Month

May 2016

Room Reveal; For the Western Girl

Our daughter takes horse and riding lessons each week. She not only learns how to ride properly but is trained in how to take care of a horse from the hooves up, including de-worming treatments and the like. Everything an upcoming-cowgirl ought to know. Our 2 year plan (Lord-willing!) is to be on our own farm, which our daughter is currently saving for her very own horse. This combined with her love for art, inspired her dream-come-true bedroom. Without further ado-

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A back of the door hook made of horse shoes.

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The bed and much loved futon-couch, already they have enjoyed hanging out on there. A glimpse of the desk and chair.

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Enjoying the table that slides under the couch for drawing in real comfort! (it is actually a laptop table used for a different purpose!)
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With the sun shining in so bright (not necessarily a bad thing!) it may be a bit hard to see the desk,
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The chair I stripped down and the hubby refinished.

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The distressed barn wood corner shelf the hubs made (remember that ugly sump pump in the corner? yeah much better look hey!)

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note* in the picture frame is Miss S leading Skye out of the arena.
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For the art I went with a glass painting of a mare, similar in features to Skye, the horse that stole her heart at the ranch.

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First night spent in the newly refinished room ūüôā

I hope you enjoyed coming alongside me through this endeavor I took on for the Missy, who knows which room in the home will be next?

A big thank you to my husband, father-in-law and 2 little worker-men for all the labor of love and hard work that was put into this project. The Missus adores it and is so very grateful to have a space to call her own after 3 years.

Sincerely,

Amber

 By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. Proverbs 24:3-4

 

 

A Dearest Hello

Dropping in to say hello,

The end of May is nearly upon us, and with all the activities that surround the coming summer months I find spare time a sought after commodity. We are wrapping up a few more subjects with our schooling; math¬†won’t be wrapped up until the¬†first week in July (or so.) As for other things claiming my attention, the house is in transit with all the final steps for the Missy’s room and an unplanned bathroom gut job along the exterior wall- due to mold revealing itself. Definitely an uninvited house guest. I really feel¬†as though¬†I just run circles all day, perhaps because as I accomplish one task, I turn around to find it undone. I suppose if I did not keep going in circles, (as my husband pointed out) our house would become unliveable. Another option available would be to¬†camp out in the backyard all summer long. ūüėõ

Things have been going well around here, the kids get up at the crack of dawn and I (usually) don’t mind. The part where I do mind is when the sibling squabbles (or maybe full-out wrestling matches?) start at 6am and go until bedtime. I suppose I should hand it to them,¬† they are not pushovers. Maybe our next (bossy) world leaders? I honestly do not know where they get their stubbornness from, ha! Strongly guided in the right direction it will serve them well in the future.

As for my spiritual filling these days, I get it in small doses wherever I can fit it in. I never know if I will have peace and quiet for 5 minutes at 7am, or will have to wait until 4pm. It is taxing on the best of days having the uncertainty of knowing when I can “schedule” God into my day. However, He is faithful- it never ceases to amaze me that whenever I flip open the good book the scripture is waiting for me and very relevant to my heart that day. Bonus is I have a ‘Moms Bible’ filled with devotionals on every other page pertaining to the scriptures throughout the entire bible. I receive the word of God and a devotional regarding one of the more important roles in my life. A scripture I came across just today, and have a feeling I am going to write it out and post it on my fridge is-

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee; because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH¬†is everlasting strength.” Isaiah 26:3-4

In other words I will keep looking up to God and He will calm the storms around me. Whether that is minimizing problems that seemed important and become trivial, or giving me clarity on certain issues. All else seems to fade away when we look up to our heavenly Father.  It also becomes natural to give grace and love to others when our thoughts and actions are eternity centered. Surprisingly also- strength abounds.

I pray many blessings upon you my friends!

