1, 2, 3….let’s hibernate


Woke up this morning to school being delayed and visibility being really low.  I laid in bed for another hour waking up to everything being calm, barely any snow at all on the ground. I don’t do cold, I’m more of the hibernate during winter kind of person. Which also makes being motivated pretty much non existent. It takes me forever to actually begin working, I mean it’s not like I’m going to fire myself!

So I realized maybe I need to begin making an actual plan. I’m a planner or a list maker. I feel like it keeps me organized and on track, so why am I not implementing this in my business? So I grabbed my life line aka my planner and decided it’s time to start scheduling my days. I use my planner all day everyday, its what I use to keep my orders in. On the monthly calendar I write my appointments, the verse I’m supposed to scripture write for the day, my kids school things, and other important things I need to get done that month. Then I have weekly pages that have individual days schedules. This is where I write my orders, because I know how many orders I can complete in a weeks time.  It also helps me know how far out my wait list currently is. I began writing in exercise (boy have a slacked here in the last few months), my daily studies, blog work, and my water intake. I seem to stick to things better when I can do them and cross them off a list, it somehow motivates me oddly enough. Maybe its the organization of it, makes you feel like you kind of have your stuff together.

I have without a doubt been more successful when I actually operate on a routine and stick to a schedule. I’m actually productive instead of just being busy. I also find that when I’m exercising in the morning some of my best ideas hit me. Maybe it’s because I’m at peace and not so stressed, or because that is often my alone time I spend really talking to God. It helps me to remember who is responsible for my success, without God I know I wouldn’t be where I am. I wouldn’t be doing what I love, and have the opportunity to share his glory with others. So as much as I really want to hibernate, instead I will stick to my schedule and continue to thank the good lord for providing this opportunity for me.

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God Bless and stay warm!


This mom is Batman

Why is it that children have to test your every nerve? They want to toe that line with seeing how far they can push before mommy loses it completely and brings out the Batman voice? You know the voice, the one where it drops several octaves and your children finally pay attention. It’s also the voice you want to bring out when people tell you they always wanted twins, it must be so much fun. Coming from a mom of twin boys, as much as I love my children, I would describe it as being a walk in the park….Jurassic Park.

My daughter is now at the age where she is in between. Intellectually she is about two years above her fellow classmates, which leaves her relating to kids older than she is. She’s in that in between of no longer being a little girl but not quite at that pre-teen phase. Which also leads to her being frustrated and often throwing attitude around. We seem to butt heads more often than get along here lately, which leaves me dreading the teen years. I’m trying to not smother her and try to fix things because ultimately finding herself in this new phase of life is up to her and her alone. I will be here to guide her, and pray she continues to grow in her faith and stay the kind, responsible girl she has always been, but I also remember how cruel kids can be. Especially in the upper grade school/ middle school ages.

I often struggle with that balance of am I being too hard on them or am I not being hard enough. You want your child to grow up with manners, well behaved and responsible. We are no longer in the world that it’s safe to send your kids outside to play. Which also means while I’m attempting to clean I have fighting children running around me asking for a snack every few minutes. I have a stack of books on parenting as a Christian, and  I’m slowly making my way through the stack. Maybe with my two week break from work over the holidays I’ll sit down and make a list of the books I want to get read and begin checking them off the list. Work hasn’t left much room for reading anything other than things for work or research so I think it’s time to start making time for pleasure reading again, maybe I wouldn’t be so stressed and become Batman so much then…..

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God Bless!

After sending my children off to school in the morning, I usually take a few moments and enjoy a cup of coffee. Those with small children know what a luxury it is to actually enjoy a warm cup of coffee. Not one you’ve reheated several times already and it’s cold yet again. This morning as I sipped my coffee I began looking at my list of orders I currently have, supplies I need to order, and the cold medicine I need to take yet again. Now I’m not sure if it’s because my children have been taking turns being sick for weeks, that it hit me this time and I feel like I was hit by a bus, or that I’m just burnt out. I love my job, I truly do, but I feel like my passion is fading. Part of why I’ve loved my job is because it was something different every day, I could be creative. Here lately though I seem to have lost that spark. The weather changing has caused road blocks at every turn, I can’t paint or it’s too cold and things are setting up correctly. My computer isn’t acting right and my software continues to shut down every few minutes. It’s difficult to not become discouraged when it seems like everything is going wrong. It would be quite easy to just give up and move on. But instead I am going to take my medicine, jump in a hot shower to so I can breathe, then I am going to hand it all over to God because I know he will guide me in what I need to do. I’m going to work the next couple of hours while my kids are in school, this afternoon spend some time trying to repair my computer, and this weekend I will get all the things prepared that I need to so that I can have a productive and good work week next week. Instead of throwing in the towel, I’m going to find a way to renew my passion. I know it is in there, I just need to have faith.

