Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday Favorites

I have a few things to highlight from this week!

1. moisturizer- My sister and I were talking the other day and she said she had just bought the best moisturizer from Sephora. We aren't really try new things kind of people so I was intrigued at this product and why she liked it! She said it really is so hydrating and moisturizing and since she is in Colorado without all the humidity she needs more hydration. She sold me...

2. Books- If you haven't read love and respect I'm going to urge you to buy and read it. I don't want to be dramatic and say it saved my marriage BUT IT SAVED MY MARRIAGE. It's biblical and the holy spirit really convicted me on some things that I was doing wrong. I tested the theory before I told Jonathan about it and Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is on point, it works.

(since reading this book and attending one of his conference Jonathan made the comment- "I feel like we are dating again.".... He also said, "You are being really nice, what's going on?..." I think it can take any marriage from bad to good or good to better)

Eggerichs also wrote this book and I'm going to read it next.

Mother and Sons

3. Cheese- Yesterday I wrote about Mini Babybel Cheese and their cute Halloween costumes. You can check it out Here. It's my kids snack of choice these days!

I hope you have a wonderful week.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Healthy Halloween!

The other day I was perusing the aisles of target, which is so easy to do now that my kids are both at school, when I came across the cheese aisle. I am no stranger to the cheese aisle, my family loves cheese! While searching for snacks I grabbed a bag of Mini Babybel®  cheese that is wrapped in the cutest Halloween costumes, or at least that is what I told my kids. “Look Cheese in Costume!” They ate it up! (Both my cheesy joke and the cheese)

My kids are starving afterschool so I decided to serve up these Halloween disguised Mini Babybel®  cheese and they were a huge hit! (Which gives me major mom points!)

Here’s what I love about the Mini Babybel®  Halloween wrapped cheese:

1.       It’s the perfect snack size.

2.       It’s Fun- It’s wrapped in the cutest costume- pumpkin, vampire, Frankenstein, and skeletons.

3.       It’s 100% real cheese.

4.       It’s easy- portable (stick it in a lunchbox, snack box or even just on a plate…)

5.       It’s entertaining- My kids have too much fun getting the cheese out of the wax. (so do I)  

6.       I served these at a party for the kids but the adults ate them up too!

I also picked up some Mini Babybel® Light for my snack time. Because Mama needs access to healthy treats that are easy to prepare and fun to eat, too! I’d rather eat cheese than Halloween candy that can be so tempting this time of year!

Next time you are at Target check out the new Mini Babybel and Mini Babybel®Light in the cheese aisle. It’s the perfect party food and healthy snack! Can’t beat that!

Have a Healthy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Weekly Happenings

 October has flown by! Texas finally feels like fall! It's been in the 70's and while everyone is celebrating fall weather all I can think about is Christmas! (Because Christmas is my favorite!)

Here's some things from our past week!

Last week Henry and Lucy ran in the fun run at school. Look at my long legged boy!

 Last week I went to the gym and hated every second of it. I didn't want to be there, I didn't want to do anything but I did and I didn't regret it... I hated it but no regrets!

 We enjoyed all the practices...

Thursday I went to the Journey Girls' mug exchange. It was super fun to hear mom/kid stories and trade mugs! I'm excited about mine and have enjoyed drinking coffee from it in the morning.

Friday, My friend Megan and I headed to fort worth to go to the Good will bins. Okay... this is not for everyone. It is gross and crowded but we had so much fun digging through the bins. We are modern day treasure hunters! We met fellow treasure hunters who told us the rules and tips and suggestions on other places to go!
 It was a slow day at the bins. I've heard the bins are on constant rotation but we only saw one row change. We ended up not finding anything. We were a little disappointed but it didn't stop us from having fun! We stopped by a few estate sales and then a thrift store!

My favorite part of the day was when we stopped for lunch in Addison! We ate at a diner called the Maple Leaf and it is Canadian. We ate poutine- which is French fries with gravy and cheese curds and it was delicious! Cheese curds turned out to be just soft cheese.
 I ate half of this burger and it was delicious!

