Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Cute Thank You, Tea Time, and Thursday Love

This week my youngest son performed in a Musical for one of our homeschool groups. I was over the reception that followed. WOW!!! What work that was. Hint...why I have been missing in action on here this week. I wanted to gift the ladies that put this musical on. I was on a budget but I was blessed to find autumn smell good candles at Kroger's this week for buy on get one free. I got those and then realized when I got home I didn't have anymore paper bags I usually have on hand. But I did have paper sacks. I just dolled them up and they turned out cute I thought.

Last Thursday's Tea Time was interesting. It was so sweet and good but the baby I watch woke up and in the middle of our time puked all over the table. It would not have been so bad if were not having white chocolate pudding pies. HAHA!!! The kids were a little sick to eat after this event. *Smiles*

 Later that evening Hannah had to go to choir practice so we had just Kyle because Ethan was at basketball. We took a nice walk and as we were getting cleaned up for the night Kyle surprised my husband and I with a snack on the counter. It was so sweet. It was really good too!

These little treats below are what we had for our Tea Time. They were Phyllo shells with Sugar Free White Chocolate pudding and mini chocolate chips. The other ones I filled with homemade applesauce. They were both good and both 3 Smart Points each on Weight Watchers.

This past weekend I went to a one day Ladies Conference with some family and it was exactly what my soul needed. Oh...I could have lingered and listened to the ladies that spoke all day. The Lord used them. I was already feeling and studying a lot of what they discussed for 2 weeks before. Isn't that just like the Lord. They sealed it all for me.

I hope you have had a good week so far. Our week has been crazy, busy, and then the last few days I have had to be intentional at slowing it.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sweetness of the Thursday

Hello friends. The Lord's mercies are truly NEW EVERY Morning. Thank the Lord. Yesterday, was such a better day and this morning is off to good right start. I have had more intentional Quiet Time and I feel such a joy in our home this morning.

Muffins were made this morning. Smells of the muffins and pumpkin candles fill the home air. Thursday is always our SLOW Day. I was encouraged by Monica at The Homespun Heart to implement these types of days years back when she began sharing her days on her blog.

Anyway, I look forward to Thursday's because our pace for whatever reason that day tends to be slower and more relaxed. Maybe it is because I am intentional about it or it has become a natural rhythm of our week.

I usually always do something a little extra on Thursday's for breakfast. Thursday is also our set aside time for Tea and Treats with a great book in the afternoon. I also usually catch up on some small project, craft, or reading for myself. I take longer walks as well this day.

Thursday's are day of retreat for us. I try not to plan field trips, outings, and etc. this day. It can't always be helped but I do strive to make this one day a relaxed day. Oh...the Sweetness of Thursday!

Yesterday, I took a couple of snaps of the day just to relish in the new mercies and fresh start of the day on Wednesday.

A yummy WW friendly breakfast with low Smart Points in the midst of schooling. The kids were getting busy in this picture. There was actually quiet and focused working going on here. *Smiles*

Supper is a recipe I seen on someone's blog. I will share tomorrow the link. It is Cowboy something. *Smiles*

Psalm 143:8 "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life."

I am making this my prayer in the next mornings daily. Join in with me!!

What does your day hold??


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

When It Doesn't Go as Planned

Yesterday....oh was a day!!! I am thankful that the Lord's mercies are new every morning. The day started off bonkers from the start. I set my clock wrong, the lady I babysit for showed up late, the baby was terribly cranky, the kids were dragging, the kids seem to have forgotten everything we had learned for the last 8 weeks, I bombed for the first time since starting Weight Watchers in August, my teen and I had a "heart to heart" that didn't go as well as planned, my supper burnt, and well....I will spare you the rest. There were tears today, laughing at myself and even a raised voice. Ugh! Just a day!

It may seem like I am complaining. But really I am not. I am sharing this for those that have those days that just seem like they didn't go as planned to encourage you and myself to pick up ourselves up, dust off, repent and try to move Forward.

Easier said than done... I know! But not impossible. The first step to glory in the next mornings mercies is to truly search out hearts, repent, and ask for forgiveness if need be from those that it may have went awry with. If the Lord bids we get a do over!! I am thankful for that. I am not condoning to just live any way you want because you get a do over because we are honestly not promised tomorrow. But I am ever thankful for that sweet grace and redemption we have when we do go astray in our days.