So tell me, how do you keep from being burnt out?

Searching for peace

This past week has been like I was stuck in a whirlwind. Going non -stop, lots of chaos and at times afraid of whiplash. I’m also glad that last week I began evaluating areas of my business I could approve, what I need to let go and how to change things for the better. I chose the three things that are my main sellers and I’m sticking with them. This has also meant trying to organize and have a sale for all the other things I’m doing away with. So I’ve been sorting clothing and jewelry, marking them down and trying to get them posted. At the same time I’ve had new items coming in and new custom orders. I was already overwhelmed, and then I started noticing some questions business ethics in a few people I deal with and that seemed to be what broke the dam. I was tired, overwhelmed, frustrated and at some points seeing red.
I wanted to yell and complain that this just isn’t fair and how dare they. Thankfully I hadn’t finished up my bible reading for the night yet and I came across what I needed to hear.  A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to ones glory to overlook an offense. (Proverbs 19:11) Now I could lash out at them, I could argue until I was blue in the face but that won’t solve any problems. I needed to remember why I started this journey and how it led me to my business.
When I started this journey, it was just this blog. Then I realized I can reach even more by opening up my shop. Maybe this all had to happen to get my focus back where it belonged. If I can spread God’s word and love for us through this blog, I know I can through my shop as well. You cannot have faith sometimes and just hope for the best, disappointment will rear its ugly head quickly and I promise you that. Instead we need to always have faith, God has a plan for us and if we listen we can figure out what that plan is. For the longest time I never thought I would find what I wanted to do with my life, was I really only ever going to be mom? I felt it deep down that I knew there was something else I was also supposed to do. It wasn’t until my life started falling apart that I picked the bible back up and began reading, studying, writing and praying. Along the way it has led me to the journey I’m on now, and when I think of my “job” I’m happy. I love to create and write, it’s very natural to me. Add spreading the word of God to that, well that’s what I call peace. I feel peace because I know I’m being guided by God, and just like I have faith in him, he also believes in me. He knows I am special, just like each one of you are.

So I encourage you today, have that talk with God if you feel lost. Ask him for guidance, pray and really focus on his word. I myself will pray that all of you find your sense of peace and find your way.

God Bless!

Count back from ten….

Have you ever had those days when you wake up and everything irritates you beyond comprehension? You can look at your foot and instantly you just hate your foot? This is one of those mornings for me. I’m tired, I’m crabby, and everything is just irritating.  When you get to that point of being so overwhelmed you want to scream though, you just want to snap. As much as I really need some me time to blow off some steam, I know this won’t be happening. I love my family, I do. But I am around them 24/7 , caring for them around the clock. Grocery shopping alone should not feel like a trip to the Bahamas, and getting to go to the Post office alone shouldn’t be considered a vacation. But it is…because I don’t even get to use the bathroom alone.  I think every mom gets to this point at times. It’s normal, doesn’t make it easier though.

Truthfully, I’m not sure how I will deal with it today. A movie and wine at midnight when all the kids have finally fallen asleep, I’ve picked up the living room and finally get to sit down just doesn’t seem too appealing tonight. So my question for you all….how do you relax? What’s your go to that keeps you sane?

I guess until I figure it out though, I will go back to ending arguments and finishing my coffee.

Hit me with another one…

Motivation…or lack of I should say. Today is one of those days that honestly nothing sounds appealing. I want to crawl back into bed and sleep. It’s not like I don’t have things to do and am bored, it’s that I truly don’t want to do anything. Have you ever had those mornings that no matter how much coffee you drink you could still crawl back into bed? When physical and mental exhaustion doesn’t even seem to describe it? You begin to wonder, is my soul tired? What have I done lately to nurture my soul?

