Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Alive and Well

Hello everyone. I am still kicking. Just been such a busy couple of weeks. As you can tell from my last several post I was in a busy season. April and May always seem to creep up and swarm me with a lot of events and things.  Easter, Mother's Day, Graduations, and spring yard to do's.

I hope I still have some readers on here. *Smiles*

                                             Spring Family Photos (2015)
Okay, so the last time I was on here regular I had made the decision to leave my job.  Then I changed my mind as I began to do our budget. Then some things transpired and God confirmed I really needed to step out in faith and quit and began to Homeschool my younger ones again.

                                                      Spring Photos 2015
This fall that is what will be happening in the Abode.  I am officially going back to be a homemaker and homeschool mommy and I am ever excited. No regrets. I do have some nervousness but I am praying God will help me with it all. Last year was my first year to work and my younger children's first time in school for length of time. I had always homeschooled my youngest. My daughter went a couple of months when she was a Kindergartner. My oldest has 3 years until graduation and he would like to continue in the Christian school. So, we will see how it goes and plan to send him back this fall.
                                                 These were FREE photos!

We are busy getting ready for our Missions Trip to the Solomon Islands.  We have 33 days left until we fly out and I am excited, nervous, and mixed with so many emotions. This has been a deep burden for my husband and I for 7 years and it is finally coming to fruition. We raised all our money and not $1 came from our account.

                                           The kids End of the Year Awards

Around the abode I am lacking in motivation to do the things I need to. I am struggling to work our budget. With my job gone and my husband being off in the summer it is really making things TIGHT!  But I am trying to be creative and content.

I hope you all are well. Hopefully, I can be more regular until our Missions Trip. Bless you all.


Monday, May 4, 2015

A Few of My Favorite Quotes from April

I have this thing with quotes and post it's!  I love when I read the Word of the Lord or an enriching book that little nugget of wisdom will beam as a bright shining cluster of Gold. I have this memo board that I stick post it notes with quotes or scriptures I read. I also have chalk boards in our abode that I write things on to keep me inspired.

Here are a few quotes I have been feasting on this past month.

"I am a great Sinner but Jesus is a great Savior" ~John Newton (English Poet and Clergy in the late 1700's and early 1800's)

"Stay calm and enter the moment, Give Thanks!" ~Ann Voskamp (Author of One Thousand Gifts)

"Fix your eyes on Jesus" ~Hebrew 12:2-3

"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper:  but whosoever confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." ~Proverbs 28:13

Did you ready anything that stood out to year this past month?  Please share!!!

Love you all!!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Photo Friday~A Week in Pics

This week has been busy.  Like BUSY BEE BUSY! So, here is a recap of our week at our abode.

First Round....celebrated our oldest son's 15th Birthday with friends/youth from church.

 Second Round....enjoyed a day at the Lazy L Safari Field Trip I had for my class. My youngest Kyle came with me. It was a lot of fun!!!

 Third Round.....I hosted a Tea Party at my home for my Kindergarten and Preschool class. The loved it. The got all dressed up and we went to my home where I had it all set up and then we changed clothes and headed on a Nature Walk. It was lovely. I am thankful I had a parent volunteer. Whew!

This was on top of a church work week for deep cleaning, teaching at work everyday, laundry, cleaning, cooking, PTA meeting, Lady Ministry Conference Planning, and dentist appointments. Yep....I am so ready for the weekend. Wait....I have a busy weekend too. So...just for fun...I had to post the pic below!

My mother is coming to our home tonight from another state to visit. We have a Women's Conference (she is attending) Saturday, and Church Sunday!

Then it starts ALL OVER!  I have only 8 more days for this school year. I am ready for some summer fun. I am feeling so much better. They fixed my Thyroid medication and I have been taking Super Vitamn B 12 and my energy and health has improved a great deal.

I am proud to say there were so many times this week due to busyness I wanted to eat out but I stuck to my ground and saved so much more money. I used leftovers and created new recipes.  I planned out our food and stuck with that.

Tonight we are doing Chicken Enchiladas, Chips, and Salsa. I hope you all have a lovely weekend!!!!


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Hobo Steak & Crock Pot Baked Potato (Another Sunday Fixin)

One way that I have been working on our budget is NOT EATING OUT. Our biggest culprit is Sunday. My husband is a Pastor and Sunday's tend to be a long day. Enjoyable but long. If I am not conscientious about preparing our meal before I leave our home we end up eating out.

                                               Church Fun with Friends
                                                     (April 2015)

Since working on our budget we have saved lots of money by cutting this out. I utilize a lot of crock pot meals or slow cooking items.

