Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Easter Spent A Little Diffrently!

Easter is by far next to Christmas my favorite holiday! Let's face it you can not have one with out the other! 
I must say though that girl who didn't believe in Jesus at 16 setting on her bedroom floor scared of what comes next... Has NEVER seen Easter the same since. I had that first encounter with Him and asked Jesus in my heart!
We live in a time like no other that my generation for sure has never encountered. It's like living out the stories I have read in history books and books I have read to my girls when they were small. If my girls would have ever asked if we would face a time like this I would have quickly answered no. Yet here we are in a world wide pandemic. It has changed the way we do life and there will be a new normal moving forward.
I have heard many say Easter will not be the same this year because we can't meet in the church the way we are accustomed to meeting. Or because families won't be able to have large dinners the way we are used to doing for every holiday.
I have thought about this statement for a few weeks now even more so this morning. As I set on my back patio listening to the birds singing gayly. They are it concerned about the changes in world around them. They are still trusting the Father to care for their many needs.
(Matthew 6:25-34)
I can not help but wonder if what would happen if we would do the same. Traditions are embedded into us strong at a early age. When we become adults we continue to follow for the most part what we were taught to do for certain things like holidays!
I wonder what would happen
 if we would not focus on what we are not able to do. Rather on what God has still me available to us.
If we are some of the very blessed we have not been affected by the virus and we still have our family at home or our grown children are safe in their homes. 
Why not start new traditions inside of our homes.
Start of celebrating our risen Saviour all weekend not just on Sunday!
Start on Friday and read the crucifixion story together !
On Saturday 
Make resurrection rolls for Sunday morning breakfast! You can follow this link provided for a easy recipe!
You can also go ahead and prepare a special dessert for Sunday dinner! I am sure you will still be having lunch even though we can not gather! 
If you still have little ones at home! Plan to dye eggs for a egg hunt and do some Easter crafts with them! Here is a awesome cross made to look like a stained glass window! You can use this time to talk to your child about the importance of the cross! Then use the Resurrection rolls to explain how important the empty tomb is to us!!! After all we are all called to die but I don't know anyone else who came back 3 days later after taking on my sins! 
Oh my I am going to have a shouting fit and wake up my neighbors lol!
Back to the cross craft here is a link you can follow for instructions!
Make Saturday fun be sure to talk about how Jesus did not just lay in the tomb! He was busy  taking back the keys to hell and defeating death!
(1 Corinthians 15:55)
Even if you don't have little ones at home facetime family that you miss and encourage them! Because after all Sunday is coming and it should be the biggest celebration ever no matter the size of the group!!!
Make a Easter Day plan!
My hubby is a pastor and is planning to prerecord his sermon! Now that I no longer have little ones I hope to get up and watch the sunrise on Easter morning and have sometime with my Daddy and thank Him for sending His Son to die for me but that part isn't what makes me want to shout it's the part that He rose from the dead! He paid the price for my filthy sins so I could spend forever with Him!!!
Praise Jesus!
Don't spend such a special day depressed about what we can't do! No find ways to make this day special so years from now you can share that inspite of the world around us you were able to have the most special Easter ever.
After all Easter should never just be special because we dress up pretty and go to church in our new outfits! No it should be special because of the gift that was given to us so freely! 
There is a time and reason for all things. This isn't by accident! I have wondered if He has been trying to get His children still a they can spend more time with Him!

 This will most likely be my only blog post this week! So I want to say this! Each and everyday we open our eyes is a gift. Jesus wraps up and gives me each and everyday and He gives it to me as a gift.
I hope you can see that your ownself!
Not even that I hope that even though this year is going to be so very different for all of us! I hope you will celebrate the risen Saviour and that you will allow this to be your best Easter to date!
Prayerfully Your~ Shellie

Friday, April 3, 2020

Oh to spend the day as a child again....

I have spent the day going through what I call happy mail! I so love writing short stories for little girls and then taking pictures for them. Using our 18 inch dolls! So I was in need of some new props. So as I said happy mail came today with some new props!
I spent the beginning of the week sewing a new summer wardrobe for the girls to model so of course they needed some new fun accessories!
So of course I had to go shopping on one of my favorite stores ever American girl! They had a pretty good sale on a few things and I was able to get a few things I had been watching! Because you got free shipping if you spent $50. It just made more sense to grab those things I had been watching! 

