911 knows my name…

911 knows my name, folks. seriously, i feel like the crazy lady who calls all the time. i really don’t call a lot, but i feel like it, b/c i hope to never have to call!

alas, i called twice this week. yep. twice.

the first was brought on by a case of (we’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and say…) christmastime road-rage er stress.

i was traveling with all three littles in the van. we went through the starbucks’ drive thru for a few kids’ hot chocolates and a coffee. as i was trekking across a huge parking lot (of a large/long plaza), i had to stop at several stop signs along the way to get to the fabric store. it just so happened that as i was crossing one of the multiple entrances (see visual aide), a lady whipped in from the main road (i can’t blame her, b/c traffic is craaazy), but she never slowed down! when i saw her speeding toward me (as i was already in her way by then), i nearly stopped, thinking she was going to keep going. then, she started yelling about a stop sign. i made a face like, “what???” b/c i was obviously waaay past that point. i kind of laughed and kept going. well, the dear woman (sarcasm) followed me for nearly FIVE whole minutes! seriously. i thought i was imagining it, so i tested her by driving THROUGH parking spaces, and guess what…she tagged right along! straight-faced, no expression. this woman was off her rocker! you’d think for being in such a hurry, the last thing she’d want to do is follow a random stranger around a parking lot, but she did. 

this is the plaza…imagine us weaving through spaces.  crazy.

me, with three babies in the van, panicked of course, and thought we’d end up in the headlines as victims of holiday road-rage, so i dialed up my buddies at 911. i waved the phone at her in the rear view and while i was giving the operator my location and her description…she all of a sudden hooked a left and sped back towards starbucks! maybe a caffeine fix was the sanity-saver she needed. it was so bizarre. people, please don’t ever do that to someone. it’s creepy.

visual aide:

so that was the reason for the first call.

the second occurred tonight. for someone who’s been “done shopping” for over a week, i feel like i haven’t had a day/night without a trip to a store.  tonight’s run was interrupted by a horrific event.  as i was traveling down a main road in our town, i noticed a black object moving in the road in the opposing lane.  i thought it was a bag blowing around at first, and then, a navy blue pick-up truck smacked right into what i immediately realized was a dog!  🙁  it was horrible.  i now know that dogs can scream.  i thought for sure it must be dead.  i swerved around, flashed my lights, honked my horn at the coming drivers.  no one stopped – not even the man that hit him.  i turned around and pulled into the closest lot.  the dog came right over to me, clearly with broken hind legs.  he knelt down beside my door, and i did the only thing i ever think to do…called 911.  as we sat and waited for whoever would arrive, i called my hubby and talked to the dog through my opened window.  he just sat there with me.  i had to keep my voice calm and steady, b/c the few times that my voice perked up, calling him a ‘good boy,’ he tried to jump up into my window.  it was like he wanted to come sit on a lap.  when the police officers arrived, the dog shimmied under my car, afraid.  they were finally able to (gently) pull him out, and they took him away.  i was shocked when i got home and pulled up facebook to see this picture shared on my sister-in-law’s page.

i said to my husband, “oh my gosh!  that’s the dog!”  here, one of the officers posted his picture, stating that he had taken him to a hospital.  that made me feel so relieved.  i wasn’t sure of where he’d end up on a sunday night, the week of christmas.  i’m so glad our city policemen were kind enough to seek help for him, and i hope he lives and finds a home.

so, there you have it…road rage and a hit-and-run all in one week.  i pray that’s the end to the sad and crazy.  i guess the upside is that my experiences are proof that 911 operators and officers really do care and come through for us when you find yourself thinking, “i don’t know what to do or who to call!”  

