Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Rant on Black Friday and the Total Nonsense of the Concept!!!!!

The photo above was one I quickly snagged randomly from a Google search, there were many others that basically show the same thing, Pure Insanity!
I don't 'do' black Friday, simply because we have never been big on buying from major stores and we definitely do not go crazy with shopping from any stores or shops.  We live by a very strict budget that does not allow throwing away money on non essentials.  If we purchase gifts they must be: high quality so they will not break tomorrow; well thought out and researched; and something that we 'know' that person will absolutely love.  We don't buy just to spend money, and the last thing any of us needs is more stuff to fill up our already overflowing homes.  I particularly don't do black Friday because most of our shopping is done well in advance, that way we can spread out the purchases and stay within budget.
I must admit that the allure of freebies or saving a lot of money on things is a big selling factor, we all love free and a good deal, so black Friday is going to pull in the majority of people.  Initially it was a cute concept some years ago, people lined up early in the morning and the news people had fun showing the chipper shoppers getting their good deals.  
As with most things that are good and fun, this has turned from a fun day into a day of violence, anger, hatred and total selfishness.  You'd think that we could be happy for that other shopper that they got a good deal, remember that 'do unto others' thing?  Yeah, that.  Be happy for them, they'll be happy for you, everybody comes out a winner.  You know....that GROWNUP thing!
The idea of being kind, generous, joyful, calm, peaceful, caring, loving, giving, unselfish, trusting, lending a hand, showing generosity seems to have gone out the door.  Our world is becoming a me, me, me laden society full of greed and jealousy.  Crowds of folks cannot even get together anymore without total chaos ensuing.  Folks can't stand for others to have something they cannot have so they will go to any means to get it, theivery, violence, even murder....all for 'stuff'.  We spend Thanksgiving day being thankful with family, thanking God for our many the next day we can turn into a selfish, money hungry monster!!!  You know it's true!
You want to know the true irony in all this?  Truly who is winning in this 'snag the best deal'?  Is it you?  Is it me?  Is it the consumer in general?  The answer is a big, fat, enormous, huge, NO!  What we are doing through this spending frenzy is fattening up the pockets of the corporate world!  Not the little guy that works at Wal-Mart at the checkout, or the guy in the electronic department of Best Buy, he's going to get his same paycheck whether we purchase or not.  The money that we are shoving at them for their 'stuff' is going into the pockets of the big guys in the corporate offices and the share holders will come out pretty good too when their profits skyrocket because we are shoving our hard earned money down their throats.  
Once again, that little guy that works at Wal-Mart as a greeter, is he pocketing any extra money because of our rash purchases....NO!!!!!!  He has this job because he has to feed his family, his salary is low so of course he owns no stock in the company, he barely gets by with his measly paycheck.  On that same subject, how much are we spending that we actually should not be spending?  Where does your Christmas spending money come from?  Do you have to cut back on groceries or not pay your electric bill because of the spending and then the after affects when the season is over?  
I am a small business owner so it's important to me that folks shop small businesses.  Are we shopping at the small shops in our towns?  Do you bypass that cute little country shop to buy the mass produced items at Wal-Mart that we made in China?  Every time we make a grocery purchase at Wal-Mart we are contributing to the decline of the small farms, the mom and pop stores, the carpenter that works for weeks on that perfect piece of furniture made from solid wood.  Their items are more expensive but that quality and craftsmanship will outlive our children's children, we can hand down good quality items to the next generation.
Take a look around your home, is it full of 'stuff' you just had to get at Wal-Mart?  Plastic is not something to hand down to the next generation.  
We need to think these things through.  I've seen way too many families that end up just throwing everything from a loved one away because it is literally, all junk!  That's nothing to leave behind!  Let's start thinking about what we're surrounded by in our homes and make it a point in the new year to de-clutter the junk and don't bring in anymore!   More to come........

