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My heart is so overwhelmed with all of the blessings I’ve had lately that I just had to take a moment to share with you the incredible things that have been happening.

A couple of months ago, I found a wonderful marketing instructor names Sandi Krakowski .  I was excited because I could immediately see that she could teach me the keys I had been missing to get my business really prospering.  On top of that, she’s a Christian with beliefs quite similar to my own, AND she is a homeschooling momma!  I figured if anyone could understand how busy I feel and how to balance it all, it would be her.

Little did I know how much this woman was going to change my life.  In fact I probably still only have a peak at how much she’s going to affect it, but what has happened already is incredible.  I’ve been listening to her products for more than a month now, and they have not only increased my marketing ability (which I am still really working on), but she has given me the key I’ve been looking for the last few years.  She’s helped me to figure out what I need to be doing .

For a few years I’ve had an idea that I need to be doing something, helping someone, but I really had no idea what to do with that.  I’ve considered a number of options, but none of them really seemed right.  I’ve prayed, searched, tried to ignore it, tried to tell myself I was just being crazy and that there is no way I could ever fidn the time to do any of this in my crazy life.  I saw no way to make it happen in the real world.

Sandi frequently says that the pain of not doing what we are supposed to do often becomes greater than the pain of stepping out into it.  That is exactly what I’ve been dealing with for the last few years.  It has been downright emotionally painful.  I’ve tried to ignore it, but this feeling that I’m not using the gifts God gave me has been a constant and has about driven me bonkers.  It wasn’t for lack of wanting to, but for lack of vision about what to do.

Now I am filled with vision.  God has taken the spark he’s been putting in my spirit for the last few years, and has birthed a concept in my that I won’t let go of.  He has shown me how to make this work, where it can go, and how much I can help people.  He has given me visions and dreams, and set me on fire.  I’m a little frightened about how I will do this, but I’ve conquered bigger things and I know I can do it with His help.  I have visions of coaching people through their troubles, of public speaking (yipes!) to groups and helping them move past their issues.  I’m so fascinated to see what this will grow into and so grateful for the huge opportunity this feels like.

The website I’ve started www.adivinewalk.com is the first step towards that.  I see it becoming so much more than it is, but I will have the patience to take it one step at a time as God directs me.

Those of you who know me off of the internet may see a real change in me.  I feel so light, like a huge weight has been lifted from me.  I honestly feel like crying in relief for what this means.

I know this is the right path.  This path uses the gifts God has given  me, it makes me feel whole and complete.  I can hardly wait to move forward in it and see what He has planned beyond what He has shown me.

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Wow, Thursdays are proving a good day for this, because by the time Thursdays roll around, I’m finding I really need the reminder of all of the things I have to be grateful for. So here it is:
– I’m thankful for the wise people who decided to make a beautiful greenbelt around the river in the middle of town. Our family enjoyed a beautiful, long walk next to the river for family night last Thursday. It was a fun and uplifting time for us all.
– I’m grateful for Tracy, who put together the wonderful HOPE classes that I’ve been attending for the last year. They have been uplifting, and I have learned so much from her and the other women there. I’m so sad they are over, but so grateful for the opportunity to attend them.
– I’m thankful for my wonderful husband who does so much to help around here, I can’t imagine trying to do it without his help.
– I’m thankful for our library, and for their awesome website that allows me to put holds on books. This allows me to ensure we have the books we need for homeschooling, and also makes it so we can just go in and pick them up, I don’t have to spend hours (which I don’t have) searching the library for books, I can do it all from home and then go get them.
– I’m thankful that Nick has decided he loves reading. It warms my heart in ways you can’t imagine.
– I’m thankful that we now know how each bill is getting paid each month. We may not have tons of extra money, but we have enough to pay our bills, and that has not always been the case.
– I’m thankful for tears. They’ve been falling a lot lately, but it is so much better to feel pain, and cry, than to be numb to the world as I once was.

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So much to be thankful for this week:

  • We have a plan now for trying to conceive (I will write so more about the plan another day).  I am so thankful that we are not at the point that we know we will never get pregnant, we still have hope and I KNOW we have another child waiting to come to us.  In fact several people who do not know each other have all recently told me that they have the feeling, have a dream, etc that we are going to have a girl.. unfortunately no one seems to know when 🙂
  • Nick has been bitten by the reading bug!!  I picked up some books for him to read that I thought he would enjoy and he’s having tons of fun with them.  He is loving reading!!
  • I didn’t have B on Tuesday, and it allowed Nick and I a chance for some fun mommy and Nick time, and also gave me a chance to get some sleep! 
  • The sun has been out for 2 days and we’ve been enjoying soaking it up.
  • and I’m thankful that Erik was home yesterday when our cat brought a live mouse in the house!  That way he got to catch it instead of me! 
  • My beautiful new quilt and pillows for our bedroom, I’m so excited to get that room done now!

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This has been an incredible week (let’s hope our luck holds a few more days for that test!)

