Monday, February 28, 2011

Who's really in control?

HA, not me. I'd like to think I am but I know the truth.  I try to take control. Yep, doesn't end well. Faith is so very hard to have sometimes but it's times like this that I have to have the strongest faith that Jesus is in control, not me.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not a zombie, mindlessly walking through this life. I have every opportunity to exercise my God given free will but when my decisions are not within His will for my life chaos ensues. I've found myself struggling lately with faith that God's in control, that He knows what's best for me. I'm so grateful that He's put an amazing group of women in my life that has encouraged and reminded of this fact. Without them I'd probably still be caught in the pit of fear and uncertainty I found myself last week.

This scripture brings me great comfort especially since God said it AFTER a period of hardship and exile:

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, " plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  ~ jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

My Daybook for February 17th


Outside my's a warm spring day today, the sun is shinning and feels delightfully warm on my face. 

I am thinking...of the March 11th event that I'm participating in, excited and really nervous that I'll be sharing my story again and excited that my husband will be sharing his perspective along side me
I am thankful for...the slightly chilly breeze that is coming in my open window and that I can actually open my window in February

From the learning rooms...we got books out of the library today for further study of the Presidents. It was really fun to watch Esther recognize the faces of some of our Presidents

From the kitchen...I got a new cookbook from aunt that I can't wait to dive into. It's all about mixing fruits and veggies into every meal so that the kids don't even realize it! 

I am creating...some whipped soap to sell

I am going...nowhere this afternoon, went to our MOPS steering meeting this morning, the hairdress to get my colored extension removed and the library to get books for both Esther and I

I am reading...a book on essential oils

I am get quite a bit of work done tonight on a video project I'm doing

I am hearing...Veggie Tales...need I say more??

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

hard to believe that this was less than a year ago

daybook inspired by: 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My Daybook for February 16th

My daybook inspired by:

The Simple Woman's Daybook 


Outside my's a chilly February day, overcast. The ground is still covered in a thick coating of snow but the birds are starting to gather in large groups in the yard and field

I am thinking...that I'd like more time quiet time than the 30 minute timer is's a timer for my daughter to have some independent time of play before lunch

I am thankful for...the blessing of being able to be a stay at home mom (well I now work 6 hours a week in a ministry I LOVE) and the opportunity to homeschool our youngest

From the learning rooms...we are learning to read, tell time and in CC we are studying 1st conjugations in Latin, Europe, the major wars, a bunch of laws in science, parts of speech and the area of a bunch of shapes. Lord help me to learn all this too!!

From the kitchen...either spaghetti (again...) or hot chicken. I'm rooting of hot chicken!

I am creating...soap recipes and labels to go on my bars of soap

I am going...nowhere today if I can help it

I am reading...Little House in the Big Woods series to my daughter. Someday I'll read a mature book again...

I am hoping...for God's will in our lives

I am hearing...the chatter of Esther playing in her room with her babies

Around the house...not much going on in these cold days of winter

One of my favorite things...a phone call from my husband during the day to just say "I love you"

A few plans for the rest of the week:  MOPS meeting tomorrow; lunch with my mom and aunt on Friday; calling my sister to make birthday plans (our bdays are 3 days apart); work a video project I'm doing

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

Me...38 years ago

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New "Job"

Today I began working at Life Choice Center. I have to say it's so hard to call it a job because I LOVE being there.  For the last year I've been volunteering there. I've been involved with the Beyond the Choice program, doing pregnancy tests, helping out with projects and doing some general office type of stuff. Today, as an employee, I'm still doing all the same things!

A few months ago, I faced a job decision that created a lot of strife in my heart because I desperately wanted the job I was seeking but God had/has other plans for me. Today I'm at complete peace about this job decision. Really nothing too much has changed for me in this. I'm still there only one day a week but now it's a few hours more. I was very blessed today by the clients that I got to meet. They have some pretty cool stories about how the Center and the mentors they work with, have changed their lives.

It really is a blessing, to me, to be able to work part time somewhere that I have a personal passion for, with some amazing co-workers and volunteers. I just pray that God speaks through me in all my interactions and that He is glorified in all I do.