“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
Hey everybody! Sorry I haven’t updated in a while. We moved into the new house last week and finally got internet this morning. So, here I am!
With that being said, there is so much that I have learned from this process thus far. I’ve learned to really appreciate the little things that most of the time we take for granted. Last night was the first night in about 4 weeks that we actually had a home cooked dinner on our glass dishes. Oh the joy! We weren’t even sure what we enjoyed more the food or eating off of real plates! (:
Even though there is still a lot of unpacking to do this house screams with potential. We as family love anything old fashioned or rustic and this house fits the decor perfectly. Right now I am sitting on the loveseat facing a paned glass window looking at the electrified lantern hanging in the corner listening to Christmas music from our new record/stereo/cassette/CD player (Our first gift of Christmas)!!
I remember fearing the once we left the old house I would be unhappy here and want to go back, but I’m finding the opposite; I LOVE this house. And it really does feel like home.
We were worried about how our cats would adjust with the move and let me tell you: THEY LOVE IT HERE (At least they act like they have been here for a year not just a week.) We have a sun room and lots and lots of windows throughout the house and Calico loves to perch herself in the middle of the stairs and look into the sunroom to get a view of all five windows at one time and have quick access to the Attic/Storage room if the puppy gets too excited.
“…For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.” –Isaiah 55:8
It has been a very long 3 1/2 months. Even though it was trying at times we knew that in the end it would all work out for the best. Through prayer we were able to have peace knowing that God had this all planned from the begining–that He wasn’t surprised by the house falling though. We learned that His plans really are bigger, better and higher than we could ever dream.
Until next time,
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under Heaven.” ~Ecc. 3:1
Happy Friday! This week has been busy but good just the same. As I mentioned in Wednesday’s post it has been crazy around here due to the move this weekend. I am still finding many things to be thankful for; here’s a few from this past week.
The Butterfly Mug
Our church recently had a ladies day where they encouraged all of the young girls in the church to share some of their talents. Although Billie Jo and I weren’t able to attend we did create a display and wrote a note to be read. For this display I had made a canvas, card, print, and mug with some of my favorite photos on them. The mug wasn’t in in time for the ladies day last week but it came in this week and I can’t wait to use it. (:
The New House
So, three days from now we will all be staying in the new house. I have to be honest, it seems so strange and excting at the same time. We have waited for years to be able to move and finally it’s actually happening. I am very excited to get in there and see where everything is going to go and what it’s like to have a real wood burning fireplace for Christmas. This year the stockings will finally be hung by the fire. (: The previous owners were moving today; BUT they finished moving yesterday and we got the keys TODAY. (: We went over with a van load and looked around. It appears as though they left some pretty cool stuff behind. For example a really cool, antique writting desk and a bunch of wood! Although the writing desk needs work I’m anxoius to work on it and get it looking all pretty again!!(:
The Puppies Taking Photos
Sorry it’s blurry…
Yes, you read that right. The puppies did indeed take photos yesterday. We were outside letting them run around a play and Trinity got a hold of JoJo’s phone; then she started running around the yard! Thankfully we ended up getting the phone back in one piece. She did succeed in cracking the screen and taking several photos. It was interesting to see the world from their point of view. We also got a good laugh out of the whole thing! (:
Here’s one of the pictures that Trinity took!
What are some of the daily blessings that you have seen in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share them below. Have a great weekend!
Until next time,
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice.” ~Phil. 4:4
L to R: Trinity, Zoey
Hey everybody, I hope that you had a great weekend! It’s been a little crazy around here lately because….
we’re moving this weekend!!(:
So, we have been cleaning and packing pretty much everything we possibly can. We also have been taking care of Trinity and Zoey ,my grandparents dog until they pick her up this weekend. I have to say that I probably moved more in the last three days than I did all of last week combined.
I’m finding that to be a very good thing. I have been able to get outside and enjoy the crisp Novemeber air and because we have been feeding the dogs twice a day we have been getting up earlier which means that we are getting more done in a day. My days have been more productive so I’m sleeping really well at night.
Something that I am really enjoying about this crazy time is that I am noticing SO many good things. For example, I just spent the last 15 minutes looking out the window and laughing at the antics of the puppies while they ran around outside.
I’m slowly learning that if you look there are a lot of things you can find to be thankful for each day. Despite the craziness I am trying to be determinded NOT to let this move overwhelm me and cause me to worry.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” ~Matthew 6:34
I have decided that I will focus on the good that each day has to offer, be thankful for all that I am able to accomplish, and learn all that I can.
Until next time,
“For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though prehaps for a good person one would dare even to die–but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” ~Romans 5:7-8
Here are some of the blessings from this past week:
This is the jacket that my Great-Grandfather wore in WWII.
To all those who have served I thank you! I have been very blessed to have multiple members of my family serve our great country. My great grandfather, a great great uncle, a great uncle, and an uncle to name just a few. The sacrifices that they and their families make so that we can have the wonderful freedoms that we do are enormous. I encourage you to thank a veteran the next time you see one. It means a lot to them when you do and trust me you will feel better when you do.
