Testing is Over…YAY!!!

Oh wow has life been crazy busy!!

We had testing. Our homeschool PSP does Terra Nova testing every year. Last week was our week to be testing :)

I had volunteered for hospitality. I love helping in the kitchens!! Something about serving in that aspect is just uplifting to me. I love to share love through good food. This was the perfect avenue to share that love.

The girls felt that testing was fairly easy.

Really, I know they have learned a ton this year. I hope it shows at least a little on paper though!! Ha ha ha!!

We also have yearbook pictures taken during that time too.

I only have a picture of the boy’s class. I was in the kitchen for the girls taking care of dishes and such.

Can’t wait to see how the professional picture turns out!!

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I swear this is the smallest class!!  Still a group of some wonderful kiddos!!

I did take some time this past week to just get caught up with life.

I took so much stuff to the thrift store!! They were really happy to get all the items too. I filled the back of my van and had some boxes of stuff under the kids feet in the middle . It felt so good to purge out all the excess. I know my husband would love if I would purge more, but I will save that adventure for another weekend!

I also got to attend a really neat Make and Take event from my Young Living uplines. I went with my precious Rebecca :)

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We were there with some great friends too!!

My two favorite Sarah’s and their daughters came and shared the fun with us. We made season salts, sachets, cleaning spray, bath and body scrub and the favorite of the girls was the chocolate cinnamon strawberries!

Everything had Young Living Essential Oils in them. Very cool!! I think I should post some of the stuff we made and how we made them later. We already have the oils and we love to make gifts, so to me this is a no brainer! I will share some of our creations when we make them :)

Just getting ready to get our weekend of crazy busy started soon too.

I hope you all have an amazingly blessed weekend with so much joy and love!!

We Went “Egging” …just before Resurrection day

I am that momma.

I am giving out the truth of what I taught my kiddos to do.

I have taught them that at Easter time, our family  goes out and eggs friends houses.

You read that right.

I am a firm believer in egging your friends houses,

especially those with little kiddos.

So while my friends were supposed to be out and about, we egged them.

We prepped the night before…

088cute right?

Ever so quietly, we hid eggs in their yards.

103 104 105 107We left a basket for them at their front door to start the hunt,

gave them a call to let them know “we thought we saw a bunny in their yard?”

Then let the joy begin!!

Here is what the paper says:

You’ve been egged!

We hid 12 eggs in your yard. Enjoy the hunt, but don’t be discouraged when you find the empty egg. Just remember that Christ died for us and that He lived again. Just like the Egg.

We started this tradition a few years back.

It keeps Christ in the fun and it is good to bless others with joy.

Feel free to copy us and “egg” your favorite families too!!

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Morning Friend!

Good-Morning-Coffee-PinkToday is: Monday, April 6

 

Outside is: Beautiful. The sun is cracking over the horizon painting shades of soft tangerine through the quiet blue of the leaving night as the dark rain clouds start to roll in.

 

I can smell:My coffee. Today I added bit of cocoa to it to make a cheap mocha!! LOL!!

 

In the oven for dinner: We are having tortellini for dinner tonight. All that with a light salad, topped with hard boiled eggs, and some fruit. Yummy!!

 

What I have been thinking about:  I feel so blessed. I have a husband whom I love to the depths of my soul. I have children who amaze me with their thoughts and dreams, and then they go out there and accomplish them! I have a home, a full fridge, friends, ministry and so much more!! I am so thankful for it all. I am most thankful for my Savior. He has delivered me from darkness that surrounded me and held me captive in the waiting room for hell and blessed me in His goodness with all this and so much more! God is good all the time, and all the time, God is GOOD!!

 

The project I am working on: I am getting fabric together to start the girls making some baby quilts. Sewing Lessons for the girlies!! We are going to be working on them this summer again. I have been so blessed too!! I have a friend who has been giving me her left over fabrics! The fabric is absolutely perfect too!! They are all child oriented pink, blue and greens!! This year the quilts will be so much more friendly to my pocketbook!!

 

Mood today: I am pleasantly mellow at the moment. I am telling you Coffee, Young Living Essential Oils and a whole ton of Jesus make the world such a better place!!

 

What I am reading: Inner Transformations Using Essential Oils: Powerful Cleansing Protocols for Increase Energy and Better Health I am starting a cleanse with some of my girlies very soon. We are going to cheer each other on and see if we can get our bodies in the best health we can!! Spring is the time for new beginings!!

 

School Stuff: I am putting together some lessons about Israel right now. We are going to learn some of the geography of the area and types of people. I have a friend who just came back from there a month ago and has some amazing stories and pictures to share with us! We also just finished studying the Sader. I thought that was appropriate since we just had passover.

 

Picture to share: My baby girl’s new favorite shirt from #TT&Twins !!

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Happy Thursday My Oily Lovelies!!

Hello My Oily Lovelies!!
I have an interesting oil to show you here today. I had not heard of it before so I thought I would share a little bit about it with you :)

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Pretty one right?? Just looking at it, it looks like it smells wonderful!! Honestly I have not smelled it yet. It is $24.25 and I have it on my next essential rewards order, so I will have to let you know.

