Oubly Premium Edge Business Cards Review & Giveaway

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As a blog and business owner, it’s pertinent that I have professional looking business cards always on hand. I’ve been handing out my old business cards for awhile, and they’re totally out of date – they don’t mention the new baby to be at all, and they are still based around the site’s old design. It was definitely time to some new cards!

That’s why I was so excited when the folks at www.Oubly.com contacted me. I had heard about the company through another blogger, and I had been eying their premium edge cards. While they have lots of fun, unique designs to select from, I decided to create my own design and upload it. I wanted to base my cards around my new theme, and I loved that their turquoise edge matched my design perfectly.

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It didn’t take long for the cards to arrive after I submitted the order, either. I was so excited to get them so quickly, and then to see how absolutely beautiful they were. The quality took my breath away. These cards are on thick, high quality paper, with ink that seems to sparkle! I love, love, love my new cards, and I absolutely love passing them out wherever I go.

There are a few facts about Oubly that make me love them even more:

  • They are a family owned business. I am *all* about family, so I’m proud to support another family owned business.
  • Their customer service and dedication to their customers is second to none. Back when I was a single mom, I worked in the printing industry. In all my years of experience, I have never worked with a company quite like Oubly. I am seriously impressed.
  • Their selection of products is downright awesome. They have so much more than just business cards! They have kids birthday party invitations, stickers, note cards, and so much more!
  • The branded packaging that the products come in is beautiful and high quality. You’ll want to show off the packaging as much as you do the products!
  • It’s just $5 shipping on ALL orders! (I think that’s my favorite part!)

I am seriously impressed with Oubly, and I get so many compliments on my business cards. These are, by far, the most professional, highest quality business cards I have had the opportunity to review. I will definitely be ordering from them again, and I will certainly tell all my friends and business associates about Oubly.com.

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#MC #Sponsored: BGCA Keeps Kids #CyberSafe with the #CyberTribe

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I will admit, I am a little more than protective when it comes to my kids and the internet. There is so much BAD out there, that I want to protect their innocent eyes for as long as I can.

Now, I am not dumb. I know that with technology today, it is easier than ever for kids to access the internet, and get involved in all sorts of situations that could potentially be scary.

Even when I was a teenager, the internet wasn’t the best place to “hang out.” Back then, it was chat rooms. I will never forget when I was 16, and I met a guy in a chat room. My boyfriend had just broken up with me, and I was young and vulnerable. This guy knew all the right things to say to make me feel better, and I fell for it – hook, line, and sinker. I ended up making plans to meet this guy, all without my parents’ knowledge. I told my parents I was meeting a friend that night, and instead, I met this stranger from online. When I got to the park where I was to meet him, there was a man there – probably in his early 30s. Definitely NOT the guy I had seen pictures of online, and not who I was intending to meet. As I drew closer to him, I noticed he had printed out my picture and was holding it in his hands. So, he was the guy I had been talking to all along. Not the 16 year old boy I thought it was.

Everything inside me was telling me to run, and so I did. Straight to my car, and I drove to my friend’s house, because I didn’t know where else to go or what else to do. I couldn’t go home and confess to my parents what I had just done. I knew it was stupid. I knew my life could have been in danger that night. And, looking back now, as a mom myself, I want to bang my head against a wall. That was probably one of the stupidest things I have ever done in my life. Thank God I was smart enough to get out of there. I don’t even want to think about what could have happened.

I wish that back then, we had had something like the BGCA CyberTribe. A safe place for kids to go to ask teens questions about online safety and bullying and get real answers. It’s also a fantastic resource for parents! In fact, I encourage you as a parent to take the “Are You a CyberSmart Parent?” quiz and see how your answers stack up. I ended up being a Cyber Survivor, and proving that I am doing my best to keep my kids safe while they are online.

I also encourage you to ask the CyberTribe any questions you may have about online safety and/or cyber bullying.

