Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Update on My Father In Law

I mentioned in the previous post my father in law is battling cancer. Well, this past Sunday night he became unresponsive at home and they took him to the hospital. Little did we all know that would be his last time home. A place he treasured. Due to his condition and the health of my mother in law who no longer can care for him on her own we had to put him in hospice care. It was a very hard decision. My mother in law has been staying with me. We live local where the hospice unit is. But she lives 2 in half hours away. She also cannot drive. We (including the other sibling of my husband) live off from them so helping him on a daily basis is not possible.

This will be a huge transition for her and all of us. He has really went down. He no longer remembers us, can't walk, and barely talk. He has not eaten in days or drank anything, but this to be expected in the phase of hospice.

Please continue to pray for our family at this time. Thank you.

Blessings,
Chrissy

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Little Break- College, Cancer, and Life

Hello everyone. I am taking a short break as we are in a busy season finishing up school, spring busyness, college touring with our oldest, and the latest is dealing with my father in laws cancer. He has gotten worse and he doesn't have long. Please pray. He is not saved.

He is losing his memory and very aggressive. He has cancer in lung, bones, adrenal gland, and brain.

You all have a great week. I will not be gone long.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Favorite Fictional Book Since January

I am on a kick posting about books, and authors. I thought I would share that I updated my Books Read 2017 page which is in the top bar if anyone would like to peep.

I shared with you all my ALL time favorite books last post. I thought it would be fun to share my top book that I have read so far starting in January this year. I love inspirational fiction.



My favorite book this far as been.........................

The Runaway Bride by Noelle Marchand.  This book was a book I just so happen to find on a good ole faithful library shelf. I simply loved it. I felt like I was in the story the whole time. It was such a great read. I am not for sure if this author has more books. I will have to investigate that. *Smiles*

My second book because I cannot just do one...****Smiles**** is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. This book took me a bit to get locked into because of the Old English but once I did it was like I stepped back in time and it was twisted, emotional, and raw but it was an excellent read. Only thing wrong with it was that I waited too long to actually read it. *Smiles*

How about you?  Your favorite book you have read this year in the fictional category?

Chrissy

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Someone's Trash is My Gift

A few weeks back I found this cute black table in someone's trash pile on trash pick up day. I was taking Ethan to math class and saw it. I hopped out and looked it over and there was NOTHING wrong with it at all. Matter of fact it looked brand new!



I put it out on the deck and got me a pot of flowers. It has been my favorite little bright spot to sit at.

How about you? You ever found someone's trash to be a gift to you?




Blessings,

Chrissy

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Love to Hear From YOU!

Hi friends!!!  I love reading! Love it. I go in waves and read a lot then I slow down and mull on one for a bit.  I like to read all kinds of books. Classics, Mystery, Christian growth, Amish type, love stories (as long as wholesome), and biography's as well.



What about you?

What is your ALL TIME favorite read??? If you had one book you would recommend what would you suggest? I know we all would say the Bible and that is the BEST book. Outside of the Bible what would you suggest?

It could be a book from when you were a child, teen, young adult.  I also read aloud to my children. I am currently reading Little House in the Big Woods. Did or Do you read aloud to your kids?  If you did or do what books would you say was a favorite for your children and you to read together???


As a teen I would spend hours in summer curled up reading Sweet Valley High and the Babysitters Club. I loved those books. I loved Anne of Green Gables and it was my favorite as a younger lady.

As an adult this is hard because I have read so many books. I have to say though Wuthering Heights is on my top favorites. There was this AMAZING book I read years ago and it is so embarrassing but I cannot for the life of me remember the title or author. It saddens. I loved it so much. I wish I would have recorded my books years ago the way I do now.


Outside of fiction my favorite books are A Woman's After God's Own Heart and Stepping Heavenward. I also like most of Sharon Whites books.

Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts was an excellent read!!!!

What about you??? Please share.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Say WHAT!! Weight Gain

Hello everyone!

Has anyone dealt with a sudden weight gain?  Like a really drastic sudden weight gain!



I had lost 36 pounds over the summer and fall due to sickness and have maintained that. I have not changed anything in my diet and I am still walking like always. But EVERY SINGLE DAY for a week in half I have gained pound or two. I have gained 10 pounds in a week in a half.

