Apr 30, 2010

Here comes May

I just finished putting the final touches on the May issue of Home Maker Design.  Wow, I can't believe I got in done in time.  I've been so busy and when I'm not busy I'm not well - so I was way behind this month!  But thank the Lord, He has provided and now you all have a wonderful issue to enjoy!!!

I hope you are inspired, blessed and encouraged by the magazine.  There is a lot of prayer, thought and effort that goes into each issue and God won't let me stop! ;) 

May you all have a lovely day and weekend as for me, today is my wonderful husbands birthday....he's younger then me, how dare he! ;) Okay it's only by three months but still....  We're going out to dinner - a nice family restaurant - and then home for home made cheese cake - vanilla mousse cheese cake at that! Yum!

May God bless you all this weekend and happy reading!

Apr 27, 2010

WHAT?

WHAT? IT'S SNOWING!!!! 

And it's not that, "Oh, look at the spring snow, so quaint."  No it's a real snow, it is actually accumulating on the roof tops!  I thought it pretty, the last few days, when my neighbours star magnolia was loosing it's pedals as if it was snowing - but that in no means meant I wanted real snow!

Oh well - enjoy the day either way - as for me, I made extra coffee! :)

Apr 26, 2010

Miss Popularity



Since having my first child, I think I can count on my two hands the number of times I have been able to use the washroom without an audience!  This includes, toilet usage, shower time, bath time, just going in to brush my hair or clean my ears.  It was bad with one, now it is worse with two kids and lately my husband has taking to starting conversations with me while I'm so occupied.  This, for the most part, drove me crazy!  I mean can't I - even in the washroom, advocate at least a few moments of solitude?

But I have come to a realization.

 


This is not really a bad thing - it is a love thing.  Okay, so a needy love thing but a love thing none the less.  The thing about it is that I'm apparently Miss Popularity.  My family needs my attention no matter what! It's quite flattering actually.  So what I used to view as a nuisance, I now see as a sign of love from my family.  Yes, it can still be annoying but I know with popularity comes sacrifice! ;)


So I will take this love and all it's admiration - even if it's in the washroom.


 

Apr 23, 2010

Sparrow

 
Over the last few days I have been...shall we say, "Off my feet".  I have been rather unwell - which seems to have been a trend of late.  I'm taking iron pills but they do not seem to be doing much.  So I wait on the health care system for more answers...argh!

For anyone who has been unwell for some time, be it physically, emotionally or spiritually - you know how discouraged you can get.  I felt this way after being laid-up on my couch for three days, but upon feeling more myself today I turned on my computer and low and behold my homepage gave me these very beautiful words of encouragement:

 Are not two sparrows sold for a cent?  And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.  Matthew 10:29-31

Ah such love and reassurance from our wonderful Father in Heaven!  Thank you Lord!  For those of you out there now who may be going through a rough time, no matter the reason - take strength in these words from Matthew.  God loves us, each and everyone!  He cares for us and knows our troubles.  Lean on Him and let Him carry you and your burdens.  Praise be to God!






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Apr 18, 2010

New Look

New week, new look! ;)   I was just wanting to change it up a little, I thought the old layout wasn't as reflective of HMD or me.  I hope you all like the new look - finally a little colour eh!? ;)

I hope the weekend was all it could have been for you!  Mine went well, I got to see what it would be like to have a son...and if I had a son as wonderful as the little one I watched over then I'd be happy indeed.  Thanks Matt and Chrissy for blessing us with the honour of taking care of your little guy this weekend!  He's a real sweety and I don't think Dave was kidding when he said that they are now "betrothed". ;) 

For me the weekend was another busy one, but it was a good one and even though I didn't get everything done that I would have liked to, I tride to let God lead and do right and listen to Him.  Always learning I guess, maybe I'll do better next weekend....

Apr 16, 2010

The Weekend

Well the weekend is here.  What are you going to do?  How will you enjoy all the blessings God will pour down on you?  Will you see them, recognize them, cherish them?  Or will another weekend slip by, "All too fast!", we will complain come Monday (Or like myself, by Sunday night!).  We are blessed in so many ways and too often I overlook these blessings.

