Happy Home Maker October 16,2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

This is by far my link ups! I hope you will link up in and join over at the Happy Homemaker! Her blog is a blessing to read and be apart of ! Praying for each of you this week, I hope you have a blessed week !

What's on the plate this morning ~~
A cup of french vanilla coffee with pumpkin spice creamer and probably a protein shake. I don't have a good appetite at the moment.

Right Now I Am ~~
I am listening to Sunday Mornings service I missed.

Looking Around the House~~
It need to be deep cleaned and disinfected, I have had the crud and well not much has been done.

On Today's To Do List~~
1- Go to the doctor
2- Laundry
3- Try to clean house 
4- get homeschool stuff ready for the week

Cooking for Supper~~
Cajun Pasta

Currently Reading~~
Ann Voskamp One Thousand Gifts 

On My TV Today~~ I am a little behind, I need to catch up on Criminal Minds, Designated Survivor, and MacGyver. I enj
oyed this weeks ONCE, even though I am still on the fence about the new season I think I like it. I started a new series called the five on Netflix this week. I have really liked it so far. I have been on quarantine this week lol because of being sick. I found the series at 3 in the morning after a coughing fit...

The Weather Outside ~~
It is finally going to feel like fall this week and not August! I am so excited about this. Its gonna be in the 60's and 70's.

On the Menu ~~
Monday- Cajun Pasta
Tuesday- Hamburger Steak, roasted potatoes, and broccoli
Wednesday- Burrito bowls
Thursday- Chicken and Noodles with corn bread
Friday- Manwhich and Tater Tots

If I Have a Few Moments to Myself~~ 
I really hope to start making some Christmas ornaments.

One Of My Simple Pleasures~~ 
Getting up before anyone else spending time with God and enjoying coffee in the quiet.

Favorite photo from camera or internet this week~~


This picture was taken while me and my girls were playing skip bo and we watched Princess and the Frog at the same time. I snapped this picture and sent it to my oldest and told her, this was a good reminder of why you should never waste
your time on frogs lol!

My scripture reminder for the week ~~

Praying For ~~~ Our Country, my daughter has a big test this week, for our ministry, for a friend and her family, and for my health.

