Happy Homemaker Monday April2,2018

Monday, April 2, 2018

Its finally beginning to feel like spring! The cool mornings and warm afternoons make my heart skip a beat. I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! Our family sure did... Much busier than I had hoped, never the less it was still great. 
We went to church and spent the afternoon with family.
It will take me a week to rest up and feel human again lol. However with my up coming week I only have today! 
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Breakfast whats on my plate:
I had a very small bowl of cereal and some coffee with Almond Joy Creamer

Right now I am:
Working on this post and trying to decide what I want to were to go have a surprise lunch date with my hubby. However he just called and told me not to dress up lol.

Looking around the house:
Its pretty clean. We cleaned really good last week.... So I can probably get  by with just a hit and miss this week.

On today' to-do list:
Lunch with my hubby

What am I wearing;
I am still in my p.j's

The weather outside :
Its beautiful today, and will be for the most part this week. However winter returns for the weekend.
On the t.v:
We began watching Sirens this past week, we love it. I have a couple of when calls the heart episodes to catch up on. Other than that not much at the time.

On the menu this week:
I don't have a set menu for this week! I plan to take full advantage of the warm weather and grilling as much as possible!

If I have a few moments to myself:
I really need to work on my writing some.... Maybe watch a movie ... Or sneak away to the patio, my sweet hubby got all the outdoor furniture out over the weekend! I am so excited to spend time outside!

In the craft basket: 
I am working on some dishcloths, I need to finish them up. I hope to do some sewing. However I am not sure that is gonna take place. April and May are so busy.

One of my simple pleasures:
Is being a Wife and Mom. I am excited for things to slow down so I can do some of the things I once enjoyed like baking and making things for our home.

My favorite photo from the week:
My Girls are adults now! I know that pictures of just the four of us will soon be changing. They will spread their wings and have families of their own. I am so proud of them.

Devotion or quote of the week:

I have to remind myself this a lot lately! This time of the year everyone is dieting, talking about their weight. I am all about being healthy and taking care of your body. However for someone like me who has gained weight due to things out of her control... I wont lie sometimes my emotions get the best of me over it. So as I began praying about it... My Daddy (God) reminded me I am fearfully and wonderfully made... He loves me for who I am. The scales are just a number. They are not who I am. My husband tells me he thinks I am beautiful each and everyday... So I have promised myself that I will not let those things determine my mood or doing things I LOVE this summer. I have been through a lot over the past two years and I am blessed to be alive. Each day I will celebrate that and be joyful and thankful for everyday. No matter what the scales say.

Please help me pray for: 
My Godson returns to St Judes next week for his 6 month check up. He won the battle against an aggressive brain cancer. he recently has been having some really bad headaches. we feel its due to being a kid and not getting enough sleep, on his game to long , and allergies! I could tell yesterday he was scared, We know God doesn't half way do anything. 
Also please continue to pray for me ... I see the Dr this week, when I last seen her we discussed adding a new medication for my lupus to what I already am taking. To see if we can get a better handle on it. Pray we find something that helps. I have not drove in 2 years... I would love to be able to again.

In Closing I want to thank you for sharing apart of your day by stopping by! I  hope you have an incredibly blessed week! I am praying for each of you! ~Shellie 

Happy Homemaker Monday March 19, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

Rebecca's Hearth and Home: Happy Homemaking Monday - January 15, 2018

Monday already?!?! Where has time flown by too! Last week was insanely busy!
It seems like my days has ran together.
This weekend was a wild whirlwind of a flare and church things that needed to be done! 
I am praying this week is not as crazy as last as we anticipate 
my youngest 18th Birthday Saturday.
My babies are no longer babies, but beautiful young woman.
Well I will stop my rambling and get on with my favorite link-up!
Head on over and join on the fun at the Diary of a Stay at Home Moms Happy Homemaker Monday! There are some amazing ladies blogs that I love reading behind! just click below to join in!

The Weather IS:
Man I really wish spring would come and stay! I am really ready for 70 degree weather. Morning on the patio sipping coffee and having breakfast outside.

On My Plate:
Since it is more like lunch time lol... I will be having a turkey sandwich with spicy mustard.... with strawberry flavored water and maybe some pringles...

