I’m Back!

Hello my friends, I have missed you!

When I took a break from blogging, because life was getting a little crazy, I only thought about the time I was freeing up for myself. I didn’t realize how much I would miss all of you! Well, I’m back.

Just to get you a little caught up on my life right now:

Met Lysa Terkeurst at our Women’s Conference!! Oh my word, she is amazing. She is wise, insightful, hilarious, caring and genuine. If you ever have the opportunity to hear her speak, don’t think twice. She is coming to our Shine Women’s Conference in May of 2016. I highly recommend two of her books that have been life-changing for me, Made to Crave and The Best Yes. These are books that I will NEVER give away. They are on my reading list yearly.

Our oldest daughter graduated from 12 years of homeschooling. (We didn’t mess her up too badly because she is going to college near us to get general education classes.) 🙂 She has been doing great in her classes along with nanning when she can. She also got a job for the winter. I have to say that I am super proud of how she is embracing all these new challenges in stride. We are still feeling out the whole “adult child” in our home and family. That situation is definately a work in progress.

I did another Whole 30 in Aug 2015, dropped 15 lbs and feeling great. (Made to Crave change my whole mindset about food.) Although, I still need to get an exercise routine that will work for me… no… that I will do.

My best friend moved away. 😦 Enough said.

Second oldest daughter’s senior year. She was a car-hop at a local resturant over the summer and into the school year. Last year coaching her in volleyball. Time is flying by at super-speed.

I transitioned from working at church to voluteering. There were many reasons, most importantly, I’m increasing my hours at my part-time.

And that pretty much brings us to today. I’m getting last minute things ready for our missions trip to Haiti!! We, 2nd & 3rd daughters and myself, are leaving tomorrow, Nov. 7 at 2:00 am. There are a whole lot of mixed emotions going on right now… excited, thankful, emotional, tired, nervous, hopeful, stressed, anxious, overwhelmed and peaceful, all at the same time.

haiti girl

We are working with Convoy of Hope. We are doing construction up-keep of a school. We are also going to be working with the children in the school and visiting a couple of orphanages. I am excited to see how God moves and changes me through this trip.

I will try to post as the week goes along. Prayers are greatly appreciated!!

Be Blessed!

Giving this Christmas Season

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We all say that Christmas is the Season for Giving. But what does that really mean and how do we live that out or is that just something we say and don’t do? When I asked my kids what it meant here are some of the responses:

  • It means that we need to think of others that don’t have as much as we do.
  • Christmas is the time to give things to other people selflessly.
  • That we should help people who are in need.
  • It means giving presents to kids who may not receive anything without us.

That’s good stuff! Although, I think that sometimes our picture of who is “in need” is too narrow. “In need” doesn’t always mean the lack money. Just as “being successful” doesn’t always mean having a lot of money.

This Christmas season I’m asking God to make me sensitive to the people “in need” right around me.

  • A child may need undivided attention given to him/her.
  • A coworker may need understanding and forgiveness.
  • A neighbor may need time without kids to go shopping.
  • A cashier may need a smile instead of a frustrated look.
  • A family member may need a smile and a hug instead of sarcasm.

We will be exchanging gift with others year; we will be donating to the Salvation Army; we will give an extra gift to World Vision. But in addition I will be encouraging my family to daily ask who is in need around us and what are practical things we can do to meet those needs.

I pray that that this truly is a Season of Giving for you! Please share with us ways that you have given to others “in needs” or ideas you have to do this.

Be Blessed!

How to Teach your Kids to Handle Conflict

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Since adults have a hard time handling conflict, it’s no wonder that kids don’t know what to do when they have been offended or hurt.

Relationships take work, plain and simple. No matter how hard we try, each day people who love each other Continue reading

Top 9 ways to find time to read

Leaning Tower of Books

Leaning Tower of Books

The pile of books on my nightstand is overwhelming and threatening to topple over as the pile keeps growing and growing .  In fact, books are starting to take over several areas of my home.  Not only is there a pile on my nightstand there is a pile in the guest bedroom, one in the living room and one in the dining room.  I keep adding to the pile but lately I have not finished a single book.  I’m drowning in all these amazing books that I truly want to read (this obviously doesn’t even take into account the online reading that is accumulating as well!)  So I need to Continue reading