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Some of our favorite Melissa & Doug toys are on sale on Amazon! Today only select Melissa & Doug toys are 50% off. Yay! Such a good deal on really good toys. I wanted to share a few of our favorites in case you are still looking for that perfect gift for your little one. Levi and Griffin would recommend any of the following…


Melissa & Doug Deluxe Alphabet Stamp Set19.99 9.99

We love these alphabet stamps. And I use them for crafting just as much as the boys use them. Such a good deal! 81O8I6sRQmL._SL1500_

Melissa & Doug Fishing And Bug Catching Magnetic Game Bundle (Pack of 2)19.99 9.99

These puzzles are extra fun with the magnetic fishing pole. 515FD+hLWYL

Melissa & Doug Wooden Sandwich-Making Set19.99 9.99

My boys have served me many delicious sandwiches from this set.:) 812+d9uSmyL._SL1500_

Melissa & Doug Car Carrier19.99 9.99

We have been given several different wooden trucks like this. The boys love them. And I love that they don’t break!


Melissa & Doug 60-Piece Standard Unit Blocks69.99 34.99

And these wooden blocks are so great. We have two sets that we keep in a basket in our living room. The boys love building with them. This is the best deal!!!

There are other deals…some things that look fun for the girls too. We just know more about what little boys like around here.:)So make sure you check out the deal of the day page!

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This is our third year taking family photos with Gina of Gina Dreher Photography. Every year I wonder if we should spend the money on family photos…and then I get the photos back and am so glad that we did. This year was no exception. My new favorites for sure. Gina does such a great job capturing us. I can see the personalities of my boys shining through in each photo. And they love Miss Gina which makes family picture day so much easier on me. I seriously could have posted all sixty-some photos because they are all my favorite, but here are just a few. You can see more on Gina’s blog. Thank you, Gina! These photos are a treasure to me.



I love this one so much.

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I look through these photos and am so overwhelmed by this family God has given me…and these three little guys he has entrusted to us. They can be a handful for sure, but what a blessing it is to spend my days as their mama.


And then there is this one. When I glance at it I can picture these two as grown men. I’m going to enjoy every moment with these handsome toddlers because I know that time will be here all too soon.

  • Michelle from Australia - Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing Jess! xxReplyCancel


  • molly - such awesome pictures of your beautiful family! so so so good!ReplyCancel


  • Deborah Raney - I LOVE the milk-and-cookies ones! Such a precious family, and you are SO wise to understand NOW how quickly it will all go. (But just so you know…what’s to come is even better! I dreaded the thought of teenagers, and they were a blast. I dreaded our kids leaving home, and I LOVE the empty nest. I didn’t dread grandkids ;) but they are EVEN BETTER than I dreamed. God is so good…and THEN we get to go to heaven. Wow! :)ReplyCancel


  • Cindy - Beautiful pictures. I also like seeing your family pictures because you can see the love shining in them.ReplyCancel


  • Sarah D. - That 2nd one…It’s perfection. I am dying! Oh, Baby Tiny, you are too much!!ReplyCancel


  • Suzanne Hines - That ‘tummy time’ one kills me! SO CUTE! Love it! You have a beautiful family, Jess! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel


  • Melanie Martini - Oh my….such sweetness!! I love the pictures of your beautiful, sweet family. Thank you for sharing with us! :-)ReplyCancel


  • Toni :0) - Jess, oh my goodness!!!! Soooo many gorgeous photos and the one of them on their tummies-perfection!! The milk and cookies one is unique, I love it.ReplyCancel


  • andrea - LOVE!!ReplyCancel


  • ranee - Your boys are so handsome…and so cutely coordinated! Such great photos of all of you! Also, thanks for the post about the melissa and doug sale, I used your tips last year to order the block set and they have been a huge favorite at our house. This time I ordered the stamp set and am so excited about them!!ReplyCancel


  • Audra - Gorgeous family!! And your photographer did a great job!ReplyCancel


  • Eliabeth - These pictures are so sweet!ReplyCancel


  • Melissa Joy - Jess, I love these!! Are there any shots with Cora’s doll or a balloon? I was looking for those. :)
    Your boys are so adorable, and I love these pictures super duper much.ReplyCancel


  • leiah - Nice photos, indeed! I once read an article that basically said you’ll never regret the money you spend on family photos.ReplyCancel