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Netflix Inspired Pre-Thanksgiving Feast! (BBQ Ribs)

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Happy Holidays, friends!
Are you cooking like crazy? I have been! Today was off to such a wild start. The little turkeys and I went grocery shopping this morning.  (It took us three hours to go to two stores!)  We have such a busy week ahead…Thanksgiving and then Ava’s 4th birthday, and then, before we know what hit us…Christmas! I don’t think I leave the kitchen long enough to breathe during this time of year.
Thank goodness for nap time, right?! Seriously, one of my favorite things to do, especially during this hectic season, is to put the girls down for their naps and turn on the TV while I start the nightly dinner process alongside ‘my girls’ Giada or Pioneer Woman. There is just something wonderful about hearing another mama (or human over the age of five) talk to me about life and food after a long, hard day. It’s like therapy for me. I feel like I’m in the kitchen, cooking with friends.
That brings me to what I have to share with you today – Netflix! I always thought of Netflix as a ‘movies only’ company. Really. I was that clueless. But, after looking into it more, I found that Netflix let’s members enjoy their favorite TV shows too, anytime and anywhere they want! With Netflix you can watch your favorite shows on an iPad in the kitchen, the big screen in the living room, or even on your phone while waiting in line at the grocery store. This is such good news! Netflix has been making some BIG changes regarding the consumer’s experience, in regards to streaming, making the process visually appealing and easy to navigate. (You can even connect your Facebook account to Netflix and share what you’ve been watching with friends.) Netflix also can suggest shows for you based upon the season (i.e. Thanksgiving) or your own personal streaming history. True fact. Oh, and instant video streaming is just $7.99 a month! Now, I don’t know about you, folks, but my cooking shows are costing us, oh, about ten times more a month. True fact, also. This is definitely a product that my husband and I are going to seriously consider for our family. I think the unlimited access to documentaries is a plus for him too. He loves them. Strange guy. 😉
Anyway…on to dinner! Turkey is NOT on the menu tonight! We’ll have plenty of that soon! Tonight, it’s all about the mister, and we’re having Curtis Stone’s “Freddy’s Sticky Saucy Barbecued Ribs” (inspired by the political drama ‘House of Cards’. I’ve yet to see that show. You? I’m more of a Hallmark channel or HGTV kind of gal.)
These are ready for the oven!  Here’s the recipe, if you’d like to try!  Can’t go wrong with Curtis Stone and ribs, right?!
Freddy’s Sticky Saucy Barbecued Ribs
Every time I’m watching “House of Cards” on Netflix, I want to taste those ribs that Frank eats from Freddy’s BBQ Joint. Now we all can sink our teeth into those sticky saucy ribs right along with Frank! These ribs are served with a barbecue sauce more like the one you’ll find in North Carolina (where Frank is from originally) – one with plenty of vinegar, mustard, and a touch of heat. I’ve included two cooking methods for you to try –the original true barbecue method where the ribs are slowly smoked in the barbecue, and the quicker oven-baked version – both are finger lickin’ good! (Curtis Stone)
Serves: 8
Prep Time: 5 hours (includes marinating time)
Cook Time: 4 1/2 hours (for barbecued ribs) or 2 1/2 hours (for oven-baked ribs)
Make-Ahead: The barbecue sauce can be made up to 2 weeks ahead, cooled, covered, and refrigerated; reheat before using.
Ingredients
Spice Rub:
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons sweet paprika
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Barbecue Sauce:
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 cup whiskey
1 1/4 cups cider vinegar
2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 cup honey
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Ribs:
4 racks pork baby back ribs (2 1/2-pounds each)
3/4 cup cider vinegar
Optional Special Equipment to Barbecue the Ribs:
One 13 × 9-inch (or larger) disposable aluminum foil pan
3 cups hickory wood chips, soaked in cold water to cover for 1 hour
Clean spray bottle
Method
To prepare the spice rub:
1. The day before you cook the ribs, make the spice rub. In a medium bowl, mix the brown sugar, paprika, black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, and cumin together. Place the ribs on 2 large baking sheets and rub the ribs all over with the spice mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.
Meanwhile, to make the barbecue sauce:
2. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes, or until tender. Stir in the garlic and cook for about 3 minutes, or until the garlic is tender.
