Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"Be like Jesus...

... very valiant for your God. Imitate him in your loving spirit; think kindly, speak kindly, and do kindly, that men may say of you, "He has been with Jesus." Imitate Jesus in his holiness. Was he zealous for his Master? So be you; ever go about doing good. Let not time be wasted: it is too precious. Was he self-denying, never looking to his own interest? Be the same. Was he devout? Be you fervent in your prayers. Had he deference to his Father's will? So submit yourselves to him. Was he patient? So learn to endure."

~Charles Spurgeon

Oh how I want to be like Jesus....and how very short I fall...each. and. every. day. I am so thankful that His strength is shown through my weakness. The only way to be more like Christ is to spend time in His Word and to *know* Him. Reading about Him, studying Him, talking to Him...these are the ways to know Christ more. It is the only way to be more like Him. Of course, we cannot do it all in our own strength either...but thankfully He gave us the Holy Spirit to work in and through us to do His will. I am so grateful! I encourage you to not only study the Scriptures but to also spend a little time reading words of great men of old who imitated Christ...who loved Him and wanted to make Him known! Men like Spurgeon, J.C. Ryle, Matthew Henry, William Wilberforce and more! :) 

I am praising the Lord for the beautiful weather He has given us lately! It's February and usually in Western Pennsylvania we have snow and freezing temperatures! Instead it is in the 50's and spring-like! Oh it is absolutely glorious friends! Yesterday before heading off to our homeschool co-op day I hung out a load of freshly laundered towels! Line-dried towels are my favorite and how glorious it was to use one after a shower! :)  

My sister and her children are coming to town today (YIPPEEEE!) and actually coming *here* to my house! Our aunt's birthday is coming up so a few of us are getting together to celebrate! We're getting pizza and cake and celebrating another year of life for her (good thing I exercised hard last night! haha!). They should be arriving soon....but I wanted to share a few photos of what has been happening lately! :) 

Madelyn got a small *job* at our YMCA doing childcare a couple of hours one day a week. On her first "work" day the boys and I went in too. I exercised while they played basketball and cards...

 Egg salad sandwiches for lunch on Valentine's Day...

A Valentine's Day game at lunch...

I don't usually do disposable plates and napkins. I prefer reusable ones....however, I found these cute Valentine's Day ones at JoAnn's for 70% off! I couldn't beat that awesome price! :) It made the day a little more festive! Chris took me out for supper that evening too! We *never* go out together so it was nice!

Jaxson working on some of his drawings...

X working on some schoolwork...

 It's that time of year again....seed time!

 Madelyn practices on the piano every chance she gets!


This week is a busier one for me...but that's a good thing because it is all enjoyable things going on! I hope your week is enjoyable as well! Remember to be like Jesus...always! And the *only* way to truly be like Him is to *know* Him. The only way to *know* Him is to be reading His Word! :)

Thank you for stopping by friends!

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Home & Life Lately...

Good morning friends! Happy Monday! 

It's gray, cold and snowy here in Western PA. How's the weather where you are? We have been keepin' busy around here. Schooling keeps us the busiest...plus the normal duties of life (chores, exercise, meals, grocery shopping etc.). The children's music lessons have gone well and they are improving their skills each week! We try to visit a friend of ours, with small children, each week to enjoy fellowship and also, so we can help them out if needed. Friday evenings are spent playing church volleyball. Although our team has only won one match, we have a great time and cheer each other on. My husband started to play too and he is *good*! That man is truly good at whatever he does. He never ceases to amaze me! :o) 

 I have a small cold but it isn't anything major. Unfortunately, though, the other night I somehow got a knot in my lower back. It is quite painful. I stayed home from church yesterday as even doing simple things,like walking, hurt! Today it feels a little better...but the pain is still there. I am going to attempt going to Aldi for groceries and then later tonight, teach spin! I hope I can do those things. Not being able to function properly can drive one crazy! You never realize how thankful you are for the different functions and body parts the Lord has given you until they don't work correctly!

At this very moment, the boys are air-popping popcorn (to snack on while they work on their schoolwork) and Madelyn is up in her room working on her school. I have been doing laundry, balancing the checkbook, paying bills and the like. :) Stella-Cat is keeping me company...laying beside me as I type! It is so relaxing to pet a cat. She has the softest fur too! Anyway...now I am rambling! I have a few photos to share of around the house below...

In the mudroom (I found this great outgoing/incoming mail basket holder at TJ Maxx)...

The basket below hold cinnamon scented pinecones...it makes walking into the mudroom appealing as the slight fragrance hangs in the air...

Out the mudroom window you can see the back yard (and raised beds)....covered in snow...

In the living room, I found the baskets, on top of the entertainment center, very inexpensively at Goodwill one day!

And you know me and my candles ~

This photo (below) was taken without a light on in the living room this morning. It is truly dull and grey out. I always try to just remember that spring will be coming *some* day! :)

I hope your weeks have been going well. Through the good and bad of life, God is molding our characters to be more like His Son. How we choose to behave during the different circumstances of our life can either reflect Christ or not. If you desire to glorify God and magnify Christ ~ make Him your focus. Not yourself...not your circumstances. And when times are glorious...praise Him in the midst of it all! :)

If you haven't read my post on my latest book finishes...you should check it out HERE. They are on biblical womanhood and selflessness. Two books that I highly recommend! Right now I am reading The Faithful Parent by Martha Peace and Stuart Scott. So far it is really good...focusing on the gospel which is key! I will be sure to share a post on my thoughts of it when I am finished reading!

Thanks for visiting me here today! Until next time, Lord willing...

Katy :)

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Planning in My Bullet Journal in February

Hi friends! Here's a quick look at how I have been planning out some of my days now in my personal Filofax bullet journal! I also have an Alice in Wonderland themed Plan With Me in my Erin Condren Planner that you can watch HERE if you would like! (It's not long). I am also on instagram now so you can see photos of home and my planners on there too (you can find my link to my IG account on the right sidebar).

Planning out my days really helps keep me organized and helps stop me from stressing while trying to figure out what I need to do in a day. If I have it written down then I know I will get to it! :)

Here's a look at the stickers I used for the Alice in Wonderland theme in my ECLP!

This week is going to be a busy one for me. I hope to post again soon though! I hope you all have a great week! Thank you for visiting me here! 


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