Monday, June 30, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday- 6/30/14


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What a wonderful weekend we had around here. We did have some illnesses but they were minor. Saturday we went to my wonderful neighbors house for her daughter's 7th birthday. She has 4 daughters and we just adore all of them (they homeschool as well so we spend a lot of time together). The party was a lot of fun and involved a pinata, trampoline, and water balloons. At the party poor Ducky got stung by a bee on the bottom of his foot. He had a minor allergic reaction and his foot was very swollen and he couldn't put pressure of it. You will be glad to know we gave him the proper meds and he woke up Sunday morning with just a little pain and swelling. Saturday evening Monkey also came down with a high fever. No other symptoms but he wouldn't eat or drink anything. He woke up Sunday feeling a bit better with just a low grade fever. He did finally get his appetite back. 

Sunday afternoon we decided to go get some fireworks for the 4th of July. We had to go across the river to get them. While we were over there we went to this little beach and let the kids play in the sand and water. It must have been wonderful therapy for the soul because we all felt better when we got home. The beach can cure any ailment. LOL! 

As I Look Out My Window:::
The sun is shining and there are a few white, puffy clouds in the sky. The boys are playing in the sandbox together and the baby is napping. I also see that a squirrel must have gotten on the bird feeder because he knocked the whole thing loose. Stinkin squirrels!

Right Now I Am:::
I have a load of laundry going and just cleaned up the kitchen from breakfast. I am relaxing for a few minutes while the baby naps. 

Thinking And Pondering:::
I got a position (by volunteering) to write for another blog. It is called Inspired Moms Club. I am very excited and my first article will be coming out on Thursday. It is a great opportunity for me and I am praying that God will use me to help others. 

On My Bedside Table:::
A few books and some lip balm. 

On My TV This Week:::
Probably not too much except 24 tonight. My hubby and I will probably rent some movies from Redbox over the long weekend. 

Listening To:::
It is quiet in the house but I can hear my big boys out back talking about a huge vulture that they can see on the road. LOL! They are obsessed with falcons and vultures. 

On The Menu For This Week:::
Monday- chicken and rice casserole with homemade yeast rolls and salad
Tuesday- tacos with beans and salsa
Wednesday- Breakfast for dinner (aka Brinner) blueberry pancakes, bacon, eggs
Thursday- pizza
Friday- Happy Independence Day! Cookout with friends!
Saturday- Hawaiian chicken on the grill, potatoes, zucchini, and squash (fresh from my mama's garden)
Sunday- hamburgers on the grill, beans, chips

On My To Do List:::
Homeschooling (just minimal nature study stuff for summer)
Laundry
Writing a blog post for IMC (as mentioned above)
Cleaning the school room for a new school year
Homeschool planning for next year
Normal house work
Finish the baby quilt

Happening This Week:::
We stay home quite a bit so it may seem boring to some folks but I like it that way.
Friday is the 4th of July celebration and we have been invited some friend's house for a cookout. 
After the cookout we will go down the street and watch the local fireworks. It is so much fun!
Saturday Hubby and I may get to see his best friend and his wife for a while. We will go biking and get lunch with them. Not set in stone yet...plus we have to nail down a sitter. Any takers?? 

What I Am Creating:::
I finally got to work on the quilt over the weekend. That's all I have left is to do the edge. I am very happy about that!



My Simple Pleasure:::
Just sitting with a hot cup of tea (or coffee depending on the day I've had) and reading from my Bible. God's word always speaks to me in some way and it rejuvenates me to continue on in my day. 

Homemaking Tips:::
Do a 15 minute tidy up each day before your Hubby comes home from work. I know it may sound silly but just to pick the toys up off of the floor and tidy up the kitchen a bit is so helpful for him to come home to. Well, at least that is what my Hubby has said to me. It is a small thing that I can do for him to say thank you for working so hard to provide for us. 

