Friday, July 26, 2013

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Few articles worth reading...

Just a few articles I have read over the last couple weeks, that I feel are worth sharing with my friends and family or whomever else may be reading this. I hope they inspire or encourage you, as they have me. This last month I have seen a lot of people struggling, people hurting, and a lot of hate. My heart and prayers go out to those. What has helped me with all this is having God first in my life. I am not perfect and have struggled throughout my life in many things, but with God on my side, whom shall I fear? The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? ~Psalm 27:1


I think most of us have struggled time to time with fear (fear of unknown, doubts, etc...) This is simple truth. There is only one solid way to overcome fearhttp://praiseandcoffee.com/overcoming-fear/

Success is not getting a lot of stuff. Success is not being especially gifted at something. Success is simply allowing God to use what He has already given you. Recommend everyone to read.... http://tolovehonorandvacuum.com/2013/07/success-simply-god/

All kinds of things can be said about social media — good, bad and in-between. This is great read for anyone that uses social media...http://work.yourway.net/social-media-should-feed-your-soul/

For all those out there that have ever struggled or our currently struggling in their marriage... I pray and hope this encourages you...you are not alone...we have all been there and I am happy to say we made it through...never give up don't let the enemy win... http://courtneydefeo.com/letter-to-the-struggling-wife/

godly parenting isn't ultimately about rules — but having a relationship with an ultimate God and His children. That godly parenting isn't fueled by my efforts — but by God’s grace. My kids don’t need to see a Super Mama. They need to see a Mama who needs a Super God.” ~ Ann Voskamp To read the rest ... http://www.aholyexperience.com/2013/07/why-your-kids-dont-need-a-supermama/


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Book Review: A Woman's Guide To Hearing God's Voice


Leighann McCoy, also the author of Spiritual Warfare for Woman, recently wrote the book A Woman's Guide To Hearing God's Voice. I had the pleasure of reading this book and learning helpful verses and steps to understanding and hearing God speak to me. 
The book is divided into four parts:
Part 1: Wresting with God
Part 2: Where was God when...
Part 3: Let God Define Good
Part 4: God will make a way

I would recommend this book to any woman who new christian or currently going through a difficult time in her life.

This book includes study guides and questions at the end of each chapter, which would make it a great book for a women's small group. Throughout there book she relates to her own personal struggles, Biblical references and verses. At the end of the book she provides step by step process to help you write your own story/God's story.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

The Life of a Dog...

Have you met Bear yet? He is a big teddy bear, but also a good protector! We got Bear when he was about 6 weeks old at the beginning of December last year. He has been a great family dog, the kiddos love him! He was also easy to train, though he has selective hearing when it comes to me, but with my hubby he always obeys him. We were told when we adopted him that was he was a weimaraner and lab mix. We knew his mama was full blooded weim and the rescue thought his papa was a lab, because that is what they looked like when they were puppies. We recently found out from one of the other adopters, as they got a DNA test done. Who knew you could DNA test dogs. Well anyhow he is a weimarner schnauzer mix, so I guess you could call him a weimnauzer!

Recently Bear went on his first family trip with us to Minnesota and we found out he is a great traveler. We also found out he has a bit of separation anxiety, which is typical with weims.


About 6 weeks old.

Smelling the roses and then he ate one, 
yes he eats strange things, which then gives him bad gas!

Lap dog, or so he thinks!

Playing with the kids.

This is what happens when you leave him alone in a strange place (at my parents).

Loves to travel!



Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mini Kitchen Update

Wow what a little paint and tile will do!! I have been wanting to paint our kitchen since we bought our house a year and half ago. To me the kitchen was dull and I too much green in the house for my taste. With the kitchen being one the places in the house I spend a lot of time in, I need it to look happy :) Last week I picked out a paint color and hubby was off a few days this week, so he did the job of painting, because he is so good at it, I am sloppy when it comes to painting. At first he didn't care for my color choice, but because he loves me he painted it anyways. Then he had an idea to go look at some glass tile for a back-splash above the stove and around my main work area in the kitchen. Glass tile ranges around $10-20 square foot, but we were in luck when we went to Lowe's!! They had one design on clearance and it was the colors we wanted and just the right amount that we needed for the area. We were in shock with the price! The price was $2.48 a square foot!!!! So we bought it right away, we were just going to look and put it in the budget for a future purpose but with a price that good we couldn't pass it up. So yesterday my hubby finished tiling and last night I put my kitchen back together. Now all we have left to do is the floor and new appliances but we need to budget for that.Thank you hubby for all your hard work, you are awesome and I am so blessed to have you in my life!!!

Here are some pictures of the transformation:

 A few in process pictures.

 Before tile.

Hubby hard at work.



Our "steal" of a deal tile!

The after pictures!!!



Thursday, July 11, 2013

It's a wrap up...

