Quieting my heart

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Being a mom is always keeping me busy. It’s around this time of year when I start to evaluate this busyness and the volume of “noise” in my heart.

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When I think of quieting my heart I can instantly see it looking like a picture taken with too high of an aperture. There are so many specks to look at, very grainy and out of focus. This idea though moves me to sit quietly before God in desperation to refocus and after coming down off of the beginning of school high I am certain my family needs it too because let’s just face it, life isn’t getting any less busier.

I was inspired to quiet three areas of my life in order to maintain slow living for my family. This includes quieting my heart, my home and my schedule. So in the weeks to come I will be digging into that.

 There are tons of scripture I could choose to settle on while quieting my heart. When I set out on this quest I first scoured the bible looking for scriptures that would help me draw the meaning of quiet out. Ones I could relate to and ones that drew something from me. The scriptures that I will post are ones that struck me in some way personally.

I know that quieting my heart is especially important while mothering. Because going and going and going can sometimes unintentionally carry me away from my roots.

Reading my bible, praying and spending time with the Lord, loving my people in strength and song. I try my hardest to fight for these times; one because I want my people to see that apart from God I can do nothing; two because apart from God I can do nothing. I’ve tried it and many times I fail miserably. It’s just.not. in me. I was created for him to love me. More than he created me to love him..

I don’t want to wait until life spins more than I can handle and a melt down occurs. Hold the drama. Instead I’d rather respond to the first tugging at my heart.

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Psalm 27:8. 

I encourage you friends to look up some scriptures that support the idea of quieting your heart. Get some cute little labels or if you are cheap like me make some from what you have lying around and put them up banner style or post them around your home to remind you of the quieting. Jot down some ideas of what quieting might look like in your home.

 

In what ways have you been inspired to quiet your heart?

 

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Apples to Apples {Slow} Day

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Slow days have been much more meaningful in our busyness lately. When I sit down to write my mind is so cluttered that to organize a post is painful at times. We’ve enjoyed several slow days lately. So much so that I didn’t even bother to take a picture. I hope you enjoy some of these photos of what we’ve been up to lately!

I wanted so much to enjoy a themed night lately. Just to be able to be with my boys more and enjoy them. So last-minute I pulled some things out and they were super excited. We enjoyed church Sunday morning together and then worked on building some monster trucks.

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I made this apple cider and we loved it so!

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Our dinner was no fuss tuna casserole with bacon and cheese salad.

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Apples to Apples

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After dinner we went out to bob for apples..

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How have you been slow lately?

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Slow Day May 2015

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It’s been a while since I wrote a slow day post. We’ve had many but I’ve been less motivated to capture them on camera. It’s something about blogging that makes you never put a camera down and invade your family’s most precious moments all to capture a good photo-op for your blog. That has been less appealing to me. Because sometimes I miss those true special moments for “work mode”. Sometimes it’s nice to just put down the camera and seize the moment and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing.

I’ve worked hard at creating SLOW for my family and still do. It’s very easy to slip away from it especially with a busy family. I feel so accomplished when my husband can rest and my children can enjoy us. Slow days for us is on Sunday’s. We spend the week hammering away at life and working our very hardest and Sunday we do nothing. No cooking, no working, no thinking about next week, no cleaning, no nothing. We rest and enjoy each other. I try to get dinner ready on Saturday and hang up the apron until Monday. This has been so nice for us. Our tradition of the sorts on Slow day is Church, nap, walk, play and eat. Doesn’t that sound lovely?

We also have special times each week with our children where each child will spend a certain amount of time with one parent alone doing whatever they desire. So this particular Slow day captured my time with my Kid hero who loves cooking and baking. Here’s a look into our latest slow day.

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There is so much beauty around us! I so love living where we are and this is not even a scenic route. All of this beauty reminds me how God provides rest and provision. How could we miss this? This for me details God’s love crashing over us wave after wave. There is nothing more humbling than seeing a glimpse of the God’s hand in everyday life.

How does your family slow?

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Slow Day

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Lately slow days for us has been much less than that. The busyness of life has kept us at a fast pace for quite some time now and since we haven’t had many days off from school that has made it much harder to exhale in the midst of all of it. Happily we recently had a few days off from school. My motivation has been a little dim but I was determined for us to get back to slow. Speaking of that. Christmas music is already playing! How crazy is that? I love a good Christmas song but sheesh Thanksgiving hasn’t come and gone yet.

Anyway, we got snow over our days off. Not much but just enough to cover a few things and make a snow man. I seriously could not stop giggling. I love snow! Our plan for the days was to go to our preschool science co-op with big brother, make applesauce, make a snow man and drink a cup of hot chocolate. Thus we succeeded! Yay!

At our science co-op we learned about turkeys and the differences between a male and female. We even got to get close to a real male turkey which was cool and since we had some apples left over from our cousins, we made peach and blueberry apple sauce and then the boys went out to roll a snow man before the sun came out. This all happened before 10 o’clock!

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Though we didn’t take many pictures, these slow days were just so worth the relaxation. It’s getting colder out. Tell me what you are getting into!

 

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Slow Days

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I’m sorry I have been away from you for so long! Let me just say that I have a great passion for sharing here and that when I am away I cannot stop thinking of what I want to share with you all!

Baby number three is coming soon, with that being said, all the madness of canning and preserving is explained and exhausted. Since baby D will be approaching puree’d solids and I will be introducing more whole foods in the mid spring/summer, I have been thinking ahead and freezing and canning fresh produce, herbs, butters and the like.

In the picture above I had just finished canning peach butter for the first time. So yummy!! I am so tired of peaches though. 🙂 So happy to get the last batch frozen for little fingers and big belly’s. In total over the last few weeks I’ve calculated that I have canned about 133 cans of produce altogether. That is not much but it is enough for me now.

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So on to our slow days now that you know that canning and preserving has been a big part. School is in full swing as you know. We’ve started our preschool co ops and our preschool schedule is taking off. One thing that I am grateful for is the unscheduled breaks that home school allows. So much has been going on lately that this mama has already called for a day or two. Thankfully our schedule is flexible!

Second grade is an experience also. My Kid Hero is slowly learning what accountability and responsibility look like…I’m the list mom. 🙂

Consignment sales! I’ve hit them already along with a couple of thrift stores to stock up on winter clothing. Used is so much better and frugal when you’ve got boys that don’t stay in clothing long.

Our slow days have mainly been about getting back to our routines and spending quality family time. One evening, my hubby and I took our boys to a sibling class for them to learn how to help mom with baby. We’ve also gone to a Lowe’s build and grow clinic, gone on barrel rides at  local farm with my sister and slopped up lots of homemade ice cream!

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Linking Up With:  Playdates with God,  Titus TuesdaysLiving Proverbs 31, Joy Dare

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Beauty in our backyard and our slow day

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Last week we spent our time caring for our garden as a family. We planted our corn, cukes, tomatoes and put our sweet potato transplants down. My husband is excited to share how we did our potato towers and show how our potatoes are growing and the result of our harvest. I must say too that once we did our first mulching the next day they were taller. More on that later.

I wanted to capture the beauty here in our yard because these moments of growing and patience are special to me. It’s like having a play date with God in his backyard.

We also, had the pleasure of attending a special music discovery event at our local bible college where an orchestra group displayed their instruments for the students in a attendance, certainly an amazing opportunity.

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Talking about play dates with God, Are there any breath taking places or moments that make you feel like you are dancing with God?

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Linking Up With:  Playdates with God,  Titus TuesdaysLiving Proverbs 31

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