HSV garden challenge & link up

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This is the first year I’ve ever tried my hand at a vegetable garden. I don’t really consider planting flowers in the front boxes gardening but I guess some could. This year as part of our homeschool, we decided we would grow some vegetables though. We started with seed packs and a greenhouse tray. Not ever growing vegetables and trying my hand at a variety we planted 24 pods with carrots, green beans, cucumbers, watermelons, and lettuce. Not thinking about how things would mature and harvest at the same time, I seeded 12 watermelons! You can insert a laugh at me here:) because who needs 12 watermelons!!!!!
That was just the half of the funny part. The other is about 3 – 4 weeks after planting them it was time to transplant them into the garden. My husband tilled up and made me a raised bed of 8 x 5 foot. He hauled in a truck load of “good” dirt as well. Well, with spacing requirements, we only got to plant about 1/4 of the tray. I had already planted 6 onion bulbs, and bought 3 tomato plants, and 4 strawberry plants. Needless to say, we ran out of room. So I took some plants to a friends and well, the rest just got wasted 😦 I planted a little early in the season as well and we had some frosty nights, so I’d cover and uncover the garden daily. Except once, I forgot to uncover it and the next day it was 70 something degrees out. Apparently not good for plants to be covered. Some of the plants died. Then we left the dog in the back yard one day while we were out and about. No biggie right? WRONG-O!!!!! Ruger apparently doesn’t like to be left outside alone. He is usually crated when we go out but the weather was nice and we recently securely fenced the back yard so it seemed like a good idea. He ate and/or dug up everything but one lone tomato plant! All that hard work for nothing. Never fear. We bought and replanted strawberries, tomatoes, and cucumber. I have lettuce growing in the greenhouse pods as well. I’m hoping to get a little chicken wire to put around the garden box to keep the dog out, but for now we are not leaving him alone back there. Here is the not so finished, finished project. I hope you enjoy! And don’t forget, click on the button above to read about others gardens as well.

Happy Gardening,
Tiffany

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Weekend revelation

What a great weekend! We spent the weekend together with family and friends and it was jam packed with fellowship and good eats! You know, with a family OUR size, we don’t get invited in much. Or maybe it’s that we’re “weird”. I don’t know but mostly just my sis or mom will invite us to stuff. It’s ok, we’re used to it, so don’t go getting all smooshy on me and send me an invite to your next event 😉 LOL. This weekend was a bit different and I’m so grateful for the time I got to spend with friends and family. Saturday night we had a nice time at my sisters house. The kids played ball with paps and ran around, her husband grilled, she made some inside food, and the older kids made snow-cones for everyone. Overall the conversation was great, and we had no real “incidents” with the kiddos. On the way home that night, as the kids were singing acupella praise songs, I sat in pure joy of the family God has chosen for me! I thought of all the times I’ve taken for granted there tender love and there presence. I quietly said a prayer of thanksgiving for them and asked God to give me a new love for them. All of them, husband, sister, mother, brother, father. I know He is willing and more than able to!

On Sunday we had a cook out at my very good friends house. We went and let the kids swim in her pool and the adults talked and listened to music. It was great to be able to kick back and just relax in great company. They have 5 kids as well, so my crew doesn’t seem so massive to her. We just kicked back and enjoyed the fellowship. Hubby got to play a few rounds of corn hole and I got to sit under a nice big shade tree and converse with my lovely friend. It’s so nice to be able to sit and relax and not have things so rushed and planned. I quite enjoyed myself. We left there to go to Aunt Valerie’s house. My husband, who had lost touch with his family for about 15 years, recently reunited himself with family. Aunt Val was one of those people. She warmly welcomed us into her home and treated the kids like they were her own. It’s great to see that some people are just good! Good in nature, good hearted, all around good. I basked under the patio umbrella as everyone swam and splashed and played. She treated my family as her family and that’s something to be noticed. Have you ever went somewhere and felt uncomfortable because the way you or your children are being treated? Like your somehow not as important or special? I have and at Val’s house, it’s completely the opposite. She had more love and joy pouring out of her than I’ve seen in a long time. It got me thinking though. Do I love people like that? That kind of love that just radiates off of her? Do I make people feel loved? I can tell you that on a milk is spilled for the millionth time, tattle telling, dog got mud on the floor kind of day, probably not. But why? Does God tell us to love only when things are going great? Only when we can have company and put on our happy faces and hid the dirt in our lives under the rug? I don’t think so! So then why is it so hard for us? Why can’t we seem to look at the spilled milk as God being poured out for us? Why can’t we see that tattle telling is a way for me to teach my kids love and kindness for one another? Why can’t we look at the muddy paw prints just like Jesus looked at our sin? He just washed it away graciously. Satan! That’s why! He has come to steal, kill, and destroy. Steal our joy. Kill our kindness or futile attempts at it. Destroy our family. I am not going to let that happen. I can’t. My hope is in the Lord. So the next time the milk gets spilled, and believe me I can probably predict the time today in which that will happen, I will look at the mess differently. I will stop and thank God for pouring himself out for me. I will thank my child for giving me that visual. I will clean up the mess with a glad heart and a right mind. And, who knows, maybe the spilled milk was a way for God to show me all of this. Maybe after today I will never have to clean up spilled milk again. Or maybe I’m wishfully thinking 😉

