Sunday, November 29, 2015

Come let us adore HIM!

This season may you know the true meaning of Christ and why HE came to earth. HE came for you, for me, for all! He is our light in this world, which at time seems dark, but HIS light outshines all darkness. What ever you may be struggling with today, give it to HIM, get to know HIM, every time you listen and obey, that light becomes brighter and brighter. Let's be wise-men (women) and come let us adore HIM! HIS truth will set you free!
Our hope and truth from God: 
“And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.’ 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.” (Romans 15:12-13)
“And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.’ 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.” (Romans 15:12-13) - See more at: http://www.graceuncommon.com/advent-hope-candle-day-1/#sthash.9J2s4lDD.dpuf
“And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.’ 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.” (Romans 15:12-13) - See more at: http://www.graceuncommon.com/advent-hope-candle-day-1/#sthash.9J2s4lDD.dpuf

Why do I share this with you, because I know how HE has changed me (and still is) and many others I know. I didn't know come to know Jesus our Savior until I was 27 years old. My journey is not perfect. There have been times I have had my doubts, been hurt, and made wrong choices, but God is good, always good and has shown me the path to take. This season of Christmas, let's focus on the true meaning of what it is all about, let's take time to prepare for HIM. For one day HE will return for us, let's not miss it! I sure don't want to. Lord help me to over come the many distractions that come at me each day and may I keep you at the focus in ALL things. This season and every day, may I focus on your blessings and light in this world. Help me to teach these things to my children and to be your light to those all around me. Thank you for forgiving me when I mess up, which is daily and blessing me with so much more than I deserve. You GOD are holy and truth! There is no ONE like you! Thank you for sending Jesus to be an example, to teach us, lead us and be our savior, so we can be with you. All glory forever, Amen!

Happy Christmas finds at local library book sale, books for $2

Advent tree and manger!

Oh Christmas tree, may the lights shine bright!
 





Friday, November 27, 2015

Happy Friday!!

Today is apparently Black Friday, well this girl does not do Black Friday, yes I like a good deal, but not at the extent of losing my sanity or causing me stress. So today, instead we will enjoy a day of preparing for Advent, putting up our Christmas tree, baking, and relaxing with my kiddo's. Unfortunately the hubby had to go to work yesterday, yes the railroad does not shut down on holidays. But we celebrated our Thanksgiving together early in the week. I made some our favorites: chicken and gravy over mashed potatoes, creamy corn, cranberries, and pumpkin cheesecake! Yum, yum!!! I use to struggle with holidays, not being close to family and my husbands work schedule tends to leave us home alone. However over the years, I have learned instead to focus on my blessings, make new traditions and memories. We are thankful for friends who include us in with their family to celebrate. I still miss my family though. I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving and enjoyed time with family and/or friends!

This week was full of blessings, blessed with an abundant amount of food, friends and beautiful fall weather! For the last couple years I take time to look back each day and count my blessings, it really is the best way to focus on the positives and live joyfully! God provides us with blessings all the time, so look for them and thank HIM! Oh how HE loves us! Our neighbors invited us over and the kids enjoyed riding horses this week and playing with new friends. I enjoyed seeing some beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and wildlife. Our new home has been perfect for this! Oh and the moon on Wednesday night was so beautiful, my phone camera didn't capture the lovely glow (so I think it's time for a real camera). I probably would have missed the moon, had we not been driving back from the doctors office. The kids crashed on their bikes, thank goodness for bike helmets, however in that process Abigail's pinky nail was pulled off, yes ouch and oh so traumatic, but it will be OK. It could have been much worse.

We had a great week in school, it was a short week, but we were able to knock out a full week, loving the new way we have been doing things and it appears the kids do too! I so enjoyed listening to Julie from Brave Writer talk about putting people first in homeschooling or as she calls it home educating. My type A personality sometimes gets in the way of doing what really matters, it really is a struggle y'all. I know some peole would love to be super organized and be able to plan, but it causes me sometimes to lack the fun-factor. Being married to a railroader as helped me a lot in learning that you can't always plan. I loved what she said about using our personalities we were born with and not fighting them, and gave some tips to help bring in some of what we type A people lack. Oh what a relief it was to hear I am not the only one who struggles with a type A personality. She also talked about those who don't like to plan or schedule, I guess you call them type B.
What I am learning from this, is God has created us all with different strengths and weaknesses, we just need to use them for His glory! No one's journey with God will look the same, nor will our homeschools. Just like our kids are each different. So let's encourage and help one another in our journey's! It is why God placed us here, He made us for relationships. Just remember your first relationship should be with our Lord, get to know Him. It makes the journey so much easier and full of joy!
Anyhow, take a listen to helpful information to being a great "home-educator", anyone will benefit from it, not just homeschoolers: https://katch.me/BraveWriter/v/77f3590a-6e6d-3bd6-92b4-42de2e887564

Pics of the week:
My awesome hubby put up our Christmas lights!!


My hubby training up our children right, a little target practice!
Little man working hard!

Horse riding fun, with a new friend!
 
New neighbors, birds moving in our bird house!
The beautiful moon this week!

A beautiful sunset at our home this week!

