MyNameisEsther
A Jesus lover. Wife to my best friend. Momma of 7 blessings. Heartstrings tugged; by all things simple and sweet


Location

Midwestern, United States

WHO I AM

a sinner saved by God’s grace:  At the age of seven, I realized my need for a personal relationship with Jesus in my own life. At fourteen I really started to desire to know and grow more in the Lord and dedicated my life to the Lord through believers baptism. Today, I strive, I fall, and grow because of this undeserving grace.

blessed with: my husband of 14.5 years {my best friend, and “high school sweetheart”} who loves Jesus, and leads our family to the best of his ability. I’m honored to be the mother of 7 beautiful children here on this earth – aka “the Munchkins.” 5 through birth, 2 through adoption, and 3 precious babies already residing in the presence of Jesus.

my days & weeks are spiced with: numerous doctor appointments, peanut butter & jelly, mud-puddle, dandelion, laundry laden, therapy filled, sticky finger, crazy homeschooling bliss.

with great honor and much grace: I am a homemaker who’s been given the great privilege of being able to stay home – and homeschool our children for the past 8 years. While also caring for 2 of our children with multiple special needs.

contributing to our family’s income from home: by managing, designing and creating products for our families business Eden Ridge.  Consulting for HomeWorks by Precept  offering homeschool help to homeschool families, while helping families find the best deal possible for their homeschool curriculum. (Ask me how you can save money on your BJU Homeschool Curriculum, Rosetta Stone, Keyboard Classroom, Logos Science and more!) And on occasion, I earn a little income blogging right here at Graced Simplicity. 😉

some days: I’m climbing the mountain tops, while other days, I might be trudging the deep valleys below. I battle through the days challenges, just like you. Doing my best to discover God’s incredible beauty & grace through it all.

i’m learning: to love the Lord more intimately, to love my man more passionately, to train my munchkins more joyfully, all while letting go of perfect. I’m also learning that God’s love unglues and unhinges us when we set aside our perceived expectations. He moves us to the most unthinkable, and the most incredible, amazing blessings through the most uncomfortable of ways. And I’m finding myself wanting more of this crazy faith stuff.

THINGS THAT TUG ON MY HEARTSTRINGS

 

Jesus  baby cuddles adoption stories most things vintage  old but practical & useful antiques  my husband’s hands  the sound of my children laughing and playing  the freedom that comes from knowing Christ  flowers heartfelt, focus on Jesus uplifting, poetic Music old farmhouses  barns • windmills • picket fences sweet tea with lemons  waterfalls  horses sunsets  sunrises good quotes  good books that encourage and inspire me to grow in the Lord  christian biographies  natural & sustainable living books thrown in for pleasurable reading • typography •  handwritten mail  invigorating aromas that come from the kitchen  piddling on the piano essential oils  herbs  teas flea markets  sale racks  second hand stores   half price books • the changing of leaves  •  homemade confections   sweet cherries   old ticking, eyelet, and lace long walks • slow days. 

WE’RE ONE OF THOSE FAMILIES 

a natural – sustaining wannabe family with “a lot” of kids who homeschool: living on few small acres. Striving for a healthy way of living, however, not everything we eat is always whole grain, organic or stevia laden. We kind of like our good old-fashioned bacon fat, white flour and butter, lots of butter! The majority of our food is made from scratch and we find great pleasure and satisfaction in growing and preserving from our large garden, and two small orchards, as well as hunting, and butchering the vast majority of our meat. Honey – is also something we have been enjoying harvesting for the last 2 years from our beehives.  The natural medicine cabinet just keeps expanding, as I learn more about, essential oils and herbs. I’d like to think our natural way of life spills over into our everyday lives. The way we clean, the way we eat,  and the way we care for our bodies, and then I find myself throwing in a frozen pizza because it’s just been an extra chaotic day.  ::cough::

ON THE “SIDE OF LIFE” 

you’ll find me: sipping a large mug of piping hot tea and reading a good book, sewing a project with my very limited mostly self taught skills, designing or creating something new – be it something for our wall, a cake or our business.

But in daily reality; I’m really reheating my mug for the 3rd time, working on achieving a small dent in my mount-never-rest pile of laundry, wiping sticky fingers, and smelly bottoms, trying to keep a child focused on their school work, while simultaneously cleaning up spilled orange juice all over my freshly mopped floor, kissing owies, prepping for dinner, trying to keep up on preserving all our home grown produce, pulling weeds, snapping a few unprofessional photos, or maybe just maybe, blogging. ت

I BLOG FREELY

And live life. You may or may not see much of me, as far as consistency goes. I blog when I have the time, and when I’m certain that my priorities are in place. Because of my inconsistency, you may find it helpful to follow me through these avenues:

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