Thursday, December 24, 2015

A Merry "2015" Christmas

Our prayer is that with each passing year
you will draw closer...

to Him
and to one another

Merry Christmas 2015
from our family to yours!

Monday, December 21, 2015

What My Work Keys Taught Me About Studying the Bible

I have a set of keys that I use almost daily

and although

they look the same
they open different doors

a wooden door
a glass door
a class door

and most days I can use them without even looking

Because since I use them everyday
I know where they are on the key ring

and the other day as I was using one of those keys
(found without looking)

I wondered...

how it was exactly that I had

the right key to open
the right door before me

because after all...

(there are many keys on that key ring)

and although

they look the same
they open different doors

a wooden door
a glass door
a class door

And once inside...

I immediately thought of Peter

who was handed a set of "spiritual keys" to use, and
who handed us a set of "spiritual keys" to also use

to open
the Kingdom Door for others

and I realized why it is so important

to learn
to study
to grow

from the Holy Scriptures

to read the Bible daily
to become familiar with

It's doctrines
It's passages
It's pages


how comfortable we are

holding those keys
handling those keys
using those keys

is the ultimate determining factor in how comfortable we will be
sharing Kingdom information with others

because how often you "use those keys"

will help you (without looking) to determine

when and

to open

a wooden door
a glass door
a class door

Jesus is the Door...
How do you "open Him" to others?

Thursday, December 17, 2015

She's Got Drama!

Well here it is...

Ladies and Gentlemen, we've got drama!

I've actually known for quite some time now

but it became


to me last weekend

as I witnessed my two children perform together in their school musical

They've got drama...

(and I know for sure because I witness it everyday)

but when school started this year
we were informed that the musical was chosen with my son in mind

and he subsequently landed the lead role

because of course,

He's got drama...

and then my daughter decided to try out as well because, after all

She's got drama too...

And when she came home with the role of the "understudy"

We had to talk about

Divine appointment

(a pep talk I've also had to give to myself)


I too have been known to have drama...

And over the next few months she


and mastered the role!

Then on the day of the performance...

reality hit

as she

thought about all of the work that she had put in
realizing that she would still not be the one going on stage

So we talked again

and I was happy when she resisted the urge to pout, deciding instead,
to assist as stage manager during the noon performance as

She let go of her drama

and on the ride home after the show
she talked to me about her experiences backstage

and as I turned the key
and we entered the house

my hubby looked up and said...

"Moriah, you got the call.  Get ready. Be ready.  You're performing tonight at 7pm"

(and my absolute favorite part was her response)

"Thank you, Jesus"

and of course I couldn't miss

the teachable moment
the preachable moment

by simply asking her to remember our talks

which shifted the conversation back to Christmas

(because in that moment we both knew)

that this
is exactly
what this

Seasonal celebration is all about

Jesus seeing our drama

and caring
and coming

to rescue us

so we could be here...
right here...

living a life of gratitude and grace


to know that

he's got...
she's got...
we've got...


and He is with us in the midst of it all


Friday, December 4, 2015

On The Quest To "Cure" Boredom... this Holiday Season

It's Five-Minute-Friday


"Mom, I'm bored"

are three words that simply make me cringe

(to which I've learned to respond)

wash the dishes
clean your room
fold the laundry

(causing children to miraculously disappear, not returning for hours)

And I know that sometimes

they get bored
I get bored
we get bored

because we are just looking for something


to do

So here are some things to try this Holiday Season...

Make Something

Bake Something

 An activity... and a snack?
Yes, please... and thank you!


Go Pretend Shopping

Give yourself a shopping limit (or just pretend shop),
go somewhere you don't usually shop,
try on items you wouldn't usually choose
get creative, and have fun

Have a Sleepover

Having someone else over may help spark a little creativity
 (like the time the girls made)

a fort using only

a blanket
a backpack and
a jump rope

May 2014

Start Planning Next Year's Birthday Parties

June 2013 and  July 2013

I've learned that the key to "curing boredom" is to engage in something


and there are plenty of those opportunities around
(especially during the Holiday Season)

so get out there and find them!

