Sunday, April 4, 2021
Happy Easter! Today is the day we celebrate the risen Savior!! Praise God for His son coming as the sacrificial lamb of God!
Of course, many of us with children and grandchildren know that Easter involves candy, eggs, and the Easter Bunny, but I make sure that my children and grandchildren know the meaning behind the day. How can we not teach our children about one of the most important days in our spiritual lives?
I am so far behind on this blog and I have thought about ending it, but I can't. I decided today that I will continue it and I will dedicate myself to at least one post per week, sometimes more. My Pink Zebra business is going so good and I am so happy with what God is doing there to increase my sales and give me new team members to share my success with. I am truly dedicating all in my life to Christ now. I have been a Christian for many years and I know God is in my life, but I have recently rededicated myself to doing all in God's time and plan and not try to force things to go my way. How guilty we are of asking God to do things that truly is not in His will for our lives.
Today, I have a few prayer requests for those of you that are prayers. I know that prayer warriors are among us and I know I can count on many of those to pray for these requests. If you aren't a prayer warrior, send good vibes, love, etc.
Pray for Levi - Levi is a precious toddler that drown with his twin sister and doctors were able to revive both of them. Lainey seems to be her normal self, but little Levi was without oxygen much longer and doctors have said he suffered brain injury. However, with the dedication of his parents and a team of fabulous health care workers, Levi is showing signs of progress. Please pray for an Easter miracle that Levi awakes restored to his little active self today and shares a huge miraculous story to the world of the power of God and prayer.
Pray for Chase - Chase is a young man in our town that has struggled with Ewing's Sarcoma since he was young. Chase graduated high school in 2020 and was able to marry his high school sweetheart almost immediately after hearing that he only had a few months to live. His mother posted yesterday that sweet Chase had taken the turn that no one wanted and was currently with hospice to keep him peaceful as he transitioned from this life to his heavenly home. As much I hated to hear this news, I can't imagine making my way home on such an amazing weekend! Greeting Jesus on Easter weekend- what a plan! Here is a video of their amazing love story. If you search the internet for Chase and Sadie Smith, you will find many stories about this young man and his beautiful wife.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Here on the farm, we are experiencing another round of fairly heavy snow and are expected to get 1-3 more inches on top of the 9 or 10 we already have. I hate it, but I am thankful that I have heat, power, and water unlike so many people in Texas. My heart truly breaks for those that are without heat and power as well as water.
Many of us in the midwestern part of the United States and those in the northeast are fully equipped and aware of what a winter storm is capable of and we are generally prepared, but these poor folks are not. Many rural families near us are still on roads that are impassable due to the snow and slick conditions and our county is fairly large and rural and the highway department is capable of clearing them, but there are also many gravel roads that they can't do much with. However, due to the areas in Texas that are struggling, winter road conditions are not usually an issue and they are not equipped with items to clear roads as we do. I am hearing reports of people using their cars to stay warm and although it is not a safe decision, I am fully aware that if my children were freezing, I would attempt to do all I could to keep them warm.
I am also hearing reports of stores being out of many supplies and that gas stations are without gas, which is required for generators and other such items that can be used as a source of heat. I am fortunate that I have wood heat ( electric for backup) and I am able to cook over it in cases of no power. I also am well equipped with plenty of food ( three freezers and two pantries), but many do not store those amounts of food. I would say I could live for a few weeks without power. However, I know a few that could not live many days. I would say that water, although not the safest, could be found by melting snow, but without power and in freezing conditions that would even be hard to do.
Please, if you know anyone in Texas, reach out to them and make sure that they are safe and have essentials for a few days. I have reached out to Linda at lindaslifejournal. I have also been in contact with my cousin and her family as well as the founders of our Pink Zebra company, who live in Texas. No one should not be checked on.
Prayers to each of you until we meet again.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Snow Apocalypse has left the state and we are in for a beautiful sunny day with very cold temps. I must say that we look as though we live in a snow globe and the scenery from the winter is beautiful, but I am thankful that it is over. I am not a fan of snow or cold and have truly questioned why I live here currently.
The Side Yard
Do you notice on this photo that the snow is almost to the bottom of the picnic table bench? I know it truly looks like a mess in the yard and it is at times, but we keep it much cleaner looking in the spring and summer and I have big plans for it this year.
From the back porch
Now, this shows just how messy our porch is. There are many items here that were set here before I had surgery to be stored in the garage and barn, that no one ( mind you, three other adults live here) could put away for me. I never leave my chairs open for snow to sit in them, but no one seemed to consider that and I can't get out to do anything with them.
This is taken from my front window.
