Morning Friend!!

Oh my goodness!! We have a bit to catch up on!! Hurry and grab your mug while the coffee is still hot in the pot and settle on down here with me so we can have a little fellowship time before my whole house wakes up! You picked a good day to stop by!!

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Today is: Friday April 24, 2020

Outside is: getting stinking hot!! Really this weather is wack. Just 2 days ago we had light rain falling from the sky, the fireplace roaring snuggled up on the couch doing our homeschool lessons with potato cheese soup on the stove. Today its going to be 92 and the thought of hot soup for dinner is just not a good idea. Positive side, my plants are thriving!!

In the oven for dinner: I have leftover chicken from last night. It is a Montreal mango chicken that is going to be really good on a bed of lettuce with bell peppers and avocado. I may even run out and pick up some Hawaiian bread to have with it!! Oh my word, dinner is going to be delicious!!

What I have been thinking about: I am really wanting to get myself back into gardening.  I had to stop for a while when the littles hit high school because we were it seemed like everywhere all the time. Whoever said that homeschoolers are sheltered and had no social lives was INSANELY MISINFORMED!! Sweet corn and carrots are they not!! My kids had events, service projects, dances, classes…we were ALWAYS RUNNING SOMEWHERE!! I just really feel in my heart the want to just slow down a little and get my hands dirty helping things to grow. I want to feel the joy of seeing my little seedlings popping through the earth. I want to drop bits of water over the little plants as they begin to bring forth fruit or veggies knowing how delicious they are going to taste. I have found some videos on Amazon Prime that have reinforced this feeling. Is it just me or have you been feeling a need to get back to maybe things you have done in the past? Honestly. Curious if it is just me or is it going to be something many people are going to embrace.

The project I am working on: I am so excited about the project I am working on!! You know how I said I want to get back into gardening? I don’t have a ton of space anymore in my backyard but I have enough to have a little garden and I am going to use it!! My husband is so sweet he just finished making me a raised bed to start my taco garden in!

Mood today: I am excited! I am really happy to watch all my little seeds grow and hopefully feed my family.  The rest of the world may be in chaos but I am finding structure and joy in the little things that are consistent in my life.

What I am reading: I am actually still reading The Ezekiel Generation by Grant Berry. It is an eye opener. I love how I am now seeing how the Bible has even another layer written into it that I would never have seen. It is from the Jewish perspective and it has opened a part of my heart for them. They are such a special people and God loves them so much. It is an honor to be able to understand how powerful His love is for them and what my role is to bring them Jesus. I have not finished it yet but I already highly recommend it to any Christian who wants to grow their faith.

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School stuff: Oh Mylanta, the end of the year pull to get things finished is hitting. Belle is not happy as to how much stuff I am starting to really expect done well from her.  Her besties are already getting ready for high school work and I am expecting the same level of work from her. We are still having fun because I believe you should have fun learning. So we have had creative time, actually all of us, making chalk paintings, sending letters of hope and joy, baking cookies to share…we may not be able to serve at church in the same manner, but we are the church and we will find new ways to serve. It is encouraging to see how they find ways to help.  We started reading The Diary of Anne Frank this week too. Those Christians found incredible ways to serve, ways that had every possibility of ending their lives if discovered. We finished The Hiding Place earlier so this just amplified her understanding of the danger people sometimes have to put themselves in to do the right thing. It can be scary and God does not call everyone to do the dangerous, but we can all do something.

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One of my favorite nephews got married this week!! I am so happy for them!! Look at the joy they are just bursting with!! Been sending up tons of prayers of blessings for these to crazy kids!! Love seeing when couples are still getting married during all this insane quarantine business. To me this means that it really is about getting married, not all the hoopla that can go along with it. It really is because they love each other and want to spend forever as a married couple.

Oh golly. We have been chit chatting for longer than I thought!! Wish we had more time.  Praying the Lord will continue to bless you and keep you from harm and illness.  Stay safe and find joy in today my friend. We will talk again soon.

Sharing Thoughts Sent From A Friend

So many interesting things to ponder here…

The official lockdown started March 23 and will likely end May 1st. That is EXACTLY 40 days.

The Latin root of the word “quarantine” is “forty”.

So what does the Bible say about 40?

The flood lasted 40 days.

40 years Moses fled Egypt.

