embracing life and letting God


five minute friday ~ Community

Five minutes, from your heart, no erasing, no backsies - just pure words, whatever comes to mind.

Set a timer and just write. Don’t worry about making it just right or not.
Go all in with your words.
Are you ready?
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.
OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:


It's what has shaped me, molded me.  A group with like interests, there for support.  Family.  Again, it is what life is.  My Immediate, Extended, Faith, Friend, Moms, Bible Study, Homeschool Support Group.  

Some days these are the ones that have saved me from the battle with myself.  They are the ones who have poured into me to say, "I have been there and I know you will come through. You are strong.  Keep pressing on."  Some days they are the ones that bring strife.  Such is life.

Community has blessed.  Community has cursed.  I'm honest and not deceived.  

Community has brought me a force of faithful friends through the years that have been right for that season. But there are always 2 or 3 friends that are always steady.  

My love.  He stands with me.  We have been best friends for 25 years, married for 21.  My lover, my friend, my counselor, my cheerleader, my everything.  I am blessed.

My friend, my sister, and interestingly enough My Love's aunt.  She knows me sometimes better than I know myself.  She seeks the Lord in my behalf and calls at just right time to minister to my dry bones.  

These two have been the strength I needed when I thought I would drown.  Chris and Christy.  God knew exactly what he was doing by allowing these beautiful people to be such gifts to me.  Their names mean "Christ like".  And they are truly Christ in the flesh and my community.

From My Heart to Yours,
Mindy B.
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Homeschool Mosaics - The Lord is My Strength

Today I am over at HOMESCHOOL MOSAICS with my monthly column 
Homeschool In~COURAGE~ment for Mom's. 

I have written from my heart about leaning on the Lord and remembering that He and He alone is our strength as we love, nurture and educate our children.  

Are you Leaning on, Trusting in, and Relying on the Lord sweet mother?  

I would love for you to visit me at Homeschool Mosaics and BE ENCOURAGED!

Mindy B.
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Avenger's Give Away!

I don't know about you and your family but our family is very excited about the upcoming The Avenger's  Movie opening in theater's May 4th.  Well to get the ball rolling Your Highway in the Sky is giving away a super cool Avenger's prize pack including:

THE AVENGERS – Only in Theaters t-shirt in adult  sizes of S, M, L, XL – winner’s choice
- Set of 6 Avengers buttons
- S.H.I.E.L.D. your eyes with One pair of limited edition Avengers Real 3D glasses

"We’re sure you’ll be the envy of all your friends with this great prize pack!  Entering to win is easy.  All you have to do is follow the steps on the Rafflecopter widget below. Contest will end next Friday, May 4th, the very day that Marvel’s The Avengers opens in theaters!  Good luck, true believers!" ~Your Highway in the Sky
Follow THIS LINK to head on over and sign up today! See you at the movies.
From My Heart to Yours,
Mindy B.

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I'm linking up with The Gypsy Mama and 5 Minute Friday where I am writing, five minutes, that's it, on ::

Here's how it works ::
Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.
We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids.
On Fridays we write with gusto, unselfconscious and flat out.
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.
OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:


To me, TOGETHER, means Family... Ohana.  In the Hebrew together is  :: YACHAD.

As an only child, we were most always together.  I loved it that way.  Vacations, sports, events.  Together.

With my love, from the beginning we always just wanted to be Together.  From the moment I laid eyes on him I knew "I'm going to be married to him some day".  Always together.  When he had to go back to Auburn, my heart cried to be with him at every moment.  There was no texting, no internet.  Just long-distance phone calls and Love letters galore.  How I treasure those precious letters that brought us together through the miles. As parents, it's hard to find that time, just us.  But, when we do it's all the more precious.

Together.  When we had children that's how we decided to live as a family.  We don't run from our children, trying to escape the insane days of parenting.  We walk it through.  Vacations, Scouts, Sports, life and fun, and more. Even as they grow and they complain "Do I have to go", we still do it, Together.  It's how we roll.

Thus, we made our decision to Homeschool.  We learn together.  Everyday. All day.

Church... Worship, we do it together.

