Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas to all...



I just wanted to take a few minutes to come and wish all of you that are reading a wonderful and very MERRY CHRISTMAS! May you and your family have a blessed day with the ones you love. I hope that every day after Christmas will be a blessing to each of you...

This year we do not have our girls for Christmas so Christmas is not the same on these years, but we still are thankful for the birth of Jesus and we still have love and are extremely blessed and we look forward to our time with the girls when we are all together for New Years Day!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Optimist's Creed for Weight Loss

The Optimist's Creed for Weight Loss
By: Linda James

I promise myself to be so strong that
nothing can stop me from losing weight. 
To talk health, fitness and weight loss
to every person who wants to listen
To help all my overweight
friends feel that they too can
lose their extra weight.
To look at the fact that
I really can lose weight and 
to make this fact come true. To 
think only of success, to work only
for success and to expect only successful
weight loss. To be just as enthusiastic about 
the weight loss of others as I am about my own.
To forget the failures of the past and press on to 
the great weight loss achievements of the future.
To be motivated to lose weight at all times and to help
every overweight person I meet to be motivated too.
To be so focused on doing things that help me lose weight
that I have no time left to do things that make me gain weight.
To be too determined to give up, too fit to be unhealthy, too slim
to be fat, and too focused on successful weight loss to permit the
thought of failure. To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact
to the world by losing all the extra weight and keeping it off. To live
in the faith that I can be slim for the rest of my life so long as I
stay focused on the slim and slender me that I know I can be.

I found this online and I love it. I will use this when I begin my weight loss journey starting in January. This was posted on motiveweight.blogspot.com if anyone is interested in checking out that blog.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Tis the season to be jolly...

This is the first year in so long that I will not be mailing out Christmas cards. The days flew by and we didn't have a chance to get stamps and get our pictures done and I was tired of stressing about getting it done. It will be done next year, just taking a break this year. I miss doing it and sending it out, but life goes on right... 

It is kind of surreal during the years that we don't have the kids for Christmas. I mean it still feels like Christmas, but they are gone on Christmas morning and the magic of Christmas is just not there like when you have those kids who wake up and are so excited to see what Santa left them! We will be celebrating our Christmas morning the weekend after the New Year with them! I can't wait!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and a VERY Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

And so it begins...

Just a quick post to let you all know that I am prepping to post daily for the next years... It is taking some planning on my part, but I am excited for adding more content on here. I will post things about myself, recipes I have tried and have actually turned out like the picture shows, crafts I have done that turn out the same way and just my life...

I have been knocked down due to some health issues and I am slowly coming back from all of that. It sure hits you when you aren't expecting it and this time for me it has been over a month long with different things... I now have to learn how to deal with a few things in my life that I am working on and let me tell you it has been a struggle these last 3 weeks. I thank God for the life I have been give and the challenges he has put in my way, but I am exhausted physically, emotionally and mentally. Ready to feel better for a little while... It will not knock me down completely, I will always get back up... this time has just taken me longer to get back up. I do have an amazing husband who has walked every day with me and has been here supporting me and loving me and taking care of me. Love this man!

Stay tuned... more is coming...

Monday, December 1, 2014

Be you Bravely

I am reading a book by Sherry Surrant called Brave Mom. She is the CEO and President of MOPS, International. The book is absolutely amazing. I have never read a book that was so true to what I have always throught about while being a mother.

I have always worried about a lot of things when it comes to my daughter and being a mother. This book hit on point all those worries. It was like she was in my head. All the worries that I have ever had she wrote about in that book as she collected what other mom's fears were... I have realized as I keep reading that no one is alone... NO MOM IS ALONE... we all have our own fears and we all have our own worries. We are doing our very best in this thing called life and that is all that any of us could ever hope to do.

I worry my worries and fears will affect how well I am a mother, but all I have to do is give those things to God and let him work on making me a better mother to my daughter.

I would highly recommend if you are a mother reading this amazing book. I can't wait to read it again...

#bravemom

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

My sister-in-law Michelle

She has always cracked me up with her humor. She has given me some beautiful nieces and nephews.

10 favorite movies


  1. Fast and Furious - all of them - by far my favorite of all time movie series.
  2. The Lord of the Rings - all of them
  3. Harry Potter - all of them
  4. X-Men - all of them
  5. Pretty Woman 
  6. Dirty Dancing
  7. Mom's Night Out
  8. Transformers - All of them
  9. A Time to Kill
  10. The Expendables - all of them

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

Being able to sew the hearts for comfort...

It makes me very happy to get these done and to know they are going to people in need. I pray over each and every one I sew and I just hope they give some sort of comfort during a difficult time.

Favorite Desserts...

CHEESECAKE by far is my favorite dessert of all time...

Dessert that my momma makes would be her chocolate yummy dessert.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

My health...

Despite the recent Kidney Infections I have gotten, I am healthy for the most party. I am very thankful for this!

One of my accomplishments I am happy about...

Of course by far the fact that I graduated college is high up on this list...

but the one that I have always been proud of and stand by 100 % is the fact that I have never experienced with drugs. I have taken prescription drugs when needed, but nothing else.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Today I am thankful...

My love of all things organized!

Favorite comfort foods...

Anything my momma cooks I consider comfort food... But if it is something I am making it would be chicken spaghetti or crawfish etoufee... 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

HEATHER

We have been best friends since we were 2 years old. Its very rare to find a friend at the age of 2 and grow up together living right behind each other. Growing up we were always together. Her parents were my 2nd parents and mine were her 2nd parents. We had many ups and downs growing up and I remember the moments when her momma was there with me during a tough time.

Growing up we didn't stay as close, but we were always friends. 


Years went by and life moved on... we have become close again and now she is my sister-in-law. We always joked growing up that we just wanted to be sisters when we were older... our joke came true and I am so thankful for her. 

We might not talk all the time, but we are there for each other when we need to be and we both know that!


I love her dearly!

Top things on my bucket list...

I am not sure what is at the top of my bucket list. I have so many things on there that it is hard to pick out my top ones...

If you are interested in seeing my bucket list you can go here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FIRST WEDDING PLANNER

At our brother's wedding the service was really nice and the pastor read some great things... 

One of my favorite things he said was:

"God was the first wedding planner there was."

What a great quote. He is absolutely correct. I love it!

INTERESTING facts from our Road trip...