40 days Moses stayed on Mount Sinai to receive the Commandments.

Exodus lasted 40 years.

Jesus fasted for 40 days.

40 days for a woman to rest after giving birth.

Optimum number of weeks for human gestation is 40.

A group of theologians thinks the number 40 represents “change”. It is the time of preparing a person, or people , to make a fundamental change.

Something will happen after these 40 days.  Just believe and pray.  Remember whenever the number 40 appears in the Bible, there is a “change”.

Please know that during this “quarantine” rivers are cleaning up, vegetation is growing , the air is becoming cleaner because of less pollution, there is less theft and murder, healing is happening and most importantly, people are turning to Christ. The earth is at rest for the first time in many years and hearts are truly transforming.

Remember we are in the year 2020, and 20+20=40.

Also, 2020 is the year of the United States Census. Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world was born during a census.

Lastly, 2020 is perfect vision. May our sight focus on the Lord and living according to His perfect vision for us knowing He holds us in the palm of His hand.

Post copied.  Thanks Tonya Garduno and Dedrah Wilson Littleton

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Flashback Friday

I am not quite sure what everyone else has been up to during this quarantine for fun. I have recently been going over old photos and old writings. I had the notion that since some of you I have never met before, these old pictures from when my family was younger might give a peek into our past.

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Oh my word is this picture old. We were just babies. I was in my early twenties not having any clue what direction the Lord had planned for me. I was so slender!!

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My fierce warrior son!!  This is maybe 10 years ago with his friend Austin. Love the crazy armor they created to battle evil together.

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Love this picture!! Here is my  great grandma’s namesake, my oldest daughter just looking cute.  She was maybe 14 and is probably mad as heck at me right now for posting this!! LOL!!

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Here are my two youngest beauties 10 years ago just silly little giggle monsters!! I swear they are still the same!! Always having fun together, these two sisters make me happy to just hear them teasing and bubbling with joy.

Don’t you love going through memories, happy memories with your loved ones? It is one of my favorite things to do with my kiddos.  We grab the old photo albums and cuddle up on the couch, fireplace roaring and cocoa steaming in our mugs. The silly stories start spilling out. Loud belly laughing begins echoing off the living room walls. Before you know it we have snacks out, our sides are sore and mascara is smeared from happy tears of laughter. It is always a good heartwarming adventure.

I know sometimes its fun to see pictures from our past, to see a glimpse of how much we have grown.  I am floored to see how much we all have changed, how the Lord has refined our walk. We have walked through fire, alone and as a family, yet He has been there with us through it all. I know in the next ten years, He is going to shape and mold us even more. I pray we will continue to grow closer to Him as we choose to seek Him in our battles. Our victory is in Him.

 

Morning Friend!

Hello!!

How is your day in quarantine treating you? I have a few moments and thought it has been a while since we sat down and had a chat, got caught up on what is new in our lives, right? So here I sit with coffee in hand ready to chew the fat a little with you this morning!!

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Today is: Thursday April 9, 2020

Outside is: It is brisk and consistently rainy. Oh I love this weather so much!! I sit wrapped up in a cuddly blanket with my coffee or tea and just watch the rain come down. It smells divine. There is something so peaceful about rain.

I can smell: My son bought me a candle for my birthday that is pineapple scented. I would say that it smells great right now but I just let one of my doggies in from outside and I would say the extremely pungent scent of wet dog is overpowering the pineapple  at the moment. Ewh.

In the oven for dinner: I am excited for dinner tonight!! I am making chicken alfredo pizza!! Homemade pizza trumps store bought every time!! I will probably make a basic turkey pepperoni pizza for the boys too. They are traditionalist when it comes to pizza flavors!! Ha Ha!!

