Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Such A Great Teacher Gift- Hurry Get It Today!

I love it.  Mine is coming in the mail for Riley's teacher.  This necklace is also wonderful for all of you homeschooling Mommies out there!  Tell you hubbies you want one?  Order here: View Necklace Details.  Order by December 1st & get it for Christmas.

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Parenting Refines The Parent

***my mom and i***

Parenting refines me like no other thing thus far.  As I help little babes grow physically, mentally and spiritually, God is working on this Mama's heart.  

It is full of stretch marks of my broken will, surrendered to His.  Sometimes painful, turn-my-head away ugly, at my own failures and inadequacies.  But HIS GRACE shines the brightest in my weakness.  I surrender all to you, my Lord.  

As I walk and teach and bend down to train little ones at eye level... look me in the eyes, and learn from me, I am pointing to the ONLY One who has ever changed this heart for the better.  

And so, while parenting is growing future little adults one day, it is etching away at Traci, and making me more like my Father in Heaven.

Deuteronomy 6:7  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. Charles Swindoll

linking with Chatting At The Sky

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Letting Go Of The Holiday Stress

It's not a written rule that I must send out Christmas cards.  Christmas will still go on.  It will all be okay.  In my mind, I've written this rule, "I must send out Christmas cards."  Unnecessary rules cause stress.

What are some unnecessary rules that are stressing YOU out this year?  All those things on your to-do-list that "must be done".  Must they?  No, seriously... ask yourself these questions:

1) What can I do without this Christmas Season that will help alleviate some stress?

2) What are 5 things I would really like to focus on this Christmas Season?

3) What can our family do as a whole to reach out to others this Christmas Season?

How are you managing stress this time of year?  As women, sometimes we think we need to do it all.  Did you know, there is no such thing as a perfect, Norman Rockwell, Christmas?  

Sometimes, in the striving for a perfectly decorated home, cookies baking in the oven, happy-go-lucky-picture-perfect-family, we can actually miss the true meaning of Christmas entirely.

How about giving yourself a gift... give yourself permission to "let go" of some of your written rules, and enjoy this time of year.  Your family will thank you... 

I'm letting go of Christmas Cards this year... {big sigh of relief}

Linking up @ A Holy Experience

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Chocolate Cheese Ball Recipe!

1 8 oz cream cheese, softened.
1/2 cup butter, softened.
3/4 cup confectioner's sugar.
2 TBSP brown sugar.
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.
3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips.
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans.

In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth.  Mix in confectioners' sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.  Shape chilled cream cheese mixture into a ball.  Wrap with plastic wrap and chill for another hour.  Roll the cheese ball in finely chopped pecans before serving.  Dip with graham crackers  or I used these yummy gingerbread men!  YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A different and fun thing to bring for any of your festive parties!

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Capturing Beauty-The Simple Things...

WINNER FROM LAST WEEK: (um, gorg!?!)

I captured these this week...  link up with one or more of your photos below.  DON'T HAVE A BUTTON?  GRAB ONE HERE>>>>>>

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Do you sow peace or strife?  Do you scatter seeds of love and grace, or do you rain on other's ground with bitter and dry stones?

Psalm 133:1 says, How good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Welcome My Mom To The Blogging World!

Please welcome my Mom to the blogging world!  Will you go visit her and leave a comment?

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Thursday, November 24, 2011


It's Thanksgiving Day,
Can You Believe It's True?
Wasn't It Just January,
Wow This Year Just Flew!

It's Thanksgiving Day,
The Turkey Is Basting,
The Trimmings Are Being Prepared,
But What Of Our Hearts?

Are They Stuffed With Goodness,
Are They Bubbling To Brim With Joy?
For Our Hearts Are What Matter,
It Is What God Smiles Down Upon.

Not The Cranberry Sauce,
The Stuffing, The Pumpkin Pie,
The Sweet Potato Souffle, For It Will All Settle.

Are We Speaking Words Of Grace,
Do Our Tongues Dance With The Father's Love?

It's Thanksgiving Day,
But It's More Than Just A Day!
For God Wants A Thankful Heart,
All Throughout The Year.

May We Be Overwhelmed By God's Goodness,
Not Just Because It's The Day,
But Simply Because He Deserves Our Praise.

May Your Spirit Revive Us, Lord,
This Broken Mess Of Humanity, 
Only By Your Grace And Mercy,

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011


This was so easy!  Even for the non-crafty, non-sewing, wanna be NESTER gal like myself!  