Amber

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request of you all with joy,” Philippians 1:2-4

The heart of a Mother [updated]

Whether you are a mom, an aunt, a god mother you have little cherubs in your life…

Being part of a child’s life is¬†one of the most rewarding and hardest blessings. Whether that is longing to conceive your very own child, adopting or having several children, they are in our hearts. The ones we long to hold, the ones we can hold, the ones we dream of. We do not need to biologically have children of our own to celebrate mother’s day. I believe it is celebrating the little ones we have the opportunity loving that are currently in our lives. Whether that be a great-aunt spending time with her great-nieces/nephews, or moms celebrating their first mothers day with their newborns, to those who long to hold and have one to call their own.

As you well all know, we have 5 children. These cherubs bring me so much love and joy, my heart is constantly overflowing. I have heard many say to new moms that there will come a day when you want to pull your hair out.¬†However,¬†at the end of the day they smile at you and giggle- melting your heart right along with their laughter, dissolving all frustrations.¬†The guilt starts to creep in, stealing the joy¬†of the moment as you remember all the imperfections on your part throughout the day.¬†Fear not fellow moms (and dads) the only one who is suffering is you (unless you have never felt this way, in that case please let me in on your secret!).¬†Kids are very resilient and you are still the best and favorite person in their world. What I have learned over the years- the sooner I¬†cross out the big ‘G’ (guilty-verdict) and move on, the kids move¬†on also. I am not doing my kids any favors by giving into things I may not have, due to being guilt-ridden for my impatience and mistakes. I apologize to my kids, letting them know I am human too- then I move forward. As our heavenly Father does with us once we repent.

Fellow moms I do not have to tell you the sacrifices we make daily, or the mundane chores we wade through each and every day also. You are living it! I don’t intend to write a whole post on the sacrifices we make, then in essence¬†building ourselves up until we feel like a queen. Rather I feel the need to bring the whole hallmark holiday down a notch. As a new mom I was very excited about this holiday. Finally I was a mother and would be celebrated! I had high expectations¬†for my husband to shower me with flowers simply because I was a ‘new mother’, and he must celebrate with me because the babies were too small to know what mother’s day was. How wrong I was! I look back and see how the frills and media and hallmark-ness was skewing my judgement and views making me feel¬†entitled. I don’t know if any of you have fallen into this, but I am ashamed to admit I have. Thankfully I recognized what was going on and was able to un-cloud my mind and steer my views and thoughts in the right direction. Recognizing the blessing of motherhood for what it is. I don’t need flowers or cards to tell me I am the most loved and favorite person in the eyes of 5¬†precious little¬†ones. The joy and the gift of what motherhood is can never be bought with money.¬†Remembering my mother, my mother-in-law and every other mother out there trying to raise her kids the best way she knows how, giving all she can give. Keep strong, stay encouraged and get rid of the big ‘G’ that comes¬†sneaking in from time to time, you are so loved!

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One other thing I felt compelled sharing about is to not forget to take care of your physical, mental and spiritual well being. How important all 3 of those are. Before we can fill up and pour into others as well as¬†being the person we would like to be, we must first make sure our fuel tanks in all 3 areas are filled. I know sometimes it is impossible, most of the time hard, and of course when we do get a chance we feel guilty. I am telling you from experience it is healthy and¬†needed to have a few minutes alone to re-group and decompress in whichever form that may look like in your life… An evening stroll alone? a cup of coffee before the kids get up? A pedicure? A bubble bath? Perhaps a monthly ladies coffee night out to chat and share with others? These few suggestions (and most likely everything you can think of) requires a bit of forethought and planning. However, I will say it again- its worth it!

Think about this-

If you signed yourself up for a marathon you would take certain steps to ready yourself and strengthen your body for the big day, wouldn’t you? If you were taking a class and it was exam time, you would spend time mentally preparing and studying for it, wouldn’t you? When we want to do our best on something we¬†prepare ourselves for it, so why wouldn’t we do this with parenting? Think on this the next time that letter ‘G’ invades your thoughts.

I am so¬†thankful I have¬†mother’s day 365 days of the year. My kids tell me they love me, come up close for cuddles and when they are hurt or scared they want me to comfort them, and with that I¬†am content. Tomorrow is another day, like all the rest- filled with love! Happy Mother’s Day to all of you. A day we can reflect on our blessings and celebrate our own mothers who have given up so much for us and would do it all over again if they could.

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-Amber

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 31:26-27