Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday ~5/29/2017

Wow what a week ! I had hoped for a slower paced week ! God must have laughed at that thought when I had it lol!
Because it was anything but slow!
This week we will finish up our homeschool co-op with history report presentations!
I am excited and sad! I love being with all the kiddo's ! Yet I will miss them.... It takes a toll on my body. I am ready for some rest!
I love linking up with Dairy of a stay at home Mom!
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The Weather.... Today Is sun shinny and very warm! Our high today is suppose to be about 85 with a 50% chance of rain this evening. Which for us with that heat storms.
I hope it holds off so we can grill this evening!
Right Now I am.... Catching up on my blog and trying to mentally decided which book I want to read or have a nap lol.
Thinking.... Of all the things I need to be doing besides setting on my couch... I have felt bad for a week and I need to rest but I am not a set around kind of girl and its killing me!
On My Reading Pile.... I am getting ready to start the Kingdom Woman Study By Tony Evans and I believe I am going to read my favorite Elsie Dinsmore series.
On My TV.... I have fell in love with Netflix series The Last Kingdom and Reign! I have been putting Downton off because of what happens in the next episode ! Lol, However my Daughter is not going to allow such much longer.
On The Menu This Week....
Monday- Grilled cheeseburgers and fries
Tuesday- Grilled Chicken breast, rice pilaf, and broccoli
Wednesday- Grilled kielbasa, garlic cheese potatoes. and green beans 
Thursday- Grilled Brisket. mashed potatoes, and corn on the cob
On My To DO List.... Finish the story I have started, tidy the house, prepare for homeschool graduation, Prepare for final presentations Wednesday, Church activities, and doing some visiting with family.
In The Craft Basket.... I began another American Girl doll house last week for pictures... I need to finish the kitchen this week.
Looking Forward To This Week.... The End of the school year ....
Looking Around The House..... Honestly its in pretty decent shape... I need to do some dusting later this week though.
What Am I Wearing..... Blue Alice and Wonderland T-shirt and grey shorts
One Of My Simple Pleasures.... To Set outside on the patio in the cool of the morning and enjoy coffee and my husband before the day becomes hectic.
On The Camera.....
We had an A life Girls Club Tea Party Yesterday ! We had so much fun... Several of the girls really got into the fun of dressing up!

The American Girl bedroom I have been working on


On My Prayer List..... I am covering a sweet friend and her family in prayer. Who are taking their first Pastor ship. Also my own health.... I had tried to come off one of my inflammation meds. At the doctors request to see if my heart could handle it and not retain fluid. I was able to get to one dose instead of three for about a week. Then out of nowhere I began to feel exactly the way I did before the last heart surgery. When I contacted the doctor he upped the dose to 4 pills a day. He confirmed what I feared the heart was not able to keep the fluid off by itself at this time... I had developed another pericardial effusion and would require staying on the high doses of meds, for awhile longer. We see him again in about 2 weeks. Hopefully we can figure this out.

Bible Verse, Devotional......
                     13Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.                                                                         John 15:13

I can not thank you enough for stopping by and sharing your day with me! I pray you have a blessed week !

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lets Catch Up



Its been such a busy past couple of weeks! It has been very hard to keep up much less blog lol! Things are starting to wind down some so I should be able to ease back into the blogging world !
I had an amazing mothers day with my kids this year! We decided to do something very low key this year and celebrated at home! My sweet hubby got me a new Creative Bible, my oldest got me a Mrs. Pots and Chip Pandora charm and the most beautiful flowers, and my youngest got me an 18 inch doll camping set for photo shoots this summer! I enjoyed just my time alone with them uninterrupted was the best gift ever!
On May 21st my sweet hubby and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary! This year was much better than last year! Lol last year I had to have my wedding rings cut off my hand due to swelling! I don't know I have ever cried so hard before!
My heart broke that I had to have rings cut off my love had placed on my fingers that exact day 22 years ago...
This year we decided since we had such a year we would get away for few days! We found an amazing bed and breakfast about an hour from our house nestled on the out skirts of Greensboro NC.
I was such an amazing feeling just to get away just the two of us just enjoy being together!


