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“D” is for

Psalm 37 4

Today is day 4 of the Ultimate Blog challenge and the Blogging A to Z Challenge.  Today’s letter is “D”.

“D” is for Dennis, who is my fantastic husband.  He is my soul mate.  He truly is the love of my life.

“D” is for daring.  With three sons and one daughter in our home, there is a never a dull moment.  They constantly perform daring stunts and feats.

“D” is for darling daughter.  My youngest child is my only girl and she truly is a darling daughter.  I love watching her grow into the young woman she will become.

“D” is for disciples.  Our family strives to be disciples of Christ.  We are a work in progress, but I pray for God to lead, guide and direct our paths.

“D” is for delight as in Psalm 37:4 as shown above.

“D” is also for dreams – the dreams I have for our children and their futures.  I also have dreams for my husband and me as well.

So these are some of the things that come to mind when I hear the letter “D”  What do you think of when you hear the letter “D”?  I look forward to hearing from you.

Posted in Christmas, NaBloPoMo

Missed the weekend

So I missed posting this past weekend.  We  had a lot going on here.  On Saturday I spent part of the day recuperating from preparations for our Army Reserve Christmas party.  Then Sunday we actually had our Army Reserve Christmas party.  I feel like the party was a great success.  Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.  Yesterday (Monday) I did not do a lot.  I am glad this week is a lot calmer.  The biggest thing we have to do is go to the reserve unit on Friday so we can put away all the leftover toys.  Everything is labeled so it will be fairly easy to do.  My second and third sons were a tremendous help getting the boxes organized.

Posted in family, Joy, NaBloPoMo, Words

Joy in Words

Words can bring joy.  Words have amazing power to life our hearts and spirits.  The words “I love you!” spoken from the heart of the one you know God has handpicked for your spouse brings incredible happiness.  Hearing, “I love you, Mommy!” or “I love you Daddy!” spoken from your child’s mouth can bring joy.  Listening to people you love, respect or admire can bring joy.

That is why I am so thankful for my family.  They bring joy and laughter into our home.  I can’t imagine our home without all 4 of our children, at least not at this moment.  I know one day I will find joy in an empty home because it will mean my husband and I have done our jobs well.  We will have raised all four of our children to love and serve the Lord with gladness.  We will have sent them out into the world to do the work that God intended for them to do.

I pray that God will give them words to speak that will bring joy to others.

Do you find joy in words?  I would love to hear from you.

Posted in Christmas, family, Joy, NaBloPoMo

Joy In the Known

Sometimes joy can be found in the known.  It can be found in routine.  For example, every year for the past 17 years our family has participated in an Army Reserve Christmas party.  The location may change (as duty stations change).  People may change as people come into or leave the unit.  But the basic idea remains the same.  It is a time to come together and celebrate the season.  For our family, it is all about the birth of a baby in a manger.  I find joy in singing the same Christmas carols year after year.

Our family usually rides around to look at Christmas lights.  There is good food and fellowship.  We participate in various activities at church.  But we know where our focus should be.  I know we will do our shopping very close to Christmas Eve (usually we even end up out on Christmas Eve).  I will donate as much as I can to the bell ringers for the Salvation Army (many times I hand the money to our children to put in the shiny red kettles).  Joy comes through out the season.  Oh sure there will be surprises and unexpected things that come around to bring joy.  But there is something to be said for the known as well.

What brings you joy at this time of year?  Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior?  I would love to hear from you.

Posted in Bible Journaling, Crocheting, Happiness, NaBloPoMo, quilting, Reading

Balancing My Time

I am a mother and more specifically I am a homeschooling mother.  This means that more often than not my needs and wishes go by the wayside.  Even if I am sick, the children still need to do school.  Food still needs to be prepared and so forth.  I think you get the picture.  But every once in a while, this mom needs a break.  I need a chance to do something just for me.  I need to make sure I am balancing my time and doing somethings I enjoy doing.

I am blessed to have a husband who loves to cook and doesn’t mind cleaning the kitchen.  I also have three teenage sons and one almost teenage daughter to help around the house as well.  Our children are getting old enough now to do most of their schoolwork with minimal supervision on my part.  So when Dennis has the opportunity to travel for the army, I often go with him.  Cell phones, computers, texting and emails all make this much easier.  Plus having an 18 year old in the house also helps.  I know my daughter will listen to him and his 16 year old brother.  My third son works well when allowed to do schoolwork with his grandmother.  So all in all this allows me a break.

I enjoy crocheting and am working to learn how to quilt.  Plus I have recently discovered something else I am interested in, which is Bible Journaling.  This allows me to spend time developing some of the talents God gave me.  I love seeing what others are creating.

Another way I take time for just me is by reading.  There is nothing like a good book to help get away from the world.

So how do you balance making your time?  I would love to hear from you.

Posted in Army Reserve Christmas party, Christmas, family, NaBloPoMo, Week coming

GLANCE AT OUR WEEK – NaBloPoMo Day 7

So it is Sunday and rather than doing a week in review post, I thought I would do a post giving a glimpse into our upcoming week.  Monday and Tuesday will be normal days of homeschool, housework and chores.

Wednesday, Dennis, Joseph and I will be making a trip over near Allentown, PA to pick up gifts from Operation Homefront for our Army Reserve Unit Christmas Party.  This will basically be an all day affair.

Thursday we will spend the day at the unit getting the gifts organized for the Christmas party.  Also on Thursday we will be going to our local Walmart to pick up additional presents that are coming in on a truck for our reserve unit.  Friday will be spent working on the gifts more and getting things ready for the party.

Saturday will either be spent at the unit finishing things up for the Christmas party or catching up on things at the house.

Then next Sunday we will have our Army Reserve Family Day Christmas party.  After that, we will be kicking things into high gear to get things ready around our home for Christmas.

So how is your week shaping up?

Posted in Crocheting, family, NaBloPoMo, quilting

Saturday December 6, 2014

So it is Saturday and day 6 of NaBloPoMo.  I have spent the day mainly crocheting and doing a little sewing on a Christmas quilt I am trying to make.  I will post pictures when I finish both projects.  It has been a rainy day which does not really motivate me to do much.  I did complete my Bible reading for the day which is good.

So how did you spend your Saturday?