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!

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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!

Chanyn’s Gratitude

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This whole month of November has made me think of what I am Grateful and Thankful for. I have some friends who have posted daily on Facebook what they are thankful for. It was a great reminder to me to slow down and appreciate the things I have even small things.

Family is a big thing I am grateful for. Continue reading

Reality Check from my Laundry

I can remember about 17 years ago, sitting on my living room couch folding laundry. I was pregnant with my first child and washing all the new clothes I had gotten from our baby shower. My mom stopped by to chat for a while. I would hold up an outfit and we would talk about how cute it was. Then, I made a profound statement that periodically my mother reminds me about. I said, Continue reading