Sunday, August 26, 2012

Turning Another Page

This will be my fifth and final time painting this room. This is the largest bedroom in the house (the Master for most people). However, Amanda had more things than we did so she was the one to receive this honor. When we moved in we painted the room white. Then for Amanda's 7th birthday (I think), I painted each wall a different color to match her multi-color comforter. As you can see, right now the walls are blue, green and pink with the ceiling a darker blue. At one time there was a red wall and an orange wall also. I painted over the red wall (project #3). Then I painted over the orange wall at another time (project #4). 

My goal with Project #5 is to give her a more mature room, as she is starting high school in just ten days. (I'll be accepting sympathy cards and chocolate...thanks Shay for that line.)

I started painting around 8:30. I decided that I wouldn't push myself. That when I felt finished I was going to stop. I didn't want this to be a burden.

I chose a color called Polar something (I'll get back to you on that because I can't currently find the paint card). It is in the grey family. I tested it on Friday night when Amanda was out baking for the youth group yard sale. When she came home, she said she liked it. It went on looking white but it did get a little darker as the night went on. I will let her choose any accessories she wishes.

So...I started painting and I guess I had too much paint on the roller because it dripped right down in to the corner of my eye! Ahh. I ran to the bathroom and flushed my eye while I prayed. I wasn't panicking, which is odd. I got the paint out of my eye and continued painting wearing my sunglasses. My eye feels fine this morning. Praise the LORD.

Here are some BEFORE pictures. In 2008, Amanda and her girlfriends decided to make a "signature" wall. I was less than pleased.

I love the green closet doors. I will miss them but they are going!

Look at all of this stuff. We are clearing out. She can keep whatever she wants but it will be boxed up and put in the attic. Everything else is going to the yard sale on September 15th!

After I painted, I thought I should have left this wall blue because now I have to remove those shelves. Oh well, hind sight is always twenty-twenty!+

I painted the right side of her room in 3 hours. Then I spent 35 minutes taking EVERY THING OUT except the furniture.

My grandmother made the quilts. Amanda is going with the Hot Pink and an accent color of yellow.

I still have the green wall and the rest of the blue wall to paint.

Then I have the pink wall and the closet doors.

I would like to come in under $500 for the make-over. This is her belated birthday present as well as a starting high school gift. On the Wish List will be a new bedding set, chair, lamp shade (the one she has now is lime green.) She will also need art to hang on her wall as well as a small book case. The one she has now is broken and old. She is not a reader like Kayla. So all of her books will be in storage. I am thinking of a shelf that can be mounted to the wall. It has to be small since we have the slanted walls (don't you love it!) For years, I would bump my head on them and I am only five feet tall. Ha ha.

I want this to be the room that SHE wants. In four years she will be off to college. That's a blink, you know. Where did FOURTEEN years go? How did they pass so quickly?

So, right now, everything is in Daniel's bedroom. The guys were away for the weekend with the cub scouts. We have a lot of work to do today to clear a path. I didn't take a picture of his room. It looks like we are hoarding, however. LOL.

My goal is to have everything completed by mid-September. I have taken a position with a family to be the Nanny for their newborn. It's totally God's plan not mine. I have prayed about what His will would be for me in September. I prayed this every day as I walked my two miles. EVERY DAY. I prayed Jeremiah 17:7-8 and prepared for the heat and the drought. 

“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
    and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
    with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
    or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green,
    and they never stop producing fruit.

It's an amazing story how the events of this new journey occurred. I have had this list in my head of possibilities and nothing about this position is on the list. God never wants to fit in to my box. 

Yes, I want to do Your will God. It will not be an easy position. I understand that. Thank you for allowing me to be part of Your plan. Use me to bring You Glory. Amen. 

2 John 1:6 And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My word was Simplify, remember?

great housekeeping schedule

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 

At the beginning of the year, I chose one word that I was going to make my resolution. Here is an update as to how that's going.

I started following this schedule that I found on Pinterest last week. So far, so good.

Wednesday was my big day because I cleaned the refrigerator. I don't know about you but that is not something I clean very often. To tell you the truth, it may just be something that gets cleaned once a year! That's how long it's seems like it's been. I can't be sure.