We stayed in the Tree House Suite  
 I fell in love with her gardens






The owner shared with us a famous North Carolina ghost writer owned the property up till his death. Joh Harden was famous for writing Devils Tramping Ground and Tar heels Ghost.
She also shared that a local historian had came and stayed with her. She shared General Lee and his soldiers camped where the main hose sat! I love history so that just made my day!
My sweet hubby got me a car for our anniversary this year! So when the time comes and I can drive again this will easier for me drive! I was so surprised and feel so blessed with such a gift!
We spent the rest of the week getting our patio in the back yard ready for summer! I felt so excited to plant flowers! Prepare our back yard for hours of family enjoyment!
My sweet hubby made me a water fountain out of items we had laying around ! He did such an amazing job! This time last year the thought of planting flowers would have been just that a thought! I was slow but I truly enjoyed spending time outside in God's creation!







Saturday Morning the first morning in a long time! I made peach scones from scratch for the first time I an year! It felt good to fix them one of their favorite things!

However Saturday night at bedtime I realized something was wrong! When I would breathe I would cause serious pain and I couldn't lay back. I felt like I was suffocating.
a few months ago the doctor told me to start stepping down one of my inflammation pills.
I had just cut myself down to one dose right before our anniversary trip. On Sunday my husband and I spoke as a couple to our church! I knew then I had another pocket of fluid. I hadn't felt that bad in awhile!
My sweet hubby however presented me with the most beautiful flowers !
But again that night I had to sleep on 3 pillows. I upped my medicine to what it was and went to homeschool co-op this week but each day has gotten a little worse! After speaking with the doctor  today they confirmed what I suspicioned. I may not be no where ready to come off my medicine. They actually upped the dose again.
It has been a little discouraging to feel like we are back where we started.
I know God has a plan and makes no mistakes. If the shortness of breathe becomes worse I am to call immediately or go to the ER.
I call back in 7 days other wise.
Please help me pray this is just a bump in the road! Not a sign of things to come...
I have been able to write more in my Lillian Stewart series I am excited of how its coming along ! I have also been working on another special short story ! I can not wait to share with you!
Next week ends our homeschool year and I must say I welcome the break! I look forward to being able to share more here!
Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me share a glimpse of our home with you!
If you think to please pray for my health! I am so ready to feel better!
I hope you guys have a blessed week! 






Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lillian Stewert Series ~ Part 5



At the coxing of her sister Lilian set down at her vanity and began dressing for the day. Not much time passed when Aunt Violet entered her room carrying the most beautiful bonnet for Lillian to wear to tea! As she shaped her her curls around her face Aunt Violet hummed the sweetest hymn as she worked …. When she was all through she turned Lillian around to see her and she beamed with joy when she told her how beautiful she was! Lillian, God created a masterpiece when He created you child… Not just on the outside but on the inside as well! Lillian girl not many have such qualities as you…. Embrace who He created and let him guide today child, and nothing can go wrong!
For the first time in months Lillian smiled the sweetest smile back at Aunt Violet. With her eyes wide with hope she replied a simple nod…. As she asked Aunt Violet for a conformation of one of her favorite verses. Jesus said we can do all thing with him right, Aunt Violet? He sure did my sweet child because, He will give us strength …
 Well then I must hurry and get Ellie dressed before our company arrives! You know how Momma feels about us being late when guest arrive! I sure do replied Aunt Violet. Now where is that sweet friend of yours? Heaven knows those blonde bouncing curls of hers are gonna need to be tamed! Lillian giggled she still waiting for me in the bed ! I'll fetch her so I can slip her new dress Momma made her on! Then you can tame her curls Aunt Violet … You do a much better job than me! With that Lillian went on to prepare her doll for the adventure ahead hoping Ellie would also gain a new best friend today as well!
                                                                                                                             

