Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry (Christ)mas!!!

May your (Christ)mas be filled with faith, hope and most of all love!
Merry (Christ)mas & God Bless!
JafaHouse

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Teacher Gifts~ (Christ)mas

The end of last week I finished up the kids Christmas gifts for their teachers. I "customized" some wreathes that they can use in the classroom or at home.
The first one is for Abraham's teacher. At the end of each week the kids that keep to the class rules and do homework on time get "smartie" awards. So, I thought it would be cute to make a wreath out of smarties. AND is was super cute until all the candies started falling off...uggg! So I'm off to Panera today for a gift card to add to her treat basket=).

Abbey's teacher is just full of life! This gal never slows down and always has a smile on her face...a genuine true smile...and a hug for everyone she meets. So, to match her colorful personality I made her a wreath out of crayons. Much better success with this one. Those crayons are on there like a rock!
Thank you for stopping by!
Hope you have a wonderful day!
God Bless!
J@

Friday, December 16, 2011

Holly Wreath

I was given a little pin that had a holly wreath wrapped around a cross. It was attached to a little marker that read....

The Holly Wreath
The holly wreath symbolizes the crown of thorns worn by Jesus at Calvary.
Its red berries represent the blood He shed for the forgiveness of our sins.
The endless circle is eternal life obtained through Him.

That little pin inspired me to create a larger version to give out as gifts this (Christ)mas.
I thought it was a beautiful reminder of why we celebrate (Christ)mas. Many years ago God sent his precious & only Son as a little baby. That baby would grow up to be the Saviour of this world!

God Bless you all the (Christ)mas season!
J@

Friday, December 9, 2011

Today, I'm just hanging around the house trying to get some stuff done. Right now I have laundry going and Chex Mix in the oven...mmmmm. I just finished a batch of Muddy Buddies. I've never used that Chex Mix recipe before. Oh, I hope I can keep my hands off it so we have some to take to the Cub Scout party this weekend. Peanut butter and chocolate....oh my! Yummy!!


I thought I'd show you all this card I made awhile back. I made a bunch of these to use as thank yous for a ladies Christmas brunch I help with each year. There is usually a theme and this time it was icicles. I searched for ways to incorporate that on my cards and low and behold I found a tutorial for faux icicles. Have any of you seen this? It's super easy.
All you need are: Crystal Effects, Diamond Dust (both Stampin Up products) and wax paper.
Step 1: Draw icicle on wax paper with Crystal Effects.
Step 2: Sprinkle with Diamond Dust
Step 3: Once dry, peal and use on craft project. You can even cut to desired size.
Pretty cool huh? 
Well, I think I just heard the timer go off. Time to stir the Chex Mix.
Hope you all have a day filled with (Christ)mas joy!
God Bless!
J@


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Fresh Pine Tree

On Sunday we went to find this years (Christ)mas tree. I jokingly...okay maybe no so jokingly told my family as long as I live it'll be a fresh tree or no tree. There is nothing like the smell of fresh pine tree. Our home smells so wonderful right now.

So I thought it appropriate to share some (Christ)mas tree inspired randomness....


I copied this from an idea I saw on the cover of Paper Crafters Holiday Card magazine.

We can't forget poor Charlie Brown...

I've finally finished puttering around the house with decorating. We've also go the tree up, lit, and full of ornaments...each with a special memory.
Now it's time for baking, wrapping and a little sewing.
Hope you all are enjoying this (Christ)mas season.
So glad you could stop by today!
May your day be filled with many blessings!
J@



Monday, December 5, 2011

Seeds of Good Deeds

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him…” Isaiah 11: 1-2
This year we started Advent with our traditional Jesse Tree readings. Then I came across this post HERE. After poking around The Holy Experience blog I discovered a FREE (gotta love that) Jesse Tree devotional. One of my favorite parts about the devotional is the "unwrappings" at the end of each day. It's a simple activity that can be done by all ages.
Today I wanted to share with you one that is sure to become a Jafa House tradition....planting seeds of kindness (you can read more about it in the above link). I just love the idea of planting seeds of kindness as one more way to teach the children about the love of our Saviour Jesus Christ. It gives us all a way to show that love to others.
It's simple really, you plant a seed for every act of kindness you do through out the advent season. On Christmas Eve you cut the grass that has grown from your acts of love and use it in a nativity manger.

As I was flipping through the photos I took of our Seeds of Good Deeds I noticed one of the kids had drawn a happy face in the seeds! I just made me smile!

I hope for you this season is filled with the love of our Lord!
God Bless!
J@


Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Cards

Every year I have big plans to make lots and lots of handmade Christmas cards. Then December comes and I only have a handful done. Where does the time go anyway? Well, I'm still plugging along with creating cards but I always keep a box of store bought (gasp!) on hand just in case I don't get enough done.

This week I am dusting off the shelves and slowly putting fall decor away. The kids keep asking when we will get our Christmas tree. Last night Abbey got out of bed to tell Frank that we needed to talk to Mom about putting Christmas lights around the house. I love seeing them get excited over all the preparations.

Thank you for stopping by.
 I hope you have a blessed and beautiful day!
J@

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday~Father & Son

I can't take credit for this photo. A counselor at Camp Joy-El took this of Frank & Abe on a father/son weekend.
You can see more Wordless Wednesday posts HERE.
Hope you have a beautiful day!
God Bless!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours! My your day be blessed with family, friends and the Lord's love!
God Bless!
J@

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pie Day!


