March

March felt like it came and left in a hurry πŸ™‚ Although it still seems like Winter around here.Β  Two highlights of our March…

A cabin trip with family… We had not been away in awhile, so it was great!! We were glad our weekend did not end like last year πŸ˜‰ Yes, very glad! πŸ™‚

The other highlight was promoting in my company πŸ™‚ I had worked and prayed for this for awhile, and it all felt like a big hug from God!! The joy of sharing with others, and seeing their lives change, as well asΒ  wanting to give more, and help pay off debt quicker, has been such a driving force in my why!!

And the bonus will be such a huge blessing! πŸ™‚ I am so grateful! We counted down my points I needed, and it was so fun to have the children share in the excitement πŸ™‚ I felt so much love and support!!Some random things…

We have a cardinal friend who flies up to our window every day, and taps on it πŸ™‚ We love watching him!!My babe and I ❀We love this for a quick lunch!! Flatbread, ranch dressing, bacon bits, canned chicken, cheese. So tasty πŸ™‚

Also, this Caramel French Toast is a favorite at our house!And this boy keeps me running πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰Happy Wednesday, friends!!!

Sunday musings

The sky is grey today, with muddy ground, and muddy boots at my door. We were blessed to go to church, and hear the Word, even though sometimes I feel like I don’t always catch a whole lot with a wriggly babe on my lap πŸ™‚

On our way to church, we listened to a radio preacher talk about worry. He mentioned how worry is a sin, but we don’t always think of it that way. It was something good for me to hear, as I can tend to be a bit of a worrier.

I know I am not very active on here. Life is full, and even though I love to write, I don’t always feel I have much to say, or maybe I don’t always take time to put it together πŸ™‚ I want to invite you to check out my friend Rachelle’s blog. She writes so well, and with such grace as she takes you through the hard she and her family experienced recently.

I saw a post on Instagram today that made me think a bit. A mom who shared that she avoids following some people because their lives seem perfect. I too can tend to compare my life to others, and see areas that seem ‘lacking”. And although I generally use my social media for uplifting posts, I hope I never come across as having it all together. Because I am so far from that πŸ™‚

The kiddos enjoyed the snow we had, so I must share a few photos. I have not edited photos in so long, and didn’t take time to do these either πŸ™‚ My favorite is the last shot of my snow babe with his” face” that I see so much of πŸ˜‰ He is such a busy boy that I sometimes think all I do all day is clean up from him, save his life, and bathe him after his eating or whatever escapade he got into πŸ™‚

I hope you have a week that goes well. I am working on my mindset, trying to CHOOSE the joy in the chaos and messes of life, and not complain about them so much. I have got a LOT of work to do in that area πŸ™‚

May God bless you all! ~ Jo

A Thankful Heart

It’s Monday morning. The sky is overcast, and rain is in the forecast. I step into the laundry room, and see the mounds of wash. A basket of clean wash that wasn’t folded from the weekend. An overflowing basket. A laundry tub full of dirty clothes I am soaking. Dirt, toys, and shoes, strewn acrossΒ  the floor.

My human nature wants to sigh, and complain. But this morning, I remember the shooting yesterday in Texas, and I can’t even feel grumpy.

I better be thankful for those wash piles. I better be thankful for that dirt.

There are so many moms wishing to be able to washΒ  dirty clothes, and clean up over and over again.

Why is it that I so soon forget my blessings, and put my focus on the “mess”? Fixing my eyes on Christ can be so hard sometimes. Right now, Iife feels busy and chaotic, and I catch myself going down that road of frustration too often.

“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he..” Proverbs 23:7

What do you say to yourself? When we are negative, when we think in a negative way, it will come out.

Affirmations is something I am working on. It is something I need to work hard at πŸ™‚ Too often, I think “I have to do so and so”. What if I change that to? “I get to do so and so!” Or, “I am blessed that I can do…”

Instead of saying “I am so busy!”, how about “I am thankful I have the energy to do these tasks!”

Do you see the difference? πŸ™‚

You know, some days, I think I have got it together πŸ™‚ Life feels good. And then other days, the devil gets his snares into my life.. That little thing turns into a Big thing.

I just want to encourage you today, that God sees and knows our hearts. He also deserves our praise and gratitude, even when we don’t feel like it.

Friends, let’s fix our eyes on Jesus! Remember, we are all walking each other Home πŸ™‚

#Momlife

Can we just have a moment of silence for all the AMAZING moms out there!!?

If you are a mom,Β  go ahead and pat yourself on the back!!! πŸ™‚

Me. I have had to look at myself lately, and see that I need to improve in so many ways!

You know, I realized something tonight as it neared the end of the day. I sadly did a whole lot of hollering at my kiddos lately 😦 You know, you tell them to do something, they ignore, you repeat, still act like they did not hear. And then the temperature rises in me. So I realize that this is partly my fault. They should be trained so well, they immediately listen to me the 1st time I talk. But this is something I struggle to nail down. Do you all have tips?

