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Defending Life

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Tonight this was on Our local Christian radio and I was intrigued! Intrigued by the point of view that was shared but backed up by truth!

People who are pro-life believe that ALL humans, including the unborn, have a right to LIFE! Do you not believe that all humans have a right to life? A right to live?

Just putting a pebble in your shoe ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

For more information check out: http://www.focusonthefamily.com/pro-life

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Holidays-Missing Loved Ones

I have always loved Holidays! A day off of work to spend with family, is how we always spent our holidays! Usually eating, talking and laughing… a lot ๐Ÿคญ ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿคฃand just being together! I really gave a great family that we love to spend time with!

But since my dad passed away, I kind of dread a Holiday. Yes, I think of my dad everyday, talk to him everyday and a lot of times cry! But Holidays, is just a huge reminder that we have this piece missing. My mom comes and leaves alone, I’m not thinking about what food to make sure and have for dad, or what he’d like to drink… and the list goes on and on of the thoughts that run through my mind. And I just miss him more on days like today! Oh and Thanksgiving and Christmas, can I just skip this year?! And maybe next?! Please ๐Ÿ˜“

I know, I know , I can’t skip! That’s not fair to my kiddos and that is for sure, NOT what God wants of me! I always ask God for the strength and grace to get through this season because I need all the help I can get. But come on, it is Tough!

And I hear from many that it gets easier as time goes by but I have felt as the days and months go on without my dad, it’s been getting harder and harder! maybe more realization that he is not coming back? Not sure. But I miss him! I just miss him. ๐Ÿ˜ž

And then here comes my positive outlook and my hope; that I do truly believe That Gods got this! He is something that I can always count on to be there and I am blessed to have a Heavenly Father like that! But I’ll be honest, it’s hard some times to believe that! and I think that’s okay, because we all go through rough patches and maybe what WE want isn’t Gods plan. God has a plan and reasoning that my father passed away and yes, I am suffering through this grief. But man, look at Jesus and what he endured, but he still trusted his father and dying for you and me on the cross, was the ultimate sacrifice! But he trusted his Father and that is how I know God will take of us and I CAN make it through this!

Gods got this!! ( and that is what my earthly father always taught me as well!)

Miss you dad ๐Ÿ–ค

(Many ask why I use a black heart all the time, in reference, to my dad – and Black is the color for melanoma cancer awareness, that my dad passed away from)

Mom Life

Start the Day Right

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Psalm 150:6ย 

Those who preach must preach Godโ€™s messages; those who serve must serve with the strength that God gives them, so that in all things praise may be given to God through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and power forever and ever. Amen.ย (1 Peter 4:11)

God is wise and powerful! Praise him forever and ever.ย (Daniel 2:20)

 

One of my Goals for this year has been to be better about doing devotions or being in Gods word everyday, so far I have not been doing too good with this ๐Ÿ™

When I think of devotions, The first image that pops in my head, is a quiet, dimly lit bedroom, sitting on my bed, being nice and relaxed and being deep in Gods word …. awww being a mom this NEVER happens! So I’ve changed my expectations and have come to the conclusion “it doesn’t matter”! I truly believe that God doesn’t care where or when you are spending time with Him, it’s just that you ARE spending time with Him! Whether it’s praise, prayer or study, just do it!

How am I implementing this in my life you ask:

  • right now with training at work, I have an extra long drive to work and I spend that time in prayer for my family and for their day(and mine)ย ahead of them.

  • Devotions at work – my mother gave me this devotional (shown below)ย about 5 years ago, for Working Women and it is really good! It is to the point, short and has a nice little prayer at the end – thanks mom ๐Ÿ™‚

  • but that’s all I am really doing right now…my hope is to do more “studying” of the Bible and I have this “Hope” devotional but I have not been able to start that yet…too close to the heart right now with my dad’s passing.

Mom Life

Working from home…still waiting ๐Ÿค”

I took a new role for the company I work for about 2 months ago. This transfer had the opportunity to work from home and I have been super excited and anxious to be home more!

