Our 4th of July Pictures

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Even though it rained on our Fourth of July party – we still had a great time!

I must admit I cut one very big corner in the kitchen and I picked up Old Carolina BBQ Pork and Beef Brisket as our main dish! Yum-O!

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Then all the extended family arrived.  These are some of our cousins.

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Eating before the rain on our back deck!

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And my big sisters (actually they are smaller but they are older lol!) and brother-in-laws,parents, grandma and great uncle arrived with food in hand like baked beans, cheesy potatoes, cole slaw, chips, cookies and watermelon:

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And the annual Dirt Cake:

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Because of the rain we could not play the yard games or on the trampoline and slip-n-slide like I had planned.  So the kids played games like Uno and Minecraft while the men went to my sister’s new home that is under construction to check out the progress.  Then we spent the rest of the evening going through a box of old photos from my Dad’s childhood days.  (I neglected to take photos because I was WAY too busy talking - oops!  Just imagine 18 people yacking up a very loud storm – we are a LOUD family!)

Then we went to our backyard to watch fireworks and play with sparklers.  We live near a lake where they set fireworks off over the lake and we can see them from our backyard!  Bonus!

 

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Hope you have a great holiday weekend!  See you back here next Monday!

Walk with the King,

 

 

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Making Your Home a Haven – Week 4 ~ Decorating

 

 

I so desire to make my home warm and cozy for the family. Think for a moment about how God has surrounded us in the winter season with scenery that is just gorgeous! If you live where it snows, the fresh fallen snow and icicles display God’s glory! Think about the crackle of ice and snow below your feet as you walk – the same crackle sound you heard when you were 5 you hear at 55. There is a continuity about the remembrance of the crisp air and the smell of pine that gives me peace.  In the same way, our Christmas decorations that we pull out year in and year out bring continuity, memories and a warm glow to our homes.

Though heaven is our eternal home, God has given us gifts of beauty here on earth – there is beauty in the fields covered with snow, in the sunset over a chilled pond, the frost in the morning on the blades of grass and smoke rising from the chimneys.

Our homes are temporary but they are an opportunity to reflect God in a small measure. Genesis 1:26 says “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.”

We have been created in the image of God and some may be very talented in the area of decorating while others are like me – not the queen of decorating –  but we all have the ability to create something special for our loved ones.

Edith Shaefer says “For the Christian who is consciously in communication with the Creator, surely his home should reflect something of the artistry, the beauty and order of the One whom he is representing, and in whose image he has been made!”

 God has given you a home whether it’s an apartment you share, a farm house, a city home, or a home identical to all your neighbors – it is your home to reflect God’s artistry in.

Here’s this week’s challenge:

Decorate! The holidays are upon us. Ann Voskamp says “Creating is good theology. In the beginning God created.” Be creative as you make your home warm, cozy and inviting for the holidays. Think about ways you can keep Christ in Christmas even in the way you decorate.  Decorate – to the glory of God!

We decorated for Christmas this past weekend.  One of my favorite Christmas decorations growing up in our home was a Santa statue bowing down to baby Jesus.  So when I found this “Christmas” word art at Walgreens for $6 I snatched it up!  I LOVE it!  

 

Up high you’ll see – we hung a mistle toe for fun and to add a little zip to our day – I expect some extra kisses!  You might also notice one stocking is not like the others – this is our Jesus stocking.  During the month of December, I am encouraging the kids to put money in this stocking and on Christmas we will donate it to the Good Morning Girls Christmas Charity – The Last Well - the goal is to raise $10,000 to dig a well in Liberia – so far GMG has raised $4,300 dollars – we are almost half way to our goal and invite you to join us if you are looking for a charity to donate to this Christmas.

 

We put candles in all our windows to remind us we are the light of the world.

And lights on our staircase. 

Next weekend we will buy a live tree and decorate it!  Here’s a picture of last year’s tree.