  • laura - Haven’t read the blog in awhile and I’m getting all caught up! Jess, these are sooooo cute!!! I love Gina’s work so much! Of course, she had the cutest family to photograph ;) Can’t wait to see which one you picked for the Christmas card! If it’s half as cute as these I will melt the moment I open it. Love you guys!ReplyCancel


  • Alyssa - Jes, I love these! Precious!ReplyCancel


  • creole wisdom - Oh I love these! You guys look positively wonderful :) And yes, photos are always worth it!ReplyCancel


  • Stefanie - Gorgeous pictures of your beautiful family! Such cute boys!ReplyCancel



Sara from Sarah + Abraham sent me these adorable woodland animal plates as a gift for my boys. I loved them and decided to order a few more for the cousins so that we could use them on our Thanksgiving kids table.


Aren’t they adorable? Griffin and Levi chose the fox. And they thought Jake would like the hedgehog.:)


I used white paper with wood grain wrapping paper (from the Target dollar bin) down the center. I added milk glasses with orange paper straws, wooden utensils and pine cones too.


Why are kid tables always so much more fun than grown-up tables?


Of course the plates were my favorite. IMG_3389newb&w

I forgot to take a picture of the kids actually sitting at the kids table. Oops. So here they are the next night right before we opened presents (we celebrated Christmas early with my family this year). They weren’t excited or anything.

Sarah + Abraham is having a big sale this weekend. Use code SALE2014 to get 20% off your entire purchase through Cyber Monday (12/1). I love giving these plates as gifts. And there are so many more gift ideas in her shop…so go check it out!

  • leiah - The table looked adorable! NEXT year I’ll have to buy a plate for my upcoming niece/nephew. Super cute.ReplyCancel


  • Mary Ann - So cute….love the decorations. I love the photo of the kids in their pj’s and the smiles…..melts hearts!!ReplyCancel


  • Mary Ann - So cute….I love the decorations. The photo of the kids in their pj’s is adorable….melts hearts!!ReplyCancel


  • Mary Ann - Oops!! I thought my first comment didn’t work so I did it again. You can delete one of them, if you’d like.ReplyCancel


  • creole wisdom - Jess, you are so talented with making things beautiful! I love this setting… and you are right, kids tables are fun! :)ReplyCancel



Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Do you have a plan? A plan to make room for Jesus and anticipate Him as Christmas approaches? I am so excited about the She Reads Truth Advent reading plan. Have you heard about it? Day 1 was posted today. So good. You can read along for free at She Reads Truth or you can download the free She Reads Truth App and purchase the Advent study pack for $1.99…then it’s right there on your phone to read every day. Anyone want to join me? What are you doing to prepare your heart this Advent season? Come let us adore HIM.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28


Monday I posted my favorite Early Black Friday Specials going on at DaySpring right now. I heard today that the Wooden Caddy, Redeemed Makeup Bag, Jesus is the Gift Tray, and Dough Bowl are out of stock. Bummer, I know.

The good news is that eight more Early Black Friday Specials were added today. Let me show you my two favorites.


Mercy House Kenya T-Shirt 28.00 9.99

I love this shirt. It is super soft and I am pretty sure I am going to be wearing mine all the time. And all wrapped up, this would make a great gift!



Daily Grace Creamer 15.00 5.99

You might remember that I gave the Daily Grace creamer and sugar bowl as gifts last year. They turned out so cute! I am excited that the little creamer is on sale this week. This would be a perfect gift by itself or paired with a coffee gift card tucked inside.

The other good news is that there is a Black Friday coupon you can use. 30% off the entire DaySpring store!

Use coupon 30FRIDAY14 to get 30% off everything at (excludes Early Black Friday Specials). The code does include clearance and is good through 12/1. There are some awesome clearance items that make for some great deals paired with the 30% off coupon. Here are my favorites:

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Redeemed Blessed Vintage Glass Vase 4.99 3.49

Redeemed Wallet 9.99 6.99

Fullness of Joy Mug 4.99 3.49

Everyday Joy Mug 4.99 3.49

(And if you need a lot of gifts you can buy a case of 18 of these for 44.10…such a good deal!!!)

Redeemed Makeup Bag 9.99 6.99

Redeemed Beautiful in It’s Time Vintage Glass Vase 8.50 5.95

(prices reflect 30% discount)

Happy shopping!

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