Saturday, October 29, 2011
I really appreciated this video. ( found over at Like A Warm Cup of Coffee) I am going through a period that I have not felt very good at how I let my body go. But in the last year as I have cried out to the Lord at different times and He has been healing my body and has pointed me in the right direction. He has also been showing me ways to get it where I need it to be, will be sharing more in the near future.
(Can’t see the video? Click here.)
Day 4 – Can We All Just Take a Moment of Silence for Showers?( click on the title to read Sarah Mae's original post)
I have for years been good at getting dressed as soon as I get up because of the inspiration of flylady.net. But... I was very convicted on this one and I am going to be scheduling my showers better. ((blush)) My slack started with trying not to wash my hair too much and strip it of it's oils but then it grew into laziness. As I said I feel convicted and will be making some changes.
Day 5 – An Eager Mindset
This was another one that I felt a "ouch" of conviction on. I felt convicted on needing to be more purpose minded in my homeschooling.This quote from Sarah Mae got me between the eyes.
"I have to prepare my mind the night before for battle the next day. And friends, it is a battle. It’s a battle to get up, to get dressed, and to push down my selfish self into Christ so that I can offer my family (and myself) a peaceful, compassionate, humble, loving spirit…not to mention all the physical tasks that must be done to keep my domain from imploding. As a homeschooling mama, I have an extra duty to prepare my brain and “gird my loins” so that I can feed my children’s brains and hearts with good and true knowledge. I also want to teach them to be self-disciplined.
“She girds herself with strength And makes her arms strong.” Proverbs 31:17"
She has such a good list of how to prepare to have the right mindset in the post... A Eager Mindset.“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:14
Day 6 – When Body is Weary
There is such a fine balance of taking care of ourselves for our family, the Lord, for ourselves. And then at the same time rest in that we are beautiful and know who we are because of Jesus, and walk in that freedom.
I really like when Sarah Mae said..."Not because the shoes or the make-up or the pretty clothes make you beautiful, but because you enjoy them! I want to feel beautiful as a woman, and I like enjoying an adornment or two, but my identity is locked in Christ, and if I should lose all my outside “beauty” that’s okay, because I can never lose my beautiful, redeemed soul. And if you know Him, your soul is beautiful and redeemed as well, and it’s sealed for Him for eternity."
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Frumps to pumps ( my sweet Mary Jane's)
Day 1 – Dressing in Freedom
Day 2 – Prophesying Hope
Day 3 – What Are Your Eyes Focused On?
Here is a fun way to put a bit of sparkle in your appearance that doesn't take a lot of time. This looks like something I can do! And I hope to try it today.
I will be doing the first challenge later today. Also had a neat tutorial on Styling Thin Hair just below this post. [o= But because I am starting late I will have to do some double time to catch up!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
With cool weather, sipping warm Earl Grey green tea, feeling cozy in my sweaters and long denim skirt. I am slowly plugging away at my Sock Yarn Slouch Hat. I never knew how long it would take to do 50 rows round and round and that didn't even include the ribbing, lol. Actually I did. I knew that this would slow me down and I wouldn't need as many projects by knitting in such a fine yarn. I am getting very excited I am only about 6 rows away to starting the decreases and soon I will be able to wear it. ((happy dance)) Yes, I will model it once its done. Till then I will keep sneaking in knitting time in between meals, slicing apples and lessons with the boys.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
With all the festivities of the Canadian Thanksgiving my measuring day went to the wayside. But last night being nervous I still went ahead and had hubby help me measure myself. I thought that my clothes were fitting looser and I knew I saw a difference in my shape. But with all that I still wasn't sure what those measurement would be. And...I was very pleasantly surprised.
- 1 inch in my ribs
- 2 inches in my waist ( I about cried when I saw this measurement)
- 1.25 inches in my abs
- 2 inches on my right and 2.25 on my left lower thigh
- .25 inches in my calves
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Twenty-one attended and we had a wonderful time. Grandma, Grandpa, grandsons, granddaughters, Great Uncles and Great Aunts, Aunts, Uncles, brothers, sisters, brother in laws, sister in laws, nephews, nieces, sons, daughters, cousins, and good family friends all came and celebrated The Order of Good Cheer. Lots of good food, conversations, music, laughter, playing, and pumpkin pie to boot. Thank you Lord, for this years bounty that you have blessed us with.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
History and Origin of Canadian Thanksgiving
( this article is found here)
In Canada Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. Unlike the American tradition of remembering Pilgrims and settling in the New World, Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest. The harvest season falls earlier in Canada compared to the United States due to the simple fact that Canada is further north.
The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an English explorer , Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Orient. He did not succeed but he did establish a settlement in Northern America. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony, in what is now called Newfoundland, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This is considered the first Canadian Thanksgiving. Other settlers arrived and continued these ceremonies. He was later knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him - Frobisher Bay.
At the same time, French settlers, having crossed the ocean and arrived in Canada with explorer Samuel de Champlain, also held huge feasts of thanks. They even formed 'The Order of Good Cheer' and gladly shared their food with their Indian neighbours.
After the Seven Year's War ended in 1763, the citizens of Halifax held a special day of Thanksgiving.
During the American Revolution, Americans who remained loyal to England moved to Canada where they brought the customs and practices of the American Thanksgiving to Canada. There are many similarities between the two Thanksgivings such as the cornucopia and the pumpkin pie.
Eventually in 1879, Parliament declared November 6th a day of Thanksgiving and a national holiday. Over the years many dates were used for Thanksgiving, the most popular was the 3rd Monday in October. After World War I, both Armistice Day and Thanksgiving were celebrated on the Monday of the week in which November 11th occurred. Ten years later, in 1931, the two days became separate holidays and Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day.
Finally, on January 31st, 1957, Parliament proclaimed...
"A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed ... to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Happy... that hubby picked up chickens and they are all snug in the freezer.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Take the Fiddler on the Roof quiz at ChaiSpace.com
Take the Fiddler on the Roof quiz at ChaiSpace.com
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
I can see why Teresa Tapp calls it boot camp. Now, don't get me wrong it isn't horrible it is just pushing me. Not every story has the same results and not everyone looses inches in the first week. For I am one of them but I have noticed some really neat changes this last week. I am noticing my stomach ( which is my main trouble spot) is changing shape and I am toning up and getting stronger all over. On Sunday my sweetie and I went for a hike up the waterline. I wasn't really looking forward at first because there is one really steep area that REALLY challenges me. But being a good wife I went without grumbling. I was sooooo surprised when I was walking up that steep section that I wasn't huffing and puffing like I tend to do. Yes, I could feel my muscles working but I didn't even stop once for a break to catch my breath! I am hoping to start seeing some inches fall off soon but I am seeing a difference and I like it. Now, just as a comparison I have to say that I have done months actually a couple years of different workouts and my body hasn't had any major changes. But I have been doing t-tapp for about two weeks and I see changes! So, I have to say that I am becoming a happy camper in this boot camp. [o= I will keep you posted on Mondays (or Tuesdays depending) .