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Thursday, September 28, 2017

~My Weakness~

2 Corinthians 2:9
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness". Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

Okay so we all have weaknesses. Just this morning the girls and I had a talk and prayer on the way to school about our weaknesses and why God sent his son to die on the cross to help us in all of these weaknesses, every single day. 

Janie piped up and said "yeah I whine a lot"
Madeline mumbled "well ok so I get mad and grunt"
I added "well I get frustrated easily by those 2 things, we always have Christ to go to in those weaknesses to help us seeing as we can't do it on our own."

Such a great little talk and prayer....
we all got out of the car happy and content in our little world
for about 3 minutes
goodness we are a great group of little sinners!

I walked Madeline to the gym to leave on her school trip
Janie and Madeline hug so sweetly as they left each other 
(cue to birds singing...magical and all that)

Madeline and I go into the gym and I realize we did not pack a jacket for her overnight cave trip...yes a cave....she will get cold.

You see Madeline takes every single thing in her world literally so the fact that "jacket" was not on the list of things to pack she does not believe that she will need one....even though every single child has one on (okay I'm exaggerating not everyone but enough for her to notice) and a teacher says she will need one.
I ask her if she would like me to go home to grab it??? She defiantly says "no it is not on the list"...sigh....I'm starting to get a bit frustrated

I get one out of the lost and found and find her sitting with her friends and tell her I'm putting it in her bag for her benefit. She turns and yells " I dont' want it" to which I answer "Fine be cold"....not another hug or sweet word....frustration from me....anger from her
little sinners

I drive home in a pissy mood
frustrated at myself for being frustrated
angry that she was ugly in her anger towards me
feeling horrible that I did not sweetly say "alrighty, I love you" and give her a hug

I beat myself up all the way home and for a bit after...sigh

So here is the thing, why oh why was my first reaction not to take a deep breath and remember that prayer we said a mere 5 minutes prior? Well I can tell you why, I am sinful and I can't do this by myself!
I sure wish I was better suited for behavior that frustrates me. But I'm not and Christ knows this about me...he knows that and has already given me grace for that moment of sin just as I have already given grace to Madeline for her behavior.  

Now, hours later, I have worked this out in my sinful little head of mine. Thankful for God's grace and mercy upon my weaknesses. Time to move on girl...


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

~Hope~

I have been dwelling on my thoughts regarding hope for a few weeks now. 

Even my blog is titled after the bible verse in Jeremiah in which God encourages the Israelistes while they were in exile..."For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Lots of things are swirling around our country and world right now that can make one feel very hopeless. Even normal every day events can make one feel hopeless...

I have days that I feel down about our world and sometimes one of my kids...I become overwhelmed with emotions at times. Unfortunately as sinners we tend to put our hope in our husbands, kids, homes, the next adventure...whatever it may be instead of in Christ.

I sat in church the other morning thinking about my love for Christ, yet how quick I am to forget who I live this life on earth for. I feel I grasp him fleetingly and He vanishes like fog because of my intrusive thoughts of everyday life swirl around my head. I can so relate to this bible verse


Romans 7:15-20English Standard Version (ESV)

15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.


My hope cannot be in myself because I will surely fail, as will my husband and children...the list goes on and on. My desire is to hope in Christ in all situations because that is the one promise we have on this earth...that He will never leave or forsake us....He loves us in the good, the bad and the ugly. Amen and Amen!
Preachin to myself sister haha!

Now on to something amusing....
this picture
these are not even all of Hank's boots...just the ones out the side door
piled in the crate below are all his running shoes that are identical as well
I could say I have HOPE that this may change but I doubt it seriously haha

He received a new pair of boots in the mail a few weeks ago and I texted him 


these texts make me laugh out loud still. He is so funny! Notice I then ask him to spray the porch after I ridiculed him hahaha....I don't deserve him!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

~Life Lately~

I need to catch up a bit on life lately around here!

We have had some crazy good temps around here lately so the girls have been outside a lot

Janie is always up for a pic and Madeline obliged :)



Evie has been essential for Madeline's needs lately. The second we get home from school Madeline races to take Evie outside. 

Hank took me to a country concert on Friday night....if you know me at all I don't care much for country but went along for the fun of it anyway and it was so much fun!

this is the deleted pic I tried to take of us to prove I was at a country concert...

this is Hank's reaction to said pic hahaha


The next big surprise for our week was having Gardner and Kendyl home because of Irma!
They are driving back today and don't think they have much damage:)
we made a big day of it on Saturday, going to watch Janie cheer, out to eat lunch and on to the Germantown festival
Janie is entertaining us at lunch here because #duh

Two of John David's friends were in town too because of the hurricane and joined us for the day as well. It is always such a blessing to see Levi and Colby!



Winnie is well behaved enough to go to a festival....Madeline convinced her Daddy for some more puppy training for Evie and it is going well so far:)


a typical afternoon in the field next to our house!

the whole crew on Sunday whoop whoop!! Gardner and Janie are discussing their performance plan....
Janie is singing a birthday song for Kendyl! So very sweet!




I felt just.like.this as Gardner helped me clean up and back up my computer the other day!!!hahaha
Thank you Gardner for always humoring your mother and not making fun of my inability to grasp all things or any things computer related!!😟😘

and last bit of news...
I'm not so good with knives while making dinner and trying to help with homework....
5 stiches later
ugh sometimes it is so annoying to be me!!
the good news is that I hopped in car with Hank and he sewed me up at the clinic...
we were back home in 45 minutes...major points having a veterinarian as a hubby!



Sunday, September 3, 2017

~Hair Styling Puppy~

goodness we love this doggie!!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

~The Great 2017 Honey Harvest~

I have to say first that I have the coolest husband,
 totally weird yet oh so cool
maybe even a bit dorky but pretty awesome as well. 

here is some evidence of dorky...


we have had so much fun laughing at his getup today. I think he had this on under his bee suit and never changed????
Old man dork exhibit #1
he is a great sport....every time we laughed, he did too:)

He and Madeline set off into the backyard this morning to harvest our honey for the first time.
   I really can't express how thankful I am that Madeline loves what her Daddy loves

running to show me her new find

this is the first egg one of our newest chickens laid today:)

the spinning contraption thingy that separates the honey from the comb??? I think???

Hank brought the frames down from the hives
dork exhibit #2


Madeline holding a frame with capped honey

Hank is uncapping the honey
dork exhibit #3

Madeline uncapping it too
dork exhibit #4

watching the honey strain through a filter cloth




everyone is interested in watching the honey come out of the centrifuge except Janie:)

Crazy exhibit #1

Janie now gets to uncap some honey


Hank is checking the specific gravity
I don't know what that means but that is what he told me he was doing:)


Madeline's first taste of honey...
think she ate about 2 pounds at least!


uncapped honey
who knew what that looks like???


Hank says "that's a nice  full frame capped honey..those little suckers can work"
referring to the bees....not his children hahaha

getting ready to bottle the honey



caught you Hanky
dork exhibit #5

quite the harvest.....6.2 gallons

the aftermath



I think she may finally be full😲

I teased Hank all day and he took my picture in my new pajamas and said, "I like your new Halloween costume.  You teased me all day and then changed into that.  Talk about dork exhibit" hahaha