I have even cut back on my food intake and walked extra miles.

Any thoughts??

Chrissy

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday Chat-Back to the Grind

Hello everyone! We are BACK TO THE GRIND!! We have 9 more weeks!!!


We had a good weekend. It was somewhat "slow" and much needed. We only school Four Days a week in our home and it is such a blessing because I need that day to do projects, errands, or sometimes just relax and read.

Friday was one of those days. I caught up on a lot of reading, studying, prayer, and resting. I did few chores but mostly I relaxed. The kids all had things going on so this allowed me to rest peacefully. *smiles*

Friday night we had a multicultural church service and it was wonderful. I made a quick dinner of meatball subs.

Saturday morning I rested in and read some more and then did my weekly house cleaning, grocery shopped, and prepared for Sunday School class. My husband and I took a nice walk. My youngest son and I snuggled for while. I took my daughter to get some shoes that she has been saving for and then we treated ourselves to Sonic. My husband wasn't hungry, my oldest was at work, and my youngest was skating with family friends.

Sunday was church and a nice dinner of roast and helpings. A nice long conversation with the hubs and a walk. Ended the night after church again with a PBS show, Inspector Lewis.

I woke up late today. I didn't sleep well at all last night. I feel off kilter today. But we are back to the grind none the less. I have several things I have been procrastinating so I am going to make a list to post tomorrow and try to blog about it to have some accountability.

Do you have anything you need to do this week you've been procrastinating?

Blessings,
Chrissy

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Murder Is No Accident- A. H. Gabhart



Murder is No Accident (Hidden Springs Mystery #3) by A. H. Gabhart

Young Maggie Greene may be trespassing in the old, empty Victorian mansion on a quiet street in Hidden Springs, but all she wants is some private time in the magnificent tower room to write her stories. Certain she'll be in trouble if caught, she hides when a realtor shows up. But someone else is in the house too, someone even more worried about getting caught. When Maggie finds the realtor's body at the bottom of a flight of stairs and the other person gone, Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane is called in. He assumes the realtor's death is a tragic accident--until a second person is found dead in the house. When Maggie is threatened, Michael must catch the murderer before anyone else dies.

Cozy mystery fans will love this third installment in The Hidden Springs Mysteries series from an author who knows how to make small-town America sweet, sentimental--and a little sinister.

My Thoughts

At first I wasn't sure I was going to be able to finish the first few chapters. There were so many characters. I mean a lot. I was constantly flipping back to remember who was connected to who. There was a lot of storylines and it felt all over the place for the first few chapters. This is the third book in this series so I was probably lost as far as the characters and such because I haven't read the other books. I was coming in blind to this series so it was very hard for me to connect with the characters.

I did however press through because I like to read all of a book if I am going to review it to be honest and fair.

Maggie Green the young girl who was in the wrong place and the wrong time when a murder takes place has to deal with holding this all in by herself and she is scared and feels alone. She is scared she will be in trouble for being where she shouldn't have been. A little about Maggie....She has a lot of responsibility on her plate with a mom working hard to help make ends meet due to her husband being laid off and he is dealing with his own demons of alcoholism. There is also a cute relationship that she develops and it was sweet. She also joins a youth group and I love to see the ministry at work in her life.

Maggie is really the key to this whole mystery. Maggie has a connection with the owner (Miss Fonda) of a Victorian Mansion that holds secrets. This mansion has seen a death before many years ago. The death of Miss Fonda's Sister, Audrey. Her death is also a mystery which leads you down a few twisty trails as your reading. You find Maggie was in the wrong place and the wrong time not once but three times. The third time is when all unravels and the mystery unfolds. She is truly a strong young girl. She was also threatened because someone knows she was there in the house when the murder took place.

Deputy Sherriff Michael Keane is a true dedicated citizen to Hidden Springs a small community. He is in love with his childhood sweetheart, Alex, who is off living her dream as a big time lawyer. They both love each other but are torn between locations and fear of telling one another of their love. Michael loves Hidden Springs and Alex loves Washington. She ends up coming back because her uncle has a stroke. So, Michael plans to declare his love once and for all for Alex. There is only short bits of this romance through out the book. It is not what the story is focused on. Michael seems brave and has a heart of gold for the citizens.