3. Stir in the paprika, then stir in the whisky and vinegar, bring just to a simmer, and simmer for 3 minutes. Stir in the broth, ketchup, honey, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, black pepper, and cayenne. Bring the sauce to a simmer over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered, stirring often to prevent scorching, for about 30 minutes, or until the sauce reduces and thickens slightly. Remove from the heat. 
4. Prepare an outdoor grill for low cooking over indirect heat: For a gas grill, place the foil pan over one or two unlit burners and half-fill the pan with water. Turn on the remaining burner(s) and heat the grill to 300°F. Spread 1 cup of the drained wood chips on a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Place the foil directly on the lit burner and wait until the chips are smoking before you add the ribs to the grill.
5. For a charcoal grill, place the foil pan on the charcoal grate on one side of the grill and half-fill the pan with water. Build a charcoal fire on the other side and let it burn until the coals are covered with white ash and you can hold your hand just above the cooking grate for 4 to 5 seconds. (To check the temperature more accurately, cover the grill and drop a long-stemmed metal candy thermometer through the top vent; it should register about 300°F.) Sprinkle 1 cup of the drained wood chips over the coals.
6. Combine the vinegar and 3/4 cup water in the spray bottle. Season the ribs with the salt. Place the ribs on the cooking grate over the water-filled pan. (Don’t worry if the ribs extend over the pan, as the pan will still catch the majority of the dripping juices.) Grill, with the lid closed, turning the ribs over and spraying them every 45 minutes or so with the vinegar mixture, adding another cup of drained wood chips at the same intervals, for about 3 hours, or until the meat is just tender. For a charcoal grill, you will need to add 12 ignited charcoal briquettes (or the equivalent in hardwood charcoal) to the fire along with the chips every 45 minutes to maintain the grill temperature. (Light the charcoal in a chimney starter on a fire-safe surface, or use a small portable grill or hibachi.) For either grill, do not add more wood chips after the 1 hour and 30 minute point, as too much smoke will give the ribs a bitter flavor.
7. Once the ribs are tender, begin brushing them lightly with the barbecue sauce every few minutes or so, allowing the sauce to set before applying the next coat. Continue brushing the ribs with the sauce, turning occasionally, for about 30 minutes, or until the meat has shrunk from the ends of the bones. Transfer the ribs to a carving board and let rest for 5 minutes.
Alternatively, to bake the ribs:
8. Position the racks in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 375°F. Cover the ribs on the baking sheets with foil. Bake the ribs, rotating the baking sheets and basting the ribs after the first 45 minutes, and recovering them with foil, for 1 1/2 hours, or until the ribs are tender and the meat has shrunk from the ends of the bones.
9. Uncover the ribs, baste them with the barbecue sauce and continue baking for 10 minutes, brushing them lightly with the barbecue sauce every few minutes or so, allowing the sauce to set before applying the next coat.
To serve:
10. Using a large sharp knife, cut the racks into individual ribs. Arrange the ribs on a platter and serve with the remaining sauce on the side.
Some notes about the above recipe and my own diversions… 
One – I went with a smaller cut of ribs (and boneless), because this was more than enough to feed me and the hubs.  The children are living on mac ‘n cheese.  Another true story.  I stuck with the original amounts on the sauce recipe, because we will put a good BBQ sauce to use any day.  I wouldn’t be shocked to find the mister drinking it.  Eww!  haha  Did I take that too far??
Two – I don’t go into the liquor store, like ever. If you saw the kind of day I’ve had, you may suggest that I do… However, I chose to substitute apple juice for the whiskey called for in this recipe. I’m sure that they would’ve tasted just as delicious, if not better, but I have to shop with three monkeys, and a store full of glass was just not happening this week. 😉  You can make the sauce ahead, pour it into a glass canning jar, like the one pictured, and store the extra in the refrigerator.  (We’re having pulled pork on Monday, so I will put the leftovers to good use!)   
Three – As far as cooking, I went with the quicker, oven method.  For the same reason…I have three monkeys to tend to, plus, it’s 20 degrees outside!  We’ll be revisiting this recipe for sure once the weather is warmer, because my hubby loves ribs on the grill…and in the smoker…  He loves ribs.
Thank you, Netflix (and Curtis Stone), for access to a great recipe, and now an affordable, user-friendly TV experience.  You have made us one happy household…
Happy Thanksgiving!!!  Enjoy watching your favorites with your favorites this holiday season!  xo!
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stitch fix october (oh dear, the ‘selfie’)

