Open My Home?

homeI love my home! It is the first home we ever built, and planned for it to be our forever home. We put our blood, sweat and tears into it. We had it built the way we wanted it and it meets our needs, plus some. When I was a kid, my family’s home was the hang-out house on Sunday nights after church. All our friends came over and we just had fun, lots of fun, just hanging out. I remember we had this second-hand couch that had a broke cushion (the cause of many friend fights). Because it was junk, my mom didn’t care if we abused it. My sister would get on the arm of that thing and do all these crazy moves, “The Surfer”, “The Crane,”  and  “The Skateboard.” We would laugh until we cried and our sides hurt. Mom would usually order a pizza or we would have some off brand doritos. Anybody remember “Bravos” in the early 90’s! My family didn’t have much money, so the feast was never spectacular, but we had love and that’s all a bunch of teenagers needed. We built our home with my childhood in mind. It’s way too much for the three of us, and I am reminded of that every time I clean. But, we wanted to provide a place for our sweet girl’s friends to come hang out and to be able to entertain our church family as well.

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My Journey to Wellness

pexels-photo-27599Earlier this year, my family and I took a two-week vacation. That is one of the perks of being a homeschooling family, you can travel when you want. We visited 9 states and 3 foreign countries. I felt like pooh stinky while I was on that vacation. I had a blast but felt yucky, tired, self-conscious and generally bad. I had gotten to an all time, not pregnant, high in my weight and it was really affecting me.

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Begin a Missional Lifestyle

Untidy cluttered woman wardrobe with clothes and accessories.So you don’t just wake up one day and decide, “I am going to be missional for the rest of my life.” There is a lot more to it than that. To tell a loving world about Jesus through our actions takes commitments and life change. While waking up and deciding that missional living is a good idea, certainly is a start, you will need to dig deeper to truly begin the journey. Last week I shared in my post A Life On Mission what missional living meant, how I became a huge fan of it and an invitation to join myself and my church on this journey.

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A Life On Mission

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My husband and I have been in ministry most of our lives. I am a pastor’s kid and I married a pastor. Some might call that a gluten for punishment, I call it an amazing life. My husband has been the Senior Pastor of our congregation for over 9 years now. Through that time, we have definitely had some ups, downs, transitions, sadness and joy in the ministry. However, the most amazing thing that has come from shepherding a congregation is what we have learned about the heart of God,  ourselves and people in general.

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Patience

My daughter is a collector.  She also loves the outdoors. So her favorite items to collect are things from nature. We have had bags of leaves, tubs of rocks and acorns, precious acorns to name a few. About a year ago she found some really large acorns around our house while she was on another one of her “digs.” As always, she put them in a bag to save. Well, we noticed a few weeks later that the acorns were sprouting. With huge excitement in her eyes she declared she was going to grow oak trees for all of her family. So we carefully planted the sprouted acorns into little cups and began to water. Day after day, she watered the little cups of acorns in her window. Day after day, the acorns stayed the same, not much change. About 6 months into the process, I broke the news to her that I didn’t think we were going to get trees from our acorns. After all, they had stayed the same for the past 6 months and I was really tired of looking at cups of dirt. So we pulled them up and, much to our surprise, a lot had been happening underneath the dirt. An elaborate root system was forming. We quickly covered them back up and she kept on doing what she was doing. About a month ago, we began to see something green, and now we have a baby tree living in our sunroom.

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Mermaid Birthday Party

Mermaids are super fun and make a great birthday party idea. Here are some quick ideas to make your party a splashing good time for your little one.

Invitation:
This sets the tone of your party and also gives you a theme to for the entire event. It provides colors, concepts and tons of inspiration for a fabulous party that will be remembered for years and years. I have you covered at my Etsy Shop for your invitation. I customize these in 24 to 48 hours and they are sent to you for download and printing. Easy Peasy!!!  Splash Mermaid Birthday Party Invitation

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Celebrating Life

I am so super stoked to announce that my Etsy store is open!!! You can check it out by clicking the link below:

Loving Our Journey Etsy Store

The purpose of my shop is simple….helping you “celebrate life!” This beautiful life God has given you is worth celebrating. I am so proud that God has given me an avenue to minister to others through my artistic and creative abilities. I am excited to see where this goes. So, be on the look-out for blogs on how to use my designs at your life events or in your home.

As my amazing followers, if you have an idea for a creation, don’t hesitate to post. It might just be my next birthday party theme available for purchase. I am also willing to create custom orders as well, so don’t hesitate to contact me. I can’t wait to celebrate life with you.

Christian-What does that mean?

I had a very long conversation with someone today who has been a Christian for many years and is completely shattered and heart-broken right now. Like myself, this individual has a lot of questions and has been through A LOT in ministry. They have been hurt deeply by the Christian community. People they have known their entire life. This conversation reminded me of a post I wrote on Facebook last year from a series I was writing. Here is the post….

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Reputation

Reputation, is defined as “the beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something.” I had a little experience this week, that got me thinking, what is my reputation. What do I want people to believe about me?

Every summer, we take a couple of weeks to do some renovating on the studio. Money is tight there so our little piece of the world is always a work in progress. This week we have been filling and sanding holes in the walls. Not an easy task when there are about a million holes in the building. We were covered in dust, the place was turned upside down. I was wearing hot pink gym shorts, a t-shirt and no make-up and Hannah, of all things, was still in her PJ’s and I’m not even sure she had combed her hair. We were not the picture of business ownership or even looked liked we had anything in our lives together.

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Overcomer

Life is rough! And when its not rough, its hard, discouraging, scary, and overwhelming. But it’s also amazingly beautiful, fulfilling and quite a wonderful journey to walk. My family has been through a lot in the past year and a half. My husband graduated with a masters degree in August only to find out it would be over 6 months before he got his first paycheck (hello….my million jobs pay nothing….he’s the breadwinner here, how are we going to live). My amazing church lost its building in December (Why God, I know you sent us here). My mom had a heart attack in June with a 1% survival rate (I am not ready to loose my momma). Needless to say we have been feeling overwhelmed, overcome with burdens and beat down. In our weakest moments, I admit, I felt angry, angry at God. I couldn’t understand how we could devote our lives to Him and all this be happening. I couldn’t understand why so many others seem to have everything handed to them and do nothing for God. However, I have come to learn that I don’t need to understand, really all I need to do is TRUST. That’s the kicker. Do I really believe what Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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