Lillian just had made it out on the veranda just in time, before the special guest arrived. Momma looked so beautiful as always stood by the door with a warm smile waiting to greet her guest. The dust had finally settled enough from the horse and buggy, enough she could see the two figures that climbed down from the buggy! Lillian first seen Sarah she was a tall slender woman with soft red hair, with a sweet smile. Lillian watched closely as she helped her daughter from the buggy. Lillian seen a child much like her only she had long blonde hair, and she was delighted to see clutched in her arms was her own dear doll. Lillian couldn't see her face for her bonnet was covering it…. Lillian whispered a quick prayer to her Heavenly Father, asking Him to let Natalie like her…..
  Within a few short moment Sarah and Natalie were greeted by Marie with a warm smile! Lilian was delighted when both Sarah and Natalie were introduced to her they had a genuine warm smile on their faces. For the first time in a long while Lillian thought things just might be okay…..
Momma asked the guest to join them around the table for afternoon tea! Aunt Violet and Momma went to great lengths to make sure everything was divine. Aunt Violet choose the white lace tablecloth, the pink napkins, the table was set with Mommas, Grandmothers rose tea set, the table was filled with the most delicious tea goodies, tea sandwiches,small cakes ,and scones with strawberry jam. The most beautiful flowers were in the center of the table.
The guest were delighted at how beautiful everything looked. Sarah even told Momma that she felt like royalty sitting around such a wonderful bounty.
Momma and Sarah had met at church on Sunday. Lillian had missed because she had been suffering from a terrible cold earlier in the week and was just starting to recover. Momma and Sarah chatted like old friends. When they both realized Lillian and Natalie both were setting in silence. Both ladies chuckled and asked the girls for their forgiveness and properly introduced the two girls who were anticipating the one question they both had. Will she like me ?
                                                     
    Lillian looked at Natalie with great expectation ! Natalie’s long blond hair was braided into two beautiful braids completed with lovely yellow ribbons. Her short bangs wisped over her forehead. Her blue eyes danced with curiosity. She had the most beautiful white eyelet dress on trimmed in soft yellow to match her her ribbons her bonnet plopped on her head as a crown. However Lillian couldn’t take her eyes off the delicate friend she was clutching onto so ever tightly. Just as the sweet friend she enclosed in her arms Lilian could not help but notice the dark circles around her guest eyes as well. What Lillian didn’t realize Natalie was taking all of Lillian’s details in as well! Hoping this new girl who stood before her would want to be friends with someone like her.
Marie broke the silence between the girls making introductions to both, then offering the girls the seats beside each other. Marie went on to tell the girls after tea they could take a little adventure if they like to get to know one another better as long as they stayed close. Lillian noticed her Mom’s eyes danced with excitement in hopes this would be a new start for her daughter. Washing away all that happened to scar her sweet heart. Lillian took the seat next to her guest and introduced Ellie. She was pleased to be introduced to Natalie’s friend, her beloved doll Hope. The girls quickly took pace after their Moms and Amelia. Having a conversation all of their own. It was in the midst of giggles, Marie asked the girls to bow their heads in prayer for the blessing over their tea. Marie offered the most beautiful prayer of thanks for the food and new friendship.
 The room was filled with soft clinks of forks and spoons clanking against the china. When Lillian felt she had enjoyed every little tea treat her tummy could hold she asked the Marie if her and Natalie could be excused. Marie smiled so warmly at the girls, responded yes reminding the girls to stay close. Both Marie and Sarah whispered a prayer to their heavenly Father that He would open hearts and blossom new friendship between the sweet girls.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 5*22*17



Oh my I feel so behind in the blogging world! Last few weeks have been insanely busy! I have honestly neglected a lot of things! I hope to get caught up here and on some other projects this week! Or at least by next week! A girl can hope can't she! I hope you enjoy your  visit with me! Maybe you would love to link up and share with Happy Homemaker Monday too! Join in on the fun and link up here Happy Homemaker Monday


The weather.....
It's been really hot, to the point any rain and cool weather is welcome....


Right now I am....
Praying I can squeeze this post in about 15 minutes ....


Thinking....
Of how blessed I am... So much has changed since this time last year... God is good! I know health wise I still am not what I was but I am millions times better than I once was....


On my reading pile....
Nothing new at the moment ... Hope to start summer reading next week


On my TV.....
Not much, all my favorites are on break... I haven't had time really start anything new or watch Downton Abby....

One Of my simple pleasures....
enjoying setting on the patio drinking coffee


On the menu for this week....

Monday Manwhich and chips
Tuesday Grilled Salmon , rice with herbs and green beans
Wednesday Grilled Chicken, baked potatoes, and corn on the cob
Thursday pizza

On my to do list....

Complete homeschool transcripts
tidy house
co-op Tuesday and Wednesday
Church Wednesday Night
catch up on my blog
work on some writing

In the craft basket....

working in a 18 inch doll house and some sewing projects

 Looking forward to this week....
Things slowing down finally!

Looking around the house....
Things look really good considering how busy its been...

What am I wearing....
pink shift dress

From the camera....

