Monday, September 2, 2013

Today Is a Big Day!

Today is the day I start my fourth year homeschooling.  I cannot believe that much time has gone by!  It's been an exciting journey!  My baby starts kindergarten today.  It's bittersweet.  I love that she has been running around underfoot and driving her brother and sister crazy.  I also now love that she has something to focus on.  She's growing up!

Today is also the start of a new challenge for me.  This year I have been working hard on focusing.  It's not easy for me.  I can totally get spun out or sidetracked at the drop of a hat.  But I have an amazing husband who brings me back into focus.  He gives me amazing clarity.  I am a blessed woman.  Anyway, back to the new challenge.  In my quest for focus, I have also decided to add our health to the mix.  Today begins my personal challenge to do 30 days of completely from scratch cooking.  I do not want to eat out for the entire month.

So today, in my kitchen, I am working hard to whip up waffles, pancakes, hot pockets, tortillas etc so that when we need these items, I won't be tempted to run to the store and pick them up.  They will already be in my freezer.

Tomorrow (if I can get out of bed!) I will post pictures of what of my goals I got done.

Say a prayer for me!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Things The Last Four Days Have Taught Me-As An Oklahoman.

It's been a long week for our state.  The devastation goes for miles and miles.  Homes reduced to rubble in minutes.  Lives lost in the blink of an eye.  And if you aren't sitting in the middle of it, you pray for the lives being effected at the very moment of impact.  It's easy to feel helpless.  It seems so distant from where you stand at that very moment, but so close, because with that much damage and destruction, it's inevitable that you are going to know someone directly or indirectly that has been effected by the damage.  It's hard to not weep and be emotional in general, just because you know life is precious, and when any life is lost, it should bring emotion in you.

Sunday was bad enough.  Shawnee is place near and dear to me.  I used to work there, and drove through Meeker every day to go to and from work.  I can see the little places. And then came Monday.  And I think every American has seen Monday. Over & Over & Over.

So, as a life long Oklahoman, here are some things that I have learned over the past four days.

1) The Church is still the cornerstone of the community.  Time after time, when I see locations for help, or a place to drop off donations, or a public plea for nurses and medical personnel that the Red Cross is turning away, it's from the churches.  It's God's people who are making sandwiches for two days straight, because it's a service to their fellow man, and it's not beneath them.  They are grateful to serve in the back of the kitchen where no one but God can see.  And they do it with a smile.  It's those same people that once they realize and see the need, they attack it, because that's who they are.  There are communities that were devastated on Sunday, but because it was not on the level of Moore, they are getting little to no help.  I hope that I can help get the word out, and physically go help if needed.  Luther, Carney, Little Ax, Dale & Bethel Acres- You are not forgotten! 

2) Oklahomans do not want to just write a check and walk away. I think that we are generous in nature.  When we see the need, we would give a stranger the last five dollars out of our pockets to help someone, and the amount of monetary donations show just that.  Not just with Oklahomans, but nation wide in general.  But we also have seen time and again, that sometimes  often the generosity of Americans is taken advantage of by huge, bloated bureaucratic organizations.    So instead of the expectation that we trust you to take the money we work hard for and do with it what you (said organization) think is best, is presumptuous.   Instead, we want to work hard and see the results of that work and donation of ourselves to others and to the cause.

3) Oklahomans rally like no other.  It's not all about me around here.  Its about what we can do to help our fellow communities.  People want to help.  They want to clean up.  They want to rebuild.  Not just because it's what is expected, but because it shows our strength as a state, and as a people.  No matter how many times a tornado takes away a home (or a mad man blows up a building), we support and rebuild, stronger than ever.

4) We are still a God fearing state.  This might offend some, but I am not sure at this moment I am going to be very politically correct.  As a whole, I see people praying more and more.  I hear stories about teachers saying, "I prayed, out loud.  I wasn't supposed to, but I prayed."  That shows me that we still, as a state, know where our strength and our comfort comes from.

