Precious Days

/ Sunday, August 02, 2020
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This bella baby is 11 months old and it hurts, y'all. It just went WAY too fast! 
She's getting a well deserved, much needed nap in after a couple weeks of teething and eczema irritation. (Which means mama is tired, too!)

These days are so precious and I don't take them for granted. As they say, the days are long, but the years are short. Well, I am so grateful for every single, one of those long, incredibly full days, because they are full and rich with the gifts the Father gave #Husband and me, straight from His own hands. Babies don't keep! As I type this and gaze upon my baby girl, I hear my 17 year old's voice, chatting away in the other room. SEVENTEEN--can't believe it!! 

I am thankful for my children's lives, because in living, they've taught me so much. It is amazing to see how the LORD's wisdom for my life is wrapped up in theirs. #perspectivechange There's so much I would have missed had I'd taken on the backwards view of children this world keeps on pushing. I know for sure, God's ways are higher and His way sare ALWAYS better than anything this world has to offer.
 
Everyday isn't easy and I'm 100% sure that I'm not perfect. But, there's nothing like resting in God's will. 
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#number8 #babycakes #11monthsold #mybaby #naptime #familylife #marriedwoman #largefamilymama #motherhood #Godsgrace #grateful #loveeveryday #love #noidlebread
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This bella baby is 11 months old and it hurts, y'all. It just went WAY too fast! 
She's getting a well deserved, much needed nap in after a couple weeks of teething and eczema irritation. (Which means mama is tired, too!)

These days are so precious and I don't take them for granted. As they say, the days are long, but the years are short. Well, I am so grateful for every single, one of those long, incredibly full days, because they are full and rich with the gifts the Father gave #Husband and me, straight from His own hands. Babies don't keep! As I type this and gaze upon my baby girl, I hear my 17 year old's voice, chatting away in the other room. SEVENTEEN--can't believe it!! 

I am thankful for my children's lives, because in living, they've taught me so much. It is amazing to see how the LORD's wisdom for my life is wrapped up in theirs. #perspectivechange There's so much I would have missed had I'd taken on the backwards view of children this world keeps on pushing. I know for sure, God's ways are higher and His way sare ALWAYS better than anything this world has to offer.
 
Everyday isn't easy and I'm 100% sure that I'm not perfect. But, there's nothing like resting in God's will. 
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#number8 #babycakes #11monthsold #mybaby #naptime #familylife #marriedwoman #largefamilymama #motherhood #Godsgrace #grateful #loveeveryday #love #noidlebread
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IT'S OUR ANNIVERSARY!!!💗




NiNeTeEn years of waking up by his side, calling him my beloved Husband!!! I count it a blessing to be joined to him under the holy covenant of marriage. I praise God for our commitment to one another, but most of all our commitment to Christ and that is what sees us through. Not feelings, not emotions, not attitudes, but striving for Christ-likeness. God is the glue.💗 

Some days are utterly blissful, and some days have been downright heart-wrenching. But what remains is Love, true Love . . .the Love the Father commands that we must extend one to another, the Love that gives and gives again, Love that has seen us at our worst, but says I want you still, Love that says: you need to hear this truth (like it or not) so that you can heal and grow.💗  

Then there's the everyday Love that serves dinner, pumps gas, pays bills, prays over our souls, budgets the income, grocery shops, makes tea, reads the Word, laughs at inside jokes, keeps quiet some days, shouts out loud on others, holds hands, fries potatoes, does the laundry, picks up a slurpee and a bag of chips, rubs the aching places, touches feet when we sleep, and prays again and again.💗 

Real love. I would never trade him or ask for another.💗

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#covenant #marriage #anniversary #19years #Husband #husbandandwife #marriedlife #wifelife #legacybuilding #familyfoundation  #nolongertwo #unitedasone #praiseGod #blessings #grateful #loveeveryday #love #noidlebread 

(Sidenote: #Husband rocking' his latest Father's Day tee from the kids...really our 4yr old #number7 picked it out because Baby Shark is still her jam! Lol)

Now, for a little anniversary fun. Husband and I decided to have an impromptu love song battle!
Check out our vlog to leave your vote for your favorite songs!!!





