The Hard Path of Mothering with Purpose Series

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I am going to be starting a new Series that deals with the hard path of being a Mother of Purpose!

Being a mother-no doubt-is hard work. It is selfless and we can have our doubts of who we are, what we are doing and if we are actually making any difference at all. I am here to tell you, you are! You are making an impact in your child’s life…one that lasts into eternity.

This Series will delve into thoughts that will keep you on the narrow path with your head held up and your eyes set on the things above-Heaven. For this is our main purpose.

However, we can get distracted from our main purpose and goal in rearing up and training up our children in whom God has entrusted to us. So, for the first part of this Series, I want to talk about your Identity!

#1 ~ What Is Your Identity?

Who are you as a mother? And what is your real purpose in that role?

Well, to some these questions come easily if all is well in your world of mothering but, when the walls are crashing in and the rules are neglected and children are rebelling…these are hard questions to ask ourselves. We need to focus again and remember what our calling is.

We are mothers. We are not necessarily; naggers, pushovers, walls to climb over or step on-ers, or angry monsters. We are called to be nurtures first and foremost but, most importantly our main calling is to be Christ-like!!!

Are you an imitation of Christ?

Does your children see Christ in you? Our Identity lies in who Christ is, not of ourselves. Are we being mothers on our own strength?

I often think of Jesus and His life lived. He is the single most crucial part of our existence, our Creator, our Heavenly Father. He came to this earth as the King of Kings and was met with murderous eyes and depravities. His life was not lavish. His earthly children did not recognized Him. He was used by them. He was mocked and laughed at by them. He was beaten up by them. Even His closest disciples, who He poured every bit of wisdom and love into, deserted Him at one time. Yet, out of love he sacrificed His own desires, bled out tears of sorrow and gave up His life for his wicked children (yet, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us) 

I believe we have the perfect image of self sacrifice in Christ.

Now, I am not suggesting at all you let your kids spit in your face, rip out your hair or beat you up!!! But, I want us to recognize that mothering is a sacrifice with a GREAT reward!!

Christ found this to be JOY SET BEFORE HIM!!!

We too can look to Christ and know we have a great reward in heaven. Our Identity, our strength, our reward is Christ. Lift up your eyes. Be Christ-like and know you are loved in Him first. Then, we can in return show self sacrifice for our children during those rough times, so we too can reap the great reward of a life born again into the kingdom of God. For your children are a great reward and your example to them will lead them also towards heaven!

What a beautiful joy to have!

Hebrews 12:2

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” KJV

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#2~What Is Your Faith?


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A Year in Review…

Going back in time and thinking about all the things you have done can be bittersweet. On one side, you have the great things you managed to do and on the other side…not so great things that were either left undone or threw a wrench in your plans and just happened. Here is what happened in our life for 2014, in a snapshot!

Homeschooling

So, we started the year Homeschooling which ended up being the biggest part of our year. This was our third year Homeschooling my children and I was Homeschooling 3 out of 5 children in three grade levels. My little girl-not quite in Kindergarten yet-always wanted to participate so, technically I had four!Homeschooling

We worked hard to get the three basic things down: Math, Reading and Writing. I really focus on Phonemic Awareness and Orton Gillingham Approaches for the Literary portions as my children have Dyslexia. You can read more about our journey through this on my other blog: thedyslexichomeschooler.blogspot.ca There you can also find resources if your family is blessed with the gift of Dyslexia 😀Homeschooling

I love Handwriting Without TearsA Reason for Handwriting They are very good for simple dexterity and memorizing the way a letter is formed through songs. This year we chose to put our children into regular school and guess what the Kindergarten teacher uses? Yup! Handwriting Without Tears!Homeschooling

For Dyslexia we use clay and boards for letter recognition and multi sensory input!Homeschooling | Home-Ec

Teaching my oldest how to cook was fun! We started with salads and learning how to use a small knife properly. Also, food safety and management.  Then, we moved to cooking eggs. He was so proud of himself and so was I.Kilsby Painting | Homeschooling

For Homeschooling we focused a lot of skills. Painting being one of them which they have a natural niche for. THis probably comes from my side of the family line because my husband hates art. So bad, if he had it his way all art supplies would be thrown in the garbage forever. Sometimes, I have to go to the garbage and pull out brand new paint brushes or pencil crayons because he has chucked them into the garbage!
Going to see the MP

The perks of Homeschooling is we do more fun-real-life things like meeting the MP and asking questions about what they do. This covered some of the Grade 3 outcomes which was also fun. The boys dressed in their suit and ties and had an official meeting in the board room for the MP and his constituents. He gave us neat flags that we still have now and brochures of where he works in Ottawa. He showed us also where he sits when discussing important issues at the House of Commons.

