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Let It Go!! Traditions Can Be Torture!

By December 6, 2016 Encouragement, General, Mom Life

Traditions can sometimes become more like torture than fun.

Do you have family traditions that you do every year around the holidays?

Do you feel like you have to do the normal traditions or you are messing up the entire holiday?
I mean you have to bake those specific cookies.
Go to the same get togethers at the same place.
Read the same stories.
Go to the mountains to get your Christmas tree and get it cut down from the same tree lot.
Make gingerbread houses and stress over the kids not doing it perfect.
Go to the same place to see the Christmas lights.
Visit the same Santa each year for your annual picture that never turns out very good.
Struggle to get a good picture while fussing with your kids because they hate it.
Send out Christmas cards with those wonderful memory filled pics on them.
Make a special treat for everyone to hand out at the family get togethers.
Write the perfect letter about your perfect family.
And of course you have to read the same Christmas story book and put out the same treats for Santa on Christmas Eve. I mean if you don’t do all of these things then it just isn’t Christmas, right?? Wrong!

Why do you have to do all of these things?

Does the happiness of your family depend on it?

Does anyone truly enjoy it?

Is it creating great family memories?

Most likely the answer to most of these questions is, No!

Choose Joy and Calm Over Traditions That Cause Torture

This year instead of keeping up with all of your traditions that cause torture to your loved ones lets choose Joy and Calm. Let it GO!!!

Re-evaluate your traditions. Find the ones that your family wants to do. The ones they actually enjoy!

Have a family meeting- Get your family together and ask them their honest opinion. (And really listen while being open.) Ask them what they like to do and what they don’t. (Don’t get your feelings hurt here.)

What to ask- 
What traditions do you really like and look forward to?
What traditions do you really not like? (Be Honest!)
What makes you happy during this Christmas season?
What makes Christmas not fun for you?
Is there a new tradition you would like to start?

Write these things down and study them. Re-evaluate what you are doing and what the family wants to do. Make changes and let it go!

Release the control and embrace the freedom. I promise that if you skip a tradition it will not ruin the Christmas season and life will go on.

Maybe you have fond memories that you did with your family. Really think about them. You may find out that you didn’t do them every year :0! It may be something you did a few times and it just stuck with you. Maybe because you enjoyed it and wasn’t pressured to do it :0! Oh my!

Let it go! It will be OK!

What God Says

Mark 7:8 

“You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.”



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Let It Go! Be Calm Not Stressed

By December 2, 2016 Encouragement, General, Mom Life
Let It Go! Be Calm Not Stressed

Are you the one that has to be in charge?

Do you want to go from stressed to calm?

Can you relate to having to be in control of everything?

Poses for the pictures?



I like to have a plan and I want that plan to go as planned each and every step of the way.

I like everything to have a place and be in it’s place.

In years past I have always wanted to make sure the decorations were just right. The tree lights hung just right and the ornaments in their places. Everything on the mantle needed to be symmetrical. Outside lights needed to be in place and cords hidden just where I thought they should go.

Letting my children or husband do it the way they wanted was so out of my comfort zone.

I am the MOM and I am supposed to be responsible for these things, right?


This year I decided to just let it go.

We chose a tree pretty quick when normally I have to walk all over the hills looking for the perfect tree. Dragging all of my family behind me. This year it was actually fun. I didn’t tell the kids no. I didn’t walk around every tree finding something wrong with it. It was the easiest, fastest, and most pleasant tree picking experience we have had.

We put the lights on and they were not perfect. The next day when half the lights on the tree went out I didn’t even get upset I just said, ” Oh well, we will go buy some more and add them to the tree.” It may be odd but it worked and it was not stressful.

We decorated the tree with our cheaper ornaments. The ornaments are pretty much stuck in the tree near the bottom. Some are hanging, some are not. Some are clustered together. Some are even on the floor under the tree. The littles are redecorating the tree everyday. I’m not stressing over it. I just let it go! I decided that I would not even put out the nice ornaments this year. It is just not worth the stress of having to keep them away from the little hands. Worrying about them getting broken or having to tell the littles to leave them alone. I chose to be joyful and not stressful.

