insights from a daughter of the King, teacher, farmer's wife, and Mommy

2.27.2017

inner demons

i'm not sure what you're fighting today......

self doubt


     insecurity


        financial worry


                weight 


                    fear of the future


                                     addiction


i know these inner demons they fight hard.  

they fight unfair.  
they pull from all the weaknesses. 

Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.


but i pray that you let the angels fight for you. i pray that you pray.  


your angels might be 


family

         friends

               children
                     
                        strangers

                                 the holy spirit

let them help.  let them in.

don't let the inner demons win.

and tomorrow when they come back.                       
                                                       fight again. pray again.








2.13.2017

you are loved

In case you need to hear about true love this valentine's


(thanks Ann Voscamp for sharing)


 BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU!!! 

 more than anyone or anything on this earth can

don't look for approval here

know that you are loved

you are beautiful

you are wonderful

you are His

"Because He loves you all the way, all the time"

every second of every day

He never stops



YOU ARE LOVED!!! 


Happy Valentine's Day


I need for my daughter and son to know this.  I need my husband to know this.  
People will fail you, guaranteed.
But Jesus never will.

1.02.2017

one word: influence

one word

one focus

2017

influence

the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something

where does it start, where does it end, one will never know

but we know we have

influence

on our children, our family, our friends....everyone one we meet


1 Corinthians 12:2
 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.


Am I  being an influence the leads others to God or astray? 

How can I be a better influence?

2017 I want to be a better influence for health, technology, friendship, family, and most importantly the Lord.

12.30.2016

2016 in review

16 for '16



1.   We traveled. Disney, South Carolina, Blowing Rock, Myrtle Beach, Galax, Morganton, Raleigh, Charlotte - Roaring River to Ronda.

2.  We watched a lot of movies - Finding Dory, The BFG, The Secret Life of Pets, Trolls, Sing, Moana - and all the ones I forgot.

3.  We listened to a lot of music.

4.  We played a lot of games.  Basketball, Football, Soccer, Uno, Battleship, Yahtzee.

5.  We had an amazing Christmas.  Favorite Presents:  Owen - XBOX (finally, he says), Addie - Mashems, Keyboard, and Barbie Stylist Doll, Matthew - Drone and new shoes, Me - new coffeepot!!

6.  We lost loved ones - miss you grandma Shupe!

7.  We got new pets and lost our dogs.

8.  We survived Pre-K and 4th Grade with success.

9.  We went to DISNEYWORLD and it was amazing!

10.  We spent as much time together as possible.

11.  We started new things at work - new grade levels - more welding.

12.  Owen went to Camp Caraway, Merlefest Jamcamp, Red, White and Bluegrass Camp, and Football & Basketball Camp.

13.  Addie is learning lots of new things in Kindergarten like how to READ and mom learned how to get rid of lice and survive hSP.

14.  We visited family and celebrated birthdays and holidays and life.

15.  We argued, cried, whined, and fought through the daily struggle of life, entitlement, worry, finances...struggle.

16.  We thanked our heavenly Father daily for the blessings of our life, let us not ever take it or each other for granted.

WinterJam Rocked

January snow came

my princess and prince with Belle
DISNEY WORLD
















New Instrument and he's rocking it
Soccer Siblings


New family members Skippy & Doc
Soaking in the Summer sun



ADDIE TURNED 5 and had a Finding Dory party
(she watched Finding Dory at movie 3 times and got it for Christmas)
First Day of School
Addie Kindergarten
Owen 5th Grade
Mrs. Combs 7th Grade ELA/Math
Addie started Ballet and performed in The Nutcraker
Before school mini vaca - our favorite place 
twinning
Football team won the Super Bowl - lots of practice and memories





Cousins and Best Friends
Take a hike - Go outside
Owen was inducted in to Beta Club, was a school Science fair winner, and turned 11!
2016 thanks for the memories that made us who we are












12.23.2016

Tears for Christmas

As I created Christmas treats I cried....
I cried for those who's loved ones decided to spend Christmas in heaven this year
I cried for those who are hurting so much that they don't know where to turn
I cried for students who are hungry
I cried for those who are sick
I cried for those who don't love Christmas 
I cried for those who don't know Jesus as their best friend and Savior

Help me pray. 
Help me reach as Jesus did all the way to the lowly manger, from the humble shepherds to the mighty kings.  
Help me share the joy of Christmas everyday of the year.  The hope it brings and the peace it provides.










