I found this idea on the internet when looking for crafts to do when Awesomesitting (a.k.a. babysitting for older children).

All you need is Michael’s $1 frames, paper, paint, Mod Podge, brushes/scissors, sand paper, and a good attitude! It really was quite easy.. the second time through (once my sister gave me sand-papering lessons!)

I am so excited with how mine turned out!



Here is the helpful tutorial I followed:


Enjoy =)

– KS


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Everywhere you go…

Christmas is just about two weeks away! Even in the South, with out snow, it is beginning to look/feel like Christmas. (Or maybe I’m just ready for school break.)

Everywhere we see yards full of “Holiday Decorations,” in fact it is one of our traditions to go and see all the lights as a family! I would like to share a few shots of Winter/Christmas decorations from around our home.

Before we begin, I would like to point out that while we enjoy all the festivities of decorating the house, baking, etc… that’s not truly Christmas. We as American’s have come to associate Christmas with those things. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our Savior! I recently came across this hymn by Charles Wesley, though I haven’t ever really thought of it before as a “Christmas Carol,” I’d like to share it with you…

Come, thou long expected Jesus, 
born to set thy people free; 
from our fears and sins release us, 
let us find our rest in thee. 
Israel's strength and consolation, 
hope of all the earth thou art; 
dear desire of every nation, 
joy of every longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver, 
born a child and yet a King, 
born to reign in us forever, 
now thy gracious kingdom bring. 
By thine own eternal spirit 
rule in all our hearts alone; 
by thine all sufficient merit, 
raise us to thy glorious throne.

… when I read the words, I realized this is the essence of Christmas, “Jesus, born to set thy people free.” Something we don’t deserve and could never do by ourselves! Christmas should be a time of thankfulness to Christ for what He has done for us as Christians… which is why we celebrate Christmas year round (= …

So anyways.. here are a few glimpses of our home this season. Enjoy!

Our piano is filled with Christmas books as the family pianists prepare for the next few weeks.

Yep.. even the piano got in on the decorations!

Our outside Christmas “greenery”

We put these snowflakes up in windows all over the main floor of our house, our Nana made them for us.

Up on one of our shelves we put the paper village that our Grandma gave us.

These cinnamon scented (supposedly) lights line our railing upstairs.

We may not get enough snow down here to make these, but we certainly enjoy our snowmen decorations!

Our mantle – the “Peace” and “Joy” are our stocking holders.

Our kitchen table center piece.

A Christmas craft from a few years ago…

We also have a few manger scenes set up around the house (some literally stay up all the time (; )….

(This one either Caleb or Laura made in kindergarten)

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”