Thursday, March 27, 2014

Phone Purge

I know I just made a dramatic statement about no more pictures of my kids but maybe what I meant to say was no more details of their lives. There will still be pics but they will be limited!

Here are some sweet pics off of my phone.

Lucy's Valentine party!
(Here dress has hearts on it. Not festive but holiday appropriate)

My sweet two!

I brought the kids to the dr. and said Lets get a picture. Henry insisted that Princess Aurora was Aunt Lala. 

Lucy went the cutest pj and pancake birthday party!

Wacky Wednesday

Lucy earned $20 by selling some of old toys at rhea lana. We searched high and low for this Elsa doll.

My sweet two.

Planning activities for the Bullington/Coble/Bost spring break trip!! Dallas 2014!

Can you spot Henry.

We loaded the stroller to Manna's house last week.

I have been packing Jonathan a lunch for work because traffic is so bad by his office this has been easier on him. His new coworkers have been teasing him because it resembles a kids lunch-sandwich,Cheetos,apples,and oreos.  This morning I wrote him a love note!

Speaking of love notes. I ripped,my sports bra while working out this morning! Must be my big muscles. Definitely not dry rot!

The End.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ways to Save- Walmart

I've always been a walmart shopper. Maybe it has something to do with growing up in Bentonville or maybe I just like saving money!! Since moving to the DFW area Ive really taken advantage of walmarts price match garantee!! I look through all the local ads and circle the things that we use that are a good price. I plan my menu around these things. Walmart now offers a new service called Savings Catcher. You sign up for a account and then enter your walmart receipt online. It searches the receipt for any item offered at a competitors store and will give you the difference if it finds a lower price. There are certain things it won't match like produce that has to be weighed, closeout prices, and a few other things. (If walmart paid me to endorse this I would do a better job supplying the information:-)) Check the faq page on the start page for all the rules.

I missed a price match and walmart already creditted me $2!

They do all the work for you! If you are already a walmart shopper I would take advantage of this tool!

The End.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Where I've been and Where I'm going.

I started this blog as a way to keep up with my family's memories. To be really honest I started it to show everyone that I was the best mom in the world. I wasn't. I had the worst baby and I wanted to show people a perfect world that I created. There are times that I have just omitted the truth because it reflected poorly on me. I left out the part where for 3 solid months Lucy would climb out of her crib and wipe poop all over her room or that she couldn't talk until she was 3. I left out the times where I didn't make the best parenting decisions or lost my temper. I didn't want to have written proof where I didn't have it all together. I don't want this blog to be a vague part of my story. 

I want to be honest- almost vulnerable. To do this I'm going to cling to John 3:30. "He must increase, but I must decrease." I'm going to put my pride to the side and tell you a story. 

This fall Jonathan and I began praying for a new job for him. Something that would allow him more time at home. Jonathan was working a lot. I was also praying 1 Timothy 6:8 into my life, "But if we have food and clothing with these we will be content.". I've been trying to simplify to concentrate on the important things in life- Jesus, Jonathan and my Family.

Flash forward to 8 weeks ago. Jonathan and I surrendered all of things to the Lord: Our children, our finances, our earthly belongings, Jonathan's career and each other. 1 Peter 5:7-We cast all of our anxiety on the Lord because he cares for us! We told Him we trusted Him, we loved Him and that we knew that He is good, He is Faithful and that He loves us! (whenever I say that, which I've said a lot lately, I always think of in THE HELP, You is kind. You is smart. You is important.) 

One week later, Jonathan was laid off from his job, along with all the other developers from his company. 

Two days prior, I had shared with my prayer partners that we surrendered all this stuff and I nervous at what God was going to do. I really just want it all to work out without a big trial. Here's the thing. God puts us through trials so he can show us how MIGHTY He is! I wanted the Faith without the work. 

For Six weeks we walked hand in hand with our Lord and Savior. He walked right beside us. We could feel his presence as we prayed together, He protected us from attacks against Satan, He strengthened our armor, He clothed us with his arms and He fed us with his word. 

We praised Him for what we did have: A warm house, food in the pantry, and healthy children. He had supplied us with all these things! 

We prayed that He would point us in the direction in which He wanted us to go! We asked Him to open doors we were suppose to pursue and to instantly close the ones that we were to avoid. We were amazed at how these doors were instantly closed especially after appearing to be a good opportunity. 

Last week, all the doors aligned and God supplied us with a new job. He exceeded our expectations to what we expect to be a much better opportunity with more family time. Jonathan started on Monday. 

I wanted to share this for a couple of reasons
1. To Give Glory to God. 
2. To have for my memories at how wonderful our sweet Jesus is and how he has worked in our life
3. To encourage everyone to surrender what you cling to or covet to God. 

What I have learned
1. He is in control and He loves you. God doesn't want your stuff. He wants you to trust Him and to Love Him. 
2. Savings is important. God has put it on us to save. (Give and Save) If we didn't have an emergency fund we would have missed this whole experience because we would have been too busy panicking and trying to fix it ourselves. 
3. We can live without a lot of luxuries in our lives. We are pretty basic around here now. Which was another prayer answered- Thank you sweet Jesus for helping me simplify my life!
4. We cannot skimp on toilet paper. Anything but Quilted Northern breaks out my hiney!

Where I'm going-
I'm going to blog less about my kids. I don't want the world to know every detail about them. It's a dangerous world and I don't want to expose my kids. Lucy starts kindergarten in the fall. I want to protect her from what I can and the internet is one of the things. I'll still put up pictures but leave off the details of her life. (I'll figure that part out as I go)

I'm going to post more about our simplified life. 
-Less Stuff
-Thrift Stores
-Recipes- I make my own bread! I find it therapeutic! 
-Saving and being Cheap!

We will see where this goes. The blog could just be a season and that season is over. I don't know. I'm praying about it. I want God to use me to encourage others. I want to make myself less to make Him more. I want to show others how mighty He is. I just want to be a servant to the Lord.

 I want to Love sweet Jesus. 
Love my Husband. And Love our Kids. 

That's it. 

The End.