Friday, August 31, 2012

All Natural Homemade Cleaning Solutions

In the past several months I have made the switch from hard, hazardous chemical cleaners to gentle, non-toxic cleaners.  These are more cost-effective than store bought cleaners and I don't need to be terribly concerned about little ones getting into them.  They are easy to make, easy on my skin and eyes, and don't give me massive headaches like most other cleaners.

Here is a chart of my favorite recipes for the cleaning solutions I use most often.

Young House Love - Clean Up Your Act:  All Natural Homemade Cleaners
Kitchen Stewardship - Natural Kitchen Cleaners:  What's Under My Sink? - Tub and Shower Magic

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Baby Pugh Gender and Name Reveal!

Yep!  God has blessed us with a little boy!  We are very excited about meeting our son and seeing who he will grow to be.  Watching him move around during the ultrasound was amazing!  He already has lots of energy and would hardly stay still long enough for the technician to take the pictures she was needed take!  He did pose for some really cute shots though.

Within the first week we found out we were expecting we had names picked out.  We're naming our son after two men who have been a great influence in our lives, especially Ryan's.  The first name comes from his best friend, whom he helped bring to Christ and baptized.  He recently moved 2.5 hours away to preach for a congregation in Southern Indiana.  He and his wife are amazing and have their own precious son, who will probably be one of our sons best buddies.  The middle name comes from our local preacher who has had a tremendous influence on our spiritual growth and is someone we both hold in very high regard.  Our son's name is:
Knowing the gender of our child has helped the pregnancy become more real for both of us, especially Ryan.  It's fun to call our son by name and to look at baby boy clothes in the stores.

Praying God will bless us with the wisdom and understanding needed to raise our son in such a way that he will learn to love God, trust Him, and to develop his own personal faith so that he can live his life as a faithful follower of Christ.

God bless!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Nursery Progress? Nope, not yet.

Okay, so I have pretty much been avoiding the HUGE task of cleaning out the soon-to-be nursery that has been our catch-all storage room since April 2011.  As you can see below, I have A LOT of work to do!  

The futon is already gone (we were just storing it for my baby sister over the summer since we live closer to Purdue than my parents), so that's one less thing I have to think about.  However, I still have a lot that needs sorted through and relocated before baby arrives in January.  As of right now I don't have a set design/theme for the nursery, though I have thrown around several ideas (more on this coming soon!).  We found out baby's gender August 24th and so now that we know the gender I'm super-excited to turn this room into a wonderful place for out little one! (Gender/name reveal coming soon!)

Most of the items cluttering the room fit into these categories:
  • My out of season clothes/clothes I can't fit into due to the pregnancy - some will go to basement others will stay in the closet
  • Items we plan to put in a yard sale this fall - will go to basement
  • Items I need to make a new home for in my office/craft closet - will go downstairs
  • Empty boxes I'm saving for present wrapping/moving - will go to basement
  • Clothes we're going to try to sell at a second hand store - will hopefully all sell, what doesn't sell will go to the yard sale
  • Out of season items:  large space heater, our heavy comforter and electric blanket, etc - since baby is due in January, these items will most likely be in use by the time baby arrives
  • Items we will probably end up either tossing or donating to Goodwill

So excited to start working on the baby's room and to be able to share all my ideas with you all!

" their children,..."

Amber is a very dear friend of mine who also happens to be an amazing mother to a super-adorable 10 month-old and a wonderful wife to a god-fearing, preacher (my husband's best guy friend).

Please take time to visit her blog The Crunchy Christian:
a blog devoted to spiritual articles centered around the Word of God.

I'm excited to write a little guest post for Jessica's series on Titus 2. She asked me to speak on teaching the younger women to love their children, since she's still pregnant and therefore even only my ten months of hands-on experience is more than hers. Unfortunately, this doesn't guarantee that I know what I'm doing. wink

Raising a child is unquestionably sacrificial work. Many times we need to be reminded that loving others as a Christian means so much more than harboring warm feelings; it means action and service and doing when you no longer feel like doing. Yet, in contrast, the decision to have a child is generally already weighed with the sobering realization that your life will no longer be yours and therefore, teaching "love" calls for a different approach.

