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Welcoming strangers into my home

For 16 weeks now, we have had a young refugee couple from Syria living with us. They have been married a little over a year and for the majority of that time have been separated from each other, since he made the journey to Austria alone and got everything in order so that she could come legally.
 Let me backtrack a bit and tell you how it all started. As the refugee crisis really started to explode here, facebook was buzzing with articles, videos, pictures, etc. of the situation. I read a lot. I saw a lot. I was moved. I was troubled. But what could I do? I had a three year old and one year old at home.
 ... I could teach some German. But when? ... I could donate clothes and other items that were needed. But that didn't seem like enough. ... I could give money. But I wanted something more tangible. 
I would put my youngest to bed and during those days, she needed lots of TLC in order to get to sleep. I kept thinking about the refugees and how they didn't have a home. I kept hea…
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Fall Fun

Once again, way too much time has gone by and this poor little blog has left untouched for far too long. So embarrassing! I just don't feel like there's more to say. Life is busy with my two little ones. Evenings I'm tired and don't feel like writing and no idea what to write about.  

Here's just some random things that come to mind:

- we've been in our home for over a year now! Sunday was our one year anniversary. Crazy how fast a year has gone. And amazing how long this year has been.

- Our littlest one is slowly have more better nights than worse! Shocking, I know! So great. It doesn't mean that she is any easier during the day though. Oh well, wait, yes she semi is, but not always. She is still as stubborn as all get out and is not always a happy camper, but we are getting there!!{Cute story for tonight: I put her to bed and she waved and blew a kiss to her sister as a goodnight}

-  Our big girl is talking loads these days and it's so fun to hear …

NUK Magic Cup

Getting your little one to drink is not an easy task and switching from a bottle to sippy cups and then normal cups can be challenging. NUK has designed a new sippy cup. Finally a sippy cup that doesn't have little parts to wash! Check out what it's made out of:  The cup has three parts. A silicone part (the pink one) and two plastic parts.  Just pop the pink part into the turquoise ring and then screw it on the cup - DONE! Doesn't get much easier than that. And it doesn't matter where your little one puts their mouth, they can drink from it from any side!  It's a perfect fit for little hands. Although the tipping to actually drink is still a bit tricky and needs a little help from bigger hands, but once your little one is bigger this shouldn't be a problem anymore.  They say it's leak proof, which for the most part it is, however after turning over like the picture above, there is a little bit of water, but not much. And when it gets tossed on the floor, then…

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Yes, she has developed a love for cHoCoLaTe and she asks for some after every meal!  But no, she doesn't always get it. ;) 
 This little one LOVES standing any- and everywhere. She's been enjoying her big sister's kitchen these days! 
I love having them squeal, giggle and snuggle with each other! I'm so thankful they have each other.
Smoothie Season has started here!

This has been our life ... playing. Standing. Snuggling. Reading. Going out on walks.

the little things

My day is filled with doing little things...

wiping noses changing diapers fixing hair brushing teeth doing dishes straightening up books and toys that land everywhere tying shoelaces doing load upon load of laundry folding said laundry putting on hats making sandwiches  putting littles down for a nap and on  and on and on.
Sometimes I get tired of the mundane.

I get tired of life right now being so .... regular ... every day seems so the same. I was talking to my sister the other day about it and I said, I wouldn't want to change it, but yet sometimes the mundane gets to me. I get restless. I feel like the hamster running round and round the wheel and it's always the same. {just different friends and playdates}

Today over breakfast while feeding the baby, I listened to a podcast {ahem, part of one}. And this really got to me:

Love well in the little things. With great love Which is part of a very big thing - raising a family!

If I love well in the little things, I help my children become…


We've been living in our wonderful new house for almost 5 months now! Crazy! At times, it still doesn't feel real and other times, it seems like our apartment life was FOREVER ago.

Our big wish and prayer for our house was that it would be a place where people would...
... feel at home ... ... be pointed to Christ ... ... be encouraged ...  ... feel loved and accepted ...
When I came across a study on Hospitality by She Reads Truth, I knew it was one I wanted to do. Felix and I love inviting people into our home, talking and playing games with them. I love cooking and baking. I was curious what would be shared in the study on Hospitality and so far I have not been disappointed. I may have only done three days so far, but I have already been pushed and given some thoughts to think on ... here are two quotes from it or inspired by the study that I wanted to share:

--- Isn’t that true hospitality? Putting yourself in their place, loving them for who they are, and inviting them into t…

Life in pictures

Today was scone making morning to prepare for some guests coming over the next couple of days. Hope there are still some left for when they come, they are soo yummy!  Z kept saying, Mommy, cookie, ahh. {guess someone else liked them, too!}
 On our way home from church. This little one was so tired, but she's not a big sleeper in the car, or if she does sleep, it's only for the last tiny bit!
 Z's moving out because of all the construction in our house :) lol ... that's what it looks like! Felix decided to tackle the task of mounting the hand rail going up the stairs.
Love Saturday morning snuggles! Everyone is very invovled in the book that is being read.
Someone's working hard on the pre-crawling stage