 Saturday was full of soccer games. Lucy played goalie and hated every second of it, there is a lot of standing in that position.

 Henry played like a Boss. (or a Bost...)

Saturday night we had a Horn Creek Family Camp Reunion. We loved spending time with these families at camp and love getting to hang in real time too! 

 Wesley got a hair cut on Monday... which he desperately needed!

Monday night we loaded up in Manna's suburban and headed to Flower Mound to watch my nephew play football.

He's #6 + 9 in the center of the field!

 Henry's night was made when the bulldog mascot waved at him.

 Look at my baby girl!

Now you are caught up on our week! I hope you finish this week strong!

God is bigger than this and Jesus Can fix it.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mercies are New Every Morning

My loves,

Thank you for yesterday. Satan was on my back all day. He continued to whisper to me and he used guilt, shame, worry and fear all day.

I repeated my truths and I clung to Jesus.

Last night Jonathan and I crawled into bed and I told him about all the attacks and how I was waking in the middle of the night scared to death- where I wouldn't even open my eyes because I was sure Satan was there pouring lies over me. My sweet husband said, "Why are you afraid? What's the worst he could do? Kill you? Then you get to go to heaven."

Oh yeah... That sounds wonderful. BRING IT ON! (This is when Jesus tells me to shut my sassy mouth).

I slept all night with the confidence of Jesus being who He says He is and that my hope is in HIM and HIS promises.

Mercies are new every morning. I'm thankful for a Savior who I can call on and who loves me and wiped my slate clean so I could live in Heaven with Him.

I can sleep well with that promise.

God is bigger than this and Jesus Can fix it.

They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
-Lamentations 3:23

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Guarding yourself from Satan's attacks...

I haven't slept in two days. The past two nights I wake every 2 hours in fear and worry. Here's the thing... I'm not a worrier and I'm not a fearful person. If I worry I know to hand that problem over to JC and I trust him with it and my life. So, to wake in fear is new to me.

How he attacks-
1. Mom-shaming- You aren't good enough, you aren't doing enough.
2. Wife-shaming- You aren't good enough...
3. Sinful life- for some reason I can't remember what happened yesterday but I can remember every stupid thing I've done in my past, all the embarrassing moments, and all the stupid things I've said... He uses that against me.
4. He is not going to help you... (as in JC is not...)
5. J could have a seizure any second...

So at night when I lay awake he goes through that list... And JC and I work through it. Sometimes I just call out his name and he takes it away.

There is power in his name!

And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. - Luke 10:17

When I get dressed in the morning I always imagine I'm putting on my armor. I've never thought of the Armor of God as something we don't take off. We need to always be prepared.

The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. -
-Ephesians 6:10-18

During those attacks I put my armor back on (I'm not taking it off again...) and I walk through the things I know to be true.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble- Psalm 46:1
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. 30I and the Father are one."-John 10:28-30

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our LORD. -Romans 8:37-39

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
Finally, after we had walked through all the lies that were whispered to me in the darkness of night, JC sang David Crowder to me...
He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me
And oh, how He loves us oh,
Oh how He loves us,
How He loves us all

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.
Our Bible study verse this week is Colossians 2:7-
 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. -Colossians 2:7
And I really am overflowing with thankfulness because he has buried those truths inside me.

God is bigger than this and Jesus Can Fix It.  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Week/Weekend Review + Weekly Plan

School picture day!
He's showing off his squishy that Lucy gave him.
Are your kids into squishies? Just mine?

It's the big rage at our school.

Look at my pretty baby girl!

 Lucy received a positive referral at school! This is a big deal! I wrote this on Instagram in real time...

