I Didn’t Want to, but I Needed to…

Hello dear reader. Thank you for making the time to stop in to read my thoughts here in my blog on the world wide web. Well, it happened, we got the opportunity to vote once again. Honestly, I didn’t want to vote this year, 2020. It was a hard year socially and to add the stress of “who did you vote for and why” to conversation was a dreaded thing for me.

If this is how I feel, why did I vote? Women fought for the right to vote not the obligation to vote. So, why did I vote when I really didn’t want to? I voted because, though I don’t know that I think my voice really matters, I wanted to give my two cents in case it is needed. *gentle smile*

I like to vote if I have a strong opinion about the subjects at hand the catch in my giddy up is that so often I have voted and then I learn that though I hear of others who agree with me in word this country goes the complete opposite direction. Apparently it’s not skin color that makes a minority but several different criteria that can make someone a minority. *small smile*

Did you vote? Do you enjoy political conversations, not to be confused with arguments. *smile* I hope this little note has found you all in good health and looking to heaven for guidance in your day to day life as well as in the larger decisions in your life. Remember to pray always. Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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What Do You Celebrate And Why?

Hello dear reader. Thank you for making the time to pop in to read some of my thoughts. Rather than just posting new and recent pictures of just this time of year I thought I would choose a few from previous posts.

Please remember that I ask that others not take and use my pictures on the internet rather enjoy them here in my post and leave them here, please. *smile* Thank you.

Nearly 15 years ago I took our wall calendar down and went through it month by month asking what we celebrate in our family, why, and how we celebrate each holiday. We are Christians who believe what the Bible says is true and have spent years growing and learning in His ways. We read both the old and new testaments and have been trying to understand what the Lord calls us as adopted grafted in family members. I believe that when Christ walked on the earth He fulfilled some things in the old testament and that some of the promises made to the Jews are just for them, not us as well. I also believe that the Lord Himself revealed things to His people in the bible. All of this being said, let me share our journey with you dear ones.

Let’s take a little walk through the calendar beginning in January. Our celebrations start in February with Valentines Day. For this we focus on the Love the Lord gives a husband for his wife and visa versa. It’s a love that is a choice that is made between a man and a woman and by the grace of God it grows over years of work and making the choice to love the one the Lord has given you. In March we celebrate our daughter’s birthday. Children are a blessing from the Lord and we feel richly blessed to have the opportunity to guide her to the Lord little by little each day as we grow and learn together. We also celebrate our wedding anniversary. It’s a blessing to enjoy another new year together as husband and wife and we are thankful for the many blessings the Lord has allowed us to enjoy in our marriage as well as the trials that have crossed our path along this journey of marriage. The month of March we also focus our prayers on missionaries both local and over seas. Thank you St. Patric for setting the example that we ought to shine for Christ wherever we live and in the place the Lord calls us. April is when we celebrate the birth of our son. He was our first growing blessing and has both taught and learned so much along with us and has been a blessing in our family. Also, in April we focus our talks and study on the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We talk about His willingness to obey God the Father and how much love the trinity (God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) have for us. May we celebrate my birthday, and the blessing of life. We are thankful for life to share together to grow and learn. July is the next holiday we celebrate being the Independence of our country and I appreciate the opportunity to vote and to have a voice in the changes in our country that we call home. We thank the Lord for the opportunity to live in this beautiful country and for the freedoms we enjoy from schooling to religion. October is the next month we do something, we carve pumpkins and get fun candies that only come out in the fall and we talk about how we are to be the light in this dark world. We talk about the blessing of the fall harvest with apples and the late summer fruits during this time of the year as well while we are preserving the ones we know we enjoy all year long. This is also the month we celebrate the birth of my beloved husband. He is a rich blessing and watching him grow in the Lord over the years has been a beautiful blessing in my life. November we celebrate Thanksgiving and focus on the blessings the Lord gives us in others. Though the Pilgrims and Indians were not of the same religion without the knowledge of the Indians the Pilgrims would have all passed away. The Lord blessed the new arrivals to this great country with some kind hearted people and for that I am exceedingly grateful! I am also thankful for the kind hearted people I meet in our day to day life. It can be a kind driver or a cashier with a little extra patience for someone. I am thankful for kind people who are willing to be helpful not just with their pocket book but with their smile or time. We are told in Scripture that if we have two tunics and our brother is in need we are to give one to him, sometimes that tunic can be friendship and sometimes a smile or kind comment. So, we celebrate kindness and are thankful for the blessing of kind deeds done around us. Finally December. Now for the beloved close of the year we celebrate Christmas. We have added in a menorah this year and are enjoying the focus on the rich miracles of the Lord from the oil in the time of the Maccabees to the virgin birth of Jesus Christ our Savior. In addition to the kind works of St. Nicolas (Santa Clause) who actually was at a meeting and stood up to argue for the Trinity in scripture. We read about the lifeline of Jesus for our “Advent” reading which takes us from Genesis through the bible. It’s great fun! And yes, we put up a tree that we cover with bright lights (because we life the look and smell of the tree and the lights) and then we fill with ornaments that we have collected over the years that remind us of fun family times we have enjoyed throughout the years.