We have a metal roof and we have discovered that they are quite dangerous really. The snow build up on them can come crashing down and in this picture, you can see the ice that is building up to fall, but look at how pretty the icicles are that form from it.
Metal roofs are also not a good idea in case of a fire as it does not allow easy access into the attic. We thought we were doing a good thing when we had it put on, but we are rethinking it now.
If you are a fan of bath bombs, I highly recommend that you check out my Etsy page here. My daughter has chosen to open a bath bomb business and I will be listing for her here. She is a single mom of a 5 year old and a 4 month old and is trying to find a way that she can stay home and provide for her girls at the same time. I pray that this is one thing that will help. We help financially as we can, but she is currently struggling a bit and so, I am hoping that the many avenues that she is trying now will be an asset to her.
Until our trails meet again, may your trail be blessed and your ride be smooth!
Monday, February 15, 2021
Our corner of the world is currently under a winter storm warning and I must say with the way it is snowing, I would not be surprised if we don't get record snowfall today and tonight. We are predicted to get an inch an hour and I would say that it is fairly accurate with the snow we have now. I know many states are struggling with the same weather and I pray that you all stay safe. Please be aware of road conditions and stay in unless you have to go out.
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Our county has gone to a red travel status due to the snow and blowing conditions. Red means that only emergency personnel should be on the roads. Being that we sit on an East- West road and the wind is predicted to drift many of those closed and we are in a rural area, I am more than prepared for a long stay inside. My kids are safe and I pray that there are no emergencies within the next couple of days. I will attempt to post photos tomorrow once the snow stops.
We are predicted to get another snow storm on Thursday and I pray that it somehow misses us, but I don't think that it will. We are not to be above freezing until sometime Saturday or Sunday so we will certainly be inside for the next few days. I feel for the animals that can't be brought inside, but I am thankful that they have warm houses and they are feed daily and checked on daily.
Many businesses are closed and have sent employees home in order to keep them safe and I know families are thankful for that. My soon to be son in law is a truck driver, but he is home each night and he made it home safe and he doesn't plan to go to work tomorrow. I am thankful that he is smart enough to know that roads won't be in good shape.
This shall pass and it will just be a memory and I just pray that others are smart enough to stay safe. Sending love and prayers to each of you! God Bless until our trails meet again!
Sunday, February 7, 2021
Hello Sunday! Yes, it is a Super Bowl day here. We are not huge sports fans, but we watch the Super Bowl each year and I am a huge Patrick Mahomes fan so I will certainly be watching tonight. My husband likes Tom Brady, so our house will be as divided as the stadium would be if it were full.
Life on the farm today is simple as the chores were done early so that we could rest and relax today. It is super cold out and I truthfully, do not want to be outside. We checked on the horses, chickens, cat and one dog that is outside. Yes, he has a warm house to get into and he is checked on regularly when it is cold. The next week or two here is supposed to be really crazy cold and we may have snow the next few days, which won't make life any easier. Of course, with my foot still recovering from surgery, I am truly unable to get around outside so my husband has to do most of the work.
Who is your pick to win tonight? It feels like a game between the new upcoming talent and older talent? Patrick Mahomes is certainly set to break records set by some of the big names in NFL, such as Brady, Manning, Jones, Namath. Just to name a few. Of course, Brady has played several years and is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Brady is older and more seasoned, but that might not play to his advantage in this game.
We are having snack type foods for our dinner. We will make pigs in a blanket, tater tots, pizza, and possibly breadsticks as well as chips and cheese. We also have French Onion dip and we will certainly have some paper plates to eat off of as I don't plan to do dishes tonight.
I hope whether you are watching the game or not, you have a blessed Sunday evening!
Thursday, February 4, 2021
Good Morning Everyone! I pray that this post finds each of you healthy, warm, and in good spirits. I am going to my daughter's again today to spend a few days with her. We work our Pink Zebra business together and I am thankful to say that she is finally truly helping with the work and truly trying to make a good go at this business.
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Our rally training is on Saturday and it brings a new catalog, lots of new scents and many new warmers and lights as well as other products. That is part of the reason that I am going to her house, as we are watching virtually and we want to watch together, plus we are having some of our customers with us as well. I am still not sure that I enjoy the virtual meetings like this, but with the Co-Vid restrictions that we have all across the US, we must do things this way.
Are you ready for life to go back to some kind of normalcy? I am. I want to travel with my friends, I want to have meetings with other Zebras and I want to meet with Tom and Kelly, the company founders again. I want to have a birthday party and not worry about how many are there or who might be carrying a virus. I want to go to church and sit by friends. I want to go to a salon and be able to wait inside with others getting a haircut. I want to be able to go to the doctor with my husband and my grands. I want some normal!
