Thursday, May 19, 2022

Your Calling ~To revive womanhood

I'm not asked all that often.  And it's usually on paperwork.  But when people ask what is my occupation or who is my employer, I sometimes stop and think, "What is the best way to answer this?" 

Housewife?  This one just seems cold to me.  Maybe it's the word house and makes me think I should be in doors all the time. ;o)  Every women knows that in the season of life I am in this doesn't always happen!

 Stay at Home Mom?  As opposed to a working Mom?  I do believe I work.  And a lot of times very hard.

Homeschooling Momma?  Yes, but there are many other things in my day as well.

Homemaker?  This is the more Biblical term as we are called to be the keepers of our home. But do people really know what this means?

In my quest to find out how to fill in the blank, I have learned this:  I should LOVE my calling in life. At a retreat I just went to, Mrs. Trish McCoy said,

  "Whatever the will of God is for me is my highest calling."

  My calling is first to my husband.  Then, to my children.  I am to build them and my home.  What a beautiful, full, intense calling that God has placed on my life!

I know that the women reading my blog aren't all in the same place that I am.  Maybe you work outside of your home.  Maybe you have raised your children and now are an empty nester.  Maybe you are not married and do not have children.  But, I do know this, we all have a calling in our life.  For the wife and Momma, your calling IS to your husband and children.  Titus 2:5 says that we are to be keepers at home.  KEEP means to watch and guard, to keep close and protect.  That is my calling!  And I truly love it!

So, dear sister, how is that going for you?  Are you watching and guarding what is coming into your home?  Are you keeping your home close or are you striving for other purposes?  Are you protecting it like a mother hen protects her chicks? Or are you as the bird in Proverbs 27:8 that wanders from her nest?  Do you have some specific goals and desires for your home?

We've all heard the saying, "Fail to plan, plan to fail."  If we are to be the best "Keepers of our Home"  we need a plan of action.  We need some serious goals and then we need a plan of action to achieve those.  In my next "To revive womanhood" post I will share the goals I have for my home.  It's a list I look over quite often and remind myself my purpose and the purpose of my home.  Let me encourage you,  ask the Lord, "Is this the purpose You would have for my home?"  Search the Scripture and find out how a Godly home should operate.  It's a wonderful study.

Today will be a day full of schooling, grocery shopping, laundry, and even lunch out with a friend.  I'm hoping for some time to have one on one with my husband as we read a book together.  I will make dinner with veggies from our garden, and may even find time to crochet. And who knows, this just could be the day our new grandson is born (Tabitha is now at 41 weeks!)  It's a busy season. It's sometimes tiring and hard.  There are days we laugh a whole lot.  Then there are days I have to remind myself to keep putting one foot in front of the other.  But, I love it.  It's my calling and I'm so thankful for it!

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Celebrating Callie

Our sweet girl turned 12 not too long ago.  I feel like I turned around and she just grew up all of a sudden.  I am so proud of the lady she is becoming!
She loves the Lord, her family, her cat, and books! 

She asked if we could spend a few hours at the library for her birthday.  It was so fun!  She read and read and checked out a ton of books!

The next day was her "birthday party."  It's so neat how the Lord works things out.  Last year she told us she would really like to have birthday party next year since she's never had one.  We've always done family parties for her, but never one where she could invite her friends.  At the time last year, she had one friend at church. Our youth department was quite small, so I secretly wondered who we would invite.

Throughout the year since her last birthday, the Lord has provided more and more friends for my Callie.  She has loved it!!
For her party she asked if we could go out for dessert all together at a fancy restaurant.  We went to Ivy House in Williston.  It's an old house filled with antiques and gifts.  It was so fun!

We invited the Mommas along too, so that was super fun for me!  So thankful that God provided friends for her, and for me as well!  Isn't He always right on time?

We had a great time celebrating our sweet girl!

 Happy 12th birthday Callie Grace!  We love you!

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Ladies Spring Banquet and a visit from Mom and Dad

We have had so much fun preparing for our Ladies Spring Banquet.  The theme was "Daughters of the King." It was fun to make it royalty-tea party style!  What a fun theme! 

 As I was setting up the day before, I got a wonderful call from my Mom.  Her and Dad were going to come for the Banquet!! I was so excited!  They would drive a little over 4 hours here for the Banquet, spend a couple of hours being with us at our house, take us to dinner, then drive the 4+ hours home.  Yup, definitely the most amazing parents I have!!


