Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer's End & WIWW

I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday with a few statement necklaces.

left- Stella and Dot
right top - ebay
bottom right - Stella and Dot

School starts back here tomorrow. It is hard to believe that summer is about to come to an end.

Our youngest son took tennis lessons this summer and loved it. He had some great coaches and learned so much.

Our son is in the little guy in the lime green shirt.

We will definitely be doing this class again next summer.

I am also looking forward to this...

Pinterest (Marty's Musings blog)

And especially...

It's not much longer! Have a great Wednesday!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Saying the Right Thing to Ourselves

I believe that God still speaks to us today. Sometimes God has spoken to me in the middle of the night - not audibly, but in my spirit. I tend to be a very visual person though, and more often than not, God has spoken to me while watching something beautiful, whether it be a sunset or looking up at the stars, or on a couple of occasions, a movie I was watching.

I also believe that at times, God can have someone else share a word with you which will encourage or help you.  This word of knowledge could be defined as:

Supernatural insight about something that you would not know outside of God's intervention. It is one of the gifts of the Spirit as stated in I Cor. 12.

That probably sounds really strange to some of you reading or it may intrigue you. Either way, it is an amazing thing, isn't it? It is an amazing thing that the Creator of the Universe would be very interested in speaking to me or you. But He is. He is extremely interested in you and what is going on in your heart and life right now.

But for some reason, I rarely receive a word like that. I've been in services where people all around me are called out and have some great word spoken over them, but, by and large, that doesn't happen to me. I'm not sure why that is, but I've come to the conclusion that it isn't worth getting all discouraged about.  Those kind of things are great when they do happen, and can be extremely encouraging,  but they just don't happen to me a lot. So, I thought I would tell you what I do.

I speak encouraging words over myself. I make declarations over myself and my family. I say what I know that God is saying over all of us.

I haven't read Joel Osteen's book on making declarations, but I do agree with this practice wholeheartedly! One thing that Joel has said that I read recently was this, " You send your words out in the direction you want your life to go." I believe that. The Bible says that "Life and death are in the power of the tongue." That is pretty powerful if you stop and think about it. Both of those things are in our mouth at any given time. We have to put some thought into what we are saying.

If this were a class (making declarations), I would still be in elementary school.  I am still reining in the wrong sentences that I throw out there sometimes, and replacing them with words of faith. It hasn't been easy! I think that it requires little effort to be negative, but a whole lot of effort to replace the negative words with positive ones.

So, this is what I do.

When I feel or sense a cloud of discouragement, gloom, or despair coming around, I say things "out loud" to counteract those feelings or thoughts. I recently downloaded some declarations from Joyce Meyer's website. For example, here are some things that I state out loud.

  1. I don't have the spirit of fear, but of power  and love and a sound mind.
  2. I have compassion and understanding for all people.
  3. I know God's voice and I always obey what He tells me.
  4. I cast all my care on the Lord for He cares for me.
Sometimes your thoughts can be suddenly hijacked and you can feel yourself spirally down quickly. I know that has happened to me. This is when it is particularly crucial to state God's word out loud:

2 Cor. 10:5    Satan, you are a liar. There is nothing true in you. I will not receive or believe your lie in the name of Jesus.

1 John 4:4    I remind you that it is written. He that is within me is greater than he that is in the world. I command you to leave me in the name of Jesus.

At times, I just speak encouraging things over myself and my children as I pray. I've always liked the scripture that says, "But David encouraged himself in the Lord." I Sam. 30:6. If you haven't received any encouragment in what feels like a long time, speak encouraging words over yourself. Things like:

1 .God is interested in my dreams coming true. He will absolutely see my dreams through.

2. My children will, without question, fulfill the destiny that God has for their lives.

3. God is proud of me. God has a plan for my life. He has not forgotten me.

This has really helped me. I also practice saying things out loud to my children. Recently, I told one of my kids,

"I believe you will travel the world and not have an ordinary life."  (I wasn't just pulling this out of thin air. I really do think this.)

There is power in declaring good things over your children. Again, life and death are in the POWER of the tongue. I so much want to get better at this.

Perhaps this won't seem very helpful to you if things are going well, but if you find yourself in a rough spot, try and remember what I'm telling you right now. It will help you and make a difference. God's word is very powerful. It isn't like any other book. There is power behind the words that God says over you. Think about this verse when you feel afraid:

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

No matter what may be occurring in your life right now, begin to train yourself in saying what God is saying about you and your circumstance. His heart is full of love and concern for you today. He isn't too busy or distant. He really cares.

Sending each one reading lots of love today!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August Pin-Spired

Hello August!

