Thursday, April 10, 2014
After surviving the first trimester I finally have some energy back! I decorated these glass jars last night with chalkboard vinyl and ribbon! The jars are recycled from some dry tea leaves my sister buys.
I made some vinyl letters for the crayon box a couple of months ago =).
I also made this back in January.
Friday, April 4, 2014
We are pleased to announce that God has graciously gifted to us another baby! We will be planning another homebirth Lord willing! We are excited to see if Rachel will finally get a sister or if our basketball team of boys will be complete =).
Psalm 127:3-5 3 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Hello everyone =) This is a post that lines scripture up with the Disney movie Frozen. This is not about subliminal messages,the homosexual agenda from Disney, mind control theories of music, the immodest dress of Elsa, the Let it Go song or my opinion just Bible =). This is not popular opinion but the bible says in Galatians 1:10
For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
1) Is "Dark" magic worse than "Light" magic?
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
The Bible tells us that Satan is going to be sneaky to try and deceive the elect. He can be upfront and open with those who do not know Christ and make movies like Harry Potter but will be very subtle with believers.
I believe Satan is after our children just like a hungry lion will target the young prey who do not have as much defense.
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
God would rather us be hot or cold not luke warm. A "Hot" movie would be one with witches with black capes and pointy hats, demons and cursing. A movie with no magic and a godly message would be "Cold" and a movie with just a little magic and a little bit of immodesty or a little bit of sexual innuendos would be "warm". Which would you say Frozen fits into?
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
2) Is God really that serious about just a little magic?
Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
There are tons of scriptures about witchcraft, sorcerers, magicians and they are all bad! There are no "good" witches in the Bible. There is no "good" magic in the Bible. There is either a miracle from God or Satan.
God just showed me this yesterday morning while reading my Bible about how a sorcerer was trying to turn a man from the faith who had earlier desired to hear God's word!
Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.
8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.
9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.
10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
We don't know what he was wearing or how his voice sounded. I think God left that out on purpose so we believers wouldn't try to categorize sorcery and satanism into a certain look. We know Satan can transform into beautiful things and need to be on guard to those things that seem right.
|1.||of, relating to, or characteristic of a demon; fiendish|
|2.||inspired or possessed by a demon, or seemingly so:|
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
3) Isn't there a good christian message in the end?
Hermione reminds Harry of the importance of friendship and bravery.
When Harry was possessed by Voldemort in Order of the Phoenix, he was able to save himself using the Power the Dark Lord Knows Not, the power of love.
Here are some comments on the movie
I agree with Rick. The Narnia and The Lord of the Rings films have also been “denuded of the Christian presence” as you described it, but as in Harry Potter, the Christian meaning is still apparent in spite of that fact. These three great sagas simply cannot be presented on film without at least some of the Christian symbolism and meaning being present because the Christian elements are so integral to the story itself.
I wonder why some catholic priests and other self righteous non catholic christian leaders fail to see the christian symbolism in movies such as these
I believe allowing just a little magic gives the adversary a chance to speak reproachfully as you can see the human reasoning behind all the defenders of Frozen are identical to the "darker" movies defenders. I don't want this thought in my children's heart ever........"Wellllllll maybe just a little of (magic, alcohol, sex, ...you fill in the sin) won't hurt any"
But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
If you would like to comment that I am reaching too far, being ridiculous or missing the main point of the movie please don't waste your time I have already read it all before on facebook =)
Monday, March 10, 2014
Back in January I was invited to a Pampered Chef show and my sister decided to buy me some kitchen items as a thank you for organizing her home =). I have always loved Pampered Chef products and at our estate sale I sold them all; so I was so grateful that my sister bought me some replacement items =). I had never hosted a show before; I had always only been a guest so I decided to host my own show a week later =). Not having a huge network and attending a small church I had only 5 ladies come to my show. I had 3 outside orders come in, two of which were out of town (Thanks Ashlee and Tara) So with only 8 orders I got to order $60 of free products, 2 half off products and I got the chopper on host special for just $12!. Of course the consultant offered the business opportunity upon booking a show. I took the papers home looked at them and thought 20% commission..... that's not much.....but my husband said yes we will do it and so I signed up for the $169 kit which comes with over $600 of Pampered Chef products and business supplies. So worst case scenario I figured I will have gotten an amazing discount on great products. I set out to book 4 shows for the first month since you get a special bonus of $100 Pampered Chef bucks for hitting $1250 in sales your first month!