This week we have been busy with Vacation Bible School at our church. The theme is JOY (Jesus, Others, You)! Here is our theme song, Abigail and I love it!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY03LAOc1ro  This year I am volunteering as one of the guides, it can be crazy at times, but it has been a blessing to see those little one's participate and learn about Jesus, plus it has been so much fun!!! So proud of our church and all those that had a hand in putting together a fabulous VBS!!!

Just a few blogs I read worth sharing:

The best parenting advice I have read..."If we carry on in grace, and stay in the light, we can do this thing called life. And we can do it fairly well."-See more at: http://sarahmae.com/2013/07/my-best-bit-of-parenting-advice/

"In God’s upside down Kingdom, moms are the logical solution to change the world. We serve on our knees, cleaning up boy bathrooms. We bend low scooping up toys and messes.
You there, changing your 6th diaper of the day while you watch your 4 year old daughter change her clothes again, and your son searching the couch cushions for change—your day-in-and-day out service to your family is life-changing. Mom, you saying yes, right where you are–that makes you a world changer. This is the truth we need to believe." -See more at: http://wearethatfamily.com/2013/07/the-biggest-lie-moms-believe/

Mean girls and yes they do exist unfortunately. I had to deal with some when I was a teenager and this is some great advice I will be sharing with my daughter."No darling, it means that we learn to be braver than the mean girls. We out-love them. That is the secret weapon. To pour on the unexpected love. To meet them with open arms and mind, knowing that meanness is what bleeds from scars at their most raw." - See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/2013/07/what-i-want-my-daughter-to-know-about-the-mean-girls-2/


No darling, it means that we learn to be braver than the mean girls. We out-love them. That is the secret weapon. To pour on the unexpected love. To meet them with open arms and mind, knowing that meanness is what bleeds from scars at their most raw. - See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/2013/07/what-i-want-my-daughter-to-know-about-the-mean-girls-2/#sthash.qCzOLehP.dpuf
No darling, it means that we learn to be braver than the mean girls. We out-love them. That is the secret weapon. To pour on the unexpected love. To meet them with open arms and mind, knowing that meanness is what bleeds from scars at their most raw. - See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/2013/07/what-i-want-my-daughter-to-know-about-the-mean-girls-2/#sthash.qCzOLehP.dpuf
No darling, it means that we learn to be braver than the mean girls. We out-love them. That is the secret weapon. To pour on the unexpected love. To meet them with open arms and mind, knowing that meanness is what bleeds from scars at their most raw. - See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/2013/07/what-i-want-my-daughter-to-know-about-the-mean-girls-2/#sthash.qCzOLehP.dpuf
No darling, it means that we learn to be braver than the mean girls. We out-love them. That is the secret weapon. To pour on the unexpected love. To meet them with open arms and mind, knowing that meanness is what bleeds from scars at their most raw. - See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/2013/07/what-i-want-my-daughter-to-know-about-the-mean-girls-2/#sthash.qCzOLehP.dpuf
Love this free printable, you can get one too:  http://time-warp-wife.blogspot.com/2013/07/free-printable-proverbs-31-woman.html

If we carry on in grace, and stay in the light, we can do this thing called life. And we can do it fairly well. - See more at: http://sarahmae.com/2013/07/my-best-bit-of-parenting-advice/#sthash.fKFv4zGW.dpuf
If we carry on in grace, and stay in the light, we can do this thing called life. And we can do it fairly well. - See more at: http://sarahmae.com/2013/07/my-best-bit-of-parenting-advice/#sthash.fKFv4zGW.dpuf
If we carry on in grace, and stay in the light, we can do this thing called life. And we can do it fairly well. - See more at: http://sarahmae.com/2013/07/my-best-bit-of-parenting-advice/#sthash.fKFv4zGW.dpuf

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Prince Charming

Something struck me when I was doing my Bible study this week in Living Beyond Yourself by Beth Moore and I felt the need to share. I am not much of a dreamer, more of realist, and never really got in the whole princess fairy tale thing when I was a child. But I know so many little girls that do and mine happens to be one of them, she just loves princesses. So I always tell her she is a princess, a princess of the King. Then I ask her who is her king, her reply JESUS!! So that brings me to the study I was doing last night, it asked do you believe in fairy tales, do you think prince charming will carry you away on a white horse, do you believe everything is going to be all right? I love what Beth Moore wrote and it comes from the Bible, the one book I do believe in. In Revelations 19: 11-16 it says...I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True..His eyes were like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows buy he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean...On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. That my friends is what I believe, because it has been promised to us in the Bible from God. My King Jesus will come someday arriving on a white horse like prince charming carrying me away. So mama's with those little girls that love those fairy tales and princesses we can redirect them to who there real prince charming is. 




Thursday, July 4, 2013

Blessed Exhaustion!