At the end of the day, I just want them to GO.TO.BED!!!!!! To hear the sweet sound of nothing but a running brook, courtesy of our noise machine πŸ™‚

I should probably master the art of counting to 10 πŸ™‚ Taking a few breaths.

What do you find that helps you remain calm as a mom? I would love to hear from you! When I was younger, I thought everyone at the age I am now, had life figured out, and knew all the ropes of parenting πŸ™‚ I know, too funny πŸ™‚

This mom gig is the hardest thing ever. Most rewarding, but still hard!

Now, I am going to bed to sleep like a baby πŸ˜‰ Well, if my baby allows that πŸ™‚

Summertime…

You have gone way too fast! Some quick photos of sweet summertime ..This boy is a joy and delight to us!! Even if he sleeps like a… well, not even sure what description to use πŸ™‚ Good thing he is so cute, lol! In all honesty though, I am blessed at how good one can feel on little sleep!! Supplementation can make a HUGE difference, and I see it so much during this sleep regression and busy summer!!

This picture just gives me all the feels πŸ™‚ She sticks out her hip, and plunks him on it, and is his little mother πŸ™‚A corn day..And having cousins here to helpΒ makes it so much more fun πŸ™‚

Sunsets are my fave!!Backyard fun…And I could have added so many more photos, but I will stop here πŸ™‚

My chunk and pretty light! Yes please πŸ™‚

Have an amazing week!

Valentines Supper

I don’t always do this for Valentines Day, but this year I felt like it πŸ™‚ So I pulled out the china, and the glasses that were collecting dust, and tried to make my valentines feel a bit special! I had fun snapping pictures too πŸ™‚img_20170214_151403_370 img_6899_edited-1The centerpiece was cranberries and greens…Β  Β  img_6885The food….img_6903A little snitch πŸ™‚Β img_6904_edited-1 img_6905_edited-1A candle lit view…img_6896_edited-1img_6901_edited-1img_6900I spoiled them with cranberry ginger ale and everyone got a chocolate rose.img_6902_edited-1My happy crew. And real life!Β We did not get dressed up πŸ™‚ Hubby was at his side job, and after milking, I came in from the barn to his phone call. “Sorry, but I won’t be home till after 7:30. So we ate without him πŸ™‚ Well, life doesn’t always go exactly how we planned, does it? But by the looks of it, it was a pretty big hit all around πŸ™‚img_6906_edited-1Happy Monday , friends!!

Last post of the year! :)

I missed posting this at Christmas, so here is our family,lovely self timer shot and all πŸ™‚ Really, it involved a lot of exercise for the mom, as I ran back and forth so many times, the children were done,Β and finally said “Ok, that’s a wrap!”, and we get what we get πŸ™‚ So maybe next year I should hire someone πŸ™‚img_6651_edited-1As I shared before, this year was tough, and yet full of blessings, and we grow more when we have to struggle, do we not? I am looking to the new year, new goals, and I’m excited for what God has in store!! One of my goals is to do something nice for somebody every day. Whether it involves something big or little. I can tell you that God has been working on me, to nudge me to do more, because I have so much. To be honest, some days I feel like I don’t have much. But that is the devil’s tactics. And how can I learn contentment if I always look at those that seem to have it better?Β  I’m a work in progress, and still fail miserably some days! πŸ™‚

Our oldest is 14! She enjoys school, her friends,Β holding her baby brother, and time with her horse. Cleaning and barn chores are not her favorite thing, but sheΒ is a big help to me!!

Our oldest son is 11, and he has been such a great helper lately! He loves to get up at 3:30 a.m.Β to help his dad milk, and we have to limit that to 3 or 4 times a week, because he does need sleep to handle school and it’s challenges! I alsoΒ love how he has been making his bed very neatly each morning without me telling him to πŸ™‚ Of course he is a normal child, thinking he knows pretty much, and fighting his siblings, but we definitely are seeing some positive changes πŸ™‚

Next in line is our “farm boy”. He is 8, 9 next month, and still loves his cows, playing farm, and getting dirty πŸ™‚ He is a strong willed child, and hard to handle sometimes, yet he has a soft heart. We have seen huge improvements in him with school, and he almost made honor roll! We are so grateful for the supplements that we are certain are helping him, and I love listening to him read, and hearing him talk about school!

Next in line is our spitfire πŸ™‚ She turned 5 in Nov., and is full of energy and creativity. She was “the baby” for so long, that she is still a bit jealous of her baby brother, but she sure does love him! Her will is strong, and she is so independent that it drives her momma crazy sometimes, but who likes boredom anyways?? πŸ™‚

And then our newest blessing. He is 6 mo. already! The children still fight over him multiple times a day πŸ™‚Β He is chubby, and full of smiles, and recently started rolling. He has a cheering crew for everything he does πŸ™‚

We are blessed! My prayer for you all is that 2017 is a year of new growth, stronger relationships, and full of blessings from our heavenly Father!!

Thanks to all my followers who check in onΒ my little space here! I appreciate it!

Bring on 2017!! πŸ™‚