T.V free rainy day activities

Yesterday was a cold and rainy day (that turned beautiful late afternoon!) I thought I’d share with you some of the ways my kids stayed busy inside.

  1. make something yummy. I usually do fast and easy to clean up breakfast but since we weren’t going any where I took the time to let E help me make some low carb waffles. Sticky deliciousness! img_6927

2. make a treasure hunt. This is something my dad used to do with my brother and I and we LOVED it as kids. It didn’t matter what we were looking for, the thrill was hunting down the next direction. I had E go in her room while I hid the directions. I knocked on her door and with a “pirate voice” presented her with a map. I had directions hid all over, including inside the fridge and stuck to the toilet! The end the map led her to my nail polish stuff and I painted her nails. Can you tell she couldn’t pick which color she wanted?!


3. Make baby a special spot. I had recently moved our Mark Twain collection that was on this bottom shelf because our 13 month old was destroying them. I put down a blanket and moved most of the baby books that couldn’t be torn from E’s room and set them up on that bottom shelf. It kept him entertained for a good 15 minutes which I realize in baby world is a good amount of time. 🙂 img_6934

4. Play with a sheet. Do you remember in elementary school playing with one of those rainbow parachutes in gym class? My kids love it when we I shake a sheet over their heads or we toss a stuffed animal up in the air. Of course we ended up making a tent! E’s favorite is rolling her up like a burrito, pretending to put hot sauce on her and then gobbling her up. I don’t know why kids love that so much. I can still remember taking ballet class when I was 7 and my favorite part of the class was when the teacher at the end would roll us up in the mats before she put them away and pretended we were burritos! I still remember how much fun that was!

5. Indulge your child’s imagination. Lately E has really been into pretending she is a dragon and asking me to play dragon with her. I cut out dragon shaped feet and after we decorated them taped them to her shoes.


6. paper chains. I used to spend hours as a child seeing how long I could make a paper chain! While I ran errands daddy made a really long one with E that is now hanging from the stair railing.


As a disclaimer, just because I titled this “T.V free activities” doesn’t mean my kids didn’t watch T.V. ! E watched little Einstein until I’m sure her eyes were hurting lol. Rainy days can be long! (especially when your kids wake up waaaay early and don’t nap..)





We made people happy!!

Luke 6:31

And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

A couple days before Thanksgiving I was moping around feeling sorry for myself that my husband was working and there was nothing special to do with the kids. My family is half way across the country and every one I know was of course going to be spending the day with their families. My husband’s family gets together the Saturday after Thanksgiving so his siblings can spend the holiday with their in laws. I knew we would get to celebrate a couple days later but I was feeling lonely about having nothing to do the day of. I told God how I felt. “You know, you’re not the only one lonely on Thanksgiving..” was the response in my heart.

I immediately knew  how I was going to spend the day and it made me excited. I called a nursing home and asked if I could come in on Thanksgiving and have my daughter pass out Thanksgiving cards and visit with people who would like a visit. I had previously asked on Facebook if anyone else because of the plant’s schedule would be alone that day. One of the other wives who I had only meet a coupe times previously but who I really liked was in the same situation as me and wanted to join us with her boys at the nursing home.

With kids and cards in tow we went to the part of the home for the residents with Alzheimer’s disease. I was really impressed by how willing our kids were to serve these people they never meet and who from a child’s perspective could be intimidating. I had told E we were there to make people happy on Thanksgiving and she acted as if that was her job.

You know what happened? I really enjoyed myself. It felt good to do good and trying to serve someone else who is suffering took my mind off of myself and made my thoughts not so selfish. The stark contrast of seeing how good my life is in comparison with these poor people’s suffering made me really really thankful as well.

When E saw her daddy that afternoon she said to him excitedly, “Daddy, we made people happy!!”

I’ll have to remember this in the future and I hope you will too. When I am down and feeling sorry for myself, there is always someone who I could be serving and in serving them I’ll be blessed too.  It’s an easy concept to know but it’s another thing to actually do it!

Matthew 25:40

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.


Also, Hey! This is my 100th post! I”m so glad you’re taking the time to read my thoughts and letting me share my heart with you. I hope this little blog is an encouragement to you!