The outside lights are getting put up this weekend I believe and I am not even stressed about the fact that we have two wreaths hung on the bottom front two windows and the others are still in the garage. Normally this would really bug me and the fact that they are not up yet would normally drive me crazy. But guess what. I’m not stressing over it. We had rain on the day I was going to go on the roof to put out the wreaths and lights and I am just thankful for the rain. The lights will get up when we get to them. Is it really worth stressing over? Nope! Ahh I feel the calm.

We have presents in the office that need to be wrapped and I plan on doing that soon lol. But stressing over the presents that are not wrapped and the fact that the tree has no presents under it is not worth it. Letting the littles play around the tree and under the tree and just playing and watching them have fun is more important. Calm not stress.

I am enjoying the moment and letting my children help do things.

Being Calm and Not Stressed

There is just something about learning to loosen up and not being in control. There is a sense of calmness that takes over you. The stress is gone.

To not be bossy.

To not be on edge.

To not use sharp words.

To not be rolling eyes.

To not being harsh.

To not crush spirits.

To not shoot down hopes or ideas.

To not be stressed.

To not be overwhelmed.

It is way less work and stress by letting go and not having to be in control.

How can you Let It Go?

If you want to join me this season then jump right in. Back off on making all the decisions. Let your family decide what they may want to do, even if it is very different from the norm. Ask their opinions on things and let them feel involved.

What Does God Say

Phillipians 2:3-5

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”


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When You Don’t Feel A Part Of The Group!

By November 18, 2016 Encouragement, General, Mom Life
When You Don't Feel A Part Of The Group!

If you are anything like me then you know exactly how it feels to be left out and not part of the group.

There have been many times in my life that I have felt lonely. I have felt like I was just not in the “clique”.

I have shed many tears wondering, “why?”.

Many times I would feel part of the group only to be left out of something.

I was a high school cheerleader, so you would think I was part of the “in girls” right? No!

I was friends with them and we had fun but I was not always invited to the sleepovers, the parties, or the shopping trips. It hurt!

I had close friends that I love dearly even to this day, but we have been pulled apart in different directions through the years. Marriages, babies, jobs, and just life in general have made getting together not so easy. Being in different stages of life made it awkward to hang out. Sometimes it was just easier to not get together.

Of course that is not what always happened or how I always felt.  I remember crying when I thought I had a new friend that was going to be my new best friend only to find out that she was out doing something with other girls and didn’t invite me. I would ask myself.

“Are they cooler?”
“Are they more fun?”
“Am I weird? ”
“What is wrong with me? ”
“Did I make her mad?”
All these things would go through my head and to be honest it only made me feel worse. Why was I left out of the group?

I now see my teenage girls going through the same things. Friendships are hard! With all the social media these days it can sting even worse than when I was young. Girls texting each other in group messages and leaving one out and then talking about the message in front of the one left out. Instagram pics of parties, shopping trips, or sleepovers. Selfies or WEfies  that leave someone out. Or maybe you were all together somewhere taking pics and then you see all the pics posted except the ones you were in :(.  If you were asked to  take the pic of someone and their friends only to not even get photo credits.  And well snapchat is just a work of the devil I believe, but posting all the fun and videos that are going on at the moment and the one not invited gets to see all the fun but not be a part of it. That hurts! Social media just amplifies the hurt of being left out of the group.

I know as a teenager I would try my best to fit into the group. I have seen girls now on social media do things they normally wouldn’t do just to be a part of the clique so they didn’t feel left out. You have to cut your hair a certain way, wear a certain makeup, and wear the exact clothes, shoes, and carry the purses that the “in girls” do only to find out that well that didn’t work either. You still did not feel part of the group.

Thankfully, one day in high school I found God. I had cried for God to help me. For God to guide me. Then I figured it out. God told me, Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about discovering who God created You to be.

In 1 Peter 3:4  the Bible says, “Your beauty should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of the great worth in God’s sight. 