The Banquet turned out beautiful!  We all had so much fun!  We had a wonderful speaker, Mrs. Sharon Stanley, that gave us a devotion on what it means to be a daughter.  It was so good!!
Liberty was my example of a Princess. :o) We all loved to dress up as little girls, didn't we?  And being a princess was the most fun.  I told the ladies that we don't have to "play dress up" anymore, if you have accepted Christ as you Savior, you really are the daughter of the King!  A real life Princess!

Tabitha is getting close!!  Isn't she just an adorable pregnant lady?  So cute!

Brenna's little baby bump is growing, too! Having adult children is amazing.

My Beth is so amazing. She really is one of my right hand ladies.  At these kind of meetings I have her running here and there.  She's a blessing to me!!

Freedom was excited to sit by Grandma. :o)

That afternoon it was off to Sonny's for dinner before my parents hit the road.

It's amazing to me that they are wonderful parents and grandparents.  But, it doesn't stop there.  They are devoted, fun great-grandparents, too.  The girls love them!!!

As they drove away I was a little teary eyed.  They made all this effort for me.  I feel so loved and so blessed. Thanks Mom and Dad, you really made my day!

Friday, May 6, 2022

She has her Bachelor's Degree!

We are so proud of our Brenna!! She has been so diligent to work and study hard to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education!

She's had a few hiccups along the way.  One was a little bit of a break down moment for her.  She was on schedule to graduate last year, or so she thought.  But, then the last semester she was told she was missing a class and that class couldn't be completed while she did her internship.  That was quite disappointing for her. But, she continued along.

When AJ asked to marry Brenna, she had one semester left.  We told him that even though we knew Brenna wanted to be a homemaker and not work outside the home once she was married, we still felt it would be wise for her to do that one last semester and get her degree.  We don't know what the future of homeschooling is in America.  There could come a day that you need a degree in order to teach your kids at home.  We knew if she put forth the effort she wouldn't regret it in the long run.  AJ agreed.  So she did her last semester and internship after she got married.
We are just so proud of her!

She chose to not travel up to Virginia to her school's graduation.  When I talked about a huge party she asked me to not even have that.  She felt that with just getting married, and now a baby on the way, she felt it wasn't right to have another party for people to bring gifts.  Her and I compromised and did a fellowship after church to honor her accomplishments.  At her request we did a fruit fellowship since that is what she is really craving!!

We are so proud of our girl and all the hard work she has put in.  She is so glad to have it done, too!  


Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The sand is calling....

Beach Day??? Oh yes please!!

I love the beach.  It really is one of my favorite places.  Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved having my toes in the sand.  

Josh and Tabitha recently told us about a small beach they visited about an hour and a half away.  We are right in the middle of the state, so even though we are in Florida, we still have a little drive to get to the beach.  It's worth it though!  They said it was small, but perfect for their little family.  Plus, it was quiet, which is a must. 

 We truly believe that the standards you have in place in your life shouldn't be conditional.  We dress the same modesty-wise at the beach, just like anywhere else.  I have seen too many Christians change their standards for the situation.  Children see straight through situational ethics and see that as hypocrisy.  It's dangerous.  I've seen too many families fall because of it.  So, our family has chosen that what we believe is right for our town is also right for the beach. Or the mountains.  Or on vacation.  So, we choose to go to the beach on mornings when most people don't think about going there.  This way we aren't exposed to the nakedness that is so often found on beaches.  It was a beautiful quiet morning.  And absolutely gorgeous!

Josh and Tabitha were right.  It was a great beach!

When we arrived we realized it was low tide.  I mean very low!  But, that made it fun for my kiddos and they were able to find all kinds of cool creatures!

Coke and Lofthouse cookies on the beach?  Oh yes!!

So thankful that Beth was able to set aside VSIBC's secretarial work and Brenna could step away from her schoolwork to go to the beach with us.  Now that they are adults, my time with them is even more precious!

We had a great morning at Keaton Beach.  We spent a great time together and even came home with a tan (or in my case a burn!)  I even was able to hear the seagulls calling, which is my "I love you" token from God. 

I love my family time and love time at the beach!