Friday FreeCycle Day #1: For My Husband

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So…lately the posts have been a bit heavy.
Today I’m starting an “I Love You Jason” project.
My husband is Mennonite.
In fact, I’m the first non-Mennonite that I know of to marry into his family.
He’s a man of simplification.
Keep it simple.
Keep it organized.
Keep it clean.
Don’t keep more than you actually need and use.
And he is so gracious about my collecting issues.

I’ve narrowed my potential hoarding scenarios down to a few specific categories:

#1) Books
#2) Small Woodland Creatures
#3) Candy dispensers
#4) Signs
#5) Bugs

Clearly–all of those are “essentials” and I’m not ready to pare down much in those areas.
They make me smile.
They add a bright spot to my day.

Let me give you just a small sampling:

My friend Jenn says I’m nearing “it’s-a-small-world” status…

So in an effort to honor Jason’s desire to clean-out-clear-out-not-accumulate….

For the next few weeks, on every Friday I am going to offer several free items to those who are interested.
Mind you–these items may not be BRAND new (but I promise they will be in good condition).
The winners will be picked at random.
In fact–I plan to let our kiddos pick the winners so that they can be involved.

If it is a big item, you need to be local (Oregon) and able to pick it up.
If it’s a smaller item, like a book, I’ll be happy to ship it to you.

To enter…subscribe by email so that I have your email address (see the side panel for the subscription box.  You’ll need to confirm when Feedburner sends you an email).
Then leave me a comment with which item or items you’re interested in.
On Sunday, I’ll let the kiddos pick a name at random and if your name is picked…
You are the winner !!!

This Friday’s options:

2 New boardbook copies of Liz Curtis Higgs’ The Parable of The Easter Lily:

 The Lamb by John Cross (and excellent pre-Easter read)

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02537534845367571030 taftms

    I want the Lamb book!! I just asked my mom to go find one and she wasn’t able to. Please L, C, C & L… pick me! ;) -Stacee T.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00662770958834558720 Shelli

    Kara, kudos to you for honoring your husband in this way – I’m impressed! As a fellow book-hoarder, might I suggest an e-reader? I didn’t think I’d really like reading from one, because I love books and thought I was partial to the printed page, and the feel of a book, and being able to see how far through the book I was. But I got an e-reader and love it! The print is very clear – it’s not like reading from a computer screen. At the bottom of the screen, it gives you a percentage of how far you are in the book. And especially for your benefit – you can have a LOT of books in a very little space!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15854935633208301441 Cheryl

    Okay, Kara, this post made me laugh! I especially got a kick out of all your woodland creatures. :) How could I have not noticed those before?

    Bugs, candy dispensers, small woodland creatures: “Clearly, those are essentials” Love it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03129815174861478639 The Adventurer

    Thanks for following and I am following back:) I love your woodland animals and the signs/saying I agree they are essential to making you smile:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15972430229339449257 Lynda

    How can you not love the frog tape dispenser!!! Just saying…

    Thank you for visiting my blog, and I am more than happy to follow back. Great posts on your animals. My son and I got a real kick out of the baby stick bugs. Congratulations!

    Thanks for linking up at NOBH.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16759869157457848081 Cheryl

    This is hilarious! And a great idea! I am interested in The Lamb by John Cross.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09769872011181241158 TJ & Cheryl

    Your creatures are so cute! Boy, I didn’t know there were so many other Mennonites around! I am too! What fun!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13182607074543277164 Kara

    Shelli–do you really think I could make the switch? My Kindle would have ink pen all over it. I can’t read and not underline :)
    What I need to do though is write down where I loan my books so that I don’t keep rebuying them…
    But–we’re entering garage sale season again–and it’s hard to imagine I won’t find more treasures. So time to pass along some of the doubles.

  • http://karikoupon.wordpress.com/ karikoupon

    Wow! How fun! So generous too. The Easter books look really great!

    LOVE your blog. I think I could waste most of the day reading and learning.

    I’ve liked so many of your posts I can’t even comment on them all.

    Hope all is well with you and your sweet family!!