Holidays. Sickness.  Trials.  Funerals. There have been difficult family times together when it comes to extended family. But, in the end we are family and we are doing life together.

From My Heart to Yours,
Mindy B.
Revelation 12:11
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Borrowed from Acquire the Fire Facebook page

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Family: My Greatest Gift

benefactor [ben-uh-fak-ter]
n. He who confers a benefit
someone who provides a gift

Sunday, April 15, 2012.

A day like any other day.  I could have never guessed that God had what seemed like a thousand blessings in store for me today.

We woke early.  My love holds my hand before I even get out of bed and whispers, "Happy Birthday".

Today I renew my count of 1000 Gifts...

Gift #1158 I am so blessed. Do I deserve such a wonderful man?

Shower. Smoothie.

#1159 Healing goodness for my body. Thank you Lord 

Get ready. Put out the fires... Then Worship.

#1160 Sweet Worship.
#1161 Thank you Lord for Sunday, my favorite day of the week.

Oh, how much I look forward to worship on Sunday mornings.  What a journey we went through to find our Home Church.  The wait, though difficult, was SO worth it.  We waited for years to find a place where the Spirit of the Lord consumed our hearts and we felt free to worship with abandon the Lord God Almighty and His Son Jesus Christ!  How long we waited on the Lord to guide us to a church where our Pastor surrenders his whole heart, mind, soul and strength, everything he is and every things he has for this lost and dying world.  

# 1162 For a church to call home. We are blessed!
#1163 A place to worship with abandon.
#1164 How my children melt into peace when they get to church.

Everyone is up.  Time to get rolling.  I lay my princesses clothes out. She is still asleep, strewn across the bed, little foot hanging off the edge. The boys are in a good mood this morning. Thank you Lord.  My tender heart, his shirt is wrinkled.  So wrinkled it had pleats. How will he react?  "You are going to have to change shirts, my love."  'Ugh."  The drama begins.  Anxiety, frustration, irritation.  He's still learning CALM.  Quite frankly, so am I.

#1165  I love my little bed hog.
#1166 Thank you Lord the boys cooperated this morning and thank You for teaching me and him how to survive these emotions.

I must get to his heart.  We're running late.  I don't want to be late and have to sit in the overflow. I haven't even opened a present yet. Selfish thoughts invade.  I stop. I speak to his heart.  "You must get control. You can't let what you're feeling take over and ruin your day.  You know it doesn't turn out pretty."  Though still frustrated he tries.  Bless his sweet heart, he has come such a long way.  It takes a few times, and we are rushing out the door, but he begins to soften.

#1167 Praise the Lord we are in so much better a place than we were. 
#1168 For the peaceful ride that calms the soul.

Church was nothing short of amazing.  Our Pastor announces, "Over 3000 gave their life to Christ last Sunday during Easter services. Praise the Lord!  Do you know how many gave their life to Christ after the first message after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, over 3000.  To God be the Glory!"  What a gift to hear what God is doing in the body of Christ.

#1169 Thank you Lord for those precious lives. Those miracles! 
#1170 I must remember those 30 plus that said, "I never intend on giving my life to Christ".  Lord, capture their hearts.

The service is ending and our Pastor does something new.  So many surrendered their hearts Resurrection Sunday.  So many need a renewing in the washing of the water of Baptism.  He announces, Baptism, today, now, for anyone ready to spontaneously receive the Believers Baptism, TODAY!  We watch, as hundreds flood to be baptized.  The Spirit of the Lord floods the hearts of the Body of Christ and I am overwhelmed at what God is doing today, on my Birthday.  What a gift to watch these men, young and old, women, young and old, children, give theirs lives so fully.

#1171 Thank you Lord for allowing my family to see these miracles.  Lives surrendered.  Hearts overcome with joy!  Thank you Lord.
#1173 A Pastor who is faithful to listen to the Spirit of God.

Birthday lunch awaits.  Mom, Jim, Granddaddy.  They will all be waiting at P. F. Changs as reservations were at 11:00.  Chris went to so much trouble to make sure I had the perfect birthday lunch.  Who knew what surprises lay ahead?

#1172 Chris going to so much trouble to make my day special.  