Encouraging reads of the week: 


“Advent is one of the hardest seasons of the church year to celebrate in today’s culture. As soon as Thanksgiving arrives, we are bombarded by Christmas carols, Christmas decorations, Christmas everything. We are so saturated by Christmas that we often skip over one of the most important parts: the preparation. You wouldn’t throw a party without preparing the food and drinks; you wouldn’t visit a friend without getting ready. We are about to remember the most awe-inspiring thing that happened in the whole of history: God becoming man in the glory and mystery of the incarnation. We need to set aside time to prepare ourselves for this — internally and externally.” 
Advent=Haley Stewart says: “It is the opportunity to set your life by a different watch, by holy time.”
Call me a traditionalist or blame it on my catholic-roots, but I just love the season of Advent (and yes also Lent)… Why The Ancient Practice of Advent Matter, More Than Ever http://www.incourage.me/2015/11/advent-matters.html

Yes, parenting is hard. Especially when we’re doing it right. http://wearethatfamily.com/2015/09/parenting-is-hard-especially-when-youre-doing-it-right
 
Godly homemaking is the intermingling of craft and work for the purpose of cultivating a space to nurture our families and ourselves for God’s glory. http://www.embracingasimplerlife.com/2015/10/26/homemaking-is-a-ministry/

Her story, so relatable, love this and yes, don’t want to miss this…But today there is gratitude and joy, and there are these people who I hoped for so hard that I thought I might come apart if I never met them. I have all I need right now, and I don’t want to miss it. https://quillandcamera.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/before-after-and-right-now/

So enjoyed this book….When a changing season knocks you off balance, go ahead and sit down and catch your breath. When you’re able to stand again, perhaps these 3 things will help keep you steady as you bravely welcome the change rather than resist it. http://chasingblueskies.net/3-things-steady-new/

Yes, this is the number one reason I hear from parents who say they can’t homeschool. Really I was not born with patience; it is a work in progress. So, how do we qualify to homeschool? If it’s not patience, then what is it…? Are you ready? Here’s the million dollar answer. You qualify by being your child’s parent. http://notyouraveragehomeschoolmom.com/why-patience-doesnt-qualify-you-to-homeschool/

Friday, November 20, 2015

Adventures and God Lessons This Week

After!
This week my husband redid our fireplace, using some old wood from a tobacco barn and bead-board, along with stone. He is quite the handy-man, he never fails to amaze me! Though I sometimes have my doubts in the beginning when he starts telling me these ideas and I get a little nervous, cause it gets a little chaotic, but it turned out fantastic!! Always beauty in the mess!
Before
We had a big wind and rain storm this week, the kids swing set blew over. So it looks like the husband will have a new project! Hey isn't that how it goes. Finish one thing and then boom, there is something else to do or attend to. Just thankful that was all that was damaged, I felt like we living in Corpus Christi again and were experiencing a tropical storm. Anyhow, we had a great week in our homeschool with doing some things a little different. I would encourage all homeschooling mama's take some time and watch some home-educating encouragement videos from Brave Writer or Amongst Lovely Things (you can see my links here for them), we all need encouragement and to know that we are doing things right, or if not, that we have not failed! Consider taking a "teacher in-service" day! Oh and I am having a mini celebration here, we are a little over a 1/3 way done with our school year!!!

This week I had a great talk with a friend, oh how I love her and oh how she blesses me!! We talked a lot about scripture this week, usually we talk more about life challenges. Let me tell you I just love digging deep with someone in the Bible. You know in the end, we are not going to figure it all out. Our God is not an in the box God! He can't be put in a box! We are just not going to understand it all till we get to the other side, in heaven and then, I am guessing we won't care much. All we need to do is keep seeking Him, so keep digging! When you get it wrong, it is OK! We all mess up, and we are not perfect, so those of you who are trying to be perfect, just stop it's not going to happen, I know I use to be one. God gave us a great gift, one that over-comes all and it is JESUS. So no matter the troubles you are facing or the evil that is in the world, it is going to be OK! Sure I worry, who doesn't and I know we shouldn't, but it is freeing to know that we have a God that loves us, HE is working it all out and we shouldn't worry about it. At least I don't worry as much as I use to before I knew Jesus! He is a life changer I tell you!!
 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~Jesus, John 16:33

Trying out a new pencil grip, it is helping!
Pics of the week:
Our tea-time story time, yes brownies!
This is an everyday occurrence at our home, how many deer will we see today! Just love it!
Encouraging Reads:
What may seem small can make a big difference. One cup of living water can refresh a heart. One cup can save a life. One cup can even change the world. http://holleygerth.com/youre-making-a-difference/

This journey isn't about self-effort or self at all. http://peacefulwife.com/2015/11/09/resting-in-christ/

Studying the Bible we can learn a lot and really it is all applicable, just loved this study…Keep On Going http://womenlivingwell.org/2015/11/keep-on-going/

He must be the engine that is running us, not the world.. Todd Friel: Knowing that the Bible is the word of God and not man should give someone great confidence when they read about who God is and, in this particular context, what He says about anxiety and worry. These are not just helpful thoughts based upon man’s ideas, but are God’s divine revelation to us. Because of that, everything God says is completely reliable. It is absolute truth. This should bring great encouragement to the anxious heart and peace to the worrier. http://amberravatsaas.com/index.php/2015/11/09/theology-and-anxiety/


Be who you are...Teaching from rest http://amongstlovelythings.com/tfr-club-3/

55 things I didn't do as a homeschooler http://blog.bravewriter.com/2015/11/16/55-things-i-didnt-do-as-a-homeschooler/