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!


No yelling: Day 2 & 3

Well I can’t say that I’ve been very successful at this no yelling thing. All I want to do is blame the kiddos and say that if they wouldn’t whine/cry/complain/do what kids do then I wouldn’t have to yell. But in the end, it’s not their fault and blaming them would be a lie. It would be a copout. It would be childish of me. It would be wrong.

Do their attitudes,whining, cry, and other emotions get under my skin? Absolutely! They wear on me to the point that is like nothing better to do than pull my hair out and send them on a hike! I would like to control the volume and sound just like a TV with them. I would like to duct tape them to the wall so they can’t push, shove, and hit each other. Boy, would that make life a bit easier!

I have to swallow my pride and only blame myself for my attitude and actions. I need to learn techniques that have me step back, take a moment, and then deal with whatever is going on. I don’t always have to argue back, have the last word, or be right. What I should always strive for is to solve the problem not add to it. I shouldn’t have to feel so drained within the first 30 minutes of them being home from school. I shouldn’t have a countdown of when they go back to school in the back of my mind. I need to change my mindset. I need to change the way I deal with things and maybe it’ll run off on them. What a concept I just thought of!
{insert sarcasm}

The sad part is that I already know all this stuff. I know that I should back off and then deal with my kiddos. I know that I need to set the example to them on how to deal with conflict and unfairness and other people. All I’m showing is anger and loss of control. Horrible example to my kiddos.

I need to make the effort to do what I know I should be doing. All my kiddos are doing is a reflection of what I’m doing. And I’m getting mad at them for being just like me! So silly!

All my kiddos are over being sick, I’m out of the house today, and all my school aged kiddos have a Christmas party at school today I’m going to make an effort to think before I speak and/or act. I am going to set a new tone and example in my house. I’m going to be the change I want to see in my kiddos.

If not me, then who?


A Challenge-Day 3

Yes I know that I forgot to post this last night but we were Skyping with my brother in law and his fiance.

Yesterday was a struggle for me with the challenge. I started off really good in the morning, started the dishwasher right after breakfast & the laundry. Was on top of laundry & got all 4 kids’ clothes washed & dried before noon! Then I came back home from picking up my oldest son from school and my attitude just sucked. I was feeling like doing anything with those clothes. So I am sad to say that the clean clothes are sitting in their laundry baskets. But I will get that put away today!

I have finally posted my challenge schedule at my house! I took pictures yesterday and will posting them in this post. But as I was writing down what I was doing on what day, I noticed that I skipped something that I was supposed to do on Tuesday. I thought that Tuesday was just mop floors but I also put down to clean bathrooms….opps! But I have it all posted now and don’t have to remember or think that I forgot something.

This is the cork board with each day being a big index card.

This is a close up of the days.

So is this.

I am not sure how many of you are actually keeping up with this with me or not, but for those of you who are, thank you!


A Challenge-Day 2

Today was a day that I was dreading because I didn’t want to do todays chore. When I posted my schedule to you all I thought about making it at the end of the week but I didn’t do that on purpose because I just wanted to get done and over with! I can’t stand to mop. I don’t know why but I just can’t! I had to talk myself into doing it several times today. I know that I posted a status about on my fan page and then when I started myself to do something else instead of mop, I had to argue with myself that I told y’all that I was going to do it and, again, I wanted to come back and say that I did it.
So against my own will I mopped the floors.

The only thing that I didn’t get done today that I said that I would is writing out my schedule here and posting a picture of it. But I ended up cleaning out the van and hanging up some picture frames. That’s a good excuse right!? I promise that I will get it up tomorrow because I have laundry to do tomorrow, so I will need to do something in between loads.

So all in all I think that I am doing really well with this! I have done my chores on the days that I said I would. Now I also realize that this is only day 2 and there is a ways to go before all of this becomes habit and I do it without thinking about it…..but I have to start somewhere. Tomorrow is kids laundry and that will probably take half the day just because there is so much of it! 4 kids + my oldest school uniforms makes it like I am doing laundry for 5 kids.
I am determined to get these things done on the days that I set for them! I will and can do this!


