Tuesday, November 30, 2010

our little bug

This boy has the craziest bug-eyes around! (I guess that's what you get when you have 2 older siblings who scream in your face all day long). Elijah is getting really strong and is always trying to see what's going on around him. He is constantly smiling and gives the best coos.
Happy 10 weeks!

Monday, November 29, 2010


I am such a sucker for traditions! I love the ones that I grew up with, and I love the new ones we are creating for our family now. We always make it a special occasion when we decorate the tree for Christmas and it's fun to see the kids get excited and even know what we are going to do next. Isaac is even to the age where he reminds us how it goes when we try to skip something for time sake. (He's a boy after my own heart!) And the best part is that the Christmas season has only just begun!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

"Do you want your coffee BLACK?" Friday (2nd Annual)

Tonight was our 2nd annual BLACK FRIDAY outreach and we had a great turnout. Over 20 people showed up and most of them were youth! Read about how it got started HERE.

thanksgiving day

I didn't get very many pictures of our wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, but it was such a wonderful day. Thanks dad and mom for hosting our crazy family and for continuing fun traditions for all of us. We love you!

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours...

Our family is all cuddled up on the couch watching the parade and eating homemade cinnamon rolls, and we wanted to wish you a VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Enjoy your day and your family!

30 things...

Recent post from Holly Furtick:
Psalm 28:7: The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. I am hoping today that you will know the Lord who is your strength and your shield.  He is trustworthy and promises to help you in your time of need. Sometimes, I have to stop thinking about my need and start giving thanks to Him for the needs He has already met in my life.  He has blessed me and met my needs (and so many of my wants) far beyond my imagination, what makes me think He is going to stop now? I was recently challenged to make a list of 30 things I am grateful for.  It was a great exercise and I am passing the challenge on to you.  Take some time today to focus on the things you are grateful for.  Perspective is everything.

 So here are my 30 things I am thankful for:
  1. Children that are being raised knowing the things of God
  2. Christopher Stephen Bunk
  3. Being able to live in Michigan with 4 seasons
  4. My husband's job
  5. My job
  6. Our home that holds so many family memories already
  7. My church family
  8. My mentors
  9. 3 healthy children
  10. God's grace on my imperfections
  11. The Word of God giving me immeasurable wisdom every day
  12. My brothers and sisters
  13. My incredible dad
  14. My loving mom
  15. My amazing in-laws
  16. The ministry that God has given to our family
  17. For all the people that love my kids
  18. Good friends that bring me closer to God
  19. My salvation
  20. God's provision for our family throughout the years
  21. Blessed hope of eternal glory
  22. The ability to laugh
  23. Men and women of God in my life who model His character
  24. The love my children have for God and for the Bible
  25. Songs of worship
  26. Warmth, Breath, Life
  27. God's unconditional love for me
  28. My unconditional love for my family
  29. Growth
  30. Thanksgiving with family

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Thanksgiving Feast

Today was the kid's school Thanksgiving Feast, and it was packed out! You can tell it is close to a holiday because there is so much excitement in the air (and a ton of food!)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ode to Thanksgiving

Today was our Ode to Thanksgiving day and we loved every second of it! We did a bunch of projects and talked about what Thanksgiving really means. Now I'm ready for Thursday!!!

While Zoey was napping, Isaac and I made Paula Dean's Chocolate Cupcakes. He said they were "awesome!"
 Isaac and I decided it would be fun to let the grandparents know how much we are thankful for them, so we made "encouragement jars." In each are little questions about each person that Isaac answered on his own, things like "What makes Grandy smile?" and "What does Papa want to be when he grows up?" We folded them up and put them in jars so that they could pull one out when they needed a pick me up. (These would be a very cute holiday teacher gift paired with a gift card from Starbucks!)
 Next we made "salt dough" handprints... plus a few extra things. It's an easy recipe that you can place in the oven and harden. I am so excited to hang their handprints for the holidays. It would make a great inexpensive gift as well!

