Monday, August 13, 2018

What's That Quote? #19(Hope, Lamentations 3:24 KJV)

What's That Quote?

Are you filled with hope today?
I sure hope so!
(I know, I'm a nerd)

"The Lord is my portion, saith my soul. Therefore will I hope in Him"
Lamentations 3:24

How awesome is that?
The Bible tells us that The Lord is our(mine, yours, and everyone who believes) portion!
Portion in biblical days means inheritance, reward, allotment.
The Lord is our portion. He is all we need! He really is the whole enchilada! And,... a side of guac!
What more could we possibly need?
The Bible is telling us,... Hey,! He's here! He's got you! He's got everything covered!
The Lord is our portion, saith my soul!
Say it again for those in the back!
The Lord is MY portion, saith my soul!
Therefore will I hope in Him!
That's a pretty easy concept to understand. He is offering us every reward, every HOPE we could imagine!
This is one of many verses we should be reminded of daily! We should be sharing with everyone we know. We should be shouting it from the rooftops!
The Lord IS my portion!
This world is rough! It is a terribly scary place. We live in days of violence, crime, fear, sin, drugs, despair, and tragedy. 
We all have hope for better days, easier days. But, where are you putting your hope? Is it in the Lord?
Are you praying for your portion? For your hope to come from Him?
This verse gives us all hope. A hope that we can have something far better. Better than we can even imagine most days!
We have hope!

Hope is defined by Mr. Webster as...
Hope: To desire, especially with an expectation that the wish will be granted.
Well, I'm not waiting for a genie to grant me any wishes!

I will put my hope in the Lord!
I will praise Him only and my portion will be the Lord! 
I HOPE this quote for today has given you all some Hope!
Happy Monday Y'all!  

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Our List of 8 Great Bedtime Stories

Our List of
Great Bedtime Stories

  I believe the only thing for me that is more precious than that glorious bedtime; that time when we are all winding down and feeling relaxed and at ease, are mornings.
I love the sound of those little feet hitting the floor at the crack of dawn. Hearing their first words of the day..."Momma, I'm awake!"
I know, I'm a mushy momma! But, bedtime is so important. It really is.  To have some sort of routine. Something that helps them know that this time is needed, for them and yourself.
I know every night won't be the same. Schedules change, kids get sick, they have needs and demands that come up as the clock ticks on.
You're tired, you have things to finish up. We've all been there!
So, on those nights that do go as planned, make it a good time to bond. Take advantage of those moments when they know your sole focus is on them and that you cherish this time.
 Sharing a story with a child is one of the best ways to share some time with them.

We read a TON of books around here! I even started a Goodreads account for little E a while back. It helps me to keep track of most of the books we've read together.
I realized when sorting through her books and trying to get them organized that we really do have a lot of books about bedtime. That seems to be a theme that we both enjoy and they really do help her relax and want to listen to the story.
A few of our favorites, or ones that we seem to read and re-read, over and over are listed below.

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Great Bedtime Stories

1. Night Noises by Mem Fox
2. Tell me something Happy Before I Go to Sleep by Joyce Dunbar
3. Good Night, Wonder Pets by Simon Spotlight/Nick Jr.
4. Snug As a Bug by Michael Elsohn Ross
5. Good Night, Little Rabbit by J.P. Miller
6. It's Time to sleep, My Love by Nancy Tillman (my favorite)
7. Bedtime for Peppa by Scholastic
8. Night-Night, Sleep Tight by Jerry Smath

I hope you enjoy our list, and make reading a time to bond with your little ones. It doesn't have to be  bedtime stories, or even a book! Tell them a story that you remember from your own childhood, share the when I was little stories with them. You can even have them help you tell a story. Give them an idea and see where they go with it.
I have found so many wonderful books all around. Yard sales, library sales, discount shops, thrift stores, online, and even given to us by friends. If you look, you can find a book!


What are your child's favorite books about bedtime?
Do you have a favorite?
Please share! We're always looking for new stories!

Monday, August 6, 2018

What's That Quote? #18

What's That Quote?
 Y'all, I do not know why I decided it was a good idea to do my one true, weekly posts on Mondays!
What was I thinking???
Seriously, I am struggling!
Not just with this blog and keeping consistent, but!
I already have some issues I am dealing with on the daily. Today, we have hit another...set back, inconvenience...struggle.
One more thing to add to our plate.
Today's quote, quite literally fits my day. My Monday.

"The struggle is part of your story." 
Author Unknown

Let me just say, this is going to be one hell of a story! 
I do not know who the author is that came up with this quote, but I'm pretty sure they know MY LIFE!
It probably would be easier and more organized/readable to do a bullet list post of my struggles.
Ya know, like a top 10 or something funny like that. I'd have to just laugh through it to keep myself from crying, breaking down, and completely losing it!
I really am a firm believer in finding the blessings in everyday. I know each day I have plenty of blessings and things to be grateful for. I truly do. 
Sometimes, I feel like the more I try to be good and do right and fight to be a better Christian, a better wife and mother; the more the Devil knocks me back!
I am struggling!
I hate that every time I have an ounce of peace or hope that this is it! This is the time we start seeing our hard work pay off...BAM! Back on our arses!
I'm tired of getting the kids hopes up and seeing them have that sparkle back only to have to say...Oops, my bad. Nope, can't do it!

I have been working really,...really hard and being consistent with this blog. Actually, putting in the work to try and earn a little extra to help out. I have spent hours studying, researching, reading, typing, trying new things, all to get better at this and finally start contributing.
I've been shopping and bought up a TON of new books to get little E into her preschool and reading(also to add more to my blog posts).
I feel like I'm doing all this for us, for them to better myself, for them!
I had a peace that I was getting somewhere, getting ahead.

Today, my darling calls at 10:50 am...odd because his lunch isn't until 11 am.
Hmmm. I answer the phone and hear...
"Babe, I just got fired!"
Ummmm, Excuse me...what?

Long story short, the company decided after 9 days that his contract was costing them too much and it would be an inconvenience to start over and train him elsewhere, so he could take $2.25 pay cut to be a general employee, or he could walk. He refused to walk ot on his job or take another pay cut, so they said, "Sorry, bye!"
Y'all, I'm struggling!
I need prayer! We need prayer!
How in this world do we get ahead?
Here is a part of My Struggle,...My Story
What are you struggling with today?
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