Happy Homemaker Monday- 3/15/2021

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Happy Monday everyone. It’s a new week and boy am I HAPY Last week I ended up having 3 medical appointments (the medical issue from December is the Gift that keeps on GIVING!). As of right now I only have one medical appointment this week. I haven’t had a week without a medical appointment since December 8th!

♥♥The Weather♥♥ 

Whew IT is COLD today!. BUT it is looking like it is going to be MUCH warmer by the end of the week

Monday – 24
Tuesday –  36
Wednesday – 49
Thursday –  46
Friday – 38
Saturday –  48
Sunday –  55

♥♥How I am feeling this morning♥♥

Tired but focused and driven to meet todays goals

♥♥On the breakfast plate♥♥

Bagel and cream cheese and coffee on the go

♥♥On my reading pile♥♥
  • My Bible
  • The Last Battle (Morning Basket reading this month)
  • Lisette;s List (before bed reading)
  • S.H.A.P.E. (Kindle book)
  • The Mindful Christian
  • What If God Wrote Your Bucket List
  • Becoming a woman of Influence
  • A light in the Attic (School reading for Kiddo #4)
  • Little Women (Kindle reading to me while I work)
 ♥♥On my tv♥♥

Nothing

.  ♥♥On the menu this week♥♥    

Monday Meatball subs. Tuesday Taco Salad (Moved from last weeks Menu. ) Wednesday – Loaded Baked Potato Soup. Thursday – Mac and Cheese with Hot Dogs
Friday -Sausage and Bacon Pizza (2 separate Pizzas)
Saturday – Leftovers
Sunday Chicken Pot Pie

 ♥♥Looking around the house♥♥

General Cleaning. I need to tackle the pile of clean laundry that has been displaced out of my cloakroom as hubby works on remodeling it. I also need to finish organizing the non- remodel areas in our bathroom.

♥♥To relax this week, I will♥♥

This week I am going to start on my animal drawing practice. I want to move from cartoon-y animals to animals that look more realistic

♥♥Something I want to share♥♥ 

I don’t really have anything really this week

♥♥Devotional, inspirational, prayer list or Bible verse♥♥ 

Today I just started week 4 of a devotional thread Called Everyday Leadership in my (in)Courage Women’s Devotional Bible. T

This morning’s reading was based in 2 Timothy1:1-5 and it was tasing about Timothy’s Grandma Lois and His Mom Eunice. I was deeply challenged by their examples that despite whatever your family struggles are that living a life of focus and being centered on our faith in Jesus leaves you with an incredible heritage. What a blessing.

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Happy Homemaker Monday- 3/8/2021

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Happy Monday friends! Last week was a wild week. I finally got to finish my Happy Homemaker Monday on FRIDAY. UGH technology. Anyway you can check that out HERE.

♥♥The Weather♥♥

I am so excited that we get a taste of spring this week..
Monday – 39 and mostly sunny
Tuesday –  42 and mostly cloudy
Wednesday -55 and mostly sunny
Thursday – 59 and rainy
Friday – 50 and rainy
Saturday – 38 and snow showers
Sunday –  35 and mostly cloudy

♥♥How I am feeling this morning♥♥

Ready to tackle the day- I have been struggling with Mondays and so today I tackled it with a plan and prayer. I didn’t want to battle it with such distraction. And so far it’s working.


 ♥♥On the breakfast plate♥♥

Coffee, bacon, egg whites and a kiwi

♥♥On my reading pile♥♥ 
  • My Bible
  • The Last Battle (Morning Basket reading this month)
  • Lisette;s List (before bed reading)
  • S.H.A.P.E. (Kindle book)
  • The Mindful Christian
  • What If God Wrote Your Bucket List
  • Becoming a woman of Influence
  • A light in the Attic (School reading for Kiddo #4)
  • Little Women (Kindle reading to me while I work)
 ♥♥On my tv♥♥

Wandavision

♥♥On the menu this week♥♥ 
  • Monday- Pizza and salad
  • Tuesday- subs and chips
  • Wednesday- Chicken bacon ranch casserole
  • Thursday- Soup
  • Friday-Burgers and fries
  • Saturday- Leftovers
  • Sunday- Taco salad
♥♥From the camera♥♥  
Our girl has gotten the strange opportunity to play ball in the middle of this strange world
 ♥♥Looking around the house♥♥

Well it is definitely better than this last week. I have some deep cleaning stuff I need to accomplish. Our bathroom counter and putting away my clean laundry are top on the list.

♥♥To relax this week, I will♥♥

  I’m going to be more proactive in the craft space. I just haven’t made time fore it over the last few weeks and I need to have that space.

♥♥Something I want to share♥♥ 

Mira Byler is one of my favorite Youtube artists and one of my favorite series she does is how to fill your sketchbook. I find her highly encouraging and my art has gotten SOOO much better since I have started watching her.

