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Welcome to the link-up! I’m so glad you could drop by and check out all of the yummy recipes and things we’re sharing!

Don’t forget, we’ve got three hosts now – Ashleigh, Tammy and myself are all three working together to grow the link-up and make it better than ever!

Now on to this week’s verse: 

 

Regardless of circumstances, God’s love is with you every moment of every day!!  When the littles are in tears and you want to pull your hair out, you can tap into the love from the Creator of the Universe!!

Deep breath!!  Sigh of relief…

It’s a wonderful reminder, we can hold firm to in the moments of chaos…The Lord will send His faithful love by day…

His song will be with you in the night…when it’s dark, everyone else is asleep and the world and all it’s problems occupy your mind, let the transforming words of the Lord’s songs bring you the peace which surpasses all understand!

 

 

 

Did you see this from last week?!!?

Free adult coloring pages!!!

Homemade Strawberry Sorbet!!!

Now on to the link up!!!

Here are the few rules we have for the link-up:

  • The link-up starts early Sunday morning (exact time varies a little!) and ends Friday at noon.
  • This is a Christian link-up. All posts are required to be family friendly!
  • There is no limit on the number of posts you share.
  • This isn’t a requirement, but it’d sure be nice if ya clicked on a few other links and left a comment! (Most bloggers will return the favor!)
  • We will be giving away a entire FREE WEEK of advertising on PGC each week, all you have to do is add two links!
  • By linking up you’re giving the hosts permission to use a picture from your post and link back to your site.
  • And lastly, please follow your hosts on social media to see which of your posts get shared and featured, as well as to get updates on the latest link-ups!

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Keep on Keepin’ On!! | Sunday Simple Homemaker Link Up | Happy Sunday!

new homemaker slideHere is a tiny bit of encouragement for you ladies this up coming week!

This is not our home, dear friends!!   Keep on keepin’ on!!

I remember a time, I just started weeping in the shower with my husband. As he stood there, at a loss, I confessed I was just so tired of waiting for my rewards in heaven.

In this life we can feel like we don’t get anything for doing the right thing.  Over and over we might walk in obedience only to have those we love continue to sin against us. Even just the everyday grind in doing the “little” things right can seem so unfulfilling.

We need to remember:

Staying home with our children is good.
Being a help-meet to our husbands is good.
Walking with the Lord is good.
Being kind when people are rude, is good.
Putting others needs before my own, is good.
Being gentle is good!

Even if my children are behaving poorly, I do not need to be weary.
Even if I’m not feeling loved by my husband, I do not need to grow weary in being obedient to God. (submission is brutal in these seasons!!)

This is just a plain, ol’ hang in there message!! You’ve got this Christian momma!!  This is not your home. Do not grow weary! You will reap! Maybe not today because cultivating takes time, but don’t grow weary! Stay on your feet!  Parenting is a no fainting zone!

Have  a great week!!

 

Here are the few rules we have for the link-up:

  • The link-up starts early Sunday morning (exact time varies a little!) and ends Friday at noon.
  • This is a Christian link-up. All posts are required to be family friendly!
  • There is no limit on the number of posts you share.
  • This isn’t a requirement, but it’d sure be nice if ya clicked on a few other links and left a comment! (Most bloggers will return the favor!)
  • We will be giving away a entire FREE WEEK of advertising on PGC each week, all you have to do is add two links!
  • By linking up you’re giving the hosts permission to use a picture from your post and link back to your site.
  • And lastly, please follow your hosts on social media to see which of your posts get shared and featured, as well as to get updates on the latest link-ups!

