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

Don’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…

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

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…

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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…

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Love is Kind

Love 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…

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5 Ways to Not Lose Your Mind When You Have Small Children and Are Exhausted.

Walking around in the brisk evening air, holding a book I’d been longing to finish I see my 2 year old running toward me.  He is covered in orange juice he personally squeezed and the combination of boogers and dirt on his face could easily gag a less experienced mother.  In his perfectly broken 2 year old language he blurts out “I found ‘nother one. Help me, mom!” (Don’t panic, we have orange trees.) And so I put the book down…AGAIN…and peel his dirty little orange. He runs off to be with his older siblings and for some reason, I…

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When Facebook all Seems for Nothing…4 Areas to Focus on When Life Seems Shallow.

I logon…3 messages…56 notifications. I don’t care. All I can think of is Noah Chamberlin. My heart is broken over the tragic loss of a 2 year old boy who is part of my extended family, a boy I have never met, but who has changed me forever. I love Facebook. I always have, but after a recent sabbatical I haven’t been back in full force.  Then with the tragic week of missing Noah, the only internet I could stand were posts from his family or news reports on the current status.  Angela  is Noah’s aunt and has been a…

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The Story of a Failed Ringbearer…and 4 Tips for you if Your Child is going to be in a Wedding!!

This was the moment, it was going to happen!! As I stood, in my Matron of Honor dress behind my 3 young boys with my 2 young daughters behind me, my heart leapt realizing he was really going to do it!! My 6 and 7 year old boys dawned their sunglasses and earpieces and as they flanked my toddler son who stood perfectly dressed, ring pillow situated in his tiny grip. As my 7 year old gently went to touch the official ring bearers back to nudge him forward, it happened… Now, every mother has been overly confidant in the…

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Be A Better Wife Wednesday: Tell him with love

“Okay”, I say as I walk away and tears are streaming down my face, but he doesn’t see them.  In an effort to avoid the gazillion questions children ask when they suspect you’ve been crying I go to my room to regain some composure and maybe wash my face. My husband hurt my feelings. Sitting here typing this I can’t remember exactly what he said,  but I know a few things: My husband loves me. He doesn’t hurt my feelings on purpose. He may not have meant what he said the way I took it. Now at this point (after your…

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Be a Better Mom Monday: Cultivating Loving Sibling Relationships

With the holidays just over and the new year upon us I’ve been reflecting on how traditions are holding up in my generation. Adult siblings fascinate me and as I pray for the future relationships of my own children I’m looking for ways to cultivate long lasting relationships between them. Sibling relationships are so important to me. The tips on the previous sibling relationships post is a good read too!! I try to: Build family unity: We are all on the same team. Well, it’s my husband and I against the children some days, but you know what I mean. We talk…

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Be a Better Mom Monday: Seek Contentment

Overwhelmed with disappointment, I struggle to find some semblance of contentment. My day old coffee is warm, not hot. My children bicker noisily in the background of my thoughts.  On the bench next the front door sits a tall laundry basket overflowing with folded clothes. As I sit at my barely clear kitchen table with large decorated gingerbread men in my peripheral I hear a load of laundry in the dryer. This morning I pushed start for the thrid time. I will walk across a dirty kitchen floor to get to the laundry room that holds another full basket of…

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