Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What Do You Do With One?

Last week I had the opportunity to spend 2 hours alone with my 2 year old. What on earth do you do with one kid!? That was what I was asking myself. I can barely remember having just one and my second was born well before he turned two. So really, what were we to do?

We ended up watching Leap Frog videos, reading a book in spurts, talking about letters and numbers and just rocking together. It was so weird! Enjoyable but very odd. I don't think either of us knew what to do without the others around.

I will say, though, I learned a very valuable lesson in this time. God knows what He's doing!

I know this is not an incredible observation for those who trust in the God of the universe, but it hit me so much in those two hours. Why? Because I realized just how lazy I would be if I only had one. And laziness is a sin. God has intentionally given me a big family to draw me out of my lazy tendencies and teach me more about hard work for Him, taking care of family and just how to be more like Jesus as a whole.

One is hard, don't get me wrong. Sam is crazy and very full of life and keeps me hopping on a regular basis. But 7, is even more so. There is little rest except that which God gives. There is always something that needs to be done and always training to do. You are responsible for so much!

But it is a great blessing. A great heritage from the Lord. (Psalm 127)

God gives different sized families to different people all for His purpose. No matter what size yours is, work hard as unto the Lord and not for man. Teach and train and do not fall pray to laziness that come so easily. Father, continue to teach me how to work hard in my home, for Your Kingdom and Your glory. Teach others as well, that Your people may be witness to a dying world Who You are and how great Your ways are.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Product Spotlight #6 (June Specials)

Another great special from Norwex this month includes the Travel Pack (p.6).

The Travel Pack come with 4 compact sized Envirocloths and a pouch to carry them in. This is great to keep in a purse or diaper bag for many purposes. Going shopping and not sure about your cart handle? Wipe it off with your Travel Pack cloth. Kids with sticky hands? Wipe them off with your Travel Pack cloth. Spill something on your shirt? Use your Travel Pack cloth to wipe it off and get a head start on stain removal.

Just wet the Travel Cloth and put in the pouch. It's ready to go when you need it. When you get home hang it up to dry. It's that simple and you always have an easy way to clean on the go.

Having 6 kids we are always in need of cleaning of hands, faces, etc. So thankful to have this available to clean when we need it while we're out!

How would you use your travel pack?

Park Ready has it with a reusable bag and towel so you are ready to head out into the summer fun!

Please Contact me with any questions
Emmie Manor Independent Norwex Consultant
Catalog (p. 6)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Product Spotlight #5 (June Specials)

One of this months customer specials with Norwex features the Envirocloth (p.6) and Window Cloth (p.10). Today I want to share with you why our family loves our Window Cloth and why it pairs so well with the Envirocloth.

The Window Cloth works amazingly on windows, silver, jewelry and really any shiny surface to give you a nice clean and clear finish. After using our Window Cloth we could see clearly through the windows and the sunlight beamed through as I have never seen before.

With 6 kids there are always finger prints all over our windows. We use our Envirocloth to remove the grime that comes along with kids' finger prints and use the Window Cloth to shine it up. They are a great team!

You can clean the window with only spritzing water and wiping with the Window Cloth and it works quite well, especially if you don't have kids' hands all over them! But I really like the combo for a nice clean.

How have you used a Window Cloth? What is your preference? Just a Window Cloth or using it with the Envirocloth?

Check out Shines So Bright for a great deal on both!

Please Contact me with any questions
Emmie Manor Independent Norwex Consultant
Catalog (p. 10)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Praying or Worrying

I was sharing with a friend how I've struggled to pray as much as I would like. I love to pray! But lately life has been hard and chaotic with a large family and another baby on the way. Most days my prayers have been "Help Me" or telling God what I think or what I want. Lately I've been convicted that this is not what I want nor is it how it should be. It's been all one sided. I have failed to listen.

My friend in her wisdom asked, "So are you really praying or are you worrying in prayer form?"

That was it! Instead of really praying for God's will to be done, I was telling God what I thought and then making my decisions based on my own logic, knowledge, merit and then fretting about the outcome. I was taking everything on myself and not letting God be God. As a result I was hostile, anxious, angry and easily upset. I was allowing others views to affect mine as well as my view of myself instead of letting God be my determining factor. Life was miserable for all of us!

During my drive that day I took a step back and listened. God absolutely spoke to me that day and He is continuing to speak to me as I take a moment to listen. With all the chaos it's not always easy to listen, but I'm learning that when I begin to feel that stress of life and am overwhelmed that I need to take a moment and just listen.

God will speak to you if you will just listen. Whether through Scripture, a friend, a song or that still small voice, when you seek Him, He can be found. Sometimes it's not immediate and we must be patient, but He will speak.

So how about you? Are you really praying and making it a conversation, listening to the voice of God? Or are you just worrying under the guise of prayer not really seeking to hear from God at all? I pray we will all grow in listening together!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Light at Tern Rock

This book is part of our Core A curriculum through Sonlight. This book was nice and short but held a powerful message. It is a good look at forgiveness and seeing the best in situations, especially ones that are inconvenient and we were not expecting. I really enjoyed the relationship between Ronnie and Aunt Marthy. It was also good to see how important hard work is and how what we do can help or hurt others. As a whole I enjoyed this book. I can't say I loved it, but I'm not dreading reading it to my next group who do Core A in a couple of years.

