Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review of the Complete Church Piano Course

About 4 months ago my husband was at our pastor's house and his 12 year old son was showing him how he was learning to play piano. He gave my husband a beginner piano book to take home......(we had no piano or keyboard at the time). So I did what I do best: Craigslist! We found a keyboard and stand for $35 about 10 minutes away. So we started using the beginner piano book and found that we could learn to play Mary Had a Little Lamb and such pretty easily.  Got pretty boring.......We listen to a preacher online named Pastor Steven Anderson. He is pretty controversial even amongst our fellow independant fundamental baptist brethren....lol. I read his wife's awesome blog "Are They All Yours?" and that is how we found his preaching. In addition to preaching he also plays piano and wrote a great beginner book that gets you started out with real hymns instead of nursery rhymes! We quickly ordered one and whatever you may think of his preaching (We happen to love it) this piano book is AWESOME! My husband and I began to learn "Nothing But the Blood" and also watched the Youtube video he had posted to go along with it.

 We have no musical background whatsoever and I am already up to "Revive Us Again" with the broken chords. Our 7 and 8 year old boys are practicing too!  My nieces were also interested and so I made them a copy of the first song and they are ready for a copy of the next song!

 There is no copyright on the piano book which is awesome too! I am so impressed with the book anytime we have fellowship at our house I show everyone how my non-musical self can play some hymns and everyone usually asks me about the book where I found it, how much it costs...etc. Overall great book and I am 30 now so I think part of my brain is shutting down but I am going to keep on trying til I can atleast get to book 2 out of the 3 books that Pastor Anderson has published.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My Crafty Side.....

Since we moved to our rental home and all the walls have been calling my name to decorate them.....My sister bought me some picture frames and wood wall art in exchange for helping organize.

. I really like those wood signs on Pinterest though.

...I went to Hobby Lobby and really wanted to buy one for over our bed...but then I thought maybe just maybe I can make one......I found a piece of wood the other day and the home owners already had some wood stain and white paint in the garage and I have a cricut!!!The result was this!

It is not the prettiest but I plan on finding some more free wood somewhere someday.....lol and trying to make some more!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Happy King Jesus Day!

So today is the third Monday in January and for some reason even Christian people are celebrating a "king"; a man who denied the resurrection, deity of Christ, the King James Bible and stood for many other things against God....today in my house we are celebrating another day for the King of Kings! He did more for "racial" equality than any other man or woman so let's lift Him up today!

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

Acts 17:26 
And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Praise the Lord even at the end of this world we will be in fellowship with all nations of people and the color of their skin or the content of their character will not matter....the only thing that will matter is if they have had their garments washed in the blood of the Lamb by calling on the name of the Lord for salvation from an eternity in Hell!

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

Friday, January 9, 2015

Our Move

Soooo it's been 5 weeks since we moved to Suffolk, VA! I wish I had taken more pictures of our packing but my camera on my phone died and I had to pack my nice camera away.....lol. My husband did an awesome job! We packed up our whole house with storage totes and didn't have to deal with boxes and tape! We had multiple offers to baby sit our kids but they really were not much in the way! I did have my sister keep them for the final clean up so I could scrub everything down and do touch up paint! Praise the Lord we got every penny back from our security deposit!
 My husband took down all the furniture by himself! A good friend from church helped us unload at the new house and drove back to the old house for the second load of stuff. They even picked up a couch and loveseat on craigslist for my sister in the midst of the move! Another guy from church came and helped set up the bunk beds the next day. We fully unpacked in less than 2 days! These are the only pics I got of the move....lol

                      We put all the hardware in this box so we wouldn't loose any! Praise the Lord for a smooth move and faithful friends and family!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

To start off the Christmas season I took some pictures of the kids to make some Walmart photo cards and sent them to friends and family!

Then My mom came to town and celebrated with us a couple weeks early!

We made Gingerbread houses and cookies!

Then we visited lots of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins on Christmas Day and the day after! 

 and Everyone took a kabillion pictures......

As you can see by Moses' face it is quite exhausting traveling from house to house to see family but praise the Lord for the opportunity to visit with family! Looking forward to spending New Years with our church family for watch night service!

Friday, December 5, 2014

New Rental Home

Praise the Lord for a very smooth move from Hampton, Va to Suffolk, Va. I am just checking in from my phone since our Internet is not set up yet. Here are some pics of our new rental. So greatful to find a place for $150 a month cheaper and we gained about 500 sqft.  We decided Rachel should get her own room....so I found some furniture for her ....on Craigslist of course...lol.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Decently and In Order:Hampton Rental Home: Kitchen

 At last I am posting some of my favorite kitchen organization ideas just a week before we move again! Praise the Lord God provided a wonderful rental home for our family on the other side of the tunnel and for $150 a month cheaper. Plus it has an extra bedroom, extra garage space, a front porch, and is 15 minutes from the new church plant our church has sent out. So we are hoping to be a great witness for the Lord Jesus Christ and be hospitable to the people of Suffolk, VA. One of my favorite things about being a family who remembers to do things decently and in order (most of the time...there are those moments) is that we have more time to reach out to others without worrying about having to put our own selves back in order first...and to me that is priceless and worth the extra 10 seconds it takes to put things back where they belong or being called OCD.

So this is the first cabinet in the kitchen: I like white dishes because it gives a bright look when you open the cabinets =) The bamboo plate stacker is at Walmart and is wonderful for not having to move all the little plates to get to the big ones =)

 Our storage container cabinet. I like to use glass storage containers....I am not sure why my husband is trying to contaminate us with those plastic glade containers....lol j/k. 

This is our "medicine" cabinet. We use vitamins and oils to help our family feel better. The bamboo spice tiered shelf is also at walmart for about $6. I love the thieves and peppermint oil combo I have been putting that on my 21 month olds feet and his runny nose disappears in about an hour!

We upcycled some old food jars and stuck a chalkboard label on them for a uniformed look. 

 Okay so I have a lot of kitchen gadgets I earned most of them for free with my short lived career as a Pampered Chef consultant....lol. The minimalist in me says sell them on craigslist...but the other side says keep them they are so nice and shiny and you might just use them all one day. The bamboo drawer dividers were also free from Pampered Chef =).

 More Bamboo....I really like bamboo in the kitchen =). 
 Our "Junk" drawer using another Walmart Bamboo product.

 In the cabinets I keep like items together: this is my baking cabinet.

This is my small appliance cabinet.

Until next time....Let all things be done decently and in order!