Prairie Gal Cookin’:
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Be A Better Mom Monday |3 Activities to Entertain your 4/5 year old Girls this Summer

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Summer is upon us and I’m hearing a ton of moms stressed out about how to spend all the minutes of the day. There are just some days when you don’t want to pack them up and take them out, and you already feel guilty for the amount of TV you’ve been letting them watch.
Here are my favorite activities for my 4 and 5 year old daughters these days!!
Pattern blocks: We already have these on hand for math concepts during the school year, so my older ones don’t get really excited about them (though they still sit and play with them) like the girls do. If you have these, buy some new cards for the blocks to keep things interesting. If you don’t have a set already, this Melissa and Doug set looks fun!! I love their stuff. We have this one like this and it does the job.
Memory: In full disclosure, I recently played this game with 4 of my children and by the end I wanted to jump off a very high bridge (into water of course), so there is that to consider. Seriously though, this game is a classic because it’s awesome. It might make you feel old because you will suck at it, but your littles will love this one! My 4 and 5 year old can ALMOST play it together without killing each other too! We are using it to work on cultivating better sibling relationships. LOL! Great job Memory! Oh and I almost forgot, they make this in basically every character/theme you can think of besides the original version. My girls have the Frozen one and they spend 5 seconds after every flip imitating the scene or voice from the movie. I KNOW this also sounds like a reason NOT to buy this game, but it’s cute if you can just enjoy it.

Decorate your own bracelets kit: These were a gift and we only received the package of bracelets, but it was awesome!! The girls didn’t need any assistance, spend a fair amount of time working on them and then went on to play dress up with them. Big score in my book!! It’s like hitting the trifecta of DIY for girls!! A gift, no assistance needed, played with it after they made it!! Win!

Hope these give you a little break one crazy afternoon or a few quiet minutes to get dinner on the table!! Enjoy those tiny ones!!  I don’t know about yours, but mine are growing up WAY too fast!!

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Sunday Homemaker Link Up| God is Worthy of our Praise

 

 

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Praise the Lord for He is good!!

Yesterday we celebrated my 6th child’s 1st birthday. With a new house full of family and friends I was overwhelmed with the way God has loved us.

And…though she was a bit mesmerized by it all…she was adorable!! Forgive my obnoxious baby cake  photo!!

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I digress!

However…

He not only knows the number of the hairs on this little one’s head, BUT…

Our God  knows the names of every star in the sky!!

He is worthy of my praise.

He is worthy of your praise.

As I read through Psalm 147 this week I remembered how I was once brokenhearted and the Lord healed my wounds. God, who created the heavens and earth determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name!! It is so huge and yet detailed!

Whatever you are going through today, my heart for you is to remember you serve a Mighty God, who knows more than we even think to try to know!

May you ponder the God who, knowing the number of the stars in the universe, still loved tiny you so much He sent His one and only Son to die on the cross for your sins.

Ponder the Creator of the Universe who conquered sin and death, names the stars and is worthy of our praise.

The truth is powerful!!

Do not let your circumstances allow you to overlook the power, knowledge and love of our Holy God.

 

Happy Sunday!!

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Looking forward to hearing from you ladies today!!

Here are the few rules we have for the link-up:

  • The link-up starts early Sunday morning (exact time varies a little!) and ends Friday at noon.
  • This is a Christian link-up. All posts are required to be family friendly!
  • There is no limit on the number of posts you share.
  • This isn’t a requirement, but it’d sure be nice if ya clicked on a few other links and left a comment! (Most bloggers will return the favor!)
  • We will be giving away a entire FREE WEEK of advertising on PGC each week, all you have to do is add two links!
  • By linking up you’re giving the hosts permission to use a picture from your post and link back to your site.
  • And lastly, please follow your hosts on social media to see which of your posts get shared and featured, as well as to get updates on the latest link-ups!

Prairie Gal Cookin’:
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3 Reasons I don’t go to the Nail Salon to Get My Nails Done

3 reasons i dont go to the nail salon

It was Mother’s day 2 years ago when I took my own dear mother to get a mani/pedi. I had a nursing baby I had to get back to quickly and getting away from the house was a challenge.

My mom and I had an excellent time. We chatted and sat there as women scrubbed and polished our feet and hands. I paid the bill and tipped our manicurists. Almost $200 later, I walked out of the salon justifying the cost with ideas of quality time and pretty feet.

After all…

  • This was a treat.
  • This was a gift!
  • They were very pretty!!

AND IF THAT WASN’T ENOUGH…

Upon my arrival at home my husband declared his love for my manicured hands! “I love it when your nails are done.” he proclaimed with enthusiasm.

