Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Fresh New Year again

2015 has come. Time moves forward and we wander from day to day seeking the Lords will for us in every moment. Often unsure of the exact words to say or actions to take but always knowing that He knows. He always knows. I am learning to do what I know the Lord is asking of me. Not just the big things but the little things. I find it so simple to procrastinate in my insecurity, yet through the last few years I have seen over and over again his amazing, abiding grace through everything. My Lord is amazing and the plans he has for me are far greater than the plans I would make for myself.

I will be leaving my job at Michaels after three years at the end of the month. That job was an answer to prayer during a time that Justin was out of work. Now it is time to move on to other tasks. Ministry and Mothering and combinations of the two. We have found a beautiful new family in Glide full of imperfectly perfect people. God is growing us through these new relationships. I do not know what tomorrow holds but I know who holds tomorrow.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Life goes on

Last post was in July 2013. It seems as if  half a year has slipped by without me posting on here. It feels like longer somehow. Big things and small have happened but somehow it all flows into a motion of simply living. Looking back, I thank the Lord that we are walking with Him and that he always takes care of us.
I see children learning and growing, maybe not always the way I would like them too at the time it happens, but when I see it in reflection it is always more and greater then I realized.
We keep busy, trying to focus on the Lords work and keep all else in the background. Sometimes we succeed, sometimes we lose focus.
My beautiful girl, my oldest child, my gift from the Lord that he had plans for long before I knew her turned 13 last week.  Today we celebrate with friends and family. Each placed in her life and mine for a purpose and for such a time as this. I thank the Lord for the wonderful friends and mentors that she has.
I continue in my job as it is needed to help pay the bills yet I still Hope for a day that says I can stay home full time again. I enjoy my work and I give my best and yet I yearn to be home. If it is the Lords will this is my prayer for the future.
Things break down, some of them get repaired and you move forward without the ones that need to be put aside for later. So many times Fathers, Family, and Friends help to fix things so we do not have to pay for repairs that we can not afford. Blessings given, blessings received.
Ministry has grown for us. Opportunities left and right and day by day, it seems all you need to do is pray and seek and you will find. They stretch us, especially me. In good ways, growing ways. I need to pray more, more never hurts.
Thank you Lord for 2014, one more year to live in, each moment seeking you.

Birthday shopping with Evangeline.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Simple Womans Daybook July


Outside my window... Sunshine and Heat

I am thinking... So much to do so little time

I am thankful... For ice cubes

In the kitchen... Ya I need to finish those dishes in the sink

I am wearing... Blue top and a many colored skirt.

I am creating... A new curtain rod for the boys closet out of a pvc pipe we had left from another project

I am going... to stay home and chill the rest of the night

I am wondering... If Timothy heard me ask him to clear off the table????

I am hoping... That Lost Generation will move up on the leaderboard this month. :)

I am looking forward to... Bedtime hehe

Around the house... sewing to finish, cleaning to do, children, and plums

I am pondering... The list of upcoming activities and praying for endurance

One of my favorite things... Having food prepped in the freezer for days I do not feel like cooking.

One moment... A few plans for the rest of the week: Ok here it is, church, family potluck, clean house, pack Evangeline stuff, give rides to a coworker, work, welcome Grandpa, prep for Camp, Pack for all of us, Youth group, Group leader.

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A moment from today...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Rescued Hoops

It seems every year the hoola hoop we purchased the previous year is thrashed. All the pretty is gone off the outside and it looks so nasty I feel like throwing it out and getting a new one. But sheesh what a waste when it still functions so we keep using it anyway. We like the ones with a bit of water inside for weight they are much smoother and the kids can go for hours with them.

 I was at Staples this week and they had some printed duct tape which is normally very spendy on clearance for a dollar. I grabbed it because it was a super duper deal. Then I needed to come up with a reason to have brought it home.

 Today I saw the hoola hoops, remembered the tape and an idea was born.

