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Be The Best You

A few months ago I was in Michaels with friends after a girls night out dinner (this should already make you nervous since Michaels & friends are in the same sentence ūüėú). Our intention was to find some new washi tape, maybe some new scrapbook paper, and maybe some new stickers. As we are all debating what to buy and how much our discounts would be, I happen to turn around and see this wall of cute little binders with little books that can go inside them. So I decided to buy a binder and book but had no idea what I was going to use them for. 

Fast forward to just last week. I’ve joined a bible study at my church, my first Beth Moore study, and there were a few times what she said hit me. At the same time I decided to start some reading plans on the bible app I have. To be honest, I didn’t even read what the plans I choose were about, I choose them based on the title of the plan. I didn’t even know how many days all these plans were, the title sounded relevant and so I clicked ‘Start plan’. It’s a very scientific way of picking reading plans don’t you think?! Between the two, bible study & reading plans, I’ve been prompted to work on my attitude & home life. 

I’ve been using this little notebook/journal to record any words/quotes that I find to be encouraging, any wins that come out way, and I wanted to record who I am in this season of life. I think it’ll be fun to look back and see how I’ve changed and grown. 


I’ve laminated my dividers just for extra protection. There is a total of 5 dividers that come in the binder. 

Do you keep a journal? Have you gone back to look at old entries to see your growth? I would love to hear about it!

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Lamp & Light

I follow a lady named Kristin Schmucker on instagram. Towards the end of October she announced that she was hosting a photo challenge for the month of November & I decided to jump on that and participate.

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I did get days behind¬†and then had to¬†play catch up but I am happy to report that I actually did all 30 days! I usually start these things and then finish them….go me!!

I was going to share the pictures from instagram to facebook but then I thought that I would just put them all here & add the description that I wrote along with it.
I don’t really know why I choose to share this way but oh well, I did!

My tattered bible along with the current bible study I’m doing.#lampandlight #day1 #imbehind#playcatchup #novemberphotochallenge#bible @kristinschmucker#kristinschmucker

Reminds me to always know that the bad that happens is to bring Him glory!#lampandlight #novemberphotochallenge#day2 #genesis50:20 #playcatchup#imbehind #favoritebibleverse@kristinschmucker #kristinschmucker

One of my favorite mugs. Given to me by a great friend as a Christmas present. Every time I use it I think of her and all the fun we have together!#novemberphotochallenge #lampandlight#day3 #mugshot @kristinschmucker#kristinschmucker

My Bible study spot…..where I’m comfortable and snuggly & if I fall asleep while studying (which happens often), I don’t have to get up and move! ūüėú
#lampandlight #biblestudyspot #day4#novemberphotochallenge@kristinschmucker #kristinschmucker

I have many goals that I’d like to accomplish in my life. At the end of the day I know none of that matters if I’m still the old me. It’ll take time but I know that my ultimate goal is to be a better me than I was yesterday.
#lampandlight #day5 #playingcatchup#goals

The book of Proverbs is an instructional manual in my opinion. It can tell how you act and what to say. So much wisdom is within those pages.
#lampandlight #day6 #playingcatchup#day6 #proverbs #bookinthebible

As much as they drive me questions and even question I was given an army of mini me’s, these little people have made my world better. They have taught me so much and made me step out of my comfort zone to give them a better life. I love them and they certainly my small blessings.
#lampandlight #day7 #playingcatchup#smallblessings #mykiddos

A prayer in my bible from a few years ago. #lampandlight #day8#playingcatchup #anoteinyourbibe #prayer

This is one of my favorite quotes. My dad used to say this all the time when I was growing up and it’s so true.
#lampandlight #favoritequote#playingcatchup #day9

This has been something that’s been laid upon my heart for at least 6 months, if not more. It’s something I’m praying about and asking God to tell me where and how I should do this.
#lampandlight #onyourheart#playingcatchup #day10 #titus2:3-4

This journal is one of my favorite things. A great friend gave it to me and it’s a place where I can create and draw out the Word when it touches me.
#lampandlight #afavoritething#playingcatchup #day11 #biblejournal#create #givenbyafriend

I know that I’m given grace ever second of my day but to be able to wake up every morning and start from a clean slate is the biggest sign of grace to me.
#lampandlight #areminderofgrace#playingcatchup #day12 #sunrise #grace