When we look at the phrase in Titus 2:4, "to love their children" in the Greek (philoteknos, used only once in the scriptures), we find that it really was expressing a fondness, a tender love.

Caring for a baby full-time (since I don't have experience with older children yet), is demanding. Demanding as in you simply don't get to call the shots when your infant is hungry or tired or fussy or teething, and you can't take a day off when you're sick, tired or wanting to spend the day relaxing at Barnes & Noble with good coffee and a book; a mother takes care of her child's needs, often at the expense of her own wants. A mother is required to be sacrificial. And when sacrifice is continually demanded rather than volunteered, tender affection may quickly fizzle out.

Yet, when it comes to our discipleship, sacrifice without the heart avails nothing in the sight of God.

"This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me" - Matthew 15:8

Consider when Christ taught that even unrighteous anger would be judged as equally as murder (Matthew 5:21,22). Perhaps under the Old Law God may wink at our corrupt hearts and words, so long as our actions weren't, but Christ came and showed us the better way. He showed us that everything comes from the heart (Matthew 15:18), and if our hearts are purified, our actions will follow(Matthew 23:26).

Similarly, when our hearts toward our children are pure and tender, seeking the will of Christ above our own, our actions will follow and God will be glorified.

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward." - Psalm 127:3

It is so simple, even after only months of motherhood, to fall into the trap of self-pity, selfishness and frustration and therefore it is essential to remember that how we parent and how we choose to treat our blessings is very much a part of our discipleship, which is why we need the encouragement and teachings of older and experienced Christian women.

The root words of both "philandros" (the former exhortation to "love their husbands") and "philoteknos" come from "philos", meaning "friend." Have we learned this love for our children? Jessica wrote rightly that our husbands need to be our friends, best friends even, and despite the negative connotation that comes with saying it: our children need to be our friends as well. What does this mean? What does it not mean?

It does not mean indulgence. It doesn't mean an intense desire for our children's approval and it does not mean displacing discipline or rules so that acceptance or praise may come to us by our children.

It does mean always approaching our children, babies, as friends. It means looking on them as we would a dear friend. It means being willing to lay ourselves down for them, whether this comes in the form of putting off something we want or were in the middle of for our babies when they need us, or putting off negative thoughts when we wake yet again at night to care for them. Laying ourselves down for them may mean doing for them what they need, even if it means more work for us. Laying ourselves down is more than just outward action, it is a willing, loving, tender heart that motivates to action.

I want to suggest that this tender love is a decision we can make at the start of every interaction we have with them. Do we approach them with resentment and bitterness? Like a burden or an enemy? An annoyance or inconvenience? Or do we approach them humbly, with compassion and empathy? Like a friend; someone we want to see happy, someone we care deeply for, someone we will give and give for, even with nothing in return?

Do we make the conscious decision to put them first and treat them with gentleness and kindness, to the glory of God, when they're crying inconsolably and everyone is at their wit's end? When we only have half an hour left to finish dinner, or cleaning, or a project but they can't be set down? When they're fussing and screeching during services and the pressure is mounting? When we have to abandon any hope of "me time" because of a need? When things just don't go according to plan? And I can't even imagine the list as they age! Certainly, balancing the fondness and affection of friendship with discipline and authority is something that must be learned.

Something else to consider: how does our Father want us to serve Him in other aspects of our life?

"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." - 2 Corinthians 9:7

"the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness." - Romans 12:8

"Let love be without hypocrisy..." - Romans 12:9

"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" - Micah 6:8

"For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one." - Hebrews 10:34

"Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you." - Hebrews 13:17

"Show hospitality to one another without grumbling." - 1 Peter 4:9

Our hearts, our attitudes, are truly important to our heavenly Father and He is not pleased with Pharisaical, superficial obedience. He desires our love and our hearts, and if we delight in Him, we can joyfully live for Him and bear His fruit even through the mundane and tedious tasks that so often accompany motherhood.

