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Today I want to talk about being thankful. Being thankful is so much more then just celebrating once a year on Thanksgiving. Being thankful is an attitude that should be practiced all year round.

Life is unpredictable. You don’t know whats going to happen tomorrow, let alone 5 minutes from now. It’s best to be thankful and present in the moment you’ve been given.

We tend to have an “I’ll be happy when…” attitude. You know what I’m talking about! Those: I’ll be happy when I get that promotion. Or, I’ll be happy when the kids listen all day for once! I’ll be happy when I lose that weight, or get that guy/girl, or when such and such is over…

That’s a dangerous mindset my friends. We shouldn’t sit around and wait for happiness to find us! We aren’t guaranteed these things are going to happen. But you know what we are guaranteed? Control over when we CHOOSE to be happy and thankful for our PRESENT situations.

When you choose to be happy, and genuinely thankful for life as it is; rather then what it can turn into, or will someday be, you take control. You make happiness an everyday occurrence, rather then a circumstantial occurrence! When you look at your life as it stands right now I can almost guarantee you that your list of things you love, and are genuinely grateful for would long out way whats going wrong with it right now.

Life is precious guys. We have no idea how long we have with loved ones. We need to soak up every single second of it with a heart of gratitude and love. Being thankful for the life and love we have been given. There is nothing better then living in the gift of our present time.

So please remember this holiday season, its more about the turkey, pies and stuffing. It’s about being thankful for the life, love and blessings from above.

 

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” – Psalm 100:4

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Home-made Christmas Ornaments Tutorial!

Hello there! Today I wanted to give you a little tutorial on how to make your very own Christmas Salt-Dough Ornaments! It’s very easy, and lots of fun to do solo, or with the kiddos. Not only are they fun to make, but they look great on the tree, and make excellent Christmas Presents for grandparents, aunts, uncles, god parents, etc! All your going to need is as follows:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of water 
  • Christmas Cookie Cutters
  • A butter knife
  • Whatever paint you’d like (a sealant, if you want as well.)
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • 1 Straw

Once all gathered, you should have a scene that looks a bit like this:

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BAKING INSTRUCTIONS:

Pre-heat you ovens to 250°F; Make sure to get a mixing bowl and add the flour, salt and water until well combined. Sprinkle a little flour on your surface and roll the dough till it is about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick. Then, use your cookie cutters and make your shapes. You should be able to get 6 to 8 depending on the size of your cutters and how thick you want your ornaments. Once you have your shapes, lay down a piece of parchment paper or foil on an oven safe tray. I recommend spraying your foil or paper with a non-stick spray so your ornaments don’t turn brown, or stick when baking.

Now place your ornaments (gently, use a spatula; or pull up carefully as not to tear.) on your baking sheet. Grab that straw! Poke a hole gently through the ornament of where you’d like your ribbon to go. Poke through each ornament till you can see the baking sheet underneath. Now dispose of the straw (or save for another batch.)

Put them in the oven and set a timer for 1.5 hours. If they look and feel (please tap with back of spoon, not your finger as they’ll be incredibly hot.) like a stone then they’re done. If not, put back in for 30 minutes and check again. Depending on the thickness, all of my batches were done with 1.5 hrs, but they can take up to as much as 3 hours total. Just be patient, they’re well worth it.

RIBBON INSTRUCTIONS:

Once they’re done and have cooled, they should look a little something like this:

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It’s okay if they aren’t perfect. When kids are involved they add character and memories to last a lifetime. Now on to the Ribbon!

You’ll want to grab your ribbon of choice and a pair of scissors. I don’t recommend super-glue on the ribbon as it can bleed through and be a bit of a sticky mess (I learned by attempting this. haha.) I went with the old fashioned knot, but I’ll tell you a way to hide it 🙂

First off, cut your ribbon to the size you’d like. You can figure this out by folding it in half, and adding half an inch as for tying. If you like the way it hangs, then that’s your ideal length! Once cut, feed your ribbon through your hole. Make sure the ribbon is facing out the way you’d like! Once completed, tie your ribbon like your about to tie a knot in your shoes. Make sure to double knot it! Once tied, snip the ends. Try not to get to close to the knot, or it will untie. Gently twist your ribbon moving the knot closer to the hole, then gently put it in the hole and give it a nice tug. And Ta-Da! Your Knot is hidden 🙂

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PAINTING INSTRUCTIONS:

Here comes the fun part! Paint your ornaments! You can go for fancy, and paint them traditional or hand the paintbrush (or even finger paint!) to the kiddos and get creative. It’ll be lots of fun and laughs, and a great memory for the books! I plan to do one every year with my son until he doesn’t want to anymore lol.

