Sunday, April 20, 2014

Because of Him

This is so beautiful I had to share.

Brings me to tears of gratitude.

Watching it with my children this morning before anything else.

How I want this knowledge to fill their hearts as it has mine.

Check out the other wonderful stuff on this page as well:

Happy, happy, happiest of Easters.

And may the joy He gave us live in all of our hearts and make us better.

May that knowledge help us to SHINE and love and live life to the best of our abilities.

Because of Him.

Love, Shawni

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Q & A

Do you have any Easter books you would recommend for children? I loved your post during Christmas about books you read to your children and would love something similar for Easter.

I'm sorry I'm getting to this late...but sometimes Amazon is fast! 

We are sadly lacking on Easter books.  Maybe because I'm lazy, or maybe because I like our little yellow charts that get us into the scriptures more.  But we do have two books.  The first is for children and I really like it.  It's called "The Easter Walk" and you can find it HERE

The other is one recommended by blog readers a couple years ago called "A Christ Centered Easter" and you can find it HERE .

There are so many great ideas in there!

I also LOVE the ideas my sister put on Power of Moms a couple years back.  Click HERE to see all the wonderful things she's come up with.

I would love to read your parents' books but have no idea which one to start with. I currently have a 13-month-old. Which one do you recommend I read first? Are there any other parenting books you recommend for this stage of motherhood? Thanks so much! 

A few of my favorite early mothering books from my parents is HERE (second question down).  I LOVE 
The Entitlement Trap: How to Rescue Your Child with a New Family System of Choosing, Earning, and Ownership as well (sorry, long title but click on that for more info.

I also ADORE 
How to Talk to Your Child About Sex: It's Best to Start Early, but It's Never Too Late -- A Step-by-Step Guide for Every Age which I have talked a bunch about over the years as we've done these "talks" with our kids (HERE).  But your 13-month-old is a little young for that.  Ha!  Just keep it in mind for later.

One of my all-time favorite mothering books for your stage (and every stage) is HERE .

A question for you...being the daughter of the Eyres and in the public eye as a popular blogger, do you feel pressure to be a certain kind of Mom? If so how do you deal with that pressure?

Heavens no!  Well, let me back up:  

I feel pressure to be a deliberate parent.  Not because I'm an Eyre or for any other reason other than that I have children I adore.  They deserve it.  I had deliberate parents.  I know what that meant for our family.  I know how secure and loved and wonderful that felt to grow up enveloped into.  I want with all my heart to create that same thing for my own children.  Of course I am not my parents, and the way Dave and I raise our kids is different as we bring in favorite things from how each of us were raised, but we take this business seriously.  (Lots of links on how we do that over HERE.)

As parents we are raising the future.  Now with teenagers I've never felt more pressure to raise them right.  And it's not because I feel any pressure from outside, it's because I know that's what's right.  The world is filled to the brim with distractions.  I want to raise children who will be contributing, happy adults.  And that doesn't just happen.  That takes work.  

Lots of hard work.

But I know it's worth every second of it to create strong families.  Our world needs our children to be strong.  So they need us to raise them that way to the best of our abilities.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

home for sale

We suddenly have a house to sell.

In the hustle and bustle of building I have lost track of all the people who have asked over the years (sorry!), so it's up for grabs and we'd love to sell it to someone who will love it as much as we have.
(Family room spruce-up pics from a few years ago HERE.)

Check out when we painted our cabinets white back HERE.
(We have loved the white.)

As an FYI, those maple floors that have yellowed over the years will be refinished at our expense.  But we want to wait for the buyer to determine what shade of wood they would like.
For more about how we re-did that entry way a couple years back click HERE.

For the kitchen spruce-up click HERE.

Living room spruce-up HERE.

 All about Max's room click HERE.

Dining room spruce-up HERE.

Going up the stairs...

More about Elle's room HERE.

At Christmas:

The neighborhood:
 Same thing but on a foggy day:

I can't get enough of the tree-lined streets.

Valentine's Day...oh I love how that house decorates up for the holidays.

 On Halloween:

Back yard:
I love that this is a great-size pool but there's still enough yard for a sunken trampoline.  We have loved our yard!

We'd love to sell by owner if we can.  Email me at sepphotography at gmail dot com if you are interested or have questions.

** Post edit note:  Much of the furniture is for sale with or without the house ;)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter week

We started our Easter week tradition during scriptures this week.

(Do you like our "new" kitchen table?)

We put up those yellow papers each year.  Each day of the week leading up to Easter we read the part in the scriptures that tells about what happened in Christ's life leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection.  

Much more detail about those yellow things back HERE.

More other Easter ideas HERE.

I'm soooo grateful to have a week to reflect on such an incredible event.  And to try to help my kids understand the beauty of it all.

Monday, April 14, 2014

prom 2014

It was prom night on Saturday night.

The helpers-to-get-ready:
I wish I had a "before" and "after" pic of this kid...he had a straggly mustache and beard and super long shaggy hair a couple hours before.

Max doubled with his varsity volleyball team this time around.

It was fun to take pictures and get to know them better.
(Have I mentioned how much fun volleyball is this year?  Just wondering...)

Max's date(s):


Elle claimed she didn't care she wasn't old enough, but I'm sure deep down she wished she was right there dressed up like a princess like the rest of them.  (we don't date 'til we're 16)

Here's Max's darling date:

It was a "Great Gatsy" theme so some of the girls had such awesome dresses to go with that.

Whenever I see cool up-do's it reminds me I sure wish I would have thought to do something fancy like that for my wedding instead of whipping up part of my straight hair in a barrette and plopping on a comb-wedding-veil thingy.

The boys:
 Yes, that peach suit is for real :)

The girls:

The whole group:

A little more snuggled in:

Let's check out that peach suit...


 Gotta have the sis in a couple:

 Poor kids...I couldn't stop cause the light was so darn pretty!
I don't think they minded too much though...

My question of the night was, how in the world did my baby boy turn into this towering giant I love so much?  
I am a lucky mamma.
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