Silhouettes

I am on a silhouette kick lately πŸ™‚ And my phone takes some sweet silhouette shots. Pardon me while I fill up this post πŸ˜‰20150411_193058 My world right here.20150413_193107Gorgeous sunset on the pond. God is good! 20150417_190630Devan loves to mow. And I love his profile ❀ 20150417_191513_edited-120150417_191524_edited-120150417_191556_edited-1 The 2 little energizer bunnies. 20150417_191826 20150417_191910 Zoey and Kirsten.20150417_192224 Sometimes you need to be alone. Not to be lonely, but to enjoy your free time, being yourself. – UnknownΒ Β Β Β Β Β Β Β 

Whoever said that quote is just dead on. As a mom, I need my space now and then πŸ™‚april 2015 027_edited-1A fun one πŸ™‚md and misc april 2015 013_edited-1 I took these last 2 with my camera. This one of Tristan in the tree, I told him to GET DOWN RIGHT NOW, but I made sure I snapped away as he came down πŸ˜‰ Does that make me a bad mother? πŸ™‚

That’s all for now. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

And now I’m going to enjoy a homemade donut, because that is what you do at 9:45 at night, when the house is quiet πŸ™‚ #notgoingtocountcalories

That joy thief

This topic has been on my mind. I tossed it around, do I really put these thoughts out there? The Sunday SchoolΒ  lesson really hammered it home some more. So I decided to share. I hope you don’t read this post, and think of what an awful person I am. Just read it with the awareness that we are all sinners, we all need God’s grace and forgiveness, and that satan will always be working at tripping us up.

I’m talking about that word comparison. It’s some thing I know we all do at one time or another. I think we as women are especially bad. Maybe some of us more than others. Why do we compare ourselves with others? Are we trying to make ourselves feel better? Or are we belittling how God made us, in His image?

I will not lie, I need to work on this daily. We can all walk around looking like good Christian women, but what is going on in our thoughts? For myself, I compare both ways. I compare myself against those that look like they have it all, and then those that just don’t seem to have it together.

Some things I thought of that I think about.

” I wish I was creative like her.”

“She gets so many things, and her home is perfect.”

“I wish I was thin like her, without all this extra padding.” Or, “She could stand to lose a few pounds. I don’t feel so bad about myself when I see her.”

“She has it all together all the time. Her hair is never messy, her children are always well dressed with hair combed neatly, and I’m sure her house isn’t messy either.” Or, “She looks a bit sloppy. I guess she just doesn’t worry about messy hair, rumpled clothes, and a clean house.”

“She thinks she is tired. What would she do if she was up how many times a night with the baby, and then have to milk cows in the morning. She’d find out what tired is!” Or, “She helps in the barn, drives tractor, feeds 8 children, has a lovely garden,neat flower beds, cans everything, and still finds time to help others. Why can’t I be more like that? She is such a hard worker.”

“I wish I was nice, quiet, and meek like her. She probably never argues with her husband. She is such a good wife.” Or, “She sure orders her husband around. I definitely treat my husband a lot better than she does.”

“I’m pretty sure she never raises her voice to her children. Why can’t I just control my temper??” Or, “She sure loses control with those little ones. Those children could use some more discipline.”

And the list could go on. And if you thought I was nice, you probably no longer do πŸ™‚ Please remember, it is when I think these things, that I am doing what satan wants each of us to do. Compare ourselves, be discouraged, discontent, etc.

Whether we are comparing to make ourselves feel better, or comparing because we feel small and inadequate, it is wrong. It will rob us of the joy we should have in Christ.

If this is something you don’t struggle with, I applaud you! Many times over, I applaud you! I’m pretty sure it’s something I will always battle with, but it’s also an area I want to really try to do better at.

One thing that I need to remind myself is that God made us, each of us, unique in our own way. And He doesn’t make mistakes. Ever.

Another thing is that He calls us to rejoice with those that are rejoicing, and weep with them that weep. So I need to be happy for someone, when it looks like their life is perfect. I need to help and encourage someone that is struggling, in whatever way that may be. And I think if we truly have the love of Christ in us, it will be easy to do. If my heart is in the right place, I will want to do those things.

James 3:10 says, “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.” NIV

I hope and pray that each one of you can conquer this sin when it comes up. And that we can all love each other with a Christlike love.

And I hope you come back to read this little blog again after this post. Probably you all are much kinder, nicer women than I πŸ™‚ And I just compared myself again. Looks like my work is cut out for me!! πŸ™‚

More photos

I’m a bit on behind here, and right now I just don’t have any words of wisdom to share with you, so we have more pictures πŸ˜‰jenna 001_edited-1Hanging out with me while I bake. I love this girl! phone feb and march 2015 054I ❀ silhouettes!phone feb and march 2015 261I just love window shots!phone feb and march 2015 278Have we got style or what?? πŸ™‚cabin and misc. march 2015 033 cabin and misc. march 2015 039Time at the cabin with family. A fort the boys made.cabin and misc. march 2015 037cabin and misc. march 2015 019Such pretty scenery at the cabin!jenna misc march 2015 002 My crazy girl and her crazy hair..jenna misc march 2015 005 jenna misc march 2015 006 jenna misc march 2015 007I just loved watching her eat that orange in the pretty light! jenna misc march 2015 008And to end the post, a quilt from my Grandma, line drying! Spring is here, and I am thankful!!!

The forecast for the weekend sounds lovely! Hope you have a wonderful one!

