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A Place to Dream {art space for the littles}

When Rico Suave has to venture off for a work assignment for a few days–momma thinks its fun to create things and surprise him on a finished project. We have a spare room in our basement–that would make an ideal media room…only we aren’t really a “media” family. Sure we watch occasional movies…but we aren’t […]

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Erica - May 15, 2011 - 10:53 pm

My husband is a builder and I’d never tackle something like this. You are my hero. I love this and I’m totally copying!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Great job mama!

Alison - May 15, 2011 - 11:24 pm

Andrea, you totally amaze me! When Jody goes out of town, I just try to survive with the kids by myself! ๐Ÿ™‚ But I love that you build art rooms for your kids!!! I am truly amazed!

Elle J - May 15, 2011 - 11:45 pm

You are amazing. This is so fantastic and you did it all by yourself. I like the breakdown of where you got every.single.item. =) You rock!!! Happy Crafting!!!

Mama Mimi - May 16, 2011 - 2:40 am

This is totally awesome and inspiring – thank you for sharing!!! Makes me REALLY wish we had a playroom for the kids…because as much as I love it, I don’t think I want it on my living room wall. =)

Ia Williams - May 16, 2011 - 6:36 am

You are absolutely amazing. I love it

Christy - May 16, 2011 - 6:51 am

That is beautiful! How in the world did you get that done with your husband out of town? An all nighter or something? You are amazing!

Courtney - May 16, 2011 - 8:04 am

Love this idea! Don’t have any kiddos yet, but this will be a must when I do!

Elizabeth Smtih - May 16, 2011 - 9:12 am

Girl… really… where do you find the time? Amazing project! Wish I had room in my house!

Cara - May 16, 2011 - 9:12 am

Cute- love it!!!

SleepyMom - May 16, 2011 - 9:27 am

Have you seen the dry erase Crayons? They are awesome! I just bought some at Michaels because my 2yr old can’t be trusted with dry erase markers plus they smell bad and dry out if the caps get left out. The crayons work great and show up really well. I got the pack for a black dry erase board – ~$5 for a pack of 10.
Your art center is amazing! Would definitely not tackle that on my own.

Liz - May 16, 2011 - 10:01 am

This is sooooooo cool!!! You are a rock star! Thanks for the step by step…..I may pass along to my carpenter brother with 2 kids…maybe he could crank one of these puppies out! Such a cool idea!!!

Briana - May 16, 2011 - 10:12 am

Great job! This is amazing!

Kelly - May 16, 2011 - 9:24 pm

Every school teacher’s dream… ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks like you are going to have a nice homeschooling area maybe!?!? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dishwasher chalkboard:)

SOOO…I got bored for about 3 minutes today;) and got out a can of blackboard spraypaint… Don’t you want to know what that is that I spraypainted?? WELL…Rico Suave and I have a strict “if it’s not broken we don’t fix it” policy we live by. Really, it’s just practical. SOOO…every appliance in our home […]

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kristi johnson - February 3, 2011 - 12:55 am

i love the chalkboard dishwasher…so right up my alley…so fun, kj

Lara - February 3, 2011 - 8:24 am

I really want to know what kind of drugs you’re taking and get some of those! Is it that 5 Hour Energy? Lots of coffee? Speed? Because I wouldn’t have the creative energy to do something like that on a normal day, let alone TWO DAYS BEFORE HOSTING 250 WOMEN!! You’re nuts. Love you for it.

Can’t wait to read that adoption post. It sounds like a lot of what we’ve been talking about.


Stephanie - February 3, 2011 - 8:41 am

Andrea, I can’t believe you have the time and energy to do all you do! I have 2 kids and I don’t do half of what you do! (I’m thinking you’re a very organized person and I’m not, but I’m working on it!) Have fun at your retreat!

Brantley Freeman - February 3, 2011 - 8:51 am

How fun is that! You come up with the cutest ideas and crafts for your kids! I hope I can be as fun as you are with my own as they grow up! Love the idea… just might have to try it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Christy - February 3, 2011 - 9:22 am

BEAUTIFUL! You are amazing and God must gift you incredible amounts of energy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on why you adopt, and I can’t wait to read the post! ๐Ÿ™‚ Praying for your retreat this weekend! Hope I get the opportunity to meet you in person someday too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lauren - February 3, 2011 - 9:31 am

I love this!!!! We have a bit of an eye sore dishwasher and I’m thinking this is a PERFECT idea!! Tucker’s not old enough to play with it yet, but I’m sure the time will fly when he gets home! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a GREAT time at the retreat!!! We’re leaving on Wednesday to GO GET OUR BOY!!!!! :):)

megan - February 3, 2011 - 9:58 am

i came to your site from Lara posting on FB. looking forward to getting to know you more and read what you have to share. Thanks for the thought-provoking read this morning. I quoted you in a blog post. Hope you don’t mind!

Renae - February 3, 2011 - 10:20 am

Thanks so much for putting into words WHY we adopt…even though you haven’t “posted” it yet;)! And your creativity ROCKS!! Especially to those of us who were deprived of that particular gene!