♥♥Devotional, inspirational, prayer list or Bible verse♥♥ 

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5: 14-16 NIV

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Happy Homemaker Monday 3/1/2021

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Good morning and Happy Monday everyone! I don’t know about the rest of you all but last week was UTS for us! This week is definitely more calm and there is more white space in the calendar this week.

♥♥The Weather♥♥ 

Even though this week still looks like cold gray winter next week we have some days that definitely show that spring is just around the corner! There are even a few days that start with 5!!! I’m so excited

Monday – 39
Tuesday –  25
Wednesday – 39
Thursday – 26
Friday – 27
Saturday –  29
Sunday –  32

♥♥How I am feeling this morning♥♥

I am TIRED!!! I stayed up late waiting for hubby to get home. So getting out of bed was difficult but I did it and have made great progress!

♥♥On the breakfast plate♥♥

Steal cut oatmeal with sunflower seeds and mixed dried berries with just a pinch of brown sugar

♥♥On my reading pile♥♥ 
  • My Bible
  • The Last Battle (Morning Basket reading this month)
  • Lisette;s List (before bed reading)
  • S.H.A.P.E. (Kindle book)
  • The Mindful Christian
  • What If God Wrote Your Bucket List
  • Becoming a woman of Influence
  • A light in the Attic (School reading for Kiddo #4)
  • Little Women (Kindle reading to me while I work)
 ♥♥On my tv♥♥

Some youtube craft videos


♥♥On the menu this week♥♥ 
  • Monday-Chili and Biscuits
  • Tuesday- Chicken Tacos
  • Wednesday-Shrimp Stir fry
  • Thursday- Rice Bowls
  • Friday- Sweet and sour Chicken
  • Saturday- Leftovers
  • Sunday-
 ♥♥From the camera♥♥
♥♥Looking around the house♥♥

It’s been a rough couple of weeks we have been going nonstop so there is quite of work that needs to be done.

♥♥To relax this week, I will♥♥

Hopefully some art but it really isn’t looking likely

♥♥Something I want to share♥♥ 

nothing really

  ♥♥Devotional, inspirational, prayer list or Bible verse♥♥
Happ

Well I know it has taken all week to get this finished but I am having some issues with uploading photos to my blog (for whatever reason).

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Letting Go Of Plan A

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PLAN. That is what I do. That is what God has created me tone good at. I own a few planners. I keep a detailed planner for our family’s everyday adventures. Even in 2020 when the world was planning NOTHING I still kept a planner and turned it into a journal of sorts, to remember what we cam through together as a family.

Planning is a good thing BUT we cannot let our plans control us. We Must be FLEXIBLE! Hubby made some statements about that in his sermon this past Sunday! There is a part two of this blog post coming soon so I don’t want to get to ahead of myself.

The Back Story- The Root of Plan A

For a few years now I have been holding onto this Printable from Life Action Ministries (You can find the printable by clicking the Link above) called Put Off Put On. Each Day has a habit / attitude or action that is unbiblical that you put off and a Biblical one you put on. And for a number of years I have thought that when I did the study that I would s make it into a blog post series. It really was set up perfectly for that.

Putting Plan A into Action

Well fast forward to December of 2020- I found myself in a state of confinement to a couch and small spare bedroom in our house. I could barely move I was in so much pain but it gave me a lot of time to think and pray. As I did that plans began to form for the year 2021. and Put Off Put On found itself top on the priority list! It even made it’s way into the blog planner for each week and on January 1st it became apart of my morning devotional time. I finished the first week and I sat down to write the blog post- nothing- not one single thing.

All the while my other parts of my study and reading were fitting together and I was making some neat connections there just wasn’t words for my plan. I said ok Lord I’m going to keep going and just study and read these verses and contemplate the contrasting actions and virtues.

Two Days Left- I let go of plan A a Month ago.

So here I am, two days left in what I thought was going to be a need series of blog and posts and I am writing about how I have had to let go of my plan to make it so. By Wednesday I will have completed 55 days of Putting off and Putting On. I have grown through them but no words to share with you but these.

Plan

I make lots of “great” plans but rarely do they turn out the way I think they should. I could just throw up my hands and say I quit. I will NEVER do or try tat again. There are many times I could have quit blogging because things didn’t go as I have planned. But we are commanded to persevere- to not give up so easily.

Some of the greatest moments in my life came as a Plan B- I had a mentor in college who so wisely taught me to invite God into my plan A, Give it to Him and be Ready for Plan B- God’s Plan. When I am flexible with my plans God forms them into his and amazing things happen.

