This big guy got his braces off today 🎉🎉🎉 I told him we could’ve saved the money and gone on a cruise - he thought the cruise option sounded like a better plan 😂 📷 by Banjo (take 2 as the first one cut my whole head off 😂) #nomorebraces #milestones #growingup
Sometimes I find myself wondering how I’m going to face this or that? Will I be ok? But lately God’s been reminding me, I’ve got you. You don’t need to have it figured out because I’ve got you. I’ll be the solid foundation underneath you always so you don’t have to the rock. I’ll walk you through each valley. Sit with you and hold you through every dark night. I’ll hold your hand through it all. That’s what gives me peace and security. Not in knowing exactly how it will all turn out. But just simply the powerful truth that God is with me, and He is good ♥️
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”
Romans 8:31-32 ESV I’m thankful that the Holy Spirit is my advocate. I’m grateful for loving parents who always encourage me to try new things and never give up. I’ve never doubted whether they’re proud of me, because they’ve never given me a reason to. And I’m thankful for a husband who shares these attributes and nudges me along to pursue my passions.
#nevergiveup #30daysofgratitude #30daysofgratitudechallenge #thankfulnovember
P.S. I wish I had made a double helping of this one-pan sun-dried tomato chicken dish. It might be my new favorite Italian dinner.
"You are so special to me."
"I am so glad you are in our family."
"You are amazing."
"I love watching you [_____]."
"I love you so so much."
These are some of the words I tucked into bed with my children, cozy and warm into their hearts. With sweet smiles on their lips their eyelids grew heavier and heavier as I stroked their hair and softly hummed the same songs I always sing when the sun tucks intself away for another day.
What joy it brings to be their mama, to be their safe place, to be their comfort. May they always know how deeply loved they are by their imperfect mother. May they remember a thousand moments just like these ones.
(Old photo of Eleanor when she was still little enough for a soother 😢)
November 15, 2018
Thanksgiving, Gratefulness, and Worship
But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.
From the heart of this Messianic psalm we learn one of the most important aspects of worship and thanksgiving: when we rightfully declare God's kingdom rule in our lives, His kingdom power and presence are made manifest.
Lord Jesus wants to reveal Himself to us, and as we have learned previously, Holy Spirit within us will help us glorify Him and reveal Him to us (John 14:14). As we declare His Lordship we make a place -- a throne -- for His rule in every area of our lives. As our praises enthrone Him, we can experience His very felt presence far surpassing mere head-knowledge. And wherever King Jesus is, there is salvation, healing, and deliverance.
Does your home or workplace need to experience heaven rule today? Could your body need His healing touch? Do you need some divine intervention or direction? Begin to praise. Declare His Lordship in the rooms of your home, work, body, or soul (your heart and mind) and watch what happens when Lord Jesus takes His rightful throne.
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Woke up this A.M. and decided to cancel school and surprise my kiddo with a movie. Homeschool has been a little intense this season and I noticed I was allowing myself to become enslaved to our curriculum and my own expectations of things. When I get that way I know it’s time to stop, reset & refocus. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and pressured which completely negates the entire point of homeschooling. A little breather is always good for the soul and tomorrow is a new day. Looking forward to going back to doing more hands on play and less book work. #homeschoollife
Today was my class Thanksgiving feast. Coming on the heals of a terribly tough month, this reminded me why I love teaching and what my specific skill set is: love.
I may not have the best creative flair or the ritzier training some have, but I excel in love.
I was really down, talking to the director of my school and sharing my insecurities. She looked me straight in the eye and said, “you’ve got a gift.”
It felt really nice to be reminded that it isn’t the fancy extras - it’s the genuine, patient, even-in-the-foxhole love that children remember. ❤️ #montessori #montessoriathome #montessori #teacher #christianmom #byourlove
//Your Grace Is Sufficient For Me// seems to be the anchor of this season’s tsunamis. .
Just as I thought we were nicely settled into another apartment, Our lives were turned upside down again when A had a high fever which I then realized was Herpangina when this ulcer appeared. .
Upon moving back in less than 2 months, I finally understand the attack of the HFMD - a Singaporean Parent’s worst nightmare. .
