Thursday, April 16, 2015

::Enjoy Today::

You know the saying, April Showers bring May Flowers... well, I don't know how many flowers there will be in May (I hope a lot), because April has proved she is FULL of showers this year. Thankfully no serious storms, but just lots and lots of rain. 
And when rain is abundant, you are so thankful for the sunshine.
When sunshine is abundant, you are so thankful for the rain. 

I've been doing my best to seek out the good in situations... to keep my eye on the half-full. Complaining is such a curse if you get stuck in the habit.
Although, I've been eager for a bit more sunshine myself, the rain has made for cozy days at home. School goes a bit more easily, a slower pace is set for the day, and the earth is coming alive with green! It is glorious! 

Life is full and beautiful around our place. There are sprouts popping up. Kittens are born. Flowers are blooming out. Growth from our grapevines, blackberry bushes and raspberry canes are abundant!

Life is vibrant, beautiful and blessed... rain or shine. Enjoy what you are given. Make the best of what the day has to hold. Enjoy the moment, my friends. 
Take a minute to slow yourself and appreciate what God has to show you today. 



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Perspective...


When I look at this picture I took on Saturday, I notice the pretty things. My handmade bench that I got for Christmas. The flowers I got for $1.29. The frame I made out of a picture that someone threw away... My favorite screen door... The little green pillow my Aunt Lucille made SOOO many years ago... Those things.

Do you know what I could notice?
How desperately my porch is flaking and how terribly it needs stripped and painted again.
How the same goes for my rocking chairs.
How the ceiling of my porch has never been painted and is incredibly dingy.
How the screen is ripped up in places on my door.
How our siding needs replaced SO bad, it chips and cracks easily because it is ancient.

It's all part of my perspective. Those things are visible pretty much in the picture. The good and the bad. So which way should I choose to view?

There is a saying that I have to incorporate to my life quite often...

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. 

That includes changing your point of view when necessary. Look at the positives instead of the negatives. Look for the beautiful instead of the not-so-beautiful. 

I think this is an important lesson for all of life. We go through seasons of not-so-beautiful-ness... Times get hard, relationships can become rocky, sickness comes... many things happen in the course of our lives, but if we learn to be thankful for the good, work on the things we can and change our perspective from the negatives to the positives, then I feel we have a much better chance of overcoming the hard times. 

This may sound simplistic and small, but I really think it is a huge thing. We live in a world that if there is something wrong with it... just throw it away. Things are replaceable and we have taken that kind of outlook on much of life. 
Fix. The. Broken.
Mend.
Heal.

I'm not saying it is easy or even possible... sometimes we may end up living with the broken, but we have made it work. Do you understand what I am trying to say?

Don't give up.

Whether it be a friendship, a marriage, a home, a church, or whatever... work on mending, repairing, building up. Do what YOU can to fix the problem!

My home... it has MANY flaws, but you know what? 
I love it. 
My family loves it.
And we want to work at it to make it better for us. 
It doesn't cost you a dime to change your perspective.
Change it today and see just what beauty there is out there to behold! 

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial; because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life, that God has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 NIV

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A time to serve...

My husband used to work a different schedule and when he did, he was off work quite early on Friday's. Twice a month he would go and volunteer at our local food bank. This was back when my children were very young. We talked about doing this as a family activity many times, but there are only certain days that the food bank is opened. 

Finally syncing up with the schedule, the children and I were able to go. It was an extremely busy day in which we helped deliver around 400 boxes. Some of the regular helpers said that was a LOT for the middle of the month. They told us the first of the month was usually that high, but the middle was a good bit lower.
It just goes to show that there are people who struggle even right here in our own community. 
We hope to be able to serve again this month and even more so in the summer. It's a real eye opener to see true need right where you live. 
Shannon was able to meet us there and help us finish up the day there once he was off work. What a tremendous blessing it was to serve. The Bible talks about serving a lot.
 Jesus came to serve, we should serve as well.

Have a wonderful day! 


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A trip to Moody Radio

A few weeks back, the children and I visited one of our favorite radio stations in Chattanooga, TN. They were having an open house and my husband told me about it. The children and I decided to go check it out. 

We were given the opportunity to hear what we would sound like on the radio. My Abram of course was the only one bold enough to talk on the radio. How in the world did *I* have children that are shy??? I know, I know... it's because of their daddy.  Haha.

I took a turn... No surprise. 

Abe was adorable.

At least we got a picture of all of us together. 

We were blessed to get to meet the morning guy and get to talk to him and see how he works the morning show. It was pretty neat to see!

It's always nice to visit new places and see just how things run behind the scenes. Who knows, one of our bunch may go into radio because they were impressed with this field trip! 



Monday, April 6, 2015

iGeek at our Local Library

A few friends of mine have asked about the ole blog lately and I just said, straight up... I'm not sure what to do anymore. Our little homestead is dried up. We have little to no animals. It's not really gardening season. Life has been busy... but really, who's isn't?
Then another friend said... Just do it. Journal. 
I realized then, that is what this blog started out to be. Not trying to be something more than it is... just a journal of our lives, with recipes, anecdotes, pictures, wisdom, sharing God's love, learning... all those thrown in the mix. That's what I longed to do when I began ALL those years ago. That's what I need to continue. 
So I will... I will do my best to just let y'all know what's up. Show you anything cool that I learn. Share with you any good recipes that are on my table lately.. Whatever the case may be. I hope to share it here. 
Here we go. 
These pictures are NOT that clear or good, but we participated in our library program last year that was called iGeek. Yes, this blog is VERY, VERY behind... I told you. Haha
Anyways, to pinpoint ONE thing that you are really crazy about. Something you LOVE?
SO... for me it was summed up in one thing.
Learning. 
iGeek Learning because that can cover SO many areas. I love it.


My Eli picked something he has been passionate about for as long as he's been here... I think it stems from me watching The Fellowship of the Ring while he was in the womb and taking him with his Daddy and I when we went to see The Two Towers when he was about a month old. 
So, Eli picked, J.R.R. Tolkien.

Carlie loves to go. She is my little go-bot, she thinks she would like to travel more. So she geeked Traveling. 
Abe has always been a machine lover. He loves dozers, dump trucks, excavators, and the like and has since he was a babe. It helps his great love of machines in the fact that my Daddy works all that equipment. So he gets to participate in his dream every once in a while. 

Have a great day!