Blessings to you!

family matters

It’s so good to be able to NOT feel alone. I recently read a blog post about a women who believed a lie for a good many years on having babies. I too have believed that lie along with millions of other women in this nation and beyond. The lie that you CAN have too many children. The lie that a said number is enough. The lie that children are a burden, a hindrance. Then one day, your eyes are opened to the truth in Gods word. Children are a heritage of the Lord, offspring a REWARD from himPsalm 127:3 Notice it says a REWARD! When was the last time someone, maybe even you, looked at children as a reward? It took me a good number of years to see that. Now with 5 kids of my own, a grown stepdaughter, and a heart to have as many children as God wants I see them that way. I’m not perfect. I have and currently am using birth-control. I long to get rid of this IUD. I long to have more children. I long to walk in the blessing. I long to walk in Gods will. It is Gods will for us to trust him with our family size. It is Gods will for us to trust him to provide for said family size. It is Gods will for us! I believe it in my heart. I believe it with everything I am. Do you? Won’t you, if your still believing that lie, search out what Gods word says about children? What Gods word says is a blessing to a woman? What Gods will is for your life? Comment below and let me know what it is that God has opened your eyes to. Lets encourage and lift up one another! Blessings:)

weekly memory verse week 7

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve sent out some scripture to memorize. I think it’s high time we get back into Gods word and learn from it. Here is the scripture we will be learning this week. I hope you enjoy digging in.

The living, the living- they praise you, as I am doing today; parents tell their children about your faithfulness.
Isaiah 38:19

It’s hard on days when the bills need paid and there isn’t enough funds. The car breaks down, yet again. The laundry is piled up. The dishes need done in order to cook dinner. The …… fill in the blank just happens. In that moment are you praising God? I’m GUILTY! I don’t! Not always anyways! I try to see the bright side. I try to look at life as glass half full, but honestly I fail more times than not. This week I propose to you and to my own family that in those times, and you know better than I what your times are, I will praise God. I will praise him for the temper tantrum, it’s a way to grow my patience. I will praise him for the piled high dishes, it means I was doing something else meaningful. I will praise him for HIS provision for my family, whether it’s big or small this week, as it teaches me to trust Him more. I will praise him! Will you? Comment below and let all of us know what you are praising God for!

Blessings,
Tiffany

weekly memory verse week 6

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.
Ecclesiastes 3:1

This verse is dear to me this week. Since January we have been a season of rest for us. Not just individually but as a family as well. We have stepped away from our usual ministries and rested with our family. You ever get so busy that you forget what your priorities are? Yeah! That was us, so it was time and God somehow knew that. We have nourished and babied our ministry at home within our family. I am much appreciative of God for giving us this season. At first it was really hard. We continued to feel a sense of emptiness like we we’re “supposed” to be doing something, but as we go on in our restful state and looking back on the past 6 months, I’m glad God has given us rest. It has given me a chance to sit and birth this ministry. Yes, that is what I consider this blog. A way to reach out and encourage other moms and families. To share Gods word. To give a little piece of our “so not normal” life.
What season has God got you in? Are you where you’re supposed to be? Are you enjoying your season? Whatever it may be comment below and let me know. I’d love to pray for you and encourage you in your season!

