Tuesday, September 13, 2011
it has been a busy spring and summer in our home, so I thought I would post a little update :o)
This spring, we were convicted about dumping the rest of our debt so we could be 100% debt free. This meant selling our lovely farmhouse. After some thought, we decided that since the tenent who lived in our rental had moved out, it would make the most sense to move in our rental so that we could get the house ready to sell. While we were doing to fixing up on the farmhouse house, we went ahead and listed it. We met a really nice couple who loved it (they homeschool and have 5 kids as well), and have signed a contract on it! Lord willing, we should close in October!
Our other big news is that I am expecting again! I had an early miscarriage (my first ever miscarriage) in April, but the Lord choose to open my womb quickly after the miscarriage. I am due on January 21, 2012! That makes me 21 weeks :o) We are very excited to be welcoming a sixth child into our home and hearts :o) The Lord is so good.
We have also started our homeschooling for the year. It is going wonderful and I have 4 students this year. Of course, Jeremiah, who is now 2, also joins us for school, but his favorite school activity is to color HIMSELF when I'm not looking :o) The two's really are so fun and boys will keep you on your toes, that for sure!
Have a wonderfully blessed day!
Love in Christ,
Monday, March 07, 2011
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
As you know, there is a hugely popular holiday that many will celebrate in just under a week! Yes, Valentine's Day! It is a day where we give our husband the opportunity to show his love with flowers, candy, dinner and maybe something shiny :o)
Are you already planning out how wonderful this holiday will be? Are you taking steps to make it extra special for your husband or even your children? If so, keep reading...
While Valentine's Day has become a day about showing our love, I think that too often, as women, we tend to turn this day into a bit of an idol. If our husband fails to shower us with everything that *we* think he should, then we often feel let down or even unloved.
Why not make a change this year? This year, instead of planning for, and expecting, all of these outward displays of affections, why not make the decision to simply show love everyday to those around you. It is much better to make the effort to show love 365 days a year, than to put our focus on just one day.
Let us also consider this... the greatest act of love was the one that played out on the cross. It was when the God of the Universe, sent His son to earth, to be born, live a sin-free while life while pouring His life into others, to be condemned to death by those He came to save, to die a humiliating and painful death, to be buried in a tomb and to rise again on the third day. Jesus bore our sins because of His great love for us. His life was lived for us! Let that sink in... because that is true love.
This is the kind of love we need to show, each day, to those we love (and those we don't *smile*). We must not look upon what it is costing us, but how it is blessing another.
May your year be filled with true love <3
Flower Arrangement Photo Courtesy of Teleflora.com
Friday, June 25, 2010
This morning, I was reading in John 9. I love this passage and saw that I had made a one word note in the margin (from an earlier reading): obedience.
Friday, June 25, 2010
It has been a while since I have really blogged much (here or on blogspot), but I have decided that I really need to take the time to blog more (even if it is only once a month!). Not so much for anyone else reading, but as a way to record what is on my heart. I would love for this to be preserved for my children, so they can see how the Lord worked in my life and how I grew in Him.
Friday, August 15, 2008
I know that I have not been posting very often and there are lots of reasons... but I have decided that it is time for me to "move on".
For those who often comment, I hope that you will visit me at my brand new blog. I am also hoping that I will be posting more often :0).
My new address in the blogsphere is: http://myhighercalling.blogspot.com/
Lord Bless, Dana
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
As I have shared
too many times often, I am not a perfect housekeeper. Things sometimes get a bit out of hand but one thing that the Lord is teaching me is that I can't let everything overwhelm me... I have to just jump in, right where I am at :o).
My df Cynthia, has challenged me (and a group of other ladies) to work on The Grand Plan for the next 12 weeks. This week, we are to work in the Entry. Well, my entry is actually my Living Room, so even though there is another week for that, that is where I have been working this week.
I have *finally* put up the Wallies Mural that I have had for a month (or more) and I think it looks really good. I also still need to get some things listed on ebay (that is what ALL of those clothes are for that you will see in the slideshow below), but I have at least found a storage solution for those things (and it is not on my living room sofa!).
Here is a slideshow of what I have accomplished for my Grand Plan Week 1 Challenge
Monday, June 09, 2008
*** This was written on Monday, but I just now remembered that it had not been finished... so I am publishing it a few days late.***
I tackled a HUGE project today that I have been putting off for too long. After I got Si down for a nap and had fed Noah, I decided that the time had come to clean out the game closet.
We *love* games but the space had become a mess. It took me almost 3 hours to complete this project, but I am glad it is done. The project would have gone a lot faster, but not only did I have to empty the closet and sort through the games but I had a HUGE pile of instruction books and miscellaneous pieces that had been left out of their proper box. As you can imagine with this many games, some of the pieces looked familiar to me, but I just couldn't remember exactly which game it went with.
To celebrate getting this project finished, we had a family game night :o)
Here are some pics of the project. I also must apologize that the pics are not the greatest quality. The memory card in our digital camera is not being very cooperative right now, and after losing about 200 pics, I am not happy with it or using it until I can get a new card. I took these pics with my phone but I didn't have it set on the highest quality:
This is a table FULL of some of the games from the closet. There are two more piles on the floor that I didn't get a picture of.
