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!

Monday, November 30, 2015

A Quick Snippet of our Thanksgiving 2015

This was our first year waking up the older kids for the parade.
Sean shouted in their room "hurry, hurry, wake up the parade is coming!!!"

Here is a little video Lydia made of our meal. ;)

A few notes:
Mordecai refused to speak to the camera.
Priscilla is dancing to Broadway Parade Musicals.
Excuse the mess ;)
We had no special visitors this year and kept it really simple.

Hope you had a blessed one too!


Sunday, November 22, 2015

ESV Men's Devotional Bible {Review by Sean & Giveaway!}

Of Course this is not a review on the contents of the Bible as all scripture is breathed of God and awesome!  However there are so many study Bible publications out there it can be helpful to know which one will fit best for you.

I actually caught myself the other morning thinking that some day it would be nice to get a new Bible. While I love my current Bible, the print is really small and I am getting older so it might be nice (or necessary) to get a new Bible some day with larger print. And low and behold, the next day, a Bible arrived in the mail for me to review for my wife. Pleasant surprise.

I already love the ESV version of the scriptures for it's faithful to the text translation and ease of reading. I think it is a good translation for new believers just getting to know the word, and yet it would also be easy for someone who had been reading the KJV forever to start reading and not feel like they were reading a different book.

So what did I like about this Bible?

1. Simplicity

I have never been one to enjoy a study bible that is glutted with articles and notes for me to read. While I appreciate the wisdom of others in helping me discern truth, I fully realize that it is the scripture itself and not the notes and articles that are inspired. For that reason I have always enjoyed Bibles that have little embellishment to get in the way of me reading God's word, or to get my train of thought going in a direction that the Lord may not have had for me that day. The ESV Men's Devotional Bible has book introductions, articles, and the ESV translation notes but the scripture itself takes center stage.

2. Good Articles and Introductions

The articles in the ESV Men's Devotional Bible are great thought provoking truths that stay true to the text you are reading. I did not see anything that seemed psychological, or wacky, just good plain Bible truths. Being a men's Bible it is nice that there is a lot of encouragement for men in the notes. Back to simplicity though, the scripture is not overshadowed by men's topics. It's not like picking up a book on being a godly man that has some bible excerpts you can read on the side, it is as if the notes were written in a way that this Bible is for men who want to encounter God in His word. But because they are men holding this Bible the notes are at times focused towards issues that men face. Some men's study material gets carried away with sports illustrations, or cliche business advice. While the articles in here will still appeal to all men, they are more focused on the theology of being a man of God and issues of the heart.

3.  The Design

This is just me, but as a web designer, I think about things like layout, colors and fonts, etc.  I like how this Bible is all white, black and gold.  There is something cool about the simple black serif text on a white background with shimmering gold chapter numbers and headlines.  It has great clarity, but also keeps with the sacredness of the book that you are holding. While having gold shimmering headlines will not make my heart automatically more obedient to Christ, I appreciate that the design team no doubt took to mind the holiness of God's word when making that call. Subtle and with effect.

What did I not like about this Bible?

Nothing. Honestly it is very nice. It would be nice in leather bound but I am sure that option is available for purchase.

Who is this Bible good for?

Honestly I think this Bible version would be good for any man, whether new in the faith or a seasoned veteran, young or old. There is enough content in the notes to encourage and disciple new believers into digging deeper, and solid truths to remind old pilgrims who have been on the path for a long time. As a father of seven, Christian for over twenty years, and a person who has read the Bible cover to cover several times, I totally enjoyed it. I also think it would be just as effective as a gift to my 14 year old son, who is coming of age and starting to consider what it means to be a man of God. I highly recommend this Bible for any man or young man who wants to grow in their walk with Christ in His word.

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Our world presents daily distractions that can easily displace Christ as the center of a man's heart and life.  The goal of the ESV Men's Devotional Bible is to strengthen and encourage men through the life-giving Word of God and sound devotional content aimed at nurturing godliness.  With 365 theologically rich and gospel-centered devotions drawn directly from the Bible, this all-new resource was created under the editorial oversight of Dr. Sam Storms with contributions from over fifty Christian leaders.  Introductions orient men to each book of the Bible, exploring its unique contribution to a man's walk with God.  Thoughtful and instructive articles address the importance of sound doctrine, life in the local church, leadership, the heart, calling, and a host of other relevant issues for today.  The Men's Devotional Bible will strengthen men in their walk with Christ, helping them apply the gospel and the truths of God's Word in their homes, churches, and workplaces. 

- 365 brand-new devotions
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- Dictionary of key terms
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Monday, November 16, 2015

Halloween 2015

Marry Poppins, a Burgular, Hadassah the Chef, Farmgirl, Postapocalpytic Character, Little Chicken, Two Parents, Jack, and Superman.

The Loot.

It was fun night. We call it "making memories".
Loved pulling the littles in the wagon.
The older kids eventually found us. They actually made it back to the van first and we found them.
Priscilla never kept the chicken costume on. Go figure. ..and EVERYONE thought she was a boy. Poor Girl. I had her in a brown hoodie with a huge flower on it.
Mordecai was adorable and tripped on at least 5 peoples porches.
Elijah decided next year he will hang out with his parents and pull the littles in their wagon... that made me smile.