1 Styrofoam wreath base (mine was medium size from Michaels)
1 package of 200 count natural brown coffee filters (I used 140 of them)
Glue gun
10-12 glue sticks
Ribbon of choice
Highlighter marker

1.5 HOURS (8:45 am-10:15 am)

COST:  $12.16
Medium Styrofoam wreath: 9.99 - 40% coupon = 6.47
Coffee filters: $2.69
Ribbon: $3.00
Glue gun: $0.00 (already had)
Glue sticks: $0.00 (already had)
Highlighter: $0.00 (already had)

1.  Put closed highlighter in the middle of the filter and shape the filter around it.
2. Put a dab of hot glue onto the end of the filter.
3. Push filter into the top of the wreath base firmly and hold for a quick 10 seconds.
4. Go clockwise around the center of the base first.
5. Do another second layer around that.
6. Next do two layers on the sides all the way around the wreath.
7. Hang with some pretty ribbon of your choice.

Linking up with W.F.M.W, W.W,  and W.L.W.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Wonderful Advice From A Mother of 10 Children

Guest Post- September Mccarthy of

you won't wanna miss this wisdom:

I am a mom to many.   Many children, many gray hairs, many dirty dishes, many all-night shifts.  I am also a mom to many moments full of laughter, many warm hugs, many “I love you mom,” and many amazing rewards that come with many children. Motherhood is a gift. It is not something learned, perfected, or even appreciated over-night. It grows on you. And it surely grew on me. After 22 years of marriage to the same wonderful man, 21 years of motherhood and counting, and 10 children here to raise for the Lord… I undoubtedly know… children are a blessing from Him. 


Our life has its moments of hilarious laughter, days full of non-stop work, and years of trials and blessings, but through it all we have each other. But more importantly, we have the Lord! And HE is what holds us all together. A mom raising a large family is like being 5 people at once…or maybe even more than 5! It is not all too uncommon for me to be homeschooling, changing a diaper, listening for the oven-timer to go off, texting my husband about evening plans, and this is all while I am folding laundry. No joke. This was today. Just the morning. Life is continually moving. It is a perpetual motion of joy, concern, learning, and understanding. You learn to think it is normal; because it is… for us. Here are few areas that might encourage any one raising a family... of any size. 

One of the largest areas of mothering I have found to be so important in my days, is being consistent in what we do, what we require, and what the children learn. A few examples would be regular nap-times, ( quiet times), regular devotions and Bible teaching, consistent expectations for behavior, and regular meal schedules as a family. These basics give your children a CORE of daily life habits that will follow them into adult life. 

 Rooted from understanding of what the Bible says…teaching our children what the Bible teaches, rather than “because I told you to,” will increase their understanding of a Faith that they make their own, rather than "these are my parents rules."

 3.)Healthy Living:
Keeping your family healthy is a big responsibility.  It is a learning process that requires diligence. It will save you long nights, sick children, and doctor's visits. Simplifying your life in the long-run. Begin the journey of learning healthy living for your family as soon as you can! 

 4.)Teaching your Children Responsibility:
Often I meet mom’s who are doing “it all.” This is when I try and remind them that if you want to raise responsible adults, then you need to train them to be diligent and help at home when they are young. Let them help. Find a chore system that works for your family.  Implementing it takes a little time, follow-through, and patience, but it truly simplifies your life and will ingrains life-long skills in your children.

 For example Our children all rotate weekly the chores we have laid out as a family. We have broken the home down into zones, which consist of Laundry, Kitchen, Bathrooms, Garbages, Living Room, etc. They all take part in these jobs, in addition to cleaning and caring for their own personal space.

5.) Remember you are married:
A real relationship, and time with your spouse has to come first. Incorporating WEEKLY date times with your spouse, and regular signs of appreciation will keep your communication current.  This will help keep the family running also. 

It is easy to let mothering your family overwhelm you. Yes, there is laundry, dishes, music lessons, meal preparations, their spiritual needs, the endless hours of teaching, and more… but remembering that God is really only expecting ONE thing from you…. To raise them in His fear and admonition… all of the “other stuff” can be broken down into a routine; some things you may even have to “let go.” 

7.)Finding Humor and Blessings in Each and Every Day:
Talk to the Lord, when you are driving, folding clothes, feeding your babies, homeschooling, and when rising in the mornings… He will TRULY guide and sustain you when the days are rough and rocky. See the humor in situations that would normally frustrate you. Think about those that don’t have such free entertainment, and little rosy, cherub cheeks to kiss and cuddle. When you are listening to that child outside your shower curtain, as they jabber about their missing toy, and wanting a snack.  Or when your teenager is staying up late to talk, and needs help typing a report.  It is then, to see those times as OPPORTUNITIES, not drudgery. Mothering a large family is truly rewarding, and yes, a lot of work. There is no denying that. But, that family is what you can take to Heaven, and so invest now. Don’t wait. I have learned that motherhood is not ALL about being the “best mom,” but more importantly, Who I am in Christ. 