As far as the mystery of the deaths I knew who the killers were way before the end of the book. It was really easy to pick up on it. But I have read much more twisted and harder mysteries and this is a perfect book for a beginner of mysteries. The twisted part was of Miss Fonda's sister death.

If you want a clean, wholesome, and simple mystery book this would be for you.

I give this book a 4 out of 5. It was just a simple, clean and neat read.

About the Author

A. H. Gabhart is the author of Murder at the Courthouse and Murder Comes by Mail. As Ann H. Gabhart, she is the bestselling author of many novels, including Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Love Comes Home, several Shaker novels such as The Outsider, The Believer, and The Innocent, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. Ann grew up in a small Kentucky town much like Hidden Springs, and today she and her husband live on a farm nearby. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.


** I received a free copy from Revell Publishing for my review. No compensation was received and opinions are solely my own.**


Chrissy

Meals For Those In Need

Hello everyone! I am sorry for not being regular here. I will say... I am proud I am at least posting weekly. *Smiles* I have been busy in a good way.  We started school back after spring break which I mentioned earlier this week and that really took a lot of my time. My son had mid terms and he had my computer most days and it was hard to really pop on and blog about.

Another thing that has kept me busy is making meals for others as well as for my family. I had a friend sick, and two widows that the Lord put on my heart. I made a couple of things and delivered the food to them. Who knew such a small thing ministers to someone. This has been a eye opener for me. I am limited to a lot of outside ministry due to my season of motherhood. But making a meal and visiting a bit is something I can do. The kids loved delivering it with me and it was a good time for me to teach them that we can be hands and feet to those in need.



I made Chicken and Rice, green beans, bread, and banana pudding for them. It was super good they all said. I made the same for my family as well but I did a peach cobbler instead of pudding because we had that recently.


Banana Pudding

6 ripe bananas
1 small (8oz) sour cream
1 small cool whip
2 large instant vanilla pudding mixes (make with milk according to instructions)
2 boxes of vanilla wafers

Make pudding as directions instruct. Slice bananas. Mix cool whip, sour cream, pudding, and bananas all together. Layer a 9 by 13 pan or a large bowl with wafers on bottom. Pour in half pudding. Layer wafers again and then pour remaining of pudding mixture on top of them. Top with wafers.
Yummy!!!



I love this wooden tray. It is fits two 9 by 13 pans and is perfect for traveling and delivering food. My husband brought it home from work. It was a lid to a wooden box. It works perfect for preventing spills and carrying more than one thing at a time.

What is your favorite meal to make for someone?

Blessings,
Chrissy


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Days & Unstuffed Bell Pepper Casserole Recipe

Good Tuesday everyone! Last week's Spring Break didn't feel very spring like at all. But this week...WOW! The temp's have been in the 80's! Crazy.

The kids played in the water with neighbor kids yesterday. My yard was wet and muddy but they had fun. I was cooking our supper while they played and I thought I would share the recipe since some seem interested in the comments yesterday.



Unstuffed Bell Pepper Recipe

1lb of browned ground beef
2 packs of Lipton or any brand Spanish Rice (Note- you can use plain white rice and it is great)
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
2 bell peppers chopped small
Mozzarella Cheese for topping

Brown the beef. I season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper and I add my bell peppers in halfway so they can cook a little. Not too much. I cook my rice while I am doing the beef and peppers. Once the beef and rice are done I mix them in a 9 by 13 pan and add the sauce and then top with Mozzarella Cheese and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

That is it. Simple and good. My husband and I love stuffed bell peppers and my kids love the inside of them but not the actual pepper and I came across this recipe and it has been a perfect meal for my family. There is usually very little left.

I add French Bread to this.

Here is a little peak at my back deck. It is so welcoming! I got me a wind chime. I love it. I have been wanting one for a long time. I enjoy listening to it so much. I am not sure why but it just relaxes me.




Blessings,
Chrissy

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Chat- Marine Mammal Field Trip

Hello everyone! I hope you are all well. I have been up and down but I know it will turn around. Last week was spring break here. I got a couple of things done in the home as far as cleaning. I did the laundry room, office area, files and papers, Hannah's bedroom, and the sitting entertainment area.

