July 29, 2012

There's Grace For That

Please head over to my new blog!

See you There.

July 28, 2012

Fresh Beginnings

I am getting very excited to unveil my new blog:

Monday July 30th

This blog will be unavailable in the next few weeks. You will find yourself redirected to my new website. Some of the recipes I have posted over the years will transfer over--the ones I find myself using over and over again.

See you there!

July 17, 2012

A Fresh Vision, A Gracefull Mission

It is with mixed emotion I close this blog and begin a new one. Sad because this blog has served as a journal of sorts for the last 5 years with many found resources logged for my own personal use, or to share with others. Happy and excited, however, to be starting Fresh!

I am so excited to begin a blog with a fresh vision and purpose! A couple of readers I know of, (you know who you are) may have been wondering where I've been the past month. 

Hopefully, August 1st I will unveil a new blog. Perhaps sooner.... give a little grace  :)

Please stay tuned!

June 12, 2012

Finding Balance

She sees that her trading is profitable and her lamp does not go out at night. Prov. 31:18

This Proverbs 31 Woman doesn't go and do things that are not worthwhile, or just for the sake to "stay busy". She pursues opportunities for business that will be "profitable." That takes smarts and good judgment. She is busy up into the evening, perhaps planning, being with her husband and family. Her daily tasks and ventures do not leave her completely worn thin. She has found for her, what she can do in her day to avoid being lazy, in fact she is making the most of every opportunity, yet she's not "burned out."

This kind of living takes wisdom and discernment that only comes from spending time with God. Arranging priorities and listening for God's voice first and foremost. Now, it's easy to be busy as a mom. The days can easily fill up with play dates, coffee dates, business preparations, home-making, ladies bible studies, church ministries, extra-curriculars, shopping. But if "burn-out" is impending and our energy is sapped when our family/husbands are with us in the evening, what good are all these things? And, do we really want our children's memories to be filled with a 'haggard mother' who was always tired and stretched to the maximum?

We must find a balance that the Lord is in control of. If we aren't submitting our schedule and commitments to Him, how can we expect Him to bless them?

Go to the Word

June 5, 2012


The ability to purchase and download
ebooks for my daughter to read!
This is wonderful since it's extremely expensive
to ship books from Amazon.com to Madagascar.

Last week I purposed to write down 7 gifts I received throughout my day each day, and I can't believe what a blessing it was when I reflected back on it at the end of the week. This idea was inspired by Ann Voskamp over at aholyexperience.com, and I printed out her free little booklet you can find here to help me. Suddenly I was seeing normal, everyday things with new eyes. God has blessed me richly! I am so thankful.

More gifts this week
 - being called a cool lego builder by my 3-year-old son
 - being asked to cuddle in bed before lights-out
 - coffee out with ladies
 - leftovers to create a new meal with
 - email from a friend in Canada
 - opportunities to Skype with friends and loved-ones
 - watching my children play together and love one another

Faith finished Kindergarten math today!

June 1, 2012

To Create Beauty

Yes, this is a picture of my main toilet room downstairs in our house. Behind the curtain is a little vented window into the garage.

Now it is covered, and I hope, this room is a little more welcoming.

Have you beautified anything this week?

May 30, 2012

Soul Food

Imagine feeding your soul every time you fed your body?

                  Sharing true life-giving food together....

We are trying something new at our mealtimes. Ending each meal with a verse or two.... feeding our souls at the same time we feed our bodies.

man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
Deut. 8:3b

Have you fed your soul today?