Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Rewind~Count down

We are counting down the days to our move, well not really, because part of me is sad to be leaving this area we have grown to love and live for four years. However, if you knew the details and how this worked out, you would see that God has His hand in this! Here, we have met some wonderful people and made some great friends. At the same time we will just be down the road about 40 minutes, so hopefully we will not become strangers and vice-versa! Then there is the excitement of meeting new people, new adventures, and the possibilities. Right now, I feel like I have one foot here and one foot there, which makes it hard to stay present in the moment. I really don't like that feeling, so that is why I will be relieved when we make the move. (Last week I did write about staying present, ack!) So pray for me, I have had some teary eyed moments (not like me), but at least no break-down, at least yet!! This week we planned out some dates, and I am thankful my parents and possibly my brother too will be coming down to help us with the move. My mom is a rock-star at unpacking and putting a kitchen together and decorating! Ryan will need some man strength, he said I could do it, but I think it be wise not to ask of me, I really don't have much strength in me and really it would not be a good marriage bonding time, ha! However, I am a packing-queen!

Yesterday, I found some time to spend with a dear friend of mine here, that is also moving away, she parts Saturday from these parts. She will be 5 hours from me which is farther then I like, but we will still be able to communicate and sometime in the future will need to make a homeschool field trip to visit. My daughter and her adore each other, the boys have fun and I love my talks with my friend. We get into some good deep conversations and she has been such a wealth of help in homeschooling. Plus we just get each other!  

This week it seemed there was an appointment to be at every day, I had a dermatology appointment to get a mole removed, this is not my first time doing this, but it is important I keep having my skin checked since I had some precancerous one's removed last year. Abigail had a check-up, we had school to do, and piano lessons today! Earlier in the week, I let Aidan's preschool know when his last day would be at school, sad about it, as we have been a part of KidsFirst for 4 years and so love it there. Abigail attended and graduated from there two years ago. Anyhow, with dates now planned out, I need to adjust some things on our schedule, one is in our homeschool, so instead of taking fall break, we will do school and then take the following week off to finish packing and moving. We may even take an additional week off if need be to take some time adjusting to our new surroundings and do some exploring. Then after that will be back to school and Aidan will be joining us, doing some preschool. I had not planned on that!! So y'all be in prayer for us, this will be a bit of an adjustment, but at the same time, I think it will be great! If I fail, well Abigail will just have to take over, just kidding. Though she loves to play teacher! So they will probably have some fun working together and helping each other out.  I have some workbooks picked out so Aidan can work on letters and sounds, coloring sheets, practice drawing and counting numbers.  Other than that he will choose then to sit in, listen, and partake in our history and science curriculum, if not then he will have a little free time to play with his tractors.

We finished week 7 here at Raising Arrows! We are reading Little Pear, cute little story about the adventures of a little Japanese boy. We learning about the animals from North America, what you would find living in the rocky mountains and prairie lands. In history, we are learning about the Egyptians in time period of 3100 BC. Abigail loves learning Latin, she thinks it is fun learning to say things in a different language. Every week we read stories about missionaries from around the world, that is probably my favorite part. It is hard sometimes to read about the persecution they faced, but to see how God worked through them and saving people it is amazing! God continues to do that work today! We are each called to share the Good News! However, I sometimes wonder if it is is easier to share about Jesus to someone who has never heard of Him or to someone that knows but has chosen not to? Ultimately God is in control and is the only one who can save us!

Pics of the week (sorry didn't take but a couple)
Abigail working on school work.

Aidan doing preschool homework.

Yes, this is what my house is starting to look like, everywhere!

Encouraging reads of the week:

There are times in your spiritual life when there is confusion, and the way out of it is not simply to say that you should not be confused. It is not a matter of right and wrong, but a matter of God taking you through a way that you temporarily do not understand. And it is only by going through the spiritual confusion that you will come to the understanding of what God wants for you.

The next time you find yourself having a messy or difficult day, stop and ask yourself what God may want to teach you. Don’t fight it and don’t pretend it’s okay. Instead, be still, let go, and let God take over.

Some days are those days that you need to seek a quietness.

The thing is, you’ve probably noticed, that homeschooling and parenting and homemaking are not easy ventures. They don’t stop because it’s Friday night. We don’t get to quit like Fred Flintstone when the toucan roars.

You can do good things for God. But if those good things don’t flow from a relationship with God, discovering your purpose will feel a lot like looking for a two-legged unicorn. 7 consequences of living a hurried life.

There is only one gift — the one ocean of Christ that falls as rain over us in a thousand ways. Christ is the offering and salvation is the gift and repentance is what makes us recipients of grace. Christ is the gift. Christ is the bridge Home. Christ is our joy. How can I forget this, ever stop giving thanks for Him alone? Happiness is not getting something — but being given to Someone.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday JOY~HIS Wonders and Miracles

Sunday JOY! This is my favorite weekend read every Saturday, if you are feeling down, not sure of faith...go to this link and be awe struck by the wonders and miracles of our Lord!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday Rewind~Real moments, living fully (trying too)!

This week has gone by fast! My calendar is pack full of appointments and to do's for the next few weeks. I guess that is what happens when you move. Tomorrow I am looking forward to spending some time with my Jesus sista's from church, as we put together blessing bags and listen to a friend's breast cancer story. However, between doing school, co-op, piano lessons, and a few doctor appointments, I am trying to squeeze in packing up a house and making moving arrangements. You would think by now I would be an expert in moving, having moved so many times, but it never gets easier. Did a lot of purging and packing while the husband was off on vacation, yes that is how we spent some of our vacation time! So I am also trying to find special moments, enjoy the days here until we move too. Not so easy, because part of me is ready to blink ahead and be done with this, but I know if I do that, there will be moments missed and possibly God-appointments. So Lord, help me to stay present in the moment, to enjoy every moment, even the simple ordinary moments you have blessed me with!