What crippled me with fear was Zoe being infected. My entire body was constantly in panic mode when Aletheia touched anything, or wanted to hug and kiss me or Zoe. The thought of all the invisible HFMD germs that were around that we could not see made me so worried and fearful that I had forgotten that even Herpangina has to bow to the name of Jesus.
We had put Aletheia at my MILs place and tried to keep her away from Zoe but she would not sleep there. She was waking every 30 mins with nightmares and screaming for me. She was so emotionally traumatized as well, I finally saw a glimpse of what it must have been like to be a leper during Jesus’s days. To be to touched, when everyone sees you as untouchable. .
I had to make a call - to stay with Aletheia in the same house with Zoe and trust God for her life because I couldn’t let my firstborn daughter suffer that way. We moved house, yet again. All this time while Mark is still on a work trip. .
I’ve probably never cried so many times in a month from being overwhelmed and feeling helpless but when i am weak, then HE is strong. In a time like this, I need to cling onto the truth ALL THE MORE. .
I’ve been praying, Herpangina be plucked out of your roots and thrown into the sea, because my faith is so tiny - as small as a mustard seed. When it comes to my own kids, I feel paralyzed with fear sometimes. I believe, help my unbelief. But His Grace , it’s sufficient for me.
The light at the end of this tunnel - I see yet another thing working out for my good. How I got so busy the minute I came back to Singapore, I had forgotten how nice it was to just stay home all day - do art with Aletheia, nurse Zoe in bed and letting her have a good nap. And Zoe is still safe. #godisgoodallthetime
Goedemorgen lieve mensen,
Dit is mijn gebed voor mezelf en voor jou vandaag. Ik wens je een gezegende en mooie dag. Moge God je zegenen en wijsheid gevenen voor alles wat je vandaah te doen ben. Wees het licht wat God bedoelt heeft.
1000 days.... Day 2: I’m thankful for KINDNESS
I have seen so many people lately attacking others. I see so many throwing their opinions around like it was carved in stone by God himself🙄
Kindness shines brighter today than ever because it is a rarity to actually see it in its natural form.
We can sit around and “see” all the unkindness or we can choose to be the change!
You can choose to be kind no matter what type of ugly is thrown your way or you can choose to be no better than them.
The choice is yours❤️ #Godsgirl #christianmom
I can’t wait!! Last year Black Friday deals sold out in 12 hours this year is gonna be Off. The. Hook!! 💃
Tonight, I encourage you as I did my Young Adult Bible Study class yesterday to just say yes to the Lord. Oftentimes, the Lord speaks to me through songs. Yesterday, it was “I’ll Just Say Yes” by @briancourtneywilson.
I used the song as a teaching aid for my class. I passed out the lyrics and we listened to the song. Our scripture study with this song was Matthew 6:41-34, Proverbs 3:5, and Isaiah 55:6. In our saying yes to the Lord, let’s first pray, fast and condition our heart and mind to hear and know God’s voice to say yes with a willing spirit. As the lyrics say, “And there is peace when I say yes”. When you get a moment listen to the song and meditate on what it is saying. Consider, just say yes to Jesus!🙏🏼 #BibeStudy #gospelmusic
Meet our family!
We’ve got a bunch of new followers, so it’s high time for an intro.
That’s me, my handsome husband @luckyluke630
and “The A-Team” - Abby, Allen & Anna.
Our priorities are:
1. Serving the Lord and doing our best to bring Him Glory
2. Honoring our family and friends with our time, service & love.
3. Working for our business, @good_soil_essential_oils
, as if it was working directly for the Lord.
We value authenticity, integrity, honesty, seeing JOY in all messes, and Dad-Jokes (courtesy of Luke)
We’d be honored to do life with you, and sprinkle you with Lavender Lemon & Peppermint! 🌱🍋
I wish i had my children’s hair 💆🏽♀️
// 4 Easy Ways To Feel Closer To God After Falling Away...Link on BIO// .
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Truth alert: growing up I didn’t have to eat anything I didn’t want to so I loved off of chicken fingers and fries. 🙈 it pains me to think of what that did to my body and I vowed when I started learning how to get healthy, that it would be different from my kids. Now we eat more veggies then anything else, but it’s so nice to even hide them when I can to get added nutrients for me or the kiddos without even tasting them ❤️ so here’s my simple tip for today. How are you nourishing your body today? My clean eating supper group starts the Monday after thanksgiving! DM me or drop a Christmas emoji for more details!
