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this is your reminder to buy markers & crayons for the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes for november.
right now markers are .99 instead $2.97.

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the winner for the Katie Daisy prints is…….

I love the Be Kind To Others and the Teach Love prints!

Posted by: Leslie Davison | August 05, 2011 at 03:27 PM

congratulations!!! email me Leslie at cdduerksen at yahoo dot com.

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this is katie's print i just bought…..and looooove the happiness of.

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i set it in front of the kids and we studied the detail she used on her turtle:
the separate squares on the shell….the eye….the claws….the un-squareness of the "squares"….
and then we each drew one and painted it with water color.

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annie's turtle….love the use of color!
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talby's turtle…..fabulous shell….and the head with lovely eyes!
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sean's turtle…..love the color blocking and the blue body….and it makes me laugh.  :)

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and mine.
i was REALLY cranky and knew that if i sat down and drew and painted it would help.
i took a loooong time on mine.
slowly like a turtle.
and it did help my mood a whole bunch!
craft thursdays help me too! 

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Verselove
 
i like this.
it called out to me.
i love being known.
by people of course but when you realize how less important it is compared to being KNOWN by God.
and being reminded YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED.

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i am making THIS  and THIS.  
my kitchen is CRAZY messy.
there were 8 kids at my house today.
our sewer line backed up and the drain guys are here.
four people rang our doorbell today….so far.
usually weeks go by without anyone. 
this day feels a little bonkers.

🙂

 

 

 

josy - I would buy your turtle painting! Love it.

Heather - That verse just spoke to me loud and clear. I’m in a place right now where I’m feeling very unknown. Loved, to be sure, but very unknown. It can be lonely.

heather - i’m so so so glad you put the reminder about operation shoebox!!
i’m adding it to my wally world, i mean wal-mart, shopping list right this minute.

Tabitha - Long time blog stalker – you are one of my hands down favorites! – but I don’t think I’ve ever come out of the shadows to comment.
Just wanted to let you know that I’m so glad you posted the Katie Daisy giveaway. Finally had a chance to go through her images and realized that a computer image I have at home but had no idea where it came from was one of her gorgeous peices. So excited to buy the real one! … And ten more, when I can afford it!
It’s a blessing to watch your family grow – you are very inspiring to me. Much Love.

deb meyers - Definitely Shoebox shopping season! I love Target sales in September just for that reason. You’re a dear, Meg.
deb meyers

casey - where did you find the markers on sale? I check in at my local target and walmart and couldn’t find them for that cheap.

emily hope - love each of the turtles! so fun. if my kids weren’t out playing in the water, I’d start an art project right now 🙂 oh, and i need to find where markers are on sale right now! I’ve been looking and haven’t seen them cheap yet …

Karen Gerstenberger - Thank you – I needed that Bible quote! God bless you, Meg.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints - we just moved to va this summer and i long to be known by people. i want friends so badly and to feel like i belong here. such a great reminder to me that i am known by my savior. He’s with me. oh and your turtle rocked. seriously that was good. you are an artist!

Kerry - Man that lasagne just made me HUNGRY!! love the art – they’re all fab, what a great idea 🙂
Kerry
http://mylovebumps.blogspot.com/2011/08/day-8-something-i-hate.html

Alice H - I made lasagna the other day! And I used this recipe!
SLOW COOKER LASAGNA
1 POUND GROUND BEEF
1 LARGE ONION, CHOPPED
2 GARLIC CLOVES, MINCED
1 29-OUNCE CAN TOMATO SAUCE
1 CUP WATER
1 6-OUNCE CAN TOMATO PASTE
1 TEASPOON SALT
1 TEASPOON DRIED OREGANO
1 8-OUNCE PACKAGE NO-BOIL LASAGNA NOODLES
4 CUPS SHREDDED MOZZARELLA CHEESE
1 1/2 CUPS SMALL-CURD COTTAGE CHEESE
1/2 CUP GRATED PARMESAN CHEESE
1. IN A SKILLET, COOK BEEF, ONION AND GARLIC OVER MEDIUM HEAT UNTIL MEAT IS NO LONGER PINK; DRAIN. ADD THE TOMATO SAUCE, WATER, TOMATO PASTE, SALT AND OREGANO; MIX WELL.
2. SPREAD A FOURTH OF THE MEAT SAUCE IN AN UNGREASED 5-QUART SLOW COOKER. ARRANGE A THIRD OF THE NOODLES OVER SAUCE (BREAK NOODLES IF NECESSARY).
3. COMBINE THE CHEESES; SPOON A THIRD OF THE MIXTURE OVER NOODLES. REPEAT LAYERS TWICE. TOP WITH REMAINING MEAT SAUCE. COVER AND COOK ON LOW 4 TO 5 HORS OR UNTIL NOODLES ARE TENDER.