You can find the quizzes and ask your questions on the Boys & Girls Club of America’s Cyber Safe Website. All in all, it’s a great site that *every* parent needs to explore. Our kids are worth it!

Here are the two questions I asked the CyberTribe:

1. With easy access to cell phones, laptops, tablets, kids can access things they shouldn’t at any time – day or night. How can I protect my kids from seeing something they shouldn’t see if they click on an ad while playing a free version game on my cell phone?

2. I often feel like the “bad guy” because I won’t let my kids have a social media account until they’re old enough. I constantly hear, “But ALL my friends have one.” What can I say to convince my kids that it’s better for them to wait until they’re ready for an account instead of just giving in and letting them have an account?

I’m excited to see how the CyberTribe responds. I want to do right by my kids. I want to keep them safe while they are online, and I want them to always think before they post anything. This is something we will continue to talk about at length, especially given the number of kids I have!

Also, remember, that through today, June 30th, you also have the chance to win an ipad mini AND $500 to the Boys & Girls Club of your choice. But, hurry! Your chance goes away at midnight tonight! So, get your questions in!

How about you? How important is online safety to you? Have you ever had an experience where you or your child should have taken better precautions online? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section.

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I have been a fan of CafePress for a long time, but I’ll be honest – I haven’t stopped by there in quite some time. I can’t get over how many different items they have.

I spent the last 20 minutes laughing my way through their maternity t-shirt section. Oh my gosh, some of them are hysterical. Here are a few of my favorites:

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And you all know how obsessed I am with anchors. Check out these awesome items I found that are Vintage, Flag, AND Anchored theme:

I want them ALL for my living room. (My living room is Vintage Americana. Fits perfectly, don’t you think?!)

Check out CafePress today and take a look at all the awesome products they have available. You won’t believe it until you see it!

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#Sponsored: Seeing Isn’t Always Believing! Have a #FoodSafe4th This Year

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I love the 4th of July. I love spending time with family and friends, catching the fireworks, and the Bar-b-ques. Oh, how I love the bar-b-ques. :) Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans… Yes, I definitely love the Bar-b-ques.

But did you know how serious food poisoning can be? It is so much more than just an upset stomach. It is a serious health threat to Americans. In fact, the CDC estimates that about 1 in 6 Americans could suffer from foodborne illness this year. (That’s about 48 million people! Yikes!) In turn, that will lead to about 128,000 hospitalizations, and, even worse, an estimated 3,000 deaths. Scary stuff! And all because people don’t take the time to take the proper food safety precautions.

The heat of the summer gives bacteria the chance to thrive and multiply more rapidly, so there’s usually a spike in reports of foodborne illnesses.

I will admit. We are terrible about using a food thermometer. But, after reading all of the information I collected to put together this post, I can promise that is going to change!

Seeing isn’t believing. In the past, I figured if the hamburger is brown in the middle, that means it’s done. But truth be told, just looking at the color and texture of the food isn’t enough. The only way to be really, really sure is to use a food thermometer. In fact, according to USDA research, 1 out of every 4 hamburgers turns brown before it’s safe to consume. A hamburger needs to be cooked to at least 160* F in order to be safe and delicious. Please take a moment to check out this Safe Cooking Temperature Chart and the “Is it Done Yet” brochure by the FoodSafety.gov website. Also be sure to check out the USDA’s tips for Safe Grilling.

Also be sure to visit the FoodSafety.gov website to learn all about food safety, and definitely check out “Ask Karen,” which is an online database with nearly 1,500 answers to specific questions about preventing foodborne illnesses. You can also call the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline.

Before you start celebrating this summer, be sure to take a moment and watch the following videos:

Recipes for Disaster: BBQ

Summer Food Safety Tips from Martie Duncan of Food Network Star

Also, be sure to join the #FoodSafe4th twitter party. It will be held June 30th at 1pm EST. Just follow and tweet with the #FoodSafe4th hashtag, and be sure to follow the hosts: @martieparty, @buzzmommy, and @usdafoodsafety.