*You can read more about Our Family, Our Chores System, Our Large-Family Recipes, and more at

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Capturing Beauty-Precious Moments

Winner from last week: MELANCHOLY MAN

For this week's Capturing Beauty photo challenge, I would love to see a picture of your favorite precious moment... it can be of a person, place or thing...  

Here's mine {my baby "first born" holding my baby}:

Okay, link away... please add the Capturing Beauty button (found here) to your post so others can follow along with the fun.

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When fear begins again, to threaten my soul, when anxious thoughts cloud my view, I will remember that you have already gone before me, Lord.  You prepare my way.  I can trust you fully. 

You also hold my hand along the way... and I will squeeze yours a little tighter when the storm threatens again, and I will rest in the protection you have given me, as your precious child.


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Friday, November 18, 2011

He Didn't Ask You To Be A Perfect Mama...

But SEEK YE FIRST the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33.  While parenting, remember that it is Him working through you that will make the difference... 

Instead of beating yourself up for all the failures you make as a Mom, just focus on pointing them to Jesus in all you do and say.  This will keep you in check.

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Kristen Welch's Book Giveaway (2 BOOKS)! TODAY ONLY...

This giveaway is now closed***

Two winners are:

1) Mrs. Stam (comment 10)
2) Christy B (comment 19)

Congrats!  Please email me your address @ curly2880atyahoodotcom.

A calm moment is rare in a mom's chaotic day.  But she needs it.  She needs the inspiration to find God in the mess and the mundane that often defines her.  She needs to laugh and remember why she loves being a mom.

I just love Kristen Welch.  I got to meet her at Relevant last year.  I was thrilled.  You may know her from her blog, We Are THAT Family.  She has also started the Mercy House in Kenya.  She is real, down to earth, and loves the Lord.

Her personality really comes out in this fun, practical book for busy Mamas!  It is an easy read, had me laughing out loud, and crying happy tears all the way through it!  Really.  Real.  Flowing.  Happy.  Tears.

This book is for EVERY Mama out there.  It incorporates scripture and a prayer at the end of each chapter.  

One of my favorite stories is when her car broke down in traffic while she left the house in her pajamas.  She says, I forgot that every time you wear your pajamas in public, your car quits.

I also loved this prayer:  "God, my job is so big and my responsibilities are great.  I grow tired in all that I do.  My kids don't care how much money is in the bank or how clean the house is; they just want me.  They are learning from what I do.  Help me to teach them well."

today only....

1) Leave any comment about why you love being a Mom.  - entry one
2) If you follow me in any way- entry for each.
3) Share this post-entry for each place you share it.
4) Visit THE MERCY HOUSE SHOP and let me know what you liked.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Insecurities Hinder Friendship

Your eyes scan the room.  You see not one familiar face, just a sea of strangers.

Oh man, she's so beautiful and outgoing, we'd never have anything in common.  Look at her high heels, and white teeth, and hair, and oh-if-I-just-had-that-outfit, and...

You look down at your worn t-shirt and jeans, and you wish you'd put on those earrings and didn't go with the messy-bun look, again.

Instead of getting to know her, you keep to yourself and eat another piece of that juicy apple pie.  Alone.  


Is it just me, or have you been there?  Maybe not this exact scenario, but have you ever judged another women by the way she looks?  Have your own insecurities gotten in the way of getting to know someone new?

I've been there.  But what happens when you forget about YOU and reach out and get to know someone new?  

Well goodness, they aren't at all how I pictured them to be! 

And oh, we do have so much in common!

And, wow... they are so encouraging in my walk with the Lord.  

Are you letting your insecurities hinder you from a great new friend?  A best friend, even?

1. Stop worrying about you, and reach out to others.
2. Don't judge a person at first glance.
3. Get to know people, you might make some life-long friendships!
4. You may even gain a laugh-till-your-tummy-hurts-and-milk-comes-out-of-your-nose FRIEND!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Cobwebs Can Wait...

On days where I can't seem to catch up, and didn't I just organize those toys bins, and why did you just mess up the room you just cleaned, and stop screaming, and why can't you just get along...

I will remind myself {over and over if need be} that my house will one day be quiet, and I will miss the chaos and the noise.  

Cherish you babes today... the cobwebs can wait.

Psalm 127:3-5a 

3 Lo, children are a heritage of Jehovah; And the fruit of the womb is his reward.
 4 As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, So are the children of youth.
 5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them.

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