A Closing on our new House:
Ahhh, finally! It’s official…We have a new house. The closing was yesterday so the people have 10 days to move and then it’s ours!!! (YES!) We are SO ready to be in the new house. I am really excited to get in there and help to set it up. We’re thinking that we may get the keys a day early so, Daddy’s getting a truck on Friday. We laughed and said that the truck is going to be loaded and he’s going to be sitting in the driver’s seat waiting for them to call with the keys. Needless to say, we’re very relieved and exctied to FINALLY be moving.
Okay, fun fact: I LOVE listening to music. I usually have some sort of music playing when I’m working. We have a ton of Christmas CD’s and we usually buy at least one new CD each year. With that being said 25 days is barely enough time to listen to them all. So, we created a solution, start listening to Christmas music the first week of November. Yes, it’s a little early but don’t worry the movies and clothes will have to wait until Thanksgiving day.
Picking Up Trinity:
At some point in the next two days we get to pick up Trinity. (: We finally finished buying everything we need for her last night. One thing that I have learned about our family is that we tend to really spoil our four legged memebers. The cats already have three Christmas presents and Trinity already has a couple of collars and leashes. A girl can never have too many outfits. (;
What are some of the blessings that you have noticed in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share them below. Have a great weekend!
Until next time,
“…but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Have you ever thought about the thoughts that you think? How about the way that those thoughts affect you? Our thoughts affect us more than just making us angry, sad, or happy. They also have the ability to affect us physically.
I’ve personally experienced bad headaches, physical and mental exhaustion just to name a few. Because of dwelling on all of the negative thoughts, I become physically worn out which then leads to feeling hopeless. I then begin to wonder how I managed to get myself into this pit and the best way to get out. Because I don’t turn to God in those times, I feel separated from Him and wonder if I’ll ever get out of this pit…
But, there is hope.
God has already given us a way out of the pessimistic pit!
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.”
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
God has given us the ability to choose the thoughts that we think. We can choose to dwell on every little thing that goes wrong in our lives OR we can pray about the things that are bothering us and choose to find the lovely things in the midst of the bad days and thank God for those.
“…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
~Philippians 4: 6-7
When we find ourselves beginning to think those not-so-lovely thoughts, we need to hit the pause button on our thoughts and pray. We need to tell the Devil that we DON’T want to go there and then pray and ask God to help us think of something better. Trust me this will be hard at first but as with anything “practice makes perfect”.
Until next time,
**This post was originally written on 8/26/16 and edited on 11/9/16**
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
Today I’m trying to remain positive about tomorrow. It’s going to be a very long but very rewarding day. Every year since I’ve been eligible to vote my Daddy and I have worked the polls. I honestly have a love-hate relationship with poll working. I love being around the people, talking to and helping them fulfill their citizen-ly duty but I LOATHE getting up EXTREMELY EARLY.
It takes me an hour to get ready in the morning. I have to be at the polling place at 5:45am. We need to leave the house by 5:15 to ensure that we get there by 5:45am. This means that I need to get up at 4:15 am. The polls open at 6:30 am. We get an hour break for lunch. The polls close at 7:30pm. Tearing down and cleaning up take about an hour. All of this basically translates into a VERY LONG DAY.
I’m typically very nervous about losing four hours of sleep and being around people all day because when I don’t get my sleep I tend to go from a mostly lovable human to a very angry bear in a matter of minutes and the day after it takes seconds… But every year I get really uptight and you know what? EVERY TIME I HAVE A GREAT TIME AND CAN’T WAIT TO DO IT AGAIN!!
So this year I’m doing something different. I’m going to make a list of all the positive things that comes from working the polls!
- I can be around people all day.
- I can help people fulfill their constitutional duty.
- I have the potential to run into some old friends.
- I can serve my country.
- I get to spend the day with Daddy.
- I can shine the light of Jesus to those around me.
- I can tell the service members that have fought for my freedom thank you for their service.
Compare this to the negative list:
- Losing at least four hours of sleep.
7 to 1—I think that we have a winner. There is more good by being a poll worker than not. I am thankful for this opportunity to serve my country, to bless those around me, to shine the light of Jesus to those around me.
I need to remember that God has put me in this position to do good for Him. I need to remember that I’m Jesus’s ambassador, that I represent Him. I can do good there by acting as He would. I need to remember that even though it is a very long day that He will be with me the entire time. I need to remember He has things that He wants me to see/know about Him; that He wants to show me something else about His loving character.
Until next time,
**This post was originally written on March 14, 2016 and edited on 11/7/16**
“Be still and know that I am God.” ~Psalm 46:10a
Well, it’s offically November. November 2nd to be exact. That means that the Holidays are literally right around the corner. There’s always something really special about this time of the year. The cool breeze, beautiful colors, and time to gather with family and be thankful for all that God has blessed us with.
But somehow through time the holidays have transformed from a time of thankgiving and celebrating to a time of greed and busy-ness. We seem to be so preoccupied about having to “perfect” day that we forget to enjoy it. What if this year we slowed down and savored the moments?
God even reminds us to rest. To go to Him and let Him carry our burdens. Throughout the upcoming season of busy-ness I encourage you to remeber to be still and let God show you what is really important and when you just need to sit back and enjoy the blessings that He has given you.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Until next time,