I struggled for a long time before I realized that I didn’t have to belong or fit into the group. God doesn’t want you to try to change who you are to fit in. He made you just how he wants you. If you don’t fit into this clique, group, or circle of the “in girls”, that is because that is not where God wants you. He had designed you to be a part of another group. He may have work he wants you to do within another group of girls or women. He will use you where he puts you. If you try to push or change to be part of a group that God doesn’t have you planned to be a part of then you will always feel left out. It has to be in God’s design. He has designed you just like he wants you. You are not weird and nothing is wrong with you. You are just who God created you to be. Be open to where God wants you. He will bring the people in your life right when you need them. They will stand by you in good times and bad, not just the fun times. They will be the friends that let you cry on their shoulders during a break up, stand beside you at your wedding and wear the ugly dress, tell you your pretty when you are 9 months pregnant, help you when your baby won’t sleep, be there when a loved one is sick, and celebrate with you when your children do wonderful things like when they take their first steps, learn to go potty, and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. They will be there no matter what.

Not everyone will feel this in their life. Some girls and women fit in no matter what. If you happen to be one of those girls then try to be compassionate and understand how the others feel. When you are posting on social media think about who you could be hurting with your simple but thoughtless post. What doesn’t mean anything to you could be devastating to someone else. If you know someone is hurting by what you have done then try to go out of your way to show love to that person. They may not fit into your “group”, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be hurtful or rub it in their face that they “don’t fit”!

1 John 4:19
“We love because he first loved us.”

John 15:12-13
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting Life.”


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5 Tips For Better Mornings

By November 4, 2016 Encouragement, Mom Life
5 Tips For Better Mornings

Let’s be honest here, we all have gone through times in our life that we just have terrible mornings!

You may be in one of those struggles right now  and wonder if you will ever have a good morning.

Do you want to makeover your mornings so you can have a better morning and routine?

I am going to share with you my 5 tips for better mornings.

So, if you want to bring some order instead of chaos to your days and feel more in control of your days then join in. Making your mornings more smooth will make for a more productive and peaceful day, because when you start the day on the right foot the rest of the day will fall into place easier without all the hassle and effort.

Maybe you plan on getting up and getting things done first thing in the morning and you have great intentions, but something always happens. Maybe the baby didn’t sleep well or someone was up sick or fussy.  Maybe you just had something on your mind and didn’t sleep well. Maybe you just hit the alarm clock a few to many times. Sometimes we start a new routine and do awesome only to fall off the wagon within a few weeks.

Join the crowd, life happens!

These 5 tips will help you to create a routine that works for you in the season of life you are in.

1- Start the Night Before

We are all tired at night, trust me I know! Sometimes you feel like you have not even sat down all day till you lay in your bed. I completely understand that. But I have found that if I just take 10-15 minutes every night to prep for the next day my mornings go much better.

3 Things I do in those 10-15 minutes

  1. Do a quick tidy of all the main living areas.
  2. Make a to-do list for the next day.
  3. Pack/prep things for the next day (lunch boxes, purses, diaper bags, library books)

When you have done these things you will be able to get in bed feeling more relaxed for the next day. Your mind will be more at rest so your body can rest.  You will also be able to wake up the next morning to a clean house which puts everyone in a good mood, right? Your day will be planned out and all you have to do is follow the to-do list.

2-Rise Early

I know that getting up early is not for everyone. I also know that there are seasons in our lives that getting up early just is not an option. When you are pregnant and not feeling well, have little ones that wake all hours of the night, are sick or have sick family members, getting up early just may not be the best thing for you during those times. Trust me I have been there and I know how hard it is.

I don’t suggest you start getting up at 5 am if you normally get up at 8 am. My suggestion would be to get up 15 minutes earlier than normal. Once you are adjusted to that then move your wake up time to 15 minutes earlier again. You will be amazed at what just 15 minutes of time alone in the morning will do for you. When you wake up before your children and not to your children you will have a better frame of mind as well. When we wake up to our children crying, screaming, jumping on our bed, or pulling on us it can start your day of on the wrong foot. If you wake up and have time to yourself to get awake and started then you will feel fresh and ready for them when they wake up.

I encourage you to spend that time Reading the Bible, Having Quiet Time With The Lord, Meditating on God’s Word, Being In Prayer, and Doing Affirmations. This time will allow you to relax and be calm so that you can count all your blessings and begin your day with a prayerful and thankful heart.

