Galatians 5:22
 
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Wow! It has been about a month since I started planting vegetable seeds in containers. I wanted to share what has happened since then.  Some of my vegetables started sprouting while others never germinated :(  My hubby and son started my 16x8 garden spot in the backyard. 













I transferred tomatoes, bell peppers, cantaloupe, summer squash, broccoli, cucumbers and zucchini so far.  I planted the following straight into the garden by seeds: 
peas, and green beans. 


I read brewed coffee grounds are good to mix in the soil so I tried that with my tomatoes. To save money on purchasing mulch, my husband created our own supply of mulch.  It has been two weeks since I first planted in the garden and the hard part for me is keeping them alive and waiting for veggies/fruit to appear!

Stay Distracted,
Natalie

 
Okay, I am just going to say it...Stay At Home Mom is something  I NEVER thought I would say I was.
I have secretly  been praying for a long while that I could be a SAHM and hopefully I could eventually go back to school and finish my degree.  Now with that being said, me and my husband both knew I couldn't stay home with our finances not really in order to support that move.  I kept praying that if it is GOD's will for it to happen, I still desired to be a SAHM.  The first day back from summer vacation, I had a quite emotional experience..... and I resigned but with the intent to find another job, QUICK! The day after I quit, I was on the hunt to find another job...and so I searched and searched.  I didn't want to just work for pennies, I thought if I am going to work 8-5pm, year round, I need to find the higher paying job and in a different work setting than I previously had.  After the first week, I was talking to my husband about my job search and he said to me, "What if you just stay at home?"  I knew he liked the idea of me being home but realistically we knew that we weren't at that point, or were we?  What if the LORD made that terrible experience for me to be a stay-at-home-mom?  I have heard and read so many families who have been so blessed with the moms being at home and even with the sacrifices they make, their needs are always met. Could we financially do it? That is where we are at...trying to evaluate our expenses based on his income alone and I admit I am scared about putting a burden on my husband and family.  The last few weeks of me being home has been AWESOME!!! I definitely feel happier and I have heard my kids say they like me being home.  I pray this new chapter in our life will continue to have HIS blessing over us.  I am looking up scriptures that touch on faith, having our needs met, and prayer. Here are some scriptures I have enjoyed reading:
2 Cor 9:8
Hebrews 13:5
Philippians 4:19

Stay Distracted,
Natalie
 
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One of the hardest struggles I am dealing with right now is wanting to make more money although keeping the schedule I have.  My current employment is with the local school district, which translates into summers off and some extended holidays also.  Honestly, it has been a huge blessing getting to spend more time around my kids.  However, the trade off is that I make very little which doesn't allow much for any "extras".
 
I have been searching for better opportunities through the school district but so far nothing has worked out.  I can endure the sacrificing aspect but when the extras stuff pours down like rain...school related items, fundraisers, something needs to be repaired or my favorite, or a higher bill than anticipated, I am quickly  frustrated and ready to go back to a full time job and make the money I used to make.  On the other side of that double edged sword is I don't want to miss out on my kids because as you know, you blink and they are all grown up!

I go back to work next week and in my prayers I have been asking for HIS direction. Ephesians 6:7-8 "Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free".  While praying about this work dilemma, I must remind myself that all my work is for GOD.  Even though I feel unsatisfied financially, I must rely on His will for me and know that he will lead me in the right direction.  (Harder said than done)  This has been on my heart for a long while now and I wanted to share it in hopes that maybe people can relate to this.

Stay distracted,
Natalie

 
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 Whether waiting for your turn for bathroom time or waiting for dinner to be ready, or even waiting for prayers to be answered.   One of the hardest fruits of the spirit is patience. Our family has been spending a few moments after dinner discussing this very important Christ like quality.  I feel like it is hard to find moments where a family can have bible study together but I know it is vital to prepare our children for this world.  In the beginning it was very difficult to introduce bible time at dinner because everyone was so eager to leave the table and move on to the next activity.  We stuck with it through trial and error. We tweaked the topics and tried to make it fun for all.   I have been researched various resources, books, online articles, bible study material, and devotions.  I now see it is paying off.   On a recent busy night where all of us actually got to eat together as a family the children were quick to point out that we needed to do a lesson!  That is amazing to say the least! They are asking rather than us trying to captivate them.  I discovered a great resource (see footnote) on character qualities.  I picked patience from the list and viola!... a lesson is born.  The material is very simple and easy to share with the kids.  First, we defined patience from their perspective.  We followed it up by prompting them to give real world examples. From the material I printed, included questions such as, “A patient person looks for something useful to do while him/she waits their turn. True? False?”  Tomorrow we will continue our lesson with the additional material.  Our goal is to break it into bite size pieces so they can meditate and soak it in without becoming “distracted”.  I would love to hear how you engage your family into bible time.  Now I am off to gymnastics class!

                                                                       Stay Distracted,
                                                                       Natalie

Resource: Character First Education www.CharacterFirstEd.com

 
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Galatians 5:22 –“Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control”.  This is one of my earliest scripture memorization.  How interesting now as a mother this scripture is a focal point in my home.  These fruits of the spirit have come up a lot in recent days and I realized that GOD wanted me to “salt the oat”.  I want to encourage our family to emulate these great character qualities and to reinforce this I have them posted on our refrigerator as a constant reminder.  We even play a game of memorization, where throughout the day I randomly ask for these fruits to be repeated.  It is a great resource to help correct our children’s behavior, because it is so easy for me to repeat these 9 words to remind them (and me) to act like Galatians 5:22 instructs us.  I would love to know if you use the fruits of the spirit with your family.       

Stay Distracted,
Natalie



My Distractions