As I Look Outside:
You can almost see spring whispering outside, that it is ready to come... However old man winter is not ready to let go quite yet! 
even though its kinda gloomy out today. The hwy is busy... It makes me want to slow down and enjoy the day around me... Instead of rushing through one task to another.

On The Table Beside Me: 
The TV remotes, a yeti full of cold water,and my cell phone.

On My Reading Pile:
Honestly I have nothing at the moment... Life has been so busy I have had no time to even choose a book to read... I look forward to summer and the hopes to have time to read.

Movies and Shows:
I need to catch up  on Alienist and When Calls the Heart. I binged watched Murder Maps on Netflix at night last week! I really enjoyed it.

On My TV: 
At The moment nothing at all! The house is still and quite...

On the Menu This Week:
Monday- My husband is fixing his special chicken dish!
Tuesday: Lemon and garlic salmon, broccoli and roasted potatoes
Wednesday: Pork Chops, mashed red potatoes and herbs, with a side salad.
Thursday: Pasta of some kind
Friday: Grilled chicken salads
Saturday: Out to eat to celebrate my youngest

On My To Do List:
Today I am making myself rest
clean house
I have a couple of Dr's appointments this week
prepare for school
try to catch up on some writing
I hope to begin taking one room at a time and spring cleaning till the whole house is done!

Looking Around the House:
I can sure tell its been lived in this week... It will be okay till tomorrow though.... I will tidy everything up and out it in its place then!

In My Craft Basket:
Honestly probably not much for the next few weeks...I have a lot to get done in and around the house.

From The Camera:
         The middle schoolers have been studying the solar system so all of them made nebula jars in                            school last week! The High schoolers enjoyed it as much as the younger ones!
 Our Sweet little maltipoo London was cold one morning! She normally hates to be wrapped up... She wasn't feeling well this morning and was shivering... she looked so cute I couldn't resist taking her                                                                                  picture.
What am I wearing:
I am not gonna lie, I don't feel great today, so it is a stay in your lounge pants and oversized t-shirt kinda day.

One of my simple pleasures:
Days that are spent with out rushing around and taking each moment as it comes....These days are far and few... I do love them when I have them.

Favorite Photo of the Week:
Sometimes we all just need a reminder... My medicine has caused me to gain quite a bit of weight... I have really struggled with it lately... Normally I am not that girl.... I have had to remind myself that these past years has been trying ... That even if I cant loose all the weight .... Its just a number and it doesn't define me.
Praying For:
Our Ministry, My sweet friends church Sound Side Missionary Baptist Church, My Youngest she is trying to decide what she wants to do after graduation, My oldest is trying to decide which hospital she wants to work in, there are many who are sick, also Bella who is battling cancer, and the list could go on for days. I am glad I serve a God who knows all of our request!

In Closing..... I can not thank you enough for sharing a portion of your day with me! I know for me time is precious and I love moments when I get to hop over and read every ones blogs. I am praying for you this week . I hope its blessed ~ Shellie 

Thank You Pastors Wives

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Sometimes my most favorite time of day…. Is when my house is quite and all of those I loved are sleeping soundly in their beds…
This has been one of those wild roller coaster ride weeks.
You know the ones when everything seems like it’s starting out calm and peaceful… Then before you know it everything around you has speed up and your gliding at full speed turned upside down.
Sometimes things can become so overwhelming that the only person you know to talk to is your a Daddy in heaven.
When your a Pastor’s wife we often find ourselves secluding ourselves from the world. We only allow you to see the part of our lives that we think is ministry worthy. Because such high expectations are placed on our homes.
We want so much to be the Godly example to all of those around us.
That we forget we need someone as well.
We all need that someone we can vent to that we can trust and know what we say will stay wholly with them.
Because after all a friend loveth at all times. Even when we feel like we are hanging upside down mid air.

