Thursday, August 16, 2018

A Content Heart

It is truly amazing of the freedom that comes when you surrender to being content, no matter the changes.
Since I decided to just give in and be okay with the new normal. I can honestly say my heart has been content with all I do! 
The past two weeks has been filled with home making adventures and ministry adventures. My heart has been filled with joy and a contentment that I am not sure how to describe.
I have been blessed with with apples and pears to freeze for the winter. I am really looking forward to making apple butter and trying pear butter this fall! 

I have even began baking again! Something my heart adores doing. I really love the simplicity of doing things from scratch! 
I made my grandma's old fashioned pear cake from scratch yesterday.
oh my goodness, it turned out amazing! Its so moist... She would be so proud.
It felt so good to make something that took me back to happy childhood memories.
That doesn't happen very often.

This has quickly became one of my families favorite!
Last week we spent time with chosen family and their church family! We spent time making memories during the day and feeding our souls in the evening.
I learned I love to swim in the sound much more than the ocean.The water was so warm and calm.
Where the ocean is rough and beautiful, I normally set on the beach and watched the waves and my family play. This time I was able to join in the fun and made some amazing memories!

 The sound will forever have a special place in my heart! We spent some time shopping and spent time at a plantation near by. My very talented friend Stacy took my youngest senior pictures while we were there! I cant wait to see them! I know they are going to incredible! I also took advantage of the plantation to do some photography of my 18 inch doll and some of the dresses I had sewn in the past.
My sweet Christian and Lacey took bestie pictures together too! I am so glad God has placed this family in our lives.

They both have grown into such amazing and beautiful young women, inside and out!
The cute little place we stayed, had an incredible views and things that reminded me of childhood. I loved seeing some of the things we used as kids! I may have to get on ebay lol  and add them to my vintage kitchen collection! 

 That stack of bowls caused a many of arguments on Saturday mornings! Because  my two sisters and I all wanted that dark pink one!
In the evenings my husband held revival services at the beautiful Sound Side Missionary Baptist Church of Columbia, North Carolina.
The people there are incredibly hospitable and loving. 

The services were life changing and if I recall correctly 11 gave their hearts to Jesus!  It was so wonderful to minister with Stephen and Stacy again. It just feels natural. I know God is sweeping across Columbia! I am excited to continue to hear how He continues move!
Here are a couple of my favorite snap shots of services.

I am grateful the Lord has allowed my heart to be content. I excited to see what He has in store for our ministry and our family!
I am excited to be doing the things I love again. I love that I have fallen in love sharing the beauty of homemaking again!
Thank you for stopping by and sharing it with me!
I want to close with this scripture. It was apart of my morning devotion and it truly spoke to my soul.
I want Jesus to be the very center of everything I do! I want all of the decisions I make and the way I  live my life be pleasing to Him and lead others to want to do the same! 
I pray that all I do reflects that!
Thank you again for sharing apart of your day with me! I pray your week is blessed!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday August 13,2018

We had such a wonderful week last week! I absolutely can not wait to tell you guys all about in a post later in the week! However I can truly say that I believe the best medicine for the heart are days spent by the sea with friends.
I am linking up with Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. 
Join in on the fun by following the link below.

Well after a week spent at the coast... I am not sure my heart is ready for the week ahead, Things seem cooler by water lol!  Any one else ready for the cooler weather of fall?

Breakfast Whats On The Plate:
A bowl of special K and some OJ this morning.
I have a early medical test so I thought I would save my coffee till I get back.

On my reading pile:
I began a new devotional while we were away! I am in love! 

On My TV:
Law and Order SVU
Not much more than that right now....

On The Menu This Week :

Monday: Biscuits and Gravy
Tuesday: Grilled herb chicken, rice, and green beans
Wednesday:Chicken Burgers and tater tots
Thursday: Pancakes and bacon
Our week is kinda up in the air,,,, I am really wiped out so the easier the better this week!

On My To Do List:
Dr appointments
I have some photos to take
blog post 
work on a short story

What am I sewing or loom knitting:
I have been working on loom knitting some dish clothes. I have been out of town so I haven't been sewing.

Looking around the house:
Its actually in really good shape... We cleaned well before we left to go to the coast! So it was nice to come home knowing that everything is n order.

From the camera:
This was the view we had last week! Bulls Bay, Columbia NC

One of my simple pleasures:
Listening to my hubby share the word of God.... I am so proud to be his wife! 

Favorite quote for the week:

On my prayer list:
Praying for my sweet hubby as her returns to Soundside Baptist Church for another night of revival tomorrow! I pray God continues to set the hearts of the people on fire in Columbia NC. I am praying that the breathing test I have done this morning will give us answers we have been searching for. Praying for our church and its members! I have a very heavy heart for our country.

I can not thank you enough for stopping by and sharing apart of your day with me! I pray your week is filled with blessings!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Falling In Love With The New Normal

I am not going to hold back about the fact I had lost joy in being a homemaker over the past year...
There was so many changes. I was unable to do the things I used to do... I had to depend on others for help. Both of my girls has graduated and my homeschool career had ended.
I had given up on trying to craft.
I had lost the joy of being a homemaker.
I began to pray for God to give me the joy and love to serve my home the way I once had even though, there is a new normal.
I can praise Him and say,that He did just that.
Last week was the first week in a long time I searched out new recipes.
I enjoyed the hunt and cooking something new for my family.
I prepared buffalo chicken garbage bread and Caribbean Jerk chicken in the crock pot! Both were huge hits with my family!

I forgot to take a picture of the final product! I filled it a little to full! So it didn't turn out as pretty as I liked! However it was amazing with ranch to the side!

  The Jerk chicken was a crock pot recipe, it was easy and delicious!
I even found the energy to do some sewing! I spent some time playing with new patterns! I can not help it I love to sew for 18 in dolls. I am excited to finally have found a way to incorporate a passion back into my life. I have realized I just have to pace myself. I don't have to marathon sew to enjoy it.

I was super excited to learn how to sew pockets! I love these little jumpers! I was quite pleased with how they turned out!
Here is is the finished product!
I am over the moon excited to soon be putting out my fall decorations! I love to transform my house for the different seasons!
I have had to adjust my mindset a little. All though my family structure is changing, I still want to love caring for our home and loving them.
I want my girls to see that even when huge life changes, that we still need to love taking care of our home and family. It just played out in a different way than we once did.
I am so thankful ignited the fire in my heart for the things that I love so very much.
Monday we enjoyed an afternoon at American Girl with friends. We had lunch in the bistro its such a fun experience.

This week has been filled with lots of preparations to go spend time with one of my besties! My hubby is preaching revival for their church.So that means I get to spend time with chosen family!
That makes my heart so happy!
It looks like I am packing to move away lol. So I am sure it will be a job when we get home. It will be worth every moment of it though!
Thank you stopping by and allowing me to share a glimpse of my life with you! It is my prayer that you have a blessed week ! 
blessings ~Shellie