It has been a bittersweet week for us. We have spent the week preparing to put our house on the market.

All of our belongings are now in our new house up north and we are waiting for furnishings and for life to start in this new place.

Today my my girls were able to take part in their dance class’s recital. A wonderful time to see all they have learned. Enjoy how they have grown. And cry with their teacher as we say good bye for now.

It is all so bittersweet. All things new. So many emotions within so many of us as we close this chapter of our life.

Yet it isn’t good bye. We reminds friends that they are family. We tell them how we love them. How we will see them again one day.

Casting our cares and our anxieties on Jesus. Knowing He goes with us. These are bitter and sweet times. ❤️

Blogging through the Alphabet -B

Adventure!

For those who do not know my family recently packed up and moved from Racine to Marinette .

After 48 hours of going through stuff, boxing some up and throwing so much more into a dumpster, we may the drive up north.

We didn’t say goodbye to any of our friends because we will see them again I believe

As we settle in as best we can with very little furniture for the time, we consider a slower way of living.

I had hoped for a place outside of the city and with much more land but we still have visitors in our backyard as we learned the other day.

My oldest daughter has named her Bubbles. Unfortunately this girl took off pretty quick but what a pleasant surprise to see while scrubbing the dinner dishes.

It was so nice also to see a very old friend who brought us some freshly made soup and bread. It’s amazing the things you can do when you have more time.

The land we do have is quite beautiful. We have lilac trees and a magnolia bush. There are also apple and pear trees. I think grapevines and berry bushes. Yummy!

It is a time that is beautiful and also bittersweet. A new season for us all.

Blogging from A-Z

Is anyone else kind of feeling this way lately?

I think it’s fun everyone of us. We honestly are not getting much done lately and while part of me worries about that crazy thing called “falling behind” another part of me recognizes the need for a break.

It is finally starting to get nice outside here in Wisconsin

I’m not sure exactly how long it will last but we have bicycles and scooters and rollerblades sitting out because we need to enjoy the fresh air as much as we can. It’s only February and I am sure Wisconsin still has something up its sleeves. Haha

What to do when you feel restless and weary and uninspired.

My kids all flock to their screens and I want to scream but….

We all have our outlets I suppose. Yet how much is too much?

I found some videos on finger knitting that I thought would be so very fun. Something to enjoy. Hopefully to inspire.

There are some coding lessons online for my boys.

My oldest is baking and decorating a cake.

Spanish and Mandarin stuff for them to explore. Languages always are so much fun.

Yet in all of this we rest because it is necessary. Learning happens. I don’t always recognize it but it does.

As for Momma, I have plenty to study and enjoy myself. Perhaps I can even get back to watching The Chosen. Television is not my thing but this is something that inspires.

Let’s perhaps today, instead of require, inspire!

Feeling the Blahs

It’s been quite a while since I have come here to write.

I would say that we have been busy but that is not completely true . There is always time for what really matters.

If the truth be told I have done feeling a little empty.

When I feel that way all I can do is say fill me up Lord 😀

He is always good at answering that prayer.

So what have we been up to? So much inspiration and encouragement.

My middle school son is spending lots of time online learning all about programming and computer building. He is my gamer and while I have never been a fan myself it is encouraging to see how much he is learning as he plays. And his team is winning a few hockey games!

My oldest som is focusing more on completing his high school education. We are currently using Penn Foster. Pretty intense! He is hoping to complete that soon and also to complete his drivers education. Once he has that done there is an auto body shop that is just waiting excitedly to take him on as an apprentice.

My older daughter is very much enjoying spending time at the local farm where her brother works. She has become a real helper for the older lady who she has adopted as grandma. There is nothing that brings her more joy than learning all she can about the animals that are there and seeing babies born and watching them grow. She has also developed an interest in photography and making videos on Roblox.

As for my youngest we have been just focusing on reading and writing and math. She loves helping in the kitchen also so there is much to be learned as we cook and bake. Plus since she has some digestive issues and we are working to see if there are food allergies or sensitivities also it is a good opportunity for all of us to learn more about natural healing and eating the right foods.

As for myself I recently took a part-time position writing and editing for a small local magazine called Prairie Neighbors.