This has been a long post about what we celebrate and why, if you would like to share what you celebrate and why in the comments that would be fun. If you would like to share what you celebrate this time of year or this season of the year that would be fun as well. I hope you have enjoyed this post and have been encouraged to stop and take a step back before we all get rolling “back to normal” in our post COVID-19 lives to look at what you celebrate and why with your loved ones and pray the Lord’s leading in your life holding each celebration in an open hand to the Lord for Him to show you what to give up and what to keep.

Remember to pray always. Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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When Sharing Your Thoughts Doesn’t Build Relationships

Good Sunday afternoon dear readers. I have been keeping an online journal for about fifteen years now and have asked myself why I keep this journal several times. I don’t get a lot of comments and as far as I know not a lot of traffic here at all in general, for several reasons. So, why do I keep coming back to this path of sharing my thoughts? I started blogging just after our son was born and the Lord moved us from the Willamette Valley to the Palm Springs of Washington. Our son was about three months old, my husband had a job wherein he needed to travel and work Saturdays from time to time, and we attended church every Sunday. In those days I was trying things like small group through the church, mom’s club, mommy and me classes, MOPS and other such activities to connect with other ladies. I would go to baby showers even if I knew no one because it was for a gal who also went to the same church, again in hopes of meeting people. I kept up with letter writing with people from “back home” and had monthly visits with my in-laws as well as visits with my mom and step-dad.

It’s an interesting thing for me when people say having a baby in 2020 is isolating, maybe because they want the rest of us to think they are completely disconnected yet I see large groups of people be they family or friends meeting up all over the place. I see small and large groups both in person and via the always truthful internet. *small smile/sideways look* When this pandemic (called COVID 19) started back in March of this year my husband had a business trip not to long after that was unavoidable so the kids and I headed to the Village of Meridian, only to find it packed with people. It was oddly normal especially during a pandemic. We decided to leave pretty quick because people weren’t just there but considerably more rude than they used to be about the flow of people around them. It was a tense and uncomfortable feeling so we left. Then last night (it’s now December) we thought we would check out the lighted walk in Caldwell since it’s outside and you can make your own spacing. Again, both large and small groups, we took a side step to get out of the large group that was going the same direction as we were going and that got us out of that setting yet still outside enjoying a fun lighted walk, making it easier to keep our distance which we greatly appreciated.

Since the Lord moved our family of four to Idaho it has been quite a change in that our two growing blessings have entered their teen years and I have simply quit trying so hard to connect with the outside world. I don’t blog as much, I keep a private Instagram account where I vaguely share glimpses into our humble life, and I pen notes but not nearly as often as I once did. I call people and visit with others in our neighborhood as well as at the grocery store, but really, I feel like I’m just done. When we first moved here we attended and got involved in a local church for a year but when we missed several Sundays I heard from our son’s Chimes director asking if he was okay. She was kind to ask and though we had reached out to several people in the congregation we simply didn’t connect with any of them. We have since invited people to our home and the ones we have the purest conversations with are the ones who don’t claim to be believers. They straight up don’t agree with some of the choices we make and likewise for us, but he conversations are honest and pure and the time is enjoyed.