                                    One my dearest friends and neighboring Pastors Wife
                                                          (April 2015)

Last Sunday's dinner was Hobo Steak and Baked Potatoes.  I made up hamburger patties with seasons, topped with onion and made a tinfoil pack for each individual patty. I put them in the oven on 375 while we got dressed (45 minutes) and before I headed out to church I bumped the degrees down to 190.  They cooked for about 3 hours. Oh my...they were moist, juicy, and perfect.

I then took my potatoes and gave them a good scrub, poked holes in them, and rubbed butter on them.  I rolled them up in tinfoil as I would baking a potato and put them in my crock pot on high. They cooked 4 hours. They also were perfect.

Hobo Steaks (Servings 6)

1 1/2 to 2 lbs of ground beef ( I used 2)

seasonings such as salt, pepper, and garlic salt

I also tossed a brown gravy pack in the burger because it sounded good and I am using things in my cabinet up.

1/2 c of bread crumbs

Make patties as a burger patty and place in foil, top with onion, and wrap up.

Thanks for visiting!!!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Busy Bee!

Hello Dear Sweet Friends,

I have been busy as a bee!  We have 11 days left of school before summer starts here in our abode! Lots of field trips, picnics, and organizing for the next school year is going on. We also have a "Servant's Heart" Work week at our church all week. Basically, the church comes together for "spring cleaning" the church! After work today I came home and cooked the extra chicken pot pie meal from last week and headed to the church. I washed all the baseboards of the Sanctuary and deep cleaned the Sanctuary at the church.

Monday we celebrated Ethan's fifteenth birthday! SNIFF!  We had a special time with his youth group and some family friends!  He is growing to be a fine young man!  I'm thankful for him because he gave me the experience of motherhood!  I love him so!

My posts may be sporadic this week due to busyness! But things will slow down soon!

Praying you all have a good week!


Saturday, April 25, 2015

A Nice Welcome & Ramblings!

I love wreaths. I really love seasonal wreaths.  I know they are a "want' and by no means a need. I was wanting a new wreath for our front door this year because all my wreaths are old and faded.  I already had a wire form, and burlap, and d├ęcor from things I have collected over the years from gifts and such. I did buy some pipe cleaners and some extra burlap and ribbon. I made this wreath for under $12.00.  I thought it turned our nice and gives a NICE WELCOME for our front door.

I thought it turned out very cute. It is bright and springy!!!  I want to thank you for all the sweet encouragement I have received and I appreciate it more than you all know. A new change has happened and I am just going to embrace it even though I am not for sure why, I am trusting in the Lord and that is all I can do. I do feel better. I believe I have a road to recover and rebuild my health and I am looking forward to our summer break from school to be able to get started on investing in my health and hopefully create long lasting changes and disciplines.

We are getting lots of spring rain here in the Midwest and I love the sound of rain. I am sitting here right now listening to the sprinkles and feeling the breeze through our windows. I love the smell of a fresh spring rain after a lawn has been mowed. Right now, I hear all kinds of birds, and tree frogs having them a time. I love the music of God's Creation.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend. We have Ethan's 15th birthday celebration tomorrow after Sunday evening church. We are all looking forward to that. I can't believe my oldest is 15 years old.

I didn't do so well on my goals that I had set. I am really having a hard time accomplishing them all. I believe it is my season of life right now. I am praying about how to be more committed to goals. I did increase my water intake, walked with a friend this week, kept the house cleaned, and prepared as much as I could for Ethan's party on top of working 43 hours this week and church duties.

In the frugal area I turned down a lot of things to keep money for savings. I try to utilize leftovers this week and felt very successful. I set a budget for Ethan's party and stuck with it on the most part.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Testimony Time

Dear Friends,

I would like to share a testimony of something God did for us. My husband and I were invited to Solomon Islands this summer for some mission work. It was going to cost a lot. We knew that God would have to supply because we didn't have the funds. My husband wrote some letters to some friends and fellow pastors and we had not heard anything about sponsors or received any donations as of last week.

My husband and I begin to pray that if the Lord really want us to go we would receive confirmation! God confirmed!!! My husband went to the post office church box and in there was a $2000.00 donation toward our trip! He was so excited he praised Jesus right in the post office. Well, the owner of the print shop in town was in the post office and asked what was going on and Derrick shared the story and he began to cry and praised God with my husband and then gave Derrick $100.00 toward our trip!

God is so good and faithful!!

Has God blessed you this week?  Big or small God cares! Share your testimony!

Love you all,