Thirty days of Thankfulness: a month-long daily Bible study

I’ve taken a major break from this blog this year: my break has been due to a combination of things: a lack of extra time, s lack of inspiration and a bit of burnout, too. I’ve been trying hard to think about how I want to proceed forward and so far, I’ve come up with what I think is a good direction.

I also remember when I used to do Scripture Sunday, which used to be nothing more than a printable scripture. There wasn’t any true substance to it and there certainly wasn’t any meaning or sharing of God’s word. I felt led to start creating some monthly Bible studies with you all: something we can do at our own pace, without pressure and something we can discuss and share with one another if we led to do so.

I just finished 31 days of Proverbs with some ladies online and I loved it! I’ve decided, since November is “Thanksgiving month” to do a study on what the Bible says about Thankfulness.

I present to you, “30 days of Thankfulness.”

My challenge to myself and to you is this: let’s read one of these verses every day and reflect on these things:

1. Who in this chapter is thankful?

2. For what are they thankful?

3. What meaning does this have in my life?

I would also like to encourage you to journal about the verses and these questions. I have learned so much from journaling about what I read in God’s word.

I am creating a poll on my Facebook page tonight- please weigh in and tell me what you think!!

2019: a year in review

2019, what a year. It was a busy year but overall, a great one. I took some time off blogging and it was the step back I needed. Now I’m back and feeling better than ever.

January: a new year

We blew into 2019 and hit the ground running. We had a pretty low key January and nothing particularly interesting happened…but it was still a great month.

February: NCSU gymnastics

We took our tiny gymnast to see the NCSU gymnastics team compete against the UNC gymnastics team in historical Reynolds Coliseum. It was a blast and we loved it.

March: Mr. Lumber’s birthday

See that handsome devil with the tape measure? That’s my handsome devil and he turned 39 this year. He’s gonna get me for posting that, too. Oh well.

March was a pretty quiet month and we didn’t do a lot. I did attempt to raise awareness of colon cancer by sharing my dad’s story.

April: my birthday and the Tarheel Ten Miler

In April I turned 34 and ran in the Tarheel Ten Miler for the first time ever. It wasn’t my best time but I finished and got this beautiful piece of hardware.

I was also at my heaviest weight back then.

May: last day of school

This little sweetie finished her second grade year and got started on a super busy summer break.

I celebrated Mother’s Day with my sweet mama and my girls.

June: better choices and a better me

With the help of my personal trainer, better diet choices and adding strength training to my endurance runs, I lost almost fifty pounds. I am amazed at how much better I look and feel.

This little lady also turned 8.

July: beach vacation

We took a family vacation to Wrightsville Beach for the first time in ages and had a blast.

August: back to school!

We went back to school and Emorie began third grade. Aubrey has a year and a half left until she starts school. I began my 12th year of teaching.

We posted this end of summer recap.

September: adjusting to being back in school

We began the very tedious process of redecorating our back porch. We are still not done.

We didn’t do much in September, as we were adjusting to being back in school.

October: Halloween, farm visits and day trippin’

This little flapper and little Anna made their way through our town and brought back a giant haul of sweets. They didn’t wanna share. Too bad.

We had some work done in our yard and we cleared out some overgrowth. We have plans to remove this flower bed altogether but I’m not sure what we will put in its place.

We built this fireplace and even though it was hard and a pain in the neck, I am pleased with the result.

We visited two local farms and had a blast.

November: Thanksgiving, family, and dance

This little hot mess turned four.

This little lady had her first dance competition and she brought home her first crown! We are heading to regionals in March and nationals in June.

Then, we ate four Thanksgiving dinners til I thought I’d pop.

December: the busiest and most rushed Christmas ever

On a sad note, we lost our sweet yellow lab mix in December. We miss this big guy so much but we are so glad for 13 years he got to be our dog. Until we see you again, big guy.

Thanksgiving was late this year and that made Christmas seem early. I also didn’t get off work until the 20th, which meant I rushed to get my decorating up and my shopping done. And it was rough!

I still managed to get these awesome pics of Santa in our living room.

