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Home Tour Friday – Playing Catch Up…

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a sticky note I had “received” from the Lord. As a result, I have cleaned the entire house, up and down, I have also done a deep cleaning within. More on the inner deep clean later. But for now, I am going to participate in the Home Tour done by Kelly’s Korner and show you around the house, I had to do most of the house all at once and play catch up so, come on in.  Enjoy the tour!house_Page_5

We did some cleaning outside. Since we don’t have a private yard, I wanted to create a place for us to enjoy as a family. There is nothing a little soap and a hose cannot fix, right? This is where the cleaning madness started. Isaac’s grandpa hung the swing, I purchased a little rubber maid box and keep Isaac’s outdoor toys in it, just under the grill and there is a fabulous folding chair that I can occupy, while I read and push Isaac in his swing. It’s perfect!

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Just off the front entry is our living room/dining room. We re-arranged the furniture in the living room, created an entertainment center out of some “previously used” white shelves we had around the house, re-applied a quote “The most wasted of all days is one without Laughter” and “refreshed” the picture frames around the room with new pictures. (By the way – Isaac’s name means laughter. We had that quote before he was born… crazy uh?)

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The dining room and living room are connected so we only did really minor changes with the dining room. My grandmother is a water color artist so I matted and framed some of her art and hung it as a collection.  As you can see, the kitchen is a “multi-functional” space. Since my husband does most of the cooking, I normally do the dishes and clean up. So, I cleaned everything, re-arranged some cabinets and even found something cute in the sink.

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We have created a little play room for Isaac in the coat closet just off the kitchen. He loves it. All of his toys are in there and I love being able to hear him playing from anywhere in the house.

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Upstairs was where most of the “work” happened. The furniture in Isaac’s room was re-arranged, I created a little “couch” in the corner, right by his crib and of course I cleaned everything! Isaac loves to watch TV in the morning from his crib or his “couch” while I get ready for work.

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Isaac has a huge bathroom attached to his room, along with a great closet.  I love the rubber ducky theme and had to go with it for the bathroom. This is another one of those places that Isaac can spend a long time just playing and laughing. He loves bath time. The pictures are a hand painted gift from a sweet friend, I treasure them and think they totally make the bathroom just perfect.

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The loft was a total re-do. We use to have a desk and computer in there, but since we have wireless in the house and a laptop the room hardly ever got used. I had the comfortable chair in which I spend time with the Lord in the mornings and the futon makes for an optional guest room if we ever need it. You will notice that Isaac has toys upstairs too, the hope is that as he gets bigger and as we add to our family, this room can become a second playroom. So technically it is our home office, reading room, guest room and play room.

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Our bedroom is so peaceful. It is my favorite room in the house. The quilt was made by Andrew’s grandmother as a wedding present and is one of those “take in case of a fire” items. We sleep under it every night. I love the scripture above the bed, it is a great reminder for me, and is one of my all time favorites.  “So they are no longer two but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate.” Matthew 19:6

Thank you for coming to visit. Leave a comment so I know where you “live” and I will stop by for a tour as well.

No so little anymore…

So… my little sister is all grown up. Today is her 25th Birthday, yes, she is 25, which makes me 28, which makes us both not so little anymore. I have the most precious memories of the three of us sisters playing around as kids. We were something else. We might not have always gotten along and there are times we still don’t see eye to eye, but there is one thing that is for sure, we are a tight group. We love each other passionately and we are best friends.

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My baby sister’s birthday is one of my favorite days of the year. You see, my older sister’s birthday falls in October, which kicks off the holiday season, mine is in January which ends the holiday season and little one’s birthday is in June which kicks off the summer. Next to the holiday season, the summer is my most favorite time of the year.

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Carol – to you – I want to say, I love you. I am so proud of who you are, all that you accomplished, all that you stand for and all that you dream to achieve. I LOVE YOU! I LOVE YOU! I LOVE YOU! You are the most centered woman I know, your heart is fully devoted to Jesus and your sights are set on Him alone and I love that about you. I pray blessings over you every day. I want you to know that I pray on your behalf all the time, I am standing in the gap for you. I love you. I cannot seem to say that enough. You have seen me at my worst and at my best, and never once did you do anything other than support me, pray for me, pray with me and just love me. Happy birthday sweet pea. I love you!

Happy Anniversary my love!

