Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I Want To Learn How To Sew!

Learn to sew?  {Baaawaaaahhhahaa}  I never imagined those words would ever cross these lips.  I was, hehum, what you might call a tom boy growing up.  You would never find me in the kitchen, reading a book, or much less sewing.  I was the little girl always playing outside with my brother, climbing in trees like the little Sound of Music urchin children!  But I DO!  I want to learn.

I just adore Maggie's beginner story... or maybe you know her best as GUSSY?!  

But, where to start?  Well, I'll do what I know best... make a to do list:

1.  Get a sewing machine.
2.  Buy some needle and thread.
3.  Go to library and check out some "how-to" books.
4.  Stock up on Joann Fabrics coupons and gift cards.
5.  Seek out some free tutorials online.
6.  Become someone's annoying patient apprentice!  Mommy? tee - hee
7.  Check out awesome Esty shop patterns/ideas.

DO YOU SEW?  Will you share your ideas of how you got started?  Do you have an Esty shop or other craft website online?  If you do, would you so kindly slip in YOUR link below?  I'd love to check out your beautiful creations!

In need of some affordable fabric?  Check out this site! 



Monday, November 29, 2010

10 Ways You Can Encourage Your Husband To Be The Spiritual Leader Of Your Home!

You married that hunk of a man you were dreamy over.  You planned your special day since you were 4, spinning and twirling round and round in your pink , princess dress.

Now you have been married for quite some time, and your husband is not the leader of your home you'd envisioned him to be.  The spiritual leader, that is.  What do you do?  

Here's what I did... after 5 years of marriage, and much prayer, my husband is now getting up at the crack of dawn to spend time in God's Word.  He is teaching little children at church... and I am more in love with him than ever!

Don't give up, Bride... I pray you find some encouragement here.

10 Ways To Encourage Your Husband 
To Be The Spiritual Leader In Your Home

1) Don't nag him about why he's not the spiritual leader of your home. (1 Peter 3:1-6)

This passage of scripture is talking about how to win an unsaved husband.  BUT... the principles here still apply.  

a) submit to him 
b) have chaste conduct accompanied with fear 
c) let the beauty of your quiet and gentle spirit shine

2) Pray without ceasing for him. (1 Thes. 5:17)

Never give up on him!  Never stop praying.  When I pray for my husband, I'm more likely to treat him with gentleness and respect.  What better way  to invest in your marriage than through devoted prayer!

3) You are still a work in progress. (1 Cor. 10:12)

We need to remember that we too, are a work in progress.  You and I are not the "be all and end all" of spiritual knowledge and wisdom.  Take heed, lest you fall!

4) Treat him like he is the spiritual leader.  Don't ever wish you had someone else's godly husband.

Treat him like he is the spiritual leader of your home!  Respect and honor him.  Cheer him on.  Encourage him.  Praise him.  Never dream of having someone else as a husband!  Be thankful for him!

5) Respect him, reverence, and cheer him on. (Ephesians 5:22-24)

6)  Encourage him to have godly, male relationships. (Proverbs 27:17)

Gently encourage him to seek out godly friendships and mentors.  Other men who are older and wiser may have the ability to disciple your husband.  It is not your job to lead your husband into spiritual enlightenment!  

7)  Be a team!

Have you become your husband's own worst enemy?  That is not in God's plan. You are married to one another, and have become one flesh!  Be a team!  

8)  Let him see Christ working in you!

Don't hide what the Lord is doing in your life.  Ask your Heavenly Father to show you how your obedience to Him, can affect your husband for good.

9) Don't give up!

Never give up on him!  Don't listen to the lies of the devil... God can and will work in your husband!  Keep praying.

10)  Let him lead!  

Let him.  Let him pray.  Let him lead.  Let him make decisions for your family.  Let him be responsible to the Lord.  Have you been taking over the spiritual role of your home because you think you are doing a better job?  Ask the Lord to show you how you can let your husband lead.

Linking up with Marriage Mondays!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Maya Riviera, Mexico

In 10 days I'll be here... Aventura Palace & Spa!  I can't wait.  Smiling BIG!


Saturday, November 27, 2010

When I Don't Feel Enough

I get that urge.  The bellowing "need" to do more , feeling.  Clean more?  Create more?  Be more?  Be liked more? What am I craving?

Lord, when is enough ... enough?