I have done well with the quarantine and I have done well with wearing my mask and all the other new virus related guidelines, but I don't want to live like this anymore. I want my life back to some kind of normal. I know our normal will be changed forever, but I also keep my hands clean all the time, I keep sanitizer with me to use on carts, etc. because there are germs everywhere and have been for many years. I clean and sanitize my home weekly and I am fully aware to not go out if I am sick. Common sense can prevail through many situations.
Summer may seem a long time away, but it truly is not and I wonder if we will have a normal fair this year. These 4 H families look forward to the fair and those kids work so hard all year to show off their animals and projects and it seems so unfair to have a virtual fair and a fair that doesn't allow animals to stay at the fairgrounds. A show that doesn't allow the public in to see the work that they have done. My grand doll can be in mini 4H this year and I want her to be able to go see her work at the fair. I want to be able to show her around the fair and let her see the sign that has her mom's name on it as part of the Jr. Leaders group that rebuilt a concession stand in the cattle showbarn. again, I want some normal to the fair. I miss milkshakes, fair foods, even the crazy midway. I miss seeing other friends that we only see at the fair.
Co-Vid 19 has taken many loved ones and it has taken many of our traditions from us in the past year, it is time to reclaim our lives and our traditions, so I am making it part of my daily prayer that God take Co-Vid away.
Monday, February 1, 2021
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Welcome to February!
February brings thoughts of love, hearts, and Valentine's Day for many of us. February is the shortest month of the year and I believe that God made it that way because it can be some of the gloomiest days here. It seems that we get most of our cold and snow in February and I am not sure that we could survive a full month. I also believe that it is the springboard into spring.
I know here on the farm we are looking forward to the long daylight hours that February brings as well as knowing that March will bring some warmer weather and brighter days. Some of our cloudy, gloomy days will soon give way to sunshine and brighter days. We are also looking forward to spring and all the new that comes with it. New signs of nature waking up and planning for that awakening.
I am beginning to plan for some new flower beds this spring as well as looking to do some repairs that are truly needed around here. My husband and I are planning another remodel in our home soon and I pray that it goes smoothly and looks as good as we are thinking it will. As far as the farm goes, I don't know that we will be bringing any new animals in this year as it has been a rough winter for us health wise and we are thinking of making some changes in what we truly want to do with the hobby farm.
Of course, I am also anxiously awaiting the days I can get back to the barn and feel and smell my beautiful Sugar, a wonderful horse. I am looking forward to the day that my grand doll can ride again as well. Sugar is such a great horse and so patient with the little ones.
Such memories were made this day! Granddoll and her cousin riding!
We also will celebrate our daughter's 30th birthday this month. How is it possible that the beautiful little girl that was such pleasure to raise can be turning thirty? She was two years old when I met my husband and they became friends before he and I became a couple. Amazing how God worked that out, isn't it?
Happy February to all my blogger friends!!
Sunday, January 31, 2021
I may have used this same image before in a post, but I absolutely love it. As I woke this morning with a severe headache, I was still blessed to know that it is God's day and that it will be a day of rest. I plan to read and spend a quiet day at home with the husband. I managed to do my two Bible Studies within a few minutes of being up, even though I truly did not want to read.
Reading in Genesis and Exodus and reading stories that I have been taught about all of my life and yet, I am learning things that I had never noticed before. It is amazing to me how Moses listened to God so much in Exodus with anything that God told him and how it tells that God blessed each thing that Moses did. How easy we as Christians forget that what God is asking us to do, He will bless! Somedays we just feel like questioning God as to why we should do what he is asking.
As I am reading, I am also noticing how many times the color purple is mentioned and being that it is my favorite color, I am watching for things that are purple in the word of God. It seems to be a color that honors God.
I have promised to share my calendar with you since my last one was not as accurate as it should have been. This one is much more organized and completed than the other.
I am trying to separate daily home things from my business things on the page. I am daily working my Pink Zebra business more often and I am actively working my social media as well. It amazes me how important social media has become in our lives within the last 5 years and how it has changed the way so many of us do business.
I also want to share a prayer request with each of you. There is a set of twins in Indiana that suffered a horrible accident and both had fell into a in home pool ( not in their home) and drowned. They are two years old and the little girl has completely recovered, but the little boy was without oxygen much longer and has shown signs of brain trauma from it. His parents are devastated and very tired, but are doing everything in their power to help him get the help that he can and aid in his recovery. His name is Levi and here is a link to the Facebook page for them. Please pray that God wakes Levi up in His time and that Levi can be a miracle that the world needs in such a strange time in our world.
