homeschool: the movie ‘frozen’ and Jesus

ok, so if your house is anything like our’s (you have little girls)…then, you may be absolutely infatuated with the movie ‘frozen’! seriously, we all love it. i think even hubs loves it. it’s cool enough that he’ll sit and watch it without complaining, anyway. (completely off subject, but if we were a disney couple, it would totally be anna and kristoff. suddenly, i feel so cool in my house! i look just like anna when i wake up (see you tube video clip), and i’ve been rockin’ ‘elsa hair’ since back-in-the-day, so i am finally cool!!!  and hubs has kristoff’s humor, great singing voice, the boyish charm, rugged good looks, and he talks to the dog as if he’s a person, respects his vehicle to a ridiculous degree (i know) and picks his…dirty socks up off the floor. ah-hem. *wink* *wink* “every man does it,” right?)

ok, anyway…frozen and Jesus!

i know i’m way too into a movie if i catch myself thinking about it in the shower. i only think about deep things in the shower, remember? πŸ™‚ so, i was in the shower the other day and i started thinking about elsa. what the trolls said about fear…her telling her parents that her powers were getting stronger…her lonely bedroom covered in ice…love being the force that thawed the frozen heart…and it hit me! oh my goodness, what a sad story of a little girl growing up! she couldn’t control it and it was growing stronger b/c she felt fear more and more and love less and less! so sad. that in itself will preach. God is love. perfect love casts out all fear. there is no fear in Christ Jesus! amen! so what a perfect opportunity to approach those truths with the girls! they’re already immersed in the language. i just have to route the conversation to the Word and what the Lord wants to do in their hearts and lives.

ava asked me after watching it this morning, ‘what is sacrifice, mom?’ i was taken aback by the question. she’s only four. she catches everything, though, especially words. she has a huge vocabulary. i love it. i wasn’t prepared for the question, so i stumbled a bit. i tried to explain that a sacrifice is when you do something to help someone else and it doesn’t really help you. i know – not the best definition. i tried to explain that anna could have kissed kristoff (SPOILER ALERT! haha) to save herself, but instead, she went and saved her sister. then i said to her, ‘Jesus made a sacrifice for us’, and then i stopped, b/c i hadn’t thought that through yet and didn’t want to mess it all up. i’m definitely going to revisit that topic soon, b/c that is the most important truth that our family stands on, and i want to do that explanation justice. going to have to consult the mister on that. but anyway, see? it provided an opportunity to talk about Jesus!

yes, i don’t like some things in the movie. no, i don’t think some of the phrases are appropriate…we are saying words like, ‘what the!’ and ‘butt’ way too frequently, and i’m trying to nip it in the bud, but overall, it is a clean movie with a positive message about sisterhood, family, love casting out fear, and sacrifice. ‘Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ John 15:13

so, i plan on using the movie now to, not only practice singing at the top of my lungs, but to talk about the Lord. i want them to think ‘Jesus’ every single time they put that dvd on.

i also had the idea today to have our own coronation day! how fun would that be?! the girls would be so excited! we’ll let them dress up in their fanciest, frilliest frocks, i’ll give them ‘elsa hair’ and crowns, and we’ll celebrate them as God’s princesses! it will be a blast, and when we do it, i’ll be sure to share it with you! if you do anything, please come back here and leave your ideas and links too!

speaking of…a sweet friend sent this pin to me today, and it goes right along with the ideas i’ve just shared with you!

as always, thanks so much for stopping by ‘klover house’! if you get a moment, hop on over to my other baby, ‘eden gray clothing’. if i ever strike gold in the fabric world, i hope to bring you a ‘frozen’-inspired dress for your sweethearts!

happy friday! see you tomorrow for the ‘pin-it’ party!

