Monday, August 18, 2014

Inspirational Monday #4-Glory to God

Hearing my kids sing worship songs is the very best thing! 

*Beautiful music to my ears*

(Photo credits to Crystal's photography)

I just love hearing their sweet little voices singing praises to God who made them :).

Last week we were driving and all of a sudden I hear Austin singing "Glory to God!"

And "Hey Mom! I know this song! I learned it in Sunday School!" 

He then keeps singing louder and louder...

"Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God FOREVER!"

Tears came to my eyes. I smiled at him and said that was awesome that he knew the song. I told him that God loves it when we sing along with worship songs. 

KTIS (MN radio station) I LOVE YOU! :)

I love to be able to listen to great and upbeat songs that are safe for my kids to listen to. And MOST importantly that the songs glorify God! Amen to that!

I do love country music as well but some of those songs are no good for little kids to listen to. Especially when they talk a lot about getting drunk. I can just picture Austin asking me "What is getting drunk?" How do you explain that to a 6 year old? And there is much worse things they talk about than that for a little kid to hear. I know that they will eventually hear all about that, but for now if I can protect them from it, I will. 

 I know that Austin forever has the love for The Lord in his heart. And he is not afraid to show it. 

I pray that that love grows stronger and stronger daily.

I want my boys to be strong and mighty men of God. 

(Photo credits to Crystal's Photography)

I am SO grateful for Christian radio!!

Kids are always listening, they are like little sponges absorbing everything they hear.

Jamie :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Favorites #4--Grateful edition

Happy FRIDAY! 

 I'm linking up again with these lovely ladies...
for Friday Favorites.


1.) I'm grateful to be able to spend so much quality time with my kiddos. It is a HUGE blessing to work very part-time as an RN. Being a Mom is my most important job. I love these kids SO much and I don't want to miss a thing.

I love going to Walmart and standing in the fishing tackle aisle for 15 minutes while the boys pick out "the best" fishing tackle. Austin is very serious about what he picks out. He examines the package and makes sure it'll catch the big ones. Troy just picks anything and Austin has to help him out. 

I remember when Austin was a toddler and he'd have a fit if we couldn't go down the toy aisles to buy a toy at Walmart/Target. Now, I can't even remember the last time we went to the toy aisles together.  I'll take fishing tackle over toys any day. :)


2.) I'm grateful for the wonderful and hard working husband I have. He does the very best he can and I am so thankful for him! We had supper with some friends a couple weeks ago and had a really fun time. 

We took some silly selfies...of course :)!

And sweet photos.

3.)  I'm grateful that these boys have each other. When they get older, I think they will be more appreciative. They are awesome brothers with BIG and kind hearts. 

They were playing tug o' war and having a total blast. Troy and I were on a team for awhile. It brought me back to when I was younger playing it. I want to do pillow case races one day before school starts, too. 

Strong lil' men.

4.) We went to a pool and park this week. On the way there, I was deep in thought over some decisions to make and then I heard Austin start singing "Glory to God" along with the radio. He shouted "HEY, I learned this song in Sunday School!" And he kept on singing "Glory to God, Forever." In that moment, I was so grateful to God for filling my son's heart with love for Him. I try to instill faith in my children and sometimes it may feel like I'm not doing a good job,  but that is the time when God shines in a very special way! Glory to God, forever!



Monday, August 11, 2014

Inspirational Monday #3

When I have time, I love to sit and read a book.

Today I'm going to talk about some books that I need to get reading or finish. 
I start like 3 or 4 books at a time :) because I want to start reading my new books at the same time. Are you that type of person, too?

My sweet Mom got me this book and I really am enjoying it! Click HERE to get it. 

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The title says it all: "Parenting with Scripture." Oh, so important. Using scripture to parent. Much needed.

Here's another wonderful book for #boymoms. It is really helpful for me as a Mom.
My Mom also got me this book. She is so thoughtful :)! I love her so much!!

Click HERE to check it out. 

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My 6 year old is getting to be such a big and independent boy. And my 3 year old still loves to be held by his Mommy (I love it). But he also enjoys doing more tasks by himself. Like put bread in the toaster to make his own peanut butter toast. 

I'm so proud of the little men they are becoming. 

Here's my last book that I need to read and already own. "You're Already Amazing" By: Holley Gerth. God already thinks we are amazing just the way. we already are. How fabulous is that?! 

Click HERE to see it.

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I am constantly being unwise with my time. Instead of turning on the TV when the kids are in bed, I could be reading a book.  I am going to pray that God helps me use my time more wisely so I can finish these awesome books. 

Because, reading just a couple pages of an inspiring book completely can change my mind set on positive and good things. 

And that's a great feeling! 

Happy Monday to YOU!

Jamie :)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Favorites #3

Friday Favorites is here and I couldn't be happier to share 4 of mine.

 I'm linking up again with these fabulous ladies: 
for Friday Favorites.

1.) This tablecloth. Is fab! It's from Walmart
Here's my dining room table with some beautiful roses :)! 

It is bright and beautiful. I actually saw it at Walmart a couple times but talked myself out of purchasing it because I maybe didn't *need* it. But I'm so glad I finally talked myself into it. It really brightens up the table!

Click HERE to get it.

Better Homes and Gardens Lace Medallion Tablecloth
2.) This favorite is something simple yet very practical!
 Kid's toothbrushes that stand up by themselves. Yay!

