Monday, February 29, 2016

Grateful

There have been so many things going on around me lately. It could be easy to let the discontent around you seep in and start to effect you. I really don't want that to happen so I have taken a step back from some things. When you are looking for direction, need refuge or struggle with the right attitude it is best to turn to Him.

Saturday found us at the craft store. I have been looking for things to decorate a bridal shower. I found one of the items I was looking for, but at $15.99 each x 5 items I am on to plan B. While there Megan and I did pick up something fun.
I have been searching gratitude since that is where I feel my attitude has been lacking. I used my fun item as a starting place to make something to point me toward a grateful heart. 

As I have been searching scriputre about gratitude this is what spoke to me. 

Be grateful for God's love.
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:36.
Be grateful in every situation.
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Be grateful For God's gifts.
 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15
Grateful for God's deliverance over my life.
I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. Romans 7:25
Be grateful I can go to Him in prayer and He hears my petitions. 
Be anxious for nothing, but In everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6
We had a beautiful, slow weekend. Plenty of time spent at home, dinner with family, a little creating and enjoyed a wonderful sermon given by a friend of ours. It is a new week and I am ready to get it started on the right path!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.
Saturday we ended up with a beautiful day. Sunny and 70* in February!! We headed out to make the best of it.

Megan and her cousins ended up in the ravine stomping around in the muddy water.
Oh! What a mess they were! Soap and water will remove the mud, but the memories will remain. ;)
Sunday was a long day. Church, and then lunch with our pastor and a meeting. Once we were finished and retrieved Megan from my in-laws it was already dinner time. We ended up eating out with a gift card and just like that the weekend was over.

That seems to be the theme for this week... busy, busy, busy!  I spent a morning out with friends enjoying breakfast. Fun! I really need to do that more. A day out shopping with my mom and then lunch with my parents. A high school friend called and said she was in the area and stopped by for the afternoon.

The rest of the week the calendar is full so I spent some time in the kitchen this morning. Stuffed shells for tonight, dinner at Chick-fil-A tomorrow for a fundraiser and then pulled pork in the crock pot ready to be heated up for Friday. I am trying hard to prevent us from grabbing something on these busy days.
All this week has been spirit week at school. Each day has a different theme. Megan came out after bed last night and reminded me that today was Disney day. Bad mom moment as I knew about this, but forgot. Oops! I got creative and this is what I came up with. Nothing like a little late night crafting!
Saying "cheese" with my favorite guy!
I am sad to say my tulilps are gone. They sure were beautiful while they lasted.
I received some fun mail. I haven't participated in a swap in a long time. Thanks Chrissy for the book!
As most of you know I am a homebody! I also like things to be slow and simple.  Whew! It has been anything but that for the last week or so. I am looking forward to the weekend. We have nothing planned once school ends Friday and I am delighted. I won't be posting anymore this week. I am going to catch up on some housework and do some planning for the coming month. 

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Working Wednesday: Feeling Crafty

It has been a while since I crafted. I will be hosting a bridal shower in April for my niece, Alison. I have spent the last few months gathering ideas. 
Saturday I decided that I had better get moving if I was going to make things for the shower. I gathered coupons and off to the craft store I went. 
It feels good to be creating again. I sometimes feel guilty when I craft. Feeling like I need to be doing something more productive for my family. I really need to make time to do these things as it brings me joy and a sense of satisfaction. It should be about balance which tends to be hard for me as an all or nothing girl. :) I am going to find a way to make some time to more of the things I love. 

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.
 I am trying hard to start the day off right. It is easy to return from taking Megan to school and then get right to my task. Many days I don't take the time to eat breakfast. A habit I am trying to break.