I didn't get all I would have like but that is okay. It is hard to squeeze in everything in a couple of days. I usually can't get a lot done while homeschooling as far as deep cleaning. Most of my projects and deep cleaning has to wait until our summer break.

We took a field trip even though we were on Spring Break and had a fun time. We headed to the coast and went to a Marine Mammal Research center and explored. It was fun. I coordinated it for our local homeschool group and it was a little stressful but it all ended up good. *Smiles* Being responsible for a large group is always nerve wracking to me. But it was fun and they all learned.

Here are some pictures from our event.









We are back in full swing here at Keeping Home with school. I have some big decisions I am praying about in regards to next year as far as curriculum and tutoring for Hannah. We are still trying to decide on the best option for her.

Today I am really just trying to get back in school mode and do basics in the home. We are having unstuffed bell pepper casserole for supper.

What about you today?  What are your supper plans?

Chrissy

Friday, March 17, 2017

Book Review~A Stolen Heart


Cover Art




From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town tucked in the Texas Hill Country. But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners--like her. Lydia won't let that get her down, though. All will be well when she's reunited with her fiancé.

But when she discovers he has disappeared--and that he left behind a pregnant wife--Lydia is at a loss about what to do next. The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, but can she trust anyone in this town where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring?

My Thoughts.....

When I signed up to read this book I was for sure this would be right up my alley. I wish I could say that it was. Although, I felt it was a sweet book it took a LONG time to get through. I had a very hard time from the VERY beginning getting connected to the characters and story. I am not really sure why. As it really seemed to have a good story line just for some reason I couldn't get into the first several chapters.

Lydia one of the main characters seemed lovely, strong, and full of good character. She was also very clever and resourceful. Travis seemed romantic from the beginning to me. I am not sure why but he did. My favorite character was Aunt Bertha. Although, I truly disliked the way it ended for her. I did enjoy reading the sweet relationships and friendships that developed. I felt at times I was right there in the kitchen with Aunt Bertha, Catherine (a friend & family member) and Lydia. I liked how Lydia showed good character in so many situations. Hiring Opal (which was her suppose to be fiancé new young pregnant wife) to help her as Edgar (husband to Opal and suppose to be fiancé to Lydia) was missing. At first you dislike Edgar because you felt he did Lydia wrong by marrying someone else and etc. but that changed for me towards the end. You will have to read to know why. *smiles*

Amanda Cabot the author did a good job with twisting it all at the end. But to me the MEAT of this book was in the last few chapters and to be honest the book could have left out a ton of chapters and it would have been great. It dragged out too long and I lost interest very quickly. I did read most of the book but skipped a few pages here and there because I was losing interest.  If I were not reviewing it and wanted to give it a very fair review I would have put it down and probably passed it on.

I give this book a 3 in half out 5. There was mystery, romance, twists, and surprises but it was just all at the end which was kept it hard for me to be interested to stick to it.

About the Author.......

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of At Bluebonnet Lake, In Firefly Valley, and On Lone Star Trail, as well as the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers' Best. She lives in Wyoming. Learn more at www.amandacabot.com.

I was given a free copy by Revell Publishers and no compensation was received. My thoughts are solely my own.


Chrissy


 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Getting Some Things Done

We are having our spring break this week from home school. But it really hasn't felt spring like. It is cold!!!

I cleaned our laundry room area today. This area is home to my little office space where I store bills, papers, and school things. I would show a picture but my computer is not available and I'm posting by my phone.

I cleaned dryer, washer, baseboards, cabinets, counter, and floors. I went through all paper files and organized cabinets and drawers.

I also deep cleaned my oven. It wasn't planned but it got accomplished.

I forgot to mention the other day that I also saved $20 by taking my sons to a different hair place for their hair cuts. I chose to take them to a Beauty College. Students cut hair and style it as apart of their learning and the price is half the price of a salon. They did a decent job. I would do it myself but I'm way to nervous to try and my oldest said NO WAY. *Smiles*

Tomorrow I plan to work on my Hannah's room, and plan for our field trip to a Marine Life Institute on Thursday.