And I think our kiddos had a great Christmas and they each got what they wanted 🙂

I hope your 2019 was a good year and I hope your 2020 will bring blessings and peace. See you next year! Tune in on January 3 for our word of the year.

Simplify Saturdays: Self-care and taking time for you

Simplify Saturdays: Self-care and taking time for you

Most of us are guilty of working too much, and sacrificing all of our time for everyone else. There is nothing wrong with working hard or giving time to others; in fact, those things are great. But sometimes you do need to take a little time for yourself.

Finding time for you can be difficult amidst all your other demands, but there are a few ways you can sneak in a little “you-time.”

1. Wake up a little earlier

Waking up about 15 or 20 minutes earlier can allow you a little time for yourself. Read a book, go for a walk, or enjoy a cup of coffee on your porch.

2. Evaluate how you spend your time

Is there anything you do each day that wastes your time? I waste a lot of time on my Smartphone each day. By eliminating some of that, I have been able to spend more time on things that make me happy.

3. Delegate those chores

You can’t do everything. I’m the worst for trying to do it all. Delegate some of those chores to your kids. Kids can help with laundry or loading the dishes. Kids can help pick up toys and straighten up the house. Trying to do everything will only stress you out and steal all your time.

5. Learn to say no

Overextending yourself by taking on too much results in stress and no free time. Free up some time by saying no.

When you carve out a bit of time for yourself, think about the things that bring you joy. Whatever makes you feel renewed and happy, do it. Don’t feel guilty about taking time for you. Take time for yourself and be more relaxed.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sunday Musings: Raising Godly Children

Sunday Musings: Raising Godly Children

It’s important to us to raise our children in the Christian faith. The easiest way to do that is to take them to church, but there is so much more to raising Godly children than attending church. We are far from being perfect Christian parents, and this is truly an area where we are working hard to improve. I thought I’d share some of the things we are trying to do, in the hope that some of you would share some of your great ideas with us 😉

We are a family of four, with a six year old daughter and a two year old daughter. We attend church regularly and also participate in Vacation Bible School and a summer camp program at our church during the summers.

1. Sunday school

We have recently begun to attend Sunday School after not attending for several months. Sunday School lessons for children are the Gospel tailored for their age and comprehension. This is why it’s important for them to be there. My kids have learned so much from the children’s programs at our church.

2. Read a devotional each day with your kids

We, as adults, get a lot out of our kids’ devotions. Not only are we reading and learning about the Bible along with the girls, we are modeling for them the importance of reading and studying the Bible. And don’t think because it isn’t written for adults that you can’t be blessed by it as well. I have learned from my kids’ devotion book as much as I have from my own.

3. Buy your kids a Bible they can read

There are so many wonderful Bibles on the market today you can choose from. There are Bibles available for little children, tweens, teens and primary aged children. My daughter has this “Big Picture Bible” which works in conjunction with a phone app. She loves it and it does a great job teaching and explaining the Bible stories to her.

5. Pray together

My children and I read the Bible and keep a running prayer list. We spend time thanking God for the things for which we are grateful and praying for the things we need or the people we know with needs. I’ve also started praying aloud in the mornings as we are driving to school- not only to pray, but to model prayer for my children.

What ways do you model living the Gospel for your children? How do you ensure your children are Godly? I’d love to hear ideas or suggestions!

Have a wonderful week.

Why I Started Blogging

Why I Started Blogging

I’m often asked why I started blogging. The simple answer is that I first started blogging as a means to document our pregnancy and birth of our firstborn. Our firstborn is now almost a sassy, intelligent seven year old.

We’ve also added another sassy little lady to the brood.

We are still blogging, but our focus has changed. I’ve always loved making crafts, decorating my home and redoing furniture.

I came to realize at some point there were tons of blogs about these very things. And if they could share their homes, projects and ideas with the world, I could as well.

I started a blog about a passion of mine: getting organized and simplifying your life. I made a lot of online friends, I shared my ideas, and I made a little money.

I’ve learned so much about life and about myself. There have been times when blogging has been difficult and frustrating, but I’ve never regretted starting up this little o’ blog.

I’ve now been blogging almost seven years. It’s been a great seven years and I can’t wait to see what the next seven hold. Stay tuned, friends. Big things they are a comin’.