Have a Super Dad? Make Him a Super Gift!

Super Dad Gift

I wanted to do something special for hubby this year. Something unique and fun that plays on his personality. As the dad of 4 boys, (with another one on the way!), Superheroes have a big part of our lives.

I had seen the quote on a Father’s Day card, and thought it was perfect. The Super Man shirt was way too big for anyone in this house, so I cut out the logo and attached it to a very thin piece of wood. I painted the frame black, (it’s an 11″x14″ frame), and used a red paint marker to add the quote “Our HERO doesn’t need a cape… we call him DADDY.”

The gift was a HUGE hit. Hubby loved it, and now he just wants to finish the basement so we can have a Superhero themed living room down there. :) For now, though, it will just have to hang in our living room with everything else.

This is a super easy craft and doesn’t take long at all to make! (And it’s cheap if you use a t-shirt you have on hand!)

What other quotes do you think would work well on this frame?

Grandparents House Rules Free Printable

I’ve mentioned on the blog before how much we love “PapPaw” around here, and how important he is to us. Last year for Father’s Day, we made him a special Father’s Day Present (and Birthday Present). It went over quite well, and I knew I was going to have a hard time finding someway to top it this year.

So, I enlisted the help of my eldest daughter, and together we started browsing Pinterest. We came across this pin, and we both fell in love. I couldn’t find a place to purchase the already made plaque, so I decided to make my own using materials I had on hand. (Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the post, because I’ve got free printables for YOU to enjoy!)

Grandparents House Rules Free Printable

Here are the materials I used to create the special gift above:

  • 12×16 frame
  • 12×16 mat with 10×13 opening (Or a 12×16 piece of cardboard, painted black)
  • 11×14 thin blank canvas
  • 11×14 printable (printed on two 8.5×11 pieces of copy paper)
  • antique Mod Podge
  • Red paint
  • Black paint
  • Black & White Polka Dot grosgrain ribbon

Now, it sounds like a lot, but in this house, it’s what I had on hand, and I had to make it work. When I first started to paint the frame, I was certain it was an 11×14 frame, and I could just put the canvas print into the frame. Imagine the shock (and horror!) when I discovered the frame was actually a 12×16 and the canvas fell right through the opening! GASP! But, I quickly solved the problem and proved just how crafty my mind is. ;) And, honestly? I love the way it turned out more than I would have if I had just put it in a frame. The ribbon and mat gives it an extra special touch.

To make the print, I simply printed the 11×14 printable onto 2 sheets of 8.5″x11″ copy paper. Then, I taped the two pieces of paper together (on the back of the papers). I applied a coat of Antique Mod Podge to the blank 11×14 canvas then applied the papers to that, trying to smooth out all the wrinkles. (Obviously I have not perfected keeping the wrinkles out, as you can tell toward the bottom of the canvas. If you know the secret, would you PLEASE let me in on it?) Once I got the papers perfectly lined up on the canvas, I applied a thick coat of Antique Mod Podge on top of the papers and let dry.

It was then that I discovered the frame was not an 11″x14″ like I had originally thought. So, I took the mat that had originally been inside the frame and painted it black. The only problem was, the opening was only 10″x13″, and my printable was an 11″x14″, so it cut off too much of the quote. So, I had to get creative. I decided to use hot glue and glue the 11″x14″ canvas to the outside of the mat. (You could also just use the right size piece of cardboard and paint it black if you don’t have a mat.) Once I got the canvas stuck to the mat, I hot glued black and white polka dot grosgrain ribbon along each of the edges for a special touch.

I absolutely love the way it turned out, and PapPaw did too.

Now, here are your free printables in a variety of sizes. Click on the picture to be taken to that size printable and save to your computer. Enjoy!