Rosana Santos - Hi!
Just wanted to tell you you’re a great inspiration. I absolutely love your blog 🙂
Rosana
(from Portugal)

alicia @ la famille - SOOO sad I didn’t win the Katie Daisy giveway…I’ll just have to buy the 24 prints I want 🙂 And LOVE your turtles…so fun! Who knew turtles were so cute?! Also, good thinkin with the Operation Christmas Child…way to plan ahead!

Lisa - I love, love, love your lasagna recipe!! Doesn’t hurt that the fam does too! 😉 Have made it many times and shared with friends. PS – Can I have your turtle? 🙂 Beautiful!

Doris - we need crayons too!
Those drawings are amazing! Your kids are you and very talented.
have a good day!

Heather aka moreygirl - LOVE that verse! I’m thinkin I need some lasagna now! Thanks a lot! I’m trying to be good:) good post

Chris - Next time you want something a little different, try mixing instant chocolate pudding with creamcheese, spreading that on the creampuff base, then topping it with whipped cream- divine!
Love the verse you chose, always love coming here to see your heart in action, even with the bumping and bruising.

Annika - Mmmhhh. Cream Puffs and Lasagna. I’d eat it in exactly that order! :o)
P.S.: I really love how you get creative with your kids.

Tessa Brungardt - I’m a new reader from Wichita and found your blog through my sis-in-law in KC. I love the verse you posted. Sometimes we need those reminders that we do have all we need. Also, your dessert looks very yummy! (http://www.tbbrungardt.blogspot.com)

Tiffany - Meg, painting helps me relax too, what is it about painting that does that? I wish I had mad skills like Katie*Daisy, but I know I have my own skills, so I shouldn’t covet Katie’s. Thanks for the reminder to be thankful, I am, even when I’m cranky.

Secret Mom Thoughts - The turtles are fabulous!

Crissie - I check in with your blog every day. Love it, identify with it, reflect on things you say sometimes, sometimes I get warm and fuzzy inside and wish I had your life-lol-, and it makes me try to be a better mom. I usually click on your little links on the right side of the blog each day when you add new ones. I love the little surpises that pop up since I can’t tell what most of them are just by the title or by your mouse roll-over typings (whatever that is called LOL). Sooooo, I clicked on Jamie the Giraffe today. I read the first post about the necklace and think, that’s weird…Meg usually has a direct link as if to buy the giraffe necklace. So, confused, I continue reading back in time. Within 2 minutes I am bawling my eyes out!!! Girl, you needed a warning with that link!! Put “Jamie the Giraffe-grab kleenex” or something like that!! I’m so depressed and amazed at the parents and just so sad for them. Ugh…thanks a lot my dear! 😉

Valerie @ Chateau A la Mode - I love Lasagna. Looks like a good recipe. I just made one the other night and it was soooo delish!