You may FEEL defeated, but you DESERVE victory 💪
You may FEEL hurt , but you DESERVE joy!
You may FEEL confusion, but you DESERVE peace! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Don’t ever let your “feelings” get the best of you. Know what you deserve...and don’t stop until you get it 🙌
Sisters & BFFs...just what my heart always longed for.
Worrying is so easy. I can’t tell you how many times a day I stare off into the distance, unseeing, worrying about something. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sometimes, I have the peace of mind to remember to #letgoandletgod
...but more often than I’d like to admit I waste precious moments fretting instead of trusting.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A loved one is waiting for biopsy results, a military family is awaiting orders to an unknown location, a mom is nervous about bullying in school... the list of things we could worry about is so long and deep that it’s hard to see through it.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So take it one worry at a time. When you feel yourself start to stress over something, take a deep breath and smile, knowing that it has already been decided and you are exactly where you need to be. The picture is bigger than what we can see right now.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As we worry over that one problem, it’s like looking through a keyhole and trying to make sense of the whole room on the other side. He sees that whole room, sees what you don’t, and loves you.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Rest easy tonight, mama. You’re in good hands.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Tonight was such a cool teaching moment with the kids. We took them shopping for #operationchristmaschild
and I would love to tell you that they were as sweet about the whole thing as they look in this photo. Real talk - it was really hard for them to set aside their own desires at the store to think about buying something they’d super love to have for someone else. Marcus and I were able to dig into this feeling with them, and we related with what they were saying. But, I told them that I always felt so much more joyful giving than receiving. The joy that you get from giving is lasting, whereas the happy feeling you get from receiving can be fleeting. I’m still learning this lesson, so I don’t expect them to get it immediately. But it’s amazing to see how their attitudes changed as we began to choose items for their different kiddos and imagined what their reactions might be upon opening their gifts! We started talking about how this could mean so much more than a toy for them. It could mean them seeing the Gospel for the first time and actually meeting Jesus for the first time! He is the best Gift of all. I love Christmastime.🥰 #gloryinthemess
Love my fellow mamas of children with special needs. We just get eachother and always have some great laughs!!!!!! #muchneeded #momlife
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Most nights Daniel and I have a cup of coffee or tea just to unwind for a minute before bed.
It's my time to relax and recharge.
We all need a moment to just breathe.
can’t wait to get some rollers out to some friends ✨ if you could pick one of these, which one would you choose?
Relaxation, Wellness or Believe?
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Thank you for the extravagant support we have already received for our Kickstarter!!!!! I can’t even explain the way it feels to bring a heartfelt creation to the marketplace, asking for support to launch it, and have such positive feedback. Thank you to everyone who has reached out asking how to support, shared our story, and pre-ordered.
The process of launching a Kickstarter is a tad different from others and many ppl have reached out asking about that.
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Thank you again !
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It has been an amazing week, because my husband has been on vacation since Friday and it has been so cool to have him around the house.
However, I am still squeezing my 30 minute workouts a day. I love making my body cry. One thing that I absolutely enjoy drinking after my workouts is a good shake. Plus, I am on the go! go! most of the time due to errands or my 2 boys. So I had to come up with something that was easy to make and could take with me, and what better way than to have it in drinking form.
Who is cray for chocolate?! I know. I am. Here is a little concoction I put togther due to my chocolate habits. I wanted to share this recipe with you. I want you to get your veggies and be healthy and at the same time enjoy a chocolate shake :). You're welcome!
1. 2 SCOOPS PROTEIN POWDER OF YOUR CHOICE. (I GOT MINE AT SPROUTS)
2. 2 TABLE SPOONS OF 100% ORGANIC CHOCOLATE COCOA
3. 1 BANNANA
4. 5-7 ICE CUBES
5. 2 CUPS OF ALMOND MILK
6. 2-3 HAND FULLS OF MIXED GREENS, SPINACH AND OR KALE
PUT ALL THIS IN THE BLENDER & BLEND FOR A GOOD MIN OR 2... TOP IT WITH A STRAWBERRY AND VOILA!