How can I pray of you this Christmas?

11.24.2016

Thankful Thursday [ week 4 ]

76.  I'm thankful for rain!!  We haven't had rain in over 40 days.  And this morning we got a shower. 

77.  I'm thankful for firefighters, with forest fires all over our beautiful mountains.  I'm thankful for those who are out there day and night fighting to protect.

78.  I'm thankful for Thanksgiving.  Not just for food, but for a time of gratitude and family.

79.  I'm thankful my sweet girl is resting.

80.  I'm thankful for Christmas decorations.  They make me happy.

81.  I'm thankful for cleaning out the play room.  

82.  I'm thankful for the dishwasher.

83.  I'm thankful for the new movie Moana, it made me laugh so hard, while I listened to my son laugh just as hard beside me.


84.  I'm thankful for my husband.  He's the best!

85.  I'm thankful for school plays.  Addie was a sweet pilgrim girl.


86.  I'm thankful for cough drops.

87.  I'm thankful for spontaneous texts from friends.

88.  I'm thankful for Owen's coaches, music teachers, and teacher.  These people have such an influence.  

89.  I'm thankful for the great moms I'm sharing life with, my own mom and grandma, my sister Jessie, my husbands sister, my best friends, my basketball moms.  Super moms surround me!

(photo bomb by Ryan, photo creds Lydia)


90.  I'm thankful for the gift of salvation and the ceremony of baptism to show the world you are a child of God.  

91.  I'm thankful I got to watch my nephew be baptized.  

92.  I'm thankful Walmart was not crazy last night.

93.  I'm thankful I live in a place people greet one another with a smile.  

94.  I'm thankful Addie loves dance.

95.  I'm thankful for middle schools.

96.  I'm thankful for imperfection.

97.  I'm thankful for my new favorite verse.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7

98.  I'm thankful for Google photo!

99.  I'm thankful for the blessings I take for granted and forget to be thankful for.

100.  I'm thankful my faith, my family, my failures, and my future.  

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!  Count your blessings!

11.17.2016

Thankful Thursday [ week 3 ]

51.  I'm thankful my children and I got to go to Disney World this year with my parents.  We made lifelong memories and had so much fun.  We are ready to go back!



52.  I'm thankful for leggings.

53.  I'm thankful for my church family.  They mean more to me than they will every know.  

54.  I'm thankful for Addie's teachers, Mrs. Blackburn and Mrs. Ward, they are awesome!

55.  I'm thankful my mom and grandma's taught me to cook.  

56.  I'm thankful someone gave the teacher's a box of apples.

57.  I'm thankful for the cheers at Science Fair Project Awards.  We should all cheer students on whether they are shooting a ball or winning the science fair.  

58.  I'm thankful candy makes students happy.

59.  I'm thankful for forgiveness.  We all need it.

60.  I'm thankful for Christmas lights.

61.  I'm thankful my great grandmothers and even though I miss them like crazy.  I'm thankful for the memories I have.

62.  I'm thankful that we are all "weird" and that their are people who's weirdness complements your own.

63.  I'm thankful for Smokehouse Creamery.  It's our place.

64.  I'm thankful for my job.  

65.  I'm thankful for my eyesight, even though it's not perfect, and I can't see a thing without my contacts.  I'm thankful I can see.

66.  I'm thankful for travel mugs....makes coffee toting easier. 

67.  I'm thankful for the ability to type.  

 68.  I'm thankful for no longer being addicted to soft drinks.




69.  I'm thankful for prayers.

70.  I'm thankful we packed 100 shoe boxes!

71.  I'm thankful for bobby pins.  Stray hair savers!

72.  I'm thankful to hear this song this morning for the first time.




73.  I'm thankful next week is Thanksgiving break!!!

74.  I'm thankful for online shopping :)  

75.  I'm thankful God is still on His throne and still controls my every day!


11.10.2016

Thankful Thursday [ week 2 ]