5) No matter how hard you try, there is just some devastation you cannot be prepared for.  They don't call an F5 The Finger of God for nothing.  You can't run from it.  You can't hide from it.  and all the preparations in the world could be gone in the blink of an eye, and wind up 50 miles away.  All you might be left with is the knowledge in your head.  What will you be able to do with that?

And finally...

6) There is no place like home.  If I ever have to weather a natural disaster, I would rather do it here, in Oklahoma, with these amazing people and these amazing communities of resilient people, than I would anywhere else.

This is my favorite fundraising shirt so far, because it's not just about Moore, it's about all the communities that have been devastated this week. You can click on the link to take you to the sight to purchase this shirt. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May One Word Link Up- Focus!

Wow!  It's been a few weeks since I blogged, because I have in fact been focusing on home life more.  Obviously, Dylan's surgery has forced me to do that, but other things have come into our world that have forced it.

1) Springtime.  The hardest time of the year for our family to focus, because we've been cooped up in our house for so long, all we want to do is GO OUTSIDE!  So we do.  This year we planted a much bigger garden with the most variety we have every planted.  So excited!

2) My sweet little girl got saved during revival!! It made me realize that I am supposed to be more focused on their sweet little spirits, their growth spiritually, and my own as well.  So a new focus goes into family Bible time.  And my own to be honest!

3) Being consistent in growing my business.  With renewed spirit and vigor I am excited to grow my stamping business.  It started with classes in May.  June and July's classes are going to be spectacular.  So excited to be back in the swing of things.

Just a few things going on around the house... but they help with the focus aspect of my life.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Prayer Journal Page-Free Printable!

Every month I provide a printable prayer journal page.  I *try* to do this on the first of the month, and unfortunately, today is the second.

Click on the image above or HERE to get this months prayer journal page.  

Have a blessed day!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

It's Been A Long Journey...

But I have been blessed!

We love that song and sing it with our pastor's family often.  Walking with Jesus, I have no regrets.  The only regrets I have are when He calls me to follow and I question or dig in my heels, which happens more often than I would like to admit (take blogging for instance... I haven't done it in awhile...).

Currently in Sunday School, we are working through Created to be God's Friend-Lessons from the Life of Abraham (How God Shapes Those He Loves) by Henry Blackaby & Kerry L. Skinner.  The statement that resonated with me was this one: What a person does when encountered by God reveals what he believes about God. Oy!

I believe God put my children in my life to be a witness and testimony to Him.  So, I have obediently taken the steps God has asked me to take with their health, their lives, their therapy etc.  And he has been so faithful and blessed us so abundantly!

We've all been called to a higher calling and purpose, once saved.  The question is, are we up to the challenge He sets before us?  Are we stepping out on faith?  Are we truly trusting and obeying (for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus, right?)?  I have to say there are really times in my life when I (by my actions) tell the Lord that I know better, and I can do it on my own.  I forget that I am supposed to lean on Him, and so He is so faithful to rebuke me and put me back in my place!  I am so thankful for that.  I trust that God has an amazing plan in place for our family, and an eventual place in the ministry.  Until then... I trust and obey...

On another note... Dylan is doing great.  He has truly been a sport in all of this.  I don't know how in the world he has managed to be (dare I say it?) joyful in his circumstances.  I am so grateful that he shows me that you really can be happy in times of trial.  I can only imagine how cumbersome he must feel in that horrid cast, but when I talk to him, do his care, etc, he smiles that sweet boy smile of his, and I know if HE can be okay, so can I.  I know whom I have believed... and am persuaded that He is able...

One day (in the near future, I promise!) I will share the wonders of the surgery itself... but I hear laundry and dinner (and a walk if  I am lucky!) calling my name....

Until then sweet friends!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April Prayer Journal Page!

Sorry I am late!  April's prayer journal page is available for download now!

Dylan's surgery went amazing... and he is healthy (small bout of pneumonia) and will only be in a cast for four weeks according to his surgeon.

I will do a more in depth update for tomorrow to share.  I just wanted to get the prayer journal page out!

