Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Why We Don't Celebrate Halloween

I know we're in the minority here, but before you start penning your objections in the comment section, remember that we all do this life thing a little different from one another, and that's o.k. None of us knows exactly what's right or wrong and we each have chosen what we believe keeps us closest to God and sometimes that looks different in different families.



When I was a little girl, Halloween was a BIG event! We had the coolest costume parties at our house and all my school friends would come over and we'd bob for apples and eat chili dogs made with my mom's homemade chili. It was the greatest! Fast forward to my husband and I and our first child, and Halloween was still going strong. I LOVED decorating for Halloween and our house was the radest on the block, not scary, but picture votive lined sidewalks, lights and lots of jack-o-lanterns, and of course, 'Monster Mash" tunes playing on the front porch. When our oldest was six, a good friend of ours told us that they didn't celebrate Halloween and gave me a book explaining her rationale. I honestly thought she was a little nutty {translate totally cray cray}, Halloween was amazing and I just didn't agree with her at all! But, and this is a really big but, a seed was planted. It would take MANY years to sprout, mind you, but it eventually sprouted. 



Over the next six years that seed lay dormant, but during the seventh year, God knew right where my heart was and He placed the thought before me once again. So, nine years ago, I pulled out that old book {blew off all the dust} and began reading. My vision was different than it once had been- God's timing is always so spot on y'all! This time when I read this little book, some of it made perfect sense, I knew in my heart that our Halloween celebrating days were over. My husband and I talked and he completely agreed that Halloween just really didn't seem to honor God and it would be best if we changed how we looked at Halloween. We just didn't feel that it was what God wanted for our family. I know that there are many arguments that the facts in this book and others like it, are just totally skewed and taken out of context. And, believe me I know that there is soooo  much information out there both for and against Halloween, but we came to the conclusion looking at the facts and arguments that nothing about Halloween glorified God and maybe we just shouldn't put so much of our attention into this one particular night of the year.


Now before you go getting all weepy for our poor, deprived kids that miss out on all that candy and fun on October 31st, let me tell you how we DO celebrate.......... EVERY November 1st, we get up early, throw on our clothes and hit the 50% off sale at Walmart. Yep, all that over priced candy goes on sale the day after Halloween and everything related, goes on sale too! Snacks, costumes, all of it goes on sale. This way the kids get to pick out their favorite bag of candy and they don't feel like they missed out at all. We look forward EVERY year to the day after Halloween sale! I LOVE this day too- I get to stock up my "emergency chocolate drawer", you have one of those, right? 



In case you may be interested in reading this little book, I'm doing a FLASH GIVEAWAY for y'all, my precious readers. You can find this book on Amazon, but I want to give away one copy on the blog. If you're interested, just leave a comment saying so, and I'll give away one book to a random comment-er on Halloween night, October 31st {I'll announce the winner on Saturday morning, November 1st}

However y'all choose to celebrate, have fun and be safe! Remember, just leave a comment saying that you'd like to have a copy of this little book and you'll be entered. Until next time........

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Monday, October 27, 2014

The Little Farm Retreat {renewing the spirits of women}

So, this just happened.........

and it was a dream come true! I want to encourage you to identify your passion...... right now, don't put it off. Once you've pinned it down, don't wait, pursue this passion! As women, we spend every day giving to so many people both in our homes and outside. All this giving can leave us totally depleted and unless you've taken the time to identify your passion and pursue it, you are running the risk of burnout. Physically and mentally, you must be renewed! 




My dream was to host a retreat for women where they could come and be restored and renewed. I DID it! We crafted, chatted, giggled, ate lots of yummies around the fire and bathed in a renewing spirit. It was everything I had dreamed of. The women that attended, with all their unique gifts, fed me in ways that only other women can. They each brought different personalities and talents to the evening and it was an awe inspiring mix





I encourage you to STOP and THINK what it is that makes you joyful and then put one foot in front of the other and step toward your passion. The next Little Farm Retreat will be a Christmas retreat and it will take place on December 6th, so if you are in the area, send me your info and I'll get you registered {more info about registration will be here on the blog in mid-November}. Have a passion-filled week y'all!

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!

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