Sunday, November 27, 2011

Our handsome boy...

Just click on the image to enlarge. I'm not sure why it won't show up larger.

Family fun...

Ezra and his cousin Cooper. I swear we don't make him lift weights :)
Ezra's cousin Maddox training a new breed of hunting dog - the Pekingese :)

Before Michael left I wanted to do a family craft so we decided to make a gingerbread house:

A must try hair product

I have the finest, straightest hair in the world. It has NEVER held curl for more then 3 hours much less ALL day until now. I told my hairdresser that I love the look of soft curls that you can achieve with a flat iron but that mine never stay very long. She then told me about this amazing product below:
It's RUSK Thermal flat iron spray. And here's what you do at home.
First spray your entire head. (this is to show how well it holds. I just held my head upside down and sprayed and this is how it looked when I stood up)
Second: you brush through your hair. It will feel soft and supple like theren't no product in it.
Lastly curl with your 1" flat iron and this is the end result. I watched several (like EIGHT) youtube videos on how to curl your hair with a flat iron and with some practice now I feel pretty confident.
I just wanted to share this info with you guys in the blog world for anyone who has hair like mine but wants to achieve this look. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Some photos and freebies!

This weekend I wanted to try and get some family photos taken before Michael leaves for his latest deployment to order some Christmas cards. These are a few of the photos we got thanks to my sister and my mom's camera (I'm too cheap to buy a nice one). I'll post more later on hopefully with some more freebies if I can get some free time. Libby's sick and already puked on me twice today, poor girl.

Sadly I still can't post any photos of Libby but we got some really cute ones that I wish I could share with you guys :(  .  If you like what you see just click on the images below to enlarge then save to your computer and just slip your own photos below and erase any overhang in any photo editing software.  The images are 500 pixels wide.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Trying to be fancy...

My mom came home from the hospital yesterday after having a double masectomy and lymph node removal so I thought I'd be fancy and make the 2011 Southern Living winner of their "white cake" contest.
Here is a picture of what the cake is supposed to look like:

This is what my cake started off as.  Basically it's a layer of gingerbread cake with a silky chocolate ganache, then you top it off with toffee chips and do that 3 times then the icing is a whipped cream with ginger infusion.

I followed all the directions to the letter but alas when I tried to put my second layer on it fell apart.

Did I mention that this cake takes NINE hours to make!!!  Yea, I was furious that all my work ended in a hot mess.  In the end I had to salvage it I just threw it in a large bowl poured the whipped cream topping on  it, and made a "sort of" trifle.  It still tasted delicous but I was totally bummed.

So the lesson learned is NEVER make this cake again, and I would warn anyone else who's considering making this marathon cake to reconsider and go with something a bit easier.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Guess who!?!

Ezra came up to me in this morning looking like this and asked, "who am I Mama?"

hmmmmmm.......... I took in the apparent onesie head dress + the ball cap and was left with a blank expression.

ezra: "Mama, who am I?"

I wanted to say a homeless crack head, but I didn't think that would go over well, so still with no clue, I had him turn to the side:

None the wiser,I told him, "I give up buddy, who are you?"

drum roll please......


Yeah, I didn't see that one coming either.

Alice in Wonderland party printables

I bought a vintage Alice in Wonderland golden book and cut out the images of the characters I liked then scanned them in and created these little party printables to use for Libby's first birthday party and wanted to share them with you. I'll likely be reworking them in other ways so there will probably be many more Alice in Wonderland themed printables coming your way but this is what I've got going at the moment. Just click on the images below to enlarge then save to your computer.

Here are some fun polaroid digital freebies

I wanted to create some cute polaroid frames with this washi tape for my own blog posts but of course I had to share with you guys as well. Here's a cluster that you can add on top of any of your own digital scrapbooking papers and just slip your own photos beneath the frames.

Here are the frames seperated out individually:

This last one is just a quick page. Just click on the image to enlarge and then save to your computer:

Monday, November 7, 2011

More digital freebies that didn't go through yesterday.

Not sure what happened yesterday but these few images didn't upload - sorry. Here are two more quick pages and this football element to use as you see fit :)

Just click on the images below to enlarge then save to your computer.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Lots of digital freebies!

In an effort to lighten things up a bit this morning I created some digital freebies to share with you guys. The quick pages are are 3600 pixels so they are huge files but will print out nicely. And the elements have been shrunk down in pixel size some but still will be great to print out or to use as photo frames or your blog posts. Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sex trafficking of boys in an unlikely place

When I think of Afghanistan and sex trafficking I typically think only of the little girls that are married off to older men sometimes as young as 8 and 9 years of age. I never in a million years thought that such prudish men at the highest rank in the Afghan military and police force would each "own" a boy or boys to use as sex slaves.
As the video below shows they practice something called Bacha Bazi where a "master" find boys on the street or in poor provinces and basically buy the boys from their parents. They are then trained to sing and dance and of course provide "services" to the men who will be purchasing them. If a boy tries to escape he's killed. p.e.r.i.o.d. If he is difficult he's beaten into submission.

At bacha bazi parties the boys are dressed in women's clothing and then dance for a group of men who bid on them in the hopes of taking them home for the night for sex.
What I was shocked to find was that these are married men with children of their own and that so many of these men are men of wealth and power who seem to feel no shame/remorse for their actions. Ambitious men who are seeking to be up and comers feel like they HAVE to have a boy or else they will never be able to achieve the status of the higher ups so they also engage in the practice.

The video below is the best one I could find with a snipet of the film:

I wanted to share this with you guys b/c I know these human rights attrocities occur every day and I certainly don't want to stay ignorant to them. I HATE that there are children who have to endure this suffering and I HATE that there are adults who seem to have no problem perpetrating this kind of abuse, but if we don't know about it how can we stop it?!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Last day to vote for Children's Hopechest to get 50K

Dear Ministry Partners,

This is the final day of voting at GIVING OF LIFE. The top 20 organizations have a shot at a $50,000 grant. We have just over 2500 votes, and we need your help to get that number over 3,000 by the end of the day.

Would you take a minute to click HERE to vote for Children's HopeChest?

Help keep HopeChest in the running for a $50,000 grant.

If we are awarded the grant, HopeChest will use it to fund our Russia Ministry Centers--one of our critical tools for ensuring that orphans in Russia find a safe and stable future.
Thank you for being a voice!

For the Fatherless,
Tom Davis

P.S. Please share this link on Facebook and Twitter and your blog. The more votes we get, the better our chances of staying in the running for the $50,000 grant. Thank you!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

An update and some sad news...

I just found out that Libby's foster mom from birth to 3 months of age passed away in her sleep unexpectedly.  Vera Moore devoted her life to foster children and provided a loving home for over 100 children while they waited for their forever families.  She's also the adoptive mother to a teenage girl who will be needing our prayers during this time.  I am completely in shock but find comfort in knowing that she was a believer and certainly has earned her place in Heaven.  Please keep Vera and her family in your prayers over the next few days.

In other news we found out that my mom has breast cancer and will have to have a double masectomy early this month.  Please keep her in your prayers for peace and healing. 
Also this month is our court hearing where hopefully they will terminate parental rights for Libby.  Our agency and Libby's attorney are trying to get all of the court paperwork in order so we pray that the judge will opt to terminate rights now as opposed to waiting 6 months.