Most pastors wives are often overlooked. She works endlessly behind the scenes at her church along serving her family full time. She shares her husband and her family time with a Church congregation.
Never really asking for anything in return. Some are afraid to be our friends because they don’t want us to know their families flaws.
However at the end of the day her family is just like yours!
Her husband’s  calling is just different from yours.
March is quickly approaching… It is set aside as Pastors Wife Appreciation month!
If you treasure your Pastors Wife. Make sure to let her know! Pick up the phone and tell her how much you appreciate her!
Spend time with her and get to know her!
Offer to take her to lunch!
Most of all pray for her ! Let her know just how loved she is !
Make sure she knows you appreciate all she does… After all a Pastor's family is a team. They strive to work hard together …. To make sure the ministry that God has called them to, is the best it can be!
I want to take this time to tell all the pastors wives out there! You rock and your doing an awesome job! Thank you for all you do in your home and in your church!
This past Sunday our church celebrated me... It began in Children's Church the kids presented me with flowers, a card, and a cookie cake! After Children's church,I was asked to come up stairs and the church presented me with flowers, a card with an American Gift Certificate and a love offering! They also prepared a covered dish dinner.
It made me feel so special to know that they appreciate the things I do! However I must say I have an amazing Pastor to serve with!

Happy Homemaker Monday March 12,2018

Monday, March 12, 2018

This past week has been one of my favorite kinds of weeks for the most part! We spent a couple days with chosen family in a quaint little town of Columbia, North Carolina! I was so nice to be able to unplug and just be there with them.
We got home late Friday night... Our feet hit the ground running and honestly hasn't slowed down yet. This morning our bipolar weather has held  off school for one more day. So today I choose to rest, before the chaos of life catches up with me again.
I am linking up with Sandra over at a Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.
want to join in on the fun click the link below:
Rebecca's Hearth and Home: Happy Homemaking Monday - February 26, 2018
The weather :
Oh my! How I wish spring would come and stay! we actually have snow falling at the moment.I am looking forward to warmer temps this weekend.
As I lookout the window:
As much as I love snow and could watch it for hours, The cold weather makes me ache horribly. The trees have bloomed and so have the Easter lilies.... I know this cold snap is not going to be good for the fruit crops.... Its as if nature is mourning the loss with them this morning....

On my table:
My cell phone, 2 devotionals, Bible, a cup of coffee in on of my favorite mugs, and a vase full of beautiful flowers the church gave me yesterday, for Pastors Wife appreciation.

Movies and shows:
When I got home I had to catch up om Criminal Minds, When calls the Heart, The Alienist, and Riverdale. I was so excited to that Timeless came back on last night!

On the menu this week:
Monday : Steak, baked sweet potatoes, salad, and bread

Tuesday: Manwhich and tater tots

Wednesday: Homemade bbq, Slaw, home fries

Thursday: Spaghetti, side salad, and garlic bread

Friday: Left overs 

Saturday : Grilled chicken sandwiches

Sunday: out to eat

On my to do list:
Prepare Children's Church lessons
I have homeschool co-op all week this week
I have to make a pharmacy trip
I hope to make a trip to Hobby Lobby
Work on my blog 
I hope to do some writing in my book this week

In my craft basket:
I been working on some new dish clothes
I hope to do some some sewing this week
I have a scene for some pictures I need to finish

Happening this week:
I am behind in our home school co-op. Due to sickness and being out of town. So this week I will be playing catch up.

Looking around the house:
We cleaned up good Saturday morning ... So everything is pretty tidy and in order!

From the camera:
                                             My sweet Church made me feel like a Queen yesterday!
                                                        It began in Children's Church
                                                        Nags Head Nc last Tuesday
                                                     Stacy and I .... I so enjoyed our time!

                                                Somerset Plantation, This place was beautiful
What am I wearing today:
Fleece lined lounge pants, an over sized t-shirt, and fuzzy socks.

One of my simple pleasure:
watching the snow fall in big fluffy flakes

Favorite Bible verse, devotion, or quote for today
On my prayer list:
There is a young girl who goes by the name of Bella who is fighting childhood cancer! She received news last week she has stopped responding to treatments! Her tumors has grown and spread. Please Pray for her miracle! Pray for our church that we will continue to grow and reach many for Jesus. My health is still a roller coaster ride... 
My heart is heavy for so many things right now .... God knows all about it!
Please Pray for Sound Side Baptist Church! I know God has great things in store for them!

