Friday, December 21, 2012

Tis the Weekend Before Christmas

The Frase Family Christmas Card

Well, here it is the weekend before Christmas!

 Happy:
 baking, 
Shopping, 
Wrapping, 
Eggnog latte drinking, 
Cheesy Hallmark movie watching, 
Christmas light viewing,
 Holiday music listening, 
Cold weather dodging
 to all of you as you celebrate and prepare for the big day!

 In the midst of the busyness, don't forget to stop, breathe and remember what its all about.

 Check out some of  my thoughts about this Here

Bless you and Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Memory Lane Library 3rd Edition

Today I am excited to add another classic children's book to our Memory Lane Library collection. 

Today's addition: the Eloise Wilkin books. 

Do you remember reading these books as a child? 

My favorite thing about them are the sweet illustrations.

The ones I have the most vivid memories of reading as a child are:





For Christmas my little girls are getting:


 and 


I am so excited to begin building memories of reading these precious books with my girls. 

Their lovely pictures and inspiring messages have made a lasting  impression on my heart. They remind me of a simpler time: taking me back to places like my grandmother's living room, and the loving bedtime embrace of my parents. 

Which Eloise Wilkin classic was your favorite?  

Happy Reading and Reminiscing...

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Hope and a Love Letter


You know those moments when you hear a song and it puts to words something inside of your heart that you never could have found the words for yourself? Maybe it even took hearing the lyrics to remind you that the feeling was there in the first place?

this is that song for me lately:


 These lyrics remind me of the hope and tenacious love that have sprung up a midst the brokenness and disappointment that wage war on my marriage.

To begin to explain in more detail the saga that is Annie and Justin would take a miracle of time and perfect words, so I will spare you by simply saying this:

  True love is the hardest thing I have ever walked out. We struggle every day, but God is faithful, hope is powerful and for the first time in a long time I have felt true hope in regards to my marriage.  Not just the fluffy kind of hope that we all pretend to have, but the kind of hope that gets into your guts and keeps you going.  The kind of hope that compels you to fight against all odds for the that which you hope for.  The kind of hope that invites you to trust again and to be brave in those moments when fear rises up inside of you, causing your throat to close up, chest to tighten and crazy thoughts to fill your mind.

Scripture says that Perfect Love Casts out fear. (1 John 4:18)   It is the hope in God's perfect love for my marriage and his relentless commitment to it that has been the anecdote for the fear, pain and surrender that threaten us. 

It is through the struggle for my marriage that I am being taught the true power of forgiveness.  Piece by piece the lord is unveiling the beautiful love story that He is writing for my husband and me.  Without the hardships that we are enduring, I never would have known the kind of love that I am experiencing for him.  I have had to fight for him, for my marriage harder than I have ever had to fight for anything in my life. - It is through this fight that I am being humbled by what it means to love like Jesus.  How perfect he is!  How truly, incredibly, loving and gracious he is beyond anything we can describe or fully comprehend!  I have been given a glimpse of this kind of love, and am being championed by Jesus to follow his example.  To love HIS way.  The hard way.  The truest way, and the only way that brings true redemption to our lives.

To be truly candid, at times I have come dangerously close to giving up.  Now as I begin to taste what seems to resemble the sweet flavor of hope and healing in my heart I can do nothing less than to prostrate my heart in thankfulness to Jesus for not letting me give up when I wanted to.  For loving me when I don't deserve it and teaching me to love my husband at times when he hasn't deserved it either.

The battle is far from over, but hope has begun to flow through my veins again and for that I am grateful.  Because of that, I know we can make it. When I feel the deep love for my husband that has been cultivated by our burdens my heart sighs with victory and thankfulness.  I am so happy to be with him, and relieved that we have stayed the course.  My family is my greatest blessing and my hope is in Jesus who protects it faithfully, strengthens me daily and paid made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could be one.

Hope changes everything.


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hello Again & Some Fall Fun

So as you may have noticed, I have been on kind of a
"blog break"
 for the past month and a half.  

I didn't intend to take this break...it just kind of happened...

 But as it turns out, it was a rest that I needed.

Now I am back and ready to break my blog Sabbath with a post about some of the fun things that we have been up to this Fall:


Our Annual Visit to the Pumpkin Patch


 Ella & Daddy bouncing away!
 ...bouncing...
and bouncing...
 still bouncing :)
they had so much fun on the bouncy thing!