For more detailed costume photos see our family instagram acct ;)

In His Grace,

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The NIV for Teen Girls Bible {Review by Lydia & Giveaway!)

About the NIV Bible for Teen Girls:
Today's teen girl needs reassurance that no issue is too big for God. The NIV Bible for Teen Girls, designed specifically for girls ages 13 to 18, will do just that. This Bible is packed with daily readings, highlighted promises of God, challenging insights, smart advice, and open discussions about the realities of life. This Bible is designed to help teen girls grow in faith, hope, and love. It is as sincere about a teen girl's walk with God as they are, helping them discover his will for all areas of their life, including relating to their family, dealing with friends, work, sports, guys, and so much more.

  • DAILY READINGS by popular Christian female authors including Bethany Hamilton (Soul Surfer), Annie Downs, Christine Caine, Nicole Weider, Elsa Kok Colopy, Crystal Kirgiss, Bekah Hamrick Martin, Denise Van Eck, and more
  • CHARACTER PROFILES of women in the Bible
  • BOOK INTRODUCTIONS for each book of the Bible
  • HIGHLIGHTED PROMISES OF GOD are verses worth remembering
  • A CONCORDANCE for help in finding verses
  • The bestselling NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV) of the Bible

Lydia's (13yrs) Thoughts and Review:
The NIV Bible for Teen Girls has a really appealing look to it, definitely something that I would pick up if I were bible shopping. I love that it is not to little-girly and that the writing isn't pink!

• I was realy exited when I found out that it had daily devotions from authors like Bethany Hamilton. The devotions where easy to understand, quick to the point, (which is great for us busy teens :) ) well written, and had a diverse amount of topics.

• Throughout the bible they have highlighted certain verses in a very, very, light pink color which I think give it a much cleaner appearance (compared to having them in little bubbles/boxes off to the side.)

• Another great feature they have is pages throughout that talk about women of the Bible. I was really happy when I found they had Lydia, Elizabeth, Esther ( or Hadassah) and Priscilla. All of us four girls!

• I feel like even the shape of this bible has a different feel, but in a good way. It's a little taller and not as wide as my old bible for girls, and much thicker. At first I though this was funny but when I actually read it and held it I found it very nice. However, it is sorta heavy and hurt a bit trying to hold it up while reading it (which could be easily solved by placing on a desk or your lap)

• Overall I would highly recommend this bible to any Teen girl. If I had to say something negative about it I would say that I wished that I could get it in another version (its NIV, and I like ESV.) However, if your new at reading the bible, the NIV version makes it very clear and easy to understand.

* quick note *
I have been comparing this to my old Faithgirls Bible.

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Because of Him,

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Recent Happenings

October Sky

I have been so busy. Especially now that I am holding myself accountable to a weekly "To Do" List.

Baby Charity
There is never a dull moment in our home! Whether it is a teenager that needs to talk, a baby that needs to nurse, a spill on the floor that needs cleaned, or just a sweet toddler that needs their mama.. my life never stops.

Our community group is growing and alive. The Lord is really opening the hearts of our neighbors to him.

Sean's office will be completed by winter. He finished the metal siding and now will work on the insulation. One step at a time as we have the money. We have plans to extend up in the attic for more "play" space.

My Yada Doula business is growing. I hate to call it that. .. sounds so formal, but I am meeting so many precious moms and even got to delivery my first baby by God's grace. We were right outside the hospital. It was an amazing experience.

Elijah is drawing up a storm with his new instagram acct. He is still growing. Ahhh!!!
Elijah experimenting with is new prismacolors

Lydia is in the process of writing a script for a movie with her friends. She also discovered online clothes shopping this month. ;) Pretty fun.

Elizabeth is in chicken world. We just had a new baby chick hatch!

Jason has made huge improvement this week with school and attitude. Thank you Lord. (I have started both History and Grammar with him and Elizabeth. It is so fun to see them love learning.)

New Baby
Hadassah my sweet girly loves snuggles at night on her bed. She is active and busy with Mordecai all day long.

Mordecai almost refuses to let any one but be wipe is bum, but ME. Lol. He always makes sure I know he is heading the bathroom. He is always the first one up ready for his LIFE cereal by our bed.

Priscilla is learning to do without nursing mom during the night. Sean has dedicated the wee hours of of night to "putting her back to bed". Every night is getting better. She still learning to be kind to her other toddler siblings. She says words like: sorry, please, thank you. Slowly she is communicating which eases her frustrations being the youngest.

Well, just a little family journal moment. Hair is wet and needs attention. Mordecai needs to go down for a nap and I am going to CHILL.... and get a DRINK of WATER. I just felt incredibly thirsty.

Sharing a quick random moment,

Still finding a few in bloom
New hammock, a blogging gift

Jason's Smolder
We always eat popcorn, even after a bath.
Not an uncommon sight

My growing young man

My little man.. sick a few weeks ago. Dr office selfie!


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