In closing....
I can not thank you enough for stopping by and sharing my morning with me! I pray that the Lord blesses and Keeps each of you this week !!! Blessings ~Shellie

Happy Homemaker Monday February 26,2018

Monday, February 26, 2018

This past weekend has came and went in a blur for sure! My sweet youngest finally broke her fever Saturday morning! Thank you so much to all who prayed for her! 
I woke up Friday not feeling well, even worse on Saturday. So I headed to the doctors office to get something to help! So I ended up spending the majority of my weekend in the bed! that's okay as long as I have shook this off by Friday! Before I start My happy Homemaker post,I want to say thank you to all of you who have helped pray for answers about my health! I was diagnosed with Lupus on Tuesday. we now know the last two periodical effusions on my heart has been caused by that! Now to find the right combination of medicine.
The cardiologist appointment went well! The present  periodical effusion has shrunk some! I see him back in 6 weeks. Its nice to know so now we can learn and understand, why my health has been so out of control.
Again thank you! 
            Hop on over to a Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for a wonderful link up!
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The Weather Is:
The Weekend has been beautiful, almost 80 each day. I hate I was stuck in the bead for it! 

As I look out my window :
Its kinda gloomy... However everywhere you look hints of spring is all around! I really can not wait to get the yard back in order and put out the outdoor furniture! One of my favorite things to do is have coffee and quiet time on the patio!

Whats on my plate:
Coffee with almond joy creamer, a granola bar and yogurt  

On my bedside table:
My I Pad, Kleenexes, bottle of water , yeti of sprite, dayquil and nyquil caps, pulse ox, inhaler, remotes. 3 books to read for school and last but not leas my hair bands lol.

On my reading pile ;
 My daily devotion book I have been using and three Samantha books from American Girl. Its been awhile and before I give them as an assignment to one of my homeschoolers, I thought I had better refresh myself a little bit.
I have not done any major reading for myself in sometime. I look forward to summer so I can!

Movies Or Shows :
We watched Good Bye Christopher Robin, it was amazing and a true eye opener! 
Even my husband enjoyed it!
I binge watched  the Frankenstein Chronicles, I really loved it! I hope there will be another season!

On My TV:
We finished up Hunting Hitler this week! I have really enjoyed this series! Even though it ended kinda how I expected. I hated to see it come to a end.
We are patiently awaiting the return of the Good Dr and Vikings to come off break. 

On the menu this week:

Monday- Spaghetti and side salad
Tuesday- Lemon garlic salmon, side salad , and herb rice.
Wednesday- Pork chops, mashed red potatoes, and green beans
Thursday- Grilled chicken and spinach wraps with tortilla chips and salsa
Friday- out to eat

On my to-do list:
Tidy the house
Wash clothes 
Home School Monday - Wednesday
Pack for visit with friends
Make sure ministry things are in order
Work on short story

In the craft basket:
Finish up a prop for pictures to go along with new line of doll clothes I am trying to work on. I worked on several outfits last week just trying to get in the swing of sewing again! Here is a pic of my 18in doll models lol! Dressed and hair fixed. My love for sewing began when I taught myself to sew for my girls 18 in. dolls when they were really little. Although they are grown it is still my favorite past time! 

Happening this week;
I am super excited to be heading to the coast for a few days to spend time with one of my very best friends in all the world! They are chosen family ! We have watched them grow through their spiritual journey from the time it began! They are now at their first pastorate! 
It seems like its been forever since we have had some quality time together!

Looking around the house:
Everything for the most part is pretty good! I just need to do some picking up and everyday stuff! We should be good to go!

From the camera :
                                               Knowing is power, power to fight and heal! 
     I have a vintage travel case I use for a memory box! This month has been filled with lots of                                              anniversaries and many happy and sad memories.... 

What am I wearing: 
A pair of black shorts and a blue Alice in Wonderland t-shirt

One of my simple pleasures :
Spending time with my family! Whether having dinner, watching tv ,or everyday life! I am blessed to have each day with them !

Favorite Bible verse, devotion, or quote for today:

                                  Great reminder from Sheila Walsh.

                                              This speaks to my heart on so many levels.....

On my prayer list:
We were recently asked to pray for a 14 yr old boy, who needs a kidney transplant asasp. Please help us pray that they can find a match quickly! Please help me pray that I will feel well enough to travel Friday! Pray for our country! 

