embracing life and letting God


My Beloved is Mine...

...And I am HIS!
-Song of Solomon2:16

Tomorrow, June 29, 2010, I will celebrate my 19th wedding anniversary.  Wow, 19!  I feel a little old and a LOT Blessed.  To look back on all of those years simply astounds me.  I was given a gift 23 years ago, when, at a Valentine's party, the love of my life walked down the stairs and into my heart.  Though, at the time, I did not have a personal relationship with my Jesus, my Savior, the Holy Spirit quickened on the inside of me. Within me rose a thrill and He spoke to my heart, "You are going to marry that man".  This was my 'soul-mate' and I knew it with everything in me.  There was no turning back.  It was love at first sight.  He stole my heart and carried me away on a journey of a lifetime. 

Their has never been any regret on my part for having taken this journey with my husband.  It has been a roller coaster ride of emotions and feelings and failings on my part.  I have loved my beloved, Chris, the best way I know how and he has loved me with tenderness and forgiveness.

We have experienced the moutain tops of success and valleys of sadness and death along side one another.  We have grown from children to adults as our parents looked on knowing we would find our way with God's help. 

I have fallen in love with this man, over and over, as we wandered through triumphs and struggles in life.  We have never given up.  Even when the enemy would have us step out from under the oneness he created in our marriage, the Lord was faithful to remind us that marriage is Never selfish.  Once our hearts were turned away from our own selfish desires our marriage grew in greater love and appreciation.   

We have experienced life

Happy Anniversary My Love!
My Rock and My Shield
I love you and I am excited to share the next 50 plus years on this Great Adventure with you!

“Love is not self seeking, it’s not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong.”
-1 Corinthians 13:5

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Blog Walk-About Part Deux

Sometimes, one must become lost to be found. -Author Unknown

Today, we continue our journey through blog world.  It is amazing how many wonderful moms and families are sharing their hearts and making a difference in the lives of so many, one blog at a time.  Enjoy these new sites today. 

meet [ meet ]
come across somebody: to encounter somebody without having arranged to do so beforehand
get together: to get together with somebody by arrangement
encounter somebody for first time: to encounter somebody or each other for the first time

Wife and mother of 4 'little ones' who enjoys homeschooling, cloth diapers, baby wearing, cuddles, a good worship song...and hanging out with her family.

Little Farm Mama and her adventures in teaching her little "stair steps" at home.

A wife and mother whose life experiences with God are likened to being on a taffy pull; pulling and stretching, making her more pliable, making her in the child He wants her to be.

A small town mom of two incredible boys; living on a family farm; following Jesus; homeschooling her children; who makes her own bread and loves the beach!

Child and servant of god, beloved wife and homeschool mom to two boys and a baby girl.  This is her homeschooling journey and how the Lord is teaching her in this season of motherhood.

"4 kids, 1 husband, 2 rotten dogs, endless laundry and not enough coffee...you know the drill. C'mon in. :)"

A military wife and veteran homeschool mom of 6 who lives on a 15 acre hobby farm.  She and her husband have successfully graduated one child with 5 more to go.

A child of God pursuing life as He planned; wife to a Navy man and mom to 5 daughters who fill her heart with joy each and every day.

Katey, married to the love of her life and the Principal of their 4 children, blogs about their homeschool journey, geocaching adventures, running and more.

Ramblings about their homeschool journey with three daughters and life in general.


If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. -Abigail Van Buren

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Travel Kits Coming Soon

Don't miss "Travel Kits: A Simple Way to Bless Others" coming July 22, 2010.  Stay tuned!

A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening to. ~Robert Brault
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Blog Walk-About

sweat [ swet ]

moisture on skin: the clear salty liquid that passes to the surface of the skin when somebody is hot or as a result of strenuous activity, fear, anxiety, or illness

state of having sweat on skin: the production or secretion of sweat, e.g. during strenuous activity or illness, or a state of fear or anxiety that causes this [my i.e. during a scorching summer that has not even really officially become Summer - June 20th for those who have no clue when it begins, officially]

Greeting from the Sizzling South,

It's H.O.T! here in the south people, plain and simple.  We are only in the second, uh, make that the third week in June and the sweltering heat has taken over.  Every time we get into the car my daughter begins her summer chant [read moaning and groaning], "I can't breathe, I can't breathe, I can't breathe." 

I say bring it on.  I love the heat.  It's like taking a hot bath. [Literally with all the sweat] It gets the blood flowing and soothes me.  Every time one of my boys complains of the excessive amount of perspiration coming from his body I remind him, "honey, the more you sweat, the more toxins you get rid of."  Sounds vital when I say it, but his empty gaze/groan of "REALLY?" say otherwise. 

