Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Happy 1st Birthday Slow Lane!

One year ago yesterday, this little stack of printed pages landed on Amazon. It has felt at home there for an entire year now and has made its way into hands, homes and hearts. Today I just want to celebrate God's faithfulness in bringing this to completion - there is no way it would be in print without Him for many reasons.

So let's have some fun!

First, I wanted to remind you that there is a great set of slow freebies/printables here!

There are several used copies available on Amazon for less than the retail price - so this is a great opportunity to get a copy if you are still looking for one for yourself or to gift!

Aaaaand, let's do a little giveaway! I would love to send one of you a made-by-me Slow cuff bracelet, set of little flags for your slow celebrations and a mini clipboard with slow prayer for display in your home or office! To enter the giveaway, please just leave a comment on this post including a way to contact you if you win! Winners must be within the US please for shipping purposes. Tell me your sweetest blessing in slowing! Comments will be accepted until Friday night!

One thing I had really wanted to do in the back of the book was an index of all the photos and some details behind them which ended up not happening. So, I'll attempt to get that into a couple of blog posts soon I hope!

I also have a printable for you today as we reflect on slow and where we need to hit the reset button in this area and this includes me!

Thank you, friends, for your support of slow! So happy to be on this journey of slowing with you! To God be the glory great things He has done!

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Back to School: Heart

Over the summer I've spent a fair amount of my study time looking at verses pertaining to home, dwelling, households and more. One morning during my quiet time, I landed on Colossians 3 and it jumped out at me as just what we needed to start our school year. I'm sharing with you in case it is a blessing to you today as well!

Colossians 3:15-17, "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."

I initially ended up here because I was studying the word dwell. But I thought the verses before and after added so much depth and beauty that I began studying those as well. Then when I looked at them together I saw how much they exemplified what I wanted for my children and our home. Let's take a look!

First, we read, "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts..." I must allow His peace to rule. For something to rule, it has to be given utmost authority, respect, honor. And to let it rule: let it be the authority, the dictator, the guide, the law that governs. I also think of the relationships in our home: are they ruled by the peace of Christ?

" thankful." Isn't that the key to so much of life? Being thankful shifts my focus from upset and unsettled and gives me a heart and focus of contentment.

"Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly..." Another key is letting {allowing/choosing} God's Word to set up house in our hearts. Is the environment welcoming, inviting, receptive? Does His Word find an open door, a friendly "Come on in!" greeting? Is my heart soft? Also, to dwell richly - think about that: not to dwell poorly, not scanty or in grungy conditions. It makes me think of lavish, abundant, quality, has depth and breadth. It is a feasting more than a snack.

" you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom..."  This is a sharing from the overflow of the Word dwelling in my heart. Teaching is a natural companion. II Timothy 3:16-17, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." Also: teaching and admonishing from a place of resting in Him, letting His peace rule and dwelling richly in His Word.

"...and as we sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude..." There is thankfulness again! I want to teach this to my children! I want to start our day with His Word and with singing.

And I love that the next part reminds that whatever we do - all should be done in the name of Jesus giving thanks to Him!

It sounds like a recipe for our upcoming school year:
* Let peace of Christ rule
* Be thankful
* Let the Word dwell richly
* Do everything in Jesus' name

This is the secret to making it through another school year no matter how our children are educated: school, homeschool, co-op, whatever! We can't do any of it without Him but with Him in charge - He can do anything.

Excited to see how He works in and through us this year!

Printable Happy First Day of School banner
Printable First Day signs
Ruler runner inspiration {mine is made of Christmas wrapping paper turned around backwards!}
Ruler wreath 

Dear Homeschooling Mama
Back to School: A Prayer for Students
Back to School: A Prayer for the Homeschooling Mom

Monday, August 14, 2017

Rachel's 11th Birthday!

Rachel's 11th Birthday was a few weeks ago and I'm excited to be able to share what we did to celebrate! This sweet girl changed her birthday theme about two dozen times and we finally had to just make a decision and go with it! No more changing!!!

I honestly had to end up going with what was easiest to pull off since we had back-to-back things in July. This all started with finding an American Girl mystery game at the thrift store unused for $3.99. Yep, that works for me!

We had fun shopping the house for little things that fit Kit: typewriter, vintage camera and of course Rachel's Kit doll!

Rachel requested a juicing bar in addition to the mystery game so we started with that.

I'm sure you remember my birthday party budget is $50 - here's how we did this time:
American Girl mystery game: $3.99
Fun candles for the cake:$3.99
Lemon paper plates: $2.99
Fruit: $5
Total spent: $16

Now here are some fun photos of our celebration:

Friday, August 11, 2017

Camping: Memories

David came up with a new name for the sun through smoke through trees effect: sun whispers. Love.