And we ought to take joy in our children. I found a little excerpt from another blog that really expresses this point well:

"I have heard from more than one mother statements such as these: “Don’t get me wrong, I love my son, but I don’t enjoy him”, or “I don’t enjoy those toddler years.” We are wrong! I don’t think we can say “I don’t enjoy my kids”. We are supposed to – they are to be cherished greatly with unreasoning affection. They are not an accessory that we pull out when convenient. They are also more than a “do-to” list (that finger is pointing squarely at me). If my children are greatly cherished, they are more important than “things”. They are more important than how I feel, and all the things that need to be accomplished. I know, here in this fallen world, in reality, I have a list of a million things to do today, but at the top of that list I need to make sure my children are cherished with great affection" (Frazzled Mama)

Sometimes it helps to see ourselves as God sees us. We can direct our minds to Him when we catch yourself not loving His gifts the way He loves us. Pray, plead for His grace and His help. Then, take a breath, smile, and love our babies with fondness and with the love described in 1 Corinthians 13.

Can I also say for a moment that without that love, it is incredibly difficult to "bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord"? Hypocrisy kills, but unselfish and genuine love that results in joyful service demonstrates Christ.

I'm positive that there is so much more that could be explained from this text by a proper "older woman" since tender love will manifest in many different ways as the years go on. Nevertheless, the foundation is the same: let's approach our children with a gentle and friendly disposition. Sacrifice, but joyfully and humbly. Parent to the glory of God, by the grace of God. Cherish our blessings, and know that is exactly what they are.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." - Galatians 5:22,23

"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends." - 1 Corinthians 13:4-8


Didn't she share some great passages and thoughts for us to consider as mothers?  I personally gained a lot from reading her article, and I hope you did too!  Children are a wonderful blessing, and even though I haven't held my child yet, I am certain my life will be changed in January - for the better!  May we all grow in motherhood so that God may be glorified in the way we parent our children.

God bless!!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Upcycled Oraganizing Trays

Last week I showed you the rather messy drawer of our entry table (which became my desk last week after I shared that post.)  Here's what the drawer looked like before we re-arranged the living room and turned it into my desk.

Since the table is now serving a new purpose, I had the motivation to work on the drawer.  I decided to relocate all the "stuff" that was currently occupying this drawer (as I don't use it frequently and had other items I wanted to place in the space), so I was able to start with a clean slate.  The first thing I did was to empty the drawer and gather the items I wanted to store there.  Then I got to work creating some cute trays for organizing the new occupants of the drawer.  I had been saving the cardboard packaging from some snack crackers and decided they were just the thing for this project!  I also found some cute scrapbook paper I had on hand that I thought would go well with the drawer and our living room decor.

Here are my supplies:
I measured the bottom of the box and cut paper to fit inside.  Since I was placing the boxes side-by-side vertically I didn't wast the paper covering them.  I did cover one of the ends on each box because I knew I might place the trays towards the back, exposing these sides.  Once I had all the pieces cut to size, I used a glue stick to adhere the paper to the boxes.

Here are the cute trays I ended up with!
I haven't finished organizing the drawer, so you'll have to come back later to see the finished project!

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"...Love their husbands,..."

Before I delve into this new series on Titus 2:4,5, especially since verse 3 of this passage states that the older women are to be the ones admonishing the younger women (and I'm definitely not in that older or, more experienced category), I feel the need for a disclaimer.  Please understand that my intention is not to come off as one who "knows it all," or has everything "figured out."  I am not an "older woman" and I certainly have not perfected the wifely role God has blessed me with.  I'm writing this because this is an area in which I want to grow and improve in myself, and so I'm sure there are others of you who have this desire as well.  I just want to share my studies, thoughts, and research with you so that you may be able to grow and improve, too.  So please, if your heart is open to learning what God requires out of us as wives and you want to try and better yourself in this area, please read on.

A quick surface reading of the above passage may lead a woman to say "Of course I love my husband!" and mentally check this admonition off the list of ones we need to be continually improving upon.  However, a deeper study of this verse, passages that teach us about the husband and wife relationship and the topic of love can leave a woman feeling humbled, ashamed for the lack of sincere love she has shown her husband, and driven to make drastic changes in how she sees and conducts herself in the marriage relationship.  How do I know this?  Because these are the thoughts and emotions I felt as I wrote this.

