Monday, April 24, 2017

Happy Homemaker April 24,2017

This by far one of my  favorite link ups! I love reading all the other beautiful blog entries and getting a peak into their life!
I have had a incredibly busy week last week so I am very behind lol! I am so overwhelmed by all the kind words left on my tea exchange blog! I feel incredibly blessed to be apart of the blogging community!
If you would like join in on the link up click here! Happy Homemaker Monday 
Thank you for joining me today and stopping by my blog! I hope you have an amazingly blessed week!
The weather.....
Very yucky out today ! I am not sure where summer went but it is only 54 degrees here today! A huge change from 80 just days ago!

Right now I am....
Updating my blog and watching When Calls the Heart

I have a lot to do the next few days! I so super excited about Women of Joy Conference later this week!

On my reading pile....
Ann Voscamp A Thousand Gifts

On my TV.....
When Calls the Heart
Once Upon a Time
13 Reasons Why
My daughter and I watched it together and had some serious discussions!

Favorite blog post last week (mine or other)....
I have visited some amazing blogs last week ! Reading everyone's tea cup exchange blog!

On the menu for this week....
Monday- Spaghetti and garlic bread
Tuesday- Beef Tips ,peppers and onions ,roasted red potatoes, and broccoli
Wednesday- Biscuits and Gravy with bacon
Thursday-Sunday Out of town for women of joy conference 

On my to do list....
Monday- Wash clothes and tidy house
Tuesday- Pack for women of joy and help my sweet hubby pack for his conference in Texas !
Wednesday- tie up any loose ends and see my hubby off!

In the craft basket....
nothing at all this week

Looking forward to this week....
Returning to women of joy for the 3rd year! Last year I was on oxygen and was only 3 days post op from heart surgery!
This year I wont have oxygen and I wont be in a wheelchair ! God is so good I am so very excited !

Looking around the house....
It looks pretty good !

From the camera....

my beautiful family

We had company this weekend ! One of my dearest and best friends +Stacy Duncan  and her family stayed with us! One of her sweet girls brought her American Girl ! We had an amazing play date ! I cant wait to write a short story about our visit!

What I am wearing....
Fleece Eeyore pants,  a grey oversized shirt, and purple socks.

One of my simple pleasures...
making things from scratch .... we were out of hot chocolate so we had all the ingredients here! I love how the aroma filled the whole house! 

On my prayer list.....
I am praying for a very sweet family as they await some answers for the perfect place for God would have them serve!
For our trip to conference and back home!
Also praying for my oldest as she is taking exams this week!

Bible verse, Devotional....

A Stitch In Time - Lillian Stewart Series part 3

Papa, I'm afraid that Natalie won't want to be a ugly girls friend! After all I don't need any new friends I have Momma , Violet , you and Ellie. You can be my friends ! Don't forget that sister Amelia will be home soon as well!
Amelia was sixteen years old and had been away spending time with her favorite Aunt Laurie. Aunt Laurie had fallen ill and because she had never had children of her own Amellia ,offered to go nurse her back to health! Amellia dreamed of being a nurse one day in one of the hospitals in New York. Amellia had shared that she had felt the calling since before Lillian's age she wanted to be a nurse! She was often found helping the local Doctor out in town. The Stewarts had received a letter just days ago that they could expect Amelia's return within a week.Lillian  Papa said , why would you say such a thing ? Your not ugly daughter, you are beautiful! Not just on the outside but also on the inside. God made a beautiful creation that's fearfully and wonderfully made in His eyes and ours. My sweet girl Papa said,as he pulled Lillian into his arms for a hug. He held her tight, as if in his arms he could shield her from the cruel words of this world ! I wish I could erase the cruel words of the town girls. My sweet child Please give Natalie a chance, I believe God has sent her to show you what true friends truly are! Please know Momma , Violet , Amelia, and myself will always stand by your side. As your family and truest friend. We all need a best friend, including Ellie I think she would love Natalie's friend as well!
Your worth is never found in the word of others Lillian, but in our Heavenly Father, Wayne Stewart went on to say.
It's getting late Lillian go inside and find Aunt Violet and get ready for bed, mamma said. Papa and I will be up for scripture reading and prayers shortly dear. Yes Mamma ,Lillian left the cool evening air filled with the sweet symphony of the crickets for the warm embrace of her home ,to find aunt Violet.
While Papa and Momma enjoyed the cool air and each other's company, Wayne I'm worried about her ! Momma went on to tell Papa about today's events. After Marie poured her heart to her husband, Wayne took her hand and gave it a gentle kiss, we will have to trust our Lord has a plan Marie , He will see us through ! You will see.....