Have a super day.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday Chat-Spring Touches and Cutting Expenses

Hello friends! I hope you are all well. It has cooled off a lot here in my neck of the woods. I just got back from a refreshing walk with my husband. It was almost a little too cool. But it was nice none the less.

There has been little pops of Spring added to my décor. I have scaled back so much over the years. I add just little pops here and there now opposed to full fledge décor. I used to swap things out every season and holiday. That can get expensive, clutter making, and time consuming for me.




This weekend I earned $50 by dog sitting and walking. My daughter started a dog walking and dog sitting venture in our neighborhood. We never expected it to take off the way it did. But she had so many offers that all fell on the same dates (due to spring break) that she needed help with. We split the jobs.






I used the money to buy towels WHICH I found on sale. I was jumping with joy. I found beautiful towels that were thick and big that were name brand and originally $16 a piece for $4.79. We were in DESPERATE  NEED of towels and a new bath mat. Our towels were BAD!!!!

                             Blessed with a watercolor painted postcard by a blogger friend.

I also saved $59.69 a month. I cut out some expenses by cancelling a few memberships. I cancelled my gym membership, pureflix (Christian movies online), Hallmark Movies online. I was happy to start saving this.

Hope you all have a good week. I plan to do a little Spring Cleaning this week. What about you?

Blessings,
Chrissy

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Homeschool Happenings-Science Lab Field Trip

Our homeschool group took a trip two weeks ago to a local university where they opened their labs to do chemistry demos and biology demos. The kids had a really good time. We had some refreshments afterwards. We aren't really big "science" people (we love history) and I was not sure this would be a field trip we really would like but we had a splendid time and they learned a few things.





Aren't these science cupcake toppers so adorable??!!


 Kyle with a couple of his friends. Kyle is the one on the far right.



Working with a sheep brain. My kids were very disturbed by this.



Ethan got an EKG as well as my youngest Kyle.


Kyle touching a sheep heart.



Hope you have a good day. It is raining here. I got chicken taco's cooking in my the crockpot. I have been revisiting Mrs. Laine's Letters. I cleaned our bathroom. Finally it is finished being remodeled after our leak and mildew issue. It is all fresh and clean.

Blessings,
Chrissy

Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday Chat

Thank you all to the prayers, encouragement, and suggestions that you left me in the comments in the previous post. I sure love my blog community.

I thought I'd share a couple of goals I have this week. I have been very unmotivated but I thought I would share in hopes of accountability.



Goals

Pay Bills
Clean Fridge
Clean Car
Clean Purse
Print a form and fax it
Walk a few times this week ( I had been doing it daily even in rain but I have slacked)
Get some sun! In other words.... I need to get outside

That is it for me! Any goals for you this week?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

My Heart is Heavy- Transparent Post

Hello friends. I hope you all are well. I need prayer my friends. My heart is heavy!

I need God to give me direction. I feel like I have been praying and praying and there is just no direction. I need direction!

We have to find a way to begin paying towards debt. But Therapy for Hannah is going to cost $240 a month!!!!!!!!!!!!  After we pay our bills, buy food, and gas we have a little more than that leftover.

This money we have been trying to put towards debt but now we will have to relocate it to her therapy for dyslexia (tutoring).

I have tried to cut the groceries as much as I know but it seems like it just keeps getting harder and harder to do.

The dyslexia center wants me to change up Hannah's curricula that we use but we are in March and almost done with our school year and things seem to be going okay. Even though she is behind she was still progressing. The thought of trying to start over and buy new stuff is overwhelming and to be honest we don't have the funds to buy new stuff.

I am having major digestive issues and my anxiety and depression are super heavy at the moment. I don't want to think, clean, read, or even blog. That is when I know I have to push and do it anyway.

I am sorry to be transparent but I need prayer from my blog friends. I truly know you pray when you say you do. I hope this doesn't make you think less of me. I am just weary and truly need prayer and encouragement.

The money thing and debt ways heavy on me. We were debt free before we went to Pastor (we no longer pastor at this time) and due to unforeseen circumstances we have incurred debt and it hasn't been easy to get out of.