26.  I'm thankful for this article.

27.   I'm thankful for doctors and nurses.

28.  I'm thankful for technology that lets me bring people and experiences to my students.

29.  I'm thankful for courage and bravery.

30.  I'm thankful for laughter.

31.  I'm thankful for veteran's.

32.  I'm thankful for music.....calms my soul.

33.  I'm thankful for helpful coworkers.

34.  I'm thankful for snuggles with my girl.

35.  I'm thankful for basketball season starting.

36.  I'm thankful for Owen's love and gift for music.

37.  I'm thankful for best friends.

38.  I'm thankful for parents who parent.

39.  I'm thankful for sleep.

40.  I'm thankful for God's plan.  It's always better than mine.

41.  I'm thankful for students who stand up for one another.

42. I'm thankful for 44 days till Christmas.

43.  I'm thankful for handmade, beautiful toboggans.

44.  I'm thankful for duct tape.

45.  I'm thankful for fall weather.

46.  I'm thankful for new friendships.

47.  I'm thankful for shoes.

48.  I'm thankful for disney movies.

49.  I'm thankful for love that is greater.

50.  I'm thankful for summer vacation.

11.03.2016

Thankful Thursday [ week 1 ]

The tradition continues......so much to be thankful for. 
 Let us never forget to stop and count our blessings. 




1.  I am thankful it's November!

2.  I am thankful for a washing machine and a dryer, I'm thankful for the sanitize setting and also that Owen has learned to do laundry. 

3.  I am thankful for my Godly husband.  He is being ordained as a deacon on Sunday and the way my heart just aches in excitement in indescribable.  As I have watched him grow in his walk with God, I just can't explain in words the power God has.

4.  I am thankful for patience.  I know that their are times I wish I didn't have to practice patience, but I'm thankful the Lord gave me the gift of patience or I might not make it through the day.  

5.  I am thankful that no matter what happens next Tuesday on Election Day, God is still in control.  I don't have to be anxious or worry.  God is not worried and He has it all under control.  

6.  I am thankful for for pimento cheese and chicken salad.  I know its weird.

7.  I am thankful for freedom.  Lord knows I take if for granted. 

8.  I am thankful I get to watch Addie learn to read.  Everyday she reads a little bit more confidently and the excitement she has.  If only we never lost our excitement to learn.  

9.  I am thankful for our 2 rabbits.  The lessons a pet teach of responsibility.  And they are so forgiving.  (maybe it's a good thing they can't talk)

10.  I am thankful for a night at home.  We have been so busy since like 2009.  I embrace a night at home with open arms.  

11.   I am thankful for prayer and it's power.  Let us never forget that we can call on God at any time and any place and He will hear our prayer.  

12.  I am thankful for this post I wrote a few years ago and stumbled upon today.  I should write more.  TRUTH

13.  I am thankful for parents who are always helping me out.  My mom and dad are always there for me.

14.  I am thankful that I'm learning to like water.  I recall many times having to make myself drink water.  Today I walked out of my way to fill up my water bottle...what?

15.  I am thankful new curriculum that keeps me on my toes.  

16.  I am thankful for my amazing son.  He is growing way to fast.  I fell like everyday he is growing before my eyes. 

17.  I am thankful for fair trade items.  I love being able to buy things that I feel like my money is making a difference.  Money talks, what is your saying?

18.  I am thankful for my these verses I came upon in Acts 2
                22 Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you ourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. 

19.  I am thankful for the fall breeze and the falling leaves.  The colors this year are amazing.  Everyday I drive home amazed by their beauty. 

20.  I am thankful for people who are passionate about what they do.  I love to see someone love their work.  

21.  I am thankful for a clean kitchen.  It doesn't always happen, but right this second the kitchen is clean, just don't open the cabinet. 

22.  I am thankful for Starbucks, Talia's, Anchor Coffee Shop.....just coffee really.  I'm thankful for coffee   e v e r y  d a y!

23.  I am thankful for my students.  They make me love coming to work everyday.  

24.  I am thankful for coworkers who bring you yogurt parfaits :)  and for my hallmates this year they are so encouraging and kind.

25.  I am thankful for weekends.  Thank you Lord tomorrow is Friday!!!




Thankful Thursdays
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10.18.2016

Ways to Win the Rat Race

10 ways to win the race

This race of life gets me down.  It makes me rush and not see all that I have.  It makes me want more and more and more.  When is enough enough. As we check off our to do list and get through the daily grind of every day.  Will it ever end? 
When can you say "I finally have it all.  I don't need anything else. I don't have other thing I can clean or another task or project to do.  I'm good.  Don't worry about me."  This race never doesn't seem to end.  There is no finish line or checkered flag.  No one is going to declare you the winner.  But I can tell some ways that will make you feel like a winner. Some things that will make you slow down and realize we are only racing our self.  Remember, even if you win the rat race—you’re still a rat.