There are too many to list but this seems to be one of the biggest prayer requests I have right now. A house. One that will fit us more comfortably than the one we are currently in. One that we can call home.
#lampandlight #day13 #caughtup#aprayerrequest #aplacetocallhome

“We bring the kingdom come” We Christ followers are the ones who bring the kingdom to others on a daily basis. Not only do I love this lyric but I love this song!
#lampandlight #day14 #favoritelyric#webringthekingdomcome #jasongray#witheveryactoflove

A dream would be for Mister to be a stay at home dad with me.
#lampandlight #day15 #dream#stayathomedad #stayathomeparents#freedom #timeandmoney

My memory today is my grandparents on my moms side. I miss them much and it saddens me to no end at what they are missing out on. I’d give almost anything to have them back!
#lampandlight #memory #grandparents#wishtheywerestillhere #mcgrew#missthem #lovethem

 These two things are always on my to do list. There are others but laundry & dishes take most of my time.
#lampandlight #playingcatchup #day17#todolist


¬†I love her story and think she is a great example of what you do doesn’t define you & anyone can change.
#lampandlight #characterinthebible #day18#rahab

Nature can give us signs of life & death but has a way of making it look so beautiful. It’s almost thanksgiving and though most trees are turning and leaves are falling, they still are so green! And that blue sky….I just love me a Texas clear blue sky!
#lampandlight #day20 #nature #texassky#fall #trees #lifeanddeath #beautiful

When I study scripture or just read my Bible, I have my purple pen, Bible, and my journal. I never know when a verse will hit me and I want to be ready to journal it.
#lampandlight #playingcatchup #day21#howistudyscripture

I have to be honest and say that I haven’t read Psalms enough to have a favorite verse from this book. Think I know what book I’ll be reading next!
#lampandlight #playingcatchup #day22#favoritepsalms #bookofpsalms


This is a book that helped me to be involved where I feel led/called to be involved in. I’ve cut out the ‘extras’ and just concentrating on my calling.
#lampandlight #playingcatchup #day23#abook #calling #thebestyes#lysaterkeurst


¬†¬†This word is one that I’ve taken to heart over these last few months to a year & a half. My joy cannot and will it be stolen by anyone or any situation that life throws me. I choose joy. Bad things can happen but my joy still remains.
#lampandlight #playingcatchup #day24#joy #cantstealmyjoy #ichoosejoy

This will always be home to me. I’ve lived in many places but Virginia will always have a special place in my heart.
#lampandlight #day25 #myhome #virginia#specialplaceinmyheart


  
Me! You! We are all attributes of God. We are made in His image!
#lampandlight #playingcatchup #day27#anattributeofgod #me #you#madeinhisimage
¬†¬†This is so true and definitely something I’m thankful for!
#lampandlight #playingcatchup #day26#whatimthankfulfor #friends #family

   We are mixed up, crazy, tired, annoying, real, and all of this equals a beautiful mess.
#lampandlight #playingcatchup #day28#abeautifulmess #welkerfamily #family#welkerkiddos #welker


  It took awhile to figure out how we were going to announce that we were expecting baby number 6 but I love how this turned out. Things can change with one step (literally & figuratively) and our step was adding two more feet to our family.
#lampandlight #playingcatchup #day29#aphotoilove
PS- just want to say that I am NOT pregnant. I tried to word it so it explained a previous pregnancy announcement but it didn’t come across that way.
I’ve been saying this for as long as I can remember & it’s so true.
#lampandlight #day30 #wordstoliveby

 

There is my 30 day photo challenge! Hope you enjoyed it…..let me know if you did this one too! Now onto my December challange!!!<<<<Let me know if you will do this one with me!

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#365daysofthanks – 1/365

Today is January 1st, 2015. The first day (technically night as of right now) of a brand new year. Today starts 365 days of me saying what I’m thankful for for an entire year. I’m really hoping to complete this. I’ve started things before but have never finished it. I want to complete this! (Here is my original post of where this started)

Today I am thankful that I have started reading to my kiddos every night. We started on the first book of a series that no one had read before. We are now on book 4. Not only do I look forward to this time with them, my kiddos do also. My two year old will ask throughout the day “read?” I love that they are enjoying this.

I picked up about 3 books each for the kiddos at the library and told them that when they wanted to read them to do so. They’ve actually been doing it! I help B & C read their books and read Lily her books. I absolutely love reading and books! I have yet to have any interest in getting a nook or kindle. I love having a book in my hand. To turn the pages. To smell the pages of a new book. Those are things that I cannot get from a piece of plastic.