Once your ornament has dried you can spray it with a sealant (they can be found at craft stores, or home depot/lowes) to help preserve the shine for years to come. If you don’t have any, no need to worry. Your memory’s will still last 🙂

Here is a Christmas Tree, (hand-cut tree, I didn’t have the cutter lol. thats where the butter knife came in.) and a Santa I painted for our tree.

My son was too busy running a muck to help with this batch, but I plan to make plenty more before our tree is up!

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I hope you guys enjoyed the tutorial and that I answered any questions you had along the way. I look forward to seeing your own creations! Please post them in the comments below or email them to me (email is on contact page.) Hope you all have fun, and feel free to ask me anything you didn’t understand!

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:10-11

Your Presence is a Present!

Sorry for my hiatus; I told you guys that happens to me sometimes. Life gets busy and I have intentions upon intentions to write, and then something else comes up. Life with a toddler can be insane! And with the hours my husband works, its me the majority of the time taking care of everything else. So its hard to find a second to breathe, let alone get in a blog post. lol. Anyways, now that I’m done defending my lack of blogging, lets get too it!

Today I want to talk about Presence. Yes, you know, gracing people with your lovely existence. But more importantly, blessing your kids with your presence. Kids NEED you. They need to know you’re watching them. They need to know you want to play with them, and that you are impressed by what they’re learning. Kids CRAVE attention.

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This day in age we are all about our electronics it can get hard to get away from that and just focus on the moment we are in. To stop tweeting, posting to Instagram, starting a new board on Pinterest, or updating our Facebook status. We need to live in the moment. And our kids need the gift of our presence.

My son for one, LOVES when I am down on the floor playing with him. It doesn’t matter what we are playing, the smile hardly ever leaves his face. Nor does it hardly ever leave mine! I love observing him and seeing him be creative and imaginative with what he is playing with. Whether its stacking his blocks, wearing toys as a silly hat, or playing with his ball and basketball hoop; every single thing he does is amazing. It’s amazing to look at how big he has grown in just 16 months. How smart he is, and how clever.

Not only is playing a great part of development but when you bless your kids with your presence, it its a great learning opportunity! Not just for your child but for you. You learn patience when teaching your kids. Especially if their like my son who has an attention span of a fly. All over the place, and sits still for about 10 seconds. haha.

Whether your going over Abc’s, counting blocks, or coloring, every opportunity your kid soaks up is a learning experience. And a beautiful one at that!

So put down the phone, close your laptop and go play! Beautiful memories await you ❤

My Messy Life

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To do lists are my arch nemesis. I don’t know how other moms do it. I try to keep up on dishes and laundry, and tidying up bedrooms and bathrooms, but its a struggle! It’s a battle of playing with my son or keeping him out of the dog bowls. Its the battle of picking up toys, only to have them thrown right back out of the toy box. Its the battle of running the dryer for the 3rd time, praying I’ll be ready to fold them next time. And truth be told, I’m almost never ready to fold them. Some weeks they stay in laundry baskets for days before they are finally put away.

And you know what? That’s okay. Because I prefer playing with my son more then making sure my kitchen is perfect. I prefer snuggling with my son while I still can, rather then folding laundry. I prefer making beautiful memories and watching my son grow up, more then having a prestine house.

Kids are only little once, and time passes all too quickly. So I’m going to soak up every moment possible! I don’t mind dedicating my nights when my angel is asleep to get things done. This is the life I signed up for. And I wouldn’t change 1 messy thing about it!

God Gave Me You.

Ever since I was a little girl, I always dreamed of finding my Prince Charming. Of finding the man God made just for me, and to become a wife and mom. That is honestly all I’ve ever wanted. To be a wife, a mom, a home-maker. That was my dream.