You love me, Lord.  Completely. Just as I am.  No more.  You knit me in my mother's womb.  You dance over me with joy.  You rejoice when I rejoice.  You beam when I come into your presence, washed in your Son's precious blood... when I choose, to let you lead me.  You see me as beautifully bloomed.

Yet, I build bars around my heart; I naturally seek to protect what's hidden.  Nothing is hidden from You.

You want me to be raw, empty, broken before you.

Wonderful Savior, when will I learn?  You alone, are enough for this poor, wretched, needy girl; now a woman.  You are a living fountain!  You never run dry.  I run dry.


You held my hand as I use to prance in miles of wooded glory as a young girl.  As my worn, summer shoes sloshed around in creek beds, and crunched fallen leaves; you held my hand.

You smiled, as I built tree forts, skipped rocks, and jumped from shaky bridge beams.  

As I young child, I learned to enjoy the day.  No more.  

With grown up worries, and all that down troddens this life... do we make more burdens for ourselves than what is really meant to be?  

Do we build up boulders, high upon our weary shoulders, when the Lord just wants us to rest... in Him?

What burdens are you carrying today?  What unrealistic expectations are you holding yourself to?

Is the Lord tapping you on the shoulder, whispering in your ear, "Rest in Me, dear child.  Let Me, be enough"?


Friday, November 26, 2010

Will You Let It Go?


This time I've got to trust You
I've got to accept Your plan
I have tried to guide my circumstance
But there's just no way I can

When will I learn this lesson
Your ways are not like mine
Lord, help me to surrender
The control I try to have on my life

When I let it go
You take my hand and gently lead me
Then You let me know
Just how peaceful my life can be
When I let it go
Your never-ending blessings
Like a river start to flow

When I let it go

Too many times I'm searching
For the things I think I need
When I try to look for more
I always seem to give You less of me

Lord, help me gain this wisdom
My foolish mind still lacks
'Til I find a way to let go
Of the part of me I'm holding back

Sierra-When I let It Go


Have you ever been searching around for something in the middle of the night? You are groggy and your equilibrium isn't the greatest, and then add in PURE DARKNESS. Not a pretty site. Yet, you continue to fumble through the darkness, grabbing for the wall... and then the surging pain through your body arrives - you stub your toe!

You get mad, down right furious at the pain echoing through your body.

Don't we do this with God? We think that we can get by "feeling for the wall" stumbling through life without turning on the light of His Holy Word. Are we afraid that the light will hurt our eyes? Have we been in the darkness so long that it might be blinding and painful?

Don't lose heart! Your eyes will adjust, and your heart will be warmed as you come back into His presence. The longer you stay in the light, the less "blindingly-painful" it will be. So stay in the light of His Holy presence!

Luke 18:1 tells us that we should pray always, and not lose heart. What is troubling you today my sister in the Lord? God's solution: Pray! (James 5:13)


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Look! Pictures Of Our New Family Room!

Welcome to our newly renovated Family Room!  We are heading downstairs now...

I got this picture  and clock at Marshals for $10.00 each.

New furniture from Value City

I moved this picture downstairs from our dining room!  The colors went well with the newly painted wall colors (olive color green and beige).

I snagged this Tree Art from the Christmas Tree Shop when the entire store was 20% off!  It was normally $24.00 and I got it for about $15.00.

I also got these decorative plates at the Christmas Tree Shop!  I already had the white shelf and Willow Tree figures.  The vase is from Day Spring's Ever Grateful collection!  I displayed my wedding bouquet (almost 6 years old) in the vase!

Our new Berber rug from Lowe's!  

I got this vinyl wall art from the Simple Stencil!  Don't you love it?!  Create your own custom design here (like I did).  You should definitely check out their site!  They have awesome deals and you can also find them on facebook

I had this frame (also previously bought at the Christmas Tree Shop) and changed all the pictures to sepia tone!

My truly talented husband put this tv stand together last night!  It took him 3.5 hours!  Yeah, he's awesome!

We purchased this tv stand at EZ Home- Sauder.

So... our family room is much more cozy and warm now!  I hope you enjoyed your tour!  You are welcome over any time.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

How To Make The Climate Of Your Home Inviting This Holiday Season!