    Love,

    Kari

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00662770958834558720 Shelli

    Kara, you can underline on the Kindle! (And probably the others, too. I only have experience with one.) You can insert notes, too. You can even opt to see others’ public highlights/notes, if you choose to.

    Catch me at church and you can check it out.

  • Tami

    Kara,

    You make me laugh! I love that you are doing this for Jason. Why are you getting rid of the glass tables with stools? I thought the kids used them?!? If you really want to tho, I’ll put my name in for them. I’ve always admired them at your place. BTW, LOVE the frog tape dispenser. That is a classic.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15522557620853151642 Carrie

    Love this! I learned pretty early on in my marriage I’m not allowed to toss Mike’s things without asking first. Thanks for all your wonderful posts!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02983730882054443213 Megan and Vinny

    great post kig! i also collect/hoard books, so i feel your pain. they are so dear to me, i simply cannot part with any of them.

    as for your creature collection my absolute favorite is the snail. he makes me laugh!!!

    if i am lucky enough to be chosen to win, i am very interested in the parable of the easter lily… i’d love to learn it myself and read it to evan. he loves books already, which makes me feel that i am doing my duty as a mom :)
    love you, megan

  • http://planetnomad.wordpress.com/ planetnomad

    I did not know Jason was Mennonite. My dad was Mennonite, from Kansas. You can tell by my maiden name. But he went off to Ethiopia and married a Welshwoman and the story just got weirder from there.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13182607074543277164 Kara

    Jason’s dad was actually Amish…only spoke Dutch German until he was 9…but then they became Mennonite. His mom was also raised Mennonite…and they all still go to a Mennonite church here in Portland, some in Canby…but most of their family still lives in Indiana and Pennsylvania. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13182607074543277164 Kara

    The Official WINNERS !!!

    Cheryl–The Lamb
    KouponKari–Easter Lily
    Megan and Vinny–Easter Lily
    Tami–Two tables and benches

    Send me an email with the best way to get the books to you.

    I have a huge stack ready for next Friday so please check back and help me declutter :)

    Thanks!

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Friday FreeCycle Day #1: For My Husband

photo credit

So…lately the posts have been a bit heavy.
Today I’m starting an “I Love You Jason” project.
My husband is Mennonite.
In fact, I’m the first non-Mennonite that I know of to marry into his family.
He’s a man of simplification.
Keep it simple.
Keep it organized.
Keep it clean.
Don’t keep more than you actually need and use.
And he is so gracious about my collecting issues.

I’ve narrowed my potential hoarding scenarios down to a few specific categories:

#1) Books
#2) Small Woodland Creatures
#3) Candy dispensers
#4) Signs
#5) Bugs

Clearly–all of those are “essentials” and I’m not ready to pare down much in those areas.
They make me smile.
They add a bright spot to my day.

Let me give you just a small sampling:

My friend Jenn says I’m nearing “it’s-a-small-world” status…

So in an effort to honor Jason’s desire to clean-out-clear-out-not-accumulate….

For the next few weeks, on every Friday I am going to offer several free items to those who are interested.
Mind you–these items may not be BRAND new (but I promise they will be in good condition).
The winners will be picked at random.
In fact–I plan to let our kiddos pick the winners so that they can be involved.

If it is a big item, you need to be local (Oregon) and able to pick it up.
If it’s a smaller item, like a book, I’ll be happy to ship it to you.

To enter…subscribe by email so that I have your email address (see the side panel for the subscription box.  You’ll need to confirm when Feedburner sends you an email).
Then leave me a comment with which item or items you’re interested in.
On Sunday, I’ll let the kiddos pick a name at random and if your name is picked…
You are the winner !!!

