Hands Full of Blessings! 

Sharing Some of My Blessings With You 

Growing in Faith 

Sharp Knife

Sharp Knife

After preparing dinner, my husband placed a knife in the sink and told me, “That’s really sharp.” Mental note. Taken. Sharp knife. Be careful. I ran some dish water to get a head start on dishes while dinner finished cooking. Had one kid set the table. Another kid got...

A Lesson from Hagar

A Lesson from Hagar

My Bible reading today aligned so perfectly today with the state of my heart over that I HAD to SHARE! Join me in Genesis 16. Background: God told Abram (his name has not bee changed yet) that he will be the Father of a great nation. Interesting enough in this same...

Whoever Controls the Narrative…

Whoever Controls the Narrative…

As I sit here reflecting on the current state of my country, I’m at a loss. My biggest issue is that I do not know what to believe. For months, I have bought into the Pro-Trump propaganda that the election was rigged. Not really because of what Trump stated or because...

Obedience

Obedience

Obedience. This has been a theme on my heart. After finishing my Christmas Bible reading plan, I prayed about where I should go next in my morning time with God. He directed me to the beginning. So, to Genesis I went. As I have been reading these stories that I...

A New Year

A New Year

As the calendar flips to 2021, the world rejoices that 2020 is behind us. The year of COVID and lockdowns is over… I woke up on this glorious morning to… sleet… At least the ice looked pretty as it hung to the trees and everything outside… Then just after 11:00 AM,...

Names of Jesus Christmas Tree

Names of Jesus Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas! Now that the countdown to Christmas is over, and all the Names of Jesus have been placed on the tree, it’s time to share the whole project! The Beginning: Ben and I were sitting in his office between Sunday service and Youth Group. The lead pastor,...

Put Jesus Back In Christmas

Put Jesus Back In Christmas

For those of you following me (personally) or my church (First Christian Church Belleville), you know we have been making an effort to #PutJesusbackinChristmas! Each day Happy Hunter and his crew add a name of Jesus to a special tree. We watch a fun video on Facebook,...

The Perfect Gift

The Perfect Gift

According to Gary Chapman, there are five love languages:                1: Words of Affirmation                2: Acts of...

Santa and God

Santa and God

2020 has been a year for the records books… but not in a good way. 6 feet apart. Mask. Closed everything. Cancelled everything. Stay at home. Don’t catch COVID. That’s been our 2020… But one good thing has happened since Thanksgiving: Everyone has quickly embraced the...

A Lesson on Crashing

A Lesson on Crashing

Watching my kids learn how to ride a bike has been a complete joy… That is until my most recent rider started learning. Like her siblings before her, it appeared she just needed some more space and she would take off… Well, her dad took her to the park… Then I took...

Out of Focus

Out of Focus

My new camera takes amazing photos. When I see natural beauty, I can’t help but to pull out the camera and take a photo. However, I am used to just using my phone. Pull it out and shoot. The pictures are usually pretty good, but in compassion to the ones I can...

The Hawk- The Common Enemy

The Hawk- The Common Enemy

While playing outside yesterday, we noticed a hawk in the tree right over head. At first, it was cool to watch, but then it was like, “Oh no, what is it trying to get?” As the day went on, he sat there on the edge of the tree branch high above our heads. But the other...

How Did I Not See It?

How Did I Not See It?

At lunch yesterday, I was getting my kids glasses of water. Of course, I couldn’t find any of the baby’s sippy cups… all three of them… couldn’t find one of them. So I asked my kid. “Oh I think he took it outside.” Me- looking outside… NOTHING. “I think he took it in...

Cleaning Out the Closet

Cleaning Out the Closet

So, I’m not exactly a perfectionist. I’m the kind of girl who will purposely hang something up crooked so that I don’t have to worry about it looking level. My husband…Not that way at all. He’s the type of person who will bring out the level and pencils while...

