Friday, July 15, 2016

How We Make it Work: The Kitchen (9 people, 1100 sqft home)

Again this project of mine is simple, just showing you all how to make do in such a small home. This video is shorter than the last. Everyone seems amazed that we can even function in such a small space. It has become our normal. :D  

Less is better. I don't have every kitchen gadget or utensil. Pretty much every thing I own I use until it breaks or is no longer "usable". 

Since I made this video below, I have cleaned up some cupboards and counters. Yay! for organizing! 
(My before and after pictures are below.) The pictures motivate me to do more. It really takes so little time. I just have to make the time.

You can also click on the label "Large Family Small House" for our living room video too.




How the counters look now vs The Video


Beside my Stove (Hated this area)

BEFORE AND AFTER
much better. moved the cook books above the microwave. used a simple nail
to hang my oven mitts.

Above the Microwave
BEFORE
cake stuff: sprinkles/ decorations, wine glasses, 
AFTER
cooks books now fit, all cake stuff in a simple ice cream bucket ;)



Pressing forward in my journey of motherhood!

Friday, July 8, 2016

The Life We Never Expected by Andrew & Rachel Wilson {Book Review & GIVEAWAY!}



My Review/ Thoughts: 
First of all, props to a husband and wife team in writing a book about unexpected family life!

I loved the different perspectives and unique honesty from the them both. It was NOT written specifically for mothers or fathers, but both.

If you know of anyone struggling with the reality of Autism in their family - it is a must read.   The Wilsons have shared honest reflections about how their family spiritually embraces having not one, but two Autistic children.

Too,  this book is not for ONLY for parents with special needs, it is for anyone facing change, hardship or circumstances which life as "unexpectedly" brought them.

If you told me 10 years ago I would be living in North Carolina (after 20+ moves) with seven children (in a small home). I would have been in shock. Not to mention the stress, discipline and exhaustion it includes. Yet, I am truly encouraged by the Wilsons that they too have received oranges from life, when everyone else it "seems" to have yummy chocolate oranges.

On a practical note, The Life We Never Expected was an easy read that could accompany your bible time. I even picked it up a few times in the morning by itself. I was blessed and drawn to Jesus!


The Life we Never Expected:
What do you do when hard or painful circumstances turn your world upside down, resulting in a life you never expected? Andrew and Rachel Wilson grappled with this question after both of their children were diagnosed with regressive autism. Refreshingly honest, his book explores the highs and lows of raising children with specials needs, reflecting on the broader question of how to cope with suffering of all kinds. Sharing personal stories from their lives and encouragement rooted in the truth of God’s Word, Andrew and Rachel highlight lessons they’ve learned related to fighting for joy and thriving in the midst of trials—ultimately pointing readers to Christ, the One who promises to make all things new.

Purchase yours here on Amazon or WIN a copy below. Please spread the word. This book should not be looked over! Enter and Tweet!









In Him,

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Un-Ashamed by Heather Davis Nelson {Book Review & Giveaway!}


About the book Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame offers hope to those struggling under the burden of shame. This book shines the life-giving light of the gospel on the things that leave us feeling worthless and rejected, directing our attention to the God who promises to forgive and restore us—no matter what.

Thoughts/Review:
Have I been broken? Many times over again. I believe it is how we see growth in our character as Christians. 

Personally, I wouldn't think of myself struggling with "shame".  I see Jesus through the cross healing me completely. I even passed on doing this review until a week later. I realized after I was frustrated by a current sin, maybe it would be good book for me to read. It was. 

Shame comes in many forms in our life and the enemy uses it to his advantage. You will be surprised how often you let it ruin your focus and God given purpose in life.

Heather does not present this topic unstudied. She obviously has put her full heart into writing this book. I love that is not full of fluff. I say that nicely, if I can. I have a hard time with writers who are afraid they may offend their readers or want to connect in a mushy way. Heather spells it out scripturally with each chapter and draws her readers to Jesus. I can honestly say it has helped me grow in my walk with Christ.

These are just a few of the topics mentioned in her book.

Take a quick moment to ponder how shame or condemnation rule in your life through:
  • Social Shame
  • Your Body
  • Performance
  • Your Marriage
  • Parenting
Oh, how we should not be ignorant of the enemy's devices! Read this book. Keep it by your bed. Pick it up often and let God heal and speak to you. 


You can purchase it on Amazon here.
OR win a copy next week, just by entering my giveaway below! Ends 7.8.16 !!