Friday, March 15, 2013

One Word-March

Ahh... focus.  How you elude me.  Not really.  We are on the end of the first leg of a destination, so to speak.  Picture a clock.  We have our minute hand at about the 28 minute mark.  

At the 30 minute mark, Dylan's surgery starts, and then we start the slow journey back up to the 60 minute mark. Clear as mud, right?

Cold and flu season has been alot of work.  We had to keep Dylan healthy enough to be viable for hip/leg surgery.  We did it! YAY!  

But, that is only half the journey, you see.  Once we get him to the surgery, we've only fought half the battle.  The eight weeks after that will mean body casts, and all that goes with it.  My peace is in the fact that we know this is what is best for Dylan.  He is in so much pain when we try to stand him up in his standing frame. He has one dislocated hip, and another trying to get that way.  They have to reconstruct part of the dislocated hip.  And they have to go in and clip tendons, muscles, and aductors.  But it will be worth it. 

I know hard times will come.  I know my house will look horrible most likely.  I know I won't get much homeschool paperwork done (and the joy of it is, I don't have to until I have time to because we don't report to anyone), but I am so grateful they can watch their lessons and do their work anyway, and if they need me, I am here.  We are facing it together.  

And then there is rehab... but I am so spun I can't think about that right now! 

So for now... I will focus on the tasks in front of me.  And pray for what is coming in the next few weeks, and feel peace knowing it is all in God's hands.  

Sunday, March 10, 2013

T-Minus 14 Days... And Counting..

Fourteen Days.

Time has gone by so quickly, I find myself having minor chest pains when I think about how unprepared *I THINK* I am.

Deep Breath.

Then I remember that I claimed peace long ago. Ahhh... there it is... relief.

Don't get me wrong.  I have some anxiety.  I mean, when the doctors tell you they are going to do a complete lower limb over haul on your little boy, and then send him home 2-3 days later, that can cause some fear to creep in.  But I know it could be, and has been, so much worse.

The doctor we are using is the *rock star* of pediatric orthopedic surgery in Oklahoma. Hands down.  It is good to remind yourself of these things when you think about someone re-arranging your child's legs.  And hips.

We will get to pray with his team before surgery in the holding area.  Big relief.  Not that I will be able to utter much of anything, but my husband (God bless his sweet, strong soul) will be there with me.  He will be praying.  I will be the one bawling my eyes out.

The Lord's timing is so good, and perfect.  I love that he preached on distracted disciples out of John Chapter 6.  The miracles are great there, but the disciples and people who had followed Jesus (the 5,000 He fed with the "biscuits and pickled sardines" as our pastor put it.. haha) got distracted by the circumstances of the situation instead of taking heed to what God was going to do, and the miracles Jesus was going to work there.  I can't get distracted in the details.  I have to stay focused on being the best testimony of one of His children, and I have to keep myself assured in the fact that He is going to use this for our good, and for His glory.

We are so blessed.  I see the blessings every day when I go to church, and when I look around my home and see my children "set apart" from this world so that they can be better prepared down the road.  I see it in God's timing, and in his love and infinite mercy.  I see it in missionaries who accept God's call, and reap the reward of being obedient to God.  I see it in all the families that I know that serve God every day.  I see it with every breath we breath, and every beat of our hearts.

So... back to 14 days. :)

Please pray for my little boy, and for the team of doctors that will be repairing his little body, and for our family (including our church family) as we prepare to embark on this journey with Dylan.  To God, Be The Glory, Great things HE HATH DONE!

Until Next Time,

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

March Prayer Journal Page

It's that time!  I can't believe it's almost March!

Here is March's prayer journal page, and I hope you are finding them helping your prayer life.

March will be filled with warmer weather, outside fun time, and working on our Garden! I can't wait to share it with all of you! 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Why I Let Her Play...

So, yes, this is a picture of me actually letting my daughter play washing dishes in the kitchen.  Eventually (after an hour) this turned into her "baking" a cake. I know, I am insane, and I created another mess to clean up in my kitchen, but my hope by allowing her the freedom to do this, will create in her a heart for home making that I never had growing up.