Today is pie day! The only things I have on my list today is to make some pumpkin pies and run a few errands. It's been raining non-stop for the past three days...so I'm looking forward to getting out of the house for a bit. It's also a perfect day for a house filled with the smell of pumpkin spices!  
Hope your day is filled with something sweet!
God Bless!
J@

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Festive Fall Napkin Holders


Want a quick easy project to add a little something special to your holiday table? In less then 10 minutes I just threw together some quick and festive napkin rings for our Thanksgiving feast! Just simply hot glue some felt or silk leaves onto a small wisteria wreath. Add a button or two and there you have it.
Thank you for stopping by!
 Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!
God Bless!
J@

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tom the Turkey

This is our Tom the Turkey. We created him as a family project three or four years ago.  It looks like next year we'll have to give him a make over but every year I dust him off and give him a place of honor. Normally we randomly place Tom's feathers in his back side and let him be. This year we decided to use a feather a day the week leading up to Thanksgiving. At dinner we each take a turn sharing something we thank God for in our lives...then gentle place our feather in the old bird. It's definitely a tradition in the making. What kind of Thanksgiving traditions do you all have?
Hope you all are enjoying family and friends this week!
God Bless!
J@

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

In My Web~Wordless Wednesday

A single photo...no words...
Thanks for stopping by. My your day be filled with God's blessings!
J@

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Tricks-N-Treats!

Love this goofy looking Frankinstien with his little belly sticking out...thanks Chris for sending me the images. This and the card below were made for the kids teachers as a little thank you for the awesome job they do!
We hope you all have a safe and FUN Halloween!
God Bless!
J@

Saturday, October 29, 2011

It's Shoebox Time!


Every year week put together shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child. The kids get so excited filling and stuffing the boxes. They write notes to the child and pray for them. It's been a great way for us to help teach the kids to look beyond themselves....a reminder we could all use.
If you are interested in joining the fun you can find more information at Samaritan's Purse.  


Thought I add just a little taste of what our late OCTOBER Saturday is like...
 These were taken at 7:30am

By 9:30am it looked like this and it's still snowing!
I'm loving being cocooned in my home, spending a day with my awesome family...pumpkin carving, cookie baking and some slushy, snowy fun!
Have a blessed and beautiful day!
God is good!
J@

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fall Soccer


Today was Abraham's last soccer game of the fall season. I'm so proud of how well he and his teammates did this year. They won all but one game (not that I'm keeping track or anything). 

It's also nice to watch a GAME being played instead of all the kids chasing the ball from one end to the other. If you've ever seen 4 year olds play you know what I'm talking about. Anywho...it was a good season but I'm glad to have our Saturdays back=).

Frank and I are always appreciative of the people who volunteer to coach are kids. So, I put together this simple little thank you card.
Supplies used: Cardstock, buttons & thank you stamp- Papertrey, Soccer ball stamp-Stampabilities, twine-Martha Stewart.

Thank you for stopping by! Hope you all enjoy your weekend!
God Bless!
J@

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Boo!

It hard to believe that my little boy turns 8 today!...
Okay...maybe not so hard to believe. He definitely puts the "ham" in Abraham.
He wanted a platyborg cake this year.
Kick It Up a Notch - Platyborg.jpg
There was just no way with my limited cake decorating skills that I could do that. However, thanks to Disney and all there lovely products for all their shows and movies I was able to find a Phineas and Ferb 2nd dimension set.
One last thing... I put together a video of images of Abraham from about 1 month to 8 years. I used Sidewalk Prophets The Words I Would Say. He has listened to this song everyday before school...a few times over. So, now whenever I hear it I think of him.
video
Hope this is your best birthday yet! Happy Birthday Boo Bear! I love you!

Thank you all for stopping by and celebrating the day with us!
God Bless!
J@

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A is for Apple


The kids had a great first day and I now have the most organized kitchen on the block. Today, I relaxed a little and worked on goodie baskets for the teachers. I kept is simple and healthy!  Do I get extra credit for making it a nutritious treat?
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the day!
God Bless!
J@

Monday, August 29, 2011

Back to School 2011

Today the kids started another school year. It's hard to believe that I have a 1st and 2nd grader already! They were both full of nervous excitement this morning. I pray their day goes well and I can't wait to hear about there first day adventures!


Now that the kids are in school I plan to be a more regular blogger. For today however I'm going to spend it clearing clutter out of my kitchen cupboards...anyone wanna help?

Hope you all have a beautiful day!
God Bless!
J@

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Autumn Splendor


Dreaming of crisp fall weather & taking a little break from the summer heat. I've been working on some Autumn Splendor cards for the Papertrey card swap on Splitcoast Stampers. 
It's raining today so maybe it'll take some of the heat with it...and rainy days are always good for crafting. Hope you all enjoy your day!
Thank you for stopping by!
God Bless!
J@

Thursday, July 21, 2011

This week....Cruel Summer

"Hot summer streets and the pavements are burning...I sit around...
Trying to smile but the air is so heavy and dry (more like sticky and yuck!)....It's a cruel...cruel...cruel summer..."
-Bananarama (Cruel Summer)
 
Here is what we've been doing to stay out of the hot, sticky....it needs to rain...weather we've been having.
 Making mazes for Leo the amazing hamster!
Um..yeah, I don't think Houdini. Get back inside those walls!
 Growing snow...too bad it's not the real stuff!
 Enjoying tomatoes straight from our veggie garden...yum!
The old Slip-n-slide!

Other heatwave breakers...a trip to the pool...$1 movie...making ice cream in a bag...splashing in the creek....watching Scooby Doo...playing Hyper Dash....and annoying our sister or brother...or mother...watching the plumber saw open the pipe....a week later watching the plumber install a new water heater....poking our sister....yelling "Moooom!!!!" a few dozen times before realizing I'm not answering to that anymore....reading...writing...crafts...enjoying being home....realizing the Back to School signs are up in the stores (I think that had the kids a little concerned at Target today...hahaha).
So, how are you all spending your summer?
Thanks for stopping by the Jafa House! 
God Bless!
J@