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One thing we discovered was that my one son REALLY struggled with memory and his Phonemic Awareness because of Dyslexia. This was a highlight for us and a pivotal moment for his reading comprehension; My Kindergartener began leaning to read with 3D clay letters. This worked way better than flat 2D words or rice writing r any other trick so-to-speak! He would see and remember the letters only when done like this. It was a break through for his learning.

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School was out and summer was in full swing. My husband and I couldn’t have been more happier. We took a mini-vactaion together and spent time gazing at the beautiful Pacific Ocean; Tour Boat riding on the Ocean and watching the seals upon its shores. Riding our bikes together. Eating foods that we like!

It was so funny and I think we will laugh about this for years to come. The first night on our vacation we ending up sleeping in, until 2pm the next day!! Yes, we were on vacation as parents haha! I don’t even remember the last day I slept in…
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Then our church was so blessed, as we had been praying every year we came to the city that we would be able-by God’s Grace-to get a new building….and He answered our prayers. Well, half of it anyway. We have to share it but, we are very grateful for God’s provision and can seat almost twice as many people! What a great God we serve.intheworldbutnotofit.wordpress.com

Every year we started to go camping in the summer and make sure we are set up good. We love the outdoors and nature and yes, even camp food. It is almost a treat for us to have lots of junk food because I never buy it! Ever! Otherwise, I would eat it all and that is not a pretty sight. The kids are always mad if mom doesn’t end up sharing. Not good. It is better to just avoid the problems 😉realitywriter.wordpress.com

I thoroughly soaked up the time there. The kids were with daddy swimming and playing. I got to start on my new book for the Reality Series in the midst of beauty and rest. It was perfect!!realitywriter.wordpress.com

I finished the Re-Launch of my first book, Darkness Into Light which included a new cover and type-setting. I wanted to focus more on things that brought my targeted audience attention. Some readers were younger and a larger print was necessary etc. Layout and design needed to emphasis my genre and age ideals. So this was important and I was featured in many local newspapers that picked up the story for the re-launch. This was pretty exciting! I also got some great reviews which I now have on the blogs too.realitywriter.wordpress.com

After the re-launch and during it, I worked like a dog to get the Branding, Networking, and Advertising going. Also, creating a Twitter account which has been a wonderful blessing. I began starting the ground work for the new book coming and laying a foot-hold on a lot of the typing work for the book during NaNoWriMo. I had already handwritten out the time-line, scene goals, and about 50% of the book itself already. I thought during the National Writing Month I would try to get as much of the computer work done as I could get with NaNo’s Writing Sprints. This was incredibly fun and I got matched up with a great Editor which will be Editing Facing The Grey in May. Yay!

It could have been December, however, we had one of those major *ahem* bumps in the road when: our roof went earlier in the year–ten grand later, our basements flooded with washing machine problems and we had to re-do the entire basement–six weeks later and higher Insurance premiums later…

Only to get re-done again during November when the City’s main sewer lines decided to backup into our brand new basement. Good thing the same contractors who were just there a few months back knew our house and set out to work right away–ripping out everything they had just put in!

Right, almost, at the exact same time this was all happening my health was really taking a hit and I was very ill. Then, while I was laying on the couch immobile, my husband came home with his cycling-work-bike in pieces. He had been hit by a car and flipped over it, landing on his head.

Yes, this has been a very bumpy year!

I was grateful he was alive but, he was banged up pretty good. Nothing was broken. Thank the Lord he was smart enough to be wearing a helmet or I would be writing a very different story, as the helmet had been cracked in half.
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So we finalized the year in Joy for having each other still around, and with a simple Christmas at first. When obviously money was tight on the cash-flow, we realized that we were not going to have a Christmas for the kids. But, in our simplicity and thankful hearts, we were very content with that. Yet, God came through the very last minute with some unexpected finances. Isn’t it funny sometimes that though God tests our love towards Him, He comes through and bring Beauty from Ashes! THis is seen best in the story of Abraham, the father of our faith.Kilsby Christmas | Intheworldbutnotofit.wordpress.com

We also had some other little riffs that were there to steal the joy, love, peace and beauty of Christ’s birth but, we managed to enjoy our time as a family, with the ones we love, creating memories, eating good food and loving the One who gave everything for us to be with Him! Living as a testimony of His Grace, Love and Forgiveness!

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Such a wonderful way to end the year!

Many Blessings to you as you reflect on all the Lord has done in your life with the past year…

Ephesians 6: 7-8

“With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.”


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Celebrating Christmas by Decking the Halls

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One of my most favourite times of the year is setting up the Christmas decorations. Below you can find some wonderful ways to decorate your home and invite others to share in the Joy of Christmas!

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Matthew 5:16

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and your Father which is in heaven.” | KJV



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Getting Creative…

 Creating a Home worthy of His Honour

Creating is a beautiful gift that I believe honours our Heavenly Father. Creation is, after all, something He knows well and enjoys Himself. It delights God to see His Creation following in His footsteps…so-to-speak!

As a mother, wife, homemaker and artist at heart, creating is not only therapeutic, but also mandatory in beautifying my home. This has saved me so much money by keeping costs low! If you can make the item you have been eyeing up with minimal costs, then you have saved so much and have gotten something-or even, exactly, what you wanted in return.

Here are some things that I have made at home to save costs:

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This is a little galvanized bucket from IKEA that I purchased and then painted with light blue paint a little bird and leaf on it. I had some extra lace/beaded fabric and hot-glued that on. Voila, super cute!

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With the same Galvanized buckets I painted a little bit of chalkboard paint on it and decorated with white wall paint around it to Shabby Chic it a bit. Done, and cheap!

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This is another IKEA invention. I damaged the outside of this plastic-y little mirror (I wished it was the old wood ones…those turned out better 😦  ) Then, I painted it with a white colour, after, a dark colour and wiped it off. This gave it an antiqued finish. I added a little old-barn look and feel to it, with a little brown laced bow, hot-glued burlap pieces, and some fancy lace from Michaels that I had left over from another project.

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This was actually a garbage dump find and is my work/office table that I work on to this day! I tightened up the screws, damaged it up even more….Gotta love that! It is my ultimate stress reliever, hehee. Painted a blue-ish colour, with the legs the antique white, then brown overtop of it all and applied the same antiquing finish to it. I have to say this was/is a longer project because I also lacquered the desk to seal in the paint with a few layers. LOVED this result and didn’t cost more than a paint brush and lacquer, as I already had the paint!

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This is my son’s painting! Each child did a painting. We had them framed and hung over their beds for professional artwork. Not only does it not cost much but, you are displaying your children’s beautiful work and giving it recognition…more than a “oh, wow, good job!” …could ever do 😀

Hope you loved these ideas. Tell me some things that you have done, or projects that you would like to do. I would love to hear about them!

Colossians 1:16

“For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for Him…” KJV

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Stylish Romance aka Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic

Keeping femininity beautiful, fresh and organic,

That is what I love about Shabby Chic!

I am always looking for ideas to transform my home into this Shabby Elegance. I love bringing hints of it throughout my home using decor similar to the expensive ones in pictures…but, on a big-family-sized budget!!

My husband is a hunter and has some organic skin furs and artwork that identifies to him. It is birthed out of his culture through his native background. I can’t really tell him it can’t be apart of our home but, I can love him and work with it. Thankfully, my style can embrace his too.

I love the Rustic aspects of this idea. We have redone some wood and painted it an antique white. It just brightens the wood and adds depth to the creases. As you can see, you don’t need to add a lot to make things appealing.

This is beautiful…However, in my house with 5 munchkins who don’t seem to understand beauty. This is an utterly failed attempt. I have a nice linen looking light beige table cloth to accentuate a certain colour in my dinning room and it did not take long before pen marked up one corner…to no one’s admission 😦 One day, I might be able to paint and make this living room a reality…

Until my boys are all grown up. Sigh.

Well, that is until the grand-children come over to play, heehee!

Simple and stunning…all you need: Little planter (find at a bible-for-missions type of place), papers (find around your house lol), clean white duvet and covers (check with dry cleaners–sometimes, nobody comes to pick up old duvets that have been professionally cleaned and they just want to get rid of them), super fluffy pillows (find cheap stylish pillows on sale), white clean painted white walls (find off-tint cans at local paint stores for less) and a thin fabric rug (go to your local auction house and find the best deals)!

Easy Project! Shop your local second-hand stores for old keys. Get an old frame (paint frame edges with a black chalk paint). In your local hardware store or garden store they have burlap fabric, often cheaper than fabric stores! Glue fabric onto frame, insert and attach keys. Voila! C’est fini ;D

Another easy project!

Get some of your favourite photos ready for print. Ask them to antique or vintage the photos when processing them. Go to Ikea, or Winners, or Target, or any local home-style store, and look for similar jars…(sometimes you can actually find them at the dollar store or a second-hand store, often even more beautiful too) Slightly bend photos after printed for the purpose of gently placing them into jars. Then, find the perfect spot to display!

Hope these encourages you to be keepers of your home with new and fresh ideas

That can be Elegant Magezine-Style, yet frugal!

1 timothy 5: 13-14 | Proverbs 31:27