Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Crown~We can be One!

"Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table." Psalm 128:3




Here is an excerpt from~ Queen of the Home compiled by Jennifer McBride

"Have you crowned your husband? The more richly you crown him, the more you will be blessed.

What does the crown look like with which you adorn your husband? Does it look tarnished and strange because many jewels are missing?  Or is it filled with precious gems?  What are some of the gems that will make your husband proud to wear you as his crown?

Is your crown decorated with diamonds of devotion, dedication, dignity, and diligence that will delight His soul?

Have you set sapphires that will shine and sparkle with serving, sacrificial and submissive spirit?  Are you sweet to him? Are you a strength and support to his vision in life?  Are you sensitive to his needs? Are you steadfast in your loyalty and commitment to your marriage?

Have you positioned pearls in your crown~pearls of patience, peace, perseverance and prayer for your husband?

Oh don't forget the rubies, the rarest of all gems.  Is your crown radiating with rubies of reverence and respect for your husband?

Is your crown ornamented with opals of openness, obedience, overflowing love and the oil of joy?

Don't forget emeralds that emanate esteem, earnest commitment, encouragement and endurance.

Adorn your crown with amethysts of admiration, affirmation, approval, appreciation, and attentiveness.



Just a minute! You can't forget the crowning jewel of all~Contentment! This jewel adds luster to your crown. This jewel releases your husband from bondage and pressure." 
Written by Nancy Campbell

There is more to this beautiful illustration that Mrs. Campbell wrote that is in the book but when I read this today I felt so compelled to aim to add those jewels my crown. My crown has been tarnished at times, it has jewels that are missing, but I am seeking to repair that crown. Polish it up. Dig out the jewels and begin to construct that crown again.




Let us add one JUST ONE of these jewels to our crown for our husbands today.  Maybe we need to add some Pearls~Patience, Emeralds~Encouragement, Opals~Oil of Joy, or maybe we need to add some Rubies of Reverence.

Blessings,
Chrissy

Monday, July 25, 2016

Enjoying My Purpose

Today.... I am just enjoying this wonderful God Given duty the Lord has blessed me with. Being a mother, wife, and homemaker. I love it. It can be challenging but I do love it. God gently reminded me in the Word today how precious my children are. I was also reminded how precious marriage is. The sanctity of the Home and Hearth.

How important it is. How truly I am a Queen in my own Domain. I don't mean a bossy, spoiled, and selfish Queen. I desire to be a Queen of Our Home. Caring, Loving, and Guiding those in this palace of mine.

I am truly blessed. You are too!

Update on health- I haven't had any caffeine since last Sunday when the episode happened and I have reduced the sodium in my diet as well as cut back on portions. I have also walked daily (slowly or either a Leslie Sansone 1 mile walk) and I am drinking LOTS of water. I feel a little better. I still feel a little different and I can't quite place my finger on it but I am trying to do the best I can. I am taking it slow. Unlike times before when I would pull my self up fast and hard after one of my health slumps. I would burn out worse from doing this. This time I just I need to be slow, simple, and cautious. I still need prayer for peace of mind. I have often found that I begin to get anxious when I feel a fast heart beat or pain. I refuse to let fear get me.


Blessings,
Chrissy


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wowza!

Wowza! What a few days or shall I say weeks. I am not sure maybe I should just say years. It has been such a battle with my health. I will spare you details other than I had a bout of tachycardia (high heart rate) and High Blood Pressure. It was bad! BAD! Like I thought I was having a heart attack. It was so terribly scary.

All my test have come back clear but I still feel really tired, weak, and such. No one really knows what is going on with my body. So, we will just say I need prayer. I need prayer for these specific things. I would love if you could bind with me and help me pray.

*strength to get healthy
*lower healthy heart rate
*steady BP as it has been dropping low and raising high
*peace over my mind

Thank you all! I hope to be back posting on a more positive note soon. If I haven't responded to the last post comments it is because of being so out of it. I was sedated a few times to get my heart down. So, I think I am still overcoming that. I also cut out ALL caffeine. Lowered my salt intake as well.

Blessings!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

ER visit & Hopsital Stay

I have been in the hospital. I will catch up with you all. Please pray for me and quick recovery.

