Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday Chat~Blueberry Cake & Weekend Recap

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Our weekend was pretty good. We had bad weather in our area and we had to even get into our closet during a tornado warning. The rotation was right above our town but it did not touch. The south of US was really hit hard by severe weather. A area about an hour from us had a very bad tornado that claimed lives and injured people. I pray for the those in this time. This has made me aware we need to be more prepared for Emergencies!

On a lighter note Friday our two oldest had a youth event. My daughter moved up into the youth group ministry...sniff!!!!!!! I am still feeling really upset about this. I know it is silly but I just really had a hard time with her getting older. *Smiles* I am thankful she is happy and healthy!!! Just wish I could keep her sweet innocence wrapped up for her. But the course of life doesn't allow it. Anyway, since both of them were at the event we took our youngest for some special time (rare) with just us and we went and had breakfast for dinner. His favorite! Waffles and bacon. We then came home and played a game.

I finished one of my books I have been reading. Check the tab in the top for updates on the books I have read this year so far. I have read 3 books since January 1st already.

Ethan (oldest) had some guy friends crash here after the youth event and the next morning they devoured a Blueberry Cake I made. I had some blueberries and looked up a really quick and easy recipe and it was really good. The link to the recipe is here.

Saturday was lovely before the rain came in. I took Hannah to a birthday party and I went browsing and used some gift cards while she was at her party. Then I came home and me and the hubby went on a nice long walk and sat on the deck and grilled chicken breast and sausage. I made fried potatoes and onions. We ended the night with Little House on the Prairie Movies and reading.

Sunday was rainy and we enjoyed church and I warmed up all the food we had left from grilling and made Snickerdoodle cookies. We took a quick walk before the rain came in.

I hope you had a lovely weekend. I got all my housework done that I plan to do today. I have an errand later in the day. I will be making roast, rice and gravy, and lima beans for dinner.

What about you? Your weekend?  Supper plans? Your plans for the day?

Goals for this week

Find a way to cut $25 a month. I am starting small.
Begin a plan for Emergency Preparedness
Start a Vacation Jar
Deep Clean Living Room (clean baseboards, shampoo carpet, shampoo couch)
Do a Tea Party with the kids
Finish the book The Broken Way

Do you have any goals for the week??

Have a super day,

Friday, January 20, 2017

Challenge Friday- Update your Contacts

Hello friends!! I am still sitting here in shock that I am already talking about Challenge Friday. It really seems my weeks are flying so fast. Even though I am practicing the art of slow living our days seem like vapor.

Last weeks challenge was to pamper yourself. I did do my feet and they are all nice and smooth. I also waxed my eyebrows. I will spare you pictures of these things. *Smiles*

This week I am challenging us to update our contact/address book. Some of you may have already done this but this is a major need for me. I noticed it when I was doing Christmas cards.

I keep putting it off. So.....for the next few days I will take a letter or two at a time and work on my new address book.

Hope you will join me. If you have already done this then update your birthday's, bill due dates, and any calendar work before January comes to a close.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Enjoying the Warm

We have had lovely weather in the middle of January. I am soaking it up. We all are. Last Friday I took the kids for a quick picnic at the park and we flew Ethan's Drone. That was fun!

I also curled up on a bench and enjoyed reading Ann Voskamp's The Broken Way. It is a good book. Full of quotes I love. It is a little hard to read but she has a  unique style of writing. I always enjoy it once I get locked in.

On Tuesday my younger children go to an Art Class. I have an hour or really a little less to kill a little time. I use this day to have a slow moment usually. I bring a book and a good drink (hot cocoa, sprite, or water) and sit at a park that is 3 minutes from their class. I sit in my car and roll the window down and enjoy the breeze and the scenery and read. This Tuesday was simply beautiful. So, I did just that. Just soaked in the word and a book.

We are now heading into a few days of rain. Lots of it. I actually enjoy rainy days. A few here and there are so cozy!!! I am planning on cooking Turkey and Rice tonight.

What is on your menu plan??