In closing:
I can not thank you enough for stopping by and sharing a moment of your day with me! I hope you know I am praying for you this week! Blessings ~ Shellie 

When Real Life and Ministry Collide

Saturday, February 24, 2018

I love this reminder from Lysa TerKeurst in "The Best Yes" regarding our choices - "Today's choices become tomorrow's circumstances." Yes! Even the little ones. #TheBestYes #Quote

I am always amazed at God's grace and love for me... From the time I was sixteen years old and I gave my heart to Jesus on my bedroom floor. I can look back and see where he has literally picked me up and carried me.
Ministry has been such a huge part of my life. we have been a pastors family going on 16 years now. Each and every year has been a treasure to be hold. 
Its not always a cake walk as well. Sometimes the storms that crash our lives make us feel like drowning.
However my life Savior is never far away.
The past two years I have felt like I have been in a battle in the deepest depths of the sea. When real life and ministry collide.
It can be a bit overwhelming. My family has had to learn how to minister in the midst of one of the biggest health crisis, we have ever faced. Sure we have had some real hiccups along the way but nothing like what we have faced even now.
So how do you balance Ministry responsibilities and life responsibilities?
For us this wasn't a simple answer. 
We had never been faced with such major emergencies as we we have now.
Honestly I don't have a mentor to turn to ask these questions. Its a learn as you go process for us.
Here is my top five lessons learned!
1- Sometimes your family must became fist. Even over ministry!
This was hard for us! As ashamed as I am to admit it, was often the other way around. We revolved everything around our ministry. When I had knee surgery and aspirated stomach acid into my left lung.I woke up with a heart condition. Unable to breathe normally or walk no more than a few steps. I was wheel chair bound for the most part. this was not how this surgery should have went.  I was out of church for a month and a half.on off for longer spans later. One of my daughters had to stay with me around the clock. My sweet hubby had to get someone to fill in for him. We learned right then that things were probably never going to be the same. Then before we knew it I was admitted back into the hospital and to have emergency major heart surgery, 6 months later another major heart and lung surgery.
We had to let ministry take the back burner for a while and focus on our household for awhile. Not only was my life turned upside down, but my husband and kids were as well. We had entered the eye of the storm.
As important as ministry is to us. we knew that we were gonna need a support system to help us out and see us through. 
This would prove to be harder than expected. 

                           2 Corinthians 4:8-9 ESV

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed
Was a huge comfort during this time... Because what satan means to destroy us with God uses to make us stronger.
We knew that we had to put us first, and it would be okay! 
Ministry could be second, After all God is the head of all things for us.

2-  Have a support system you can trust to handle what you can not. 
I know this sounds like a no brainier... Everyone has this right... Wrong lol! For me this was hard when we arrived to where we are today. I had been extremely hurt by those I thought I could trust right before we left and came here. That left me guarded, and well honestly made it hard for me to be able to delegate things because I needed to be sure I could trust  people inside that circle. About the time all of this had taken place my husband and I had really just gotten to the point we had a inner circle of people we knew we could trust to handle some of the responsibilities we did not have to handle. Like teaching Children's ministry , I could handle some of the logistics from my chase where I proceeded to live at the time. He could let others help him with phone calls and visitation. There were times others stepped in and handled things he just needed taken off his plate at the time. We learned during this time it was okay not to have our hands in everything. That it was more than okay to let our brothers and sisters help carry the burden with you. It makes it so much easier when you have help. especially help you can trust. Honestly, we now have in place where all of us have an apprentice that trains under us . everyone except for the pastor of course. That away if there is an emergency that person can step in and handle things just as if we were not out all. At home we learned everything did not have to be perfect. I had to learn to let others handle things in the house, I normally handled. It was hard at first, it got easier as I took  my hands off of things... I have learned it does not have to be done by me to be done right.... Others can do just a good job if not better! 

Galatians 6:2 CEV
You obey the law of Christ when you offer each other a helping hand. 
The Bible is clear about us helping each other! I am glad I heeded to His Word! It has made life so much easier!