WHAT?!?!?

OH.MY.GOSH!

After 8 years of marriage I had no idea!

I was horrified!  I had rarely done my nails since having babies!!

Well, add it to the budget, my nails WILL BE DONE!!

By 9pm, my beautiful gel manicure had a huge chip out of the thumbnail. To say I was irritated would be an understatement!

Thankfully less than 2 weeks later I was introduced to Jamberry Nails and their amazing nail wraps!!

So here it is…

3 Reasons I can’t bring myself to go to the nail salon anymore:

Getting away is challenging: I’m pregnant with 6 children under 9. Even though I enjoy getting out from time to time, it’s on a rare occasion and when I do, I honestly don’t want to waste an entire hour or more sitting and having someone do my nails.

Manicures and Pedicures are expensive: If I’m going to budget an extra $100 a month I’d rather hire a maid!!

They don’t last: I don’t want to spend money on something that looks ugly after 24 hours. It’s just not my style. I’m frugal and I want to stretch my dollar!!

Now, in full disclosure, I’m now a Premier Consultant for Jamberry Nails. I adore the company and love consulting. It’s fun for me to show frugal, and maybe intermittently frumpy moms (like myself) how to have pretty nails for less money than the salon.

I also want to say I don’t fault you, if the salon is your thing! I just want to let you know there is another way if you are frustrated and your hubby likes your nails done! LOL!

If you want to try Jamberry email me and I will send you a sample or just go order a sheet on my website!!

Happy Father’s Day

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To all the daddy’s out there loving their wives and raising their children…Happy Father’s Day.

My husband is an amazing dad! Don’t take for granted a man who lives with you, day in and day out, and helps raise his children. These days, these men are fewer and farther between…honor them today.

I love my man, even more than bacon!!

If today is a difficult day for you, my prayers for you are for forgiveness and to know the ultimate love of a heavenly Father who loved you so much He sent His one and only Son to die so you could be with Him for eternity. May we all be content with the love of our Heavenly Father and know anything more is a blessing we don’t deserve.

 

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Sunday!!

 

God’s Grace |Sunday’s Simple Homemaker |Link Up

new homemaker slideDon’t forget to check out the posts this week from the amazing co-hosts over at Prarie Gal Cooking and My Life Abundant!!

The verse Ashleigh chose for us to look at this week is Hosea 2:15

Hosea is a book of the Bible that fills me with awe and wonder.  It’s a shocking and  almost terrifying story of God’s grace and his mercy. As those of us who see themselves the harlot, unfaithful to God even though He has given us, literally, everything we have, we see hope and renewal.

As a woman who has walked, completely in love with the Lord, for years, sometimes I want to overlook Hosea. Some days I forget who I was, and what God saved me from, and even who I would be today without Christ.

As life would have it I did some good ol’ fashioned Fb stalking last night and I came across some people from high school I enjoyed finding. I scanned through their pictures, and enjoyed seeing them as spouses and parents.  So many looked so very lost, in their mid 30’s posting about their last drunken “good time”, pictures with children throwing up gang signs, sadly even one in a orange jumper.  My heart ached and I remembered what it felt like to search for happiness in a fleeting moment of numbing drunkenness or sex.

I remembered the feeling of longing and thinking it might be fulfilled by a person, a drink or by passion.

Only the great, fulfilling love of a Savior will bring contment.

I sat and thanked God for where He had brought me and I prayed. I prayed for those still lost. I prayed God would not give up on them, as he did not give up on me!!

The best part is, not only did he save me and show me grace, but He’s given me life abundantly!  He has given me a song of praise on my lips and the hope (even on the worst of days) of eternity spent with my Creator!!!

 

In case you didn’t get to check them out last week…here are a couple that really stood out to me!!