What I have been thinking about: Wow. So much has been going on in my brain lately. While Belle and I have been studying the book of James for our Bible lessons, I have also been reminiscing as to how we would share Jesus as a family during this season for years.  Our family favorite is taking surprise Easter egg hunts to unsuspecting families. We would decorate a basket, sometimes with little gifts inside, then hide all over their front yard plastic eggs filled with little candies except for one, because the tomb was empty.  This is the first year, because of the quarantine, we have not been able to do this. This is so sad. Bringing this back around to my thought process, James was talking to the Christians about facing trials in that period. God called the Christians to share their faith.  It was not always safe to share Jesus at that time yet they found a way.  We need to heed this truth even today.  Just because we are stuck inside we can still find ways to share The Good News. We have been talking about how Jesus chose to be stuck on a cross because He knew it was for our good. We are choosing to be stuck indoors because we know it is for the good of the health of our country. There are still ways we have been brainstorming about together as to how we can still share the joy of Jesus.  The girls took chalk out and covered our sidewalk with bible verses. We sent out Easter cards and uplifting texts to family and friends. We decorated our front window with a sign that says “He is risen” We are wearing our Jesus Never Fails sweatshirts when we are out getting essentials. Even though the enemy might be trying to isolate us and make this the first Easter that gets forgotten, no thoughts about Jesus, bringing in depression and sadness in this containment, our family is choosing to fight back and find ways to share the peace that comes with keeping Jesus at the focus of everything.

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The project I am working on: My favorite project right now, I am going to build a place to plant my mini garden!! I was at Aldi the other day and found a mini greenhouse for under $40! I know, I should only have gone in for the essentials, eggs, fruit, bread and such but while I was waiting in line, 6 feet apart from the other shoppers, I looked at the lowers shelf next to me and there were 2 boxes being ignored. GREENHOUSES!! I am so excited!! It is small but perfect to grow one or two tomato plants, some onions and maybe a pepper plant!! I can’t wait to see the difference from container growing to greenhouse!! Fun!!

Mood today: I am content. It has been a while since I could say that. My world has been…well…unexpected trials and challenges that are meant to shake your faith. Would not wish that on anyone, but it has shone me who I really am and content in this moment is a good thing.

What I am reading: Literally just started this book last night, it is The Ezekiel Generation: The Father’s Heart for Israel and The Church in The Last Days  by Grant Berry. The author is a Jewish believer who wants to help The Church reconnect with Israel, leading Gentiles and Jews to Christ before the end of days. So I am only 35 pages in, but so far it is interesting.

School stuff: Well this quarantine has not really changed our learning over here.  We are still doing the english, math, science, history and bible stuff. I am a little sad that our reading of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is over. That has always been one of my favorites. Historical reads that really help you picture the time period and understand what it was like to live in that era give the past life, at least to me. Belle was not impressed. She thankfully has a hard time connecting with the negative thoughts of the people against the blacks. It makes no sense to her to dislike someone based on the color of their skin. To treat someone as being less than someone else just because of the amount of melanin in their bodies just does not compute in her brain.  I am blessed in that aspect, but trying to explain that this was the norm and that there are still people that still believe and live this way was painful to my heart.

Picture to share:

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Belle made herself a cute snack box for doing her homework. She is so stinking creative!!

It was great getting to reconnect with you friend. Praying The Lord will bless you and keep you safe from harm and illness. Stay safe and I look forward to hanging out again soon!!

Morning Friend!

I have my cup of coffee in hand.

I know it has been a while and we have a bit to catch up on!

 

Good-Morning-Coffee-PinkToday is: Wednesday December 30…New year’s Adam is today.

 

Outside is: BRRRRRR!!! If you are a Southern California girl like me, waking up to 35 degrees as you open the door for your husband to head off to work and your house is 59….this is cold!!!

 

I can smell:My coffee and the cinnamon smell of Thieves in my diffuser.

 

In the oven for dinner: We are having what I call Country Bake. I chop up veggies (in big bite size cuts) like potato, zucchini, onion, carrot, bell pepper and yellow squash. I put them in a large Pyrex and drizzle them with olive oil. Then crush some garlic cloves, usually 3 because I like garlic, and sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika. Then I take my hands and just massage it all together. Cover the dish with foil and put it in the oven for an hour at 350. Your house smells delicious and dinner is too!! Best part about this recipe is that I can prep it early in the day and then cook it when I am ready. Kind of like a crock pot but it warms my house too!!

 

What I have been thinking about: Our world had this ridiculous fascination with youth. What happened to the beauty of growing older? My grandmother was beautiful. She had her hair done every week and did herself up for my grandfather every day. My great grandmother was beautiful. She was little and tough. She had lived through the depression and raised 5 children all by herself. My great aunt was beautiful. She was a single divorced mother before it was the norm. These women lived. They did not have facelifts and botox injections. They wore their wisdom. They were beautiful women with wrinkles and gray hair. When I think of a Titus woman, I never picture a woman of 20 or 30. I picture a woman of age. A woman who has lived and has insight into living a better life, either by learning from their mistakes or showing me how the right ones can be harder but the choice I need to make. God wants us to grow into Titus women, gray haired, wrinkled and wise.

 

The project I am working on: trying in the cold to restart some cuttings from a friend’s succulent plants. I would love to have more of them in my little yard…so far they are doing okay in the pots…but I do not have a green thumb. Let’s hope this is a project I will excel at.

 

Mood today: I am full of emotions. This past month has been a whirlwind of life changing moments. I have seen God perform a miracle. I have seen the enemy try and destroy it. I have seen a friend’s husband suddenly get his invitation to live with Jesus. I have seen this family take their sorrow to The Lord and praise Him for all the time they did have with this man and for not letting him die suffering. Through all their pain they praised The King continuously.  I have been blessed with a gift from a stranger that has touched my heart so deeply. I have no words for this gift. It was tremendous and I am unworthy. I was privileged to take gifts to a beautiful family who have a ministry for foster children. Little things that were needed to get a safe in between home for these little fosters babies were collected and I was so blessed to get to drop them off. Clothes, diapers, wipes, food, pacifiers, bottles, blankets and a whole tub of brand new shirts from TT& Twins were donated to make sure these little know how loved they are by people who do not even know them. So many more Spirit filled situations I have been blessed to see come to fruit. My cup is full. I am humbled by all the Lord has shown me and let me part of these last few weeks. It is more than I could ever have learned from books and more cherished a lesson than I can say.

 

What I am reading: God’s Pursuit of Man by A W Tozer.  It is awesome. It is asking if you are truly saved. Have you been conquered by God? Has the Holy Spirit filled you so completely that you are not yourself anymore? It is a small book but if you are reading to have it change you, it will take you a while to get all the way through it.  You can find it at my favorite book site Thriftbooks by clicking here.

 

School Stuff: Belle is memorizing her times tables right now. A friend showed us  some cute songs on YouTube that make it more fun.  Becca is way ahead in her algebra!! Michael…well he hates math but is persevering through. We are getting deep into our bible studies and focusing on reading and grammar. Nothing fun in Science or Languages right now…after the first I have a few fun ideas!!

 

Picture to share: My favorite mini in one of her TT&Twins vintage shirts!!phoneables 020

Just hanging out after MOPS with her momma looking cute!!

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Have a blessed day my friends!!

Morning Friend!

Good-Morning-Coffee-PinkToday is: Thursday, September 17, 2015

Going to make this a quick post today, got tons to get started on!! Whoo hoo!

 

Outside is: Just a little bit of light blue creeping up over the horizon with speckles of white fluffy clouds lingering in the sky.

 

I can smell:My diffuser is puffing out mists of Thieves essential oil, so I have a bit of a cinnamon scent here in my room.

 

In the oven for dinner: We are having tacos!! I love tacos!! I am using left over chicken and then I am making some fish tonight to have some delicious homemade tacos with pico de gallo,white beans for a side and as an appetizer guacamole and homemade chips!

 

What I have been thinking about: I just got my new MOPS table the other day. God is so amazing. We did a random draw to figure out which girls would go to which table. Our table is so perfect for each other!! Really, these girls are all grouped together by God. It is amazing to see how as they get to know each other a little bit, that you can see how they have been lined up to help each other already. I am just so blessed to be able to be there and witness the greatness of God  at work in these girls!! I pray that I will be the mentor that they need and the Lord will bless me with the wisdom that each of these precious young momma are looking for. May the Lord make me the Titus woman that I need to be this year.

 

The project I am working on: I am going to start making some baby items for a friend who is having her precious little girl next month! I have the fabric and the ideas, now I just have to get in there and sew them together!! Babies are such a blessing I am so excited!! Oh, I forgot, one of the girls from my old MOPS table is pregnant and I need to make her a gift too!!

 

Mood today: I am just craving Jesus today! As I am typing I have a sermon playing in the background.  I have heard it a few times now. Very insightful. I just love hearing about Jesus in praise or in the Word.

