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Thursday, June 13, 2013

I'm here, I'm here!

I know that almost all my blog entries start this way, but if you could be inside my brain, you would realize what a feat this is for me. emoticon Just for a quick example: While trying to get here, I :

Spent time with God and was informed I needed to pull out my new Bible... not sure what is wrong with the old one, (expect its falling apart, mostly. It is well handled by love, with marked up pages everywhere. It is like an old friend, greeting me every (most) morning, but ok.

Go to the bookshelf and grabbed the new one...whew! those shelves need serious help! The dog is whining at the door
Let him out
made a bottle of green tea
thought about breakfast but decided not to get distracted from my mission, time with God... saw my 6 yr old went back to sleep on the couch, covered him up
.... now the bible... whew.. these books need to be dusted and organized...fooooocus.... grabbed the bible quickly and raced to the couch to meet with God....

Here is what I got: (after reading a bunch of genealogical lines in Genesis... no idea what I am suppose to get from that... sigh... frustrated... flip the pages and landed here)

I am the Lord, this is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to idols,
See, the earlier things have come to pass,
new ones I now foretell;
Before they spring into being,
I announce them to you.

This under the section: Isaiah Chapter 42:8-9 labeled "The Servant of the Lord"

hmmmmmm I like that, "I announce them to you" part..... when I make an announcement to my kids, I try to make sure I have their attention first, otherwise, the message is totally lost....

Am I paying attention to God so I can hear the message He is sending me?

The second part of my readings today came from the introduction by the chapter, "The Revelations to John" (A side note here: I have read most of the Bible but this chapter, I don't think I have ever read. Every time I started it before, it scared me to death and I put it aside. I thought I would try again. being more mature now emoticon )

2nd message today from the chapters introduction:

"The Book of Revelation had its origin in a time of crisis, but it remains valid and meaningful for Christians of all times. In the face of apparently insuperable evil, either from within or from without, all Christians are called to trust in Jesus' promise,

"Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age" (Mt 28, 20)

Those who remain steadfast in their faith and confidence in the risen Lord need to have no fear." pg 1373, New American Bible

Wonderful message of hope.. in the very end, it is a happy ending for those who listen to God's words.

End note:

The dog was whining to be let back in emoticon, let him in
go back to the book selves (only 2 shelves) to straighten and organize ie "love these books", "need to read those", those "resources", "my extra of my very favorite book looking for a home." As I was doing this, I thought to myself, "If I had a friend that had these books on her shelf, I sure would like this chick!"

Heeeeey waaaaait a minute....

I certainly have gotten away from the person that I was when I bought these books... I think I have changed and maybe not for the better/???? ...who is this person I have become? How is that for a loaded question to myself? ::sigh:: That is why I have been unhappy, I have slightly morphed into some one other than the TRUE me. The-deep- down, below- the -surface, layers- of -living -gunk -piled -on -top, me. The light hearted-free spirited- joyfilled- natural loving, attachment parenting- positive attitude - happy-go-lucky- me. Where is THAT version of me? What happened to her? How did I get I here to this person? More importantly how do I get back to her? Can I, even if I wanted to? hmmmmm Maybe I am having a mid-life crisis (??) emoticon emoticon

Yes, all this from a trip to the bookshelves!

emoticon to my world! So you see why I celebrate every time I post a new blog? emoticon

Have a beautiful blessed day!

  
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DETERMINEDJANET 6/13/2013 10:00PM

    You sound as distracted as me! Today I had about 3 projects going at once. Good seeing you back!

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JESUSLIGHTSMEUP 6/13/2013 1:00PM

  I understand all so well where you are coming from.

I have so many physical chores to be done but start my day everyday with my Lord.

I can't live without hearing from Him first thing and all day long because what I do first in the morning sets me up for victory the rest of the day.

I have got to get off of sparkpeople and get to my physical jobs of the day which I am sadly falling behind in because I find so many other things that I get captivated by.

Anyways, you can and will get back to the true and real "you" of who you are in Jesus and who He is in "you". emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIANEWITHASMILE 6/13/2013 9:46AM

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Distractions!!!

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HI I am here!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Good morning all,

Shocker, I am here, right??? I just wanted to pop in as I am gearing up for getting more healthy AGAIN! I have been giving myself a pep talk of, "It's not how many times you fall or stop, but how many times you get up (restart)i...." yida, yida, yida....

So why now?

Well its summer, which means IN THEORY, I should have a bit more time from homeschooling.
Secondly, Isabella aka Bella is 9 months old ALREADY. Here she is.