In the Greek, the phrase " to love their husbands" is represented by a single word: philandros.  Here are two definitions for this word/phrase according to two credible and accurate Bible dictionaries:
   Strong's:  "loving her husband"
   Vines:  "to be lovers of their husbands"
The word philandros is composed of two root words: philos meaning "friend" and aner meaning "husband."  Using the definitions from Strong's and Vines, we can conclude that loving our husbands means thinking of them as friends , in my opinion, our best friends.  Consider this whenever your husband does something sweet and thoughtful that "messes up" your day, fails to read your mind (which is impossible for him to do anyway), or puts things away in the "wrong place" because he wants to show you love by helping out around the house.  How would you respond to your girlfriend if she popped in unexpected, suggests you go out for Chinese when you've been craving Mexican for days, or helps clear off the table after a meal and puts the potholders on the wrong hooks?  Does this help put things in perspective?  Why do overlook the "mistakes" of our dear friends because she's "only being thoughtful" and pick at our husband every time he doesn't do everything exactly to our liking?

There are several verses in the New Testament that teach us more about how God intended for the husband and wife to be in relation to one another.  If we are claiming to love God and be his daughters, we would do well to study these passages, so that we can apply them in our marriages.  This is one way we can show our husbands (and God!) love.

I Corinthians 7:3 -"Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband."
- "affection" (NKJV) = "benevolence" (KJV)
   Strong's, Vine's and Thayer's:  "good will, kindness"
- This "affection/benevolence" covers everything from opening doors and giving compliments to speaking respectfully towards and putting each other first.

I Corinthians 7:4 - "The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does."
- "authority" (NKJV) = "power" (KJV)
   Strong's and Thayer's:  "to be master of the body; to have full and entire authority over the body"
   Vines:  "to exercise power over"
- Whenever my husband expresses the desire to be intimate with me it would be sinful of me to refuse him.  My body is no long mine, but his.  I cannot use sex as a bargaining tool, because my body is not mine to bargain with.  We wives would do well to remember this and to always give our husbands the intimacy they need, because they really do need it!  If we are willingly intimate with our husbands and even initiate from time to time they will be much less likely to turn to other ways of fulfilling this desire/need.

I Cor. 7:34 - "There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world—how she may please her husband."
- "she may please" (phrase)
   Strong's and Thayer's:  "to please, to strive to please, to accommodate one's self to the opinions, desires and interests of others"
   Vine's:  "to be pleasing to, to be acceptable to"
- If we are to please our husband and strive to be acceptable to him, then we cannot seek to please ourselves.  If I'm only seeking to please myself I will have one unhappy husband.  I need to put his desires before my own.  Much to the world's mistake, pleasing others doesn't leave one unhappy.  I've noticed that when I go out of the way to make sure my husbands pants are ironed by the time he wants to wear them, even though I dislike ironing and when I get up and fix his breakfast in the morning though I'd much rather sleep in another hour, the joy I feel in seeing him happy and knowing I contributed to his happiness is much greater than the annoyance of ironing or being a little extra tired throughout the day.  I feel this goes beyond these little things, though.  I need to be sure that I'm conducting myself outside the home and around others in such a way that is pleasing and acceptable to my husband.  Would wearing a short skirt and exposing cleavage to any other man make my husband happy?  Certainly not!  What about being short with the cashier because she doesn't know how to apply a coupon?  No, that wouldn't please him either.  Not only are those two actions unacceptable for me as a wife, but also as a woman professing godliness. God isn't the only one who cares who I am when I leave them home.  How I conduct myself in public reflects on my husband.  I wear his name, and I need to do so in such a way that brings honor and respect to our household.  Otherwise, any good he may do while at work may be undone by my actions in the supermarket.

Eph 5:33 - "Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband."
- "she respects" (NKJV) = "she reverence" (KJV)
   Strong's:  to reverence, venerate, to treat with deference or reverential obedience
   Thayer's:  "to show reverential fear"
- This is something I've struggled with throughout our marriage, often completely unaware that my tone/facial expressions convey disrespect.  I find myself repeatedly checking my tone and attitude, and pausing to put myself back in check.  Ladies, this is so important!  Our husbands, in order to be strong, confident, godly leaders of our homes need to know their knowledge, understanding, and decisions are respected.  We can share our thoughts, concerns and ideas with our husbands, and they would do well to listen, too.  But we MUST make sure we present them out of love and respect with a sincere desire for what is best for our family.  Talking to our husbands like they have no idea what's going on or what they're doing is NOT a good idea, EVER!  They may not have all the insight we do as mothers, but they aren't idiots.  Give them some credit, and when they say or do things that don't make any sense at all, gently express to them why they should consider another alternative.  This will help them grow and learn as fathers and husbands, rather than degrading them to a state where they feel useless and powerless.

