Mad Lib Illustrations

I had a substitute a week or so ago, and while I was gone I had my students do mad lib illustrations.  I got the idea from Organized Chaos.  So my fifth graders would randomly pull from three different cups–one for subjects, one for actions, and one for places.  Then they would make a sentence out of the 3 words/phrases and illustrate it.  When I got back the following Monday, I laughed out loud at what I had waiting for me.  The kids said they enjoyed it too.  The word cups are now apart of my “free draw” station where kids can go if they finish early. Here are some of my faves.

An octopus baking a cake in the North Pole.

An octopus baking a cake in the North Pole. (This kid is a fantastic artist)

Santa Claus playing checkers in the forest.

Santa Claus playing checkers in the forest.

Penguins sneezing in outer space.

Penguins sneezing in outer space.

A shark eating spaghetti at Six Flags.

A shark eating spaghetti at Six Flags.

Mrs. Maxwell eating at Chili's.

Mrs. Maxwell eating at Chili’s.

I have a nice, artsy dress on, no?


Thanksgiving festivities were fun and full!

Playing games at Ryan's Grandma's

Playing games at Ryan’s Grandma’s

Fajita dinner at my folks'

Fajita dinner at my folks’–with Will & Bailey and their sweet daughter.

Passing around Princess Nell

Passing around Princess Nell

So many wonderful things and people and food. We are so very blessed.

And we are about to head out and get a Christmas tree!



First, here is the cutest frog ever. Perhaps you have already seen this, but if you haven’t, now’s your chance…

It’s the Desert Rain Frog, found in South Africa. Akon got really excited when we were watching this video. He likes all things squeaky.

He also likes to cuddle with our feet.

He also likes to cuddle with our feet.

I was commissioned by my cousin to make a drawing for her sweet son’s pirate-themed bedroom.  Here is the finished piece.

I’m pleased with out it turned out. When people ask me to draw things for them, it gets me out of what I would normally draw and stretches me. She will get the original, but it’s available in my store if you like it too.

Two Very Different Videos

I mentioned being arrowed on Sunday.  This is what I was referring to.  It’s pretty ridiculous.

My teenaged self thought it was hilarious.  And probably yours would too.


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Nope it doesn’t.


And here is something to redeem this post.  It kind of gives me goosebumps.


Buying a house has made me re-obsessed with Pinterest. I was orginally obsessed with Pinterest when I first joined, but then less so when I realized I was only doing about 1/76th of the things that I was pinning.

But now that we are in the process of buying a house, all those blank walls and empty rooms make browsing through Pinterest addictive yet again.

Currently I’ve been contemplating wall colors. I’m intrigued by gray . .

Source: via Laura on Pinterest


Though I think a warm olive green is the ticket for our bedroom . . .


And I do love the yellow walls in our current house, maybe something paler for our new one . . .

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And then I can make paper flowers . . .


And then we will need a library/office . . .


And we musn’t forget the backyard scrabble . . .

Source: via Laura on Pinterest


You see how Pinterest can give you the illusion of being semi-productive?

So many ideas, so little time.

Two Good Reads

Finished two books this week! Here is what I have to say about them . . .

The Snow ChildThe Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Such an enchanting story! This novel was very cozy for me,–the story and the setting. I was afraid it might be too sad or heavy, and while there was sadness, it was balanced well with joyful and lighter moments. This will become a classic on my bookshelf. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars was because, near the end, I wasn’t satisfied with the where the story went. That could just be my personal preference though, and I would still definitely recommend this book.

Counsel from the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of ChristCounsel from the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ by Elyse Fitzpatrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book for a counseling class I took at my church. It was very edifying–I feel like this book counseled me! Fitzpatrick and Johnson continually point to the gospel as the source of strength, hope, and freedom. A lot of the truths in this book were not new to my mind, but became so much more true to my heart. My copy is full of my underlinings and is definitely a book I would like to revisit.

I also appreciated the distinction made between different forms of counseling–secular psychology, biblical counseling, and gospel-centered counseling. They define gospel-centered counseling as, “One Christian, coming alongside another with words of truth to encourage, admonish, comfort, and help–words . . .grounded in the gracious saving work of Jesus Christ, and presented in the context of relationship.” The goal is that the person would “grow in his or her understanding if the gospel and how it applies to every area of life and then respond in grateful obedience” (p. 91-92).

This is a solid book. Great for anyone one to read, because we all encounter situations where a friend needs to be counseled, and we could all use some good gospel-centered counseling ourselves.

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And then there’s this . . .

I like this.

Source: via Brenda on Pinterest


I am about to go to a two-year old’s birthday party, so that’s all I have time to share for now. I realized yesterday while at Target that I had never bought a birthday present for a two-year old before. It took some deliberation. No, I won’t tell you what I bought — he might be reading this!