchen.  On your right will be two fridges and the second will have an entire row of our photo Christmas cards from the past, oh, six years.  Anyone on our “Christmas card list” can trust that the Bennett’s will be sending out holiday cardsEven if it gets there on December 27th.  Which I’m pretty sure has happened more than once.

On a side note, I don’t think I ever mentioned last year when my friend Dani and I were talking and she said, “Oh, by the way, did you send out your Christmas card?”  I said yes, expecting some comment on the photo or layout and she said, “Yeah, I thought that was you because I got an envelope addressed to us with no return address and the envelope was empty.  I figured it was you.”   Yeah, that’s me.

So this year I’ve actually scheduled a photo session with PJ, who I went to Catalyst with.  I might actually have a picture before December 24th to use on the card.  And then it’s time to pick the almighty photo card layout.

I usually go for the modern slash boderline-cutsey card.  I usually do one family picture in front of the Christmas tree.  Because, you know, when I take it, it’s up already and too cold outside to do anything else.  And most of the time it’s the longer, skinny envelope size—whatever that is called.  However, I’m pretty psyched about some of the layouts that Shutterfly has this year.

I love this idea of the photo taking most of the real estate with only a hint of Christmas, especially knowing some family members display it year-round.

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Our wedding invitations were square so I absolutely love these new 5×5 sizes.  Isn’t the floral pattern SO CUTE?

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But I LOVE that this one combines the 5×5 with the full real-estate photo:

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I think one like that could be our winner this year!  I can’t wait until our photos are in and I can put it all together…hopefully sometime before New Year’s this year!

I posted this as part of Shutterfly’s blogger program and will receive 50 free holiday cards. You can find out more information here.

Radical Chapter 6

The title of Chapter 6 is How Much is Enough?: American Wealth and a World of Poverty.  Platt spends the chapter discussing the blind spot of materialism we have and how God wants us to open our blind eyes to the poverty of the world.  To put a name to a number and if required, sell all our possessions to give to them.  I have to be honest.  How Much is Enough is not a question that is prominent on my mind this week.  God is working through the “how much” with us.  He’s using a simple envelope system to show me just how much falls like sand through our fingers and has opened my eyes to just how much that could do to help those in need. 

No, the question I’m asking is Who Is Enough?

It’s easy to sell your possessions for the poor whose greatest choice in life is which item to pick out of a garbage can to eat.  It’s easy to hand money over to a clinic that’s going to help a pregnant girl who would otherwise abort.  It even makes me happy to sell a belt so people have clean water who otherwise might get cholera.  But let me tell you, when you’re asked to give money to someone who isn’t working their fair share or who you know will squander it, it’s not easy.  The cheerful giver is nowhere to be found in that moment.  So I ask God, are they enough?  Do they deserve my very hard-earned and saved money?  Do I give it when it hurts to take out of that envelope?  And I realize only in that moment is it a sacrifice.  The world may say it was unwise and 99% of me says it’s unwise.  But if I don’t give, children don’t have necessities and babies don’t have food.

I may be being vague and that’s on purpose but I’m just struggling through giving a little right now.  At times I feel unwise and foolish and even a little angry.  And I keep asking myself Who is Enough?

But who of us is enough?  Am I better just because I’m the one holding the money?  The money is not mine and if I truly believe that I have to extend it to where it’s needed no matter the cause.

I identify with the rich man from Platt’s church who was radically selling and donating many of his possessions who said,

“I wonder at some points if I’m being irresponsible or unwise.  But then I realize there is never going to come a day when I stand before God and he looks at me and says, ‘I wish you would have kept more for yourself.’ I’m confident that God will take care of me.”

And so I give out of obedience and love for Him.  And confident that if there’s justice to be executed, He will do it.

Pine Cone Wreath

How to Make a Pine Cone Wreath

 

Look what I made this weekend!

 

How to Make a Pine Cone Wreath

 

 

Can you believe it?  Someone has abducted Amy and has replaced her with some Martha Stewart rip-off.

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See?  Even Scott could barely believe his eyes when I was using a hot glue gun and took a picture!

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The best part about this wreath is that it was FREE.  Several weeks ago the girls gathered a huge bag of pine cones at my parents’ house and they’ve been sitting in garage since.  We keep talking about doing some crafts with them but for some reason Lexi balks every time I mention putting peanut butter and bird seed on them and that’s really all I’ve got in the pine cone-craft department.

So I’ve been wanting to change my wreath on the front porch for a while but with this whole budget thing it’s been hard to fork over cash for a wreath.  So after several googling sessions, I just decided to go for it.  My current wreath was one I bought from Wal-Mart probably 2 years ago.  It was a purple clustering of flowers.  Well, I just ripped the flowers off the styrofoam base.  I have to say, it was quite cathartic.  Then, I laid out pine cones around the wreath.   The smallest ones I fit around the middle and mid-sized ones for the middle and outer rows.  The largest pine cones didn’t work for this project.  I do hope to make some peanut butter bird feeders with Emma soon.

I started the wreath by hot gluing the smaller ones pointed towards the center.  The middle row I leaned the pine cones all clockwise, gluing on the bottom and sides.  The final outer row took a lot of hot glue but I pointed them all counter-clockwise, gluing again on the bottom and sides.     When I was done, I turned the wreath upside down and glued around the edges for extra hold.  I couldn’t believe how strong the hot glue held the cones though!

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After the pine cones were done, we noticed the purple Styrofoam was still sticking out…note to self: spray paint foam before starting next time!  We went in the backyard and picked up some of those pesky acorns (sorry, squirrels!) and randomly hot glued those in the spots with the largest gaps.

My only cost was the bow I got at Michael’s for $1.19!   I thought I had bought some fall ribbon from the Dollar Store yesterday to match the gold bow but I could not find it in our bags.  Oh well.  If I get a chance to go back, I’ll pick some up.  Otherwise, it will be adorable with the red/gold leopard print Christmas ribbon I picked up at Michael’s for just a few dollars!

Super-mom Sunday

There are not many days I can say this but today I leave the day feeling like Super-Mom.

Church,

CVS trip,

made brunch,

nearly completed school project ,

birthday party invitations created, printed and addressed,

Halloween cards and gifts made, packaged and addressed, 

attended TWO birthday parties and

made roast beef for dinner,

nearly all by myself with the girls.

Oh, and washed a load of towels.

 

Yes, feeling like super-mom.

And unabashedly savoring it while I can.

 

Now can I please get a weekend from my weekend?

My Saturday

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Awake at 6

Starbucks at 6:45

Old Navy at 7 for $5 Performance Fleece

Watch my dad race and match a PR at 8

Dishes and laundry at 10

Nap at 10:30

Errands until 2

Pick up the girls

Wal-Mart for gifts for parties tomorrow at 3

Start a pine cone wreath at 4

Dinner at 5

Finish a pine cone wreath about 6

No bake cookies at 7

Put the kids to bed at 8

 

A regular Saturday except for the $5 dozen roses I bought myself.  Aren’t they lovely?

Except I think that’s Scott picking his nose in the background.

Welcome to my life.