Papa and Momma followed the winding staircase to Lillian's room. It was a nightly tradition for the family to read from the Bible and pray before bed. Lillian was already dressed in her delicately embroidered white nightgown trimmed in soft lace. Her bedroom was one of a princess one might seem. With a large cherry bed with soft pink silk bedding with a cascading lace canopy, filled with fluffy down pillows. Her bed faced a beautiful ornate fireplace that always had a glowing fire in the winter months. She had two large windows that faced the large willow tree that Lillian spent many hours playing in having all day adventures. The windows were covered with beautiful pink and white chintz fabric that matched two small chairs that sat around a small tea table. In the corner Lillian had her own cherry wood washstand and mirror. On the far wall was a small delicately detailed cherry writing desk. The walls were covered with a floral pattern wallpaper. Her room was complete with all she could ever hope for! A beautiful bed for Ellie, a small bureau for her clothes ,a tea table complete with a porcelain tea set! Still seeing Lillian setting in her beautiful room in the glow of the candle light you could see the ever looming sadness in her eyes.
There's my beautiful princess Papa's voice boomed! Are you ready for bedtime reading and prayers ? Yes Papa, Lillian replied trying to smile! Talking to Jesus and reading His word is one of my very favorite parts of Ellie and my self's day.
Momma snuggled Lilian up on her lap , papa opened his big black Bible to the book of Psalm 139 began reading . Lillian loved to hear papa read his voice was strong , smooth and animated. It was like making the words from the page jump off and come to life. When papa came to Psalm 139 :14 He paused and told Lillian to listen very closely, I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Papa closed his bible and took Lilian's hands and prayed one of the most beautiful prayers Lillian had ever heard. Papa had asked Jesus to heal her heart and help her to see how beautiful His creation truly was !
 Lillian opened her eyes at the sound of amen, with soft tears rimming her hazel eyes. Papa does Jesus really think I'm beautiful ? He sure does princess! God makes no mistakes, never forget that!
Papa and Mamma tucked Lillian and Ellie in for the night leaving her in the trusted care of Violet.
When the candles were blown out and the curtains were drawn, Lillian drifted into a soft slumber with hopes of a new friend.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Stitch In Time ~ Doll Clothes For Sale ~

Handmade American Girl Clothes
I am super excited to post these for sale ! The prices include shipping! The dresses are cross posted and will be one of a kind!
If your interested in a dress contact me at

Pink Silk Tea Dress $25 (1 available)

Pink Calico with Purple Trim $25 (1 available)

Floral Picnic Dress and Bow $ 20 (2 available)

Under garments $15 (1available)

Each Dress is been sewn by me! It is a one of a kind creation... I hope you guys enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed creating them!

Tea Cup Exchange 2017

This was my very first time ever participating in something like this ! I must say I have truly enjoyed it beyond words! I now feel better prepared for next years... I have made two very dear friends through this beautiful exchange.
It never surprises me how God can use the simplest things to bring such joy to your life!
I received Denise from name. I truly have enjoyed getting to know her ! I truly enjoyed preparing her box for her!  My hubby was a huge help in this as well! Since I have not been able to drive for the past year due to health problems, He was awesome at helping me gather the goodies for her box!
I have gained a new friend!