God Bless Each of You! May your trail be blessed until we meet again!
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Today is going to be a busy day for me, as most days are. I am thankful for feeling like doing my chores today although my foot does hurt. It is a cloudy, dreary day and that always makes it a little harder for me to get motivated.
I am working on my Pink Zebra business today as I do most everyday. I am also trying to help my younger daughter ( momma to my grands) with a new business venture. She has decided that she wants to make bath bombs to sell. It is something that her and her oldest daughter can do together and she hopes to make it at least a part time job so that she can earn some money from home while caring for the girls. You can take a look at the first three that she has made in my Etsy shop here. Of course, there is housework to be done as well. Does housework ever get finished? It seems that as soon as I am completed with one area, I notice something I have missed or that there is a load of laundry that suddenly has doubled from the size the day before.
I also have my Co Vid vaccine today. Many have asked how I am able to get mine now, but I work in healthcare and that requires that I am able to get mine. I am not required to get it, but I feel that I probably should. There are many reasons that I am scared to get it as I feel that we need more testing on these, but I also feel that I need to do something to protect myself and my family. What are your feelings about it?
I had my shingles vaccine last week and was very nauseous from it. I was feeling bad for about 24 hours. I am worried that I may feel the same way today, but I also know others that have taken it and haven't been sick. I am also aware that many of us will feel different side effects from it the same as we do many other vaccines and medications.
I will be posting my calendar again soon as I am certainly doing a better job of keeping up with it. I must work on lesson plans as well today. It is hard to believe that our school year is half over and we are looking at what we will do for first grade as well. I feel that she is doing well, but I also feel that she might need more interaction and since we can't meet for homeschool groups right now, I am torn in what I truly want her to do for next year.
Thanks for checking in with us today. I appreciate that you all read and comment on this blog so often.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th President of the United States and the first ever woman Vice President has been sworn in as well. Whether you are a fan of President Biden or not, history has been made with Kamala Harris being sworn in as the Vice President of the United States. Reflecting on what this truly means for all the young women in the world makes me realize that my grandchildren can reach any potential that they want.
Vice President Kamala Harris can be seen as a role model for young women and especially, for young women of color that might not be aware that they can do amazing things in their lives. Young women can look to her for inspiration in the role that she currently is serving. With the role that she swore to today, she needs to make sure that she does great things and does it with grace and dignity so that young girls can see that the position deserves respect, honor, and grace.
I pray for President Biden and Vice President Harris as they are sworn to uphold offices that many of us would not want and an office that has been looked down upon in many ways the past few years. President Biden is taking office during a time of civil unrest and a pandemic, which many people are struggling with. The job itself is hard, but with these extra issues in place, he certainly is starting with an uphill battle. I pray that the other leaders in the world will give President Biden time to settle into office and welcome his opinion on world issues.
I pray that President Biden and Vice President Harris can unite our country and truly make us the United States of America. Heal the lines that have been drawn in our world, heal the racial divide we are seeing daily, heal the damage that was done on January 6th at our capital and heal the divide we see for authority in our world as well. Many issues seem to have literally divided us beyond party lines and I hope that for everyone's sake, he can find a way to heal our country.
I respect those among us that do not care for President Biden and I respect those that feel that Trump was cheated out of this position, but I will always honor the office of the President and I will pray daily for the healing of our nation. I will pray daily for all that I consider my friends, no matter what their political views are.
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I have finished the first book of my 15 planned reads for the year on GoodReads. I made such a low number as my challenge because I never know what life will bring with it these days. I am hoping to read more, but I will keep it simple this year and see if I can be successful.
My first book was a story by my favorite author, Karen Kingsbury. If you have ever read one of her stories, you will know the inspiration that they can bring and what an important characteristic at this time in our lives. One of faith and hope. Between Sundays was a story that taught me to always believe in what you feel is right in your heart and that mothers always want what is best for their children.
Amy, a single mom to an adorable little boy, moves across the country to follow her ex boyfriend, NFL quarterback Aaron Hill. Not because she is stalking him, but because she wants her son, Cory to be closer to his father. Amy has never been a part of Aaron's life since he became an NFL star, but her love for him and her son is amazing as we learn much later in the story.
Cory, Amy's son, dreams of getting his dad in his life and is persistent on making it happen as he finds a way that he might make it happen. However, Megan ( Amy's friend and Cory's foster mom following Amy's death) is sure that Aaron Hill being his dad is simply a little boy's dream. She could never imagine just how much this little boy's persistence will change her life, Cory's life, and Aaron Hill's life.
Between Sundays is the perfect title for this book and has such meaning to it once you read the book.
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