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klover house update

oh where, oh where have we been?

i can’t believe it’s been over a week since i’ve posted anything! i’m sorry! it used to be that it wouldn’t bug me all that much, b/c i still have the idea that i’m writing to the sky and there isn’t another human on the other side of the screen waiting to *hear* from me, checking our page, and enjoying our little ditties about life, food, Jesus, and everything in between. that blogger misconception changed a bit though when i ran into someone that reads the blog and she stated that she wished i’d post more! i think about that a lot now, and i’m encouraged. really encouraged. so, thank you for that. i’m happy that this little blog matters to others out there. i hope it ministers to you, makes you laugh, makes you think, and inspires you at least once in awhile. if you like pancakes, this is a good blog. haha (more on that later.)

so what have we been up to?

well…i have a gazillion dresses to make. my mom and i are working hard, burning the late-night-oil, trying to get all of these orders done for our business, eden gray {find us on facebook here}. we’re still tweaking our processes everyday. she works full-time watching my nieces, and i am a full-time sahm/wahm, so we often sew well into the night. hence, i sewed the eden gray women’s nightie prototype’s sleeve on backwards the other night. it was 4am, i was on a roll, or so i thought, and in my tired determination, i screwed up. i even reinforced that baby with a double stitch…  the nightie was abandoned next to the machine, and i haven’t mustered up the motivation to grab the seam-ripper just yet. maybe tonight. πŸ˜‰

along with dress-making, i’m trying to work on house projects. the paint debacle in the playroom… the bookshelf… i loved the bookshelf. and…then, it put eight large holes in my wall. yep. it’s just ‘okay’ now. maybe i’ll love it again once the room comes together around it. on a happier note, since the new bookshelf gave the old expedit shelf the boot, i was able to put the expedit shelf in the coat closet (another unfriendly space of the house, as you know already if you’re following us on facebook). hubs put a real door on it last night, which took a lot more thinking and effort than originally planned for, considering we had a 29″ opening and the doors were only available in 28″ and 30″. he got creative and handy though (i’m married to a deacon. πŸ˜‰ our church friends will get that little reference.) so, the door is on; it’s safer than the original, and all of our shoes and winter items have found cozy homes in the expedit cubbies. my broom also has a spot on the inside of the door, so that makes me sooo happy. ahh, the little things. (post/pics to come.)

i’m also working on some amazingly fun and simple curtains for the playroom. they make me happy just looking at them. hubs was actually so impressed with this project. i love it when he’s proud of the little things i do or the ideas that i come up with. fills my love tank when he thinks i’ve done something awesome. most of the time, he’s like, ‘oh dear. what have you gone and done now, and how much did it cost me?’ haha but not this time! he loves it and it, like i said, it has been a simple and cheap project. i think that you’ll like this post when it gets typed, but here’s a peek… πŸ˜‰

and of course, the most important and time-consuming…my kids! these three girls take up a lot, if not nearly all of my time. we’re attempting to complete home school work, playing, kissing boo boos, playing dolls, watching movies, eating pancakes, taking pointless showers (them, not me, unfortunately. i’d love a pointless shower.  they figured out that they can strip down and get into mommy’s shower whenever they please. helps when they’re in need of bathing, but sometimes, it’s just a way to convince me to mop the floor…), snuggling (we have a family full of belly aches, fevers, coughs and runny noses spring, where are you????!), and the list goes on. add that to housework and endless laundry, and well, you can see where i’ve been…in the weeds! haha we’ll get it under control someday. πŸ™‚

so those are the physical things that have been swallowing my time up lately. mentally, i think i’m twice as overloaded. alongside the above, i have been giving a lot of my ‘mental space’ to ailing children these days. our six year old second cousin was admitted to children’s hospital suddenly with an unsettling prognosis…and my mind was fixed on her and her parents day and night. what a shock it is, when things like that hit so close to home. i believe that God intervened, and although the physicians were saying the worst was 99% certain, it was not! not a single cancer cell in sight!  hallelujah! she is home now, and hopefully able to return to life as normal for a busy, precious, little girl…dancing, playing, hanging out with her family and friends.

baby sophia is heavily on my mind and heart today. would you take a moment and go pray for her? she’s fighting the fight of her life, but i am believing God for a miracle. He can do it. i literally laid my hands on my computer screen over her sweet face last night and prayed and wept over her. can you join me? i see these babies, and i know i’ve said it before, i think of my own. what would i do? how would i feel? what would i hope that others would do? i would hope that they’d cry out to God for us too. i am thankful. so very, very thankful that our children are healthy. they merely require hugs, kisses, and mac ‘n cheese most of the time. thank you God, for your mercy and hands of protection over our healthy children.

