Wednesday, November 30, 2016

No Apology

"Never apologize for how you choose to take care of yourself!"

I needed this reminder.....
 In this season of my life, I often need to sleep more, rely on convince food, stay close to home, have help with dishes, cooking, cleaning, and laundry....

I can't do for others like I used too....

I cook and bake less, I give less, I focus on me and my family more. I need rest and a peaceful environment.

And for all that... I will not apologize. I do not have to explain. I am taking care of me. 

No apology needed.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thankful For Us

Today is Sunday.... the weekend before thanksgiving. My family's all home - it's the first time in 17 weeks that hubby did not have to work the weekend.

The smell of warm coffee cake baking in the oven, sounds of Christmas music coming from the stereo, the warmth of the fire in our big stone fireplace....the Christmas lights twinkling on the mantle.... I look around... I love this time of year... and I love spending time with my family.

I look at my love... he smiles back, the fact that he works hard to give me this great life is not lost on me. I snuggle a little closer and lay my head on his chest. The two youngest are so excited as they pull Christmas decorations out of boxes.... today we will decorate our Christmas tree.... the teen puts down her phone and joins in on the fun..... the holidays are here!

Later, the in-laws will stop by to visit, and we'll watch movies, and have some hot chocolate.... but right now, the living room is a mess with Christmas decorations everywhere.... and I wouldn't trade this for the world! This is my family, my home, my start to the holiday season..... this is my life..... and it's perfect!

I've never been a fan of Christmas before thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving. To me, putting the tree up is the start to the holiday season... it brings me peace, and helps me realize just how very blessed I am!

So, from my family to yours..... Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 19, 2016


Today is National Adoption Day.... and although I am blessed with three kids of my own, I have always wanted to adopt a child and give them love, family, and a place to call home.

There over 450,000 kids are in the foster care system. And over 100,000 kids are approved and waiting for family's to adopt them in the USA. The average wait is over 3 yrs. It has been estimated, that there are over 350,000 churches in the USA. If only one family in each church across America would adopt a kid out of the foster care system, could you imagine the difference that would make - not just on an individual level, but as for America as a whole!?!?!

Research shows that Christians are the first people to speak out about abortion being wrong, but they are also the last ones to step up and adopt America's foster kids. I find it interesting to know that American families will spend thousands of dollars and wait for years just so they can adopt an infant, when there are so many kids that are ready and waiting (with very little cost) right at our fingertips. The average kid in foster care who is waiting to be adopted is 7- 9 yrs. old. Here's a link to some of the kids waiting for homes .... 

"There are no unwanted children. Just unfound families." 
- National Adoption Center

Over 23,000 children age out of foster care every year without finding a permanent family. This is tragic. Only 2% of children who age out of foster care will go on to get a college education, and 80% of the prison population comprises adults who were in the foster care system at some point on their childhood.

What a difference it would make in the world if those kids could have someone to care for them, teach them right from wrong, and give them a family to love them, and a place to call home.

People often think that adopting older kids can be harder because they often come with emotional scars and baggage. But here's the thing... with lots of love, time, and patience - they will thrive! To me, those are the kids who need a good home the most.

I know what you're thinking.... if adoption is so important to me, why haven't I adopted any kids myself? After all, don't be a hypocrite right? Well, you have a good point! I do feel very strongly about adoption, but at this time, my husband does not. And I feel that it is my place as his wife, to respect his wishes... I will pray, as God knows best and leave it up to Him. In the mean time, I will continue to speak up for these kids.....

"There is an instinct in a woman to love most her own child - and an instinct to make any child who needs her love, her own." 
-Robert Braul

Friday, November 11, 2016

Lessons from Gran Torino

We recently watched Gran Tornio (the movie). I know a few people who say it's an extremely bad movie to watch.... I disagree. I actually thought it was really good.... in fact we watched it as a family - yes, that means my 15, 9, and 6 yr. old watched it with the hubby and I. Please let me explain my reasoning.

 Let me start by saying that the movie has a whole lot of bad language, which I usually don't care for. But that's how much of the world today is, and while I certainly think they could have left out a lot of the profanity, it actually works in this movie in its context. 

