My Happy Homestead; Goes Country

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My Happy Homestead; Is Going Country


That’s right, we are moving! We are packing up and heading to the country. 


Some might say us suburban raised “city slickers” have no idea what we are in for. Some might think we have lost our beloved minds. Some might have feelings of sadness, anger, excitement, jealousy, or  just pure joy for our family. Some are still sitting there shocked by such a change -while others have seen it coming for years. 

Here is the thing, although to some it may seem the decision to move was made nearly overnight – it in many ways has been nothing shy of the opposite – it has rather been a life long journey.  

This winding road of foundation building has truly been going on for years and, I am only just now beginning to see some of those very intricate pieces God had layed before us so many years ago. I also venture to say we will never fully know nor understand all of the individual pieces; while, other pieces have been so perfectly set before us one can only believe they were set there just for our awe and wonder. 

Growing up I was always somewhat of a dreamer. (Ha, who am I kidding ? I still am!) I would play for hours creating families of paper dolls, swinging on our swings gazing off into the clouds, or playing with my doll house built by my grandfather. I would dream of houses, families, and simplicity. The things I remember and cherish most about my childhood were “simple things” like 80’s music playing 24/7, visits to grandparents houses, boating, swimming, jumping rope, going to plays, mystery trips, and just being a kid. These are the things childhood memories are made of. 

Childhood memories are made up of faith, intentional parenting, planning, purpose, and being present. 

You’re  probably wondering what my childhood has to do with moving and here it is; 6 months ago Ed and I didn’t have any clue where we wanted to move – nor did we ever imagine we would go from deciding on a location to buying a home in less than 2 months time. Did I happen to mention ‘our plan‘ was to not move for another 3-5 more years? 

Ah yes, and that childhood I remember so vividly – could it really be one of the original pieces of our foundation was built during that very time. The very place I loved to drive with my family – the place with the winding road, the hills, trees, and fresh air- that very place on the way to our annual family mystery trip to see “The Christmas Carol”. Could it be that same road of childhood comfort would one day be the path that led us to our new home? 

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It is only now, that I am beginning to see each piece- so perfectly layed before us. From childhood gardening memories, skills passed on from grandparents, to childhood friend’s (who just so happened to mary your cousin and will now be your childrens’ new dentist) because of coarse they will be among your new neighbors. 

How does this stuff happen? For real people, I could not make this stuff up! Who moves an hour away only to be brought back to their childhood- 


During our dating years – we would venture north and scour real-estate catalogs looking for property; we would talk about cottages and various locations. We would discuss blueberry picking in the wild, hunting, and spend countless hours searching for the northern lights over the lake. These are the things that brought us together. These are the things by which God has built our foundation – 


God sized dreams that seemed insignificant and at times maybe even a bit unrealistic – 


Faith


Family


Friendships


Love


Hope


and, Trust


So although to some our move might be a shock – to others it’s exactly where God has called us to be. 


The road doesn’t always make sense and it certainly doesn’t always seem fare. No one promised this life to be easy because it certainly isn’t going to be so – but being faithful, living intentionally, and being present in the very place you’re called to be at this exact moment is truly priceless.

Be sure to take a seat and stick around as I dust off the shelves of this space, add some new ‘decor’,  and take you down the dirt roads with me!! Sign up here for our “Homestead Happenings” news letter for the newest and most up to date behind the scenes happenings.

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How To Crochet Your Life Story

It was once said to me; “the story you are suppose to write is the one that brings tears to your eyes” and moves your soul into action. We can fight it all day long but in the end the words just keep coming. The mangled pieces of the puzzle all begin to make perfect sense.


We all have a story the one that starts off as a sweet baby girl or boy in his/her mothers arms, and eventually becomes a pile of threads waiting to be woven into something beautiful. 

We go through life experiencing joy and making memories. We raise our kids with nothing but the best of intentions. However, at the end of the day we are all sinners. We fail, make mistakes, and ask for forgiveness. We are sinners raising little imperfect sinners; no wonder life gets so frustrating sometimes. No one has it together. I repeat, no one! 

Our days whirl and twirl about. We live our life and at the end of each day we have added another thread to our life story. A story that waits to be shared. 

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6 Ways to Teach Kids How to Pray

 

 

6 Ways to Teach Kids How to Pray and Build a Relationship with Jesus Why is it I can teach my kids how to read, write, and do math but it’s so incredibly hard to teach kids how to pray?

 

Prayer is personal; it is a relationship with you and God therefore. As a result I’ve often felt inadequate in my abilities to teach my children this level of intimacy. 

 
Then, one day while praying for my kids I prayed for God to teach me. “Teach me, how to teach them.” 
 
You were not an accident; you were made for a given purpose, and so are your children. If you have ever laid the events of your life out on a time line the good and the bad chances are you would see God’s hand in all of your life’s experiences.
 
It was in fact that same realization that helped me see my where my own short comings came from. Did I even know how to pray? Where/ how  and from whom did I learn? 
 
The prayers I had frequently said at church were more out of habit, routine, and memorization. They held little meaning to me personally. That was until I began researching and educating myself on the “why’s“. Why do we do what we do?
 
I want my children to have a faith filled with knowledge, experience, ministry, and application. I want them to understand the “why’s” now, rather than later. And so there it is … 
 
Teach them” If we model the behaviors ourselves that we want our children to know; they too will follow. 
 
Kids want to be like their parents. Kids want to be like adults. They play “house“, they go to “work“, and “play school“. Children are mini reflection’s of our soul.  Where have we done good? Where have we failed? What can we do better? 
 
If we want to teach our children to pray we must pray ourselves, but more importantly pray where it can be seen and heard. 
 

6 Ways to Teach Kids How to Pray and Build Their Relationship with Jesus

Join a Bible study or if you are a mom of little ones I highly recommend seeking out a MOPS group in your area. 
 
Read the Bible in the morning – I am going on my 2nd year doing Hellomornings and it has completely changed the way I parent. When we make something a priority and our kids see that they are more likely to make it a priority too. 
 
Read the Jesus Story Book with your children 
The Jesus Storybook Bible
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Do a yearly family devotion series
 
 
Watch Biblical based movies; What’s in the Bible and Veggie Tales are some of our favorites 
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Print these prayer starter cards on card stock, laminate (I have this one), and store them in a 3×5 index box. These are great for saying prayers out loud together, silently before bed, and writing prayers out to send to others (think care packages and service projects).