Thanks.

Monday, July 11, 2016

A True Wife & A Personal Email Letter from Laine

"The true wife needs to be no mere poet's dream, no artist's picture, no ethereal lady too little for use, but a woman healthful, strong, practical industrious, with a hand for life's commons duties, yet crowned with that beauty which a high and noble purpose gives to a soul."




"Every true wife makes her husband's interest own."



"A true wife by her character and by her conduct proves herself worthy of her husband's trust. Her husband has confidence in her affection; he knows that her heart is unalterably true to him. He has confidence in her management; he confides to her the care of the household. He knows that she is true to his interests, that she is prudent and wise, not wasteful not extravagant."




All the quotes above are from the book Home Making by J. R. Miller. I highly suggest you to read this book.

By the way....I am not perfect in any of the above quotes...I am daily aiming. I fail. I move on. I keep moving on. Keep seeking, working, and striving to be the best I can be.


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Dear friends,

I cannot tell you the surprise, blessing, and honor I got when I opened my email up a few days ago to see an email from Laine. First, I thought it was a spam type joke when I seen the name and subject. But when I opened it up and I began to read I was more than thrilled. She shared with me a friend of hers (someone that must pop on my blog...thank you) told her about my recent post I shared on her letters. She was thrilled to know her letters meant and ministered still all these years later.

She updated me on her family. They are all doing well and she has grandbabies and expecting one very soon. She seems to be so happy in her season of life. They are raising their adopted daughter that is 6 years old and homeschooling her. Talk about being the hands and feet. Laine sure is a wonderful example of this.

I was so honored she took the time to email me and update me on her life. I know some may think I put her on a pedestal . I do not do that but I do think very highly of her and I appreciate the God Given calling she had when she wrote her letters. There are so few women like Laine and I am very thankful to have come across her in the blog world. I know she is human and is not perfect but she is a wonderful role model to follow. While the world chases their role models that have nothing to do with the Lord I will give respect and honor where it is due. I am thankful for her Biblical Example and help she has shined in my life even though just through writings.

I pray you all have a superb week. I have plans to work on my living room today and put some up books for sale. I am so thrilled to be feeling better. But I will PACE myself.

We are doing pork chops, yam patties, and corn for supper. What is on your menu?

Blessings,

Chrissy










Saturday, July 9, 2016

Planning Afternoon Tea

A while back I told my daughter we would do a tea party together. Just her and I. I got sick, life happened, and well it was forgotten. But I do not like saying I will do things and then I don't so I am making it up. Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose inspired me to do this as she had written to me by email and was telling me about her Tea Time she was planning to have with her mom. It motivated me.  Thank you Stephanie!

I plan to do this next week. I will be mailing her an invitation to tea at our home. I am so excited. I will plan our menu but I will have her help prepare.

We will prepare our things in the morning and then have our "tea time" in the afternoon. I am so thrilled. I have been doing a little research on tea etiquette and I have came across some neat reads.

Here are some links for fun if you would like to check them out.

A neat read on Afternoon Tea Etiquette here at Afternoon to Remember.


The menu planned which is subject to change....

Cucumber Sandwiches
Turkey Roll Ups
Strawberries & Cheese Cubes



                                                       Chocolate Cream Pie in Jars


  Check out these super neat Mason Jar Lid Pies. I am not sure which we will do this one or the Chocolate Cream Pie above.


 


I am leaning on the Chocolate Cream Pie due to the heat and I am not sure I want to use my oven and make our home really hot. It is already over 100 degrees here and the heat index has been 109* F the last few days.  But I will for sure consider these cute pies for later if I end up not doing them.


We will have an assortment of flavored teas and Lemonade. I plan to read a little book to her and then we will curl up and watch the newest of "When Calls the Heart" series. We are so excited.

Hannah has neat little book that has all kinds of pennant banners so we will make a few for decorations.

That is all for now. I am sure you will see some things from here until then as we put this together. It will not be fancy by no means but it will be special Memory Making.

I hope you all have a wonderful day or night!

