Today, Because of You…

filed under: Miscellaneous on September 11, 2009

I opened my door today.


And found this.

Its from Kara and Mike and Riley.

Friends from Kansas.  We see them once or twice a year.

I almost started crying when I opened the gift.

Because not only had our sweet friends considered a gift for us that they knew I would appreciate, they created something that my whole family could enjoy.

Could even learn from.


Seven huge pages of magnificent creativity.



(we received it on September 11th)


It was page after page after page of inspiration, originality, resourcefulness, artfulness, and workmanship.


My kids could not contain their excitement as they begged me to let them color. 

I knew I could get them to clean their room (the way I wanted it cleaned) or unload the dishwasher or even fold clothes if I offered the new life size learning coloring pages as a reward… but I couldn't.

See… I wanted to color on them too!



I colored the flag.  Which Colton later informed me that I should not have done as it is his flag and he did not want red on it. 

Live and learn.


This little bucket saw lots of action today.  


Colton's mind almost couldn't comprehend all of the coloring opportunities he had… a robot and a firetruck and a frog?  All on the same page?  It was four year old bliss.


Parker had fun stabbing big crayons with toothpicks.

To Kara…

…today I felt





This moment in time

that you grabbed and dedicated

to me, to them… to our joy…



feels priceless.

Thank you.

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  • Janis says:

    What a fun, fun thing. Where did she get such a wonderful gift?
    Glad you had a great time with it! 🙂

  • katie says:

    What amazing friends! Thanks! How beautiful! Thanks for stopping by from SITS! Awesome to find another Christian, too! Be blessed! 🙂

  • katie says:

    Also, in answer to your questions…as for another idea I had…I am having my juniors and seniors create their own blog from their weekly journals…we’ll see how it goes!

  • Lisa Roerdink says:

    I love chubby fingers on big crayons! Thanks for stopping by my blog. God bless!

  • Lisa says:

    Wow..what a fantastic surprise!! It looks like so much fun.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the advice on the probiotics..I don’t have any..but am going to get some.

  • Dana Moritz says:

    What a neat gift! So cool and thoughful 🙂 I loved your pictures too! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Love yours!!

  • Jenny says:

    What a great idea! I love coloring and Peter is just starting to like it. I like your crayon bucket.

  • He & Me + 3 says:

    What a sweet friend. How fun for you all.

  • He & Me + 3 says:

    What a sweet friend. How fun for you all.

  • bp says:

    These are great pictures! Hope you’ve had a nice weekend!

  • carma says:

    what a thoughtful gift – I love that the kids took to this good old fashioned fun!

  • Bethany says:

    What a blessing. It’s so much fun to see all the ideas in blogland.

  • tracie says:

    What a great idea…and fun for a long time to come. And, I still love to color too. Ssshhhh…lol.

  • ali says:

    That is a super fun excellent idea! I may have to make some things like those! We have a printer that can print 11×17 paper as well, hmmm, now my head is swimming with ideas!