We arrive.  There's mom, waiting.  We hug and rush in to our table.   Chris tells me our table is in the back. Then I see Granddaddy.  "Look Anna, there's Granddaddy, come on."  And then I see... Uncle Bob and Aunt Christy.  My heart races, JOY.  I am so happy to see them.  Then.  Wait a minute there is another person.  Who is that lady?  I hear her voice and I know.  It's my Aunt Jimmie Kaye.  Aaaaaa!!!!  I scream, "Aunt Jimmie.  You're here! How did you get here?"  Chris knew how much I would love to have all of my family here and what a blessing for Jimmie Kaye to come so far to share this time with us.

#1173 The gift of family, greater than any gift a person can give.  

You see my sweet Aunt Jimmie is from Tennessee.  She is sick, some days very sick.  She has a wicked disease called Rheumatory Arthritis (RA).  Her mother had it and it destroyed her.  It is a demon that has tried  to steal life out of one of the most beautiful, vibrant, fun, loving people I know, yet, she remains filled with joy.  She has not been out of the house much accept to go to work when she can and the store.  And my wonderful husband figured out how to get her here to be here on my birthday.  Words can never describe the joy of seeing all of those face around the table, there, for me.

#1174 Granddaddy, feeling good enough to come and share his love with all of us. Lord heal his body.
#1175 Uncle Bob and Aunt Christy surprising me and being able to share the joy of Miracles from church this morning as they participated in the services as well and watched baptism after baptism and rejoiced with the washed!
#1176 My sweet mom for loving me as her own. She and her Jim, helping My Love coordinate all of this Gift to me, sharing and recording all of the love and fellowship.  
#1177 Aunt Jimmie Kaye, the medicines are working and she is more herself, though not completely, but her joy and laughter and spunkiness - they light up the room.  A gift.
#1178 My children whose hearts are full of love.  My sweet princess who shares her love so abundantly.  My boys.  Such gentlemen reaching out to their family and sharing in the moment instead of retreating in hormonal or anxiety ridden bodies.  They engage, tender heartedly.  I am a blessed mother.
#1179 My love.  He did this all for me.  I am a truly blessed wife.

They all made me feel so loved.  We laughed and talked and ate.  It was wonderful fellowship and the best Birthday.  And the gifts didn't end there.  My mother blessed me with art, a creation of my youth, framed as though Van Gogh himself had painted the picture.  Gorgeous, even if I did paint it myself. My husband blessed and my children on top of that. At the end of our day my aunt calls to share another gift.  Her daughter, our cousin, was one of the 1109, who were baptized at church today.  Rejoice! Another miracle.  Another gift!

The rest of our day was filled with more laughter, fellowship,  and fun. At the end of our day my aunt calls to share another gift.  Her daughter, our cousin, was one of the 1109, who were baptized at church today.  Rejoice! Another miracle.  Another gift! God knew what I needed on my birthday this year.  As my aunt has prayed over me "Lord give her a belly full of Joy".  That was my gift.  I was filled, to overflowing, with a belly full of joy and my greatest gift was my Family.

From My Heart to Yours,
Mindy B.
Revelation 12:11
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You're Gonna Need Your Passport!

Today is our first ever GIVEAWAY DAY over at Homeschool Mosaics and it is AMAZING!!!!

Sponsored by Landry Academy

You have the chance to win an 
Wait. For. It.... Drum Roll please...


Yes!  I said ITALY!  

