Thursday, September 26, 2013

Where God Guides, God Provides

My decision to stay home was not my own.  


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I had always seen myself working outside the house.  Briefly when my company was bought out while I was still on maternity leave, my co-worker suggested we might receive severance packages.  For the first time the idea crossed my mind.  But when I went back to work, none was offered and my position continued.

Later, when a job opportunity became available I thought about moving within the company.  For the first time I wondered what God wanted me to do instead of what I wanted.  And so I decided to ‘test’ the idea out.  

After work one day I settled Justice down for a nap and decided to pray in a quiet place.  My walk in closet was perfect.  On the way I grabbed my Bible, but didn’t turn the light on so there was no way of reading it.  Instead I shut the door, laid on the floor with my head and hands resting on the open Bible.  

Now mind you, I wasn’t playing Bible roulette.  I didn’t plan on flipping through the tomb and randomly picking a passage and making it fit my situation.  But I did hope it would keep me focused and more open.  I was using the Bible as a physical reminder that I needed to be silent so I could hear the spiritual words.  And so I prayed.

I’ve forgotten much about that prayer, but I still vividly recall asking my question and getting a very clear; “Stay home.”  I remember laughing in the dark and thinking He must have heard me wrong.  I repeated my question and again I heard the same words.  I was convinced God didn’t know what He was suggesting.  I wasn’t interested in staying home.

So I didn’t...

Read the rest at Joy Comes in The Morning

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Simple Moments: Found with Buddies... really, really late. ;)

Can you see these little guys?

 
...and committing a crime no less.  ;)







simple moments is about finding the small things that make up our everyday, things we want to remember and be thankful for. it's the little bits of our lives that might not be remembered when we are gray and old. so we document it, on paper, with a photo, in a journal, through a blog. join me?

a few things:
1: anyone is welcome! document your marriage, family, kids, yourself. the point is to document your life, the simple, ordinary things that are often taken for granted, that one day, you'll want to look back on and remember. 
2: please link back to me somewhere in your post. next week, i will have my button working properly. maybe!
3: please add the link to your actual simple moments blog post, not to your entire blog.
4: please be sure to visit others around your entry and leave a few kind words.
5: you have until sunday to add your link.

Friday, September 20, 2013

September Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 14 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

  Admittedly I forgot to get my post ready.  I mean, I scheduled it, got the basic info up and ready to go, but this morning, before my first cup of coffee I remembered I'd not added anything.  Without the aid of caffeine I had a quick jolt.  
"OH NO!!!"
So what y'all will get today is a mess of photos.  Which based on my maxed out phone storage is no surprise.  It's how I document the kids lives...and my garden... 
and my Etsy shop.  
Here's a few (a lot) of pictures from this months shenanigans at the Moore house.  :)

Blondie took a selfie.  Love these...
that is as long as the phone is still working afterwards.  ;)
"I'm not tired mom!"  Mhmm.....
Who needs attack dogs when I have these guys?  ;)
 Girl Scout Swap... bottle cap pins.  Easy fun and cute.
Did I mention cheap.  Cheap is good too.  ;)
 Little Man didn't pick just one flower... he picked them ALL. 
The last big harvest from my Tiny Texas Garden.
That green orb in the middle is a tiny watermelon.
It was good... all 3 bites of it.  ;)
 Four year shots for the twins.
Mercy HAD to see herself in the mirror.
Marshall was happy to assist. 
 When my girl plays, she plays hard.
 Little Man was helping do dishes.  ;)
We were waiting for Justice to get out of school.
Batgirl HATES waiting.
 I stamped 80 boxes for our Etsy shop.
I usually wait for the sale, but I feel all productive.
It's a rare occurrence so I had to document it.  ;)
 She wanted something, I forget now, but that's her
crazy eye, "Peas!" smile.
...also, her and her brother have matching trampoline burns on their noses.
While Justice was at a birthday party M&m had fun at the park.
There was much sliding and swinging.  I was exhausted.  ;)
We went to the roller derby, a double header.
Five hours of fun.
As you can see Justice was slap happy by the end.  :)
BUT she's never without pen and paper.
Both of our teams won.  YAY!
I was in 'get stuff done' mood and FINALLY gave up
the 'Inspiration' binder.  I figure by now I've pinned them
all on Pinterest.  So long pretty pieces of paper.
Peppers... they finally came in.
My tiny bell pepper.  Lots of rain this week so maybe
they'll be ready soon.  <fingers crossed>
This is my friend.  She has worked so hard.
Seeing her in Fitness magazine was exciting!
M&m are sick.  Like for real.  They napped...
My laser flashlight gun thingy showed up.
Two more weeks to Dallas Comic Con: Fan Days!!!
Little Man thought I needed this book so he
bought it for me.  Thanks.  <sigh>