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So much to say

I have so much to say. So much I want to tell you. So much stirring in my heart. But the words never come. They don’t make it to this page or anywhere else. They are just ramblings jumbled in my head. I want so badly to tell you…….. but the right words never come out. Do you ever feel like that? Surely I’m not the only one!?!? Right? Sometimes I just sit and think about things, wondering if in 5 minutes or 5 hours I’ll remember them so that I might share them here. Most of the time though they are never more than a passing thought. How do I get them to appear here? Well, I write them down, I’m advised by many. Seems simple enough, but with 5 kids, a dog, a cat, a fish, homeschooling, and home keeping who has the time to carry a notebook around with them and stop on a whim when a thought crosses there mind? Do you? I don’t, nor do I wear pants with pockets in them 🙂 on most days. So how do I effectively blog what God puts on my heart without writing them down? I’m still at a loss for the answer to that question but I do know one thing. I pray before my hands hit the keyboard. I ask God to give me the words HE wants me to type. I ask that HIS love and mercy are revealed when I share. I ask that HE strengthen me. I know without a doubt that He will always be faithful if I’m asking with a pure heart.

There are times in my life that I fail. I mean MISERABLY fail. As a mom I’m pretty sure we all have our days where we feel like we’ve failed. Whether it be as a mom, wife, friend, sister. We have all been there. Recently I have felt that I should be doing more, but my body won’t let me. I am so tired it seems before morning snack time arrives. I rest, I slow down, but inside I feel like I’m failing. I feel like I should have all the energy in the world. Let me give you a little snippet of how my day flows. 4:50 a.m. get up, start coffee, make the love of my life breakfast, then lunch. Sit and talk with him while he eats and gets ready for work, and check my faithbuilders verse for the day. By 6 a.m. I’m back in bed to rest/ sleep until the kids get up. They usually wake me up somewhere around 9 a.m. I’m back up getting breakfast made for them, starting my morning chores and figuring out what needs to be done for the day. I usually assign math and language arts school work and let them get busy. I attend to the 4 year old and fiddle around the house. Around 12 ish we take time for lunch which usually is made by each individual child, except 4 year old. I’m at this time starting to feel drained and wondering how I’m going to make it till 9p.m. By 1 mom usually needs a nap. I lay down until 2:30 or so then it’s back up to get to the grind. We do afternoon chores, have a snack, play outside, and I try to get dinner ready. Around 6 ish dad gets home and I sit a spell with him before finalizing dinner. After dinner, almost nightly, my husband and I have coffee on the porch while the kids do evening chores. Then it’s time to finish laundry, get through baths and showers, read, relax, blog or anything else. Somewhere around 9:30 my head hits the pillow again. In between these things there are always bickering to attend to, preschool work to be done, the BIG chores to get done and so on. So how can I feel like I’m failing if I accomplish all that in a day you may ask. I just do. I sometimes feel that I didn’t make enough time for one person or the other. I feel I should’ve loved on so and so more. I should’ve sent that card to someone who is hurting. I should’ve called so and so and congratulated them. I failed. Or did I?

God sometimes has such a subtle way of reminding us our purpose. He gently tells us that it’s all going to be ok. He speaks to us through his word and into our hearts. I am reminded that home, yes my own home, is my ministry. That I succeeded greatly today by sharing his word with my children. That I can count it a success when the children learn to forgive each other for there shortcomings. That I can be proud that I “get up while it’s still night; she provides food for her family”(proverbs 31:15) That I “speak wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue”(proverbs31:26) I can count it a success that all my children were loved on and told they are loved a gazillion times! I can rest easy at the end of the day no matter how much dust is on the shelf or how many loads of laundry still need to be finished because today, I did what I was called to do. I LOVED!

We Went On Vacation

I did not fall off the face of the earth or stop writing this blog. I just took a much needed break from life and the family and I went to the beach! Yeah! It was so nice and relaxing. We choose to rent a condo in Destin Florida right on the beach and man was it amazing! We spent most of our days just relaxing on the beach and at the pool and taking naps that were much needed. The scenery there is just beautiful. God is so creative! The emerald water and the white sugary sand is just to die for. I will say though that never been to Destin before the see thru water was a bit scary at first.

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It was so nice to be able to just leave everything at home and go away. Dad took each of the kids on a special date. We drew numbers before we left and that determined the order in which they would go. It was awesome to see the kids and dad come back grinning from ear to ear because they got that special time together. I received a date as well! We had a nice dinner at A.J.’s and then took a nice LONG stroll on the boardwalk. We were in much need of a quiet evening alone.

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I hope to get this blog back on track in the next week or so. Get it back to it’s original purpose, encouraging others, sharing Gods word, and giving testimony of Gods great love. Stick around theres more to come!

Blessings To You!

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