Thursday, January 27, 2011

Holland House-painting toes, painting walls (oops), painting paper-making necklaces, bracelets, and anklets!

The only time Matt would ever let his boys wear nail polish

He was very serious about his job of painting Ty's nails
One of these is not like the others...

My kids eat this up.  They love helping these kids with different projects and engaging with them.  It is very easy to see that they are feeling the happiness that comes when you give of yourself simply.


  1. Allyson,
    HELLO!!!! I was at Target yesterday and Allyson Steed told me where you were and about your blog! I was so excited to hear about this, what an adventure!!! Your family is beautiful and I felt a warmth come to my heart as I looked at your family. I have always loved your family.
    Wow, this is really great... that you can do this with your children. I'm excited to read about your experiences. Take care and just want you to know I will be one of your fans too!!!

    Love you guys,
    Lori Hansen

  2. They are so adorable! I want to wrap them up in lots of hugs. Jealous that you get to do just that!

  3. I heard about your blog (in fact, I've even left a comment before) from Power of Moms and have lovee reading about your adventures. Since I last read your blog however, our youngest son - 20 months old - passed away in his sleep (Jan. 22nd). We have faith in a loving Heavenly Father's plan for us and yet our hearts are aching. My husband and I would like to take our three remaining children away and have an experience filled with service, compassion and a renewed sense of joy. I would love to talk with you more in depth about your experiences. Is there an email I could reach you at?


  4. Oh Amanda, my heart is aching for you right now. I am so, so sincerely sorry to hear about your sweet little boy. I have prayed that he will send comforting angels to stay very near to you. Please please feel free to email me at will give you my phone number there and we can chat. Or just email if you would prefer that. Please know our prayers are with you...with love, Allyson

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