She is still at the age where she loves helping me do laundry, and wash dishes and cook supper.  I want her to want to do it for her husband one day.  I didn't grow up with a love or passion for home making.  I looked at it as a means to an end (allowance), or getting something done so I can do what I want.  I never understood what the Lord had to say about home making.

As I grow spiritually, I see the importance of letting her play... because one day it won't be play.  One day it will be for her family.  One day it could be for making a living.  What ever the reason... I want it to be because there is joy in her heart to do it for the glory of God.

I want her to be industrious (Proverbs 31:13), prepared (Proverbs 31:21), ready to serve God by serving others (Proverbs 31:20), hardy (Proverbs 31:17), cherished by her husband (Proverbs 31:11), and serving and fearing a wonderful God (Proverbs 31:30).

Nowhere in the Proverbs 31 passage does it describe a weak woman.  She works hard, she provides for the needs of not only her own family, but the needy.  She seeks ways to make life better for her family.  She takes the time to prepare (remember, Christians, we watch the ant, not the grasshopper!) her family for the coming seasons.  She is loved and cherished by her children and husband.  But she fears the Lord and trusts in Him.

So, for now, I let her play...

Monday, February 4, 2013

Love Doesn't Have To Be A Battlefield- Valentine Idea with Printable!

Focus.  Yes, that is what I am doing!

Over on my Stampin' Up Blog, I am focusing on posting more.  So, I started doing a Valentine Series.  I found some great ideas on Pinterest, and changed them to what I wanted.

Today's was great, because I changed it and used some scripture.  I know that most business advisers tell you to stay away from religion, but I have to be true to me.

The original idea was found Here.  She has a montage of 50 valentine ideas.  Super cute stuff.  Anyway.  The original had an army man with a tag that said Love Is A Battlefield.  Cute, right?  Until you start thinking about it.  God doesn't want Love to be a battlefield.  Brotherly love, romantic love, and love in general is going to have it's ups and downs, yes.  But we are commanded to love one another.  So, in that spirit, I created this....

And, I am offering a free PDF file for both Scriptures.  You print the PDF files, and do a little trimming, and staple to the top of a treat baggy with army men in it.  What a great way to give the gospel, and a valentine! 

Have a blessed day, and remember, Love Doesn't have to be a battlefield... 

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Planning Our Garden... Yes even in January!

I dream of a homestead.

A little place out in the country with a barn for small livestock, and our horses, maybe a dairy cow, or two.  A nice little chicken coop and a big kitchen for me to work in (I know that is not very homestead-ish, but I really really want a big kitchen!), and a place to grow a nice lush garden where the deer aren't protected and I don't have to worry about them eating the leaves off the squash and zuchinni plants (and they might be dinner!).

So this is the time of year where we start planning our garden for the year.  This is our 4th year to plant a garden, and it grows every year.  Every year we try something a little bit different, sometimes it works, others it doesn't.  This year, we are planning an early crop (planting in February) of Brussels sprouts, and cabbage, and starting our onions.  New for us!  And we are going to try to cycle through and get basically 3 growing seasons out of the year.  We can do an early, spring, and fall crop, if we are attentive to our crops and work really hard.

This was last years garden.  We have to build frames over our plants to keep the deer out, and then we put deer netting over those frames, so we used the frame to water as well... we added sprinklers!  It's such a big help!  This year I think I am going to do a few different things but the premise will be the same.  I am starting my tomatoes as well from seed today.  There is something so amazingly satisfying in being able to start a plant from seed and then eat from it!

I can't wait for spring time!  We get so excited about spring.  But ordering my seeds always gets me excited for the garden.  Plus there is canning!  I love to can!  And my wonderful dream homestead kitchen will make canning an amazing experience!

These are last years zuchinni pickles that my family loved!  

Monday, January 28, 2013

February Prayer Journal Page

Here is the February Prayer Journal Page.  It's so hard for me to believe it's that time of year! Click on the image below to take you to the download.  

