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This Year’s Easter Eggs

March 24, 2016

Dyed Easter Eggs | www.sarahkeller.com

Happy Easter!

Who gets a little stressed when a holiday gets close? (Me, me, me! Hahaha.) I’m not very good at making a big to-do out of most holidays. I like to think it’s because we’re always in a new place, or that our holiday items are always packed away in a different place, or that Thane (often) isn’t home, or that we just had a new baby, or that we happen to be in between homes and living in a hotel, plus far from family, etc. But there’s also the plain truth that I’m just not that good at keeping up with it. Crafts, decorations, outings, parties, and all of that stuff are a lot of work! So with the exception of making Christmas cookies and (as of this year) picking out a Christmas tree together, I haven’t done a very good job.

Not to mention that I’m always comparing my boys’ childhood to my own childhood. Every time a holiday rolls around I think back to all of the really fun, family events I got to enjoy growing up. My grandparents, parents, and extended family in general did such a good job making those days special! We don’t really have the stability of civilian life, but now that Asher is old enough to start remembering I’m really trying to set some Keller family traditions of our own.

One of the few things that we’ve been able to stick with for the past few years is Easter egg dying! This year we got to go to a really fun egg dying play date (thanks Katie!) and we also did some of our own at home.

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I wish I’d gotten photos of the actual dying process, but it’s getting harder and harder to do any sort of activity with the boys while simultaneously photographing it. By the time I pick the camera up, mess with the settings, and get ready to snap away, I look over and realize that Asher is taste testing something, Silas stole the scissors, and Finn is dangerously close to grabbing whatever cup of liquid is involved, hahaha. These days I’m lucky if I can get a few pictures of just the end product!

This will be our first of two or three Easters in Germany. Honestly, when we’re far away and we don’t have familiar places and people to see for the holidays, it can be kind of depressing. But this time will be a little different, we have family here with us! It’s such a blessing- strange, even-  to get to be with loved ones and have a little piece of home here with us for Easter. Not that it’s all about comfort or tradition or cute little Easter outfits, egg hunts, or feasts. What really makes Easter special are those quiet moments when we slow down long enough to savor the sweet presence God, His majesty, and His astounding mercy and love for us. The new and abundant life we have through Christ more than compensates for any trivial thing we may lack on earth.

But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.” John 12:23-28a

Praise Jesus for giving His life for us that we might start anew, and once again, happy Easter!

Crafting, Kids Crafts, Motherhood

A Recycled Milk Carton Village

January 21, 2016

Recycled Milk Carton Village

I started stockpiling our empty milk carton containers as soon as the weather got chilly last fall. After seeing some very inspiring little handmade villages {here & here}, we had to take advantage of these cold winter days indoors and give it a try! They’ve been a work in progress for quite a while… They got their first coat of paint, the holidays came and went, and they sat half-done in our craft cupboard for a good couple of months. But now that we’re in the thick of winter and only halfway through the month of February, I’m kind of glad we took our time. We finally finished them and they are oh so fun!

And they’re easy!

SUPPLIES
Empty milk cartons
Paint {I also used a large tub of inexpensive white craft paint not pictured here}.
A couple of brushes, at least one large and one small.
A black Sharpie, for outlining your painted doors and windows.
And/or: Paper, tape/glue, scissors, and markers/crayons if you want to skip the paint all together and cover your cartons with paper.

DIY Recycled Milk Carton Village | www.sarahkeller.com

DIRECTIONS
Wash the insides of the cartons with hot, soapy water. This might require fully opening the tops of the cartons and then gluing them shut again {after painting}.
Paint! Ours took a few coats of white to cover most of the labeling.

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And here they are.

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Asher had a blast getting to use the “big kid” acrylic paints on his little houses, and both boys loved setting up a little village equipped with masking tape roads on the floor and matchbox cars.

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Have you done any fun crafts with your kids lately? Share some thoughts or a link in the comments so we can see what you’re up to!

And for another recycled craft idea, see our egg carton masks here.

Art + Design, Kids Crafts, Motherhood, Paper & Ink

Paper & Ink III

April 7, 2015

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Hi friends! In the midst of waiting on the warmer weather- it’s just starting to show up, praise God!- and the arrival of the new little boy, we’re still chugging along and doing our best to make the most of the end of this long winter. Which means more painting and crafting indoors, one of our projects being this owl that Asher I joined forces on a little while back; I did the drawing, he did the water coloring. I wish there was the time to do more like this.

Happy spring to those of you in warmer climates, and for the rest of us- we’re almost there.

P.S. Don’t miss the latest new daily bible reading series on She Reads Truth. It’s a short, 14 day plan and it’s all about the risen Christ! What a joyful breath of fresh air to be on the other side of the sobering days leading up to Easter. Now we can give ourselves fully to the celebration of the truth that our Redeemer lives! Thanks be to God for His unfailing plan of justice, grace, and salvation in the lives of those who believe.

Crafting, DIY, Kids Crafts, Motherhood

An Easy Egg Carton Craft for Kids

November 19, 2014

An Easy Egg Carton Craft for Kids | www.sarahkeller.com

If you’re looking for a quick, easy, and inexpensive craft idea for the kids, these egg carton masks are it! With cold weather upon us, we’ve been spending a lot more time indoors lately and it’s great to have simple activities to occupy the boys. I got the idea for it here, and saw another great one for girls here. And the best thing is it didn’t require a trip to the store, we already had everything we needed.

SUPPLIES
A cardboard egg carton
Scissors
Craft paint
Paintbrush
Optional- elastic string to attach to each side of the mask for wearing.

An Easy Egg Carton Craft for Kids | www.sarahkeller.com

Another idea is to glue a popsicle stick to one side to make it like a costume party mask.

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What about you guys? What are you doing to keep your kids busy these days?