Life gets busy

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Sometimes it feels like I’ve fallen off the face of the earth, when life has just been super busy. There have been so many things going on, but making it here to post about it has not always been easy.

The boys have a blast outside and often come to the door to show me the treasures they’ve found.

boys playing with the lizard

This time it was a lizard.


They also like to be silly.

playing under the piano

Anna loves her baby sister.

Anna bouncing Esther

I partnered with a few weeks ago again, and my desk has looked like this since then.

making bracelets

Here’s what the bracelets look like finished.

Stick Figure Kids Personalized Cuff Bracelet
Stick Figure Kids Personalized Cuff Bracelet

I’ve had a little helper sometimes. . .or maybe she’s a supervisor. . .

little jewelry helper

Our babysitter has been wonderful in helping watch the kids at times so I could finish bracelets faster. She brought supplies to make Christmas ornaments with the kids last week and they had a blast. This was before things got really messy!


Anna decided to see how the green marker tasted!

green mouth

So mostly a lot of daily life and work around here.

Oh! I realized last night that I never mentioned here that we got our new well put in a couple weeks ago. It was so neat. God sent us a check for $2000 – exactly the amount needed to put a down payment on the well so the crew could come out and start drilling. It was amazing to see how God provided. Now I’m looking forward to seeing how He provides to finish paying it off.

We had some adventures once it was installed too. They drilled the well (they had to go to 300 feet to hit water!), and connected it to the house. They turned the water on, and a pipe burst under the house, creating a geyser. Stephen went down there to fix the plumbing and discovered that the ductwork from our new a/c (installed this spring) was in the way. The company who put the a/c in is the same company that owns a plumbing business, so we called them. They sent out both a plumber and an a/c repairman to fix the ductwork. . .but didn’t charge us for the extra service call. In fact, they even offered to put us up in a hotel overnight so that we could have water. We decided to stay home though because the kids sleep better here, and because we could still get water at the well itself to flush toilets.

We got the plumbing fixed and started enjoying water pressure again. Then the hot water heater decided to act crazy. It’s been failing for a while but we’ve been putting off replacing it. Stephen is planning on going today to pick up a new hot water heater at Lowes – I’m thankful there’s enough money from the bracelets to be able to go get one instead of having to wait longer.

Oh – speaking of jewelry – I’ve been really busy with jewelry other than the Groopdealz bracelets too. I’m so thankful God has sent the orders my way. It’s such a blessing to me to see how my little business has grown this year. By the way, all handstamped jewelry in my shop is 25% off today and tomorrow for Black Friday. Then for Cyber Monday the discount will be 20%. If you’ve been eyeing a certain Hope of My Heart Designs piece of jewelry, now is the time to get it. I won’t be running another sale for a while.

I try not to blog about my jewelry too much here, but if you’re interested in seeing some of the other jewelry designs I’ve been making, head over to my jewelry blog to see them.

So that’s what’s been going on around here. . .

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