Friday, May 2, 2014

A Sunny May Day

I am sitting in my home in the middle of the state of Maine and am looking outside at a beautiful sunny second day of May. It's been a long time since it's been warm and sunny. We have had one of the coldest winters on record and spring just doesn't want to be found. Today makes all those cold winter days seem far away. The sky is the most deepest shade of blue and my forsythia bush outside my window is beginning to blossom. All this beauty makes me stop and realize that we have beauty and wonder all around us. God has provided ways of showing his personality in the creation that we live in. We just need to look for it. I imagine God loves color which we see in the flowers and trees. He loves music which we can hear from all the birds in the sky. And he has a sense of humor.... we can see that circumstances we sometimes encounter. I guess I'm being reflective today. But the weather and the beauty has swept me off my feet and I have to praise the One who created it!! Have a  blessed weekend all!!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Celebrate the Savior!!!
Happy Easter to all and Thank you Lord for your redemption!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter around the Corner

Easter is this Sunday.... I love this holiday for many reasons. I love the fact we get to celebrate the resurrected God. We celebrate the beginning of spring and all the newness that comes with it. We get to spend a day with family to enjoy a slower paced kind of day to reflect on the wonders that God has provided for us.
God has been very good to me this past year. He has watched over me while my husband has been deployed. He has given me peace when I've been stressed and has provided me with all my needs. If not for the Risen Christ, none of this would have been possible. I'm truly thankful that God the Father sent His son to the earth to redeem us from Sin.
I hope you have a wonderous Easter Sunday and that the Lord has blessed you and your family.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Weighty Issue

My journey to get healthy and fit started exactly one year ago today. A year ago my weight was at 177.5, My blood pressure was 160/90 and my triglycerides were off the charts! I was really unfit and didn't exercise at all. My journey began because I felt I was not taking care of the body that God had given me and not respecting myself to be the best that God wanted for me.  So  I joined a gym that does Zumba and Yoga, no machines for this girl, began a doctor supervised weight loss program and got myself moving and eating according to to my program. During the year I lost weight but I really feel that my biggest accomplishment was regaining a healthy body, one that is now a body that is showing my respect and Love for God our Father. I now weigh 149 pounds,  by blood pressure is usually 116/70 and my triglycerides are at 124...I finally feel good about presenting myself before God and thanking Him for all the blessings he has given to me. By changing my eating habits and making exercise a priority, I've changed my life to benefit my husband, my children and my God!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Shouldn't March be Spring??

 This may sound like a post from before, but believe me when I say...the Winter is continuing longer than it should and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight!! Yeah, we just got more snow and the temperature is 9 degrees with more snow predicted on Wednesday. I would love to be planning my garden, cleaning up my yard, and sitting around the fire pit. Those things all seem to be distant thoughts at this point. My fire pit is buried under at least 3 feet of snow and the weather shows no sign of warming up anytime soon. Those of you living in warmer climates...enjoy and please send some our way...I don't think I can stand this weather and cold any longer!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Winter Blues

It's been a long, cold winter here in Maine. Every time I think the weather is going to break...it doesn't . So I sit here in my home with the woodstove going, a cup of tea in hand and my dogs close by. I am ready for the sights and smells of spring. Buds starting to bloom, flowers poking their heads up from the ground. And mostly, getting my patio ready for summer entertaining. This winter has been especially difficult with my husband being deployed. My days are not filled with cooking and baking for him. Not filled with evenings talking to him and cuddling on the couch. It really has been difficult.
Hoping to get through the winter and anticipating spring time renewal!

Monday, February 24, 2014

My Place

Lately I've been wondering where God would have me be. Am I suppose to be at home. At Work. Watching over my family affairs. I prayed a lot about it and prayed that God would show me where He wants me and what His will is for me. After waiting on the Lord, I've finally know where I'm suppose to be. At home. Being a mother, a wife, a supporter, a gardener, a caregiver. This is what is expected of me right now. I am to watch over my household and take care of my family. Even though my daughters are grown, they still need my help once in awhile. My youngest is planning her September wedding. My oldest just moved and I am teaching her ways of cooking and taking care of a home. I still am their teacher. My husband needs me to watch over our home while he is away. To take care of our property and our finances. I wasn't sure this is where God wanted me, but reading His word and praying for Him to reveal to me, I know this is my calling in life. And that's okay. I'm at peace with being a wife and a homemaker. Making sure that things are in order and taken care of. Cleaning, cooking,mending and being an overseaer of what God has given to us.
Do you often wonder where God would have you? Have you prayed about it? Have you listened to God to reveal His plan?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

"You Were Always Mom's Favorite"...

I recently read this book "You were always mom's favorite" by Deborah Tannen... what an eye opener!! I was amazed by every chapter that I read. The book is filled with stories from sisters and how they felt growing up in a family with other sisters and how they perceived their outlook on the growing up experience. Circumstances, finances, birth order... all seem to have some affect on the relationships of sisters.
I not only could see my own sister relationship within the pages of this book, I can see my two daughters and their relationship and their experiences. It was an amazing journey listening to the stories from sisters and how some are so close and others have really drifted apart. I, for one, am thrilled that I have sisters. We may not always get along and see things eye to eye, but I know that if I need anything they will always have my back. A brother isn't the same. My sisters and I have jokes that only we understand. A language that we get. Stories that only we share.
If you have a sister or have daughters, I totally encourage you to read this book... it will give you a revelation to your own sister experience.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Upcoming Valentine's Day