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5 years ago today everything changed. My name changed, my living arrangements changed, my life changed and my status as a single woman changed. 5 years ago today, I married the man of my dreams. During our wedding ceremony, just after we were “officially married” I presented him with his first gift from his wife. I presented him with a sword. Yep, that’s right, I gave my husband a real, very sharp, very large sword. You see, it represented so many things to me and it was a great picture of what was in our future. I said to him, there will be times in our life that will require him, as the man of the house to fight all kinds of battles on behalf of his family. Spiritual battles, employment battles, budget battles, emotional battles and even physical battles. I wanted to make sure he was equipped to go to into battle, and the word says the sword of the Spirit is the word of the Lord. I wanted my husband to be prepared for his role as man of the house. I wanted him to know that while he fights all those battles, I will cover him in prayer. I will stand by him, wait for him to return victorious, I will nurse the wounds that come with war, I will build him up, I will be proud of him and I will honor him as the man of our house.

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Today, 5 years later, that sword means more to me than it did on our wedding day. Looking back, knowing that I had no idea what battles were in front of us, I can only praise the Lord for bring me to that very gift for my man. The last 5 years have been a bloody war, battles left and right. Nights where my man felt defeated, mornings that came with little rest and days full of soreness from the battles my husband had faced. Praises Be, we were equipped. We were ready, we fought hard, we played hard when we could play, we laughed when we were tired of crying, and we have made it. We have made it together, he has fought so hard for me, for us, for our son, for himself and I could not be more proud. I did just as I said I would. I covered him in prayer, and still do. I love to pray over my man, nothing is more fabulous. Nights were spent with him sleeping and me awake praying while I watched him rest. I stood by him, I waited for him to return victorious, I nursed the wounds that came with war, I made it my mission to build him up, and I could not be more proud of him. I love this man, the man that I am proud to say is the man of my house. He is the man of my life, he is the one who has captured my heart and I could not and would not want to spend the rest of my life with anyone else.

Not to mention, I think my son has the best daddy in the world. I cannot wait to have more babies and just fill our house with our name sake.

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Andrew: I love you. I love you deeply. You are a part of me. I cannot even think of functioning without you. You and I fit together so well. I have loved every minute of the last 5 years and cannot wait to see what adventures the Lord has in store for us, as long as you are with me, we can make it through anything. I love you baby!

Don’t think it was ever easy…

It is no secret that Andrew and I have had our “moments”. We will just call them “moments” for now. You know the kind of “moments” I am talking about. The kind that make you fall to your knees, tears streaming down your face, doubt staring you straight in the eyes, the kind of moments that will literally shake you to your core. We have had those moments.

The moments we can look back on over the last 5 years of our marriage are life changing, faith defining, earth shaking moments. Some are filled with joy, others with anxiety. Some are filled with laughter filled nights, and others were spent listening to the beeping of hospital monitors. Some are filled with the greatest blessings anyone could ask for and then there are the moments that are so challenging one would question how we made it.

Those moments, all of them, are all moments that Jesus hand picked for us. He chose those moments for our first 5 years of marriage long before we took our first breath or even before our parents witnessed that little magic plus sign on their home pregnancy test.

So my question is this… when exactly did we ever think life, married life or life as parents would be comfortable, easy or always “wonderful”…. You know the kind of wonderful that leave it to Beaver experienced. Where exactly in the Bible does it say those who choose to follow Jesus will never know suffering, anxiety or pain?

Right now in our culture people will be in a TV show that will test the very strength of their minds and bodies, people will take it further and sign up for a TV show that will eventually put their integrity in question. They will put their kids in front of the camera and attempt to raise them with a sense of normality, and the moment they speak of Jesus and stand firm in their faith, it all comes crashing down and the cameras turn off and no one is around. The evidence of the “rumors” are still published, the hearts of their loved ones are still hurt and none of it was as easy as they thought.

I know of a woman who on a daily basis says these words about “my people”…. “religious people make me sick, their very view of life disgusts me”

When and how did we get the idea that following Jesus was the easier choice? When did we “those kind of people” think it was okay to have them call our Jesus disgusting? When were we ever encouraged to be Jesus with skin on because it was the “popular thing” to do…

His word makes it clear… “They will hate you because of me”… Those seven simple words say so much.

“They will spit on you because of me”

“They will mock you because of me”

“They will tear your lives apart with so called “reality TV” because you choose to talk about me”

“You will disgust them because of me”

“They will withhold promotions from you because of me”

“They will try to spend your money on experimental medical testing because they have no other answers and refuse to look at me”

“They will beat you and hang you on a cross, because of ME”

So I ask you this, are you up for whatever He has set out for you? Even if it is  uncomfortable, smothered with anxiety, painful, unfair, hard work, filled with long nights and even if it means you only wear water proof mascara for the rest of your life? Are you up for it?

I want to raise my son to be up for it. I want him to look in the face of pain, anxiety and fear and know that Jesus has already overcome the world. I want our family name to be one that brings a smile to the face of our savior and I want my son to be “hated” because of Him -yes you heard me right. I want my son to know Jesus so passionately no one will be able to see when he beings and his love for Jesus ends. I want him to know it is hard work to passionately love Jesus. But I also want him to know the blessings that come with it are worth it all and are enough.