In addition to that a friend and I started not long ago Hygge Homeschool group and watching it grow has just been amazing! On any given day we can have as few as 20 or as many as 35 children running and playing.

It really is a season of contemplation and inspiration for all of us I think. We all need one another and good friends can be so hard to find. What’s more it can be hard to establish those relationships in this current climate we live in.

Without good friends and Jesus I think we lose faith and we lose hope. So in all that we are doing right now the focus really isn’t connecting. Developing. Together. The greatest blessing of all perhaps.

Not Forgotten

Words have the power to create and the power to

destroy, and God in His wisdom determined that His gospel was going to be communicated through words. Through words. Do you ever think about how odd that is?

It’s always kind of interesting to me how the Christian community eagerly awaits the release of every new Christian film that comes out. I think in particular of movies like The Passion of the Christ, where when that movie was coming out (and I’m not making a judgment call either way on the movie—I’m just looking at the reaction that people had as it was coming out), people were like, “Finally! Finally, people are going to go to this movie, and they’re going to see what happened, and they’re finally going to understand.” Right?

Except that when you say that, what you’re indicating is that for millennia—for a long, long time—God was sitting on His hands, eagerly awaiting for the video camera to be invented, so that finally His words would be in a comprehensible form and people would understand it.

Have you ever heard that expression, “The book is always better than the movie”? It’s never been more true. So I think some of us have a little bit of a self-confidence issue around believing that these words will do what God has said that they will do.

My words have power, yes….His Word . . . oh! It has a power that is undeniable and unfathomable, and we have only to be responsible enough to show up and open it in a sober-minded way.

There’s a quote by St. Augustine that I absolutely love, that I think captures the tension that the teacher lives in. He says this:

You are my God, my Life, my holy Delight, but is this enough to say of You? Can any man say enough when he speaks of You? Yet woe betide those who are silent about You. For even those who are most gifted with speech cannot find words to describe You.”

Words, Words, Words

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Tis the season to be thankful…falalalala As the holidays draw near, I feel like it is so important for us to take a step back from all of the commercialism, all of the worldly stuff that it is so easy to get caught up in and to bless the Lord. The Bible tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of Lights – We are also told that God loves a cheerful giver. Perhaps now is a good time to revisit what it means and how we can be that cheerful giver. WorthyKids has developed a wonderful way to do just that with The Giving Manger.

So what exactly is The Giving Manger and how does it work? This is a super sweet set that comes with a hardcover book, a manger, straw and a Baby Jesus. We can help our families to shift the focus from getting to giving as we seek out those opportunities to be a blessing to others. For every kind deed that is done, we place a piece of straw into the manger. What a beautiful tradition to begin with your whole family. Maybe even some close friends!

The storybook, written by Allison Hottinger, shares with our children how much joy can be had from giving. Follow Anne and Ben whose family doesn’t have much financially but always enjoyed a special gift each year made by their father. One morning their father announced their new tradition – the gift of giving – developing the heart of a servant. Just like that of Jesus.

While in the beginning this giving manger didn’t seem like such a wonderful thing to Ben and Anne – as we walk with them we see how both begin to learn and grow. As straw filled the manger, eyes were opened to how simple it is to give – folded laundry, a hot meal to eat, a kind note to a sibling. As they begin to give, they experience a joy within that grows them all the more into the image of our loving God.

Every day beginning on the first of December, look of opportunities to do a kind deed or look more closely for your children’s kind deeds being done to others. Keep the manager in an open space, a reminder of the heart off the Lord, finding ways to bless others wherever you may be. Not sure how to give? In the back of the book explore Manger Moments. This is an amazing list full of ideas that can really help our kids (adults too) to get those giving juices flowing. 🙂

Matthew 25:40 says, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

Having grown up in a home which service work was simply a part of what we did, I know how powerful those experiences can be. To take time, to go out of our way some days, to be a help to someone in need. Certainly this has become much more challenging in our current political climate however, this is the time that it means so much more to offer someone your time and your service. Thinking outside of the box, we can be sure to find many ways to reach out to others, showing the love of Jesus.

We have read and continue to read this book together! I love how much my youngest daughter especially enjoys this story and the lovely, simple illustrations in the book. One example is a recent connection with made with the director of From Home To Heroes, a small but love filled project to give to our service men and women. We are working with our little hygge group to become involved in this one!

