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Preserving a Legacy

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“I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.” Genesis 17:7

Hans says I tend to dream in pictures, more so scenarios. When I look at something I don’t just see it for its face value, but its potential. Whenever we were first married, we talked often about what we desired our family to be shaped around, and the legacy we wanted to give our children and grandchildren. Both our families didn’t come from a long line of much “spiritual heritage” so to speak. So, as you can imagine, that was the very thing we were most excited about in creating what would be “our home.”

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Then we had Ramsey, our first born. Suddenly, we weren’tΒ  just talking about the generations that would know God in Christ after us, but visibly looking at one of its faces. Our son’s.

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The idea of preserving a legacy came when Hans was given a book from an online theological blog to read & review. {can read his article here.} The author challenged the reader with this thought…

“You don’t know whether any of your ancestors prayed for you, but wouldn’t it have been glorious if they had? So apply the golden rule, and pray for your descendants. Most of the readers of this book will be, in the providence of God, an ancestor for tens of thousands of people. So pray for them. Ask God to give them His grace.” {To Your and Your Children}

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This encouragement stirred a thought in me: What if there was a way that they could know? How even more glorious would that be? With those thoughts all colliding it led us to an idea we wanted to share with you all. A letter, specific for the generations to come, to be built upon and passed down. So one day, Lord willing, your great, great, great, grandchildren could hold and know a piece of their history from the very mouths who lived it.

I know what you’re thinking: “That seems like an impossible task.” However, we took the guess work out and laid out the exact the steps to follow to hopefully create a tradition in your family that goes far beyond you.

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Basically, these two things are all you’ll need to remember:

1. one letter, written together by hand. {the number of children you have will determine the number of hand-written copies you will need to make. That extra effort is worth it. Promise. :)}

2. Give it to each child upon the start of their legacy when they become first time parents. {Whatever season you are in, it’s not too late! Go ahead and write the letter for each of your children now, and have a nice meal together where you give it to them, along with “the charge” of writing their own. We actually suggest making it an occasion like this regardless!}

Remember, the idea of the letter is to have it passed down and built upon. So each child will be given one copy of your letter for their family. When,they have children they will make a copy {on the copier machine, doesn’t need to be by hand πŸ˜‰ } of your letter + write their own to be given to each child they have. By following those two steps above, each “descendant” should have their own stash of hand-written letters from their ancestors.

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Finally, I suggest storing it in a family safe. Personally, we store ours in our Firebox (purchased for less than $20 at Target here.) with all of our other important documents.

If you’re like me, sometimes the hardest part of something this lofty is knowing where to begin so here are some tips on what can be contained in the letter…

  1. Tell about YOU. {how you met your spouse, what you do, what you enjoy, etc.}
  2. Share what life is like for you currently. {with how far technology has come these days it’s not too insane to mention we still drive our cars on the road πŸ˜‰ }
  3. Say why you are writing this letter.
  4. What your hopes and prayer is for them.

Overall, think as if YOU are the grandchild reading a letter from your grandparents from 200 years ago. What is it that you wished you would have been told?

Voila! You’re done.

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Our heart in sharing this is that your family history would be preserved in such a way that it would make its way to the hands in which it was intended for: that they may know they belong to a family name that has been carefully prayed for. The benefits of which they reap. A spiritual legacy. Their heritage.

“Children are a heritage from the Lord,
Β Β Β Β offspring a reward from Him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
Β Β Β Β are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
Β Β Β Β whose quiver is full of them.”

Psalm 127: 3-5a

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To further carry the idea of legacy, I’ve partnered with @jordwatches to giveaway a store credit of $100 to put towards owning one their hand-crafted, wooden timepieces of your own be used as an heirloom in your home. The best part is that just by entering you already win a $25 store credit! How cool is that?

Enter by clicking here.