Linda from received my name! Linda and I also became quick friends!
I received the most beautiful package in the mail!

It was such a delight to see such a beautifully presentation of treasures!
I can not wait to feel well enough to have a proper tea party and incorporate these wonderful pieces into it!
More than the package I think I am most blessed with the friendship that had came form this! The opportunity to pray and be there for someone else has been a tremendous blessing!
Thank you Stephanie for hosting such an amazing exchange!
I look forward to participating for years to come! 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Happy Homemaker April 17,2017

Hoping everyone had a blessed Easter ! This past week and weekend has been crazy busy for my family! Our Wi-Fi has been on the brinks which is why my post will be late! Today was a bitter sweet day! It marked a year of the first heart Surgery.... 6 months since the last infusion... we will know in a few short hour if it has stayed gone! Then I will be by to check everyone's post out after the internet people figure out the problem later this evening! Hope everyone has a blessed week!

The weather.....
The weather is fantastic today ! Its sunny and warm... They are calling for storms, so I am going to enjoy it while it last! It's in the upper 80's

Right now I am....
listening to the soft hum of a fan and waiting pictures to back up...

Thinking about how much I have to get done between now and next week... But I have no energy to do it ....

On my reading pile....
I started reading Ann Voscamp's A Thousand Gifts ! Oh my it is so amazing...

On my TV.....
Once upon A time
Downton Abby
When Calls the Heart
This week history channel kicks off a Jack the Ripper series 

On the menu for this week....
Monday - Pizza
Tuesday- Spaghetti, salad and garlic bread
Wednesday- Beef Tips peppers and onions, broccoli and roasted red potatoes
Thursday- Italian seasoned chicken breast, broccoli, and potatoes
Friday- It will be time for a grocery run and a new menu

On my to do list....
Monday- rest
Tuesday- Echocardiogram appointment
Wednesday- Homeschool Co-Op
Thursday- clean the house
Friday- grocery store and start preparing for upcoming trip
Saturday- Family day and couples meeting at church
Sunday- Church
one day this week we are going to work in our yard some

In the craft basket....
I need to put some finishing touches on some doll dresses I have sewn and finish two!

Looking forward to this week....
I am so excited that week will have a slower pace ! I just found out my best friend is coming for a visit! I am so excited! 

Looking around the house....
It looks pretty good on the inside! The outside is in need of a little tlc.....

From the camera....

me and the love of my life
What I am wearing ....
Black shorts and a Minnie Mouse t-shirt

Simple pleasures....

 Having morning quiet time with my sweet girls ....

On my prayer list.....
We are awaiting some test results on the rhythm of my heart... Also I have to go tomorrow for a echo! I am a little anxious! I just want there to be no new signs of  fluid.
I am also praying for one of my very best friends and her family about some ministry opportunities!

Bible verse, Devotional....

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Then Came The Morning....

It is the wee early hours of the morning.... One of those I just can not rest to save my life type of deals.... The pain is intense tonight and has sent me to my old friend the chase...
My mind can not help but focus on the importance of what this day is and will hold!
Its Resurrection  morning the sun hasn't even risen yet.... The silence of the night is so calm..
Yet my mind keeps going to the thought was this the moment when the stone was rolled away! Was this the moment He Rose Again!
Today we will celebrate a RISEN Savior! The King of Kings!
The very thought makes my pain seem so insignificant...
The pain He endured just days earlier... The weight He carried of my sins... Wow ! He loved so much He took what I deserved and gave me grace!
How often we loose focus of that though and get caught in circumstances...
Today I want to not focus on my pain... I just want to truly focus on Jesus... To worship whole heartedly... To praise Him with every fiber of my being!
No matter how much sleep I lack or pain I feel!
I want to be like Mary when she seen Him and fall at His feet and worship!
To live in total thanksgiving for all He has done for me!
To never take one moment for granted...
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Matthew 28:6


