Saturday, February 28, 2015

February Blessings

February was a short but full month. A lot has happened and God has shown Himself in so many ways as He seeks to woo us to Him and guide our lives in His way.

  1. Being able to speak into other women's lives
  2. Getting to take a Sunday afternoon nap with Jim
  3. Working as a family to do massive cleaning in the living room
  4. Having enough box tops for co-op in the fall!
  5. Four course meal at Red Lobster (love that deal!)
  6. Thinking about who and how God made me
  7. Walking around the mall as a family
  8. Seeing God's grace in how Jim handled the mall
  9. Becca painting my toenails in a fun way!
  10. Getting out of the house on a Saturday
  11. Sam saying "amen" after praying with him at bed time
  12. Seeing our baby on Ultrasound
  13. Finding out the gender for the first time!
  14. Girls night at Comfy Cow with Shannon
  15. Organizing everything in the time warp room
  16. Going to playgroup
  17. Hearing testimonies of people in CG
  18. Time to read and pray while the kids were running around
  19. God revealing more of my heart to me
  20. Lillian reading to Reuben
  21. Good conversation with Jim, working through things
  22. Turning 31
  23. IHOP Breakfast with the family
  24. Seeing "Kingsman" with Jim (really liked this movie)
  25. Jim making a really yummy birthday dinner: maple walnut chicken, apple cheddar rice and green beans (My husband is a wonderful cook! So thankful for that.)
  26. Talking to Brit for awhile
  27. Jim surprising me with friends at Comfy Cow! 
  28. Really good birthday
  29. Daddy and Mom singing to me
  30. Having a lazy low key day with the kids
  31. Time to talk with Becca
  32. Lots of snow! (Think we got 8-10 inches during the week)
  33. Getting buckets put in the attic
  34. Ash Wednesday Service
  35. Date night with Jim at the Cheesecake Factory
  36. Seeing God at work in our hearts
  37. Becca having a Saturday off
  38. Watching movies not on Netflix
  39. Jamey turning 6!
  40. Getting needed errands run
  41. Jamey and Gabriel playing together
  42. Andy and Shannon
  43. Book Club
  44. Moving things around to get more organized
  45. Hanging out with Julianne
  46. Yummy dinner and night out with Jim
  47. Quiet hang out night with Jim
  48. Writing group
  49. Free drink at Panera
  50. Sleep  

February Evaluation

Due to circumstances this past year, I'm not really changing my goals. Some will go that are not top priority, but I'm keeping the ones that fit with the overarching goal of having a God-centered life and the things I see Him leading me to right now. So thus far this is how it goes:

  • Spend at least 10 minutes praying daily- Yes, usually for strength or wisdom sporadically throughout the day
  • Spend at least 10 minutes reading and reflecting on the Bible daily- Getting better at this, but still struggling to really sit in the Word every day 
  • Memorize verses with the kids - We are working through verses related to lent and catechism
  • Memorize Scripture- Currently working on verses that go with North Star Catechism
  • Go out for a date once a week- Yes
  • Go on a night away once this year- Need to plan this
  • Read 3 books together this year- Started a list of books we want to read together
  • Discuss plan weekly on Sunday afternoon- Starting to discuss plans more, though not always on Sunday afternoon
  • Spend 30 minutes of one on one time with each child every week- still growing in this as we work on what our days need to look like
  • Go to playgroup each Tuesday- Missed a couple due to weather and house work
  • Write in individual journals at least 3 times this year- I have not written in any this month, but hoping to get caught up
  • Finish Jamey's 1st year Scrapbook- This is not a top priority,but hoping to at least do some work on it this year
  • Keep up with cleaning schedule- Began working on this together
  • Keep up with my calendar- Starting to do better with this
  • Being fully present when with my family- Getting better at this, but still struggling
  • Continue sending out Prayer List- Yes
  • Read a book a month for myself- I have read with the kids and begun "The Odyssey", but it is taking a little time to get through
  • Journal 5 days a week- doing better in this, but still not where I want to be
  • Write (books) 3 days a week- Wrote down some ideas for a non-fiction work I have been thinking about for awhile
  • Edit novel to prepare for publishing and research publishing options- No editing this month
  • Finish Rosetta Stone Russian level 1 - Have not worked on this
  • Continue to meet once a month with writing group- Yes!
  • Blog 3 days a week- With all my book reviews this month, I have reached this goal. Hoping to keep it up in March as our family reads and learns
  • Go to water aerobics once a week- YES! Though I ended up missing one week because of really bad weather
  • Maintain weight until birth- Have gained a little, but been having more digestive issues with 2nd trimester. Hoping to get back to eating healthier again
  • Lose weight after giving birth- 
February was really fast! We had a lot going on this month and the weather was terrible. Being home bound for many days did help with working through things, being together as a family and getting started on some much needed organization in our house, which was a huge blessing. There were definitely some tough moments, but our faithful God saw us through as He always does. Looking forward to March and what it will bring.

How was your February?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Jamey is 6!

