Change Happens Every Day

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Change happens every day; however some changes are harder to deal with than others. We as adults have to be flexible and to adapt to any given situation. What do you do for your children when change rocks their world? My children have in the last two years endured two family members with cancer and treatments (I was one), one with open heart surgery, two with major surgeries a bicep repair and back/neck repair, and the moving away of close family members.  Through all of this turmoil they are being flexible and adapting to each new circumstance.  This is not to say we have not had our tough days or moments. As a parent we try to shield … [Read more...]

{15} 4th of July *DIY* Videos: Recipes – Decorations – Entertaining

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1. 4th of July Desserts: Sugar Cookie Stars with a Surprise Center - Better Homes and Gardens 2. DIY 4th of July 3D Star Banner - HGTV Handmade 3. American Flag Cake for The 4th of July Dessert - Cookies Cupcakes and Cardio 4. 4th of July Treats - Hey Kayli 5. AMERICAN FLAG CAKE POPS - Todd's Kitchen 6. Raspberry Lemonade Recipe - Noreen's Kitchen 7. 4th of July: Treats, Decorations, & Party Decorating Ideas - Fashionistalove22 8. Patriotic Star Ice Cream Sandwiches - 4th of July Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe - Crouton Crackerjacks 9. Red White & Blueberry Cake | 4th of July Recipe! - Hilah … [Read more...]

{5} Great *4th of July* Family Crafts & Food

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As a military family our house does it up big for the 4th. Sometimes I think I have the only kids who hold this day higher in fun than any other holiday. As we move into the festive fun I would like to share some great ideas that you can do with your family for the 4th. While you're on these sites make sure to browse... these lovely ladies aren't just awesome on the 4th. There are great year-round ideas for you and your family. Hope you enjoy!  Looking for crafts you can do with your kids? Try Crafty Morning's 4th of July Crafts. Make some Easy Patriotic DIY Artwork by Satisfaction Through Christ. I think this is adorable. Wouldn't … [Read more...]

A Fashionista of a Different Kind

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There are memories I have of my childhood that are extremely clear in my mind—the times of playing catch with my father, of playing dolls with my friends, or the first time my mom taught me how to use the stove.   Not all the memories are good, but nevertheless, they are clear. There are other memories that are not as clear; these are generally places where I got into trouble with my sisters (said tongue-in-cheek), or where I might have been too small to fully comprehend what I seeing or hearing.   My husband and I often laugh at how much we saw but did not fully understand until now—as adults—our perspective is totally different. Then … [Read more...]

We Need to Love

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O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.  Psalm 139:1 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the everlasting way.  Psalm 139: 23-24 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander; along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragment offering and sacrifice to God.  Ephesians 4:31 – 5:2 These were the … [Read more...]

The Cleanup Team

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Here’s a confession for you: In my earlier years, I totally made fun of anyone that remotely looked like a “tree hugger”.  Sure, I’d recycle and clean up after myself; that’s how I was taught. However, I didn’t understand the time and energy that people would put into “saving the earth” protest or boycotting certain companies and products.  (I still don’t get the whole chaining-yourself-to-a-tree-to-save-it philosophy, but that’s another post for another day.) Fast forward many, many years and I do believe I’m starting to learn more than I ever did about our world and our place in it. Recently, our family has teamed up with our … [Read more...]

Speaking the Truth

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“Some people make cutting remarks, But the words of the wise bring healing.” Proverbs 12:18 Words are powerful. We can use our words to encourage a friend or to speak truth into someone's life. As Christians we like to remind each other that we need to, “Speak the truth”. Some times the rest of that verse is included and other times it isn't. “Speak the truth in LOVE” “Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.” Ephesians 4:15 But what exactly does that mean for our everyday lives? What does it look like to speak the truth so that we are … [Read more...]