Running the Race for Life

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Yesterday (Saturday) my husband and I ran in a 5K to support our local Pregnancy Care Center. God has used this center to help thousands of women through the journey of pregnancy and beyond.

I started preparing for this race a little over a month ago.....oh. my. word. My body was screaming "NO!". But we committed to this so backing out was not an option. I really felt God moving in my heart through this because while I wanted to run to support LIFE, I just hurt, and I'm still nursing, and my thighs rub together...well you get the picture. Anyways......I started this Bible Study online which you can click on the little icon over there on the side and get to it....well one of the first lessons was one that God used to remind my selfish little heart (once again) that its not all about ME!

The Bible Study was about Moses and leading the Israelites AWAY from Egypt and the slavery they were in. The analogy/lesson went on to say that we all have our "Egypts" that hold us back/don't let us move on etc. (think: self consciences, depression, feelings of not being good at something)... I do my Bible Study in the morning, then that day went out for a run while my Monday afternoon babysitter was over. Well while I'm running I'm thinking "Run from your Egypt Sara! Run to the Promised Land and all that God has in store for your life...Get out of Egypt!"
Well? Do you think I stopped to walk? Not that day! That was the first time I completed the 3 miles in my practice and I was PUMPED! God is SO good. He used my Still moment of Bible Study to help me find a true KNOW Him moment in my life so that I could Play and Live and RUN that race! I am at the finish line. :)

I crossed the finish line knowing this race was never about me in the first place. Thank you God.

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

My First Giveaway!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I'm having so much fun in "blog world"! I want to celebrate by hosting my first giveaway :) Yay!!!

All you need to do is leave a comment to let me know you're alive and well. Say "hi", introduce yourself, maybe share a cleaning tip...whatever :) get the drift......I'd love it if you spread the word. Shoot, if this one goes well I'd love to do more! If you don't have a blog please leave a way for me to contact you. Thanks!

I will choose a name next week Thursday, June 4. So you have till then to enter.

So.......this is what I'm giving away :)

A handcrafted (by yours truly) 'Great is Thy Faithfulness' Clipboard.

I have made these for gifts and also have them in our School Room which you can see Here. So, I think that's it....Happy Commenting :)

Some Favorite Children's Book Series

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

We are a family of avid readers! Bring on the books!! When Deanie (my oldest) turned 7 I was having a hard time finding books that were challenging enough yet still age appropriate for a young girl. (I'm just not into Junie B. and Magic Treehouse) She is now 8 and Dancy is 6. We have found some delightful series that the girls and I would like to share:

My girls are actually pictured with the author (Wanda Brunstetter) on this homepage! She lovingly makes herself readily available with lots of booksigning locations.
This series is pure, whimsical, and humorous. My 8 year old reads them with ease and my 6 year old is reading them a bit slower but can still understand the content. They are also great as a read-aloud. We LOVE Rachel Yoder and are thankful that Wanda has persude the call to write literature for our little ones. Thank you Wanda!
This series is for both boys and girls. My oldest received this set as a Christmas gift and proceeded to devour one book after the other! :) They are GOOD mysteries that really do leave the young reader "figuring it out" untill the very end! Thank you Stephen and Susie! *side note* the site that I ordered these books are from (grace and truth books) is a fabulous resource.

Besides being pink and hardcover and looking so cute on the shelf :)....this series continues to be a favorite. These stories are set in the 1840's and as you follow 8 year old Elsie through her life, lessons that run true are taught. *another side note: I also love Vision Forum as a resource!*

So these have all passed my Motherly "appropriateness" test and have brought much joy to my girls and will forever be a part of our family library!!

Do you have any of these? Or other books that you love for young readers? Do share!! :)

Thrify Treasures #1

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ahhh...the joy of finding a good deal, the thrill of the hunt, I'm not sure what it is exactly about garage sales but I LOVE them!!! My children have joined in on the fun too which makes the thrifting so much more enjoyable for me.

Okay, I've started collecting pillows that have a needlepoint design on them but I know that's not what it's called, so if you know please tell me. :) I found this one for .50 cents.

I cut out the design off of the pillow.

Soaked it in a little detergant and let it hang overnight to dry.

I had fun layering it with some cute fabric....this was done by hand, usually in the evenings after the kiddos were in bed

I'm planning on adding a few buttons that Dancy gave me for mother's day :). The finished pillow cover was used to cover an existing plain tan pillow I had. I know the pinks don't go with the reds that don't match the greens...but I'm loving it!

I also found this totally perfect picnic basket that I spotted immediately! $4.00 people. hellooo?? sold. I'm using it to store my fabric and sewing supplies.

And finally, this little green luggage piece ($2.00). I brainstormed at the sale (since we were the only ones there I didn't have to "snag" it) about what I could USE this for??

........our medicine bag! It now Perfectly houses our band-aids, Tylenol, ear drops etc. The kids love it....and litle Hank can't open it. perfect.

If you love sharing your 'thrifty treasures' with others or just want to have fun looking at some more please go over to Southern Hospitality where Rhoda is hosting "Today's Thrifty Treasures"!

Our Homeschool Room

Friday, May 22, 2009

I figured now was as good a time as any to snap some pics of the area where we do a majority of our school. I just finished repainting our basement a beautiful soft yellow....which led to selling a couch....which led to sorting through old supplies....which finally led to a fun place to do school!! The table and chairs came from my grandpa and grandma which I painted and recovered.

This is a picture "in the midst" of the makeover..eek!


The kids LOVE to craft with Perler Beads. So we are keeping a few hung up in the corner to display. I love this craft cause it keeps them busy for awhile! :)...oh and the beads are easy to vacuum up, there is no glue or scissors and I can keep them stored away neatly.

Crayons are kept in this old bowl that I found for $2.00 at a local antique shop. Those big chunky circle crayons we made from melting down all our old bits and pieces! This bowl gets set in the middle of the table with a stack of paper often :)

This big 'ol chalkboard was found (along with 2
others) leaning against a dumpster behind a local bakery! After a light washing and some fun paint detail it has turned out to be quite a gem.

These clipboards hold the kiddos weekly Bible verses. I picked up some cute scrapbooking paper and modge podged it on those babies! Their names were also put on with rub-on decals....

...and favorite little set of tins in the world that I found at Ikea a few years ago in the bathroom section. We keep pencils/pens/scissors in the tall one and paperclips, tacs, erasers and other odds and ends in the smaller ones!

A little burst of sunshine!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

you have got to check out kim's blog over at Dear Daisy Cottage! She has color bursting everywhere and it is sure to bring a smile to your face. cute is this????

....or this...on a front porch? pure bliss.....AND some turquoise fiestaware...girl after my own heart!

love the chips and dip gone vintage style......

and she loves a can of spray paint every good woman should.

A New Day

Sunday, May 17, 2009

This picture (which I googled) of a sunrise was taken by Adie Griffiths

I am feel so so blessed to have been able to spend 5 days with hubby and baby dubs.....I feel refreshed, at peace and more in love with Jesus! I came home to freshly showered and bathed babes (thanks to one very giving sister who loves my kids dearly!)....and lots of hugs and kisses.

I do not know what I would do without my faith in Jesus Christ. Thank you Lord for my husband, thank you for my children, thank you for my family, thank you for new friends, thank you for your handiwork in creation that takes my breath away, thank you Lord for a new day.
Joshua 3:5b
".......for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you."

Now THIS is how you do chalkboard paint!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

You have GOT to check out Melaine's weekend kitchen paint-over at My Sweet Savannah... I am always so pleased to live vicariously through others that do the over-the-top .....I think this turned out amazing. Thanks for taking the plunge looks great!
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