Thursday, January 5, 2012

Reconnecting and Planning

The kids and I rang in the new year by ourselves. Craig was working, as he usually is, and I am so grateful that he is willing do to so. His hard work allows me to stay at home with the children, which at times makes me feel guilty because let's face it, my job is a lot more fun than his. 

Every few months however I begin to feel a bit anxious and then he and I have a sit down to sort out our plans for the next few months (like things that need to be done) to even long term goals (like deciding to not put Deirdre in public pre-K next year). I really love these times because it really reunifies us in out joint endeavor to raise our little ones and care for our home. 

So last night we got to have one of the reconnecting evenings and this morning I feel so so much better. I was beginning to pile a lot up on my plate, when we both knew what I wanted and needed to do was be focused on the home, the kids, the impending baby, my one mother's ministry outreach, and their schooling. I guess I just needed him agree that those things were most important before I would allow myself to let go of the rest.

This morning in turn I woke up feeling quite refreshed and unburdened as a result. 

So here is to a new reaffirmed direction! I have a few projects in the works and lots of list making to do. I can't wait to share them all with you! 

Below you'll find a mini-tutorial on how to make floating beeswax candles. It is very straight forward if you already have molds and a double boiler. We enjoyed it so much that we will be making some more again very soon! 

The kids in their New Year togas- Jonas of course wanted to copy Deirdre.  I love his over zealous cheesing in the photo. 

Their New Years painting of fireworks with our plant based water colors. 

Daily Verse or Quote: 

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
– Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)


  1. I enjoyed reading your post. And so pleased you now feel refreshed :-)It's a good reminder to check in with loved ones every so often and check we are all on the same page.

    Your candles look great. We have been planning on making some - can I ask, what type of wick are you using?

    Kelly x

  2. Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed it. We used a medium braided wick. I cut them to fit and I did not use ones with the metal plate on the bottom. They work great for us and don't cost as much. You do have to watch them as they harden though- so you can pull the wick to the middle. :) Can't wait to see how yours turn out!

  3. Thank you for showing how you made your floating candles. I've been wondering about making those...

  4. Your candles are wonderful! Isn't creating with beeswax such a joy? The scent of it alone is dreamy, but then to be able to shape it into all manner of sweet creations too? Perfect.

  5. Thanks Sarah and W-S! We really enjoyed beeswax. I was surprised at how strong the smell was- in a good way! Our modeling wax never smelled that nicely! We will be repeating this craft again soon for Valentines days ;)

  6. We've made beeswax candles in egg shells before (for Easter) but haven't tried floating candles before. Looks like fun! Now the question is do I still have a double boiler....... If I don't I'm sure I can just use the microwave.

    Thanks for checking out my blog, so glad you enjoy it. I'll be back here too :)

  7. @Meadow, you can do it in the microwave if you watch it closely. You can also make your own double boiler by placing a cooper/metal/or heat safe glass bowl on top of a large pot with boiling water in it.

  8. Thanks for the tip! I think its funny that we are commenting back and forth on the computer at the same time:)

  9. I've always wondered how to make candles...Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Sharing Saturday :) Hope you have a great week.


  10. Love this! I really want to try making my own candles! :)


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