I am just thankful to have this time with them every night and that they are enjoying it as much as I am.

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I am the chosen one

Well, me along with 249 other people but still!
I am so excited that I was one of 250 bloggers/writers to get my hands on a pre-released copy of Jen Hatmaker’s book, Interrupted, When Jesus wrecks your comfortable Christianity.

On her Facebook page last week, they made a post about looking for bloggers/writers that would be interested in hosting this. You had to submit some information along with your website (that had to meet certain requirements to begin with). Having people look at my blog and making a choice whether or not to choose me is a tad nerve racking. I know that not everyone will enjoy what I post about or agree, I am ok with that part & know it happens, but it’s just the fact that my blog content is a factor in whether or not you were picked is intimidating.
They said that they would be notifying people yesterday. I can’t tell you the amount of times I checked my email because I knew I would hear a yes or no. Around early evening I received the email. I ended up reading the subject line (before opening the actual email) a few times before it actually sunk in that this was the email. I finally opened the email.
I actually didn’t think that I would be chosen for this. My blog isn’t a popular one, I don’t get that much traffic, and I don’t have my posts being reposted all over the web. I wasn’t sure that me reading the book & doing a review on it would bring much attention to Jen & her book. They must see/believe something that I don’t. Which is awesome & totally encouraging for me!
I only read the first word & could hardly contain my excitement! I was just thrilled that I was chosen!

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I only have a short amount of time to read the book and get my review up! I am so hoping that I can do it within the time frame that they have given us. I am just hoping that with the new baby arriving any day now, that they down time I will have from recovery, will allow me extra time to read. Plus I am reading another book with the women’s ministry at my church (that I am totally behind on but hoping to catch up over the next few days).

Anyway, I cannot wait to get my nose in this book & then tell you all about it! I hope that you will check back for the review & go out and buy it once you read it! I am also excited to see what I can/will learn & apply from this book.

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Prayer journal

This is something that I try to write in every night. Sometimes I know who to pray for and others I make a status on my personal FB page asking if anyone has any prayer requests. Some nights I get a lot, a few, and nothing. I don’t know what it depends on and it doesn’t really matter. My ‘friends’ know that I write in this and they don’t have to wait until I post something in order for them to send me their request.

This is more of a ‘Thank you’ to everyone who has trusted me & sent me prayer requests. To some it’s not a big deal, but to others it is. It’s letting someone into a part of you that is vulnerable. It’s not always easy to open up to people. So I thank you for the bottom of my heart for trusting me! I hope that you continue to trust me. I always write every request¬†that comes my way. I may not be able to do it right then, but I definitely gets written down.

I have had so many over the last couple of years that I have had to start a second journal! I love that! This isn’t about me at all, it’s all about Him. I am just the messenger. Just because someone sends me a request, doesn’t mean that their prayer will be answered. But what it does mean is that I am in agreement with them.

“I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it
will be done for you by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three come
together in my name, there am I with them.”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
                Matthew 18:19-20

I hope and pray that people continue to send their requests no matter what their belief, He hears you and doesn’t stop loving you just because you aren’t lined up with Him. You are His child and He wants you to prosper. And don’t just talk to Him when you need\want something, talk to Him all the time. It’s not about a religion, it’s about a relationship.

Again, thank you all so much for trusting me with your requests ūüôā

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Thankful Thursday 08\18\11

This week I am thankful for the following things:

*My husband giving me a few bucks to go buy a book
*My kids for putting up with being a hotel for so long
*My mother & step father for still helping out the hotel
*My husbands boss for giving him a job
*Our church that has been nothing but awesome since we walked through the doors
*Of course, God for being right by our side this whole time.

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1,000 Friend Giveaway Winners

I haven’t figured out if my computer has the option¬†for me take screen shots yet, but I promise that all these winners were picked via random.org – there was\is no cheating with me ever!

So here are the winners:

Mama Made USA Blanket: Melissa H.

Mary Kay Coconut Lime Gift Set: Lacreshia H.

Usbourne Books: Lacreshia H.

JC Production: Melissa H.

Congrats to all the winners! You have 24 hours to contact me – if I don’t hear from you within the 24 hours, I will draw another winner! Email me at momieventures@gmail.com and put your prize in the subject line. Thanks to all who entered and I hope to do something like this again in the future! Thank you to all the sponsors for donating all the items!

