Monday, January 22, 2018

Watching Over My Household & A Peek Inside My Life

Oh--it has been awhile since I have done one of these posts!

If any of you know me, you know that I like to think of myself as a private person so connecting on a personal level with over 340,000 followers sometimes feels a bit daunting to me. But you are my sweet friends (some of you have followed for years) and we truly love you all! So I am going to try to bring these posts back more often so you can get a glimpse into our lives.

Here is a very recent picture of us all taking a trip into the big city:



I have been adapting to a lot of changes lately. My older children are all usually gone and at work or volunteering at church and I just have the younger ones now in the latter part of the day. It is an adjustment to not have the house so full but a quieter time to relax and also focus on the individual needs of the younger ones without distractions.

This little guy (I say little but he is taller than me) has been stepping up and helping out so much and taking the place of his big brothers:




I am so grateful for Joshua! Every time we go out he wants to go with me and always offers to buy me something while we are out now that his older brothers are paying him to do odd jobs around the house for them. Even though I usually try to tell him to save his money, I think it is such a sweet gesture on his behalf and do let him do it every once in a blue moon.  In the pic above he is at Steak & Shake enjoying a burger and a banana milkshake with Dad and his little sister.

And Bella has been getting so big. She has grown so much. And even though she is only 3 she wears a size 5 in clothing! We have been spending a ton of time playing with her new Calico Critters house set and taking in many tea parties which is her personal favorite!


I am so grateful to have her and feel I enjoy her so much now that I am in my mid 40's. I think that the older you are the more you appreciate childhood and the magic that it comes with.

One of the twins also went to go see the Jurassic World Exhibit recently and loved it:





He was quite relieved that he made it through alive!

And he came back with his very own Raptor Claw:






WHAT HAPPENED THIS PAST WEEK

This past week didn't turn out the way I thought it would. My husband had taken a week of vacation and we had some lofty plans to go out and have some fun and then he got sick.

Then there was a pipe main break in our neighborhood and we lost water for a few days (not fun with 11 people in one home).

Then I got sick when we were supposed to visit with some friends who were coming into town.

And we couldn't make a big birthday party we were planning to go to.

And yes...it was one of those weeks. But we survived and are better for it all. I am trying to make a habit of looking for the silver lining in the day instead of focusing on the negative. I will purposefully point out to all the kids the blessings that did happen that we might have missed or forgotten about.


WHAT I DID

We went to see The Greatest Showman recently and we really enjoyed it. Now I know that many of you don't do movies but this was one was quite entertaining and a musical at that. It is the story of P. T. Barnum and the Ringling Bros. Circus and how it came to be. There are some parts that you might not want your children to see so you might want to check movie reviews or go see it yourself first. At home, we usually try to watch movies with ClearPlay and that helps out a lot.

WHAT I MADE

It has been years since I made curry rice for my family. After I went gluten free I tried to avoid all kinds of triggers and thought the curry would bother me but it didn't and was ah-mazing!

It brought back so many wonderful memories of being at my grandmothers home in the chilly winters and her making us all a piping hot plate of love.



This is my secret weapon that never fails-- I will share the recipe here soon!



WHAT I WANT TO READ

I was perusing BAM the other day with the kiddos and I found some interesting books that I would like to read. I stumbled upon this one called A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living by Emily Ley.






"In A Simplified Life, you’ll find Emily’s strategies, systems, and methods for permanently clearing the clutter, organizing your priorities, and living intentionally in 10 key areas—from your home and meal planning, to style and finances, parenting, faith life, and more. Emily will show you how to truly make the most of your days with realistic, achievable, and tactical tools.
Walk alongside Emily through each page of the book, working through her simple strategies toward your own goals as you simplify and make space for what matters most.'"

There are several books I am interested in reading so I might share a booklist here later for you!


WHAT I AM TRYING OUT

I was doing a large family food shop over at Aldi (we usually take about 2 carts to check out) and I found this Ghee Clarified Butter for $6.99:







I have not used it before but have heard that it is good for you. If you use it please share what you do with it so I have more ideas! Right now I think I am going to use it for scrambling eggs!

WHAT'S NEW

There has been a change in our church situation, and there is a new beginning on the horizon--we are looking forward to what the future holds!

We have also added a ton of new members in the past few weeks to our Wise Woman Builds Titus 2 Facebook Group which you can join HERE.



I am also really liking my new Stainless Steel bottle from The Pioneer Woman that I got for Christmas. It keeps my coffee nice and hot for up to 12 hours and cold drinks cold for 24 hours. It is durable and can hold up to all the kids in our family.