 ok, sweeties.  here we go…

stitch fix is awesome.  
(they are not paying me to say that by the way!!!)

i live on a very teeny budget when it comes to clothing.  i almost always shop from the target clearance rack.  seriously.

hello, stitch fix!  
remember i mentioned it in this post a few weeks ago?  it was certainly a good find!  a big thank you to angelique of where the piggy toes go for introducing me, and now, i’m passing along this sweet find to you!

it’s super simple.

this link will take you to stitch fix.  
once you sign up, you will answer a ton of questions regarding your style and what you are looking for…apparel, jewelry, accessories, outerwear…all of the above!


you’ll pick your price range.  
(note mine is ‘the cheaper, the better’).  

you’ll set your date.  (i would recommend that you don’t put it off too long, b/c they’re already booking into december!)  i subscribed for a monthly ‘fix’, so i’ll receive a package every 30 days.  as you can see in the pictures i’ve uploaded for you, you can reschedule or cancel your shipment at any time.  you don’t have to become a monthly subscriber.  you can order whenever you want!

here are a few screenshots of some of the questions you’ll be asked to answer in order to give your personal stylist a better idea of your wants, needs, tastes, and size…

 and here is what i received!  
it was like christmas morning for this mama…



normally, i wouldn’t have taken the time to try either of these on in a store, but this process gave me an opportunity to try new things and diverse styles.  i was really surprised at how much i liked everything!



that’s supposed to say ‘gorgeous and soft’, and boy, was it ever!  i really, really liked everything about the dolman top.  i nixed it b/c the hubby liked another better, and he’s got the paycheck.  😉

and on each piece, you’ll find a ‘polyvore-style’ tag that offers outfit inspiration!  love.

i apologize for the pics – i did this on the hubster’s phone.  
(our new camera is coming from new zealand or australia…pray it’s not a scam for our sake.  mama really misses having a camera.)

i swooned over the hot raspberry color of this next top, and it was the least expensive item in the box, so i was really wanting to keep it.  had it been the longer length all of the way around, i would’ve kept it in a heartbeat.

i especially liked the neckline and button embellishments.  after having three babies, my arms are my only assets!  ha!  (and you get to tell them in the questionnaire which body parts you want to show off or keep hidden. 
my belly and i like that option a lot.)

these skinny jeans were incredibly soft.  like,  ‘i want to make a teddy bear out of you or a pillowcase’ soft.  so.soft.  did i mention that they were soft?  oh man, they were soft.  they were too long, which was good, b/c they were out of the price range that i was looking for, so the length made our ‘good-bye’ a little easier.  so soft… *sigh*


this one.  he loved this one, and so did i, so the choice was easy!  it was so soft too.  i like soft.  haha

so, let’s talk money.
you will pay a $20 stylist fee upfront.  
that $20 will go towards your final purchase.  if you don’t want to purchase anything, your $20 will remain a stylist fee.

if you consider that someone is doing the work behind the sceens…looking into your LinkedIn profile, your pinterest boards (if you choose to make those available to them), and searching out items specifically for you, it really is a great deal.  plus, it goes towards your purchase, so you’re not paying for the clothes and a separate fee on top!