8″x10″ printable:
Grandparents house rules free printable

8.5″ x 11″ printable:
Grandparents house rules free printable

11″x14″ printable:
Grandparents house rules free printable

If you use one of these printables, I’d love to know how! Be sure to comment below, and if you have pictures of your finished project, leave us a link to them.

#Sponsored: Check out the New Superman Website Just in Time for Father’s Day

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Living in a house with a husband and 4 boys, (with another boy on the way!), you can only imagine how much we *love* superheroes.One of our favorite heroes? Why, it’s Superman, of course!

I actually grew up with a Daddy that was a little more than obsessed with Superman. I grew up watching all the Christopher Reeve movies, and I could tell you anything about Superman that you could possibly ever want to know.

So, when my boys were born, there was no debate: our boys would be versed in all things Superheroes. (And if you could see all of their shirts in the picture above, you would notice that each one of them has a shirt with a different superhero on it. :) Superheroes are just part of our daily lives.

And that’s just one of the reasons why I am SO excited about SupermanHallofHeroes.com. This fantastic website is inspired by Superman and the character attributes that define the world’s first and most recognized Superhero – unwavering morals and an endless pursuit of truth and justice – and the website offers a fun and inpirational way for fans to pay tribute to REAL, everyday heroes by submitting their photo and story online.

Do you have a hero in your life? Someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, or someone who has touched your life in a special way? Induct them into the Superman Hall of Heroes today! There are multiple gift-giving options and levels, and each one contains special Superman-themed items similar to those pictured above. These are high quality items, and they are certain to bring a smile to the face of your favorite hero.

Through Father’s Day, a portion of the proceeds from the sales of Superman Hall of Heroes packages will go to the The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. I love that!

Also, right now, if you have a hero that you want to nominate, but you just don’t have the funds to do it, use the code MYHERO at checkout and you will receive a free Level One induction of your hero.

So, what are you waiting for? You have NO excuses. Head on over to SupermanHallofHeroes.com  and nominate your hero today.

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Have You Checked Out GroopDealz Yet?

 

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I discovered GroopDealz a few months ago, and oh.my.goodness. I am in LOVE. I won’t confess how many different items I’ve ordered from there, but I will tell you that every time I’ve ordered, I’ve saved a bundle! So many of their deals are just too good to pass up!

Right now, GroopDealz has tons of home decor, most with a July 4th theme, at blowout prices. They even have the sweetest little Patriotic Chevron Skirts for just $7.99. I’m pretty sure Carly and Lucy each need one. Or maybe one in every size…. :)

If you want high quality products, but don’t want to pay the high prices, head on over and check out GroopDealz today! You’ll be glad you did!

#Sponsored: #TheOther364 Campaign from CaringBridge #MC

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gene and carlyFather’s Day is just around the corner, and while it’s the perfect day to celebrate Dad and all that he does, CaringBridge has created #theother364 campaign to catch dads in action. (And not just on Father’s Day – they want #theother364 too!) We all know Dad is a busy guy, whether he’s giving tractor rides, playing horsey for the umpteenth million time, or putting the kiddos to bed, CaringBridge wants to see just how great he is.

Here’s what you can do:

  • First, take a quick video of Dad doing something your family appreciates. (Keep the video under 30 seconds, please!)
  • Next, Submit your video here by May 29th, 2014: https://theother364.strutta.com/about
  • CaringBridge will go through all the submitted videos, select their favorites from the bunch, and edit them together into a Father’s Day tribute to Dads, and celebrating them on #TheOther364 days of the year when they announce the final video.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab a video of the special Dad in your life and submit it to CaringBridge today. Show us what great stuff your dad is made of!

For the Elephant Obsessed (Like Me!)

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It’s no secret. I’m obsessed with elephants. I just cant resist them! So, when I found these incredible bargains on Amazon, I just couldn’t resist snatching them for myself.

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Elephant Necklace (available in Red or Blue)
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And, I know this one isn’t elephant related, but it is Anchor related, and I just love it. (I’m actually working on a new design for the blog based around anchors…. SSSHHH!!)