I do not, on the other hand, love the humidity.  No matter how you dress you sweat and therefore you are sticky.  Even with the air conditioning on inside our clothes feel like they came out of the dryer a little too soon.  The forecast has no indication of yielding either. The temps are hot, but add in the humidity and you get RealFeel®105° / RealFeel®102°.  Yuck!

So, on these lazy and hot days of summer I am going on a walk, stroll, saunter, amble, tour, wander, trip, through blog world.  I was first inspired by my sweet friend Becky who asked her Facebook friends what was their favorite blog they like to read.  Great question Becky, thanks. [Becky, whom I have know since her birth and babysat when she was little.  She's all grown up now! Love ya Becky].  My answer was The Pioneer Woman. The Woman makes me laugh, inspires me to want to be a photographer and shares the best [non-low-fat] recipes in the world. 

Second, now being a member of the Homeschool Crew, there are so many new friends to meet in blog world.  Consequently, I wanted to share these blogs with you.  I am amazed at the beautiful women I am finding who have such strength and faith as they share their triumphs and struggles in this roller coaster ride of Life.  That leads to our Blog Walk.  A Blog Walk is a fun way to find new blogs that may share a common interest or concern.  My new friend at Mrs. Mandy's Musings was kind enough to pass on this fun idea and my blog was one of ten she selected to feature on her blog.  Thanks 'Mrs. Mandy'!

I have chosen 'Blog Walk - About'.  In this heat and considering the journey it will take us on it just seemed right.  I checked out Urban dictionary and their definition of walk-about just Fit!

Mick found love on his walk-about

"Background: Australian. Given to us by Crocodile Dundee: A spontaneous journey through the wilderness of one's choosing in an effort to satisfy one's itchy feet, a need to be elsewhere, the craving for the open road, that space over the horizon...yes... something like that... you can't quite touch it so you have to go find it because it's... you just know it's there...Or maybe it just feels good to go walking around ...
:wink: Yeah. It's WALKABOUT."

    John Locke found his legs again    

Our walk of course is virtual but the idea is the same.  And in the the spirit of welcoming a new neighbor, I am getting to know some of my new crew-mates from the TOS Homeschool Crew at the same time.  So, here we go.  Join me on this 'Blog Walk-About' and journey through blog-world.  [simply click on the underlined word(s) to access each site]

Mrs. Mandy's Musings  
 A Christian Military wife and homeschool mom two 3 who is using her spontaneity, creativity and craftiness to love, learn and grow in the Lord!

Through the Calm and Through the Storm
A lovely mom of 3, leaning on the Lord know He will never let go of her in the calm and the storms.

Accidentally Homeschooling 
Homeschool mom, married to Mr. Right, who never intended to homeschool but accidently fell in love with teaching her 4 boys. 

Orange Marmalade Mama
Mama to 5 blessings, and helpmeet to her husband, trying to her best to do the Lord's will.

Homeschool Musings
Wife and mother to 3 beautiful children, sharing her creative ideas on organizing and homeschooling.

Tenacity Divine
An eclectic, single mom of 4 pretty wonderful kids who with everything in life "take what is, research it, gather it, examine it, then sort it out and keep what works."

Ben and Me
Wife, mom, and homeschool teacher to her joy, her son, who loves legos, baseball, and star wars.

Closing Time
Homeschool mom to 2 sweet little girls and whose blog is named for the the lullaby written by her hubby.

Reviews and Reflections
One of our fearless captains over at The Old Schoolhouse Crew, stay-at-home, work-at-home, homeschooling mom to 3 great kids who has been married to her husband Brian for 18 years, but they've only had 4 anniversaries...hmmm. 

The Fantastic Five
A place to share my "superhero lifestyle" as I try to solve the world's problems, one day at a time...

I Can't Decide
A very active, creative Mama to 8 children, 6 of which she teaches at home.

Many blessings to my old and new friends,

It is not talking but walking that will bring us to heaven.
- Matthew Henry
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The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew

"Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." -John Wayne

My new school year is already beginning.  I've got big news.  Atleast it's big news at our little homestead.  OK.  Here it is. The big reveal....  Wait...for...it.

I have officially been accepted by The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew to review homeschool products of all kinds.  I am on the Older Crew.  And, Noooo, that does not mean I am old.  It simply means that I will be reviewing curriculum and such for middle school and maybe even high school aged kids.
in·trep·id [ in tréppid ]

fearless: courageous and bold

I am super excited and scared out of my wits a little nervous.  I haven't had a 'job' (although, I have had THE Job) in a long time.  This is an intrepid mission for me that I am accepting with faith that God will lead me and the kids on this new path for His Glory.  We are sure to find some great books and curriculums along the way.  Maybe, we will even meet a lot of new friends as well.
So, stay posted!  I am sure there will be outstanding books for mom's, families, and students from all walks of life. 