Here are a few things I found was interesting on our road trip:


  • You are not allowed to pump your own gas in Oregon. This I find really interesting. 
  • Motorcycles pass in between cars in Portland.
  • There are trees covered in MOSS everywhere in Oregon. They are so interesting and creepy looking, but very COOL!
  • NO ONE USES blinkers in California. It is the most frustrating thing and so weird no one does it. 
  • The lines at the drive thru In N Out were absolutely insane. There was always 10 cars in line waiting each time we went which was twice and every time we passed they were packed. So, crazy.
  • You are not allowed to bring fruit into California. They have a check point to see if you have any fruit in your car. If you don't, you are allowed to keep going.
  • There are SO many fruit trees in California... so MANY. I saw my first Olive tree and Blueberry tree. They were so cool!
  • The speed limit in California is enforced by aircraft. 
  • The amount of bridges in Portland and California are crazy. 
  • Round trip: 783 miles was our round trip mileage.

Road Trip with my husband

His brother was getting married and he asked him to be his best man... How exciting and fun! He lives in Sacramento, California. Flying was out of the question due to how much the tickets were for us to both fly down there. So, we decided to drive! And we started planning and saving for our road trip to California. 

I was pretty excited because I have never ventured out of the state of Washington, so it was a chance for me to see some new places and enjoy the time in the car with my husband.


The day before arrives and we spend the evening packing our bags and getting ready to leave. Our goal was to leave at 5 in the morning... we ended up leaving at 5:45 so not too much later, but at 5:45 we were on the road and headed to Sacramento. 

It was definitely an experience and one that I will never forget. I enjoyed spending the quality time with him as we listened to music, talked for hours about different things, made it through the stressed of our trip... 

We were coming through the Mountain Pass when his car started getting cold. He did a few things to it and we were on the road again... a little bit later we ended up stopping at a gas station to get something to help the car get us to an auto parts store. He thought his thermostat was going out. We finally made it to Yreka, California and we stopped at a NAPA store. We bought the new Thermostat and he was able to borrow tools from the guys in NAPA which was awesome and saved us money. He had a really hard time getting to the part. He spent close to an hour trying to get the old part out to install the new one. A man came to the store to buy something. On his way to his truck he stopped and asked if he needed help. This STRANGER helped him take the part out and install the new part. He also stayed around to make sure it started okay before he left. We offered to pay him, but he wouldn't take anything. His reply was, "I hope one day if my girls are stranded someone will be nice enough to help them, like I am helping you?" This man was sent from God and he is truly our lifesaver of this trip. I will never forget his generosity!

We were delayed 2 hours, but we were on the road again... we got to Sacramento around 7. 15 hours in the car was a bit much, but we had an adventure and even with the stress we did it together and enjoyed each other. We headed straight to the restaurant for the rehearsal dinner. We ate dinner and headed back to our brothers house where we slept for the next few nights. We went to sleep and then woke up the next day and started our running around. 

We had to go to a few stores and get the things we needed for the wedding and then we had to go to the TUX shop so he could try on his tux and make sure everything was good and then we picked up the other tuxes that needed to be picked up. We headed back to the house and got ready. We headed to the wedding location around 2. 

It was a beautiful location. They got married outside and it was decorated very beautifully with flowers... it was a small service and it lasted about 30 minutes or so. After that we headed over to the reception hall... we took a few pictures with the family and then the reception was very beautiful. The decorations were just very elegant. All and all it was a beautiful wedding and we were very blessed to be able to share this moment with his brother and his new wife. 

We left the reception hall around 9 and then headed back to the house to unwind and get some sleep before our long drive in the morning. I got all our stuff packed up and ready to put in the car in the morning and we sat down for a little bit before I started falling asleep.... off to bed we went. 

We got up the next day and headed out. The drive was a nice one. It rained off and on and we made great timing. We got to Portland around 7:30 and we ended up staying in a hotel for the night. We wanted to do something for us and it was nice to be able to sleep before we finished the last part of our trip.

We got up the next morning and went to the mall to go shopping. It was a fun time at a new mall... it was 3 stories and they had a skating rink in the middle of the mall. It was definitely an experience for me. We walked around for a few hours and then headed out... we went to a different part of Portland to look at a store and then have lunch and then we were on the road again... 


We got home around 4 and we were so thankful to be home. What a great experience to enter into Oregon and California with my husband. I got to meet his brother and enjoy his wedding and just a great bonding experience for us both. I will never forget our trip!

Today I am thankful for...

My heritage...

I am southern belle living in Washington state... I might not be living down south anymore, but I have kept my heritage with me...

I love all things Louisiana and thankful that is my home state!

Last time I cried...

This was October 20th. C kept something from me that a mother should know and that night I cried because she didn't tell me... I want her to be able to come to me with anything...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

Date Nights with my husband

I love this man more than I could ever explain... He is such an amazing man and I am so thankful God brought him into my life.

I love every second and minute we get to spend with each other.

Our date nights are more special the busier we get with life... We take trips together every now and then... We just got back from driving to Sacramento for his brothers wedding. A total of 20 hours in the car with him was more special than he will ever know... We talked, listened to music, talked about anything we could think about... it was a great trip.

What makes me feel better...

My husband always has a way of making me feel better. I love that man dearly. 

My kids can always make me feel better with the love they show me and the kisses from C. 

My best friend Jenn always knows how to make me laugh. 


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

Old photo's and all the memories I have growing up.

Favorite Holiday

By far is Christmas. I love everything about it, but mostly the music. I can listen to Christmas music year round if no one complained about it :)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

MY

AWESOME

GRANDPARENTS

Favorite TV shows

I am a TV lover. I love my shows and I can't just pick one... Here are the shows that I watch:


  • Blue Bloods
  • Grimm
  • Constantine - new show... still getting into it
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • Chicago Fire
  • Chicago PD
  • Law and Order: SVU
  • Scandal
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • Mom
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Melissa and Joey
  • The Mystery of Laura
  • Parenthood
  • 2 Broke Girls
  • Hawaii 5-0
  • NCIS
I feel like I am missing something, but this is the basics.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

MY nieces and nephews...

A difficult time in my life...

There have been a few of these moments in my life...

2 of the biggest difficult times in my life was when Marla Faye and Trena committed suicide... I was 13 when Marla Faye passed away and we were very close. That completely changed my life in ways I never understood until I got older. Trena's death in 1999 was very hard as well. You are never prepared for a loss through suicide. Especially once you have already been through it... I can not explain easily what that was like for me growing up... our family is very strong and we managed to get through both deaths, but it is something that weighs on us every day!

The other difficult time in my life was my divorce. I will not go into details what that was like, but it was life changing definitely. It made me a better/stronger person...


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

MY BROTHERS

My oldest brother and I have had our fair shares of ups and downs, but I think as we get older we grow closer together. We definitely have been through some times together, but I love him and am very thankful for him...