I am still recovering from our trip to Minnesota. I don't think I have been this tired since I had newborns. But it is a good tired! Tired because my little man didn't sleep well at my parents, guess he was not wanting to miss anything (At the time I wasn't happy hearing his screams for mama first thing in the early morning, but now looking at it from a different perspective, I needed my Godly glasses at the time.). Tired from the travel, packing, and visiting family after family, but all good because I don't get to see them often and we had a great time, plus the kids really enjoyed seeing there grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Seeing their joy makes my heart happy! So I am tired but we were making memories, and these memories are precious blessings!!

Here are some great blog posts I came across. Love how God uses these to speak to me!

I see I am not the only one that gets tired from summer/vacations, this made me feel not so guilty for feeling so tired. http://www.momheart.org/2013/07/the-reality-of-summer-vacation-for-a-mom/

If you have ever been asked or if you are me I sometimes ask myself this question, What Did I Do Today? "You can tell them you practiced brave like your life depended on it. Because it does. You can tell them that you were artist, doctor, psychiatrist, beautician, chef, and personal trainer all in the space of one spin around the sun. You can tell them that you were broken today. That you need to find a way to put yourself back together again before tomorrow. You can tell them that you were beloved today. That you need to find a way to remember all this glory that will be starting up again tomorrow. You can tell them that you saved lives and dreams today."~Lisa Jo Baker - See more at   http://lisajobaker.com/2013/07/when-they-ask-you-what-you-did-today-2/ 

Any other mama's out there tired from summer or vacations? Share your story!! Encourage another mama!! Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.~1 Thessalonians 5:11

If your a mama and like to apart of a encouraging Bible study starting this fall, please contact me. This is for soon to be mama's to grandma's, because we need the grandma wisdom. 

Now it is time for this mama to take a nap....

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Bible Savvy Series Review


I recently finished reading "The Bible Savvy Series" by Jim Nicodem. This set includes four little book: Epic, Foundation, Context and Walk. These are great resource books that will help  you to understand the Bible, whether you are a new reader of advanced reader of the Bible. The series as a quick easy read along with some humor. There is also a study guide with questions to use for yourself or in a group study to dig deeper into the series and the Bible.
The first book Epic describes the storyline of the Bible. The second book Foundation will help you learn how God authored the Bible, how it is error free, how God reveals Himself to you throughout the Bible, and what God wants you to use the Bible for. The third book Context will help you with interpreting and understanding God's Word. The final book in the series is Walk, summarizes some of the first three books but also how to walk the Word.

As per  Federal Trade Commission, Moody Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Minnesota Visit

We spent a week in Minnesota visiting family. It was a busy week being here and there, trying to fit in seeing and spending quality time with all our family. Did we accomplish that? Yes and no, we didn't get to see everyone but we did have some great family time with those we were able to visit. While we were there we played at Sibley Park and Clear Lake Park, helped my brother move and meet the new addition to the family (she is a cutie and I miss her), did a little golfing, Abigail did a little swimming, enjoyed lots of yummy foods from some of the local restaurants and family cooking, we had a couple big family get togethers, seen family we haven't seen in a few years (and we need to make sure it won't be that long again), the hubby and I enjoyed some nice long walks around the lake and Bear too! The kids really enjoyed playing with their cousins, too bad we all don't live closer so we could do that more often, we are all in different states(Arizona, Texas, Minnesota and us in Kentucky). We are now home and enjoying the last day of hubby's vacation, and doing some local fun things: go-cart racing, local animal farm, and enjoying some icee's! Oh and lighting our own fireworks, which you can't do in Minnesota.

Here are a few snapshots of our visit:
Feeding the ponies at Sibley Park

Abigail and Grandma Joanne

Grandpa Dick with Abigail and Aidan on tractor at Sibley park.

Abigail with Grandpa Russ and Great Grandpa

Abigail with Great Aunt Laura

Abigail with Grandma Mary

Abigail and Aidan with Great Uncle John

Cousin Alissa with Abigail

Abigail with Uncle Jason (aka my bro) and newest addition baby Addison

Aidan with Grandpa David riding John Deere. 
Aidan loves John Deere he pointed out everyone on the trip up and back.

Aidan with daddy and Aunt Rachel

Great Aunt Irene trying to get pics of Aidan

Aidan driving his cousins in Great Uncle Michael's car.
We were told the kids could use it if they go to prom in St. Peter. :)

Cutest group of cousins, missing Aidan he had to play instead. :)

I was blessed to watch this sweet girl, while my brother and his finance moved to their new house.

Bear excited to get back to Home Sweet Home! 

The kids traveled much better this year, we had the DVD player, kindle for games and books, and snacks for the 11 hour trip. Bear did really well, which surprised me, but we did learn he doesn't like to be left alone without being in his kennel, so he did chew up a few things at my parents house, opps sorry about that. 
We all had a great time in Minnesota, the weather was nice, and the kids had lots of fun!! We sure wish we could live closer, but I don't think you could get this converted southern girl back to live up north. So for now we enjoy our visits to Minnesota and family visiting our Home Sweet Home in Kentucky. We love and miss each and everyone of our family!! Hope to see y'all soon xoxo