My husband and I celebrated 23yrs yesterday ! We went to the cutest Bed and Breakfast early last week for a few days.... here are some pics from there....








On my prayer list.....

My health, homeschool journey, fiends who just received the vote of a church to pastor, and some unspoken things.....


Bible verse, Devotional....

Monday, May 8, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday ~5/8/2017


Good afternoon everyone ! I was excited to find a free moment to set down and do this today! This is my favorite linky party join ! I missed last week ! I love catching up with other blogs and seeing what others have going on in their life!
This is turning into an extremely busy month for us very quickly! I hope I can stay above water to keep everything going !
If you would like to join in the fun head on over to the Diary Of A Stay At Homes Blog by 
clicking here:Happy Homemaker Monday

 The weather.....
Its been unusually cool again, Its in low 70's here. The sun is shining beautiful here, but the wind is blowing making it a bit chilly to be outside! Its suppose to warm-up outside for a few days and them temps are gonna plummet again!

Right now I am....
I am catching up on my blog and talking with my youngest! We have some serious decisions to make between now and next homeschool year ....

Thinking....
This is going to be such a busy month ! I have lots to do and decide... I need a clone and a IV of coffee lol

On my reading pile....
Kingdom Woman By Tony Evens

On my TV.....
We have fell in love with Downton Abby
Once season 6 last nights episode was amazing
Designated Survivor

On the menu for this week....
Well this week we are winging it ! I have so much to do between mothers day and church this week is insane!

On my to do list....
Monday- Get a  haircut and visit with a family that has been visiting our church
Tuesday- Homeschool Co-Op
Wednesday- Homeschool Co-Op and Church
Thursday- Tidy house, funeral, and Mothers Day dinner with my hubby's Mom
Friday- Mothers Day dinner with my Mom
Saturday- Meeting at the church and I hope a visit to the park
Sunday- Church and mothers day celebrating with my kids

In the craft basket....
I have several doll outfits to finish up.... I just don't see that happening this week !

Looking forward to this week....
Celebrating my Mom, She is a lung cancer survivor ! So each day we are blessed to have her! She is a miracle for sure

Looking around the house....
considering all that we have going on this weekend the house looks great !

What am I wearing...
Some flowy khaki's and a coral shirt

Simple pleasure....
Having my girls pour their hearts out with out reserve no matter what the issue is about!

From the camera....
I always send my hubby a picture after a hair-cut ! I am pleased its finally starting to grow!

On my prayer list.....
My health is still a roller coaster just wish I felt better! Also praying for some very sweet friends who are awaiting some ministry decisions ! Also for a sweet friend who's Dad passed away unexpected, and a family of a sweet girl I went to school with who took her own life earlier this week ! The news was heart breaking. My heart knows all to well ! How that devastates a family...

Bible verse, Devotional....

Thanks for stopping by and sharing apart of your day with me! Praying each of you who view and read this has a blessed week!



Saturday, May 6, 2017

We Have To Start Somewhere ...


