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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Random Acts of Kindness Idea #11

Idea # 11 is Make a Big Pot of Soup and Drop it Off at a Neighbor's House
With a chill in the fall air nothing warms a tummy or heart more than a yummy bowl of homemade soup. Soup is simple and cheap to make and a nice way to tell a neighbor you're thinking about them. Add a fresh loaf of bread to the meal and you'll make someone's day!
 
 
 

#86 of 100 Days of Happiness!

#86 is Hearing My Name Mentioned on a Homemaker's By Choice Podcast
If you followed my blog you know I adore Donna Otto! Well, after sending her an email with my name and where I was from she mentioned it on her podcast (along with others) That put the biggest smile on my face!
 
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#85 of 100 Days of Happiness!

#85 is I'm Changing the Blog Over to Wordpress
One of my goals is on it's way to being complete! I am switching over from Blogger to Wordpress in November! I can't wait to see the clean new change! I'm using Blogelina because I want a smooth transition so I stay happy!
 
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Day #84 of 100 Days of Happiness

Day #84 Is a Sweet Homemade Card from Anya
Anya shows how much she loves me in a million different little ways. One of the ways she showed me last week was this lovely card she made with flowers inside. How can't a momma be happy!

 

#83 of 100 Days of Happiness

#83 is Books that Teach our Kids About God
I love that there are authors out there who are trying to create books that help children learn about God! This makes me happy in a world that dumps so much junk on our kids that can pollute their mind their are people who are being countercultural! I love these books by Graham Blanchard!

Day 82 of 100 Days of Happiness!

#82 is Getting in Party Mode
When party mode strikes I always have a rush of happiness and excitement and a little stress, but I have so much fun creating a little happiness for Anya! Here is a sneak peak of some decorations that will hang from our tree.
 
 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

81 Days of 100 Days of Happiness

#81 is Playing in the Rain!
The rain was falling and me Anya were smiling as we played in the rain! As Anya would say the rain is refreshing!



Graham Blanchard Publishing Children's Book Gift Set Giveaway!




Enter by Thursday October, 23rd to Win A Book Gift Set From Graham Blanchard


One of the perks of being a Mom Mentor with Graham Blanchard is being able to offer great giveaways like the one I'm about to give your right now! Graham Blanchard is giving away one of their book gifts sets, The Learn, Absorb, & Praise Classic Collection Volume 1

These books are beautifully written and illustrated. If you are looking for a way to connect and share God with your children, these books provide a wonderful opportunity for you as a parent to spiritually inspire your children.

All you have to do is leave a comment (please put a ways to contact you or fill out the contact form on the right side of the blog)by Thursday, October 23rd on why you'd like to receive this great set of books and on Monday, October 27th a winner will be chosen. This will be a random selection.

Take a moment to visit Graham Blanchard's site to see all the resources and books available to assist you in teaching your children about God. Also, check out the question and answers from the Mom Mentors. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Faith Sometimes Means Walking Blind


Since I've been walking mostly every morning after I drop Anya off, I find myself having free time for some one on one time with God. I can't begin to express how cathartic these walks have been to my soul. There is something wonderful about being in nature, walking and meditating on God. There are days I am filled with joy and you can tell by the pep in my step. Then there are those days where I've freely let the tears flow and that's been good too, because there is rest when we're in step with God. When we are communicating with him, listening, and trusting in him there is an unmistakable calmness that permeates our being.

Today as I was walking I came to a track where I usually do a couple rounds of walking. The wind started picking up and I had this urge to just close my eyes and keep walking...so I did. Now, don't worry it was safe. It is very smooth, no bumps and it was only me out there. As I closed my eyes and could see nothing I thought about faith. Hebrews 11:1"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." In those seconds I couldn't see a thing. Isn't that how life is? We have no idea what the next moment will bring. We can be sure of what we hope for however, when we are unable to see how it's all going to turn out that's where our faith comes into play. We have to rely on God to guide us through the uncertain paths that life leads us on. Although we have a destination in mind or a goal in sight it doesn't mean that it will manifest in our time. Faith involves having patience and knowing that God will guide us. Like the wind he embraces us with a cool comfort, he whisper to us and if we listen close enough we can hear him.

When I closed my eyes while walking I saw darkness, yet oddly I was comforted because I knew the path in front of me. We can find solace even in the darkness because we can be assured that God knows our path! He had it laid out before we were born. All we have to do is let him blow us along the trail. How often do we try to figure out the reasons, look to everyone else for solutions when all we have to do is be anchored and steadfast in our faith. Why was I not afraid to fall? I knew the path. When we truly comprehend that God knows our life and what will be in it and what won't be in it we can walk along unafraid, knowing if we stumble he is beside us.

It felt so exhilarating walking with the wind blowing on my face, my eyes closed and moving forward in faith. Think about how wonderful it is when we let go and walk with a faith rooted in Christ. Thinking about how many times I did walk blindly and dangerously in situations I was humbled recalling how God opened my eyes, gave me light and grace and didn't forget me when he had every reason to let me go astray. Do not lose faith, believe in God even when you can't see a thing because he is that invisible wind that is always right there.

Easy Fall Flower Decor

Fall colors are so vibrant and beautiful aren't they? It is so easy to utilize nature's elements indoors. Here is an easy floral fall decoration I put together yesterday. The flowers are from Trader Joe's only $3.99, the vase was from Ikea I think for about $1.99 and the chestnuts were picked up around the neighborhood at my daughter's school and they were free! All I did was add some water to the vase, cut down the flowers, add the chestnuts around the base and tie some twine around the vase to add a little fall flavor. Aren't they pretty? They added a sweet touch to my den, but I think they'd look great anywhere in the house.