Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Blessings

What are you thankful for? My faith, love and grace of our Lord! My awesome hubby, who is hard working and great father! For friends and family! My church and MOM Group! Warm bed and food in the kitchen! Slowing down! Good books! Flannel pjs and soft blankets! Even though I don't like cold snowy weather, the kids do! We had our first snow here in Kentucky, a bit early! The hubby and kids put up our outside Christmas lights! Our baby girl lost her first tooth! Abigail had a fun horse lesson this week and guided the mini horse by herself. We are taking a somewhat of a school week break this week. Though Abigail really just rather do school, but breaks are important too. So we can all refresh and refuel! This mama needed it!

A few snapshots this week:






Encouraging reads:

Love this idea:
Mothers may want to find room to breathe, to weep, to panic. But they don’t want it to end–this delivering, shaping, cheering, loving, bringing life into the world. http://erynlynum.com/how-936-pennies-will-forever-change-how-you-parent/

I treasure my cup of coffee, not despite the fact that I drink it daily, but also because of it’s everydayness. I delight in the fact that this good thing, this cup of joy, is woven into my days. And I love my marriage for it’s everydayness, too. That this sacramental grace flows through the days and week and years. http://www.carrotsformichaelmas.com/2014/11/10/what-my-love-affair-with-coffee-taught-me-about-marriage/

Enough:

There’s nothing wrong with feasting – unless we don’t ever fast. We’re meant to take-it-in then put-it-out. The best way to tell others about Jesus is to put skin on the scriptures. http://nataliesnapp.com/2014/11/17/small-things-make-huge-difference/

Whatever season you’re in, know that God has you there for a reason. To prepare your heart for what’s to come next. To strengthen you and develop the gifts and skills you’ll need to do even more glorious work for His kingdom. Take time to dig into His Word, grow roots, and be nourished. Maybe you feel like God is calling you to lay down some idols you’ve held on to for far too long – like those leaves hanging on for just one more day of glory instead of falling to make room for what’s next, or maybe He’s asking you for a step of faith – in your season of growth, trust that God knows where He’s taking you, and live obediently so that you might produce the kind of fruit that glorifies Christ. http://mothersofdaughters.com/savoring-the-seasons/


Take what you can’t handle and put it in His hands. http://reneeswope.com/2014/11/giving-god-my-i-cant/

None of us need to have it all together. We just need to remember we’re all better togetherhttp://holleygerth.com/together/

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday lessons and blessings!!

OK so I discovered something so wonderful this week and maybe some of you already knew this, but you can get FREE audiobooks through your library! YES!! You don't know how I have struggled reading one of our books in school to Abigail, not that I can't read it, but I am sure you knew that, ha! However it is because Winnie The Pooh has his own pooh language, so now Abigail has the pleasure of listening to it and I love how the reader really gets into character and it saves on my voice! Yay!! So I just had to share that! Maybe it will help you too or maybe you like to listen to books or I could see this as a plus if you workout and rather listen to books than music.

Isn't that what life is all about learning and growing. I continue to daily, through being a wife, mom, and now through homeschooling! God will use what He blesses you with to teach you, just need to be open to it! Still studying and realizing how important seasons are...some friendships come and go, easy and hard times, waiting and moving, but what is most important during those seasons is to be obedient to God, He never changes! He loves us and wants us to live our lives joyfully! He blesses us, we only need to see those big and small blessings everyday! However if we are too busy or distracted we will miss those, so important to give each day to Him and let Him be our daily bread (Matthew 6:11)! With what He provides us, we can love and serve those around us joyfully! If I am to be honest some days I fail at this and then my day will reflect that, so thankful for my Lord Savior and how He works in me! “…apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5

We finished week 15, whoohoo!! Tuesday Abigail had 4H, where she learned qualities of a good leader and chickens! Now we are taking a two week break, we will do art, some spelling, reading and little math., but nothing too formal. We haven't take off much time since we started in August, other than a week when Ryan came back from his work trip, but we are already ahead of the public school calendar, so we deserve a break, plus that is the freedom we have in doing our own schedule. While off school we will be focusing on Thanksgiving and preparing for Christmas. We do have MOM Group and Literature Club to go to next week. This afternoon Abigail is doing horse lessons, and then we will enjoy two days with the hubby as he has off, a rarity for us railroad families!

Me, incognito because sometimes you just have to be. Seriously it was cold out, threw on the hubs flannel fleece, my hat, because well the hair didn't get done! Some days are just like that! 

Abigail making lunch. 

Me and silly little man! 

 Encouraging reads for the week:


“Give us each day our daily bread” http://holleygerth.com/youve-got-give-enough/


Prayer is the best thing we can do, and sometimes the only thing we can do. http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/pray-like-everything-depends-on-god/

In our culture of multi-tasking, hyper-activity and praise for doing it all, taking the one at a time approach or (gasp) doing nothing at all can make us feel unproductive and unworthy. On the surface we do our damnedest to keep up, catch up, stay afloat and do more than everyone else, but at the heart of it all, we know it’s crazy making. http://bemorewithless.com/freedom/

I don't have to do it all. I don't have to seek praise from others. I don't have to make myself adequate.
I have Jesus.  http://www.thewarriorwives.net/2014/11/you-cant-do-it-all.html

 It’s not about what I can do but about what God has already done through Jesus on my behalf. It’s not the strength of my faith which saves me but the object of my faith. It’s who my faith is in and not how strong it is that matters. http://www.toshowthemjesus.com/2014/when-your-faith-seems-weak/
 
Who or what do you live for? What do you need to be happy in this life? What, if taken away, would cause absolute devastation and loss? http://joyfilleddays.com/questions-for-reflection-from-psalm-63/


Homeschooling is more accessible and “acceptable” today, and it’s growing in popularity every year as more statistics show that homeschooling produces superior academic results. However, the reasons I am thankful for homeschooling go beyond the academic benefits. http://nextgenhomeschool.com/2014/11/06/five-reasons-im-thankful-for-homeschooling/