I want to make the most of my weekends, but does that not mean making the most out of what God has for me, each day?  I pray that this weekend I will be blessed with the wisdom to know and follow God's leading and direction.  I want to use my time as He would have it, not selfishly.  I pray that each of us is blessed with a God filled weekend, what ever and where ever that may be!

This isn't a challenge to work hard, accomplish much or run yourself ragged, rather be aware of God's calling and leading in the use of your time.  For some, this may mean a busy weekend of errand running, house work finishing and garden digging.  But for others this may be the perfect weekend to kick back and bask in all that is around you - family, nature or a good book.

However the weekend works out for you, may God guide you and bless you.  See you all Monday...

Apr 14, 2010

The Happiness of Those Who Trust in God or Psalm 34

I read Psalm 34 this morning and I felt I should share it with all of you!  The title that is found in my bible for this Psalm is as stated above "The Happiness of Those Who Trust in God", and I think right now many of you could use a reminder of that happiness.  There are some people around me now who are hurting - due to the loss of family - and there are many out there who are probably hurting but I am unaware of who you are or the reasons.  Either way, my prayers go out to you all and may this Psalm comfort you!  Blessings and Love, Kaitlin.

I will bless the Lord at all times;
 His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.


I sought the Lord, and He heard me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces were not ashamed.
This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him,
And saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him,
And delivers them.


Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!
There is no want to those who fear Him.
The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.


Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Who is the man who desires life,
And loves many days, that he may see good?
Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips form speaking deceit.
Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their cry.
The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.


The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.


Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
He guards all his bones;
Not one is broken.
Evil shall slay the wicked,
And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.
The Lord redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.

Apr 12, 2010

Home Projects

Wow, what a whirl wind weekend!  Friday morning I was entertaining family and extended family, and then by Friday night my house was torn apart, all of our furniture from the downstairs was crammed into our kitchen and my husband and I were going at our floors with power sanders!

For those of you who have joined us, that is, become fans of Homemaker Design on Facebook, you will (hopefully) have noticed the encouragement to get some type of Home Project done this weekend.  Now I don't like to be one of those people who will ask something of someone that I would not do myself, so hence the floor re-do.

My husband and I have been renovating our house for the past 2 years now, but lately we feel that God has it that we need to be working more on it - (note the hint about the possibility of moving to the county in a previous post) We are not sure exactly why or what God has in store for us, but any time we doubt or think we should slow down - something comes along to encourage us onwards!

We have been wanting to re-do our old worn floors since we bought the house, but the timing and money never seemed to line up.  Then just Thursday our gst check arrived and Friday one grandparent wanted our oldest for a sleep over and BAM - move the furniture and rent some sanders!

Let me tell you, if you haven't ever done this yourself, I now understand why those who do this for a living charge that rate they do - and frankly I think they under charge!  I won't bore you with the details, just that it was hard, hard work, very little sleep.  (As we only had the weekend to finish this, because there was no way I was going to start this week with two kids and only one usable room to be in!) but a wonderful and rewarding outcome.

Though tired, extremely tired,  and very sore - my husband and I both enjoyed ourselves this weekend.  It was great to get the project finished and we broke it up with wonderful drives through the country side (waiting for the varnish to dry).

So there you have it, my weekend Home Project! Now, I want to see yours, get to it! ;)


Apr 9, 2010

In the morning…

I am reminded again of God's goodness, especially when I start my day with Him.  No, starting my day with a devotional does not insure a 'good' day, (see my post titled Ummm) but starting my day with God insures a well directed day!
In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.  Psalm 5:3

It has been a challenge to get in my devotional time as of late, life seems to get in the way....and mostly because I let it - :S   I've been trying lately to get up early, before my girls arise to get in some quiet prayer time and some substantial reading.  Now of course two days into this my littlest one started waking up a whole hour early.  This was discouraging for a bit, but I've heard that this happens to many moms who try this - so I pushed through, thanks to help from my husband too!
But I, O Lord, have cried out to You for help, and in the morning my prayer comes before You.  Psalm 88:13