Esty - February 3, 2011 - 11:28 am

you are. Ridiculous. Shesh. What a wonder you are!!! Spraypainting. Unbelievable. Anything you CAN”T do? If you need a giggle, check out my blog for a second to see how my loving Hub describes this weekend coming up.
Personally, I can’t WAIT!!! xoxox Esty

Amanda F. - February 3, 2011 - 11:42 am

LOVE this idea!!!! I HAVE to do it! Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Dawn - February 3, 2011 - 12:42 pm

Love your project ๐Ÿ™‚
And love your thoughts on adoption….can’t wait to hear more ๐Ÿ™‚

Alison - February 3, 2011 - 2:30 pm

Love, love, love the chalkboard dishwasher!!! SO cute!! Can’t wait for the weekend!! Praying we make it even through the ice storm!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sandi - February 3, 2011 - 5:02 pm

What a fabulous idea! We are all about using something in a “new” & exciting way for the kiddos. Seriously looking forward to the post because I have found it difficult to explain just how deeply moved by God’s word I have been in regards to orphans. God definitely changes the hearts of those he prepares to care for the fatherless in whatever way he chooses. Praying for SUN to melt the ice & safe travel for all!

rachel - February 3, 2011 - 7:23 pm

you are hilarious…i want some of your energy dear!!!!!

Sarah - February 3, 2011 - 9:05 pm

I am excited to hear more of your thoughts on why you all adopted and I am loving the dishwasher!

I have never commented but have enjoyed your blog for many months!

Jenny - February 3, 2011 - 10:08 pm

Absolutely LOVE your dishwasher:) but then again I love everything “Andrea” ๐Ÿ™‚

Praying for you sweet friend as you prepare for this weekend. Oh how I wish I could be there.

Julie W - February 4, 2011 - 12:45 am

So fun!!! I downloaded your Lent tree docs and we’ve been out collecting our ornaments. I’m so excited about doing that this year with the littles. Have a great weekend, I can’t wait to hear all about the retreat!

marci - February 4, 2011 - 10:39 pm

SO sweet ! Blessings for your retreat. Pax,m

MamaMimi - February 7, 2011 - 5:56 pm

What a GREAT idea! {P.S. ours is loud too…although its pretty new…boo!}

Valentine Blessing Cookies (a worthy repost of Valentine crafts…)

SOO…if you have been reading my blog for a year now–then you will remember the VALENTINE BLESSING COOKIES! Now, I see no need to try and reinvent the wheel when we got so much sweetness out of it last year!!! SO, I’m reposting the instructions for what we do for Valentine’s! I’m posting this NOW–because […]

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Lara - January 23, 2011 - 11:30 pm

How fun! I’ve gotta give that a try!

april - January 23, 2011 - 11:35 pm

your so crafty andrea…inspires me! ;0) I want to do these things when Isaac gets older and when hopefully we have more children running around, Lord willing! ;0)

Amber - January 24, 2011 - 8:13 am

I’ve got our fortune cookies ready and waiting! Looking forward to pulling them out again this year. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kristin - January 24, 2011 - 9:50 am

You’re the coolest mom, EVER!! Can I be your kid? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Christy - January 24, 2011 - 3:45 pm

You know I’m working on them – almost done! ๐Ÿ™‚ As for the Lent tree, thanks for getting back to me but I’m still a bit overwhelmed where to begin to look in a store as big as Walmart without spending 4 hours there! ๐Ÿ™‚ ha! And as much as I would LOVE to do this with my kids, I don’t know where the 4 hours to find everything would come from! ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe you can give us some clues in a future blog post? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

Kim - January 25, 2011 - 9:44 am

Can we move in next door when we repatriate?!
“Cause you make me feel better”!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

lindsey - January 25, 2011 - 2:30 pm

iwe do a jesse tree at christmas, same idea as this lent tree, LOVE IT. i am now opening all my christmas boxes to dig out ones that will match up. i would love to see yours for some ideas on the ones i dont have. so would you please post pictures (with all your extra time) or you ornaments. thanks

Kym - February 1, 2011 - 8:53 am

Thanks for re-posting this. I sent a set to my husband in Afghanistan last year, thankfully he is home this Valentine’s! I also just saved the ones for my kids so I could use them as long a possible. Thanks for reminding me to dig them out, quickly!

Cristie - February 2, 2011 - 5:34 pm

Hey friend! I made them!!! And I love them!!!!! Check it out if you want to…

Jennifer Jones - February 9, 2011 - 7:40 am

Hi Andrea! Love the “fortune cookie” craft idea. It is very safe to say that mine were just a little “off.” ๐Ÿ™‚ I blogged about it if you are up for a laugh. ๐Ÿ™‚

Magnolia Leaf Christmas Garland

FIRST and most important…guess who made ANOTHER milestone?! Our little man!!! He has been home 5 months. We arrived back in the U.S. on July 2nd–5 months ago and he was 11 months old. In FIVE (5!) months, Isaac has learned to sit independently, eat babyfoods (he couldn’t do textures or any solids when we […]

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Karly - December 6, 2010 - 12:18 am

Hi Andrea,

That is incredible!! Praising God with you as you and your family celebrate another milestone. I have followed your blog for a long time now, but I’ve never commented before. I’ve been a lurker. ๐Ÿ™‚ My husband and I are just beginning the process of adopting our first child from Uganda and I can’t tell you how much of an encouragement your blog has been to me. Thank you so much for sharing your story!