I had really wanted the blue one but they were all out of them the day my husband got it for me. This is what the blue one looks like below:




If you can't find them at the link above, they might still have them at Wal-Mart!

Here is another picture of Steve and I with our daughter, Joy on Christmas Day at his sister's home:



HOME PROJECTS I AM TACKLING

I recently had to replace our vacuum, get some new dining chairs and bought some new appliances. I am making a list of what updating & deep cleaning that needs to get done and hoping to accomplish some of it little by little. One of the things on the top of my list is deep cleaning our carpets. This year I also want to get laser focused on tossing things out and decluttering. The older I get the less things I want to have. It always seems that is a constant battle you always wage with a large family!




I hope you enjoyed our pictures!



What about you?

What have you been doing these days?







More posts you might like:

Feminine Favorites: Floral Dresses & More!
Planning Out the New Year with Your Husband
15 Ways to Spice Up Macaroni & Cheese
7 Benefits of Having a Prayer Journal
Wholesome Books for Young Boys










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Friday, January 19, 2018

Feminine Favorites: Floral Dresses & More!

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About once a month we try to share some of our favorite feminine picks online and today our theme is floral, floral, floral! We love them and thought you might too!

The Short Sleeve Floral Dress pictured above is so pretty! It comes in blue, purple, white and blue!

(*This deal has since expired but you can find similar dresses HERE.)







I really like this color too--there is just something about winter that makes me want spring to be here! These colors are full of hope of what is to come. This is The Ashley dress and can be found HERE. 




(The Ashley Dress in green)




This Luxe Floral Cardigan will keep you warm--it comes black, mustard, blue and burgundy and is on clearance right now!

(*This deal has recently expired but you can find similar pretty floral cardigans HERE.)






I know these two pictures above are not floral but wanted to add them in case anyone is looking for great prices on maxi skirts--they are only $14.99 right now!

(*This deal has recently expired but you can find similar maxi dresses HERE.)



And sometimes you just need a cute top to match--this one with the ruffle is fun! 



Okay---I couldn't help but add this in even though it is for babies! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this Large Swaddle Blanket with matching headband and wish little Isabella was small enough again to put her in this! But since my little one is too big now maybe one of you can enjoy it with your new little precious blessing. It comes in different colors and styles and you can find it HERE.

Everything pictured is on sale right now!

And remember that they are available for a limited time you don't delay, they go SUPER fast!

You can find them all at Jane!

(Note: If the deal has expired, I will post updated links to similar dresses above)





I hope they are a blessing to you!




Psssst! Another favorite feminine pick--Lilla Rose hair accessories! There is less than two weeks to get Penelope the January Flexi of the Month.  And FREE Lilla Rose U- pin for orders $50+!







15 Ways to Spice Up Macaroni & Cheese

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If you are a fan of macaroni and cheese  (the boxed kind, homemade or gluten free) you might want to try spicing it up a few different ways!

The children probably won't ever get tired of eating it plain the same way they have been eating it for years, but parents do like to liven things up every now and then. If you are looking for fresh ways to give new life to this favorite traditional dish then you are in the right place!

Here is what you can add:

1. Chorizo and salsa

2. Chicken and cream of mushroom

3. Hamburger and hot sauce

4. Sausage, diced tomatoes, & veggies

5. Tuna & broccoli florets

6. Taco meat, sour cream, and crushed chili cheese corn chips

7. Ham and peas

8. Bacon, Monterey and Jack cheese, sour cream, green onions



9. Tuna, mushroom soup & peas

10. Hamburger, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, peas and carrots

11. Beef & can of chili (or sloppy joe)

12. Kielbasa and onions

13. Green chiles, chicken, creamed of chicken soup, sour cream

14. BBQ pulled pork and pineapples

15. Spinach artichoke dip and bacon

HOT TIP: Cooking the mac and cheese in a Instant Pot can make the meal quicker and creamier!





What do you like to add to your mac and cheese?

Please share them in the comments!






Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A New Look for Our Wise Woman Linkup!




A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

We would love for you to link up with us! Come and share your posts on building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

We have a NEW look for our Wise Woman Linkup--I hope you like it!

I recently shared an important reminder on our Instagram page (be sure to follow us there if you don't already!) the other day in case you missed it:



And don't forget to join our Wise Woman Titus 2 Facebook Group:



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Monday, January 15, 2018

7 Easy & Fun Ways to Really Memorize Scripture This Year

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When I was a young mom starting with just a couple of younger children I knew I wanted a way to get the Word in my heart and my children's hearts.

