Spring Has Finally Sprung!- Happy Homemaker Monday

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I honestly cannot believe it.  last week it snowed almost every single day.  It was hard to believe that spring had been around for almost a month!  Well this week SPRING decided to show up which is PERFECT because this week all of our kids are on Spring break.It has been absolutely glorious and the munchkins have been outside playing and helping their dad do all sorts of things.

Well in Honor of spring like weather…

Let’s SPRING into our Happy Homemaker Post!

HAHAHA – ok I’m done Now!

The weather:::. Umm did I mention it has been GORGEOUS!  Mid 60’s and sunny and we are beginning to see various signs of spring.

As I look outside my window:::Bright skies fading into a cadet blue!

Right now I am:::  sitting at the table while the kiddos enjoy a movie

Thinking and pondering::: Many things.  Like gee I better wrap the Christmas presents to take to my parents house tomorrow. Yes it has been THAT kind of winter and yes we will be celebrating Christmas in April!

On my bedside table::: my diffuser and some oils

On my tv::: One of the swan Princess movies (Don’t ask)

On the menu for this week:::

Monday –  Baked Chicken with parmesan butter Pasta

Tuesday –  Away

Wednesday –  Rueben sanwiches

Thursday -BLT’s

Friday -Chili

Saturday – Pork BBQ and Potato Salad

Sunday – Little  Beans Birthday dinner but we have not discussed that yet

On my to do list::: Spring cleaning, clean my craft room and my bedroom and be ready to do some painting in the projects next week.

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::  I am waiting for hubby to get home so I can put the last few pics in His grandparents scrapbook.

My simple pleasure::: Sitting outside reading in the sunshine and hearing the spring peepers

Lesson learned the past week:::  sometimes God wants us to just trust him rather than trying to fix things.  Sometimes we need to just let Him do His work in a situation.

Looking around the house::: Well I need to dust and the kitchen needs a good moping (again) Hahaha That’s what happens when you get April (SNOW) showers

From the camera::

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Why Yes that is Phil Joel from the Newsboys (Old) and Zealand.  Did I mention that we saw the Newsboys United Tour On Saturday??  NO?  well guess what we did.  He even danced with that handsome boy!

Prayer List::: Well that Kiddo in the picture up there is still having struggles health wise with two trips to see medical professionals this week.  Once to his regular doctor and once to the ER the very next day when he had bleeding from his nose and mouth.  No worries we figured out and I plan on writing more about that in another post this week.

Friends and family going through some tough tough things

Our church building project!

Bible verse, Devotional:::  Today I started the last Chapter of Hebrews.  This study should have been finished in December (or earlier) but sometimes life gets seriously derailed.  I am just now finally finishing many things I started last year.  I have still kept moving forward too BUT I really needed to be able to finish a few things that just got dropped at the end of the year.

Hebrews 13:1-12 NIV

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.”[a]

So we say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?”[b]

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. 10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.

11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gateto make the people holy through his own blood.

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The Three Chef Men-Wordless Wednesday

Chef men

Hey Hey I know I haven’t done one of these in A LONG…LONG….LONG time but I was scrolling through my photos and this popped up.  My three chefs.  I’m not sure what exactly the story is behind this little gem of a photo BUT it spoke to me.   Look at these cuties! All they need is Chef Hats and Chef Coats These are the types of gens you get tp witness when you share an Apple account with your spouse (it’s an accountability thing)   But still isn’t this sweet?   I just love it to bits!

Have an  AMAZING DAY

 

April (Snow) Showers, Leave of Absence, Let. It. Go.- Random Reflections 4-17-2018

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April (Snow)  Showers

So while scrolling through Facebook the other day I came across this meme and since there is snow falling today I thought it might be fitting to share:

“April Showers bring snow plowers”.

There was a huge snow plow plowing through feet of snow.    though there are no feet of snow, or inches of snow, I did go to bed to the sound of a snowplow last night salting the roads. and this is what I woke up to this morning….

those little white specks in the air are you guessed it snow.  And we have had quite the heavy snow showers this morning. now it’s not sure if it wants to be snow or rain.  It’s been doing both. I struggle with the cold and gray of New York.  As a girl from Pennsylvania. I am not used to winters like this even  after living here for nearly 17 years.

Leave of Absence

This last week I took a leave of absence from the pregnancy center.  I love it and my clients, but for the time being I need to  deal with smoother things. Somethings good, somethings hard, somethings just a must. I will miss everyone and hope to be back very very very soon.

Let. It. Go.

Our ladies Bible study will be gearing up for it’s next study.  We picked the book a few weeks ago Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman.  I have already read the book but I think it is time for a revisit.    The subtitle is How to Stop running the show and start walking in Faith.  All I can say is DID YA READ MY LAST BLOG POST?

I’m looking forward to diving into this study soon..

