Unfolding

It is such a mercy that life unfolds before us.  Ten years ago, if I had seen a photograph of my future-self this morning, driving along in a 15-passenger van with six children ages nine and under, I would have asked what any other stranger wants to know: Are they all mine?! And the answer…

Waiting on Azalea Jane, a birth story

I am writing this weeks after Azalea was born, and it reminds me of the way you feel the next morning after waking up from a nightmare.  In the middle of the night, a dream can feel so terrifying.  Your heart is pounding.  You felt that it was so real.  The next morning, when you…

The Best Day of My Life

Tomorrow is my due date.  I can hardly believe that in a few short hours or days, the secret face of this child will be revealed, and we will be holding her in our arms.  God has done a huge miracle in my life to make me brave for this day.  I wrote in my…

Moving Through Fear

  I am in the second trimester of my sixth pregnancy.  This is really happening.  This is set in motion.  In a few short months, this pregnancy will end in labor, delivery, and the prize of all prizes–another sweet baby in our family. People literally say to me all the time, regarding birth, “Oh, you’re…

The Princess and The Pea and Beauty and the Beast

Hello from The Paper Doll Club.  We are having some technical difficulties around here.  Our internet has been down off and on for two weeks, which has made uploading impossible, and last week our scanner died.  (See the weird marks on the bottom of Paloma’s drawing)  : ( So, I am going to take the pressure…

Love Continues to Grow

I have been poring over journals from the last year.  I got really emotional before Heidi’s first birthday (February 8), thinking about all that God has done in my life in one short year.  I spent most of her pregnancy fighting a really unhealthy fear of birth, wrestling with the decision to call five beautiful,…

Half a Year of Paper Dolls from The Paper Doll Club

It is The Paper Doll Club’s Half-Birthday!  Thanks to all of those who stop by and print out our drawings to color and play with.  It has been a lot of fun for me and the kids. This week, I have to admit, that due to a lot of major transition in our lives (more…

Janie, Rosie, Heidi, and Mae

This week the girls named their paper dolls after themselves.  Not sure why.  Rosie named the cat after her baby sister, Heidi. I love Rosie’s color palette this week.  She drew her pictures on white card stock and painted them with watercolors, then cut them and pasted them onto a piece of brown kraft paper…

Poppy, Lady Leucojum, and Friends

Happy Spring from The Paper Doll Club. I love the girls’ drawings this week.  Rosie’s Poppy has a beautiful pink poppy dress.  I love everything about this doll. Paloma’s little girls are full of rich details.  One of the friends is carrying a basket of easter eggs.  I hope you enjoy playing with these paper…

Miss Blackbird Pie

In honor of Pi Day, I made a pie dolly today.  She is based on the old nursery rhyme: Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye 4 and 20 blackbirds, baked in a pie When the pie was opened, the birds began to sing Wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before…

Miss Vanilla, CatPuppies,The Fox and Rabbit, and Super Bunny

Happy Monday from The Paper Doll Club!  Today we have some sweet paper dolls for you. Miss Vanilla has ice cream for hair and a combination sugar cone/plain cone dress.  If she gets cold, you can put on her strawberry syrup shawl, and if she’d like to go out for some fun, put on her…

Super Bunny Boy, Ninja Bunnies, Baby Sisters, and Girls With Fans

Happy Leap Day!  This is a fun week from The Paper Doll Club.  For all of the little boys who have patiently endured weeks of princesses and very girly paper dolls, this week is for you!  Super Bunny Boy is a fun little guy.  I especially like his skinny rocket pjs.  Hope you will have fun coloring…