My middle aged brother and I grew up 18 months apart so we were always together. We didn't really have the best relationship growing up, but after we got over a certain age we just realized we loved each other too much... I would say after the age of 18 we started growing up. I love this man more than I could ever say and I am thankful for him always being there with no ifs ands or buts. He has always supported me in every decision I have made.

My Pet Peeves

Oh the list is getting bigger the older I get...

A few things right off the top of my head:

#1 and by far the thing that can send me up the wall is the constant clicking of pens.

I can not stand when doors are open, like cabinet doors or the closet door. However, I can not sleep when my bedroom door is shut.

The lights being on when no one is in the room...


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

MY COUSINS

I have a lot of first cousins, second cousins and third cousins...

We are all close in our own way. I was raised around my first and second cousins and they are all awesome in their own way. We have always stuck by each other in the good times and bad... We have definitely had our fair share of bad moments, but with those moments the good come as well!

10 of my favorite songs

This is a mix of all different kind of songs:


  1. O Holy Night - Celine Dion
  2. Once Upon a Christmas - Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
  3. We Believe - Newsboys
  4. Oceans - Hillsong United
  5. Just like Heaven - The Cure
  6. All things Basshunter
  7. One Thing Remains - Passion
  8. How Great is our God - Chris Tomlin
  9. I am - Crowder
  10. Our God is an Awesome God - Michael W. Smith

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

MY crazy, wonderful, loving AUNTS!

Yes, I said they are crazy. But they are crazy in their own good loving way. We are a tree filled with NUTS and we all have our quirks, but I love each and every one of them! They are all such a big part of my life. I was raised around them and we are a close family so growing it, we were always together!

They are amazing woman who I look up to every day! I LOVE YOU LADIES!!!

Someone I miss...

There is a list... I can't just pick one person... 

I miss my MawMaw on my dad's side. We lost her when I was very young and I don't remember much about her. I have seen the pictures of her and heard stories about how amazing she was. I do have a picture of her and I, but that is all I remember. 

I miss my Grandma and Pop on my mom's side. They both passed away in 2004 and it seemed to happen so fast. Grandma passed away and then a few weeks later Pop followed her. I miss them both extremely. 

My cousins who passed away when I was younger... Marla Faye passed away when I was 13 and Trena passed away when I was 19. Both of their death's affected me in ways I never thought possible. I think their death's affected everyone who knew them! It was definitely a difficult time in our lives!

I love them all and miss them more than words could ever say!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

CRAFTS

I love everything crafts... PINTEREST has been created and I am in love with this website. It gives me great ideas for different things I would like to do down the road.

I love scrapbooking.... I just ordered pictures to put a scrapbook together for my husband and I. I need the scrapbook but I can start working on the pages until I find the perfect book! I am so excited to get this done!

I love sewing... It is a newly added craft. I love sewing the hearts that are handed out to the community in time of need. It makes me very honored to be able to help those in need with a small gesture as a stuffed heart.

I love making cards. I don't have time to do it as much as I would like to, but it is something I absolutely LOVE.


Where I want to be in 10 years...

The only thing I see different in 10 years is my role in MOPS. I want to watch the girls grow up and turn into beautiful young ladies. I want my marriage to flourish...

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

NATURE - God's beauty

Washington is so beautiful during the month of November. All the trees have changed colors and the leaves begin to fall and the different colors of the trees are just so breathtaking.

I love the mountain and the oceans and every beach I walk upon... It is all beautiful in its own way!

My worst habit

Definitely my worst habit is worrying!

I get it honestly though.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

My future...

I am so excited to watch our girls grow and live our life together with my husband. I don't know what it will be like, but I am looking forward to each day that God grants us!

What am I afraid of?

The list of what I am afraid of has grown over the years... There are really too many to count...

I have slowly decided to give those fears to God and let Him work on me with those things...

Friday, November 14, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

all my amazing doctors and the offices that I visit when I need to for any kind of health problem...

My husband has amazing benefits so when I need to go to the doctor I do. It has definitely helped having some great doctors in my life that can help when needed!


Favorite Childhood Book

Any book that my parent's read to me was my favorite. It didn't matter what it was... I enjoyed whatever I was read.

I do have a few books from my childhood that my parents read to us before bed and I have started to read them to C now. It brings back all the good memories!

PIANO WOMAN

I have always been a fan of playing the piano. My parent's had a piano when we were growing up and I took lessons for a while and just have loved it ever since. My favorite music to play on the piano is Christmas music...

Since moving to Washington no one I knew had a piano... when I started working for my boss I knew he had a baby grand piano. Just recently he brought the beautiful piano down to the office and I have been extremely happy ever since. I love the piano and I am absolutely excited to relearn how to play the piano and teach my baby girl how to play! She is so excited to learn.

I have the best boss ever... I can sit and play the piano all day long, but work must come first. My playing will come before work and after work!

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LOVE IT!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

MY PAST

I might not have ever expected my life to turn out like it is now, but I am thankful for every bump and mountain I have had to climb to get me to today! I am a much better and stronger person now than I have ever been. I am so thankful for all the amazing people in my life who have been great influences in my life.


Dream Job

My dream job has always been to be a teacher.

I did start college to become a teacher, but I observed one year and decided it was not for me.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

Technology

It has been a great way for me to keep in contact with my friends and family from Louisiana. I get to see my nieces and nephews on Facebook and I get to email my family members all the time.

Its been a great thing in my life to this date...

Timeline of my day

A normal day goes like this:


  1. Wake up around 5:30 to make my husband's lunch
  2. Go back to sleep until 7 or 7:30
  3. Leave the house at 8:05 to take C to school
  4. Go to work
  5. Leave work at 2:30 to go pick up C from school
  6. Back to work for one more hour
  7. Leave to go home at 4:30
  8. Make sure C's home work is done
  9. Make sure C is bathed and ready for bed 
  10. Dinner
  11. Relax and watch some of my shows
  12. Sew some hearts
  13. In bed anytime around 10 - 12
That is a normal day... I might have 4 of these a week if I am lucky! Add MOPS, church or anything with C's school into the mix and its a whole new day and list... 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hospital Visits are definitely no fun...

The pain yesterday was annoying. It was constant all day long at work and I was extremely tired and just drained. At 7 I decided that the symptoms were not any better than the day before and the Urgent Care Doctor told me to go into the ER if they were not any better within 24 hours of taking my antibiotics... 

