Christmas on a Budget

Devin said it last night better than I ever could.  At our home group BLG last night he said. “I don’t have a prayer request, but I do have a praise.  I just want to praise God for our family beacause if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have had a Christmas this year.”  That’s so true.  Between Jason, Jody, Devin’s family and my family, we were blessed beyond measure with gift and clothes for Rylea and even some things for us (Including a Magic Bullet from the Gerlach’s so I can make our own baby food!!!).  We had a blessed Christmas!

I got up on Christmas morning around 4am to prepare everything for the traditional homemade cinamon rolls from scratch!  SOOOO GOOD.  Then went back to bed and got up again at 7 to take a shower and get everything together before Rylea woke up.  As soon as the baby and everyone else was up we went over to Jason and Jody’s and spent the day there opening presents, eating, and just being with family.  This has been the best DeWitt family Christmas so far.  Christmas with kids is so fun even when they’re teething and not really understanding what’s going on 🙂

So, because Devin and I knew that we didn’t have money to spend on Christmas this year, I tried to get creative and make gifts with things I had around the house and this is what I came up with:

A Christmas stocking for Ashley (the biggest UGA fan I've ever met) which we filled with random objects that we found around the house 🙂 lol

And I made these "elf" stockings for Jason and Jody and Devin and I went to the dollar store and found a bunch of stuff to put in them.

All in all I think the homemade stockings came out pretty cute.  I love the elf ones.  I just drew a pattern on a large piece of felt free hand and then cut it out and sewed some stuff on by hand and then sewed them all together.  🙂  If you’re interested in a more detailed tutorial maybe I’ll post one later.

I hope you all had a blessed Christmas as well!!!  Thank you God for sending your son to die for us.  We never deserved it and we never will.

Thanksgiving 2009

As a surprise this year, we made it up to Indiana to visit Devin’s family.  The only people that knew were his mom and dad and it was so much fun surprising everyone!  We had a great time and were beyond blessed by Devin’s parents and the rest of his generous and loving family.  I hope one day that we’re able to live closer to them, and see them on a more regular basis.  Here are a few pictures:

So tired from playing with all those toys!

Sitting with great-grandma!

We’re not moving…yet.

Ok, so I didn’t want to say anything until something was official either way, but Devin’s been interviewing for a job in Orlando over the past couple of weeks.  He made it to the first phone interview and then to the part where they asked for references.  He made it to the second phone interview and then they emailed him this week to tell him that they were going to go with a different candidate for the job.  Now, this job would have more than doubled our current income, but it also would have required us to move out of Naples and leave all our friends and the only family we live near.  It’s a little disappointing to have made it as far as he did, but Devin took the news in stride and we’re both just happy that they considered him for the position as much as they did.

So, we continue on this path that God wants us on.  I know, without a doubt in my mind, that God wants me to be home with sweet Rylea instead of working outside the home, and I know without a doubt in my mind that I’m where He wants me to be.  Our income has been slashed more than half since I stopped working, and we’re still just trying to figure all of that out at the moment.  I’m just so thankful that God has provided for us in such unexpected and creative ways each week, and I’m so thankful for a husband that continues to pursue a search for a new job in these rough economic times.  We’ll just keep praying that God keeps providing, and when the time is right I know God’s going to open that door of opportunity for us!  It might not be the most convenient or the easiest route when you choose to follow God’s plans for your life, but when you’re under the umbrella of His will, life is simply amazing.

Halloween 2009

We were invited to the Brown’s for a Halloween lunch this year with strict orders to dress up so we had to deliver!

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Jen as that goth girl from NCIS, Ashley as grape laffy taffy, and me as "Billy Bob"

Ashley and I had fun making her grape laffy taffy costume which suits her so well.  You are what you eat right?

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Rylea on her first Halloween as a hot pink crayon.

Some have asked me how I made her crayon costume.  The costume is pink felt.  I took an outfit of Rylea’s and just traced around it on the felt leaving extra fabric for a seam allowance and because felt doesn’t stretch so well when trying to put it on an infant.  Then I googled a crayon so I could draw the logo and squigly lines also out of felt and just hot glued to the costume.  The hat is one of those cheerleader mega phones that I found at party city for a couple of dollars and then I covered it in more pink felt with a hot glue gun and put some elastic in it to keep it on Rylea’s head.  Her legs are covered with baby legs which I made out of women’s crew socks that I got at WalMart for $2.  From head to toe I think I spent a little over $7 or something to make a really stinkin cute crayon!

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Devin as Tiger Woods.

 Here is Devin as Tiger Woods.  We painted his head and arms brown with brown cream paint and he just wore some of his work clothes, grabbed a club out of the garage, and put a batting glove in his back pocket.  Probably one of the funniest costumes I’ve seen.

 

 

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I leave you with the most adorable picture of Rylea in a mullet wig.

Friends, Family, and Food

 

P6120011Having a baby is an enormous, and undeserved blessing in and of itself, but the family and friends that have surrounded us and prayed for us these past two weeks are priceless.

Yesterday and Thursday Jason and Jody (Jason is Devin’s cousin, and they are our neighbors) provided us with dinner.  We got to go over to their house (we live right next door) and we had Taco Bell on Thursday night and last night Jody made a great salmon dinner with veggies, rice, and chocolate pie for dessert.  Then today, Jen and Jarrad brought lunch for us from Il Primo, and they even ordered extra so we would have enough for leftovers and snacks, amazing.  Ashley has brought us pizza, spaghetti, and chicken casserole among other things, and a woman that Jody works with, Donna, made us some roasted chicken one night.  I can’t even begin to express how thankful we are for all the food, company, and help we’ve had these past two weeks!  I’m not sure what I’m going to do when I have to start cooking again, thankfully, I won’t have to worry about that for  a while though because Devin’s mom is coming on MONDAY and I know we’re going to be well fed for sure.  God is so good to us!