If you need encouragement…Read this one:

Whenever You Speak

If you are looking for some child friendly things to do try this one from

Tea Leaves and Chickadees

If you are hungry, make this (feel free to bring me one too!!):

Here are the few rules we have for the link-up:

  • The link-up starts early Sunday morning (exact time varies a little!) and ends Friday at noon.
  • This is a Christian link-up. All posts are required to be family friendly!
  • There is no limit on the number of posts you share.
  • This isn’t a requirement, but it’d sure be nice if ya clicked on a few other links and left a comment! (Most bloggers will return the favor!)
  • We will be giving away a entire FREE WEEK of advertising on PGC each week, all you have to do is add two links!
  • By linking up you’re giving PGC permission to use a picture in your post and link back to your site.
  • And lastly, please follow Prairie Gal Cookin’ on social media to see which of your posts get shared and featured, as well as to get updates on the latest link-ups!

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14 Things that are Possible with God, but We Prefer not to Talk About Them

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Happy Sunday!! We are linking up with this sweet little homesteader over at Prairie Gal Cooking  and My Life Abundant today.  We are going to be co-hosting a devotional style link up with her on Sundays!!   Fun!!

Enjoy your families today and check out my take on Matthew 19:26

“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

 

You’ve been there…I’m sure you have. You’re standing there listing to someone quote a Bible verse to support their cause or justify their behavior.

You might think one of a few ways:

(From the Princess Bride) This verse…I do not think it means what you think it means.

Or

Nope! Out of context! BLASPHEMER!  (dramatically overplayed)

Or

Hmmmmmmmmmmm….something isn’t right here.

There are a ton of misused verses out there….most of the time people aren’t even quoting the verses, but just paraphrasing.  TOTALLY AWKWARD!  I know, I’ve been there, quoting some verse out of context.  I’ve been corrected. I’ve been rebuked. I’ve researched and checked my Bible facts. I’ve even made my apologies….but it still happens…people quote scripture out of context ALL.THE.TIME!

Examples…

“Judge not!” Often proclaimed by the habitual sinner (Christians are called to judge whether or not someone is a Christian by their behavior.)  Check out this post for more info.

“There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus”  Boldly proclaimed by the “Christian” who knows his Bible a little better though still using this verse to excuse his/her sinful behavior. Conveniently leaving off the later part of the verse which proclaims this to be true for those who are walking according to the Spirit and NOT ACCORDING TO THE FLESH, makes the argument compelling.

But one of my all-time favorite misquoted scriptures is the ol’  “all things are possible with God.”

Let’s get a few things straight here…You can do anything you want anytime…It’s called free will. You can sin and make poor choices and pursue non biblical lifestyles and even have success at it.

With God all things ARE possible!!!

14 Things that are possible with God, but we prefer not to talk about them:

It is possible to:

  1. Stop yelling at your children
  2. Live joyfully
  3. Stay married even when it sucks and you are unhappy
  4. Live with chronic pain or illness
  5. Walk in righteousness
  6. Let go of habitual sin
  7. Be single and content
  8. Have as many children as God allows (whether it be zero or 15)
  9. Let go of bitterness
  10. Forgive those who have hurt you.
  11. Memorize scripture
  12. Make dinner for another family
  13. Be on time
  14. Tithe

 

So, I beg of you take a little time out today and go read Matthew 19. At the end of a chapter on how married people should not be separated by man, celibacy, children and intentional poverty, God tells us all things are possible with Him.

This is a good read too.

 

Here are the few rules we have for the link-up:

  • The link-up starts early Sunday morning (exact time varies a little!) and ends Friday at noon.
  • This is a Christian link-up. All posts are required to be family friendly!
  • There is no limit on the number of posts you share.
  • This isn’t a requirement, but it’d sure be nice if ya clicked on a few other links and left a comment! (Most bloggers will return the favor!)
  • We will be giving away a entire FREE WEEK of advertising on PGC each week, all you have to do is add two links!
  • By linking up you’re giving PGC and The Mom I Want to Be permission to use a picture in your post and link back to your site.
  • And lastly, please follow Prairie Gal Cookin’ and The Mom I Want to Be on social media to see which of your posts get shared and featured, as well as to get updates on the latest link-ups!

