Thursday, October 27, 2016

A Wet & Rainy Day in October


Today it rained. Actually...it didn't just *rain*, it poured! The skies were gray and I was quite grateful to spend most of the day indoors. I didn't exercise today and although I have some guilt about it, I'm not getting too worked up over it! Jaxson was up and working on his math work bright and early this morning. He had the living room feeling cozy with the crackling *pretend* fireplace on and the warm lights on the tree! (The bed in front of the TV center is Cash (the dog)'s bed area!)

The only time I had to leave the house today was when Madelyn and I went to visit a sister in Christ. It was a time for encouragement and fellowship. She is a busy, young mama of young children plus their sweet family is fostering two children! Although she is a decade younger than me...and I was there to mentor *her*, I am encouraged greatly to watch her train and disciple her children all to the glory of the Lord. She is leaps and bounds ahead of where I was in my walk with Christ at that age! What a blessing!

I feel as if somehow the day got away from me today. I *did* do my devotions, checked schoolwork, folded clothes and made supper. I did some other housework too...but I didn't do *a lot*...I think days like this (cloudy, rainy and dreary) can just make it so hard to have a *get up and go* sort of spirit. They make me want to snuggle down in an afghan with a good book or movie! I am feeling quite *blah* with myself! Ever have those sort of days?

The devotions I am doing are from the Behold Your God study. I may have mentioned it in a previous post but I don't remember completely. It is a great study. Every other week Madelyn and I meet with a group of other ladies to watch the video sermons and have discussion and fellowship. The time in between we spend doing daily devotions and learning how to truly stand in awe of God. It's a time to fall at His feet and learn how to truly focus on HIM and not ourselves. The study is all about Him...and not about us! HERE is a review Tim Challies did on it (plus a video clip)!

The Lord is teaching me much lately...I feel like most of it is that I make way too much of myself and not enough about Him. I am striving to change this as I desire to be completely pleasing to Him! I want to be selfless and put the needs of others above my own. Sure, I do that sometimes...but I don't do it ALL the time. I can be lazy or complacent. I can be selfish and impatient. It's sad....but true. Along with my prayer, devotions and reading in my Bible I have also brought out my book: IF by Amy Carmichael. (I actually purchased another one of these and took it to my sister in Christ/friend today too. I pray it encourages her as much as it does me!) Oh, it is gloriously convicting and gives me much to chew on through the day! If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it. It's just snippets of sayings...not chapters to read so you can read it alongside your Bible or whatever other devotions your doing without problem!

It's getting late and I need to head to bed. Jaxson just asked if he could lay beside me in my bed and read for a bit. Sweet days with my littles (who aren't so little anymore). Xavier will probably want to follow suit and want to lay in bed with us too. I still read to them when we aren't all sleepy at bedtime. They *ask* to be read to...which I love as I know these days won't last forever. We read chapter books and it's such a sweet time. We always invite Madelyn to join us but she is usually engrossed in her own chapter book so she passes on the invitation and retreats to her own room to read. :)

Before I go, I just wanted to let you know (in case you are interested) I did another video. This one is a *plan with me* in my bullet journal where I actually show you how I write out my days. You can view it HERE.

Thank you for stopping by! I am always grateful for your comments and emails! It's such a blessing to make friends from all around the world while sitting in the coziness of my own home! :o) Have a wonderful rest of your week!!!

Warmly,
Katy

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fall in Western Pennsylvania


It has been gloriously warm and sun-shiny these past couple of days! I can hardly believe it's towards the end of October! :) I have been taking the opportunity to get clothes out on the line to dry. Being out in the sunshine is so enjoyable...the leaves smell amazing and look breath-taking!


I know some people like to rake up all their leaves and get them out of the yard...but I honestly like the look of them scattered everywhere. It just screams "fall" to me!


Still working on building up our fire wood piles for winter...



The trees are just stunning...the photos really don't do them justice at all!







*In*doors...

Doing some devotional studies (I am doing the Behold Your God study)...


Making supper...


I am really excited. I got these ticking curtains below...they are too long so my sister is going to hem them so I can hang them under the sink (to replace the red, white and blue ones I have had there forever!). There will be enough fabric left over and she is going to make them into a valance for me to hang over the kitchen windows! I can't wait (okay...I *can* wait...but I am doing so quite anxiously)!



Candles, candles...always lit somewhere in my house! Mmmm....fall candles are the best! Apple cider, fall leaves, pumpkin...all those scents permeate my house and it just makes me smile!...


Sunshine coming in...


The children work on their schooling. Pa and Ma (Chris's parents) got a couple new horses and my parents got a new horse as well...so the children enjoy getting to take time to ride and visit with the horses many days! A glorious benefit of homeschooling is that when you get done with your schoolwork...you have the rest of the day to spend playing, visiting, working, etc! I know both sets of grandparents are glad we homeschool. They get to spend so much more time with my children. My children help them with chores or keep them company when doing things. It's truly a blessing!