3-Get Ready

I strongly suggest that you get ready before everyone else. Get up and brush your teeth, fix your hair, put on your makeup if you wear makeup, and change your clothes. Even if you are only putting on a t-shirt and yoga pants change your clothes. When you are ready and not putting it off all morning you feel ready to tackle the day. If you are in your pj’s at 11am you may feel like you have not accomplished anything and will feel blah. You will be amazed at how much getting ready first thing in the morning before everyone else can change your mornings.


Exercise is very important and can really get you going. Maybe you could fit in some yoga poses during your quiet time with the Lord. I love to stretch and do yoga during my meditation on God’s word and during my affirmations.  If you can go for  a walk or jog that would be wonderful. Getting out and getting some sunshine and fresh air could really bless your mornings and make for a better morning and day. My husband goes to work really early so this is not an option for me because I can not leave the house with everyone still in the bed. I do love to go outside on the porch and do my Bible time if the weather permits though. Get your blood pumping if possible and you will be off to a great start in your day with a smile on your face. You can be proud of what you have accomplished so far and it will still be early in your day. Who doesn’t like feeling ahead, right?

5-Do the Hard Chores First

This can be a hard one and not every chore can be done while the others in the house are still sleeping of course. 🙂 You have to stop the procrastinating. I have always been a procrastinator! This has left me feeling overwhelmed, behind and just like a failure at times. I had to stop putting things off and just jump forward first thing and getting them done. I also found that if I would tackle the dreaded jobs early in the day I felt better. It’s crazy how those things loom over you until you accomplish them. You will think about them all day until they have been done and marked off your list.

Chores I like to do first thing in the morning.

1- Wipe down the bathroom after I get ready.
2-Start a load of laundry. (I do at least one load of laundry daily.)
3-Mop or Steam Hardwoods if they need it.
4-Tackle the chore of the day. (Each day of the week for me has an area or zone to work on.)

I hope these tips will help you to have a better morning also. Take these tips and make a schedule that works for you and the season of life you are in at the moment.

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By October 17, 2016 Encouragement, Mom Life

Modesty In Today’s World

Today modesty is just not important to way too many people. You can go to malls and see girls and women walking around with shorts so short that no boy or man would even need to use their imagination. Their shirts are either very short showing all of their stomachs or cut so low that their cleavage or breasts are very much exposed. Why is it that females feel they need to show so much skin? Is it low self esteem? High self esteem? I was raised to be modest and I am trying to instill this in my daughters in a world that is just not modest.

Girls Clothing

It is very hard to find clothing for young girls and teens these days. Shorts are just way too short in my opinion. Jeans are way too tight. I just think there are not a lot of choices for our daughters these days. It is a constant struggle to make sure their clothes fit and are not too short or tight. Then of course you have to deal with the, “Everyone wears their clothes like this, MOM!”

Schools and After School Activities

Back when I was in school there were dress codes in the schools. I know some schools still have them but some just do nothing about how students are dressed. When I go to the middle school and see 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls walking around with cut off shorts that their bottoms are hanging out of and a spaghetti strap shirt that is also cut short enough to show their belly button something is wrong! And who is letting their daughters out of the house like that?!?! I know that girls will change their clothes or take off a sweater or jacket after they leave the house. I have seen my own girls do this and well, lets just say it didn’t go over very well. I check their social media sites and I highly suggest everyone do this. If I see my children wearing something that is not modest or not what they walked out of the house wearing I do address it. So, yes I know this can happen but we have to stay on top of it and there needs to be consequences when it does.

Innocence and Purity

Shouldn’t we strive to maintain the innocence and purity in our children as long as possible? Children are born with such a sweet innocence. Their pure minds are so precious and we should want them to stay that way! I don’t want my children to hear bad things or see impure things. Once they see it or hear it they no longer are pure and innocent. The Song of  Songs is very clear that we are charged to not awaken love until the appropriate time as it states it three times. Look at Song of Song 2:7; 3:5; 8:4. I think this is very important!

What Does Modesty Reveal

Modesty is a reflection of how we think, love and obey God. Modesty is not only the way we dress though. It is also our attitudes, our behavior, and the language that comes out of our mouth and even written in social media. When you see a girl or boy dressed showing more than needed, do you like the photo? Do you comment on the photo? Do you share it or show it to others? Do you have impure thoughts when looking at it? God knows your thoughts.

