Gluten-free Mayonnaise Biscuits....Yum!

I have finally arrived at my first craving of this pregnancy. The bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit can't be beat by any other edible thing at this point (in my opinion).

Peppermint Ornaments (Yummy Craft with the Kiddos)

Super simple. Why have I never made these before? Sydney and I had lots of fun and she ended up eating more ornaments than she put on the tree. But hey, it was still a fun cheap craft and fun time we got to spend together.

Isn't she sweet??

Change is Good

Do you ever just wake up and NEED to blog? Well I am having one of those days. I guess some people use a paper journal (and sometimes I do too) but you can't post pictures with your text in your paper journal so this is the avenue I like best. I tried all morning to sit down to get this posted but all parents know that rarely ever works out while kids are awake. And that's ok. But the Lord knew I NEEDED to blog today, for whatever reason, and He has allowed me some quiet time in my pjs and fuzzy socks while Adam and Sydney are on a date and Stella is napping away. Awesome. Quiet. Thanks, Lord.

Today I needed to document the amazing prayers that have been answered for our family.


I Love Homeschool

I'm officially a fan of homeschooling. This will not be a long detailed post on all the reasons I think homeschooling is amazing (that post will be sure to follow). I just wanted to share a few pictures to document our first 3 weeks.

Up with the chickens....

....actually I'm up before the chickens. My body won't let me sleep past 5:30am, even if I didn't go to bed until midnight the night before. This fact starts to annoy me and then I get downstairs, coffee in hand, in God's Word before there is even the slightest peep out of my precious family. And I'm thankful, not annoyed anymore. I love the stillness of my house in the early morning hours. I'm not alone for long.....my 10 month old screams to be fed and talked to, my husband is off to work by 6:30 and my 4 year old wakes up begging to play Candy Land with me before I even get a "hello" or "good morning" from her. And our day is off..... there are animals to feed, scraps to throw out, dishes and clothes to wash, floors to sweep, games to play, meals to cook, errands to run. We are blessed! Sometimes I start thinking with "the grass is greener" mentality (I had one of those days yesterday) and the Lord so graciously reminds me how good this life is. He's so good like that. I could go on and on but just thought I would share with you today some of the reasons I feel so blessed. I remember a friend once said, "How else would we know something is beautiful unless God showed us how to recognize beauty?" These pictures depict the things God has shown me to be most beautiful about this country life we love so much....

a watermelon vine growing beside our steps...


 
an okra blossom....

 
a porch with a tin roof during a torrential rain....

 
BABIES! (human & animal)....


 
my self-proclaimed chicken farmer....


 
God's provision....
 
 
God saw beauty in what He created (Gen 1:31)

In Need of a Wash


This is how I often start my morning.

Cute, huh?

I have to admit, it is.

And also a little annoying when I'm giving her a 2nd bath in 10 hours but it is ok. She's cute, she's sweet and she loves to make a mess.

I do love to blog....

When I know the Lord is speaking to me I really do try to listen. Sometimes He has to use large flashing neon signs, but this time through several different circumstances and people, He has quietly nudged me back to this blog. It's been almost a year. Why? I do LOVE to blog. Why do I abandon it for so long? The reason I believe is guilt. Guilt for sitting in front of a computer screen for hours talking about myself. Sounds kind of silly and wasteful. But you know what? As a stay-at-home mom, I often crave someone (over the age of 4) to share my thoughts and feelings with. My husband (and best friend) owns his own business and works long hours so by the time he gets home and settled neither of us have the energy to talk about anything meaningful. I sometimes write in a journal but it's not the same. I guess in blogging, even if only one person reads what you have written, you feel like you matter. That someone has heard you, and maybe even been encouraged by your struggles or accomplishments. That's what drives me. I am that girl who is usually too intimidated to speak in a crowd of people, so I just listen. When I do talk, I feel like what comes out of my mouth is not at all what I intend most of the time. I want people to know what I think and believe, even if they don't agree. I know it is hard to "know" someone from reading their blog, but my hope is that this will give this introverted woman a chance to share with you what makes up "me." I will try not to bore you to tears....lol.

So, this is sort of a reintroduction of my blog, and I've got so much to share! I want this to be a place for me to brag on my kids, my husband and ESPECIALLY my God! He is so good. I want this to be a place where I can post pictures of my latest project, or share my favorite recipes, or cute things my kids say, and *hopefully* encourage someone somewhere with what the Lord has so graciously shown me on any given day. So, I am excited!! And maybe it won't be another year before I post again.....