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Good Morning

What a week ! I have felt like I have been treading water for days now! Sorry there hasn't really been any new post!
I have had a crazy busy weekend! It left me feeling drained to say the  very least!
Although, I must say it was well worth it! For the first time in 6 months I taught children's ministry and the A Life Of Faith Girls Club on  Sunday!
I so enjoyed feeling like I was finally getting back into the swing of things again! Spending time with the kids is medicine for this girls heart for sure!
Ever since the last heart and lung surgery in September, there really hasn't been a sense of normal... It has been decided I will return to teach twice a month.
For me that is huge! I am over our children's ministry... I just haven't been teaching like I was before! My body let me know real quick around 7 o'clock  Sunday that it had enough!
I woke up Monday running a fever of 100.5.
I have wore a heart monitor for seven days for rhythm issues. Of course other than normal everyday chest pain, my heart decided to behave lol!

So we shall see in about 10 days what it does or does not show !
I returned yesterday for a follow up with rheumatologist... The blood work for RA and Lupus came back normal... However that wasn't our get of jail free card... I still have two major symptoms of Lupus so I will need to be watched for awhile... We will return in August for another follow up!
She did however tell us she is very interested to see what the heart monitor and the echo show ! She went on to tell us she feels that the heart has no where healed enough for me to be feeling as I am expecting to considering it wen through two major heart surgeries 6 months apart from each other !
So we shall see !
I was able to get some doll dresses sewn and ready to sell ! I hope to get proper pictures and have them posted for sell by Friday !
I just really wish I had more energy ! I have homeschool co-op today and church tonight! So there will be no time for sewing today or picture taking ! I hope tomorrow I can finish loose ends of things! I have a crazy busy weekend ahead of us !
Please Help me pray I can keep up !
I am getting really excited we are only 2 wks. away  from women of joy conference! Last year when I went I was only 3 days post op from my first heart surgery !
This year I look forward to being able to walk and go with out oxygen!
Well time will soon be near to leave for co-op and I seriously need to make sure I eat breakfast and take meds before I leave!
I wanted to thank you for stopping by ! I will be praying for you this week ! I hope you will do the same for me ! ~Shellie

Friday, April 7, 2017

A Stitch In Time Lillian Stewart Series pt2

"Mamma" Lillian called, " I'm home" trying to be as quiet as possible Lillian tried to slip up the stairs of their two story home. Forgetting that the second step creaked she planted her foot firmly without thinking causing a creaking that echoed through the home ! Bringing Momma from the kitchen! Lillian is that you sweetheart ? Momma said rounding the corner ! "Momma was so beautiful" Lillian thought. Why hadn't God seen fit for her to look like her? She wondered to herself. Momma was tall not too thin just right Lillian thought,her long black hair pulled neatly in a bun showered off her perfectly rounded cheeks ,and her bright hazel eyes! She was wearing a pink day dress with her favorite kitchen apron . Lillian knew that meant Momma had been making Papa's favorite pies for supper the aroma filled the house ! Good heavens Lillian momma said when she caught site of Lillian and her dress ! What happened child ? Lillian just dropped her head . Nothing Momma I just slipped is all and well landed in the creek not meaning too. Lillian, Momma said I thought you were gonna go out and play with some of the girls here in town ? How is it you found yourself out by the creek all by yourself to play all by yourself again ? Oh no Momma I wasn't  by myself at all ! I had Ellie with me ! She never leaves my side ! Just then Lillian twirled to show Momma her precious doll. Momma realized Lillian had torn the hem of her dress . Lillian, is everything okay ? You were playing by yourself wasn't you? Or did someone push you? No momma no one pushed me! I promises I was by myself !

