Wednesday, September 24, 2014

God Gives and Forgives Generously

 "You get get back what you put out." 

I heard that phrase all the time while I was growing up. I believed it wholeheartedly. 

And when it came to school work and in the workplace, it was true most of the time. If I worked hard on a school project, I got a good grade. If  I completed all of my tasks at work, I got a glowing review and a raise at the end of the quarter. 

But it did not always hold true for relationships, especially with family. I thought that if I put forth the effort into building relationships, by exhibiting the character qualities such as kindness and honesty that I hoped to receive back, people would show those qualities back to me. Everything would work out, and everyone would be happy. 

It didn't always work out that way. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy - Daybook 2014 {four}

Inspiration:




What we have been doing:

Our days have been busy lately. Busy in a good way.

Honestly, most of this summer was hard for me. Losing my grandmother forced me to think about things that are better left forgotten. My anxiety reached an all time high, and them I had the pesky infection that kept me on the couch for almost a month.

Once I started feeling better, we jumped right into vacation mode and  enjoyed ourselves. 

First we had our trip, then we got together with friends that we hadn't seen in weeks. Then we spent most of our afternoons visiting with friends for talking (the moms) and playing (the kids), had lunch with our friends, and went swimming.

One day the boys and I went to a Back to Homeschool  field day and picnic at a local state park. Then I enjoyed a dinner out with a couple of mom friends.

Chris and I took the boys to a water park for the day, and I rode the one water ride that I said I would not. It was super scary. I prefer roller-coasters to water-slides.

I planned my homeschool year and a co-op with a couple of other moms from our homeschool support group. 

Finally, I met my new nephews. They are twins and super cute!

The last month has been so wonderful that it totally makes up for the spring and early summer that I experienced!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Yarn Along {thirteen}



Knitting: Easy Lace Scarf  

I love this pattern! It is easy to remember, and I can knit and talk or knit and watch a show and not make a mistake. I think I may want to spend the next year knitting five more scarves in this pattern. Plus, my favorite yarn to knit with is fingering weight, so this pattern is a combination of all of my favorites; easy, not boring or frustrating, and fingering weight yarn.  I just attached my third and final ball of yarn. I hope to have the scarf finished by the end of the month.  And then I may start another scarf, seriously! 


Monday, August 18, 2014

Our Summer Trip {2014}

We packed the Prius to capacity early Tuesday morning and hit the road. We had planned several destinations to visit along our five-day trip. 

Late Tuesday morning we arrived at our first stop, Shenandoah National Park in Front Royal, Virginia. We entered onto Skyline Drive, ready for adventure. Unfortunately, the fog was thick, so we did not get to see much during our drive. 





Monday, August 11, 2014

Rejoicing With My Family This Week




Chris is home with us this week, and we are very excited to be able to spend our days with him. I have a couple inspirational pictures scheduled to post, but I won't be on the computer this week. I will be too busy enjoying my family! 


I hope you have a blessed week!  

Friday, August 8, 2014

7 Teas to Love {7 Quick Takes}

I am a coffee drinker. I love coffee. I start every morning with a fresh cup of hot coffee with just a smidgen of half and half. It is my favorite thing to drink. But I can only drink it in the morning. For some reason unknown to me, if I have a cup of coffee in the afternoon it makes me feel unwell. My stomach hurts, and my head starts to spin a little. It is crazy, I know, but it is true. 


Part of the reason that I love coffee is because I enjoy a mug of something hot to drink. So I had to find an alternative to coffee in the afternoons, and I knew hot chocolate was not the answer. I have tried to drink it, but after only three sips, I have reached my sweet limit. 


Enter onto the scene tea. It allows me to have a mug of hot liquid in my hand, with the negative side effects of an afternoon coffee splurge.






And believe me when I tell you that an herbal tea can be good for you! I am not a healthcare professional, but you can quickly research the different herbal teas and the benefits associated with them online. Here is a list of seven of my favorite teas and why I love them.