Keep fighting the good fight,







About the author:
Heather Davis Nelson (MA, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a writer, counselor, and speaker. Heather writes regularly at HeatherDavisNelson.com and has been a featured writer at the Gospel Coalition, as well as a contributing author to the Journal of Biblical Counseling. She and her husband are parents to twin daughters and live in southeastern Virginia.






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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

How We Make it Work: Living Room (9 people, 1100 sqft home)


This is the beginning of a fun little project for me.

For the past few months imagine your brain thinking your entire home was going to be on national television. Not only your home, but your thoughts on the bible, your faith, marriage, vaccinations, homeschooling.. ect.  Pretty consuming. A BIG surrender in my book. It took letting go and embracing who WE ARE as a family.  Taking to cameras became "old news" and I thought about Vlogging, but who wants to spend mucho money on a new camera? ;) I just made do with my android phone and photo booth.

Lo, and behold... in a Facebook Group my friend started called, "Creative Living with Less" a post came up about organizing. By sharing our ideas we can encourage one another- shame and guilt free. I am not much of an organizer because its hard with all the constant mess we have to clean, but there is always room for improvement!

I made this video in hopes to encourage others and let others see how we really live.
We don't try to keep up with the Jones' or Joanna Gaine! (Although I still wouldn't mind a home makeover.) We desire not to consume too much stuff and be debt free soon.

Note: our toy chest is also used as a bench for extra seating during our bible study or when friends are over. I apologize for my horrible editing and sound change. :/ lol :D


To get a quick understanding of our "floor plan" if you'd like...



My next video will probably be the kitchen.

Peace and love.


A copied Q &A from Facebook: 
 So this was a question a gal asked me in the group. Here is the copy and paste for more info:

"You do a great job of utilizing space! Just wondering.. I noticed you said that you keep all the toys in the living room. Is that only little kid toys, or really, all toys? 

We don't have many toys for our kids either, but as my kids are getting older (oldest is 10), I'm finding that there are so many different varieties of toys now (not lots of any kind, just lots of kinds, if that makes sense), and I'm having trouble deciding how to store them in our small space. In a system with little kids? Separate into their own bedrooms? Right now I have bags/purses hanging under a low shelf. Each bag holds a different type of toy. But I don't have enough space for all the varieties! 😊 "
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JuRita Buckout:
Good point. We do have one of those red/blue/yellow plastic dresser bins in the boys closet (i forgot to mention) it holds mostly legos. the big kids keep many of their personal items on their desk. I will show those real quick in another video. but for the most part yes, the toys are in those four drawers. do have some gears and board games in the laundry closet. too, many of our outside toys: guns, sticks, bikes, frisbees, bats, mitts, ect are outside in the shed or at some random place in the yard. my toddlers keep stuffed animals on their beds. 
when we did have a playroom (three moves ago!) we had a TON more stuff and i organized it into bins high on shelves. If kids wanted a new type of toy they had to ask, thus I could make sure they picked up what they were playing with. BUT really kids don't need a ton. Janet Hardwick taught us the idea of keeping a tote in the attic and trading toys every six months or so. It was like christmas.We don't do this anymore, but that works well for de cluttering. Ask them what their top 3 favorites type of toys are and you may be surprised. We did this one time and it was not what we thought! Hope this helps! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Our Little Harlowe


Harlowe is a quiet community for the most part. Rich in black history and family. We pretty much are the white family with all those kids. :D Many know us by our big van and my kind husband.

I have been running around our neighborhood for a few years now.

Along the river you can find a neighborhood with yachts and huge houses.

In the field, the cookie cutter type homes all boxed within their new development.

Along the winding road, lots of old mobile home parks.

In the center of it all, you will see properties where homes will be abandon.. and lo' and behold one day are resurrected.

Some though, are lost in green briers and vines. Some falling apart. These are the ones that captivate me.

Here are a few pictures from my run the other day...

from my understanding this used to be a night club in the 80's. its on a corner with an old phone booth

Della's Place and a "sorry we're closed sign"


an old 76 gas station


I have no clue, maybe it was someones's house? the yard stays mowed. I love the contrast of the teal paint.

Sean actually tried to look into purchasing this land.
He loved this little shack. Elijah and him actually explored inside with permission of a neighbor.
Strange but true the next day it was labeled as "sold". Interesting.
again one of those old homes that looks as if no lives in but family up keeps the yard
I always admire this house in the distance from the road. the mail box is stuffed and the drive way grassed over.