But it doesn’t always have to be about the “stuff”. With so many distractions, we must be intentional about how we spend our time and our money. For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink but righteousness and joy and peace. There are simple, powerful ways that we can share that every day. Without a doubt materials like this can be enjoyed all year round. We may even keep this out as a vivid reminder, all year long, that to give is better than to receive. ❤

Colossians 3:17 Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,

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Start a New Christmas Advent Tradition with The Giving Manger

The Giving Manger {Review}

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There is nothing that I enjoy more than a good book! When it comes to my children, I love books that help them to see faith in action. Life can be challenging at times, especially for those who are still developing their identity in Christ. For that reason I was so very excited to receive a copy of Roar Like a Lion: 90 Devotions to a Courageous Faith from Tommy Nelson Books. Written by Pastor Levi Lusko this book is recommended for children ages 6 to 10, helping our children to navigate some of those difficult topics our kids face. We received a physical copy of the book – 90 days of devotions to help grow a courageous faith!

As we try to develop in our kids, the habit of Bible study, Roar Like a Lion: 90 Devotions to a Courageous Faith is a fun way to help them engage with the Word of God simply and honestly. Each devotion is two pages long that includes a little teaching as well as a simple prayer.

Our favorite thing of all is the sidebar: Did You Know? There are so many really cool details in this! Whether sharing information about shields or the heaviest fish ever caught (2,664 lbs off the Australian coast) there are lots of great opportunities for our kids to follow some rabbit trails. One even encourages our children to get in the kitchen and bake up a tasty treat.

Can I add that it was super fun learning about the history of hide-and-seek? We got curious after reading a bit about the topic of hiding and seeking. After searching things out a bit, we found that this game originated from a Greek game called “apodidraskinda.” Kind of cool to know.

Within these pages there is inspiration, encouragement – an invitation to live that bold life that we are called and set apart for. Between the colorful and fun illustrations and the down to earth easy to relate to stories these are not only blessing our children with direction but also provide a great opportunity for discussion.

Our children can explore who they really are; each page shares real life examples of what it means to be courageous, to be compassionate, to be faithful. They see and read scriptures that are related to the topic, there for them to see. Because our kids need to know and see how the answers for all things are within this one book. Especially when it comes to identity, our kids need to know who they are in Christ Jesus and the authority they are to walk in when they are covered in His blood and filled with His Spirit. There is a way that is right and our kids were born for such a time of this – Let’s be sure to equip them well!

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Roar Like a Lion {Review}

In the last days, many are departing from the faith because they are influenced by seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.

What doctrines do devils teach?

“Speaking lies in hypocrisy.” LIES! The most popular preaching nowadays is NOT biblical! Hypocrisy (phony spirituality) is the order of the day. Satan said to Eve, “Hath God said…?”

Ancient truth is being subverted in pulpits everywhere. Men have no conscience, no conviction against their lies. Multitudes are going to hell because of it.

1 Timothy 4:1-2 – “…seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.”

Have You Departed?

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

We cannot truly have His wisdom if we do not have His Spirit.

Revelation and understanding come from God alone.

It saddens me how so many spend such time reading and yet do not have understanding.

I remember reading the Bible now and then when I was younger (before Jesus changed my life) and I couldn’t really make sense of it all. It seemed silly, foolish.

But then He filled me with His Spirit and now – it is foolish to the world but He shows me the greater things within this book.

He reveals truths that are timeless and powerful. Without Him, I would never have the wisdom I have today. It may be foolishness to others but it is priceless to me.

When we find one who does not understand we need to be wise, we need to pray for God to reveal truth to them. We cannot change hearts and minds. Only He can.

We Need Revelation!

How can we say that we know and believe this precious TRUTH if we do not speak it, shout it, out loud?

So many shall be lost, yet HE called us to reach out to them and that we must do if we are truly His!

HE did not save us that we should be silent but that we should declare as did Peter on the Day of Pentecost, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye SHALL receive the gift of the Holy Ghost…

you WILL speak in another tongue, in a beautiful mysterious language meant to edify you, to build you up, to reach those things that we know not but He does, to guide into greater truth and holiness….

Have we showed anyone lately, the love and the way of our Lord and Savior?

Speak!