Laurus Nobilis essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of the bay laurel plant, one of the plants used for the seasoning bay leaf used in cooking. Laurus Nobilis has a similar spicy scent and can be used as a substitute for bay leaves in cooking to help support the digestive and respiratory systems.*  Random fact here ( that Young Living posted with the oil)“Uplifting, calming, and grounding, Ancient Greeks and Romans used leaves of the laurel tree to crown their victors, and the Greeks crowned their scholars with them as well.”

Short but sweet today. May the Lord bless your week with health and happiness!!

Blessings~ Aimie

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Celebrating Easter Yes or No?

Do you celebrate Easter?

I have been hearing many peoples different take on Easter. Some people I love and respect very much have chosen to not celebrate this year. They believe that this is a pagan holiday that is exploited by the catholic church(who altered our calendars) and the party industry(who are just wanting to make more money). I see where they are coming from. If we acknowledge that Jesus died on Friday, good Friday, then was dead on Saturday and rose on Sunday…then He was only dead a day and a half not the 3 days that was prophesied.  Also the Sabbath is actually Friday sunset to Saturday sunset not Sunday as many of us have been wrongly taught. You only see the Jewish and the Seventh Day Adventist actually  still following that beautiful biblical truth. So to these precious friends, this is an offense to The Lord.

I get the logic.

I understand their feeling that they are insulting God by celebrating incorrectly.

I do know that is says in Daniel 9:27 in the NIV :

He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ He will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple He will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on Him.”

and

“Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; yet no sign shall be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the fish; so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:38-40

So yes, they are right. He died on Wednesday and rose 3 days later! I see it in the Bible!!

Let me throw this idea out there though, that I am going with and choose to follow.

My Savior died for me. He rose again 3 days later and I should celebrate that every single day the King of Kings gives me breath in my lungs!! I should not just whiddle it down to one single day marked on the calender that man has picked to use for acknowledgement of His sacrifice for me and His miracle of life everlasting! If I do not praise Him daily, then I personally am not giving Him the honor and respect and worship that only He deserves.

That being said, I worship my Savior every single day, BUT I am going to celebrate on Easter Sunday as well. I am going to use this time to put out a cross in my window, hang signs that say “He is RISEN” and make Resurrection biscuits. I am going to see if my non believing friends want to go to church with me and hear the amazing message that Jesus Christ has died and rose again! I am going to use this time of bunnies and plastic eggs to share the word of the Lord with others! I am going to rejoice LOUDLY with others on this day we call Easter, that our Savior is ALIVE!!  I am part of this world that man has corrupted and luckily  has a small bit of Jesus still not completely destroyed.  I am going to be part of that small bit and I am going to help make it SHINE!!! Maybe my light on that day, my words and/or my actions will change another’s heart and bring them into His loving arms :)

Yes, I realize I can and should do this every day as well. I do to an extent. I am always professing my love for God. I have my decorations that are out daily and my clothing choices that share His ministry across my chest. I am just choosing to make this day an extra “burst” of Jesus love! Random people are more accepting of my sharing of His Word at this time. So I am totally gonna use it!! All for His glory!!

If you choose to celebrate or not, I respect your choice. Either way I just pray that you choose the most important choice:

JESUS.

Precious Tea Get Together

My younger girls and I were invited to the most wonderful tea.

This beautiful young lady whom we love dearly hosted this event.

She was so excited to have gotten her own set of china!!

056She made us a wonderful array of sandwiches, chicken, pb&j, egg salad and more!!

058She even made us salads! Here is the fruit salad she made us.

059She then had us adjourn into the living room where we had a little game of “how well do you know your mother/daughter.”

It was really fun!! She had questions like: What is your mom’s favorite essential oil? What is your mom’s favorite television show? What is your daughter’s favorite movie?

 

Then we had a dance off!! Plugged in the connect and away we danced!!

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We had dessert after. Look at her display for us!!

057 This is the age of Instagram!! So photo session was next on the list!!

Our girls are so funny!!

080071082It was such a lovely afternoon!!

All planned by an amazing 14 year old girl!!

We are so blessed to have such lovely friends!!

 

 

I am on a Rant!! Can we act like Christians???

I don’t even know how to start this post.

I am so hurt, angry, disappointed, flabbergasted, appalled, and left feeling truly discouraged today.

Why right?

I have found more and more “Christians” who are not acting very Christian toward other Christians. I am seeing first hand how the Lord said that you can tell a tree by its fruit.

“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.” NIV Matthew 12:33

I see how Christians can carry such a bad taste in some peoples mouths. I do not understand, Christian or not, you can look at another human being who is doing the best they can and slam them down with negative worldly garbage!! We are supposed to be the light and the salt to the world. We are to be the hands and feet of Christ. We are to do with the blessings we have been given, wonderful, big or small, things for others. WE ARE TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER!

