Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A doll house fit for a princess

This year one of my best friends Lindsey, her husband Joe, and I were talking about what I was thinking about getting the kids for Christmas. I mentioned to Lindsey that I really wanted to get Avagrace a doll house that would accommodate her Only hearts Club Dolls. They are 9" dolls that are made to look like real children. They have poseable cloth bodies and are all different complexions and hair types. We love them! They even have a club and books to go along with them.

So I was telling them about this really cool house at the "red-bulls-eye" super store that was on display and seemed to be perfect, but boring. There was a house similar to it at Costco but it was huge and had rooms all around it and not just on one side, but it was like $350.00! With five kids there is no way we would ever spend that much on one present.

A few days later Joe said he could build it. "It won't be perfect like a store bought one but I can do it, it's simple enough" he said. SOLD! "perfect" I thought, who needs perfect HAND MADE IS SOOO MUCH BETTER! So Lindsey and Joe made the structure and a bed to go along. And they made it better than the other one. It had stairs on the side of the house, not taking up the middle, they put a roof, and three floors in...it was awesome and the supplies for building it only ran $80 something.

So for several weeks Lindsey and I personalized it with wall paper, tile floors, paint, and furniture. It is awesome! And on Christmas morning Avagrace and every other child in this house was ecstatic! We (yes we meaning me too) have played with it every single day! There is nothing like a professionally done HOME MADE doll house! Thank you my dear sweet Lindsey and Joe! We miss you guys terribly!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." 2 Corinthians 6:18

This scripture is such an inspiration to me. It is one that I want my children to know well.

One of the most played games in my home is 'dress-up'. The kids love to act, dance, perform, and put on all kinds of shows. There is not a day that goes by that they do not put on a costume of some sort. The scripture verse above inspired me to give them a very special 'dress-up-toy' for Christmas this year.

In October (our costume celebration month-our version of Halloween) Aidan was a King. I had begun the search then for royal robes and king attire. It was then that I stumbled upon Baby Be Blessed dolls. It is an amazing Christian company that makes cloth dolls with scripture patches on them. The scripture patches are specific to the child receiving them or a favorite scripture of the on making the doll. Their lamb dolls are adorable and perhaps an Easter wish for the baskets this year??? Anyway, they also make scripture crowns. I got Aidan one for his King costume in October and it was a huge hit. I have a scripture for each of my children that is fitting to them and one that I want them to memorize.

Now, back to the verse title of the blog. This scripture reminds me that I am daughter of the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. I am in fact a princess and responsible for much. It is my duty to act like royalty and to display the image of my Heavenly Father in all that I do. It is a huge responsibility and at times, very difficult to accomplish. However, it is always deserving of much deliberation and choice. I love this responsibility and I want my children to know of it and be led by it.

Think about it, if you were royalty wouldn't you want to display your manners at all times. What about your choice of words and reactions to difficult situations. It's an awesome responsibility but one that I want to take on!

To encourage my children in this I got each of them crowns with their individual scriptures. That way their scripture is bound to their foreheads reminding them of their role.

I also found Starvisions on Etsy. A maker of professional skating attire and costumes. She made these gorgeous royal robes in my children's colors.
{For those of you that do not know, I have color-coded my children. It started off because they each got a lovey (a silky blanket to cuddle) as a baby and they needed to be different colors so they did not get them confused. This spread to their scrapbooks, and now to everything. They love it and they have each adopted those colors as their favorite. It is so cute}
So Starvisions made a royal robe in each of their royal colors; Aidan's blue, Avagrace's pink, Violet's purple, Breya's red, and Liam's green. They turned out better than I could have imagined, they are gorgeous.

Now here is my part. I got iron-on fabric from the fabric store and in scripted it with a special paragraph that Brendan and I created to really get the point across as to why we were giving them these robes. Brendan suggested I put it on their heart so it is a physical reminder that Jesus is in their heart and so they can imagine it to be a 'bullet-proof-shield'. And so that is exactly where it is.

The kids absolutely loved them and will have them forever, playing with them for years to come. This is definitely one of my favorite Christmas memories ever!