This week I am thankful for:

  • B finally using the potty!!  No accidents this week at all so far.  She’s been potty training the entire almost 2 years that she’s been with us.  She obviously wasn’t ready to start 2 years ago, but mom and dad were anxious, and then I think it became a power struggle, but whatever it was, she’s had a great week this week.
  • Finding out that my mommy’s surgery which had supposedly been denied, had not been denied at all… it hasn’t been approved yet, but we are supposed to find out today whether it is approved.
  • Our new life insurance policy finally went through (woohooo!!!).  This was very important because, first of all, we needed more insurance on Erik than we’ve been carrying, and second, we need the money from our first policy to pay off the machine repairs froma few weeks ago.  We will now have a more economical term life policy instead of the weird policy we had before, we’re getting more than twice the coverage (almost 3x actually) for Erik, and a bit more for me and paying just a few dollars more than before.
  • Sun… sun… and more sun!!  We got to go to the park yesterday and for a beautiful walk today.  It’s so beautiful it’s almost too hot to wear sweaters anymore (I better get some short sleeved shirts soon, I don’t have any left from last year, but new clothes are always fun 🙂  ).  I even got a sunburn yesterday!
  • Our fixed hospital bill for Nick.  Originally the hospital billed us more than $800 for Nick’s emergency room visit (when he hit his head on a tree while sledding).  We were going to put in a dispute because they billed it as a level 4 trauma, which when my mom told me what that was, I knew they had misbilled.  I told the lady in billing we were going to dispute it, apparently she put in the dispute for us!  Last week we got notification that it had been changed from level 4 to level 2.  This week we got notice that that meant it dropped from more than $800 to $150!!! 
  • For the first time since we moved to Idaho, our finances are really looking up.
  • I have also somehow managed to wait to test until it will be long enough to get accurate results… please be praying for a positive result and a sticky (as in one that sticks, not as in one that has problems)  pregnancy!  After all of this time my emotions are getting very raw on the subject again.
  • The most giving child on the planet.  Nick spent a half hour crying the other day because he wanted to make something for me but couldn’t figure out what.  I felt awful that he was crying, but touched that he wanted sooooooooooo badly to do something for me (I did offer suggestions, but he didn’t like any of them).
  • Homeschooling, and getting to spend every day with my little miracle child.
  • An absolutely amazing natural doctor.

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Thankful Thursday

Today has been one of thos blah days, so I hesitated to write a Thankful Thursday post, but then I realized that that is all the more reason I need to, so today I am thankful for:

  • Ovulating last week… at least I think I did!  And the fact that I only have to wait a little over a week to see if it worked this month… prayers, crossed fingers, good thoughts, baby dust… etc are all appreciated.
  • The fact that I was able to deal with most of the after-effects of abuse while I was a young adult, before they had too much affect on my life decisions.  I recently read part of a book where the woman made a lot of bad choices, many of which no doubt stemmed from her childhood experiences, and I can’t help but be grateful to have moved past that phase as a young adult.
  • Staying up late chatting with my hubbie until the wee hours of the morning.
  • My wonderful son being full of cheers and smiles this week.
  • Having the opportunity to meet a lady who, with her dogs, volunteers to help out in hospitals, jails, and recovery centers to help the patients there.    She came to talk to our Explorer’s Club group and it was a real treat to get to visit with her.
  • The reminders I have had over the past few weeks of where I have come  from, and how very, very far I have come. 
  • My mom finding a doctor who will do the surgery she needs.  We are still waiting for the approval from her insurance company, but at this point I’m just thankful she’s found one that is helping
  • My bracelet, that has set off a whole stream of thoughts, inspiration, courage, etc.  I know this one made it last week, but I just had to put it on again.

So much more to be thankful for!  Life is good, everyone is healthy, looking forward to a new week.

Do you have a thankful Thursday post, put a link in my comments section.

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Thankful Thursday

Okay, I keep seeing the thankful Thursday popping up all over blogs.  I’ve been resisting joining in, even though I think it’s a fun idea, but I’ve decided to give it a try and see how long I can keep it up.  I think it’ll be a good way to look back with gratitude on the past week.  So here is what I am thankful for, in no particular order.

  • My bracelet – just wearing it is filling me with courage and strength.
  • A loving God who is helping me grow every day, sometimes at speeds that astonish even me!
  • My wonderful husband who not only provides for our family, but helps me keep our house from looking like it was struck by a tornado all of the time, helps me with my business stuff when I either have more than I can handle, or a task I can’t do (like painting candle jar lids), and who is just all around a wonderful man.
  • The wonderful group of women in the Explorer’s Club (our homeschool group), the wonderful examples of parenting they show me every week.
  • My beautiful best friend Stella who let me vent to her on and off all day earlier this week, and whose listening ear let me get out a lot of garbage so I could let it go. 
  • The same friend for letting me into her world and sharing her trials and triumphs with me.
  • Nick, my son, for all of his beautiful little handmade gifts and his ever giving heart.
  • An awesome cat who loves to come and cuddle with me!
  • Good books and a library where I can get them.

I really wanted to put a linky in, but I am having trouble with it… so if you have a Thankful Thursday post, please leave a link to it in the comments section!

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Lately I can feel God more than ever directing my path, pointing me to where I need to go, showing me the book I need to read, the person to talk to, the friend to do a little something for, giving me wisdom, strength, and love.  I’m so thankful for Him, he heals my heart and body more each day, sometimes the speed of it all is almost overwhelming, if I stop to think of it too long, yet I know it is just right, and just what I need.

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