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.


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! 😜
#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!


Reactions from our kiddos about adding another sibling

I couldn’t wait to tell our kiddos that we were having another baby! At some point, they’ve all asked if/when we’d have another baby. Our oldest daughter has told me many times that she would like 2 babies in my tummy.

Just a few days before we told them our oldest son came up to me, hugged me, and said “Mom, if feels like you’re having another baby.”. I had started to show at this point but not too much. I said ” Well thank you.” I knew he didn’t mean it in a bad way or anything negative. He immediately started to defend himself and say I’m not trying to be mean. I reassured him that I didn’t think it was mean and my feelings weren’t hurt in any way.

As our kiddos were eating dinner one night I held the ultrasound pictures in my hand. I held up the clearest one we had and asked them what this was a picture of. All they said a baby but who? Our oldest thought they were of him, his siblings, me, and Papa. He listed everyone’s name and we told him no to all of them. He then looked at us and said “Well someone is having a baby.” We said that he was right but who did he think it was. You could see the wheels turning in his mind as he started to realize our family was gaining another baby. As soon as we confirmed to them that we were having another baby, the volume in the room went up!
They were clapping and hollering and saying yay and expressing who wanted a sister & brother. We let them have their moment of excitement. I was so happy that they were happy. Not one of them was upset that they were gaining another sibling.

After the volume returned to a lower volume, we turned to our youngest son (5) and asked him what we should name this baby.
*Remember we don’t know the gender & told the kiddos this too*
At first he said we should name the baby dodohead and cracked himself up. We told him we didn’t think that we would go with that name. Right after we said that he turned to us and said “No, I think I like Emma.”
I was a bit shocked that he thought of a girls names instead of a boys. Even now if you ask him the baby’s name he will say Emma. Maybe he knows something we don’t….only time will tell.

The kiddos are still very excited about this baby, talk about him/her daily, and keep asking when the baby will get here. I’m so thankful they were welcoming this baby with open arms & hearts. Just go on YouTube and you can see many sibling who aren’t too thrilled to be adding to their family.

Not only has God given my husband a heart for a big family, He has also given it to our children as well.
Thank You for that 🙂


Daniels Fast – Day 16

I completely forgot to share this moment with you yesterday during that post!

This happened on day 14 (Sunday).

I wasn’t very hungry for dinner that night so I was just going to have a bowl of cereal. (This is something that I get from my mother, she eats this for dinner more than not) So I got my bowl, spoon, and the cereal that I wanted. Grabbed the gallon of milk, made a comment about the handle to Mister, and poured the milk. Not 5 seconds after I poured the milk I gasp! :-0
I poured regular milk into the bowl rather than the almond milk that we can have right now.

What do I do? I didn’t want to waste it all?
Mister had a great idea!

Mister said just get the cullender and dump in that. The best comment he said was “Don’t worry, God won’t get mad because you screwed up!”

Anyway, I drained out the milk, out the cereal back into the bowl, poured almond milk in my bowl, and ate it.
It was yummy.

Thought I would share this (what I think is a) funny moment 🙂 Have a great day!


And the scale said….

I was finally able to weigh myself last night thanks to my friend! I must be honest (as I always am) and say that I was pleasantly surprised by the red number that showed up! Before I tell you what that red number was, let me recap you on what the last numbers were.

Right before we moved to TX from NC I was 250ish, I don’t remember the exact number but give or take about 5 pounds. This was the summer of 2011.
When I was pregnant with my daughter Lily I lost a ton of weight. I think I was 213 the day that I had her. This was June 2012.
It is now January 2013 and I weigh 228…even!

Not bad! I could have sworn it was going to be more than that! I am honestly very shocked it wasn’t considering the way I was eating before all this change happened. Thankful but still shocked! I am not sure what I want my goal weight to be, haven’t really thought about that. All I know is that I would love a 1 as my starting weight number. That would just make me cry I am sure!

I also wanted to say that today wasn’t a good food day for me. I suddenly became stressed and overwhelmed that I started just eating cookie dough like it was going out of style. I started to beat myself up about it but thought, what good is that going to do? Probably just force myself into eating more crap! So I stopped and said, no worries, I can start fresh tomorrow and just remember that morning bring new beginnings.

Also, I was texting with my best friend today & talking about how we were both done making excuses about exercising. And then she saw a quote on Pinterest tonight and sent it to me. I wanted to share with yall because what it says couldn’t be anymore truer. Thanks LQ for sending it to me! Think I am going to print it off and tape it to my wall so it’s a daily reminder!

If you are on myfitnesspal.com, then please add me! I would love to go on this journey with you & to support each other!


Burnt cookies

There was a party yesterday for a friend in our home group that is being deployed, he starts his journey on Sunday morning. At first I said that I would bring a side dish but then changed my mind to cookies. My oldest son was helping me out with this. Everything was going well until…..

Until everyone seems to start fighting, Lily needed to nurse, and the cookies were being burnt! All of this was happening at the same time & I only have 2 arms. I thought the cookies burnt because the temp was too high, even though I put it at what the recipe said, my oven doesn’t like to listen. So I turned it down. That temp ended up not being hot enough. So I turned the knob to somewhere inbetween those two temps. Well between the nursing and trying out figure out who was hitting who and why…..the darn cookies burnt again!

