I Have Been Blessed

All about how God has blessed me. In my marriage, with my six children, through homeschooling, and our faith with recipes, large family living, and updates on our life.

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Somehow it is 2013 already, and my mind has been swimming with all the possibilities that this New Year could hold. I’ve seen people on Facebook posting their word of the year, and although words have floated around, none have yet to take root. I can’t get past the word I have tried to set for my life – Blessed. I am so overwhelmingly, exceedingly blessed. For Christmas, my mom made me a gratitude journal “365 things I am thankful for in 2013”. The truth is I could sit down right now, and fill all 365 slots. Easily.

My dad asked me what my resolutions for this year will be and I told him I hadn’t made any. Although we will try to focus on getting healthier this year, I really don’t want to have the title of “resolution” onto it. It’s just something we knew we’d do after the stress and excitement of the holidays were over.

But what do I want to accomplish this year …. I want to pray more and judge less. I want to be a better me – a better wife, a better mom, a better daughter, sister, a better friend. I want to hold tightly to my priorities and my convictions. I want to stay positive. I want to remember that I am rich in love. My hands are full and my heart is fuller. That I am blessed with the opportunity to be in this life. With my wonderful husband. That I get to be the Mommy to these kids, in this house, farming, together.  I want to remember daily that I have everything I need and that the Lord has proven over and over again to us that he is faithful to provide for us in all situations. I want to remember over and over that I have MORE than I need, because He is also faithful to provide my wants to me as well.

Sometimes my faith is small, and God has to remind me that I am in His hands and He is taking care of it all. What do I have to worry about.

I was upset last week – the frost had knocked out some of our crops. Our green beans, our squash, our corn that was almost ready, our peas we had been hoping for …. all frozen. I was disappointed. But, I didn’t realize that it wasn’t all lost. In actuality only the tops of our plants had gotten freeze-burn, and underneath the plants were still thriving. There were still green beans I could pick, and flowers on my pea plants.

Then Saturday came, and it was raining. We haven’t  before had to do a market in the rain. I had convinced myself it was going to be a bad day. I told my husband on the way there “I think we’re going to lose money today. I don’t even think we’ll make cost. It’s a good thing your parents bought me a pressure canner for Christmas, because we’re going to have a lot of vegetables left over.” I had little faith. But I also knew we had everything we needed. Even if we had lost money and had a bad day, I knew it would be okay, because God had already provided for our needs this month. But I forgot. I forgot he takes care of us over and abundantly. Saturday ended up being the best market day we have had so far. We sold out of nearly everything. I was so overwhelmed with gratitude, and disappointed in myself for my lack of faith.

So maybe my word for 2013 needs to be faith – that I need to focus on strengthening my faith. Because God is good to us. WE ARE SO BLESSED!!!!!!!!!!

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God Knows

God knows when you just need something outrageous to happen so that it will completely take your mind off of other things. I was not having the best evening, so God sent me laughter in the form of a ridiculous check-out lady. It completely removed the bad day out of mind, and reminded me that I am blessed with my children, and with my education.

Oh, and by the way, I did not get a candy bar at the check out lane at Wal-Mart in case you’re wondering (I doubt it, but I didn’t want to have to say that I broke another of my resolutions, not even one week in.) Oh, and I did Meal Plan through to the 16th. Yay me!

Five Special Blessings to Me today: Getting to work 2 days, More stuff to list and ship from Ebay, The cooler weather (open windows, hot chocolate, sweaters), Ladies Meetings and the Ladies that meet, a God that Knows.

I Hope your Day is More Blessed than Mine!

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Not a good start

I apparently stink at this whole resolution process. Or maybe ten is too big of a chunk to bite off. So here is my confession: I didn’t write any thank you notes, I didn’t smile nearly enough. I distinctly remember counting to three, and I ate some ice cream at eight o’clock. Oh my!!! My plan for tomorrow is for it to be much better than today, and today to be much better than yesterday. (I am planning on going to Wal-Mart later, so we’ll see how I do with the no candy bar in the check-out lane thing…..)

Saturday was an eventful day. We took the kids to the market (the kids and I haven’t been since July 4th because of the heat). They were mostly good, and drew lots of attention from shoppers. At one point Adreya pulled a basket next to the table and sat in it, and would pop up whenever anyone came close enough and said “Hewo” and waved and smiled. I know for sure someone bought sweet potatoes just because she is so cute!! Madelynne was very good. She mostly played quietly with her 5 toys, and stayed out of the way. She even made pee in the port-o-potty (which she was very interested in, like looking into it and wanting to know what was down there …) Tyler and Brendyn wanted to be helpful. They would hold people’s bags for them as they loaded them up. Wyatt just smiled at everyone with his beautiful baby smile!

After the market, we had Adreya’s 2nd Birthday Party. It ended up being mostly family (and the preacher), but it turned out well, and she was a little overwhelmed at present time. None of them got much of a nap, so I was happy with how everything went. I was really happy with Saturday. Sunday I got a little down, but it was short-lived. I am working hard to be the mother and wife that God wants me to be, one day at a time.

Five special blessings to me today: A Busy October, Working 2 days this week, Getting things slowly caught up, Our House, Homeschooling

I Hope your Day is More Blessed than Mine!

Edited to Delete Complaining.

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Ten for Ten

I don’t know what is so special about January, and the New Year. Why is it that we only make Resolutions then. I am Resolved to make ten resolutions for October (the tenth month – maybe I should have thought of this in March….hmmm…). These are some bad habits, bad routines, whatever, that I have gotten into, that I need to get out of. I’ll try my best to keep them, or at least post about it if I fail. Feel free to reprimand appropriately.

1. I will NOT buy a candy bar in the check out lane at Wal-Mart just because they are there and I am there.

2. Pray more, Talk less (i.e. – less gossip – it’s hard to gossip about someone when you are truly praying for them)

3. Smile. Start and end every conversation (okay, most conversations) with a smile. Even if I don’t want to. Or I’m mad.

4. Don’t argue, just apologize. (If you have to argue to prove you are right, do you really win?)

5. Refocus. My main ministry is my family. I should not forget that.

6. Write thank you notes. I owe a few. I need to get them out. ASAP.

7. Stop counting to three. Not sure why I think the kids need three extra seconds to obey. I need to work on obedience being immediate.

8. Start counting to ten. (I do need ten extra seconds to stop, think, pray, and then respond.)

9. Stop eating a late night snack. Popcorn, and cheesecake, and yogurt are not my friends at ten o’clock at night. Although they do get along well with my hips. Unfortunately.

10. Start meal planning. We will eat better, and I will be less stressed if I will do the simple step of planning what we are going to eat for dinner and lunch each day.

Five Special Blessings to me Today: Adreya’s Birthday Party, Madelynne being the best kid at Market this morning, a helpful Brendyn, My stuff selling on Ebay (things are going good), Family

I Hope your day is more Blessed than Mine!

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