Staying Faithful,

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Imperfection is Beauty!

So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. -Genesis 1:27

I recently stumbled upon this sign.  I love it!

It speaks volumes to me. 

It simply made me happy.  I can't explain why.  It just is what it is.

Rebellion.  .

Epiphany! That's it!  This sign speaks to the rebel spirit in me that's says "I am not the Perfect Beauty and I never will be.  I'm not the smartest girl on the block and I never will be.  But! I AM passionate, and know what I like (and I am at times eccentric - which by the way freedictionary.org says I am a person with an unusual or odd personality - I still say Passionate) and always will be. 

I am embracing my flaws and learning to love who God created me to be.  As Caitlin Crosby put it, "Love your Flawz - Imperfect is the new perfect."

I just may have to purchase this sign (click link below picture above) when they come back in stock. Isn't that funny?  This sign seems to have struck a cord with a lot of people. 

Truly Transparent,
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On My Heart

You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, you listen to their cry.
- Psalm 10:17

"He sent forth His Word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave"
-Psalm 107:20

OK, today I have several things on my heart I want to share. 

My beach, our beach is being destroyed and my heart is broken.  The gleaming white sands and beautiful waters of Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach have been my home away from home, my refuge, my sanctuary, almost every year of my life.  Through the years of my childhood, teenage-hood, college, newlywed, and now with my own children, I have come to these beaches for restoration. 

But now they are now under attack. AT 5 p.m. Friday the 4th, a swath of oil, a half a mile down the beach, arrived.  Oil began to fill the air with a smell like "a garage", as someone on Facebook noted.  The beaches are being pummeled with globs of oil.  Granted it has not covered all of these beach areas.  But, one is too much!  I am beyond words in how devastated I feel for those whose entire lives depend on the Gulf.  I even have family who are dependent on this southern tropical beauty. 

As I sit back, watching the developmetns on the news, I can only, simply pray for the Lord to intervene and bring about a miracle for the families of the Gulf, the businesses and the water, land and marine life.  We cannot abandon them in their time of need.  I encourage you, go until you can't go anymore.  Volunteer to help if you can.  Pray for them all as they deal with this catastrophe. But, no matter what God is control!

On to my next hearts...concern. Our President, the leader of our country does not seem to be taking the devastation in the Gulf seriously.  I was offended for the people of the Gulf States, while I watched our President name-call, play the blame game and participate in celebrations that could have been postponed. I remember the days following 9/11 when Rudy Guiliani did nothing but live and breathe, 18 and 20 hours a day, for weeks on end, to bring aid to his ravaged city.  I have seen very little honor or integrity in how President Obama has handled this crisis.  I pray that his heart is moved with deep compassion for the peoples of the Gulf States, honoring and aiding them,  not honoring Sir Paul McCartney.  This is the time to step up, stop talking and do something about it, IMMEDIATELY!  Join me in praying for our President. I remind myself again, God is in control!

This week I came upon an article of interest that stirred me up a bit.  The homeschooling article/blog found here, "Do You KNOW Anything?", tackled the one subject that is relevant to our family, directly. 

"One of the issues homeschoolers have to deal with is the random quizzing of our children and the questions that reflect their ‘concern’ that our children aren’t really learning anything."  -Jo Jo Tabares Art of Eloquence
As homeschooler's my children have come under these quiz-fest attacks from adults, mostly mothers, and children alike. 

"What is E'mc2?, What is the square root of Pie?, What is 1,456,982 X 123 equal? Do you know, do you, do you, huh!!!" 

Ugh! I mean really?  What I want to know from them is "Do you know the answers to all of these questions?"  I can not tell you how hurtful it is for people to think and expect that just because my children homeschool that they know EVERYTHING when they're only in the third or sixth grade.  Again, really?  It's enough to send a terrorist into the fetal position.  Well, maybe not that bad.  But, my children don't like it.  Would you?  I think even I would panic. 

I have to agree wholeheartedly with Ms. Tabares, I have NEVER quizzed a public, private or Christian school child in this manner.  Have you?  Probably not.  We don't want your criticism or your judgement.  We simply need your support.  Just as we have supported our friends - the mothers, the fathers, children -  in every way we can.  We need your support.  If there is a crisis in their lives I don't make the excuse, "Well it's because they are in public school."  No, we support them!

I have begun to read Beth Moore's newest book "So Long, Insecurity: you've been a bad friend to us". It was a Mother's Day gift from my husband.  [let the giggling ensue - let's just say the man knows me better than anyone on this planet - moving on] In the very first chapter "Mad Enough to Change"  she hits the nail on the head.  And I quote,

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