(contest end August 20th, 2017)
Featured the Kosso and Midnight BlueΒ  timepiece.
***this post was sponsored by Jord Watches
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Family

A Surprise for Our Little Music Lover

To say our little guy adores music would be a vast understatement. Anyone who meets him almost immediately notices and comments on it. We even will get texts from his teachers at school. All pointing to one thing…this boy and his love for music runs deep. From even before he could squeal to make a joyful noise alongside Daddy’s guitar, his eyes would grow BIG with each strum played. If he ever was occupied with a toy and a melody would come on?…he would drop whatever he was doing to shimmy along till it was over. He still is completely captivated and now it’s only grown more exciting as he recognizes certain songs and has “favorites.” Music is something that has completely captured him which led me to an idea to want to capture that wonderful quality in a way that he could keep forever.

 

The idea came when we were having probably our worst go around with illness. I think it was a day where we ALL were under the weather for various reasons (on Hans + I’s 3rd Anniversary nonetheless.) It’s no secret we have been no stranger to doctor this last year, but this day in-particular I think I was at ER that morning with a lung condition and Hans ended up having to go to the ER that same night because of a kidney stone. On TOP of it, our little boy was ill and on nebulizer + inhaler treatments. I know. It was to an absurd degree how everything over the last year was playing out for us health wise and I was DONE.

…yet determined to see the Lords goodness and in what He was creating this time to be for my family that it sparked a thought…of how I can’t change the illness, but I can change the environment in which my heart reacts to it. I didn’t want this time to be remembered for its yucky-ness or even how rightfully awful it may appear on the outside. It’s been difficult. I won’t lie. Especially seeing our little boy so sick all the time, but what I wanted for our son more than anything was to be comforted among the difficulty. In a way that his heart felt pursued and drawn in with the comfort ofΒ his true Father’s Word’s over him. And do it in a medium his heart has understood from the start….music.

So thanks to a very kind friend that has access recording capabilities… we recorded Ramsey his very own CD. A collection of four hymns we hand picked of what we would want Ramsey to know about his Lord Jesus. So he can listen to the truths of God’s Word in the comfort of his Mama + Dada’s voice forever to keep for whenever he needs.

Our hope and prayer is that this stirs worship not only in his young heart now, but also as he continues grow older.

We love you forever, sweet boy.

-Your Mama & Dada

Recipes

Healthy Homemade Strawberry Jam Recipe

This past weekend we went to a strawberry farm and picked some of the most scrumptious strawberries you have ever seen in your life.


Ramsey loved every second of it and was so proud, carefully putting each strawberry into our bucket {with mandatory clapping after each.one. of course πŸ˜‚}

We were insanely sore the next day and may not have a future in agriculture at all, but it did drum up a jam recipe that is SO GOOD. And the eating part we can handle. πŸ˜‰

(This place was so family friendly with a food truck on site, inflatables, and games for the family definitely recommend it if your looking for something unique to do with your family. Going early morning is best to ☺️}

Ramsey was working mightly hard to catch the attention of the food truck workers to say “hi,” once they noticed-he was beside himself. πŸ™‚

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HEALTHY HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY JAM

  • 1 pound of strawberries
  • 4-5 tsp of honey
  • 2 tsp. of flax seeds
  • 2 tsp. of chia seeds
  1. Blend the strawberries in the blender + add to a medium saucepan with low heat
  2. add your honey and flax seeds
  3. bring to a small boil (once see one or two bubbles rise to surface); add chia seeds and stir 1 minute
  4. take off heat + put jam into a jar
  5. let the jam sit overnight in fridge

The chia seeds will act as the “gel” to make the consistency of the jam + add lots of nutrients and omegas along with the flax seed. (warning: must use chia seeds, no other seed will serve as a substitute.)

recipe modified from http://thebusybaker.ca/homemade-chia-seed-jam/
Family

Mother’s Day + Gift Ideas to Bestow Honor

I am a person who LOVES celebrations of all kinds. Birthdays, anniversaries, first day of fall….really anything that helps the everyday feel special and the people you love most feel special to be the absolute best thing on the planet. Ever since becoming a Mom, however, there is just something about Mother’s Day that shines forth from the rest.

