Feb 24, 2015

Too Busy For Work

Well....no...not exactly, not too busy for work...but keeping busy none the less and as I'm composing this post my hubby is at an interview and we're praying it's something that will work for our family! *update: the job was not a fit for our family*

We are still waiting and trusting but remaining idle, we are not!  We are enjoying this extending time together, with praying, planning and plenty of time for play...

First there is a little boy who, it seems, is moving a bit beyond the world of trucks and cars into building, fixing and "reading".  He is big right now on helping with the baby!  He wants to be the one to get her things, pass her things and be the only one to play with her! It's cute...mostly! 

I've had time to create a piece of art to donate to the girls' school for a silent action.  It felt great to be creative in this medium again!  I've been doing so much in the house, wall art, sewing, rearranging, that I've been missing putting paint (and a few other things) to canvas. 

I found out that it did sell at the auction, though I don't know for how much, I do know that my husband's cousin bought it - which is neat!  I at least know it found a good home!

As for my 'big' gals, they have been busy with school and fun.  At school this afternoon, they are putting on a French play and since Dave isn't working (yet?!?!) then he gets to come see it too!  They have been fighting an awful lot lately, I think we need this cold weather to break and the warmer days to come, so I can put them outside to play more! *wink!*  But they are sweet little ladies, who keep growing like weeds!!

So how are we fairing with the no job and everything?!  Well, the severance from Dave's 'ex' employer finally came in, so that should hold us for a few months and thus took some pressure off!  And if that was all God had provided us with, that would have been plenty!

But do you think God stopped there??

No, He did not!  Our God likes to give good gifts and give He has!!

We have been greatly blessed with gifts of food.  Organic milk, eggs and cheese!  There was a grocery bag of fresh lamb from a family we know.  A box of  pantry staples from our church as well as another bag of beef and chicken from an anonymous giver.  We've been given numerous gift cards, all anonymously and all very generously! A family we invited to dinner, graciously brought us food and cleaning supplies, not knowing how I was in need of the exact items they brought!  It's amazing and it's heart warming...to say the least!

And if God had stopped there, that would have been more then wonderful!

But do you think He did???

Because one night, Dave was out and I was sitting at the computer.  I was thinking about the coming months and what we were going to do when the money ran out and if there was no job. (Because yes, I'm human and even in all those blessings I can lose sight *sigh*)  I wasn't forlorn, lost or worried in any great way...more just wanting answers and not wanting to be patient!

So with just being silly, I put into my computer's search engine, "What should we do?".

And when the screen loaded, the first thing that caught my eye was a link for the Kraft Peanut Butter Stick Together Contest.  I read it over.  All they wanted was, in a short paragraph, to tell them what our family does to 'stick together'.  So I plunked away on the keyboard and told them how we love to read together.  How the little ones enjoy picture books, the bigger gals love to practice their reading to anyone who will listen and how Daddy is a master story teller!

Two winners would receive a $5000 family room makeover and then there were 75 gift baskets to be given away (valued at $100) to the runners up!

That's right!!! I won one of the gift baskets!!!  Hahahahah!! It was awesome...it was GOD!!!  The basket was HUGE and packed so full of wonderful goodies!!

I couldn't believe all the things in that big ol' basket!! Joe could have fit in the box it came in!  It was such a personal and loving way for God to tell me, He is here!!  The basket contained all sorts of ingredients to make yummy treats for my family, something God knows I like to do and something we were running in short supply of!  And if that wasn't enough, it even had a board game for the big girls!

I know God is caring for us and I know it will all work out.  We continue to wait and see but while we are waiting, we truly are seeing!  Our God is a personal and loving God!  And yes a five thousand dollar family room make over would have been nice too, (wink!) but I think we will leave our "family room" in the palms of His hand - for there is no better place then that!

For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:11-13


Feb 7, 2015

Waiting and Seeing

It's been almost two weeks now, since we learned that my hubby was terminated from his job, so where are we at present?

Well, we literally fought with his ex employer for a week and...well, I'll just leave out all the sneaky and underhanded tricks they tried to pull so that they didn't have to pay him his severance.  But as it stands, they are finally going to pay him...the when....that remains to be seen!

So we continue to take it all one day at a time!  I keep my eye and my mind on the promises of God...most of the time! *wink!*  I know He has us in His hands!! I do!  And He keeps sending me scripture (Psalms!) to bring me comfort.  We still have that feeling of excitement, of wondering where this will all lead and yet trying to be wise as we carry forward!