Salt Dough Recipe (close to homemade play-dough):
4 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
food coloring or paint as desired
Water to moisten
a little bit of oil
Mix flour and salt and gradually add water until dough consistency. (Add food coloring if desired). Make desired shapes and place in a 150 degree oven for 1 hour (I kept them in there longer). Then place in a dry area for a day to harden. Paint if desired.
 Lastly we made coloring pages to talk about what we are thankful for. Isaac made a portrait of his father playing hockey and Zoey made a portrait of her daddy and Elijah. I think I was left out because I was the facilitator... yeah, we'll just go with that.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday
with family and friends!
"O give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known His doings among the peoples!" (1 Chronicles 16:8)


For most of the day my kids have been playing well together, but there is the occasional fight that gets pretty heated. I have been starting to put them in a room together to have them work it out, and then they can come out and tell me what they came up with. You may think that Isaac would just be able to tell Zoey what to do, but that would just mean that you don't know Zoey very well. :) During one of these "work it out" sessions, this is what I came in to see.....
It's so wonderful to know that some of this parenting stuff is starting to pay off! Now I'm off to break up another fight!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

God Bless Malta!

Today I attended my first Opera and it was AMAZING. We got to see "World Renowned Tenor," Joseph Calleja to support The Maltese Community Club of Dearborn. It was a lot of fun to get dressed up and listen to some incredible music.
I may need to brush up on my Italian though.

Best conversation of the night:
Chris: I think I am starting to understand Italian!
Me: This song is in English.
I was so lucky to be serenaded by my husband in his best tenor voice the ENTIRE way home.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

To our Sweet Madeline...

Zoey Bday Song from lori bunk on Vimeo.

Isaac Bday Song from lori bunk on Vimeo.

Chris Bday Song from lori bunk on Vimeo.

like mother, like daughter

It's a weird feeling to discipline your daughter for the EXACT same things you were disciplined for by your mother. I feel like our conversations are Déjà Vu, except now I am on the other side of things! Poor Zoey... it's going to be a loooooooooooooooooooong life!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sooooooo Thankful...

There is so much to be thankful for... so much that at times it overwhelms me. Here are some things that made me smile this morning...

I love when the tree in front of our house turns red. I see it every morning when I open the blinds to Elijah's room and it always makes me stop and thank the Lord for all He has done for me and my family.
  I really do have a special place in my heart for a good cup of coffee, and it was so much fun to drink it from my new travel mug from the Starbucks in Copenhagen, Denmark. Whenever I have special souvenirs my parents bring back from other countries, it reminds me to thank the Lord for sending my parents all over the world to do His work... and for always keeping them safe.
I crack up every time I see my son put his blanket over his face... it's such a trademark of our Bunk kids- they all did it when they were young. I am so grateful to God for the blessing of my children and the fact that they bring me closer to Jesus every single day.

Monday, November 15, 2010

and in all things... session 24

Things I am thankful for on November 15, 2010...
  1. John 17:3
  2. Electronic Coupons
  3. Old Photographs
  4. God's insight thru Scripture
  5. My Legacy hoodie
  6. Testimonies of God's goodness
  7. Extension cords
  8. Fat-free Cool Whip
  9. Kirkland baby wipes
  10. People who hold my baby for me!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

mama's boy

how do YOU do it?

With 3 kids running around this joint and a calendar that is always full, I have no choice but to be as organized as I can possibly be! That being said, I am still needing inspiration on how to make this all work and to keep it together in the process. I realized how crazy it is getting when my friend Connie came to visit and told me that just looking at my calendar stressed her out.
The funny thing is that this month was light because I was on maternity leave!
I want to get some input on ways that people have made it easy on themselves to stay organized. PLEASE HELP ME OUT... what do you do around your house, big or small, that helps you get through the day. What is your one special organization tip?

Here are the things that have worked for me... most of them inspired by someone else's idea.