I was just looking at my reflection when I lost my balance Lillian explained! I see Said Momma , go on upstairs and get out that wet dress before you catch your death ! Yes Mamma , I'll be down shortly.
Momma quickly lifted a prayer to her Heavenly Father. As a Mom she knew deep in her heart that Lillian was hurting. Having a hard time loving the person God had made her to be ! As a mom that was a heavy burden to carry . It was at that moment when the cruel memory of the incident she just had happened upon, a month earlier flashed through her mind. The cruel words the group of girls were calling her beautiful princess . The group of six surrounded her in a circle as they told Lillian she was fat, ugly, a baby for playing with her precious Ellie, and if that wasn't enough ,they told her that they didn't want to be a ugly freckled face girls friend ! Lillian stood in the circle crying as they taunted her. Never fighting back, just stood with silent tears! From that day forward it was as if something had broken in her sweet princess. Her sparkle had gone from her eyes, the pep in her step was no longer there , she was distant , and seemed so alone in this big world! Although Lillian was surrounded by many who loved her, she never felt good enough alone and unhappy. Momma knew that all too well. Lord Momma prayed " please heal Lillian's heart! Send her a friend, not just any friend a true friend! Someone who will bring back what this world has stolen! Remind her she is worth loving and deserves to be happy! I know you can do it Jesus ! I just know you can....

Lillian and Ellie bounced down the stairs! There wasn't much left in this world that made Lillian happy,but she loved her home ! It had been her grandma's home. When she went to heaven before Lillian was born. The  beautiful plantation home was given to Lillian's family ! The home was decorated as if a royal family lived inside Lillian thought without any luxury left out. This was such an uncommon luxury for a Pastor's family. Momma's grandma had left her quite an inheritance. Making it possible for Lillian's parents Wayne and Marie to keep the stately home and give her a good childhood. Although she wasn't spoiled, she was treated like the princess they had prayed so hard for.Lillian always felt like a princess coming down the winding stairs. She headed toward the kitchen to find Momma, to see if she needed any help finishing supper.

     Momma was busy preparing the table when Lillian entered the bright kitchen. The breeze blowing through the windows blowing the cream floral lace curtains danced through the air! Momma's number 18 cook stove made the kitchen warm and cozy as the evening began to set in. The warmth drew the lovely aroma from the dried herbs that hung from the rafters! The mixture of lavender, rosemary,mint, and other herbs made the kitchen a delight to enjoy. The bounty she had prepared for her family was as pleasing to to the eye as it was to the taste. The crisp fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, and Momma's light and fluffy biscuits. Was one of Lillian's favorites. She couldn't wait for the flavor to explode with delight in her mouth! Princess could you please fetch me the water goblets? While Aunt Violet and I finish the meal please. Aunt Violet, will you be joining us for supper tonight? Why child I wouldn't miss it ! Why I haven't missed a meal with you in the nine years the Lord has given us with you ! Aunt Violet was Momma's nursemaid as a child and when Lillian was born she could not think of anyone else who she could trust to guide her in raising Lillian! In the Stewart home the color of the skin never determined how a person was treated. You were all equal in the eyes of God according to the Bible! So papa insisted the Stewart's home treat others as Jesus would equal! Violet may have been black but she was family! She would be treated as family as long as the Stewart's had breath in their lungs!

