Monday, September 25, 2017

Fall Decor!!









Okay... I got out of my grumpies of it being 100 degrees here and just decorated. Here is a little of what I did. I plan to do some scarecrows and pumpkins in October.

Thanks for all that signed up for the Fall Fun Exchange. There were a few ladies that said they wanted to do it but never emailed me there info. Today is the last day!

Blessings,
Chrissy

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fall Fun Exchange

Hello friends! I am in need of some inspiration for Fall. This 100 degree weather is killing me. I thought it would be fun to host a Fall Fun Exchange.


How it works?!

Leave a comment letting me know you would like to participate then email me at gotjoyforlife5@gmail.com. I will pair you up with a sweet lady and you will exchange a special Fall Happy. Budget Limit is $5.00. Sign up ends September 24th. Must be sent to your lady by October 1st.

Sample ideas...

Fall potholder
Fall trinket
Fall towel

You get the idea! It is meant to be simple and FUN. Please USA residents only. Thanks my sweet readers.

Blessings,
Chrissy

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cozy!

It is still hot here friends. HOT! I am so waiting for it to be cool. I am biting my nails waiting. I haven't decorated for FALL yet because I simply have a hard time when it is 100 outside.

I have put my wreath on my front door and my Fall mailbox cover. I usually like to bake a Fall treat, open my windows, clean and spruce, and decorate when I do my seasonal d├ęcor. Since it is still so hot I just haven't really wanted to yet. I will though!



I did make some yummy Carrot Pumpkin Muffins (Weight Watchers 3 SP) and a Cozy Delish Taco Bake (Weight Watcher 6 SP) for supper. I lit a candle and the aroma from the candle and Carrot Pumpkin muffins made me get a little more excited for Fall.



3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins Recipe here. Subbed Spice cake with Carrot Cake

Taco Bake Recipe

1lb lean beef (browned and drained)
1 can of drained corn
1 pack of low sodium taco season
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 can of black beans ( I did not use this to lower points)

Top with cheese. I topped one half with fat free cheese for me and the other regular for family.

I seen several recipes for this but I adapted it for my family and so I cam sharing what I did.

I put all this in a 9 by 13. Baked for 30 minutes covered with foil. I then topped with cheese and baked for 5 more minutes.

 Have you tried any new recipes lately??

Blessings!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

3-2-1 Cake

Most of you know I am doing Weight Watchers. I love it. I lost weight, feel great, and know I can live the rest of my life this way. No fads! No Crazy food! I just love it. There are days I just have to have some yummy sweetness.

I found a recipe for 3-2-1 Cake. It is like a mug cake and it is wonderful. DIVINE!
3 TBL of Cake Mix (check link to see mix)
2 TBL of water
1 Minute Cook Time

The link to the recipe is here. It is so simple. I mean TRULY simple. Low calorie, and Low Smart Points.

This cake is perfect for those not doing weight watchers due to the smaller portion, low fat, and lower sugar content. Even if you do not do WW's this is a great low calorie treat to fix a craving.

I topped mine with whipped cream and topping. Took me 1 minute to make. No LIE!


Monday, September 18, 2017

Yearning

Yearning- An intense longing for something. Craving, hunger, wishing, longing, wanting, desiring

This word came to my heart today. I have a yearning. A yearning for the Lord. A yearning for His coming. A yearning to sit at His feet. A yearning to be in His presence.

I also have a yearning for our home to represent Him. For Jesus to flow through each room of our home. A yearning for my children and their souls. I yearn for their salvation and for them to love Christ with everything.



I yearn for a marriage that is wholesome, unified, and for Jesus to be the Center. I yearn to be a wife of honor, love, and encouragement. Faithful in the small things in marriage as well as the large.

I yearn to have a heart for weary souls. Lost souls, dry burned out souls, confused souls, bitter souls, souls lost, and prodigal souls. I yearn to see Kingdom building as it once was. Not to be so consumed with my own life.

I yearn for this country to get back to the roots of God. I have a yearning for the World to know their creator. Worship Him in Spirit and Truth.

I yearn for churches to get back to their First Love!




Yearning is a good thing. It can be a heavy weight if we let it. But their are too many great promises in the Word, inner joy from the Lord, and hope that helps me when my heart is churning like this.

I cling to the rock. The word says Jesus is like a Living Stone in 1 Peter. A stone! He is sturdy, grounded, and strong. I am thankful I have a God like this. A cornerstone that holds the weight!

Blessings,

Chrissy

Any thoughts on your mind lately?  Anything you would like to share from your devotions?


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Beauty Walk

During our lunch break yesterday I felt compelled to go on a short walk around the lake.  I tossed the idea back and forth. The kids were enjoying lunch and doing their own thing. I decided to grab my camera and go. I was quickly refreshed in the midst of a busy day. I needed the little boost. I love our FULL days but I am craving some stillness.