This Friday’s options:

2 New boardbook copies of Liz Curtis Higgs’ The Parable of The Easter Lily:

 The Lamb by John Cross (and excellent pre-Easter read)

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02537534845367571030 taftms

    I want the Lamb book!! I just asked my mom to go find one and she wasn’t able to. Please L, C, C & L… pick me! ;) -Stacee T.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00662770958834558720 Shelli

    Kara, kudos to you for honoring your husband in this way – I’m impressed! As a fellow book-hoarder, might I suggest an e-reader? I didn’t think I’d really like reading from one, because I love books and thought I was partial to the printed page, and the feel of a book, and being able to see how far through the book I was. But I got an e-reader and love it! The print is very clear – it’s not like reading from a computer screen. At the bottom of the screen, it gives you a percentage of how far you are in the book. And especially for your benefit – you can have a LOT of books in a very little space!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15854935633208301441 Cheryl

    Okay, Kara, this post made me laugh! I especially got a kick out of all your woodland creatures. :) How could I have not noticed those before?

    Bugs, candy dispensers, small woodland creatures: “Clearly, those are essentials” Love it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03129815174861478639 The Adventurer

    Thanks for following and I am following back:) I love your woodland animals and the signs/saying I agree they are essential to making you smile:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15972430229339449257 Lynda

    How can you not love the frog tape dispenser!!! Just saying…

    Thank you for visiting my blog, and I am more than happy to follow back. Great posts on your animals. My son and I got a real kick out of the baby stick bugs. Congratulations!

    Thanks for linking up at NOBH.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16759869157457848081 Cheryl

    This is hilarious! And a great idea! I am interested in The Lamb by John Cross.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09769872011181241158 TJ & Cheryl

    Your creatures are so cute! Boy, I didn’t know there were so many other Mennonites around! I am too! What fun!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13182607074543277164 Kara

    Shelli–do you really think I could make the switch? My Kindle would have ink pen all over it. I can’t read and not underline :)
    What I need to do though is write down where I loan my books so that I don’t keep rebuying them…
    But–we’re entering garage sale season again–and it’s hard to imagine I won’t find more treasures. So time to pass along some of the doubles.

  • http://karikoupon.wordpress.com/ karikoupon

    Wow! How fun! So generous too. The Easter books look really great!

    LOVE your blog. I think I could waste most of the day reading and learning.

    I’ve liked so many of your posts I can’t even comment on them all.

    Hope all is well with you and your sweet family!!

    Love,

    Kari

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00662770958834558720 Shelli

    Kara, you can underline on the Kindle! (And probably the others, too. I only have experience with one.) You can insert notes, too. You can even opt to see others’ public highlights/notes, if you choose to.

    Catch me at church and you can check it out.

  • Tami

    Kara,

    You make me laugh! I love that you are doing this for Jason. Why are you getting rid of the glass tables with stools? I thought the kids used them?!? If you really want to tho, I’ll put my name in for them. I’ve always admired them at your place. BTW, LOVE the frog tape dispenser. That is a classic.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15522557620853151642 Carrie

    Love this! I learned pretty early on in my marriage I’m not allowed to toss Mike’s things without asking first. Thanks for all your wonderful posts!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02983730882054443213 Megan and Vinny

    great post kig! i also collect/hoard books, so i feel your pain. they are so dear to me, i simply cannot part with any of them.

    as for your creature collection my absolute favorite is the snail. he makes me laugh!!!

    if i am lucky enough to be chosen to win, i am very interested in the parable of the easter lily… i’d love to learn it myself and read it to evan. he loves books already, which makes me feel that i am doing my duty as a mom :)
    love you, megan

  • http://planetnomad.wordpress.com/ planetnomad

    I did not know Jason was Mennonite. My dad was Mennonite, from Kansas. You can tell by my maiden name. But he went off to Ethiopia and married a Welshwoman and the story just got weirder from there.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13182607074543277164 Kara

    Jason’s dad was actually Amish…only spoke Dutch German until he was 9…but then they became Mennonite. His mom was also raised Mennonite…and they all still go to a Mennonite church here in Portland, some in Canby…but most of their family still lives in Indiana and Pennsylvania. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13182607074543277164 Kara

    The Official WINNERS !!!

    Cheryl–The Lamb
    KouponKari–Easter Lily
    Megan and Vinny–Easter Lily
    Tami–Two tables and benches

    Send me an email with the best way to get the books to you.

    I have a huge stack ready for next Friday so please check back and help me declutter :)

    Thanks!