Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Three Years Ago...

On this day three years ago, I married my best friend.
"My husband has made me laugh.
Wiped my tears.
Hugged me tight.
Watched me succeed.
Seen me fail.
Kept me strong.
My husband is a promise from our Father,
 that I will have a best friend forever."
-Timewarp Wife
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. If you would like to take a stroll down memory lane with me, check out theses posts from that day.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Happiness Does Not Depend On External Things

I discovered this quote today. And the LORD really spoke to my heart through it. I pray that it is a blessing to you as well. :)

"The truth is, that happiness does not depend on external things, but upon the principles and dispositions of the mind, and therefore, that happiness is as accessible to us in our present state as in any imaginable one.

Cultivate, therefore, happiness within. Seek it not in superior station, but in a contented mind.

 Endeavor to reduce your wishes rather than to enlarge your means.Guard against a roving mind. Make the most of present enjoyment and of actual possession, in distinction from the future and the imaginary.

Enter that school in which the apostle studied and was able to say, "I know both how to be abased and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

 Confide in the providence of your Heavenly Father, as concerned in fixing the bounds of your habitation.Trust Him, as engaged to make all things work together for your good.

Leave him to choose your inheritance for you, and then in the end, you will be able to acknowledge, "The lines are fallen to me in pleasant places. Yea, I have a goodly heritage."

 You will do well also to remember that this is not your rest; that you are only strangers and pilgrims upon earth and that, in a very little time, it will be a matter of indifference to you whether you have been poor or rich, splendid or obscure.

Seek after a well-grounded hope of heaven.
 This will reconcile you to any privations you may be called to bear upon earth, and should you even walk in the midst of trouble, this will revive you and you will be enabled to say, "I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed;

for our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."~Rev. William Jay, Lectures on Female Scripture Characters, 14–16

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

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

This Season Does Matter


Right now, my windows are open letting in a gentle breeze, the ringing of my wind chimes are filling my ears, the aroma of our supper of paleo meatloaf, baking in the oven fills my nose, and feelings of being very blessed for this life the LORD has given me, fill my heart.

I have talked recently about how GOD has me in a quiet season of life. And how HE is teaching me to be content in it.

The biggest way in which it has been so quiet, is how this is the longest amount of time, since I was 15, I have been without employment outside the home (10 months now since I worked as a K-3 teacher). Instead of working at a job daily, or a few times a week, I am now a full time wife, and homemaker.

It is most definitely a more quiet life. Instead of having my days and weeks laid out in front of me, and knowing exactly what to do, I have to myself create my days schedule.

And at times, praying to GOD to bring a task to my life, to fill the hours serving HIM.

I will admit, I have felt guilty at times for not having as busy and planned a schedule as some.

Especially when I am asked what I have planned for the week, and I reply back I am not quite sure.

And then hear them say back they wish they did not know what they had to do for the week.

Which in turn cause me to scramble and look for a job just to make myself look busy or important in their eyes, and ultimately not being content in where GOD has me right now.

Don't get me wrong, my days are BUSY. I can NOT stand to sit around. Ask anyone in my family.

The truth is, most weeks, I do not know what the days hold. Sometimes it is only cooking, cleaning, crafting, and reading. Other days it has me ministering and serving in the community, my family or church. And other days, it's realizing I do have spare time, to drive that friend who needs to go to town at the last moment.

Yes this is a quiet time in my life. And yes I am thankful for it.

It is teaching me to use the time wisely, and search out ways to help others.

GOD has been showing me, we are all in a different seasons of life.

Some of you may be single, going to school, or holding down a full time job.

Some are mothers, working incredibly hard to raise your children to love and serve the LORD.

Some of you may be like me. Married, no children, you may have an outside job, or not.

No matter the season we are in, so long as what we do is for the glory of GOD, and we know we are in HIS will for this time of our life, it does matter, and is important.

From wiping precious wet noses, writing papers, managing an office, sweeping the floor, making cards, or reading an informative book, your work is important to GOD.

HE gave it to you.

The creator and ruler of the universe gave you those seasons of your life.

Pretty neat thought, right?

GOD, maker the of seas, the sun, moon, and stars, appointed me to this place and season of life.

HE has not called me to find a full time job yet.

HE has called me to stay at home, take care of my husbands needs, cook meals, and clean our house.

Sometimes I am meant to read and learn on subjects that fascinate me and will be helpful, or sit and talk with my girls.