We had this cute little box on our kitchen table that we would open up during breakfast and one child who was picked that day would be allowed to open the box, pick a card and read it for the whole family.

It was nice because it wasn't overwhelming and it was easy (since I didn't have to pick it and do one more thing on top of all the things I had to do with little ones underfoot) but over the years I learned a variety of ways to teach them and it has definitely helped!

But let's start with they why first---because we usually don't do anything unless we understand why we should do it or how it would benefit us first.

Here is why you should memorize Scripture:

1. Jesus knew Scripture - All throughout His time on earth He quoted Scripture and knew it.

2. Scripture make us wiser - God's word gives us wisdom for living for every day life

3. We are told to - We are told to have the Word of God dwell in us richly, memorizing is a great way to do that.

4. Helps us in times of temptations - Jesus used Scripture when He was tempted and we should too, knowing it can help give us victory in the daily battles.

5. Helps us renew our mind - Instead of thinking in our old ways of worldly thinking, we can renew our mind with Scripture as we better know it and hide it in our heart.




Here are a few additional fun and easy ways you could memorize scripture:

1. Write it down -  in a notebook or prayer journal.



 I know many people who like to keep a record of verses they memorize and some who even like to practice their fancy cursive handwriting or calligraphy as they do so.



2. Write it down in a place you can actually see it --you can grab a sticky note and leave the verse you are trying to memorize in your bathroom on the mirror or write it down on a chalkboard or eraser board in your home. Every time you pass it will encourage you to memorize and retain that verse.

3. Use memory cards - for several years I used that little box on our kitchen table and it was blessing to be able to read a new one everyday that was already picked out for you. Here is a nice one that can also be given as a gift:



4. Framed verses throughout the home or Bible wall art - some like to print off a verse on their printer and insert it into a picture frame while others like to use Bible wall art.

5. Use flashcards  - If you are trying to memorize verses as a family or with younger children, you might want to try to use flashcards. They are fun to use and can be challenging.

There are a few of interest like this one:



These ABC Scripture Cards:



Or this Scripture Memory Game:


Where you can fill in the blank making a game of it to see who can learn the most verses in the shortest amount of time.

6. Learn in a group setting - for several years we sent the children to AWANA at our local church and they memorized Scripture with other children whose families also attended.

7. Learn it in song - Think about how quickly your children learn songs they hear on the radio or on the radio. Playing music in your home that use Scripture is a super easy way to also learn God's word. They have music for babies, children and adults.


What ways do you memorize scripture?

Please share in the comments!






Thursday, January 11, 2018

7 Benefits of Having a Prayer Journal

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Have you been wanting to pray more this year?

Prayer is important - the Bible says:

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." 

~Phillipians 4:6


We recently shared our January prayer calendar with you (we shared it here) but we also wanted to talk about having a prayer journal. Some of you thrive when you can get things written down, organized, and in one place. I know I do better when I have a list of prayers written down and can see them.




So today I am sharing seven benefits of having a prayer journal--here they are:

1. A place to remember it all - Sometimes we can get so busy we forget to pray for for those things we know we really need to pray for. This one place we can go to see it all and especially helps those who are visual people.

2. If it is written down you will actually pray - How many times have you said you would pray for some and totally forgot about it? It happens to everyone, but a prayer journal helps you to remember.

3. You can remember to continue to pray - Life gets busy so it is great to have an organized place for prayers so you can continue to pray for situations and people who need it.

4. You can see results and record them - Many people like to record the results of how their prayer were answered.

5. You can give thanks to God for how He answers your prayer - No matter how God answers your prayers we can be thankful that He is in control, a sovereign God, and that we can bring everything to Him.

6. A place to be still and know he is God - Sometimes we just need to be still and connect with God on a deeper more intimate level.

7. We grow closer to God in prayer - God wants us to come to Him and we grow closer to Him in the process.



I want to make prayer more of a habit in my life because I know it is powerful and can change lives. I love being able to talk to God and know that my heavenly Father is listening and cares.

A few more verses on prayer:

Mark 11:24 


Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Pray without ceasing...


Romans 8:26 

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.


Matthew 6:6 


But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.



If you are looking for a prayer journal, you might like these:


My Prayer Journal - A 3 Month Guide to Prayer, Praise & Thanks - take a peek inside. 


She is Clothed with Strength and Dignity Prayer Journal - take a peek inside.


The Battle Plan Prayer Journal - you can find it HERE.




All Things Are Possible Prayer Journal - take a peek inside.


There are some great prayer journals from Dayspring too:

















You can find them all HERE.


Do you own a prayer journal?

Please share about it in the comments!





I hope these are a blessing to you!







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