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nipping the Seeds of Anger and Frustration in the Bud

Oh how quickly our peace and joy can become littered with seeds of anger and frustration.  Those moments of complete peace are sometimes so fleeting that we can't remember them at all.  Life is moving to fast and we can't seem to stay caught up with the pace of it all.  Suddenly the little seeds start sprouting, slowly at first and then quickly until our thoughts are moving in such a fast speed that it seems impossible to find a moment to breathe and pray.
Thankfully, God is right there.  He is there today, tomorrow and will be there for us in every moment.  The fault of course lies with us, we forget that He is just a breath away or maybe we like feeling this anger and feel that it's only fair that we sulk for awhile.  After all, life is difficult and others are seemingly always finding a way to slither in and water those seeds until they've grown so big it's impossible to overcome them, so why not go ahead and shout in anger at anything and everything in your path??  
This was my life years ago, I would actually pick a fight with my husband because I was sooooo angry.  No, I wasn't angry with him, I was....well, truth be told I was probably having a bit of the old PMS, but I sure wouldn't have admitted it back then! LOL  Anyway, just my luck, I married a guy that won't fight, won't argue, it's just not in him to do and he wouldn't waste the time doing it.  He wakes up in a good mood and goes to bed in a good mood, always has, it's just him.
So, what would I do, well usually I would storm out the door, get in my car and drive.  He wouldn't come after me because he knew the drill, a bit of time alone with my thoughts and I would come back home very apologetic.  This worked great until we had our first child, then your not quite as mobile and slamming the door with baby, diaper bag, car seat, etc. just doesn't have the desired effect!!!

I found myself facing this situation today, though.  I had just felt so good and life was great, suddenly an outside force stormed in and stole my joy, someones attitude affected me in such a way that I couldn't find that peace I had just a few moments earlier, this person was miles away but the anger was there and real.
As I type this I've finally breathed slowly, prayed and changed my way of looking at the situation, I cannot change this person so why should I try.  I prayed for them and I prayed for me to forgive and let it go, they don't want forgiveness, they want my anger but I know that I have forgiven and I'm back nuzzled under the wonderful peace that only our Saviour Jesus Christ can give.

For now, I have peace.  For now, I have just enough.  That's truly all I need, just enough.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What Do We Need to Have Joy?

What could make you feel absolute joy?  Would the joy last or would it be fleeting?  Is it possible to go an entire 24 hours feeling that joy without letting anything else come in to upset it?
It may sound like a simple thing, but we all know it's not.  As soon as we find that something that gives us a feeling of great joy and throws something at us that takes it all away.  We all have had those moments when life was perfect...maybe when our babies are born, is there anything that makes you feel more 'complete' and content than holding a little baby for the first time, whether you've birthed it or are receiving it through adoption, that feeling of love and content is totally overwhelming!  Of course then the baby cries, and won't stop, and you're tired and they're tired and 'whoosh', turmoil invades the peace!

We could say 'that's just human nature', but I disagree.  Peace and Joy can be found in any given moment, all we need to do is be looking for it.  My grandparents were farmers, life was probably difficult for them every single day.  You didn't go to the grocery store to get what you needed, you raised a cow, chickens, gardens, fruit trees, horses for labor, etc.  The day began very early for them, you were up with the cows, because they had to be milked and you needed the milk for breakfast.  There were chickens to be fed, eggs to be gathered, bread baking to begin and all of this had to be done before breakfast.  The chores were never ending, the work was brutal, the weather a constant battle, etc.  Of course there were the predators that needed to be kept at bay, your farm animals were not pets, they your livelihood, your food, your bartering items, so losing them to prey was not an option.

My grandfather was a Minister and was a very peaceful man.  My grandmother was the one that kept things in check around the house and the farm, particularly while grandpa was traveling as a pastor.  Grandma had many, many things to worry and fret about, the least of which were of course the nine children they were raising.  I know there were many worries, WWI, then WWII took two of her sons away from the farm and life changed drastically waiting every day for word, letters were sparse and I remember my mom saying she hated going home after checking the mail if there were no letters from the boys, because it was such a scary time for them all and letters kept them going.  Both of my uncles came home from the war without any battle wounds.

