Friday, October 24, 2014

When The Wrong One Is The Right One

Today is my wedding anniversary, and in honor of the love of my life, I wanted to share a little with y'all, my virtual besties

Our marriage never should have worked out. Statistically, we shouldn't have beat the odds. You see, my husband was from the wrong side of the tracks marrying a girl, that, let's just say, could have been Sandra Dee. Yep, we should have been doomed from the start. But here's the really cool part, God always has a plan, and He has the power to turn all things into good for His glory. Do I hear an Amen! We should have been doomed from the get go, but God sees the WHOLE picture. He doesn't see obstacles the same way we do, he sees into our souls and He knows EXACTLY what we need. Do I hear another Amen?!

Twenty three years ago, God put a miraculous plan into action and it began with two polar opposite humans saying 'I do' before a justice of the peace. It wasn't all fairy dust and unicorns, let me tell you, but God doesn't care about easy. God put two opposites together on the spin cycle in the washer and beat out our weaknesses that we never could have accomplished alone. He took two diamonds in the rough and used them to smooth out the lumps and bumps of each other. In other words, he turned all the bad to His good. That's just what He does. 

God knew exactly what would be in store for us if we made it through the tough years. He knew the beauty of this little farm He brought us to and how much we'd enjoy it all if we could just make it through all the bumps in the road. He knew that we'd finally get it that 'less really is more'. I am so thank-full that I serve an ALL knowing God!

I'm so grateful for this man that God saw was made for me. Happy Anniversary Sweetheart!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Simplifying Date Nights

Scheduling date nights has always been hard for us. With no family nearby, and hiring a sitter not in our budget, date nights have not happened nearly often enough around here. Having older children to care for the younger ones is a blessing for sure, but when they are all grown up with houses and lives all their own, it gets really c-r-a-z-y trying to plan a date night! We have simplified so many parts of our lives and I decided that date night needed simplifying too! 

Date night should be a time of renewal with your spouse, right? It doesn't need to be about hours in the shower, shaving, hair-do's, make-up, and nails, getting all dressed up, then dashing out of the house to dine at some fancy restaurant. No...... that's not what it is about at all. Just getting it scheduled and all that dressing up even sounds stress-filled! Date night should be about a moment in time, where we look into the eyes of our partner and remember why we married them, loving them wholly and completely. This can be accomplished right in your own backyard.

So, make dinner ahead, put on a movie in the house for the kids {and tell them "no going outside"}, and you've just planned a stress-free date night for you and your hubby. It doesn't have to be an all out production, just a tiny, stolen moment.

Simplify, and steal a moment away with your husband, in your very own backyard. Throw a quilt on the lawn and gaze into the beautiful evening sky. Light a fire on the porch and cuddle under the stars. We have a really bad habit sometimes of making everything so doggone difficult when it's really the littlest pleasures that bring such lasting joy. 

Simplify people. Simplify.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

A Thankful Rock...... Say What?

So this happened.....

We found this book at Michael's and since we have like ALL Mercer Mayer's "Little Critter" books and have LOVED reading them ever since our oldest was teeny-tiny, we just had to grab this new one. Fast forward to about a week later, I finally got around to reading it to our kids, and it made me sooooo happy! What a fabulous book and perfect for this season. Yes, I am getting a little too excited over a kiddie book, but it's just that great. You have to find this simple little book that speaks volumes on thankfulness!

And then this happened...........

We headed down to the creek and each collected our favorite stone and then....... we did this...........

When you read the book, you'll understand the rock thing. These are our thankful rocks, and that's all I'm going to say about that because you just have to read the book for yourself.... really, you just have to  read the book! Promise me you'll read this book to your kids, big and little, and remind yourselves of how important it is to be grateful each and every day!

It'll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside! And we all need some warm and fuzzy right?

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