My sister, and three friends Emily, Tara and Lisa booked cooking shows for February and they were all great shows! Also my nieces grandmother booked a catalog show! So with 5 shows the total came to $2,023 in sales. I was totally surprised at the blessing! Also one of my host's facebook friends decided to sign up through my website and I got a little extra override and bonus for that =) I also promoted to Senior Consultant. Totally God's blessing I did nothing special. I am truly excited for the rewards given to our family! The best part is that 3 of the shows my family and nursing baby came right along with me so I didn't have to sacrifice family time =). My husband is a great support to me and I couldn't have done it without him =). I am going to ask God for just 2 shows a month to stay active until the home school year is over =).
Here is my first commission statement!
In addition to the cash I earned $200 of Pampered Chef Bucks and a free brownie pan and mini spatula =) I will earn another $100 Pampered Chef bucks if the new consultant who signed under me earns another couple hundred dollars in the next week =) I plan on sharing some of that reward with my friend who connected us on facebook =).
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
My hair had gotten so super long, when I wore it down and someone sat next to me on the couch it would get pulled, It would get tangled and take like 10 minutes to comb through it sometimes! Since I had so much I figured why not donate?
I think I am donating to Pantene since they give their wigs for free!
I feel like it's a news reporter hair cut ....lol =)
Thursday, February 6, 2014
It is hard to believe that just 5 months ago we sold our home!
It was not an easy thing to do both mentally and physically!
We purchased our home in 2011 for $73,000, we bought new appliances and light fixtures, storm doors and cabinet hardware. So all in all we spend $79,000 on everything.
We were able to sell our home just 2 years later for $87,000.
Which was a huge blessing because after taxes and closing costs we walked away with $80,000 =)
Which basically meant we lived at our house for free for two years! God is Good!
One of the reasons our home was so much cheaper two years earlier was because of the neighborhood. When we drove by before purchasing we noticed our home was vacant the house next door was in foreclosure the house next to it was trashed by renters the house next to that was vacant....trash, graffiti, petty theft and overgrown lawns were an everyday occurrence. The first year and half we reached out to our neighbors welcomed their children over our home, cut their lawns picked up their trash..etc. Then things were getting out of hand and we had some trespassing kids and teens damaging some of our property and so I finally called the police after talking to parents who could care less. Our cable wires were being climbed on and pulled out of place and side gutters torn down, some neighbors homes were egged. Before we put our home on the market I knew that one drive down our street would turn away almost every buyer! It broke my heart to have to turn in these families to local authorities but something had to be done......
Here are some things we did to get our home to sell fast
1) For curb appeal we planted more flowers added a bench and flower pots
2) We Decluttered and cleaned our home from top to bottom
3) We called the police Department to remove graffiti around the neighborhood
4) Our family picked up trash around the playground sidewalks and bus stop
5) We called rental landlords and animal control to report vacated properties with trash and animals left behind
6) We called the Health Department for Oil Spills and trash that sat out for weeks!
7) We called the city for overgrown grass and also cars parking on the sidewalks and front yards
8)We put up no trespassing signs for a couple weeks before our house went up so neighbor kids would know we were serious
9) We asked our neighbors for help and support in calling local authorities
10)We prayed for God's grace!
Oh and how can I forget we got an awesome Realtor Eva Beshears!
Saturday, January 18, 2014
What is the occasion for this fine vinyl cricut label you ask?
Since our move to Hampton, VA Rachel's hair bows have been in travel mode...lol.
I color coded all the bows into baggies to keep things sorted out while on the move. Some of the plastic baggies were starting to wear out and so I figured it was time for them to find a more permanent home =)
I found these boxes in the jewelry section at Walmart they had pink latches and they were $4 each =)
It will be much easier to quickly locate the appropriate color and bow type now =).