In the Season of Growing

So it’s been a while since you’ve seen me around here.  It’s been a season of growing, and quite honestly I didn’t expect it to be like this. We have to find a new home.  Our landlord, a good one though he is, has increased our rent to an amount that is well above our breaking point, so we started house hunting in this market where owning is actually cheaper than renting.  I don’t know about where you live, but here, we’ll be saving around $400 a month just by paying a mortgage.  It’s kind of crazy. We started out … Continue Reading →

Word Focus for the Year: Praise

I started a couple of years ago choosing a word to focus on for one whole year.  Throughout the year I keep a small journal with me, so I can write down ideas, quotes, Scripture, thoughts, or anything that I come across that strikes me and has to do with the year’s word. There is kind of a movement surrounding choosing one word to focus on for a year.  Often it has to do with ditching resolutions and simplifying to just picking a word.  I get it.  But I do also love making resolutions each year.  Sometimes I follow through … Continue Reading →

Making Space for God

Somehow it is January. Somewhere around December 20 I realized that I would not get to finish a lot of things I wanted to accomplish before the end of the year.  I decided it was okay. I didn’t finish reading through my Advent devotionals this year, so I am reading the rest of them now.  I realize that God’s timing is perfect, and just because Christmas has just passed us again doesn’t mean that He doesn’t have a message for me in those devotionals. So I opened one up tonight before bed. And there it was.  This was a message … Continue Reading →

Advent: Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

Ever since we started recognizing and actively participating in Advent, I have loved this time of year.  Without Advent, I used to feel that Christmas just came and went, and some years I was left feeling indifferent and unchanged.  Shouldn’t Christmas, as a follower of Christ, be more than that? I have to admit that December came out of nowhere to me this year.  I know it always comes after November, but on the eve of December 1st I stood in my kitchen shocked.  Tomorrow would begin the season of Advent (if we are using the December 1-25 plan), and … Continue Reading →

One Lovely Blog Award

I have enjoyed writing and posting over the last few years, but I haven’t had the chance to keep up and write and post consistently over the last few months (or more).  I am still getting used to having four children.  And don’t worry, I’m okay with that. So I was pleasantly surprised when Dem Golden Apples received the One Lovely Blog Award.  Thank you to David Brazzeal at Pray Like A Gourmet! for the encouragement! RULES OF THE AWARD: Thank the person who nominated you for the award. Display the banner/sticker/logo on your blog. Share 7 facts or things … Continue Reading →

Bringing Out the Best in the Strong-Willed

I have a strong-willed child.  After reading things about this special type of child/person, I made a few realizations: 1. I was a strong-willed child, too. 2. Strong-willed people get things done. 3. It is not a bad thing.  At all. Even though I am not technically the first born in my family, I did and do function as the first born in character traits (plus there is an extensive gap between me and the next sibling up, so that statistically adds to the potential for first born traits).  I used to think I was more like a middle-child, but … Continue Reading →

Intentionality in Marriage

Two weeks ago I started attending a Bible study at my church led by some dear friends.  The study is geared for younger married couples, and so far they are nailing it.  Both of the last two weeks I have walked away with a lot to think and pray about, a lot of notes, and some good meaty truth to chew on. This week we looked at the passages in Mark 10:35-45, John 13:1-17, and Philippians 2:1-8 and discussed the passages, and while I listened the Lord really spoke to me. I have been reading a book about prayer called, The … Continue Reading →

Cultivating Contentment in Your Children Part 2

For Part 1 click here. I have a feeling this idea is going to have a lot of “Parts” to post.  We are continuing to learn about contentment around here.  It’s a theme in our household, and maybe it’s because we are human. Lately, we’ve had some extra fun.  There was a sweet baby born, there were two birthdays celebrated, and family and friend visits, and a birthday party.  With all of this excitement came lots of gifts! I do love gifts. This doesn’t mean I’m too picky though.  I don’t have expensive taste, and I don’t mind a free gift … Continue Reading →

Facebook and Relationships

Ah, Facebook.  It’s pretty much changed things hasn’t it?  There are some great things about it.  For example, how else would I have ever gotten in contact again with friends from elementary school?  You can get coupons from companies through their Facebook pages, find out about events, and remember people’s birthdays. Some of the negatives, in my opinion, involve a sort of pseudo-connectivity with others, less privacy, and the boldness of others who with their fingers pounding their keyboards or tapping their touch screens can say things they would never think of saying in person – or maybe not even … Continue Reading →

When More Fun is Calling

The last week has been stressful.  I don’t know exactly why other than the fact that I have been less patient, feeling pressure of getting some things done before the new baby is born – which will be anytime within the next three weeks or so.  Also we had a vacation last week, so perhaps getting back into routine was harder? Homeschooling has been moving along, chores are getting done, books are being read, times with each child and with my husband have been intentional, I’ve been reading my Bible and praying and seeking the Lord, but I have felt … Continue Reading →