Happy Monday everyone! I hope it’s been great. Over the next 4 weeks I think I’m going to try moving my blogging time to the morning.
Sunny and quite breezy and cool but it’s only supposed to get better and then it’s gonna tank on Saturday. BUT it’s NY so it could change a lot by the time Saturday rolls around
♥♥How I am feeling this morning♥♥
Ahem- this evening NOT as stuffed up no sinus headache. My face doesn’t hurt and the cough isn’t that bad. NO I don’t have the current virus causing a stir but the common cold is prevalent in our area right now
♥♥On my mind♥♥
HMMMM Pretty sure you can guess!!! I’m not worried but we are constantly adapting to changes. No biggie and kinda fun.
♥♥On the breakfast plate♥♥
didn’t eat breakfast this morning
♥♥On my reading pile♥♥
All of my books.
♥♥On my tv♥♥
Today was Star Wars Episode 6 Return of the Jedi . Now we will start the next set of three since the last once was just released to VuDU today (secret about me- I hate cliff hangers I would rather wait for the whole series to be out so I can know what happens next)
♥♥On the menu this week♥♥
The black blob for today was a local restaurant. Want to read more about the lesson I learned about menu planning in the midst of a crisis…You can read all about it HERE
♥♥From the camera♥♥
♥♥Looking around the house♥♥
I’ve been sick so there is some general cleanup. And I have the spring cleaning list printed off and ready to go as soon as I take care of a few problem areas.
♥♥Chore I’m not looking forward to today, or this week♥♥
EVERYTHING- no literally. I am looking forward to this change of pace
♥♥To relax this week, I will♥♥
do something fun with the kids every day of the week BECAUSE we can
I’m behind WAY BEHIND. I’m Tired BUT it’s a good kind of tired. The kind of tired when you feel like you have accomplished so much. That was my today. This warm spell here in upstate NY was exactly what this girl needed! But tonight I must confess my heart is heavy for a sweet friend. She has been walking a rough road for many years and she is struggling and I don’t blame her one bit. Because I was once there. and it hurts to see such a dear friend going through it too. BUT different. Her name is important and the situation is important but praying for her doesn’t require specific knowledge. Pray for peace, pray for courage to fight with God’s strength not her own. Pray she stay strong in her faith. Pray that she will shine through all that is false. Pray for this sweet woman!
The weather outside is::::
WELLLL this morning and most of that day was GORGEOUS! Springlike and just downright glorious! Tomorrow however Really don’t want to think about that right now!!
On the breakfast plate this morning::::
a Soft pretzel. I know breakfast of champions right? Nah not really I was in a hurry and needed something quick!
As I look outside my window:::
Blackness. we live in the country so there aren’t many lights at all
Right now I am::::
sipping my favorite tea (Plantation Mint aka spearmint tea) basking in the silence as I type
As I look around the house::::
Well the kitchen in in really good shape. the living room needs some tidying and there are a few loads of laundry to be doe but our back stairwell, my sewing cabinet, bedroom and craft room needs some help! Thats Thursday nights project!
On today’s to do list::::
Well today was tackling the kitchen and it’s 90% there and the kitchen bathroom is cleaned and dinner was made
oh man I have a big list as of right now!
Enough by Sharon Jaynes
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
The Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas by Ace Collins (I told you I was way Behind)
the Bible Specifically a verse/topical study on Joy My word for the year
and a book with my two youngest sons – 10 Boys who Changed the World by Irene How
On the TV today:::: Different Strokes I’m such an 80’s-90’s kid!
On the menu this week::::
Monday – Leftover chili ( I had a salad since I can’t eat chili at night time)
Tuesday – Mac and Cheese with hotdogs
Wednesday – Sloppy Joes with Tater tots
Thursday – Grilled Cheese and soup (I will decide what type I will be making Thursday morning)
Friday – Pizza and wings
Saturday – Steak um sandwiches (LOL this is leftovers (frozen) from a few weeks ago when hubby and I had a family night and gave the kids a blast from our past)
Sunday – Meatball subs
What I am creating at the moment::::
a wrap for around hubby’s face when he is splitting wood outside in the cold some paintings and some Cricut projects
Favorite photo from the camera::::
Our girls first yea playing basketball, she loves it so much
Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::
Friends and family going through stuff. Physical, emotional faith struggles.
our family has 2 big things coming up in the future. can’t say anything as of yet. Stay tuned.
My verse for the Year
12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Happy Homemaker Monday Everyone! Can you believe it is the last few days of October. I know my mind is completely jumped past Halloween and Im in full swing thinking about Thanksgiving!
The weather outside is:::: I must say that the dreariness that we have been experiencing has made me somewhat exhausted. It been raining pretty much for three days straight. It cool and very fall like. I have very much missed seeing the vibrant leaves this fall It’s what makes the gray days of fall bearable ! I love how the gray skies make the bright foliage pop. However this fall theist description I can give to you is that it looks like a very muddy fall watercolor painting outside!
