Mommin’ Expectantly

I’ve been thinking lately of all the ways God has been changing me, I’m hoping in route to being a mom.

So, this time 5 years ago, I thought I was ready for kids, and that was so naive of me. How little was I ready. And I know, we’re never totally ready, but the Lord saw fit for me to be changed before I get that honor. I was selfish, oh my goodness was I selfish. Let me change that-man, can I be selfish! I still struggle with it and I don’t think that’s a great attribute for a mom. Especially one that wants several kids. Selfish with time, space, energy, funds, and on and on. I wanted to sleep when I wanted to sleep and shop when I wanted to shop. I mean, I always took care of things that needed done, but I just had a priority for things I wanted to do.

I had too much ambition. Now don’t get all feminist on me, I don’t mean that’s bad, I just mean that I want to be a mom first and foremost, but I got tangled up in how much I wasn’t living out my dream. I had to make a place for raising kids because I want to do that, not a nanny or school.

I was too spoiled. I wanted what I wanted and I couldn’t see anything outside of that. Sorry Charlie, you’re outta luck.

The Lord fixed all that. I couldn’t believe how easily, too. If you turn it over to Him, he’ll take care of it! I prayed and was just open to what He was doing and He’s fixing it all.

He’s turned my attention to other things though. I never realized how much I didn’t know about raising kids until I watched my friends and family. I have such good examples.

My own momma is a woman of great softness and selflessness. She would get herself into trouble to help me and she has taught me so much about compassion and true submissive love.

My mother-in-law is, as my husband says, tough as nails, in a lot of ways, she raised my hubby and his sister and that in itself is an achievement. She is also frugal, she could pinch a penny and make it scream!

One cousin is confident in her approach to things and how she talks about the Lord with people inspires me, she is truly a people person, something I would like to be better at. She is also active, as far as involved with what her kids are doing, even day to day activities, she’s always taking them somewhere to be part of something.

Another cousin is disciplined and steadfast in her children’s disciplining. Two things I desperately need to work on. She makes decisions and controls her every whim and thought, she is in complete subjection to the Lord. Being a good disciplinarian doesn’t sound so great at first, but I mean that she says what she means and means what she says but you can tell it comes from a place of love. Another quality in her I’m grateful to be able to witness is her unwavering commitment to her husband and children, it’s inspiring to be around something so real.

An aunt has shown me flexibility in being a military wife, with constant moves and raising kids in the middle of it all. Her organization is what made me an organizer! She could pack 20 pounds of sugar in a 5 pound sack, not even joking! She’s quite a woman.

Church friends- they’re always striving to be better for Jesus and you can see that in their children.

If you have female friends around and you’re waiting to have your babes, just look around, maybe there’s a lesson in a friend. You’ll have to be open minded and have an open heart, but it’ll be good for your momma heart. And either way, you can always refer to the best place for guidance of any kind- your Bible. Us, infertile myrtle’s are in good company in there. Read about Rebekah, Sarah, Rachel, or Hannah- God knew infertility would be a thing, so He put it in His book and I love Him even more for that!

Thanks for being sweet to me and checking out my post today!

 

Blue Pear Farms Products

This is a sponsored post in that I did receive product in lieu of money, but all opinions are my own, as always, I would not recommend something I don’t love!

Hi there friends!

Now, keep in mind, you won’t be catching many beauty related products on my blog, but this was worthy!

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything. Major blogging slump. We’ve been focusing on some changes happening so a lot of design/blog/everything else, has taken a back seat.

I wanted to come on here today to tell you about my friend Dana’s [her Instagram here] products [Etsy here]. She has some of the best facial scrubs and masks I have ever used!

Please forgive how the labels look, they look so good when they arrived, but I wanted to use them a while before writing a post, so the labels have gotten wet and crinkled.

A little background, I have had acne since I was 14 and it doesn’t seem to be letting up. Since we’ve started trying to have a baby, I haven’t been able to take anything for it. It has in recent years transitioned from regular ol’ horrible acne to adult acne, focused mainly around my nose and chin.

I was so happy when Farm Momma Jessica [here] introduced me and some other girls to Dana [here], she’s so sweet, y’all go check her out! She send me a couple of jars of her products to try.