Focus on God 

We must focus on God and pleasing Him as well as carrying out His good works. When you or your children get dressed ask these questions. Would you wear this to church? Would you wear it in front of your youth leader or preacher? Would you wear it if you were going to meet the Lord today? Would Jesus approve of what you are wearing? Could what you have on cause someone else to sin? If you answer these questions and feel good about what you are wearing then you should be ok.

We should be focused on God so that we may shine for Him in a pleasing way!

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When Your Life Feels Like Every Hashtag Should Read #MOMFAIL

By July 21, 2016 Encouragement, Mom Life
When Your Life Feels Like Every Hashtag Should Read #MOMFAIL

Have you seen the hashtag #MOMFAIL?

Maybe you have, maybe not.
Maybe you have thought about posting it yourself.
Maybe you have seen it and thought, “Wow, I can’t believe she put that for everyone to see”.
Do you try to hide your mom fails?
I think we all try to hide our failures at times if we are honest with each other and ourselves.

Life is not always perfect. Life is not always the way we plan it. But you do not have to feel like a failure because of these things.


  • You could feed everyone off the floor of the house or the van.
  • The laundry is piled so high that you are taking clothes out of the pile to wear and saying it’s ok the wrinkles will fall out.
  • You realize the door was open the entire time you were gone to the store.
  • The flies in the house are out numbering the people inside.
  • You get to church or school and someone in the vehicle does not have shoes.
  • You forget a sporting event or practice.
  • You stop at the store to get a present on the way to the birthday party.
  • When you look in the mirror and say did I really look like this all day?
  • The kids are still in their pj’s at 4 in the afternoon.
  • Bible time with the family is more like a wrestling match with the little kids.
  • When you can’t hear yourself think because the noise in the house or car is so loud so you just turn up the volume to the radio and sing like you don’t hear any of them.
  • When you have warmed up your coffee so many times you can’t remember.
  • Instead of using gentle words to turn away wrath you let harsh words slip or scream out of your mouth because of anger.
  • You watch the workout videos but can’t seem to get up and do them.There are days that I feel like I am so far from the Proverbs 31 woman. I wonder if this is normal. Do all moms feel this way or is it just me? Am I the only one failing at this mom thing? I make excuses that it is normal and that other moms are not as put together as they appear. It helps in the moment lol..Do you feel like mothering is a test? Will you make it through the day?
    Do you feel this way?
    Do  you secretly put #MOMFAIL on your day once or more?
    If so, you are not alone.


Remember that when you have failed, there is always tomorrow.
In our mothering journeys there will be times that we feel overwhelmed, frustrated, stressed, and like failures. We go through seasons that can seem to last forever or change as fast as they come on. There will be waves that we will need to just ride out to the end. But know that today will come to an end and there will be a new day tomorrow. You may find yourself needing to change something around to make things go smoothly or work at all. What works for one mom may not work for you, and some advice will work like a charm. Try different things. If it works praise the Lord and keep on, if it doesn’t then move on to the next suggestion and pray for it to be the trick. Try not to work on to many things at a time. Focus on one thing and then move on to another that way you don’t get overwhelmed and want to forget it all.

Psalm 139 “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 

Give yourself grace. If you have one child or multiple children give yourself grace. One step at a time. You can accomplish many things if you don’t overload yourself and remember that you are not perfect and neither are your children. I have to remind myself this all the time.

Remember that the world may be against you, but God is for you!
Some days I will pray very specifically for my children and myself to be a better mother, and somedays I feel like the devil will be working overtime on me. I mean lets face it, the devil hates us who love the Lord and seek after him. He wants all your days to be #MOMFAILS. He loves it when you feel like a failure, when you end up locked out of the house when it is pouring rain or over 100 degrees, when you don’t have food ready and the kids are all screaming, and when you can’t sit in church because of the baby who will not sit in church quietly or stay in the nursery without you.

Romans 8:31 “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

Be reassured that nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Know that just because the day did not go as planned or maybe you didn’t have a #MOMWIN at all that God’s love gives us the courage and grace to do it all again the next day. We can get up in the morning and do it over and make this day better. His mercies are new every single day!

Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”

Find something good in the day like..