So many women wrestle with worry about being defined as a wife to a husband or as "just" a mom. . . worried about whether or not others know of the many talents and skills that they posses outside of being the Mrs. and Mama.  I remember in my early years of motherhood, when I was mama to one, I was quick to let people know that yes, I stayed at home, BUT I was getting "such-n-such" degree in "blah, blah, blah" field, furthering my education with the full intent to pursue career, status, wealth for self, the praise of man, more dry wall . . .

PRAISE GOD for Romans 12:1-2! Don't get me wrong; I am passionate about education, as knowledge,  understanding, and wisdom begin with the LORD. #homeschoolmama  But I thank God that He changed my mind and my heart, according to His Word. The turning point began in a sweet friend's home with a small group study on the meaning of a godly wife, way back when my oldest was 8 months old.

I can't cast being a wife and mother aside as second best, as something I'm just doing right now, as something that is only blocking something greater, as though it's a pit stop along a better journey. I'm not counting down the days until my children are gone so "I can do me". Ladies, it just doesn't disappoint me to be known as the Mister's wife or as the Lady with all those children.

Since when did such a blessed position become so despised? Since when did it become embarrassing to have a rich life centered around those at home? Since when? For what reason? (I know the answer, but these questions must be asked!!!) Shame on anyone who belittles a woman for living out the very essence of womanhood, for only women can be wives and mothers.  And sisters, we must not put ourselves down. No one can love, honor, help and complement your husband like you do. No one. You were created for him; own that.  No one can raise, teach, love, correct, and build up your children like you can. Be there for them, rather than push them away.

Home is everything. The people God has given you within the walls of your home are everything. Embrace that.

#homelife #wifelife #motherhood #Biblicalwomanhood #marriage #wife #mama #Godsdesign #love #noidlebread

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So, you really want to read God’s Word every day but aren’t sure where to start. To begin, we must change our thinking.

Reject the idea that you are too busy or don’t have time.
We know that reading God’s Word is God’s will for us. The Scriptures teach us:

 “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
Matthew 4:4
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Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
Psalm 119:11
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All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17

And since reading His Word is God’s will for us, then we must see to it. A popular quote by Elisabeth Elliot says, “There is always time to do the will of God. If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy.” Bit by bit throughout the day, we can create the habit, right in the midst of what we’re doing.
Here’s how...

Keep a Bible open all day.
When something is accessible, we tend to use it more often. I remember my Granny always having her Bible open at the dining room table or on the shelf near her seat at the table, ready to use. I remember her facial expression as she would look up at me to answer a question or tell me something. I remember how she would turn the worn pages back and forth. I remember seeing the pages of her Bible marked by her hand-written notes and underlined passages. She diligently studied God’s Word.

So, I’ve learned over the years to just keep my Bible open--on the kitchen counter, on the dining room table, in the school room, etc.--just keep it open to whatever passage I’m reading. For me, the kitchen counter or dining room table are my go-to places for having the Word available all day. These places tend to be the hub of my home anyway, which makes God’s Word easy to read while I’m waiting for something to bake or cook, or for a litte whie at the end of a meal.

Align Bible reading with something you already do.
What is the first thing you can think of that must be done daily? Eating! And that is the perfect time to read God’s Word, which kind of coincides with Matthew 4:4 above, doesn’t it? Read while you eat, and since most of us are eating as a family, read together!

We read our Bibles toward the end of breakfast time each day as the unofficial start to our homeschool day. We’ve invested to make sure each child who is able to read has their own Bible. (For my non-readers, we use a good picture Bible.) We make sure everyone is reading from the same translation and we dig in together. (Note: Never underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit to speak to and influence your children as you read through meaty passages. No need to skip them or alter them. God’s Word is for children, too. He will increase their understanding, just as He does yours!)

Another thing we all do each day is to use the bathroom, yes? And, how many of us moms, if we’re honest, have gone to the bathroom simply for a few minutes alone, or for quiet and refreshing? Well, while you’re in there, get some time in the Word. . .which means the bathroom is another place where you can just leave the Bible open. See how this works?