3- You do not need to feel guilty if you miss church or your unable to attend or be involved with a ministry at the church, or if your home is not perfect or a good time to visit!
I am a very hands on person. I love to be involved and doing. However after the knee surgery that set off a tailspin of events. My life has been forever changed.
One of the hardest things for me even still today. Is saying no... or not being involved in everyone's ministries the way I once was.
I have even scaled back some of the special events that Children's Church once did.
I felt guilty if I had to miss a ladies meeting or an outreach ministry.
It was hard because as a the Pastors wife you feel obligated to be there. For awhile I tried to make myself. Even when I knew I wasn't up to it. I found myself falling ill. On top of some very complicated health issues. This became a bigger strain on my already stretched to thin hubby. Who was now worrying what this would do to my already fragile lungs.
So I began to pray about how my Daddy in heaven would have me handle this. It was kinda funny right before my knee surgery I had read Lysa TerKeurst book The Best Yes. If you have not read it ! Its a wonderful insightful read! It can be life changing! It has been for me! Because often I have learned my best yes, is really no.
Because My Daddy in heaven showed me that its is okay not to be at everything. It didn't matter what others thought I should be doing.
Its about balance, If I am always sick I will never be at anything. It was better to miss out on the outdoor Christmas gift wrapping service and be at church on Sunday. Than to have pneumonia . Then miss weeks of church.
I have learned I don't have to feel guilty for missing things. 
God truly knows what our limits are. 
I need to must be able to live life outside of church. I need to be able to serve family and my church. So I must find the balance in both with out feeling overwhelmed or guilty.
I can not be a please people and not care for me!
For our home, we realized its okay to say its not a good time! Before I would have never thought one second to tell some one its not a good day to visit. I would have made it possible and put my own things aside. Now If I am not feeling well or I am over whelmed with what I already have going on. I schedule a time for some one to come back and visit on a later day.
Most everyone understands completely, I warn them before they come I may be in my pj's lol!

"We must not confuse the command to love with the disease to please." (Lysa TerKeurst)

4- Its okay if someone does not understand the storm your in. 
One of the hardest part of being a pastors wife with the  auto immune disease Lupus. Is most people do not know enough about it. That all they can see is the outward appearance. They will make comments such as, "Well you look good" So you must feel good!' That's never the case lol. Its amazing what a little bit of make-up can do.
The key to getting through their miss understanding is prayer.
I had to step away from children's ministry for about 3 months. It actually led to children's ministry, being shut down. 
Here is why.... All people could see is an outward appearance. they didn't understand how hard it was on my body.
All they could see was what I looked like on Sundays. That I continued to home school,They didn't see the fact that I wore pjs as a permanent wardrobe, I didn't wear make up, and I would be completely wiped out for a day or two after church, I don't drive, and I take 14 different medicines a day, Just because the last major heart and lung surgery has been a little over a year ago the heart still is not okay.... Neither am I...
People are people.... All they could see is that I had been doing children's church , I should be able to continue on with out extra help. So when we couldn't get the help I needed, I stepped away. I needed a physical break and a spiritual renewing.I honestly felt like I was stuck in hurricane and I was drowning.... 
During this time some got a little irritated.... they didn't like the thought that children's church had been put on a temporary hold.
Yet I can say this storm taught them all something...
We all need to unify and work together,Just because you cant see the battle someone is fighting doesn't mean its not there, and that we need to be in contact with one another and praying for each other.
Even in our home, this storm had effected us each in a different way... We have made the promise to talk to each other. So we know how to pray for one another!
My storm has became a huge part of my testimony! Since this took place our children's ministry is stronger than it has ever been! We are united and we work well with one another. 
Even some have experienced their own health  storms. Just because we don't understand or  someone else doesn't understand. Doesn't mean we should stop reaching across the bridge to one another. The storm your called to is yours after all. It is ment for you learn from it ...So not everyone will understand it.
Its made my family stronger and closer than ever!
We no longer take each day for granted, we know the value of time with each other.You never know when that time could be cut short.
It has made more sensitive to others lives. Especially outside of ministry. Our home is our first ministry ! It should rank above all.

Psalm 107:29  (ESV) 

He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. 

  I know in my heart the storm I have faced, God has spoken too... He has hushed the sea as well let it rage at times. I can say though no matter what it is well with my soul!

5- Find something each day to be thankful for, because everyday is a gift!

Sounds so simple right! I have found there has been some days that it can be really hard to be thankful for pain! 
However when I decided to find at least one thing different everyday to be thankful for. It truly changed my out look on how I perceived what I faced the day ahead... Whether it was a productive day and I actually was able to do something. Or a day spent lying around because I am having a flare. Thankfulness leads to being grateful.
Oh I can assure you I am beyond thankful for each and everyday I open my eyes!

