Friday, April 27, 2012

Our Journey through Unemployment..

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future


After 24 years with his company, and after a seriously rough few weeks. My dh was let go from his job.

I have such sadness, not because he was let go but more because this was originally my grandfathers business, and with dh working there.. it was still somehow a connection to my grandfather whose been gone for several years now.

I will miss the smell of the "shop" . I will miss seeing the equipment my grandfather started out with in his garage. I will miss the familiarity of it all. It's a closing chapter for me personally. I still miss my grandfather.

For my husband, I am happy.  I can't imagine the pressure he felt in his life for him to come home from being fired and he physically looked relieved.

He said for the first time in years he can breathe! What a sense of burden he must have felt. My heart aches for him.

My husband has no fear about this. He is completely confident that the Lord will take care of us, and this.

My husband is usually a quiet man when it comes to his relationship with the Lord. But lately he has been very vocal about it. He has shared scriptures with me, he has shared his intimate feelings with me about his relationship with the Lord. And where he feels the Lord is directing this. Although he's not sure, he only knows that he will follow the Lords prompting.   He compares himself to the apostles in the boat, doubting the Jesus can calm  the seas.. except He know that Jesus has this for him!

That is amazing to me.

So I will follow his lead. I will try to not let my mind wander to places it shouldn't. I will not be fearful of the unknown. I will not worry about the future.

I will only rest in Jesus. And his plan for our family.

I look forward to sharing this journey with you.

From My Heart to Yours..
Blessings

Monday, April 23, 2012

Saturday Projects


We had  beautiful Saturday here on the East Coast.

First thing we did in the morning was go to a camper show. We love to go look at the new campers that are out. It's just a fun way to spend some family time together doing what we all love.

Then we made a pit stop in Lowes! So glad we did.  I picked up two gallons of paint for my boys bedroom on clearance for $5.00 a gallon, and some redwood stain $5.00, and several cans of black spray paint for a project I had at home that I wanted to do, while the weather was wonderful.

So we came home and set up shop. Dh put a large speaker outside for me and I plugged my laptop into the mixer and we put on a pandora station. I love listening to old time music, so we started with classical Italian and then later in the day switched to the "swing" genre.

Anywho, I have these metal chairs and table that I moved to a nook on the side of my house. The only problem was the chairs and table were green and my house is green.. and they didn't match.. so I wanted to spray paint the chairs and table black. 


Before:





After:






I had to slide it down from it's original spot that I wanted, as dh put in the window air conditioner and I didn't want to have a seat so close to it.


We then started the process of staining the playground in the back yard.


This is not finished yet, so you'll have to wait to see the afters of it. But we did start it.. and it was just soaking up the stain!! It was in desperate need of it!!!


And finally after months of our dishwasher being broken, someone gifted us with a new to us dishwasher!!!!  So dh put that in as well this weekend.

The kids are very happy about this!!! :)


Sunday it poured all day and we weren't able to do anymore outdoor projects but I did make two batches of chili and spent some time with family.


From My Home to Yours..

Blessings

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Things I'm grateful for............

crisp cool spring mornings


daddy starting the woodstove before he leaves for work


quiet time with the Lord


Children who slept in today


beautiful spring day to hang laundry on the line.


a 17yr daughter, that's not feeling well and still wants to cuddle mom.

a two mile walk with the kids to go out for pizza

an afternoon nap


most of the children out for wednesday night services, while I'm at home with the youngest who is not feeling so good.

soft tissues

warm tubbies

dragontales


crisp rain nights

warm fires


phone call from my dad


peaceful home

candles burning


unending love

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Good Friday/Easter

Since we've been doing Sunday dinners for awhile now, and we knew this past Sunday (Easter) we wouldn't be having one. We opened up our home on Good Friday.

Ashley made several pizza crusts in the am, and we lined the counter with tins filled with white, wheat/white, and some with herbs in the dough.

We sliced several toppings, bacon, sausage, red and green peppers, pepperoni, olives, broccoli, and ricotta for a white pizza.

And then we opened the house to come on by for pizza, and egg dying.

My cousins came over too and we filled 300 eggs with candy, rubber jewelry, tattoos, cookies, peeps and so on!!







We had a wonderful time of food, fellowship and fun! Our re-focus on our families has been a wonderful experience for us.

We are reconnecting, and building relationships.

I am so reminded of how Jesus was with his earthly family, then his spiritual family, and then he himself reconnected with his earthly family.

Remember that even if you have unsaved family members, Jesus wants you to be a witness to them. You can encourage them, and they can see you as a living example of his love for us and them.




The above song has truly confirmed the changes that we have been making over the past few months, that we are doing the right thing, and loving as God loves us. 

Ok so on to Easter...  On Easter morning, I made resurrection rolls! What a fantastic way to remind the children of Jesus' death and resurrection.

We then went to church and off to my aunts farm for a wonderful Easter dinner, Egg Hunt and just some great time with family.












Hope you all had a wonderful Resurrection Sunday..

Thanking God for all  his blessings he bestows on us.




Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hubby was in an accident....

Proverbs 31

11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

The blaring ring of the phone woke me on Tuesday morning... 7:15am... I knew as soon as I looked at the clock, something was wrong. No one calls here that early..

I quickly peel a child out of my arms and trying to not wake her, before the phone does. She had a restless night.

"hello" in a whisper.. as I was still in my bedroom.

Walking out of my room, I hear my darling hubbys nervous voice, "I was in an accident"

Me, "Are you ok"...
Him, "yes"
Me" do you need me to come?"
Him, "no, I'll call you"
He explained what happened. His company truck was pretty messed up, and the air bags went off.


He said he had some airbag burn, felt ok, just stressed.

Next call I got was from him in the police car, the officer was kind enough to drop him off at work.
The conversation, went along the lines of, I'm ok.. but I didn't take my blood pressure meds today, and I've got a headache.  I offered to bring him his meds at work. Dh works about an hour from home. He said No, don't waste the gas, I'll be ok... You know all the stuff your hard working husband says. because he's not thinking of himself, he's only thinking of the cost of gas from me to drive our suburban and hour away.

We make some more small talk, he hangs up.



but yesterday he told me the conversation, him and the officer had while he was driving him to work.

You see the officer heard me offer to bring dh his meds. After dh hung up with me the officer said, "your wife was going to drive all the way out here to bring you your medicine"
"yup" hubby replies.
"you have a good wife" the officer says to him.

I'm guessing my dh smiled, cause he told me that he went on to tell him, yes he does. And how we have 5 children, with one on the way., and how I cook from scratch, homeschool, and make sure everyone is taken care of... he sang some praises of me... which I have to tell you was nice to hear a bit, as hubby and I are very sarcastic with one another. So him telling me this was sweet. :)

"Your a lucky man" says the officer, I would love a large family but don't think the wife and I could handle it.


Dh arrived at work, he told the officer to have a great day.

But when dh was telling me the story, he said he felt a little sad for the officer. 

We got to talking about how selfish our society is, and how prevalent it stands out in even marriages.


And I just think, if more woman just followed what God wants us to do, how honoring would that be to our husbands and to our Lord.

Hubby wound up going to the hospital to get checked out. Luckily his blood pressure was good. They scripted him some pain relievers and muscle relaxers and gave him the next 3 days off work.

He's been home resting.. and seeing how our day goes. Last night he said he was exhausted!  He finds work easier, but that he loved being home with us.

Blessings~~
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