What should I read?
Before I give my opinion to this question, remember what the Scripture teach us in 2 Timothy 2:16-17:
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

So, there is no wrong answer. All of God’s Word is good to read.

What I’ve been doing lately is to read all the way through books of the Bible that I’m not familiar with or am trying to gain a more thorough understanding of. I will read just a few verses each day, generally using the headers that are available in most Bibles these days as starting and stopping points. If what I read at one point is something I need a deeper understanding of, I will read it again the next time. I also will take the time to look up other verses that may coincide with the passage for greater understanding before continuing on.

I have read through Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, John, and Hebrews using this method. I am currently reading the book of Isaiah, bit by bit. The children and I read through the book of John over the summer and fall. This has been so helpful in increasing my understanding, allowing me to soak up God’s Word and not be overwhelmed.

Other places to begin reading may be:
Start with Genesis and move forward.
Read Proverbs and Psalms or begin with one of the Gospels.
Read something you never read like the minor prophets, the book of Jude or Revelation.
Above all, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and He will.

Memorize Scripture
This is another one that is easily family friendly. I choose Scriptures that are essential to our faith and doctrine as Believers that we learn as a family. We work on memorizing these verses at breakfast or lunch, just working on one verse until we know it before moving on to the next. Some mom’s post Scripture verses up throughout the house to see what they are memorizing regularly: on the fridge, in pretty font on the wall, posted on the bathroom mirror, sticky notes, etc. It will surprise you just how much you are able to retain!

I hope you are encouraged more than ever to read God’s Word regularly. You’d be surprised at how much the Word will resonate with your spirit as you fill it up with what God wants for you. Never underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit as He goes about making God’s Word alive in your heart!

Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
-Psalm 119:105

How do you incorporate reading God’s Word into your daily rhythm?




Written a couple of months ago. . .


I am in a day-by-day season of life where my days aren’t always as predictable as I’d like them to be.  I am mama to 8, my youngest being just 4 months old, and my oldest a few months shy of 17 years old. I have many things going on, at one time, to say the least. If I’m busy doing all the things--late night nursing, homeschooling, diaper changes, helping my husband, keeping my home, teaching teens to drive--where do I have time to study God’s Word?

Throughout my mothering journey, I’ve heard all kinds of things said on the subject. Some will tell women not to worry about reading the Bible during the newborn days, for example, because the Lord will understand the time constraints a little one places on the schedule. If we go that route, we fall into a habit of not reading the Word, convincing ourselves that we just don’t have time.

On the other hand, some will wonder why it is you don’t participate in all the online Bible studies or every small group your church offers. This makes us feel guilty because we aren’t able to keep up with everyone else.

We can also place unreasonable demands on ourselves when it comes to reading the Bible. Somewhere along the way we think that to effectively study and read God’s Word we need these types of things: a friend or group to read along with us, a dedicated reading space, a specified amount of time, complete quiet, special highlighters and pens, no interruptions, a note-taking system, a fancy journal to write those notes in, or a beautifully brewed cup of coffee or tea.

Then we worry about how much we’re reading or what we should be reading. So, maybe we try out one of those “read the Bible in a year” plans that we’ve all seen. We begin the plan, reading huge chunks of Scripture each day, regardless of what we’re able to retain, just in order to check the box. Then life happens and you miss a day. What then? How can you make up all that reading if you are so busy? You try to double up, but you feel overwhelmed. The truth is, doubling up doesn’t work, you’ve lost your place on the plan, so you stop reading altogether. That is the exact opposite of what the goal is meant to be.

While reading plans, study groups, highlighters and coffee can be motivating, they aren’t necessary. And, although motivating, they can be a distraction. I once heard it said that hiding God’s Word in your heart (according to Psalm 119:11) is not a race but a life-long habit. In other words, be consistent and remain committed. Keep it simple; no need to complicate things.

You may be wondering, how do I know what to read? When do I even have the time to read? How do I become consistent in God’s Word? Head over to Part 2 where I’ll share some tips that have helped me, as well as a bit of what I’ve been doing lately. Instead of stressing, remember the main thing is to stay connected to God through His Word.