So the first thing I want to share with you guys the American Girl Asthma and Allergy set.
The set cost $25 . I would say it is well worth the cost! The set is very worth the cost! It's well made and very realistic!
Elise Dinsmore is our model today! She is wearing a new outfit made by yours truly from an American Girl sewing pattern!
Elise was chose to be our model because the A Life Of Faith Dolls can hold things and be posed differently!

The set arrives in this box each piece individually wrapped.
The inhalers are so realistic! The can even be pushed down like administering a dose of medicine!
There is two inhalers, a rescue inhaler and a control inhaler! Each has a plastic handle to slip on the finger to hold up to the dolls mouth!

Elsie had no problem holding the inhalers! Isn't she a cute model?

Here are both inhalers! The blue is the is the control inhaler and the orange her rescue. Like I said before these are life like they push down and spring back just like a real inhaler!
Now most doctors also would like for you to use a inhaler chamber when they take their medicine! American Girl did not forget to include it with this set! It made my day!

Elsie can hold this so easily! I tried to get several angles so you can see how realistic this set truly is !
The kit also came with everything Elsie would need for her allergies! A bottle of allergy pills, allergy nose spray, small package of Kleenex , a plan of action, and a allergy bracelet with stickers you can pick and choose to use! I was excited to see peanuts was one of the stickers to choose from! Because I am deathly allergic  to peanuts! So is Elsie!
So that bracelet could save her life! That and the Epi pen that was included! So they truly did think of everything!

So you may would think wow that's a lot and we must be done right? Nope! They also include this amazing bag that hold it all and it clips on to another bag such as a book bag!

I would say $25 is not bad for all you get and the amazing quality! I have asthma and so does my girls! When they were little they wanted their dolls to do everything they did! For instance my youngest had to have her appendix removed! That Christmas she got a Kit Kittredge doll. She immediately wanted Kit to have surgery and have hers removed ! So I can say without a doubt they would have loved this! So would your daughter!

I also ordered a new hat! I loved this one because it doesn't have flowers on it! It's simple and could be worn with anything at all!
So Elsie decided she wanted to wear her new hat and have a tea party with her dolls!  The cost of the market  hat was $12. 
It's super cute!
She is having tea with mini Luciana and Isabelle.

Now her curls make her hat set a little high! I can't wait let Violet model it with one of the new dresses! 
Doesn't this make you want to be little and play all day again!
So we also purchased a mini doll tote so when Elsie goes out she can take her dolls too! It's super cute! I will say though I am an adult and I had a hard time getting two in there! Still it's super cute and I am really glad I got it! It going to be adorable in pictures!
Elsie is wearing a jumper made by me with an American Girl pattern!

        Elsie Is headed to Millie's for a sleepover! She is rocking her Kitty My Life headphones! Her doll carrier and her asthma essentials are hooked to her American Girl BackPack! She is ready for a night of fun and homeschooling                                          with her bestie!

Our cute mini American Girl Dolls have been bought on sale! I got Luciana for $10 with my American Girl Rewards.
The other day however I got a killer deal and scored 3 of them on Mercari!
I got Caroline, Rebecca, and Isabelle for $15!
 The mini dolls are great! They make amazing props. From American Girl new they are $25.
I am pretty picky on what I buy because I like to craft! So if I can make it I won't buy it. Or I will see if I can buy it used in good condition! As you can see Rebecca and Caroline are missing their shoes! I am not worried about that! Isabelle is actually a retired girl of the year! 
So it was an awesome score to get three for such a low cost.
Last but not least I ordered a new craft book! Craft books are my favorite! It helps to get my creative juices running! I got the doll Hangouts book for $5! I squealed! 

Well I can't thank you enough for allowing me to ramble about my dolly stuff! I am proud to be me and share the love I have for dolls! I can't wait to share some of my future projects with you!
Prayerfully Yours~ Shellie