Blessings,
Chrissy




 
 

                                                




Friday, July 8, 2016

His Marvelous Creations

Through the eyes of a child! Hannah is my little budding photographer.  She has an amazing eye for a young girl.



Hannah is my "Pollyanna" always sees the bright side of things. Even in tough situations she sees the Silver Lining.


The other day she took a picture of some nature and said, "Mom, look at God's Marvelous Creation." I love that she knows her maker. I love how she sees God's creation as Marvelous. Something we as adults rush around and barely notice. Well, not all of us...but some.


I love her take on life. I love the way children forgive so easily, let go, and how they can be resilient unlike most. I am so grateful for the beauty and joy nature brings.

These pictures are just few of what Hannah has done. She won third place with one of her photo's this past May in our Homeschool Group of over 200. I was so proud of her. But I am most thankful God gave me a young lady with a sensitive heart.



Blessings,
Chrissy

Stop and Smell the Roses today! Enjoy the sky! Reach out and touch a leaf! Play in some dirt. Listen to the birds sing.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Visiting with Laine

You all know my love for Mrs. Laine and her letters. My dear Blogger friend Wendi treated me to the best gift ever and I will treasure it always...she printed all her letters and had them bind into a book well two for that matter due to how much content for me as a gift when I hosted a Book Swap.



When I get unmotivated, or feel like I am losing grips in the homemaking department, or even needing that push to get up for my time with the Lord.....I go to Laine. I used to get online and search and pray that her letters had not disappeared as she no longer writes letters that I know of.

I am so thankful to have a hard copy to pull out when I need to. So, for two days I have been sitting and chatting (in some sort of way) with Laine. I glean from her hope, encouragement, and love for Christ.

Check the sidebar link called Laine's Letters for a place to browse. Do you love Laine's letters?  What has been your favorite one? 

By the way I got all of my goals accomplished beside one. I got packages mailed and cleaned fridge, but didn't return movie.

Hugs,
Chrissy



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Three Goals

Hello there friends. I am setting three goals today that I have procrastinated and they need to get accomplished. They are small but I believe they will make me feel like I have tackled something.

Today my goals are....

Mail off some packages (head to the post office)
Return a movie
Clean fridge

I told you small goals. *Smiles*

Do you have anything you have been putting off? Or some goals you'd like to do?

Chrissy

My Diagnosis

I have been feeling awful for years. Yes...years! I have been diagnosed so many times with so many things then "undiagnosed" so many times as well. Yes...undiagnosed. Sunday I had an issue at a festival at our church. It was 103 degrees and I was working the welcome booth. The sun was beaming on me. I felt fine and was having fun but then all the sudden my heart went really fast and began to pound and I almost past out. I don't remember much for about 10 minutes other than being rushed inside and they were putting ice on me and pushing fluids. Luckily, we had a First Aid station with a Doctor due to the possible risk of Heat issues.

My blood pressure which is normally low was super high as well as my heart rate. I was scared to say the least. Anyway I was going through Heat Exhaustion. Which apparently can make you feel yucky a couple of days afterwards. And that I have!!!!

Today I went to the doctor because I still didn't feel really well. They did a whole bunch of blood work but my iron which" was" really low last month is now good since I have been supplementing. I am thankful. But I was so burdened because I feel so bad all the time and I beginning to think I am crazy. I feel like people think I make the way I feel up.



The Doctor looked me straight in the face and said I would not doubt your Vit D to be low but your heart is good, your CBC is good, and so with all that being said all I can suggest to you is to lose weight.

Yes....I know I am not skinny. I am 45 pounds overweight. I am very aware. But.....BUT....I feel so tired and exhausted the sound of just going to shop at the store, counting calories, exercising makes me want to cry. And yes...I have cried.

Although.... I do believe that losing weight will help tremendously I do not believe it is the main thing. I felt this way since I was young and not even overweight. Matter fact because I was so tired all the time is why I stopped exercising.

Anyway, he suggest me to do a 1500 Calorie diet and to walk 2 miles EVERY single day for 3 months and come back to see him. He was very adamant that I do NOT do any types of diets. Just lower my salt intake, watch the things I eat, eat 1500 calories of what I would like, treat myself occasionally, cut back a little on bread but don't be hardcore. He told me to be realistic and avoid types of diets that restrict things that I know I will not be able to live the rest of my life without. I appreciate his advice and he was very delicate....but I just want to cry.