Holiday Conversations Around the Table Have You Worried? Try This – Ann Voskamp 

This post speaks to my own soul this evening... After I woke up with a fever and congested yesterday and no better today. Landed a improntu visit to the doctor this morning. I am now resting in the bed trying my best to fight this off because! I have a trip planned later next week! I wont be able to attend church tomorrow... For me a small illness can wipe me out for days and sometimes weeks. Prayind this does not last long and is gone by Monday! I so long for long evenings catching up with one of my best friends! Please pray this passes quickly!
                        I can not say thank you enough for taking time to stop by! I pray something
 mentioned here is something that you can use to help make life and ministry easier for you as well!                                            Praying you have a blessed weekend ! ~Shellie

Happy Homemaker Monday Febuary 19,2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

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It seems like it has been so long since I have joined in on this link up https://familycorner.blogspot.com/2018/02/happy-homemaker-monday-02192018.html#more  Happy Homemaker is one of my favorite blog link ups!
My health has been a roller coaster ride since Thanksgiving! Now we have been hit hard with the viral stuff that has been going around! My youngest has had a fever for 14 days now and been quarantined to her room. In hopes we can keep it from spreading.
Then this morning I woke up with all the signs of a Auto Immune flare again so today will be a rest all day long. Pray it doesn't last long kinda day.
I took the month of January off from everything extra to try to give myself some time to play catch up. I must say I am excited to be blogging again, and look forward to reading everyone's post! So lets get started!

The Weather ~
Gloomy and rainy at the moment .... The weather here is unsure if it want to be winter or spring... I look forward to spring but at the same time I would love to see one more snow before it arrives...
Monday 59 low of 53 rainy
Tuesday 73 low of 54 rainy
Wednesday 76 low of 61 rainy 
Thursday 75 low of 63 light rain 
Friday 66 low 61 rain
Saturday 75 low of 57 rain

AS I look Outside ~
Its so gloomy it actually matches my mood lol.. 
We actually need the rain .... But the sunshine makes me feel better!

Right Now I am ~ 
I am working on this blog post and trying to catch up on some ministry phone calls that need to be made.

Thinking and Pondering ~
Of all I need to get done... I have several doctors appointments this week and my house is gonna need to be disinfected as well... We hope to have homeschool co-op this week. so we want to make sure no one else gets sick! I am excitedly planning for a upcoming trip to spend time with chosen family!

On My Bedside ~ 
My I Pad , it has my favorite Bible app on it, the remote to our bed, a bottle of water, my pulse ox, inhaler, and television remote. 

On My TV ~
Right now nothing... I have some series I need to catch up on... I just haven't been watching a lot of tv lately....

On The Menu This Week ~
Monday homemade bbq sliders
Tuesday Cajun chicken pasta
Wednesday grilled chicken , broccoli , and side salad
Thursday Spaghetti
Friday Grilled Chicken , herb rice, and mixed sautéed veggies

On My To Do List ~
Make some ministry calls
Disinfect our house
I have several doctors appointments this week 
Finish up some sewing projects  

What I am sewing this week ~
I have been trying to push myself to do more to work through the fatigue. I have been working on some 18 inch doll clothes. The weight for them are easy to handle with no heavy pulling like when I used to quilt...

Lessons Learned From The past Week ~
My best yes sometimes is no! Its okay not to push when you have pushed as hard as you can... others opinions don't shape who I am... Your size doesn't determine your beauty! (Steroids Suck)

Looking Around the House ~
It looks good and its clean ... However with all the sickness its gonna have to be disinfected ....

From the Camera ~
  One of my sweet lil guys at church painted this for me, I put it on my prayer desk to remind me of why I push to stay involved in childrens ministry! Even on the days its hard to stand Its all worth it!
                                                   Funfetti Popcorn for the kids at church!

Prayer Request ~
I really need my sweet girl to feel better...  I get some really important test results back this week! I hope to also to be able to come off the steroid, and stay off of it as well! For our country and the families in Florida! My heart breaks for them!

Bible Verse Devotional~
This speaks to my heart on so many levels!