I litterly took the cookies out of the oven, turned the oven off, and said “Screw the cookies, I am bringing store bought!”. I was so fed up at this point with everything that was going on. I told everyone to leave me alone and I sat on our bed to finish nursing Lily. I calmed down and put Lily down for a nap. Came out to inspect the cookies and they were definitely burnt. I am not just talking about the bottoms……nope sides & tops too!

The first dozen already had kisses in them (we were making peanut butter blossoms). The kisses were just at a right temp where they still held their shape but if you touched them, you would get chocolate on you….perfect! So this is what I did…..

That’s right! I licked all the kisses out of the cookies! The cookies themselves weren’t edible. I felt like a little kid doing something behind my parents back. I was trying to lick them as fast as I could so I didn’t get caught by little ones and have to share! That melty chocolaty goodness was just the ticket to forget the chaos that was going on just 30 minutes ago!

Next time you get stressed or upset about something, go ahead, lick the chocolate out of those cookies….totally worth it!



We have all made an excuse for at 1 thing in our life….my guess would be more than once, but at least 1 excuse.
This post isn’t about how I am better than anyone (because I am not!) or how there aren’t reasons why things don’t happen. This post is about the extreme that people go to. If this isn’t making sense, please just keep reading..hopefully my thoughts will come together by the end 🙂

There are so many things that we want to get done within a certain amount of time. And, of course, things happen & for whatever reason, these things don’t always get done on our timeframe or at all period. Whether is be because of circumstances out of our control or because of the choices that we have made up until that point. From my experience & what I have seen in my life…95% of why things don’t get done is from our own doing. If you were to really sit back and take a look at things, it’s our fault. Whether we didn’t manage our time better, we put too much on our plate, we didn’t budget correctly, we over spent, or we just didn’t want to get up and do it.
This happens all the time to everyone out there. Each of us are on a different scale but we have all been there! It happens & it’s apart of life. I would say that the majority of the time it’s not that big of a deal at the end of the day if you didn’t get something checked off your list. And, dare I say, that most of us can admit when it;s our fault when something doesn’t get done. That doesn’t bother me….been there – done that – still do it!

It’s the people that make an excuse for everything (and I literally mean everything) and it’s always someone else’s fault. That is just impossible that everything that does\doesn’t happen is someone else’s fault….that cannot just happen! You have control over your life and have to take certain steps to get our list checked off. I don’t understand where in their mind that this is ok & how they go through life actually thinking that this is how it is….truely boggles my mind!

I personally know someone like this & never takes responsibility for their actions or lack there of. It absolutely drives me nuts! Everything that happens in this persons life…their finger is always pointing to someone else saying “It’s them, not me!”. I am not even kidding here! I have never once heard this person (this person has been in my life for almost 10 years mind you) acknowledge their faults, said they were sorry for anything, and has never said something to the effect of “That was my fault, I screwed up.” NEVER!
Their world must be really nice to live in because, honestly, this isn’t the truth at all! This person, for whatever reason, will not take responsibility for anything that happens in their life.

I understand that this is not my problem & it’s not my life but when you are dealing with this daily & have to listen to the complaining that comes along with this….it becomes apart of my life. I definitely do not agree with this person or their reasons. I have actually voiced my opinion and asked why they don’t take responsibility for their actions and they changed the subject. I am not afraid to voice my opinion (and do so often) but I have come to learn that with this person, it is honestly & truly pointless. If you could be a fly on the wall – you would definitely understand what I mean.

Anyway, my point of this whole post is to tell you, the reader, please don’t make excuses for things that happen in your life. Take responsibility for your choices (or lack there of) and take a step back & see if you could have changed the outcome if you would have done something differently. Again, I know that things happen that are out of our control but that doesn’t mean that we should shrug our shoulders & give up. Try a different way or something. You get no respect from others if you just make excuses for the things that happen in your life. You won’t get anywhere if this is all you do anyway. Take ahold of the wheel of your life & do something about the things you want to change. No, it won’t happen overnight but taking that first step is much more admirable than not doing anything but wishing. Try. Fail. Start again. You are your own worst enemy. Look past yourself and get those things done that you want to do. It doesn’t have to be something huge that you want to get done…take baby steps. Make a list and start backwards. Get those simple things done that will get you to that bigger thing. This applies to everything in your life…..from as small as cleaning up your house to something like saving money for your own place. You can do it! Just stop making excuses!


I Owe My Mother

My mommie sent me this in an email the other day & I definitely got a laugh out of it! I could hear say these things to me when I was a little girl & I heard myself saying these things to my kids now. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

Happy Mother’s Day 🙂

I Owe My Mother

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
“If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.”

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
“You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
“If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”

4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
“Because I said so, that’s why.”

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
“If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
“Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”

7. My mother taught me IRONY.
“Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
“Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTION-ISM.
“Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
“You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
“This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
“If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
“I brought you into this world, and I can take you out..”

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
“Stop acting like your father!”

15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
“There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
“Just wait until we get home.”

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
”You are going to get it when you get home!”

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
“If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way.”

>19. My mother taught me ESP.
“Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?”

> 20. My mother taught me HUMOR.
“When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
“If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
“You’re just like your father.”

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
“Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?”

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
“When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”

> And my favorite:
25. My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
“One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!” 

My mother taught me about CHOICE.
“Do you want me to stop this car?”