A Plan

I just love it when a New Year rolls around. I see it as a blank slate, a time to start over, and a time to dream about what I want the next 12 months to look like for me and my family. We’ve got a few goals this year. Some are small and easy that we’ve just been putting off (painting the bathroom, getting matching rugs, etc.), some are pretty big that will take some time, patience and hard work (losing weight), and some are so huge that only God can help us achieve them (keeping those a secret for the moment).

Most years I do make goals but my follow through seems to be lacking. This year I want to be different. So not only do I have goals but this year I also have plans for each goal to make them a reality. We all need a plan, do you have a plan for your goals and dreams? Once you have a plan you have a blueprint to stay on task.

This is my current planner

This is my current planner

Recently I’ve been looking for a planner to help me stay on track with everything that I want to accomplish in the next 12 months. I know a lot of people use electronic planners and I’ve been trying them out for the last 2 years but they just don’t work for me. I want something that I can hold and write in, a place to store all of the receipts that I get throughout the day and a place to add last minute notes and ideas. I spent the first part of December looking online for a planner to fit my needs and was unable to find anything so I decided to create one for myself. I used a generic calendar and spreadsheets templates that were available on my computer. It’s functional but not pretty and too big to put in my purse. Then my friend Cara told me of a course that she is offering on creating the perfect planner… Yippee!!! Yahoo!!!… This is just what I need. She is being gracious enough to give me a sneak peek into her course before it goes live and it’s so helpful. I’m even more excited about 2015 being the most productive year ever with a planner that is tailor-made just for me. If you are interested in creating a planner customized for you I highly suggest clicking her link and signing up to take part in her class, it’s a 6 week course that starts February 9th, registration opens soon.

http://www.thehootingpirate.com/plan

http://www.thehootingpirate.com/plan

http://www.thehootingpirate.com/plan

How do you organize your appointments, goals and plans?

Jumping Monkey Quilt

I come from a very creative and talented family and I married into a family that is full of creativity.  My mother -in – law quilts and her quilts are absolutely gorgeous.  I have three her beautiful creations and she has inspired me to try my hand at quilting as well.  This summer I made my first quilt which was a beautiful failure.  I learned lots of lessons and I tried again with success.

Jumping Monkey Quilt

Jumping Monkey Quilt

I’m calling this “Jumping Monkeys”.  I’m sending this to my dear cousin who is expecting in a few weeks.  I’m so happy for her, and this new exciting adventure into motherhood.  I pray that they enjoy this quilt and it gets many years of use.

What do you think?

Keep Smiling, Choose Happy

 

IMG_7565.1Last night I noticed my little guy had a little red dot in his eye.  It didn’t seem to bother him, so I made a mental note to keep an eye on it.

This morning at 4am he woke to a loud thunderstorm, his eyes were a little red but I assumed that it was due to the lack of sleep and since he was in such a good mood I took my him to school.  Twenty minutes after dropping him off I got a call from school to pick him back up.  The school nurse told me that another student had pink eye last week and they think that it may have spread.  So I picked him up and took a trip to his doctor who confirmed Freddie’s first case of pink eye.  Got a script for eye drops and rest.  Thankfully my little guy is handling it like a champ.  Still smiles and giggles.

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Little bit of redness in the corner of his eye but still a happy guy.

 

 

First Day of Pre-K

First day of school…

1st day of Pre-K

1st day of Pre-K

Such a cutie pie!

Excited for another school year!  Freddie has a new teacher, new classroom, some new classmates and a longer day.  Praying for lots of progress and many new skills this school year!

A Beautiful Mist

“… What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

– James 4:14

My Sister

Today would have been my sister’s 47th birthday.  It is hard to believe that she’s been gone for so long.  I miss her and at the same time I am so thankful to God that I had such a wonderful sister for the short time that she was here.  She was a giver, giver of herself to others.  She was absolutely beautiful!  She had this personality that I can’t describe folks were just attracted to her.  Everyone wanted to be her friend.  She should have been full of confidence and high-esteem but she wasn’t.  Lately I’ve been lost in thought about her, her life, and our lives together growing up.  I am so thankful, blessed, and honored that God choose me to be her sister.  She is deeply missed in my heart.

Time is precious hold on to your family.  God placed you there for a reason.

Burp Cloths

Babies are so precious. The smells, the giggles, cooing and the cries all so precious.

So soft

I know a few new moms and moms-to-be and I am overjoyed with the many blessings coming their way with a little one in the house.  I’ve been wanting to do something special and unique for them so I went to my local fabric store and purchased a pretty flannel fat quarters pack, fired up the sewing machine and made Burp Cloths.

There are several tutorials online.  I used a simple technique of cutting the fat quarter in half matching two different patterns, sew them together and them sew around them using the decorative stitches on my machine.

Viola!  Six pretty burp cloths that were given to my cousin who is having a beautiful baby girl.  I think that I like the scrolly stitch on the 5th burp cloth the best.  I’ve got a few more baby gifts to make for friends and family members.  Must be something in the water (going now to grab a cup of coffee – HA!)

Encouragement

from my garden

A little note of encouragement for those who need it today….  Have faith, better still have The God kind of faith.  This faith believes, speaks, and acts.  You must first KNOW God’s words. 

  • Read it.
  • Study it.
  • Ponder.
  • Meditate.
  • Pray about it.
  • Talk about it. 

This is how you get God’s word into you mind and your heart.  Now believe God’s word.  Believe what God says in His word about you, your situation, your family, your circumstance.  Believe that God loves you, it is in His Word.  Believe that God has forgiven you when you’ve repented, that’s in His Word as well, believe that God has only GOOD in store for you. 

Believe God’s Word.  Trust God.  This is how your faith grows, now speak God’s word over your life, your family, your situation and your circumstance.  Speak God’s word to your problems, obstacles, hindrances, sickness, disease, lack, debt, poverty. Besides just speaking you also have to put some action/work behind those words.  Act what you know about the truth of God’s word to these situations and rejoice.  Nothing is impossible when you believe.  God has given you The measure of faith.  Use it, grow it, and take the limits off of your life.

 

Random

Been a little quiet on this blog lately, though today I thought that I'd share some random thoughts/happenings…

Freddie's been sick lately, got a doctor's appointment this afternoon

I hate autism

Watching my little guy have a seizure scares me EVERY SINGLE TIME

I'm enjoying the warmer weather.

Flower garden in the front of the house is finished and looks fabulous.

Vegetable plants are ready to go in… 

Still deciding on a fence for the veggies

Finn (our service dog) likes to swing from our tree (he's funny)

Started exercising at home, not a habit yet, but it will be

With two animals shedding our vaccum cleaner is getting a workout

I pray that all of those girls are found safely and reunited with their families

Still knitting that chevron scarf

Want to paint our downstairs bathroom (not sure what color)

Wondering if anyone ever reads these posts

I made soap recently and I love how it turned out (may never buy soap again)

Found a new pie recipe that my family enjoys

Had to cancel our summer vacation to Smokey Mountains

I love watching my little guy sleep

Looking for a new "fun" book to read

Debating about entering a craft show this summer

What's new with you?