Looking Around The House:::
It's pretty neat for the time being. I am sure a tiny tornado will come through here at any time. But, that's the life I live with 3 small children. I don't live in a museum so I try to look at the bright side of things. 

From The Camera:::



Prayer List:::
I am praying for family needs.
My SIL has a lot of health issues and I really pray she finds the right doctor (and her insurance will cooperate).
Our country as we celebrate our freedom this Friday and the safety of anyone who ventures out.
For our troops both near and far. I am so thankful for their sacrifice and for the ones they leave behind to defend this country. 

Bible Verse/Devotional:::
"Now, O my God,  I pray, let Your eyes be open and Your ears be attentive to the prayer offered in this place." -2 Chronicles 6:40


Blessings,


Kristy

Friday, June 27, 2014

When Life Gives You Lemons And You Don't Feel Like Making Lemonade



You know the old saying "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade". But, what if you just don't feel like it? What if you are tired? What if you are stressed? What if you are having a bad day, week, month? I am going to be very open and honest here today. I have been feeling all of these things. I have 3 boys. A 5 year old, a 3 year old, and a 1 year old. They are wonderful blessings. They are also very full of energy. They are needy, loud, energetic, and silly. I am up during the night with one or another of them. I am up very early with the big boys. I have laundry, dishes, cleaning, meals to make. I feel overwhelmed at times and defeated by life.

A while ago my Hubby came home from work and surprised me with a card and my favorite coffee and a bag of Milanos Double Chocolate. The card said "Sometimes life gives you lemons and you don't feel like making lemonade". He knew exactly what I needed. My husband and I may argue and fight sometimes but we are best friends. We don't like to see each other hurt. I told him of some things that have been going on with me lately and he wanted to cheer me up. What a great guy!

I feel like I have been pretending for a long time. Pretending to be someone I'm not. I am naturally a loud, opinionated, sarcastic person. I have come a long way in taming these areas of my life but they are still a part of me. My husband fell in love with this person and never complains about my personality. I would love to be that quiet, meek, gentle wife and mother. But, I wear yoga pants most days. I speak my mind most of the time. I pretend to be happy when deep down I am crying inside. I pretend to not be lonely when all I want is for someone to call ME for a change and ask how I am. I pretend to have it all together when I am really falling apart at the seams. I could crack at any moment.

I had been going through a lot. My emotions were getting the best of me and people were seeing a very real, raw side to my personality. I was lashing out, getting angry, crying about everything. I felt that I had no one to talk to about it except my husband and sometimes my mom. My husband is a very good listener but he wants to fix everything. His intentions are the best, but sometimes a girl just wants to vent. I have tried to vent to others only to get told what I should and shouldn't be doing. Don't get me wrong...I can throw a great pity party. But, I just want someone to listen to me sometimes. I felt like I was screaming in a crowded room and no one could hear me. Only one person could heal this brokenness in my heart. Only one person hears my cries in my affliction:

"I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety." -Psalm 61:2 

My problems are not these huge, catastrophic things that will make or break me. These are matters of the heart. Matters of feeling lonely, vulnerable, and isolated. I find myself second guessing my decisions. I find it hard to trust people. I wonder why people don't treat me the way I treat them (as in being nice and loving).

I have talked with my husband and spent many hours pouring over the scriptures and praying. I have come to the conclusion that when something or someone causes you to be that hurt they are not worthy of your heart. The only being that is worthy of your whole heart is Christ. He loves us so much that He died for us. I saw a shirt a while ago and it said "You're worth dying for". Then there was a scripture to go a long with it. I think that is the greatest love of all.

God is my refuge and my strength. He heals my broken heart. He comes to my rescue when I am in need. He loves me in my triumphs and loves me in the valley. His hand is always guiding me and strengthening me. He gives me hope that I will one day live and walk with Him.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

10 Things I Have Learned In 10 Years Of Marriage



June 19, 2004. A day I will always treasure. The best day of my life. That is the day I married the best man I have ever known. The day I married my best friend. The day I became a Mrs. 