The Life of a Pastors Family

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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At the beginning of the week, I had all intentions of joining my sweet hubby at church this morning.
Life however, had other plans for me. As the week began I felt okay, by Wednesday I was racked by fever, congestion, and a nasty cough.
That has decided to hang around and hang on till I see the doctor tomorrow, I suppose.
When my feet hit the cool hardwood floors this morning. A conversation that I had had earlier in the week with a sweet friend replayed over and over in my mind. I had laughed the conversation of to begin with. For the simple reason a Pastors home already draws so much attention. It really did not need more.
However the conversation still sang in my ears and God whispered do it.
You see we are both pastors wives. I promise our lives are not glamorous. Yet the there is never ever a dull moment. We were texting last week and she said I think you should do a blog on living in the parsonage. I brushed the thought off and said I may would have to do it anonymous.
Still in the quite of my home with only the soft hum of the fridge and traffic in the back ground. God spoke to heart and said that there is lots to share and be learned from this perspective. So here we are, I would like to give the pastors family point of view of living from the parsonage. I hope this encourages pastors wives and this opens the eyes of others who stop by to the glass world we live in. I hope this helps new Pastors wives who are just now beginning new ministry adventures that often lead to moving away from home, that it does get easier and God will never leave you! So here we go I Hope that I can blog on a new topic each week that encourages you! If you have a question feel free to leave it in the comments I would love to help if I can! So here goes nothing ! I hope you enjoy my first entry!
You Want Me to Go Where ?
I will never forget the morning the phone rang and my husband answered and intently answered the questions he was presented with! We had just resigned a church plant of 5 years we had started from the ground up. As hard as it was we knew our time there was done and God was leading us to somewhere new. We had no idea where yet.
 Just two weeks before this phone call we were having lunch at a local pizzeria. I laughed and told my sweet husband I thought God was gonna call us to the mountains and any one who knew me this was a big deal. I grew up in West Virginia and had no desire to live the mountain life again. Yet that day it seemed okay.
That phone call would be the beginning of a seven year adventure that would forever change our family of four. When my hubby hung the phone up. The look on his face said it all. It was a small church in the mountains of North Carolina and they were in search of a Pastor and one of our dear friends had given them our info.
The idea of visiting was exciting. My girls were even excited to take the little adventure. However none of us girls were prepared for what laid ahead.
I will never ever forget our first visit, the small town, if you would have blinked you would have literally missed it.
When we turned on the winding road that led to the church, my heart instantly knew it was in for a change that would forever change me. The people were warm and kind and couldn't wait to show us to parsonage where we would be staying the next few nights. the shock we soon encountered when we asked where the local Walmart was will forever be ingrained in my mind lol. It was 30 minutes away one way and that was literally all there was.
Two weeks later my hubby received the call that they wanted him to be their Pastor. He came
 and told us the Lord had called us to minster in Newland NC. I was excited but overwhelmed at the same time. We had two weeks to pack up our home, tell our family and friends good bye, and prepare our hearts for what was to come. Its never easy for a pastors family to go into a new work. Now don't take me wrong our hearts are ready to go in and do all we can for Jesus. However we are saying good bye to all we know. So we can come in and minister and lead the flock God has called us too. We often come into these places with kids who are upset because they left behind their friends, We personally don't know anyone at all on a personal level. 
We have a new home to put together and ministry responsibilities that begin the moment we take on a Pastorship. I never had a mentor in the ministry.... I wish I had lol... I think she could have saved me a lot of heartache lol. So If your visiting today and Your hubby tells you God is calling you to move away from all you have ever known. I want to encourage you! Take a deep breathe ! Its gonna be okay. I know the congregation is very excited to have you! They want to visit and make you feel welcome. Those things are so important, however your sanity is even more important. Ask if for the first week they would please just give your family sometime to get unpacked and settled in! Have a meet and greet in the fellowship hall of your church after service so everyone has a chance to meet your family. This keeps you from being bombarded in your home the first week. Be sure to assure your congregation you cant wait to receive visits after the first week. 
Set the kids bedrooms up first. Make sure you pack a box with all the their favorites that can be easily found as soon as you arrive. The next most important room is the kitchen! Take it from someone who learned the hard way. Don't allow family to visit to soon. Give yourself time to settle in so homesickness doesn't plaque you before you can catch your breathe. Make the parsonage your home. Make it feel as if its your own home. Besides it is until further notice. 
Remember just because your a Pastors family you are still human and you will miss home. It doesn't mean your not a Godly person for it. It means your human. Hang in there it will get better ! Homesickness is one of the worst sicknesses their is. Its bound to happen. Limit phone calls and face times for a time so your family can settle in and become its own strong family unit. That away when homesickness comes a knocking your better equipped for it! I promise you it will. You will feel like your missing out on everything! Just know your not the reward of the time with your own family unit will strengthen you beyond words. You will be glad for how close and strong your family inside your walls will become ! It will be life changing!
I hope this has helped someone out there! hope you will come back next week ! I am praying for your families this week! If you have a Pastor your thankful for! Please make sure you tell him so. I know I am beyond thankful for mine ! 

simplicity of life

Thursday, October 12, 2017

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I woke up early this morning to a house that was still.... Soft fog touch the earth like a kiss, the soft hum of morning traffic serenaded me. This girls still sleeping so well I hated to interrupt their dreams to start school. 
So I choose to grab my favorite coffee mug and snuggle up on the soft sectional. For some quite time before my day becomes so loud and noisy.
It is mornings like this that you truly see the majesty of our Lord Jesus...
You can simply feel and see Him everywhere! 
In the softness of the dew on the grass. The way the dog bows and gently kisses the earth. How the age of eel loved floors show signs of the gift of family.... 
It’s these moments these fleeting moments that’s being so much awe... remind me of so very much.... Yet the simplest of phrase still keeps coming into my heart.... As for me and my house we shall serve the Lord. 
Joshua 24:15
Ohh my heart burst with joy for we have made this choice.... Made the choice to find joy and beauty among the the ashes of pain...
The leaves are beginning to change and dance their way of the trees... A promise of things anew for the spring! 
Just as I know He promises to to heal the broken places of our hearts and souls....
Doors are creaking and foot steps begin. The silence has passed now it time to join the rush of morning preparations. The grey batter of muffins the smiles when they pull the fluffy top back to add butter... The chatter of what today is suppose to hold. I simply sigh and say thank you Lord for seeing us through the night .... I know you will see us through this day.
Thank you for stopping by ... I pray your day is filled with blessings!

Happy Home Maker Monday October 2,2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

Its been such awhile since I last posted for Happy Homemaker Monday, I feel like a school girl on her first day of class! I did not realize how much I have missed blogging... Before I get started I want to send my thoughts and prayers out to those who were involved and effected in any manner in Vegas! My heart breaks for them ...