No matter how much I budget I can't stick with it. Something always comes up and it has to be paid or etc. So, my budget constantly goes out the window.

No matter how much I menu plan and frugal shop to try to get our expenses down it just doesn't fly. Please...tell me how these people spend only $250 a month for a family of 7. PLEASE! *Smiles*

On a lighter note I know God is with me but I do feel often disconnected.

Chrissy

Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday Challenge- 3 Times

Hello sweet readers!

I am behind on posting today. I have been busy. This past Thursday Hannah had some testing done to find out if she was dyslexic and she was 100% textbook dyslexic. Which we knew but had to have it really evaluated to get her into dyslexic therapy and for her to have a legal document stating she is which will help her with getting drivers license when the time comes and testing help in college or other training avenues she may cross as an adult. It was a long and emotional day but I am glad it is done and we have a plan to move forward to help her.

Today.... Hannah and I went to the church to clean the Sunday School classroom I teach in. I teach 10 and 11 year old Sunday School. I really enjoy it. I just started in November. The previous teacher left to go on a year long mission trip to South America.

Her style was quiet different from mine and it was in need of some organization and a good wipe down. So, we went armed with cleaner, trash bags, and went at it. It looks fresh and orderly. I am so pleased.

The challenge for this WEEK ahead is to set 3 times a day YOU purposefully stop and acknowledge the Lord. You can praise Him, Sing to Him, pray to Him, or read a scripture and think on it. The length of how long you do this is up to you. Just set 3 times you stop and meditate on Him.  This Begins Saturday!



You could do 7 AM, 12 PM, and 8 PM. Just an example. You can set your alarms on your phones, watches, or clocks to remind you to stop and say a little pray, praise or worship Him, and etc. You can spend a minute or 30 minutes. That is up to you. Just stop 3 times a day!  Kind of like the Daniel Way. *Smiles*

Hope you have a good weekend.

Blessings,

Chrissy

*image from google images*

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Some Inspiring Things

I thought I'd share a few things that are inspiring me right now.  I am need of inspiration.



Books are always an inspiration. I have to be honest I have been reading a lot of classics lately and mysteries. But in between I am reading The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp and The Slow Lane by Monica Wilkinson.

The Broken Way has been a hard read for me. I am not sure why. I have had a hard time really staying connected to it. Although there are some wonderful meaty quotes and life applications I have begin to practice. Ann's writing is unique and I love her for it but for some reason this book has been a little tougher read for me. I am determined to finish it.

The Slow Lane is a great book but it is more of a bible study/devotional/journal approach so it has taken me a bit to go through it. I usually have one or two days a week I can devote to it.


Blogging Inspiration! There are so many blogs and so many posts that inspire. I scaled back last year on the amount of blogs I read. I only read those that inspire me. You can check my sidebar for my favorites. I have came across a few more that I have not added yet but soon will.

Some of my favorite posts recently are....

~Mrs. Rabe has written a wonderful post on mentoring and this is a subject so dear to my heart. This post really confirmed some prayers I have been praying and reminded me again of the importance of mentors/mentees.


~This post by Billie Jo just inspired me to laugh and be okay being me. I loved this. I laughed and shook my head in agreement so many times.

Gina shared this wonderful post and it really ministered to me.


Ideas that inspired me!

Mrs. Laura Lane shared in this post here that she is reading a few blogs from the start to now and I thought this is such an amazing idea. I plan to choose a blog to do. I am excited. It almost reminds me of reading Mrs. Laine's  Letters. Who to start with????

I pinned a neat idea for Lent. I think it is totally worth sharing. Check it out here.

I loved this idea about pretzels for lent. I never knew or realized this about pretzels. I plan to do this with the kids.

Youtube Videos

I have been enjoying watching Fully Raw Kristina. I came across her a long time ago when I was doing green smoothies. I do not practice all she does and don't like all her "pictures" but I do enjoy her ideas and recipes about fresh raw food. Check her out here.

I also have enjoyed watching The Bare Pantry Show on youtube. Known for her super frugal recipes to help families on a budget, she also shares some great Daniel fast recipes for the frugal.

Book Review Posts that make me want to READ that BOOK!