First off, I love the names! The first is Barn Scrub and this stuff is capital A, amazing! It contains coconut oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic castile soap, Apricot oil, Jojoba oil, Camomile, Rose hips, raw sugar, cactus seed oil, rose oil, and calendula. Now, I have no idea why all these work together so well, but they do! I think maybe it’s the sugar in it that makes a gentle exfoliant on your face. It’s not like those junky scrubs I buy in store that have those big beads that are so rough on my skin!

The second is Farm Mud which is equally as good as the Barn Scrub, but I don’t use it as often. [Dana has provided instructions for use on the container]. It goes on thick and has a sinus clearing quality to it, but I’m not exactly sure of the ingredients of this one [Dana has a list if you want to know]. Both leave my skin feeling so smooth and make up ready- I usually use my Barn Scrub on Sunday & Wednesday’s at least because that makes my makeup lay nice for church!

Anyway, go see Dana and order ya some!

Happy Wednesday, y’all!

 

$100 One Room Challenge- Reveal!

In case you haven’t been following along, this challenge is hosted by the lovely Erin [here] from Lemons, Lavender and Laundry. It runs for 4 (or 5) weeks, depending on how long the month is, and each week, on Wednesday, we post our progress. This is REVEAL week! I’m so excited to show you my finished product!

Check below the post for the links to other bloggers who did the challenge with me!

This was before.

So, all the blue went away. New shower curtain, new paint, stenciled roses on the big wall to the left in the photo above. New shelves for beside the vanity, moved around a few hooks. Wallpaper was originally in my plan, it had large watercolor roses, but I didn’t realize how expensive wallpaper was when I made that plan. Maybe in the future, but it just wasn’t going to work for this challenge. Also, I wanted one new rug runner from the door to the tub, but that was also outside my budget so I kept my, not really old, rugs.

Here’s the break down of how I used my $100.

White Waffle Pattern Shower Curtain- $9.98

Sherwin Williams ‘River Rouge’ Paint- $25.00

Silver, White and Pale Pink Paint- $0 (already had)

Rose Stencil- $16.95

Shelves from Hobby Lobby- $21.99 & $17.99 but 50% off= $19.98

TOTAL: $71.91

AAAnnndddd without further adue, here’s my finished master bath.

What do you think?

If you have any questions, shoot me an email, find me on Instagram [here] or comment below.

Remember to check out the other blogger reveals below.

 

 

 

 


The Way

I can’t get over why God cares about little ol’ me.

Last weekend, some ladies were going around the room, I got there late and only heard one, telling how we all came to be at the church we go to.

They asked me to share. Now, this is not my strong suit. I’m terrible at getting out what I really want to say. I’m so awkward and shy that I get in my own way.

But, it has made me think, what all did have to happen for me to get there? A way was made, where I saw now way, long before I ever knew a way would be needed. A way I would have never guessed, prayed for or wanted.

My dad died.

God can even take something like that and make a way.

This is not what I started off thinking about today, isn’t that funny how God rearranges things?! His way is better, I promise.

So, I guess I need to start from the beginning. Well, the beginning in adulthood, the way was being made long before this, but this is where the pieces start clicking for me.

Timeline:

May 2011- Met Mountain

      He had a good job in his hometown and work in mine was slow.

October 2011- Moved to Northern Panhandle of WV

     I didn’t mind moving. With another marriage under my belt, I really just wanted some distance. Besides, I would’ve married Mountain on day two of dating if he’d asked. God planned it out just right.

September 2012- Married Mountain

      We had love, that was it. No money, no plan. If we weren’t at work, we were drinking. Talk about lost. I wanted to move back to my hometown so badly, I nagged Mountain incessantly about it. I felt a pull.

October 2013- Dad Died. 

     Don’t get me wrong, we were close, and I love my dad, he was the best, but I see God’s hand in it all now. He was diagnosed in September with Stage IV lung cancer and by the end of October he was gone. I was far away and losing ground. God was making a way.

December 2014- Mom moved to Northern Panhandle, everyone in one house.

