Belated Christmas post

So I worked up this post around Christmas time and it never went anywhere. Did I just not hit publish? Who knows? I never claimed this was a professional, timely, organized blog. Love you guys & hope your Christmas was fabulous.

My favorite Christmas song. I have desperately tried to capture Breath of Heaven in this season. God brought Christmas into focus for our family last year. We had 2 Chinese students stay with us for most of the Christmas holiday-about 2 weeks. They didn't know Jesus and His birth story. I still can't believe God let us host them, let me try to introduce them to Jesus. Talk about humbling. We are still in contact with them. Jesus is still chasing them. I know He is.

So it is hard to top last Christmas, it was hectic and we were stretched-but it was Christ-filled. We are trying! So trying.
 Tim & 2 other wise men in our church's live nativity.
And I was sad when Tim shaved his beard.
 Here be Mary & Joseph! They were precious and did a great job. The most humble couple I know.

How do you get a child who is obsessed with picking his nose to stop picking his nose. He. Never. Stops.
This crazy-hair angel is the fav among the kid made ornaments. I'd like to think there are angels like this-wild hair, not perfect, still usable.
Max's concoction. He poured half a bag of sugar on his "cereal", which was red/green goldfish. I was kinda proud he did all this by himself. Not sure where I was when this took place. Most mischief takes place when I'm in the tub.

We got to the beach this year for the Largen Christmas. What a treat and a gift-just to slow down and keep the pace of beach life.

Help me Rhonda...while we were in the condo-Max & I discovered a rerun of HEHAW. I was dying. We used to watch this every week and I really haven't seen it since I was a child. Does it not seem like everyone had to have been intoxicated while filming? I remember rolling laughing at this as a child. Good stuff.

Our SS Class Christmas party is da best. Dirty Santa. This group is close to my heart. Some of our most authentic friendships have grown out of this group. While the church today does not look/is not perfect, I love this class that represents the body of Christ to me. We cook for each other when babies come, laugh together & pray together. Our class discussion goes all over the place, sometime we are not completely holy-but I like it, because it is real.
We had the chance to be part of a store for an inner city group who live in a particular apartment complex. The single mamas could come in and purchase donated toys for a very discounted amount. They were able to pick out what they thought their kids would like and be able to pay for it. One mama started crying when she walked in seeing the selection-she had 6 kids and worked full time at Target. We partnered with a church already invested in this community. To be able to stand in a circle, holding hands, praying over this event and these families/mamas/kids, it was a taste of heaven to me. No barriers/no agenda/no color-just working together to spread love. (This is Ruthie and one of the volunteer's kiddos testing the merch).

Just like other mamas, the elf is no longer cute. I really was so grumpy about getting him out. But I read an article about the Elf with a purpose/or Elf on the Shelf-Jesus style. This clicked with me and I got all about the elf again. So we had a letter the elf gave the kids on the first night that explained the gig & then had daily cards with different "assignments". My favorite was having the kids take laundry detergent packs/$5 in quarters/dryer sheets to friends doing laundry at the laundry mat. Okay, so it takes about $10 to was and dry a load of laundry at the laundry mat. I did not know this before I went in there and asked. My word. I cannot imagine. So the kids and I were a little apprehensive walking in, but my prayer was that they would see it as a blessing from God and not a blessing from our hands. And it was the coolest. One stop, I sent the big kids in to hand them out (sometimes I think kids can handle things better than adults). It was cool to watch through the window. They got hugs & Henry got to give his to a soldier who was in there. 

This is where I got my letter (from the smart mama at Crayon Marks & Tiger Stripes). And below are the cards I used. I got them from here (Kimberly Danger/Mommy Savers) & then modified some of the "assignments" and made my own cards. I got some more good ideas here.


Commercials that make me laugh outloud

So I got to take my laughs where I can get them. When I'm not schooling my kids on the lures and tricks of advertising (We are not getting the Snackeez, were you not listening when cousin Elizabeth got it and said the lid didn't stay closed. You remember how the Ice Cream Magic went over. You got tired of shaking it after 30 seconds of the 3 minute shake time. it is not magic if mama has to get involved.) I can be entertained by the ones that get me for whatever reason. Here are a couple...they may not have the same affect/effect (which one????) on you.



So this little song wormed its way into my head a few years ago. And it has stuck & Mr. Happy Heart (he's below) was born out of this song and its Bible truth. A THANKFUL HEART=A HAPPY HEART. Mr. Happy Heart came to life last year for a little art demonstration for the preschool where my kiddos went/go. And this year he's coming to Henry's 1st grade class dressed up as a pilgrim in time for Thanksgiving. It is funny how things stick with kids, like the random things they remember or the things you'd wish they'd forget. But Mr. Happy Heart always comes up, the kids draw him and we talk about him when we are having a bad day. And Mr. Happy Heart helps me, something about when I thank my God for all the little/big things all around, my funk gets lifted from me.
And this is something that made the Thanksgiving season sweet for me last year. I got a $2 pack of cards from Michael's and wrote notes of thanks to people in my life. It was my little challenge. 8 cards, so 2 a week. We need encouragement, I need encouragement. Life if is hard, even if you have it "easy". Lift one another up, give yourself an excuse-like the month of November, to say thank you.

And these little jars are made this year for your Thanksgiving gathering. They are 5.5"x3" and $15. How it goes...everyone fills out a card, listing what they are thankful for & after the meal, you pass the jar around & everyone takes a card out & reads it. We always try to match up the "thanks" to the "thanker". It is a simple tradition that we have done for years. I have a limited number, so when they are sold up-no mas until next year. I can ship for $5 or local pick-up. Email me if ya need one! sarah@largendesign.com


Emma Nelson Adoption Fundraiser

WOO-HOO, it was very fun to cut a check to Wesley for $1300 for "adoption of Emma" in the memo line.
 Thanks so much for being a part of this. I had to re-order labels 2 different times, the response was GREAT! I love it when God gives me ideas like this...

About the Nelson family. They live in Jackson and J works as the youth pastor at our church (CUMC), Wesley is the mama & my friend! Her older kiddos Ella Kate (friend of Ruthie's) and Walker (friend of Max's) are sweet ones. Walker and Max always end up in nursery together and are like 2 old men together. Ella Kate has spunk and Ruthie met her match when she met Ella Kate. So they keep it spunky together at church and compete to who can answer the Bible questions first. EK is so excited to meet her sister!!!! Emma is coming from China and we can't wait to meet her, hopefully this Dec/Jan. I'm so happy & proud that Wesley & J said YES to Emma. Their journey inspires me. 

Just let me know if you have questions on ordering. Spread the word. And just if you want to know what "proceeds" means=$11 of the $15 label order goes to the adoption fund.


wedding invite watercolors

$35 (matted watercolor invite) & $30 (watercolor/no mat). Plus tax and shipping. Wrapping included.