 

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7 Tips to Curb Nausea During Pregnancy

7 Tips to Curb Nausea During Pregnancy

I open my eyes and look over at the blurry clock…it’s 2:30am and I’m about to lose my dinner. As I rush to the toilet, I think, “There has to be something to help this!!!”

When I finally stumble out of bed again sometime after the sun comes up, I still feel terrible.  I know there is nothing left in my belly. Nothing sounds good to eat. I feel like I’m going to be sick, but as a woman who has been pregnant most of her  married life, I know it’s a feeling I’m just going to have to deal with.  For some reason I can’t understand why I don’t have better coping mechanisms for this and I get to thinking and do some serious research.

Here are  a few tested tips from this mama of 6…soon to be 7!!!

Tips for pregnant mamas struggling with nausea:

  1. Invest in some quality Peppermint Oil: I keep a roller ball of peppermint oil and unfractionated coconut oil (carrier oil) with me at all times and rub it directly on my belly when I’m feeling nauseous. It has helped me so much during my last 3 pregnancies so much.  My doula sells DoTerra so I use her to make most of my purchases, but I also love Eden’s Garden though I have not specifically used their Lavender or Peppermint. If you have a friend who sells oils support them!!
  2. Take your prenatal vitamins and take them before bed: One of the reasons doctors suspect women can become nauseous is due to lack of certain vitamins or nutrients. Taking your prenatal vitamins can alleviate that problem. Since some women (me included) have a problem with feeling more nauseous after they take their vitamin in the morning, taking them at night with a light snack is really helpful.
  3. Wake up and eat immediately:  Grab a couple crackers or better yet an apple or banana and try to eat it before you get out of bed.
  4. Don’t just jump out of bed in the morning.:  I try to take a few minutes to at least read my bible on my phone, but if you have more time, check your email, Instagram etc.
  5. Eat what sounds good: This one is difficult for me because I want to try to stay super healthy especially if I’m still packing leftover lbs from my last pregnancy, but you really can get through your day a little easier if you eat what you can keep down and most of the time you want something specific.
  6. Sip water throughout the day: It is so important to stay hydrated especially if you are vomiting. Drink water, slowly and continually throughout your day so you aren’t trying to get all your water intake in at night.  Add a couple splashes of gatorade or a squeeze of lemon. Do whatever helps you drink your water!!!
  7. Skip the coffee:  I LOVE coffee. I smell it, I want it, I crave it, HOWEVER, during my 1st Trimester I skip it all together.  Coffee is hard on your belly and caffeine isn’t amazing for your newly growing baby.  Here is a good article on limiting your intake if you aren’t ready to give it up completely.

You should know the entire time I was writing this post I pictured the puking happy face emoji…I spared you from adding to my graphic!! LOL!!  You are WELCOME!!

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Love is Kind

love is kindLove is kind…

I hear it ring in my mind, but it hasn’t really ever penetrated my heart.

But I feel the Lord lately, whispering those words more and more often.

Love is kind…

Love is kind…

When my children are throwing a fit…

Love is kind…

When I’m angry and feel justified because I’ve been wronged…

Love is kind…

When sarcastic humor wells up in my throat in response to a quip…

Love is kind…

When in my frustration, I go into my room and I close my door.  I drop to my knees in tears, knowing only God can fix the ugliness I feel overtaking me.  Irritated, tired and angry, tears fall down my cheeks as I pray out of sheer desperation for God to change my heart toward my family.

Love is kind…

Eyes closed, wet faced, I hear a noise in my room…my 2 oldest children are under my bed, hiding…

Love is kind…

When I want to scream…

Love is kind…

When I really do scream…

Love is kind…

I find myself so far from what God calls love. Mean…I find myself mean and I’m sorry for it.  My tone is mean. My thoughts are mean.  My manner, at best is aloof, but in my heart I know, it’s mean.

But…

Love is kind.

 

Lord please restore those of us mommies who are failing to walk in Your joy and grace. Forgive us for not being thankful. Teach us to show the love You have for us to our husband’s and children.  Let our love be kind. When we are tired and we have nothing left to give, pour Your love into us , so we might show the simplest of love, kindness.

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