On the breakfast plate this morning:::: Hahaha I am not a breakfast eater at all. I had coffee and two pieces of bacon at 6:30 and then normally -today was no different I eat brunch around 10:30 or 11
As I look outside my window::: WET SOGGY GRAY that is all
Right now I am:::: I just let the kids in after they got off the bus.
As I look around the house:::: Weekend mess. I will whip it into shape this evening but this morning I spent preppy our church play.
On today’s to do list:::: I had to get the play thing figured out. Every time I have pursued a play option the door closed. Now I have landed on a spectacular option and the details are all falling into place
Currently reading:::: Less Than Perfect by Ann Spangler (My review book)Courageous Creative by Jenny Randle (half way through the study!!) Jesus Calling and the Bible
On the TV today:::: Wild Prairie Rose
On the menu this week::::
Monday – Tacos
Tuesday – Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Wednesday – Pizza and a movie night with some friends
Thursday -meatball subs
Friday – Loaded baked potato soup
Saturday – chili and Biscuits
Sunday -meatloaf and loaded mashed potatoes
What I am creating at the moment:::: Well I have been kind of obsessed with water color painting. I have tinkered with it for a while BUT now I am full blown addicted to learning
Favorite photo from the camera:::
One of the challenges from last week from Courageous Creative was to watch a youtube tutorial of how to draw something you have always wanted to learn how to draw. Mine was a pansy. o used my water color pencils (still learning with those)
Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::
Perfectionists fixate on making flawless art, but our greatest pursuit is to find God’s perfect Heart.
Have you ever stood and stared and watched a sunset as it changes. It’s like it’s a living water color painting. I love sunrises too and they are the same way. But as of late I have been watching sunsets and pondering them. Every sunset os different and there are Many factors that go into that. A sunset os very similar to life. sometimes it’s full of color and vibrant and other times it’s dull and gray. The one thing we know and can expect is that nighttime is coming. I the Bible we are promised dark and hard times, but we are also told joy comes in the morning which as you guessed it is something else that beautiful. a sunrise. the thing is that just like life if we don’t take the time to soak up the beauty, we will miss it! That’s what I love about Happy homemaker posts is that it makes me sit down and think about all that is going on around me! So let’s get started!
The weather:::. Fall showed up on Saturday after quite the storm Friday night. But since then it has been bright and crisp. The clouds started rolling in this afternoon and now is overcast and ready to rain at any moment.
As I look outside my window::: I see my neighbors porch light and an occasional car whizzes by but other than that it is pitch black outside
Right now I am::: sipping sinus soother tea and mentally working on my #write312018 blog posts
Thinking and pondering::: about many things but I have really been pondering a challenge given by a speaker while I was at camp all by myself this summer. My word for the year has been influence and it has been forefront in my mind but this speaker challenged up to write letters to those who have had an influence on us. specifically ministry leaders who have poured into our lives so I have compiled my list and am preparing the preamble to those letters.
On my bedside table::: a whole bunch of books wanting my attention
On my tv::: nothing
On the menu for this week:::
Monday – Chicken bacon Ranch casserole (I tweaked the recipe so I could make it in the crockpot”
Tuesday – Meatball subs and salad
Wednesday – chicken pot pie (also in the crockpot- yeah we will see how that goes)
Thursday – grilled cheese
Friday – chili
Saturday – hayride 9there is dinner -kinda with that
Sunday – Hamburgers, salt potatoes and veggie
On my to do list::: well ya see I kinda made this mess, a VERY BIG MESS. I kinda lost something and so I went on a hunt to find that something (with no positive outcome) and when I was done it looked like a tornado had hit the place. Now I have to fix it.
What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating::: I am starting on the curtains for my craft room this week. I also have to sand and paint the trim and sills of my three windows in the craftroom. And I have a sign that is the theme thought for my room and that involves painting AND Cricut work.
My simple pleasure::: hot beverages. I LOVE me some COFFEE but I also really enjoy tea and hot cider as well.
Lesson learned the past week::: oh I have two. 1) well on Sunday I was catching up from my missed devotions while I was away at a conference. and as I read I began to see a pattern I a couple of different places waiting on God was forefront I my reading and then my secret sister gave me a cute ceramic pen holder with a very cute pink sloth on it and it says Take your Time. Ok I get it. So many times I think it should go on my time line and that I can fix it but in reality I need to wait on God. he has it all under control. 2). over the last month r so there has been some heavy stuff I have had to process through. and I have learned these last few weeks that sometimes you have to let go of self-imposed expectations and go with simpler disciplines and routines and build back to where you once were. so That is what I have done. I have gone back to my 3 minute morning routine I set up when I read through Hello Mornings, and it has been a huge blessing. Because God has met me in the simplicity and deeply fed my soul. As much as I would like to say I am back to my old self , I can’t. ButI’m getting there for sure.
Looking around the house::: UMMM did you read what I wrote on the to-do list part??
From the camera::
This was the sunset from behind our church Saturday night during youth group. It’s unfiltered and I firmly believe that we have some the best sunsets around!
Prayer List::: unsaved friends and family and I have a bunch of friends and family going though some really hard stuff.
Bible verse, Devotional:::
Isaiah 40:31English Standard Version (ESV)
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.