Friday, April 17, 2015

Wrapping up the week...

I like to say it was a normal week, but normal is over-rated and I don't live normal! We started back to school, and my hubby started prepping our kitchen floor for the new flooring that will be going in next week. I am excited because we are finally doing our kitchen remodel we have talked about since we bought the house three years ago. So we have spent a lot of time at Lowes this week, fun times, especially with two little kids! Patience is a virtue, I am still working on it!

On Monday, my six little babies left the comforts of my laundry room to their own home...the coop! Today we opened the door of the coop to let them go and roam their fenced area, however these chickens seem to like their coop a little too much, they won't leave. I guess the are chicken, ha!
I have learned a lot since we have brought these chickens home. They are great entertainment, make a good science lesson, love to listen to me sing (lucky chicks), there is one hen that thinks she is the boss (so will call her Uno), they are messy little things, and we will have expensive eggs. However it is all worth it, we love these little birds! 

This week I was excited when my new planner arrived for the 2015-2016 year and I got a free bag, with one of my favorite go to verses Proverbs 3:5. Yesterday we finished up our week of school so now we are down to 4 weeks left!! Today we will venture to the library, grocery shop and piano lessons will be our learning environment for the day.


I have really been reading some great books and pondering on dreams, my personal dreams. I use to have dreams, dreams of my own, but since having children I have let my dreams go and well really they have changed. I wouldn't change a thing about it, my family is my heart! However, it is time for dreaming and adventures! More to come soon, until then love this quote from Sarah Mae's new book which speaks to my heart! http://sarahmae.com/2015/04/mynewbook/ "Thank goodness, there is no one-size-fits-all definition for adventure. My eyes are being opened to simple, ordinary adventures all around me. I'm up for doing things out of the ordinary, but I believe they should be things that matter to my family." 

Snapshots of our week, not many, but we have been enjoying the journey!



Encouraging reads you don't want to miss:
I want this journey. All of it. All of it, it’s just a journey of faith. http://www.karipatterson.com/why-were-not-there-yet/

Grace always shocks. Grace always stuns. Grace is always what we need. http://www.aholyexperience.com/2015/04/when-youve-been-looking-for-a-sign/

Friends are kindness givers and Kleenex-bring-ers and joy donors when others are running on empty. http://www.incourage.me/2015/04/the-secret-to-being-the-best-kind-of-friend.html

Boys need moms who parent from God’s playbook. http://www.themobsociety.com/2015/03/13/help-sons-excel-life/




We are not in charge of the whole world and everyone in it…and it’s not our job to make everyone happy! http://www.graceuncommon.com/learning-to-let-go/

It’s such a funny thing when you become a mom. You lose yourself to it in the most beautiful way. You give of yourself, you sacrifice, and it’s good and you wouldn’t change it. But then one day you wake up and you think, “Who am I now?” You have to figure out a new normal. You’re you, but you’re different.  http://sarahmae.com/2015/04/choosing-to-wake-up-to-my-own-life/

Have you ever wished you could do something that would change the world? Your wish has been granted. Are you tempted to think that your obscure, little life will leave no mark on the world? You have no idea how wrong you are. http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/you-will-change-the-world

Thursday, April 16, 2015

My favorite cleaning product!


Seriously love the thieves cleaning product and hand soap. I bought this kit about a year ago and still have not had to refill the thieves household cleaner as a little goes a long way. I use it to clean my counters and floors. Not only does it clean great, it smells great, and is very cost effective. Love saving money and having cleaning products I don't have to worry if the kids or pets get into it.

Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Exceptional cleaning with the power of Thieves and Lemon essential oils.
  • Naturally derived, plant­-based ingredients for a safer way to clean and purify your home.
  • Multi­purpose solution for virtually any surface in your home or office.
  • Can be used on many surfaces, including fabrics, upholstery, carpet, floors, walls, dishes, and more.
  • Safe to use around every member of your family, including children and pets.
Interested in this product or any other Young Living products check out there website at https://www.youngliving.com/en_US and ordering information through me at http://ajourney4life.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html






Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Not only do we need to give grace to others, but GRACE for ourselves!



Grace Uncommon shared this quote on her Facebook page this morning, spoke right to me!