No matter how long I have been married he always makes me smile. It was a hot, sunny day. I woke up early to go and get my hair and make up done by my very good friend "Ms. H." We met at the church and that is where I became a princess. 

I walked the aisle of that country church at 4pm. I looked into his eyes at the end of the aisle and knew that so much love was waiting for me at the other end. I saw his eyes and knew that I was in good hands. His eyes said it all...he didn't even have to speak. 

As we said our vows and committed our lives to each other and to God I felt at peace. I felt so full of joy I could have burst. I felt so much love in that church. People had gathered. They gathered to witness two people commit to love, honor, and be faithful to one another. To put God first and each other next above all else. 

My love for this man has grown into something unexpected. Something I look forward to unwrapping each day like a brand new gift. He makes me feel loved, cared for, wanted. He makes me feel like a woman. 

Through the last 10 years I have learned a lot and we have gone through a lot. 10 years of marriage, 3 houses, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 4 children. It has not been all joy and contentment. There have been struggles. Huge, heart-breaking, back-breaking struggles. But, we've gotten through them all because we have each other. We have God and we have each other. 

10 Things I Have Learned In 10 Years Of Marriage:

1. Laugh hard and laugh often. Laughter in marriage is very important. Especially when raising children. Laugh at yourself too. Don't take life too seriously. There are enough things in life that are serious. Laugh til you cry with your spouse.





2. Hold hands. You know this simple act is done very little anymore. Well, at least for me. The other day Hubby and I were walking around our yard looking at all of the flowers and trees and admiring their beauty. He suddenly took my hand in his and didn't let go for a long while. It made me feel like I belonged and that I wasn't alone in this world. I told him how it made me feel and we are making an effort to do this more often. Hold your man's hand. It will feel so wonderful. 




3. Let it go. Don't fight over the small stuff. Let things go and you will feel less stressed out. If you hold on to every little thing that your man does wrong, well, you are a prisoner and don't even know it. You are a prisoner of your controlling nature. Let it go and smile more. 




4. Flirt with your hubby. Before he gets home from work put on some perfume, put your hair up, and change out of those yoga pants. Greet him at the door with a kiss. Make him feel happy to come home and sad to leave. Send him sexy texts messages while he is at work or put a note in his lunch bag letting him know how much you love him. Flirting with your hubby is lots fun!




5. Do stuff together. If he likes to go hiking, go for a hike. If he likes playing basketball, go shoot some hoops with him. Believe me, he will want to do the stuff you like too. I like to go to the antique mall. I have noticed that if I do things he likes to do he actually suggests going to the antique mall. Have fun together and get out and do something. 




6. Be his best friend. My hubby recently called me his best buddy. I know that may sound silly to some women but I know my man and he meant it as the highest of compliments. We confide in each other, have each other's backs, tell secrets to each other, and do stuff together. He really is the best friend I have ever had. 




7. Go on dates. If you can get a sitter for the little ones go out for a meal and a movie or whatever you like to do. If you can't get a sitter, wait til the little ones are in bed and eat dessert together and snuggle on the couch. Either way, make time to be alone with your spouse.




8. Stop nagging. This seems pretty clear cut. If you find yourself nagging just take a breath and close your mouth. I have a very hard time doing this. I like to drive the nail in deeper and deeper. LOL! I have to remember to stop getting after him. He is his own person...I am not his Holy Spirit. 




9. Be intimate with your hubby. I know it can be difficult to make time for this and to be "in the mood" when you have time. But, it is so important to the marital relationship. God designed "it" for us. So, be intimate and enjoy it. 




10. Take time at least once a year (preferably on your anniversary) to reminisce about your wedding day. If you have photos look through them together. If you have a video watch it. We plan on doing the very thing. I love to look at the pictures and video. I always forget that something happened until I see it again. It is a lot of fun. 