I loved my walk. I took some snapshots of things that stood out to me. I am not a photographer at all. But just wanted to capture the beauty of my walk. Nature is so refreshing and full of life lessons.


 



 
"Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better." ~ Albert Einstein
 
 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Do!

I wanted to journal this on my blog because it is something my heart is heavy about. I want to be a TRUE HANDMAIDEN of the Lord. I find myself reading, studying, listening, but struggling to always DO.

Yes, I live the best I can and I try to walk in the Spirit. But I like most of the people we get out of that alignment and we can become fleshy pretty quick.

This ministered to me yesterday in my reading.


"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself in a mirror, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it-not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it-they will be blessed in what they do." ~ James 1:23-25 (ESV)

WOW! I want to be intently looking at the perfect law and living it!!! I want to be blessed in what I do.

My prayer is that I will apply what I am reading, studying, and learning. Do not want to be ever learning but never living it. I am thankful for the Lord's Grace!! I know we will not always be perfect but I truly want to aim to live what I am learning.

Just a thought to share!

Blessings,
Chrissy

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Morning Time, Beauty of Days, Homeschool, and Tea Time












My days are FULL! My season in life is FULL. VERY FULL! FULL of Life, FULL of fun, FULL of Grace, and Full of Love.

I wish I could dedicate more time to my blog. But I try to take advantage of a pop in here and there.

Blessings,
Chrissy

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Screens & Media-HELP ME PLEASE!

Hello everyone! I need my mentors and friends to please speak up here. I would love to hear your thoughts on screens and media.

Media means to "me"- Movies, shows, games, cellphone surfing, blogging, pinterest, social media outlets

A little about us on this subject. We do not have cable, Netflix, Pureflix, satellite, or any other outside source on our television. We do have Amazon Prime and we occasionally will watch movies on our laptop that way or watch on PBS.org the current Masterpiece shows. We do have a collection of family friendly movies, we use the library dvd's, and an occasionally treat to Redbox ONLY for a DECENT FILM which is rare.



We allowed our children to play games with moderation for years. The games had to be approved by us. We also allowed our children to watch certain youtube shows (science, Wild Krats, and gaming shows) on occasion.

We did not allow our oldest to have a cellphone until he was driving and turned 16. We have rules such as no phone at dinner time, in the bedroom at night (no matter what), and when we are out as a family having family time, and we also checked history.

BUT...IT IS A STRUGGLE! I was sick a lot last year and found myself allowing my guard to come down and they played more and more games, watching movies, and etc. All appropriate of course. But as my oldest is almost 18 I see him being sucked into his phone. Between working and school that is all he wants to do. "CHILL and Relax" he calls it. I also can't monitor what he is viewing as much. I see a pull in my other children to be swept up in this as well.

I will be honest! I also love my screen time. Blogging, researching recipes, pinterest, googling, youtube, and I can go on. I try to limit mine though. But still I am guilty of spending more than I should.

I am noticing my younger ones being sucked into this vortex of media and not using their imagination and playing as much. I look around even in our churches and everyone is on a phone. Walking in on a phone, sitting during preaching on a phone, driving on a phone, and on and on .

I remember going to a ladies church Christmas party and all the women but me and one other lady was on their phone the ENTIRE time. A little talk here and there and laughter here and there but your were competing with a screen to fellowship with them.

I see the youth today in our churches standing around with tons of teens around and literally staring at a phone. My son said this was the hardest part about not having a phone until he was 16 because he would go to church and everyone would be staring at their phone and wouldn't talk.

I am seeing a need of balance, reconstruction in our battle plan in our home to conquer this issue, and revive our lives.

Do you set yourself boundaries? Your children (even if they are grown please share what you did)?
Did you allow screen time during the week? Take a media off day? Media fasts or breaks? Set daily timers? Weekends only? Evenings only? Is it bad? Should I just chill?  Am I bad person if this is our hobby?  Ugh!

Please....PLEASE...chime in!!!

Tomorrow's topic- Rebellion!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The "Crud" is Here!

Hello friends. The "crud" or shall I say the "sickies" has visited our home. It hit Hannah Monday night and she is still in the bed. She is feeling a little better. It is now starting to fight me. Our week has been SLOW to say the least. It is a nice welcome yet I feel this constant anxious feeling of "getting behind".

Hannah did do a lesson of math and a workbook for her Dyslexia. She slept the whole day yesterday. the other boys have done their work. Kyle hasn't been able to do history or science because we do those together so we have been doing extra reading and taking some nice walks (just him and I) around the lake. The weather is cooler and windy due to the Hurricane in Texas area. We are getting some outer rings of it.



I have some Chicken, Potato, Corn, and Noodle soup in the crockpot for Hannah and I to have this evening. We will have to stay in from church. The boys and the husband will go. I will probably do leftovers for them or something in the freezer. I am just not feeling it today! At all! 

Laundry and home is kept up though and that is a relief!

This is just a little tag in today!

Blessings,
Chrissy