Monday, September 22, 2014

A New Way to Buy Prints!

I have a little shop going for prints! If you see something you like, but would like it with a different color follow these steps:

  1. Email me at
  2. Let me know which print you like and what colors you want
  3. I'll put up a custom post for you with your colors
  4. Order up and receive!

Thank you!

Right now I have some really "sweet" prints for those after-dinner cravings. Enjoy and bring a napkin with you!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Advent Calendar

Advent begins the countdown to Christmas and for Christians it actually starts on November 30 and ends on December 24. To keep things simple, I start ours on December 1 and end on the 25. I like opening the last one Christmas morning before opening presents. It's just a nice way to put our hearts in the right place and remembering why we celebrate Christmas versus it just being a day where we rip open presents and throw paper all over the floor.

This year, I'm using the verses from Focus on the Family. They have it all laid out nicely for you and, like it says, if you are going to have a short Advent season then just double up on some of the verses.

Last year, I made the toilet paper roll Advent calendar:

I haven't been saving toilet paper rolls this year, so I'll be doing something that doesn't take as much architectural work. All you'll need is a printer, scissors, some type of string, and possibly two thumbtacks or however you want to hang it on the wall.

I went with simple, but kept the brown-paper color because I just really enjoy the natural colors for Christmas. I'm a traditionalist when it comes to the holiday and stick with green, red, brown, and little bit of shimmer - the numbers are glittery gold!

Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for the celebration of Jesus' birth - yes, I know, I know Jesus wasn't really born in December, but does it really matter? As long as His birth is truly celebrated by us and within our hearts, I think that's what matters. It's a time to anticipate His arrival so it should be filled with excitement! Add some fun things to do with the kiddos during this season. I don't add too many activities that go outside of the home because Christmas is a super busy time at the church. So, we do a lot of at-home activities, such as, baking, having hot chocolate, watching a movie, a craft - easy stuff - and then deliver those baked goods or crafts to our neighbors.

Also, by having the Christmas season focused on Jesus by going through the calendar and scripture AND focused on others by delivering gifts to them it keeps the focus off of the "I want that", "I want this" mentality. It provides that almost-always-needed reminder that we are to love Jesus and love others all the time, no matter what the circumstances.

To show my love for you, my fellow readers, I'm giving you the Advent stars as a free printable! The stars are 9"x 10" each and the numbers (the circles) are 3.7" x 4" if you choose to cut the numbers out and paste them onto something else. I plan to just write the verse reference on the back of the stars and 1-2 activities per week.

I hope you like them and that your kiddos have fun...Thank you!

Click on the star for your free printable!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

100 Days Until Christmas

...I know, it's ridiculous, but it's true. In honor of not being even in the right frame of mind to begin my Christmas preparation, I am of sane mind to help you get started with your Christmas festivities!

Christmas tags for you & yours! Send me an email to order -

Let the countdown begin!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Few Halloween Printables

for the less creepy of the human race.

Here are the rules to be eligible to win one (1) - or maybe more if the mood is right -

All four (4) can be yours for $20, sent directly to your email or you can win one for FREE! Just follow me on Instagram at MOTRDesigns. Once we hit 700 fans than a name will be picked randomly to win a Halloween print. 

To be eligible you must follow MOTRDesigns on Instagram and leave a comment on this post below.

Good Luck!

Friday, September 5, 2014

It's Time for...

...Halloween? Well, not quite, but almost.

We went to Disneyland yesterday and they're already advertising for their Halloween festivities. So, now is the perfect time to put out some Halloween prints for your spooky decor.

All four (4) can be yours for $20, sent directly to your email or you can win one for FREE! Just follow me on Instagram at MOTRDesigns. Once we hit 700 fans than a name will be picked randomly to win a Halloween print.

To be eligible you must follow MOTRDesigns on Instagram and leave a comment on this post below.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Set-Apart Motherhood: Reflecting Joy and Beauty in Family Life - Leslie Ludy

I'm currently reading Set-Apart Motherhood by Leslie Ludy for an online Bible study. The book is fantastic and we're reading chapter three right now.

A few things I have learned:

  1. God's pattern for motherhood is victorious, joy-filled, and beautiful (2)
  2. "Productivity is not God's highest goal for this season of my life; obedience is" (16)
  3. The joy of motherhood is not dependent on whether the house is cleaned, if Pastor Husband took out the trash and remembered to put a new bag in the trash can, or if kiddos are actually listening to me or not. The joy comes from "an abiding contentment and peace, no matter what challenges I'm facing" (18)
So, I'm trying. I'm trying really hard at something that seems like it should be so natural. I have to really fight against my natural tendencies and the patterns I grew up with and, let me tell you, I fail pretty much every day...BUT the failures are less explosive with each passing day. It's working. The focusing on God's pattern and consciously making the decision to choose joy over frustration, anger, impatience, tiredness, irritation, and all those other non-joy-filled emotions.

When I choose joy it's so much more fun - the time spent with my kiddos and other people's kiddos. On Saturday we basically had two sets of twins. Our friends were moving and their little ones are the same age as ours and it was interesting, but we had a good time at keeping four tiny humans alive all day. It was one of the few days (I'm getting more days thinking this) that I felt like if we were placed with a baby the adoption agency would not be making a mistake.

Here are some joy-filled pictures from the last few days of joy-filled motherhood moments!