Goodbye 2012 trials Hello 2013!

2012 will end blessed for my family!

After months of big trials and ups and downs the Lord like always provided and comforted! Since August we have been trying to refinance our home, it finally closed in mid December! Why did it take so long you might ask?! Well that’s a long story, but basically our previous lender made a horrible mistake in our paper work a few years ago and was unwilling to take the blame, therefore they would not subordinate! We had an amazing man and his wife who fought so hard for us so that we could get away from this company that was everything we didn’t want to be apart of! The dishonesty was staggering. Everything is going great now, we have a new leader!! But, the last few months have been HARD! We sought the Lord daily during this trial and he 100% of the time comforted us and provided! I think about these verses in James 1

“2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”

Wow verse 5-6 are hard! Believing without doubt when you have no idea what you are going to do is REALLY REALLY hard! The Lord was challenging me with this daily! I felt like I have been saying ” ok ok God I get it” a lot lately! 🙂 I don’t want to be like a wave of the sea being tossed about…who would? I want to know that my father has it totally under control! During this time of ups and downs my husband heard a favorite pastor of ours Pastor Chuck Smith say these words “God is NEVER early and He is NEVER late, God is ALWAYS right on time.” WOW! That is so very true!

I rearly share anything about our personal finances, however I want to share an amazing thing God did!

Knowing that pay day wasn’t for another week and that we had NO resources…we were a tad on edge…ok A LOT on edge! We kept our focus on the Lord knowing that He would provide…even though we couldn’t see how. We were down to a few things in the fridge and few this in the freezer! Friends, I don’t know how but God provided! With those few things I was able to prepare 5 healthy dinners and 5 healthy lunches!!! Enough to make us all full! The dinners were some of the best we have had in months, absolutely delicious! I think anyone would have looked at what we had and said “no way can you feed your family on this!” but I did!! I almost can’t believe it! In the bible Jesus fed 5000 with the bread and fish…that was totally miraculous!! Jesus is still working those kind of miraculous things today all around us!

It was abundantly clear to us know matter what…God will provide in the most likely ways and the most unlikely ways! God had it all under control!

When facing trails fix your eyes on the Lord! He will not over look his son or daughter!

Today was pay day! We were able to fill our fridge and pantry! We were spending the afternoon cleaning (because we finally had cleaning supplies) when I came upon this verse on a sticky note:

“Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles”

When I read this I cried! I almost couldn’t believe how the Lord showed this to us today! Just a reminder that trail or not…the Lord is ready and waiting to be a Father!

Smiles & Blessings on this lovely New Year’s Eve! Wishing you all many blessing in 2013!

Getting Organized Freebies

I have said it before…and here I am telling you again…I am not organized! I have struggled for years to keep things in order, from the house to homeschool curriculum. It hard…I wish that I was organized. So I have created a LIFE & FAMILY PLANNER for me to keep track of my busy life! I created a binder full of two page monthly calendars, weekly calendars, and even daily calendars. In addition I created monthly goals, reminders and cleaning schedules. Of course the basics are included too…tabs, cover…ect! This will all be available for you to download on Jan. 1st!! Other big news…I have also created a HOMESCHOOL PLANNER that will be available for download at the beginning of Jan!!! I have worked my booty off making it perfect and easy to use! Oh yes…both planners will be totally FREE for Download!! Until January here are few printables! My Cleaning Schedule and My Goals! Please Enjoy!

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DOWNLOAD: Goals and Cleaning Schedules

PenPals!

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I am so excited!! Elias has he very first Penpal…three to be exact!

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Two from Georgia and one from Kansas! Not just any where in Kansas…believe it or not Elias has a Penpal who lives in the small town that I grew up in!!! I almost couldn’t believe it when his mother sent me their address! No, I don’t know either of his parents…totally and completely by chance! I love it!

The down side to Penpals? Elias is not love writing. The first letter was pretty time consuming…he was really annoyed and not to end to it at first, but by the last paragraph he was really liking it and wanted to start his next letter! I’m hoping that this experience will instill a love for writing like both his parents have!

New Year’s Eve Family Fun!

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner!! What in the world…it is almost 2013!Our new year’s eve tradition? ULTIMATE family time! SnacksGamesStoriesYou name it! This year I wanted to do something fun that could be a keepsake that we could look back for years to come and see how our kiddos have changed!  I created a “Family Fun Mini Pack”Our new year’s eve tradition? ULTIMATE family time! SnacksGamesStoriesYou name it! This year I wanted to do something fun that could be a keepsake that we could look back for years to come and see how our kiddos have changed!  I created a “Family Fun Mini Pack”

Included:Boy New Year’s Eve PrintableGirl New Year’s Eve Printable{Remember special things about 2012: friends, favorites, best this about the year…ect}For Mom & Dad…It’s a brand new year{What do you want out of 2013}Family TimeFill this out together! Let your kiddos pick fun things for you to do as a family in 2013 

New Year’s Eve Printables

Have a happy and wonderful new year’s eve and a blessed new year!!!

Tot School

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{The Twins ~ Simon and Gabriella ~ 40 months}

After a busy month, being sick and just the utter chaos of the Hoilday Season we are back in {well getting there} with tot school! YAY! We are starting out a little slow! This week we are also doing a great mini book advent! {see the post here}The Lovely Letter C!C is for CatC is for CupC is for Carry C is for Cuddle

~Matching Games~”Oh no! The Socks are all mixed up!”

Sock matching fun!

The twins loved this, neither of them like disorder…so this was pretty much perfect. “Pretty Popsicle Stick Patterns”

Gabbi loves making things pretty and this was great for her! She said all the colors before she laid them down! It was so much fun! “Popsicle Stick Matching Maddness”

Si loved making a pile of all the colored sticks and the putting them in color piles, he actually did it over and over and over. He liked saying all the colors too!

Avent Mini Book

Here are 4 great printables I made for Advent! Perfect for little kiddos who need shorter daily lessons!Simply click and save image or drag to desktop!!!

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 I would recommend printing on cardstock to make them last longer!! ENJOY!!