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A Heart For Home: August 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

We've been married since March of 2005. Some times it feels like we've been together forever. But there are other days when we kick ourselves for not having this marriage thing figured out yet. In the end, we are simply two sinners in desperate need of God's grace. A little grace from each other doesn't hurt either.

Those four little kiddos make us so happy. But don't get me wrong, life is definitely not all roses and there are plenty of times that they drive us crazy.

We try to take our task as parents very seriously, we're sure you do, too. The privileged of bringing up these four beautiful (and highly rambunctious) children is definitely a tall order. We thought we had it just about figured out with our first, but then our second was born...then our third...then our fourth. Whew, time sure does fly when you're not sleeping through the night!

Joking aside, Tim and I know that it is our responsibility to train our children in the way God would have us and to be examples of godliness in their lives. Parenting with purpose is a whole lot harder then just letting them run the roost, but we know that the hard work we put in now will set the groundwork for a more joyful family in the future.

Tim and I both strive to make our family the most important thing in our lives, after our relationship with God. We both slip up from time to time, but we encourage one another to keep pressing on. Maybe you could use a little encouragement as well?

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Tim is a great husband and daddy! He is a true visionary and a very hard worker. He's also an early bird and is up before the sun on most mornings. Tim has a heart for sharing his faith with others and would love to be involved in full-time ministry one day.

A few years ago, Tim discovered a passion for gardening. A year later our garden was actually double the square footage of our house! Since the beginning of his gardening adventure, Tim has been committed to learning more about organic and sustainable gardening practices. He is determined to garden on a limited budget and uses creative ways to get the most bang for his buck. I help out a little, but normally only when I can do it without getting too hot (I get cranky when I sweat). Tim loves to share about what he's learning in the garden and dreams of having a little homestead of our own.

I love being a wife and mom! In my spare time (ha, what's that?) I can be found elbows deep in what ever craft project I've recently discovered. I've done everything from sewing bridesmaids' dresses to building bookshelves. I love trying my hand at new crafts, but I will admit that I have a difficult time committing to just one thing. These days, my projects are typically the quick and easy variety that can be squeezed into a nap time or at the most a couple of evenings. 

I also love blogging, sharing blogging tips and making printables for our kids to use in homeschooling. My background is elementary education, and I've always wanted to homeschool my children. While it has always been a desire of mine, this past year has shown me the reality that it will not always be easy. Although some days are rough going I love seeing my children grasp a concept for the first time and knowing that I was a small part of making that possible!

Together we enjoy spending time in the kitchen. Tim loves cooking. I love baking. And we both love eating. Over time our eating habits have changed to include more real foods and less and less processed "foods." We are committed to taking care of our bodies through the things we choose to put in our mouths. This is definitely a place of growing for us, but we'd love for you to join on as we learn together.

All in all, we love sharing what we've learned from our successes (& failures) in order to help you save time and a few tough lessons along the way. 

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Etsy Shop Showcases

Bubba & Doodle's ~ Vinyl Decals, Necklace Pendants
Circle Line Studio ~ Vinyl Decals
Down Shadow Lane ~ Fabric (another review here)
Dream Maker's Design ~ AIO Cloth Diapers, Car Seat Covers, Shopping Cart Covers, Burb Cloths, Bibs, & More
Dydee Daze ~ Cloth Diapers, Diaper Covers, Baby Wipes, Hair Scrunchies
Elly Nelly ~ Vinyl Decals
Fabric Closet ~ Fabric, Patterns
Janey Mac ~ Vinyl Decals
Leen The Graphics Queen ~ Vinyl Decals
Marsha's Home Crafts ~ Adult and Child Fleece Slippers, Hats, Scarves, Baby Items, Drawstring Backpacks, Cellphone Cases, & More
Marsu Mama ~ Pouch Slings
Mom's Blankies ~ Receiving Blankets, Burp Cloths, "Shoopers", Hair Bows, gift Sets, Head Bands, & More
Munchkie Baby Designs ~ Pouch Slings
My Sweet Punkin Patch Pouch Sling & AIO Diaper~ Pouch Slings, Ring Slings, Cloth Diapers, Diaper Covers, Baby Wipes
Nine Lucky Stars ~ Soapnuts, Soapnut Seeds, & Goji Berry Seeds
Pinkhouse Handworks ~ Montessori Baby Toys
Steel Magnolia Creations ~ Pouch Slings, Aprons, Blanket & Burp Cloth Sets, Casserole Carriers, Nursing Covers
Studio jk ~ Vinyl Decals
Tasty Suite ~ Vinyl Decals
Wood Elements ~ Hand Turned Wooden Bowls, Rolling Pins, Biscuit Cutters, Garden Tools, Platters, & More

Other Product Reviews

See Kai Run ~ Infant, Toddler, & Children's Shoes (another review here)
Activities in a Bag ~ Preschool Activities, Science Experiments, Activity Journals, & More
Make It Fast, Cook It Slow ~ Giant Slow Cooking Cookbook by Stephanie O'Dea, founder of A Year of Slow Cooking
Recommended Sites

Search & Win

Our eHow Articles

Our Amazon Store

Above Rubies ~ Encouraging women in their high calling as wives, mothers, & homemakers
No Greater Joy Ministries ~ Parenting & Child Training Resources
Revive Our Hearts Radio Archives ~ Calling women to Freedom, Fullness, & Fruitfulness in Christ

Homeschool Freebie of the Day ~ a new free downloadable resource every day Monday-Friday
Homeschool Radio Shows ~ Free weekly downloads

We feel that the links listed above are God-honoring, however we do not necessarily agree with or endorse every little thing written thereon. We urge you to always examine everything written here and elsewhere to make sure it is in line with the perfect Word of God found in the Bible.

Blogs I Enjoy

Money Saving Tips & Tricks
Money Saving Mom

Other Great Mom Blogs
A Day In the Life of Mama
Bits & Pieces From My Life
Diary of a Stay-At-Home Mom
Heavenly Homemakers
I Am Mommy
Keeper of the Home
Making Home
Passionate Homemaking
Preschoolers and Peace

Organizing Blogs
I'm An Organizing Junkie
Organized Everyday

Food & Recipe Blogs
$5 Dinners
A Year of Crock Potting
Gourmet Momma
Tammy's Recipes
The Full Table

Review & Giveaway Blogs*
Wee Share
Familylicious Reviews & Giveaways

We feel that the links listed above are God-honoring, however we do not necessarily agree with or endorse every little thing written thereon. We urge you to always examine everything written here and elsewhere to make sure it is in line with the perfect Word of God found in the Bible.

*We do not neccessarily support or agree with every item that is reviewed, but we do enjoy entering several of the giveaways that are hosted by these blogs.

Friday, August 1, 2008

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