My Monday's also include the two litter boxes. Then I clean them again on Thursday. Do you have cats? Do you scoop every day? This is a job that I do. I just have this thing where I don't want the kids scooping poop. Yes, it's a fear. I give them other jobs and take on that one. It just seems too "germy" for them.

I have to say that it is challenging not to clean the entire house every day. Yesterday I cleaned the living room and shoved a lot of stuff in the bedroom. Instead of then moving on to the bedroom, I stopped. Yes, I stopped cleaning. I knew that today is Bedrooms so I was able to enjoy ice-cream and a movie with Daniel last night.

Do you have that problem? You just want to clean until it's all done. But then tomorrow it's all messed up again. Ever feel like your spinning your wheels? Or running on that hamster wheel of life? I've been there.

What this is doing is breaking things in to a small chunk. I know that I will get to it tomorrow. I am not putting it off until next week, I am just staying disciplined.

My goal is to clean less and have more time to read.

This week is soccer camp for Daniel. Yesterday I stayed and sat in my car for THREE hours, with my Bible, journal and day-timer. I forced myself to stay instead of going to run errands. I was the only one who stayed.

School will be starting in just two weeks. I have taken on a full time position outside of the home that I will talk about another time. But right now my thought process is that I need to get on a schedule with the house. The reason for that is once September arrives, so does school and activities. We will be somewhere EVER night of the week except Monday.

Sunday: Youth Group (Amanda) 7-9 pm
Monday: Family Night!
Tuesday: Cub Scouts 7-8 pm
Wednesday: Soccer (Daniel) 5:15-7 pm
Thursday: Irish Dance 7:30-9 pm
Friday: Soccer 5-6:45 pm (Could we make it to AWANA also? Maybe)
Saturday: Travel Soccer Games

My purpose is not to spend the rest of the weekend cleaning. Slow and steady wins the race. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

 Do you have a cleaning plan? Please share.

I am enjoying this one.

Why not Sing along while you work. It makes the time go quicker!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Live Sincerely

I came across this site while on facebook. I don't really remember who posted it or how I got there but it was so worth it once I got there. This is their message below

"Life is unfair and scary and hard and confusing and painful and fleeting and amazing and connecting and fun and wonderful and beautiful.

If there is one thing to learn from our own mortality, it’s how important it is to live sincerely. Join us in the Live Sincerely Project to think about, discuss and do those things which make this crazy, messy, awesome life worth living."

And this is the sincerely pledge that I took:

I will live sincerely.

I will learn from each person and each day on my journey
and will share ideas and wisdom from my own experiences.

With a grateful spirit, I will acknowledge my need for others
and will in turn be loving and generous,
remembering that every member of a community plays a unique role.

I will remain strong in my convictions
while keeping an open mind to perspectives beyond myself.

Courageously, I will respect each movement of my heart,
through fear and joy, grief and peace.

I will cultivate my passions with delight
and also take time for honest introspection.

I will love the person I am today
while constantly striving towards my best self.

I will keep a healthy balance between the rewards of discipline
and the growth and wonder that spontaneity brings.

I will acknowledge both the marvel and the limitations of my body
and respectfully take care of it the best I can.

Accepting the reality that there are circumstances I cannot change,
I will seize my power to actively change that which I can control
with hope and creativity.

I commit to living each chapter of my story:
honoring the lessons and gifts of my past,
fully participating in the fleeting beauty of the present,
and bravely walking towards the unknowns of my future.

Knowing that life is an enduring but glorious struggle,
I pledge to live each day with purpose.

I will live sincerely.

Will you join me in taking this pledge?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Roots of Insecurity

I hate to display such a firm grasp of the obvious, but how will we ever change if everything around us stays the same? Or what will ever cause us to move on to the next place He has for us if something doesn't happen to change the way we feel about where we are? God is thoroughly committed to finishing the masterpiece He started in us. And that process means one major thing: change. 

From Beth Moore's, So Long, Insecurity - devotional journal

OK, God it's Your plan. How am I going to work into it?

Use me! Make me into a tree

“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
    and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
    with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
    or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green,
    and they never stop producing fruit."

Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLT)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Happy Birthday, Daniel!

August 9, 2002 - 7 lbs 8 oz, 20 1/2 inches long

Monday, August 6, 2012

Chasing Stability

This is what stood out to me from an article I read in  Joyce Meyer's Enjoying Everyday Life magazine, dated May 2011.