I tend to be a quiet shy type of person, I guess they call that an introvert, I also prefer to be a peace-maker and not a ruffle feathers person, hate conflict. However, I am also good at keeping secrets because I myself tend to be a private person. But those things cause me to be a guarded person and also not trust a lot of people, not due to fault of their own but because of my fault of a few people that have hurt me. So I built walls of protection around me to keep safe, or at least think I am being safe. Because of my walls, it can cause me to not build relationships with others. I need to remember I am free, Christ as set me free (Galations 5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.)

Do you sometimes not do something because you start to think, well maybe…? Well I tend to do that sometimes. I get in my own way of serving or doing ministry or even getting to know someone, because I let doubts start sneaking in on me. Which I know are not from God, but even though my head knows this, sometimes hard to overcome them, but it is possible to overcome. If only I ask for help from the ONE. Another thing that stops me is somebody will say or do something that isn’t Christ like and I get turned off and close up, instead of being confidant of who I am, I will start to run away. I forget I have the Holy Spirit dwelling in me, these things can be fought and won. (Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.)     

None of those doubts, naysayers, and accusers is from God, that is the evil one attacking me, and when I recognize that I need to stand confident and firm in my foundation and ask the ONE who I know is true and let Him lead and show me the way. (2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.)     

Lord knows I am not perfect, so why do I put expectation on others? I tend to put high expectations on myself, and that is not going to get me anywhere I am learning. Oh this journey can be tough sometimes, but it is a learning one and this journey of mine is helping me to be a better person, to be like Christ and that is who I am called to be like and desire to be. He is the lover of my soul and savior, who died to give me a future of eternity in beautiful place of Heaven. However my flesh often gets in the way, but the more I stay in connection with Christ the stronger I am, because of Him. The more I seek the ONE above and keep my focus on the things above and not here, the more confident I am in who I am and what I should be doing here to shine the light. Because at times this world can seem dark, but God wants us to be like lights and outshine the darkness so His love can overflow. (John 1:5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.)

So it’s time to let those walls down I have built so strong around me to protect me from hurts and fears, and because who God made me to be. These walls have got in the way for too long! Maybe I am the only that struggles in this? If not, will you join me? Let’s pray together, encourage one another, and let our walls down and shine the light that Jesus gave us! Spread His love and joy! Give grace and help one another! Let's become #heartsisters  (1 Thessalonians 5:11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.)

Truth and The Narrow Path

This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence - 1 John 3:19
 #HeartSistersBook 
"Narrow Path" friends help us stay on the path that leads to God and encourage us to stay obedient to HIM in our everyday lives" by Natalie Chambers Snapp, Author and Speaker http://nataliesnapp.com/books/heart-sisters/

Friday, April 10, 2015

Heart Sisters Pray On Your Behalf

For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst...Matthew 18:20 
#HeartSistersBook by @NatalieSnapp http://nataliesnapp.com/

Spring Break Week!


This week was spring break at our house, whoohoo!! So instead of school we enjoyed some time with friends and I got a lot done in the house. Cleaning, organizing, and getting rid of stuff, oh so freeing!! The hubs ended up not working too much this week, little slow on the railroad, so we got in lots of family time too, good thing we all like each other, ha!!That doesn't happen much, so definitely enjoyed it, almost like having him home on vacation! I may have enjoyed this week a little too much. I forgot what is not to have the responsibility of schooling my children, but even though it was fun, I wouldn't change a thing. We do also love homeschooling! Though don't get me wrong, not everyday is rainbows and chocolates, but for us it is worth it! Experiencing learning together, playing together, and more family time!

Next week we start back to school, with only five weeks left. Then we will take a short break, do some summer activities, and I will box up this years completed school work and curriculum, and plan our next year's.

Here are snapshots of our week:
My babies are ready to go leave the comforts of my home and go to their coop!

This cutie!!

Abigail got her own horse!!


Encouraging reads:
This article was wrote just for me, well not personally, but so relatable http://simplehomeschool.net/introvert/
 

I need to find balance and to remember that it’s often easy to let the good become the enemy of the excellent, and it’s the excellent that God desires. http://homeschoolmosaics.com/striking-balance-when-life-gets-crazy/
 
The scenery may never change, but we’re changing. http://www.karipatterson.com/when-you-feel-like-you-live-on-a-treadmill-2/



Sometimes, I just think too small. http://www.meganscheibner.com/girl_talk/2014/05/z.html

This is my thinking most the time…Perfectionism and decision-making don’t go well together. http://chrystalevanshurst.com/you-know-enough-to-go/