For my eighth birthday I received a special gift from a family friend.
It wasn't a pogo stick, (something I desperately wanted at the time) nor was it another piece to my collection of games, dolls and toys. 

I received a gift that I would have to work hard at to make it into something beautiful.  

That day I received 10 fat quarter pieces of pink, blue and green fabric. At the time I appreciated them, but I wasn't sure how to use them or where to start. 

This was the start of a long project.  I would spend days planning, cutting sewing and piecing together colorful fabrics. I would then put the project away for awhile and get it out again...... and put it away. This has been repeated throughout the years with sprints of success, mixed with slow sure progression.  
I took this project out again today, and thought "Wow! I did this?"

Sometimes when we look back at life and realize how overwhelmed we once were from a certain task or decision that we had to make, and then we realize that this once overwhelming thing has become a beautiful peace of work. A quilt wasn't on the list of being extremely important, but I look at this quilt and it reminded me that hard things, usually turn into something beautiful and amazing if we continue to work at it.  This quilt took me a long time to finish, but life is not race. right? I am not suggesting that a person take 17 years to get something done, but  what I am saying, is that tasks that seem so big will eventually become smaller with hard work.  The gift of hard work seemed more beautiful in my eyes, than the store bought quilt. 


It was her 85th birthday yesterday

My grandma Dora is a woman who is tender, kind, refined, a woman of faith, goodness, virtue and purity. 
The truth is...

{I want to be just like her}

Babies are such a miracle to me! Every time we have a new baby born in the family I am so amazed at how perfect these little creatures are. Congratulations to Natalie and Todd for making such cute babies! 
I have this tradition of making a card for S.J. every year on his birthday.
It's my little, specialized ,personalized, homemade gift from me.

To be honest I don't really like going to the craft stores anymore. 
I don't know if it is because I have been so busy,
 or that I will come out with too many projects to tackle. Let's face it, at this point, 
the million project ideas that have constantly been whirling around in my head will
 take ages to finish.
So I went threw my stash and this is what I came up with...

Don't be Scared! you're not as old as you think.

Happy Day of the Irish!
Just celebrated with great food and great tradition.

St Patty's day makes me want to celebrate the Irish lad in my life. 
So my Sterling... it seems that this is your post.

You are my Irish Blessing

I can't get enough of your big laughs and warm hugs.
Thank you for encouraging me in my interests, putting up with my moods and giving me the love and support that I need. 

Top o' the mornin to ya

I think you noticed already that I set our alarm in the morning earlier than needed. 
It's mostly because I thoroughly enjoy your hugs and snuggling and I love spending time with you before we get going with our busy days.
Thank you for never complaining about getting up earlier, even though sometimes we are both tired. 

You are my pot of gold

You have the biggest heart and I love seeing you serve so many people around you.
You are the biggest example to me!
You continue to amaze me with the accomplishments and
 progress you are making with your education.
I love seeing you with the babies in our lives. You are going to be such an amazing and loving dad. I couldn't ask for a better husband and friend.

I'm not just lucky... I am blessed

These are some mean fajitas!
I was so impressed with this Crock pot Fajita Recipe that I have to share it. I just prepared a few more freezer bags of this because I felt like I needed more of it. It is sooo good!

Crock pot Fajitas

I half this recipe and put into two separate freezer bags.
One bag equals 2 dinners for us, because we like leftovers.
Here it is! Enjoy!

2 large chicken breast
1 can kidney beans
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 garlic clove minced
1 medium onion
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
 6 flour tortillas

Chop vegetables and throw all ingredients in a 3 qt crock pot. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Shred chicken and enjoy!
You can also throw all ingredients in a freezer bag and have a few meals on hand.
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     Sterling and Hayley.

    We are so glad that you decided to visit our blog. I'm sure you will see that we included a collection of those things that interest us. We spend as much time as we can together, so we thought we would share our adventures and some good dang stuff that we both enjoy.