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Wire Bliss

It’s taken some time. Everything’s taken time lately. The kiddos all had classes, keeping us busy almost every day the week. Party prep followed by Christmas prep also kept us busy. Then there’s the time spent taking care of sick children and needy children.

Ryan and I have also been working on a business plan to open a store. That has a bit of a learning curve! It’s a big change for both of us, so there’s so much learning to do.

While we’ve been working on our business plan, we’ve also been working on our marriage. Sometimes something won’t be a problem, until it is a problem. Sometimes that can still be overlooked, but when starting a business together, we want to be sure we’re solid with excellent communication. We can’t succeed for long unless our relationship can withstand the time and energy requirements of a new business.

But the thing I’m really excited to talk about today is my latest sculpture! I didn’t make time to work on her for a while, but a couple weeks ago I decided I wanted to make this time for creating a priority in my life. This is the result:

This fairy found her way into my home moments before giving birth. I caught her in this pose as she leaned over in transition. Birth is such a magical, awe inspiring moment I really hope I captured some essence of that with this sculpture.

She’s not perfectly the way I’d like her to be, but I learned a lot while making her. I’ve found a technique I really like for pulling the wires. It creates a much more polished look when it’s complete. But I didn’t finish this sculpture in it’s entirety with this technique because the amount of time and material required to complete her wouldn’t translate to sculpture value.  I’d love to hear what you think about her!


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Is Santa Real?

Do you believe in Santa? Does Santa visit your home?

I know many people who don’t wish to lie to their children, so either don’t have Santa visit, or are very sure to express that it’s only a story or a game people play.

I believe in Santa. I believe in many things. But mostly I believe in Magic. A very special kind of magic, the kind that allows my children to believe in Santa, even though they know how Santa’s magic works.

We’ve talked of magic before.

Knowing how magic works, doesn’t stop it from being magic. Instead we talk about how knowing how the magic works gives us a greater responsibility toward others. Knowing how the magic works makes us a part of the magic.

That idea is integral to our Santa conversation.

Ella and Agatha both told us their friends had told them Santa was just their parents, both girls looked at us in a questioning way when they said there had to be more to Santa than just parents.

We talked about NORAD, Google, the malls, movies, and random people on the street. We talked about how all of these people and organizations fully participated in the Magic of Santa. We then asked, even if your parents are the ones leaving presents under the tree, is it ‘just’ your parents who’re the magic of Santa?

Their response was very firm: “NO!”


It was neat to listen to them as they worked through their questions. They told us what their friends said. They never once asked us whether we were Santa. They never asked us to explain the magic. Instead we explored the idea of Santa, and we talked about how some people believe that understanding the magic means it’s no longer magic.

As we sat around our table, with our two advent candles lit, our conversation went deeper. Creating this magic for people brings magic, kindness, love, and especially, hope  into the lives and homes of people who might not have it otherwise. In sharing this tradition with others, we help ourselves feel more full and fulfilled.

Does Santa come into your home? Have you talked to your children about Santa? What did you say, what did they say? I’d love to hear how others navigate the season!


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Ten years of Ella


Yesterday Ella turned 10. Tens years since our beautiful baby girl was born. Every day has been an adventure ever since!

inviteTo celebrate her birthday she wanted a World of Warcraft themed party, complete with sleepover, movie and gaming

Sarah went all out crafting all sorts of things for the party: A quest themed invitation, Banners for the Alliance, the Horde and the Darkmoon Faire! and we made a signpost post pointing to all the capital cities belonging to the Horde.

For the party itself we set a crafting station for making homemade hearthstones and Elekk Plushies.

We named all our foods after recipes available in game and we had two large dispensers of Mana and Health potion! As usual it’s now two day later and we are finally finishing all the food for the party. No guest leaves hungry!

As with all the best made plans nothing survives first contact with the enemy party guests and once a pile of pre-teen girls down a couple glasses of pop and eat a pile of sugary snacks they ran wild through the house giggling and laughing. None of the party games really got played, but they still had blast.

img_1557Ella loved all her presents, ranging from clothes for her dolls to good quality make up and jewelry. Ten is such an in-between age. Still young enough to be little and old enough to be grown up. Watching her through the day it was apparent that we now have more a little lady and less a little girl. It’s been amazing watching her grow.

Slowly the guests whittled down to the few kids spending the night and laptops in hand they crowded upstairs and all logged in creating new characters to play as a group, poor Dalaran server never knew what hit them 5 newly spawned Blood Elves rampaging through the starting zone fighting baddies and grabbing loot! Honestly, I was more than a little jealous.


One by one they started to log off and it was time to start the Warcraft movie, air mattresses and futons set up in the living room, pillows ready for bopping. Orcs, wizards, heroes, and traitors it’s a fantastic movie.

From there it was a bit of a blur kids here, kids there, more gaming, more crafting, some climbing into bed, some needed pried from their computers and urged to go to bed. It was well after 1 am when they all finally laid down for the night.

What a way to celebrate a tenth birthday!