Christmas cards

Christmas Photo Shoot + Christmas Card!

Christmas time is here at last. Our halls are decked (well they have been for quite sometime now ha) and we have been listening to Christmas music around the clock. I have loved this season already. Time has started slowing down some what believe it or not, and I am trying hard to savor this holiday time with my family.

One tradition I have always loved is Christmas cards. It brings me so much joy to send them, as well as receive them from friends and family to see updates on so many that we love! This year we decided to have pictures taken by Lauren of Sincerely, Lo for our cards. Lauren lives just minutes from my in laws and was happy to help us out with our pictures. 

We had so much fun with both Lauren and her husband Sean. Lauren did a fantastic job of capturing our little family, and Sean was a pro at keeping Piper's eyes near the camera with crazy noises and silly faces! It was a blast. So here are some shots from the shoot, and a digital version of our 2014 Christmas card! Enjoy! 

Merry Christmas yall! And be looking for real paper copies to be coming to some of your mailboxes this week! :) YAY! 

Dabbling in Design

Anyone that knows me well knows that my husband and I LOVE to make things ourselves. It is a hobby of ours but also somewhat of a challenge when we see an item we like. Ben who is an engineer and myself being a creative dreamer I guess you could say make a great team. We immediately begin brainstorming how we can build/design/replicate/create the item we are look at and most times we are able to do so for a fraction of the cost. Most of our friends joke with us always asking us what project we are up to now...they know us well, Ben is always building something for me and I am always crafting things for our home. 

However, this is more than just a hobby for Ben and I. It is a way that we can be wise stewards of the money the Lord blesses us with. It is a way for us to use our hands productively to create things ourselves. It is a way for us to grow together and enjoy each others company while working on a project. It is a way for us to avoid being sucked into consumer America (to some degree at least) and cut costs while still making our home special and cozy. And most importantly it a simple way for us to use our gifts and passions to bless others. 

Creating is something I absolutely love to do, and what is so neat about this desire is that it is Biblical...sound crazy? Go check out Proverbs 31:13..."She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands."...Proverbs 31:24, "She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant." 31:27, "She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness." 

So see? It is a Biblical and God honoring desire to create, provide, and sell the fruit of our hands to others. What an incredible thing. Proverbs 31 is painting the picture of a godly wife and these are qualities that she possess. She creates things with her hands and then sells them! I love creating, not just because it is fun, but because it helps me be a better wife. While I am crafting decor for our home I am tending to my household, and by creating and using my free time wisely I am not eating the bread of idleness...who knew that crafting could be something that would bring glory to our Heavenly Father. 

So I encourage you all reading this to reflect on your own giftings and passions and how they can bring praise and glory to our Father in Heaven. That is why we are placed on the earth after all, to bring him glory and make his wonderful name known. 

I have recently become interested in designing invitations, cards, and various things of that nature. I wanted to share some with you today not to make much of myself but to share a passion of mine in hopes of pushing others to look for ways to bring the Lord glory through very simple things in your life. I have done very little up to this point but would love to do this more on the side as I am able. Here are the few graphics/invitations/cards Ben and I have designed to date. 

I would love to help you and your family design a special custom birthday invitation, Christmas card, or shower invitation. You can contact me if you are at all interested. Up to this point I have really done so little that I do not exactly have a "going rate". I can create a digital file for anywhere from $15-30 depending on how complicated the design. Or I can also have the cards printed and cut for you for an additional cost based on number and size of the card. Would love to help you create something special. 

Now that I am done with my advertising, thank you to all those who have used Ben and I to help you create something, or have encouraged us not just in these invitations but in all our furniture building, crafts and DIY projects. We truly do find joy in the things we make and appreciate all those who take joy in them alongside us. Remember, Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men..." That says WHATEVER you do, so even in crafts and creativity we can work heartily to serve the Lord and bring him glory with our passions. I pray this pushes you and challenges you to begin changing your thinking in order to strive to bring the Lord the glory he is due in everything you do...every little and every big thing. 

Blessings friends!