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Where do you start to Grow?

As I think about my word for 2016, first I had to think about where I am before I can think about where I am headed?
Where am I?  What do I want?  How do I want to grow?

God bless,

Twas The Week Before Christmas......

Twas the week before Christmas and all through my house this is what is still going on......

Presents still being made and painted and readied for who they are meant to go to......

So with less than a week, can I make it to this by Christmas day?

Merry Christmas and I will share some pictures of some of the stuff I made after they are finished and wrapped and given as gifts.  So if you want to see check back next week and see if I got done and what we made.  
I hope all of you have a blessed Christmas and that you will have time to relax and enjoy this wonderful time of year.
God bless, Pat

One Word 2016-Nervous, Excited and it is "Grow"

I am not sure if any of you have ever chosen a "word" for the year.  It is something I have done for a couple of years now after hearing about this from some friends.  It has not always turned out the way I thought but it has been a good experience.
     I know it is not quite 2016 but after praying and struggling some I know my word for 2016 is Grow.  I am prepared it may take me places I may stuggle to go but I know as I grow this year it will be with the Lord.
      I will be sharing more as 2016 arrives and as we go through the year.  I am sharing some verses that God has given me to use and to help me in this travel. The first two are for my personal growth.

The second is for my family
I am nervous and excited to see what God has for me and my family.  Are you choosing a word?  If you are and would like to share I would love to hear from you.  I also look forward to sharing more with you in the next year.
God bless, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016!

When Grace SIngs-Makes You Think ( A Book Review)

When trouble roars into quiet Arborville, Alexa and Anna-Grace find themselves the target for discord and exposed secrets. Can they continue to seek the God of all grace amidst the fog of confusion?

"When Grace Sings" picks up where "When Mercy Rains" left us. This second book in the series continues the modern-day story of the Zimmerman Family and Alexa finds herself at the start of a new chapter in her life....I honestly had not read the first book but this one seemed to be interesting so when I got a chance to read it I jumped at it. Now having read this one, I will be reading the whole trilogy

Kim Sawyer has a gift of words....I was drawn into the characters and their personalities and lives. It was almost like I was there in the story. It is written about a time and place far removed from where and who I am but at the same time, it made me think about who I am and where I belong. It was a good relaxing read and yet makes you think too about your own life.


One Word for the Year (Check up on my word for 2015)

Several of my friends every year choose "one word" for their year.  Most people make all kinds of resolutions which barely make it past January but the movement behind one word is that you choose one word instead. One word is something you can focus on but yet it moves and flows with you through the year. 

Unlike resolutions or even goals which are easily broken, this is one word that I will keep coming back to as the mission or theme for the whole year. 
     I decided to give it a try and the word I kept coming back to was REST.  Well, I am not sure what I expected but rest has not come easily this year.  It has been one battle after another and rest seemed far away.  I have to admit I chose the word on my own.  I did not pray or seek what God would have me to choose.
     At the end of September through a sequence of events my Pastor and I decided I needed to take a Sabbatical or a rest for the month of October.  I was not totally happy but followed his leading and after pra…

Hoodwinked-The book for ALL Moms and is available starting today!

I was honored to be on the launch team for ths book.  I got the chance to get an advance copy and to read it before it was available to buy.  I wasn't sure this book was for me because I am the Mom of grown children but boy was I wrong.  This book is for all Moms.

     Today this book is now available for sale and you can buy it here.......      "In their encouraging “we’ve been there” style, Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk enable mothers to: Identify the ten myths of motherhood our current culture perpetuatesReplace the lies with the truth of what God says in the Bible about motheringAcquire practical tools to help them form new and improved thought patterns and healthy behaviorsForge healthy, supportive relationships with other moms of all ages and stagesConfidently embrace the calling of motherhood as they care for their families in their own unique way"     Sometimes even today when I see m…

Simple Woman's Daybook November 2nd

For today...Monday November 2nd

Outside my is already dark at 5:47pm but yet this is my favorite time of year, it is cool and misty, it is cool and quiet and just seems so peaceful

I am thinking...about some homemade Christmas gifts I am making this year

I am thankful...for my husband who works a full time job and does odd jobs so I can stay home
I am wearing...fuzzy pajama pants and a tshirt

I am drinking...honey sweet hot tea in a fall mug from a friend

I am finish up blessing my house so I can have some time to read my new book later tonight

I am wondering...why people want so much more than they are willing to give

I am reading... I love any Amish books and really anything Amish.  This is the 3rd in this book series.  If you like Amish books, I reccommend this series.