 My parents have been building some storage in their garage. Megan found the scrap pile and has happily been creating.
 Snow with more in the forecast for the week. Megan said she thought we needed a new groundhog since she forecast 6 weeks til Spring and it doesn't feel like Spring! Caused me to chuckle. Spring will be here before we know it.
 My servants have been working hard for me. I am thankful for them as five loads were completed yesterday. Can you imagine heating water and using a scrubbing board or running each piece though a wringer. No thank you!
 Chuck reached over and I took his hand. Megan then ran over and joined us. :) I had the camera near as I had just finished empting the card. So glad I did as this made my heart happy!
 It seems that beef stew is just as bad as a pot of soup when it comes to not being able to make just a small batch. Or is it just me!?
May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Showing A Little Love

I enjoy showing my family a little extra love on Valentine's Day. Sunday is already a busy day with church so I set the table the night before.
I pulled out an existing table cloth and went from there.  I cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit my cake stand. 
Then set the table using some Valentine plates I had purchased several years ago for the kids. I added ribbon around the jugs (recycled coffee containers) and then some paper straws the I found at Target a previous year.
Chuck went to pick Megan up from a friends house Friday evening and came home with my favorite flowers. I divided the bouquet into two Mason jars for the table. Love!
We don't go all out with gifts for this holiday. I picked  up a balloon last week while at the grocery store and filled a gift bag with an inexpensive craft, a tube of sweet tarts and a compass that we forgot to give to her at Christmas. Oops! (She is obsessed with asking what direction we are going while in the van.) I know it was a hit since I found it tucked in her boot while sitting in church!
Since Sunday breakfast needs to be quick I served scrambled eggs and canned cinnamon rolls. To spice them up a bit I added red food coloring to the icing and thinned it down some. Then sprinkles were added. Simple, but effective!
The rest of day flew by. We stopped for pizza for lunch, came home and I took a nap. Then we went to visit the in laws and my parents. A day that was certainly filled with those I love!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Frugal Friday #4

It has been quite chilly this week. That has made me rather lazy. All I have wanted to do is snuggle under a blanket and read. That certainly isn't blog worthy! Let's get started on the ways I saved this week.

Megans' Valentine Party is this afternoon. She used valentines that I purchased several years ago on clearance. Normally $3.00 and I purchased them for $0.30. I am not sure there are enough left for next year so I will have to keep my eye on the clearance rack.
I needed a dozen cookies to bring for the class party. Instead of purchasing cookies I whipped up a batch. Cookies made at home are certainly less expensive then store bought. Funny note on the cookies. As most of you know Megan attends a small, wonderful Christian school. On the form that came home asking parents to bring in treats it had in parentheses for some items "store bought not neccessary." I found that funny since so many schools (especially public) won't let you bring in homemade treats and in some cases no food treats at all. (Yes, I understand food allergies.)
One of the little guys I use to watch was a little under the weather so I was asked to watch him. It brought in a little extra cash to use toward our debt.  It also made my heart happy when he ran into my arms!
Once dinner is complete I generally pack Chuck his lunch container before we eat. This ensures he has lunch which is a huge savings! He walked out without his lunch one day and didn't have a back up (he tries to keep a can of soup in his desk) and spent over $6 for a sandwich, chips and a drink. I can't imagine spending that everyday!
       
I used $20 of my grocery money to stock up my pantry. These were on sale for $1.25 a bag and are nomally $2.05 a bag. I ended up with 16 bags. 
So there you go. I hope this encourages you to do things to save money. The old adage that every penny counts is cetainly true. We have seen the "fruit" of our frugal habits as we were able to pay off some of my medical debt this month. I find it ecouraging to hear about other frugal adventures.

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.

A touch of Spring gifted to me.

One morning the temps were in the 40's and the sun was shinning so bright. I decided to venture out to enjoy my taste of sunshine in the morning sunlight.
Daddy helping with evening homework. 
I won a book and received a nice package. It is always fun when the mailman brings something besides bills and junk!
Saturday I deep cleaned the refrigerator. Chores are always more fun when all of the family is home. 
A typical evening in our living room.
After enjoying some spring like weather we are back to winter. It started today and it looks like we should have snow showers off and on through next week. 
May your day be filled with joy and contentment!