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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

5 Ways To Connect With Your Child

Whether you have one child or several children, you must be intentional about connecting with them. Especially if you have children with medical-special needs and children who are relatively healthy. Life often revolves around the medically needy child(ren) and the other child(ren) may feel left out. You will want to find ways to connect with your child on a regular basis - daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly.

Our healthy children do not know life any differently, but as parents we know that we often focus more on the medical-needy children and take our healthy children for granted. We interact, teach, play, and spend time with all of our children every day, but we don't often get to have one-on-one time with each of them to really talk and let them talk. We have learned to be more intentional about carving out special time with our children.

Whether you have one child or several children, you must be intentional about connecting with them. Especially if you have children with medical-special needs and children who are relatively healthy. Life often revolves around the medically needy child(ren) and the other child(ren) may feel left out. You will want to find ways to connect with your child on a regular basis - daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

50 Date Ideas For Valentine's Day Or Any Day

I love practical, comfortable, and relaxing dates with my husband. But, I also enjoy doing new things, exploring, and having a good time with him! Valentine's Day and other special dates (like your wedding anniversary) are a great excuse to plan a date with your man. I definitely support weekly date nights, but making Valentine's Day extra special is even more fun!

I have listed every type of date I can think of from frugal to extravagant, plus several ideas from around the web, to give you great options to spend time with your best friend celebrating your marriage union and love for each other. What is your favorite date? Please share in the comments!

50 date ideas for Valentine's Day or ANY day - from frugal to extravagant! Keep your marriage a priority in your life!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Embracing A Special Needs Life

I recently had a revelation that it is TOTALLY okay for us to modify our life to fit our special needs family -- without leaving the special needs kids out! Yes, it is harder than going to an event alone or just bringing our "healthy" kids. But we are a family and we have special needs. 

"I know that we need to be less fearful as parents and more fearless of living our special needs life to its fullest! I pray that my husband & I are both able to fully embrace our life (as it is) and bloom into the family God wants us to be! I am praying that we can show our kids, by example, that our joy is not based on our circumstances! "

Thursday, January 21, 2016

31 Things For Stay At Home Moms To Do For Fun

As stay-at-home wives and homeschool moms, it is hard to get out of the house to try new things. That's really okay, though, because making our house a home, being there for our husbands, and raising our children are very important reasons!

That does not mean that we can not have some hobbies of our own or do things that we love. You can even earn a supplemental income doing what you love! I love writing and researching, so I naturally am drawn to those types of activities that can be done at home.

However, there are SO many things you can do from the comfort of your own home without sacrificing time away from your husband & kids. Whether it is 15-minutes or 1-hour, you can find time in your day before the kids wake up, or when they are napping or otherwise occupied, to do something you enjoy.

Whether you have a passion for cooking, teaching, coloring, reading, crafting, or anything else... there is something here for just about anyone!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Encourage. Embrace. Bloom.

In all of the years that I have had this blog and shared my heart about this or that, I was never clear about my mission and desire. Looking back, I can finally see the underlying theme of my blog and the core message I want to share.

Do you know that this life is but a blink in time compared to eternity? Do you know that the pain and suffering of this life is worth it? Do you know that what we consider "bad" things, are not necessarily bad at all? How can it be bad to go through loss, hurt, and sorrow if the outcome is rebirth, renewed hope, and eternity with Jesus?


Wife, homeschool mom, special needs mom, grieving mom, homemaker, child of God: I want to encourage you to fully embrace this life that God has given you and bloom into the beautiful creature that He wants you to be! I want to point you towards Jesus at every turn. I want you to know that He is all that you need.

I want you to know that no matter what you are struggling with, going through, or enduring; GOD has you in the palm of His hand. He knows all that you have been through and all that you will go through, and guess what?? He will use it ALL for your good and His glory! 

Do you know that this life is but a blink in time compared to eternity? Do you know that the pain and suffering of this life is worth it? Do you know that what we consider "bad" things, are not necessarily bad at all? We experience hard things, yes... But not BAD things. How can it be bad to go through loss, hurt, and sorrow if the outcome is rebirth, renewed hope, and eternity with Jesus? 

I believe that sorrow and suffering are blessings in disguise. I can look back through my own life of grief, loss, and sorrow and see what God has done through it all. I can see how He has carried me, shaped me, used it all to bring glory to His Holy name. And I know that He will continue to do so!

The state of our souls is what matter the most. If struggling through trials is what it takes to bring me to the feet of Jesus, then may it be so. It is at the feet of Jesus that I long to be!

"Lord, may You always turn my heart towards You whether in suffering, sorrow, joy, or rejoicing! 
May I always trust You and Your will through each step of my life!" 

I want to encourage you to seek & find the blessings in your day. Whether small or big, find something to be grateful for and praise God!

Embrace the here and now. Choose joy today.

Nurture and care for the life you have been given and the people you have been given to love. Cling to Jesus for strength. Bloom where you are! 