Sometimes we are as isolated as we make ourselves to be, actually, more often than not life is this way. We choose to keep old friends and to fill our calendar with time spent with biological family and old friends this way we are comfortable where we are and how we choose to live our life. There is nothing wrong with keeping these relationships, please understand that. The question is, are they who you have fellowship with? Some people can honestly answer “yes” to this question and that’s a rich blessing. This is a relationship that is rich on so many levels and one to be cherished.

If you are in a season of life where you are looking for fellowship, be careful to pray that the Lord would be in and about the conversations you have be they with strangers in a church building or anywhere else. That He would hold your tung when He didn’t want you to speak and that He would bless the conversation you have with others.

My closing question for you, dear reader is this, are you careful in sharing your thoughts with others in this season of life? Do you pray before you speak with others be it in person or on the internet? Wherever you are in life be sure you are praying always and seeking the Lord’s will in your life. Please share in the comments how you share things in conversation with those you make time to communicate with be they in person or long distance. Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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One month Homeschooling without Light Units

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For the beauty of the earth

Hello dear readers.  Each year I plant sunflowers.  This year we planted some and the birds planted some.  It was fun to see so many sunflowers grow up all over the place.  I heard about some new killer wasps from Asia that have killed a lot of honey bees so when I started seeing them on the sunflowers this summer I was so excited!  Have you see bees on the flowers in your area this year?

We also enjoyed exploring a different area around Lake Lowell. We saw a young bald eagle, watched a few boats on the water, and enjoyed a nice long walk.  It was such a treat to get out by the water for a lovely summer walk and it was exciting to see the eagle! *smile*  What have you particularly enjoyed about this summer?  Remember to pray always.  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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Beautiful Sunrises

Hello dear readers. My oh my but it’s been far too long since I’ve been in here. I took these pictures of a sunrise one morning and wanted to share them with you. The changes that have been made here were quite alarming when I popped in here to share my words with these pictures.

Have you noticed the changes here on WordPress? Have they changed the way you post on here? I have been getting notices that the changes were coming, but I didn’t change over to them on my own. Anyone else out there like to keep blogs the way they were when they started? Not to make money but to make connections with like minded people?

This year the kids and I are actually looking forward to Christmas. Last year it was hard but we tried to celebrate it the same as we always had, this Christmas though, we are actually looking forward to it. We are enjoying fall again this year. Last fall Pop passed away and in the months and years leading up to his passing him and Mum were making choices that tore them apart rather than bringing them closer together, which was hard on our little family of four. Watching the changes in their marriage was heartbreaking and seeing our prayers being answered with something of a “not this time” or “they get to choose” was inexplicably hard to accept from my Lord.

Going to share something raw and from deep within here, but my prayer life has been molding and changing over the past year. I am wondering how the Lord would have me pray for others. I love people and wish they knew the Lord in a very real way and when they hurt, my heart hurts with them. When someone asks for prayer or shares something in their lives I pray right then, with or for them. I am a blunt person who tends to hold my tung in many situations, but that doesn’t mean I don’t care or agree with what is being said. I tend to refocus my thoughts giving each situation to the Lord.

As you go about your day remember to pray always giving the Lord every blessing and every trouble that crosses your path be it your situation or someone elses’. What is something you have learned in your journey with the Lord? How is your prayer life doing these days?

Remember to pray always giving everything to the Lord. Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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Achieving Goals

Hello dear reader.  This summer our 15 year old son followed the rules in our state, which is that from the age of 14 and a half until the age of 18 Driver’s Education is required in order to get a learner’s permit.  Our son did the class on the internet and did a very good job.  Nearly two months later and a little more money, he was able to do three two hour drive times.  There was some unnecessary drama on day two but he did well and passed his drive times.  We were so proud of him!

