Five Minute Friday Visit

My parents visit with my Aunt, Uncle and cousins blessed me this week. My Mom’s older sister celebrated her birthday this week. (A birthday she shares with my Grandpa, who is now up in heaven. Many years ago she was His birthday present .) My parents visited with her to celebrate her birthday. My kiddos and I crashed the party by phone to wish her a happy birthday. It touched my heart, that she seemed genuinely pleased to talk to my children and me. Her love of people is one of the many reasons that I love my Aunt so much. I also talked to my cousin who as we joked around, we figured that we haven’t actually spoken on the phone in about 10 years, if not more. Of course we are friends on social media, but the only thing better than talking on the phone with my Aunt and cousin would have been to be there in person. I am thankful that my parents enjoyed their visit with my Aunt and Uncle, and I am happy that I got to have conversations with my Aunt and Cousin that I would not have had if it weren’t for my parent’s visit.


Linking up one last time over at Kate’s place for Five Minute Friday ( . Next week we will be at our very own new site especially designed for Five Minute Friday ( ). Each week, we gather to write on the topic of the week for jut five minutes. 



Five Minute Friday Truth

When I read that tonight’s Five Minute Friday prompt word was truth, the below Psalm specifically the second verse of Psalm 15 came to mind. Do I speak the truth from a sincere heart? I am afraid I often let my thoughts run away from me, without passing them through the filter, of “Is this true?” The problem with that is that if my thoughts are not being made obedient to Christ, than it is much easier to speak words that are not true, and base my actions on my feelings instead of the truth. I think that this is the reason that it is important to ask God to help me focus on His truth. I need to let His word be a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105) I want to do a better job of keeping my focus on “whatever is whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8


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These are my thoughts on the Five Minute Friday prompt word truth. Each we gather to pour our hearts out on to the page concerning the topic of the week. You can learn more about Five Minute Friday here.

Multitude Monday friends and Mothers Day edition

I have the most amazing friends! One of my friends emailed me on Thursday, and said that she was coming by. This was not out of the ordinary. So, I told her that my kiddos and I looked forward to her visit, and then continued my normal homeschool morning. Fifteen minutes before the time that we expected her to arrive, my Princess set herself in front of the window to await our friend’s arrival. I was in the Master bedroom when my Princess, yelled “She’s here, and so aren’t a bunch of other people”, and she started naming the friends that she recognized standing in our courtyard. I walked outside and was greeted by my friends and their children yelling “Happy Birthday!”  My birthday had been one week before, and they brought all the supplies needed for a birthday party, from sub sandwiches, chips, salad, and of course cake, to paper plates, napkins, and plastic cups. They even bought me wonderful gifts. I was really blessed by this belated surprise party given to me by my friends. Below, I would like to list some other things that I am thankful for this week.

My husband blessed me by giving me the day off and conquering our laundry mountain on Mothers Day. He gave me a day to rest, and spend time with him and the children. It was exactly what I needed.

I am thankful for my amazing children who made me a Mama. My artistic Princess, my imaginative Little Man, and my animal loving Cuddle Bug. My children are such a wonderful gift from God, and I am proud to be their Mama.

My husband also bought my k-cups as part of my mothers day gift. I love caramel cappuccinos.

Our church had a lovely service on Mothers day. My children also made adorable Mother’s day crafts in children’s church. I am so thankful for my church family.

We had pizza and salad on Friday night from our favorite pizza place.

I have been able to talk to my Mom, my Dad, Mom-in-law, my Granny, and my Bestie. Since seeing these people in person is not possible, talking to them on the phone is the next best thing.

The below song makes me think of my wonderful Mom! So, I thought I would share it with you.

What are you thankful for this week?










Five Minute Friday Mom

Mom, how I wish I was spending this holiday sitting on the couch with you in your “pout room” (My Dad christened this room as such, because he said the room which is not much bigger than a closet was only big enough for someone to pout. You made it into your home office, your own bit of space that was all your own in the house.) We would be watching some chick flick that we were only halfway paying attention to, because we would be talking about far more important things, and your grandkids would be running into the room every few minutes to make sure that we weren’t doing something fun without them. I wish I could go back, and tell my teenage and young adult self how great it was that my mom was my best friend. I may have listened to you more, and tried to better understand your perspective. Even if I didn’t fully realize as a teenager, I do know now that I am blessed to have an amazing mom, and my kids have a wonderful grandma. Thank you loving your children and grandchildren well, and never being too busy for me when I call. I love you, Mom!

This is Five Minute Friday, where we are supposed to write on the topic of the week for Five Minutes. I got carried away talking about my amazing Mom, and typed way past the five minute mark. You can learn more about the Five Minute Friday community here..

Five Minute Friday Should

           I don’t know about you, but I walk around with an internal dialog of what I should be doing. The noise of my dryer running right now reminds me of a basket of clothes that I should fold and put away sometime this evening. I far too often get fixated on who or what I think I should be. I compare what I know is going on with me, with how I think other people that I look up to would handle the situation. They do not say comparison is a thief for nothing. The only thing comparison does is steal my joy. Instead of comparing myself with others. I need to look to Jesus and ask Him to help me in my mess, give me the words to say, show me the next right thing, teach me to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly. I also need to be honest and share with others my need for grace. No one can help me, unless I ask for help. I am not going to be understood if I hide behind the wall of “I’m fine.” These are the things that I really should put into practice.
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Every week I gather with my friends over at Kate’s for Five Minute Friday. Five minutes of free writing fun on the topic of the week. This weeks topic is should. 

Five Minute Friday More

If you were to ask me what I need more of, I might say time to get everything done, or more time to myself to read or write or relax, or I might even say more dark chocolate. But are any of those things really what I need? No, not really. What I really need is more of God. I need more wisdom from God, more of God’s grace, more peace, more abiding with Him. “I am the vine you are the branches.” John 15:5. All the other stuff that I mention at the beginning of the post  will satisfy me and refresh me for a little while, but only the Living Water can fully and completely refresh me. Lord, help me to remember that I really truly need you, and to stop chasing after trivial things hoping that they will fill me up. Only you can fill me up. I need more and more and more and more of you.

Every week I gather with my friends over at Five Minute Friday to free-write for Five minutes on the topic of the week. You can learn more about Five Minute Friday here.





Five Minute Friday Sing

but drink deeply of God’s Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and offer praise in your hearts to the Lord.

Ephesians 5:19 (Weymouth New testament translation)

Oh, how I love to sing. As an auditory processor, music deeply touches my heart. My oldest daughter knows that when I am sad, scared, or even angry that the best way to get me take my eyes off my circumstances is to turn on the radio. “Let’s turn on the God songs!”, she will tell me. Nothing reminds me to turn my eyes on Jesus more than songs praising Him. Music helps me to take my focus off myself and put my focus on Him. My children and I even have what we call “Party songs.” These are songs that we stop what we are doing when they come on the radio. We turn up the music, and sing them at the top of our lungs. I am so thankful that God gave us the gift of music.

These are my thoughts on the Five Minute Friday prompt word sing. Each we gather to pour our hearts out on to the page concerning the topic of the week. You can learn more about Five Minute Friday here.


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Multitude Monday He is Risen Indeed!

I am so thankful for this beautiful Easter weekend celebrating the Resurrection of my Lord and Savior Jesus. My family enjoyed a lovely visit with my Mother and Father-in-love. We enjoyed a yummy meal, Easter egg hunt, and relaxed enjoying each other’s company. I hope that each of you reading this also had a lovely weekend. I now want to share a few of the things that I am thankful for this week,

I am thankful for a dear friend who reminded me of truth from God’s word this week.

We enjoyed a yummy meal at my Princess favorite restaurant.

We ordered curriculum for the upcoming school year. I am more excited about this one than my kids.

My children had fun hunting for Easter eggs, and enjoying treats from their Easter basket yesterday.

My father-in-law had all three of my children sitting in his lap several times this weekend.

My mother-in-love believes in buying Easter gifts for the adults too. I love the journal and candle that she gave me.

We celebrated Easter with a yummy meal of Turkey and all the fixings and side dishes that go with it.

I was blessed and encouraged by the sermon that our pastors preached on Sunday.

I am thankful for the truths that I read in Psalm 1 this morning.

What are you thankful for this Monday after Easter?


Five Minute Friday Empty

Many days I feel like I am running on empty. I am trying to take care of the next pressing thing. I have no time to stop. I am already behind. If I take a break I will be  even further behind. This feeling behind schedule even before the day begins leaves me feeling cranky and out of sorts. Then, I feel bad when I see the look of realization on my children’s face that Mama is in a bad mood (again.) Why am I in such a hurry? Is not one of the reasons that I am a stay at home mom is to enjoy being with my children? Do I really need to rush all the time? Is my schedule or how I view the day playing out that important, or could there be blessings behind the interruptions? Instead of running on empty, I need to ask God to empty me of my focus on myself, and my agenda, so that I can be filled with His Spirit. He must increase. I must decrease.

Time’s up.

At the Cross

Many times truths that I am reading in one section of the Bible gets intermixed in my mind with truth’s that I am reading in a different section of the Bible. This most commonly happens with my personal Bible study reading and reading the book of the Bible that I am studying with my friends at church.  I am reading through Luke with Good Morning Girls  , and I am studying Ephesians  with the Women’s Bible Study group at my church.  In Luke, this week I read about Holy week, the final days of Jesus’ life before the crucifixion. In Ephesians, this week I read about serving others, and the importance of serving others when God puts you in a position of authority. Jesus lived out the perfect example of servant leadership. He showed us how to love others when he washed the disciples stinky dirty feet. Do I serve my family well, or do I grumble about all the “washing feet” tasks that I do daily, for which I feel more appreciation is warranted? In my role as Mother, I know that I need to lead my children more with a spirit of love.  I far too often bark out orders with a spirit of we are going to get this stuff done, now. Instead of seeking to nurture and understand them. This brings me to the cross daily. May I never forget Jesus’ love and sacrifice for me, and may I remember that I am His. I want to live my life completely surrendered to Jesus.


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