Gratitude 

      I found this stunning maple leaf one day as I walked in to work. It’s was glorious day with unseasonably warm weather. 

      I really dislike the change of summer to fall and the bare trees all winter long. But this stunning leaf was a reminder from God that even though things change, there’s always beauty and things to be thankful for. 

      Today I’m thankful for the doctors, nurses and staff caring for my grandmother post-stroke. I am also thankful for quiet Saturdays. Even though the little one has a stomach bug, it has been a blessing to clear off the schedule and stay home with her. At 9, I know my time to snuggle with her are very limited. I blessed by each moment we spend together. 

      What are you grateful for today? Is it family, health, a lite schedule, clean laundry or dirty dishes? I’d love to chat in the comments below! 

      Dirty walls, Cookies and Prayers 

      My living room walls are covered in dings and scratches and dirt marks. These are all signs of family, exuberance, a life well lived with kids, dogs, cats, friends and family. Right?? Right?? (me trying to convince myself…)

      Some days the dirt and scuff marks don’t get a second glance. Others they seem the enemy, telling me I’m not good enough. My house isn’t good enough. My house isn’t clean enough or new enough or modern enough. 
      I’m having a cookie exchange at my house this weekend. I’ve invited only close friends and family. I have nothing to be ashamed of. I work hard to live in a nice neighborhood with a good yard to play in. 

      Why is it that I often feel shame, anxiety and embarrassment about the messy walls, I vacuumed floors and piles of toys? Many of my friends have more updated houses with newly renovated kitchens, not the original linoleum flooring from the 80’s. 

      Do my friends care about my dirty walls and old kitchen? Probably not but why is it so difficult to believe that these things don’t matter? 

      The pressures from society are sometimes too much. Satan is trying to steal my joy. My happiness that I work so hard toward everyday. This time, I am not letting him. God has given me strength and purpose to go through our possessions and scale back. Decluttering always makes a room look and feel better. I want a more simple life. Not to stumble over toys and things we no longer need. I want to feel good in my home and if it’s a little messy, that’s ok. My friends and family wont hardly noticed where I’m lacking, just as I wouldn’t in their homes. It’s the company and fellowship that matter. 

      I’m still planning to scrub the floors and neaten up. But the walls and missing molding, I think I’m going to leave them. 

      ‘Please, Lord, let me follow your wise words and graciously open my house to my friends and family without stress and without worry or regret. Let me enjoy their fellowship during this season of many expectations.’

      Christmas Gift List

      Black Friday. Cyber Monday. December begins in just a few more days. Christmas shopping is in full swing. This year I’m mostly shopping for my 9-year old daughter and a few older family members.

      Legos

      Legos have been the big thing in our house for the last year or so. There are so many different sets that are super fun to make together as a family or for your child to do alone. Read more

      Lies Moms Believe

      You might have seen by now on my Instagram feed or other social media, that there’s an amazing book about to be released. 

      On November 10th, my dear friend Rebekah Hargraves over at Hargraves Home and Hearth will be launching an ebook on Amazon titles Lies Moms Believe. In this book, Rebekah uses biblical teaching to refute 32 common lies moms believe about themselves or their great work as mothers. 

      Tackling such lies as: “I am to find my identity and ultimate fulfillment in motherhood”, “Mothering is unimportant work”, and “I have to be a perfect mom”, she shows how God’s Word applies to all the lies out there, whether practical or spiritual. You will come away inspired, encouraged, and motivated as never before to live out your days as a mother with passion, joy, purpose, and freedom. As Jesus told us in John 8:32, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

      Please join me in reading this incredible book. You can find it at any by following any of the links in this post. And don’t forget to let me know what you think of the book! 

      5 Ways to Easily Save Money for College

      Do you want to save money for college so your child is not strapped with debt after 4 years of school? It’s no secret that college costs have skyrocketed over the last decade-and the costs keeps increasing. As a parent, I hate the idea of my child starting her adult life strapped with debt. And although I don’t anticipate being able to pay 100% of college costs, I’d like to help as much as possible. Without too much difficulty and very little sacrifice in your daily life (don’t worry, I’m not going to suggest you give up your daily Starbucks fix), I’m going to show you 5 ways you can easily save money for a college education. Read more

      Donate Expired Coupons to Overseas Military

      I love couponing, saving money and getting a good deal. Each week I collect the Sunday coupon inserts from several friends and family members and even after I’ve clipped all the coupons I need for the week or might need in the upcoming weeks, there’s still an over abundance of perfectly good coupons left over. I used to toss the, in the recycling until I found out about an amazing non-profit organization called Coups for Troops that allows you to donate expired coupons.

      Coups for Troops connects people and groups across the country who have extra coupons with military families Read more

      Pretty little hive

      Loving our little backyard beehive. These boys and girls are always super busy buzzing around. It’s amazingly humbling to sit for a minute and see the activity of these thousands of God’s creatures.

      In one of my favorite videos, popular YouTube homesteader Wranglerstar mentions how the incredible work done by honeybees is not left up to chance.  The marvelous feat of creating honey comb and honey is definitely the result of a higher power.

      Beautiful hymns 

      We sang one of my most favorite hymns today. I can’t get it out of my head. ✨🎼

      “Lord of all to thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise.”

      Our little historic church has great big windows on both sides and beautiful front doors. I love when the weather is warm and the doors are open onto the tiny street. The sun streams in from the large windows. With the congregation singing and the sun shining, I get chills. I can feels God’s presence among us. I would love to record the singing of all the hymns each week and listen in the car or anytime I needed a pick-me-up. Someday I’ll have to do that…

      To see a photo of the outside of my lovely little church, click here

      Have a blessed week!