I love being married. It has made me a better person and has filled my life with love, laughter, and joy. Marriage has also brought something else. Motherhood. Through my marriage to my husband we have three handsome little guys. I love them all so much it hurts. We also have our Baby Kendall in heaven...waiting for us. 



Just look at those rascals. They couldn't be cuter. These boys were born from love and into love. Our hearts are so full with them in our lives. 

Well, I pray you all will have a wonderful weekend. I am going to be celebrating my anniversary on Thursday night at our favorite steak house (I got a coupon for BOGO free!!). My in-laws so graciously said they would watch all three of the boys overnight so we will go to a late movie after dinner. Friday we want to wake up late...past 6am. LOL! Who knows what the day will bring but I am thrilled to spend it with the man of my dreams! Until next time...


Blessings,


Kristy

Monday, June 16, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday- 6/16/14


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Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great Father's Day weekend. I had fun spoiling my husband with lots of hugs and kisses. We don't exchange gifts for these kind of holidays but we do things for each other. I made breakfast and coffee for him in bed. He loved it. I also made him dinner. He chose burgers on the grill with baked potatoes and baked beans. 

I have had an okay few days. I broke my ring finger last Friday and it has been killing me. I have to wear this brace thing for a while but it is getting better everyday. The swelling and bruising has gone down a lot. I still can't bend it without being in pain. I still can't get any of my friends or family to come change all these diapers for me. LOL! I really haven't asked though...plus it isn't too bad doing it with one less finger. 

As I Look Outside My Window:::
The sun is shining and there isn't a cloud in the sky. Beautiful morning. 

Right Now I Am:::
Writing this blog post and hoping that the baby falls asleep for his morning nap. 

Thinking And Pondering:::
My 10 year anniversary is this week and I have been thinking about what to get for my hubby. He is so had to buy for because he doesn't really want anything. I have also been thinking about forgiveness. Forgiveness means it is a personal act. It has nothing to do with whether the other person is remorseful or not for their actions. It has everything to do with your own heart and letting things go and giving them to God. I am learning a very hard lesson about this very thing. 

On My Bedside Table:::
The second book in the Mitford series by Jan Karon. 
A few women's devotionals and my wrist brace.

On My TV This Week:::
24 comes on tonight. 
NCIS tomorrow night.
Not too much the rest of the week. 

Listening To:::
The quiet house and the faint sound of the big boys playing outside in the sand box. 

On The Menu For This Week:::
Monday- tacos
Tuesday- chicken and rice casserole
Wednesday- pizza
Thursday- Our 10 year anniversary dinner at our favorite steak house
Friday- not sure since we will be doing things all day
Saturday- BBQ chicken on the grill, veggies
Sunday- not sure yet

On My To Do List:::
Homeschooling
House keeping
Laundry
Writing a card for a friend whose mother passed away
Running errands
Physical Therapy for my torn neck muscle on Wednesday
Library

Happening This Week:::
Not too much. My 10 year anniversary is Thursday and we got a sitter for all 3 of the boys overnight. Yipee! I am excited to celebrate 10 years with my best friend.

What I Am Creating:::
Still working on that quilt. Since I broke my finger it has been put on hold for a week or two. 

My Simple Pleasure:::
Drinking an iced cinnamon dulche latte from Starbucks. I only get about 1 per month but they are so good. 

Homemaking Tips:::
Spring cleaning does the house some good. Yes, I do spring clean. I get rid of old clothes that are too small for me or the kids. I put away winter clothes. I dust on top of things, clean the windows, clean the top of the fridge, and sweep under the furniture. It really makes a difference. 

Looking Around The House:::
It is pretty tidy except for the pile of shoes by the front door. I suppose I need to get the big boys to put them in their bins in the coat closet. 

From The Camera:::



Prayer List:::
Our country
Our leaders
Family and friends who are sick
A family friend who lost his mother last week
My own physical problems

Bible Verse/Devotional:::
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." -Luke 12:34


Have a wonderful, blessed week!