 
This is it! The final week!  If you are participating in this challenge leave a comment below with how it’s going – if you are a blogger copy this button into your blog post, write about how it’s going and link up on Wednesday at the Women Living Well Wednesday Link-Up party!!

Thank you all so much for your accountability. I appreciate you joining me on this 4 week journey!  If you made it through and did it all – we’d love to hear how God worked in your home! Thank you for joining me!  It’s been a blessing!

Walk with the King,

Chime In: Are you decorating this week?  How do you keep Christ in Christmas?  And how has this 4 week journey blessed you and your home? Share with us.

 

 

10 Things I’m Thankful For & WLWW Link-up!

I could make a list of 100 things I’m thankful for but I don’t want to bore you – so here’s my top 10.
 
1. God’s Word – the Bible.
 
Daily I come to this living well, to drink a tall glass of living water and it is from this Living Well that Women Living Well was born.
 

2. My Husband – our fearless leader.
 

 

3. Two beautiful gifts I get to homeschool!
 
 

 

4. A godly heritage. (my dad, mom and grandmother.)


5. Sisters who challenge and inspire me (even when I didn’t get the “purple and black” memo for Easter lol!)

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My sister’s husbands who love the Lord and love our children.

 

6. Cousins who live close by and who my children can look up to as role models.
 
 
 
 Even if 2 of the more ‘mature’ cousins steal my camera in the middle of a family get together and take 20 photos of themselves in my bathroom! lol!
{Gotcha guys – I bet you didn’t think these pics would make the ‘blog’ hehe!}
 
 
 
7.  Godly friends – like my BFF Angela from Good Morning Girls
 
 
And my real life Good Morning Girls group that emails each other everyday -
L to R: Kimmy, Janelle (ComfyInTheKitchen), Kara, Me,
Aimee – who coined the phrase “Walk with the King“, Kristy, and Kelly.
 
 And my real life friend and one of my favorite bloggers - Clare - Miss Peak 313 Fitness - {who currently has a 21 Day Holiday Challenge beginning – check it out!}

 
8. An abundance of laundry that says we have an abundance of clothes.
 
9. Dirty dishes that say our tummies are full.
 
 
10. Crumbs on the floor as evidence of our daily bread God has provided.

 

And if I could take a picture of all of you – I’d put it right here! I am SO thankful for all of my on-line friends and sisters in Christ. You, dear readers, have changed my life. I give thanks to God for all of you.
 

Have a FANTASTIC Turkey Day!

Walk with the King!

**Chime in: What are you thankful for today??

 

 

If you have never taken the time to check out these other bloggers – you are missing out! The ladies that link-up below are amazing writers and creators and I just know that one of them is going to encourage you today! So you’re invited to come on in!

Join the fun, do a little blog hopping and don’t forget if you link-up below -please add the Women Living Well Wednesdays button to your post so your readers can find us here!

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Discontent Americans

 

 ”But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” ~ I Timothy 6:6

 This quote below is one I’ve saved because it reminds me of how easily we can grow discontent and unaware of the amazing lives we have been given by God in America.  A few of the stats are now off since it’s from 2006 but the message is one we still need to be reminded of.

~written by Craig R. Smith and published on WorldNetDaily.com at Thanksgiving, 2006.

“Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the president. In essence 2/3s of the country just isn’t happy and want a change. I started thinking, ”What are we so unhappy about?” Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter? Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?

Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year? Maybe it is the ability to drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state? Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter? I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough.

Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home. You maybe upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family and your belongings.

Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes , an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90 percent of teenagers own cell phones and computers. How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world? Maybe that is what has 67percent of you folks unhappy.”

 

Ouch right?  We are so blessed…and though this is an unstable time with the economy, job market, and fear of terrorists - we have soooo much to be thankful for and God calls us to just be content with food and clothes – look how much MORE he has given Americans!

Praise His name today!  Give thanks and teach your children to give thanks too!

Walk with the King,