I know that grandma found the joy, at the end of the long hard days when her family was there in bed all safe and sound.  Her concerns were not 'what would she wear tomorrow?', 'were her kids content with their toys?'.  Her concerns became heartfelt prayers to the Lord for the safety and health of her family.  If they had that, they had 'just enough' for that day.  Grandma knew loss, she lost a daughter that was a newlywed, there was a fire and she died from the wounds from the fire.  I don't believe my Grandma was ever the same after that, I know most parents say they are never the same after losing a child.  The pain is always there.

But, my grandma knew the Lord.  She knew that only through Him could she find that peace and joy that we crave so intently.  I pray that you know my Jesus, He is the only way.  

Life is very hard, but it is short, the most important decision we can ever make is to follow Christ.  If we know Him and have Him in our heart, we know that after our time is done here on earth, we can be with Him in eternity.  It is written in the Scriptures, so it is indeed truth.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Is Anyone Ever Really Content?

I find that everyone has a favorite time of year, don't they?  My hubby adores heat, the hotter the better.  Seriously, he would be happy to live in an area that is in the 90's all year.  He works outside, on the ramp, at the airport so it gets very hot but he loves it, he says the sweatier he gets the better he likes it.  I'm sure that's healthy for him and he certainly does work hard.
Most folk seem to hate the heat, hate the cold, hate the rain, hate the snow....see the pattern here?  I know that the weather is always a fine conversation starter because we all have a strong opinion about it and are not shy about throwing in that opinion!
What bothers me is that it just seems to give us one more thing to complain about, do you know what I mean?  I know some folk that never complain about anything and there a very few of them, generally we're all guilty of over-complaining.  It's a constant with people these days, I hate that it gets dark earlier/later, I hate the rain/snow/cloudy weather/chilly weather, etc.  Hate is just one of those words that we've come to use everyday in conversation because most idle chit chat turns into a complaining session.
What's really kinda sad is that we all have seemingly stopped looking for joy in the day to day.  You know folks that say 'Oh, when we finally get our house, things will settle down and we'll be fine' or 'If we could just get ahead, I'd be content' or 'If life would just slow down, we could get a moment of peace'.  Sadly, these folks will be saying this about the next issue in their lives also because we live in a fallen world and we are sinners.  We are not and never will be perfect, which therefore dictates that life will not be perfect either.  Just ain't gonna happen!
In my over 50 years on this earth I've discovered that life is basically a day to day struggle.  Bad things will happen, they always have.  I hear people say, 'Oh, this must be the end times because of all the bad things that are happening'!  I remember living through many, many, many bad things that have happened in this world, we've been through racial tension, global tension, political tensions within our country, all of this has been going on for the many decades I've lived and I know there were horrible things before then.  The Holocaust, Civil War, Great Depression, WWI, WWII, the list is truly endless.
But there is good news!  We can make today a joyous day!  The secret?  Just smile and be content.  Be happy in the now, right this minute look to the sky and appreciate God's beauty that he put there just for us!  Whether you're looking at the night sky, dusk (as I am) or bright daylight, the sky is just amazingly beautiful!!!  Look up!  Kinda neat that you're looking at the same sky I'm looking at!  I love that!

Lastly, I'm not making light of the fact that there is sickness, death, financial issues, etc.  I know those problems well.  But, we have to make the very best out of every situation and your smile may be the only one someone else will see today and what they're going through could be 100 times worse than what you are.  Let others see Christ through you, that inner peace is only a breath and a prayer away!  

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Cool Front Has Moved In

Isn't it just an incredible feeling when the cooler temps start, after a long summer?  Our summer has not been bad really but I prefer the cooler temps and always look forward to Autumn and Winter.  Life here on our homestead has been busy these past couple of weeks, we have been busy getting new items listed in our Etsy store and starting lists for Christmas.

Our goal is to make this an entire 'handmade' Christmas, doesn't always go as planned but the goal is still there!  Truly, most of the family prefers handmade items, my parents and siblings, etc. are all crafters and artists in their own right.  We were simply raised knowing how to do things with our hands.  We also we raised with a very frugal mother, so we know the meaning of a dime and we know that it goes further in handmade gifts than in store bought.

I'll post a list soon of some of the items we'll be making this year, I always love to peruse my favorite blogs to see what others are making!  Very motivational and fun!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Link for Lisa.....All is Well

All is Well

By: John Pototschnik Item #: 5070635

This is the actual link to the photo in All is Well.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

All is Well

The image above is titled 'All is Well'.  If you click on the image it will take you to where you can purchase the image.  I really love the simple beauty of it.