The cover art is done by a female graphic artist that
Justice will be meeting at Fan Days.  How cool is it that
it has Spider Woman (my personal favorite) on front.
AND it's 3-years old but my comic book guy had it.
AND... he gave it to me for FREE!!! 
Remember up there my friend Elisha?
The Fitness magazine chick?  
I'm so calling her that now.  ;)
I made this for her.  It took me 3-months but I did it.
I've had serious procrastination issues lately.  ;)
...and from last night.  <still giggling>
Marshall saw a bug and asked daddy to kill it.
Tommy told him to get the bug spray.  
Instead he brought him lighter fluid.  
It was a proud mommy moment. ;)
 


Now buzz around to these other blogs... chances are they managed to do their posts earlier... and with stories and stuff.  ;)


                                     Baking InA Tornado

                               Just a LittleNutty

                         Follow me home . . .

               Stacy Sews and Schools

                             The Sadder ButWiser Girl

                   Menopausal Mother

         Moore Organized Mayhem

                         The Insomniac’s Dream 
                                      TheMomisodes

                    Spatulas on Parade

                    Searching for Sanity

                               The Rowdy Baker

                       Writer B is Me 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Simple Moments: Found Up Close






















simple moments is about finding the small things that make up our everyday, things we want to remember and be thankful for. it's the little bits of our lives that might not be remembered when we are gray and old. so we document it, on paper, with a photo, in a journal, through a blog. join me?
a few things:
1: anyone is welcome! document your marriage, family, kids, yourself. the point is to document your life, the simple, ordinary things that are often taken for granted, that one day, you'll want to look back on and remember. 
2: please link back to me somewhere in your post. next week, i will have my button working properly. maybe!
3: please add the link to your actual simple moments blog post, not to your entire blog.
4: please be sure to visit others around your entry and leave a few kind words.
5: you have until sunday to add your link.

Friday, September 6, 2013

September Secret Subject Swap




Your “Secret Subject” is: 

What's the worst thing or things your children have done to embarrass you in public?  Name as many as you'd like.
It was submitted by:  http://menopausalmother.blogspot.com        

I've spent weeks thinking about this.  Even asked the husband and the ONLY thing that comes to mind is the first time I met his old bosses.  Justice was sitting on a stole next to one of the jewelery showcases and she pulled the front of my shirt down.  I recovered fast, she laughed and they pretended not to notice.  But that's it.  

Tommy says it's rare that I get embarrassed.  I disagree, but usually it's things I do myself and not what others do.  I learned early on that embarrassment is a weakness and others will use it against you.  So I don't let things bother me very easily.  Which has been beneficial as a parent.  They're kids.  They do silly stuff.  And my life is made so much easier if I just laugh at their actions instead of stress over them.

I taught my oldest to do the same.  When kids make fun she's to say a simple, "Thank You".  It throws them off.  It takes away their ammo.  And it's just loads of fun to see their blank expressions. 
So I guess I don't have embarrassing moments.  But man do I have a ton of photos and blogs about the things they've done that made me laugh and scratch my head.  

Maybe one day I'll find myself wanting the concrete to swallow me up, but these first 10-years of parenting have been more laughing at what they do rather than being embarrassed by them.








Kids, the best source of laughter around.  



                            Baking In A Tornado

                                  TheMomisodes

                             Just A LittleNutty

                        Follow me home . . .

         Moore Organized Mayhem

             Stacy Sews and Schools

                             The Sadder ButWiser Girl

                                  DinosaurSuperhero Mommy

                     Searching For Sanity

                                        CrazyAs Normal

                       Menopausal Mother

                                   Moms Don’tSay That