Monday, September 22, 2014

the sweet & simple blessings of life | september 15th-21st 2014

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things." Philippians 4:8  

{the sweet & simple blessings of life} 
for which I am forever grateful. | september 15th-21st  2014

 "I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me." Psalm 13:6

15th: For an absolutely gorgeous sunrise. And for the beautiful, creative and talented daughter who captured such beauty.

16th: For the sweet I love you's not just in word but in deed. ; ) Also thankful for a hard working man that cleaned the back deck and made it look like new!

For the melt your heart moments that occur on a daily basis, and are sometimes the ones we often forget to thank the Lord for. This little man came into the kitchen giving me the weather report for the week. 

Being able to sell more items, while watching our adoption goal lower! Praising the LORD for the great things he has done, and still continues to do! For those asking - we are still making and selling the State, Country & Continent Necklaces if you'd like something pretty to wear, and want to know that every penny goes towards bringing a little one home to her family. We'd be honored.

  • For friends who have a heart for adoption - My friend Amber is also donating earnings from our Thirty-One Party to go towards our adoption as well! 

19th: For another adoption milestone - important dossier documents on route for certification & authentication. : ) We're on the down hill stretch now!

20th: For the chance to grab some groceries before the new week begins, and for a compiled menu plan for the rest of the month on into the first week of October! Thank you, Plan to Eat!

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

21st: I can truthfully say I don't enjoy days with sick babies. However, it does make me more thankful for the healthy days that go by that we so often forget to give thanks for.

  • For missing a time of fellowship with our Church family. And praying that next week looks brighter with no sickness in sight.

  • For a great year that involved very little sickness at all.

  • For the chance to whip up a bit of happy and a hint of sunshine for my sick tribe on a Sunday afternoon. It brought smiles, a few extra vitamins and completely too much bad sugar. ; )

 “Never lose an opportunity for seeing anything that is beautiful; For beauty is God's handwriting--Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, And thank God for it as a cup of His blessing.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

What gifts of gratitude have you found this past week? 

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

hearts for home #162

Welcome to our 162nd  Hearts for Home  link-up!

Built on the foundation of 
Proverbs 31 & Titus 2.  The place we can encourage one another in our own individual journey's as homemakers while holding tight to Jesus, encouraging one another to....

Love God with our whole hearts, souls and minds
To grow in a deeper more intimate relationship with our Lord & Savior

To portray God's love & amazing grace through our everyday lives
To honor, respect and love our husbands
To cherish our children as the blessings from God that they are
To make our homes havens, full of peace, love, kindness and encouragement
To open our homes with genuine hospitality and love
To glorify God in all that we do
To let go, pursue truth, and embrace grace

How have you lived out the Proverbs 31 or Titus 2 woman this week?

  • Faith in Jesus - What have you learned this week? How have you grown?
  • Marriage - How were you an encourager and helper to your husband this week? 
  • Singleness - How did you honor God this week? How is God growing you?
  • Mothering - What ways did you nurture your children up in the Lord this week? What tips and tricks have you learned as a mother? 
  • Health -  What foods did you prepare for your family? What ways are you keeping yourself  healthy along with your family? What natural ways of life have you discovered?
  • Service -  Did you happily and gently serve your family and those around you? Did you give God praise while serving? How did you reach out to others in need? 
  • Finances - What frugal ways have you've discovered to be wise with your families finances? Do you have a tip to make the finances stretch? What ways did you find to make a little extra money this week? 
  • Industry - What ways did you willingly work with your hands? Did you learn anything new? 
  • Homemaking - How did you create a haven in your home this week? 
  • Hospitality - How did you practice hospitality this week? Did you open your home to guests? Any tips on how to be more hospitable to the loved ones in our homes?
  • Time - Did you work diligently with your daily work? Was your time spent wisely or wasted? Would you have done things differently? 
  • Beauty - Did true beauty reside in your heart this week? Did you learn a way to to enhance your inner beauty as your outer beauty?

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