We've had a couple of frustrating weeks here at our little cottage.  Our car started to have some brake issues so we parked it until we could get it in for service.  We had Dan's truck so when he got home from work we would run our errands.  The second day of this situation, the brake line on his truck somehow leaked brake fluid everywhere, so now no truck!  We only have two autos and both of them are well over 10 years old but we like to buy used drive them until they die.  It helps immensely with our budget to do it this way.  So, now two cars down and none left but Dan does need to get to work, doesn't he?  This couldn't have happened when he was off work for 5 months!!!  Anyway, the car is being fixed and we borrowed my sweet little mama's car for a few days until we get it back.

On top of this, life suddenly starting moving at mach speed and I'm truly a horse and buggy speed kinda girl.  On top of the issues at hand in our own lives, we are concerned about the state of our country, the situations going on in the world, so much to be concerned about isn't there?  I know some folks just turn on CNN and sit there watching the news as it happens, can't imagine why anyone would do that.  First of all, I would only watch Fox News if I watched TV but also why watch the news happen that you can do absolutely nothing about?  We need to be informed but with all the instant and constant news networks it's information overload!  It can really get to you, then there's the earthquake in CA, thankfully there were no deaths but it's all things that stop you in your tracks to pray for those involved at that moment.  

I believe what we do after we pray is not sit down in front of the TV to watch it all, that's totally counter productive, what good is that doing those folks involved?  After we pray, I think we are to let it go, don't continue to fret over it.  How do we do that?  Well, if you're a Christian you must remember that God is in control of everything, that' right everything.  Our Heavenly Father has His mighty Hand in it all and no matter how it works it, after we give it to Him, we move on.  There is much to be done in our lives, there is much to be done for the Kingdom of God, fretting over things is not productive to doing what the Lord would have us to do.

What it all comes down to is this: If God is on His throne, All is Well....and that's really all we need to 'know'.  I'm so very thankful for His Grace, it's what motivates me to put one foot in front of the other and keep going!  In Him.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Searching for Silence

Sometimes I wonder if anyone has moments of true silence.  I would love to experience more of it.  It seems the world around us is intent on making noise.  I'm sitting here in front of my computer in my home and I still can't find the silence.
Of course as I'm typing I'm making my own noise, the keys on the keyboard are a bit clicky, I can hear myself sniffle a little from allergies and our A/C unit is outside this room so it's roaring away outside.  
But what I'm searching for is some true silence, time to let you mind catch up with your thoughts, no distractions, just silence.  Last night I had a harder time going to sleep than usual and I found that even in the total of darkness of our home there were noises that just won't go away.  Our fridge makes some sounds, the A/C, the night creatures in our woods (I happen to love their sounds :), it seems that there is nowhere to go to just have silence.
I imagine being at the top of a mountain far, far away from civilization would be pretty quiet, of course there would be critters, the wind blowing, but that would be Heavenly.
I was watching a video of a homesteader making a meal in a microwave vs. homemade and I thought of how wrong it seemed for that microwave to be in her home.  She has a cabin that she built herself and they are off grid so that microwave just didn't fit in, especially when she started pushing the buttons on it, dings and beeps, it just didn't fit in the surroundings, but of course that was her point and I'm sure it was a borrowed microwave because she mentioned that she didn't like the look of it in her cozy cabin.  I can't blame her!  We haven't owned a microwave for many, many years but it's because we wanted to simplify and that was something we could definitely do without, hubby misses one occasionally but I can't imagine why because his food is warmed and cooked for him, but he's used to the one at work and kinda misses it but he understands that I don't like them.
Well, I'm going to continue to search for my silence, it will be difficult while hubby's home because the TV is always on when he's here.  When he's at work it is never turned on, I don't watch TV, there's nothing worth watching but the Duggars and he records that for Katie and I to have little marathons every now and then.  
I think the sound on the TV that bothers me the most is the 'laugh track', it's just such a ridiculous thing, it's canned laughter, not even real at the moment.  Maybe that's the problem, too many things on TV are not real, I get so very tired of all the fake and phony, life just shouldn't be all about TV.......

