Project Snapshot, December 2022

   Each month, Project Snapshot captures memories from the past weeks - either with a camera, words, or both.  


Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this month:

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My Snapshots

What have we been up to the past month? Take a look and see:


Holiday season continued to be in full swing, which meant I blinked and the entire month vanished!



Grammy asked Gv to "watch my purse" when she stepped away, and Gv took the request extremely seriously:



A friend threw a "Kids' Christmas Party," which was fabulous fun:


We covered I think 5 miles while she rollerblading through my parents' neighborhood during our Christmas visit:




And that pretty much wrapped up our month! I wonder what wonderful memories next month will bring?


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The Weekly Prayer Project for Kids, by Molly Hodgin

A year-long guided prayer journal that encourages young readers to talk to God about their blessings, hopes, fears, dreams & more!

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I was excited when I learned that this book would help children 8-12 discover the power of all types of prayer and the impact in has in their lives:

'Twas the Season of Advent, by Glenys Nellist

A beautiful 25-day devotional to help your family wait, prepare for, and look forward to the arrival of God's son, Jesus!

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We have a lot of Christmas picture books in our holiday stash, but I was super-excited to add this one, centered around the time of Advent:

Review of The Garden

A Christ-centered children’s cartoon series aimed at teaching your kids the Gospel in a way they can understand!

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The Garden features Lenny the Lion and Lucy the Lamb, two best friends who work inside a magical garden where anything can grow...

Project Snapshot, November 2022

  Each month, Project Snapshot captures memories from the past weeks - either with a camera, words, or both.  


Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this month:

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My Snapshots

What have we been up to the past month? Take a look and see:


Holiday season is in full swing, which means life seems to get even busier than normal.


Our 4-H year is still going great - we enjoyed a day outside of the 90-degree range and took a hike as a club.



After Covid cancelled the local fall family festival these past couple years, we enjoyed returning to the fun at the park just down the street from us!



I'm not really a beach person at all, but some friends dragged us out with them just before Thanksgiving. Seeing this beautiful sunset and the girls playing made me realize we should take more advantage of this being just down the road from our house!





And that pretty much wrapped up our month! I wonder what wonderful memories next month will bring?


What were your favorite memories from this past month?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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Review of 5000 Blankets

Take your family to see this film, and be inspired to serve your community like this real-life mother/son did! 



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Inspired by a remarkable true story, 5000 Blankets is filled with hope and highlights the power of family and faith: 

Project Snapshot - October 2022

 Each month, Project Snapshot captures memories from the past weeks - either with a camera, words, or both.  


Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this month:


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My Snapshots

What have we been up to the past month? Take a look and see:


We've been having such a wonderful 4-H year and a big reason is that Gv's doing it with her best friends!


We lucked out and stumbled upon an extreme weather class that's taught by one of our favorite teachers:


Friends invited us along to a theme park family double-date and this was as close as Gv would get to the rides:


This girl and her fabulous homemade Halloween costumes. She might be in a box, but her brain was definitely thinking out of it when she created this robot costume:




And that pretty much wrapped up our month! I wonder what wonderful memories next month will bring?


What were your favorite memories from this past month?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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Project Snapshot - August & September 2022

Each month, Project Snapshot captures memories from the past weeks - either with a camera, words, or both.  


Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this month:


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My Snapshots

What have we been up to the past two months? Take a look and see:


We've been playing catch-up ever since we returned from our epic summer road trip, so I had to double-up months on this post here...


The new school year has gotten off to a busy start! We've had tons of activities, but I'm hoping they slow down for just a bit before all the holiday madness gets going.


Beginning-of-the-school-year-photo with Gv wearing one of my old dresses!


This crew was SO excited to be back together again after our summer away! They had a blast building their own nesting boxes.


Gv always looks forward to her annual baseball game with Grammy & Papa. She was quite coordinated for this year's game and claims that's why they won!


These two little bakers created a fabulous layer cake while the moms finally watched this much-anticipated movie.


Gv was totally blown away by this surprise late-birthday-early-Xmas gift from her good friend. I can't believe how much the doll looks like her, too!


On what was surely the hottest day of the year, we drove to the center of the state to explore amazing botanical gardens on a homeschool day. Thank goodness there was a decent amount of shade!


Just because I hadn't driven enough all summer, we racked up more miles by driving down south to the homeschool day at one of our favorite museums.



A new library in a neighboring county opened up with a maker space and they've been offering free sewing lessons there! Gv loves getting more practice and I love not having to drag out everything to do it here at home!



And that pretty much wrapped up our month! I wonder what wonderful memories next month will bring?


What were your favorite memories from this past month?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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Project Snapshot - June & July 2022

Each month, Project Snapshot captures memories from the past weeks - either with a camera, words, or both.  


Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this month:

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My Snapshots

What have we been up to lately? Take a look and see:

Like the previous 3 summers, we'd had a huge road trip planned for 2020, but then Covid shut everything down. The summer of 2021 looked promising, but the Canadian border wasn't set to open back up until August, postponing our plans for one more year. Summer of 2022 rolled around and the third time was the charm! 

We drove over 10,000 miles, were in 2 countries, visited 21 states, and Gv added at least 44 junior ranger badges to her collection!


When a Missouri-grown friend heard we'd be passing through her state, she tipped us off to several fantastic couldn't-miss state parks. They were all a hit -- especially this one, Elephant Rocks State Park!


Gateway Arch was on our list and it ended up being one of our favorite parks to visit this trip.


We love all the history we learn on our trips. At this stop, we got to know more about President Truman.


This trip was a bit of a packing nightmare, because we had to be prepared for ALL types of weather. We had lots of hiking through the snow in Rocky Mountain National Park.



We knew we'd be able to see some amazing dino fossils at Dinosaur National Monument, but couldn't believe we were able to actually touch the darned things!


Craters of the Moon truly was out of this world and we had such fun climbing over and under all the volcanic terrain!


One of the main points of this trip was to make it to Yellowstone. The devastating floods hit just a week before we left home, but luckily we managed to find a way to see almost everything there we'd hoped to, including this spot for my rainbow-loving self!



I was happy to see Yellowstone, but I'd go back to Grand Teton in a heartbeat. G found us this lone picnic table for our lunch one day and what on earth can compete with that view?
 


Glacier National Park was another main destination for this trip. Unfortunately they'd experienced crazy snowstorms the weekend of July 4th, so the Going-to-the-Sun Road didn't open until after we'd almost returned home. We were still able to see parts of it, though, and more importantly, we were able to get into Canada and see not only Waterton Lakes National Park, but one of my good friends, too.


I knew if we were within a day's drive of this place, we'd have to work it in to our return-trip plan. Gv is still just as in love with this park as she was several years ago. (The sunrise glinting on the four faces behind her might make it hard to tell where she is ;) )


And that pretty much wrapped up our summer! It was busy and we've been playing a crazy game of catch-up ever since we returned, but it was totally worth it!


What were your favorite memories from this past summer?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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All I Am, by Caroline Pignat

A Catholic devotional that explores a teen's core needs of belonging, identity, ability, purpose, and security through God's traits in the Bible!

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I get to review a lot of wonderful books in this line of work, but I was especially excited to receive this: