Thoughts

As I contemplate the cross, the sacrifice, the Lamb of God this week. I can not help but think of the disciples. The supper in the upper room. Jesus telling them that one was going to betray Him. Peter being told he was going to deny Christ three times. Going to the garden to pray with Jesus. Passover was coming. Little did they know or understand that the Lamb of God was going to be the ultimate sacrifice the ultimate Passover. He was going to lay down His life for all.

The disciples had dropped everything and followed Jesus. They walked with Him, ate with Him , and watched Him perform miracles. They knew He was the Messiah, the Promised One. They believed He was the Son of God.

After the supper in the upper room while praying in the garden Jesus was betrayed with a kiss. Peter didn’t understand everything that was happening. So after Jesus got arrested, Peter followed from afar. After he denied Christ three times, he went and wept.

Oh how confusing this must of been for all of them. As we read the scriptures we can clearly see that Jesus was trying to prepare them for this, but they did not completely understand. So as the trial proceeded and and He walked up Calvary’s mountain and was crucified, the disciples must of thought all hope was gone. Only a few stayed near the cross. I can not imagine the pain and sorrow they must of felt at that moment. I can’t imagine what Mary must of felt.

Sorrow , sense of loss, and hopelessness must of filled their being. When they went to the tomb to dress his body and anoint it but they couldn’t find Him. They must of been confused and scared when the angel spoke to them. He was not there for He conquered death. He AROSE!

Oh the joy, surprise, and amazement when they got to walk and talk to Jesus after He arose. I can only imagine how shocked and happy they were.

Looking in the pages of my Bible I read about how he said, “It I s Finished.” I read about His glorious resurrection. I read about The Lamb Of God being the ultimate sacrifice for my sin. Oh it is easy for me to judge the disciples and others for their lack of faith. But then I realize my own lack of faith at times.

I hope everyone enjoys this Easter… This Resurrection Day… Just please take time to meditate on our risen Savior……

-Pamela

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Keeping it clean

I tell my children  often, “Little messes are easier to clean than big messes.”

It is much easier to keep a clean house by cleaning as you go than it is to clean a dirty house. By that I mean it is easier to pick up things and put them away after using them. Pickup and put away toys after playing before you take something else out. Put clothes in hamper instead of on the floor. Put kitchen appliances away after using them. Tidying the kitchen as you cook and prepare a meal. I know it isn’t always possible to do, but it is a great habit to make. It will also cut down on cleaning. 

One of the things I like to do with my kiddos is the five minute cleanup. You do this several times throughout the day and it helps keep the house cleaner. It helps for everyone to have a certain area of responsibility, that way no one is trying to do the same area at the same time.  I like to do a five minute cleanup once in the morning, around noon, and in the middle of the afternoon.  If you are home alone you can do a five minute cleanup in different areas at different times of the day. 

One of the things I try to do every night is make sure I clean my kitchen.  It doesn’t have to be perfect but it does have to be clean.  Naomi’s responsibilities is loading and unloading the dishwasher, sweeping, and cleaning off the table.   I clean the countertops and the stove.  Sometimes Brian will sweep for Naomi while she loads the dishwasher.  I personally love waking up to a clean kitchen.  I try to remember to have the coffee pot set to make coffee in the morning, I am going to get better at that this year. 

After supper and before getting ready for bed I like to have everyone straighten up their area of responsibility.  That way in the morning we can start our day off on a good note.  Sometimes we don’t get to cleanup before bedtime and it always throws off our day. 

I will breakdown our area of responsibility in my next post.  Well, I hope everyone is having a great year so far. Thank you for stopping by…..

 -Pamela

Celebrate Life

January 22, 1973 history was made and Abortion was made legal.  Here is the thing not everything in History is good.  Yes, History was made but it wasn’t a good thing.  Ever since that day countless of babies have died at the hands of the ones that were suppose to protect them.

Today I choose to celebrate LIFE!  I choose to have a real discussion with my children about the value of LIFE!  I choose to talk to them about the value of every SOUL!   I choose to take today to celebrate LIFE!!!!  I choose to mourn the children that lost their lives and was never given a chance at LIFE.   I choose to take a stand for the unborn!   I choose to use my voice for the countless souls that was never given a voice.  

I have said this many times but HUMAN RIGHTS starts with the RIGHT TO LIFE!   There is no such thing as HUMAN RIGHTS if you are not even given the RIGHT TO LIVE!  I believe in Human Rights and I believe every life has value.  I believe God loves every soul even before they were formed in the womb.   Every LIFE has VALUE! 

So today I weep for our country and I weep for the countless souls that was taken to soon.  I celebrate LIFE and I celebrate my six children that God has Blessed me with.  #ShoutYourBlessings  #ShoutYourChildren  #CelebrateLife 

-Pamela

5 Myths about Organization and Decluttering

Here are five myths about organization:

1. It is to expensive. Yes, organizational tools can get expensive. I like to think outside the box and up cycle items I have around the house. I also use items for different purposes.

Tip: These are dishwashing pans from Walmart. I use them to organize toys and school books. They are less than a dollar each.

2. I will not have to purge and declutter if I get organized. Purging can be hard, but it is necessary to have a organized and tidy home. Tips on purging. If you haven’t used it in over a year get rid of it….

3. I am going to wait till I can have a yard sale to get rid of clothes and toys. I am all for yard sales and I think it can be a great idea, but Sometimes you might not have enough stuff for a yard sale. Also sometimes when you put stuff aside for a yard sale they magically end up back in the house. Tip: Have a donation box, a keep box, a trash bag, and a future yard sale box to put items in when you are going through items in your home.

4. I think my donation box is safe in the garage or shed. Nope, your donation box is never safe from your families hands. They will slowly bring in everything. Tip: Get your donation items in your car and at the donation center as quickly as possible.

5. If I declutter and organize I won’t have to clean every day. Here is the thing, organization is just a tool. When your home gets messy organization helps you pick up and put things away quicker. Decluttering helps you get rid of things and have less to clean up. Tips: make homes for everything in your home and make it easily accessible. Keep it simple! I have a saying at my house,” Everything has a home and everything gets put back in its home.”

“Every thing has s place and everything in its place.” Hope everyone has a organized new year…

-Pamela

2019

Last year our word was Focus, and I wanted to zoom in and focus on Christ. I still want to emphasize this in 2019. As we focus on Christ, we Grow.

2019 our theme is ‘Be Fruitful ‘. I want my family to grow in Christ. I want to see more fruit in my life and in my family.

Happy New Years everyone!

– Pamela

2018

2018 is coming to a close. It is so hard to believe that today is the last day of the year. It seems as if the year just started.

So our word and theme for 2018 was “Focus “. I wanted to focus on the important stuff. I wanted to focus on Christ, family, and myself. I found when I zoomed in on my heart and life I found somethings that needed to change. There was a lot of things I needed to work on. I needed to work on my attitude. I needed to work on my walk with Christ. I needed to work on my words. I am still working on all these things, and more….

So as the rest of the day ticks away, I will focus on the important things my God and my family….

Have a wonderful last day of the year….

– Pamela

Toddler, Teens, and Everyone In between

The fun thing about having a bigger family is all the ages and different stages. Sometimes it is hard, everyone needs something different from you. You feel pulled in a million directions. But they all bring something wonderful and unique to your heart and home.

I love watching the older children interacting with the younger children. Something special about their relationships. They have a unique bond. I like watching the older ones teaching the younger ones something new. I love seeing them work together. I love seeing them snuggle.  I truly enjoy seeing my children kindly interacting with one another.

I now have two teenagers in my home and one preteen.   Sometimes that comes with its own drama.  I am not a drama momma, so I ask them to resolve their differences in a peaceful, respectful way.  Doesn’t always happen that way, but that is the goal.  I also have a special needs son that is nine. The two littles are seven and four.  They are always up to something mischievous together.  Well not always, but they are always getting into something together.  Sometimes they have their own drama, and I am trying to teach them how to resolve their differences.

I am learning that every stage has their own set of challenges.  I am learning that life is never perfect. I am learning to love each day and each stage.  I am learning to embrace the mundane.  I am learning to be more flexible.  I am learning to never take one second for granted.  My oldest is fourteen and just started ninth grade.  Oh my, what a wake up call…..   He is taller than me, and I have seen him grow right before my eyes.  The last few years passed in what seems like seconds.

I am not saying that it is easy.  I am not going to say that you will enjoy every second of every day with your children.   I am not going to say you won’t get exhausted.  I am just letting you know that it goes by fast.  They will not stay little for long.  Everyday they are growing.  Everyday that are changing in little and sometimes big ways.  Everyday is a gift, so don’t let that gift slip away….

-Pamela

 

 

 

Invite Him In

 

img_8063“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”  Revelations3:20

If you want Jesus in your life, you have to invite him in.  If you want Him in your everyday activities, you have to invite Him.  If you want Him to be apart of your home school, you have to invite Him.  You want Him in your home, you have to invite Him in.   He never barges in.  He wants to be apart of our lives but He will never force Himself into our lives.  We have to invite Him…

I need Jesus.  I need to hear His still small voice.  I need to spend time with Him.  I need to seek His wisdom.  I need to go to Him for strength.  I need Him in the midst of my mundane tasks of everyday life.   I need Him for guidance and direction.  I need His light to shine on my path.  I need Him to walk with me on my journey.   Oh how I need Jesus, and I need to make it a point to make sure He is apart of my day, everyday.

Sometimes we need to stand still and listen.  He is knocking, and He is calling out to us.  We just need to tune in and listen.   He wants a relationship with you and me.  He wants to sup with us.  He wants to be apart of every area of our lives.  He wants to help us and guide us.   We just need to slow down and take the time to let Him in and spend time with Him.

-Pamela

 

The Path Less Traveled

wood-nature-dark-forestSometimes in life you find your self on a different path from everyone else.  It is a path that can be scary, dark, and lonely.  It is a path that only a few have trod.  It is a path less traveled.

There is always beauty to find along the path.  You will discover beauty that others do not have the privilege to see.  This less traveled path is full of wonder and only a few get to pass through.

There are lessons to learn.   God gives His Wisdom to us when we ask Him for it.  There is wisdom that comes with this path, but only if we seek it.

There is the strengthening of our faith.  I like to think of it as a path of faith.  With each step forward I rely on Christ to lead me to my next step.   I ask Him to guide my steps.  I ask Him to light my path.  It takes faith to travel on a path that few have traveled.   It sometimes feels like an uncharted territory.  Oh but I know my Christ knows this path, and I know it isn’t uncharted to Him.

There is joy on this path.  A joy that comes from our journey along this path.  Oh the joy that comes from the beauty we find.  Joy from lessons we learn.  Joy from the people we traveled with on this path.  Joy from the strength we obtain from this path.  Joy from the Lord as we travel our path.

So next time you find yourself on an off beaten path; just remember to try to find the beauty, lessons, faith, and joy in the journey.

-Pamela Henry

Disability

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When people think of disability they think broken, not working properly, and not able to do something.

So here is the thing.  I have a son with many disabilities and I have never thought of him as disabled.   Last year someone sent me a link on Face Book about Disability Awareness Month.  I read it and I turned around and asked my husband, “Does Aaron have a Disability ?”  My husband just looked wide eyed at me  and responded with a yes.  He was shocked that I even asked.

I never really thought of my son as having disabilities.  I know that sounds naïve. He is nonverbal and there is lots of things he can not do.  When I start listing the things that he can do, most people don’t think it is a lot.  Some people might say that his accomplishments are small.  Oh but I don’t listen to most people.  I think He is pretty amazing.  His smile and his laughter is contagious.  He lights up my day when he comes and snuggles with me.   He has taught me so much about love.  He has taught me how to communicate better.   He loves life and even though his life has many challenges he is almost always happy.  His life is simple and I love that about him.  What if we all had the ability to live a simple, happy life and love life?!

So don’t feel sorry for my son or other people with disabilities.  Just pray.   Pray for grace, acceptance, and love for all children  and adults with disabilities.  Pray for their families and pray for the challenges they may face.  Look at them through a different lens, see them for who they are and not their disability.

-Pamela Henry