Sunday, August 24, 2014

Back To Teaching, What I Wore

It is sad to think about, but summer is drawing to a close. Soon, warm breezes will be replaced with chilling winds, and long nights will take the place of long days.
 
I'm going to miss these summer days. They passed by all too fast this year. But, I guess I'm looking forward to fall décor, hunting, and county fairs. Just not the cool weather so much... :P
 
This past week ended my summer vacation from my K-3 teaching job. Open house was Thursday night, so much time went into preparing for that. And it went well. I met one student and talked with
parents some.
 
Here is what I wore...
 
 
The skirt is a recent $7 find from Ross. :D It's so comfy, with an elastic waist band.
 
 
The shirt is from Clothes Mentor. I went there for the first time this past week. They were a bit pricey on some things. But this shirt was reasonable at $5.
 
 
Tuesday night is orientation at school, and the first day back is Thursday.
 
I'll admit there are mixed emotions on returning this year. On one hand I am excited about serving, spending time with young ones, and seeing their eagerness to learn 2 days a week. Then on the other hand, I'm very much going to miss serving as a full time stay at home wife.
 
But this is where the LORD has placed me, and I am going to serve as best I can. HE has a purpose for me teaching that K-3 class, and I'm going to strive to fulfill that purpose for HIS honor and glory.
 
Has summer mostly ended for you? What are you looking forward to this fall?
 
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Latest Thrifting Treasure

I stopped by a local thrift store for the first time in a very long while, this past Tuesday. I wasn't really expecting to find anything. I was hoping to though. And find something I did...
 

I found this beautiful, what I think to be perfectly vintagy and all 1940's or 1950's style of dress...
 

I did have to alter it a bit, as the arm holes were a tad bit too big. All I did was add a dart below each arm hole to remedy the problem. It took me 10 minutes to do that. And I added the belt to help shape the dress...


This dress is sooo... comfy, and I felt very feminine wearing it to church this past Sunday. I can already tell this will be a wardrobe favorite. :D


 Do you thrift store shop? If so, what treasures have you found of late?
 
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

GOD's Will and Changed Plans

As much as you want to plan your life, it has a way of surprising you with unexpected things that will make you happier than you originally planned. That's what you call GOD's will.

When I was in my early days of high school, I never imagined my life would be what it is now. I imagined I would be just graduated from college, maybe as a marine biologist, or an optometrist. Maybe dating a man with those same interests.

Then in the later years of high school, those imaginings changed. I wanted to be married soon after graduating high school. I wanted to be married to a farmer, raise our own animals, and crops, and have at least a dozen kids.

Following graduation those dreams of being married and having children were kept, but never hoped for much, for fear of them never coming true.

I sort of floundered the days following high school graduation. I really didn't know what GOD wanted from me in my life. 

I was working at a local restaurant as a waitress at that time. I wanted to be a stay at home daughter, staying at home, preparing for the day I would hopefully be married. But my financial situation would not allow it. I continued working there, but was very unhappy.

I decided that maybe GOD did not have marriage in my future, so I better find a more steady job.

I took a class at a community college, that trained for becoming an optometric/ophthalmic assistant. At times I felt wonderful, thinking this was what GOD had in store for my life. But most of the time, I felt uneasy.

Before I finished the class, the restaurant I worked at closed unexpectedly, and I was out of a job.

But I didn't feel too upset over that fact. There were only 2-3 weeks left of the class, and I knew that soon I could be looking for a job as an ophthalmic assistant.

I finished the class and quickly began my search for a job. I submitted my resume to no joke, over a dozen optometry offices. I soon received a call from 1 office to come in for an interview, and was pretty excited about it.

I went to the interview, and felt as if I aced it, and came home and prayed about it.

Soon after though, a wave of uneasiness came over me, and I was not so sure this was what GOD had in store for me.

Instead of calming peace, I felt wave after wave of doubt. Did I really want to leave my family all day, and work in an office? Sure I would be making money, and providing for myself, but would that fulfill what GOD has planned for me?

My greatest desire was to be a stay at home daughter, and felt that was where GOD really wanted me.

After A LOT of prayer, and talking with my parents, I gave in and told GOD I will take this leap of faith, and spend time preparing for the day you have prepared for me to become a wife.

I stopped looking for jobs in optometry offices, and prayed for the LORD to show me a way to be a stay at home daughter, and be able to meet my financial needs.

The very same day, I received a phone call from a lady at our church. Her family owns and runs a Christian camp. She told me they needed help in the kitchen that summer, and asked if I would be willing to help, 3 days a week.

What an answer to prayer!

I was able to earn some financial income, and still have plenty of time to devote to serving my family as a stay at home daughter, for 3 summer camping sessions, and 3 fall sessions.

During the fall of 2010, another lady from my church approached me about another job opportunity. She asked if I would be willing to teach the K-3 class at our church's Christian Academy. The job would be two half days a week.