Bennet staying warm and cozy on the chilly Fall day at the pumpkin patch :)


The First Snow
(It came early this year)





I don't know what Ella liked more her raisins or her snowman? :)


After they were done playing in the snow, 

I made hot chocolate. 

My mom used to do this for my sisters and I when we played in the snow as children.

 and I wanted to carry on the tradition. 
 Ella loved her first taste of warm chocolate. As you can see, her favorite part was the whipped cream :)


Pumpkin Carving



Ella dressed herself that day, hence the inside-out clothes :)






Halloween Fun!

Bennet the cutest little elephant around




Ella as Elmo


Sisters



Ready for trick-or-treating :)


It's great to be back!

I hope you are enjoying making memories and creating traditions with your family this season!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Keepin' it Spicy in the Kitchen

In my humble little mid-century home, it would be an understatement to say that kitchen storage is an issue.  So I have had to get creative when it comes to budget/toddler friendly storage solutions. 

One thing that I have done to help save space in my kitchen is to hang a shoe organizer (I just happened to have mine laying around but you can find them at target or anywhere) on my pantry door to function as a spice rack. 

I never really thought much of this when I first did it, I was just using what I had at my disposal to make things work when we first moved in.  But it has worked out beautifully for me, and almost everyone who sees this seems to think it's ingenious- so I thought I might pass it along - might be a helpful tip to those of you who are counter and cabinet space challenged like myself.

If you had time, you could even get creative, adding labels to the slots, cute paper backing etc.
I know my pantry isn't exactly the picture of perfection, but hey, everything is put away and at this stage in my life, that is good enough for me :)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Annie's Pumpkin Oatmeal Miracle Mask


I absolutely love the Fall!  It is my favorite time of year next to christmas of course

I love the crisp air, the smell of delicious falllish goodies baking in the oven, the crackle of our wood burning stove, sipping on chai tea lattes...I could go on... but you get the point.

In honor of my favorite season being just around the corner, I thought I might let you in on a little Fall inspired beauty secret that will get your gorgeous summer sun-kissed faces feeling prepped and pretty for the brisk Autumn days ahead.

So without further a due:

Annie's Pumpkin Oatemal Miracle Mask

Go to your fridge/cupboard and grab...
 A little canned pumpkin - about 1/4-1/2 cup
(fresh pumpkin works great too if you are looking for something to do with those leftover pumpkin guts after pumpkin carving this Halloween) 

about 1-2 tablespoons of buttermilk 
(fresh or powdered - I use powdered because that is what I have on my baking shelf)

about 1-2 tablespoons of oatmeal

-measurements are really not important, just get it to a consistency that you like-

Mix all ingredients in a bowl 
Apply to a clean face

Leave on for about fifteen minutes

Rinse with a warm wash cloth and follow with moisturizer

Your face will feel and look fabulous! 

You can stick the leftover mixture it in the fridge to use at a later time. The nice thing is, you are not eating it so even if it "goes bad" it is still safe to use on your face. 

Here is what makes the ingredients in this mask so great for your face:

Pumpkin
Has a natural enzyme that helps slough off dead skin cells to reveal tighter fresher skin. This makes it good for combating breakouts, discolorations, scars, signs of aging etc.

 Buttermilk
Is a natural moisturizer.  It also helps to balance the skin's natural ph levels and promotes natural exfoliation.

Oatmeal
Is very soothing to the skin. This makes it helpful for breakouts, dry patches, redness etc. 
It also works as an exfoliant.

Seriously this mask is amazing!
You'll feel like you just had a facial at a fraction of the cost. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ella's Party


My daughter Ella LOVES Elmo!

So for her birthday party I decided to do an "Elmo's World" theme. 

I went scouring the internet for inspiration

and here's what I came up with...


Elmo's World DIY style:


I made an Elmo cake



 What 2 year old doesn't like goldfish crackers? :)))


Mr. Noodle's noodles (aka macaroni salad)



 Cookie Monster's cookies


Rosita's chips & salsa

Abby's apple juice
 

I made all the labels myself, but you can also order them from Etsy



I wish I had gotten a picture of the whole table from the front, but between kids and kids, it just never happened...


The Birthday Girl enjoying  "Elmo's pizza"
{which was also on the table but didn't make it into the pictures}


 Pool party! 



 food & friends


  Make a wish!


All the little buddies eating cake together. Aren't they cute?!

Don't worry we hosed them off afterward :)


Present time!


Happy Birthday Ella Bear!
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