Dwelling where He has planted us. Loving Him and loving those around us.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Phil Wickham "Children of God" {New Album Review!}



ABOUT Children of God: Making his first LP in three years, Children of God comes on the heels of the impactful single, "This is Amazing Grace", which was certified RIAA Gold and named BMI's Christian song of the Year.  Children of God is filled with songs sure to follow in those footsteps and become new worship favorites. Heralded by the single, "Your Love Awakens Me," the album is available everywhere now.

I was fully blessed to review Phil Wickham's new CD, Children of God! 

I have been in a season of healing and renewed worship in my own personal life. These past months I have literally been clinging to specific worship songs. I encourage you do to the same. I guarantee you will find there will be a specific songs or songs that speak to you. God will meet you. Maybe it won't just be one song. Let God awaken your heart and this cd will be a perfect place to start!

Jesus is my all in all. He is and was from the beginning with God.  Declaring the Glory of God strengthens my weary soul. Specifically these two songs really captivated my heart. ;)








"Your Love Awakens Me" is about the amazing, life giving love of Jesus. This song is calling everybody together and sing out the incredible Truth that God's love is stronger than our sin, it's greater than the grave and it is calling us on a daily basis to live this life with purpose and passion." Phil Wickham (emphasis added)






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In His grace,

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

WISE GUYS {Mens Book Review & Giveaway!!!} by Sean Buckout



A Review of Kent Evans new Book: "Wise Guys - Unlocking Hidden Wisdom from the Men Around You."

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Duh Moment.

As a "grown up" Christian of twenty plus years, husband of sixteen years, and father of seven children, I have had more than my fair share of struggles and mistakes. Call it pride, call it my circumstances, for whatever reason I have always tried to wing it on my own and "figure things out as I go". Very often, my "figuring it out" happens after big mistakes, increased financial debt, or somebody crying.

Reading "Wise Guys" is like a huge duh moment. I have an incredible resource of godly men around me that can help me to become a better man. Kent's book gives a simple principle of making our lives and character better simply by learning from other men around us.

"When is the last time you observed another man's expertise and asked him to help you with that skill?".

I am more often than not, jealous of men who are better at things than me. But rather than letting my pride get in the way, I have an opportunity to learn and grow by humbling myself and seeking to learn from their success.

Kent gives personal examples of how God used men in his life in numerous different ways. As well as an encouragement to seek advice for our own lives, there is an underlying principle of also being there for other men with the wisdom that God has given us.

I would recommend this book to men far along in life who still have need of growing as well as young men like my boys. Having a tool of reading God's word and seeking real life mentorship from other godly men is invaluable. This book is a great starting point in that process.

I am also intrigued by Kent's "Manhood Journey" website, which offers a small group course for fathers and sons. (www.manhoodjourney.org) It definitely looks like something I may like to do in the future at my church with my sons.

You would be absolutely  blessed to WIN a Copy or PURCHASE one below. 
The Giveaway is free and ENDS June 7th!!:)


ABOUT WISE GUYS:
For guys, more than ever, it’s a confusing world. Your GPS doesn’t offer any maps showing how to get to the point of wisdom — and who likes asking for directions anyway?
But there are ways to get that guidance you need. The answers may be all around you, in the form of guys you already know. Wise guys. More experienced guys. Better-traveled guys. Could there be ways to tap into their invaluable knowledge without enduring dull lectures or taking pages of notes?

Kent Evans has surrounded himself with these wise guys. They have shown him allthe back roads on the way to wisdom. With a great deal of humor and an endless supply of stories, he wants to show you how to gather life-enriching truth from the guys in your own circle.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
KENT EVANS is the board chairman and co-founder of Manhood Journey, a ministry that helps fathers and mentors build the next generation of godly men. Kent has personally experienced how the guidance of godly men can change the course of a life. Today he is blessed with a solid 20-year marriage, four wonderful sons and a fulfilling life – largely because of what he’s learned from other men. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and can be found on Twitter @manhoodjourney.




“I’ve always defined true ministry as the process of walking through something with God and then being vulnerable enough to turn around and walk someone else through, too. Kent’s infectious passion to develop Christ-like men is evident in his writing and you will be both challenged and inspired by this collection of characteristic profiles of men who have gone before to show the way. Bravo, Kent. You are walking us through.” Mark Hancock, award-winning writer and Chief Executive Officer of Trail Life USA



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Amazon - : Click Here
Twitter - @manhoodjourney








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