Here are some of the details of this trip (taken directly from the Landry Academy website):
When? September 24 – October 5, 2012
Where? Pescara, Italy – on the east coast of Italy (on the Adriatic Sea) about 100 miles east of Rome
Who can go? This mission / education trip is open to Christian families, students, and parents. Students must be at least 13 years-old on September 24, 2012. Students may participate without a parent – but will need written and verbal permission from a parent and will be assigned to a specific teacher for supervision. (To participate in this trip, you should be able to do extensive walking throughout the day when necessary.)
Why short-term missions? Short term missions have the potential to shape and powerfully impact the lives of young people (and older folks) who “go”. . . and, they have the same potential to impact the lives of those you’re ministering to – the local people – for Christ.
The Colosseum
What will we do there?We’ll spend the first day and a half in Rome touring areas of interest such as:
- The Colosseum
- The Sistine Chapel
- The Vatican Museums
- Capitol Hill
- Saint Peter’s Basilica
- The Roman Forum
- Palatine Hills
- Venice Square
Then, we’ll take a train to Pescara, a small town on the Adriatic Sea. There we will assist missionaries as they minister to local people. We’ll help with English lessons at a local elementary school (6 to 11 year-olds) and we’ll serve the local community as needed. We’ll also spend time visiting areas of interest outside of Pescara.
Our days will begin with devotional time. Much of the day will be spent serving, and there will be some free time. Meals will be a combination of home cooked and restaurant.
What will this cost me?  All expenses for the mission trip to Italy will be covered, including the flight to Italy and back
and all expenses while in Italy (meals, lodging, transportation,etc.). The winner will be responsible for meeting the group at the airport of departure and return.
AMAZING RIGHT!  I told you.  You can head on over to Homeschool Mosaics HERE "Got Your Passport" Trip Link and simply follow the Rafflecopter instructions to enter for a chance to WIN this amazing trip.  I just visited Landry Academy's website and read more of the details and found out this trip is valued at $1277.  That's a value that has been discounted,too!  What a great giveaway!   
Mindy B.
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Today, I am getting to practice more patience as I parent a growing teen, pre-teen and kindergartner.  No stage in the life with a child is without it's drama.  In a house full of five, yes count them 5 [mom and dad included] passionate strong-spirited people, there tends to be some explosive moments.  We are all learning to stay calm in the midst of life's storm.

As a MOB mom ~ mom of boys ~ practicing patience without a little passion behind it can be hard.  I have days where I just need everyone to do what they are told and not argue or question.  The spoiled child in me is stomping her foot saying, "Can we ALL just get along? Ugh!"  

In the end, I am the adult and I don't have the luxury of having a 2 year-old fit and demand my way [as much as my inner child would so love to do]  I must breathe, see through the eyes of compassion and instruct, giving my children the tools they need to overcome the anxious feelings that bombard them. Are they really being defiant or are they crying for help in how to just deal! They are still in Training!  That's the key to compassion - STILL in training not completely trained. 

My children can't learn self-control if I don't model it for them.  It is my job to teach them diligence in having an enduring spirit.  Not every act of misbehaving is an act of defiance.  It very well could be a cry for help, "Help me mom to learn to stay CALM!"

A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, 
but the one who is patient calms a quarrel. 
~Proverbs 15:18

Father, Help me be the model of CALM to my children desire to emulate.  Give me the strength to and discernment to know when they crying for help. In Jesus Name, Amen

From My Heart to Yours,
Mindy B.
Revelation 12:11
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Homeschool Mosaics - LIVE!

is Live and ready to bless your socks off!

If you haven't found HOMESCHOOL MOSAICS yet head on over today!  

"The primary goal of Homeschool Mosaics is to support homeschoolers. 
Our hope is that the diversity of our writers will be a gift to the diversity of our readers.
A medley of Homeschool Perspectives"

A mosaic of beautifully talented women who are Homeschool teachers, will be sharing daily from their personal experiences of what HAS worked and what HAS NOT worked for them
in columns including:

Homeschool Encouragement
Field Trips
Home Business

Homeschool How-to's:
Art & Music
High School
On a Budget
Special Needs

Homeschool Methods:
Charlotte Mason
Delayed Academics
Delight Directed
Leadership Education
Online and Computer Based
Unit Study

We may be vastly different in our Homeschooling methods, beliefs, culture and geographics but...
Homeschooling is our common thread and we are all in this together. And, Oh, how much we can learn from one another and our different perspectives.  Love It!

And I get to play a part.  Each month on the 26th I get to share with you in my column 
Homeschool In~COURAGE~ment for Moms.  
You can find my first column by connecting to THIS LINK!  
My goal for Homeschool In~COURAGE~ment for Moms (H.I.M.) 
is to encourage you in your journey as a Homeschool mom, 
building you up and reminding you, 
You Can Do It!

You can find us on: 



From My Heart to Yours,

Mindy B.
Revelation 12:11
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