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)

Purchase yours on your favorite site!


Amazon: Amazon
Spotify: Spotify

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. ( 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!!:)

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.

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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Friday, February 12, 2016

What shall await us in 2016? {Year in Review 2015}

One more blog to finalize my Sabbatical. This blog started out as a family journal and I need to close it as one too!

2015 has come to an end.

In years past I have rejoiced at the thought (ready for a new year), but now I am fully aware I have spent an entire year without my dad on this earth.  Grief never goes away, but it gets easier with time.
For that: I AM THANKFUL.

Recently, someone asked Sean and I, "what is your life motto"? days have passed and we have come to this conclusion:


It really does sum up our desire as Christians, also for our marriage and for our family. We keep pressing onward, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

2015 kept our hearts awaken to God's love for us and His never ending faithfulness.

Sean officially moved out to his office this past summer! What a joy for him to have his own work space apart from our crazy household. It is amazing how he ever managed to get work done before. While his office is not complete, just a little further to go! He plans on putting an extra work space for the kids to homeschool. He also fenced in a garden area around his office with used wood from a neighbor whose fence fell down. He is a pretty handy man!

What would I do without him in my life? We see each other more than other couples might be able to handle, but it only makes our love stronger. I love that Priscilla and Hadassah (really any of the kids!) can go out and visit dad during the day. He always takes time to listen, discipline, teach, even tune violins, and is Mommy's personal shrink.  :)

Sean also completed a year long Leadership CoHort with a few men at our church. Lots of late night readings and small writing assignments. I only had to give up a handful of evenings and was very happy to see him studying the word with other men. It brought him back to some solid foundations of his faith in Christ.

Sean and I also had our first overnight WEEK LONG date this past December in LA!!!! (oh my goodness...four years since our last overnighter) and it was SO STINKIN' FUN to sit, talk, and laugh at every meal together. Let's do it again soon babe! wink wink.

Elijah, is turned 15 at the end of January! I often in awe that he is growing up before my eyes. He is almost a head taller than me and I LOVE IT. There is something sweet about a Mama hugging her baby, yet he is a young man. We let him have an istagram account this year to display he art talent with the world. He very quickly has almost 300 followers. He loves anything related to NASA, space, Marvel or Dr Who. He has a growing heart for the Lord. I pray he will use his incredible intellect to serve Him. He as the ability to learn independently and is currently almost done with Alegbra in homeschool. And hey.. why not learn Italian? ha! He is trying. Go Jo! "come su alcuni manicotti??"

Lydia, officially made our house home of "two teenagers" last summer: She is 13 years old. We spend many nights hanging out, watching movies, or just talking with those two! Lydia's talent with the piano is amazing. A true, "now self taught" pianist and prints sheet music daily off the computer! She is the second Mommy to her baby sister Priscilla. She can accomplish almost any hairstyle on Pinterest, loves buying clothes on ThredUp, and both her and
Elizabeth are learning the violin. And Geessh... She is wearing makeup now. She is beautiful inside and out. She knows we would give her the world if we could, but deep in her heart is so simple and frugal. Oh, and how can I not mention she is a Jane Austen fan?!.. but always loves a good mystery like Sherlock Holmes. Her language of choice (and has always been): French. "Oui Oui!"

Elizabeth, the true Chicken Chick of them all. Want to buy this 11 year old a gift? Real chickens will be on her list, but really anything chicken related she loves. ;) She has seen the life and death of so many precious chickens this year :( I feel bad for her! ( Note: No, we are not eating them. Some natural causes, some just disappear.)  She found a love for overalls, boots, hats and I am pretty sure will marry a farmer someday. As she desired, her hair long and beautiful. She loves snuggling up with a good book (Redwall or the Hobbit), or even drawing the cutest little animal sketches! Her love and compassion for her family truly shines and no matter what she always finds a way to make peace. I love your hugs and kisses Elizabeth Jane! Guess what her language of choice is? German!! (You think they would all learn the same, so they could talk behind my back! Wait let's translate that in German: "Sie denken, sie würden alle gleich zu lernen, damit sie hinter meinem Rücken reden!")

Jason, is all boy in every way. He is learning the fine art of getting is school work and chores done early so he can play play play. He is an amazing big brother to Mo, Dess, and Scilla! They'll play in the pool, trampoline, ditches, is always exciting with Jason.  He loves watching TV and got to see the Minion Movie for his 9th birthday last summer.   Without Jason our house would be too quiet! He makes random noises, sings, plays the kazoo, penny whistle, and makes the coolest gun noises. ;) Although, you will find him quietly reading Redwall books (like his sister Elizabeth), drawing, or making awesome lego creations.  He always needs a listening ear, love, and comfort hugs from his mama... (and I have no problem giving them)! Also a good back scratch from Dad before bed makes his day complete.

