Friday, November 21, 2014

Large Family Comeback: The Bates Family Returns!



Do you remember the sweet Bates family whom we would see on occasion on 19 Kids and Counting and good friends with the Duggars? Yes, they once had their own show called The United Bates of America and now we have gotten wind that they will be returning next year with another show of their own called Bringing Up Bates!





So if you enjoyed their show, be sure to check them out on New Year's Day and support them! It is not every day that you get to see a  Christian family with strong values on national TV so be sure to tune in.


You can visit their blog here to keep up with their family.


If you'd like to watch their past shows you can find them here. 











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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Discerning What Really Matters In Life


 “Our greatest fear should not be of failure 

but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter.”



-Francis Chan,  
I saw this quote the other day and have been thinking about it ever since.

I just want to say, for the record, that I believe our greatest fear should be fear of being cast into hell for all eternity and that is why we all need a Savior. But there is also so much truth to what Mr. Chan has to say above, and it should concern us all.

It is so easy to get caught up in the things that just. don't. really. matter. 

In this world we find people who are always trying to find their identity is something. Maybe it is in:

  • their popularity
  • their career
  • their fashion sense
  • how much they earn
  • their relationships
  • their skills
  • their reputation

 and so forth.


As a blogger I have seen that in the online world the temptation is no different. And what I am trying to share is that I don't want my identity wrapped up in what I do here online. It doesn't matter that I might have a large platform, am an author, a consultant or anything else. These things simply pale in comparison to where my heart really is.

And honestly as I think about it more and more--

I really could walk away from it all in a heartbeat!

Do you know why?

Because at the end of the day all I want is to be a wife and mother. Not any of the things listed above. Yes, those things are definitely fun and I enjoy them to some degree but they don't bring me the deeper happiness and satisfaction that serving the Lord in my family and home does.

I don't want to succeed at things that don't really matter in the end. No matter what that may be. Life is too short and the Lord has called me to a greater ministry in this home-- that is where my first interest lies.


And even though we have the potential to reach the masses here--I would rather reach those in my home first.


To me that is true success.





How about you?

What really matters in life to you?























Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wise Woman Linkup!

 

A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

We would love for you to link up with us---share your posts on  building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

Did you know that there is only 35 days until Christmas?  Be sure to check out The Wise Woman Christmas Gift Guide for some wonderful ideas for the whole family!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

How to Teach Your Children About the True Gift of Christmas While Creating Fun and Cherished Memories




 "Fear not, for behold I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. "


- Luke 2:10-12


I love the first verse that you see in the Bible verse above. It speaks of the gift of good news, great joy, no fear and something that is for EVERYONE. In a world that is fallen and in desperate need of a Savior it is so good to hear that great news and it should definitely with out a doubt be shared.

 
In a few weeks the world will be celebrating the birth of our Savior and what an exciting time that is! We want all people to proclaim His birth and mighty name and we can't express how important that this begins in our homes first.

Have you taken the time to really teach your children the true meaning of all the magic around this special time? It is not about Rudolph and Frosty, but someone who came to change the world forever and FREE it.


I know that many of you are looking for something that can help explain to your younger children what Christmas is really all about and not lose the true meaning through materialism and everything the world is touting--but to REALLY take the time to lovingly pass down the legacy of our Savior to our children.

If you are looking for something fun for young ones to do this year you might want to consider Truth in Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands:




This is a practical eBook that shares planned out daily devotionals to read with the kids that are combined with doing easy crafts that reinforce what has been taught that are used as ornaments to adorn your Christmas tree! So all through the month they can look at what they made and remember the Scriptural truths as the weeks and days go by. Isn't that a blessing?



What is nice is that everyone knows how busy it can get in December--this eBook is designed to help accommodate that (it is very simple) and even offers flexibility in the lessons so that you can do it on your own schedule, choosing which crafts you'd prefer. It is designed to start on December 1st but you can do them at your own pace or all in one day if you'd like! 

Here is the author explaining how it works:




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Since I am a not-so-crafty-Mama-with-little-time, I also bought the Truth in Tinsel Printable Ornaments which is handy because if things get too busy we can just print out some premade ornaments that coincide with the days Scripture, they color it, and voila--it's done!





