Sunday, April 20, 2014

Christ the Lord is Risen Today! Alleluia!

This past Thursday Tim and I had the privilege of hearing our daughter sing for the first time in her school's Easter Program. It was such a lovely evening and it brought me back to when I was the one standing up there singing on the very same steps at the front of the church. The next morning we joined our church family for a Good Friday service and tonight, in addition to our two regular services, we hope to join with them again for an Easter hymn sing. 

It's such a blessing to be able to remember and celebrate the death and resurrection of our precious Savior with the church family He's placed us in at this time. I hope and pray that your weekend is filled with awe for our Wonderful Redeemer.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Serenity, Courage, Wisdom - New Art Print at SparrowJoy

Family walks, time spent on the front porch and working in the garden.



So enjoyed!

Also enjoyed - time spent working on several design projects, one which just made it to my Etsy shop, SparrowJoy. Let me introduce you to...the Serenity Prayer print:

At the original launch of SparrowJoy, I received so many wonderful ideas for prints and I hope to work with those suggestions every now and then for a new print for the shop. This was one of them and an enjoyable one to work on. And once again, I've been blessed with enough "side jobs" to leave me less Etsy shop design time - but hope to work on some more prints, as well as cards, in the next few months. Stay tuned!

Enjoy your weekend...

Friday, March 28, 2014

Swiss Chalet Sauce

Someday when this son or daughter rapidly growing inside me is old enough to eat solids, I'm going to put before him or her a plate full of french fries from Swiss Chalet with a side of their oh-so-yummy Chalet sauce and say "go at it". And I'm going to watch. Carefully. Will they love it? Or hate it? 

Because yesterday's reaction was passionate, to say the least. Talk about making his or her presence known! The wee little Bergsma kicked up a storm - allowing me to feel them for the first time - after I thoroughly enjoyed what might become a new "must" on my food list. 

I know, I know. They don't actually taste it. But I can pretend. :)

And today I heard the sweetest sound at my doctor's appointment - a strong, steady heartbeat. 

Two wonderful signs that all is well. Two days in a row. Two gifts from the Maker and Keeper of this little one.  Two reasons to smile. Two reasons to praise. 

Come to think of it, I do believe I have a package or two of the Chalet sauce mix......

(picture me bolting from my office on my way to the kitchen for an afternoon snack ;)

Have a great weekend my friends! 

Monday, March 24, 2014

If you live in Huron County... might be interested in seeing Huron Christian School's upcoming musical, Joseph. I've been doing some enjoyable design work for this school in recent months and was happy to say yes to creating a poster, etc. for their future production. Care to take a look?

Hadassah's cousins attend this school and who knows? A trip to Huron County might be in the works! 

On another note - I just wanted to direct you to a couple pictures of March break fun from a friend and fellow blogger. Hadassah joined them for some swim time and had a blast! Click over there right here. And Stac? Thanks for the Slurpee stop. So delightful! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Bringing in Spring

The snow has yet to melt, although the sun is really working on it out there. And I decided that just because it's not spring-like outside quite yet, that doesn't mean I can't bring it inside! Time for one of my favorite things - seasonal decor switch up. 

My attic proved to house some spring decor, so a quick trip up that extra set of stairs was a great start to bringing in the spring. But I also squeezed in some retail therapy this week and headed to the Glasshouse in search of some bunnies. I didn't have anything specific in mind, but figured that when I saw them, I'd know. 

And I did! 

They were green (just the right green...) and adorable and I'm quite sure I heard them asking to come home with me. I obliged.

Let me introduce you to Peter...

..and Benjamin:

Despite what it looks like, I am fully aware that rabbits do not lay eggs. But there was a pack of 6 robin's eggs at the Glasshouse too and I just couldn't resist. Love the color! Love the reminder of new life at springtime!

The moss is from Michael's (40% off coupon...of course!) (if you don't have their phone app, you should - you'll never again find yourself distressed about forgetting the flyer!) and what a mess that stuff makes when you pull it out its bag and fluff it up! But it's fresh and lovely and I forgave it.

This sweet little orchid was a birthday present from a friend of mine and I had to include it. (ha! clearly I didn't dust before taking pictures...! oops!)

You know, I do so love my lanterns. Love their readiness to house whatever I feel like. Love their size. Love their wood grain and grey color wash...

I'm classifying them as an investment. A must have. A multi purpose decor item.

And how about one more glance at Peter? Because he's such a handsome fellow!

Between the combination of sunshine streaming through the windows and the spring touches on my mantel, plus the smell of spring in the air and the promise of spring on the calendar, I'm fully ready. Spring, c'mon! We have much to do together...


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