And here's to eliminating those three words,
"Mom, I'm bored", once and for all

Monday, November 30, 2015

Remembering 1979 with... Ain't No Stopping Us Now

(Sharing 40 years of music... click here to return to the beginning)

"Ain't No Stopping Us Now"
McFadden and Whitehead


Ain't no stoppin' us now
We're on the move
Ain't no stoppin' us now
We've got the groove

Verse 1

There's been so many things that held us down
But now it looks like things are finally coming around
I know we've got a long, long way to go
And where we'll end up, I don't know

But we won't let nothing hold us back
We're putting ourselves together
We're polishing up our act. Well
And if you've ever been held down before,
I know you refuse to be held down any more


Don't you let nothing, nothing
Stand in your way
I want you to listen, listen
To every word I say, every word I say

(Click to remember)

Friday, November 27, 2015

Winston is... My Silent "W"

My husband Winston is...

a quiet man
not given to many words
silent most days

and yet carries a strong presence

He can fix cars, dryers, vacuum cleaners
give massages
and make biscuits from scratch

He is private
has a calm temperament
doesn't demand a lot of attention

and will probably ask me remove this post
(if he ever finds it)

He is not a "hey, look at me kind of guy"
but carries gifts and talents that cannot be ignored

Then one day...

as I was writing the word "whole"
I noticed

the silent "w"

and realized that the only difference between the spelling in the antonyms

is the silent "w"

and although the w is silent
adding it brings completion

to an otherwise
empty word

It signifies that something can go from having

a hole
an incompletion
a defect of sorts

to being


by simply adding...

a silent w

And the irony is that...

only three days after noting this "spelling lesson"
my husband walked back in the house and informed

"You'll have to ride with me... your car has a flat"

(yep, the tire had a literal hole!)

and as we all piled into his car

my hubby and my father sitting in front
me and the kids in the back

I couldn't help but smile
for feeling an overwhelming sense of

peace and

for the "ride along"

as I also quietly thanked God for my "silent W"
because even though the letter doesn't make a sound...

it most certainly enhances the definition!

(sharing this today)

Why I Will Never Thrift Store Shop... Ever Again

I hated thrift store shopping when I was a child... HATED it!

Looking through

the aisles
the racks
the piles of clothes

was something that I just didn't


But as I grew older

I found my way back inside of a popular thrift store
and immediately fell in love with the bargains found there!

Shirts... 3.99
Pants... 5.99
Dresses... 7.99

And I was completely satisfied with my newfound thrifting experience
until the day that I walked in to find a sign that read...

$2 Clearance Sale
and as I began to overload my basket with "new" clothing items I promised myself...

"I will never shop here (on non-sale days) again"

because when it was all said and done I left that day with...

9 dresses
12 shirts
2 pants
4 sweaters
3 coats
1 vest
1 jumpsuit

realizing I had basically managed to wrangle up an entirely "new" wardrobe for just under... $65!

What did I get?
$2 Green Jacket
$2 Plum Sweater Dress

Paired with free "new shoes"

 Long $2 Button-Down Sweater w/ pockets

 $2 African Print Dress
$2 Striped Dress

$2 Tribal Maxi Skirt

$2 Animal Print Shirt 

and these other $2 shirts
also worn with my same black dress


$2 Tribal Flow Pants

$2 Maxi Dress

$2 Black and White Sweater Dress
$2 Polka Dot Dress

each paired w/ a
$2 Black Cardigan

AND a...

 $2 "Summer Orange" Dress
(worn 3 ways)


So here's to "never shopping" at the thrift store ever again!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Quest To "Cure" Boredom... During Thanksgiving Break

The kids will be home an entire week for Thanksgiving Break

And I am already...

thinking about

things we can do to prevent and "cure" boredom before it even begins!

Create a "Gratitude Picture Collage"
with things we are thankful for

Revisit Lessons from their Summer Business

Color*full Creations
creating a life full of color

Read a Book


Clean/Reorganize Their Rooms

My daughter was so into "Owls" last year... 

(but recently informed me that she now likes "Pandas")

This should be interesting...
What are your kiddos up to this time of year?

(curing boredom during the Holidays)