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What is God teaching me this week? – Marriage….

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I am starting this series as way for me to talk about how God is impacting my life at this moment. It might be through Bible Study, a christian magazine article, Facebook post, a Christian meme, or a book I’m reading. Or it may be a conversation I’ve had with someone, whatever that something is it has mad me think about life and God. It will be something I need to share because I think others can benefit from it and maybe grow in their own walk.

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I’m currently reading a book called Whats it like to be married to me? by Linda Dillow. The title sounded kind of scary to me because I know me and it can’t be easy putting up with me in general. I think we humans are a pretty selfish group of people. We tend to look at how hard it is to be married to our husbands or wives without really thinking about it as this author proposes. What about us? How are we to be married to? Does my husband think YAY I’m going home to the perfect woman who I want to spend all my time with? I doubt it! I bet a lot of time he is just as happy to go to work as they/he are/is to come home to us/me.

In the third chapter she talks about a question that was posed to many men… She asks what is the one thing you would like to have in a wife? OK this does not seem so bad… what are they going to say “a good cook” “sex” hmmmm, a majority of the men said they want a wife who have a positive attitude toward life. They want to be married to someone who does not complain a great deal, someone who encourages them in life and is just plain pleasant to be around. I don’t think that is me! I know I can be a negative person about the everyday stuff at times. Not all the time but I know I was pretty convicted by the answer those men gave.

I know that when I am in a positive frame of mind my husband is also. If Im in a good mood my family has a much better chance of having a good day. I know this is very true on Sundays when we are always together from 8ish till about 3ish. If I’m complaining about everything from Hannah wearing the wrong clothing to how much I wish I could have slept in on this one Sunday, we are set to have a negative feeling day. If however I get up and complement what Hannah’s wearing and let the noisy goofing around happen without comment the day is much more positive. The old adage is unfortunately true; “If momma ain’t happy then ain’t nobody happy”. My husband hates that saying but we both know its true. Joel is very low key most of the time so even if he is in a bad mood everything goes smooth for the most part.

So whats a girl to do? This girl is going to make an effort to change her attitude. I have started praying about my complaint spirit and how I need his help to become the wife that Joel needs me to be.

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Novembers Thankfulness Posts – Did not quite make it in November!

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1st – Thankful that on Sundays I have an incredible church family to worship and serve with!
2nd – Thankful for having the best husband ever. He is sweet and perfect for me! He believes in me and loves me for who I am.
3rd – Thankful that even at 13 my step daughter asked if we could have a pajama day so we could watch movies together all day! Spending the day hanging out together laughing at movies we’ve seen a million times before! Joel was happy to go to work today for sure!

4th – I am thankful that I grew up in a family that loved me… My family was the picture of disfunction and craziness but my family made sure I knew I was loved. My mom always made sure that no matter who was mad at each other that I knew that love was underneath all of the stupidity. My family was and is just a little nutty!

5th – I am thankful for the ability to try something new, or at least something I have not tried in a while. I tried doing a family/slice of life blog that got thrown to the side due to the busyness of life. I will be starting a new blog soon…. Next week I hope, that will show the life of a Christian family who are getting ready to start a new life on a homestead/farm in Maine…

God gives us the ability do do so many things in our lives… He gives us talents that we are born with and H e gives us the ability to build and develop skills. I hope to do something wonderful with this blog and showcase all of the skills that we are learning in order to start our new Maine adventure. I hope to inspire others through our successes and failures to step out to do something new. We all need to find our God given passions and boldly run with them.

6th – I will choose to mention that I am very thankful that God has gifted me with ability and skills to do so many things. I love to craft and God has given me some talent in that area. I love to garden and God defiantly gifted me in that area this year. I love to read and have always excelled in that area in school and have read hundreds upon hundreds of books in my lifetime. I guess what I am saying is that I am never bored whether I am with other people or on my own. I never need to be entertained, This has made the last three years that I have not been working very pleasant most of the time. And for the record we do not have cable TV either…LOL We do have Amazon prime but the selection is a bit poor.Happiness is being content with what God has given you and making lemonade out of any lemons that come your way