I am learning...that you cannot help  someone who does not want to be helped
In my kitchen...banana nut muffins and blueberry muffins for tea time later for me and hubby

I am creating...a baby shower gift …

Healthy Harvest Snack (Candy Corn)

I am Children's Ministries Director at our church and I teach 4-K  children.  They like most of us like snacks sometimes.  Several of the Moma's have said they preferred more healthy snacks for the kids and less candy.  When I think of harvest time and the fall, I think of candy corn.  I have a lesson, complete with craft and coloring sheet that I have used with the kids that relates the trinity to the candy corn, (3 in 1).  Anyway as I was preparing it this year I was thinking I am sure they don't need lots of candy corn which would be the expected snack so I went looking for a healthier alernative and this is what I found.

It is pineapple on the bottom, orange slices(or peaches) in the middle with a little bit of whipped topping on top and then decorated with just a couple of candy corn.  I thought this was a cute, healthy snack.  We will see what the kids think of them in class.
If you make these let me know what your students, family or you think of them.
God ble…

Making Your Home A Haven-From My Heart!

(picture from google)
I have been taking a sabbatical at church-which basically for me means that for the month of October I am not teaching or working in classes.  I am going to Sunday school and church services in "big" church.  While I have been off this month I have had some time to search my life and heart.  One of the things that has been on my mind a lot is making my home more of a haven, a place my family wants to come home to, to be together, to enjoy.

As I started to think about what I could do to make it a haven, first I looked up the word to make sure it was what I was dreaming of. When I looked up the definition of haven, the one that caught my eye was this "a place of safety, refuge".   That is what I want, I want my home to be a place where anyone who comes there feels safe, calm, a place where they can relax and rest and feel joy.

Now, how do I do that?  I started with google, it is what I do and these are some ideas I found some ideas and I even fou…

Simple Woman's Daybook-September 2015

"Every day is a blank page, what will be written on yours?."
FOR TODAY, September 15, 2015
Outside my window . . . it is beginning to feel like fall in the mornings and evenings but summer says I am not quite gone throughout the day when temps are still rising close to 90
I am listening to . . . Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with my little grand
I am thinking . . . I am excited about some new craft paint, paintbrushes and the crafts that are roaming around in my head, we shall see if they make it out of there
I am thankful . . .for my youngest son, he is taking his Dad on a daytrip just the two of them, he bougth the tickets, planned and paid for the trip just for the two of them, he is a sweet young man
In the kitchen . . .what shall I cook while I am home alone, I am sure that there will be plenty of hot tea
I am wearing . . . exercise pants, tshirt and tennis shoes, now will I do more exercise thn chasing Jet,that is still yet to be determined.
I am creating . . .  ideas for some crafts…

Excited about Blogging again-----on my terms!

I have tried to blog several times.  I always go good for awhile and then I fail and quit.  I fail, well I fail in doing what I think others expect of me.  I love when people read my blog and comment but really alot of this blog is for me.  So I am trying again and I will be taking a new journey with my blog and I will be grateful if you share the journey too but if no one does it still will be my journey.
The picture above is me-we are getting real here.  I am a wife of 29 years, a Moma 3 times over and a Mamaw 4 times over.  I am working on losing weight but loving who I am as I walk that journey too.   So welcome, or welcome back and lets see what this blog becomes......
God bless, Pat

Simple Woman's Daybook for June 22, 2015

Be sure to stop by and visit Peggy over at The Simple Woman's Daybook!

