Honoring a Mama Bear

Last night we had the opportunity to honor one of our nurses that is pregnant and due next month.  As  Labor and Delivery Nurses we love to honor our mothers.


We selected a woodsy bear theme and utilized red and black buffalo plaid.  It was so fun planning.


We used lumberjack printable from papertraildesign.com.


It was so easy with the printables to make this swag banner using burlap and simply hot gluing to some twine.






Our food table included a buffalo plaid tablecloth across a black tablecloth.  We utilized red lanterns, pine trees, and wood logs, and slabs.  


Our food included ham and cheese sliders, lil smokies and meatballs, with cupcakes, pretzels, and Nutter Butter acorns.


The cupcakes were adorable and made by one of our nurses.  We are blessed with talent in our little group.  


Another one of our talented nurses made these “acorns” made with Tiny Nutter Butter cookies and Hersey’s Kisses.  So cute!


To complete the theme we had “timber” of pretzels with white and milk chocolate.  


Our “watering hole” included bottles of water using those cute bottle printables and our old standby,  fruit tea (in a honeycomb decanter).


We scoured Pinterest and came up with several ideas including these cute little bears made out of washcloths, so cute and so easy.  


And here’s our “Mother Bear” herself.   



was a fun evening and pretty cute too.  And yes it was held at the hospital in one of our labor rooms. 

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Deck the Halls

Decking the halls is a walk down Memory Lane each year.  The ornaments, the Nativity Sets, and the many decorations that evoke emotions of the memories they hold.


This tree stands on the landing overlooking our sunroom, where we spend much of our time.  It is adorned with ornaments that hold the most memories.  Those “Baby’s 1st Christmas”, the many sports ornaments that my two sons collected, the nurse themed ones given to me as gifts, and the many others that hold stories of Christmas’ past.


Memories of the wonderful friends that gave me these Nativity Sets..


including this one from a very sweet wood artisan that is no longer with us…


a gift  from a complete stranger…


one from my sweet mother…



and a a few that I purchased.


Every piece, whether old or new stirs many emotions.  This year we added a new stocking to our mantel.  


Our mantel now has eleven stockings with the edition of our newest granddaughter, Vera Grace’s stocking.  


This tobacco basket given to me by my husband’s grandfather many years ago gets a holiday embellishment but hangs as a reminder of my husband’s heritage of the many farmers in his family.


Antique ornaments that once hung on my grandmother’s tree have found a place in my vintage jar…



…surrounded by many pictures from holidays gone by.



My house is full of memories.  Merry Christmas!!!

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  

-Isaiah 9:6

Welcome to Sunflowers and Baseballs!


Welcome to Sunflowers and Baseballs and to my very first post.  Sunflowers and Baseballs,  why the name?  I’m so proud you asked.

Sunflowers and Baseballs received its name, well basically because I love sunflowers and baseballs.  Sorry that’s not an earth shattering revelation but that’s exactly how it came to be.

My hope for Sunflowers and Baseballs (S&B) is that it becomes an informative and FUN blog about my passions (which by the way are my FAMILY; my HOME; sports, especially BASEBALL; and my love of MUSIC).

My dream is that S&B will become a “go to” for ideas, inspiration, entertainment, and at times maybe a laugh or two.

I must, in full disclosure, let my readers be aware that I am professionally a registered nurse and not a writer.  With that in mind I truly hope I don’t butcher grammar or for that matter any of the English language.

I would find it an honor for you to check in on me frequently and see how this adventure is coming along and which path it is taking.

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.  James 4:10