Moments later Pappa came bursting through the door! He had been visiting a new family that had just moved into their small mountain community. It wasn't often falls river got newcomers. When they did it was the talk of every dinner table in the small community! Hello darling have you had a good day? Papa asked Momma as she tilted her head for a kiss on the cheek. Yes dear I did. I take it by that grin on your face you're visiting the new family paid off? Momma loved to hear Papa recall his visits with the families of the community, he always repeats each conversation with such animation. Never leaving a detail out. It was such a blessing ! I feel they will be a true blessing to this little town! Where's my girl ? I haven't seen seen my freckled faced beauty ? Papa asked with a giggle in his voice ! Right here I am, Papa ! Lillian giggled. Her face beamed with pure delight as papa wrapped his strong arms around her and gave her a bear hug! Ohh Papa I missed you today! As I did you my sweet girl ! I hope your day was filled with adventure ! At the mention of adventure Lillian's cheeks blushed deep crimson red. Momma cleared her throat and told Papa dinner was ready. To keep from rehashing the scene Momma was still replaying in her mind, at the dinner table! momma made your favorite pie Papa ! For dessert, Apple just the way you like it !
Did she now ? Well then we must set down for this delicious meal so I may get to the best part !
Well then what are waiting for? Papa asked. Papa helped each of the ladies to their seats. Momma , Violet, and Lillian . Then they gathered hands and bowed their heads for the blessing over the food !
Lillian loved to hear Papa pray, he it made sound so easy as if He were talking to an old lifetime friend. Papa had taught Lillian that God was the very best friend anyone could have! He loved for His children to talk to Him as you would any other dear friend !
After dinner the family retired to the veranda for the evening. The cool mountain air made it a perfect end to a very warm day. The sound of crickets in the thicket serenaded the family as a symphony of the forest. The sun was setting in every hue of pink and orange that could paint the sky. The view never ceased to take Lillian's breathe away... The creativity God expressed through his creation made Lillian smile. It was a simple reminder to her that God loved her.
Papa tell us about the the new family Momma encouraged.
Well Marie they are from the coastal region , Wilmington I believe! They were brought here due to their daughters health. They came in hopes that the cool mountain air would help her weakened lungs. The father's  name is Mason Gulliver , his wife Sarah , their son Pete who is sixteen, their daughter Natalie who is nine like Lillian , and Carrie who is three. They are such a kind family. They have obtained a substantial home on the other end of town near the mouth of the creek. Mr. Gulliver Is planning to open a saw mill ! It will be an amazing opportunity for this community ! It brings promises of jobs to struggling families! He wants to help those who are less fortunate. It's so exciting momma ! His wife Sarah loves to sew just as you do ! I think you will like her ! You have lots In common, I think you'll become fast friends! Of course his son Pete will go to work in the saw mill when his Dad gets it going, their daughter Natalie is Lillian's age, her health is is recovering. She so sweet ! She was cuddling her own little doll, much like your Ellie ! I think you could be great friends ! We have been praying for new friends haven't we ? Papa asked Lillian. Lillian's eyes dropped to the ground , she couldn't see how anyone would want to be friends with a ugly girl who acted like a baby ! She bit her lip and held Ellie tight ! Hoping Papa wouldn't notice the tears welling up in her eyes. Papa went on to say That Natalie's sister Carrie was sweet and bubbly... At that moment Papa realized Lillian wasn't okay ....
Lillian darling what is it dear what is it ? What has upset you so ?
It was at that moment Lillian couldn't hold back the tears any more .... She let them flow freely from her eyes , the tears streamed down her cheeks , and dropped freely into what seemed to be becoming puddles on the veranda.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Time a Precious Gift

I have spent quite a bit of time trying to perfect my schedule over the past year.
Trying to handle the daily home duties to my family, ministry and hobbies. Are often very hard for me !
Last March I had a knee surgery that went terribly wrong...
It leaves me most days very tired and finding it hard to keep up with all I desire to do!
I started doing some research and searching my own life. asking some very important questions.
1- What can I give up
2-What are daily priorities
3-What can I do make it easier to handle
I must say I was quite surprised when I felt led to by a planner.
Also at the things the Lord showed me to purge....
God showed me that its okay to say no to things that aren't helping me or is to much. Its okay to schedule my week and try to hand off some of the responsibilities of things I don't have to do!
So I set out to Walmart and spent $7.00 on a planner that fit my needs. It was cute too so that was a plus !

