Hi friends! I’d like to take a moment to thank all of our armed forces that ensure our safety on a daily basis, and to our founding forefathers who built this country on the values we hold dear.



I love this time of year! For us it means summer BBQs and picnics, swim days, concerts, family, and friends. Sweet tea, front porches, and good neighbors!

And of course you knew I’d have to make a quilt to decorate right? I made one for me and one for my mama. The blocks are from Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book and I added some fun mini-star sashing in between for fun! These were super fun to make, and even better to cuddle up with for fireworks!



What will we be doing over here at the Confessions household?

  • Getting up early to check out the July 4th Parade
  • Possibly witnessing a rodeo. (Tinker Bell has high hopes of seeing a pig there.)
  • Relaxing and spending the day with family and friends
  • Maybe a little swimming
  • Enjoying some yummy BBQ
  • Sipping sweet tea
  • Roasting some s’mores
  • Enjoying squeals from the kids as fireworks light up the night sky!
  • We might even get a few sparklers for the kids. But I’m not sure because fireworks are illegal in our city. It says so on a big sign right next to the ginormous fireworks sales tent. Hmm. I’m confused.
  • Maybe a little camping or boating or fishing…or all of the above!


All of that said, we have a lot of fun planned this week, and so I’ll be taking the rest of the week off from blogging and videos! But don’t worry I’ll be back next week with more Tip Tuesdays and fun quilty giveaways too!


Digital Scrapbooking Template:

For all of you digital scrap bookers out there, I also have a fun star template to share with you. It was inspired from a class at www.jessicasprague.com where I’ve learned most of my mad graphic design skills!

Note: This is a layered Photoshop download, so you’ll need to have Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Elements to use it.

–> Download Star Template <–


Here’s a sample of a layout I made a few years back using this template. The background is white linen paper, but it’s a little hard to see on this image.



I hope you will be able to enjoy a wonderful and safe Independence Day with those you love!


  1. Hello Erica,

    Thank you for your blog – you have a lot of helpful information I have benefitted from. I do want to respectfully caution you regarding your comment that you were going to get sparklers for the kids even though it is illegal. You have made it known on your site that you want your kids to hide the word of God in their hearts and obey it, and Romans 13 is clear about obeying the laws and authorities God has put over us. You might not think this is a big deal, but your kids and other unbelievers are watching to see if you are consistent in living out God’s clearly revealed word. My husband & I have been learning that every little area such as this really does make a difference in our own Christian walk and in our parenting/witnessing. Anyway, just wanted to encourage you (and myself) to strive to be consistent and obedient in every area.

    1. LOL! Oh dear, well you’ll be happy to know that we did not get sparklers so it all went just fine. And that comment was mainly because I thought it funny that there was a giant fireworks tent right next to a sign saying they were illegal.

  2. I just love the quilts! I have not made quilts before but have always wanted to. These quilts are really cute! Really love your blog. I purchased several lap books a month ago and my daughter loves them. They are so helpful while reading our favorite classics. Have a great week and I look forward to reading your blog and seeing more creative homeschooling tips and crafts!

  3. You are such an amazing encouragement and example to homeschooling families! Thanks for all you do and for the time you take to share and bless other families!!! Hope you had a wonderful 4th!!!


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