My children use this during their Bible study time to learn about praying for others.  I felt extremely burdened for my children's prayer life as a part of my drive to Focus more this year.  

If you click on the image above, it will take you to the download page. You can also click HERE  if clicking on the image doesn't work. Check back often, as I will be adding another image in March!  

Enjoy and be blessed!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Bread For Daily Use-

Ugh.  How often do I walk past my desk to go do dishes, or help with fractions homework, or sit and watch TV, and I don't receive my daily bread from the Lord?  How often does He beg me to spend time wrapped in His word but "I" have too much to do, and wind up with just cake?

Now cake is great... don't get me wrong.  But bread is filling.  It is full of nutrients, and vitamins.  It's satisfying.  Cake, is well, sugar.  You feel great for awhile, but after a short bit, you come down from the sugar high, and still in need of being satisfied.  It's a lot like life, isn't it?  The Lord has the filling, satisfying manna for us, but we brush it off for cake, and then are still left wanting more.  

How often at the end of the day am I left with a hunger that could have been satisfied with God's Word? With His love, and promises? 

I want my Bible to be worn, and loved.  Something my children all fight over because they know it is full of not only God's words, but little bits of bread that the Lord gave me while reading it.  

Blessings Friends!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Headpod for Dylan

One of the reasons I initially started this blog was to chronicle our family.  In that, I wanted to show God's glory through the boys, and the things we are doing for them!

Last August, I got a phone call from Jim, our wheelchair clinic guy, who asked me to go look at a product that a therapist from Arizona had called him about.  It was the Headpod.  He told me to watch the video, and see what I thought.  Needless to say, this mama cried through the video. And then I went to see how much it was.

After confusion about conversions from Euros to Dollars (I cried, at one point in my conversion it was $2000) I figured out there was a converter on the sight, and, cried again, when I saw it was $250.  We bought one, and had it shipped from Spain.  I cannot tell you how much it excited me to have this little jewel, and be one of the first 100 people in America to have one.  

Here is my son, Dylan, using the headpod with head switches.  The head switches activate activities on the computer.  We feel so blessed to have this in our home.  Our speech therapist loves that she can use it with the Intelleswitch, the Occupational therapist uses it with his Ipad, and we use it to feed him etc.  I really wish we would have had it earlier, but we are already seeing a marked difference in his voluntarily holding up his head. We attribute this to the fact that we are pretty sure he does not like it.  It's still motivation, right? 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Am I Addicted to Facebook?

Okay, so this little funny is circulating on...Facebook.  Ignore the irony here for a moment. LOL.

But, this image popping up in my news feed, coupled with my pastor preaching against Facebook, has to give you reason to pause and legitimately ask yourself that Question.

Am I addicted to Facebook? 
So, at first glance, I would say no.  But when I observe my behaviors, I would have to say honestly, Yes.  Of course I can justify the need for Facebook- South Texas family can get a glimpse into our daily life, I get insight from fellow Christians and quotes and perspectives that make me think and ponder what God wants from/for me, sharing my thoughts from Bible studies, and the like.  

But when I get a notification that something has happened on Facebook, 4 devices ding at me.  WOW!  When I am sitting here at my computer writing a blog, I click back over the the facebook tab, and THEN I pick my phone up and check my facebook. Really?!?

At first glance, I can justify my sin (addiction to Facebook) by giving a Biblical (ministry tool) reason.  But is that really what I am using it for... and do I really need Facebook to be a light to the world?  Facebook takes time away from my family, Facebook takes time away from God (when I neglect my devotions or Bible reading to spend time on Facebook), and Facebook exposes us to verbage and behavior we wouldn't normally allow into our minds and homes.  Things come up in our news feeds that disgust us, but we look/read them anyway.  See where I am going with this?  