Another answer to prayer.

At that point, I had two jobs. One for summer months, and the other for the rest of the year.

I knew marriage wasn't in my near future. I even began to think it was never in my future, and the LORD would have me spend the rest of my days serving my family, and those in my community.

But a young man, whom I had gone to church with since I was 3, began to grow important to me during the fall of 2010. I even wondered if this tall, red head would be the one GOD calls me to serve the rest of my days, as his wife.

This young man was shy though, and while he took a great interest in me, he never implied anything more than friendship.

Our friendship continued, but my feelings grew deeper. And I was not totally sure if this man's feelings were the same.

I never thought I would be the one to approach the man on the "status" of our relationship. That was his job! Or so I thought.

But there is safety in a multitude of counselors. And the multitude I was with all said the same, you need to know where you stand with him.

January of 2012, after A LOT of prayer, and even fasting, I approached the man about our current status, and even our future.

He admitted his shyness kept him from being anything further than friends, and the timing was not right.

Until then.

Justin and I courted for almost 10 months. We were engaged for 3 1/2 months.

We have now been married 16 months.

I'm not a marine biologist. I'm not a farmer's wife. I'm not an ophthalmic assistant.

I was a stay at home daughter.

But now I'm a wife.

Wife to a civil engineer, cooking his meals, and cleaning our little castle daily. Eagerly preparing and awaiting the day we have our own little prince and princesses.

I serve in our church wherever I am needed.

I continue to work at our church's Christian school, two half days a week, until said children arrive.

No, my life is DEFINATLY not what I planned it to be.

But I'm in GOD's will. I'm exactly where I should be.



How have your life plans changed? Where has GOD's will taken you?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel

Monday, August 11, 2014

Busyness...

 “Busyness chokes deep thinking.”
― Todd Stocker
 
And that about sums up why I have not really blogged much of late. I have had so many blog ideas pop into my head, but have not had hardly anytime to sit and think them through. With usual housework, exercising, and quite a few church functions, life has been pretty non-stop here of late.
 
But it has been a good busy. One filled with fun, adventure, and yes even work...
 
Three weekends ago, our church went on a camping/ rafting trip. It was so nice to go up to the mountains, and view some different scenery...
 




 
Oh, and getting pretty cold and wet on the Nantahala River...
 
 
 

After we returned home, I was able to have some dear friends over for lunch. It was such a blessing talking with them. Friends are such a gift from GOD. :D
 
VBS was in our near future at that time. I was in charge of craft for all 5 days last week. So the week before was spent preparing and purchasing supplies.
 
Justin taught the 5th-6th grade class. I was commissioned to decorate his class. The theme was "Cross Canyon Trail". So western décor was essential...
The cacti are made from pool noodles and toothpicks.
I dressed like a cowgirl everyday...
 
 
And my hubby wore a matching hat...
 
It was a very good week. Attendance each night was good, and each child seemed to have fun, and I thank the LORD for that. But I am also thankful it is over. Every day was the same last week. Wake up, exercise, rush to clean the house, eat lunch, start preparing for the evening by 2, shower and be ready to leave by 4:30,  not get home until 8:30 or 9, then come home and cook supper for the hubby. Very exhausting for this homebody... 

 
Oh yeah! My handsome prince surprised me the last night. He took the top half way down on the jeep, and we rode to town, under an almost full moon, to enjoy some much needed quality time, and a Cookout milkshake. YUMMM!!! :D
 
 
My sister came for a visit today. I was quite surprised to hear a knock at my door and see her standing there. :D We spent 2hours talking and reminiscing about days gone by. Just like we used to every night before we went to sleep. :)
 
I hope to get some rest tonight. And maybe even read a chapter or two in the book I just ordered. It's "Spiritual Midwifery" by Ina May Gaskin. I've been wanting to read this one for awhile now, and finally found it used on Amazon for only 5 bucks. Oh yes...
 


The rest of the week looks to be fairly easy going. Normal life stuff. Even a birthday on Thursday. I shalt be twentay fo'. Whew, I'm getting old. :D
 
What have you been up to of late?
 
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel

Monday, August 4, 2014

The More Women Are, The More Men Will Be

 
“To me, a lady is not frilly, flouncy, flippant, frivolous and fluff-brained, but she is gentle, she is gracious, she is godly and she is giving. You and I have the gift of femininity... the more womanly we are, the more manly men will be and the more God is glorified. Be women, be only women, be real women in obedience to God.”
― Elisabeth Elliot

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Christian Woman's True Freedom


Ladies. Do you ever have those days where you HATE being a woman?
 
You know, the days where you just loathe the roles and responsibilities that are assigned to us. Being gracious, and submissive to our husbands. 
 
I don't know about you, but this lady does.
 
And it seems that marriage has really shown me how I need to work ask for the LORD's help in this area.
 