I have been so busy running around here lately that I have not taken the time to nurture my soul. If this is something you haven’t done before I’ll list a few ways I have found works for me.

  1. Mediation
    Take a few minutes once or twice a day and meditate. Clear your mind and relax.
  2. Detach from Technology
    We are such a technology driven world, I’m not saying you have to walk away completely. But put the social media down for a few days, only use the phone when necessary. I promise you will feel better.
  3. Music
    Music seems to just heal you. I listen to meditation music or Christian music when I’m relaxing.
  4. Count your blessings
    Have you truly realized how blessed you are? Have you thanked the Lord for these blessings?
  5. Take a break from negativity
    This can be on social media, your negative thoughts or even negative people. Take a break for a while.
  6. Read
    Pick up a book and read. I recommend the Bible but any book will do. You don’t have to read long, but if you’re like me you won’t put the book down until you are done. I have a slight reading addiction.

Some days we just need recharged, to find our Zen again. Today is one of those days for me. So my to-do list will be pushed off for a little bit and I might just bring out my yoga mat. Today is a soul recharging day.

The lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. –Psalm 23

God Bless.

Somethings Gotta Give

I want to start by saying Thank you for joining me in this journey, and that I have already fallen in love with this study. Tonight I began the group portion of the study and was immediately captivated and hanging on to every word. It wasn’t that long ago that I also had my “something’s got to give moment” and decided my life needed remade from the inside out. As she spoke about Pigpen’s swirls of dirt and dust, I immediately began to think of my own swirls of dirt and dust. While being reminded  that souls need tending stopped me in my tracks.

I am going to post just a few of the group discussion questions, feel free to answer these questions yourself. If at any time during the study you need help answering a question or would like to further discuss anything you can comment under the post.

Which of Shauna’s reflections, assessments, or ideas from this session’s video content resonated most with you, and why?
(For me, it was the realization that my life had to change, I needed to remake my life from the inside out and I was giving too much of myself to others.)

How did you respond to Shauna’s assertion that we all have a certain battle to fight, as it relates to our particular “besetting sins” such as pride and gluttony, selfishness, or gossip or rage?
(Everyone has their own battles, no one is perfect. I need to feel loved and needed, while also having constant control over my life.)

Do you relate more to the “pain of here” portion of the liturgy, or to that which describes the “promise of there” and why?
(At this point in my life, I am more towards the promise of there. I am more mindful of my life and seek his word to guide me daily so that I can get there)

As much as I would like to dive into the solo portion of this session, it is getting late and I am getting really tired. So as much as I don’t want to I am going to put it away for tonight and will return to it tomorrow hopefully a little more awake. I truly hope that you enjoy this study as much as I am.
God Bless

Social Media

Social media has been something that has led to many prayers here lately. I haven’t really been sure if it’s beneficial for my life. The last few weeks I’ve frequently had conversations with my husband, my parents, close friends, and of course God, trying to make some big decisions. For so long I did what I thought I should do, what was going to make me happy? I think many of us do this at some point. We realized that as a family we lost sight of what is really important. We ultimately are to blame, but social media plays its part in this. It is very easy to become addicted to social media. So a few weeks ago when I began praying and asking for guidance I started to wonder if I needed to walk away from Social Media for good. We became more mindful of the time spent on social media and spent more time as a family. In return, we have become closer.
I started this blog in the beginning as a journal of sorts, I figured it would be based more on being a mom and the challenges presented with having children. But as I began my heart was telling me that I needed to do something else. My first thought was sharing my faith through one of my favorite things to do, reading. I love to read. So if I could reach even 1 person and help their faith through a book I recommend and reviewed than I am filled with Joy. But why stop there? Why not discuss raising a christian family, having a christian marriage, or finding your way back to God? Why not offer a Bible Study? There may be someone out there looking to join one online because they are homebound. Why not offer a Book Club? There is likely many more women at home like me that love to read and share their faith through what they read. Maybe, just maybe I can bring  someone else back to their faith after they lost their way. But to do this, I need to reach a larger audience and spread the word. Which led me back to that addictive Social Media. I’ve decided to go ahead and start a Facebook page for FamilynFaith, https://www.facebook.com/familynfaith/ which I urge you to join and share with your friends. Join in and share your journey and faith with everyone.