7th – Friends… I am spending a weekend with two good friends, Michele and Shauna. We are doing some Scrapbookin for sure! I love our weekends together! We have not done a whole weekend together in a while! I know some snacks will be eaten and maybe our nails may get Jamberried. Who knows…. Maybe a glass of wine will be drunk. We are relaxing together with out the hubbies and with out the kids. Michele has been a great friend for years, we started a coffee house at church together, did singles ministry events together and then she was my maid of honor in my wedding 7+ years ago. Shauna has been a friend that I made through Michele and scrapbooking. We don’t hang out or spend any time on the phone but she has become a true friend that I know will always be around if I need her! Whats better that that. We all need friends to just decompress with and that just what we are doing.

8th – I am thankful to have the time to leave my family and spend that time with friends. I don’t leave my family very often and it feels strange when I do, but its good for all of us to have a little time away. I’m away this weekend and Joel will be away next weekend hunting so its really odd that we will be separated two weekends in a row! We usually spend all our time together, especially on the weekend. Whatever will I do! LOL I think I will live in my PJs next weekend!

9th – I am very thankful fro a warm comfortable home where my husband and daughter were waiting to go to at the end of a fun weekend with the girls.

10th – I am thankful for my husband who was born 40 years ago today. He is truly my better half and the best friend I could ever want.

11th – I am thankful that I don’t give up or give in when something is important to me!

14th – I am thankful for the unity of the world when tragedy strikes. I am thankful that our prayers are being heard and answered by God in Paris. People are being comforted and loved in their time of need. Thank you Lord for holding your people safely in the palm of your hand tonight!

15th – I am thankful my husband will be home tomorrow night!

16th – I am thankful for my car or “The orange Tic Tac” as the family calls it. I have a car that works, gets me anywhere I want or need to go. I love that it is not just a car! It stands out, it has personality!

17th – I am thankful for our Soon to be new home in Maine. I could not have even imagined that we would have the ability to build a farm for us to live and thrive on. The state of Maine is so beautiful and we are so lucky to be moving someplace near my family. Our dreams are going to come true with my best friend by my side.

18th- I am thankful that Hannah has a great school to attend. We have stayed in Newington just for Hannah to be able to continue on in this school system. She is getting a good education and also getting the opportunity to study music and STEM.

19th- I asked Hannah what made our house feel like a home to all of us. She said it was the couch because we gather there to hang out together and talk and watch movies. SO I am thankful for our couch.

20th- I am thankful for my camera… My husband gave me a really nice camera two years ago and I think I am pretty good at taking pictures. I hope that I can someday make money using my photographic talents but we will see.

21st- I love that when Hannah is home we always sit at the table for dinner. We try to keep the habit of family mealtime and make sure we pray and thank God for his provision.

22nd- I am thankful that God has given my church a Pastor who truly loves people. He is such a blessing to us all and I hope that we are a blessing to him more than we are a problem. I know ministering to people is never easy, we all have our own life experiences and preconceived notions that we come through the church doors with.

23rd- Simple pleasures… My husband and I are more than happy when we can just make plain old Blue box macaroni and cheese for dinner. We need nothing more than that junk food yumminess. We are simple junk food junkies at heart.

24th- My Bible… I am about 65% through reading the Bible this year. I know that doing a Bible reading plan does not get you deeply into the Bible but it does allow you to have the airplane view of things. How people who have never read the Bible can bash it is beyond me. It has so much good stuff in-between the covers that can feed your spirit as well as correct your Christian walk.

25th- My Puppies… I love my two little doggies! I am an animal person for sure and Molly and Gizmo are such sweat lovable smelly, dirty little fur balls. My husband does not get the loving animals thing but I just tell him that that just shows he has no heart… lol Joel has a huge heart and would never want anything to suffer buuuuut he does not want them in his house!

26th- Thanksgiving Day… I am thankful that Hannah and I got to continue my tradition of watching the Macy’s day parade. I love having traditions and sharing them with Joel and Hannah. Sometimes they don’t agree with what I want as a tradition but they usually play along.

27th- The family tradition that we decorate for Christmas on Thanksgiving night and the next day. I love the transition from muted fall colors to the bright twinkling colors of Christmas.