(since writing this just minutes ago, it was posted that sophia has gone to the arms of Jesus.  my heart hurts so badly for her parents right now.  i wish we knew why these things happen.  someday, we’ll know.  please continue to pray for her parents, and any child that you come across in need of prayers.  like a ripple in a pond, our prayers echo into eternity.  a miracle takes only a moment.  like ani’s sweet ruby, i’ll never forget about you, precious sophia. xo)

so that is where i’ve been, both in the natural and in spirit. i’ll try to write more, and get some fun things up here for you. once we finish these current dress orders, we will have more time on our hands for the regular stuff. (like videos of isla shaking her stuff and recipes about pancakes!)

until next time…


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“eden gray” clothing

please allow me to introduce you to our newest adventure, friends.

“eden gray” clothing.

so here’s a run-down of the whys, wheres, whos, whens, and hows… πŸ˜‰

why clothing?

it has been my dream for some time now to open my own boutique. you can read more about that here. for a long time, i have been piecing together ideas and doing research on how to make this dream a reality for me and my family. someday, i pray and hope to have an actual storefront that you can all come and visit. until then, our sweet klover house shop via big cartel will do just fine.

why “eden gray”?

as you may (or may not) know, we named our third daughter, eden grace. isla (‘eye-la’), our second daughter, calls her baby sister “eden gray”, and we just think it is the most precious thing ever. i often catch myself calling her “eden gray” or “e-gray” for short too. i love that isla has brought such whimsy to our lives and, unintentionally, gifted us with the name for our company.

who are we?

mother-daughter-duo, kristi (me) and sharon k. (my mama, aka mema) this pic is from a few years ago, but aren’t we darling? haha man, i miss good hair days. anyway…

where can you find our pieces?

in the klover house shop, of course! 
you can click here or find the “shop” tab above.

we have three dresses in the line-up right now. our winter collection consists of: 
“sweet snowfall” (pictured) 
“sugared plum”
“cocoa and cardamom”

the pullover style dresses are made from soft jersey knits, pima cotton and cotton/spandex blends – perfect for little girls who want to feel cozy while they twirl, sprawl out on the floor, and dance in the kitchen!

all items are handmade-per-order and can be customized, if desired. each piece is made to coordinate with both hair accessories (by rosella bella) and “little cook” aprons (by chelsea made).

what is our mission?

the purpose of “eden gray” is to merge boutique-quality with affordability. three things i absolutely adore and appreciate about boutique-quality brands are: 1) uniqueness, 2) softness/comfort, 3) quality. those three components in an item are well worth their weight in gold, and if you are going to spend your money, you want it to be worth it, right? well, i believe that great quality should also be affordable and reasonable when clothing ourselves and our little ones. lets face it…you’ve already spilled your coffee down your front and junior has probably wiped his nose on your shoulder, right? right. and little princess was a 3T last night, but this morning, her sweet ankles are peeking out of her jammies! you get me? our babies grow too quickly to blow the bank account on their attire. that’s where i’m at as a mama to three, beautiful little darlings. i want to clothe us well, but i want to do it within a budget, and comfort is always at the top of my list. so, that’s our goal in “eden gray”. we want you to love what we make. we want you to feel as cozy in our frocks as you do in your flannel jammies, and we want you to keep coming back for more, b/c it’s affordable!

what can you do for us?

spread the word, like us on facebook, and pray! seriously. every day is a challenge. we appreciate your prayers as i learn to balance this new role and while we establish this business. we want it to last, so we aim to do things well. that takes time and resources. 

 also, we would love your feedback. on everything! do you like what you see? do you not like what you see? do you have ideas/suggestions/things you’d like to see in the future? we’re already thinking about our spring collection, so keep an eye out for more great things!

the klover house shop will hopefully continue to expand and new items (by other artisans) are in the works to be added to our inventory soon! you can find out more about chelsea made in this post. you can also “like” her on facebook and visit her website here. she’s still offering $5 off to klover house friends up until december 25th, so you have time to score a great deal (on already created pieces)! mention the code “kloverhouse”. you can visit our accessories artisan, rosella bella, on facebook as well. i have more great things up my sleeve, so again, stay tuned! i’m confident you are going to love what you’ll see in 2014.

well, that’s all for now! check back this weekend for the unveiling of our next two dress designs!

thank you always, for your support and encouragement! blessings!

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