Click here for Part 2.







I just had my 8th child at the end of the summer, a sweet little baby girl to welcome into our home! Although she is the 5th child to be born in our family since we started homeschooling, this is the first time I’ve had a newborn with high school aged students. And, I must say, this is a game-changer!

You see, homeschooling with a newborn looks different depending upon the season.  My 3 oldest children are 12, 14, and 16 which means they are super helpful with daily tasks. However, when we first started homeschooling, these same children were 4, 6, and 8--and we had a little one born about 4 months in. Some of the advice given to homeschool moms with a newborn on the way may not apply to those who have both older and younger children.

Usually, moms are encouraged to take it slow, to pop in a movie for science or history, and to cuddle as much as possible on the couch reading aloud. I must say, I’ve done my fair share of this over the years, with my little ones. And it continues to be a life-saver  for my children under 8 years old. 

But it doesn’t quite work this way when children are earning high school credit or are a part of dual enrollment at community college. Additionally, my little one was born one week after we began our new homeschool year, so we didn’t have much time to establish new routines. This is what I’ve done to adjust in this season and I hope it helps you if you find yourself in a simliar season as well.

Stick to Tried and True
Now is not the time to change what works for your family life and homeschool! Stick to the natural routines that everyone is used to. Adjust time frames if necessary, but continue going with the flow. For us, this means we start each day with breakfast, Bible, then Math. We’ve begun our homeschool day like this for 8 years and it works for us. Now breakfast might start some days at 9 rather than 8, but the routine is the same.

Repeat Scheduling
Doing the same thing daily (for the most part), and in the same order is a life-saver right now. I used to try to follow the advise of, Language Arts on Mondays and Wednesdays and Science on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for example. Problems arose when something interrupted our week because that meant I’d have to wait until the following week before getting back to that subject. Now, every day (except Fridays) our schedule is the same, with a few exceptions. I don’t have to remember what subject is tied to which day (which is particularly helpful when I don’t know what day it is because my newborn has kept me up all night). Because I’m doing most subjects each day, we are doing a little each day rather than huge chunks of one subject, which is great for my younger children.  And, if a day doesn’t go as planned, I know the very next day I can pick up where I left off.

Increasing Independence
Somehow, a newborn baby sheds light on just how much older everyone else is. So, utilize your children’s independence as much as possible. Mama being out of commission for a couple of weeks is an eye-opener to what assignments they can take on. So, who’s ready to make simple meals? Who can wash the dishes or set the table? Which child can help take out the trash or load the laundry? The newborn days have been a good time for our family to transition into the next level of responsibility for household chores. 

The same idea holds true for schooling. Maybe it’s time for your children to share some of the reading for read alouds, while you do the listening. Sometimes, my older children check their younger siblings’ schoolwork, which frees me to check theirs (think: Calculus and Physics!). My older ones also pitch in with photocopying and filing papers, arts-and-crafts and P. E. activities as well. Let them assist you by taking charge of a few new things.

I hope this has been a help to you, as I am writing from the haze of newborn sleepiness! What ways do you adjust your homeschool life when a new baby is born?

For more newborn encouragement, click HERE.



Me holding baby number 8
My little girl (baby #6) holding her stuffies.

Like mother, like daughter. . .

My liitle girl told me she needed to carry her babies just like me, so we rigged a scarf up to do so.💞😘😍
As I tied the scarf behind her back, it occurred to me that this is a reminder to me to be careful of the example I set before my children. The truth is that they are ALWAYS watching.... waaaaayyyy more than I think they are.

As a mother to 5 daughters, I've got lots of girly eyes watching me. My prayer is that my girls follow me as I follow Christ. I pray that I am an example of godly living, that through the help of the Holy Spirit I live out the biblical principals of the Proverbs31/Titus2 woman. I pray they see the value in embracing biblical womanhood, of being wives and mothers who diligently work in their homes and all the blessings that flow from it.

Like Mother, Like Daughter

by on Saturday, December 28, 2019
Me holding baby number 8 My little girl (baby #6) holding her stuffies. Like mother, like daughter. . . My liitle girl told me she n...
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