Tuesday, September 23, 2014

One year ago today....

Blurry cell phone picture :/
We moved to the country and our new home, though it didn't look like this at the time. I plan to do a before and after post of the house....well once it's completely finished.
We love the country life:-)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Memories Monday: Moving Day

On this day 1 year ago today we said good-bye to our city home,
and we moved our final boxes and began country living.

 Storage bins are the best to pack in, much safer for those breakables too.
 While packing, the littles kept occupied watching Busytown....
Yep, it was a babysitter ;)
 
There were boxes, boxes everywhere....
22 years worth of "stuff".
 
 At moments I felt like Mary Ann looks in this picture.

 
Susanna was 6 weeks old when we moved, she rode in the Moby Wrap a lot during the move. 

The move was a bit overwhelming at moments, until we got a good system for packing and loading.

Blurry...this was a cell phone picture
The final few days before we moved we only had the essentials left at the house,
so meal times we sat on the kitchen floor to eat.
 
As crazy as these last days before the move were, I hold them as a fond memory...now ;-)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Free to be....ME~

These are my thoughts....
Only my thoughts about ME~
 
I often reflect on my life, my journey so to speak....
I'm pretty sure all this reflecting comes with age as I'm fully aware I'm getting older.
I have thought about during my life journey that I have been through many seasons....
 
OK, this is the time right now, if you don't want to here me ramble...
then close out this window on your computer :)
 
Now, for those who were curious about my ramblings or just simple bored than lets chat....
I was thinking about being free, and at what seasons in my life did I feel free....
 
~As a child I was free, you know, carefree in a childlike manner.
 
~As a youth I was free, but the free that comes with running wild and being a rebellion.
This type of free came with a price, and the price for me was depression and anger.
 
~Then in February 1991, I learned what being "Set Free" was....
I came to know the Lord as my Savior, what a glorious clean free feeling that was!
 
~For the past 22 years I have continued to grow in the Lord,
taking steps forward and sometimes a few steps back.
The most glorious thing is the freedom in Christ remains FREE.
 
So, why am I thinking and talking about being free, if I say that I'm free in Christ...
Well, here is why...... 
 
 
 
When I look at this picture of Mary Ann she's just as pretty as a picture.
It takes work to look as pretty as a picture, and often times it comes at a price.....
Let me explain....
 
Once set Free by Christ to live my life for Him I still had to deal with Me,
now I tend to be a perfectionist and it's awful hard to feel free when your a perfectionist.
Then there were a multitude of other things that kept me from being Free....
Here are a few things I bound myself with...
 
~A super clean organized house, well groomed children looking as though we might have guest at any moment, buying/teaching the most popular curriculum even if my children and I both hated it, dressing a particular way, eating only organic or NO sugar, keeping to a unrealistic schedule,
And so on, And so on, And so on....
Like any of these things were making me a better wife/Mama, or more holy.
 
 
Ugh! these things are hard to keep doing when they are self inflicted.
I know we are suppose to take care of all these areas, but not when they are your idol....
Or when they steal your ability to be free.
 
This past year was a year of awakening for me....
Coming back to a place of freedom, seeing/remembering who Christ created ME to be....
He wants me to be ME and Free....
Only living up to His expectations, living in His free grace and mercy.
 
 
Being free is like the above picture of Mary Ann...
Having a dirty face, wearing Sophia rain boots on a sunny day, letting your hair be tousled,
singing a song with others listening, and riding a boys bike...
Being Free~
 
Thank you Lord for your love and patience with me during all seasons...
Thank you for changing me and setting me Free...
And thank you for opening my eyes to what is truly important to you....
Accepting and loving others....
For who you created them to be!
 
~Seeking to live a simple free life, and loving who I am in Christ~
 
 
 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” Matthew 12:30-31

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A simple moment....

Life can be so busy, with the hustle and bustle of here and there. It's often hard to slow down. For the past couple of weekends our littles have battled allergy/cold issues and a low grade fever. On Saturday Mary Ann and I were inside....Susanna was taking a nap, Elizabeth & Rebekah were gone to the Cowpea Festival, and all others were outside doing various things. So, that left my congested little 3 year old and I with nothing to do, we decided that it would be a good time for a treat. I fixed myself a cup of coffee with a bit of cream, and Miss Marry Ann had some cool apple juice...along with a few candies;-) I lite a candle and we sat at the table to sip and chat...Ah' this is the good life. You know, the good life, simple moments of soaking in those we love, listening to them chat, and trying to capture the moment to memory to archive for later.
 
This is the life I never use to slow down for, this is the life I love, the sweet life~

Monday, September 15, 2014

Family Update...

OK, let's chat....
 
It's the middle of September, I'm  way behind in blogging....
Apparently I'm a blog slacker!!!
 
Now that we have that simple truth established,
lets get started....
 
And I'll start with a silly tidbit......
 

We live in Tennessee and tobacco is one of it's major crops, producing 45 million pounds or so per year. This tobacco field can be seen from one of the roads that we travel daily. The beauty of this field and the others surrounding it captivated me. I watched it as grow from nothing, to a vibrate green, then I watched as summer faded and the color of the tobacco did as well. As we passed by I would catch myself looking at the field and how peaceful it looked. Last week we had the camera in the van, and Arthur stopped so I could take a few pictures...though the pictures didn't really capture it in the same way. A couple of days later when we passed we noticed the fields had been harvested...I was a little disappointed as my daydream field was now gone. Just like the seasons of this field changing, life has a way of doing the same....it's not bad it's just different :-)

To save time I'm going to do a bullet point of happenings....

  • This month we will have lived in the country for 1 year, hard to believe!
  • School is getting back into full swing
  • This summer we have taken several weekend trips...mini-vacations
  • We have had several birthday celebrations...that I need to post
  • Our farm house restoration/remodel is getting closer to completion
  • Susanna had her first birthday in August 7th, she is a mess, a good mess :)
  • We are attending a new church, and we're loving it
  • Our garden this year turned out good, next year we hope to go bigger
  • Amanda and Joe are expecting a baby...we're excited about being grandparents
  • Our store was busy this summer, Thank you Lord. It took team work to get it all done from grooming, daycare, and boarding.
  • Madison dislocated his shoulder on the slip-n-slide...Ouch!
  • The boys went to a Christian Sportsman Rally
 
There are so many little things in the mix of life also taking place, to many to mention or to bore you with. I'm loving this season we are in, the crazy days and the blah ones.

Seeking to take in all around me, and live life simply~