Sunday, November 13, 2016

Random Life Photos; Large Family Tiny House

Games...

Bingo...


 Chickens...

Movie chill time...



 chalkboard..


 Moms attempt at quiet morning bible time...

 Selfies..


 Fall burn pile ..




Monday, November 7, 2016

Say and Pray Devotions: First Words, Stories and Prayers {Book Giveaway and Review!}




SAY & PRAY DEVOTIONAL
Bestselling children’s author Diane Stortz has sold nearly 300,000 books—Bible storybooks, devotionals for children, and more. This brand-new title, Say & Pray Devotions, is the perfect beginner devotional for little ones. Parents who already know and love the Say & Pray Bible will love Say & Pray Devotions as it helps their youngsters continue to engage their faith in a personal way. Featuring the same fun style of artwork and the educational elements as Say & Pray Bible, this devotional for little ones will teach the basics of identification and comprehension while sharing biblical principles for life. Each devotion offers a topical message to help little ones learn and follow biblical principles. 

Hardbound and 40 pages!!



We love our new little devotional. It is a sweet book for me to spend time with just Priscilla who is almost three years old. It was fun to even bring it out at the breakfast table and read it to all my toddlers. 

GREAT simple instructions to teach our littles one to trust in Jesus and PRAY! Their little voices are so stinkin cute too! 

Here was a quick video of one of the little moments!



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 Blessing and love,


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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Parenting; 14 Gospel Principles by Paul David Tripp {Book Review & Giveaway!}



This book has come at the most appropriate time for me as a parent. I recently have become very weary of all God as asked of me. From raising two teenagers, two in between, and three toddlers... many days feel like throwing in the towel- or at them! No seriously, I was very encouraged reading Paul Tripp's advice. There is not "how to" or follow these "steps" and it will fix your family. Each chapter focuses on a gospel principle.

In the beginning of each chapter, he describes parenting scenario that will echo truth, make you laugh, and see how your in your struggles are VERY similar to many others.  I am reminded that we are walking our children through their own sanctification and it is not my job to change them, but the power and mercy of God. I am only half way through the book, but know I can fully recommended it to you. We all need a dose of reality. The reality of how God can intervene and rescue us (and our children) when we both feel helpless and weak. 


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About Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles that can Radically Change Your Family
In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything “right” and raise up “good” children, it’s easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas.

In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list. Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of God’s plan for us as parents. Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, he shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques. Rather, we need the rescuing grace of God—grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents. Freed from the burden of trying to manufacture life-change in our children’s hearts, we can embrace a grand perspective of parenting overflowing with vision, purpose, and joy.





About Paul Tripp
Paul David Tripp is a pastor, author and conference speaker. He is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries and works to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. This vision has led Paul to write 17 books on Christian living, produce 14 teaching series and travel around the world speaking at events. Paul's driving passion is to help people understand how the gospel of Jesus Christ speaks with practical hope into all the things people experience in this broken world.

Paul was born in Toledo, Ohio, and his parents had recently come to faith in Christ and were very excited about parenting as believers. Even though the Tripp's were committed to having daily family worship and attending church whenever the doors were open, Paul's family was not without significant struggle. God used these experiences to build in Paul a desire to see the Gospel applied to the realities of life in a fallen world.

Paul attended Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University) and majored in Bible and Christian Education. He went on to receive his M.Div from the Reformed Episcopal Seminary and his D.Min in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary.

Throughout his life, Paul has planted a church, founded a Christian school, wrote worship songs and toured with a Christian band. He was a faculty member at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) for many years, a lecturer in Biblical Counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary, a Visiting Professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a pastor at Tenth Presbyterian Church.

Paul launched his own ministry in 2006. With a pastor's heart for pastors, he is also the Executive Director of The Center for Pastoral Life and Care.

He lives in Philadelphia and is hopelessly in love with his wife, Luella. They have four grown children.



In His Grace,


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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Monday, September 19, 2016

BABY, BABY! {Board Book Giveaway & Review!}



About Baby Baby!
Babies enjoy books, looking at other babies, and their own flowering abilities. This short rhyming poem combines all three in a sweet and happy way, while introducing babies to God's love for them. The simple words are paired with colorful images of babies engaging in familiar activities, allowing the book to be used as an introductory concept book as well. And it ends with a reminder that Baby is always loved by God.

Our Thoughts! :)
First of all-  if you didn't know, our family is a book family. Our kids check out about 50 library books every week, but I personally love to purchase books. Owning our own book = no library fees!  :D

There are so many board books out there but very few that talk about God! Which is why I love BABY BABY! Adorable book!

I was hoping to give BABY, BABY! as a gift to one of my Doula clients.... Not going to happen. Priscilla my two year old has claimed it as her own. Hadassah (6 yrs) even wrote our name on the back page! (The last page is for the purpose of your precious Baby's name). You can tell by the picture Priscilla loves "her book".

This book of course is sturdy and would be perfect for a baby shower or a gift to your own little one! Made to last and to enjoy!

So blessed to own this book. You can purchase your here on Amazon!





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Enjoy your babies!

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

How We Make it Work: "7 Kids 2 Bedrooms" (9 people, 1100 sqft home)

Few quick notes before you watch this short video:


  • My children are not deprived. 
  • Each have their own bunk areas and desk areas. 
  • Some evenings they watch movies out in Dad's office.
  • They appreciate a quiet house when they can get it.
  • They learn to deal with toddlers fighting and making messes. Grace and Love.
  • They learn they are each unique and care for their own areas differently.
  • I do ask that their beds be made every day, but they "make" them their own way.
  • My older kids 10 and up are responsible for handing over bedding to me when it needs washed.





If you are interested in how we organize the clothes- again. LESS is MORE.
We get rid of clothes when they are stained and holed, but wait till they are before we purchase new clothes "for fun".
My oldest daughter is learning how to only buy what she needs and is doing quiet well.
I wash laundry every day. Minus a day or two if I need a break, but I pay for it ;)




I did not video my children closet but here is a quick picture of the girls closet:






Living with less,

Thursday, July 28, 2016

How We Make it Work: The Laundry "room" (9 people, 1100 sqft home)

No video this time just before and after pictures!!! yay!

I did this on a whim the other day because I KNEW my laundry closet needed some TLC.

So, I hate this area. Hate is a strong word, but when you are managing clothes for nine people with a cat litter box, water, and food behind you- it sucks.

I step on litter.. spill water...ect. Not to mention the vacuum cleaner, laundry baskets and mop.
Plus a make shift curtain to hide it all. Yuck.

A snap shot from a video I took awhile back for our going-to-be-nanny.
Blurry, but you get the point. This is a clean nice moment.

It was time for a change. I got rid of this "catch all" shelf. 
I knew I could throw enough stuff away to fit it into all my laundry closet. 
This was ALL behind the curtain!! (I am good at hiding stuff) ;)

We've had a little extra money so the other day I bought:
  • oops paint from Lowes. loved the color
  • a new litter box with a lid
  • a trash bin to hold the cat food


The result of purging enough to fit it ALL in my laundry closet: TA DA!!!
 I really do believe LESS is BETTER. We hold on to way to much junk.

I hope to get a cute laundry sign from Hobby Lobby to "decorate".




Ready for the laundry closet?? lol.
(washer and dryer not shown)
This is CLEAN to me. Not pinterest pretty but stuffed and usable!
I can close the doors and be done. 
Even put my vacuum cleaning on top of my dryer if need be!



I know someday Sean and I may travel in a tiny house!
Keep purging,




You can also click on the label "Large Family Small House" for other videos.

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!

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