Thirdly, I need some stress relief!
I have been keeping closer track of the news lately and my blood pressure is probably sky high (don't even get me start!). I know my one of my options is to NOT pay attention, but really, I love my country too much and want my kids to have a wonderful country to live is soooo NOT paying attention isn't really so much of an option. Leaving me to...., I must manage my stress level, between the stress of the news, my kids, and our ever tightening budget ... well.... it sets up a scenario that COULD not be very pretty... so I need to be on a quest of health.. AGAIN... (ever time I state something like that.. the "AGAIN" keeps popping on to the end of it, emoticon which I am trying to ignore.)

Also on the agenda this summer, is getting back to longer than five minutes quiet time with God. I have been missing it and my faith and joy have been a bit suffering (see the above paragraph! Hence, why I am here today to share what I have learned or been reminded of)

I, also, have light summer school for my kids (just math, reading and speech therapy for 2 kids), schedule planning for this fall for FOUR children, lesson planning work, exercise and figuring out fun, CHEAP things to do with my kids to make summer special on little to no funds.

Anyway, I guess I had better share what I have learned today and get moving on the day before little ones get up.

I hope to start a new section of my blog called, "Sharing God's handiwork:" There is a verse that states something along the lines of teach the future generations the handiwork of God (sorry I can't find the verse address. If you know it, please share!!!) soooo here is the first one...

Sharing God's handiwork...
We haven't been going to church for awhile now. Kids were sick, then Dh was out of town, then not enough gas, then just got out of the habit, and enjoyed the relaxing Sunday mornings and getting prepped for the new week, so we just got out of the habit.

I have asked my dh a few times when we were going back to be met with grunts or frustrations about how we are the "freak show" because we keep our kids with us in church, all SIX of them, and not in put them in children church... so I was quiet, even though I know God told me it was time to go back... I put it squarely in HIS court, stating, "This is in YOUR hands, God. You have to change my dh's heart about going back to church." Mind you, I have been doing this for a month or so...

Last night, while talking to my dh on the phone, he said he had gotten a call from a sweet lady at church wanting to check to see if we were all okay and to let us know they had been missing us!

Thank you, God!

This weekends agenda: go to church! emoticon

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 NIV

"Is anything too marvelous for the Lord to do?....." Genesis 18:14


wahooo.... Sharing God's handiwork!

As I was getting ready to post this,when I went to flip my Bible closed, it fell open to the verse I was searching for! Here it is....

I will open my mouth in story,
drawing lessons from of old.
We have heard them, we know them;
our ancestors have recited them to us.
We do not keep them from our children;
we recite them to the next generation,
The praiseworthy and might deeds of the Lord,
the wonders that he performed. Psalm 78:2-5

Maybe we should start a trend... of "Sharing God's handiwork..."

  
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JAAM1224 6/12/2013 5:55AM

    Lol thank you Becca. The quilt is my sisters, who is also the photographer of this and many rocking pictures of my kids. The baby, well, she is....whew.... Busy, already! I'm totally blessed with her sweetness and she Is terribly cute. emoticon

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BECCAZEN7 6/12/2013 4:01AM

    Love that quilt in the picture...oh, and the baby is cute too. emoticon
Becca
Missourians! Team

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COOP9002 6/11/2013 9:36AM

    Thanks for sharing. Blessings to you and yours today.

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JAAM1224 6/11/2013 9:28AM

    Thank you both!

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KEHWIE 6/11/2013 9:22AM

    Welcome back! Always good to see you. :)

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MYKIDSRSWEET 6/11/2013 8:38AM

    Praise be to God and may he bless you and your family today!

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Interuptions

Thursday, February 28, 2013

So I got up this morning with my husband as usual....

oh good morning! I'm here! Shocking, I know but this is too good not to share....

So I got up this morning with my husband as usual, 4:50 AM.. (yes that is early!) When dh went off to work and I started a project I have been weeks in the making (homemade training pants for my dd, who thinks pottying in the toilet is only for when she is "in the mood".. oy! Why homemade~ cheaper, cutier, and I have a 2nd dd coming up behind this one. That is how I justify time spent on creating emoticon ) Anyway, I am moving along as fast as I can, because I can be interrupted at any giving moment..when the needle on my sewing machine breaks (almost never happens). Frustrated at the delay, I grumble, "Great it's going to be that kinda day!" grumble, grumble, grumble.. and the kids are not even awake yet with their shenanigans to annoy me. Terrific!