Monday, January 16, 2017

Chit Chat & Cleaning

Hello all! I hope you all are well and had a great weekend. I had a decent weekend. I have been dealing with some stomach issues and abdominal pains. It has kind of zapped me. I pushed through Saturday and cleaned our home. Our Weekly Cleaning! I would love to fit this in during the week but with homeschool and basic daily to do's such as cooking, straightening, decluttering, laundry, paying bills, grocery shopping, exercising, church, running teen to work and back and any other activities it seems Saturday tends to be the day I get stuck doing the deeper cleaning like the bathrooms, mopping, and dusting. I pick up daily and vacuum several a week and wipe bathrooms down daily but deeper stuff seems hard to fit in.

I originally plan for Friday's to be the day to clean but I am so tired by this day I tend to relax with the kids, do appointments, or do visits that need to be made. I also run errands and take boys to get hair cuts, and shop this day.

Do you have a specific day you clean? 

Please pray for me about my stomach/abdominal issues. I truly appreciate it!!!


Friday, January 13, 2017

Challenge Friday~Pamper

Hello Friends. I hope you all enjoyed the art of writing a letter last week. I know I did. I am so excited to hear back from my friend. I plan to write a letter monthly for the year. I loved the whole art of it.

This week I am challenging us to Pamper. What I mean is do something for your body you have put off.  My toes and feet have been sadly neglected.  I need to pamper my worn down fingernails. They look grubby.

                                             The devotion I have been enjoying!

                                           Hannah enjoying school outside Thursday.

I also challenge you to do it on a budget OR treat yourself if your budget allows. 

Here is some ideas...

give yourself a manicure or a pedicure
deep condition your hair
wax your eyebrows
exfoliate your skin
soak in a detox bath
scrub those rough dry patches on your skin
do a face mask

Who is in with me?  Share what you plan to do over the next week in the comments.

I will be doing my feet and nails.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Enjoy Life-What gift are you receiving today?

"I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun." Ecclesiastes 8:15

I read this in my devotion today and it ministered to me because of two things. One~ we will toil and there will be hard days. We do have to work and labor for good. Second~ we need to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Eating ( I am not talking gluttony and such), fellowshipping, and celebrating just "daily" life should give us enjoyment. It is a gift to us from God.

                                               Beauty from Solomon Islands (2015)

Here is a quote from the devotion, "I believe that this way of living, this focus on the present, the daily, the tangible, this intense concentration not on the news headlines but on the flowers growing in our garden, the children growing in our homes, this way of living has potential to open up the heavens, to yield a glittering handful of diamonds where a second ago there was coal."
 -Shauna Niequist

What gift will we receive today to enjoy?  Laughter, giggles, flowers, wind, skies, praise music, smells of food
simmering, or just breath.


*Devotion is called 365 Devotions Savor~Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are by Shauna Niequest

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Handwriting, SnickerDoodles, and Warm Days

Hello friends! I pray you all are having a wonderful week. We are in the middle of it now so we can turn it around if not!! It is all about perspective, right? *Smiles*

I had a CHALLENGE last Friday for you all and myself to handwrite an old fashion letter. I wrote one of my dear friends that lives very far away. We used to live by each other but I have moved two times in the past 5 years and each time I moved further away. We used to meet up monthly for our kids to play and we would fellowship.

I enjoyed decorating my paper, and coming up with things to say. I mainly just gabbed about things I am learning from home. She is like me in a lot of ways when it comes to homemaking. She really is the only friend I can actually talk to about anything...even toilet paper. *Smiles* We often laugh at each other. We used to talk daily on the phone, then our kids got older and homeschool is more demanding so we talk a few times a month (maybe)! She sent me a sweet text last week saying how much she missed me. So, when I was thinking of who I was going to write she popped in my mind.

The weather has been so much different from the past cold, icy, and wet weekend. It has been lovely and warm with breezes. So, I let up the windows in the home today to air out the house and grabbed hot cocoa and got to writing. I can say I need to work on my penmanship. I can tell it isn't as pretty as it used to be.

Have you wrote your letter?  If not I encourage you! It was so sweet to do it.

I am making Snickerdoodle cookies for my oldest today. They are his favorite. I am also making Mexican Bowls. This was a meal I made up from items out of my pantry a long time ago. We were short on cash and I got creative. My family loved it so we make it every now and then.

Around the home today we homeschooled and did our grab 3 items Wednesday to donate or trash. We did this last week and it worked so well I decided to make every Wednesday Clutter Buster Days during January. We basically just grab a bag and I put it by the front door and we add a few items to get rid of.

You should try it!