This Morning ~ I have had a quite morning .... I have been trying to urge myself to find some kind of new normal and be okay with the challenges my health brings daily... As always though every morning starts with a cup of coffee! It would not be complete with out pumpkin spice creamer!

Looking Around the House~ For the most part everything is neat and orderly. My youngest and I cleaned on Saturday ... So there isn't much at all to do today.

On Today's To Do List~ I truly need to go ahead and get everything in order for homeschool later this week. I hope to make it outside and do some flower bed cleaning so I can decorate for fall later this week. 

Currently Reading~ Nothing at all for the moment... The mood has not yet hit for a new book to read ... the cooler weather will hopefully bring that upon soon. Instead of reading at night we have been playing family games! I have truly enjoyed it!

On the T.V~ I have fallen head over hills for Poldark! 
I just finished Turn on Netflix and can not wait for it to start on t.v again. Many of our favorite shows are starting back, I am excited! our family loves watching Criminal Minds, Mcgyver , and Designated Survivor together ! My daughter and I are anxiously awaiting the new ONCE. 

The Weather Outside~ It is truly a beautiful fall day, the sun is shining and the its in the low 70's! I just wish it would last... I think it is suppose to be in the upper 80's by the end of the week. I will be happy when the fall weather stays!

On the Menu~

Monday~ Shrimp and Grits

Tuesday~Creamy Tortellini and Italian Sausage

Wednesday~ Grilled Chicken Breast , Broccoli , and Roasted Potatoes  

Thursday~ Beef Mexi Melts

Friday~ Pizza

If I have a few minutes I will~ knit or sew... I have been knitting handmade dish cloths and I would love to start sewing again!

One Of my simple pleasures~ Setting outside in the evening drinking coffee and sharing how our days have went with my family.

A new recipe I have tried or want to try this week~ A old fashioned apple cake, I hope to make it later today.

Favorite photo from camera or internet this week~ 
                                        A personal favorite from my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/469132336/rustic-fall-wood-pallet-sign-w-berry
                                       My heart is so happy fall has arrived !

Praying For~ Our nation, for the Dr's to finally give answers, for some special friends who have just ventured into full time ministry this summer! My mom is expecting some test results this week. of course Vegas!

Bible Verse for the Week~
                                                      "The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest." Psalm 85:12
Praying everyone has a blessed week this week!

Why I Have Been Away

Friday, September 29, 2017

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I didn't intend to stay away for so long....
The summer months have been long and hard for me.
Each week greeted me with a new obstacle leaving me drained physically and emotionally.
So it left me with decision of what was the biggest priorities and what I need to let go for a time.
I have to say that was not an easy thing for me to do. After all I am a doer who often struggles handing things off or even asking for help at all. 
So for a season the smartest thing for me to do was walk away from blogging and take some time to recoup from all that seemed to be drowning me at the time.
During the past few months I have seen several specialist. I have seen my heart doctor who informed me I would in defiantly need to stay on my medications. He thought I was stable but with out the meds he didn't think my body would be able to keep the fluid of the heart. I have also seen the rheumatologist who has desperately tried to pin point the auto immune disease plaguing my body.
Test after test has lead to more unknown mysteries and no answers. Till she finally asked me to see a oncologist. This was a scary moment for us. All though we knew God had it, just to hear those words in your name in the same sentence.
The visit proved to be the best by far! After several scans we have learned the extent of the damage left behind by all the surgeries. we also learned their is diverticulitis, and a very rare auto immune disease. Until it is confirmed by the rheumatologist I would rather not share what yet.
However all though we have found answers my body has been plagued with chronic fatigue and pain. A irregular heart rate and up and down weight. Honestly all these thing have taken a tole on my body and my mind. After much prayer we decided I should step away from things that made me feel overwhelmed and added to the fatigue.
So I stepped away from doing the homeschool co-op at our church this year! I decided to still help a few of the girls who really just enjoyed doing school together! They stay with my family two nights a week and we do school together ! I have really enjoyed this so has my youngest! It is also so much easier to do it on my body to do it home. Things are more relaxed and hey I can do school in p.j's! It don't get any better than that lol!
I also decided to step away from children's ministry for awhile! Which was a huge thing for me! Working with kids have always been my passion! However I would be sick and unable to function on Monday mornings after working in children's church on Sundays. I hope that we can get answers and medicine that will help and I can return after December!
My favorite time of the year will soon be approaching! I love the Christmas season... I want more than anything for this year to be a celebration of all of the mile stones since last year! God has brought me so far and yet I have so far to go as well!
I hope now you understand why I have been a little absent and you will be a little patient as I try to reenter the blogging world. Little by little... After all I have missed sharing and seeing everyone's post as well. If you think about it lease lift me up in prayer, For I  know God has the plans for all things! I am just ready to feel better! 
Many Blessings -Shellie