Before I end this I do want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, I pray you all have safe journeys if you are traveling and that you all get to spend the holidays with your loved ones. For those who cannot be with their loved ones, I pray that God can bring you comfort and peace and that you can see your loved ones soon. Merry Christmas and God Bless


Struggles and Prayers

I originally planned on writing about christian families and how you can grow in your faith together. But the last few days have been a struggle for myself and my family. In these moments it is easy to become angry towards God, although I have been angry its more at the situation. I find that at these times it is best to pick up your bible. People often complain there is no guide to life, yet right there in front of us there is. The Bible has the answers, you just need to pick it up. Not sure how to pray? Use the scripture to guide you. Spend time everyday studying your bible. I spend time everyday with my devotional, using both my KJV and NIV Bible to dive a little further into that scripture, a daily scripture study, weekly bible study and reading a christian based book (which you can usually find my reviews for on here also). When life becomes too much to handle, and you feel like you have lost it all, turn to God and pray. He will see you through it, it may not be how you want or expect but he will see you through it, you just need to have faith in him. So today as I pray for comfort and guidance for my family, I will also pray for all of you. I pray that you will find comfort in the Lord, and be open to his guidance, that we fulfill the destiny he has set for us all.


*Just a little sidenote on today: I will be receiving the bible study materials for Present over Perfect by tomorrow hopefully and will begin preparing for this study. I truly hope you all are able to join us in this study. There is a link on the homepage that provides a source you can purchase this. I’m excited to start this one!
I also will be receiving an autographed copy of a popular new book that has recently come out, I cannot wait to read it, post a review and it will also possibly be one of our next studies!

*Thank you for joining me today and God Bless*

Hot tea with a side of peace

The changing of the seasons are such a beautiful time. Being able to sit on the porch with some coffee and watch the leaves slowly fall. Then the wonderful head cold moves in. Our family has been battling this cold for two weeks now and it seems never ending. You know the cold, the one where it feels like your ribs might break every time you cough. When you work from home this makes it extremely hard to get motivated to actually work. Instead you want to lounge on the couch, binge watch your favorite show and sip on hot tea all day. I started a weekend afghan last week in attempt to get at least one blanket up for sale before the holidays. Keep in mind this afghan should take about six hours to finish, five days later I’m only six rows in. Serious motivation loss going on. I have however finished two hats because my daughter and I needed them as the cold weather moves in. Which in turn led me to that weird debate of should I just do hats and scarves this year and forget the afghan or do I go ahead and finish the afghan. Sometimes you need that little boost in motivation. My way may not be for everyone, and that is okay. I’m not here to try to force something on you, I will however share my experience and knowledge and let you make that decision for yourselves. With that being said, my way to relax and recharge is by spending time with my bible. Often time it is by bible journaling, scripture writing or coloring in my bible. Yes you read that correctly, coloring in my bible. I have a wonderful bible, the Wonders of Creation Holy Bible, that has several pages that you can color yourself that goes along with scripture. Growing up I was always afraid to mark in my bible, I had been handed down bibles from relatives so they just didn’t feel like MY bible. So I encourage you to find that perfect bible for you, it may not be the first one you find or even the second. It took me three times before I found the PERFECT bible. The one that as I’m reading I highlight the verses that speak to me, I doodle in so as I’m flipping through the pages I can see the picture and know exactly what is on that page and can quickly reference it. I find peace in doing my daily scriptures, I may do far more than what others would refer to as normal but it’s my me time, my reflection time. I have 3 daily devotionals that I do daily, a daily bible study scripture, and then I look up scriptures for whatever I need guidance for that day. I read the scriptures, write the scriptures, then read them again. Is filling 2-3 notebook pages a day for everyone? No probably not, but this is what works for me, find what works best for you. I am able to really absorb everything this way and reflect on what is being said. In this same notebook (my Scripture and Prayer Journal) I write out how I reflected on what I wrote that day and then make my list of things I need to pray for. Which of course is what I’m about to do, after I make more coffee of course.