Our son likes balloons so our daughter and I went from one end of town to the other before we finally were able to find somewhere with helium to fill three of these four balloons.  We really liked the bottom balloon but couldn’t get helium for it so we got creative and filled it with air using the air compressor and made a base and everything.  It turned our pretty cool. *smile*  The best part is that he really likes it and appreciates all of our efforts to celebrate this success with him.  We are in no rush to get his license, but wanted to be able to let him drive with us legally and now we are able to do that. *smile*  When you remember to pray, please keep our son and this new season of his life in your prayers.  Thank you.  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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Back yard movies

Hello dear reader.  Thank you for making the time to check in to see what we have been up to this summer.  With COVID-19 going on we have been home more than we planned.  We have made a fun “investment” of sorts, we got a projector and have been enjoying movies in our back yard.  It has been so much fun to enjoy movies out in the back yard. *smile*

What is something you have enjoyed with your family this summer that is different and fun?  Have a great day remembering to pray always.  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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Verses to Live By

Hello dear reader.  Thank you for making the time to pop in here to read my thoughts on a couple verses to live by. *smile*

May you walk with the Lord daily and may you seek His will in your life each moment of each day.  My question for this post is, what verses are an encouragement for you?  Remember to pray always.  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more.

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Let Your Light So Shine

Mateo 5:14-16

“Vosotros sois la luz del mundo. Una ciudad situada dobre un monte no se puede ocultar; ni se enciende una lampara y se pone debajo de un almud, sino sobre el candelero, y alumbra a todos los que estan en la casa.  Asi brille buestra luz delante de los bombres, para que vean vuestras buenas acciones y glorifiquen a viestro Padre que esta en los cielos.” Mateo 5:14-16

That’s the Spanish translation my bible app gave me for the following verses in English.*smile*

Matthew 5:14-16

“Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify our Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14-16

Hello dear reader.  Thank you for stopping in to read what I would like to share with you all about letting our light shine. *smile*

Each year we have purchased fireworks I have picked up sparklers.  And every year I think of these verses and am so blessed when verses come to mind in every day life.  As I think on my light I get to wondering what a shining light looks like and start looking at people who also claim the same faith as me and looking to see Christ in them.  The catch in my giddy up – so to speak – is that I am having a hard time seeing the light of Christ.  I wonder if I don’t know what the light of Christ should look like, but when I read the bible I think I see what it ought to look like but seeing it here is harder than I thought.  So, rather than looking to my “peers” I have learned over the past 15 or so years to look to the Bible to know what my light needs to look like.  I have made and lost acquaintances, which is heartbreaking but when I speak up about one thing or another people who said we were good to talk honestly changed their minds.  It’s hard when others speak honestly with me but I tend to take my hurt heart to Christ so work on my faults rather than completely dismiss others and their sometimes quite harsh words.  I want to shine for Christ and I also want to please others, over the past 15 years I am learning which is more important to me and it’s not a life full of “friends” rather a life full of choices and people who come into my life for a short time then are on their way.  The encouraging truth about this is that when I look to Scripture I learn that this is completely okay and “normal” for a person on this earth who is following Christ and His will in their lives.  Let’s name a few people … Caleb (was one of two who believed God at His word even when ten other men claiming the same faith didn’t), Ruth (willing to leave everyone and everything she knew to follow Christ and to go with her husband’s family wherever they went),  Rayhab (gave up the life she knew as a harlet in a city full of people and everything she knew to follow Christ’s people)…the Love of Christ must have shone is someone or in some way, right?  Well, I want to trust like Caleb and be willing to follow Christ like Ruth.  There was a time when I believed with all my heart that I would be there for my mother-in-law like Ruth was, but when the rubber met the road (so to speak) I learned that she and I believe in a different Savior by her choices.  That breaks my heart.  I appreciate all that my mother-in-law has taught her son and me over the years, but her actions do not line up with her words over the years and that gives me more specific ways to pray not only for her but also for me.  That I may shine for the Lord when things seem to be going like I hope and also when things go completely haywire.

My question for you in this post, dear reader, is how is your light shining for Christ today?  This post is a two question post. *smile*  So, where do you look to learn how to shine for the Lord?  I hope you have a lovely day growing in the ways of the Lord.  Remember to pray always.  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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