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Silver Infinite Bracelet Nautical Rudder Anchor Blue Leather Rope Bangle
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Now, I will tell you. These take FOREVER to arrive. They come from overseas, and they aren’t quick about getting here. Usually, I order them and then forget all about them, only to get a nice surprise in the mailbox a few months later. But, for the price, you just can’t beat them!

Stock up now for Christmas presents. Hopefully they’ll arrive in time for that. :)

What other jewelry deals have you scored on Amazon?

How Can You Prevent Your Hard Work from Being Stolen?

Use Grammarly’s plagiarism checker software because you deserve to make someone eat your words if they steal them.

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Have you ever worked really hard on a blog post, only to find that someone else has posted your article on the web and taken full credit? I’ve been there, and it stinks. Plus, if their pageviews are higher than yours, it can really burn your biscuits. You spent hours researching and putting together that post, only to have some random stranger come by and steal it.

Unfortunately, this happens all the time.

That’s why I want to encourage you to check out the link above. Grammarly’s plagiarism checker software can help you keep your work YOUR work. It only takes a minute to paste your text into the box and find out if you are the only one that has published your article.

There’s another cool feature to that software mentioned above: It will check your article for grammatical errors. Heaven knows there are many times I could certainly use something like that. It’s a great way to make your posts even better than they were before you checked them with Grammarly’s software.

Have you ever been the victim of plagiarism? How did you discover the stolen information, and what did you do about it? I’d love to hear your stories!

#Sponsored: Looking for Prom Dresses? Check Out JJ’sHouse

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March is finally here, and before we know it, Prom will be here as well. The girls at my daughter’s school are already looking for their prom dresses and trying to find that one perfect dress to make their prom even more special.

I was recently introduced to JJsHouse and I am quite impressed with their selection of prom dresses. They have so many unique options available, and so many color choices!

The thing that stands out to me most, though, is the selection of modest prom dresses they have available. (Click here: http://www.jjshouse.com/Prom-Dresses-c18/) There are just so many gorgeous dresses available that I would actually love to see my daughter wearing… whether she wears it to Prom, or to some other special event.

Their prices for their prom dresses are also quite reasonable. With special occasion dresses, one expects to pay top dollar. JJ’sHouse offers their dresses at a fair price, far below the suggested retail price of the dresses, and they also offer excellent discounts on shipping prices.

If you are looking for a Prom dress, either for yourself or for your daughter, I hope you’ll take a moment to stop by JJ’sHouse and check out their selection of special occasion dresses. You’re sure to find that one dress that meets all your expectations and more!

#Sponsored: Wedding & Special Occassion Dresses from JenJenHouse.com

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I’ve been talking for awhile about how my family is preparing to go on a fantastic little getaway. Because we’ll be going on a cruise, the ship will have a formal night while we’re on board. So, for months, I have spent countless hours searching online for special occasion dresses that would work for myself and for my oldest daughter.

I wish that I had known sooner about JenJenHouse. I found several dresses at great prices that would have worked for both of us. I can’t get over the huge selection of modest special occasion dresses they have that work for any budget.

My absolute favorite dress is the Mermaid Scoop Neck Floor-Length Tulle Evening Dress With Lace . WOW! Talk about gorgeous. And it’s available in so many colors! I would have loved to had this dress to take with us on our trip.

I showed my daughter the site as well, and I’m pretty sure she has “pinned” almost everything on the site. :) I have a feeling that as soon as the next homecoming or special occasion comes up, she’ll be asking her Daddy and I to get her a beautiful new dress from JenJenHouse.com. I think it’s become one of her new favorite sites.

If you are looking for a wedding dress, bridesmaids dresses, an evening gown, or even just some accessories for your next special occasion, please stop by and check out JenJenHouse.com. You’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Well, That Wasn’t The Reaction I Expected!