Hands Free Mama Book Review

I’m setting up a challenge for myself this weekend. Our family is celebrating Thanksgiving a couple days later than most people so this weekend is our holiday. My husband has some time off and I’m challenging myself to make this weekend a truly “Hands Free Mama” weekend. I’m going to disconnect from the internet, put the desires of my family and friends above my to-do list and have fun! I’m challenging myself to get on the floor and play with my kids even if it means the floors aren’t mopped before company comes over Sunday. I’m challenging myself to make this a weekend to remember, putting tired grumpiness aside and choosing only love. Maybe I’ll even throw out half my to do list and take a nap instead! I aim to lay aside perfectionism in my cooking and in my work to choose what’s most important- my relationships with those closest to me. Yes I have work to do but I’ll find a “hands free” way to do it! Only love today friends! Enjoy your weekend and thanks for reading!


Seems that I’m on a book review kick here on the blog!

I listened to Rachel Stafford Author of Hands Free Mama on a podcast a few weeks back put out by power of moms radio. I thought her message was really inspiring and I had been thinking about it for some time when I was at the library and while not even looking for it, saw it sitting on the shelf. I was so excited to get to read it! I could really relate to her struggles of living in the moment and the way she said she lived her life for two years, too busy to stop and savor the little things in life. The full title of the book is Hands Free Mama A guide to putting down the phone, burning the to-do list, and letting go of perfection to grasp what really matters! I’m not a…

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Thanksgiving Day, 1890 by Olin Winfield Page

I’m reading through a book published by my great- great Grandfather titled LIFE PICTURES AND OTHER POEMS.

Here’s a poem he wrote on Thanksgiving 126 years ago.

Thanksgiving Day 1890

By: Olin Winfield Pge

There’s a voice of praise in our home to-day

The silence is broken, clouds rolled away;

The voice of a wife in pleading of prayer,

As sweetest of music now floats on the air;

And the daughter’s voice, too, clear and low toned,

Acknowledges Him whom her heart has enthroned.

The spell of stillness thro’ years that are past

Has been broken by prayer, God’s power at last,

Unsealed lips that were dumb. Beaming eyes

And accents of love speak the soul’s Paradise,

Resting in Jesus and owning His sway;

Together we praise Him this glorious day.

The smile of the sun rests down on the earth,

The rivers blue waves are dancing with mirth;

And o’er its waters in circles of light

Are bright, glancing wings of seagull in flight;

Lewis’ Woods, too, in its brightest array

Meets with the river to welcome the day.

Gold flecks the shadows ‘neath each arching tree;

Light crest each wave flowing down from the sea;

In each sheltered nook the deepest of green

Of the hardy grass-blade still may be seen;

Softly it nods in a sweet, loving way,

Glad that it’s Maker has saved till this day.

While the sun shines down on the thankful earth,

And the light shines in at each soul’s new birth,

With thankful hearts, in song, blessing and prayer,

We are praising the Lord for tender care;

Thankful for bounty that before us is spread,

Thankful for ways in which His hand led.

Thankful for life and the blessing of health;

Very thankful for love, hearts’ precious wealth;

Thankful for Jesus, who comes to abide;

O thankful to Him what’re may betide!

Thankful to Father and thankful to Son,

Revealed by His Spirit to hearts that are one.


1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

Psalm 107: 1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Thank you Father God for

