Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Hello October!

October has arrived (does anyone feel like it just started to be the year 2018? How did we get to October already?). We've been keeping busy around here. Schooling, housework, our homeschool co-op days have begun again and I have been teaching exercise classes (and taking classes) at the Y daily. Paying bills, mowing, filling the woodshed, church, cooking, visiting/counseling with friends, and house projects have filled our moments as well.

Chris and I *were* able to take some time though...and go to see a Tim Hawkins show with friends on the weekend of our anniversary. We just celebrated 18 years of marriage and I am over-the-moon blessed ~ I am so thankful that this man is mine. I could spend a whole post just swooning over him but instead....I'll just keep it short....He's the best and I love him with my whole heart! ;)

I will share a little funny though about that weekend! A couple of good friends invited us to go to the show (it was about a 2 hr drive away) on that Friday night. Chris took a half day off work and we got ready and left early so we could have dinner over there before the show. We had a great steak dinner (I actually had a grilled chicken salad) and were trying to find the place on my friend's GPS. I decided to look up on Tim Hawkins website the name of the church he was at because I didn't remember. When I did....I saw that he was in a totally different city that night!! The place we were headed was for his show on Saturday night!! I texted my friend (we were in separate vehicles) and she was so embarrassed that they had gotten the wrong night! Hahaha! It was we all just turned around and headed home. It was so disappointing...(and I am not great at traveling) but so funny all at the same time. All we could do was just laugh.

I get a text the next morning....wondering if we wanted to go to the show that night (Saturday...the correct day) with them...even though we had all done that traveling the previous evening. Chris and I still really wanted to we said yes! And it *was* worth it! We had a great time and laughed and laughed! So much fun!!

That weekend gave us some funny and great memories! :) Plus, we were with friends that we adore so it was just wonderful...even if we drove around for hours on the wrong date! haha!

I am not a big decorator for holidays or seasons....but I do love wreaths! I am always excited when I get to bring out my fall wreath to hang up!

Cooler evenings make candlelight so enjoyable. I love how warm and cozy it makes the atmosphere...

The boys and I (mostly with Jax's help) decided to tackle the projects of peeling paper, priming and painting walls in our office/computer room...which if you read my blog years ago would have been our old living room...

I used a color called Gentle Lamb (in the pic above that is just primer all the walls...not the actual paint color). It's a soft cream. I like how it turned out. These are plaster walls...original to this older house. There are holes in them from things being hung up, plaster chipping etc. Technically, I should have mudded and sanded all the holes and done everything properly. But to be honest, we just wanted the room to look crisp and clean...and not perfect. One day maybe I will go through the work of finishing this room completely...but right now, it serves as a computer room and a place for Madelyn's piano. It needs the ceiling to be covered one day (hopefully with tongue and groove wood or something along those lines). For now, a couple days of cleaning up the walls and painting them was busy work enough for us! The room was in chaos and we had a million and one things to do in addition to the the goal was just to "get it done"! :)

During schooling one day, X left his chair out and Mickey climbed up on it and fell asleep...

And before I go, I wanted to share the book I am currently reading. It's really good. I love Joey and Rory (their music, their faith and their love) and so I knew I needed to read his book! HERE it is on amazon if you are interested...but you may be able to find it cheaper on ebay or elsewhere!

I made cheeseburger soup for supper yesterday (in the crock pot)....I figured I would share that recipe in my next stay tuned!

I know I don't post as much as I used to....but life is busy (in a slow sorta way). Time has me taking care of my family and home and also trying to be out helping or serving others if I can (Madelyn and I are going to start tutoring once a week soon). I spend time exercising at the Y as well....but also see that as a place where I can serve others, encourage them and be a light for Christ.

Times have also been tough as we pray for and try to be there for loved ones and friends who have troubled marriages, health issues, and are suffering the death of their loved ones for various reasons. My heart has been so heavy lately with the burdens so many carry. My prayer is constantly that the Lord will use me to help my friends shoulder their burdens and take it to the Lord. I want to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I am faulty and always falling short. So please know I don't mean to sound as though I am perfectly selfless and giving. But I do want to encourage you...if you aren't already, truly pray for those around you. Be willing to be the ear they need to listen or the mouth they need to pray with them. If we, as the church, are the hands and feet of Christ ~ what love that shows to a dying world.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

If you are in need, don't be afraid to reach out to your brothers and sisters in Christ. Get the help you need from people who love you and then as you are strengthened, you can become what others need! It's a beautiful spirit of *giving* of oneself....that just keeps going! If you are struggling...don't pull away from the church. As the body of Christ we are there to encourage, admonish and *love* one another!

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Hebrews 10:23-25

Lunchtime is approaching and I have things to do! Thanks so much for visiting and keep a look out for my next post with that cheeseburger soup recipe that I use! It's pretty easy and delicious! :)