Tools I used, Hoop, Tape, and Scissors
 I was going to just roll around the whole thing but it was going to bunch too much and waste tape. So I rolled and cut each strip.
 And it works!!!!
 I had some other duct tape left from a previous project so I did both hoops. This did not take the entire roll and you may be able to get two from one roll but I did not test that theory.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

January Freeze

As I drive to work early mornings it is sometimes hard for me to reflect on the Crispness of Winter and the Glory of the Four Seasons. I am more concerned with running late or waiting for windows to defrost and slipping on the ice. Hard to Love the cold when you have to unload a truck in Icey weather for two hours and take the rest of the day to thaw back out. :)

We are back to school now and doing what I would call good. Timothy is still what would be considered behind in his Math, Reading, and Grammar. We are working on it and I am practicing my patience every day. Today he will finish his Math book and advance to the next and something as simple as that means progress and helps me look back and see advancement which is often hard to see in a slow build up. We have to look back and remember where we were to see how we have grown.

Evangeline turned twelve this month. Twelve years a Mother and I still don't know what I am doing. She is beautiful and emotional. She is mostly independent with her work although I do several subjects with her and check all of her work afterwards. I enjoy seeing her read directions no matter how vague and be able to work out in her head how best to accomplish them. It is beautiful in it's own way.

Caleb is a ball of fire. He rushes to get his school done and can never get enough. he is finally reading Bob books and we are now breezing through Phonics Pathways. He is still doing simple math but has started doing a few extra pages a day now that he is excited about it. I am just trying to use this excitement as long as it lasts.

Haven is excited but not as excited as Caleb. His excitement seems to be born more from competition than Love of learning at this point. He just wants to do everything Big Brother does. He is also working on Phonics Pathway but is a little behind Caleb much to his dismay. He is on the same level in math.

I can't wait for Spring. I Love the new life we get to see. I am yearning for my yard and my fingers to thaw out. :)
Yet while it is Winter I am trying to Live in this moment and remember that every moment is a gift from God.

My Beautiful Birthday Girl

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas in Retail


In Retail this month is anything but calm and reflective. I go to work and I see so much stuff and I think I should get that or this. What a deal - maybe we should have 2 or 3 as a matter of fact. No time to use it but hey at least we will own it. :) I pray and I usually see that I do not need any of it.

This is the first December that we have both worked and I am thinking it is not my favorite thing. I am so Thankful for my job and His but I miss the baking and the crafting and the sleeping in and the staying up late. This is the place God has me and I will walk in this place and I will be Thankful for my beautiful Children and my amazing Husband and my job.  I will try to be wise with what money we have and not desire more, I will try to care for the things he has given us including our marriage and children even when I am tired and crabby.

We celebrated our 13th Anniversary on the 17th and I am so happy to say I Love my Justin. 13 years and a million moments later and the Love God has given us for each other is amazing. Such a gift to know that even when we disagree, argue, crab, and annoy we LOVE each other with the Lords help.

So this Christmas week we will remember Christ and his Birth and his Death, we will Love family and friends, we will be content with what we do have and not covet more, and we will reflect on everything the Lord has done for us. Which of course is EVERYTHING

Here is a pic of our sweet neighbor Taylor paying us a visit the other day as her Dad and Mom ran an errand. Pretty sure she could not possibly have had more attention paid to her. :)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Happy Birthday Katie

Happy Birthday to a wonderful 7 year old Katherine

 Here is her silly big brother modeling some of her Birthday gifts. :)
Blow out the candles
Posing with the head of her horse pinata
Some pictures of the kids waiting to break the pinata

Two silly girls
Birthday Beauty
My Beautiful Lady
Big Brother
Little Brother (still no smiles for auntie)
My Crazy Boy
My Little Man
My Grumpy Boy ( I took away a handful of unasked for candy right before this picture) hehe
Charming little lady
Sweet smiles
All Giggles
My Momma and the Midwife that delivered me. :)
What the cool kids do at parties
Crazy straw building
I made Katie a birthday skirt but I will have to get my sister to get some pics of it in action. :)