Another One is On the Way!
Early in January, hubby and I found out that another blessing is on the way. We had been trying for several months, so it wasn’t that big of a shock. However, my husband is the type of guy that prefers we don’t tell anyone about the baby until I’ve been to the doctor and we know things are all right. While I am terrible at keeping secrets, I’ve kept this secret enough over the years that it doesn’t bother me to wait to share our news with the world.

We found out we were pregnant on a Monday. That Saturday, I was at our church with my 9 year old son, Jace, setting up for a baby shower. My preacher walked in and said, “I heard the good news!” Not having a clue what he was talking about, (because, again, we had told NO ONE the news), I asked, “What good news?” He responded, “That you’re having another baby.” At this point, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. And so did Jace. We hadn’t even told the kids! Jace turns to me and asks, “Are you really, Mama?!” Oh my gosh. I wanted to die. I smiled and told Jace, “Yes, honey.” Then, I quickly turned to Preacher and asked him who had told him. He wouldn’t tell  me. All he would say was that several people had told him over the past few weeks. Few weeks? We just found out 5 days before!

Terrified that word would spread like wildfire, I called Gene in a panic. I told him he needed to sit the other kids down and tell them, and then he needed to call his parents before someone else said something to them. So much for a surprise. I had had big plans of doing a cute pregnancy announcement, but that went right out the window. I was heartbroken and frankly, I was angry. That was OUR news to tell in OUR time. It wasn’t anyone else’s business.

Once word started to spread through the church, our friends, and our family, we got the usual responses, although this time they had a twist. “Eight is enough, right?” “You always wanted 8, so you can stop now, right?” “Another one? Are you crazy?” “Better you than me!” And so on. It hurts so badly when your own family and those you count as your dearest friends can’t just smile and celebrate your joyous news with you.

So, for that very reason, I held off saying anything on Facebook. I just didn’t want to deal with more snarky comments or “Don’t you know what causes that” comments. (Well, that, and hubby still hadn’t been able to get a hold of his dad. We didn’t want to post anything online until we had told him personally.)

I had an ultrasound yesterday, and after seeing that sweet little heartbeat fluttering away, I couldn’t contain my excitement – or keep my secret – any longer. I called Gene and made sure he was all right with my sharing the news on Facebook. After all, he’d have to read the snarky comments too.

I posted a picture from the ultrasound on my personal Facebook page and said, “September is always our busiest month with our anniversary and Jace and Lucy’s birthdays. But this September, things will get even busier. This little peanut is due to arrive sometime around September 16th. Ever since I was a little girl, I have always wanted 8 children. God has seen fit to bless me thus far, and we couldn’t be more excited. God is good!”

I prayed as I clicked the “Post” button, “Please, Lord, give me the strength to handle the comments with grace and dignity.”

I expected the worst. What I got sent me into shock. Instead of snarky, unkind, or just plain rude comments, I received nothing but love, support, and lots and lots of congratulations. I couldn’t believe it. When Gene got home from work last night, we talked about the reaction the post had gotten, and I cried… only they were tears of relief, not tears of hurt this time.

When it felt like everyone else had nothing kind to say, my Facebook friends – a mesh of the most amazing people I’ve known both offline and online for years – made me smile and made me feel loved. It feels great!

I know lots of moms of many that put off telling people they are pregnant again, simply because they’re afraid of the reaction. There is something wrong with that! What is our society coming to when we can celebrate the birth of baby #1 or #2, but let’s not even talk about #5 or #6? Every baby deserves to be loved and celebrated, whether they are an only child or come from a family of 14.

The Bible is very clear on how God sees children:

Psalm 127: 3 -5 “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”

Psalm 139: 13-14 “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

Mark 10:14 – “But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”

Moms (and Dads!) of many, it’s time for us to do as Psalm 127:5 says and not be ashamed. God has blessed us, abundantly, and every new life that is born into HIS army should be celebrated. And if you are not a mom or dad of many, but encounter one in your daily business, please be kind. They don’t need to hear your thoughts or opinions, unless they are kind. Keep the rude comments to yourself. It’ll just be better for everyone.

