Friday, December 12, 2014

Wow what a week!



Wow what a week! It was a blessed weekend! We went to Calvert City Let It Glow parade and Abigail saw her horse trainer with her girls in the parade, and they were representing Frozen! Sunday, Abigail took a step in faith and went forward to share that she accepted Jesus as her savior earlier in the week and will be following through with baptism!! The hubs had time off so we could go see Aidan's preschool Christmas program, but he got sick and then Abigail, but hers was short lived, I believe that has to do with me diffusing and apply essential oils like crazy to get the gunk out quickly! So we are lacking some sleep this week and part of the week didn't go as planned because of sickness, but I am thankful the hubs was home so we could tag team and that he doesn't complain having to get up in the middle of the night, even though there were moments I was crabby. Thankful for coffee (I really think God created coffee just for us sleep deprived mama's) and flexibility of school days. I must share, I was excited when Aidan joined us in school this week to take part in our Bible lesson and a little math. He usually has no interest when we are doing school, but in another year he won't have a choice and this mama is preparing for it!

I am so excited for this weekend! Abigail's baptism and the children's church Christmas program!  I can't believe Christmas is just a little over a week away! May we all be present, and know the love, hope, and peace that comes from knowing Jesus Christ! This week I really want to keep focus on being present, even in the busyness that sometimes come with this season of life, and keeping my focus on above, even though some-days my faith is weak. 

Couple snapshots of our week:

 Encouragement:


Jesus left His home in heaven and came to earth so that we could, through Him, make heaven our home. http://www.meetmeinthemeadow.com/2014/12/jesus-name-above-all-names-servant/

There are not many people whose lives really encourage us to press on, to walk in the presence of the Lord, to love others graciously and unconditionally and to believe God with all my heart. Thankfully, though, there are a few people who do make me feel more filled up when I have spent time with them--more ready to face life again, to finish well, to trust God. http://www.sallyclarkson.com/choosing-to-pursue/

Truth is, we're not meant to understand everything in the Bible the first time we read it. If we were, we could read it once and put it on our shelf. http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/its-okay-if-we-dont-understand-the-whole-bible/

everything in my life as His child is a mark of His matchless, pursuing, endless grace. Because everything goes through His hands of love before it can touch me. http://tooverflowing.com/everything-marked-with-grace-week-1-advent-round-up/

Everything we do, everything, comes after the fact that He came here for us. He came for us on one beautiful holy night, and the world has never been the same. So welcome Him right into the messiness that this season can bring. Everything doesn’t need to be planned and perfect. He is waiting. http://www.incourage.me/2014/12/god-with-us.html

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Blessings~Christmas Season!!!


What a wonderful blessed week it has been! The hubby had 5 days off, so we were able to enjoy lots of family time, my favorite thing!! We went and gawked at Christmas lights (I personally love Christmas lights can not get enough of them!), decorated for Christmas season, visited Santa, had Christmas movie night, kicked off our 25 days to Christmas count-down/Advent, did some baking, and Christmas present wrapping!! We started school back on Monday this week and Abigail made the most important decision to accept Jesus as her Savoir!! Praises!!! So this mama heart is full!!

We started our Christmas count-down on December 1 and the kids opened a Christmas gift which included Christmas pj's, stuffed animal for each, and with two movies for the Christmas season. So we enjoyed a night with special treats and movie time on Monday! 

This year for Christmas season we are incorporating the Jesse Tree Ornaments we made in MOPS a few years ago, along with a daily advent reading plan from the Jesus Storybook Bible. In addition I am personally doing the advent story from Good Morning Girls called Keeping Our Hearts Focused On Jesus!

It was a busy fun week for school this week. We had literature club and 4H!

Here are some snapshots of our week:




This dog seriously has the best life!