But mostly I pray HE guides me in ways to encourage those in my circle, and to be available to help and minister to any one that needs it.

Maybe it's not so quiet a season after all? ;)

What season of life are you in? Are there any lessons being taught to you from this season?

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

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Chickens Can Be A Lot Like Children

Justin's Valentine gift to me was a "Life is better with chickens around" tee, from Ruby's Rubbish on Etsy. And I LOVE it.
Once the shirt arrived, and it was a warm enough day to wear it, I decided it would be a wonderful opportunity for a self photo shoot with my girls.
And well, this photo shoot allowed me to see that chickens, are A LOT like children.
How are they like children? Well, because on most days, snapping a photo with them is an easy thing. They LOVE getting in my lap, or my shoulder.
 So long as it does not interrupt outside the coop time.
A.K.A. playtime
After a bit of coaxing...

I managed to get two of them to allow me to hold them.
As children do, one showed it's personality of being a complete camera hog...

 And the other tried with all their might to find a way to wiggle down to get back to those bugs she just discovered under that leaf pile...

Oh, and like children, jealousy may occur time to time in chickens...

But they are all loved equally. :)
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Little Blessings Are Well With My Soul

Today is such a beautifully sunny day. With temps in the mid 70's, all the windows are open and a light and gentle breeze is filling each room. :)

I want to thank each of you, who left encouraging comments on my last post. I have been feeling much better, and am pretty much out of that "funk" of feeling sorry for myself. GOD has been working in my heart, and I genuinely feel grateful for this quiet chapter of life.

Can I share some of the little blessings it has held the past few weeks?  Like...

 New muffin recipes and coffee to drink with said peanut butter banana chia seed muffins.
A new vanity plate on the Jeep, that makes me feel all big and bad... ;D
Days of driving in my Jeep with the top back, breeze blowing through my hair (extra biggg... happy dance for that fact), and enjoying a fresh manicure.
A visit with my old friend, Annabelle, my parents Jersey cow who I milked for 4 years.
And Chantal. One of two chickens I own, who live on my parents farm.

I had my first post chemo hair cut! And I am very seriously thinking of keeping this style, because I just love it!
I participated in a parcel swap hosted by Ashely at "Precious Moments". And adored each gift from Mrs. Barabara.
My Valentine's gift was another blessing found in the mail! A "Life Is Better With Chickens" tee.
And I attempted a photo shoot with the girls. (more of that on a later day)

And yesterday, my husband and I celebrated what might be considered our first courtship anniversary. Although it was 4 years ago. Anniversaries on Leap years are a bit confusing. :D

Yes, GOD is good, all the time. And all is well, with my soul. :)

What are some of the little blessing of your past week? Or have there been big ones?

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

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Learning the Quiet Is Enough

Right now, I am sitting in my favorite chair, coffee and my planner by my side, bright sunshine pouring through the window, and the sound of my girls announcing the laying of an egg, filling the air. :)
Life has been very quiet of late.
And I will admit, that fact has put me in somewhat of a funk. You know the kind. The whole pity party, why me, I never get to do ANYTHING exciting kind of mood. Yeah...
So many around me are experiencing such wonderful events in their lives. Traveling, growing their family, new jobs, and I am over here dying laughing at the sad truth in this pic I found...
I am having to learn to be content in the season of life I am in right now. And the quietness it holds.

Valentines Breakfast For My Love
I truly have no reason to feel bad for myself. GOD has been so good!
 There is no sign of cancer in my body, my hair is growing back, physically I feel amazing, and I experience PMS again. WOOT-WOOT!!! (you might be thinking TMI, but hey, I was thinking after 6 months of no cycle, I had lost my fertility. That first overwhelming craving for chocolate and day full of tears was a WELCOME sight...). :D

I've also been blessed to spend some time working along side Justin, clearing the homesite on our land.

And hey! I am only about 20% from reaching my pre-chemo deadlift, and I got to drag my husband to every thrift store and antique shop I could think of this past Saturday. :)
I am having to relearn and to remember to be thankful for the many, quiet Friday nights spent coloring. That is what GOD has placed in my life right now. Not some grand adventure.

And that has to be enough.

"Sometimes you will never know the value of something,until it becomes a memory.”
― Dr. Seuss

“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder

Has life been quiet, or full of adventure for you? What lesson is GOD teaching you in this season of your life?

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