Hadassah turned 5 years old this past summer! She starred in her own YouTube movies with her little brother Mordecai. They spend almost every waking moment together playing some sort of pretend play. :D She loved learning how to swim without a life jacket, even practiced diving underwater. She went with her big sisters and I to see her first theater movie Cinderella. (She was ready to go home before it started, but we made it through!) Hadassah is right around the corner from learning how to read and loves doing math. We still cuddle and sing every night together. She rejoices to tell us that she LOVES Jesus with all her spirit! She doesn't want me to get old and she wants to stay a kid forever. She often talks about Grandpa making her peanut butter toast and she is so happy we will see him in heaven. Precious little girls she is!

Mordecai, my gentle boy who is coming out of his shell! As I type this, he is only a week from turning 4 yrs. Wow. He is mama's boy through and through. He officially does not take naps anymore. Usually you'd find him asleep on the living room floor in the afternoon, but now he stays up all day and will be ready for bed by 7pm. He loves his big sister Hadassah so much and is learning how to include his baby sister. He likes legos, puzzles, the playset, and trampoline. He has become the Coloring King and will cover every inch of the paper with colors. He also knows how to write is name in short: MO MO. He is simple little boy, but I can tell he is growing like a weed this year! He always loves to snuggle every night and is the first one up in the morning asking for cereal. Can I add he has the cutest giggle in the world!?

Priscilla . Oh Priscilla. She is a firecracker. A firecracker that almost did not "relight" last summer. We came seconds away from the worst tragedy a parent can face: The death of child.
By God's grace she did not drowned and now keeps us on our toes more than ever before! So thankful she is turning two next week! Priscilla has learned to communicate so much this past year and she gets quite upset if you don't understand her. The best answer is "Show me." ;) She loves to busy and serve. If I can think of jobs to give her all day she thrives on it! Weaning from Mama was a bit difficult (for both of us), but we made it.. She went to a bottle and sleeps in a big girl bed with her sister Hadassah. Money, marbles, play dough, and her alphabet books are among her favorite toys. Of course trinkets on her sisters top shelves and mom make up are fun too! When she is upset she ALWAYS had an older sibling to help her. If not, she will go "see Daddy" out in his office. She makes several trips out a day to see him ;) Oh, how we all love her and her vibrate daring personality!

I must confess, it took me weeks upon weeks to write this blog. Thus, why I am taking a break from blogging ;) I have been working so hard on every level, but with God's strength can carry on. I can do nothing apart from Him. In my down time, I like reading or snuggling with my husband watching Netflix. I am also helping lead a bible study with my pastors wife. I LOVE studying the word with sisters in Christ!

My biggest venture this year was becoming a Doula. It is a new passion of mine and I am in awe of God for letting me love and serve other woman.

Everyday I face much of the same duties with cleaning, homeschooling, training, meal planning, ect ect, BUT watching my children grow before my eyes is a gift. Yeah, they fight, bicker, tattle, and give me dirty looks (oh, i do loose it and yell).. this too shall pass, right?
We are a real family with real struggles all combined in 1100 sq ft. It makes for an interesting life to say the least! ;)

I really do hope to keep you posted throughout 2016, till the next blog feel free to follow us on instagram: buckoutfam.

Peace. Love. Grace.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

A Blogging Sabbatical

A blogging sabbatical after 7 years is not too shabby! Perfect from a biblical standpoint.. right? didn't the ground have to rest.. will have to ask Sean about that one. ;)

I really want to blog. I blog in my mind from time to time. I even have "notes" in my journal for my year end blog. That one I might sneak in this month or next. It will all come in due time.

Our life is so busy and I constantly remind myself : saying "yes" to one thing means saying "no" to another.

For now- being a wife and mother while homeschooling, taking care of my health, becoming a Doula, working a part time job online.... blogging is taking a backseat.

I am not excusing myself, just letting go a bit.

I hope to write more. For all who follow us or stumble upon us, may you have a blessed New Year. I pray you will find yourself talking and seeking the One who created us all. Through Christ there is JOY unspeakable.

Here are a few random pic from the year. Ones that just popped out and made me smile.

Rich by HIS love,

one of my favs

kids with the camera

his smile


from my rose bush

coastal nc

my boys


big brother playing hide and seek

why not

road trip

the violin comes in the mail

baby chick!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Chirstmas!

We had a blessed day! We hope you did too!
My slowest month of blogging since 2009. Wow.
Hugs and Love from us all!


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