A Challenge-Day 1

Hello and happy Monday night!

Ok so I haven’t written out my schedule yet, but I am going to be adding some things to it, so I didn’t want to write it out and then have to turn around and re-do it. But I can say that I have done Monday’s chore…..mine and my husbands laundry! I washed, dried, and put away our laundry today before 6:00pm! Usually I wait until later in the day to even start which means that I don’t get finished with it until after 8 or 9pm! So glad that I made myself do it! I didn’t want to but I didn’t want to have to come back here tonight and tell you all that I basically failed on my first day of my challenge. I don’t want to fail you all and I, more importantly, don’t want to fail myself.

Tomorrows chore is to mop the floors. I will probably start this earlier then I started the laundry today because I have to pick up the crap off the floors and then vaccum and then mop. But I am determined to get it done. And thankfully since we moved into the new house, not all the floors are wooden. So that will help cut down on the amount of time it will take me to mop. I am really dreading tomorrow so it will definitely be a challenge for me to complete this before 6:00pm tomorrow. So please, if you can, send me some extra strength fairy dust or something. haahahahaha! I am going to need it!

I promise that I will get my written schedule up this week after I add what I want to it. No worries, I will get it done! Thank you to those who have been supportive-it means a lot!

Is there something that you are determined to get finished this week? What is it? How long have you been putting it off?


A Challenge-Schedule

I think that I have figured out what my schedule will be during the week. I really do feel lost without a schedule and/or plan.
I haven’t written it out on paper yet, but I will do that before Monday. I will take a picture of it when I do so that you all can see that I am doing what I say I am. So here is goes:

Monday-Mine & husband’s laundry
Tuesday-Clean bathrooms & mop floors
Wednesday-Kid laundry
Thurday-Bedding & towel laundry

I am keeping Friday’s clear because, to be honest, I don’t want to do anything on that day! This first week may be a little rough just because I haven’t been on a schedule in awhile. I didn’t put clean rooms or anything like that because I am going to try and keep those up on a daily basis…the kids might not be so willing to jump on this band wagon, but oh well!

I am also planning on adding more to this challenge like exercising and maybe a few other things.
I am really hoping that all this pays off and it becomes a habit because I always start off really well and then, for whatever reason, stop and it frustrates me to no end!

Monday is the big day! Hope you all have a great rest of the weekend! 🙂


A Challenge

I have been hard on myself lately and wanting to change some things. I do better when I have to be accountable to someone. Even though my husband is great and is supportive but I need to be accountable to more then just him. I don’t really know how to explain it but this is how it works lol!

Now I know that everyone is different and what bothers me about myself, you may not see as an issue. But this isn’t about you and you what think I am or aren’t doing well. This is about my own personal happiness and I what I need to do to be the best mother and wife that I can be. Everyone has their own definition of what is clean and what is enough….I don’t feel/think that I am doing my best.
So what I figured I would do was just to blog about my days and be 100% honest in what I did and didn’t do. I have become too lazy (in my opinion) and I don’t like it. I don’t have a plan of what I am going to write or how I will write it, but I will. I figured that when I figured out my daily schedule that I would post it here to show you what I am wanting to get done on a daily basis.

I know that no matter what I do or don’t do (not only with this, but in life) someone somewhere will have something negative to say. So I am prepared to hear the negative along with the positive. In the end, this is for me and not anyone else.
I would like to thank all of you in advance that are going to be here to support and encourage me-it means more then I could ever put into words.

So as soon as I figure out a schedule (which will probably be tomorrow) I will post it and start my daily blogging up Monday.

…..actually I was just thinking, even though this is something that I have to and no one else can do it for me & I did say that this was just for me…..that’s a lie. This isn’t only for me. This is for other people out there too that want to make changes (whatever they may be) in their live and feel like they can’t or feel like they are the only ones out there struggling with their self. You aren’t!

Thanks & I will update you all tomorrow with my plans!

It says “Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction”