Welcome Fall, I’m So Happy to See You!

I’ve been perusing Pinterest searching for all the fun Fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving ideas. I’ve found some good “pins” and figured I should share my discoveries.  The first one came from a fellow blogger.  Sharing all our talents, stories, recipes, and lives is what I love most about this whole “blogosphere”.  I will forever be thankful to Shanty 2 Chic for posting these.  I see tons of banners in my future!

4da9f2942c8f5768088e7fe005c5b0a6Banner letters and cutouts, courtesy of Shanty 2 Chic

Here’s what I made from her cutouts.

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I printed “BOO” on bright orange card stock and then glued it onto black card stock.  I found my cute little black clothes pins and black twine at Joann’s.  I also picked up a four pack (white, orange, pink, purple) of chalk pens.  Get some; they will forever change your life!!!

Here’s another fun printable.

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I plan on doing this with pictures of Evan and Reese.  Tim will have a surprise when he comes home from work. It never fails, he always heads straight for the refrigerator for an afternoon snack.

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A fun and easy lunch idea.

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Fall to-do list

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We checked “camping”, “sleeping in a tent”, “s’mores”, and “bonfire” off the list this past weekend.

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Hope everyone has a great weekend. We’ve got a trunk-or-treat to attend on Saturday and family pictures on Sunday {in a cotton field}.

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Moving On Up…(not necessarily to the east side)

Reese has finally graduated to her BIG girl bed, and everything else is s l o w l y coming together.

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  The bed belonged to Tim as a child. We repainted it and now it looks good as new!

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Don’t be afraid to paint old furniture; it’s fairly simple, plus it makes for a great vintage look.  All the furniture pieces that make up Ree’s room we painted ourselves: the bed, dresser, nightstand, hope chest, and mirror. I call it the “Painter’s Blue Light Special Room.”  I just can’t help it; I’m a practical gal who loves anything old with sentimental value. 

Overall, I’m loving how everything is coming together, but I do want to make changes to this area (see below).

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The castle in Ree’s room is from Discovery Kid. She absolutely loves it and she stores all of her babies in there. It serves a great purpose, but I’m on the hunt for something to make that area more of a reading nook. Before the castle, we had a rocking chair in place, which is where I would rock and read to her as a baby. Sniff, Sniff.

Since the bookshelves are still up, I’ve been looking at teepees or canopies to transform that corner of her room into her very own reading nook.

Teepees look like a lot of fun, and as a huge bonus, they fold up and can be easily moved.

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I like how this one is smaller.

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And then there is the canopy. I’m just in love with these from The Land of Nod.

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I’m saddened Pottery Barn Kids discontinued this canopy. This would have been perfect in Evan’s room.

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My husband and I are all about recycling our old furniture we used and abused as children, by transforming them into a beautiful piece our children can use now. Tim and I actually have all of our old beds stored in our garage; full and queen size frames just waiting to be painted!

So go rummage through your parent’s attic and claim your old furniture to pass along to your children!

A Decade Ago

A decade ago, I took a vow.

A decade ago, Lovebug took a vow too.

Before our heavenly Father, our family, and our friends, we said our wedding vows, followed by two finalizing words, “I do”.  Two very simplistic words, but efficacious enough to change our lives forever.

It was a fresh, crisp, leaf-strewn fall day on October 9, 2004, beginning precisely at 6:00 pm located at Cypress Gardens. We were nestled amidst the swamp, and all the wildlife it contained: croaking frogs, thirsty mosquitos, leering alligators, and turtles who endlessly popped up just to say hello.

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It was one of the best days of my life and hands-down the best decision I ever made.

As our journey in holy matrimony began, we ventured through our marriage trying to figure out what “two become one” really means. Many times it came easy for us, but for more often than we’d like to admit,  that verse completely went null and void.  Our goals, visions, and ambitions weren’t always meshed as one, but individualized. It took us some time to finally figure out what the whole “two become one” meant, but we eventually did, and we are thankful for it and our marriage is stronger from it.

If I could give newlyweds any advice, it would be to strive for “becoming one”. Genesis 2:24 tells us, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”  “Becoming one flesh” is more than the obvious physical intimacy, but also an emotional, financial, mental, and most importantly, spiritual connection with one another, and with God. It is losing two separate individual identities and forming one. “My money”, “my career”, “my car”, “my friends/family” is all replaced with “OUR”.   The word “my” should never be used, unless you’re referring to your undergarments.

Your spouse should always remain your best friend; the one who knows everything about you. The one you tell everything to, and not the one you hide everything from. So often, many spouses tremendously fail to communicate with one another. They never know where their spouse is, what they’ve done all day, or what each other are doing. You cannot have a successful marriage without in-depth communication.

Leading individual lives and not a “one flesh” marriage is like an insidious disease. Overtime, it will continue to break down your marriage, forcing one of two outcomes: divorce, or a miserable marriage, one in which you sleep in two separate beds and walk out the door every morning not knowing anything about the other.

