Wednesday, December 28, 2016

January Desktop Background

This year I want to start sharing a new desktop background with you each month. I hope you enjoy
them and let me know if you use it in the comments below.
All you need to do is right-click on the image and save to desktop then once it is saved to the desktop right click again and select set as desktop background.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Crochet Roses with Pattern Link

I saw these over on Instagram and I just had to make some for gifts. I am going to put a pin back on them so that they can be worn on a coat or jacket. 

This is the second one that I made. I love how the different colors make each flower look so different. I have also made four more in a cream colored yarn for gifts as well. If you would like to make some of your own you can find the pattern over here.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Daily December Days 3 and 4

Day 3
I never can sleep,in on Saturday mornings, but I try to let me girls sleep until they naturally wake up. So this Saturday was no different. I had a couple of cups of tea and enjoyed the quite time. The quite time without too much real noise and I tried to resist the urge to open up my phone and take a peek at Facebook or Instagram. My focus this month is to reduce the virtual noise in my life by unplugging from social media and just enjoying the quite.
Once everyone was up and ready for the day Anastasia and I went over to feed her pig. She is showing a pig with FFA this year and it has to stay at the school barn. So we have to go and feed it twice a day one the weekends and she feeds it before and after school each day.
On the way back home she happened to notice someone selling puppies on the square. I let her stop even though she didn't ask and it made her so excited because normally we would have just drove on, but I knew this is something that would make a memory.
Once Tim got back home we all started working on different things in the house. He was working on cutting boards to finish a wall and the girls and I were waxing the cabinet doors. I am using chalk paint and wax by DecoArt to paint and finish the cabinets. I will put a varnish on them when we are finished to make them easy to clean.
Day 4
Today was Sunday and we normally all go to church , but Anastasia was sick with a headache and I was afraid it would turn into a migraine so I made her stay in bed and Tim and Shae went to church.
It was a gray, cold and rainy day so I thought it was a good day to try to organize my tea collection. I am getting a pretty large collection and I love all the choices that I have now. I try to add a couple of boxes a week because I'm am trying to break the soda habit and I just can't drink plain water all day. It is working and my favorite one is Good Earth's Sweet and Spicy Green Tea. They have a black tea with the same name and I haven't tried it yet but I really love the green tea one. It is hard to find and I only have one store that I can get it from. I need to start ordering it online so I can keep in on hand. I drink it every morning instead of coffee.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

My Day 2 Of Daily December

December 2,  was a super crazy busy day and I am working through the book Loving my Actual Life by Alexandra Kuykendall this month and really focusing on my family and making sure that I remember that every single day really is a gift.
This months focus is breaking free from the noise and being present in the moment.
I will be trying to cut back on Social Media and other distractions that add to the noise of my everyday life. I really hope that you would read it along with me.
It started off with picking up pecans at the farm, and It ended up being a lot of running around today. I had groceries, farm business, hobby lobby, and lunch with my husband (this never happens). The feed store and happy mail.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Daily December Day 1

I love participating in December Daily each year.  I will be working through the book Loving my Actual Life by Alexandra Kuykendall this month and really focusing on my family and making sure that I remember that every single day really is a gift. 
I want to make sure that I am present in each moment and try not to rush through everything and really enjoy each moment. 
The tag line of the book really caught my eye, "What if you could actually love the life you are living right now?" This really made me think about how much we all wish our lives were somehow different. I know that I am guilty of this, but I want something more. I want to be present right where God has placed me. I don't want to rush all the time and worry about everything. I want to have the freedom to live in the place that God has me no matter what the circumstances are. 
So this month I am going to take a step back, not over commit to things and take a breath a long deep breath before I say yes to anything that will take me away from the present and make me feel rushed and harried. I want to slow things down. 
In the first part of the book there was something that really made me think: 
the years 0-10 of your children's life are slow and seem to go on and on with no end, but the years 11-18 really fly by. Both of my girls are in high school and I can just feel them growing up, and away. I really want to take the time to enjoy each of the days I have with them, but when we are rushing around trying to cram everything we can into every day then we really miss the moments that make up these days. 
So for this month I will be sharing the little moments that make up our days because these are the important parts of our lives, not just the big days that are on the calendar. 
I hope that you will join me on this journey of taking back the moments that mean so much and slowing down and not stressing over everything so much.

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