News is starting to get out of our move, it is hard to share that news, but in reality we will only be 40 minutes away from where we are now. Though sometimes 40 minutes seems like hours, because of not seeing someone's face in the live weekly. So that is where it is nice that we have technology that allows us to keep in contact easier, but still nothing compared to face-to-face. This week in my Bible study (Children of the Day), Beth Moore wrote about this.. "A heart without a face looks like any other heart. It's the face-to-face that tells us if a heart-to-heart is real." To have a deep relationship, we need to see each other. So let's make the effort to do that. I know lives are busy, and I have been guilty of this too, but I don't want surface relationships, I want a deep relationship with the people I love and care about. Beth Moore also wrote this (which is my why I am passionate about women's ministry), "We were created for community. We thrive in healthy intimacy. We have to give fully to create the space to receive fully." Catch that, I sure did...we have to give fully in order to receive fully!  "We were meant to put ourselves out there for people. An earthly cause is nothing without a people it affects." So let's be all in people, let's have open hearts, let's give fully. This is the way to live fully!

With everything going on, we did finish week 6 of school. It was a little hard getting started after taking a week off to enjoy some of my husband's vacation time, but we did it!! We also enjoyed co-op, which I am thankful to be a part of. Abigail is back at piano lessons with Mrs. S after being off a couple weeks, however she managed to keep up practicing! Which is sometimes all that we can do when life is busy, just keep on practicing, keep putting one foot in front of the other and look up and smile and thank the Lord! 

Pics of the week:

Mike Miller Park Family Day

Nashville Zoo
Smores, yum!
The Way grand-opening!
Fun at Paris Landing

Inspiring reads:
When we live in a place where we can not be hurt, what will we see that we have never seen before?

This is why I’d rather be easy on people . . . I’d rather give grace. Because you just never know . . . maybe the woman in desperate need of an added measure of grace . . . is really me.

God longs to bring all the hidden things to light, so they can be seen and dealt with. He wants me to bring all of myself to the table of His love, even the parts of me that I would rather ignore or hide or even bury. He wants me to bring them to Him and let them go.

We’re not group projects. We’re masterpieces who exist for the pleasure and purposes of the Artist. We’re invaluable and irreplaceable.

God wants to be our Dwelling Place.  Period. God never meant for us to live frantic lives independently of Him.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday Rewind~Fun and News!

Over the weekend, we celebrated Abigail's birthday with my parents. We enjoyed their visit and had lots of fun! This week is vacation week, the husband has 9 days off, so far we enjoyed a trip to Mammoth Cave, local fun at the pool, golf, and in addition some cleaning and purging of items. We took one pickup load to Angel's Attic to donate, a few things to consignment, and a few things went to a couple friends. So why might I be purging and getting rid of stuff? Well it is a good way to live, the simple life, but we are moving! Yes I know, shocking! I have shared news of this to some of you, not easy news to share, as we love it here and the people! Here we planned on staying here until Ryan retired. First off he is not changing jobs. We are only moving across the boarder, only 40 minutes from where we live now. So we will become Tennessean's!! We made this move for many reasons, first we wanted more land, we have a girl that loves horses! Second, there is a huge tax savings and insurance and car tabs are cheaper. Downside, we are leaving a great church family, though we can still stay in touch and visit, as we will not be too far. We will have a little farther drive to homeschool co-op, but just 15 extra minutes so that is not much at all. We love our homeschool co-op and friends there! That was a plus when we found this home, that it was still close enough for us to be involved and still be close to our friends we have made here. We look forward to making new friends, new adventures, and seeing what God's plans are. The Bible study (Children Of The Day) I have been doing, has really spoke to me about change and how God may have a new mission for us in our new location. So yes, that was a big ball drop for some of you readers. Before, my neighbors go in a panic, we are leaving you with great new neighbors, friends from church bought our home! You will love them!!
So because of my husband's vacation, Raising Arrows took a week off of school. However some of our activities were field trips and everyday we were still learning. Tomorrow we are heading to the zoo!! Yes we are going to the zoo, zoo, zoo, how about you, you, you? Sorry couldn't resist!! This month our virtue focus is serving. Ephesians 6:7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people. What is service: using our hands, feet, and hearts to honor God and love others.  I have been teaching my children to serve others, since they were old enough to talk, by doing simple everyday things and we have also done a few group projects together. I think it is such an important virtue to teach young children, so that when they grow up they continue to serve and help others. More important, is teaching the right heart attitude with serving, and I have been guilty of not having the right attitude, easy to do when I am cleaning up the tenth mess of the day. However, when serving our family, we are very much also serving Jesus, you don't have to go across the ocean to serve, you can serve Jesus right in your own home, town/community, neighborhood! Courtney the author of the book we are using for our monthly virtues, she wrote more here In addition this week I wrote out our next few weeks of our detailed school plan. Trying not to get too ahead of myself in my detailed schedule, since we need to allow some flexibility with packing and moving.

Pics of the week:

My parents!

Fun at Mammoth Cave!

Inspiring Reads

Begin with the end in mind.

This made me laugh...In case you needed this reminder…. IT’S NOT YOU. IT’S THEM. IT’S THEM.

God does all things for his glory. If you can get this in your mind and into your heart, it will transform the way you look at the world and the way you live in the world.

This is good, but a struggle…I long to live committed daily to building relationships, embracing the moments, and protecting the things that truly matter in my life.  I deeply long to live in a way I won't regret.  Because, hey, we only get one life.  And I think we often forget this simple truth.  There's one shot, sister.

You can learn a lot through raising chickens. “Will you love in the meantime?”

Movie I can't wait to see about the power of prayer...I liked her honest review...

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