However, I keep waiting with no real, set date, except middle of May to mid June, and I have been praying for it to happen earlier than that and every day I leave work, thinking and praying “maybe tomorrow” or “maybe by the end of the week”. And I am still waiting. And today, when I left work again with no idea when working from home will become real to me, I was discouraged! I keep thinking “why is God waiting?” “why not now?” and I’m totally frustrated! ๐Ÿ˜–

Working from home, will help in a few different ways like; ease some of the pressure off my hubby to take the kids to and from school, being home for the kids when they get off the bus and if the babysitter isย sick or he wants to stay in his jammies a little longer (like everyday๐Ÿ˜), my little man, can hang out at home! I’m not saying it is going to solve everything, I did take a pay cut, so that’s something we need to figure out. And I know it can be stressful (different kind of stress) working from home. BUT…. I just want to be home!ย  Some days I wake up and HATE to leave! Not only my kiddos, but my house (yes, I know that sounds kind of weird) home just feels comfort and peace to me at this time in my life.

So when will it happen… I don’t know! But it’s not up to me, it is God’s timing and I have to be okay with that. I have to TRUST and have FAITH that He knows what is best and I know, I KNOW He has His reasoning. His reasoning is what is best for me, He loves me and I am HIS CHILD! And really, it’s not easy, but it’s just work and it will be okay.

It will be OKAY!!

 

Mom Life

End of School Year

So I don’t know about you but our crazy end of school chaos has begun! Programs, celebrations, end of school year parties and then don’t forget about class field trips and just the day to day homework and everything else already on our calendars- it is so flipping crazy busy!!! BUT… try not to stress and enjoy it! This is for your kids! They are proud of what they are a part of and you should be too. So if you need to complain ….I’m all ears ๐Ÿ˜‰ but don’t let your kids here ya complain about it because some kiddos might take that complaint the wrong way and think it’s about them and there is no way I want my kiddo to think I don’t want to be a part of anything they are involved in ( did this last night, so speaking from experience) ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜ž

Take a picture or 2 and savor these moments! When others tell you that “kids grow up so fast” they aren’t lying!

The end of a school year can be emotional, so make sure you have your Kleenex’s, next to your updated calendar and be prepared for the next month of quick dinners and running to get the best seat for the program. And take those pics ๐Ÿ™‚

And something funny to end with, I love The Office!!! ๐Ÿ˜†

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Visiting…

This week my family and I spent the week with my mom at her place in Florida. My dad and her bought it October 2016 and December 2016 he was diagnosed with Melanoma…and they never went back.

They spent one month down their together and this was my moms first time back. They had worked so hard, finally retired and was finally able to buy a place in Florida! They were so excited and had so many plans…but they were their plans…not Gods plans.

While down their we continued to ask “why God? Why couldn’t have dad had more time down here?” When he talked about retirement, all he would talk about was Florida. ๐Ÿ˜ข

There are so many times in our lives that we ask “why God?” And does God ever answer us? The good news- He does! he answers us! God has a reason for EVERYTHING! We have to trust him! Trust that He has a reason for even the smallest detail!

Even though I do not know why God took my dad, I will continue to trust Him! It’s hard! It. Is. Hard. ๐Ÿ’”

I would have LOVED to see my dad in his Florida place, but I didn’t and it will be okay. I had tears, my mom had many tears, but our family was their for her and I am so glad I was able to go with her and support her in this.

The thing that keeps me going is believing that someday I will see my dad again in Heaven. And he was a blessing to me while he was here on earth. But this is not our home, not our eternal home, that will be with God.

There is even a blessing in this…

Mom Life

Working from home??

Right now I am currently contemplating taking a role, within our company, working from home. But I never have worked from home, I have always worked outside the home, and honestly it seems too good to be true. I mean stay in my sweat pants, hair in a messy bun and no makeup – woohoo!! What more could I ask for? There has to be a downside right? Right?

After doing some research, I found a lot of articles where this type of set up works really well for a lot of people! They love the flexibility, no commuting, no office politics to worry about, less sick days, and better work-life balance! This last one, the work-life balance, along with flexibility, is my main reason for looking into this option. Being more available to be at home when my kids get on and off the bus, is huge! Huge! Them knowing I’ll be there, gives the security and comfort, but also if I’m working, they’ll get some independence as well.

However, for others, working from home doesn’t work so well. They may feel isolated and have a hard time separating work and home. Some said that they felt the need to always work and maybe even greater expectations, if you’re working from home.

Whether you work from home or at an office, there are always advantages and disadvantages to every situation and YOU have to figure out what works best for you and your family! My dad always taught me, that when making a decision, take time to write down the pros and cons for each side. This is a great way to get a full picture of the situation your in and even just writing it down, you are expressing your thoughts and it helps when reflecting on it later.

So we’ll see…stay at the office or work from home??