Today I watched prayers I prayed 9 years ago answered... Lucy earned a positive referral from her teacher for " no challenge is to great for her, can-do attitude, always giving her best effort on every task, being kind and a friend to everyone in class, and always being ready to learn."
9 years ago I prayed over a colicky baby that she would be full of joy, love people and love Jesus, never meet a stranger and please Lord give her a big personality. (I was a shy kid and didn't want that for her...) God did better, he gave me Lucy.

I've been in tears thinking about this answered prayer. A young mom throwing words at God of all her wants and God listened and agreed. 9 years ago in that nursery God answered my prayer, it just took me 9 years to see it. Funny how God's time is nothing like ours.
It was a good reminder that we may not see our wants or needs answered on our timeline but God already has it figured out!
Keep praying!
The great thing about having a blog is that I have 9 years worth of stories and details our life and our kids day to day. Here is a link to Lucy's 3 month update where I tried to pin her personality.

 I painted my laundry room and couldn't be happier!
 I painted it Agreeable gray from Sherwin Williams. I'm thinking of painting my bedroom this color too...

Saturday Papaw and Cookie were in town to visit and watch all the sports! I loaded everyone up Saturday morning for our 8:40 game. Turns out it was 8:40 at night. I overlooked that part, because who would make 9 year olds play volleyball at 9! We also had soccer games.
 One night we went to the Railyard in Frisco for dinner. It is an enclosed outdoor space that is surrounded by food trucks. It was so delicious and fun to watch the kids play around.

Jonathan and Henry
(I'm not sure what they are doing but J looks handsome so...)

Before church Henry needed a picture with his dog.

The kids didn't have school Friday and Monday so we had a spend the night party Sunday Night. Lucy went to Aunt Laura's and Preston spent the night with us!

 I ended the weekend by brushing Wesley's hair. He looks ridiculous and needs to go to the groomer...

||Weekly Plan||

||To Eat||

Spaghetti and Spaghetti squash
Taco Party

The kids eat at school so I just have to worry about myself...

Snacks and sides
Pirate's booty

bagels/cream cheese
cinnamon toast

What on your menu plan? 

||To Do||

Soccer Practice/games
volleyball practice/games
Fold put away laundry ( I hate laundry)
Take meal to friend because her husband thinks he is younger than he actually is...
Youth group- prepare next study
Calendar- I'm working on my December dates... It feels in so quickly I'm making sure to schedule rest so we aren't overwhelmed!
Try to Blog.. I have some things that God has been doing I'm going to share.

||To Study||

Colossians 2
Youth- Case for Christ

||To Memorize||
Colossians 2:7New Living Translation
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

What does your week look like? 

God is bigger than this and Jesus Can fix it. 

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Mug Exchange

I follow some of the sweetest bloggers that are truly into building community in the blogging world. This month they hosted a mug exchange and partnered us up with another blogger. All of these women are scattered throughout the US and my partner just happened to be Jessica from Live.Love.Reality. and she lives 5 minutes from me!

What are the chances of that?

We decided that since we lived so close to each other we might as well meet in person! You are going to be so happy that Jessica is exactly who she says she is and she didn't kidnap me or kill me when we met at the local Starbucks!

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and it wasn't a struggle? Everything flowed? You could move past the small talk and into actually getting to know someone? That's what it was talking to Jessica! It was so great to meet her and I can't wait to meet up again and encourage each other in life and blogging...

 Here we are before the big reveal!
 (I wear white after labor day because I can, it's not biblical not to, and JC is my only boss!)

 I gave Jessica a mug that I found at Dillard's and it said Namastay in Bed... Which made me laugh. I also gave her a fall candle!

Jessica is a better gift giver and she gave me not one but TWO mugs and a candle!
I opened the small cup first and said this is huge! I love a big coffee cup! Then I opened the second one and was shocked that a coffee cup could be so big and excited to put that baby to good use!

I loved participating in this exchange and meeting Jessica in Real Life! She's perfect! (except she is an Aggie... )

Check out a host to see the other mugs that were exchanged! You can also enter to win a $50 gift card!

Linked up with Stephanie @ Wife Mommy Me