So, I go and I get checked into the ER and I wait. I was actually surprised with the beginning of my visit. It was one of my better visits I have had in an ER. I was taken back to triage about 20 minutes after I sat down. Once I was all checked in I was taken back to my room. The nurse came in shortly after and went over my vitals and discussed what was going on. She left and about 30 minutes later came back in to get things set up for my IV. While she was in there the doctor came in and we went over what was going on. He decided that we were going to start fluids, start a new antibiotic and then give me toridal for the pain. He left and the nurse went and took my blood and urine to the lab to get that checked out and she came back and started the IV with all that good stuff included. 

I sat there for about 1 1/2 hours while it dripped into me. I had the lights off... Criminial Minds was on the TV and I had 2 heated blankets due to the IV making me so COLD! I was set... 

I finally got out of there around 12:30. He said I just have a really really bad kidney infection that the first antibiotic wasn't helping fast enough. He started me on a 2nd antibiotic and gave me a dose of morphine and sent me home. Abe got a good kick out of me on morphine... but LET me tell you... for the first time in 2 days I sleep so soundly. I got up when Abe's alarm went off. It was nice!

2 antibiotics to go and praying it heals me quickly. Today I am tired and a little drowsy and the pain is there, just not nearly as bad. I am ready to get off work and go lay down for the night.

MY AWESOME friend Melina is bringing us a freezer meal from MOPS. I will pop that bad boy into the oven and let the oven cook our dinner for us. I love my MOPS group and their desire to help when life knocks you on your butt! My ladies rock and I appreciate them so much!



Today I am thankful for...

My Godparents...

They are amazing people and I am blessed to have them in my life!

What is in my purse?

Well lets see... other than the normal stuff people carry in there purse I have:

  • an inhaler for anxiety
  • lip balm
  • a ton of pens
  • motrin
  • my prescription sunglasses

Monday, November 10, 2014

KIDNEY Infection PAIN is the WORST!

All I can say is Kidney infection pain is the absolute WORST!

I felt this pain for the first time a few months ago when the pain in my back woke me up in the middle of the night with tears running down my face it hurt so bad... That time I went to the ER at 4 in the morning and left around 9 with a kidney infection and urinary tract infection. I got my meds and went home and slept for most of the day. Thank God for my best friend Jenn who took my daughter so I could sleep. 


This time was the same thing.. I woke up at 1 in pain. At 4:30 I was able to get some motrin in and fell asleep at 5 until I woke up at 7 to get ready and head to the urgent care. The ER took way too long last time and its so much money to go there, even with my insurance. I got the kids ready and brought them to Jenn, who offered to watch them while I went. I got to urgent care and I was the first one in line when they opened at 8. I was in and out of there in 40 minutes with my prescription for an antibiotic for my kidney infection, bladder infection and urinary tract infection. She tends to think I have a kidney stone possibly hiding in there that is large enough that it isn't passing and that keeps popping these infections up. I have a follow up appointment next Monday to make sure I am all good. 

Talk about knock me on my butt. The kids came back around 10 yesterday but they were good. They played and watched their movies and shows and really helped me out when needed. Today I have been at work for 4 1/2 hours and its been the longest 4 1/2 hours ever. I am so ready to go home and lay down. I was expecting the meds to kick in sooner than this... 

Praying for quick healing and no kidney stones... 

Today I am thankful for...

MOPS

I began MOPS in February of 2011 right after I started church with Abe. I fell in love with MOPS. The ladies were amazing and so welcoming and I felt like it was a great ministry for me to be in. We would meet twice a month to listen to a speaker and then do crafts. They have playdates once a month and MOM's night out once a month... It seemed like a great fit for me and then a place C could go and play and do crafts as well. Childcare was free so it was a bonus...

In 2013, I joined MOPS leadership team as a table leader. It was a great experience and I definitely enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I was asked to be the co-coordinator at the beginning of this year and after much praying, it is where God has chosen for me to be at this moment.

It is a lot more than I ever thought it would be, but when I see the ladies happy and I see they are getting all that they need to get from the ministry it makes it all worth it. When a new mom comes to our meetings and tells me this is what she needed in her life, it makes all the stress and work so worth it. I am in this position for 2 years, but I can stay longer if God isn't ready to let me walk away yet...

This year as a co-coordinator I went to Louisville, Kentucky for our MOPS convention. The 3 days that I was there was so amazing. The workshops/sessions were so amazing and I definitely needed that moment in my life. I am looking forward to next years MOPS convention.

It is such a great experience and I am so thankful for my MOPS leadership team, my MOPS ladies and the great awesome relationships I have made from being in MOPS. It is definitely something that has changed my life for the better! I am so thankful for all my MOPS ladies...

Favorite Quote

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

My PASTORS... 

Pastor Gordon and Pastor Derozette are the lead pastors at my church. I went to church with Abe when we first met the first Sunday of January 2011. I fell in love with how Pastor Gordon was so passionate about what he was talking about and I felt at home. It was my first time coming, but I felt this was my home church! They have both been great influential people in our life, and I feel extremely thankful for them both.

I met with Pastor Derozette once when I was having a confusing time in my life and she told me one thing that just stuck with me and completely changed my life. After that I got water baptized, I joined a bible study and then joined MOPS leadership which has only flourished over the last few years. 

They are amazing people who I am so blessed to have in my life and in our kids lives!

If I won the lottery...

Oh there are a lot of different things I would do if I won the lottery...

Here is what is going on in my head if I won the lottery:


  1. Accounts set up for both our girls for their college expenses
  2. Accounts set up for both our girls for their weddings
  3. Pay off all our student loans 
  4. Pay off all our past due accounts completely
  5. Buy a house
  6. Buy new cars
  7. Set up a retirement fund for both of us
  8. Give my parents back any money I have ever borrowed from them
  9. Take the kids to Disneyworld
  10. Set up a travel/yearly trip fund for us to enjoy trips yearly for the rest of our lives with the kids and then have funds for couples trip only
  11. Set up a Christmas fund to have money saved for as long as we can... 
  12. Get all new furniture for the house
I think that covers the basic's of what I would want to do... 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

Today I am thankful for my great friends Brittany and Danielle... I met them both during my experiences with church. They were both in a woman's bible study that I joined and I just got along with the 2 of them really well. When Brittany was running the children's ministry, Danielle and I both served... They are both in MOPS...

We just have so much in common... I am most thankful for our relationship. They both make me want to be a better person and do the best I can for any situation I am in. They both support me in all the decisions I make and I just love them dearly! They are great faithful women, who are very encouraging and loving.

You ladies ROCK!

Most Proud Moment

The moment my daughter was born was one of the most proudest moments of my life... I was her mother and I was going to raise her into this beautiful awesome little lady and I was so proud at that moment...

As life has gone by and my daughter keeps growing, she makes me proud of her every day! I love her more than words can express!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Piercings and Tattoo's

I have 2 holes in each ear in the normal hole locations.