Urgent Prayers Needed

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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Please Meet Kendra ! Kendra is a dear friend and like family ! She is a Mom of 2, who was on her way to work Monday morning! Around 6am Kendra was hit head on by a drunk driver who's license were revoked going 130 miles per hour!
Kendra was life lifted to Baptist Medical Center ! She was trapped in her car for an hour and was not responsive when was first found.
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When Kendra arrived at Baptist she was rushed to surgery! all of her major organs were pushed into Kendra's Diaphragm. Her lung was punchered by a broken rib, her spleen had to be removed, her pelvis was broken, her tibia and one of her feet was broken as well.
She had already endured 2 very lengthy surgeries to sustain her life! She is Critical condition but fighting as hard she can!
I know Kendra will fight for everything in her to stay here for her kids!
However she will now be facing, another surgery, rehab, and months  of being out of work!
We are asking for anyone who can and will to please help rally around and pray for her!
 Our church has set up a way to donate to help raise money for this family !
Kendra Is very loved by all who know her! She is our children's ministry pre school teacher! She Loves Jesus and is always willing to help others! 
Please help me, help her! Whether by donation or prayer. I know all of her family and her appreciate all you can do! The information below was posted on our church face book page ! At Transformation Church Salisbury NC
Kendra's family has requested that all donations to help with her medical costs be made through the church. Below is more information on how you can donate:
Donate to help with expenses for the Kendra Whitaker family. She was in a tragic car accident being hit by a driver who was driving while intoxicated at over 130mph on June 12th. She had to be airlifted to Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem where she has undergone multiple surgeries for both internal injuries as well as broken bones. She has a long road to recovery, which means she will miss work, have multiple medical bills, and because the man who hit her didn't have a valid license her family will have to try and replace her vehicle. Kendra has two children and a boyfriend of over 10yrs. They appreciate any and all financial gifts you can give. May God bless you for your gift. You can donate via Givelify at the link below and our church will ensure they receive any and all funds. When donating be sure to use the envelope designated Kendra Whitaker Family
You can also donate via check by mail to the church
1350 Old Stone House Rd.
Salisbury, NC 28146
Please indicate in the memo section that the check is for kendra Whitaker family.
Thank you guys ahead of time for taking time to stop by today!

Sorry For my Absence....

It's been a long battle...:
So sorry for the absence... Some times life catches up to us and its all we can do to tread water, to stay a float.
That is most definitly how I have felt the last few weeks.
After attempting to step off of one of my anti inflammatory medicines for my heart. My health has been in a tail spin it feels like.
I slept propped up on 4 pillows for 7 days, its taken 14 days for the fluid to go away and the chest pain to go away with it.
Then out of the blue I have been plagued with head aches, mouth ulcers, nausea, dizziness, and fever. My rheumatologist reply was it sounds like lupus but your blood work is normal please continue to document these flares and keep me updated.
Saturday evening I won myself a trip to the ER! They did check my heart and lungs and said every thing looked good ! Praise the Lord deemed everything as a nasty virus. Till last night when my blood pressure dropped to 87/70. Today its ridiculously high including my pulse.
This journey has been a long and hard road. It began over a year ago... I was hoping by now we would have figured out why I have a few good days then 2 weeks of feeling awful.

Its hard to be strong sometimes when your so very tired. I  am so thankful for a Savior who promises to never leave or forsake you! I know He will strengthen this body and carry me through... His word promises that! He also knows the plans He has for me!
I find myself missing the simplicity of just getting into the car and driving myself to the grocery store. since I haven't driven since September....
I miss caring for my home as I once did... I miss sewing for hours with out extreme pain afterwards... I know that God isn't finished with my story.
But please if you will lift me up in prayers. I so want to feel whole again. I want to be able to do the things God has called me to do! Even the simplest of things such a writing!
It brings my heart such joy just to be able to share with you guys glimpse of our life.
I claim Mark 5:34 For my life....
He said to her, "Daughter your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."
I will leave you guys with the lyrics of one of my favorite songs! Its helped me through many long and hard days...
"I am healed by the word of God, I am healed by the Word Of God, Yes Its all ready done just waiting for my change to come ! Yes I am healed by the Word of God!