Chasing Stability: Lessons I learned from clinging to God's Word.

To be a witness for Him, we need to think right, talk right and not let those moods and attitudes control us. The Bible tells us that the Lord will allow and even arrange difficult situations in our life until we learn to be calm in the days of adversity.

Don't make plans to get upset if things don't happen the way you expect them to. Have a little meeting with yourself and think some things over. Set your mind concerning how you're going to behave. 

You don't have to feel good about blessing somebody who hurt you. You don't have to feel like forgiving somebody to forgive them. You don't have to feel nice to be nice. But you can do it by choice. You just go and do it out of respect and obedience to God.

Because Jeannette and I just got back from Kentucky and we are both going away again (me NY and her NV), we did not make it to the Joyce Meyer Convention which was held this past weekend. Bummer. Maybe next year, Joyce!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

More Hands

On January 3, 2009, I posted this displaying my hand with my daughter and my mother.

When we were in Kentucky last week, we took pictures again. These are the hands of four generations.

My grandmother has eight daughters. Out of those eight daughters only two have had daughters who have had daughters. Following?

What I mean is:

Gracie mother of Bertie
Bertie mother of Theresa
Theresa mother of Amanda Grace

Bertie is also the mother of Jeannette Grace
Jeannette is the mother of Kayla

The only other daughter who had a daughter who had a daughter (are you sick of me yet) is my aunt Brenda.

Gracie mother of Brenda
Brenda mother of Sarah
Sarah mother of Zoey

Now that we have all that straight, here are some photos:


Amanda with her great-grandmother

My Aunt Brenda with her grand-daughter, Zoey
Kayla with her great-grandmother


Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 1 Peter 2:1

There was bickering. There was unkind words. And there was definitely a hurtful tone. So this is the verse that was written until there was a heart change.

"It's not what you say, it's how you say it."

Yes and no.

You can say mean words in a kind and condescending voice, can't you?

I am constantly telling the children to speak truth but before they speak they need to think.

Pinned Image

First James 3:2-12 has this to say about the tongue and the damage it can do:

"We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect,able to keep their whole body in check.
When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water." James 3:2-12

Image if everyone started doing this? Before you speak, STOP and T.H.I.N.K. Don't worry about changing the world. Just focus on changing your life. Ask God to set a guard at the door of your mouth. Try it! And let me know how it works for you.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Instructions To A Pencil

This was on the front of the bulletin at my aunt's church in Berea, Kentucky.

I do not know the author of this. If you do, please share.

"I recently read about a pencil-maker who told the pencil five important lessons, just before putting it in the box:

1. Everything you do will make a mark.
2. You can correct the mistakes you make.
3. What is important is what is inside of you.
4. In life, you will undergo painful sharpening, which will only make you better.
5. To be the best pencil, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the hand that holds you.

We all need to be sharpened. May this parable encourage you to know that you are a special person, with unique God-given talents and abilities. Only you can fulfill the purpose which you were born to accomplish. Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot be changed and, like the pencil, always remember that the most important part of who you are is what's inside of you.

These five vital lesson can help all of us to be better people, faithful to God and Christ and true to His Word. Indeed, everything we do makes a mark, but remember we can correct the mistakes we make."

Charles E. Moore (Minister)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Clarifying a couple of things

"But godliness with contentment is great gain." 1 Timothy 6:6

The children are ready to go back to school. They are bored.

I am not bored.

That is a lie that Satan will tell us. It is peace that we feel.

I heard a conversation at the Hair Cuttery this morning. The girl ask her customer if there was anything exciting going on in her life today. And the customer said "unfortunately no". Why do we always need to have excitement.

Excitement or conflict? That's all we know and anything in between is boredom.

Not true.

I do not miss working at the day care either.

That's the second lie that Satan keeps telling me. I have moved on and I need to stop looking back with... regret? I met with a very dear friend yesterday. We seem to be in that same "holding" place, not sure where we will be in the fall. But neither of us want to be where we were.

Today, I am spending the day by myself. No children. No husband. No car. It's hard not to just clean the house all day. But I want to be purposeful. What I need to do is turn off Klove.

I love this song by Switchfoot. Turn up the volume, LOUD!!

(And the answer to their question is YES, but changing and growing in Christ is a must.)

So I ask you...contentment? Do you know it?