But for a long time, I didn’t think it would actually happen to me. I thought I was destined to be alone, forever praying for my Knight and Shining Armor to come along. I believed I wasn’t lovable, or pretty enough to ever get someones attention. I didn’t think a guy was really out there for me. I didn’t feel worthy. I didn’t feel special…and I know a lot of women feel like this. But I finally gave it over to God. I trusted that he knew the desires of my heart, and that He would lead me to the man He made just for me in His own timing. I prayed, oh how I prayed. I prayed that when the man He made for me entered my life it would be clear, and that it would be sudden. That I wouldn’t even know what hit me. And oh my, how He delivered!

I met Mj, in August 2012. The Lord delivered, guys. I mean, WOW. My husband is hot! lol. And the best part? He is a total God given, perfectly timed, GIFT.

When I met Mj, we were talking on Facebook, and moved to texting; and then eventually he asked me out for coffee to meet face to face. It was one of the best nights of my life. The drive down to meet him I prayed without ceasing, leaving it in God’s hands. Asking for His hand to be upon us, and for His will to be done only. After hours of effortless talking, and laying out our flaws, and wants and desires, I was totally and completely hooked. I didn’t think men like him existed. He was so open, and honest, and willing to share his failures, and regrets with me. But what impressed me was how humble he was. How much he loved Jesus, and how much he wanted to honor Him with his life.

I knew from the moment I saw him, why people believed in Love at first sight. When I saw Mj, my heart was home. And it’s happily been home for 3 years now. We have been married for 2 years, and we have a beautiful son who is now 1. God blessed me more then I deserve, and I’m so grateful that he fulfilled the deepest, and purest desire of my heart.

These past few years haven’t been easy, or without challenges. But with the Love of Christ, and with the love we have for each other it’s worth it. We fight for one another, we die to self, and really do our absolute best to honor and respect one another in our conduct. Obviously we fail (me, a lot.), and we argue, but at the end of the night we kiss and make up. He is my absolute best friend and there has never been a doubt in my mind that he is who I’m meant to spend my crazy, beautiful, amazing life with.

He is selfless, and humble. A hard worker, extremely intelligent, incredibly funny and has a smile that makes my heart beat out of its chest and makes me weak in the knees. He blesses my life tremendously and I’m so honored to walk through this life with him. He makes me so happy, and I’ll never stop thanking God for making him, and for honoring me with the greatest blessing of being his wife. I’m so incredibly excited and thrilled to be raising a family with him and to be making beautiful new memory’s everyday with him.

God gave me you babe. For better or worse. For richer or poorer. Til’ death do us part. You’ll always have my heart.

“I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.”

– Hosea 2:19

It’s a bad day, not a bad life.

Do you ever have days where nothing seems to go right? Where no matter how positive you try to stay or how calm you remain, life just keeps smacking you in the face? Well that has been my week. Starting on Monday, I woke up happy and positive and ready to have a wonderfully fun day with my little man. We stopped at the store to pick up some essentials along with a fun coloring project to do when we got home. Well once we got home I realized someone had stolen my drivers license right out of my wallet while I was paying at the register! It was a bummer that some one could do that, seeing as my hands were quite full with my son and my attention on him. But what was even worse was all the hoops I had to jump through afterwards and the total lack of human decency I’d been treated with. It was hard to remind myself that I was still a light for Christ and to keep my composure, especially when my kindness seemed to backfire and had more people trying to treat me worse. It was easy to dabble in the idea of cursing them right back…

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” – Romans 12:14

But then Romans 12:14 came to mind. To bless those who persecute me. BLESS, do not CURSE. I’m not going to say I didn’t get irritated and complain to my husband later, cause that’d be a lie. I said mean things about almost everyone I came in contact with, and later prayed. Knowing it wasn’t their fault this had happened, and my day wasn’t on them. Nor was my reactions. I knew better to think I could fix it all on my own. But when a quick prayer doesn’t solve a sticky situation in 30 seconds I tend to take matters into my own hands (I know, I’m working on it.)

Rather then reliving the day, and the day following, and list every single thing that went wrong, I’m just going to leave it at, nothing got resolved, and the days were awful. But in hindsight I now realize the key to a bad day, is to just accept it. Accept the bad, but remember how blessed I am. Remember that its a bad day, not a bad life. It’s a bad week, not a bad life.