Blessings, Karly

Debb - December 6, 2010 - 12:22 am

BLESSINGS to you and Isaac! May the surgery go wonderfully and the post-surgical healing go quickly!…….and may he be spared any more UTIs!!!!! :o) Great garland! Go girl! And WOW!!! Your friend is a brave soul, keeping her two children with her while she stays in Uganda and visits her son! Sending Prayers all around! :o)

Jenny - December 6, 2010 - 8:27 am

just have to say that i am soooo proud of ITY and so proud of you all! God is so good!

SleepyMom - December 6, 2010 - 9:01 am

Praying everything involved with the surgery goes smoothly. My little guy had a urological surgery when he was one too. He did so much better than I ever could have imagined. We were so nervous but he was even a champ about not getting to eat or drink anything before hand (which we honestly thought would lead to one very long meltdown). He was wanting to play and eat within 30min of waking up from the anasthesia and mostly wanting them to take that IV out of his foot!
Good luck and God bless tomorrow.

april - December 6, 2010 - 9:17 am

look at that adorable behind of his…he is scrumptious and such a miracle! so happy to see him hit another milestone!

Kristin - December 6, 2010 - 11:26 am

Sweet baby! Melt my heart why don’t ya!

Sandi - December 6, 2010 - 11:50 am

We will be praying for health for all, skilled hands to do the surgery, & a miraculous recovery. God placed orphans heavily on my heart & even though my hubby is not quite ready to adopt, I have you to thank for making me aware of Wiphan. It feels so good to know that we are supporting such an amazing cause. I would like donate my wedding dress for them to auction off but I’m not sure how to make that happen. I was saving it for my adopted daughter but feel like it would be special to have the proceeds go to Wiphan to help not one child but many. Thank you for sharing your journey. It touches my heart as I wait for my hubby to say yes to adopt!

Rebecca Harley - December 6, 2010 - 1:11 pm

way yo go – ITY!!!!! Praying for you all tomorrow

Dawn - December 6, 2010 - 2:14 pm

OK so seriously when I saw the video I started to tear up!!! Because I still remember his referral….and praying….knowing that it might not have turned out this way- BUT GOD!!!!! BUT GOD said- I have heard all of your cries and am using this AMAZING little boy to do the impossible!!!! Oh I am getting goosebumps ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVE IT!!!

missy - December 6, 2010 - 2:41 pm

was that a blog post he was writing on the vtech? love that he continues to have those milestones. hope he has a good recovery.

Amy @ Filled With Praise - December 6, 2010 - 10:39 pm

Yay Isaac!!! So happy for your little man. He continues to do so well. Such an answer to prayers. Love you all!

Megan - December 7, 2010 - 12:45 am

Super cute! The mica would be pretty…but yes, messy (and expensive…we focked 6 giganto trees for our December wedding 7 years ago and the cost was up there…even buying in bulk).
Feel better mr ITY!

molly White - December 10, 2010 - 7:49 am

HUGE tears shot out of my eyes when I watched this video! So awesome!!! I am so proud of this little guy! Merry Christmas!

Preparing for Christmas…cards and the Jesse Tree

A few fun things to share! Aren’t you always baffled with how to beautifully display the cards of your friends and family??? I just hate to put them in a basket and not be able to see them ALL at once!!!! I’m always thinking of different ways to display our Christmas cards. Last year–we did […]

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ellen silva - December 2, 2010 - 9:45 pm

I love your blog more and more each post!! Love the jello and memo board and jesse tree…is she having a Wizard of Oz birthday?

Sara - December 2, 2010 - 10:14 pm

No lie, I was just thinking today that I needed something to share with the kids each day to share the real meaning of Christmas, not just advent surprises. Love the Jesse tree idea! How are you making the felt ornaments? Are you using a template? I just may have added something to my already busy weekend! Do you mind to share your shopping list?

Lara - December 3, 2010 - 8:18 am

You are too much, Andrea! We are doing Ann’s Jesse tree. I like it, but I really have to modify the devotionals for my wiggly three year old.

Julie Johnston - December 3, 2010 - 8:19 am

Andrea….we must have a lot of mutual friends:) We lived in Colorado for the first 3 years we were married….and I see our pastor’s son is one of the Christmas cards you have hanging! How funny!
Love the Jesse tree. My parents did this with us growing up…and now we use the same felt pieces for our kids!

Elle J - December 3, 2010 - 10:02 am

Your end results are so professional and you always write to make it sounds so easy. I am tempted one of these days to try out your ideas to see if mine turn out the same – I have my doubts. =) I am craft-challenged!!! LOL. Very excited to see this Jello – will you post the recipe with photo after the party? Have FUN!