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Why Moms Should Memorize Bible Verses

Printable Bible Verse Cards | Why Moms Should Memorize Bible Verses | Need some encouragement to memorize more Bible verses?  This site has encouragement plus PRINTABLE BIBLE VERSE CARDS to get you started!

I remember the first time we pulled up to the church that looked like something out of a storybook.  Painted white with green trim, steeple with a bell, a merry-go-'round and swing set out back.  I stepped out of the car somewhat nervously, trailed behind my family on the way in the door, and sat next to my sister as I smoothed out my yellow floral Easter dress.

Patriotic Fudge Recipe (+ Printable)

Fourth of July is coming up this weekend!  And even during these times when I feel like the country is going in the wrong direction, it is still one of my favorite holidays.  Two hundred and thirty-nine years ago, some brilliant men constructed a form of government founded on biblical principles and the idea that all men had a right to be free from tyranny.  That is still worth celebrating.

Last weekend, I attempted to make some patriotic fudge.  I made it once a couple years ago, and it was pretty and yummy, so I wanted to attempt it again so I could share the recipe.

A Little Insta-Blogging

Yesterday I posted this photo and caption on Instagram:

Oh my goodness, this has been a day. I attempted to wake up early for some quiet time, and couldn't even get out of the kitchen before I spotted a little shadowy form watching me from the hallway. Got her back to bed, spilled my tea. Managed to get through a couple chapters of the Bible before two of the kids were awake. Got them to bed again. Came up later to find they were NOT in bed, but had been painting the walls with their watercolors. Find mess, clean, repeat, all.morning.long. Naptime! Finished some blogging chores. I was just about to sit down with a book and some lunch (ie. that plate of cucumbers and peppermint tea, cravings brought to you by #babynumberfour ), but I hear them up there again. #dayinthelife #threeunderfour #lovethemalwaysthough 

Yesterday was crazy, guys.  It was probably one of the messiest days I've had as a mom - and by messiest, I mean that I was constantly cleaning up messes!  It seemed like every time I turned around, one of the kids was getting into something.  Even during what I thought was nap time, I came upstairs to find that the kids had been scattering toys about their rooms when I was blissfully unaware.

I'm really not one of those insane clean freaks, normally.  I've been known to make and leave messy areas around the house myself.  But the unexpected messes.  They bother me.  At least they did yesterday.

I wish I could say I handled it all with grace and kind words, but that would be a lie.  I was frustrated, and it showed.

I was thinking about it this morning, and you know what?  This morning has been lovely so far.  Granted I haven't been upstairs to see what the kids are doing at the moment, but still.  This morning it is easy to remember that I love this.  I love this mom job.  I would so much rather be home cleaning up my kids messes than anywhere else.

Because even on the bad days, Wyatt asks if he can give me a kiss, and Gwen comes running to me for comfort when she is hurt, and Clyde falls asleep in my arms on the couch.  Every job has frustrating moments, but I don't know another job that has as many rewards to compensate as this one does.

Every day is fresh, with no mistakes in it, and God's mercies are new every morning.  Even for messes, and moms who in the midst of the chaos sometimes forget how incredibly blessed they are.

(Bonus if you know where the first part of that last paragraph came from - only one of my favorite books ever.)


I have a free printable of the image above, coming for my newsletter subscribers in mid-April!  You can sign up to the right if you are not already a subscriber, or click here.

Printable Bible Verses For Labor


A couple years ago, before Gwen was born, I came up with a list of Bible verses that I wanted to read for encouragement during labor.  Of course, I didn't end up using them that time, because Gwen decided to come so quickly!  I did, however, use them when I had Clyde - two in particular.
I repeated these two verses to myself during the last part of my labor with Clyde, and I loved that I could fill my mind with God's truth while I was in so much pain.

When I picked these verses for labor, I chose some because they seemed appropriate for labor and delivery, but many of them I just picked because they were verses that I have held close to my heart over the years - ones that have encouraged me at times when I needed it.


Bibleverseprintablesforlabor copy

I felt like it was time to update the printables I originally made for these verses, so I made some new printables that I wanted to share with you!  

These printables are now available in my new Etsy shop! The file with entire set of 10 cards is available for $3.  Check them out here!

After I made these printable I got them printed up to test them out, and I realized that I kind of love having cards of these verses for day-to-day life - to remind me to focus on the Lord through even the little challenges.  So whether you are having a baby and would like to use these cards for the purpose I originally intended, or whether you choose to print them up for your home or personal study, I hope you'll find them an encouragement and reminder of God's love for you!


Please note that these printables were previously offered as a gift to my newsletter subscribers.  They are no long offered as a free printable, but can be downloaded immediately after purchase in my Etsy shop.  Thank you!

So I'm Doing A Newsletter

So in case yo missed it last week, I have a new little project going for my blog - I am doing a blog newsletter!

Reasons to sign up?

1.  I'm giving free printables to my newsletter subscribers - I am working on some Bible verse printables to send out in January now!  Yay for freebies!

2.  It is a great way to keep in touch with me - whether you sign up for the weekly post updates or the monthly newsletter (or both), you can respond to the emails you get, and your responses will be sent directly to my inbox.  I'm going to do my best to reply (promptly) to email responses, it's a great way to keep in touch!

3.  I'll be sharing photos and personal updates that you won't get on the blog.

4.  If anything ever weird happens with my site, you won't lost track of me completely because I can send you an email.

See?  There you go.  Four pretty good reasons!

And on a sidenote, what is everyone up to this weekend before Christmas?  Tonight we are going to the zoo's light display with my friend Danae, and her family - she also took Clyde's six month pictures recently, so I am excited to see how they turned out!  The picture above was my attempt to snap a quick phone photo after that session - yeah.  They don't sit still for me.

On Saturday I have a party at my friend Ashley's house and another party at my uncle's house, and on Sunday we have church and a family gathering with my dad's side of the family.  I counted, and over last weekend and this weekend, I have had ten separate events - whew!  It's all fun stuff though, so I'm not complaining.

Have a great weekend!

Christmas Printables And Updates


When I was a girl, one of my favorite Christmas songs was "Silver Bells".  Now I'm not exactly sure why, but it just seemed to usher in the Christmas season for me.

Last year I put together these lyrics to Silver Bells with the intention of using the lettering to create a painted Christmas sign - but the sign never got finished, and I lost my motivation.  So this year, I changed up the file a bit and made printables instead!  I think they look pretty cute with my poinsettia flowers that Derek got me a few years ago, my little snowmen figurines that were a gift from my sister, and some Walmart sparkly ornaments stringed up on my wall.


Lately I've been working on getting a blog newsletter going - my plan is to send out a newsletter once a month or so, and I'll include personal updates and pictures, links to some of my more popular posts that month, links to other articles that I've liked, and the occasional freebie.  I am excited about this new project!

And you are in luck, because if you sign up for my newsletter before the end of December, I'll send give you this set of printables!  Consider it a thank-you-for-reading-and-signing-up-and-merry-Christmas gift.  You can sign up below, and then keep an eye out for the printables in your inbox!  You can either sign up for the monthly version, or you can sign up to get a weekly roundup of posts from the blog instead.

Speaking of personal updates, I think I might have some good news on the job front for Derek - I don't want to say too much yet just in case it doesn't work out, but things are looking promising - keep us in your prayers, and I'll post an update (if there is anything to tell) next week!


Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
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