For Today Monday June 22nd, 2015.

The Clock Says....
10:13 PM

Outside My Window.... The sunny day has given way to a clear warm night with a few stars 
I Am Thinking.... About how I need to get serious on some physical and spiritual things in my life that need some attention
I Am Thankful.... for my sweet kids, hubby and friends who took time out of Father's day stuff to make sure I had a wonderful precious birthday
I Am Wearing.... jeans, red tshirt and razorback slides
I Am Creating....nothing, I really need to start taking time for this again
I Am Going.... to bed when my sons get home from the gym
I Am Wondering.... how my son will do in his new job, he will be swore in soon as an officer in our city

I Am Reading....
I Am Hoping.... I will get this house organized soon
I Am Learning.... That I matter and I need to make time for me.  Also I need to make sure I am where I need to be for my husband and family before I …

Proverbs Summer Bible Study 2015

I will be joining a group of friends online doing a Summer Bible study.  It starts on Monday and I am so excited to get started.  The study is to read and study one chapter in Proverbs a day.  

At the end we will study a little more intently on Proverbs 31.  I may not become the perfect Proverbs 31 lady through this study but I am praying it will help me become more faithful in reading my bible daily.  Also I am praying it will help me become closer to being the lady God has planned for me to be.
Why don't you consider taking the challenge and join us in reading a chapter a day too.  I will periodically post about this study as we go through it and what I am learning.
Until next time, Pat

Simple Woman's Daybook June 8th

For Today… Monday June 8,2015 Outside my window… night is starting to fall as I am late today posting this but it is still very hot
I am thinking.....about Bible school which starts tomorrow night at our church

I am thankful….for air conditioning on hot days
I am wearing…blue exercise pants and a blue tshirt and walking shoes
I am creating…lessons, coloring pages and crafts plans for my Children's church class at church
I am going… to be registering the kids for the summer program at our local library
I am wondering…when this sarcoidosis flare will go awaybut not going to let it defeat me or stop me from my goals
I am reading…my bible and will be starting a Proverbs study next week

I am hoping…that the grands will go to bed soon and sleep all night
I am learning…that I am my own worst critic and problem that keeps me from reaching my goals
In my garden…doesn't look like a garden is going to be happening this year
In my kitchen…chicken "burgers" and the grands were fighting over th…

April Read A Psalm A Day Challenge-Day 5 & 6

How are you doing with your reading?  Are you behind?  Use today to catch up.
God bless, Pat

April Psalm A Day Reading Challenge

Today is day 4 of our reading challenge.  Several of the verses reached out to me but the verse that I am sharing is this one-verse 3.
But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him.
How amazing is it that the one who created the universe will hear us when we speak to Him.  Not only will He hear but He answers.
What is God saying to you as you read through the Psalms?  I hope you are enjoying this challenge.
God bless, Pat

April Psalm A Day Challenge Day 3

Today is day 3 of the challenge and the verse that spoke to me was this:

I pray you had a good nights rest and a blessed day today. I would love to hear from you if you are reading along with me.
God bless, Pat

April Read a Psalm A Day Challenge-Day 2

I am reading a Psalm a day during the month of April and I hope you will join me. 
Today is 

The verse that really stuck with me today is Psalm 2:7  I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
We are a child of the King, the King of Kings and we should daily walk with Him and live for Him.
Are you joining me as we "walk" read a Psalm a day in April?  I hope you will and share what God is showing you also.
God bless, Pat

April-Read a Psalm A Day Challenge!

I am not sure why this did not post yesterday but I hope you will forgive me and still join me in this challenge.

 Last month I followed a friend in her challenge to read Proverbs a day in March.  This month I am reading a Psalm a day and I am challenging you to join me,
Day 1
This month I am trying to walk every day and to get my body healthier and more fit.  As I was reading Psalm 1 the very first verse was this  1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

So this month I am not only trying to walk to better health but also "walk" towards God and a better relationship with Him.
God bless, Pat