So let me start by saying…all you Mom’s out there- You are complete and total SUPERHEROES. (And trust me if your husband is anything like mine, he and the rest of the world would agree.) The selflessness, dedication, and care (both the things noticed and especially the things for things that go unnoticed) that you put into your families well-being pretty much puts you at rock-star status that cannot ever be compared.
It wasn’t until becoming a Mom that I truly understood all the work that is involved and my respect for my own Mother now daily soars through the roof as I chase my toddler. So, needless to say, that alone makes this holiday one that is pretty much neck-neck with Christmas in my book.

But the question still remains…how do you properly bestow honor and appreciation for the Mother who isn’t that “into” gifts… Below are 10 ideas will hopefully help bring some inspiration and make planning what to do this Mother’s Day a little brighter.

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  1. cut out the letters “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY” to tape to a wall or the inside of the garage + surrounded it with pictures of you and your siblings growing up over the years. {We did this on the garage wall for my Mom so when we came home from some errands she would be greeted by the surprise pulling. She LOVED it. In fact, it’s still hanging 8+ years later.πŸ˜‚}
  2. take her out for a girl’s day + get her hair done {pamper her up!}
  3. take her to you your local farmer’s market or an orchard nearby for fruit picking + have a picnic with all the family {and grand-kids, if there are any yet πŸ˜‰}
  4. take professional family photos together {it’s rare my Mom ever steps foot in front of a camera, but a friend encouraged me that’s in the end it’s the pictures with her that you will treasure the most. ☺️}
  5. find out what she “least likes to do” around the house and offer to do it for her and/or pay for a service to come in and do it regularly.
  6. SURPRISE HER! With a girl’s trip/family trip to a nearby city.
  7. take her to brunch and per-arrange with the restaurant to have flowers and letters of thankfulness from her children on the table upon arrival.
  8. take a cooking class together. {this will be such a fun activity that will enable you to spend more quality time together beyond Mother’s Day πŸ™Œ}
  9. take her to an Escape Room {We did this and it was SO much fun. We all can’t remember the last time we laughed so much together!}
  10. Lastly, for the Mom who is far away-spontaneously show up at her doorstep. It will mean the world. Trust me.

In the end, the biggest thing you can do for your Mom is to make sure she knows that she is oh so loved + appreciated. So give her a hug and tell her that you’d be lost without her!

My sister {Kayla}, me, and our dear, ROCKSTAR of a Momma

-B

{If you have any other unique Mother’s Day ideas please share! Let’s keep the creative juices flowing…}

 

 

Family

Family Dates + Ice-Cream

Recently, things have been a little nutty. (Okay, longer than recently 😜). Hans had just recovered from having surgery with a kidney stone that decided to make its home in his body for 3 MONTHS 😩 on top of trying to get a wheeze all cleared up in Ramsey’s lungs.

So needless to say we were all pretty excited to ALL be healthy and have a little time just the three of us ☺️ There is just something so recharging about enjoying the Spring air with the people you love most, isn’t there? A date complete with riding an electric stationary car + Rams trying ice-cream for the first time was on our agenda.



Self admittedly, we have totally been the stereotypical first time parents that have made all of Ramsey’s food…every.last.puree’. 🀣 And fast food? Never let him touch the stuff. {I’m sure that idiosyncrasy is probably going to be stretched with more babies in the future because holy cow the prep work involved.} So we thought that “tonight is the night! He is going to have sugar and love it and be a face full of ice-cream and it will all be SOOO FUNNY and great!” Hans and I may or may not have even spent the day emailing each other back and forth about it.

Then comes what actually happened…he was less than thrilled. He did somewhat warmed up to it by the end, but overall was much more into watching the people passing us by. πŸ˜‚ Nonetheless, the night was perfect. Not because it lived up to expectation {did I mention we almost didn’t even get the ice-cream because the shop’s water line broke?} But, because I got to take it all in stride with them. What a privilege they are and what a sweet night it ended up to be. {pun intendedπŸ˜‰}


Kindly,

B

{if you have any other fun family dates ideas, comment below! πŸ‘‡πŸ» We are compiling a list of ideas done on a budget. Would love to hear yours! ☺️}