Savor the Season

I love homeschooling! I also love reading and listening to other homeschoolers stories, struggles and victories. I hope you will enjoy the homeschool stories I will be sharing from Guest Readers, as much as I do! Savor The Season Homeschooling … Continue reading

New Year Resolutions, Are we setting ourself up for failure?

Photo Credit Here it is again. The end of one year, and the beginning of the next. For some of us, we have been counting down the minutes til this year ended.  Maybe it wasn’t our best.  Maybe we had … Continue reading

Versatile Blogger Award

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I started blogging about a year ago.  My blogging back then was mostly just ramblings of jumbled up emotions that I was trying to sort through, (you can read about that journey here).  After taking a break and researching ideas of a successful blog, I started again this past Spring, with a new name, new ideas and a new agenda.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am still no where near what I would like my blog to be. But let’s be realistic for a minute, are we ever going to be completely satisfied with our writing?

I don’t think so.  There is always going to be the next “big” thing we are reaching to achieve.

For me, I think I have to just be okay in the moment, to know I have a vision for my blog, a direction I am going and goals to keep me focused and on point.

That is why I was so humbled and honored that my follow blogger Stacey, from This Momma’s Ramblings, nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award.

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What is The VBA?

VBA is an award to give to follow bloggers to commend to work the put into their blog.  Nominees for the VBA is based on  the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them.

In other words, it’s a way to honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then.

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

Thank the person who gave you this award.
Include a link to their blog.
Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Okay, so here is goes Stacey,

7 Things About My Self:

1)   I am a vegetarian.  (No eggs, No milk, No meat, No broth!)

2)   I am a people pleaser and a fixer. (Urggg I hate saying that outloud!!)

3)   I have been a homeschool mama for 8 years! (The best 8 years, I might add!)

4)   I am a small-town, rural-living, country girl thru and thru! (I can’t do traffic, interstates, loud noises or semi-trucks)

5)   I might have a small obsession with The Pioneer Woman! (Ekkk, I know, I know!)

6)   I am an introvert! Or old-school term-HOMEBODY!  (Yes, I said it!  I enjoy my own company, I love being creative and

working on projects alone, and I feel I am a better person when I do not have to be on the go all the time.)

7)   I seriously LOVE all the relationships and friendships I have made in the blogging world! (And to think I can do all this

from home. lol)

So now comes the fun part, nominating 15 bloggers who I have recently discovered or I follow regularly.

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And the Nominees are:

Aussie Mummy Diary who shares her life as a Single Aussie Mummy raising 5 children.

Little Log Cottage School with Christa who believes in a hands-on student led learning.

Weak and Loved with Emily, who hopes her blog will make you smile, or pray, or cry, or think.

His Salt Life where Tiffany shares the dreams, thoughts, experiences, lessons learned, tips, tricks and opinions of a modern-day Christian Woman.

Unfading Beauty with Priscila, where she will give you here look on what beauty really is.

Happy Healthy Holy Home is a journey to learn the BEST ways to care for mind, body, soul and family with Chantelle Marie.

Life As I Know It with Kim blogs about Ramblings and Rantings.

Maggie May’s is a great blog with free project ideas, healthy recipes and tips for entertaining kids,

Living Chic on the Cheap is such a cute blog sharing fun and unique deals as well as crafts, DIY projects, and frugal recipes.

Thee Angel Project is such an inspirational blog with Heather, as she shares her thoughts with us.

Ms Moozy’s Open House is all about learning to love the life that is perfectly imperfect.

Home Made Interest, a blog of 2 BFF’s sharing their love for creating.

Crazy Normal with Alycia is capturing photo’s and telling stories of her everyday life.

Three Kids and a Fish is all about Cathy making memories.

Vintage Mama’s Treasures is such a timeless blog all about crafty projects.

I love everyone of these AMAZING BLOGS!  All right ladies now it’s your turn! And Congratulations!

 

 

10 Things I want my Children to Know about Me

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Twelve years ago I stood at my Aunt’s grave. as tears flowed and shadows of uncertainty fall on my momma’s face. I wondered to myself, “Does my momma have regrets?”, “Is there questions she never asked her sister?”, “Are there words she never said?”.   I looked at the grave and back at my momma and I realized those were the same questions I needed to ask myself.

See, as we were burying my Aunt after her loss with cancer, my momma was dying.

She also had cancer and even though at the time I didn’t know how soon it would be, I still knew she would be leaving me soon. Some might say I was being too negative. I say I was preparing my self for the inevitable. I was the baby. I was not ready for my momma to leave. But nothing I said, nothing I did, was going to stop her from dying. If I didn’t prepare myself for her death, it would be her death that would defeat me.
That night, after the funeral, I asked my momma and my three sisters if we could start having mother/daughter outings. Just to spend time together, to connect with each other. So on Friday Nights we all would go out.  Sometimes to eat,  to visit someone or shopping. But mainly to talk and make memories.

I asked a lot of questions.
I wanted to hear stories of her childhood and teenage years.
I wanted to know what it was like when her and my dad married?
Why did they wait til almost 40 to have me?
What was she passionate about?
Did she have any regrets?
We continued this tradition for about six months until the time came when she was too sick to leave the house. Three months later she was gone.
I am so thankful for that opportunity I had to share those moments before it was too late. I have been thinking about that a lot lately. Life is always so busy, moving so fast, that I begin to ponder if I would have an opportunity to share my life with my children. What if tomorrow don’t come for me? Would they know stories from my childhood? Would they know the story about me and their dad? Would they know what I am most passionate about? Would they know that I love them with a love so pure that only a mother can experience?
I really am not so sure. Life becomes stressful, and my days run into nights and it seems to never stop. I decided I didn’t want this moment to pass. If for some reason I never had the chance to talk to them about me, then I wanted to document it for them.
So what do I want my children to know about me?
1) I AM NOT A SUPERHERO! I do not have super powers. I am human. I am not perfect. I am flawed. As a mother I need you to know that I am just a person who makes mistakes daily. Who will always make mistakes. I try my very best when it comes to your life not to make to many messes but I can’t promise it will always be rainbows and butterflies, there will be days of dark clouds and storms but I will love you every day reguardless of the situation.