Well, that’s all the advice I have for now. A big applause to you if read all the way through!

I would like to close this post by giving a heart-felt “thank-you” to Mr. Danny and Mrs. Mary Hughes. Tim and I received a sweet anniversary card from them today in the mail. In the card, Mr. Danny references the “decade”.  A decade ago since they both attended our wedding and two decades ago since he and Tim “were in the hay fields together bailing hay.”  Such fond memories created.  That sweet note and card from the Hughes means more to Tim and I than they will ever know!

 

Yours truly,

A Ten Year Anniversary Wife

Wordless Wednesday

“Wordless Wednesday” is here already and I’m really going to need to change that traditional title to “Full of Words Wednesday”. Whoopsy!

Today’s focus is geared toward the female species and their behavior.  A great place to look for wisdom on a being a Godly woman is Proverbs 31:10-31. It gives us 22 points about being an excellent wife. Lets take a look. Are you still with me?

 

Verse 10: Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.   This verse lets us know she is rare. It is the rare, hard to find gems that are worth so much. Don’t settle as a cubic zirconium, be the virtuous woman outlined in the verses to come.

Verse 11: The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.  She is trustworthy. Sadly, many husbands do not trust their wives and many wives do not trust their husbands. To be able to fully trust your spouse is a necessity in a strong marriage. “He shall have no need of spoil” because his wife is prudent and trustworthy with the finances. She is not a financial liability nor puts her family in a financial hardship.

Verse 12: She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. This verse is self explanatory, but let’s put an emphasis on “all” the days of her life. She should be constant in her love. She is not up and down, nor hot and cold, but always consistent in a Godly manner.  Not just good on Sunday mornings while at church, but all the days of her life.

Verse 13: She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She finds delight in her work. It is enjoyable, not tedious. She is industrious: sewing, crocheting, knitting etc.

Verse 14: She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.  This woman most likely traded her goods she made willingly with her hands in exchange for food for her family. To top it off, it was even international food she traded for.  Man, she’s good!

Verse 15: She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. This verse reminds me of the idiom “the early bird gets the worm”. She is a self-starter who has no room for slothfulness. There are many great benefits of rising early; a time to clear the mind and prepare for the day, a time alone to mediate or pray, and a time to cook breakfast before all those little footsteps come and find you.

Verse 16: She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. Oh, my dream and wish is to one day have a big enough field to be able to plant a garden and have every kind of fruit tree alongside. Apple, pear, peach, fig, orange, lemon, banana, and pecan would be my tree choices.

Verse 17: She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She is a hard worker, most likely tending to her garden.

Verse 18: She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. I envision this Godly woman tasting her fruit from her vineyard and saying, “Ah, this is good!”. Her candle goeth not out by night… I picture her staying up late cleaning and preserving her harvest for the soon to be colder months.

Verse 19: She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.  She always kept busy, even if it was monotonous.

Verse 20: She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth for her hands to the needy. She has compassion. How have you helped the less fortunate?

Verse 21: She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She was always prepared. She kept busy spinning all summer long, preparing coats for the winter to come. She even made them fancy, with scarlet.

Verse 22: She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Not only did she make fancy coats for her family, she also dressed fancy herself. Her outward beauty matched her inner beauty. She never had the “I just rolled out of bed” look.

Verse 23: Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. Her husband is a well-known leader and respected in the land. A wife plays a significant role in her husband’s career, either a good one or a bad one.  As the old saying goes, “behind every good man is a good woman”.

Verse 24: She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. She is an entrepreneur, while still fulfilling her role as homemaker.  I just love me some female entrepreneurs!

Verse 25: Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She stands firm and is not easily swayed. Are your beliefs grounded?

Verse 26: She openeth her mouth with wisdom: and in her tongue is the law of kindness. Holy guacamole, let’s park it here! Out of a kind heart comes kind words and out of an evil heart comes evil words. Which type of words are coming out of your mouth? I know Christian women who have been saved 30+ years who need this verse stamped on their forehead. I’ve heard these seasoned Christians completely dog a fellow sister in Christ, or even worse, a family member. Completely horrid and inexcusable. Let’s all speak loving words of wisdom.

Verse 27: She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. She watches over her home to make sure everything is operating smoothly. She accomplishes this by forbidding laziness in her diet.

Verse 28: Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Both husband and children should be blessed to have you, so much so, that they sing your praises to others.  “A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband, but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness to his bones”  Proverbs 12:4.  Are you a crown to your husband? Or do you make him ashamed by your actions, or lack thereof?

Verse 29: Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellent them all. She excels above them all because she’s not mediocre, average, or typical. She is rare, standing out and above all.

Verse 30: Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. She is a woman of God that knows inner beauty cometh only from the Lord.

Verse 31: Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. This verse parallels Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” II Corinthians 9:6 also tells us, ” But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”

 

 

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Happy “Full of Words Wednesday”!