I am so thankful for this precious love of God that truly will help us when we call upon Him. I am so thankful for His steady faithfulness!

Fall deeper in LOVE with the Lord this FALL. Let the Lord pick you back up when you FALL. 


Spider Cupcakes (WW Friendly) & More Fall Fun

This past weekend we had a lot of fun in SLOW mode and marking things off our Fall Bucket List. I don't know about you but time is flying and every season seems to bleed into the next. This Fall I was determined to SLOW down and do some things we really wanted to do amongst our schooling, living, and etc.

My son on the other hand had to do school work for college and training for work while we were bustling around the kitchen.

The Spider Cupcakes were so easy. I used my Carrot Pumpkin Muffin Recipe for the cupcake and then we did a half of a oreo cookie, cream cheese icing, and chocolate gel for the legs, and candy eyes.

Carrot Pumpkin Muffin

1 box of carrot cake mix
1 can pumpkin
1/2 cup of water

Mix all of this and bake as you would muffins.

Cool and decorate with icing, cookie, eyes, and make little legs with gel.

The muffin recipe is 4 WW Smart Points but if you add the other things it is 7 Smart Points. It was worth it my friends...worth it!!!


Monday, October 9, 2017

Marking that Bucket List Off

 This weekend was super fun and relaxing. We did several things and I have a ton of pictures but my uploader is not working well. So, here are a few snaps of what we did. We decorated pumpkins. This was mine!

We hit the nature trail and went on a short hike. Then we went to Starbuck's! This is a RARE treat!!!

 We found a cute lending library on the nature trail! Yes...we got some books. I plan to donate some back!!

I took a snap of this handsome hubby of mine! He is such a wonderful man and I very blessed!

More pictures to come! We made spider cupcakes, the kids pumpkins are too cute, and just some random pictures will be soon posted.

Did you have a fun Fall weekend?


Friday, October 6, 2017

Fall Fun!

I found some cute Bucket list printables. They are all over the web!  I framed one and then made these cute punch cards for the kids.

I was inspired by Wendi to make applesauce!! It turned out delish.

This weekend I am planning to do something on my Fall list! Not sure yet what! But something!!

Have a super weekend!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Becoming Resilient-Book Review

At some point, we all suffer disappointment, rejection, injustice, and loss. Such suffering can paralyze us, leaving us broken inside and merely going through the motions outside. Whether we remain stuck in these negative patterns or move forward is determined in large part of our resilience.

When I signed up to review this book I had been going through some bumps. I thought this book sounded good from the title and the little bit of information shared. This book was packed full of great help and based on Key Scriptures to help you through life's bumps and bruises.

The fact of the matter is life will throw us curve balls. Things shatter, fail, and devastate. But Donna Gibbs gives biblical sound advice on how to get out of that rut using scripture, self care, and tips on destroying negative thinking patterns.

This book is set up different than most. It is has parts to it. Questions and a key verse at the end of each chapter so that you may truly apply what your are reading. Donna has a good balance of spiritual help as well as well as physical help. She shares inspiring testimonies of those that have overcome obstacles and became resilient with the Lord's help. Donna also shares consequences of those that choose to stay in negative patterns.

I felt this was a great book for those that are experiencing suffering, turmoil, and negative thought patterns. She shares simple key tips to bust that once and for all with Christ.

One of my favorite quotes from the book, "Gratitude and discouragement cannot coexist. One will starve out the other. Therefore, if you desire resilience, you must choose to starve out the narrow-minded, destructive thoughts that feed your discouragement."

A little about the Author

Donna Gibbs

Donna Gibbs is a licensed counselor supervisor, a national certified counselor, and a board certified Christian counselor. A member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, she is on the referral network for Focus on the Family, Christian Care Network, r3Continuum, and FINDINGbalance. A Christian counselor since 1998, she is director of A Clear Word Counseling Center and of marriage and support ministries for Mud Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville, North Carolina. She and her husband, Mark, have been married for more than 20 years and have four sons.

I was given a free copy of this book from Revell Publishers for an honest review.All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received.

Thanks for reading my review!