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2) God will always be #1 in my life. No matter how much I love you, and believe me when I say I love you so much it hurts sometimes, God will ALWAYS be at the center of my life. God entrusted me enough to bless me with you all. He gave me life that will continue long after this chapter ends. There was a time that God was not my center. I was mad and angry, so I ran far away from God. But what I realized is that God gives us free will. He doesn’t control us, he loves us and gives us freedom to come to him, and even through the bad, he never left my side. I need you to always make sure God is #1 in your life as well.

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3) My heart is filled with compassion. Sometimes I feel like my heart is breaking into a million pieces over the sorrow that I feel for children who have lost their parents to addictions, neglect or abuse. Those children who just want to feel love again and a sense of security. The homeless people on the street with no family or warm bed, that for one reason or another has lost their way, from a failed marriage, a job or even an illness and now they are alone and burdened. For the elderly people, who on their face shows years of hardship. From the cotton fields, to the coal mines, farms and factories they have worked their fingers to the bone to supply a roof over their families head and food on the table. Those same people, much like my daddy who would give you the shirt off his back with no questions asked. For the people in the third world countries who never have the opportunity to freely worship Jesus. Who so many will never know the love that he has for them or hear the stories of his miracles.

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4) Animal Rescue burdens my heart. Yes I am an animal lover. And yes I know you make fun of me because I show you a thousand pictures a day of all the dogs who need a home, or the ones who have been adopted. Animal neglect and abuse lays heavily on my heart. And yes if there was a way, I would bring them all home. I know you think I’m silly for supporting so many rescues and shelters but what you probably don’t know is how many tears I have cried knowing an animal has been put down for lack of space at a shelter. How my wish is that all shelters would become NO-KILL, that all animals would have a chance to feel love and be loved. And when it’s my time to go, I would like that instead of flowers being sent, that a donation for an adoption would be made in my memory instead. And that I believe with all my heart that animals are sent to us to help us thru a hard time when we are not willing to let anyone else in.

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5) Children’s Ministry is my passion. I will always be thankful for the wondeful leaders and teachers who saw a raw gift in me and took a chance on helping me grow as a Children’s Leader. And even though I knew after a season in my life, that full-time ministry was not what God had intended for me in our family, I still love to be involved, creating programs, putting ideas and events to life. Being able to be a part of leading a child to Christ will always be worth the sacrafice of serving an extra service or spending an extra day preparing lessons and activities. Use the gifts and talents God has gave you for his good. And if the season your in is not one to use your gifts, continue growing your faith and your walk with God until a new season approaches.

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6) I will never regret Homeschooling you. Being able to teach you about life has been such an incredible blessing. Spending the days beside you as we learn together will be a gift I will always treasure. Watching you each grow into young adults might have been missed if we didn’t take the opportunity in front of us to school at home. I have enjoyed all the field trips we took together. I am not scared of the adults you will become. I know you will succeed at anything you put your minds and hearts to. And I am so proud of who you both are becoming.

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7) I would give you the world if I could. Not because I think you deserve it. Not because I think you have earned it, but because I love you enough that I want you to see first hand how unfair and cruel this world can be. Don’t set your eyes on worldly desires but on God and his promises. The world will fail you, but God never will.

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8) I loved my life as a child. It was a happy and carefree time with chasing fireflies in the summer and rabbit hunting with my dad in the winter. Watching tornados form the top of the celler and big family dinners and reunions with my aunts, uncles and cousins. Plastic water slides down a hill and pizza/french fries on Friday Nights while watching Full House. My playhouse out back with homemade curtains from my sister and tomato and salt rock soup. Swimming at the Lake, family trips to Dog Patch and weekends spent reading my new books. I may not have had big things or big trips, but I had family and love. Those are the things I remember the most.
9) I knew the first time I saw your father I was going to marry him. We met at a factory job when I was 19. There was something about the way he talked to me, that made me feel safe and content. I felt like I was home with him. It is a love that will last. Not always perfect but by morning the sun is always shining again. I will always be thankful for the love we share, for the home we built and the life we have.

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10) I have dreams. My dreams consist of following God’s plan for my life. Of course I have visions or ideas of one day owning a Tea Room, finding an old 1900 Farmhouse to fix up/live in and to own a Dog Sanctuary. I would also love to visit London, Paris, Venice, Maine, Hawaii, Seattle, The Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park. But I know as long as I follow God’s plan for my life, I will have no regrets at the end. Just know that you are my dreams. You are my life.

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I completely understand if you don’t quite know what to do with all this information right now. But there will come a time in your life when you will be so thankful and grateful that you have my dreams, visions and stories. That there won’t be regrets on knowing what I was like as a child, or why I love animals the way I do, or what did I really think about homeschooling you.
Just know this was from my heart, for you to cherish and love.
I have no regrets in my life. There is no choices I would redo. Each struggle, each heartache, each laugh and tear has formed us to the family we are. Enjoy your life. Love deeply and have no regrets about anything. Remember we are just passing through so make as many memories as you can, serve as many people as God allows you to, and always strive to be better tomorrow than you were today.