I sat there in that auditorium just watching as people walked by... I love to people watch and observe... There is so much that can be learned that way... One thing was consistent, they all wanted the approval of the others the were with.
When did we stop asking God for His approval and start looking to others for it?
I believe it goes all the way back tot the garden actually... Wanting more and feeling the need to measure up.
 How do we fix this problem though? How do we tell our daughters that she is beautiful no matter her size if all we do is complain and put ourselves down? How do we tell them they don't have to expose themselves in order for a guy to love them or show them attention they crave? Because God has created the perfect man for her and he is worth waiting for? how do we tell them marriage is a beautiful thing when all we do is grumble about being a wife and constantly putting their Dads down...
How do we teach them to have healthy relationships when we are struggling in our own?
Better yet how do we teach them to grow toward Jesus when we are running away as fast as we can?
I truly believe the only way to fix the problem is to evaluate who we are as women....
As a pastors wife I hear stories on a weekly basis that breaks my heart ... more form the teenage generation.
I began to pray and ask God what were we gonna have to do to change how these girls are viewing themselves as upcoming women!
I realized he was saying it has to start by seeing a change in the women they are watching, the women they are looking up too, the women they consider their role models...
That hit home with me !
I had to ask Jesus and myself was I teaching and leading theses girls into confidence in Him or am I setting the path for them to never feeling good enough or measure up...
How many times have we all done the things above?
I realized I am just as guilty as anyone else at some point or another!
Ladies Confidence is beautiful! It is a beautiful thing when we know our worth in kingdom! Yes I said kingdom! because I am a queen in in this kingdom I live in and I am raising princesses that are awaiting their prince charming's! Because the day I asked Jesus into my heart I became the daughter of the king ! That made me royalty !
As I examined myself and looked back over my life as a Mom I realized I had been far from perfect! Lol most of us are not and never will be !
Not till we meet Jesus !
So I prayed and asked my Daddy (Jesus) What do I do now to make a difference!
I started studying the proverbs 31 woman! Also the Titus 2 woman !
I realize I can not walk through this life in comparison with someone else! I have to find my worth and walk in confidence in Jesus.
They need to see me happy with who I am in whatever stage of life I am in!
They need to see me turn to Jesus when I am in the battle and struggling! They also need to see that we all make mistakes but its what we learn from the mistakes we make that grow us ! My mistakes do not define who I am in Him! Broken pots let more light shine..
Jesus said I need to be happy in my castle with my king and my family and know that others are reading my story everyday! Are they reading one that is drawing them towards Him?
Or am I sending them in the opposite direction.
Running as fast as they can to world... Better yet making them feel hopeless and no use to be in this world anymore...
As ladies we need to start making the change in our homes raising girls who are strong in their worth and being confident in who God made them! We need to be that women that they want to be ! Strong God fearing knowing I am priceless in the eyes of my Savior !
Will You join me ! Its as easy as starting at home ! Lets take our youth back for Jesus! Lets make a change ! Its has to start somewhere! Why not with you and me ?
Be a mentor to a struggling teen!
Maybe your the one who is broken ! Let Jesus heal the brokenness of your heart ! let Him into that inner most corner of your heart!
Let Him use your brokenness to help someone else keep from drowning and see there is hope there is a purpose !




A Stitch In Time ~ Lillian Stewert ~ part4



                                     


          
        Chasing Fears Away
  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
                                                            2 Timothy 1:7
A week had passed since the event on the porch late that summer evening. Papa had convinced Momma to invite Sarah and Natalie over for tea. They both were in hopes that this would be the turning point in Lillian's heart. She would make a true friend and begin to see what they seen when they looked at her . On that Monday morning Momma sent Amelia up to waken her lil sister. Amelia had only been home a few short days. Even she could see the sadness in her sister's eyes when she returned home! She was anxiously hoping that the prospect of a new friend would chase away the dark clouds….
" Wake up Lillian " your Momma is expecting you to be dressed silly goose when the Gulliver's arrive for tea ! Amelia reminded her sister. Amelia's long light brown hair cascaded down her back, in cascading curls. Her eyes were dancing in amusement at her sister .... Tell Momma I am sick , Amelia I shouldn't receive guest when I am sick. Lillian pretended to cough and raised her covers higher. Lillian you are no more sick than Ellie is. There is nothing to be worried about, after all I will not leave your side ! That I promise, after all you're my favorite sister, Amelia spoke softly to Lillian. She leaned down and kissed her sister's cheek. Lillian chuckled, I'm your only sister ! Just remember God is always with you as well Lillian, his word tells us in 2 Timothy that He doesn't give us a spirit of fear! You believe God's word don't you dear sister ? I do Amelia with all my heart ! I love Jesus more than anyone! Okay then Momma has had your pink satin tea dress prepared for you to wear for tea, I believe if you'll look closely you'll find a surprise for Ellie ! At that Lillian sprung from her bed ran over to her dressing table, to find a beautiful pink exact doll size replica of her own dress for her Ellie. I will send for Aunt Violet to help you get ready! Before I go Lillian may I pray for you ? Yes please, Lillian responded in a whisper!
Amelia took her sister's hand and bowed her head . Amelia prayed , My sweet Heavenly Father! I thank you for creating such a beautifully sweet little sister to call my own, please help her to see what I see ! Lord please let her and Natalie become instant friends ! After all Lord you promise to give us the desires of our hearts .... Please give my beautiful sister a best friend . Who sees how amazing she is! Help her not to be nervous today ! Let her feel you close. I ask this and all things in Jesus Name Amen.
Amelia reached down and gave her sister A gentle kiss on the cheek and whispered in her ear I know today will be filled with the most amazing adventures, you'll see ! However Lillian if you don't get dressed it will never begin !