Thanks for visiting my blog. I began journaling about my daily life when I was eleven. Over the years, this has grown to become a way for me to share my thoughts rather than my daily life. I’m pretty open with sharing all the beautiful chaos of life with six children. I have to remind myself to extend grace to myself each and every day! It is my hope that my writings will help others to learn to extend grace to themselves too. After all, if it weren’t for the Grace of God, life would just be messy. I’m so glad that life can instead be a Beautiful Mess and is covered by His Beautiful Grace.
Friday, July 10, 2020
Anyways, fast forward to this week. My neighbor has struggled finding some books from their reading list in a timely manner at the library due to covid19. She asked if we had a book, and I knew we did, but putting my hands on it meant I needed to clean off our bookshelf. After all, it’s the end of the school year and everything is out of place. While looking for the book for her, I came across this book. I had forgotten we had this one, but I set it aside, knowing that I needed to read it to Seth. You guessed it, he loved it!!! It’s such a sweet story about playing with shadows, watching them grow and nearly disappear. It hasn’t won any big awards, but it’s one you should add to your bookshelf anyways! I promise you’ll enjoy it too!
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
The video this week uses the Aurora Paper Packet, Aurora Coordinating Cardstock, and Aurora Scrapbooking stamp set, as well as the Mint Shimmer Brush, and Clear Shimmer Brush. You can find all of these products on my website beautifulgrace.ctmh.com!
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about the video!
Monday Minute 2: Shimmer Brush Techniques
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Monday, February 10, 2020
Saturday was great! We had some beautiful weather, and the temperature was perfect. We went to Elijah’s robotics competition and then came home to play outside for a few hours. Sunday morning we had church, went to eat lunch at Johnny’s, and then back to the church to wait for the Crewe of Cotton Mardi Gras parade to start. Sunday evening Gabe and I got to go to dinner and buy groceries without the kids. Overall, it was a great weekend, even if it did have a little hiccup in there.
Needless to say, the Valentine’s Day activities post is being postponed for tomorrow!!! For now I’ve got to tell you just how awesome today was!!!
Today I got a Mom Vacation! It’s been a loooooong time since I’ve had a day to run errands without the kids. I had to get that busted window replaced, so my Mom volunteered to come sit with the kids so that I could do that. It was pouring rain, so I had to drive super slow to keep the covering from blowing off of the window. Then I got to sit in the waiting room and wait all by myself for an hour and a half, where I was also able to have a nice fresh cup of coffee and drink it all before it got cold. I ran through drive thru for my lunch, which I got to eat while it was still hot, and I didn’t have to share my fries. I then dropped off an old modem so that we would stopped being charged for it, and stopped by the bank. Since I was finished early, I decided to stop at the AT&T store for a new phone. I managed all of that in just 4 hours! I feel so productive tonight, but I feel like I got a little pick me up too. I rarely get time to myself, and getting a new gadget for myself is nearly unheard of. I hope that maybe I can convince my Mom to make this a regular thing once a month.
|I was happy to have a cup of coffee and a nice long wait !
|The camera on my new phone is so much fun!
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
As I am working on a post for this weekend with some ideas for simple activities for next week, I knew that I needed to post my booklist earlier so that you could request them from the library or order on Amazon. There are many great Valentine’s Day books, but these are some of the books on my radar this year. Come back this weekend for some great go-along activities for kids of all ages!
|This one is available on Kindle Unlimited!
|This one is also available on Kindle Unlimited!
Monday, February 3, 2020
January is a free trial month for the new year, and it gave me a good chance to see how I can fit writing into my regular schedule, without it affecting my family. A large family requires a lot of time, and I need to focus more attention on training my children up in the Lord, and teaching them each day. Many times when I am trying to finish a project I let them have movie days or do their own projects while I am working. This usually results in a bit of evening chaos as we try to reclaim the house before bed, and it often affects the next few days afterwards as well. I know that this won’t work if I am going to really focus on growing a blog and sharing some of the projects that I have in mind this year. I’ve decided to devote 3 nights a week to my work, after the kids have gone to bed. This is time that I typically spend in quiet, all by myself anyways, so that I can wind down from the busy day. I also have a little time in the morning while drinking my coffee that I can make notes or outlines on some ongoing projects. It’s not ideal for everyone, but it works for me!
So just what do I have on the horizon? One HUGE project, and four smaller ones. The one will help you with teaching your little ones preschool, while the others will help you manage your meals a bit better. Both of these are things that I currently do myself, but have never taken the time to write them down permanently. As I gear up for teaching my last year of preschool this next school year (how is that even possible?), I knew that now is the time to write down all of my great ideas. As I began to plan time to write, I knew that I had to really stick to my meal planning in order for it to all work out for me to have the time that I need. Chores have to flow pretty smoothly as well, but I haven’t figured out the secret to that one yet.
Keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I dive into this new adventure. I’m excited about the possibilities and I can’t wait to share more with all of you.
|I decided to use the motor home as an office
so that I can work without interruptions.
It worked well tonight!
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