  1. my warm house
  2. a loving husband
  3. my children
  4. comfortable beds
  5. healthy food
  6. clean water
  7. insulin
  8. friends
  9. parks to play at
  10. books to read
  11. nice weather
  12. the changing seasons
  13. my husband’s job
  14. extended family
  15. for salvation
  16. the Bible
  17. for creativity and the ability to create
  18. creating man in Your image
  19. love
  20. Your sacrifice
  21. church
  22. fun times
  23. clothes
  24. shoes
  25. electricity
  26. a washer and dryer
  27. new days
  28. quiet times
  29. celebrations
  30. Your promises of a new earth
  31. heaven
  32. the resurrection, Yours and mine
  33. hope
  34. faith
  35. the library
  36. for answered prayers this year
  37. for work to satisfy us
  38. for rest
  39. for language and the ability to communicate
  40. for Your goodness
  41. for mountains
  42. plants
  43. a variety of animals
  44. fresh air
  45. the freedom to homeschool
  46. for a country that allows freedom of worship
  47. peace in Christ
  48. sleep
  49. my dishwasher
  50. a car
  51. grocery store
  52. phones and other ways of keeping in touch with people long distance
  53. airplanes to visit people far away
  54. cheese- I really like cheese!
  55. indoor plumbing- we just went camping so this is something I have a renewed appreciation for
  56. singing
  57. preaching
  58. animals
  59. modern medicine
  60. the internet and the ability to research
  61. a thermostat that I can easily adjust to control the temperature of the house
  62. people who will pray for me when I need it
  63. thank You for the work of sanctification You are doing in me
  64. for holidays with family
  65. for all the times I don’t know about that You have protected me and my family
  66. that You tell me to cast my cares on You for You care for me
  67. for nieces and nephews
  68. for living in a safe town
  69. for living in a town with a homeschool co-op
  70. for a refrigerator for keeping food cold
  71. for a stove to cook food on
  72. for a father in law who raises beef so I can buy locally raised meat
  73. for the ability to learn
  74. flowers
  75. sunsets
  76. sunrises
  77. fresh cold air
  78. trees
  79. warm fires
  80. my children’s health
  81. my husband’s health
  82. Thank You that my life is in Your hand
  83. that eternity is going to be so much fun on the New Earth
  84. the joy of living on the New Earth will overshadow my suffering here
  85. Your Justice
  86. Your Mercy
  87. Your Grace that helps me in time of need
  88. That You are my Abba Father
  89. vegetables of an abundant variety
  90. for creating the human body to function so amazing
  91. for Your wisdom
  92. for appliances to use in my kitchen that make work easier
  93. for woods
  94. fields
  95. mail
  96. Thank you that I live in a country that is clean with services such as trash pick up and for people who work that job
  97. for reveling Yourself to me through Your creation
  98. for people who love me
  99. for dental hygiene- toothbrushes, toothpaste and things like that that others don’t have
  100. for Your Holy Spirit

Snow Family favorite memories from 2016

In no particular order here’s us taking some time to think back on some of the memories we made together this year. This year has been a good one. I think 2016 has been the or one of the best/ easiest years of my life. No major tragedy occurred and I wasn’t struggling through the stress of a high risk pregnancy. T.J has been a very easy baby allowing us to do a lot of different things even when he was really little.

I think a theme I see in our list of favorite memories is that we like to try new things together as a family. Even though traveling can be difficult with little ones, despite the hardships, those are the times that stick out in our minds as the most fun.

I have been very blessed!



our time in St.Louis and Iowa visiting family

doing a Hope In God Bible study with friends

bringing Ella to swimming lessons for the first time

starting Ella in gymnastics this fall

my brother Elijah and sister Sarah coming to visit for a week in the summer

The March birthday party we had at a ranch for all the kids in our family who had a March Birthday

doing the summer reading program with Ella

touring a cave and going swimming with family

time spent on Sunday afternoons with church friends

going on an overnight date night with my husband and the other dates we had this year- bike riding, visiting a museum, eating out

getting family photos done in the spring

our train ride in Colorado


playing with Betsy (her cousin)

playing in the snow in Colorado

getting two kittens


snowboarding in Colorado

going to Iowa and St. Louis

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Psalm 65:11

Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.

Things that are clearly seen

Yesterday was a beautiful day in the mid 70’s. It was hard to believe it is November! With the sun shining and also having the need to get two noisy kid out of the house so my husband could sleep (he works odd hours) I packed up and headed to Mount Nebo. (Affectionately called Mountain Nemo by E)

After playing on the playground for a while I pushed the stroller to a couple of different look out points. The scenery was breathtaking. Ever since I was a little girl and my dad use to take me hiking, I’ve loved the feeling of being as high as the birds are flying and looking down at everything with a renewed perspective of just how tiny my life is.

“Let’s get back to the playground.” I told E. “One minute, I need to pray for God.” she told me. (She mixes up the words to and for). She motioned for me to keep back a few steps so she could have some privacy. I watched her tiny hands fold and her eyes look over the scene before us as her little spirit spoke something to her Creator. I wish I could have heard what she was saying!

Thanksgiving and an awe of my own took over inside me as I viewed my child being moved to worship the Creator by the awe she felt viewing creation. Without me saying a word, the view of mountains and sky and sun and creatures reminded her spirit that there is a God.

“For the invisible things of him from the creation are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20


Diabetes and God’s Power

Yesterday was diabetes awareness day. It would have been the 125th birthday of Frederick Banting, the man who discovered insulin. On my Facebook page I changed my profile picture to jdrf’s “type 1 diabetes look’s like me” slogan and I shared a few facts about diabetes. I want to take a moment here to share another side of living life with a chronic disease. As I shared before I’m reading through Randy Alcorn’s book, If God is Good Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil.