I love it! 
It is sometimes hard for me to get all of the families toothbrushes to fit in the holder without their bristles touching. Because I just don't like that. So, these are perfecto! I found mine at our local Walmart but I can't find them online to link to. Sorry!

3.) This scent From Bath & Body Works reminds me of the beach. It is light in scent and smells super good! You will smell super summery!

Coconut Water chill

Coconut Water Chill Body Lotion - Signature Collection - Bath & Body Works
Get it HERE. It's on sale by the way!

4.) Running while listening to praise and worship music is one of my very favorite things to do! While running, I talk & pray to God while running on the ground He created. And I'm able to gaze at the gorgeous sky, trees, ponds, world He has made. It's a wonderful experience.

What are some of your favorite things? I'd love to hear!

Have a lovely Friday!

Jamie :)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

I LOVE Chalkboards!

Chalkboards are my favorite form of decoration! 

Really & Truly! 

Earlier this year my friend and I went to Goodwill and I bought a bunch of frames! I wasn't exactly sure what my plan would be but I thought they looked like nice n' sturdy a decent price. 

I saw BIG potential in this frame right here. I actually had it hanging in my bathroom for awhile until I had time to change it up. You know, to cover the blank wall :) (even though it's not my taste).

I used some blue tape to cover the outer frame. I bought some chalkboard spray paint and went to town spray painting! I did 2 coats.

 I bought this kind from Walmart HERE. It works great! 

Be careful, the spray paint really stains your hands. True story. :)

I also bought some blue-gray spray paint to do the frame. And then, I decided what to write on my new frame. 

I also used the spray paint color to paint the other 2 frames I bought from the Goodwill. They were all gold and didn't really go with my vision for the bathroom. They are not *perfect* but I LOVE them! :)

Here are some of my other chalkboards I've made...

I love to look at them during the day as a reminder to myself. I also believe that my kiddos will be able to read them and memorize Bible verses from these frames some day. 

This one was actually made with a chalkboard sticker over cardboard. Therefore, it is very difficult to write with chalk because the surface isn't as hard. But it still works :)!

I've been looking to purchase these chalkboard markers HERE. They look fun.

God Bless,

Jamie :)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Inspirational Monday #2

This past weekend was so great filled with family and friends!

We're so grateful and blessed.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend as well! 

A couple of weeks ago we went to Target for some shopping. Troy boy was running down the halls, letting loose some of his energy :)! It was all fine until he tripped over the wheels of the cart and fell on the bottom of a clothing rack. There was a blunt edge that he fell face first onto. He was crying and I picked him up in a panic to see where he was  hurt. I noticed on his forehead a couple inches above his eyebrow was a puncture wound. It was probably 1 cm wide and 1 cm deep. I could see inside the little hole as it was bleeding. I was SO worried for him. There I was at Target, alone with the kiddos. I quickly put a baby wipe on the wound to stop the bleeding and found some band aids. To my relief it had stopped bleeding so I just tightly placed the band aids. Austin then said, "At least it wasn't his EYE!"

Absolutely, Austin! :)

In that moment, my eyes teared up. I told him that was so true and then I gave thanks to our marvelous God. It could have been so much worse. If he would've fallen a couple inches more forward, that puncture would've been on his eye. 
And that would've been terrible. 

We quickly checked out and I called the clinic in town to see if they had any same day appointments because I knew he'd need at least stitches. They didn't but the Nurse was going to see if they could maybe fit him in when we got there. On the way, Troy fell asleep. He was so exhausted. I was praying that he would be fine. When we arrived at the clinic, I had to wake him up but thankfully he was in good spirits. When we got there, the Nurse came to see Troy. She spoke with a Doctor and thankfully he was able to fit him in! Otherwise, we would've just went to the ED. He was so sweet to my little boy whom I was so concerned about. And Troy was a total trooper, he layed perfectly still while the Doctor fixed up his battle wound.

(Photo credit: Crystal's Photography)

 I am completely grateful!

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."
--Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

Jamie :)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Friday Favorites #2

Happy AUGUST 1st everybody!

 WOW! I can't even believe I'm typing that :). 

Next month my 6 year old will be in the First grade....and I'll be crying. But, I'll put on my brave Mommy face for him so he isn't nervous! :) That's what I did last year when he started Kindergarten. We found out his teacher and were super excited to get all the info. And Troy will be going to preschool 3 days a week! 

We are going to soak up every ounce left of summer!!

Onto my Friday Favorites, which is a bit random again :)!


1.) This top from American Eagle Outfitters is one of my very favorites! I don't usually go for white clothing but I'm glad I went for this. I love it. I paired it with some destructed skinny jeans and heels. It also is very reasonably priced. 

Check it out HERE

2.) So, I kinda got hooked on "The Bachelorette" recently. I was excited to watch the Finale. I just knew that Josh and Andi would end up being together. They just look like a beautiful couple. And from what I've seen online, Josh has faith, so that's great! 
But I totally laughed out loud when Chris had the "grumpy cat" brought out at later in the show. This was because Andi makes a frown often. It was too funny, really! Click HERE if you want to see the official website for this cat. :)

Here's a picture I took. See her holding the cat?

3.) Exciting mail right here! One of my besties, Crystal, is a photography. And she does amazing work! :) Plus she has a heart of pure gold. 

She just took family photos for us and I absolutely love them so much!! One of the family photos will definitely be getting itself on a giant canvas. I can't wait! Check Crystal's Photography out HERE.

Happy August 1st to you!

Jamie :)