     It was hard to have my mom be 3 1/2 hours away from me, now living alone in a different town. Neither of us cared for that much. So, by the end of 2014, we had decided to all buy one house. My mom had recommitted her life to Jesus by then and was adamant about reading her Bible. She doesn’t know how much she helped God in getting us saved.

January 2015- First time, as a couple, at church.

     All the while, as God had taken the rock of our family, he was giving us a relationship with my mom’s side of the family. A relationship that is worth it’s weight in gold to me. My husband and my cousins husband became friends and we were put on their prayer list. They prayed that God would use them to get their list of loved ones saved, and man did He ever! God made way after way for Phillip and my Mountain to be friends. Because I was willing, but Mountain needed a little convincing. Phillip was the man for that job. He loved Mountain right to Jesus.

May 2015- Salvation full and free for us both.

       Phillip was in a single vehicle accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury that he is still recovering from. I’m both sorry and glad to say, that was the kick we needed to trust Jesus- it brought us to our knees.  At that time, we were coming to church as much as possible, but that was still only about once a month.

March 2016- Mountain got new job.

     We had gone to a WVU home game with my cousin and her husband [who we wouldn’t have been close, otherwise]. When we left, her husband said he could get Mountain on with him if he wanted to. We had talked about this possibility a few times before, but didn’t think we could commit to him being gone through the week. God lined this one up just right. So we prayed and prayed. The work was drying up where Mountain was working though, so it made the decision easier. Sometimes it’s like God takes big big things and makes them change just for us. So he took a class in January and by March he was working with the power company.

June 2016- Moved back home. 

    This job change allowed for us to move back to my home. It’s not really about my comfort, but God is so sweet and He does things so perfectly that He comforts me anyway. We’ve been in church regularly ever since. God made a way for that desire of our hearts. If you’d asked me 5 years ago if I’d ever get to move back home, I would’ve laughed.

He’s brought me through to much to not trust Him!

 

 

 

$100 Room Challenge- Week 3

[In case you haven’t read my other posts, this challenge was created by Erin, click her name to go to her blog, and I am joined by loads of other bloggers all redoing a room in their home for under $100, link for those sites are at the bottom of this post.]

Hey y’all!

So, we’re in the last week of the challenge before the reveal and I am struggling. Let’s just be honest, with everything moving so fast, it’s so easy to get behind, and I did. Today, I’m painting the bathroom. Check [here] for the post with all the before photos.

I’m really in love with the color the bathroom will be, I just despise painting. And another #realitycheck- I’m just plain ole not good at it. I get the stuff EVER-Y-WHERE! Usually I’m a pro at tedious things, but painting is not one of them.

I’m really hoping that the stencil I go is in the mailbox when I go out to church tonight. I don’t even want to see what it looks like if I have to freehand the flowers. If you check the my first post for this challenge, I say I want to put up some flower wallpaper, and that is still a great idea, #goals! Buuuutttt it’s a lot too expense for this, I’ll be wayyy over budget.

So you’re getting some bathroom ripped apart photos- such as these:

 

Anyone have a tip for getting in between the vanity and the wall? the paintbrush won’t even fit.

and some of my favorite products- like SPACKLE!

Do y’all love to spackle? Have you seen those ‘so satisfying’ videos, it sounds dirty, but I promise I wouldn’t be watching if they were- they’re things like people playing with sand and play dough and slicing through soft stuff. Well, puttying is kind of like that to me. It’s relaxing but oh so satisfying.

Who needs a workbench? Just use a vanity!

Sorry there’s not more juicy things to show you, but I don’t want to give away the stencil magic that’s about to happen. Check back next week for the full reveal, I’m excited to show you the end. All I have left to purchase is a shower curtain and rod and maybe a rug.

 

Total spent so far: $61.93

Sherwin Williams River Rouge Paint: $25.00

Stencil $16.95

Silver/Pink/White/Green Paint- already had $0

Hobby Lobby Shelves- $21.99 + $17.00= 39.98 discounted 50%= 19.98 for BOTH!

 

 

All I have left to do is buy a new shower curtain, maybe a new rod, and a new rug I think. I’m excited to show you the final product next week.

Thanks for stopping by!

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