I'm not really a summer person. I am a fall person. So it is exciting to me to see how close we now are to September 1st! That is my extra happy time of year with a giddy feeling that lasts all the way through December. There is just a little bit of a sparkle to the whole world during those months.

I'm joining Pin-Spired this month with:

Here are a couple of Pinterest looks that were an inspiration. They are definitely both more for my favorite time of year:)

Courtesy Pinterest

Stella &  Dot necklace - blazer Kohls
Purple top/scarf - Nordstroms 
In other news, I'm in the midst of getting all our home school books organized and ordering any last minute items that need to be ordered. I've really enjoyed having these past few weeks off. We haven't really done anything special this summer, but it's been nice all the same.

We just celebrated our 25th anniversary in July and are making plans to go to NYC this fall! Our church (my husband is a pastor) has very kindly given us a gift to help with our travel expenses. (Aren't they awesome?!) I've always wanted to go and now I can hardly believe that we are going! I've been reading/looking/asking for ideas while we are there and besides all the sights to see, I am definitely going to do this:

A "You've Got Mail" walking tour.  Yes, really!

Duane from the blog, Cottage in the Oaks, has been a treasure trove of resources for me in planning this trip. She is amazing!

Happy August to you and if you have any NYC tips to share, please let me know!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Outdoor Movie Night

Our oldest son, Evan, is currently serving as our church's youth pastor. He likes planning fun activities for the kids and asked if he could host an outdoor movie night at the house.

At some point, my husband wants to construct a better screen for outdoor use with PVC pipe, but for a quick set up last night, he used a drop cloth, a couple of nails, and some heavy duty beach towel clips. He hung the drop cloth over the garage door.  We used a projector with speakers and the kids all brought their own chairs. We supplied some drinks and candy and around 8:30 pm, they started their movie.

                                                       You have to have movie candy!

(The jars were used to hold Twizzlers.)

Last night they watched...

It was fun seeing all the kids in our driveway hanging out and having a good time. This idea could work for all kinds of gatherings. I think I'd like to do this for our youngest son's birthday party in September.

I'd love to have one of these for another movie night...

Coutesy: Pinterest

 I think you can actually rent these along with cotton candy machines. But I tend to plan too big, or at least, that's what I've been told by someone else that lives in this house with me. ( Okay,  I admit it. I was searching the internet this morning for "How to Build a Concession Stand ".)

Have you ever done a movie outside? I'd love to hear some of your tips. We are planning another one for next month.

Hope you are having a great summer!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Don't Forget to Enjoy Today

I read something this morning by Joyce Meyer that has stuck with me today:

You can get so busy raising your children that you forget to enjoy them. You can get so caught up in cleaning your house, trying to pay for it, and remodeling it, that you forget to enjoy it. But you can learn to enjoy God so much that no matter what you do today, you can truly say, “I enjoyed it.”

Don't forget to enjoy your child today. You have one of the hardest jobs on the face of the earth as a mother. But this time really will pass quickly.

So today, buy your kids a bag of popcorn at Target to munch on while you shop, let your kids pick out their favorite candy bar or bag of candy, make ice cream sundaes, let them help you make chocolate chip cookies or a box of brownies, tell them about the day they were born, lay on the couch with them and watch a movie, and smell their hair when you take them out of the bathtub...

They may not remember everything about their childhood, but I promise, they will remember these things that they did with YOU. They will remember the silly little songs that you sang to them and how you slept on their bedroom floor when they were sick. They will remember how you baked their favorite cookies just because you knew it would mean a lot when they had a hard day. They might remember some of your bad days, too, but the good days will outnumber those.

Enjoy this day because you won't have another one just like it.

Photos by Caitlin Olson

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Monday, June 30, 2014

July Pin-Spired Link Up

I can't believe this is the last day of June! My father-in-law always says that when the calendar reads July 4th, summer is basically over. That always made me laugh, but I know what he's saying. It goes by quickly after that. One of my son's birthdays is August 26th, and I always tell him that Christmas comes pretty much instantly following that day (or it seems like that to me!).

I'm linking up today with Pinterest Told Me To,  Mix and Match Family and The Larson Lingo for

Before I do that, look at this!

Aren't they BEAUTIFUL???!!! I received these two necklaces last week.

This was a quick pic after trying on the red one  (Stella and Dot- Sardinia necklace). It's not the greatest photo, but isn't it lovely? I find myself standing and staring at it in my closet. I'm not sure what that says about me. My husband says that he is going to have to find a way to hang "all my new love for necklaces" in our closet.

Okay, on to Pin-Spired.


I like the denim shirt look with a pretty necklace, don't you?


This is from Pinterest also - a denim shirt over lace.

It might work with this dress.