1.  Look in to the eyes of a child that loves you, it doesn't even have to be your own.

2.  Help someone who is helpless.  A phone call, money, food.

3.  Hug your mom or dad.

4.  Call a friend just to say hey and thanks for being my friend not to ask a favor or complain.

5.  Make cookies/brownies/muffins for someone else.

6.  Buy a Christmas present.

7.  Read Ecclesiastes

8.  Volunteer. 

9.  Sing! to yourself, to people, any song will do, just sing.

10.  Pray and consider that you may not be winning the race but GOD is winning the war. And He has a great reward for you.

9.08.2016

the blessings of today

as i walked down the hall this morning at 7:30am greeting beautiful 7th graders 
i thought about how tired i was and that it was only thursday
a student greeted me and handed me a gorgeous handmade coffee mug cozy from his mom 
and i oooh and ahh cause ya'll its really awesome and immediately placed it on the giant coffee cup i carry every morning and said THANK YOU
i walked away and said thank you Lord for the reminder

i walked out of my back to back language arts and math class at 10:19 
after teaching additive inverse and integers and notice and note and conflict and theme
i told my students to have a great day 
and there stood a young lady who sweetly smiled and handed me a ziploc bag with a blueberry muffin and she whispered mom sent you that
i smiled and whispered thank you
i walked away and said thank you Lord for the reminder

it's the second week of school and my baby kindergarten girl has strep throat
the mornings are early and the days are late
and the routine and schedule is wearying me down
the programs and planning and getting to know your students is draining 
but i love it
and the Lord continued to send these reminders all down

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

conversations with colleagues of encouragement
emails of kind words and assistance
laughing 12 year olds
aha moments in math
a smiling little girl ready to pick sunflowers and go back to school

mom cooking supper
friends who text you wanna walk tonight at football practice




Therefore encourage one another and build each other up 1 Thessalonians 5:7

For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. Romans 14:7



Thank you, Lord, for sending encouragers my way today.  I'm tired and worn, you know it.  Help me be an encourager to others whether in action or words or in any way I can.  
Amen





8.17.2016

to my children

i'm not sure if you are ready
i'm not sure if i'm ready
but in a few days we'll set the alarms and pick out the clothes and pack the backpacks 
and off you'll go....
5th grade for Owen
Kindergarten for Addie

have i prepared you enough
have i babied you too much
am i a helicopter parent
am i guiding you in the way
have i done all i can do???

and i'll be honest i'm scared and i am going to worry about you
what will you do when others are being mean?  will you laugh too?  
will you stand up for others the way i've taught you too?
what will you do when things get hard?  will you give up?  will you keep going?
who will you go to when you need a hug, a squishy arm, or an extra snack?
will you make the right decision of who to be friends with?  
will you be pressured to like girls?
will you tell them you need to go to the bathroom?

but tears and fears aren't all i feel

i'm so excited for you!
you are going to learn so much
you are going to make great friends
you are going to have fabulous teachers who are going to love you
you are going to make mistakes and learn from them
you are going to do awesome things 
and in a blink of an eye this part of your journey will end and new journeys will begin

and i promise 
i'll always love you
i'll always be proud of you
i'll always be your biggest fan and your toughest critic
i'll pray for you
i'll hold you when you cry and always laugh at your jokes

because you are going to do amazing things
i know 
God has big plans for you!




6.24.2016

rest

Life moves pretty fast if you don't stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.  
Ferris Buller's Day Off

As we prayed last night Addie prayed....

Thank you for God
Thank you for Jesus
Thank you for sin
Thank you for Jesus dying on the cross

I'm not sure the last time I thanked God for sin.  And for a second I almost stopped her and said don't say that, but I didn't.  But as I lay awake and she drifted fast asleep.  I thought about this.  For the sins I'm thankful for.  Because let's face it without sin, do we need Jesus?  




And when we sin and the world's sin lays heavy on our hearts and minds.  
Where do we turn?  Where do we find comfort and rest?

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."  Matthew 11:28

Dear Lord,
Thank you for making a path to you.  Thank you for your love and your son, Jesus, that despite our sin and wicked nature you still love and accept us. Thank you for giving us rest.  Thank you for children who open our minds. Thank you for giving me a time of rest.
Amen




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