  • You vacuumed the floor
  • Everyone had on clothes when you left the house and arrived where you were going.
  • No one was hurt or needed an emergency room visit.
  • Your little one said his prayers.
  • Teeth were brushed and maybe everyones hair.
  • The clothes you wore didn’t smell bad.
  • You cuddled with your kids and heard the words “I Love You MOM!”.
  • You saw excitement in your childs eyes when they did something alone even though they made a mess.
  • You finished your cup of coffee. Even if it was at dinner time.
  • Your son’s aim is getting better in the bathroom. 🙂
  • Your daughter left her dress down during church instead of showing everyone her panties.
  • Your son actually went to the restroom instead of pulling his pants down outside on the playground.
  • The way those little arms feel wrapped around your neck.
  • You see your children playing together and not hurting one another.You are blessed!
    Feel blessed!
    You are too blessed to be stressed!

On days when you feel like #MOMFAIL be encouraged that there is hope. There is grace, hope, and encouragement in God’s word and know that God is with you weather you are having a #MOMFAIL or #MOMWIN. Find hope in Him!

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Finding and Choosing Joy During the Stomach Bug

By March 9, 2016 Mom Life
Finding and Choosing Joy During the Stomach Bug

Well I’m not sure about your family but mine has had the stomach bug and it was no joke!

I have been finding and choosing JOY even during this nasty stomach bug.

Yes, it has been hard. Very hard!

I started off all the fun on Wednesday for our family.

Then baby Grace (8 months) was sick with it on Thursday.

Chandler (2) was sick on Friday.

Gavin (almost 15) was sick on Sunday.

Cecilley (13) was sick on Monday.

Scott (hubby) and Chandler (2 year old) was sick on Tuesday.

It was a nasty stomach bug for sure. It lasted all day for me and was pretty extreme. (I lost 4-5 pounds in one day.) The two littles did have vomiting but didn’t seem to have it as bad as I did thankfully. Gavin was a little worse than the littles but not as bad as I was. Cecilley had been sick a week and a half before so she didn’t get really sick at all just a little. Scott had just a touch of it thankfully not the full blown thing. Caroline (14) has been very lucky and has not been sick. I think the older you are the worse it is. Yuck!

It would have been very easy to get down and out. I was wore out from being sick and dealing with having kids. Two being little and wanting mommy. One that likes to sit on me and climb and jump. The other does all those things but also likes to nurse every couple of hours and has to be held and carried everywhere. So, it made things a little worse probably but I am very thankful for the big kids helping and daddy stepping in when he got home from work because I was wore out.

Then as each member of our family came down with this nasty bug I thought, “really?”

I could have let it get to me and just sit and cried. Don’t think I didn’t think about it a couple of times. But instead I decided I would find JOY. I had to look really hard at times to find the joy in the situation. Finding joy in puke and poop is not always fun. I had to make myself smile and yep I had to put on my big girl panties a few times.

As I searched for JOY and found it I choose to express it. How you say? How could I possibly find joy in a stomach bug?

Well, I thought about all the things I had to be thankful for.

Things I Was Thankful For Which Led to Joy:

The health that I do have. I am normally very healthy and do not get sick often. I could be a person that is sickly, has cancer, heart issues, auto immune disease, or just low immune system and catches everything.

The fact that I have children. I could have been upset that I had to take care of my blessings while I was sick. I could have been upset that my blessings got sick when I was still not up to par. I could have been upset that everyone needed me. But I choose to be thankful for having children. Not all women are blessed with children, some have lost children, and I am blessed with many.

The mess. I could have been upset that Chandler had diarrhea and threw up in his carseat which led to me having to take the carseats out of the car, take them apart, and clean them thoroughly. I could have been upset that there was diarrhea on my carpet even after I put a diaper on the potty trained 2 year old, but even it was not stopping it. Instead, I chose to be thankful for having a home that we could stay warm and felt comfortable in while we were sick. I was thankful to have carseats for my children that keep them safe and really they needed to be cleaned anyway. I was thankful for my rainbow vacuum cleaner and the fact that it has a carpet shampooer on it so I could shampoo my carpets right then. Yep and the fact that my carpets needed to be shampooed anyway didn’t hurt.