I have 4 tattoos... 1 on my back between my shoulder blades, 1 that starts on my right foot and wraps around my lower leg, 1 on my left foot and then one on the inside of my calf.

I love them all except the one on my back... Good thing I don't have to look at that one all the time! sometimes you do regret your decisions, but you learn to live with them!

Today I am thankful for...

Our house and our cars...

When I first moved to Washington it seemed like I was moving every 2 years or so... I think from 1999 to 2006, I moved a total of 5 times. That is just plain craziness... 

I am so thankful that in 2006 our home was a duplex in Auburn and we have been there ever since. Our rent is good, we have an amazing neighbor and its close to everything. Its 10 minutes from work, 10-15 minutes from church and then 20 minutes from all the shopping area's. C's school right now is absolutely amazing and I love how small the school is and how great the teachers and principle and staff are. 

So, right now our home is perfect. We are happy there, for now... 

WE both have cars that are running nicely and that are PAID off. What a relief to have no car payments. We are very thankful for this!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Favorite Old Photo

My amazing grandparents. 

I miss them so much its unreal!

Today I am thankful for...

My job!

I started working at my job in September of 2000... It has been a little over 14 years and I still love my job. I have an amazing boss who understands that I have a family and he knows that family comes first. And that has made this job the most awesome job ever. If C is ever sick she comes to work with me and she has her own little spot where she sits and she watches her movies and colors and just rests. It is really a true blessing. 

It does help that I absolutely love what I do. I LOVE my clients and those people who you start to form a relationship with over the years. I have customers who will only call my cell phone and some that will only come in if I am in the office. They all make my job even better! 

It is a great place to work and I am extremely thankful for my boss and all that he has done and does do for me... Thank you is not enough for all that he has done... 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

My best friend Jenn... 

Her and her family came into my life in a very different way, but once we met, we began to get close and she has been by my side ever since the first day we meet. There has been so much she has been with me through to even put down on paper. She was there during the really tough times when no one else was... she was the person who told me I would be okay and be a better person in the end... she was there during all the great times and we are not only friends we are family! 

I can not thank her enough for all that she has done for C and I. I love her and her family extremely and its awesome to know that we have each others back no matter what! It is very rare to find this kind of a friendship, but I am thankful for her!

A few of my favorite foods...

Just to think of a few:


  • EVERYTHING SHRIMP
  • Mexican Food of all kinds
  • My momma's home cooked food
  • Lasagna
  • A good juicy hamburger

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

MY PARENTS!

They are 2 amazing people who I could not imagine my life without them. They are the best parents a girl could ever ask for. They have always been here for me over the years and I can definitely tell you I did not make their life easy when I was younger... They never stopped loving me once and they are the 2 people who I look up to the most in my life. They are my hero's.

I love them more than I could ever put into words...

3 pesronality traits I am proud of

If I had to choose 3 only, I think I would say:


  1. Dependable
  2. Happy
  3. Organized

Monday, November 3, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

MY KIDS!

I was blessed in 2007 when I got pregnant with my little girl. In 2008 she blessed my life in more ways that I could ever imagine. I knew a mothers love was one of a kind, but man, its been life changing. She was born 3 weeks early and she has been loved unconditionally ever since!

I was also blessed in 2011 when I was able to meet the oldest... she is my husband's daughter and 3 years older than the youngest. I am now her step-mom and she keeps me laughing.

I love them both dearly and thank God for them both all the time! Life is great...

My Guilty Pleasure

GODIVA chocolates would be my guilty pleasure. I am thankful we only get me a box every 3 or 4 months... It is one of my favorite stores to visit in the WORLD!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

Today I am thankful for my HUSBAND! I never realized that life could be so amazing. This man came into my life unexpectedly. I know that God played a part in making this man mine... We met, we fell madly in love, we moved in together and then we got married! It feels like we have been together forever, but it really hasn't been that long... we met for the first time in 2010 and got married in 2012. This man has been a blessing in every way possible. He loves me unconditionally and he tells me all the time how beautiful I am. He compliments me all the time and he just genuinely loves me. He is a hard worker and I thank God for him every day! I look forward to our future and what it holds for us... God will take us in the direction he wants us to go in, but man what an amazing ride so far!

My earliest childhood memory

There are so many memories that I remember growing up... my earliest would be playing with my best friend growing up Heather in our neighborhood. She lived in the house behind mine and we met when we were 2 years old. As the years went by we were inseparable. We have been through so many things together throughout the years and as of today she is now my sister in law... we always joked about wanting to be sisters... well now we are... Life is good!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Today I am thankful for...

GOD.

A few things I have learned over the years is... God does things on His own schedule and NOT yours... He is always there even when you choose to distance yourself from HIM. He remains!

My daughter and I sing this song when it is on the radio... we sing it loud and we LOVE it:

WE BELIEVE in GOD THE FATHER
WE BELIEVE in JESUS CHRIST
WE BELIEVE in the HOLY SPIRIT
And HE'S given US new life
WE BELIEVE in the CRUCIFIXION
WE BELIEVE that HE CONQUERED DEATH
WE BELIEVE in the RESURRECTION
And HE'S COMING BACK AGAIN, WE BELIEVE!!!