More often than I like, I get upset at the fact I am called to be submissive to my husband. I like to lead, and often times greatly dislike authority. (BAD,BAD, BAD)
 
At times, I feel that by being submissive, I am losing my own free will, and abandoning my own identity as a person.
 
But that's not true.
 
Here is a quote I found today, by Elisabeth Elliot, that shares exactly why it is NOT true...
 
“The world looks for happiness through self-assertion. The Christian knows that joy is found in self-abandonment. 'If a man will let himself be lost for My sake,' Jesus said, 'he will find his true self.' A Christian woman's true freedom lies on the other side of a very small gate---humble obedience---but that gate leads out into a largeness of life undreamed of by the liberators of the world, to a place where the God-given differentiation between the sexes is not obfuscated but celebrated, where our inequalities are seen as essential to the image of God, for it is in male and female, in male as male and female as female, not as two identical and interchangeable halves, that the image is manifested.”
― Elisabeth Elliot
 
My rebellion at the thought of submission is rooted in the desire to assert myself higher on the "ladder of life", than I really am. I want to make myself "happy" by fulfilling a role I was not created for.
 
My joy is to be found in abandoning my selfish desires, for the cause of Christ.
 
And my identity is found in HIM, as a saved child of HIS...
 
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26-28
 
Each of the genders has a specific and GOD given role in this life. And each of these roles have differences in responsibilities that should be embraced with a thankful heart.
 
But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. Titus 2:1-8
 
As a woman, I am important to GOD.
 
What responsibilities I am given as a woman, are essential for the image of  Christ.
 
Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God. 1 Corinthians 11:11-12
 
Now, prayerfully, when the urge to rebel at the thought of being a woman hits, I will be reminded of these verses, and this quote. :D
 
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Quick and Easy Blackberry Cobbler

The most wonderful thing about summer, is the easy access to fresh fruits and veggies. You can go down to your local farmers market and choose your fresh produce, or be frugal and plant your own crops.

Not only do my husband and I have a garden we eat out of, but my parents do as well. And we are blessed in the fact they are ready and willing to share their abundance with us.

And this year they shared their blackberry harvest with us.
 
 
Some of the wonderful berries have been frozen, and others, well, they had to go straight into a cobbler. :D
 
 
Here is a recipe I found on Pinterest that is wonderfully simple, but oh so good...
 
Quick and Easy Blackberry Cobbler Recipe
 
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups whole wheat all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups blackberries
 
 
 
Directions...
      ~Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Once oven temperature is reached melt butter in a 9x13 inch baking pan.

    ~In a medium bowl stir together the flour, sugar, milk, water, and all ingredients except butter and blackberries; batter will be slightly lumpy. Pour mixture on top of melted butter in baking pan. Do not mix butter and mixture together.
     

    ~Drop blackberries into batter; if  less crust is desired add more blackberries.
     


    ~Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until golden brown.

     


     
    ~Serve warm, and top with vanilla ice cream. :D
     
     
     
    Do you have a favorite summer recipe?
     
    Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
    Angel

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    'Round Here...

    Well hello my dear friends! I pray that you are all having a wonderfully blessed day in our LORD! It's a rather sticky day here. The temps are in the mid nineties, and there is a 50% chance of showers for the forecast. Ahhh.... Sweet summer time. :D
     
    How has life been for you this summer? Around here it has been BUSY, but great! Let me show you...
     
    We headed to a local city on the Fourth of July, to see a firework show...
     
    And we were treated to a beautiful sunset...
     

    I was able to spend an evening with my family at the beach...

     
    It reminded me of all the times spent there on outings as a child. Boy do I miss those days sometimes...
     
    


    Our church holds a special luncheon for the senior citizens of the community every summer. I was asked to decorate for the event this year. I decided to go with a fishing theme... 


     


    A new addition has been added to the Bishop house. One that showed up in our yard about 3 weeks ago...
     

     
    We have named her "Elsa"... :)


    Justin and I decided to go looking for wild blackberries on some back country trails one day...
     
    
     

    We were only able to find a handful...

     
    But we did find some mud to sink the tires into...


    Country entertainment at it's finest...
     
    
     
    Justin bough me a new camera for an early birthday gift. It's a Nikon D5300. It's my first DSLR, and I am LOVING the learning experience that comes with it...
     

     
    I've been able to spend time at my parents house during the day. And have been able to find plenty of willing subjects to pose...


    



    My chickens are doing great. There is just one issue: 5 roosters and 2 hens. Yeah, we might be enjoying some fresh roasted chicken soon... ;)



    Oh yeah! My mom brought me some fresh peaches straight from Georgia. I hope to freeze them for cobblers, or perhaps jam later on...
     
    
     
    Thank-you LORD for all your blessings on me.
     
    And thank-you for the prayers and concern regarding my health. I have been feeling much better. I haven't gotten as much rest as I hoped for. But I have been able to take things at my own pace. And I haven't had a cold since school let out. :D
     
    Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
    Angel