The laundry. I could have been very upset that there were multiple loads of laundry to do everyday and everything seemed to keep piling up. But I chose to be thankful for clothes and bedding. I was thankful for a washing machine in my home so I didn’t have to take my laundry somewhere to wash it.

My energy. I could have been very weak and could have had a hard time getting better but I didn’t. I had my energy thanks to my supplements that I take and was ready to tackle the day each day that a family member was hit with this virus.

The length. I could have been sick for days and I could have still been sick when my children were getting sick but I wasn’t. I was thankful that due to my amazing  supplements that help me stay well I wasn’t sick but a day. I know many people had this bug and just couldn’t get over it for days.

During hard times like stomach viruses it is easy to get down and out, to be frustrated and upset, to feel alone and sad. It is easy for you to just give up and not want to get out of bed. We have to decide to find and choose JOY in these situations.

Now is when we have to let the Lord guide us. We can get down and out or we can let the Lord take control, take each moment for what it is, and move forward. Some people ask God, “why are you letting me go through this?” But instead think look how He is bringing me through this. No, a stomach bug is not the end of the world but it is my example for how we have to choose JOY in everything we do even the bad.

What is going on in your life right now?

How are you finding and choosing JOY?

Finding and choosing Joy during the stomach bug was not easy but it was done with the help of the Lord.

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Homemade Play-dough

By February 22, 2016 Frugal Living, Mom Life
Homemade Play-dough

Do you want to make your own play-dough from things you have in your pantry?

Are you tired of the old play-dough drying out?

As a mom of 5, I can relate.


Homemade Play-dough

Homemade Play-dough

Play-dough can be a great toy and tool. It can be used for play, teach, entertain, and create.

I just love this play-dough recipe and feel good that is is all natural products instead of wondering what is in it. If my kids or dogs eat it I feel confident that it won’t hurt them.

This recipe for Homemade Play-dough will only take about 5 minutes to make and then 5 minutes to cook then let the fun begin.

Homemade Play-dough

Homemade Play-dough



1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

2 tablespoons oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 cup water

food coloring



-Mix the flour, salt, oil, lemon juice, and water in a pot.

-place on medium heat and stir until it forms a stiff ball

-remove from heat and place on parchment paper to cool

-when cool enough to touch begin to knead the dough

-divide the play-dough and add food coloring

-knead until you get the color you want and it is throughout the dough

Homemade Play-dough

Homemade Play-dough

Time for Fun

Now get the cookie cutters or play-dough toys and get to playing.

  • make animals or people
  • make patterns
  • tell or make a story
  • cut shapes with cookie cutters
  • make shapes to learn
  • practice colors
  • practice counting
  • make snakes
  • practice cutting
  • add and subtract
  • match the colors

You can play for hours with play-dough. Have fun and just be a kid again. I tend to have the most fun with my kids when I don’t worry about the mess, I just have fun like I am a kid again.

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If you would like to try a glitter recipe click here

For a apple pie play dough click here

Or this is a 2 ingredient recipe here

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Organizing Is So Freeing

By January 30, 2016 Mom Life
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Organizing is so freeing!

There have been many times in my life that I have not been very organized.

When I have had babies, I let some areas go at times and find them terribly unorganized later when the new baby syndrome has wore off.

I have been hurt and had to have surgery on my neck and really let the house go. I couldn’t do much as far as house work without being in pain, so I did what I had to which wasn’t much.

I have just had times where I was lazy. Yes, I  have had those times that I have just been plain out lazy. I would get tired of all the cleaning and organizing and just stop. Well, I wouldn’t just stop cleaning of course or my house would be unbearable. I would just not do what I should be doing.

I recently went through a period that I was not very organized. We have had our 5th baby and we only have a 5 bedroom house. So, we were going to let the two littles share a room for now. This would be perfectly fine even though they are opposite sex. We have teenagers and by the time the littles did not want to share a room one of the older children would be at college so it would be just fine. Grace the 5th baby has been in our room  in her basinet since her birth (6 months ;)) which works out great since we are breastfeeding and I am up during the night multiple times with her. But, we decided to close in our loft area and make it a bedroom for baby Grace. It would give everyone their own bedroom and work out better. We talked to a few contractors and got quotes on the new room and we were set to get it started as soon as the contractor could fit it into his schedule.

