Philippians 4-8

Philippians 4-8

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day, Mommas!



Here are a few of my favorite sentiments about motherhood...








"God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers."
~ Rudyard Kipling

 I hope you are all wrapped in the love of your children and enjoying a very blessed Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Because I'm Happy!

Love, love, love this song from Despicable Me 2:

Here's the original video, which should make you want to get up and dance :-)







And here is a cute one with the minions!


Just listening to this song makes me HaPpY!


So with HaPpInEsS, comes grace and JOY and more reasons to give thanks to God for the many, many blessings in my life:

Reasons 100-105
100.  The song HaPpY
101.  Gentle spring breezes after a long, hard winter
102.  Listening to my youngest child read aloud to me (this    one makes me especially HaPpY)
103.  Birds working together making nests for coming babies
104.  Watching sweet, sleeping children
105.  Daffodils 

So, go grab YOUR minions and get HaPpY!



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

An April Daybook {the Happy Birthday to Me edition}



Outside my window…

The birds are singing and the wind is blowing lightly.  Hoping for more glorious sunshine today!

Giving thanks…

For spring and all of the loveliness that is blooming around me!

I am thinking about…

How very blessed I am and how this coming year is going to be amazing.  Trying not to take any of this for granted and to stay in the moment as much as possible without mentally hopping on to the next thing.

In the Schoolroom…

Wrapping up our school year in the next few weeks.  I am really not in any rush to complete our work this year.  I have been re-thinking things and realize that there is no need to do “it all” just to have it all done.  Slow, steady appreciation of beauty soothes and nourishes the soul better.  I am actively choosing quality over quantity and resting in Him.
We'll take a little time off when we are done, and then I have some fun things planned for the summer including a nature study and learning Latin.

 

From the kitchen…

Nothing from me at the moment, but, I can hear little people baking a birthday cake for me.

I am creating…

A sweet little baby blanket for my niece’s baby due in a few months.
I remember when I was creating sweet little babies...seems so long ago.

 

I don’t ever want to forget…

The way Lovey Dovey loves to read to me!  He just grabs his book and we snuggle up and I just look at him and soak in all of the love that just pours out of this boy.  Right now we are working our way through The Early Reader's Bible and he just cannot get enough!

  

 I am working on…

Planning our garden for this year.  We are going to try Square Foot Gardening this year and I am SO excited about it!  We just purchased our seeds from and will plant in a few weeks.

I am reading…

Many different books:
 For myself, I am reading a few books simultaneously.
-The All New Square Foot Gardening
-Hold on to Your Kids
-The 4:8 Principle The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life
-The Living Page

With my little people we are reading:
-Amon’s Adventures
-On the Banks of Plum Creek
-The Horse and His Boy

all.great.reads :-)

I am praying…

For my brothers, my sons, my husband and myself {I tend to forget that last one at times}

I am struggling…

To find complete and total rest in Him and hand over the reigns and just follow His lead.
Baby steps…one day at a time :-)

I am hearing…

Podcasts and audio lectures!  Love, love, love  :-)

Here are a few that should not be missed!

--Teaching From a State of Rest audio lecture with Andrew Kern.  Fantastic and well worth listening to!
--RAR #1  Sarah @amongstlovelythings has been working very hard on creating a community to nourish the momma heart.  She just made her first podcast chatting with Andrew Pudewa from IEW and it was AWESOME!
--Nurturing  Competent Communicators with Andrew Pudewa.  Some very good information  and well worth listening to more than once.


 

Clicking around…


Around the house…

Books everywhere. Trying to revamp, regroup and reorganize the school room as well as the rest of our home.

One of my favorite things…

Finding JOY in all of the little things in every day life.

I swear, once you do it and make it a habit, it is SO addicting and you find yourself happier and more filled with grace and joy for your efforts.  So much of our noise that fills our days is negative thinking and outside influence.  Once we realize that only positive thoughts come from God we begin creating a virtuous cycle which is a JOY to live!

A few plans for the next week…

Eating a little birthday cake and spending as much time outside as possible soaking in the sunshine.




Monday, April 28, 2014

Happy Spring and Hello Again!


 
Well, this has been a whirlwind few months!
I feel like I blinked and it was just January, and now we are two days away from May.  It has been a crazy few months filled with one wedding, two funerals, three birthdays and an abundance of life sandwiched in between.

After a long, hard, frigid winter, I am just beginning to contemplate catching up.





Something about Spring and the lovely flowers brings it all into focus again.  It makes me yearn to be outside and alive in all of God's goodness.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

*Grace...Gratitude...Joy*

Getting back to my 1000 Gifts Journaling Adventure for this year, I wanted to share as I went along, so here goes!

Reasons to give great praise and thank God for all of His goodness:

79. Dancing and singing with Lovey Dovey in the kitchen
80.  My husband waking up and hugging me at 5:00 a.m.
81.  Blowing bubbles in the summer breeze.
82.  Picnics at the lake
83.  Brothers enjoying a great book together


 Snapped these two goodies today while they weren't really looking.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Love Is...

This is a re-post from last year's Valentine's post.  It is one of my favorites and worth a second glance :-)

I have decided to make a St. Valentine's Day post a few days early.  Today is the 15th anniversary of my Mom's death and the day before Ash Wednesday.  Each year this time of year reminds me of the important things I have been blessed with in my life.  I am now at a point in life where I can think of my Mom today with more thoughts of happiness, thankfulness and joy than of sadness.  I am a better person {and mother} because of her and for that I am thankful. 

I have decided that this month I am going to memorize 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.

I've always loved that particular scripture and it was part of our wedding too.


This is why I like it best...



Love is patient and kind; 







love is not jealous or boastful;

 











 it is not arrogant or rude.  










Love does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful; 












 it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. 








Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
 








































  Love never ends.

 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Celebrating My Mom

Yesterday was the 16th anniversary of my Mom's death.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 16 years since my Mom went to be with Jesus. I’ve decided to celebrate her life instead of mourning my loss. She was an incredibly strong woman who persevered during many adversities in her life. The more I look at myself, the more I see her traits, the good and not so good within me. She was a kind, sweet caring person who always put people before things, could bake the most delicious homemade bread from scratch and read a 300 page novel in less than two days! 

 Some of the sweetest memories I have of her are baking in the kitchen together when I was little, the many, many long walks we took down Main Street growing up {mom didn’t drive}, her dressing up taking me trick or treating as a child, and walking me to school and attending Mass each day during elementary school {doubly blessed if it were a feast day as I attended Catholic school}.

She was kind, loved God and all the people who she was blessed to know and although her life was not always the way it appeared to me and there were many times of struggle, she always placed her faith in God to carry her through and He did.
Thank you SO much, Mom, for helping to make me the person I am today!