And with that being said, I can’t wait for September to get here. :)

Will You Be Bored in Heaven?

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“If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence…? You’d be bored to tears in heaven, if you’re not ecstatic about God now!” -Keith Green

A very, very dear friend of mine put that quote as her status update on Facebook yesterday. Since then, I haven’t been able to get it off my mind or my heart.

Will I be bored in heaven?

I don’t want to be! I long for the day when I will be walking the streets of gold hand in hand with my Jesus, singing songs of praise to His holy name, and thanking Him over and over for what He did for me.

But do I really SHOW that here on earth?

Am I taking the time to teach my children the importance of truly living a life for Jesus? Where reading my Bible, singing songs of praise, and serving Jesus in whatever way possible takes up more time than video games, movies, books, or tv?

I must commit to put Christ first. HE is worth it. Jesus is all I need.

Matthew 6:24 – No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Will you be bored in heaven?

This Year, I will Choose Joy

Last year, I selected one word to focus on. That word was “Purge.

This year, I want to go in a different direction. While I loved the word I selected last year, and it was exactly what I need at that time, this year, I need something else. Something more.

That’s why…

choose joy

The verses I mention above are as follows: “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:2 – 4KJV

If the end of 2013 is any indication of how 2014 will start, I must commit to “counting it all joy” no matter what comes my way. In the last 2 weeks, my 2 year old had a seizure, and my step-father was admitted into the hospital with tumors. I have been hurt and let down by people I love dearly. And while every part of me wants to sit down, cry, and ask, “Why, God?!” I will stand firmly on the words of my Jesus, and I will choose joy.

Our church has been in revival this week, and man! Has it been good! I’m pretty sure each message was written and every word spoken was just for me. The most powerful message, though, was one that Brother Gary Crisp preached on Monday night. The passage of Scripture he used was Luke 10:25 – 37, the story of the Good Samaritan. He didn’t preach on us needing to be like the Good Samaritan, instead, he preached on how the Christian life is like that of the man that was on the journey… the one that fell among thieves, was wounded, and half dead.

I will tell you, in the past few weeks, I have felt half dead.

In his message, Brother Crisp mentioned the hurt of “church hurt.” I can only think of a few things that hurt worse than the feeling of another man or woman of God causing you hurt. I have felt this hurt, and it has left me feeling half dead. I’ve had other friends that have lied to me, deceived me, belittled me, and just let me down. I’ve listened to my mom cry into the phone, “I can’t go through this again…” as the threat of cancer rages in the life of her husband. (My daddy died of cancer 15 years ago. My mom was my rock during that time. My heart aches that she is even dealing with this again.) I spent hours in the hospital not knowing why my son went into a violent seizure in the middle of a church service. I have shed so many tears in the past month… more tears than I can count.

BUT… I WILL CHOOSE JOY.

During last night’s service, one of the pastors said, “Don’t give up. You might be one prayer away from the answer you’ve been searching for. Press on.”

So, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to press on. I will remain faithful to my Jesus. I will remain faithful to my church. I will read my Bible, and fill my heart and mind with the words God has just for me. I will pray for His direction for my life. Maybe I will never get to teach a Sunday School Class or lead a women’s Bible study. But I will press on. I will be faithful to the positions God has given me: A wife who prays for her husband diligently, a mother who teaches her children the importance of a life in Christ, a friend who can encourage others when they are down. If I can remain faithful to those things, maybe, just maybe, they will prepare me for something greater. And even if not, if I remain faithful, one day I can stand before the throne of God and hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Because that’s what matters: What my Jesus thinks of me. Not what anyone else may think.

And whatever circumstance I am in, I will choose to rejoice. I have been blessed.

This year, won’t you choose joy too?