This week's encouraging reads:


Living in the grace and knowledge that God forgives, knows our limitations, is not surprised or disappointed, but wanting to give us hope is so very crucial. Don't listen to the accusers voice. Of course you have fallen short--you are a mom and you are human. There is always hope! Five things to do when you are discouraged!  http://www.sallyclarkson.com/there-is-always-hope-five-things-to-do-when-you-are-discouraged/

Girls, when it comes to professing Christianity and claiming to be God’s girl, your interactions with others may not always be pleasant. Hey, you may even get strange looks from time to time. Some may laugh at you. Others might roll their eyes and mock your beliefs. Your friends may distance themselves and your relatives may think you’ve lost your mind. See, when it comes to a relationship with your heavenly Father, by our culture’s standards, it’s not considered the “in” thing to do, but if you think about it—we weren’t placed on this Earth to impress its residents. Nor are we living for their approval. Our focus should be to shine the light on God, not ourselves. http://nataliesnapp.com/2014/12/02/feel-like-dont-fit-jenny-sulpizio/

 That’s it. That’s everything. And when you realize the impact of this, it truly is everything! No hoops, no penance, no working at all. Just faith. You can’t buy it by good works, friends, because it’s not for sale. http://joyfilleddays.com/jesus-the-generous-gift-giver/

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hope and Merry Christmas!!

 
This year I pray each of us to know the love, hope, and peace that comes from knowing Jesus Christ!

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. 

Do you see it, Jesus is the One and only True Light! He is our salvation! Our HOPE came wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a manager on Christmas day!

Merry Christmas from our home to yours!!! 
xoxo
 




Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I hope all my friends and family had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We never know how ours is going to go, due to the hubs job, so we are last minute planners. So this year we enjoyed a wonderful meal with some friends, it was a blessing to be a part of their family Thanksgiving meal this year! Lots of fun, good food, laughter, and blessed friendships!

Sad to put away the Thanksgiving tree, as I love what Thanksgiving it all about. We can keep that spirit of thanksgiving each and everyday by being thankful for the blessings we are are given from above, and sometimes it is the little things that count the most! Now I am even more excited to decorate our Christmas tree, put up the manager, start our Christmas devotions, and count-down! The Christmas shopping is done, finished that earlier in the week, this lady does not do Black Friday, that thought of it causes a bit of anxiety. I just love Amazon, order and deliver to your door, what is better than that!? Today the kiddo's are getting all dressed up in their Christmas outfits my parents got them for Christmas pictures.

We enjoyed a Thanksgiving break from school, just opting to do some spelling and writing with a Thanksgiving theme. Aidan had his Thanksgiving manners meals at preschool on Monday. We will enjoy the last couple days of this week, as next week picks up with back to school and lots of activities on our calendar to attend.

Here are a few pics of our Thanksgiving week:
Ready for his manners meal!
                                                
                                                             Making and tasting pumpkin turkey cupcakes!

                                                                        Christmas picture outfits, thanks mom and dad!!
                                                                Happy Thanksgiving!!

Inspirational reads:


"Because I’ve learned something about myself over the years: my heart is whack. It meditates on stuff and creates scenarios and lingers on fears that steal the life Christ died to give me. And it needs constant Divine supervision and intervention." http://tooverflowing.com/whats-stealing-from-you/

"Jesus is not just a thought to be understood or a verse to be memorized, but a living, breathing, vibrant, loving, personal God who lives and walks amongst us right in our homes each day. Our homes must become a true and vibrant picture of the living God, of the marvelous depth and beauty of Jesus." http://www.sallyclarkson.com/focusing-on-him-in-our-hearts-and-homes/

“Did you love each other?” http://holleygerth.com/peace-earth-ferguson-hope-us/


 
"Power of prayer is not in the one who says the prayer, but in the One who hears it. His Will! If God is good, then it is! His will!" Worth the time to watch!  http://lysaterkeurst.com/2014/11/watch-the-webcast-replay/

"Nothing hurts the godly ... all things ... shall cooperate for their good, that their crosses shall be turned into blessings." http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/you-can-never-be-undone/

"When you don’t know what to do, which position to take, which voice is right, this verse is a lifesaver." Love this quote~Do justly, Love, Mercy, Walk humbly, with thy God  http://joyfilleddays.com/do-justly-chalkboard-printable/

"But smooth or rough, the path is always worth it. I’m immensely grateful for the One who led us here, for the faith that gave courage to take that one frightened baby step." http://simplehomeschool.net/roads/

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