My pastor said one thing on Sunday that I will just throw out there, and explain how I feel about it.  Facebook gives you "courage" to say things you wouldn't normally say to someone's face.  Recently, I had used Facebook to tell someone what I thought about their recent behavior, and bad attitude towards another (who in this case was actually my husband) and informed them I was deleting them from my Facebook to avoid looking at the continued nonsense.  Now, given the opportunity, I would have said all of those things (and more, truth be told) to that person's face.  Okay, I have not arrived.  I have a flesh to fight.  I can't say that what I did/would say was right or wrong, but Facebook actually gave me a chance to sensor my words, and be a little more tactful about how I used my words.  But I see his point.  In most cases, people let their fingers do the walking and talking, instead to taking the time to censor themselves.  They wouldn't think about things like, for instance, their testimony.  I am grateful I had the opportunity to hit the backspace key (a lot), but still express my feelings on the matter.  

And, this conversation wouldn't be complete without the portion on games on Facebook.  Not only are some of them just down right evil (not the farm games people!) in nature, but think about the time it takes away from your children.  I used to play the farm games.  They, in themselves, are not inherently evil, but the hold you allow them to have on you (gotta harvest grapes in 4 minutes, who cares about the dishes or my devotion, or that my husband has been waiting for me to spend time with him or go to bed!), and what they hinder you from doing.  I don't play computer games anymore.  I don't want something like that to have any hold on me, or keep me from what my ultimate love should be- God.  

And I glorify God by honoring, cherishing, nourishing, and ministering to my family. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Focus- Fifteen days later-

I wish I could tell you it's been easy- but apparently I have a little ADHD in me.

At the beginning of the year, I pledged to have more focus.  Well, it's been a trying time.  It seems Satan wants to throw at me every dart (with something shiny trailing behind!) to take me in directions that are not where I need to go!

I have however done the following in an effort to get Focused:

1) Worked on cutting out the unnecessary travel in our schedule.  My goal is to get us down to one day a week traveling into town (20 miles one way).  This is two fold.  The first part of that is cutting down expenses on travel.  We travel a lot for therapy for the boys, so any unnecessary gas money spent hurts the budget.  The second part is that it keeps the kids from having to do extra school the next day to make up for being gone.  Less study time equals more family time.  See where I am going here...?

2) Started working on a Home Organization Binder.  These are so multifaceted, you could spend months finding the right printables, finding the right binder, etc.  But I think mine is finally coming together.  By the way... Erin over at HappyOrganizedLife  is doing a whole month of tips, and free printables she normally sells on her Etsy sight.  I love her pretty pretty organizing stuff!  She does some amazing custom work as well!

3) It's week 3 into the new year, and I am FINALLY back on track with my daily devotion.  I must say, the one I am using is really a killer, but I like it when God shows me where I need to change, and I have been needing to focus on HIM more than anything!  When my focus is on Him first, my days go so much better!

4) I have been a Stampin' Up! demo for 2 years, and I am really starting to focus hard on this finally, without taking time away from my family.  It's been so therapeutic!  I love crafting, and helping people make pretty things!  I am focusing on blogging over on that blog pretty regularly (pre-scheduled, so I can do more at once) and working also on being more consistent with posting on my business facebook page as well.  

So, that's my story, in week three of a 52 week challenge, and I am sticking to it!

How's your One Word Challenge going?  Are you sticking to it?  Where have you had the most issues this soon in?  Let me know below if you would like!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Hallelujah- New Lyrics with A new FOCUS! Yay!

I’ve heard there was a secret chord 
That David played, it pleased the Lord.  
But You don’t love us for our music, do You? 
Sin goes like this: The fourth, the fifth, 
Adam’s fall, the major rift, 
The baffled king neglecting Hallelujah. 
 Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.

Nathan said, “I see your lust. 
You violate a soldier’s trust. 
Your pride, your pomp, at night they overthrew you. 
You steal, you kill, you get your way, 
But God has said, your child will pay,  
And from your lips He’ll draw the Hallelujah.” 

David prayed, “Have mercy, Lord, 
You saved me from Goliath’s sword. 
Yes, I lived for self before I knew you. 
Now, more evil in your sight, 
So I give up, I cannot fight.  
Mine’s a cold and broken Hallelujah.” 

