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Friday, April 29, 2016

Scrapbook.com Giveaway!



Good Morning! 

I just wanted to let all of you know that Scrapbook.com has a giveaway going on where you can get $2500 worth of Sizzix supplies. What??!! Yes, you heard right! You can go to this link and sign up for the giveaway. Good luck everyone!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

GOING BACK TO COLLEGE


I know, it's been forever since my last post, but I have had a lot going on. I have, at 41 years old, enrolled in college. Yeah, go figure. I AM a little old for this, but it's never too late! Anyway, I decided to go to Concordia St. Paul online because it was the one that worked the best with my schedule, budget, and was actually a legitimate degree. (I found a number of online school that issued a degree that was not even worth the paper it was written on! Imagine spending all that money and not even getting a legit degree!!!) So school starts on May 10, and I have found college has changed A LOT since I went way back when. There is definitely a learning curve as this is all online, and I have to log in with Webex and post to discussion boards. So figuring that all out has been an adventure.

I was recently having a discussion with a friend that asked why go back to school now? (Seeing as how we have one in college right now and one going to college in the next year.) And my reply was that I have been wanting to do this for about 7 years now and have been praying and praying about it. And, truth be told, afraid of it. College is hard, and I am not as young as I was the last time I attended college. As well as, I have a life now, with a husband and kids and a home to run. However, the first time this came up, instead of pursuing it, I chose a job at the mall. I quit that job about a year later because it was taking a lot of time away from my family on the weekend. I revisited the college issue. Then got offered a job at a local lunch spot. So I did that for about a year. Then I got let go from that. I revisited the college issue again. But decided to work as a server at lunch. Then I had an accident which ended that job. So, the question becomes, is God trying to tell me that college is the way to go by ending all the other options? I am not sure. I only know that I have prayed fervently for the Lord's guidance and direction in my life. So is this the answer to my prayer? Is this the way God wants me to go? I am not sure. But a friend of mine told me the other day that when God asks you to jump off of a cliff, He either catches you or gives you wings to fly. So here's to jumping off a cliff!


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

What's Real Right Now


What's real right now: I still have not fully recovered from my visit with my family almost a month ago. I can't seem to catch up on my rest.

What's real right now: We have been trying to help out my dear SIL do some home improvements, which have been left for far too long. This past weekend, Kevin cut down 14 trees in her backyard. We cleaned her house for her, dusted and vacuumed and straighten and cleaned bathrooms. She had an accident five years ago and has recently had some health issues related to that, so she has been unable to get around easily for a few months now.

What's real right now: We just had carpet laid but it was an adventure in waiting and moving furniture and taking beds apart and then putting them back together again. The carpet guy just could not seem to show up when he said he was, so it was frustrating. But a week and a half later, its all in and looks great!

What's real right now: I am still debating going back to college for an Exercise Science degree, but the cost is just so much. 

What's real right now: Kyle is working and hanging out with friends so much that I NEVER see him. Maybe an hour a day. We laugh and say that his car does't even have time to get cold. Boy, does he burn up the road.

What's real right now: I have four rooms that need painting: downstairs bedroom, kitchen, Karli's room, and laundry room.

What's real right now: Karli is gearing up for her exams that start in a few weeks. She is very stressed and anxious about them.

What's real right now: I woke up at 4:30 this morning. (Not helping with the catching up on sleep thing.)

What's real right now: I am still trying to purge a bunch of stuff, so I have listed quite a few things on eBay. And they are selling! I love that. I hate to throw things away that still have a life. I would prefer to give it, or sell it cheaply, to someone who will use it.


Friday, April 1, 2016

FIRST FLOWERS OF SPRING!!

It's so exciting to see the flowers start to bloom here in the Midwest. Although this winter has not been too bad for snow and REALLY cold weather, it's still been a Midwest winter. So it's nice to see flowers and green grass and warm sunshine and birds chirping. 


Spring is the time of year that reminds me of new beginnings and renewal. It is a season of fresh starts and new growth. I am reminded every spring how awesome God is. To look around at the cold, seemingly dead, barren landscape and see grass come alive and flowers bloom. How, from such lifeless things, such beauty can emerge.


It reminds me of myself. How lifeless and desolate my soul gets sometimes, and how God can bring such beauty from it. I go through seasons of growth and seasons of testing in my Christian life, and, although, the seasons of testing are difficult, Romans 5:3-5 reminds us of what those difficulties produce. It says,

     "Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces 
        endurance and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope 
does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts 
through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."



I have been going through a season of testing for a few months and keep reminding myself of this promise. God is still good, all the time.  I pray for the desire to seek God more. And I pray for the desire to open my Bible more. I pray for the renewing of my soul, and the beginning of a season of growth spiritually. I pray that I can remember the promises and grace and forgiveness and sacrifice that was made for me. That I can find JOY where I am. I know there will be an end to this season, and on the other side will be endurance, character, and hope. Because that is what GOD promises.

I am so very thankful for this journey, and that I am so very blessed.

Grace and Peace