Dirty Dishes, Debt & Dancing

Early in the AM and the house is still quiet as I walk toward the darkness of the kitchen from it being a rainy Monday morning I can see the shadows of the dishes in the sink.

As my vision pans out I see more mess on the kitchen table and things that I’m sure what was suppose to be in the trash on the floor next to the can as it was a missed thrown shot & never picked up last night.

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As I stand there I take a deep breath. I can either start my day upset and angry and make my day equal with the weather that is happening outside or I can take a deep breath and pick up the trash and clear the kitchen and have a talk with my children when they get up.

Today I pick to do small things with love.(LOTS OF LOVE)  No matter how much I want to get upset what good will it at this moment.

As I finish clearing the kitchen & put the bucket so it will catch the rain that will fall from the hole that we have in the ceiling that our Landlord has yet to fix since we let him know months ago.  I look about and how things seem to be falling apart in this house but again there is nothing we can do at the moment and I stop and say thank you Lord for giving us a roof over our head even in this situation because it could be worse so much worse.

I instead did a bit of sweeping and more tidying up and as I turn my youngest is up asking for some toast to eat.  With the sweetest of smiles which makes me thankful and humble because I remember this time 4 yrs ago we had to go to the NICU to see that sweet face. Again my heart is humbled & I have another reason to be thankful.

As I go to get the toaster  I see one of the bills that are about to be due, which makes me go to my table to look at my notebook where I write down what the monthly bills. Debt looming about. Wondering how will we be able to do it all. Feeling myself about to enter the gloom and start a pity party but then I paused. Took a deep breath and prayed and said Lord I am thankful for what you give us.

What I have learned over the years is even on the cloudiest of days there is a reason to be thankful. Although I wish some things would be different I am thankful for what I did have. I will ask for grace today and pray for peace and put my headphones on and dance.

 

Running On A Hamster Wheel

That’s how I’ve been feeling as of late. I’m running at top speed but going no where. What’s up with that. I’m putting all my energy and trying to balance it all.

Isn’t it nuts though that no matter how much “I KNOW” it’s not my will. I am in a constant fight to be in control. Why do we do that? It is hard remembering I can not do it alone. Sure we can sit in the ditch of the “Why not me

That is just what the evil one wants us to do. Sit in the why me ditch. It is SO hard to get out of that ditch.

We sit there and question and give all the reasons why we should be doing that job, losing that extra 5 pounds, going on that vacation and so on.

While we question it all we forget there are arms out stretched reaching for us to help us get out of it.  We just have to look up.

Why is it so hard to let go of our control or is that just me? Today I will remember to pause and give it all to him once more. Doing so always brings me the peace. It will come as it always does. His love will cover me if I let him.

I know after this moment I’ll forget again and once more I’ll get on my knees once more and pray to help me quiet the noise and give me the peace I need.

Lord thank you for your graces and for always having your arms open to giving me the love and peace that I need just when I need it. Jesus I trust in you.

 

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Unleash Your Inner Pro Photographer

What do you get when you put together 32 world-class photography instructors + 41 of their most essential and invaluable teaching resources?

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Here’s the thing: Expert photography instruction isn’t easy to come by, particularly when you’re on a budget.

It can already feel a bit daunting to get the camera, the lenses, the software and everything else you need, but then to think about forking over big bucks on expensive courses and books? Forget about it.

But what if, just for two days, all the resources you’ve had your eye on (and then some) came together in one magical package, for the most affordable price ever? Well, you’re in luck, because that’s exactly what’s happening and I’m telling you, this bundle is AMAZING.

The Ultimate Photography Bundle includes 10 eCourses, 16 eBooks, 4 videos, and 11 practical tools (like editing presets and printable reference cards).

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Because they’re all passionate about the same thing… coming together to equip, empower and educate a new generation of aspiring photographers and helping them pursue their dreams. By joining forces, they can help so many more people than they could on their own!

I am just honored to join such an elite group of photography teachers on this project, and to be able to share it with all of you!

There’s just one catch… a deal this good can’t last forever. They all agreed the bundle would be available for a short 2-day flash sale, and then it will disappear.

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OHH Living on a Prayer

Happy July everyone! Hope your having a good month. I must say praise God this month so far (sure it’s a few days in) has been kind to us.

A few things that were black clouds over our heads have cleared and being able to take a deep breath in such a long time almost dare I say was scary but I’ll take it!

Now comes a new situation (well it’s not really new but new to sharing more details) that I am personally trying to achieve. I’ve been dipping my fingers and toes to sharing my affiliate link to see if I can  bring in another source of income.

All 4 kids will be attending school come September so that means 3 out of the 4 will have tuitions for us to take care of.. EEK..  Hubby is amazing but I know this is a lot of stress on him so I’m on a mission to help.

I have been applying to jobs out of the home but funny how it seems I have the plague or something being I have not worked outside the home in 11 1/2 years.

