Friday, November 27, 2015

Tshirt Deadline: Sunday, November 29 @ Midnight

One Last Call for Tshirt Orders~

Please order you tshirts by Sunday, November 29 @ midnight to get your shirt by Christmas.
Blessings and Love to all!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HollyMei's China Book~

She may have been last to receive her book but she was equally delighted!!!
Whew! It feels good to have all that complete.
Mostly it feels amazing to see them find pride in their Chinese heritage.

"How will our children know who they are if they do not know where they came from." unknown

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Beautiful Weekend~

Friday afternoon we headed to Sherrie Brooke's wedding with Aunt Susan~
 Rosie and Hayden met us there and we had a ball~
 Saturday I picked up Walmart toy catalogs for everyone and were perfect for an afternoon of Christmas dreaming~
 Sunday we loaded the new KidSpring app with songs and videos from our church, NewSpring... 
Evie was pretty happy about it~
 And as I watched the game with Scott I looked over to see EK and Macy playing horses near the tree~
It reminded me just what Simple Sundays are all about!
A Beautiful Weekend!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Payne's China Lifebook~

Payne's China book came today and his face says it ALL~
He and Evie came home together so she was right there with him looking for herself~
Connected to each other forever!!!

Have you started your books yet?
Go to A Beautiful Symphony for more into!


Every year I create silhouettes of the littles to hang in our school room.

I sat the kids and {dog} in front of the window and shot their profile~

Next I cut out each image while holding a piece of black paper~

And ended with a beautiful display for our schoolroom and Thanksgiving~

For Video Tutorial for Printing the Images go to
A Beautiful Symphony: Creating Silhouettes.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Life Books~ {Memories Forever}

The favorite books in our house are our China books, aka Life Books.
I have worked diligently for the last few weeks to finish up WP, PC, and HM's books.

WP received his book last week and he was beyond thrilled~

It's hard to tell just how big the photos are going to be so here is the inside of EC's book~

I can promise they pour over these books every single day!

Would you like to make one too?
Go to A Beautiful Symphony for more information and video tutorial showing you how!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Today we created Mr. Whiskers from our book Cranberry Thanksgiving~

and watched the History Channel at lunch~
Being together is the best whatever we are doing!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Cranberry Orange Cake~

We are rowing Cranberry Thanksgiving this week and because we had company 
EK and SJ made the MOST delicious Cranberry Orange cake~
We also made a beautiful table arrangement with cranberries and flowers too~
It was a wonderful night with a full house of family!!!

Recipe for the Cake:
3 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup (6 oz) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ tsp table salt
zest of one orange
2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour
12 oz fresh cranberries
1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the eggs and sugar using the whisk attachment. Whip until the eggs have turned pale yellow and the mixture has thickened and more than doubled in volume, about 3-5 minutes.
3. Add the softened butter, vanilla, salt and orange zest and mix until incorporated.
4. Stir the flour in with a spatula, followed by the cranberries. Stir just until mixed.
5. Pour into a 9×13 baking pan coated with non-stick spray,or even better, line it with foil and then spray the foil with non-stick spray (this will make it much easier to remove from the pan). Bake in the preheated oven 45-50 minutes, until browned on top and a toothpick stuck in the middle of the cake comes out free of cake-crumbs.
6. Cut into 16 squares. Store leftover cake in the refrigerator.

Decorating Early for Christmas~

It's what we do and you can read more @ A Beautiful Symphony!

 It's not about me! It's about Jesus and being excited about Christmas for my kids!!!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Our T-Shirt Fundraiser~ LOVE Makes a Family

As you know we are adopting sweet CallaAnne and have been working on a t-shirt fundraiser for a while now with Project: Love One and Fund the Nations.
Our t-shirt reflects our family's reason for adopting... Bringing our chosen children home to a family of love forever! I imagine Love Made your Family too and this shirt would be the perfect way to share the message wherever you wear it.
Maybe you're asking WHY another t-shirt fundraiser?
? Fund the Nations says:
  1. Everyone wears t-shirts.
  2. People can support your cause and get something in return.
  3. A t-shirt can remind you to pray for us and CallaAnne!
The shirts are Comfort Color shirts and if you ask any young adult these days it is their FAV because it is soft, comfortable, and doesn't shrink. They are my personal favorite as well!
We are featuring a pocket tee with bigger image on the back. You can choose from short or long sleeve for adults and short sleeve for a child.
Every single shirt sold will go into our Project: Love One account to pay agency fees.
We have this crazy awesome goal to sell 500 shirts which would fund the orphanage fee where CallaAnne is fostered. God is Big and we know He is FOR this adoption so in His Great Name we ask you to buy a shirt or shirts!!! We are hopeful in faith this fundrasier will be a great success for a little girl waiting for her forever Love in China!
How to Order~
Go to Project: Love On by clicking HERE. Choose shirts you would like to order and pay. That simple!!!
This is a PRE-order item. We will place an order for shirts once we reach the minimum requirement for orders. Please note that shirts will probably ship out 4-8 weeks after purchase.
Thank you for helping our family bring home our sweet CallaAnne~
Photo Oct 11, 10 44 32 PM
Ephesians 3: 20~ Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.