28th- I am thankful once again that my husband take interest in what interests me. I just wish I did as well for him. He makes sure I have what I need and is always ready to help if I need him.

29th- Fuzzy socks or pants… Love them soooo much. I just bought a new pair and just can’t wait to put them on at night.

30th-  I am thankful for Jesus and the fact that we are now in the season to celebrate His birth. I love putting out my two manger scenes and just enjoy looking at them right up to New Years day.

 

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Friday Favorites (November 20th edition)

Whoo-Hoo its Friday! For most this is the best day of the week… At least when the clock hits 5:00 or so! Its now time to wind down, enjoy the family and catch up with your life.

My Friday favorites for this week are

1) The turkey I have cooking in the oven right now! It smells sooooo good! I covered it with bacon so it smells better than ever. Now some would ask why I am cooking a 21lb turkey on the Friday before Thanksgiving and that would be because we are going out to eat on Thanksgiving. I will be eating squash ravioli instead of turkey so we won’t have the much loved left overs.

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2) Visiting family… I don’t have a picture but we will be visiting my husbands grandfather who just had surgery. He is 86 and has dementia. He was and is a joy to us. He is half deaf, confused and not feeling very well but we love him and try to see him as often as we can. Its just hard to get to the other side of the state as often as we think we should.

3) Spending my Birthday with Joel and Hannah. Joel/Hubby brought home Chinese food and presents for me and we just chilled out and watched The Librarians. Very fun show that we don’t mind our 13 year old watching. I have come to understand that a birthday is better spent quietly with those you love most than out partying with people who really don’t care who you are.

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4) So excited to get my new Cookbook from Hannah for my birthday, (it is what I asked for.) I just love the Pioneer Woman Ree Drumond, I read her blogs, sometimes watch her show and now have all of her cookbooks.  Her new Cookbook “The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime” looks awesome. Now to pick out my favorite recipe!

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5) Thanksgiving… I love everything about Thanksgiving except the cleaning up. We watch a parade, eat snacks and then a big lunch, and then we decorate for Christmas. We of course have cookies, eggnog and Christmas carols playing. Thanksgiving is just all about being thankful for who we have in our lives and thanking God for all of our blessings. Its nicer than the commercialism that is Christmas even though I do love the Christian meaning behind Christmas. Its just been turned into a time of gimme. So much stress. This year we will be eating out with Joel’s fathers side of the family and it should be a nice dinner at a nice restaurant with no muss or fuss.

I can’t wait to dig into the squash ravioli with brown butter sauce…. Sooooo Yummy.

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Eat. Thanks. Love. Dr. Oz The Good Life Article

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I love Thanksgiving! Its a time to get with those you love and thank God for all of the blessings in your life…Thanksgiving Should be a time to pray and reflect on your life. Some people see Thanksgiving as a time to just eat until your stomach hurts and then you fall asleep watching football in front of the TV. We live in such a truly secular society that many people do not care that the early Thanksgiving celebrations were a very pious and prayer filled event. Even the Native Americans celebrated a feast after a good harvest centered around thanking their creator.

I enjoyed reading the Article Eat. Thanks. Love. In the November issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life. It was filled with anecdotes from a bunch of famous people about how they celebrate being Thankful during Thanksgiving. They had spending time with family, going around the table and telling what they are thankful for, drinking and dancing as well as having topical food themes for the Thanksgiving menu. What I did not see was any mention of God. Not a single famous person acknowledged God as the giver of all of these blessings. Lisa Oz was the closest to showing a Christian leaning in how they give out meals on Thanksgiving. Her big quote was that “giving in this way makes me happier”. I guess this makes sense for the Oz family when Dr. Oz describes his beliefs as a mystical form of Islam closely related to Sufism.

Ok so the article disappointed me. I want everyone to believe as I do! (I do not force my beliefs down anyones throat) I just want those I care about to espouse the same values as I do. This is because I love them and not some need for control. I believe that my heavenly father is the giver of all good things. Knowing God and being saved has made me want the whole world to have the same security and love.

Anyway… This Thanksgiving make sure that you thank God for all of the family and friends you have and every other good thing in your life. Prayer

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