if you choose to purchase the entire box, 
you’ll receive a 25% discount.  
to help you understand what that looks like…
the jeans in my box alone were $88, but if i wanted the whole sha-bang, i would’ve paid $210 for the whole box (5 items).  the value of my box was $300, so that’s a $90 difference – essentially, a ‘free’ pair of jeans!

i told you that i am on a teeny budget, though, so i was looking to stay as close to $50 as possible.  the hi-lo pink blouse was $38, so it would’ve just cost me an additional $18, had i chosen it.

the sweater i did choose would have easily cost me around $70-$80 at a retailer like the limited, for example, but i ended up paying $58 (my $20 fee and $38 tonight), which i think is fair for a sweater of such uniqueness and high quality.  

all of the shipping is already included.  

the brands are unique and new, and most of my items were made in the usa, which i love!

probably every question you could think of is addressed on their faq page, so go on and take a peek!  

and if you have any questions for me, i’d be happy to talk about it with you further!

so there you have it!  it’s soooo simple.  
it’s a blast to skip the craziness of the mall and just try pieces on at your own pace.  my husband watched football while i played dress-up, and the kids were in bed, so it was heavenly!

if you use this link, i will receive a referral credit, and guess what i want to do…share!!!

if i receive any referral credit $$ from sharing this awesome company with you, i plan to turn it into a giveaway!  depending on the amount, if any, i will offer a gift card or a piece from my next fix!  why not share the love?!  so if you end up signing up through my link, let me know!  and i’ll return the love!  be blessed to be a blessing…be a blessing, be blessed!  here’s the link again to get started.  

enjoy!!!  please share your experience and feedback with me!  have fun! xoxoxo
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good find friday: week 4

articles:

the ugly truth about bravery – i thought this was a really great post on bravery, written by jon acuff.  i’ll say – i agree with all but the very last line…  if you want to take an extra minute, read his short ‘about’ section also.  inspires me to do something meaningful with my own life.

the day i left my marriage – those of you that are married know how challenging sharing your everything with someone else can actually be.  i am no picnic; that’s for sure.  not too long ago, i confess that i googled the words, ‘i don’t like my husband.’  what?!  i know…terrible.  we were going through a rough patch, and frankly, he was just on my nerves.  all.of.the.time.  he’d just look at me, and i would get annoyed.  hormones, right?  so anyway, i typed this phrase into the search bar and then looked for a ‘christian’ domain name.  b/c seriously, a christian wife should NOT feel those things, right?!  yeah.  i found this article, and i am so happy that i did, b/c it really helped to shift my perspective.  i have an awesome husband.  he loves Jesus 110%.  he is an amazing father.  he is thoughtful and takes care of others’ needs before his own.  he prays with passion.  he believes with passion.  he hasn’t left me, even during our darkest days.  he’s a gift that i have taken for granted.  i  hope this article helps you out, if you ever find yourself feeling frustrated with your spouse.  changing perspective often changes everything.  and actually, i like him a whole lot!

for the home:

dear lillie – i love this little blog and shop! i love it soooo much, that i hope to offer some of their items in the klover house shop in the near future! i love finding fellow artisans with common interests and passions. amazing hearts and talents over at dear lillie. check them out, and let them know that klover house sent you!

miscellaneous:

‘skinny double chocolate chip muffins’ by sallysbakingaddiction.com made these little guys (little b/c i baked them in my itty bitty tart pans – so cute…) and they were a hit. we drove to dance class with over two dozen. we returned home from dance class with zero! i didn’t have the exact ingredients – for example, i used strawberry kefir in place of the greek yogurt, but they turned out great! i also skipped the chocolate chips throughout. i simply drizzled 5 to 6 on each little muffin. it ended up being the perfect amount for our taste. you’d never guess these chocolately breakfast treats were made with honey, applesauce, kefir, and egg whites!  these will definitely be made frequently in our house!

america’s mood map – just a fun little time-waster.  apparently, i belong in tennessee…or oregon.  how about you?