But really, will the moments of blessing be enough? The moments of a peaceful nights sleep, a blessing in the midst of suffering. The moments of laughter, a blessing in the midst of over whelming heart ache. The moments of excitement as we dream of taking a trip to Vegas, a blessing in the midst of anxiety filled mornings.

Jesus – you are enough. I love you. I work for you, I sleep so I can wake well rested and honor you with my actions. I eat so I can be healthy and serve the people you have placed in my life. Even if those people spit on me, mock me, beat me and hang me on a cross, Jesus, I will do it for you. I love you.

Oh and PS – Satan, you have no place in my home, there is not a room that does not hold scripture on the walls, do not even think you are welcome in my life, my home, my mind or in any part of my husband’s mind, life and heart and do not get me started on my son…  Back the heck up – YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE.

Catching Up…

I know, I know, I’ve been gone for a while… what can I say, life is just nuts… a fun nuts, but nuts… so here is a little update and some pictures…

May is a fabulous month in our house, it is the beginning of “spring” which means, I get to clean every inch of our house… yes I actually love doing it, so I have been cleaning, re-arranging and re-cleaning – so once everything is done and pretty – I promise I will post pictures. I have moved tons of stuff around and cleaned and I tell ya, it almost feels like a brand new home… I have not spent the entire month cleaning so far… I did get out and do some sister shopping… Isaac and Cede loved hanging out together in ONE stroller… I tell ya, we made Grandma Cherie proud that day…. We ate Cinnabons and shopped until our feet hurt.

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Besides cleaning, the month of May is the anniversary month for hubs and I, yep, we have been married 5 years on the 22nd. Man, time sure does go by fast… We are planning a little vacation, just the two of us, over the weekend and we could not be more excited. We are counting down the days – 11 days from today to be exact the vacation will being…

Mother’s Day could not have been more perfect. We went to see Grandpa Marty and Grandma Cheryl for dinner on Saturday, we lit the fire pit and had smores… we played on the swings in the back yard, Isaac got a swing for our front porch so you can count on some pictures of that coming next week. Sunday my beloved hubby cooked a fabulous breakfast, and let me sleep in until 9am… He even took Isaac to the store with him… Isaac woke me up with a kiss and a jump on the bed and we all enjoyed a tasty breakfast. Then we had lunch with Nana Starla, Papa Roy and Mama Pitta (Roy’s Mom Ruby) and mama got to take another nap. I tell ya, it was the most perfect day.

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Outside of life as a mama, work keeps me busy. You know, work long hours, play long hours right? Well, here are some of my most favorite pictures in the world…. Enjoy!

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Isaac loves to open the cabinets and “help” feed the dog. I just love his little diaper sticking out of his pants, is that not the cutest thing ever?

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Mama took Isaac swimming and he loved it – hopefully he will become a fish and just love the water – I think we are due for another trip to the pool shortly…

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Isaac watches people walk by the house all the time. He loves to look out the window, well, he loves to play with the blinds, but mama pretends he is “looking” rather than playing with the dangerous choke hazard…

A beloved friend sent me this today…

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

In Genesis, the Bible tells us that God breathed life into Adam. Not only does God breathe life into our physical bodies, He breathes life into our dreams and desires. He breathes new life and inspiration into your heart. I believe, even right now, He’s breathing a bigger vision into your spirit. One scripture says, “It’s not by our might. It’s not by our power. But it’s by the breath of Almighty God.” As God breathes on your life, things are going to get easier. Negative situations are going to turn around. You’re going to have wisdom beyond your years. You’re going to have a resolve that will not give up, an attitude that refuses to quit.

Everywhere you go, you need to imagine the most powerful force in the universe is blowing in your direction. Believe that His favor and inspiration are on your life. Look for those opportunities that God will use to take you further than you dreamed. As you trust that God is breathing in your direction, you’ll see His hand of grace and favor moving you forward in victory in every area of your life!

So if I am reading this correctly, the One who created the Heavens and the Earth has placed HIS favor and inspiration on my life. The opportunties of the so called failed dream is an opportunity for Him to take me even further than I have ever dreamed. I love the part when he talks about when God breathes on my life and how things are going to get easier, the negative situations that have come up are going to turn around and I am going to have wisdom beyond myyears. And the best part of it all is that I am going to have a resolve that will not give up, an attitude that refuses to quit. I think I will walk thru any kind of heartache for just a simple wiff of His breath.

Can I please get a “Praises Be” – man He is good. All the time, He is good. My GOD IS GOOD I say – HE IS GOOD.