Thursday, August 7, 2014

Seriously? Seriously!

We are now a homeschool family!  This is huge for us!  I have always wanted to homeschool our children, my hubby, not so much!  I am that mom who gets really sad when summer is over and they go back to school.  I would rather keep them at home.  Our older daughter has really struggled with being bullied and in her 4 years at school, she has not made a single friend.  Each summer I watch her transform from a nervous, tightly wound bundle of nerves, to a calmer, sweeter little girl.  After many conversations, we have decided to homeschool.

At first, our daughter was resistant.  She didn't want to be different, she was still worried about what the other kids would say.  Once she realized she wouldn't have to be around them anymore she has started to relax and really embrace the decision.  It is like watching ice cream melt as she is losing the shell she had put in place to survive that environment.

Have you ever thought of homeschooling?  This is a huge decision for us, but I strongly believe it is the best decision for our girls.

Monday, July 7, 2014

At the Movies!

It is July, and that means it is time for At the Movies!  This is where our pastor takes scenes from popular movies and ties them in to scripture and how they apply to life.  I think this is an amazing way to reach more people and keep us thinking of the bible and how it is still relevant.  Sometimes it is easy to keep our ideas and opinions of church and people who go to church in a box.  But churches like LifeChurch shatter the mold.  It is the furthest thing for your stereotypical church.  The music is loud.  The lights are low.  You come as you are.  Wearing jeans with holes and work boots?  No problem, we are just happy you came!  You don't need a "Sunday best" wardrobe, we just ask that you wear clothes, the condition of the clothes is unimportant.  Why not check out the website and see if there is a location close to you.  If not, don't worry!  We offer an online experience!  Even for the kiddos!  Go ahead!  Check it out!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

My Church

I love my church! Seriously!  I love my church!  It is the furthest thing from every preconceived notion I had about church.  It is comfortable.  Filled with people who are nice and genuinely enjoy being there.  It is a place where you can go where there are no expectations placed on you.  You are not expected to dress a certain way.  You are not expected to behave a certain way.  You can literally come as you are; and get this, they are always happy to see you and welcome you.

Our church is not only a place where we go to learn about God, but we also listen to some amazing music.  We meet people we may not otherwise meet.  Here is the kicker though: We learn so much about ourselves!

We learn what is important to us.  We learn how to love others.  We learn how much we are loved!  We learn we are able to do so much more than we think we can.  We learn to let go.  We learn to trust in Him.  We learn to help others and how rewarding that is!

Here is the awesome thing about my church: Even if I can't make it to a service, I can still participate by watching the service online!   I love that!  Let's face it, sometimes life happens, or Satan will try his hardest to keep us away from something we need to hear, but with the online option, I can watch a service more than once!

One of our favorite series is coming up, At the Movies.  It is fantastic!  I would love for you to take some time out of your week and watch our special series during July, you never know when you may see or hear something that was written just for you.

Check it out!   LifeChurch  You won't be sorry!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

My New Fitness Love

Have you tried Barre3?  If not, I highly suggest it!  I bought a set of DVDs with a ball that we use at home.  Now, by we I mean my daughters and myself.  We are much more likely to continue with an exercise program if we have it at home instead of going to a gym.  Some of the things I love: It is no impact, you don't need a bunch of equipment, easy to follow along, and you don't need shoes!  This program is very effective and works on your core and center of balance.  I simply won't be able to say enough about this program, so go check it out!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


This morning started out like any other, we got up showered and got the kids ready.  We took the oldest to basketball camp, and let the youngest pass the ball around before camp started.  

Now here is where my day took a turn and started to show me its true colors.  In hindsight, it is all very clear.  You see, when I got up to leave, I banged my elbow on the chair back; I had clobbered my funny bone.  The thing is, funny bones aren’t really that funny; they hurt!

The youngest and I were on our way home, which is 1/2 a mile away, when I heard a loud crack on the window.  We had passed by a tractor pulling a brush-hog that had thrown a rock that had hit the side window of our car.  The rock hit hard enough to chip the glass.  I am so thankful the window did not shatter because that is where my youngest sits and she could have been hurt.

Then when we got home, we went out in the backyard.  We had started out having fun and shooting some baskets, then we were going to go inside for something and lo and behold, the door was locked.  We were lock out of the house.  We were stuck in the backyard.  I had to call the hubby and have him drive 30 minutes one way to let us in our own house.  Of course while we were waiting, the youngest needed to go potty.

Later in the day, I decided to mow the grass.  The backyard went well.  I took a break to check on the girls and drink some water.  When I tried to start the mower, it had other plans.  Plans that did not include my front yard.  I got my tools out and took apart the air breather and cleaned it.  When I went to put it back together, I realized the socket had fallen off the wrench and was nowhere to be found.  I resorted to using the old fashioned, manual lawn mower.  You know the kind that they used on the Brady Bunch.  

It is one of those days where I am afraid to start anything else because so many things have proven very challenging.  But, most of all, I am thankful.  Thankful He is watching over us.  Thankful things didn’t go worse.  You see, the window could have broken and my youngest could have been hurt.  But, He didn’t let it, it wasn’t in his plan.

I could have left my cellphone inside and we could have been locked out of the house without any way to call for help.  But we weren’t, He didn’t let us, it wasn’t in his plan.

While my day may not have been the easiest, and it may not have gone how I would have hoped, I am still thankful for all that went right!  We are safe, we are inside, and the grass is mowed before the rain starts this evening.  He saw to that, and I am happy and thankful!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Grace Adele Close Out Sale

I am an independent consultant for the Scentsy family, and this past week our family came to a difficult decision, to discontinue the Grace Adele line.  Grace Adele offers gorgeous, high quality purses, jewelry, and accessories.  The last day for Grace Adele will be July 31, 2014.  This means we will be offering some amazing sales!  So, check them out!!  What are you waiting for? 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Foster Care

There are over 11,000 children in the foster care system in Oklahoma.  11,000 children who are unable to go home for one reason or another.  11,000 children who need others to step up and care for them.  11,000 children who do not have the security of a loving and safe home and family in which to grow and support them.  11,000 children who lack stability.  This is just in one of our 50 states.

I encourage each of you to pray about what you could do to help foster children in your area.  This could mean being a mentor, donating money, goods, or clothing, becoming a foster parent, or even adopting.   There is something each of us could do to help these children.