Escape Room

Escape Room

 My husband and I had the opportunity to do an Escape Room Challenge for our anniversary. It was super fun! If you have never done one, I would highly recommend it. We will definitely be doing another one soon.   Well during this challenge we were locked in...

Guess Who

Guess Who

Yesterday I had the opportunity to observe a rather comical game of “Guess Who?”   My 7-year-old was trying to play with my 2-year-old. My 7-year-old son actually did a good job of teaching as they played, but his sister…well, she’s still only 2. My daughter...

Control-Top or Hidding the Problem

Control-Top or Hidding the Problem

Confession time! I love my babies! But I do not love what pregnancy has done to my body. I just had baby #6 three months ago… and I reached the biggest I have ever been! Slowly the pounds are coming off, but that means I am now in the awkward in between stage… You...

Asking For What I Need

Asking For What I Need

My kids are big readers. They love their books. It’s not uncommon to walk into their rooms and see them all reading for fun. To say reading is one of the favorite hobbies around my house would be spot on. Even though they love to read on their own (even my 1 year...

Tearing Down the Awning

Tearing Down the Awning

One of my favorite hobbies is crocheting. I enjoy crocheting for many reasons. First, it’s a creative outlet. I have no idea how to read a pattern, but I love finding ideas on Pinterest and seeing if I can recreate it. Second, it helps me feel productive. As a mom of...

Potty Training

Potty Training

The decade of diapers is almost behind me… My oldest is 10 and my last child is now 2.  He also seems to think he is ready to potty train. This morning I stood by him and said good job as he peed all over the floor. My oldest smiled at me and said, “I’ll go get...

Behind the Glass

Behind the Glass

As I walked into the kitchen this morning, I noticed the beautiful sunrise peaking through the trees. Then I glanced at the thermometer and looked down at my dog asking to go out. It’s freezing out there. Let’s make this quick. I thought as I bundled up and put the...

Put Jesus Back In Christmas

Put Jesus Back In Christmas

For those of you following me (personally) or my church (First Christian Church Belleville), you know we have been making an effort to #PutJesusbackinChristmas! Each day Happy Hunter and his crew add a name of Jesus to a special tree. We watch a fun video on Facebook,...

Discipline

Discipline

No one likes getting in trouble. No one likes punishments. Heck, no one likes correction PERIOD! However, I am learning as a parent, even the person dishing out the consequences does not like the process. It is so hard to sit and watch my son not be able to play his...

Unless

Unless

As a family with six kids, people are always making comments about our large family. I used to get frustrated about it. But as I have shared before, I have learned that my attitude and response completely direct the conversation. “Yep, my hands are full of blessings.”...

Helpers

Helpers

I was washing dishes after dinner when my daughter said to me, “Hey, mom! Do you need any help?” “Sure,” I said handing her a rag. “Wipe off the table.” She gave me a crooked look. “I wanted to sweep the floor.” “Well, honey, you sister is already sweeping. Please go...

Homeschooling with Littles

Homeschooling with Littles

It was suggested that I write a blog about how to homeschool with littles at home. My immediate response was, “I wish I knew.” However, many people have told me I seem to have a good handle on it, so here it goes. If you are on the fence about homeschooling and are...

Run to Him

Run to Him

Everybody loves fireworks… unless you have a baby or a dog… Then the beautiful lit up sky full of colors, wonder, and awe does not even come close to annoyance one gets from the loud sounds making the baby or dogs unhappy. Well, this year my baby was 20 months. Due to...

Stain

Stain

My husband is the type of man who will not do anything half-way. If he is going to commit to it, it will be done, and it will be done well. Last week, he was working on making a table/counter-top desk for church. He had two pieces of plywood. After making some...

BIG

BIG

Yesterday while watching church online, my three-year-old put her hand in mine. She kept moving it in all sorts of different directions, and eventually I looked down to admire her little hand in mine. For those of you who don’t know, my little Joy is tiny. Like four...

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