Any tips?!

Chrissy

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Pulling Back~Pushing Forward

My friends as you all know that I had to pull back for a period of time from media in general amongst other things. I am thankful to feel a little release to poke around in the media world again. I will say though it has been a challenge.

I think pulling back has been good because it showed me things that were most important. But it also showed me what I want to spend my time on when I am online. For a period I was blogging, facebooking, pinteresting, googling, and on and on.

                           Mom's Night Out with some Homeschool Mom's.  We lost a game.
                                            
I found I was turning to all these great avenues to fill voids, find answers, and I can go on and on but I will spare you.  One thing is I had information overload. I will not go in detail too much but I began to feel like the silly women that run from home to home and don't manage their own home~granted that was only for a few weeks because I know where my calling and ministry is and I am thankful I woke up.

I say this not to judge, make others feel like they need to pull back, or say those things I have mentioned above are bad. They are all good in the proper balance. I am thankful I have learned that. I have also learned what things in media need to stay in my life, what matters, and what doesn't.

                                                                     Beach Love!

Blogging was something that always was refreshing. I never feel like it is overwhelming. I enjoy sharing my heart, our life, and visiting others. I have made so many wonderful "virtual" friends that I treasure. Blogging is one thing I plan to make sure I do keep in my life as long as the Lord leads. I may not be regular or I maybe.... I am not sure. But one thing is for sure.....I sure missed you all and thankful to be pushing forward.

Blessings,

Chrissy

Monday, July 4, 2016

I am FREE in DEED!

"For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee."
~Psalm 86:5

Today I felt a nudge to read Psalm 86. The verse above stood out to me. Well, honestly all of the passage did but I wanted to share this.

What a blessing it is to know we have a Lord that is so wonderful and offers the best FREEDOM of all. He is always ready to forgive. Always! How wonderful. I am so thankful. With that being said we have no excuse to be weighed down by sin~ WE ARE FREE IN CHRIST. May we not take advantage of the sacrifice of this wonderful gift of freedom offered to us.

Happy 4th of July!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Just a Little Pop In

Hello everyone!!!! I first want to say thank you for those that privately emailed me and checked on me over the last few months. I know my departure from the blog was sudden. I had a streak of daily posting for a few months and then I pretty much vanished.

Reasons for this VANISH are many but the main one is that I had another bought with my health. When this happens truly all things come to a stand still other than things that are the most importance and that is my husband, children, home, and their schooling. Yes...The Lord too. *Smiles* Oh...and my health. *Smiles*

Second reason was that I was feeling a pull to pull back from the internet. I was blogging, using social media, and etc. I was constantly feeling this pulling at my heart to let it go for a bit.

So that is just what I did. I am feeling somewhat better. I have still being having some issues but the Lord has been good and I feel like I am turning a new leaf. I have since dropped my social media accounts and it has been so refreshing.

Since my last time on here (April I think) we have had a 16th birthday party, celebrated Mother's Day, wrapped a very good "home"school year up, had a high schooler take the ACT and did exceptionally well and now is enrolled in a top 100 college in America while being in High School. He will graduate high school with a year of college under his belt. He will homeschool the remainder of his High School and dual credit with the University in our area. This will be a big undertaking.

                                                              Mother's Day 2016

I celebrated my 36th birthday, we celebrated my "baby's" 9th birthday, my daughter started a dog sitting and walking business and has done really well for an 11 year old. I have focused on making personal relationships deeper and more meaningful. I have been opened our home up (which I struggled with for a long time) and began hosting friends, families, and bible students for fellowship.



We have had a wonderful LAZY filled June (Summer Break) and have enjoyed pool time, outings with friends and family, date nights, read great books, playing board games, and just hanging around.




I am very thankful for you all. I hope to be regular now and then. I know that our summer will be wrapping up in a few weeks so I am planning to come out of lazy mode a little and began to prepare our home and family for the homeschool year coming. This takes a lot of prep work.

Love you all!!