Blessings,


Kristy

Monday, June 9, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday- 6/9/14


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It's Monday again. We had a great weekend. Friday I went to the HEAV conference. It was so much fun. I am so refreshed and I got lots of great resources. If you ever have the chance to go to a homeschool convention you should. Saturday I woke up with the worst migraine of my life. I took LOTS of meds and even took a nap in the afternoon to help alleviate the pain. It went away around 7pm. Only, I woke up Sunday morning and it was back with a vengeance. I took more meds and it went away around noon. We ended up taking the boys to the pool for a couple of hours. The baby loves the water. He was a little water bug. LOL! Then we went to Hubby's parents house. The big boys went fishing at their pond with their daddy and Poppy. I stayed behind while the baby slept. It was a very nice weekend. I hope yours was also. 


As I Look Outside My Window:::
It is cloudy part of the time. The sun peeks through the clouds once in a while. It has been drizzling on and off but the big boys are playing outside anyway. 

Right Now I Am:::
Watching TV and checking emails. I bought some downloads of a few of the speakers from the HEAV and I have been downloading them this morning. I have already started laundry and cleaned up my bedroom. 

Thinking And Pondering:::
I have been thinking about Father's Day this weekend. I really want to spoil my husband so much. We don't buy gifts but we make things. I am going to do crafts this week with the boys for school and they will be for Father's Day. We will make some things for Daddy and their grandpa's. I am also going to make him breakfast in bed and a wonderful dinner. I love doing things for my hard-working man. 

On My Bedside Table:::
The second book in the Mitford Series by Jan Karon.
Lip balm and my wrist brace. 

On My TV This Week:::
24 tonight and not really much more this week. 
I don't have much time to watch tv. LOL!

Listening To:::
The tv and my dog napping next to me. 

On The Menu For This Week:::
Honestly, I haven't menu planned this week. 
I do know this much:
Monday- chili mac with cornbread
Tuesday-Saturday- not sure but I have lots of options in the freezer and pantry. LOL!

On My To Do List:::
Laundry
Homeschooling
Reorganize the baby's room
Get rid of old clothes of the kids
Clean bathrooms

Happening This Week:::
Monday- house work and cleaning
Tuesday- Monkey has a dr appt in the morning and I have a (long awaited) dr appt in the afteroon
Wednesday- probably stay home and clean, Hubby has a ball game
Thursday- home and clean
Friday- do something with the kids. Not sure what yet. 
Saturday- have our Father's Day celebrations early
Sunday- church (trying a new one) and a family picnic at my dad's house for my step-mom's mother. It is her b-day and we never get to see her because she lives so far away. 

What I Am Creating:::
I had a few hiccups with the baby quilt so I have to tie it instead of sewing it together. I am pretty excited about it because I love to tie blankets. My goal is to finish next week. 

My Simple Pleasure:::
Baking. I love to bake and make things from scratch. Not only is it yummy, it makes your house smell so good and you can lick the bowl :-)

Homemaking Tips:::
Make a to-do list each day with your top 5 things that need to be done that day. Make sure that you list them in order of importance. If you don't get to everything on your list make a new to-do list for the next day and put the items that didn't get done on the top of the new list. This way there is no pressure to get things done but you keep a list of things and feel accomplishment as you mark things off. 

Looking Around The House:::
It's pretty tidy except the occasional toy here and there. The boys are outside so it is quiet and peaceful. 

From The Camera:::



Prayer List:::
Family and friends who are sick or in need of any prayers.
My SIL celebrates her birthday tomorrow and I pray that she gets spoiled to pieces. 
Monkey's dr appt to go well.
My dr appt to go well and I get the help and answers to my concerns. 

Bible Verse/Devotional:::
"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him." -Psalm 28:7


Have a wonderful week!