Plan B Christmas

Every year for Christmas I try to make it as fun and creative as possible because as a full time ministry family the holidays aren’t “normal” (And I can hear all of my sweet friends chanting “Normal just a setting on the dryer”) Well this Christmas I knew I had the greatest gift ever- Quarantined Life! so I planned all these cool things. I actually made the advent calendar that has been sitting in my closet for YEARS and painted it and filled it with all these amazing family activities. And then I woke up on December 8th and was rushed off to the ER for what would be 4 hospital visits in 3 weeks.

I cried all the way to the hospital on a couple of this trips feeling like I had ruined Christmas for the whole family. This was a different sort of Plan B than some silly set of blog posts not being written This affected our entire family. And Hubby and the kids were scared- I massacred because nasty words were being thrown around at the hospital like “tumors” and “cancer”. I can tell you right now as of this moment there aren’t any tumors and there never was any cancer- but things didn’t “look” right and some nurses spoke out of turn. My kids had to see me the sickest and I the most pain I had ever been in ….Including 4 births and a gall bladder issue. THAT was NOT my Plan A!

Hindsight into God’s Plan

God’s plan B had been put into full swing- And I had t sit back and let hubby do most of it and he did awesome. I was so proud of him. And my friends- the ones who really knew me and really cared spoke words of truth into my life and my heart. They were superficial words. They weren’t pat answers- they could do that because they knew me and my heart. Through God’s plan B they had an opportunity to minister to my heart.

And our kids-wow! Our kids are so ministry minded to begin with my their acts of service to me was beyond what 10 to 15 years olds should do and yet they were amazing and we watched them grow so much through all of this.

Getting Mixed up

I think sometimes we get confused about the difference between perseverance and stubbornness is . Perseverance is being faithful even when things don’t go our way and being stubborn is doing our own way even if God is saying no, not yet- or just plain no.

He doesn’t want us to like that little boy with his trucks or that little girl with her dolls who don’t get their own way….we’ve seen it play out many times on TV or in our backyards….they are my______ and if we don’t do it my way I’m gonna pack up my_________ and go home. He wants us to trust him that HIS ways are better than our ways. He wants us o be a part of his amazing plan not just have hime be a part of our mediochre plans.

I want to challenge you just Like Ma Parker did for me to take God all of your plans and ask him to make them his plans and to help you to be aware and flexible for the changes he WILL make! Being willing to surrender your plans allows for great opportunity!

I will promise you that Plan B is always a bigger blessing thanPlan A- it may take a while to see it but with faith and trust God works miracles!

What about you…..What has been a Plan A that God has turned into an Amazing Plan B?

Stay tuned for Part 2 in this series.

Happy Homemaker Monday- 2/22/2021

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Happy Monday everyone! It’s been a day but it’s been a fun day for me. Hubby create a new workspace in my craft room. so I took today after my morning routine to set everything up.

♥♥The Weather♥♥ 

Today was another crazy snowy day here in upstate NY. We had a number of hours this afternoon that we didn’t see a snow plow for hours and we couldn’t see our road for even longer. It has been a fairly snowy year for us – more so that years in recent past

Monday – 28 and SNOWY
Tuesday –  36 with more snow
Wednesday – 47 SAY WHAT?? HEAT WAVE!!! (Rain)
Thursday –  29 (nevermind)
Friday – 35 it says we can expect a visit from a mysterious glowing orb in the sky!
Saturday –  40 and rain
Sunday –  44 partly sunny

With getting so little sun most of the winter it is so exciting when it shows up even briefly

♥♥How I am feeling this morning♥♥

Pretty well though a bit distracted I was having a hard time focusing on my devotions

  
 ♥♥On the breakfast plate♥♥

Bacon and egg white Bagel sandwich with coffee

♥♥On my reading pile♥♥
  • My Bile
  • The Powerful Purpose of Introverts
  • I’d Rather Be Laughing
  • The Silver Chair (Part of our morning basket for school)
  • Light in The Attic (Reading book for our 10 year old for school)
  • Lisette’s List
  • Little Women (Listening while I do other things)
 ♥♥On my tv♥♥

Art Youtube tutorials


♥♥On the menu this week♥♥
  • Monday-Burgers and French fries and side salads
  • Tuesday-Loaded baked potatoes
  • Wednesday- Baked Ziti
  • Thursday- sloppy joes and potato wedges w/ mixed veggies
  • Friday- Minestrone soup and Sourdough bread
  • Saturday- Leftovers
  • Sunday- Venison roast with potatoes and Carrots

♥♥From the camera♥♥    

♥♥Looking around the house♥♥

SNOW CLOTHES EVERYWHERE!!! Yep they were cutting wood and playing outside. When they get home we will clean them up.

     
♥♥To relax this week, I will♥♥

Finish reading three of the books on the above reading pile, make bread, and do some more deep cleaning (I jumped into the spring cleaning early.

♥♥Something I want to share♥♥ 
Love His new song

  ♥♥Devotional, inspirational, prayer list or Bible verse♥♥ 

1 Thessalonians 2:4-5 On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. (NIV)

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