I'm so delighted to introduce a very special guest today:  Angela, from THE GROCERY SHRINK!  I met her over the Summer, and she has so much wisdom and wonderful advice to share!  Listen closely, this is good!


I’m super excited to be guest posting here at Ordinary Inspirations. Traci has a great blog and a great audience! She’s invited me here today to talk about the coming holidays, my favorite time of year. For me Thanksgiving and Christmas are times filled with family, friends and food—my three favorite things. And the gatherings are meant to be centered around my Heavenly Father which makes it even more special.

But sometimes what is meant to be, and what is, don’t align. Sometimes feelings of frustration and panic crowd in as I try to create the celebration of my dreams within the constraints of a limited budget, a busy schedule, and a non-magazine worthy home. I find myself snapping at the children and my husband because they get in my way while I’m trying to make them happy. Sigh.

In the quiet of the day I think about my children and what they talk about from Christmases past. It’s not gifts or fancy decorations. It’s the time shared with a cheerful mom and dad. As humbling as it feels, I’ve realized that I am the decoration of the season. I am the twinkling lights that spread cheer to those who bask in my glow. I am the beautiful melody of the Christmas carol, the spicy aroma of warm gingerbread, and the sweet creamy taste of eggnog. I set the stage for holiday cheer. And I can ruin it all with a bad attitude.

I need to be reminded often how to make the climate of my home inviting, by making myself inviting. With this foundation holiday decorating, shopping, baking, and gatherings all have their place. But it doesn’t have to be expensive, time consuming or magazine worthy to be spectacular. The presence of the woman of the home with the right attitude makes even the smallest effort spectacular.

To help myself plan, stay sane, and have a happy holiday, I have written my latest ebook “How to Have a Grocery Shrink Christmas: Planning a Beautiful Celebration on a Limited Budget”.

Inside is 96 pages of planning guides, recipes, simple craft projects, homemade gifts, and worship ideas all intended to keep mama stress free and happy during this wonderful time of year.

You’ll love the gorgeous pictures, the delicious traditional recipes that use common ingredients, and the money saving ideas. The book retails for $7 and I’m offering 2 copies for Traci to giveaway. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment to this post. If you’d like to enter twice you can also sign up for my free newsletter at www.groceryshrink.com. Just be sure to leave a second comment letting Traci know you did.

If you don’t want to wait you can purchase your own copy of the book, now on sale through Thanksgiving for just $5. Or grab all 3 of my ebooks at 40% off for just $12. You can find out more here. If you do purchase and win the giveaway, I’ll send you a swift refund.  Winner will be chosen Saturday evening!

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas
from the Grocery Shrink home to Yours!

Warm regards,



Sunday, November 21, 2010

My Home Doesn't Look Like Better Homes & Gardens

I flip through magazine pages that come alive with vibrant colors and Feng Shui dreaminess!  Everything is neat and in its place.  Colors dance across my eye palate and a warm coziness fills me to the brim. 

Then I look up... and around... and I get that gut wrenching jealousy in the pit of my stomach. 

Broken chips cover my floor.

Dishes are piled high.

Bathtub is filled with rubber duckies and soapy toys.

Beds are unmade.

Kids rub dirty hands on furniture and window panes.

Stains mark walls, floors, and ceilings.

And in one, sweeping, brief moment, jealousy scoops up my heart and throws itself into a heaping pile of covetousness!

I know that my home will never be perfect.  It will never match up to those magazine covers and HGTV remodeling shows! 


What will my children and husband remember most about our home in 20 years?  I pray and hope that it will be these things:

1) It wasn't perfect, but it was always cozy and inviting!

2) It was a safe place where love ruled, and forgiveness flourished!

3) It was a place my children felt comfortable bringing their friends over to. 

4) It was a place where gentle voices were spoken.

5)  It was a place where our family ate at the table together.

6)  It was a place where laughter echoed forth.

7)  It was a place where hugs, kisses and "I Love Yous" were given out freely.

8)  It was a place where the Word of God was opened liberally!

9)  It was a place where memories were made!

10) It was a place where contentment and thanksgiving abounded! 

"The richest person in the world is the one who realizes how much they can actually live without!"


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Life Changing Marriage Advice: Are You A Gentle Wife?

Colossians 3:12 

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

Ask yourself this question:  "Do I Show Gentleness Towards My Husband?"

Take just 5 minutes to watch this video... it's good!