This Valentine's Day will be different than any one I've known. My husband is deployed right now and we won't be together. It's not like this is the first holiday we haven't been together, but Valentine's day is for lovers!! Couples. Two people who share a deep love. Well, I can say that even though we won't be together, we will be able to Skype and see each other. How blessed is that!?? I have the best man in the world. Even though he is over 6, 000 miles away, he loves me unconditionally. He showers me with cards, flowers and calls. It doesn't have to be Valentine's day for him to show me how much I mean to him. I am a lucky woman. So, if you spending Valentine's Day apart from you loved one, I know how you feel. Focus on their love year round and how much they show you every day how much you mean to them!!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Funny, January is usually the time to get things cleared up and cleaned out. But for me it's this month. February is the month for me to really take a look at my life and my surroundings to see if I can get it a little cleaner and less cluttered. We all have a tendency to hoard items. I mean, I still have things that my kids made in first grade and one of my daughters will be 30 this year. Why am I holding on to it? Is it the memory? or am I just unwilling to take that step and clear out some clutter that is taking up space in my closet. Now, I'm not suggesting getting rid of all my kids things...not at all... I'm talking about holding on to the most precious items and getting them in an organized arrangement to find them when I need to. I've also gone through my clothes. I'm trying to get rid of items that I haven't worn in over a year and that don't fit or have a stain on them.
Why is it we hold on to items we don't use..??? I am asking myself that question more often and making the leap of faith to trim my clutter in my life. How about you?? Still have that prom corsage hanging on your bedroom mirror???

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The End of January

January has been a cold month. It's been really cold here in Maine and with the short days it's been kind of rough to stay positive and get things done. But February is on the horizon and the days are getting longer. How blessed we are that the Lord provides us with sunshine and warmer temperatures as the spring time starts to peek it's head out from under the blanket of snow and ice. We are lucky to have the change of seasons and to be able to experience all that God has in this world. So, as February begins I look forward to Valentine's day, my birthday and special celebrations throughout the month. I love February. The month is short, the days are getting longer and I get to celebrate my special day. Even though my husband is not home as I celebrate, we will both have our hearts and minds connected to each other. I've been blessed with a special man in my life who proves his love to me every day. I hope the month begins with hope and love for you and your family.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Time to Re-evaluate

Well, the new year brings on all kinds of thoughts of clearing clutter, organization and re-evaluation. I went through my DVD's and decided that there were some that I would never watch again or just to vulgar to have around. So they are going off to the movie store to be turned into cash. I've done the same thing with my CD's as well. I though it was time to look things over and decided that I didn't want all those movies with very little to offer in ways of positive thinking and imagery. It was time to take a hard look at what I was watching and what I was listening to and did it bring honor to God and to my life. So, I'll be doing that with other things around my house too. Clutter is one of those things that can take over very easily. I am buried in paperwork and hate it!! So, I'm going through all the receipts and paper that I don't need and going to go on a shredding binge. Does the new year bring about change in your life. What are you clearing out this New Year?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Warmer Weather

The weather has decided to warm up a bit here in Maine. Today actually reached 24 degrees!! I know it's not that warm, but after having sub-zero degree temperatures for over a week and a half, it was a great day. Tomorrow is suppose to be even warmer. January is a tough month to get through. Short, cold days. Roads in bad condition and the post-holiday blues all come in January and bring a bit of sadness with it. I'm trying really hard to get through this month. My husband being gone I have to have mini milestones each month to get me by. This month is my anniversary. I'm going out with my children and daughters finace to eat at a lovely country inn. My husband may not be there, but he will in spirit and having my kids with me to celebrate, it will be okay. Having these milestones each month bring me closer to his homecoming and give me a sense that the time is going by a little faster than it normally would. How are you getting through the month of January? Do you have special events planned this month? I'd love to hear some ideas to get through this extremely long, cold month. Stay warm!!

Friday, January 3, 2014

A Winter Storm

Here in Maine for the past few weeks it has been snowing and cold, cold temperatures. The wind chills are far below zero and with all the white stuff, staying in has been a priority. It's times like this that I really miss my husband. Having to go out and shovel and rake the roof are not things I have typically done while he was at home. This year is very different. This year I'm on my own. I am thankful that I have a neighbor that has been plowing me out and helping with all the shoveling. He is a young man who is very close to my husband and has been looking in on me while he has been in Afghanistan. I am truly blessed. I can say I have a renewed appreciation for my husband and all he has done for me. He has been my helper all these years and his absence has given me a fresh outlook on exactly how much he does around our home. I'm trying not to have a pity party for myself, because God has provided me with help and this year alone has given me a new perspective on life without my spouse. I'm hoping the snow will stop today and the sun will come out and warm things up a bit. Until that happens, my heart is warmed with the deep love I have for my husband and my God.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy 2014!!

Wow, 2014! This year has a lot of things that will be happening for me. My daughter is getting married in September. My husband returns from Afghanistan. My yearly trip to Las Vegas. And I hope to get off my last 15 pounds of weight! So much is happening this year that I'm very excited. I hope to be a regular on my blog again and get back my readers. I have neglected my blog due to not wanting to sit and type for any extended period of time and forgetting the reason why I started my blog to begin with. I started this blog years ago for personal reasons. I wanted to write about my life in my small Maine town. I wanted to write about the things that I have done to better my home and my life with simpler ways. I'm going to get back to my roots. I have some plans for my home this year and for my life that I'm hoping to share with those around me. I hope you stay tuned to see what I'm up to and to get a better understanding of life in a small town. I don't have a showcase home, but it is comfortable and clean. I don't do gourmet recipes, but they are healthy and delicious. I have simple tips to help get through a Maine winter and thoughts of how Christ is using me in this life.
Happy New Year to all and hope you will follow me more closely this year!!