This is the pile of stray pieces and instruction guides. There is a lot more there than there appears to be ;o)
Ahhhh... this is the EMPTY game closet. I really love organizing with a fresh start!
Ta Da!!! Here is the closet all finished! I dedided to place the games that have the long (full size) box on their sides instead of stacking them. This will allow us to just simply pull out the game that we want and not worry about having to unstack and restack. I couldn't do this with the 1/2 size boxes but I think this system will work just fine for us. Oh, and I didn't mention that the boys (ages 2 and 4) are not allowed to get a game out. They are allowed to open the game closet to chose what they would like to play but only daddy, mommy or sissy can remove the games. This is also the rule with our puzzles and it seems to help cut down on REALLY BIG MESSES (yeah, you momma's out there know exactly what I'm talking 'bout!).
Sunday, June 08, 2008
As a Christian in the great
As Christian mothers (and fathers too, but since I don’t blog for the fathers, this is addressed to the mothers *smile*), it is our duty to raise children who love and honor the Lord. It should be our #1 goal to produce godly offspring who have been trained in the ways of our Lord. We should make it our priority to raise children who fear the Lord more than we do, who love the Lord more than we do, who have more of a heart for serving the Lord than we do, and who are more obedient to the Lord than we are. We should also teach our children to have this same goal for their own families.
If we make this a priority, then just think of what an awesome difference could be made in the name of Christ by our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I have often heard the phrase, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time!” Ahhh, so true! So, as Christians, we should make high goals for ourselves and for your children. It is time to stop “wasting” our arrows and sharpen them for the Lord. We need to grow in the Lord and teach our children how to do the same. It takes more than just telling them – they need to see our faith LIVED OUT.
This crisis in our country doesn’t have to continue. We can open our eyes to it and we can repent and change our course. We must redeem our time and make every moment profitable for Christ. We must be diligent and stay focused on the Lord and we must train our children to do the same.
Friday, June 06, 2008
Ladies, I am going to very honest in the post. I am making myself vulnerable to my short comings because I have a heart for the Lord and that heart also aches to encourage you!
I recently talked to a friend and I made a comment that my upstairs looked like a clothing store explosion because I was *still* trying to get our winter things put away (I live in the wonderful South… and we have had B*E*A*U*T*I*F*U*L weather for TWO MONTHS now!!!!!). My friend expressed appreciation that I shared this with her because she was experiencing the same thing. She then shared with me some struggles that she had been facing and it was like she was describing me instead of herself!
I know that from the time we learned to walk and talk, we have been taught to “put our best foot forward” but I often think we are so busy trying look the right way and say the right things that we are not able to learn from each other. We don’t realize that our sister is having the same struggles that we are having and we all silently suffer.
Over the past few months I have felt as if I were in the dark. I don’t really know any other way to explain it. I had allowed my home to become a complete disaster and I wasn’t being consistent in disciplining my children as I should. I was simply overwhelmed, frustrated and felt completely depleted.
Ah, but THEN, I cried out to the Lord. I mean, I REALLY C*R*I*E*D out to Him. I didn’t like myself and I didn’t like where I was headed. My focus was off of Him and had turned completely to myself.
I now realize that I am not the only momma who has a messy house and disobedient children. I think that the Lord allowed me to “fall” into this pit so that I could learn from it and learn (again!) that I HAVE to lean on Him for ALL of my needs.
In seeking Him through His word, I am reminded that He is a God of order. That is why my house needs to be in order. But, in order to get my house in order, I must have order in my day (say that 10 times fast!).
I pulled up my old schedule (back from the Summer of 2006 when Josiah was a nursing baby) and I updated it for this Summer. I then looked over my cleaning schedule, made a few revisions and printed it. It didn’t have to be perfect, I didn’t have to follow it to the “t”, but it simply had to be a guide.
I made about 6 copies for the downstairs and posted them in several rooms. Yep, if you come to visit me, you will see our Our Daily Schedule posted in the Dining Room, the Kitchen, Laundry Room, Main Hallway, Family Room… and most importantly – the Family Bathroom. (I need to print more for the upstairs, but right now my focus is on the downstairs where we spend most of our time.)
Suddenly, I don’t have to think about what I need to do, I only have to look at the schedule and move on to the next thing. There is SO MUCH FREEDOM in having a schedule!
I was very encouraged this week when another friend of mine emailed me to share that she had come up with a workable schedule for the summer (and the upcoming school year) and was excited to start on it!
I have been trying to follow my schedule and cleaning plan for 2 weeks now. My home is FAR from magazine perfect… well, actually, I know that it will never be that perfect because we actually live here (lol) but I can say tonight that I am comfortable here. In that little bit of time, my home has started to have order again and so have the relationships here. I am no longer frustrated and yelling – I am calm and loving (just like Christ would be!). I am showing my family the love of Christ by the way I am caring for them (again).
God has reminded me that a spirit of compassion and love is so much more important than one that is selfish and haughty. He has also reminded me that as wives and mothers, we really need to come alongside of one another and encourage each other. We need to share not just our triumphs but also our struggles.
It is always so encouraging to feel that someone else understands where you are at. It is like having a strong hand outstretched to you when you feel like the waves of life are going to pull you under.