Look at this...is this three posts in one week? I am on a roll! :)
I hope your Autumn days are glorious...and if you can't enjoy the leaves turning where you live, I hope you enjoyed the photos from around our home! Have an enjoyable rest of the week!

Warmly,
Katy

Linked up at: A Wise Woman Builds Her Home and Strangers & Pilgrims

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

How I Plan ~ My First Video


Hello friends! Here is my first-ever youtube video! I have done videos of my children and things but never of me talking through stuff. I clear my throat and make little sounds quite often in this video! It drives me crazy...but I wanted to get this video up and posted so I didn't want to completely redo it. If I ever do more videos on things, I will be more careful about that! ;) I apologize if it drives anyone else bonkers! Hmm...I wonder if I do that in real life too...? 

I figured giving a look-see into my planner and how I plan may be more interesting than just seeing photos! Let me know what you think (unless it's bad...then don't tell me..hahaha!). And I did want to acknowledge that I said "my husband and I" when I should have said "my husband and me"...again, something I realized *after* the video was over! ;) 

So, enjoy and if you have any questions about it or suggestions even...I would love to hear them! I will leave the links for the items I use (the planner, paper etc.) on my youtube description for that video in case you are interested! :)

**If you would *like* and *share* this video on Youtube, that would be fantastic too! :)

Thanks so much for visiting me here! Have a great rest of the week!
Warmly,

Monday, October 17, 2016

"School" Photos...Mama Style!

Since we homeschool, we take our own *school* pictures. Our homeschool co-op that meets twice a month takes pictures and has a yearbook...but taking them myself is *much* cheaper for us! Plus, with the wonders of digital photography ~ we can take and delete and retake pictures until we get ones we are happy with! :) We love to take our photos outside...so on a beautiful October day we went back to the edge of our back yard...right before you venture off into the woods and there is where we took our photos! We took them in the same place last year! 

My beautiful Madelyn...



And my sweet boys:

 Xavier (who loves his hats)...


 Jaxson (who loves his bow-ties)...


We wanted to take some pictures of them all together...here's one "in real life"...


I *love* this one...


Madelyn and Jaxson were goofing around and I snapped a picture at *just* the right time...


Being creative...


Doesn't X look like a scarecrow here....?


My oldest...and my youngest!


I have had a request to see more pictures of inside my planner etc. I will be happy to share them soon! For now, although the photos are kinda blurry (as I don't have an iphone...just a Kindle Fire to take photos with for my instagram) but you can see some of my planner pics HERE. I will be sure to post more about it soon though! :o)

I hope you enjoyed seeing a peek into our photo session! We are having a gorgeous day here in Western PA....Temps in the 70's and just an all-around beautiful day! We had a busy day at our homeschool co-op and I have been busy since we got home...balancing the checkbook, doing laundry and dishes and the like! I have clothes to fold so I best get going! Thanks so much for visiting! I hope your week is fantastic and I will try and post again soon!

Warmly,
Katy

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

These October Days...


The sun is shining brightly through the windows. These days of autumn are my favorite. The smells in the air, the beautifully colored leaves, and cooler temperatures just make everything so enjoyable! Right at this very moment I am wrapped in a fall colored fleece blanket. We haven't started up our wood stove yet so it's a bit chilly in here! It's suppose to warm up a little later and I hope to take the children's "school" pictures outside this afternoon! The gorgeous leaves in the background make for stunning pictures!




This guy (below) has been battling a bit of a cough. Thankfully, no one else has seemed to pick it up yet. He's not overly miserable...but coughing is never fun. I am grateful for cough medicine...especially the night time formula. It helps him sleep so much better! It always makes me cringe to hear any of my children coughing through the night....knowing that they're not sleeping well makes me so sad. When Jax takes this nighttime cough medicine though I don't hear him cough at all. I was actually so surprised not to hear him cough the other night that I went to check that he was breathing! I did that when the children were babies....always nervous that something would happen to them in their sleep. It still came naturally to do it for my 10 year old. I placed my hand along his back and felt relief when I felt him breathing...


My sister and her girls visited one day last week. We met at my mom's house...


Above, Audra was putting stickers all over her face. It was quite funny! Madelyn and Dinah were playing too...


 Tickles for Dinah...


 Eloise and Dinah (with their best buddy Jaxson) and Audra...


On our way up to see Grammie's horses...



Notice how Madelyn's hair is braided below? Eloise did that! Five years old and she does a great job braiding!




Tree climbing (Xavier would be the whole way at the top if he had been with us. He was at my dad's garage working when the pictures were taken)...


I thought this picture was just so sweet...


I was there too...although always *behind* the camera. Here's proof I was there...haha (isn't the color of my shirt so pretty!?)...


Now it was time to *ride* the horses!


Eloise...



Dinah (with my mom in the background)...



 Audra...



And all three of my beautiful nieces riding Jasper, the pony...


The children are working on their schoolwork...I need to go check on things and get some housework done! As always, thanks so much for dropping by! I hope you are enjoying these God-given days of October! Have a great rest of the week!

Warmly,
Katy