Monday, September 15, 2014

Our LAST Party!!! AND A Brand New Launch!




This is our LAST Share Your Stuff Tuesday & I almost felt teary eyed thinking that this is the end of a really fun chapter in my blogging career!

I have to first & foremost say a HUGE thank you to Erin Schmit for hosting it for so long. You have truly been a blessing in my life & I have learned much from your example.

Erin is coming into a new season in her life, and has decided to take a step back from hosting such a successful party as Share Your Stuff Tuesdays has been. We totally understand, and wish her all the best in the future.

If you haven't taken the opportunity to do so, please check out & follow Erin's top notch blog "Our Table For Seven".





 recipes table for seven





Now, on that note I have some really EXCITING news to share! The rest of our group decided we wanted to re-format the party & have even come up with a brand new name/logo!

So next week, "Inspire Me Mondays" will be launched! 'Where You Come To Inspire & Be Inspired' will be our motto : )

It will still be the same family-friendly content, but with a few changes. We've recently added another new hostess, and we will also be extending the hours of the party--> 8 a.m. Monday til Friday 8 a.m. (central time). 

Launch date officials begins Monday September 22nd, 2014!!!

Keep watch on your feeds :)


Now onto our LAST Share Your Stuff!!!


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But first, have you missed these posts??



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'Where The Road Of Self Pity Will Take You'




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In Light Of It Being The LAST Party

I'm Making It My Top FIVE Favs This Week:


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chocolates truffles

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

~Homeschooling Through Difficulties~





Homeschooling Through Difficulties







If you've been following along, then you may have read some of my prior pieces in my "Exploring Homeschooling Series". If not, below here are the past entries! 




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Those of us who have homeschooled, know how challenging it can be in the trenches...at least at times.


On the other hand, many seasons are actually quite enjoyable, rewarding and remind us exactly why we have chosen this lifestyle for one or more of our children.

When you add in other personal challenges of sorts, however, then that alone can bring a time of testing, & require intense perseverance on your part. 

Or it might mean making some changes to the routine, or bringing in reinforcements.

For others, it may mean even putting homeschool on the shelf for a season....

Wherever God might lead you, here are some bloggers sharing from the heart on THEIR personal homeschooling journeys.

It may not have been what they originally planned, but many of them have persevered & now see the results.

Some are still in the trenches.

Be inspired today: you are not alone out there!


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Where The Road Of 'Self Pity' Will Take You....



Where The Road Of 'Self Pity' Will Take You







Above are just a few pics of our everyday blessings, that I admittedly, sometimes take for granted...



Self-Pity: Sharing What's On My Heart Today


It tends to strike during our darkest, and often loneliest moments.
When I am fighting it, I often have many justifiable excuses.

"Things weren't turning out MY way"
"It NEVER seems to work out for me"
"They always REJECT me"
"Why do they treat me this way?"


& my personal fav struggle, "This is NOT fair!"


Fear, sickness, worry, abandonment, stress...
many emotions can precede it.


Now, I will add to the record, that I do believe there IS a time to grieve, mourn & ask for support in times of trial.
Calling friends/family/mentors for prayer & advice, a listening ear, etc.
That is never ever wrong!

 It is in fact the opposite of what I'm talking about here. 
& hopefully your friends will help support you, so that you can feel strengthened & built up after your time together.

But when we begin to cross that border from asking for support, into a full-blown 'what about me' self-pity party, we often find that this party is only attended solo!
Everyone else tends to want to leave at that point...

I once read that John Maxwell, business guru & leadership expert, if he has a victory or a failure, he never allows himself more than 24 hours to celebrate or be 'down'...either way, after that period he's starting afresh.

Joyce Meyer, one of my favorite speakers & author of "The Battlefield of the Mind", said that you can either be in your self-pity, or you can walk in your power/strength in Christ. It's one or the other, never both!

I have ashamedly struggled with this emotion for many years. In more recent difficult situations, I've often felt that life has dealt more than its fair share of trials.

 But that sort of thinking never changes your circumstances for the better anyway. 
Trust me.

So I've been learning to focus on the blessings.
 The small ones in the lean times.
 The everyday goodness of God.
Develop thankfulness.

Pity is really a deceptive emotion, as it masquerades as part of the 'answer' in times of crisis, but really is nothing more than a cloak of vanity & self-focus.

It doesn't accomplish anything, and your time could be used in a far more productive manner.
Especially during seasons of crisis, where time often becomes a vanishing commodity anyway.

I want to get to the place where a pity party isn't even welcome for more than an hour, maybe even less!

How about yourself? 
How do you deal with this emotion?



1 Corinthians 2:16b

"But we have the mind of Christ."










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