I have a "meal calendar" that helps me think through what's for dinner every night. I make sure I have everything I need before the week starts so I am all set by Monday. I can change it around if something comes up, but I don't have to look through my cupboards and think of a brilliant idea off the cuff.
We have a special "library book" bookshelf that is in our living room. Isaac and I go to the library every Monday and he picks out 12 books that he wants to read that week (I always keep it the same number so I never have to remember how many to take back). This keeps them handy when he wants to read a new book, and when the books are due, I know where they all are.
 I have organized all the kids puzzles in our puzzle box. I cut off the top of the box, and put it in a ziplock with all of the pieces for easy storage. I also mark the back of each puzzle piece corresponding to that puzzle so I know where a piece goes when I find it under the couch. It takes some time when you do it, but is SO worth it afterward, and it makes it easy for the kids to put it away themselves. Plus, it's so easy to pull down the puzzle box when Isaac has his quiet time.
 Lastly, I have a coupon folder (inspired by my sister Keri). I have all my coupons in here separated in different categories... groceries, restaurants. stores, etc. I also keep important receipts in here and gift cards.... that way I can just grab the folder and throw it in the car when it's errand day.
So those are my special organization tips... nothing life changing, but it helps me keep some sanity in this crazy house. Now PLEASE comment me with at least one thing you've found to work good in your house. I want to learn from others so I can make this work!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

finally a RELAXING weekend.

It has been an insane couple of weeks,
so today we had a much needed family day.

Cuddles. Breakfast. DR visit. Toys-R-Us. Lunch. Naps. Grocery Shopping. Lego Star War Videogame. Dinner. Baths. Coffee/Chocolate Milk. Insane 300 piece Mickey Mouse puzzle. Worship. Bible reading. Prayer. Bed.

We finally feel connected and relaxed. It's amazing how it's the little things in life that bring us so much joy. I even used the word "peaceful" to describe tonight... crazy!

What books are on your nightstand?

Mine have DRASTICALLY changed over the last 4 years!
"If you were to invite God into your less-than-ideal story and learn to cooperate with whatever He wants to do in your life, the dynamic of your family could radically change."
-Parenting Beyond Your Capacity, Joiner and Nieuwhof-

"If what they have heard doesn't move from their heads to their hands, it will probably never make it to their hearts."
-Think Orange, Reggie Joiner

"God's principles flow naturally only when they become intrinsically linked with our everyday thinking."
-Parental Guidance Required, Stanley and Joiner

Please pass along the titles of books that you are enjoying right now and why you are spending time reading them...

me and my boy.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fun w/ Sticks

Yesterday we did a TON of projects with the sticks we found in the backyard. The kids had so much fun making this family sign. (Good thing we have a short last name.) Now I have to find a place to put this thing! Any ideas?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

his teddy bear

"Mom, I want to give my special teddy bear to Elijah so that he will know that I love him and everything will be alright."
-Isaac Bunk-

and in all things... session 23

Things I am thankful for on November 11, 2010...
  1. Psalm 16:11
  2. Our Veterans
  3. Apple Chai Oatmeal
  4. My church family
  5. Twist-able Crayons
  6. My husband's ability to encourage me
  7. Coupons
  8. Grape scented Boogie Wipes for lil' noses
  9. Love
  10. A very helpful 4-year-old

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


I am IN LOVE with these "Journal Pages" by Grace Is Overrated. I don't have much time to journal, but these are so much fun to do and easy to keep in a folder... plus they are simple enough to do for a couple of minutes when the kids lay down for nap. Check them out!

"A good book has no ending." -R.D. Cumming

Almost once a day I find Zoey hiding on the side of Elijah's crib in her little "nook" to read her books. If you know me at all, you can only imagine what joy I get from this! I LOVE BOOKS... and I am falling in love with children's books to the point where I walk immediately to that section when entering a book store.
Here are some of our favorites at the Bunk house:
  1. Jesus Wants All Of Me by Phil A. Smouse (Kiddie version of My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers)
  2. I'd Be Your Princess by Kathryn O'Brien
  3. If Jesus Came To Visit Me by Jill Roman Lord
  4. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young (Thanks Jaimie!)
  5. My Child My Princess by Beth Moore
  6. God Knows All About Me by Kate Toms
  7. A Little Hero In The Making by Emilie Barnes
  8. The Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  9. Just In Case You Ever Wonder by Max Lucado
  10. Best Picture Dictionary Ever by Richard Scarry
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