Then I am struck with a thought - Julie's first rule of life: PRIORITIZE.
Am I sure that if I get NOTHING else accomplished today, these potty pants are the accomplishment I need to have assigned to this day. emoticon

I left my sewing machine on, in the midst of making a seam, plopped in the chair and grabbed my Bible with my usual prayer. God, you know I am ADD (although only self dx'ed), please send me your message before I get distracted! Amen!

  
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BUSYGRANNY5 3/1/2013 7:37AM

    I so understand.... GOD first.. then we're so much better prepared to face the tasks in our day!!!

Have a blessed day!!

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DEEEBEE 2/28/2013 11:23PM

    Good for you! Stay happy (even though you're interrupted a lot)!

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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MANILUS 2/28/2013 5:39PM

    That is a useful project, good luck!

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She is here!!!

Monday, October 01, 2012



Introducing Isabella Grace born 9/11/2012 @ 6:17 p.m.; weighing 8 lb 14 oz and 21.5 inches. —

Why Isabella Grace? Isabella is a form of Elizabeth and means "Gods promise, God is my oath". Grace means "unmerited favor". I didn't want to have a baby on one of the saddest days in our country's history but Adam reminded me the birth of a baby is the best gift to the world- what a joy, full of hope, and I think her name is a perfect tribute at the day.

God promises unmerited favor!

Not sure who is still here, reading along.... give a shout out if you are.. even if it is just a "hey" or "here" ...

I am only 3 week postpardom so it will be awhile yet before I get moving on weight loss. I am happy to report, I only gained 13 lbs the whole pregnancy! emoticon and at our 2 week visit, I was already back to pre-pregnant weight... however my usual trend is to gain 10 lbs from week 2- week 6 emoticon I hope NOT to do that this time!!!

Have to run... hungry baby!

  
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GLORYTOGLORY 11/25/2012 8:45PM

  I am here and she's beautifu congratsl! My daughters name is Mercy Isabella lol. Blessings

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~BECKYBO32~ 10/27/2012 9:59PM

    Beautiful little precious gift from GOD!! Congratulations!! emoticon

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SNARDEESNIFF 10/9/2012 12:32AM

    Congratulations on the birth of your daughter! emoticon

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TERRIJ7 10/2/2012 3:30PM

    She's gorgeous and I love her name! Our good friend had a baby boy on 9/11 this year and it brought to mind that babies mean hope.

Feeding a hungry baby will help that weight come off as long as you are feeding yourself healthy food. Don't cut nutrients--just make sure you aren't eating empty calories and Isabella will help you!

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NYKIMMIE 10/2/2012 8:20AM

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RUNNINGOMA 10/2/2012 6:07AM

    Yep! I am still here! Wonderful news and beautiful name! I love how that you can connect this day with hope now.
May the Lord bless you all and your new family member! emoticon

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KEHWIE 10/1/2012 8:54PM

    Aw, what a cuties! Congrats!

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DETERMINEDJANET 10/1/2012 6:27PM

    Congratulations! She is beautiful!

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JANETTEB553 10/1/2012 6:17PM

    emoticon Enjoy, they are small for such a short time enjoy emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 10/1/2012 6:15PM

    Congrats- she is wonderful.

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Believing...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Good morning peeps,

I am here! Surprise! Our womb baby is growing well... we are at 24 weeks and she is kicking all over the place finally! Nothing makes me smile more than her bumps and thumps...everyone else is doing good, growing keeping busy...

Anyway, I just wanted to stop by and share a quote from the book, "Having a Mary Spirit; allowing God to chang use from the Inside out" by Joanna Weaver.

"Blessed is she who has ***BELIEVED*** that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"

"Blessed is she who has believed" -- that's the key. Believing God is who HE says He is and that He can and will do what He says He will do. That kind of faith releases the impossible. It gives God permission to work uninterrupted and unhindered in our lives. Best of all, that kind of faith releases blessing. And the wonder of this all made Mary sing!" pg 99


I don't know about you but this FILLS me with hope and a reminder in God's promise:

"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work IN YOU will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6

  
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LADYBUG1943 6/5/2012 11:31AM

    I haven't checked on your site for a while. I looked at your kids' pictures and thought to myself, "I'll bet she homeschools!" Yep! My sister did also; her girls are both in college now. And my daughter (also mother of 5) also does; her oldest is 16. There's something about happy faces in homeschooled kids. They just seem to have less sullen faces, and seem happy to be alive. I know I'm prejudiced.... but there ya go.

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