Kat - You are amazing to be cooking all of that with 8 kids in the house. I have 4 and that is enough to send me “bonkers” most days. Love the beautiful chaos of it all though!
Beautiful turtle pics. You are all very talented artists.

amanda - I saw the turtle picture on pinterest tonight. I think it’s a sign. I’m supposed to buy it. 🙂

Lori Austin - Not sure how I found your blog, but so thankful I did. Thank you for speaking from your heart, keeping it real and reminding us that there are many mommas out there just treading water most days. A few areas that have clicked since I started reading your blog: 1) crafting more with my kiddos 2) stepping out of my comfort zone in the kitchen and trying some new recipes 3) being okay with “just okay” days and most important 4) working on my relationship with God and how much time I’m giving Him each day. Thanks Meg – I feel like you are a new found friend that I can’t wait to check in with each day 🙂 p.s. hope tomorrow includes nothing “bonkers” 🙂

tiffany m gardner - Thanks for the AWESOME blog today!! I needed it. God has been knocking on my heart to know him more intimately…and today realizing I am known by Him! Your turtles are also a reminder of how different we are all created. Again…AWESOME! Thanks my blog friend!

seriouslysassymama - It has been bonkers here also. I think all this heat is finally getting to my kids. There is only so much to do inside.

Tanya - Love that verse too…it spoke to me. Thanks.

Sarai - Love your blog!! The turtles are adorable.
I live in wichita. It’s nice to finally find a blog close to home 🙂

Jenny Logan - I made your cream puff squares for a teacher appreciation lunch this last year & they were a hit! Just thought I would share. =)

Terrie - Thanks for the reminder to go and buy markers!! We partner with 3 schools here in town & do ‘operation christmas’ like things for them. Every student…it’s so cool!!
Your turtles are F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!! Can you teach me to draw? I can only trace! 🙂
I heart cream puff dessert!!
Sorry about your sewer back up… ;(

Holly - oh sewer back ups are no fun. We have a septic system and I dont like it at all!
I stocked up opn lots of inexpensive school supplies this weekend! yay!
The turtles are cute..for reals! They are boss. That is the new cool word in our house!

sara @ it's good to be queen - oooh, thank you so much for reminding me about the OCC shoeboxes!!

Loni - Where are markers 99 cents!?
I was horrible at doing craft Thursdays with my kids, but you sure are a pro at it.

sara's art house - EEEEK!!!!!!!!!! Those turtles are the cutest thing I have seen in a long while. We are going to do those tomorrow! thanks for the idea 🙂

Katie - The tortoises look great, what a talented family of Monet’s! 🙂

se7en - Those tortoises are too cute for words!!! Gotta love it!!!

Janel - Well, I’m a first time commenter here. I love the blog and family Christian life, adore it really. So nice to see how your family lives and loves each other.
The real reason for my comment is that the art is amazing, you all deserve a “print” of one’s own. But Meg, yours is so wonderful, I think you should frame it. Really.
Or send it to me, and I’ll frame it> hee hee….

happygirl - Such an ambitious girl you are. I am constantly amazed. cute turtle.

Jessi - Thanks for sharing that verse. It kind of smacked me in the face when I read it. The make-you-feel-sheepish-but-loved kind of way.

Lisa Currie-Gurney - MEG, WISHED WE LIVED CLOSER… SERIOUSLY, WE WOULD BE GOOD FRIENDS. SOMETIMES, AFTER READING YOUR BLOG, IT FEELS LIKE WE ALREADY ARE.
HUGS FROM MY HEART
P.S. THE TURTLE PAINTINGS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL. 🙂

Laura Phelps - it is bonkers here too
sister and her husband and five kids here all weekend
11 people in my house
and our plumbing went bonkers
raining in the garage kind of bonkers…ceiling caving in
had to turn off water supply
ONE FLUSHING TOILET….11 people
then my washing machine broke
carpet soaking wet
waiting for new part
no laundry
11 people!
then the car broke down at the lake
with 11 people
I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP
and guess what I made?
YOUR MARGARITAS
and
YOUR EGG CASSEROLE
and that is all need, really 🙂

Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft - Oh, goodness! That lasagna looks DELISH! Saving that recipe. 🙂 Also I love all of the pretty painted turtles! Wish I could paint as well as you!

Heather R. - Sitting at Kansas city airport waiting to fly. Love reading your blog. Our girls love your crescent chicken they call it chicken bundles. They love it. Love the turtles. Today is hectic.

Rachel J - OK Meg, what time is dinner? I’m coming over! I heart lasagna.
Monday is almost over dear friend. Hang in there!

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