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good find friday: week 3

articles:

do your kids sleep???

my life and kids’ tips and tricks for tired moms

house of rose’s nightly bedtime routines: you are the death of me

this will move you. grab a tissue.

hands free mama’s taking off the ticking clock

for the home:

because i’m slightly obsessed with laundry rooms…remodelaholic’s fresh laundry nook ideas for small laundry rooms

miscellaneous:

spotify radio – i’m loving this so much.  i think it’s awesome how you can search an artist or group and then base your ‘radio station’ off of it.  my favorites to base my radio off of lately are ‘hillsong united’ (this will get you artists like jeremy riddle, daniel bashta, jesus culture, bethel, jeremy camp, etc.) and audrey assad (bringing you others like chris august, sara groves, all sons & daughters, gungor, etc.)  all great stuff.

you’ll have to hear the occassional ad for auto zone or something, but who cares?!  it’s free and completely unique to your own musical tastes…

Spotify may not have created that shift but they certainly provided a solution to easy-access mobile music streaming. They simply saw a consumer demand, just as any company in any marketplace would. I am certain that Spotify would want every single music fan on its service to pay the monthly subscription, but is it Spotify’s fault if we choose not to do that and listen to the ad-supported version instead? {source: allen, d. (2013, oct 16) why david byrne is wrong about spotify www.theguardian.com}

recipe:

cider glazed chicken with browned butter pecan rice i made my own version of this recipe on monday night. we didn’t have cider, so i used white wine, chicken stock, and apple juice. this was a hit and even our girls ate it and liked it! huge, people. these days…that’s huge.

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pin-it party and you’re invited!

hello! sorry to have been m.i.a. from the ‘pin-it’ parties lately! life gets away from me! you ever feel that way too?

anyway, so happy that you’ve stopped by to check out some really great pins (below). feel free to link your’s up as well!

here was last week’s most popular ‘pin’

apple cinnamon bread brought to us by ‘love, pasta, and a toolbelt. i can already see a good fall meal lining up…our autumn chicken chili followed by a warm slice of this bread and a scoop of a rich, vanilla ice cream drizzled over with pdub’s caramel sauce…yep! that’s a winning combo in my opinion!

here are the super simple party rules…happy pinning!

1. follow all the co-hosts on pinterest

2. pin our “pin-it party” picture. (this one)

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what’s been happening at ‘klover house’

1.  little miss eden grace is rolling over…a lot!  look out, world!  she’s goin’ places!

2.  ava is consistently finding ways to work the words ‘ferocious’ and ‘scrumptious’ into every conversation, and wants to use them interchangeably, which is pretty hilarious.
3.  isla is crib-jumping.  yup.  jumping outta the crib, y’all.  at.all.hours.of.the.day.or.night.  which, as you can imagine, has made nap time pretty impossible and sleeping-in even more of a distant memory.
4.  our floors are in.  hallelujah!  i have crossed over from screaming, ‘leave your shoes ON!!!!’ to nagging, ‘take your shoes OFF!!!!’  my dear, confused children…
  