During this time we moved Chandler our now 2 year old out of the crib and into a big boy bed. I knew we were going to put Grace in it soon, so I just took it apart and put it in our master bedroom in pieces. It wasn’t the prettiest thing to have in our room like that (in pieces) but we figured it wouldn’t be for long.

Well, that turned into being 2 or 3 months. During this time was Christmas which is a messy time anyway for me because we are buying and hiding many things. 🙂 So,  for 2-3 months I started using the changing table part of the crib to pile things onto. It just seemed to be an eye sore. It got worse and worse.

When things look bad I tend to let them get way out of hand. I knew our room was just going to be a mess until we got the crib out so I let it go.

I have been in a real funk because when there is clutter and a mess it just makes me feel bad. I feel like the whole house is a mess.

The contractor came and started on the room and to say the least it was a mess. He was super good and I would highly recommend him but the in and out of him and tools and stuff was messy.

Well, today I was able to move the crib in Grace’s room!

I started by moving the crib and putting it together. Then I had to go to my room and go through all the things that were in there on the changing table and everywhere else.

I was shocked at how much trash (shopping bags, boxes and bags from Christmas, clothes, towels, and other odds and ends) that had been thrown on there. I feel terrible for letting it get that bad.

But, I have to say it was so freeing to declutter and organize my room. 😉

Organizing is so freeing when you get it finished.
During the entire process I began to feel so good. So accomplished!

If you have been letting an area in your house get cluttered and out of hand I suggest you get up and get to work. Get in there and you will feel so much better.

Steps for Organizing 

1- Set a goal and make a plan

2-Get started

3-Make a spot (bag, box, tote) for your things. Trash, donate, keep and determine what is going where.

4- Designate areas in your space for the future. (paper, toiletries, sports, gardening, tools etc. Depending on what room it is.)

5- Get everyone in the house/family to pitch in and keep it this way.

6- Enjoy the process and the feeling of success, accomplishment, proudness, and just happiness of getting it done.

I just love the feeling of cleaning and organizing an area and then standing back and looking at it.

It is just so freeing to not feel burdened by the clutter. Not having it weigh on you everyday.

Organizing is so freeing!

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Frugal Kid Friendly Lunches

By January 19, 2016 Frugal Living, Mom Life
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Finding food for your kids to eat can be hard. It can be very frustrating to spend a lot of time and money on making and planning a meal for your kids to push it away or just pick over it.

They love to say, “I don’t like this!”, “What is this?”, “This is nasty!”, or “I’m not hungry!”.

While you are sitting there saying, “You haven’t even tried it!”, “Just take a bite!”, “How do you know you don’t like it you haven’t done anything but play with it!”, or “Too bad, this is what is for dinner so eat it or go hungry!”

Yes, we have all had these conversations at some point or time with our little darlings. But today I am going to give you some ideas that your kids will love and will allow you to still be frugal.

Chicken Snack Wraps

What kid doesn’t love something they can eat with their hands. Get a soft tortilla shell, add some ranch dressing, chicken strips, lettuce, tomato, and cheese. Roll it up and you are ready to serve it.

French Toast Roll-ups

Search this on pinterest but it is super simple and even the kids will love helping make these.

Walking Tacos

Get a bag of doritos or your favorite individual bag of chips, crush up the chips inside the bag, add your taco meat, lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes, and lettuce and you have a kid friendly meal. The kids will love eating out of a chip bag and you will win on the clean up  side. 🙂

Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dog Bites

Cut up your hot dogs, thread the spaghetti through the hot dogs (5-7 half pieces in each), cook, drain and serve.

Grilled Cheese Roll-ups

These are very easy and similar to the french toast roll ups only with cheese.

French Bread Pizzas

All you need is some french bread, pizza toppings, cheese, and bake them. It is easy to hold and they can make them with you which always makes eating more fun for them.

Baked Sloppy Joe Cups

Who doesn’t like sloppy joes? Prepare your meat. Use refrigerated biscuit dough and press 1 in the bottom and up the sides of a muffin tin. Place your meat in the cup and bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Add cheese and serve.

Try these budget and kid friendly recipes with your kids and let me know what they think.

Let me know below what your kids like to eat that is budget friendly.

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