I know that’s not very much but it is what it is.  I hope you have a spectacular day and if you live where it is warm and sunny go out and enjoy some vitamin D for me

 

Life is a Journey

journey

I would like to sit here and think that today begins a new journey but in  reality it’s not new.  Life is the journey.  Yes at times we come to a fork in the road and we need to decide which path to take.  It is the very reason why I chose the theme for my blog to be walking by faith.  Journey is in the subheading.  and as I alluded to in yesterday’sblog post that there were somethings up my sleeve.  I have been thinking and praying and planning for the last few months and I have really needed to wrestle through some stuff. Things like :

Fear

Control

Lack of confidence ( this one strikes me as funny because  that was my word for last year.  ,

Once upon a time….Journey back in time

I struggled with intense fear.  Fear that left me curled up in the corner of my bedroom sobbing.  I had come home to no power and I feared what lurked in the darkness. The unseen,  You know what was there?  Furniture Thats it. .  I was as quiet as a mouse all of the time.  When we moved into a different apartment  a year and a half later I was pregnant with our first son and I quickly learned that the guy downstairs was on the creepy list.  When our oldest was born hubby and I praised God that he was too young to ask questions about what was going on downstairs, on many levels. I was still scared but now I could no longer  be as quiet as a mouse, because I had this youngling…and what do younglings do?  They Cry.  Sometimes a lot. But in my heart my thought was what  if that creepy guy comes up stairs……?  Then one day!  He did.  I was standing at the sink tasing dishes and this insane pounding came . I froze.  He yelled Get out, the Apartment is on fire.  Wait what?   IS this for real?  Sure enough  I picked up our newborn son and scrambled down the stairs.  It was filled with smoke, firetrucks everywhere.

Fast forward….the journey between then and Now

As I look back over the nearly 13 years since that day. I see an on again off again relationship with fear.  What was once an absolutely gripping fear of being alone…as in no one in the same house. I could be alone, actually I really liked being in solitude, just not in the sense of being left alone….and in the ONLY ONE, morphed into a different kind of fear.  Fear of people.  Nope not kidding one single bit.  I was afraid that I was going to get hurt.  There was a time on my life as a young mom where I was convinced that it was my job to be hurt…by people.  It was during that time that I had no friends.  I was home all the time alone and arrows flew at me from every direction..  Now This did not just happen once or twice.  there is a lesson in this for me.  I knew there was but I was DENSE (still am).  So I had to keep learning it over and over and over again.

Right now….on the journey

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I’m Back- Happy Homemaker Monday 4-16-2018

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Greetings friends.  It been awhile and let me just say Life kinda got turned on it’s ear.  But that’s ok we feel like we are mellowing out a bit and quite honestly I feel more focused than in recent months.  and I have some super cool things coming down the line including some nifty new blog content because even though I have been silent here doesn’t mean you haven’t been on my mind!  So I am  totally excited for the coming weeks!

So let’s jump  in and get Happy….

The weather:::. warmer and rainy.  I love the rain actually, but let’s not talk about tomorrow though.

As I look outside my window::: rain drops on the window, mud and green grass. BUT green grass is the only visible sign of spring here at our house

Right now I am:::  texting a company back and fourth about a video on my facebook account that they loved

Thinking and pondering:::bahahaaha I can’t believe I have to do this a second time ( my computer decided it needed to run an update right as I was proofreading the post the first time.  I lost 90% of the post so I am doing it again!

On my bedside table::: a few books including my new review book.  I CANONLY IMAGINE by Bart Millard

On my tv::: nothing BUT iTunes is keeping me company. which just happens to be Flawless by Mercy Me at this very minute!

On the menu for this week:::

Monday –  Pasta with meat sauce

Tuesday – Chicken and biscuits

Wednesday – Chili

Thursday –  Chef Salads

Friday – chicken Salad subs

Saturday – OUT we are headed out to a concert with friends from church

Sunday – BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Potato salad

On my to do list::: the better question is what’s NOT on my to-do list

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating::: Lettering for a church bulletin board ( using the Cricut). video voiceovers and graphics for a ladies luncheon promotional video

My simple pleasure::: reading outside while waiting for the kids to get home from school

Lesson learned the past week:::  transparency is one of the greatest influencers on others lives

Looking around the house::: Spring cleaning is under way.  Itlooks like I’m organizing our life

From the camera:::

Prayer List::: I have some friends and family who are going through some really tough stuff & our son with Autism is having some health struggles that is keeping us on our toes

Bible verse, Devotional:::  Over the last few weeks I have been studying Esther and this week as I studied Esther Chapter 4 Was hit hard with some amazing truth about this young woman life as she went to from a person of little consequence to a woman of great influence.  And is’t that how God repeatedly works throughout scripture, he takes the least likely candidate and turns them into a great influencer!

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