Stephanie and The Enchanting Rose shares some of the best book reviews. Most of the books she shares I know I would love or I have already read. We are reading twins I am sure. *Smiles* This book is one I plan to add to my list this year.

Mrs. Lane shared this book, Control Girl, a while back. I plan to add it.


 A Recipe that I will be trying! Remember I am on the Daniel Fast so this is a Daniel Fast friendly recipe minus the sugar. I will do it without sugar.

Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas

Not that this has really inspired me BUT I have been inspired to read more classics this year due to watching this movie. Sense and Sensibility. This version is by BBC and made in 2008 and it was excellent. I actually preferred it over the most popular with Kate Winslet. Here is a link on youtube to part one and the side bar has part two.

*Warning* I was a little freaked out in the first 25 seconds as it shows a romantic scene although not graphic it was very notable what was taking place BUT once you pass this there is nothing questionable. It is apart of the story and it is not graphic but kind of uncomfortable for me.

QUOTES!!!

Katy shared a quote on her blog, The Country Blossom today by Charles Spurgeon. I love it.
Check out her post here.

                                 ....to glorify God. We are never in our element 
until we are praising Him." 
~Charles Spurgeon
 
 
How about you any good inspiration you have gotten lately?!
 
SHARE!
 
Chrissy







Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Refreshing Remider..... He is Amazing

Psalm 19:1 "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork."

I could not agree more with this scripture! There is nothing more refreshing than feeling the wind hit your face. Looking up at the wonderful sky and being amazed at how amazing our God really is.



All the great beauty we can see on this earth (firmament) that shows us how creative, wonderful, and beautiful He truly is.

The scripture stood out to me today.

What scripture has popped out to you in your reading lately?

Blessings,
Chrissy

Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday Chat-Daniel Fasting and Battling the Blahs

Hello everyone!  I hope you are all well. It is raining here today. I can't complain we have been blessed with beautiful weather for weeks. I actually enjoy a day of slow drizzle rain.

This day has found me kind of blah. I have been battling the blahs coming on for about a week now. As most of you know I have a history of depression and anxiety. I do good for a while and then I have a season that will hit me. I try hard to take measures that will help me during the blahs. A balance of rest and exercise, eating more fruit and veggies, cutting back on junk, and praying more. I notice my waves of this comes after busy days or periods. I begin to get anxious and that gives me so many symptoms and then I get blah because I feel I can't do what I want/need to.





On a lighter note my husband and I started the Daniel Fast until Easter. I pray we can hold out. We always start well but due to money and flesh we give in. I will be honest it can be expensive to eat healthy and I know there is debate on it. I also know that the investment is worth it for your health. But we will leave it at that for I know first hand how hard it can be to afford healthier options.

I will share five things I need to do today because this is what helps me accomplish things when I feel blah and when I have a hard time getting motivated. A long list can cause me to be overwhelmed.

1. Pray and Read the Bible
2. Straighten Home
3. Make a menu
4. Grocery Shop
5. Take a walk


This type of list above is what I scale back to when I am dealing with what I call the "funk". I will wake up and make a small list like this and do it. Then around lunch I will make a list of 3 things small to do. This helps me stay committed to my health, spiritual walk, family, and our home running.

Blessings,
Chrissy


Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Challenge- Nature Time

Hope everyone is well. We have been busy with school and activities here.

This week I'm challenging us to take some time in Nature. Talk a walk or hike. Bring a notebook to sketch, journal, or watercolor. Bring a camera and snap some photos.

Just get out and enjoy nature.

Blessings,
Chrissy




Thursday, February 23, 2017

Beatuiful Day!

Hello everyone. We are having such beautiful weather. It is really strange. I am nervous a little because our trees are blooming and budding and I pray a freeze doesn't happen. We still have a few weeks of winter.




Today is my husband's birthday. We celebrated yesterday because my oldest has to work. I made his favorite dinner. Fried Pork Chops, Baked Potatoes, black eyed peas, and homemade cornbread. I finished it off with his favorite dessert...A Strawberry Swirl New York Style Cheesecake.

My oldest bought him a brand new grill and smoker with his own money and the younger ones and I bought grill supplies. He loved it. I am excited for him to use it. We love grilling and smoking meat.