 

What I am reading: I have been re-reading my Healing Oils of The Bible because I am conducting a class on them next month and I want to have all the information fresh in my mind. It is really beautiful to read about annointings and the importance of the essential oils the Lord provided for us. I suppose that means I am reading for fun not just to gather back up information in my forgetful brain. Ha ha ha!!

 

School Stuff: One thing we have been studying is the indoctrination’s happening in the great land of the United States. Really getting into studying some of the new laws the state is trying to pass too. I am sorry, but really? I think having boys and girls use the same bathroom, changing rooms and showers is way to Sodom and Gomorrah for me! You can go to privacyforall.com to read more about this if you are interested. Ugh it makes me sick all these evil laws they are trying to sneak into our state by our governor with his own agenda.

We have done basic studies too, biology, algebra, literature, bible, etc… I think history and bible are my girls favorites this year :)

 

Picture to share: My new MOPS mug :)

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Morning Friend!

Good-Morning-Coffee-PinkToday is: Wednesday August 26

 

Outside is: Cloudy, muggy and there is no air movement. Ugh. Nasty weather!

 

I can smell:My delicious coffee!! It wakes me up and puts me in a better mood!!

 

In the oven for dinner: I have chicken on the menu for dinner tonight, chicken and salad. I am not loving the idea of turning on the oven for the chicken later…maybe I will have to bbq it!!

 

What I have been thinking about: Repeal SB277. I think it is a stupid law that the even more stupid Jerry Brown passed ON HIS OWN. I think it is just another step in the direction of socialism that I also do not support. I am my child’s parent not the government. I am the one who buys them clothes, cooks them dinner, educates them, keeps them safe, teaches them to be good citizens, NOT THE GOVERNMENT. When was the last time they stopped by and asked what my son’s favorite color was or how could they help him achieve his life goals faster? They have no business telling me or any other good parent, how to parent or go to jail when I have done nothing wrong to begin with. This is just their way of making parents breeders and them taking our kids and turning them into unthinking zombies to do menial tasks without question. People who question are a threat. So since I question what is in these mandatory vaccinations I have become a threat. I oppose aborted fetal tissue and metals getting pumped into my children because the government gets kickbacks when my children get a vaccination. I oppose it because GROSS that is so WRONG!!!

What about this idea.

To all my friends who are tired of hearing me talk about vaccines.

If you all sign the referendum to preserve parental choice and put this issue up for a public vote, I’ll quit posting about this. 1. just wanting to delay vaccinations-will not have a choice and 2.THE MAIN REASON – health for my children to be decided by me the one who birthed them along with my trusted physician- not by the government and big pharma. I want a choice to say no to a mandatory flu shot a choice to say no the chickenpox vaccine. A choice to provide them with nutrition and supplements to heal them when they have a cold or the flu. It is a privilege to be a parent and the government is trying to take that away. My children are not a number to me like they are to the government. They are my life. I live and breathe them. I demand a right to parent them and not let the CA government begin to strip me of my parental rights.

Stepping down off soap box now.

 

The project I am working on: MOPS!! I have been to a meeting with the other Mentor Moms and we are ready to go!! I am already lifting up my new table leader, that she will be inspired by the Lord this year. May He fill her with great joy this coming year! May she be a comfort and a blessing to all the girls at our new table. God is so good. He will place just the right girls together for us and I pray that she (the new table leader)  will be filled with wisdom and grace as this new adventure awaits us. May her life be blessed as she starts this ministry season.

 

Mood today: I am feeling anxious for some reason. I do not know why. Maybe because MOPS is starting soon? Maybe because I know I am going to get backlash from the whole supporting the repeal SB277 thing? I think not. That I am passionate about.  Off to put some calming oils on!!

 

What I am reading: Secrets of Natural Healing With Food: Wellness and Body Chemistry by Nancy Appleton

 

School Stuff: Let’s see, this week we have been just trying to focus in the sweaty heat. We have to get up early and start because it is to hot by 11:30 to do more than read for pleasure, take a nap or both!! We have been having fun learning about Gideon. Random bursts of “The Sword, of The Lord and Gideon!!” can be heard throughout the day, followed by giggles. Also in biology we have been studying hydras and medusas. You guessed it. We also have random bursts of “Hail Hydra!” since we are Marvel fans.

 

Picture to share: Someone is looking really patriotic!!

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