Time flies faster and faster. I cannot believe my little Jamey is 6 years old. My first born is growing up so quickly and I sometimes would love for life to slow down for just a moment. But that's not the way the world works. Jamey has grown so much this year and it is exciting to see him becoming a young man, though I'm not yet ready for it (though are mama's ever ready for it?).

So what can I tell you about Jamey. He is fun and energetic and loves to get up early to start the day. He loves school, I mean really loves school. If we are off that day he hates it. If we have to miss a subject because of other things he hates it. He just wants to learn all the time. God made him to learn, think and create. Jamey's favorite hobby is drawing and coloring. I'm excited to see what happens with his art as he learns more and grows. He is also really enjoying is music class and learning to play the piano. He definitely reminds me of myself, though, when it comes to practicing, and praying he will grow in wanting to practice more instead of just doing the minimum.

Jamey is already asking deep questions about God, the Bible and Truth. This is so wonderful and God's grace in his life. We continue to pray that God will work in his heart and save Jamey. We have seen God's grace in Jamey's life as he grows in his role as big brother. He loves his siblings and takes care of them well. He is so excited about having another baby. God has really given him a heart for his family at such a young age, a huge blessing. He has such a sweet spirit. Jamey also loves his daddy and spending time with him. He wants to be just like him.

It's fun watching Jamey come into his own, learning how to order and ask for what he wants, learn how to clean and keep things in order, learning how to be a part of a family and just learning about life. I'm so thankful for his sweet spirit and inquisitive mind. God has blessed our family tremendously with this wonderful little (or not so little) boy. I'm so excited to see what God does with Jamey during his life.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMEY! So thankful for you.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Missionary Stories with the Millers by Mildred A. Martin

This book was part of our homeschool curriculum this year, and it was such a fun book to read with the kids. There are stories about missionaries all over the world and we got to hear how God has done miraculous things for His people. I love hearing the ways God works and it was great reading this book as a family during our school time. What a great way to share how great God is and talk about what God does as well as learn about different cultures at the same time. I absolutely recommend this book!

5 Stars without hesitation.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Felicity Saves the Day

I read this book with Lillian, and it was quite interesting. I appreciated the dilemma that Felicity is in where it was difficult to say what the right thing to do is. It was good to talk through with Lillian what God tells us in His word and how to seek His counsel when situations are not so cut and dry. I do think the title is a little misleading, but for a 10-year-old girl, how she acts could be considered saving the day. Though not my favorite in this series, it was still a good one to think and talk through.

I would give it 4 stars

Friday, February 13, 2015

31 Years On Earth

My 31st year on earth was a little chaotic, with a lot going on in my life. The best thing God has been teaching me this year is to be who He has made me to be and to focus on Him and His view of me, not what others think of me or how they view me. So for my birthday post this year I'm sharing a little of who I am.

Most importantly, I am God's daughter, and if you know nothing else about me, that's OK, but He is teaching me that is the only identity that matters. Though I am a messed up horrible sinner, He has saved me by His Son. He loves me, cares for me and takes care of me like no one possibly can. I love telling people about Jesus and God's great love for us!

If you are interested, here is a little more about me.

I'm married to Jim and have been for 10 1/2 years.
I am the mother to 6 precious gifts: Jamey, Lillian, Reuben, Gabriel, Samuel, and baby boy (whose name we're working on for June). I love having a big family!
Starting in 2009 I have been pregnant on my birthday except for 2013, after having Gabriel the previous November.
I am a writer. I love to write and am in the process of editing my first novel to hopefully self publish soon. I'm also thinking of other book to write, such as other novels, a book on things God has taught me, and childbirth.
Keeping a journal is very therapeutic and helps me see what God is doing.
I love giving birth and talking about birth. I think everyone who is having a baby should be educated to the best of their ability on the subject.
I'm opinionated.
I really enjoy watching movies in the theatre. (I hate how much prices have gone up.)
I'm a TV-aholic.
I am rediscovering the joy of reading. I really like the classics.
I really like homeschooling my kids, though I never thought I would do this.
I like being around people, though I do much better in small groups.
I love to dance! I will try just about any style. I really enjoy swing, square and contra.
I like card and board games.
I really like ice cream.
I enjoy learning new languages and culture.
I love traveling.
I love the mountains, not the beach.
Disney World is an adults playground, no matter how they advertise it, and I love it. (I wish it was much cheaper.)
I love to sing and music really moves me.
I like using cloth products as opposed to paper generally speaking.
I'm not super girly, but I do enjoy wearing skirts and looking nice.
I hate make-up, but like painting my toenails fun colors.
I love pictures and like having them up around the house.
I'm OCD and a perfectionist. I desire for things to be organized, but usually fail miserably.
I carry a bag of some kind, usually a backpack, almost everywhere I go.
I am a deep person and really like to know people and have people know me.

Obviously this is not everything about me, but these are things I've been thinking about. I know there are more, but I don't want to bore you. Anyways, here's to being who God created me in my redeemed form and knowing He loves me no matter what.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

It Could Always Be Worse

This was one of the books for Jamey's curriculum and it was really cute. It is a really good yet simple perspective on how bad things can be. It's easy for kids to understand and good for conversation.

4.5 stars