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Saint Joseph, MO, United States
I'm a stay at home Mom of two children and I have the unique privilege of being able to homeschool both of them. I am a stepmother to two older daughters one who is going to college. I enjoy shopping, baking, cooking, cleaning, organizing, running, clowning, making soap, playing piano and lately painting with ASCP paint! I am learning to enjoy the little things in life and make the most of it...clinging to my Savior through the tears that life brings and enjoying his GRACE He gives us every day! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Season of Giving

As we enter this season of holidays and celebrating the goodness of what God has done for us...many of us extend that to others that are less fortunate then ourselves.  I know that in our own family we use this as a teaching tool to show our children how they need to be grateful for the huge abundance that we have here in America.

Our family does things a little differently, we bless in secret...we have our reasons for doing so...but that is what we do.  We feel quite strongly in this and enjoy blessing and standing from the sidelines watching the family enjoy and having no idea who gave the blessing.  We also enjoy doing it because I personally feel that when we give its a private affair...if you receive the praise of man I don't believe that God is pleased with your giving...however...that is my own personal feelings...but the other reason is because I have been on the side of receiving...and here are my lessons that are learned in that process.

My very first Christmas as a single mother to one little boy and my husband was buried only four months prior.  The last thing on earth that I felt like doing was celebrating Christmas.  I personally found all the joy and love...well frankly it made me a bit sick....but I had a little boy...and he needed to enjoy Christmas.  So, the tree went up and looking at lights, and visiting Santa and all that happened so my little Trey could have some joy...then I had people start bringing me things....at first I found it confusing??? I lived in a nice apartment was able to provide for my son...I really didn't feel "needy" but they came...and I found it really really really hard to accept the gifts.  I found it rather embarrassing...I guess you could say I was proud...and Yes I'm aware that that is wrong.  Receiving is difficult for some...we live in a nation of "give me give me" and I'm not talking about those people.  I'm not talking about the people that take what they can from us as taxpayers and their kids walk around with the latest and greatest technology and they complain because they don't live in a fabulous house etc....I'm talking about those that work and try to find work and can't...I'm talking about the ones who give their kids whatever they can and its still not enough...I'm talking about the ones who genuinely are suffering...its hard to sit down and receive the gifts that others bring.

Just remember this season when your giving to give with quiet, to give without show, to give with complete love..and to remember that it is so fun to give...but for some it is very hard to receive. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Soapy Week and One Thousand Gifts

This week I have been able to really enjoy my true passions...which is soap making! It is so relaxing to make these products I simply can't explain it! Since we started the process of moving back in May the last time I made soap was probably in March??? Not exactly sure...but I was completely out...and def needed to make some for gifts this year and for soap baskets at our store...plus some of my best customers were asking:) That's always nice!

I tried a new one making it with real avocado and it smells soooo great! I also made my best seller coffee soap and another one with lemongrass and sage with blue swirl.  Right now I'm using my Hawaii soap and loving how luxurious it is!

I also can't wait to start the study at our church with our college girls One Thousand Gifts!

Today I start the process of cleaning and organizing and putting projects together for our basement, garage and the painting of the laundry room!!! Next week more soap!

Have a GREAT weekend!

Bottom layer of coffee soap

Avocado soap!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fall Party

Its that time of year again! Oh my goodness how this year is FLYING by! I am still stuck in August!

This year I did not spend a lot...trying to be frugal now that we are in our new house...we are wanting to pay it off as quickly as possible! Since we were being frugal I think the party turned out to be one of the best! After the party my hubby and I started counting all the people and I had around 35!

For the food:
1. Homemade bread, my other breadmaker killed the last loaf:( thankfully a friend brought some bread:) I love friends:)
2.  Homemade soups: there was none left! I made broccoli cheese soup, chili (using my dried tomatoes and homemade sauce) and my chicken rice soup of which they were scraping the bottom of the bowl:)
3.  Homemade pumpkin muffins, banana bread with chocolate chips and apple crisp....I did buy cupcakes at sam's because...well I was tired:(

Here are some pics!  The weather was a little chilly but oh how I loved the fact that the cornfield had not been harvested yet! Gave the best backdrop for pictures!!!!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hawaii Inspiration

I adore making soap.  It calms me...when I'm out in nature now I think of how the combinations will go in soap...God is a wonderful artist and you can see that in His creation!

Without further delay here is my inspiration behind my soap! sc

Monday, October 14, 2013

Apples and Jelly and Pumpkin Patches

I have been so busy with this house! Painting and purging! This past weekend I had a garage sale and now it sits at the curb waiting to be picked up by a local charity.  It seems that everyone I know is purging or moving??? CRAZY!

I will be taking pics today of the completed rooms in our house...the rest will have to wait until this winter when I have more time to paint and purge even more!  We are settling in well...but life is crazy busy! So busy in fact that today I have taken a break from all activities to catch up on projects and allow us to breathe a little! 

Here are some pics that we took at the orchard and the Pumpkin Patch!  I also learned that I have been so wasteful! I learned that I should take my apple peels and cores to make apple jelly! Did you know that????

All I needed to do was take the apple peels and cores and place in large pot, cover the apples with water and put on low allowing them to cook down.  Then I just took my immersion blender and blended it up, put in a strainer and then followed the directions on my sure jell box.  I ended up with four jars of apple jelly goodness from practically NOTHING!