Today we are finishing up school early. I am going to treat my friend to a lunch date. We rarely spend time together and she has had a lung transplant. I felt I needed to spend some time with her today.

I hope you all have a lovely day.

Chrissy

                                                       

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Something to Chew On


"I began to look at the spaces of my life and home as a kind of kingdom over which I ruled.  To rule my time, to clean my mind was a choice of mental sovereignty, a reclamation of the direction, rhythm, and source of my thoughts so that I could root them in the people I loved and the life I wanted to create." ~Sally Clarkson from The Lifegiving Home


"Slow is a practice that we glean from here and there. We may adopt one small thing that helps us slow and, in turn, that may build into a second thing and so on." ~Monica Wilkinson The Slow Lane

"Slow is not without sacrifice or cost. We must give up something in its place." ~The Slow Lane


Have you read anything lately that you are "chewing" on or "thinking" on?  Please share. Share about your thoughts on the above quotes.

Blessings,
Chrissy

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Just For Fun

Hey friends.

For fun....

What's your favorite dessert???

Mine is Banana Pudding and Peach Cobbler. It is a tie in this area.

What's yours?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday Chat- Visitng Granny and Beach Fun

We had a good visit with my granny. We enjoyed way too much food. I made a strawberry cake and it was good. We enjoyed watching Little House on the Prairie, Walton's, and Mystery Hallmark movies. I don't have cable TV (although we do watch movies and documentaries) so it was a treat to catch up with old episodes. Oh, and we watched Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. I haven't seen that show in forever. It was a treat.




I took the kids to the beach for a little bit. My granny lives 13 miles from the beach. It was cloudy and chilly. The water there is murky and brown because of barrier islands. But we still get a feel of beach when we go. Overall the trip was fun and a nice break from laundry, cleaning, and chores. We simply relaxed, read, talked, and watched shows. Oh....and ATE!

Sunday we enjoyed church, had lunch with friends of ours that are soon to be leaving for Greece for missionary work. After that we came home and relaxed. The weather was gorgeous. I had to giggle as I sat out by the lake enjoying a book (Wuthering Heights) for the afternoon after my previous post of Cozy Inspiration. I was totally soaking up the sun!!! I wrote that post Saturday and scheduled it for Sunday not realizing it would be like summer. Oh well...seize the moment in your in, right?

I am not setting goals really this week other than keeping our home running and school. My husband's birthday is this week. Plus, I have had a hard time with all my goals due to our daily living and I am going to just take a break for the remainder of February and work on our daily flow.
I will do our Friday Challenge of putting together a Emergency Kit.

Do you have any plans this week?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cozy Dreaming

I love all things that remind me of cozy. As winter is beginning to wrap up (slowly for some more than others) I want to enjoy these last few weeks of the slower pace, cozy living, and simplicity that usually this time of year brings.

I will be honest it has been super warm where I live here. We have only used our fire place ONE TIME this year. It has been to warm to use it. Blooms are already on the trees and Dogwoods have already bloomed and to be honest it is really strange because it is February. It is crazy weather in my area. Cozy can sometimes be distracted due to the nice weather that makes people think Spring is already here.

But while I can I am going to relish the cozy movies, books, snuggles, baking, and blankets until I can't no longer. Usually, Spring brings BUSY. Planting gardens, showers, Easter, Mother's Day, weddings, graduations, deeper cleaning, and yard work.

Here is some inspiration to stay in the moment of cozy even if it is warm outside and everyone is MOWING their yards in February!!!!


                   
                                                  What a dreamy sitting area!



 
                                                          Yes....please!!!!


                                                All day I would do this if I could.



          
                                             I just love the happy red that pops out!


                                        That view!!!! I could lay here all day!!!!


                                          Another dream! Look at this reading nook!!!!!


Yes, Miss Jane you are so right. There really is such enjoyment in a good book. Books just speak to me cozy! I love books!!! I love reading!!!!

Books I am planning to get cozy and read is Wuthering Heights and Jane Austen's collections.

Movies or shows that I am planning on cozying up to watch are Victoria and Ireland's Famous Castles.


All images where found by google image search and they are for pure inspiration of cozy.

Blessings,
Chrissy