Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Wife After God's Own Heart

I was drawn to this book after reading Blessings by Blog book review on this book.  Thanks Ashley! I loved it!  I definatly feel this is a must read book for all women who are wanting to be God's woman and wife of excellence and will make you look at your marriage differently (in a better way) after reading this book.  It was a life changing book for me.  I was lost in the Christian world but after reading this, everything seemed to click and fall into place and I feel it has made me a better wife and mother.  This is such an amazing book and great read! 

Elizabeth George covers the 12 key areas of your marriage that include:

1. Growing in the Lord.
2.  Working as a team
3.  Learning to communicate
4.  Enjoying intamacy
5.  Managing your money
6.  Keeping up the home
7.  Raising your children
8.  Extending love to the family
9. Tending your career
10.  Making time for fun
11.  Serving the Lord
12.  Reaching out to others.

My next book to read will be this one!  I didn't even know she had a mom book :)  EEEK!! Can you tell I'm excited!

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. ...         Proverbs 31: 10-31

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wreath #2

So I have attempted wreath #2 and I love this one just as much as the first one.  So simple to make.  The longest time consuming thing was wrapping the wreath.  I forgot to take pictures of everything I had used.  Sorry folks! :)

You will need:
* yarn of choice (I pictured it below)
* wreath form
*hot glue and glue sticks
*ribbon of choice

First you take and cut a long piece of yarn because a big bulk of yarn while your wrapping the wreath form really gets in your way.  I started it with double sided tape but you could probably hot glue it. I wrapped and wrapped until my strand was gone.  I then got more yarn and attached it to the strand that was already wrapped by knotting it on there.  You will now have two little strands coming off your knot.  I put my finger on them so they would lay flat as I was wrapping it and the wrapping eventually covers it up.  The last piece I attached with hot glue.  Don't worry if you can see the hot glue.  I covered mine up with a flower. 

Then make a flower of your choice.  I made this one that I found on Pinterest.  Hot glue on wreath.  I then found ribbon that color coordinated with my yarn and cut a small strip and hot glued it together for a wreath hanger.  sYou could also paint an initial to coordinate with your colors.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Matthew 6:34

So today I came across this amazing bible verse that really spoke to me.  It is Matthew 6:34
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  I am the biggest worrier there is.  I get this worrying trait from my momma! Love her dearly but sometimes this worry makes me have anxiety.  Like a lot of it!  I struggle with it all day everyday whether it is about money, the weather, or something that is taking place a month from now.  I worry about everything.  When we went to the zoo the other day, DJ was holding Jackson up in the Penguin and Puffer exhibit close to some water where Jackson could see the animals.  What runs through my head? I start freaking that he is going to drop him in the water and I'm going to have to jump in in ice cold water to save my son.  Worry much!?! This is how my head works and it drives me insane.  DJ would never have or never even could have dropped him in that water.  So needless to say I worry too much.

Worry is a part of our everyday life.  We all are guilty of it but why? Why do we worry?  Will worrying make the situation better? No, in most cases it makes it worse.  It makes your mind wander further and further into that little "worry" that is going on inside of your head.  We all need to remember to trust that the God who knows our names has our tomorrow's or the next weeks or even months in His hands. 

Exercise your faith on a daily basis.  When we worry it shows distrust in God.  Focusing on tomorrow or next week or next month only robs us of today for we do not know if today will be our last.  Live life to the fullest.  
Matthew 6:25-34 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

"I can do all things through him who strengthens me". Philippians 4:13

Thursday, May 3, 2012

My 1st Wreath

So I had been looking all over Pinterest for a cute yarn wreath.  I had an idea in my head and finally found something similar to it on Pinterest and decided to make it!  I wanted it hot pink and lime green with our initial on it with some cute little flowers.  I  bought all of these items from Hobby Lobby.

* Raffia wreath.  I bought this instead of a foam wreath because this was bigger.  The raffia was also wrapped in plastic so I just kept the plastic on.
* colored yarn of choice
* wooden initial
* colored paint of choice
* felt
* scissors and double sided tape
*cute accent ribbon to hang wreath
*hot glue gun

I first started by painting my "M" hot pink so I knew it would be dry by the time I was finished wrapping my wreath.  I then took the yarn and cut a long strand off so I didn't have to hold onto the whole thing while wrapping.  The double sided tape holds the yarn in place.  I continued to do this until it was completely wrapped.  Yes it took me a good 1.5-2 hours to wrap my wreath. 

After wrapping, I noticed that there was some spots where you could see through the yarn.  I then wrapped those sections again and now you can't even tell! 

When finished wrapping I made felt flowers that I had found on Pinterest.  If you search for "felt flowers" a ton pop up! 

After making the flowers I decided my placement of the "M" and the flowers and hot glued them on.  Cut a piece of ribbon, glue it around the top of the wreath and Voila!  You now have yourself a super cute wreath!!


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