Aug 26, 2016

For Your Weekend

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For Your Weekend

 

 

 

Every few weeks I like to take the time to share some links from around the web. I try to pick the ones that impacted me and that I think just may impact you, too. 

I’m thankful for this week. It’s been a slow and carefree one. Last week was crazy and chaotic. Let’s just say, I was exhausted at the end of it, so this week was exactly what I needed. We’ve been savoring the last few moments of summer by spending time outside biking, playing in the water, and jumping on the trampoline.

I have been getting our school room ready for the start of school, as well as making sure that I ...

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Aug 23, 2016

Navigating Pain

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Navigating Pain

 

As many of you have previously read, our family has been navigating the pain of loss. We’ve lost a sister, sister-in-law, and Auntie. In the midst of the pain, we are experiencing the beauty of God’s grace. We are recognizing God’s hand in our midst and we are rejoicing in the fact that our loved one is in Heaven with her Savior, completely free from pain.

1 Thessalonians 4:13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope.

I have hope. If you know Jesus, you have hope. If our loved ones have accepted Christ in ...

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Aug 17, 2016
How I Find Time to Read

 

So if you’ve been around the blog at all or you know me in real life, you will have noticed that I read quite a lot of books. I’ve loved to read since I learned to read. I used to hit up the library to read all sort of fiction books. I would read books like Nancy Drew Mysteries. As I got older, I read books by Jeanette Oke, Lori Wick, etc. A little over a year ago, I stopped reading all fiction for almost a year. Since then, I have read a few fiction books but never gone back to reading fiction on a regular basis. At the beginning of last year, I made a goal to read ...

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Aug 12, 2016
Everyday Friday-Beach Edition

 

I am sharing some photos from my birthday way back in July. I love summer so when Bernd and I were talking about  what to do for my birthday this year, I expressed the desire to spend some time at the beach for my birthday. I want to soak up the sun as much as possible (hopefully without a sunburn) in the summer time because winter always seems way too long for me.

 

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My Happy Place

The day we went to the beach, was an incredibly beautiful day. It was hot, but not so hot that we couldn’t stand it. When I look at pictures such as these, I can honestly say I have such ...

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Aug 9, 2016
4 Ways to Find Joy in the Mundane

 

I am a stay-at-home mom, so there are obviously a lot of mundane moments in my daily life. Cooking meals, doing dishes, doing laundry, and so on means there are a lot of mundane moments. Being a mom means that it can be a struggle to feel like that nothing is ever really done in life.  This can make life feel very mundane at times.

There have been times in my life that I felt like what I do wasn’t worth anything. I used to feel embarrassed to admit that I was a stay-at-home mom. I’d feel like I wasn’t valuable because of it. I have since realized that what I do right now is exactly what I’m ...

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Aug 5, 2016

For Your Weekend

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For Your Weekend

 

As many of you have read, we have gone through a tough time due to the loss of a loved one. Yet, I rejoice that we had the opportunity to see her several times over that long weekend, that I had the opportunity to pray and sing with her, that God has ever been leading and guiding us. During this time, I have been so blessed by friends and that family that have been there for us. I know that we all process loss differently, but this has been so comforting for me, personally.

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In all my years of being a Christian, I have rarely fasted. I know ...

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Aug 2, 2016

July Thoughts

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July Thoughts

 

Each month of this year, I have enjoyed rifling through the pages of my journal, looking back on what I’ve written, and then writing a blog post about it all. You can check out the other posts here-January, February, March, April, May, and June.

Time without the kid’s

Each year, our children enjoy going to Daily Vacation Bible School at a local church. It lasts for 5 days from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Now I’m a homeschool mama, so I have to admit that it is rare that I get a day to myself without any children. My children often have playdates with friends, but it’s almost never all of the ...

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Jul 26, 2016
A Day in the Life of Our Summer (with a 11, 8, and 6 year old)

 

*Back in February, I did A Homeschool Day in the Life post. I always enjoy reading what other family’s do in their daily lives, so I thought it might be fun to do a post in the summer time as well. I do want to mention that we do not homeschool in the summer. We take a fairly large summer break and at this point in our lives, it works really well for us. Now, I personally believe that learning never stops. This summer, I am doing reading with my 6 and 8-year-old a couple days a week. As well, I’m doing flashcards with my 8 and 11-year-old. I always look for ways to incorporate learning into ...

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Jul 22, 2016

For Your Weekend

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For Your Weekend

 

We have definitely been having a hot week! The kid’s and I are heading to a nearby city to do swimming lessons each morning. It takes us about 35 minutes to get there and the first lesson is at 10:00 a.m. The kids have also enjoyed attending Reading Club at a local library. It happens twice a week, but they are only able to attend once a week because one of the times is in the morning while they are at swimming lessons.

I have been making it a priority to read at least a little bit every, single day. Currently, I am reading the book “The Highly Sensitive Person” by Elaine N. Aron Ph.D. I picked this one ...

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Jul 19, 2016
Encouragement for the Discouraged Heart

 

Do you ever feel like nothing is going right, you are discouraged, down, and finding it hard to dig out of that hole?  Or maybe it’s just me? It hasn’t been the easiest year for me for various reasons, but I am thankful to be growing because of it.

During my morning Bible time, today, I  read 1 Kings 19. This is an amazing story. Basically, at the beginning of the chapter Elijah has just come back from slaughtering the prophets of Baal. This would have been a victory in God’s eyes. However, when King Ahab tells Jezebel about it, she gets angry. She sends a message to Elijah and tells him, “May the gods also kill ...

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