MY JAR MADE THREE CUPS. (INSTEAD OF USING 2 CUPS OF ALMOND MILK I USED 1 CUP ALMOND AND ONE CUP WATER AND IT WAS STILL GOOD)
EVERYTHING I GOT AT TRADER JOE'S EXCEPT FOR THE PROTEIN. I GOT THE PROTEIN AT SPROUTS. I ALSO FORGOT TO POST A PICTURE OF MIXED GREENS. MY APOLOGIES.
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There have been so many times I stepped up to lead worship and didn’t feel ready. Didn’t feel worthy or prepared or holy enough. Wasn’t sure I was up for the challenge. I’d had a rough morning...the list could go on and on.
But I’ve learned that God does some really amazing work when we don’t think we’re worthy. And His grace is actually made PERFECT in our weakness. Wow am I thankful 💙
As hard as being a mom already is, you’d be surprised at how judgmental people make parenting out to be!
Everyone isn’t going to agree on how you parent, and that’s ok. Whether you use formula or breastfeed. Whether you’re against spankings or not. Whether you chose to forward face the car seat earlier than expected. Whether you co-sleep or not. Whether you decided to use a pacifier or not. Whether you chose to homeschool or send to daycare. Whatever the case may be, someone, somewhere is gonna have something to say. Ignore them!
If any moms are reading this, if anyone hasn’t told you lately...YOU ARE DOING AN AMAZING JOB!
Continue to raise those babies the way that works for you! They’ll appreciate you for it 🌸
Yesterday was a trying day for me as a mom. Little did I know God had a message for me at the end of the day. To hear more about my day and how God called me out, click the link in my bio - post title: "Yesterday was a trying day for this mama, and God called me on it".
We all have bad days, from losing our cool with our 🏃🏃 kids, losing something we worked really hard for, or talking to someone with spinach between our teeth.
But no matter the stress, the disappointment, or the humiliation, one reminder always makes me feel better: " The best view comes after the hardest climb."
What helps you get through the tough days?
Snuggling by the fire 🔥❄️
It’s the month of gratitude! 🙏🏻 This month and every month for the last 8 months, I’m grateful for: . 🏡 The ability to work out from home, a vacation house or my in-laws’ basement!
🏃🏻♀️ Effective workouts that have helped me tone, increased core strength and my overall strength 👥 A “virtual gym” that supports and encourages my health goals!
💪 That I have made fitness a priority in my life & haven’t missed one workout!! .
Are you a member of a gym? Would you like to learn about my Virtual Gym⁉️
I posted the other day about excuses, and ‘finding’ results when we lose our excuses. When it comes to health & fitness, I often hear people say things like: . ✨I can't get up early / I’m not a morning person ✨I don’t like to eat vegetables ✨I don't have time (to meal plan, exercise, etc.)
✨I’m not motivated like _____
✨I have no discipline .
I hear you, friends! Would I love to eat french fries and cookies every day? Yes- home baked anything is especially my weakness. 🍪🍟 Would I rather trade in my workout on some days for more “me” time? 📺 Yes!! .
But those things only bring me temporary relief. They do nothing for my health; instead, they hinder it. 🛑 .
Following a nutrition program and staying consistent with workouts? THAT will bring you to your goals. It’s helped me in so many ways!!! But you have to want those goals badly enough that you choose what you want, NOT what you want right now! 🏃🏻♀️ .
Believe me, I struggle too. And not working outside of the home can be especially tricky for me, not having adults around during the day! I know myself. That’s why I set myself up for success, by being in an accountability group. I run a virtual gym to keep my clients motivated and accountable, and in turn that helps me. 👊 .
Here’s my two cents: You CAN do this. You ARE worth it. It IS hard. MAKE the time. You DON’T have to wait until January: why wait until then to commit to yourself⁉️
My heart, split into these 4 remarkable human beings.
May these moments never lose the joy they pour into my soul.
And we’re all feeling better, just in time for Special Friday!
What a fun family day!
Some days are tough, but ones like today flow so easily. I’m still sooooo grateful to be home with my babies, that we’re all back to health, and that we’re daily striving to choose joy - cuz let me tell ya, it’s all around♥️