I then sat down and made a list of priorities.
I choose certain days to do laundry. clean house, work on ministry things, blog, write my book, sew, and things my family have need of me to do.
I made a list for each day and started with what needed my attention first!
First on  my list is always my quite time then what ever is going to take the most time. then I moved on down my list!

Then as I was praying and seeking... God showed me I needed to try to set my alarm clock and get up earlier! Ouch that one hurt a lot lol! I wont even lie! I go to bed very early most nights and wake up just as tired lol!
However I did as my Daddy (God) showed me and put it into action!
I have only been doing this a few days!
I can already tell a huge difference ! I don't feel as over whelmed an I seem to be able to get more done! I am not constantly over booking myself either!
Its amazing how the simplest things can make the largest difference in our lives !
I am excited to see how this is working even a month from now...
 I am excited to feel more organized and together as well! I hope you all have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by... Pray I can wrangle the precious time God gives me daily and use it wisely! 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Happy Home Maker Monday 4/3/17

 Oh wow I am so happy to se a new week arrive! Last week was a bad week health wise.. This week brings hope of a better week... Hope that I feel better and hope life becomes a better normal than what I have now.. How ever no matter what I am blessed for all I have and how far I have came! I hope you enjoy a glimpse of my life and my home! That you will stop by and visit again soon!
    I hope you love this post you will join in on the fun and link up with us at Happy Home Maker Monday

The weather.....
Well I have to be honest I love spring, but I am not fond of storms! At the moment we are under severe thunderstorm watch along with a tornado watch! Its days like today that makes me miss the mountains! Tornado watches were far and few there...
our weekly forecast looks like this:
I look forward to the warmer days!  
Right now I am....

I am working on my blog and watching once upon a time....

I am thinking a nap would be nice lol... however it is a little late for a nap .... I need to finish my tea cup exchange blog entry!

On my reading pile....
The same as last week... However I did order Ann Voscamp's A Thousand gifts devotional this morning! I am almost done with a woman after God's heart study! It has been life changing!

On my TV.....

Favorites around here Once Upon A Time, Criminal  Minds, When Calls the Heart and Down Town Abby! We are catching up on ONCE now!

On the menu for this week....

Monday: Pizza
Tuesday: Broccoli Chicken Casserole
Wednesday: Philly Cheese Steak Subs
Thursday: Grilled Chicken, grilled corn, green beans
Friday: Beef tips, pepper and onions, broccoli and rice and herbs
Saturday: I am still just not sure...
Sunday: Eat Out
On my to do list....

Monday: Laundry Day
Tuesday: Homeschool Co-Op and heart dr appointment
Wednesday: Homeschool Co-Op, Going Deeper class that evening
Thursday: get some sewing done, tidy the house for the week , and grow group
Friday: tea with a friend
Saturday: ladies meeting about our upcoming trip to the women of joy conference
Sunday: Church and A Life Of Faith Girl Club

In the craft basket....

sewing, I need to finish some blog post, and take some pictures of my doll dresses that I have ready to sell

Looking forward to this week....
I am really excited to get outside and try to trim rose bushes and start a tea garden !

Looking around the house....

Honestly the house looks great! My hubby and my youngest did a deep clean on Saturday! That is something I am still not able to do! The house looks amazing! I am very blessed to have a family that doesn't mind to help!

What am I wearing...
Some comfy shorts and a oversized tshirt

From the camera....

This table sets in our formal living room... It was my husbands Grandmothers Tea table... 

On my prayer list.....
For a sweet family who will be waiting for a phone call about a new ministry opportunity !
For my health, I pick up a holster heart monitor to wear for 7 days Tuesday
For upcoming Women of Joy conference at Church

Bible verse, Devotional....

Beauty Is Found With In

How many times have you stood in front of your mirror and not wished to change a single thing about yourself?
You want to be smaller, have straighter hair or more perfect curls, wishing that blemish would just disappear, or even to wish to be shorter or better yet taller!
I suspect we all are guilty of such things...
However what if we just lived healthy lifestyles ( let me just say no one should skip ice cream and cookies all the time) and were satisfied with how God created us?
Growing up I dealt with a eating disorder... I never felt small or pretty enough. In my childhood home size was a huge deal.
So it left me never feeling like I would never measure up. When I met my husband I refused to eat when we went on dates... For months this went on till he asked me why... My response was, I was worried if I gained weight and changed he would no longer see me beautiful! I will never forget when he took my hands and assured me that was never ever possible ... For the first time I remember feeling pretty just the way I was a whole 105lbs soak and wet.
However it wasn't till the birth of my oldest that I was able to overcome the eating disorder and live a healthy lifestyle with her !
I vowed when she was born I would always praise her no matter what her size ! She would always be made feel beautiful in our home !
She faced many challenges with her health as a child and a year of steroids didn't help her feel so beautiful, neither did the comments of extended family began to diminish what we had instilled.
After much reassurance and hiccups along the way she had grown into a confident beautiful woman who loves the skin she lives in!
It was when my youngest started to show the tail tell signs of a eating disorder. I realized something in this world around us was broken.
My youngest was 12 when I realized something was wrong... We would soon learn she didn't like her appearance so much she didn't even want to be apart of this world...
What made it even worse is that herself worth was stolen by words spoken from one who was suppose to be her best friend.
It took months of counseling and even more reassurance for the next few years that she was beautiful from the inside as well on the outside!
That is something our world doesn't teach however. magazines and television shows portray that the happiest girls are very thin and guys don't like girls with curves.
It also teaches the uglier the attitude the prettier the girl.
I don't want that for my girls or anyone's girls for that matter! I want them to know to know they are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God ! He makes no mistakes! Being healthy does not always mean being thin! 
There is so much more to beauty that the outward appearance as well! For true beauty begins on the inside!
It begins with being humble, kindness, meekness, and gentle quiet spirit! It also comes from loving who God created you to be !
Being okay with the fact the reflection in the mirror may change many times through the years. Our bodies aren't meant to stay the same... Life can cause it change.
But are we preparing our girls for that? Are we teaching them that our worth is more than a size!
Over the past year my health has been a rollercoaster of a ride! I am the heaviest I have ever been I have earned some new battle scars one of which is 11 1/2 inches long. The other 3 inches long .
one of them can not be easily hidden when I wear a tank top or swim suit...
I have had to wear oxygen in my home and in public...
I will be the first to admit all of these things at different moments have caused some insecurities, when I took my eyes off of God.
However I will never forget my girls words to me when we were on vacation last year to the beach. Mom You will be the most beautiful one down there under a umbrella! Anyone who spends time with you will see that !
Its so important for us to teach our children to love the body they live in! To take care of it! But never hate it because it doesn't meet the world standards.
Teach them its okay to be different, to stand out!
Rock hair bows and tutus at any age if that's who they are! God made no mistake in who He created them to be!
Let them hear you love your body just the way it is! Let them hear you love your curls and your curves if you have them! Don't hide who you are! Be confident... Teach them to be the same....
It thrills my heart to see my youngest to look at herself in the mirror and smile.... To be okay to go clothes shopping and not stress over the size! She is beautiful and confident now! She knows her worth is found in God and no one else....
Where does your worth lie?
Is in the ten pounds you want to loose or the compliments of others?
Or do you truly love who God has created you to be !
Never be ashamed of a stretch mark ! It means you haven't went hungry or you were blessed to carry a child ! Never be ashamed of Gods creation after all He made you in His image ! He thinks your beautiful!
I have often felt like when I tell god I don't like myself I am telling Him his creation isn't good enough ... I never want to make my Jesus fell like what He has done is imperfect! After all His word teaches us that He is and all he does is perfect as well!
I pray when you look in the mirror from this point, You see how beautiful you truly are!
Thank you so very much for stopping by! I pray your week is filled with blessings!