21 things about ME

  1. I am currently married to the love of my life. Because of him I have become a better person and I am loving and enjoying life to the fullest. He is an amazing man and I am so thankful God put him in my life!
  2. I can say Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in Latin... I learned in Mrs. Perkins class at Sulphur High and it was one of my favorite classes of all time. It stuck with me all these years. 
  3. I have 2 beautiful girls in my life... the first one I gave birth to in 2008 and she is the light of my life... the second one God brought into my life when I married my husband and she keeps me laughing... They are both amazing girls and I look forward to watching them grow!
  4. I moved to Washington state when I was 19 and let me tell you, I believe God brought me here for reasons I didn't realize until I grew up. It is my home and I am in love with living here. 
  5. I gave birth to my daughter by emergency c-section... due to her birth I now have 2 scars not just one from that day... I have the c-section scar on my belly, but I also have a scar about the same length as my other scar and that one is from the tape they used to hold the epidural in. Apparently I had a reaction to the tape they used... 
  6. It bugs me extremely when my nails aren't painted... that goes for my fingernails and toes. 
  7. I am a very organized person and things have to be a certain way in my life... I won't go into many details but if you are around me long enough you will see me do things to make sure they are done the way I need them to be... An example is lights being on in the house when people aren't in a room or cabinets or doors being open when they usually are suppose to be shut... I will go around and turn off lights and shut things ALL the time. 
  8. I home state is Louisiana and it is my first love! I was born and raised there and it is never away from my heart. I visit as much as I can and I have taken so much away from that state and shared it with my loved ones up north. 
  9. My relaxing spot where I go to relax and just unwind is my bathroom... I love lighting all my candles and running a hot bath and playing God music, as my daughter calls it. It is one of the most relaxing places I can be... 
  10. I have a birth mark on my left leg right below my knee. It is 1 inch wide and 1 inch in length. I have had it since birth and I have even had doctors tell me I should probably had it removed. No thank you... I was born with it, I will die with it... The only reason I would remove it, is if it cancerous. 
  11. My favorite place to go in Washington state is the Ocean. The sound of the waves, the sand in your toes... it is just break taking!
  12. MY FAVORITE restaurant with my favorite food would be Red Lobster when they have the all you can eat shrimp. 
  13. I love all things craft... Pinterest is amazing for getting ideas for all these crafts I want to do... I love scrapbooking, sewing, etc... 
  14. My favorite drink is diet coke and something I spoil myself with from time to time is hot chocolate. 
  15. I absolutely love music of all kinds... I listen to Christian music the most until Christmas time and then that is all I listen to until after Christmas day!
  16. I have super super super thin hair. 
  17. My favorite candy is Godiva. If it is just something you can get at a grocery store it would be Hershey air chocolate bar :)
  18. My favorite holiday is Christmas...
  19. I love love love watching movies. I love all kinds. 
  20. I am the co-coordinator of our MOPS group and I love MOPS. 
  21. I love God... LOVE GOD. LOVE PEOPLE. LIVE DEVOTED!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

November is coming soon...

For November I am going to be posting daily for 2 different things... 

The first thing I will be doing is a month of blogging with different things about me... 

The second thing I will be doing is blogging about what I am thankful for each day of November..... I am thankful every day for each of these things, but during Thanksgiving month I like to post :)

I hope you enjoy!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Half off Tealights...

Tea lights are half off starting October 29th through the 31st.... they are usually $10 for a dozen and for these 3 days they will be $5 each... 

If you are interested in this deal, please visit partylite.biz/peanutsmommy7 to order yours! 

59 days until Christmas

There are 59 days until Christmas...

Normally by this time I have all of the girls Christmas gifts in my bedroom hiding from them... I also have about half of my normal shopping done and am only thinking about doing our Christmas cards... 


Well, this has been one crazy year... I guess because we went on a long vacation/honeymoon, I let the year get away from me...

I have not even 1/4 of the gifts we normally get the girls... and NONE of my normal shopping done for anyone else... so in sets my my panic mode. 

I am however, thankful for online shopping and the fact that I have 8 shipments out being processed for the girls, Abe and my mom... The girls have quite a bit done by now so we just have a few things left for them and our normal shopping to do.

We do not have the girls this year for Christmas. It's super sad and always hard... but it gives us more time if needed to finish getting things we need!


I hope you are all doing well in your shopping... 

Young Living Essential Oils


I started buying Essential Oils a month ago. I have heard some great testimonies about the different things oils can do for you and I was like why not try it out... so my Pastor at my church shared her experiences with me and she was the one that I signed up under to start my own collection of oils... 

I am very excited... Especially since some of the oils are known to work for headaches/stomach aches which are the ones I need for my girls. I hate to give them medicine for headaches this young and for stomach aches... so I am hoping these will work on them and if so, stock up!

I am also excited to start trying my Cedarwood. I have heard great testimonies of of Cedarwood working to regrow your hair. I have my daddy's very thin hair and for the last 6 months I have noticed the thinning getting to be more noticeable. Well for me at least it has been... others say its not that noticeable. So, I am excited to start trying my Cedarwood!

Stay tuned for testimonies of my own to share :)


Hearts of Comfort

Here is one of the hearts I am making to comfort people who are grieving. I started making these a few months ago and I have to say that when I make them it is very relaxing and fun. Especially now that I have my new sewing box one of my awesome friends got me, it makes things more exciting... Now I just need more threads and fabric to cut more squares...

Check out my new sewing box...


Saturday, October 18, 2014

The quiet...

Every other weekend the time comes where my baby girl gets very excited for her daddy to pick her up. She looks forward to this time... I love that she has a relationship with her dad..

Some weekends go by quickly. Some weekends I have so much to do the time flies by... but some weekends, like this one, goes by so slow and I miss my baby girl so much.

This weekend it is so quiet in my house. No running of little feet, no singing or humming coming from her... no dancing kids, no kisses or hugs. Sometimes the quiet is enough to drive a person crazy.

Friday, October 17, 2014

12 courageous acts of leadership

I found this article on the leadershipfreak.wordpress.com blog. I think it has some great tips that I wanted to share...

12 courageous acts of leadership:
  1. Doubt first thoughts and question intuitions.
  2. Extend trust.
  3. Stop talking and listen.
  4. Let others be right.
  5. Ask awkward questions.
  6. Confront issues that hurt others.
  7. Challenge average in order to pursue exceptional.
  8. Comfort.
  9. Connect.
  10. Say, “I was wrong. Please forgive me.”
  11. Surrender control while remaining responsible.
  12. Honor the success of others without mentioning your contribution.
Bonus: Explore rather than defend.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fellow E-book readers

I love to read and love reading all kinds of books.

I just figured I would share a few websites that I have signed up to receive daily emails with discounted or free e-books. I love both these websites. I get the email each day and look through the list. Some days I don't download any books, but some days there are a few from each email that I get.

So, if you are interested the websites are:

BookBub - and the link to get there can be found here.

Free Kindle Books - and the link to this one can be found here. For this one, scroll to the bottom of the screen and there is a link to sign up for email. On this email, most of the books are free. If you look at the email the next day the price of these books have changed. Some might still be free, but the others will be priced differently. So, be sure if you are wanting the free book to look at the price before hitting download!

I hope you enjoy as much as I do...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MOMcon Session 5

I am sad that this was our last session... But it was a great session! There were 2 speakers from this session... The first is Angie Smith and the last is Sherry Surrant who is our MOPS CEO and president!

First up was Angie Smith:
He sent me here to be me and I am enough. And I am NOT alone. We are all fighting the same fight. You are a beloved daughter of His. You need to learn to live in the now. Let go of things that happened in the past. It doesn't matter the bad and issues that happened in the past. Now is being choked by yesterday and strangled by tomorrow. You need to be there and stop missing it, (LIFE!)

It's enough. Do you believe that. You are enough. YOU ARE ENOUGH! You are enough. 

It's so hard to be here now. It's reality. We try to escape as much as we can. Enjoy life for what it is. No matter how hard the season is. Thank God for this exact moment He is giving me. 