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

27 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

27 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

  1. Get started.
  2. Be realistic about the time it takes to do something, never as long as you think.
  3. Work with time available.
  4. Use small amounts of time.
  5. Carve out time.
  6. Don't always start at the beginning - just do some part.
  7. Do worst first.
  8. Set small deadlines.
  9. Small reward for each deadline met.
  10. Do things as they occur to you.
  11. Is there a simpler way?
  12. What's the worst thing that will happen if you do it?
  13. Do nothing - try looking at it for a full 15 minutes.
  14. Clear work area of everything else.
  15. Make workplace convenient.
  16. If I don't make deadline no treat.
  17. Listen to your mood.
  18. Plan a reason to get motivated (invite someone over).
  19. Seize opportunities.
  20. To do is must do.
  21. Tell someone else your deadline.
  22. Expect problems to come up that will keep you from getting it done.
  23. Don't stall - expect to do a GREAT job.
  24. Get back to people - even to say 'I don't know yet'.
  25. Ask for help.
  26. Use leisure time for leisure.
  27. Maybe procrastinating means you really don't want to do it at all.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Proverbs 31

Time Wasters...
  1. The Telephone
  2. TV
  3. Reading novels when there's work to be done
  4. Self pity and worry
  5. Lack of organization
  6. Lack of discipline
  7. Trying to do everything at once
  8. Inability to say 'no'
  9. Too much stuff
  10. Inefficiency
These thoughts are from some of my notes on being a Proverbs 31 woman.
Certainly gets you thinking doesn't it?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Clinical Depression, what to look for and how to deal with those of us that have it.........

I call clinical depression 'the pit', if you've ever dealt with it you'll know what I mean, if you haven't, please read on for an inside look at the clinically depressed.

I have been dealing with chronic clinical depression for over 20 years.  I do not have the horror of it everyday, thankfully.  I usually have a couple of weeks of really bad dropping into the pit in the early fall, the rest of the time I'm pretty good.  Of course I take medication every single day for it and probably will for the rest of my life.  I want to share a few thoughts from inside the mind of the clinically depressed person.
First I want to give you the symptoms, so you can watch for them in yourself if you're having any problems and to help you help others if you see  multiple symptoms in them.  The KEY in all of this is to get the help needed, immediately.  They may think there is nothing to be done but YOU have to be proactive, demand they see a doctor and take them there.
There are way too many medications that will help for folks to be dealing with 'the pit'.  There are way too many that are suffering, when help is just a few steps away.

First of all, the symptoms are:
  • Loss of interest in normal daily activities
  • Feeling sad or down
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Crying spells for no apparent reason
  • Problems sleeping
  • Trouble focusing or concentrating
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Unintentional weight gain or loss
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Being easily annoyed
  • Feeling fatigued or weak
  • Feeling worthless
  • Loss of interest in intimacy
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicidal behavior
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
If you know someone with more than half of these symptoms please have them get help, most of the time when you are in the midst of it you have no idea that you are dealing with symptoms of a treatable illness, you just assume you're crazy...and you definitely are not.
I will say that when I was initially diagnosed I had every symptom, it was both enlightening and terrifying. I was so glad to give my problem a name and know there was help but I hated the stigma of it. If you don't know about clinical depression it is a chemical imbalance, not just the blues, it needs to be treated with medication, it is an illness just as any other medical problem.

Now for my thoughts on how to deal with someone in 'the pit':

If you notice I am acting different than usual, say something, I may not even notice that I need to up my meds without those around me telling me. Then followup with me to make sure I did something about it. When you're so very down you just think nothing will help, there are plenty medications for it now so generally there will be med just for me.

If you know I'm in the middle of a setback and am waiting for the meds to work:

Don't tell me to cheer up, your normal mood is totally unattainable for me right now, sometimes it's more than I can do just to get up in the morning.

Don't tell me to have more faith, if the Lord chooses to heal me it will be His decision not mine, this is just being downright cruel.

Don't tell me to just smile and I'll feel better...won't work.