And during all this hoopla, I had a birthday!

Let's just say it was much different then last year's all day shopping fun...quite opposite actually!  lol!!  We really had zero dollars.  Thankfully I stock up on boxed cakes when they go on sale and my hubby makes a mean chocolate icing, so the cake was covered!  Supper was hubby's amazing breakfast!! He does the best home-fries, eggs and bacon and thanks to food in the freezer and eggs from friends, we dined well!

No, I am not three hundred and eleven! ;)  And no, the baby did not have cake! 


As for gifts, well....zero dollars makes that challenging...especially for my hubby...because I'm one of those, gifts is my love language, kind of ladies!  But he spoke my language and spoke it with love!  While I was out at a bible study that morning, after cleaning up the kitchen and living room,  he made up a giant batch of chocolate drizzled, mint popcorn!  I had made a bunch for gifts for Christmas but I didn't get much to munch on myself, so now I have a giant bag, all for me!  I do think this is much better with white chocolate but the man did the best he could! ♥

Also, using what supplies he could find around the house, my dear man made me a wall easel!  He had wanted to buy me a real easel for my birthday but uh, yeah....they aren't free! So instead he used what he could and made me this one:

I had one of these years ago, in our last house, and they work pretty great! Especially if floor space is at a premium in your place!  You can move the brackets up and down depending on the height of the canvas.  The board that Dave used to support my art is one that belonged to my dad.  Apparently he carried it, and a few others, around for along time and it drove my step-mom crazy - so after he died we became the proud owners to a bunch of random pieces of wood!   But so far we have put a few of them to good use!

And so with no monies and lots of time, Dave and I are doing what we do best, dreaming, family fun, and completing free or next to free projects!  We have set our sights back on the hobby farming!  We know that this option can lower our food costs and thus lower the amount of money we need to bring in each month...once we get things up and running...which usually costs money!

But did you know we serve an AMAZING God??? DID you??  Cause He's not limited to my feeble imagination, no He's not!  And with our hearts and minds set towards farming, we will be picking up fifteen laying hens on Monday!  And yes, all.for.free!  A friend is needing to unload some birds and we are more then happy to take them and these lovely people are just given them to us! And, AND we even have a big tote of food left from our last batch of birds!  So Dave readied the coop today and we eagerly await for the new ladies to move in!

We also hope to get pigs again soon - just have to fix up the outside pen...and see how God will provide in that.  I'm also extremely excited at the idea of hopefully having our own beef this year too....but miracles will have to happen for that to come to fruition....who's with me in waiting to see Him provide that one too!  Cause I don't doubt He will.  The when...that remains to be seen!

And there I come full circle.  The when.....the waiting.  Waiting on the Lord.  I waver from excitement, hope and possibilities to the, "it will never happen, it's impossible and what are we to do?!"  But I'm getting better at it....I am apparently learning a thing or two from these various trials! hahaha!!  I'm learning that He does care for us, for everyone of us and I know, know that He knows the plans He has for us....I just have to wait.



Feb 1, 2015

Living Grace by Wayne A. Barber :: Review

If you have ever wanted a book that gives you a practical look at God's grace, this is it!

Living Grace, by Wayne A. Barber, is an informative, applicable, comfortable read.  I found that the author wrote in a very conversational manner and very much for the 'every man'.  A great read and one I plan to read again soon!

I had been searching, for sometime to better understand God's grace and when I stumbled upon Living Grace, I had found exactly what I had been looking for! Mr. Barber's way of explaining God's grace, was as I said, very informative but also applicable!

The applicability of the book, lies in how the author presents the freedom (grace) we have in Christ. He breaks it down to a real and tangible visual for us, the readers, and draws upon that example throughout the book.  This was, finally, a writing that gave me a clearer idea of what it means to be free of the law, without the sense of lawlessness!

As for the physical publication of the book, I found a few things that I would change, if I could!  One the cover.  I just found that it really had nothing to do with the book and in my honest and humble opinion, it looks a little dated.  I would love to see something fresh and new for the cover as I think this is a prime book for any believer, young and old!

The size of the book was a bit odd.  It had the feel of a gift book, tall, narrow with a hard cover which made holding it in one hand quite cumbersome!  I felt that this should be published as a paperback and I feel it is an in-depth read and that format would suit the feel of the content more.

All that aside, don't judge this book by it's cover! *wink*  It's an excellent read and I highly recommend it!

I received this book from B&H Publishing in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.


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