Prayers please

September 24, 2015|7:53 am

Tomorrow night we have our first Elevate Women meeting. These are going to be monthly meetings for now. I am hoping that other women will step in and plan a meeting or three this year but for right now I’m doing it. After our organizational meeting I came away with a few thoughts. Women want relationships, they want meat to chew on spiritually but often do not feel like they have time to follow up on a topic or study and they do not want another thing on their to-do lists.

Did I mention they want relationships? Every single woman who came to our meeting said she thought there was a connection piece missing. I’d like to fix that. I know it’s not up to me but I can provide one place, one time a month for women to connect at our church. I can also then use that one time to make sure we who start this can connect to others and invite them. It’s easier to start a conversation with another women at church if I have a specific topic to address. ” Hey have you heard we are getting together on Friday night for some fun and snacks? ”

So prayers please that tomorrow nights meeting will touch someone and make them feel connected.

on clothing

September 22, 2015|7:26 am

This mornings blog cruising led me to several articles on the clothing we wear.

Using what we wear to express who we are or who we would like to be. Using our clothing to to express our beliefs and values. I have to admit it’s an area that I used to have very strong opinions on but I’ve let slide. Once upon a time I dreamed of wearing only beautiful clothing made or repurposed ethically that felt comfortable. Instead I mostly wear jeans and t shirts and sweatshirts with an occasional dress or skirt thrown in. I’ve done some considerable pruning of my wardrobe recently and love the fact that I can walk into my closet and see all the clothes that I own. I have to say that there are a few more items I should let go off. I haven’t tried the many coats and jackets lurking in the back of my closet on since I lost a few pounds this summer. It may be thatI will not have to decide what to eliminate. It may be very obvious.

I started this article by calling it “On Slowing Down” but will now go change the title as what I meant to say typed up totally differently! It’s all part and parcel of the many thoughts roaming through my head regarding living life deliberately rather than at the frantic pace that often comes just trying to keep up with a family the size of mine with the commitment level to various activities that we have. WOW now that was a run away sentence wasn’t it?

I would like to move forward with clothes that impact the earth in good ways allowing for as little consumerism as possible. Using thrift stores and homemade clothing etc. I think I’ll start my quest with the new dress I need for the wedding I’m attending in October. I actually have two weddings but am comfortable with something in my closet for the first wedding. If I happen to find something new in time I may wear it to both because only my daughter will see me at both!

Well it’s time to pay attention to the many children milling through the dining room starting their day.

Proverbs 31

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

A couple of thoughts

September 14, 2015|6:46 am

In the last 24 hours I’ve heard or read two different statements that have me thinking.

The first one was from my pastor. He said he often asks the Lord to make him weird. I totally understood what he meant as our lifestyle is often deemed weird. ( You have how many?)

Then the next Statement was a quote of Francis Chan:

“Live your life in such a way that it demands explanation.”

As in live your life in a way that is so different from worldly societal norms that you have to explain why you are different.

Much food for thought. HMMM this would make an interesting coffee night out topic wouldn’t it?

Slogging through..

September 11, 2015|5:08 pm

At this point in my homeschool year I am ALWAYS reading other blogs, books and articles on organization. Organization of my life. Organization of my day. Organization of our school. Organization of my organization tools.

Well guess what? I cannot find anything ANYWHERE that is equal to my life! I’ve tried and tried.

It just doesn’t appear to exist.

Maybe because every other mother of twelve is smarter than I am? They have recognized that it is impossible? NO, as much as I would like to believe that I’m pretty sure that is not the case. More likely, they just don’t have time to write about the systems they have created!

I am going to stay with what I know works for me. Doing the next thing and the next. Prioritizing each next thing. Being free to set free the vegies I should have been doing today {when in reality The Not Back to School campout we went on was far more memory making} so they can bless someone else!

Here is to all you other Mamas who just keep on keeping on!

Gratituesday..