So if you don’t mind I’m going to share a few spots that I am an affiliate for and if perhaps you need to do some shopping especially with Prime Day on Amazon coming I would appreciate it so much.

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Prime Day 2017 – 30 Hours of Deals You can’t go wrong with all the deals that will happen. I personally am beyond giddy about this. I want to try the Kindle – Up to 40% Off Kindle Unlimited as I’ve been reading lots lately and for my kids who love to read via their Kindle app be it on their phones or the Ipad.

If you have college bound kids like I do. We are going to take advantage since he already knows which books he needs for his new semester with the Shop Amazon – Used Textbooks – Save up to 90%  College book cost have mad my jaw drop. I’m still holding my heart from a just about $200 book for Spanish class he only used for 1 semester which we couldn’t find used anywhere, but I digress.

Amazon is saying the sales are going to be even bigger then Black Friday sales!! SAY WHAT NOW! What are you looking for?  Oh and if you don’t have Prime you can sign up for a FREE TRAIL!!! Just Click here to sign up and enjoy the insane benefits Prime has. Especially for the Holidays it’s my go to.  2 day free shipping YES Please! Warning you will get spoiled really quick with that! Plus free movies and shows and oh so many other perks! I love Amazon Prime!

Now the other place that I love that I’m part of the affiliate program. It’s mama happy land Target! I can’t even say how much I love Target especially the sales they have. The always needed perfect mug am I right? I’m actually loving this shirt because I grew up playing Wonder Woman and w/the new movie I just can’t help myself.

Also if you yourself are looking to make a bit of money I can’t say enough of Swagbucks because it in making the quickest extra pocket change. Did you know every time you do a a search you can earn points to get a reward. Did I mention it’s free! So make sure to sign up also one more that I use when I do shop online I use Ebates. This site actually gives you money back for shopping! All you have to do is install and click (and remember) every time you do and you get a small percent back which is awesome. As I always say every little bit counts!

Well I thank you so much for taking the time to read my post today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

 

 

*This post may contain affiliate links. I thank you so much for your support.*

Sink ok Or Swim?

I was up early thinking and praying. Thankful for the Grace we received at the end of last week.  I am still in awe and will be forever humbled. Now here we are today I got up and went and take care of some of the dark clouds that seem to be following us as of late. It felt so good to push them away.

I made sure to stop and give praise to our Lord even if it was a few minutes and he is listening to my plea there isn’t anything like going to his house and being able to bend your knees and say thank you.

Swimming once again felt like Nemo’s dad finally letting go and enjoying the coast it was awesome but then of course the worries stick in and I just about let myself go and remember hey I can’t swim!

Here I am holding on swim or sink that’s a daily decision we have to face. Whatever we are facing we can’t let negative vibes take us over.  We can’t let resistance win. We can’t.

Here I am with NO clue how we are going to make things happen when we have a huge hole of issues piling up. All I know I can do is pray and hold on to that raft that’s our Lord and pray that he shows us what to do.

drowningI will not lose faith. The power of prayers is more than I could explain so if you do read this I would be so thankful if you would say a prayer for me and my family.

Am I really That Strong?

Sitting in prayer.Crying out. Am I this strong? They say our Lord doesn’t give us what we can’t handle. I sometimes really have to ask am I this strong Lord. I know this is just darkness trying engulf me and cover me in darkness. Making me feel as if I am so helpless.

This is when I pray more. I cry out more. I have no answers other then calling out to our Lord.  He says to knock and he will open, well I bang that door.

Right now we are  in a dark period. No answers yet even, with fear we face but I have hope. He will not leave us so I call out to him.

Jesus I trust in you. I will not be engulfed by all darkness. You will help us. We have been in darker periods.

My heart has hurt when I thought it couldn’t hurt anymore on the day our Pretty Girl went to our Lord. From that darkness I found grace and till this day I remember how our Lord has blessed us. How each time something wants to cover us. I hold on to my rosary and pray. For each tear that is shed there will be rejoicing as long as we hold on.

Mary of Jesus be a Mother to me now. Beloved Jesus I trust in you. Help me trust you more.

 

 

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Don’t Give Up Just Yet

This morning I felt I needed to write. The future is really unknown. I must admit a bit nervous, but right now all I can feel is the sense of “don’t give up just yet”

As I was getting the kids ready for school. I looked at them and my heart is overwhelmed. Each of them are so amazing and not just cause they are my kids (ha) but because of what they have given me. I have become stronger and smarter and open to the amazing gift that motherhood brings me each day.

There are days I am so tired and get angry because I look and see the mess that I cleaned up doubled in size but with it all i again keep hearing “don’t give up just yet”

What gives me the strength is Love. It is really that simple. Love in Faith. Love in Family. Love in what will come.

Right now this seem like they are in despair and worrisome but God will prevail because I know his Love is never ending.

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So today. I will not worry. I will pray and have hope and trust for I will not give up.