“Blood your hyssop, I’ll be clean. 
Wash me so my sin’s not seen. 
Give me of your Holy Spirit, will you?  
Create in me a new, clean heart. 
Give me now a strong, fresh start,  
So every breath I draw is Hallelujah.” 

“You don’t delight in sacrifice. 
You don’t excuse our secret vice. 
You want from us a broken spirit, do you? 
You’ve shown me what I did was wrong. 
I’ll stand before You, Lord of song,  
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah.” 

New Cover Lyrics By: Marvin Olasky 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Decluttering-and Getting Organized-Focus

So, I have so much stuff around my house... it's hard to focus!  I think we have been on the road so much (4 different therapies, piano, church, etc) that the clutter collects, and just gets shoved from one room or place to another.  Frustration sets in, and then I feel my walls closing in on me.

One thing I have started focusing on is a Home Organization Binder.  If you are on Pinterest, I am sure you have seen a bazillion free printables pinned by your friends.  Well, I have jumped on the band wagon.  I am trying to maintain two blogs, and a family of four homeschooling children.  Organization, smorganization, right?

I slowly started last fall gravitating towards pantry rotation sheets, menu planning sheets, and Daily to do lists,  and that is when I found Erin at HappyOrganizedLife.  She was great to work with on customized sheets to meet my finicky needs, and made them all customizable in Adobe Acrobat, so that if I didn't want to hand write, I could type it and read better!  Plus, they are pretty!  She even made me this awesome coupon shopping list with price match columns.  Seriously, that small amount I paid for the sheet has been saved over and over again, just by helping me get organized when I grocery shop!

Right now on her blog, she is doing a series on Home Organization Binders, and giving away free downloads of prints that she usually sells on her Etsy store.  If you don't see something specific you need, ask her.  She will either find it or make it!

Have a great FOCUSED day!

Friday, January 4, 2013

In My Quest for Focus-Prayer Journals **UPDATE** Link to PDF file Fixed!

I am ashamed to admit it, but here you go-

I don't feel like I have taught my kids how to nurture a good prayer life.

Sure they pray well at meal time, but honestly, and really, opening themselves up to pray for others consistently and whole-hearted.  Acceptance (confession) is good for the soul, right?

So, in an effort for me to focus more on my faith, and family, it seems my pastor has pointed me down the path of prayer (he handed me 2 books about prayer last night after church).  I realize I am lacking in my prayer life, and in that, I am lacking in teaching my kids the power of prayer, the right way.

So, I created these printables for my home life, for my family to use to learn about prayer, and to give them something to look back on through the year to see answered prayer as well.

  You can click on the picture, and it will take you to a place to print and download the PDF file!
I am offering these for free, for anyone else who sees the need to give their child (or themselves) a starting point in their prayer life.

Let me know what you think, and feel free to share!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Linking Up to Only A Breath- 2013 One Word Reveal!

Yesterday, I blogged a little bit about what my one word was going to be for 2013, and a little about why.  After the Watch Night service last night, I almost changed it.  There was so much preaching surrounding the word "Rejoice."  I had a hard time!  I still just really feel like focusing on Faith && Family is going to help with the rejoicing. 

My son Wyatt is there on the left with his arm crutches, and this is my husband (suit in the back) and some others playing music during our eating break between preaching sessions last night.  God gave us so much to praise him for last night... and issued some clear challenges for the year ahead and listening to His preached word, but the only way I can be a better ministry tool for Him is to focus on my ministry at home.  For those that don't know me personally, I will just tell you that with the amount of nurses, therapists, and teachers that filter through my home, I don't have to leave home to be a witness for Christ!  In that same breath, I have a second layer of accountability as well.  We have had people get saved here, and people get right with the Lord here, just because of the environment that is, and how encouraging in the Lord we try to keep our home.  It's not always easy, I promise!  

I am so excited for the One Word link up, and the accountability.  I am more excited that through linking up with others, I might be able to be an encouragement to someone who is struggling with children with disabilities.  

Amanda :)