Picture overload

I think it’s been awhile since I posted pictures of normal, everyday life here… jenna and kinsley 015 jenna and kinsley 016 phone feb and march 2015 068jenna and kinsley 019Sunday night soft pretzel making. Sorry about the yellow pictures! I tried changing my white balance, but it doesn’t seem to help much, and I need my lights on when it’s dark outside πŸ™‚ Any tips from those of you that know more than I? Please share! πŸ™‚megan and misc 002_edited-1I know it’s spring, but this winter photo is so pretty! What a great God we serve!megan and misc 005That is a “I’m eating a donut, and my life is good” face πŸ˜‰ The one behind, I do not understand that look πŸ™‚megan and misc 007_edited-1I know, I know, another winter image. But it was a beautiful sunrise. 002Two stinkers found my phone πŸ™‚jenna out and about 004Play doh fun.jenna out and about 006_edited-1phone feb and march 2015 324Chalk fun.. jenna out and about 009_edited-1 jenna out and about 020 jenna out and about 028_edited-1 jenna out and about 031 jenna out and about 033_edited-1Exploring…phone feb and march 2015 002Peering out the office window. phone feb and march 2015 031Lunch at Wendy’s. Grandma treated πŸ™‚phone feb and march 2015 026 phone feb and march 2015 029Jenna and I enjoying my great niece.phone feb and march 2015 049Playing around with my chalkboard wall. – Valentines week.phone feb and march 2015 057Delicious meal at the sweetheart supper!phone feb and march 2015 113A quick meal, English muffin pizzas. My favorite, ranch dressing and bacon bits.jenna out and about 012_edited-1Pretty birds. jenna out and about 023_edited-1The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees,Β  the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less. Joseph B. Wirthlin

I hope that each of you don’t take for granted the things and people you’ve been blessed with. I find I do way too often. I hope you find the beauty in each day, for it is there. Some days we just may have to look for it harder than other days πŸ™‚

Have a super weekend!

Megan

Our friends had a beautiful baby girl. Just so much sweetness here! ❀megan and misc 009_edited-1 megan and misc 014_edited-1 megan and misc 015_edited-1A tiny blessing from God!megan and misc 017_edited-1 megan and misc 024_edited-1 megan and misc 026_edited-1Such a beautiful baby! She was so fun to take pictures of πŸ™‚megan and misc 027_edited-1Caught a little smile πŸ™‚megan and misc 038_edited-1megan and misc 039_edited-1megan and misc 044_edited-1These girls are so full of energy! They were fighting over her πŸ™‚megan and misc 049_edited-1megan and misc 051_edited-1megan and misc 058_edited-1 megan and misc 061_edited-1megan and misc 059_edited-1And some cards…card 2_edited-1 megan 3 megan 4 Untitled-1A collage I did for Karolyn..collageI know, it was a lot of pictures. But how could I choose what to post when you have all this sweetness?!!

Jason and Karolyn, thank you for allowing me the pleasure of capturing this precious time! So glad we are friends! πŸ™‚

And to my readers, thanks so much for visiting this little blog!

My Laundry room

It will not win the prize for the most beautiful laundry room, but after a coat of paint (or 3 or 4), I like the way it brightened everything up.

The before photos…misc. Dec. and Jan. 2014-2015 072 misc. Dec. and Jan. 2014-2015 073 misc. Dec. and Jan. 2014-2015 075The room was so ugly, I didn’t bother editing the before pictures πŸ™‚ As you can see, I had painted the ceiling. I don’t remember how long ago I painted it, but I must have hated it so much, I quit for awhile πŸ™‚ I really don’t like painting. Like the way it looks after, but hate doing it.misc. Dec. and Jan. 2014-2015 078 misc. Dec. and Jan. 2014-2015 082 misc. Dec. and Jan. 2014-2015 083The boys really wanted to help, so I did let them help brush primer in the cracks in the panels. Kirsten took the pictures, and she really got the good angle on me 😦  I just love pictures of myself πŸ™‚ Oh well, documenting memories and all that good stuff.

Now for the after photos.misc. Dec. and Jan. 2014-2015 085 misc. Dec. and Jan. 2014-2015 086My Dad found this old wood, and he knows I love old things, and gave the pieces to me. Dear hubby added some hooks, and I love it!misc. Dec. and Jan. 2014-2015 087What’s a laundry without an old washboard? πŸ™‚misc. Dec. and Jan. 2014-2015 091My favorite piece in this room is this old cart I found above the spring house. It’s so great for storage! I still need some baskets to make it look prettier, but for now it’s doing it’s job.misc. Feb and March 001_edited-1See what I mean? It’s definitely storing things πŸ™‚ I can’t wait for yard sales and flea markets to look for some pretty storage & organization pieces. I thought about waiting to do this post till everything is nice and pretty, but decided that might be awhile. Yes, we still didn’t get new outlets and covers yet either, if you noticed that πŸ™‚ We move slow with home improvements around here πŸ™‚ I love my blue chair, and it will be getting a houseplant on it. All the kiddos do is throw more clothing on the poor thing πŸ™‚misc. Feb and March 002_edited-1I really don’t like the flooring in here, but for now, I am practicing contentment with it πŸ™‚ There are other things that are more important at this point. If I learned one thing from visiting Haiti, it’s that I have more than I need already. So I will choose to love my laundry as it is, imperfections and all. After all, this decades old flooring has had many precious feet walk across it πŸ™‚2015-04-02 19.28.47And a grainy, crooked phone picture I quick took, because I wanted to show you this shelf and sign. This sign is almost spot on here πŸ™‚

I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend! Take time to remember what Christ has done for us, for His death, and for His triumph over the grave.Β  Be blessed!