Obviously, there are many, many more passages I could include in this study.  For sake of time and effectiveness of the study, I'm going to leave it at this for now.  It will do us more good to sincerely focus on these four passages than to lightly brush over a dozen.  May we all have open hearts as we continually work with our husbands to improve our marriage relationships.  

God bless you all!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My Blog Planning Sheets

When I first began blogging I didn't use any planning tools.  As time passed I saw posts from other bloggers where they shared their planning tools (calendars, post planning, etc).  The first blog planner I used was designed by the wonderful Beckie at Inferrantly Creative.  Her free printable blog planner can be found here.  I started out printing the pages on an "as needed" basis, instead of making the cool planner Beckie created.  Since then I have developed my own planning pages.

Here are the three pages I designed with inspiration from Beckie and beautiful backgrounds from Mel Stampz:

Monthly Calendar

Monthly Blog Post Planner
I don't blog a lot, so a weekly blog post planner wasn't the best for me.

Monthly Think On It Planner

I still haven't developed a cool planning folder/notebook like Beckie, (She's way more resourceful and creative than I am!).  I keep all my blog planning pages in a file folder on my desk.  This works perfectly well for me right now. 

Happy Blogging!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The scripture behind Blissful Keeper at Home

As many of you are aware, I launched a new blog this month with the name "Blissful Keeper at Home."  I spent a lot of time considering different ideas and words to use in my blog name.  Here are some of the criteria I had come up with:
  1. Inspired by God's Holy Word.
  2. Convey the fact that I have joyfully accepted and embraced the role God has given me.
  3. Encompass the entirety of topics I plan to post about (being a godly wife and mother, housekeeping, organizing, cleaning, decorating, planning, teaching, and being a woman professing godliness).
One evening over supper I shared a couple ideas I had with my husband.  He didn't seem to think they flowed very smoothly (I didn't really think they did either).  I asked him if he had any suggestions.  He suggested I pull the phrase "keepers at home" from Titus 2:5 (KJV).  This was perfect!  This verse along with the one proceeding it wraps up pretty much everything I wanted to blog about.  Now we just had to find a way to incorporate a word or phrase that conveyed the idea that I am truly happy as a homemaker and pursue this role with willingness and joy of heart.  After some research and the use of a thesaurus we came up with "Blissful Keeper at Home."  I fell in love with the new blog name and am so thankful my wonderful husband encouraged me to consider the admonitions Paul urges Titus to share with the older women, that they might teach the younger women to have these qualities (Titus 2:3-5).

Over the next several weeks I plan to do in-depth word studies to help myself better understand and apply these admonitions.  Please follow along so you can learn with me as I strive to grow into the woman God desires me to be. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Entry Table

 As you can see above, our front door opens into a kind-of long hallway.  I decided to place an extra desk in the hallway between the bedroom and bathroom doors to use as an entry table.  I wanted a place to showcase some of our photos and to bring some life to our otherwise bland hallway.  This table does just that and MORE!

Winter Entry Table Display
We decided not to hang anything on our textured walls (which we have in this hallway, downstairs bath, stairway and upstairs landing) I’ve placed a large antique mirror I received from my grandfather and covered in chalkboard paint.  I love having this piece, as it’s a nice reminder of my wonderful family and my beautiful grandmother who has gone on before us.  I haven’t been too creative with what to write on the chalkboard just yet, so for now it says, “Welcome to our Home.”  We have hosted a prayer night, which we titled “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” so for this event I wrote “Welcome to a Sweet Hour of Prayer” on the chalkboard.  I’m sure I will become more creative as time permits.
Here are some little tid-bits about some of the items on the entry table:
- Flowers on the left:  My wedding bouquet
- Photo on left:  One of my favorite engagement pictures
- Photo on right:  One of my husband’s favorite engagement pictures.
- Dried roses in vast on right:  The first roses Ryan ever bought me.