Blessings,


Kristy

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wordless Wednesday- 6/4/14

These are the pictures that the photographer took at our recent Mommy/Son Date Knight at CFA. I have been waiting for them to be sent and thought I would share with you for Wordless Wednesday! I hope you enjoy!











Doesn't this look fun?! I will be doing this every year with my boys. Being a "boymom" is so much fun. 

Many Blessings,


Kristy

Monday, June 2, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday- 6/2/14


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Hope you had a great weekend! Happy Monday to you all! Ready or not another week is upon us. Hubby and I cleaned our house this past weekend and I got rid of two huge bags of magazines (I never pay for them...I always get free subscriptions) and 1 huge bag of clothes. Next weekend we will be deep cleaning both of the boy's rooms and getting rid of clothes in there. Their dresser recently broke so we are going to purchase two small ones for the big boys room. I love spring cleaning. It makes me feel great. 


As I Look Outside My Window:::
The sun is shining and the boys are heading out to play. The grass needs to be cut but that is the least of my worries. Hubby will do it later. I also see our humming bird feeder...I hope they find it soon. I love humming birds. 

Right Now I Am:::
Eating cheddar popcorn and thinking about things that need to be done this week. 

Thinking And Pondering:::
I've been thinking a lot about my upcoming 10 year wedding anniversary. I can't believe it's been 10 years. Hubby and I have actually been together for 14 years. I was just a baby. LOL! I have been thinking about what to get my wonderful Hubby for our anniversary and what we should do since we have a sitter overnight!! We have never left the baby overnight. Can't wait! Any suggestions on what to get him??

On My Bedside Table:::
A new women's devotional (A Woman After God's Own Heart)
My prayer journal (I slacked off in writing in it and want to start back up)
A Beth Moore devotional (not sure of the name but it is really good)

On My TV This Week:::
24 comes on tonight
Not too much since Hubby works late and has softball games

Listening To:::
The clock on the wall ticking. It is such a relaxing sound to me. I can also hear bugs running into the window from outside. LOL! And, I hear the occasional happy noise from the big boys playing outside together. 

On The Menu For This Week:::
Monday- Chicken alfredo and cheesy Texas toast
Tuesday- leftovers
Wednesday- Breakfast (a.k.a. Brinner)
Thursday- Chili cheeseburger mac with cornbread
Friday- pizza or takeout (will decide later)
Saturday- Hawaiian grilled chicken, potatoes with rosemary, corn
Sunday- TBD

On My To Do List:::
Fold ALL laundry (actually already did this, now I have to put it away)
Dishes
Homemaking schedule
Research some vendors for the homeschool convention on Friday
Go through books in classroom and donate ones that are not used
Finish Baby G's quilt 
Homeschooling

Happening This Week:::
Hubby works late a lot this week 
Softball game on Thursday
Library
Homeschool convention on Friday (I can't wait!!)


What I Am Creating:::
Nothing new...just the quilt

My Simple Pleasure:::
Dairy Queen S'mores blizzards. They are only available for a short time each year and we live one block away from a DQ. We had one last night :-)

Homemaking Tips:::
Do laundry as a team. Hubby always washes and dries the clothes (on weekends) and I fold them and put them away. It makes it so much easier and less time consuming. 

Looking Around The House:::
I see a clean house for the most part since we did a deep clean over the weekend. There are a few books sitting out here and there and a race car in the floor here and there. Other than that it's pretty clean...let's see how long it stays that way. Ha!

From The Camera:::

Daisies from my boys picked in a field at my dad's house. 


Prayer List:::
Hubby as he has a tough work week this week.
My neighbor as her hubby is gone this week for work.
My SIL as her hubby is gone this week for work. 
Our country, leaders, etc. 
Any sick family and friends. 

Bible Verse/Devotional:::
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing,a time to seek, and a time to lose;a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.." -Ecclesiastes  3:1-8


Blessings,


Kristy