Don't tell me that you know this or that person that tried something that worked for them...I've been dealing with this for over 20 years, I know what works for me.

Don't tell me horror stories of people you know with my illness, this will just knock me lower down in the pit.

Don't tell other people about my illness unless you ask me first, I know the look people give you when they think you are 'depressed', I'm not depressed, I have a chemical imbalance that needs to be fixed with meds.

Don't look at me with the look I mentioned above, I don't need your sympathy, I just need you to treat me normal and understand that I will be okay in a few weeks.

Don't tell me to see a psychiatrist, my doctor will know if I need that much help.

Don't stop at my home without calling, life is not great right now and I may not want to have any visitors.

Don't expect me to do something just because you think it will be good for me, when you are so very far down it's impossible to see the light, even looking at the sun is sad because I so love the sun but it just reminds me of how I cannot enjoy anything right now.

Now for the Do's:

Do pray for me and tell me you are, I love the thoughts of being lifted up the Lord when I may simply be unable to pray.

Do call me and talk, I'll let you know if I need to helps to sometimes have someone cry with me just because they're sad that I'm sad.

Do tell me you love me, right now I feel so unlovable and truly I can't love back right now, that emotion is just too far away.

Do hug me, but gently and just for a second, a big part of clinical depression is the physical pain...I compare it to what I've heard of Fibromyalga.

Do help me if I have no one else, so many folks suffer alone and my heart breaks for them, it's simply hard to function right now.

Do get others to offer to help me, I can use all the help I can get right now. (Not me personally, I have my family that caters to me right now, as I would them if they were ailing).

Do demand that I see a doctor if you notice the symptoms and know I'm not getting help, the symptom of thoughts of suicide are very real and sadly take too many folks that just needed a diagnosis and some meds. (again, not me personally)

Do remember when I'm better to start including me again, this is only a setback and in my case I generally only have one a year just for a few weeks.

Remember, that I will be myself again soon, don't pity me, just quietly understand and once I tell you I'm better treat me just as you did before...unless you didn't treat me well, if you did you might want to be nice!...LOL...see I can still have a bit of humor!

Also remember...these are just my thoughts but I know from all these years of having clinical depression what helps and what makes things worse.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

And Normal Returns!!! Yeah!!!

Have you ever met folks that just want things different?  They're just so unhappy with the way their life is and they want things changed.  Normal is just too boring for them?  Well, that's not me, normal is wonderful as far as I'm concerned!
I've always said that if my family is fine, then I am fine.  I hurt when they hurt, I worry when they worry, etc.  
I'm happy to say 'normal' is returning to our home!  Hubby is home with a machine that will exercise his leg for hours a day and tomorrow he has his first therapy appt.  You see, this is good stuff!  This means we are returning to normal and that we are moving forward.  I believe in living today as today and not thinking tomorrow will be better, but that gets difficult when a loved one is hurting and it is weeks until the scheduled surgery.  Also, hubby has been home for many weeks from work and I know he is looking forward to getting back to work.  All is moving along nicely, now.
I know that the Lord has had all of this work out just the way it is supposed to and that Judy's schedule would not work because she is wayyyyyyy too impatient!LOL  
But, all is well in the Young household.
I give God all the glory and honor!!!!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Life: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good: 
Definitely that hubby's surgery is over, he's doing fairly well.  The surgery was a success but he's having a few issues today that are a bit concerning for me.  Sadly, we weren't able to go see him today at the hospital so I think that's another issue I'm having.  We do not do well apart, I in particular am a better person when my hubby is with me, I miss him terribly.  
The Bad:
That I cannot stretch myself any further, there are things that absolutely must be attended to and only I can do some of them.  It's really hard not being able to go see hubby, but reality is that there were appointments etc. that had to be attended to today.  I really truly hate that but I think that's the difficult part of having a home business; you alone are the business and you must get it done or it will not get done.  A bit frustrating for me today.
The Ugly:
I think the nurses at the hospital are being stretched so very far.  Their patient count is unbelievable and they can only do so much.  But....hubby has some needs that need to be attended to but they are letting it slide because they simply are too shorthanded.  UGH!  For the price hospitals charge you would think that you would get solid gold care, but it doesn't happen.  Plus, my hubby does not nothing gets done.  I HATE that!  But, tomorrow he will have a champion there to set things straight, they will either address these problems or hear my fuss all the way to the administration office.  I used to work there so I know how things are done and I know that only the squeaky wheel gets their attention.  I hate it but it's true!  
For tonight I will pray for peace and calm and for hubby's issues to be resolved.  Tomorrow is a new day.