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Fan Giveaway

It’s that time again!
The first fan giveaway I did was a HUGE hit! Thank you to all of you who suggested my fan page to your friends and thank you to those who ‘like’d¬†me and have suck with me! SO i¬†decided that since the first one went so well to have another one! We are currently at 337 fans and I will draw a winner when we are at 450 fans! I know that seems like a lot but it really isn’t. I am hoping that this giveaway will bring in more readers, not only to my blog and fan page, but for all of my sister sites as well. Most of them are just starting out on this journey and I know they would love more fans…I mean who doesn’t?!

So once we reach 450 fans, I will make another blog and then draw a winner from there through random.org. I am posting all of the¬†information about the sponsors here and one the next blog I make about this along with a few pictures. If you are reading this and would like to donate something and have a link set up for people to ‘like’ your fan page for your business, please feel free to email me at mommieventures@gmail.com, it’s not too late to donate!

So far we have 2 sponsors giving out 3 prizes! Thank you to our sponsors for donating and wanting to be apart of this giveaway! I will also be donating something from my Cafepress store and will add those items once I received them in the mail.

But for now here are the pictures of the items\services being donated along with their fan page and\or website. Please check them out so you know what you want if you are the winner!

First up Mama Made USA-Products Made By WAHM’s
She has donated this beautiful pink blanket! Perfect for the little, or not so little, princess in your life. It is really big and it would be perfect as a blanket on a bed as big as a twin! If you would like to take a look at some other products that are available, please check them out!
Here is the beautiful blanket (my camera do NOT do it justice!)

Jennifer has offered 2 (!) items to donate! One is a book from her Usborne business.
¬†Gobble Gobble¬†Moo! It’s a book valued at 15.99! While Farmer Dougal¬†sleeps, Sheep and his friends board the tractor and take turns making engine sounds. But what if their loud honks, moos¬†and squeaks wake the farmer? Children will love copying noises in this joyful story from the internationally renowned author, Jez¬†Alborough.
Here is the cover of this very cute sounding book!

Jennifer is also offering¬†¬†10% off any of my services. She is¬†willing to travel so it doesn’t have to be just in the Pitt County (NC) area.

We are now adding another sponsor to the fan giveaway! Crystal is a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. She has donated this wonderful gift set!

NEW limited-edition* Mary Kay¬ģ Coconut Lime Gift Set includes invigorating shower gel, luxurious body lotion and delightful body mist all in a travel-friendly bag.¬† A $26 value!!!

Here are the links to either their fan page or website to check out more of their products! I will also be adding these links actually blog where the giveaway will be held!
Mama Made USA-Products Made By WAHM’s
Usborne Books

Usborne Books Fan Page
JC Productions

Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant- Crystal Booker

*Remember this is NOT the post where you need to comment in order to win. I will post that blog once we reach 450 fans!*

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LeapFrog

For Christmas one of boys received a Leapster¬†2 and the other received a Leapster¬†Explorer. I love them! They are educational¬†and still fun for them to play with. It’s definitely a present that was well worth the money!

But anyway, you hook up their consoles to the computer and you can do a bunch of things with it and then the parents receive emails with updates, sales, and things like that. The other day I received an email from Leapster and I wanted to pass along this great cause. Not only that but it’s so simple, that every one of my readers should do this, there’s no excuse to why you shouldn’t do this!

‘like’ LeapFrog on Facebook and they will donate a Tag book to a kindergarten class! What a great thing to do! Books are such a great thing for kids to get their hands on!
So like I said before, there is no reason why all of my readers shouldn’t do this! Now go do it and know that your ‘like’ helped provide a book to a classroom!

If you would like more information on LeapFrog and their products, please visit their website! Also follow them on Twitter!

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Hot Topics – Rules

Ok, so I don’t want to give you a lot of rules because I want each and every one of you to freely express you feel about any topics that might come our way, but I just want to lay down some points that certain things will not accepted no matter what!

Like I said in the Intro post, I will add more as I think of them or if something happens and it needs to be addressed.

 

 

*No name calling
*Do not use names outside of this blog (ie: talking to someone about a topic, you cannot use other people’s¬†names that are mentioned in any Hot Topics post)
*No bashing of another person’s feelings/ideas/or stand on a topic
*Everyone has their own opinion and views and you must remember that they are just that, opinions