You can't see the whole picture. But you can see today. If you listen, every moment you will hear a word: SCENE... God is the director of your life! Today is just another scene in your life.

You might not be able to see the future but focus on today. God is with you. 

God was not looking for the perfect mom. He wants the mom who knows HE is perfect. Things might not be good, but He is.

We were handed a clothes pin during this session and here is what she said about that:
Use the clothes pin to pin your moments. LIVE EACH moment with your children no matter what is going on. Pin the moments and THANK GOD for that moment and say it's enough and I am enough!

Live exactly where we are... not for ourselves, but for HIM!

Next up was Sherry Surrant:

Fear makes us want to run and hide. Satan makes the fear grow so much. Satan makes things seem so big. 

MOPS verse says = Do not dwell in the past!
  • I am doing a new thing.
  • God is speaking new things into your life.
God is calling some to be Bravely, generous.
God is calling some to be Bravely, financially.
God is calling some to be Bravely, Honest.
God is calling some to be Bravely, Free!

- Have that conversation with Him today. 

Why are you trying so desperately to fit in when He has called you to be bravely!
Don't miss this chance to be a woman who says yes when God calls. Heart and soul! 

What could your brave look like?
What WILL your brave look like?
You and God will decide what your brave looks like. Continue to work on it with Him. 

You will hear negative voices that says you can't do something. Whose voice will you listen to. Yours, Satan's or God's voice. 

God will hold your hand along the way!

BE YOU, BRAVELY!

MOMcon Workshop D

Raising Girls - What our daughters need to hear
By: Alexandra Kuykendall

We are the ones to tell them who they are!
You are the model for them... show them who you are and they will watch you as you go.
So, Be you, BRAVELY!

Girls Brain
- Earlier Hemisphere Development
- More Serotonin
- More Oxytocin
- Higher Sensory Intake

Estrogen - The "she" hormone
- The most influential hormone on a daily basis
- Named intimacy hormone, creates an urge for bonding, nurturing and communication

We don't want to over protect them so they can be ready to go out into the world when the time comes... 

A great book to read is "Cinderella ate my daughter." It is a great book to read and be informed!

Legos helps with skills in science, etc. 


Bratz are spoiled, sexy and six. 

Am I contributing to her growing up too fast with the things we allow now?

We need to preserve their innocence!


Where are our daughters headed? How am I preparing her for that?

MOM = PERSPECTIVE GIVER

We are their number 1 influence!

A great book to read: Captivating: Unveiling the mystery of a woman's soul by Stasi and John Eldredge

1st thing to do...
- Embrace the princess!

2nd thing to do... 
- Help her discover her talents!
Failure is a god thing because it means you are trying new things!

God created you uniquely. Let's discover who He created her to be.


3rd thing to do...
- Encourage her relationship with her dad!
It's crucial. You can't control their relationship. Encourage alone time with the girls separately. 

Our children learn by how we live. 

Compliment them all the time, especially the dad's. 

Limit media use:
- The more stuff she is exposed to the lower her self esteem image becomes

- The dove self-esteem video is powerful
- We can control what's in the house!!!

4th thing to do...
- Remind our daughters who God says they are!

Again... MOM=MODEL


If we don't believe the things about ourselves, how are they suppose to believe us when we say they are beautiful or awesome or great?

10 things our daughters need to hear:


1. She is chose and dearly loved. (Colossians 3:12)

  • The everyday acting towards them!
  • Quit being distracted and LOVE them. Be excited to see them every second of the day. 
2. She is a citizen of Heaven. (Philippians 3:20)
  • To know that we belong to God.
  • We are HIS and will see Him in heaven.
  • Only answer what she is asking. She doesn't need all the answers right now!
3. She is Christ's friend. (John 15:15)
  • We have to help them navigate the drama of their life. 
  • Remind them Christ is their friend. 
  • Practice role playing if there is conflict.
4. She is Forgiven. (Ephesians 1:7)
  • She is abundantly free. 
  • Don't ignore behavior, but let her know she is forgiven. We need to ask for their forgiveness if we mess up also. 
  • We need to teach them about life and forgiveness is a big part of that!
5. God looks at her inner beauty. (1 Peter 3:3-4)
  • What traits do we want to cultivate. 
  • Remind her what God cares about. 
6. She uniquely reflects the creator. (Genesis 1:27)
  • We recognize what is important to her. 
  • Watch our words about them and ourselves. 
  • If your trying to lose weight talk about being healthy and not about being skinny!
  • (Remember they are watching you and being just like you!)
7. She has special gifts and talents. (Romans 12:8)
  • Broaden our ideas. Let them do what they want with full passion. 
8. She is responsible for her actions. (2 Corinthians 5:10)
  • Give them consequences when they mess up.
  • She is not you. She makes her own mistakes.
9. She is part of a family. (Ephesians 2:19)
  • Your church family counts as part of the family as well. 
  • Your community counts too.
10. She is a messenger of Hope. (Mark 16:15)
  • She is a hope bringer.
Challenge: Look over this list and consider:
- What I have a hard time believing about myself... Is there a coalition between the two.

Good comment from MOMcon...

How others see you is not important... 
How you see yourself means EVERYTHING!

MOMcon Session 4

By: Shauna Niequist

Community/fellowship/friendship
- The way we walk together through Christ.

Words are really important. 
Friends make you brave. 
When your scared, you do it shoulder to shoulder with your friends!

YOU ARE NOT ALONE! No friend is alone... no mom alone!

Your a masterpiece... - Ephesians 2:10

Choose a few people to go extremely deep with your friendships. You can either connect or compare. You can not do both!

You have to appreciate who you are and what you have. Everything we have has been given to us from God. Quit worrying about what other's have and focus on your own life. Stay in your lane. 

THE GRASS IS GREENER WHERE YOU WATER IT!!!

You don't need to compare or compete. Water your own garden and watch it grow. Focus on you and your family. It may not be perfect, but it is YOURS! And God has given it to you. 

God made you for a purpose. This is your life and you will miss it if you don't connect but instead compare. Use technology to connect instead of compare. The hard times you are going through, connect with your friends not Facebook!

All the little details don't matter. Sometimes people need you to just be there for them instead of all the little details. BE THERE! Be with them!


INVEST IN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS!

Sometimes it takes time and set expectations. When there is conflict and confession you are getting deeper. It's normal. It's an opportunity to grow in that life. 

Don't ever be afraid of conflict. Be afraid of NO conflict. Handle conflict in private and at the moment it happens. 

Friendship teaches us how we should treat ourself. Friendship grabs you by the hand and reminds you that you are loved. 

Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness, 
will we discover the infinite power of our light!

MOMcon Session 3

Session 3 by Lisa Chan

BE YOU BRAVELY: There is only one YOU!

What is unique about you?

Most issues you have could be spiritually based. If you are great in your spirit, things will be good. 

How spiritually connected are you?
Is your goal to be a great wife and mom instead of a great daughter of God?

We are here for God. Not for anything else. Are you in it with God?
He is by your side every step of the way. 

God has called you for so much more. He has invited us in. He wants more from you!

We need to engage ourselves with the truth of the word. There is freedom in following Christ! You need to take the time to be with Jesus. We need to be in touch with God's heartbeat. Ask God questions daily... 

Jeremiah 2:13

God has everything you need. Quit putting him on the back burner. You need that time with God. GOD'S LOVE NEVER STOPS! Without water we will die. Jesus is the spring water that never runs out. It is your choice to take Him in and get filled up. Don't forget about God. We have to fight to keep our eyes on Him. 

God always gives you what you need. You just need to ask for it. 

It doesn't matter what you think about yourself. It only matters what HE thinks about you. Only you can be brave and offer your life to God. God's grace is sufficient enough for ME!

Taking a step of faith is not always perfect. Trust in Him. 


MOMcon Workshop B

This workshop was Rest and Rhythms of Life by Deidra Riggs

She said that she uses the app Pray as you go daily. When she can't get her time with the bible, she will use this and at least get some time in...

REST and SLEEP are NOT the same thing.

Richard Foster wrote a book called "Prayer." She said it was a great book!

God is eternal.
We live in time, not Him!
Your season of life will change. PRAY.
A new season is coming... Hang in there!

The story of Noah: Means rest.

Rest is a solid place for your feet to land. It is not always about sleep.

Exodus 33:14
My presence will go with you and I will give you rest!
Type of rest here is permission to release.

His presence is going to be with you.

We are on a journey with God. Every day God needs to get into your heart and find rest there!

EXPECTATIONS = FAILURE (You are NOT a failure)
- This is something I struggle with. I expect things to go a certain way and if they don't I am upset or disappointed. I am working to quit having such high expectations so I will not feel this way. I am also working to live life to the fullest and trying to give the worries/stresses to God.

We need to find a solid place to rest. He will help us find peace. Then we can focus on our relationship with God.

God wants us to cling to Him. We can't do that if we don't give him the time. Find the time and the space to find peace and to have your time with God.

Let all the stresses go and find rest in Him.

Your relationship with God is personal. You do it whenever you can and you do it together. Your rest will change from day to day. Sometimes all you have to do is just go out for a walk...

Another good book to read is "Spiritual Pathways."

Give yourself permission to rest! God gives you the permission, so why can't you give yourself that?

MOMcon Session 2

BE YOU BRAVELY, BECAUSE YOU ARE HIS!

The speaker for this session was Jennie Allen. Here are the notes I took during this session:

NOTHING changes us more than a glimpse of God our savior. 

  • We are doing HIS work.
  • Our mom's want something more. We are the way to introduce them to Jesus.
We have made ourselves small. We have felt invisible and unimportant. At the end of the day you are exhausted and run down. You don't feel free! YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

What are you fighting that no one else can see?

Everyone is fighting something. No one is alone. We are all broken and need HIS help. We need God. 

Fight the Fight for God. Everyone needs to wake up. 

What do you believe about:
  • Yourself?
  • Your circumstances?
  • our God?
You need to get healthy and free. Pray with your kids together!

I believe you are enough. 

Bible verses she said to read that goes along with this:
- 1 Peter               - John 1, John 8, John 10, John 13, and John 17
- Matthew 5          - 1 Corinthians
- Romans 5 and 8   - 2 Corinthians 2, 2 Corinthians 5 and 2 Corinthians 12 
- Joshua 1             - Ephesians 1, Ephesians 4 and Ephesians 6

We are a mighty courageous strong women. Do not get weary. DO not pull out. 

People will not feel our souls. God is the only one that can do that. There is more... BE with Jesus!




Monday, October 13, 2014

MOMcon Workshop A

The first workshop I went to was called "Menu for Raising Children" and the speaker was Deborah Tillman from the Lifetime series called Super Nanny. Her entrance was absolutely amazing. She came in dancing and singing to Brave by Sarah Barallis. She got the whole room to get involved and had ladies singing with her. It was very amazing to be in this workshop.

During the beginning before she started speaking the voice of Larry from Veggie Tales got up and told us about the new series from Netflix they are starting in a few months. He showed us a preview of the Netflix series and then he sang a hair song. It was funny and awesome all at the same time.

And then her workshop began... Here are my notes...

PRAYERFUL
OPTIMISTIC
WONDERFUL
ENERGETIC
RADIANT
FAITHFUL
UNMOVEABLE
LOVEABLE

I am a parent. My purpose is to train. I will be what God wants me to be. So that I can do what God has called me to do. Time out for fear, doubt, guilt and shame. After this MOPS conference, I will never be the same. In Jesus' name. AMEN!

The year you were born and the year you die... The dash is what is most important between those 2 dates. It's the stuff in between that matters! God has blessed us with these little moments and these little ones to cherish and enjoy during those years.

The two most important days of your life are the days you were born and the day you find out why.

Habakkuk 2:2
And the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

When you operate in God's vision so many things will open up!

Raising today's children requires purpose. Read these: Proverbs 22:6 and Ephesians 6:4

VISION + PURPOSE = MENU

God created us fearfully and wonderfully made.

Start with PARENT:
POSITION TO
ADEQUATELY
RAISE
EDUCATE
NURTURE
TRAIN OUR CHILDREN

Fear keeps us from doing all that is needed!

Start with you!
Lay aside every weight:
- Guilt
- Fear
-Shame
-Etc.

Don't be afraid to raise your children. You are doing it with God's help.

What do your kids really need?
YOU
Love to them is spelled TIME!

You need to change you! There are no perfect parents.

MOVE on = Letting go of your past

Be present in your child's life!

Follow your ABC's (Speak Positives)

A is for Attitudes - how we think (Proverbs 22:7)
- Expect the best
- Aim High
- Give children encouragement

B is for Behaviors - how we act (life and death, Proverbs 18:21)
- Evaluate your words
- Speak life
- Change your tone

C is for Choices - how to live (by faith - Romans 12:1-2)
- Enjoy the journey
- Turn off technology and tune into YOUR children
- Model the behavior you want them to have

Children want attention. Give them the positive attention. Speak life to your children.

Believe God... LET GOD!

As long as you can look up, you can surely GET up!

You are teaching your children by your behavior!