5.  my incredibly generous and talented designer-friend brought over a crate of goodies with which to help decorate our new spaces, complete with advice!  she is a gem.  love her.  wish she didn’t have to go home – ever!  i want to ask her silly things like, ‘which side of the sink should i place my toothbrush?’  🙂
6.  hubs turned another year older, and we’re still eating peanut butter ice cream cake.  i’m sick to my stomach as i type this…
7.  ava has informed me that her next sport of choice is ‘horsing.’  she’s a genius.  have you caught onto that?  🙂  the girl remembers that people ride horses for fun, and wants to learn to ‘horse.’  she’s one cool bean.
8.  isla’s still a rock star with the potty, and as of tomorrow night, b/c i forgot once again tonight, she’ll be back to sleeping in her ‘big girl bed’. *round 2* coming of planking on mama in the middle of the night???  :/  (see list item #3)  love her.
9.  i have officially become a ‘survivor’ watcher.  yes, i’ve managed to live without that show for…what?  like a truckload of seasons?  yep.  this time, i’m in.  and, of course, blood will prove thicker than water!
10.  and…we’re closer to launching the ‘klover house shop’!  woo hoo!  if you’ve been following us on facebook, then you’ve already seen two of our six designs, meticulously drafted and crafted by the gifted chelsea of chelsea made.  {find her facebook page here
stop back here (klover house) tomorrow (friday) for more details and for a special offer from chelsea made for klover house friends!  i’m so excited for this opportunity.  this has been a lot of work, but dreams are worth it.  so happy to have you all cheering us on and watching things unfold from the very beginning.
so…yep.  that about sums up some recent events.  oh yeah, and did you see that jen hatmaker is coming to your living room soon via hgtv?  yep.  pretty good stuff right there, folks.  just thought i’d throw that in here…  
life.is.good.
even when it’s a messy-crib-hopping-potty-training-lots-on-my-plate-baby-can’t-hang-out-on-the-bed-anymore-what’s-a-shower???…kind of life.
see you back here tomorrow!

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the lesser known me: teacher

so, if you read the post i wrote just a couple of days ago, you know i told you a little bit about myself and why i chose to pursue a teaching degree. now, as i sit here, watching the ‘teach’ special on cbs while the kiddos are sleeping and the hubs is enjoying a high school football game…i’m reminded of my days as a teacher. longing for them, really. so i guess i lied to myself the other day when i said i went to college strictly to prove i could do it. or maybe i did. but you know what, God knew that when he formed my heart, He wrote across it with destiny’s quill…

wife…mother…mentor…friend.

yep, that’s me in a nutshell.

{some background: after student teaching, i was a substitute for three local, well-esteemed districts. after about a semester of subbing, i interviewed for a position as a building substitute and got the position. i never really pursued a full-time position, b/c i was about five or six months pregnant with ava at the time, and i knew that i wanted the flexibility that being a substitute had to offer. as timing would have it, i happened to be at a school just in time for not one, but two maternity leaves. they were back to back, so i had my very own classrooms for a three month stretch each time. i taught fifth grade from the start of the school year to late november, and then i gave birth to ava just two weeks later. i took my own maternity leave, and returned just in time to have a third grade class room for the other teacher’s leave, start to finish. i stayed with that class until the end of the school year. it couldn’t have worked out better! so in a sense, i feel that God blessed me with all of the experiences that a ‘real’ teacher is given. i started a year, i finished a year, and i had plenty of time to build relationships and impact the students in my care.}

i realized as i watched this, that all great teachers have one thing in common…love. a good teacher will care about their students. a great one will love them and nurture their potential.

now, i am not tooting my horn and calling myself great, but i know i was memorable, and i know i made a difference in the short time that i stood in the classroom. i know, b/c i still to this day run into parents at aldi’s…sam’s club…the mall, and they tell me. they remember my name. they remember ‘muffin monday.’ and they remember that above all else, i loved their babies while they had to give them up for eight precious, irreplaceable hours of their existence. that’s a big deal, friends. one sentence changed my entire focus when it came to teaching, and i would like to share it with you tonight.

‘every student is somebody’s baby.’

so simple and true, but totally mind-blowing if you let it sink in. if you have given birth to a human, if you are caring for a child, if you are someone’s else’s baby…we all are, b/c someone took care of you, i hope…then, you know that love, that responsibility, that determination to leave them better than when you first met. every single student deserves your best, and i gave it to them. i told myself every morning, you are not here to waste anyone’s time (even if your audience is an average of six years old), and then, i prayed for grace, wisdom, and patience. every.single.morning.

i loved being a teacher.

i loved baking muffins on sunday night and seeing their excited faces monday morning.
i loved hugging them, even when the smell of cigarette smoke (from their parents or homes) overwhelmed me in my pregnant state.
i loved talking with them about anything and everything (within reason, of course).
i loved every minute of it all.

so, if you are a teacher, if you want to be a teacher…

remember:

your influence is a single drop of water that will put a ripple in their life’s pond. make sure your ripples help nudge them in the best direction possible. you may just be that one person that takes the time to breathe life into their potential.

don’t waste anyone’s time. don’t just show up. be present mind, body, and soul. you, nor your students, will ever get this day back. make it matter.

and, every student is somebody’s baby.

xo,
kristi

i love this pin by the way…

teach.

klover house

our new name, folks.