The drawer stores postage stamps, return address labels, pens, rulers and other odd-and-end office supplies (which I really need to clean our and organize!).
The space underneath houses two stools we bought at a yard sale for $1.00 each.  With some new fabric and cushions, ribbon and some paint we now have two beautiful, versatile stools that have served as extra seating, foot rests, and side tables.
Spring/Summer Entry Table Display
 I love these simple paint sample glass jars.  I can easily change them out to fit a specific event, season, or use it to remind us of how we should conduct ourselves.  Here are some other words/phrases I plan to make and use in the glass jars:  Pray, Be Kind, Love, Give, Read, Obey and Do Good.  I am sure I will come up with many more as time progresses.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Rejoicing in Heaven!

Two wonderful women have been in my heart and prayers this week:  My mother who had a hysterectomy on Monday, and my mother-in-law who Sunday night told my husband that she's been thinking a lot about becoming a Christian (something we've been praying about for a LONG time).

Yesterday I spent a long, but wonderful day, with both these women.  I drove an hour and a half to spend time with my mom in the hospital, helping her with simple every-day tasks she isn't yet able to do by herself and keeping my dad company.  It was wonderful to see the improvements she made in the five hours I was there.  Her spirits were high and we had some very good conversations.  It was nice to see the answered prayers for a successful surgery and a smooth recovery.  She'll see the Dr. today, and Lord willing go home this afternoon.

When I arrived home my husband had already been over at his mom's for about an hour and a half studying the Bible with her, specifically salvation and life as a disciple of Christ.  I joined them and we studied for another hour and a half.  She had been coming to worship services with us every Sunday morning (and a few other times, too) since February/March.  She had heard (John 5:24, Acts 2:22, 33, 37, Romans 10:17) the gospel, and believed (Mark 16:16, John 1:12, John 3:14-18, 36, John 5:24, Hebrews 11:6) the Bible is the Word of God, that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to this world to die for our sins, and that her soul was not right with God.  In the those three hours Ryan taught her about the commands for repentance (Luke 13:3, Luke 24:46,47, Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Acts 17:30, 2 Peter 3:9, confession (Matthew 10:32, Luke 12:8, Acts 8:35-37), and baptism (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, 41, Acts 10:48, 1 Peter 3:21).  As we were preparing to leave she expressed that she wanted to be baptized!  So, we drove to the building and Ryan baptized his mother by the authority of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit for the remission of her sins.  What an amazing evening!  When she came up out of the water, a new creature with no sins upon her, she and Ryan hugged and we all cried tears of joy.

It was wonderful to see the joy and relief in her heart, knowing she made the best decision she can ever make and feeling the weight of her sins removed completely from her.  Praying she will grow and mature in her walk as a follower of Christ and that we will know what to do to help her remain faithful as long as God grants her life so that she may inherit eternal life (Revelation 2:10).

Monday, August 6, 2012

4 Months and counting!

Well, baby and I are moving right along!  Baby is growing, moving, and listening to me as I talk about our day.  It's so exciting to feel him/her moving inside me!  

Sunday evening was our monthly Song Service where we worship.  After 45 minutes of singing, one of the men gave a short lesson.  Little Baby Pugh was moving like crazy the whole time he was up there!  It was such a wonderful feeling to experience!  

My mind kept wondering what was going through baby's mind.  Did he/she like the singing?  Was he/she glad we stopped?  Were my lungs crowding him/her while I was singing and was he/she happy I was out of his/her space?  Definitely can't wait to meet our little one!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Some Kind of Blogging Wonderful!

Today something very wonderful (in the context of my blog life) happened.  
Something I have been waiting for.  
A day I have been dreaming of since before I even started blogging.  
Something I was starting to wonder if it was every really going to happen.

Check out the wonderfully sweet words Michelle over at Someday Crafts shared about my DIY Chevron Marble Magnets.  I linked these to her Whatever Goes Wednesday link party this week.  Be sure to check out her blog and all the other wonderful party links!

You can see the feature post here

A special thanks to Someday Crafts for the lovely feature and for hosting a great link party!