4 stars for this book!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Our 12th Anniversary

Today it's been 12 years since Jim and I said "I Do". It's funny to look back and think how everything was going to be. Nursing school, family, maybe some traveling and overall a life of harmony and happiness.

And then real life hits. Nursing school is Hard! Family is Hard! We did some traveling before kids, which was incredible and led us to pursuing God's call in missions. That is also Hard!

But even in the hard, difficult and earth shattering moments, God, our Perfect and Holy God, has been faithful to us. He has been faithful to see us through school. He has been faithful to bring 6 (soon 7) babies into this world. He has been faithful to bring us to Louisville. He has been faithful to teach us, love us and discipline us. He has been faithful to remind us that marriage is not about a life of harmony and happiness, though it is a HUGE blessing when those things are present, but it is about becoming more like Jesus as we pursue Him together in all aspects of our life.

In the past 12 years we have done a few things we thought we would do from the beginning. But there are many others that God has brought us through during this time. He has taught us to love more, to wrestle, to not take good enough and to strive for more in Him.

By God's grace there is more harmony and happiness in our home than ever before. By God's grace we are learning what it means to do life together, even though we don't do it well all the time. By God's grace we are learning to parent and teach our children the ways of the Lord. By God's grace we are truly becoming friends and partners. By God's grace we are learning to communicate so that we can do more together and be effective.

These 12 years have been good and hard. But I'm so blessed to be in this marriage that God is using for His Kingdom and our good.

I love you, Jim and the life God is building in us. May we have many more years together both good and hard.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May Blessings

May has been full of blessings from our wonderful God! Here is a sample of them.

  1. Good sermon on work
  2. Restful afternoon
  3. Being together as a family
  4. God's great mercy
  5. New month
  6. Jim having extended time with God
  7. Lillian turning 6!
  8. Fun family day
  9. Not being on the computer or having the TV on for 2 days!
  10. Learning to let go
  11. Meeting another Mom of Many
  12. Good productivity and fun together
  13. Productive day
  14. Cleaning up some of the bathroom
  15. Becca hanging up the shelf
  16. Norwex site up again
  17. Being home all day
  18. Good time at CG
  19. Field trip attempt
  20. Seeing friends
  21. Jim finishing his spring class!
  22. Long date evening
  23. Pistachio gelato at Sweet Frog
  24. Discount
  25. Time with the Felix family
  26. Pizza, apples and cookies
  27. Friends in Jesus
  28. Finishing the school week strong
  29. Cleaning and some organizing
  30. Teaching
  31. Jericho Prayer
  32. Dunkin Donuts
  33. Grocery shopping by myself and not over spending
  34. Testing the Car Wash Mitt (It's Great!)
  35. Great sermon on who God is vs who we are
  36. Writing blog posts
  37. Being disciplined with the computer
  38. Pictures
  39. Cleaning and organizing the whole kitchen
  40. Visit from the Vander Weerts
  41. Encouragement
  42. Sam praying
  43. Switching beds around
  44. Talking to Becca
  45. Learning more about how Jesus feels
  46. Reading 2 chapters
  47. Gabriel growing in prayer
  48. Meeting the Gunns
  49. Cleaning our room
  50. Chick-fil-A
  51. Good inexpensive coffee
  52. More in depth prayer
  53. Time to work
  54. Growing in fearlessness
  55. Jamey working hard
  56. Kids growing in prayer
  57. Cheap Taco Bell
  58. Good doctors appointments
  59. Celebrating Gage's 1st birthday
  60. Meeting new people
  61. Great sermon on prayer
  62. Washing my hair
  63. God tangibly answering prayer as yes right away
  64. Finishing "Large Family Logistics"
  65. Lot's of baking
  66. Time with the Browns
  67. Book Club
  68. Time to talk with Meagan
  69. Hearing other's stories and evidences of grace
  70. Good uneventful drive to GA
  71. Getting package before leaving town
  72. Seeing people at FBC Smyrna
  73. Hanging out with Daddy and Brit
  74. Jim having breakfast with Jeff
  75. Doing announcements with Mom at school
  76. Seeing Emily
  77. Seeing how far God has brought us
  78. Lunch with Julie
  79. Seeing Brendon and Kyle
  80. Spending the morning with the Murdocks
  81. Cooking out with the family
  82. Cousins playing together
  83. Seeing Jacob and Rachel
  84. Joint SS and Worship at FBC Smyrna
  85. Seeing many friends
  86. Safe drive to FL
  87. Playgrounds
  88. Jim's mom welcoming us
  89. Good first meeting for the kids
  90. Kids doing well at the beach their first time
  91. God protecting our family
  92. Time with Laura and Jon
  93. Taking pictures on the beach
  94. Taking a nap
  95. God giving me a clear mind
  96. Britney having a great Norwex Party
  97. Celebrating Jim's birthday
  98. Great discussion in Sunday School
  99. Great sermon on dealing with hard times
  100. Getting on the road early
  101. Getting mostly unpacked
  102. Being told I was smart for having my kids close together
  103. Kids sleeping later than they have been
  104. Time with Jim
  105. Lillian's music recital