‘klover house’

after tossing a few options around, getting feedback from family, friends and fellow bloggers, i’ve decided this is it. ‘klover’ like clover.

this name isn’t new to me at all, though. let me give you the backstory.
it’s made up of three components:

the clover, my marriage, and a dream


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for as long as i can remember, i have had a knack for finding four-leaf clovers. it comes pretty easily to me (my mom is like this too). i don’t know what it is, b/c it’s certainly not “lucky.” right, mom? haha i’d like to think our perfectionist/ocd-ish ways are drawn to the clover that stands out. who knows, but we find them all of the time. it was a good thing i played infield positions back in my glory days on the softball field, b/c, on the rare occasion that i found myself playing left field, i would battle the constant temptation to stare at the grass!

so, i’ve always been drawn to the clover.

then came my relationship with my hubby…

those of you that know us personally, know him and his name. i don’t use his name on here in order to better respect our privacy as a family, and his privacy as a professional.
this blog is from my mouth alone (for the most part), so i know he appreciates that i don’t exploit him or his voice in any way.

that said…the name (and its *misspelling*) comes from our names and their initials. i am “kl” and he is “er”. as i was playing around one day when we were dating, doodling our names in a notebook, like young sweethearts are known to do…(being “twitter-pated”, as thumper would put it, is no respecter of age or person, apparently :)), i realized that when i wrote my initials followed by his, that the word “love” fit between them. i had an “ah-ha!” moment. love. it was everything between us. love holds us together. God is love. God holds us together. He is the glue that binds us and keeps that love genuine, unforced, and renewed daily. it’s everything. all we are. all we have. our marriage and our home are built upon it. our children, born of it. it’s everything, and the older i get, the more that becomes evident to me.

now, the dream.

back before the “klover” revelation, but post deciding to go to school to become a teacher, i had a dream heavily placed on my heart. a business-related dream. an ambition far bigger than me or my abilities. i have no means of attaining my dream. i have no formal training, but the passion is so strong, and the dream never fades away, so i believe that it is a God-thing. if it’s bigger than me, and i have no way of grabbing ahold of it, then it must be the Lord’s, and only He will be able to set a path out for me to get there. with Him, anything is possible. even the impossible. (matthew 19:26 & philippians 4:13) so, i am believing Him for this dream. someday. someway. and the name of the place will be “klover house”.

so that’s it, friends.

this blog has always been centered around my faith and my family.

welcome to our “house” born from “klover”. i hope you enjoy your visit.

xo,
kristi

**thanks in advance for patience while i transition all-things-technical to our new name.**

deals today!

hello, friends!

just thought i’d fill you in on some sweet deals that i came across…

shutterfly is offering a free 8×8 hard cover photo book! use the code MYBOOK at the checkout until tuesday, march 26th. you will only have to pay for shipping! (less than $10!)
i made a book for my hubby as his valentine’s gift and held off on ordering, b/c i knew a sweet deal would eventually come along…
(btw…i use shop at home when ordering from shutterfly. it earns you a little cash back, so why not?!)

wishing tree designs (first i’ve heard of and used them!) is offering 25% off your entire purchase plus FREE SHIPPING! just enter the code WTD25 in the code box before you shop. i ordered a set of 200 address labels with our new home’s address for about $6. not too shabby! this offer does not expire until april 30th, so keep going back for more if you’d like.

well, there you go, peeps! if i catch anything else, i’ll be sure to let you know!