I am really looking forward to doing these crafts with them on my own schedule and making special memories with little hands (they won't be small forever, you know!).

If you'd like to join us in two weeks, you can pick up a book HERE.



Don't wait--plan something extra special and fun to do with them this year!!!












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Friday, November 14, 2014

Homemaking Days: Cranberry Pork Tenderloin



The holiday season has begun and I hear that some of you already have snow in some areas so I am sharing the above photo for you! So today we are sharing a recipe that will warm your kitchen, your meal table, and all the tummies you need to feed. Since certain holiday foods are more popular now and can be found at the supermarket on sale I thought I'd share a recipe that uses cranberries.

It is so fun to learn how to cook from home and from scratch and it doesn't have to be hard. Some of the best recipes that I like are the ones that don't have too many ingredients. We try to keep it simple with a large family!





Today we are sharing this super easy Cranberry Pork Tenderloin. We hope you like it!

Cranberry Pork Tenderloin


1 pork tenderloin
spicy brown mustard
1 can whole cranberries
1 1/2 cups water

Directions:

Spray inside of bean pot with olive oil cooking spray

Place meat in pot and coat well with mustard.

Cover and bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes until mustard is baked in and browned.

Add cranberries and water. Bake an additional two hours.

This recipe can be adapted to use a covered baking dish or crockpot (cooking times will be longer for a slow cooker).




 You can find the pretty bean pot from Celebrating Home.






Enjoy!














Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wise Woman Linkup!

 

A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

We would love for you to link up with us---share your posts on  building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

Did you know that there is only 42 days until Christmas?  Be sure to check out The Wise Woman Christmas Gift Guide for some wonderful ideas for the whole family!


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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

When Momma Ain't Around



See this beautiful girl?

She turned 6 months just three days ago and she is the apple of my eye. Never did I think that when I was 42 that I would have such a little sweet angel on my hands. She fills heart over day by day with so much joy.

But somehow when I was younger I just could not appreciate this precious and fleeting time with my little ones as much as I can right now. I believe it was because I was more naive and not as mature. I am grateful now for every second I have with little Bella Rose.

But this past week was such a blur for me. Life just spun around me at a dizzying pace. Things that could not be avoided had to be done (keeping me more busier than I would have liked) and all I could think about was my Bella Rose and how I just wanted some alone time just cuddling her.

And then it happened---to top off an already busy morning, I somehow ended up at at an Urgent Care facility and found myself with a torn contact lens in my eye. How could this have happened? This has never happened in the 20 years I've been wearing them, I thought as I paced back and forth in waiting room wondering what my little Bella was thinking when she would look and couldn't find my face at home. My heart was sad that I couldn't be there to take her in my arms when she started looking for me.

See I am an "at home" person and function best when I am not on the run or overly busy.  I love being with my family and in my domain. But I don't like when I am not able to do the things I need to do at home because life beckons me. I always feel that pull towards home.  

And then I got to thinking...

Do you ever notice what happens when you are not around, Mama?

I notice that all the little things do not take place. The care that is there when a mother is around. The attention to detail, the loving words spoken, the pat on the back or the hug that was much needed.

Cookies do not get baked and children might not have clean clothes. Meals are not made with love, babies don't get sung to, and important conversations with teenagers do not take place.

Mommas, you are so important in the life of your children, please slow down to grasp the moment and hold it as tight as you can before it flies away. 

And when it flies away you cannot get it back, you can only briefly hold the memory in your heart.

So live your life but live it well and prioritize the important. Your life and your child's life is just a vapor held in the hand of Almighty God. Hold them tight and breathe them in. Your children are your treasures given by Him.

Do not chase after worldly gain because in the end  you will find nothing. You will find that you can travel the world and pursue many "good" things only to find that what really matters has been here all along--right at your finger tips.

So don't waste your time and throw off what hinders you from chasing this beautiful dream that you are living.

Be there.

Fully there. 

God has been so good to provide you so much--don't take it for granted and walk away.

Don't turn your eyes away from them for cheap substitutes.

Really look at them, deep into those young eyes,  and see them for who they are.

Through your presence, love, and care

speak life, beautiful life,  into them

and take the time 

to take their willing hand

and lead them humbly to the only 

One Who saves.