There have been many a days when I would have enjoyed an extra hour of sleep, or even many a days when getting out of bed to have this morning devotional seemed impossible.  Being too tired, falling back a sleep, laziness, etc.  But God, of course, did not fail me!  He knew I needed this and also I want this and He has helped and made it possible to get up and get going.
God is in the midst of he, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.  Psalm 46:5 (No, I did not change it to say she and her, that is the reference!)
For a long time I never really saw the importance of starting the day with God.  I mean I knew it was important to pray to Him all day and to have a personal devotional time but I never realized the importance of having it in the morning.  But now after doing it for some time, I can see how my life is better for it!
Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; for I trust in You; teach me the way in which I should walk; for to You I lift up my soul.  Psalm 143:8
Picture taken by a friend

Apr 8, 2010

Leave a Comment

Hello Reading audience! 

Well I have been writing for some time now, but I hear little from all of you.  Now there are three possibilities here:

1.  You, my readers, are not the type to post comments and therefore I should stop expecting them.
2.  I have fewer readers then I anticipate and most of what I write is a bunch of ramblings and not worth commenting on anyways! ;)
OR
3. Maybe the hoards of you who are reading, really want to leave a comment but just don't know how.

So in all optimism I will inform you .To leave a comment you just need to click on the word comment that is found at the bottom of each post.  Enter the info and your comment and submit. Done and done! 


Hopefully that clears up any confusion.  I do look forward to hearing more from you readers out there!  And if nothing changes then I may have to just start writing better, comment worthy material!

Blessings and Love!

Apr 6, 2010

Easter Weekend

Wow, what a wonderful Easter weekend!  For those of us who live in Eastern Ontario anyways, it was gorgeous, absolutely beautiful!  It was hot, sunny, breezy and sublime!!!  I LOVED IT!


We spent the Friday visiting with my mom, (it was her Birthday!) and then home to do labour intensive yard work.  Though a beautiful day, I couldn't help but remember the true reason for the Holiday.  Jesus' death, all those years ago.  Here I was enjoying a beautiful blessing of a day, while over 2000 years ago my Saviour died.  My husband and I laboured away at our grunt work, hot, sweaty and blisters a growing and I could not help but think, "This is nothing, nothing compared to the sufferings of Christ on the cross."  We worked hard and in silence most of the time, possibly both of us pondering the same thing, "how can we complain about our aches and pains - it just wouldn't be right!".  The work got done and in a relatively short time.  Though we accomplished much it did not match the accomplishment of Christ when He gave His life for us. Thank you Lord!

Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and the will condemn Him to death, and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to mock and scourge and crucify Him, and on the third day He will be raised up.  Matthew 20:18-19

Saturday was gorgeous weather again and my husband and his brother put up shutters on our house.  One's we had fished out of a dumpster - there lovely antique ones - people throw away the most amazing things.  I hope none of you threw away any chances to honour, worship and thank God this weekend!

And in that day you will say, give thanks to the Lord, call on His name make known His deeds among the peoples; make them remember that His name is exalted.  Isaiah 12:4
The clouds hung in the sky on Sunday, no not looming ones, but fat fluffy ones, the kind you just want to reach up and hug!  It was too gorgeous a day to spend in the city - so we left!  Packed up some snacks, coffee (of course) and headed to the country.  Before we left home I had been feeling drained and a little ill - but not 15 minuets into our drive, with the spring breeze blowing through the car, did I not come around and feel alive!  Nothing like driving and exploring the country side and the beauty of God's handy work to make me feel good.  Hens my desire to move to the open country side.  (But that's a whole other story! ;) )

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praises to our God on the lyre, who covers the heavens with clouds, who provides rain for the earth, who makes grass to grow on the mountains.  ...He sends forth His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly.  He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes.  He casts forth His ice as fragments; who can stand before His cold?  He sends forth His word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow and the waters to flow.  Praise the Lord!  Psalm 147:7,8,15-18, 20b



All in all we had a most lovely and blessed weekend!  We fit in lots of family fun, which was very nice and muchly needed.  We celebrated the cross and what it means to us, we gave thanks to God for His provision and to Jesus for His sacrifice.  It was a refreshing and wonderful Eater weekend and I hope yours was too!

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same  image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.  2 Corinthians 3:18

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