July 1, 2014|8:29 pm

Just a simple list
Strawberries from the garden
Rhubarb
Family
furry angora bunnies
COOLER weather today yes on July 1st!
My aunt who appreciates my comments on how many days left until Christmas (or tolerates them)
A cuddly cat and warm cup of coffee while sitting with a fun book
Family

Hello again Blogging world…

June 30, 2014|7:33 pm

Well it’s been a long six months but taking a break from bloggy-dom was a good thing. It’s been a long time but I’m back. (Said in the scary voice-over of creepy movies!)

Recently (read: since I’ve been on break) we have had my father move in with my daughter next door. Our son who was living there moved back in here and then a week or two later another son and his two little guys moved home. I’m in family heaven. Surprisingly, it’s working fairly well. We’ve had a few glitches as people have had to be creative to get their personal space. The last big project is to empty out the small storage room upstairs that housed all my craft stuff and scrub it out. Once that is done the moves are complete.

We also had a wedding! Dave married Jennifer in DC last February in the most gorgeous setting over looking the Potomac River. It will be a forever night to remember. I’ll try and post pictures soon.

Jeffrey graduated from high school! He will be doing some small engine repair work as he buys fixer uppers (three- wheeler anyone? ) and gets them ready for resell. He will be doing some post high school studies here at home. He had enough credits to graduate but you know us homeschool mamas .. we can always find more for them to study.

As many of you know our son Matthew was in a motor-cycle accident last spring. His recovery is a long story and one I’ll save for another day when we have some news we are waiting for. In the mean time we have much to thank God for!

I’ll be back soon to type what else is going on.. I had a major computer glitch and ditched windows 8 as my hate affair with it was getting extreme. So all my photos and such to share are on a back up hard drive. As I learn how to use this Linux system I’ll move some back over and share them here.

Thanks for listening!

Today is a new day

January 15, 2014|7:12 am

and for today I resolve to not cut myself down. I will also walk away or disengage from a phone call  or text conversation where someone else cuts me down. I will not argue or defend myself. I will just remove myself from said conversation.

God created me to be me. If I am upset or grieving, if I am feeling hurt or down, I am allowed.

When I mention I cannot not deal with the many responsibilities in my life and ask for help, I will not accept being ignored. I have a right to ask. If people do not want to respond with something other than “Oh you handle everything..you always do” I do not have to handle everything. I am free to choose to drop things. The world is not on my shoulders and I need to quit picking it up.

I know everyone has days like this but mine is extending to months now and I declare today the day it begins to stop. It may take weeks or months. I will no longer accept the words “you’ve changed” as if I should automatically be apologizing.

Why YES I have changed. I think God expected me too. Maybe not in this way. Maybe I am not giving  enough, studying my Bible enough or being the person you want me to be. I am hoping God is not finished with me yet. That eventually I will be a better person. That eventually I’ll be the person He wants me to be and / or become. In the meantime please be patient.

Happy New Year

January 1, 2014|3:03 pm

Hope everyone is having a great start to the new year. Do you make resolutions? What are they? I decided a few years back to make goals and not resolutions. I have several I’ll share I’m the next few days but for now I’ll just share my word for 2014: CHOICES.
Please share yours!

There are days..

December 19, 2013|6:58 pm

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”~Galatians 6:9

 

Sometimes I feel weary.. it often results in a pity party doesn’t it? Trying to tell myself this pity party my mind was throwing needed to end, I was playing on the internet and ran across these words from His word. Ouch!

Less than two weeks

December 13, 2013|11:48 am

Before the blessed day we celebrate Jesus birth. My question is: Are we making the most of it? Are we using this time to to accept and celebrate the life that was lived and sacrificed for our salvation? Or are we thinking about what might be under the Christmas tree. OR worse for me.. worried about what I can afford to put under the Christmas tree? It’s a horrible habit.. worry is a SIN according to the Bible. Matthew and Luke have many references to worry but my personal life verse for the last few years has been

Do Not Worry
6:25
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?

So where are you at with your celebration? Do you lean towards a true celebration or more towards the worry end of things?