I was struck by the fact that the Mr. Walt Kowalski's own kids and grand kids were only interested in what they could get from him. They thought he was a burden.... never truly loving him. (I saw that happen In my Grandpa's life.... everyone wanted a piece of him, but few truly cared about him.) The older I get, the more I realize that more and more families and people in today's world are like that. Everyone wants what they can get for themselves, not caring about the other person. It's sad, but it's true.

I love that Mr. Walt Kowalski learned to love his neighbors, they were his family. They were who he cared for, so much so, that he sacrificed his life to save them. And that's what struck me most in this movie, is that Mr. Walt Kowalski, would sacrifice his own life to save the two people he most loved. That's what true family is about.... putting each other first. There is beauty in selflessness.   

I also liked how  Mr. Walt Kowalski put things in order.... before  he died. While I'm not catholic, I do believe 1 John 1:9, which says;  "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Overall, I think the movie is a real life lesson in racism, overcoming hate, and selfishness, to hope, generosity, and love. In the end, Mr. Walt Kowalski changed for the better, and gave someone hope in a world filled with sin.

I like this quote from Sheila Gorge about it:
The Gran Torino Movie is "such an interesting portrayal of the problems in many immigrant communities with gangs, the lack of male role models, and the lack of hope. If we were to understand these things, I think we could do more to help. It would move us to empathy, as it moved Clint Eastwood’s character. But more importantly, it shows a real-life evolution of someone from a gutter mentality to a selfless mentality, because God touched them."
 "I would rather watch a movie with some swearing that presents a biblical worldview that inspires and causes one’s heart to sing than a “clean” movie that does not present a biblical worldview."

For more insights on Profanity vs. Biblical World View in Movies, read Sheila's blog here.

Monday, November 7, 2016

All The Pretty Little Things Book Review

All The Pretty Little Things
By: Edie Wadsworth
5 Stars

I read this complete book in one day! I was drawn to it like I haven't been drawn to a book in quite awhile, and so will you!

    Get ready to go on a journey.... one of sadness, drunkenness, broken relationships, fire, poverty, and abandonment. But also a journey of finding hope, love, grace, forgiveness, and wholeness.....

 To all those who feel fatherless, you have a Father God that loves you.... (and deep down your birth father probably loves you too -even if he really doesn't know how to show it.) You are worth a Father's love!

All the Pretty Little Things takes you on a journey of how one woman finds emotional healing.... Are you in need of emotional healing? Spiritual healing? What about physical healing? Our bodies were designed to work well with all three aspects. If one is lacking, you will suffer. (Take our FREE Healthprint Quiz to help find physical healing.... and to get tips and personal recommendations based on your answers.)

The story in this book is the same as many kids live in the world today. It is sad. But the hope that shines through brings so much gladness. Leave a comment and tell us one thing you are doing to reach out to the fatherless around you today.

You can purchase the book here.

To comply with regulations by the FTC, Tyndale Blog Network has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Curated Closet Book Review

The Curated Closet
By: Anuschka Rees
3 Stars

I am a visual person when it comes to learning! So, while reading 'the curated closet', I loved the suggestion on creating a 'My Style' Pinterest Board. After looking at my style board, it helped me see a pattern.

I like above the knee length denim straight skirts, bodycon skirts, denim and leather jackets, brown boots, strappy sandals, cardigans, and chunky jewelry, to name a few. I am a Type 3/secondary Type 2 in Dressing Your Truth - so you'll find lots of Type 3 colors in my style board.

I think the most important thing to remember when building your curated closet is that you personalize it to you. Don't try to be someone else's style look alike!

Overall, I thought this book had a lot of good useful ideas, the only downside is that the photos were not vivid or engaging, and overall dull and boring - but that may just be my Type 3 personality showing!

I am not doing a closet overhaul right now as I am losing weight, so I will be keeping this book on my bookshelf to use in curating my own closet at a later date, as I get closer to my weight goal....

If you are interested in putting together your own perfect personal style - you would find this book to be a very useful tool. You can purchase the book here.

Visit my style board on Pinterest and let me know what pattern or trends stand out to you. I'd love your feedback!

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