2 Corinthians 4:

"Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;

Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."

AMEN! 

Friday, January 8, 2016

2016 Reading List For Mom - 13 Nonfiction Books!

You know, I used to be an avid reader. I used to read Christian fiction, devouring one book per night.

But, then I had kids. And not just any kids... but, special-medical needs kids. Reading for pleasure stopped for lack of time and energy.

I replaced Janette Oke and Lori Wick with Dr. Seuss and Little Golden Books. Can anyone else relate?

Don't get me wrong, I love reading to my kids! I have loved introducing my kids to some of my childhood favorites like The Little House Series, The Chronicles of Narnia, the Mandie Books, and so on.

This school year, we have been enjoying several new books as read alouds in our homeschool (but that is for another post!). It has been a joy to get back into a regular routine of reading to my kids. Since my autoimmune disease diagnosis in 2012, I have been slow to getting back to doing all of those -seemingly- little things in life ... like reading to my kids every day!

As part of my mission to #BloomIn2016, I have been wanting to allow myself a little time for creativity, aside from the time time spent being creative with my kids (but still within my own home, surrounded by my kids). I started art journaling this month (and love it!) and now I am wanting to read some mom books! I no longer have a great desire to read fiction, though, so my list reflects that.

Check out the books I hope to read (listed in no particular order) and let me know in the comments what's on your reading list in 2016!

As part of my mission to #BloomIn2016, I have been wanting to allow myself a little time for creativity, aside from the time time spent being creative with my kids (but still within my own home, surrounded by my kids). I started art journaling this month (and love it!) and now I am wanting to read some mom books! I no longer have a great desire to read fiction, though, so my list reflects that.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Welcoming 2016 (My "Word" and Goals)

I have been praying about my Word for 2016. The word itself has no power over the year ahead, but the process of choosing it does make a difference in my life. It causes me to pause, to ponder, to pray, to think about the last year and contemplate what I would like the next year to be. 

First and foremost, I want 2016 to be exactly what my Lord wills it to be. I do not want any single thing to happen without the Lord's blessing. I do not want to desire or chase after any single thing that is not of Him and for Him. I pray that my "goals" and my hopes for the future will be transformed into what God already knows to be best for me, my family, and our life! 


Several words came to mind as I thought about what I'd like to study, meditate on, and pray over in 2016. Intentional, Grow, Rest, Contentment. In the end, I have come to a word that can encompass all of those to some extent.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Make 2016 The Best Year Ever With These FREE Resources!

Hey Friends! My inbox has been overflowing with some pretty amazing planning and goal-setting resources for 2016 and the best part is, they all have free options (click each link below for details - some may be free for a limited time)!

I am saving a lot of money this year from just choosing what I need from a variety of places to create the perfect custom planner and goal-setting printables for my Christian walk, homemaking, homeschool, and business!

I wanted to put them all in one place for you, so I have gathered them all to share with you here!

 I am saving a lot of money this year from just choosing what I need from a variety of places to create the perfect custom planner and goal-setting printables for my Christian walk, homemaking, homeschool, and business!

Monday, December 14, 2015

You May Need To Change Your Homeschool Curriculum

You have found the perfect homeschool curriculum; you love teaching with it and your child enjoys working through it. You don't want to change curriculum, but sometimes life happens and you must switch things up to better fit your family's lifestyle. You should NOT feel guilty about it!

Perhaps you have had a new baby, are experiencing morning sickness, have medical needs or special needs children, are facing your own health crisis, or simply need to approach your homeschool in a new way. There are many practical reasons you may need to change you homeschool curriculum.

Obviously, you shouldn't be investing a lot of money into products you do not plan to use and you should do your diligent research before making a purchase. However, the sanity and peace in your home is more important than struggling through a program that just does not fit with your current situation just for the sake of "finishing it"!
There are many practical reasons you may need to change you homeschool curriculum.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Give Back Joyfully

We have been on the receiving end of generosity so many times over the years! Whether through gifts of food, clothing, special needs/medical items, or money, we have been incredibly blessed and thankful for the love of others! It is important to teach our children to give back joyfully and to see that giving to others blesses us. We don't give expecting something in return, but the very act of giving is where the blessing is. The best way to teach our children generosity is by example.

(Speaking of giving back... don't forget to enter the amazing giveaway at the end of this post. I am excited to take part in your chance of winning $500 Paypal cash! --GIVEAWAY CLOSED--)

There are so many ways to give back joyfully and meaningfully. If you have ever been on the receiving end of some one's generosity (we all have been, haven't we??), then you know how much hope and comfort that any small act of kindness can bring! Here are a 5 ways to give back joyfully.
There are so many ways to give back joyfully and meaningfully. If you have ever been on the receiving end of some one's generosity (we all have been, haven't we??), then you know how much hope and comfort that any small act of kindness can bring! Here are a 5 ways to give back joyfully.

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