I wanted to share what he wrote on page’s 172-173 about his life as an insulin dependent diabetic. He first quotes 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 then goes on to say,

   “As a teenager who had just come to faith in Christ, I read this passage with perplexed interest. I believed it because it was God’s Word- but it made little sense to me. Now, forty years later, it makes a great deal of sense. As an insulin dependent diabetic I have lain helpless, stiff as a board, not in my right mind, needing my wife to get sugar in my mouth. My once-strong body grows weak. Low blood sugar clouds my judgement and leaves me with a memory of having said stupid things, like a drunken man. Several times a year I have severe reactions in which I don’t know what’s happening to me.

This humbles me, but I can honestly say I am grateful for it; yes, I even delight in it, because I recognize the value of being humbled, for “when I am weak, then I am strong.” My weakness drives me to greater dependance upon Christ. I wouldn’t begin to trade the spiritual benefit’s I’ve received.

As a young pastor I loved God sincerely; but like my tavern-owner father, I was independent, self-sufficient, and prone to do things on my own. Christ’s words, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5), rang true- but I did a lot of things without drawing on his strength. So from eternity’s viewpoint, those things amounted to nothing.”



Pray For Our New President

1 Timothy 2 (KJV)

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

I was honestly quite surprised this morning when I saw the news that Trump won the presidency. I have been saying up until the last coupled weeks that I thought for sure Hillary would win. The last couple of weeks I’ve been starting to say in disbelief, “now I don’t know..”

What I do know now though is we as Christians have a responsibility. We must pray for our new president and for all those in government authority. Here’s a short list of specific ways we can be praying for the new President Trump:

  1. That he will come to the knowledge of THE truth and be saved (1 Tim. 1:4)
  2. that he will turn from darkness to light and from the power of satan unto God (Acts 26:18)
  3. That he would be humble (Phil 2:3, Proverbs 11:2, Romans 12:6)
  4. That he would be wise (James 3:17, Proverbs 3:13-18, Proverbs 12:15)
  5. That he would avoid strife (Proverbs chapter 6, Proverbs 20:3, Galatians 5: 19-21)
  6. That he would repent of his sins (1 John 1:9, Luke 13:3, Proverbs 28:13)
  7. That he would do justice (Micah 6:8, Isaiah 1:17)
  8. That he would defend/ protect the weak- specifically work to end the abortion holocaust (Proverbs 24:11-12, Matthew 19:18, Exodus 23:7)

This list isn’t exhaustive but it’s a place to start. Will you join me in prayer for our nation this morning? Will you do your part by loving your neighbor and sharing the love of Jesus today?

The Country Mom’s How To Guide For Election Day Voting

Step 1. Load up kids and drive 20 minutes into town.

Step 2. Unload the double stroller, load up the kids and enter building to vote.

Step 3. Slap yourself in the forehead as you realize out of city limit residents can only vote in town pre election day.

Step 4. load kids back in the car along with the double stroller. Consider this your workout for the day.

Step 5. Type the address you were given for the place you need to vote at into the GPS.

Step 6. The voting place doesn’t have a restroom so stop at a grocery store for your child to potty. THIS STEP IS NOT OPTIONAL.

Step 7. Follow your GPS to a cow field. Your GPS says you are at your destination. You realize you are too far from civilization for the GPS to be working.

Step 8. Drive in the general direction you think you’re supposed to be going. Pass a lot of cow fields.

Step 9. Try the GPS again and find the GPS still can not locate your location. Try your cell phone to check for a map- laugh. Of course there is no internet connection stupid.

Step 10. Spot a couple of good old boys sporting overalls and stop and ask for directions.

Step 11. The good old boys will point to the total opposite direction than you have been driving.

Step 12. Consider giving up. No don’t- think thoughts about the founding father’s and all that.

Step 13. Arrive at small town city hall you think you’re supposed to vote at.

Step 14. Be informed it’s actually the OLD small town city hall you’re looking for.

Step 15. Arrive at OLD small town city hall. Park your mini van among the pickup trucks.

Step 16. Keep child out of the mud.

Step 17. You made it! Ask for a paper ballot because you’re hip and conspiracy-minded-ish.

Step 18. Try to think deeply about marijuana over the sound of, “MAMA! WHAT ARE YOU DOOOOOING?”

Step 19. Quietly reiterate the voting process to a 3 year old.

Step. 20. Put your ballot in the voting machine and watch to make sure it actually gets counted because you’re conspiracy-minded-ish.

Step 21. OPTIONAL. Take a selfie with your “I voted today sticker.” It’s what all the cool kids do.


This post may or may not have been written based off of experience for your entertainment..