It has come to my attention, again, that there are people in the body that surrounds my life, that apparently feel that if you did not come to the Lord at a young age you are below them. If you came from a really bad life situation, be created by you or you were born into it, then became a Christian, your faith is not as monumental as theirs. You were verbally, physically or sexually abused as a young child before or while you knew the Lord, you are filthy. If you are of little or less financial status, you are unworthy. You had an abortion at 18, you are an unfathomable murderer. If you have a child or will have a child out of wedlock, you are unloveable. You sold your body to put yourself through school, you are undesirable. You took drugs and/or alcohol on your path of life before the Lord came and changed you, you are worthless. If you are of less education, you are untouchable. Oh I could go on!! THIS JUST BURNS ME!!!

When did knowing that someone is saved make these people such Pharisees?? Oh my! I am just outraged at this hurt that is being stabbed in good godly peoples backs. This is wrong. Completely and utterly wrong. How can anyone go through life, other than Jesus, and not make mistakes? We are imperfect. This is how we learn. Then we use our knowledge to help others grow.

We need to remember, EVERYTHING is about the cross.

Jesus died for our sins.

Everyone’s sins, not just the elite or the rich. He died for all of us.

When we accepted Him as our Savior we were adopted into His family. Each and every person who has put their heart into the hands of the Lord, has wept at His feet in gratitude for the acceptance and forgiveness only He can offer is part of this amazing and blessed family! Not one of us better than the other, all the same, WANTED BY HIM! He put his arms out and held us near. He heard our cries and dried our tears.  He loves all of us unconditionally!! There is no need for competition for His love. It is there. There is no other way with Jesus. He loves us all. In return, we are to love others as He loves us.

20If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.” NIV 1 John 4:20-21

13For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” NIV Colossians 1:13-14

He rescued us!! Praise God!! HE RESCUED US!!!

We are all so unworthy of His perfect love, yet He gives it to us freely.

He ate with the poor, unwanted, the sick and hurting. He loved the unloveable. He gave worth to the unworthy. He touched the untouchable. Jesus was the friend to the friendless and the hope for us all. Out of adoration of such a pure love and the grace He has bestowed on each and every one of us, should we not all try to be more like Him?

Some of the best people I have been blessed to know, have come from some of the harshest life situations. They have the most solid faith and love for the Lord I have seen. They have been forgiven and they are humbled by His grace. They are the ones who go the extra mile to make sure others know that saving, that peace that can only come when you have given all of yourself to the Mighty God. There is a reason He is called Wonderful Counselor. He listens. Everlasting Father, He is there for you. Prince of Peace, He brings your heart to a place of rest, no more heartache or pain.

romans8 28Who are any of us to presume we know the plan God has for us? The path He has for us to follow? The lessons we need to learn or help someone else to learn? All of us are just a heart beat away from life changing events. No one has the right to look down on anyone else’s path and condemn or crucify. We are each different and precious to God. He created us unique for a specific reason. We have no right to question our Creator’s judgement or judge His decisions ever. He has said He called each of us ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE, not to what someone or society of the moment dictates. He called us all to love one another.  Period.

How would you treat Jesus if He were right here in the room? He just brought you breakfast, would you criticize it? Would you really comment on how He could have gotten better breakfast for you at a more expensive place? Would you talk behind His back about the outfit He chose to wear to hang out with you?  Would you honestly expect Him to stop talking to the dirty little child that just came to hug Him just because YOU were there? NO you would not. That is insulting. You would worship Him! You would bow at His feet! You would cater to His every need out of gratitude!! He is your Savior!

How would you treat His mother? With distaste?She was just a carpenter’s wife. She had a ton of other kids. Not much special about her, except for being a virgin and giving birth to the Son of God. Would you honor her? What about His brothers? If James were in the room would you expect him to buy you premium coffee and wear clothes from some prestigious boutique? Would you be critical and demeaning if he came in sackcloth and asked you for water? This is the brother of Jesus!! You know you would treat him well!!

Then I challenge Christians out there to remember, all Christians are brothers and sisters of Jesus.

“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:1-2

Here is one more thought. We have only walked in our own shoes. We have no idea of the pains and trials others have gone through. Even just hearing about them is not the same thing. Something that might not be as heartwrenching and life destroying to you may be to another sister or brother of Christ. I lived in the same house as my brother, my only known sibling,  with the same parent and we both had completely different stories. Our hurts were enormously different. He does not want my pains and I don’t want his either. I can love him and accept him though because he is my brother. Right? That is just normal. Well I have been adopted by My King. My sisters and brothers now are numerous and precious to my heart, each and every single one. I will love and accept them, bumps, bruises and all. Some of us fought harder to be adopted than others, but we all deserve to respect each other, because we are family. Family stands by family.

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

-Matthew 25:40 NIV

Let us treat others as brothers and sisters of Jesus.

Our God is so great and has done so much for us…even as we fail He is always there for us if we seek Him. Let us be the hands that help and heal not hurt physically, emotionally or spiritually our blessed brothers and sisters.

Thank you all for letting me vent.