I love color block dresses...really, all dresses!

Pinterest (Victoria Beckam)

TJ Maxx find

This link up is always a lot of fun. I love seeing what other ladies put together. I read so many mom blogs and I am always floored at their cute style when they have little ones running around. I wish I had been more like that! I am truly inspired by their style and reading about their daily lives. I think all moms are just amazing at what they accomplish everyday for their families.

I often think of that quote from Anne of Green Gables where it is said ,"Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it."  As a mother, those words have come to me often.  If you feel you failed in some way with your children or family today, you can start fresh tomorrow. God's mercy and grace is new every morning.

 Have a wonderful week and enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Do You Have White Jeans in Your Closet?

I don't own any white jeans, but think they can look pretty classy dressed up or down.

Courtesy - Pinterest

Both photos above: Pinterest


These jeans are currently $12.97 at Old Navy.

All you need now is a pretty scarf, necklace, and watch.

Stella and Dot
                                                          (Still on my wish list)           


                                                                             Bauble Bar


And shoes, of course.

Source: Toms


That was fun! What do you think of white jeans? I think I may need to go shopping:)

Happy Wednesday!

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sales and Stuff

Good morning! This post includes a lot of "this and that".

I received an email from Nordstrom Rack with a sale on 7 For all Mankind jeans for ladies. Some of them have been marked down to a pretty good price for that particular brand, just in case you are in the market for a good pair of jeans.  The sale ends Thursday.

My daughter and I tried an Ipsy (makeup) subscription. We received our first box, but didn't really see anything that we were thrilled with. I found a Birchbox subscription special for $5.00, so decided to give that one a try instead. Have you ever tried either one of those? What were your thoughts?

Source:  Nell Hills

Source:  Nell Hills
Nell Hills in Kansas City is having their annual tent sale this Saturday, June 7th. I wish I could go, but if you do, let me know what kind of deals you picked up!

Source: Home Goods

Isn't this a pretty table setting from Home Goods? I love finding ideas like this and either pinning them or filing them away for a future time.

On another note, my son works at Starbucks and brought home this recently.

We brewed some on the stove, let it steep for 5-10 minutes,  poured it into a pitcher, and then added lemonade with a little sugar for Passion Tea lemonade. It smelled so good and was a nice alternative to just plain lemonade or tea.

I've been looking for some good books to read for the summer. I'd love a story that I can't put down, but that is also a clean read. Any recommendations?

Speaking of reading, I've been reading from Judges in the Old Testament this week regarding Gideon. My Bible  is the Everyday Life Bible from Joyce Meyer's ministry, and so it includes a lot of her notes alongside the passages. I liked what she said in Chapter 7:

"How many times does God put something on our hearts to do , but then we cower when fear comes along, causing us to hesitate and become double-minded? In this circumstance, we may feel fear, but we can do things afraid. Remember God's word to us is, "Fear not, for I am with you." When fear knocks on your door, let faith answer!"

Gideon had to have a lot of signs to believe that God would truly be with him and God was gracious to give him those signs. Remember that God is with you, no matter what your circumstances may be. Even if you are feeling afraid for whatever may be facing you, you can do it afraid. That is for me today!

I especially pray a special blessing over all the young moms who may be reading today. God is with you and notices your work and labor of love. Every unseen thing you do for Him does not go unnoticed by Him. I speak blessing over you and your children today. You are incredibly valuable!

Much love - Kathy

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday

Hi! I'm linking up today with Pin-Spired, The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday as well as one of my other very favorite blogs Get Your Pretty On. I enjoy these link ups because it helps me to put a little more thought into what I'm wearing.

Our last day of school was this past Friday. I put away the schoolbooks and now have to get our grades recorded. It's been a good school year, but I feel all sorts of emotions knowing this fall will be my daughter's senior year. That doesn't seem possible. We've home schooled all the way from her first day of kindergarten until now. She is our sweet treasure:)

I've mentioned that I received the beautiful Kimberly necklace from Stella and Dot as a gift and I wear it all the time. I am still so thrilled and grateful about it.  You may get tired of seeing it!

Vigoss jeans - Nordstroms

Pinterest inspired above

Peach top - TJ Maxx


Black Pleione Shirt - Nordstroms
See what I mean?

This necklace - Bauble Bar

I  have never worn jewelry much my whole life, but I've really enjoyed it lately. My husband bought me a couple of different Fossil watches for my birthday back in February and I've loved those, too. I still like this necklace that is on my "wish" list..

Stella and Dot

and this one is cute, too.

Bauble Bar

Have a great Wednesday! I also have another post for a recipe I've made over and over. Let me know if you try it.

Blessings! Love - Kathy

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