I am honestly blessed beyond measure. I am healthy. My husband and son are healthy. We are all together. We are fed, clothed, and have a roof over our head. We have cars to drive and my husband has a job. By all means, sure the circumstance stinks, and yes I have to work a little harder to get things replaced, but I know Jehovah Jireh will always provide my needs.

Even though remaining calm through the circumstances were rough, I had motivation. And he was sitting on my hip. Looking at the world with innocent eyes, not understanding why mommy’s smile had turned into a frown, nor understanding why we hadn’t just stayed home to color. My son, motivates me not only to be a better person, but to be a better Christian. For its my job to train him up in the way he should go, and its my job to make sure he see’s the world with positivity and hope, and shows grace in hard times. It’s my job to show Christ’s light to him, and to pray that he grows up wanting to shine his light even brighter. I want my son to see a mother he knows will show grace, and to stay humble.

A mother my son can be proud of.

Sophie

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Good Evening everyone (or morning, If you want to be literal.) Today I lost someone very close to me. My beautiful childhood pet, and cat of the past 14 years passed away this morning (8/28/15.) She was strong, feisty and a lover when she wanted to be. She was funny, energetic and lazy. She played fetch, barked at the mail men and loved her family more then anything. She was loyal and had a beautiful and infectious personality and spirit.

I know a lot of people won’t understand how I can say these things about a cat. But to me, Sophie wasn’t just a cat. Sophie was family. She was there for me through a lot in my life. She never left my side when I needed her companionship the most. And it breaks my heart that I wasn’t next to her when she needed me the most. But I believe everything happens in Gods perfect timing. I believe that she wanted to be alone, and passed peacefully in her sleep. Which gives my heart more comfort to know she wasn’t sick or suffering. She lived a long, joyful, and loving 14 years of life; and I’m very blessed to have spent those years with her.

So here’s to you Sophie! I hope your enjoying heaven, and know how much you were and will always be loved.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

(I believe Sophie was called according to the Lords purpose to be a blessing in my life, and a true companion when my heart needed her most. She was called home today, and my heart rejoices in her being with our King.)

Camping Trip

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Sorry for my short hiatus. Not a good way to start off the blog huh? (told you I’ve failed at this countless times. lol) But I escaped town for a few days with my loves and went camping!

We had a blast. It was so nice getting to spend some quality time with each other away from technology and social media. To just be in the moment, soaking up every second and making beautiful new memories. My son who just turned One last month had never slept in a tent (neither had I honestly.) or swam in the lake. And it was so fun to share in all these memories with him. To watch his face as he explored and soaked in his new surroundings.

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It wasn’t only relaxing, but it was a great and affordable way to just be together. To spend time surrounded by God’s beautiful creations, with those I love the most? I can’t think of anything more amazing that.

Life Through a Momma’s Lens

Hello! Welcome to my blog. This might be my millionth try at one of these (I wish I was kidding.) I’ve always enjoyed writing and photography (and art in general!) but when I became a mom, time for these things disappeared. It passed slowly, and rapidly all at once. I found that 24 hours a day now lingered on every need and want of another tiny person. And the identity I had apart from “Momma”? Well she ceased to exist.

So now? I’m trying to change that. Sure, every second of my day my son still comes first. And I’ll always put him before writing a silly blog post or snapping a picture. And I’m good with that. Being a mom is the best and most rewarding job I’ve ever had. I love and adore my son, and he has brightened my life and made it more beautiful and full then I could have ever imagined. But being a mom is also the most exhausting job I’ve ever had. I’ts very easy to forget that I still need to take care of myself too.

Because underneath the messy hair, and yesterdays clothes that are now covered in milk and food, I’m still a person. I’m still someone apart from just “Mom”. And at the end of the day when the dishes are done, and the laundry is folded, and our babys are asleep (god willing), we need to make a little time for us. Even if that does just include going to bed early, or a shower without a little person screaming your name every 10 seconds.

So here’s to all the moms out there; And here’s to me, getting a little piece of US back; one blog post or a picture (or whatever you love to do) at a time.

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