The cabin pic is a reminder for me to be calm.  I know things will get resolved.  Breathe deep.......

Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday 5/12/14

Click above to go to Diary of a Stay At Home Mom's blog and to see other sweet ladies Happy Homemaker Monday!

As I look outside my window:
Well, it's dark since it's 9pm.  It was the hottest day yet, up in the 80's which is a bit warm for our part of Kentucky this early in the year.

Right now I am:
Chit chatting with my sweet daughter.  Tomorrow we have a busy day so a bit of planning ahead going on.

Thinking and pondering:
My hubby has been home with us after an injury so tomorrow he's going in for a knee replacement, he's eager to get it over with, healed and back to work.  Praying all goes as expected.

On my bedside table:
Earrings daughter Katie made me, lamp, phone, emery board and bone folder..not sure why the bone folder?

On my tv this week:   

I actually do not watch TV, hubby DVR's the Duggar's for Katie and I but otherwise we don't watch TV.

Listening to:
Actually it's very quiet right now.

On the menu for this week:
Busy week with hubby's surgery so it's all up in the air.

On my to do list:

Finish up some soaps I made, sewing, lotion making, etc.  Too many projects too little time!

Happening this week:

Once again, all up in the air!

What I am creating:

Soap, Lotion, Balms, Cards, Skirts, etc.

My simple pleasure:

Watching youtube videos on my Ipod.  I love learning things so I watch card making, soap making, homesteading, etc.

Homemaking tips:

Never ever use cleaners with chemicals from the store.  Baking soda, vinegar and a few more items can clean just about anything!

Looking around the house:

Have some various items that need to be photographed and put up on Etsy, never seem to get ahead of that game!

From the camera:

Sweet hubby.
 Prayer List:
Hubby, sweet aunt Mid who is having some health issues.  My sweet little mama who has her arm in a sling from a fall.

Bible Verse:
When the cares of my heart are many, Your consolations cheer my soul.  Psalm 94:19

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day and What a Privilege it is to be a Mother!

Today marks my 29th year of celebrating Mother's Day as a mother!  I will be 54 this year so that means I have been a mommy for more years of my life than not!  
I remember when our first was born, it's an emotion that you cannot put into words.  As wonderful as every other love is, being a mother is entirely different.  It's all encompassing, all the time, forever and ever.  There is this person that is a part of you and hubby all smooshed together into this little bundle of joy!  No feeling on earth is the same!

Becoming a parent brings out a protectiveness in you that you never knew was there.  Suddenly you would literally take a bullet to protect this little person from being harmed in any way.  I've found that the feeling doesn't stop because they get older, it just grows in intensity and as they venture out into the world your feeling of guarding and protecting becomes constant prayers for their safety.  I truly don't know how folks can live without the overpowering love of Christ that gives us peace and calm when nothing else can.  I wouldn't want to live without Him for one single moment.

God's love becomes a so clear when you think about one of your own children being put in the situation that Jesus was, imagine someone wanting to torture your child until death.  I would fight, scream, claw, hurt, maim, and tear out someones eyes before I would let them harm my child......and yet God watched his precious son go through such horrible tortures and die on that cross....for us, for you, for me.  Wow, such wondrous love.  

I want to daily put on the armor of God, die to self and would hope I could do anything He would ask of me.  But, I know I fall short repeatedly.  I'm so glad He doesn't disappoint me the ways I'm sure I disappoint Him, thank you Heavenly Father!

May you all have  wonderful Mother's Day, it is so important because no one is like our mother, my little mother is beyond sainthood in our eyes, she's the most precious mother ever!

Oh yea, I'm attempting to get back into blogging, I've missed it terribly and need to get back into the swing of it!