Transitions

Transitions – you know, when you move from one stage of life to another – how do you handle them?  We really try our best to celebrate these times within our family.  However, I have to be honest and say I’m having a hard time finding the celebration spirit right now.  Because there are toooo many transitions going on at the same time.  It’s so overwhelming for me.  I want to be happy I want to enjoy these times, because they are precious and they are exciting.  But, for this momma heart, they are a little sad too.  I have been trying to fight the sadness, and anxiousness with extra prayer.  Because I want to celebrate!!  I mean these transitions are good and exciting!!

My biggen is going to be a senior, going to be 18 soon.  How is it possible that I am old enough to have an 18 year old son?  God is so good.  Talk of senior pictures, college applications, and such makes me want to run to my hiding place, but I am holding on tight to my trust in The Lord because I know He has a perfect plan for my boy.

My baby girl gets her driving permit tomorrow.  What!?  She is far more excited than I am.  Teaching kids to drive ranks right up there with potty training for me in the list of parenting duties I do not enjoy.  That’s why daddy is in charge of the practice driving!  ๐Ÿ™‚  (I mean after all, I did most of the potty training!!)

This kid is entering middle school – 6th grade.  Which for us also means entering the church youth group.  Middle school should be called miserable school, really do any of those kids learn anything amongst all those swirling hormones?? Youth group is such a turning point in their spiritual training because they begin to take the focus off themselves and they learn how to make their faith their own. Really an awesome thing, but he just seems like a little guy to me :).

As I was thinking through getting ready for school, printing supply lists and such, I realized this would be our last year of buying elementary school supplies. Wow, just wow.  This will be our 12th year at this elementary school, the same elementary school.  That alone is a blessing.  Even though many teachers and administration is gone, many are still there.  It’s been a good place for my kids :).

You know then there is me adjusting to being a full-time stay at home mom. The summer has not really been a good measure of what it will be like, since I am usually home during the summer. 

So, tell me, are you going through any transitions in your family?  How do you handle them?  Denial, stress, trying to be controlling, prayer?  It is always helpful to share with friends – because then we realize we are not alone!!

Blessings to you in whatever life stage you find yourself!!

Linking up with Kathy at Cornerstone Confessions here
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Home Blessed Home

I am home from my 13 day trip in a bus with 41 teenagers and 9 other sponsors.  Can I just say that I have 50 new best friends!!  I knew several of these people before we embarked on this journey, but some I did not.  I fell in love with each and everyone of them over these 13 days!!

We had lots of fun amidst watching God move through us in the hearts of so many young people.  All along our journey to and from New York City we stopped in various juvenile detention center to share the message of the gospel through song.  (And when I say “we” I mean our amazingly talented kids.)  Then the simple truth of the gospel was shared by our fearless leader, and we watched time after time as God changed lives.

Let me just say that it is amazing to FEEL the Holy Spirit come down in these places of darkness and despair.

We were not able to take pictures in the detention centers, so the photos I have are of the fun things ๐Ÿ™‚

I have A. Lot. Of. Photos.  So, rather than make this a super long post of too many pictures, I have decided to just share those I posted on Instagram (plus a couple extra of me and my biggens :)).

Enjoy!!  I am hoping that my head will clear up and the cloud of exhaustion will lift soon.  I’m getting old, and that many days of busyness can really wear on a girl.
First site of Lady Liberty.
This is as close as we could get to Carlo’s Bake Shop – wait too long, schedule to keep.
Nighttime in New York – picture from the Staten Island Ferry.
Times Square!!
My first New York hot dog – YUM!!
Grand Central Station (aren’t they cute:) – my heart)
Rockefeller Plaza.
Phantom of The Opera on BROADWAY!!
Central Park – it’s impossible to take a bad picture in this place.
Coney Island!  I LOVE the beach – it is my happy place!!  (I dislike selfies very much.)
Niagara Falls – again, impossible to take a bad picture.
Me and my big boy – we got a little wet near The Falls ๐Ÿ™‚
The road home was long….this was just the end of the journey – the light at the end of the tunnel. 
 So blessed to share this journey with these two!!

The travel fog is starting to lift, hoping to see some sort of routine next week.
Blessings to you!!
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Party Time – Baby Shower Style

This last weekend I was blessed to hold a double shower for a couple of friends.  The best part was that one is having a boy and one had a girl!!  So I got to play around with decorating with pink and blue.  Once again, I headed to pinterest for inspiration and this is what I came up with.  

Again, simple decor – paper goods from dollar tree.  Home made tissue-paper flowers are kind of my go-to decor when it needs to be pretty and soft (see my Valentine’s decor here).

The popcorn buckets I made by using a die-cut.  I added just a little strip of paper to give it a little something.  

In the popcorn buckets is a yummy treat.  

Popcorn
Peanuts
Pastel m&ms
Coated in White Chocolate

Really just play around with the amounts.  I popped the popcorn first and just added the peanuts and m&ms until I thought there was enough – no wrong in this.  Then I melted a bag of white chocolate baking chips and poured it over the mixture – toss well and then spread onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.  The parchment paper is key, and one of my new favorite things.  (I can’t believe I haven’t discovered it before this year.)  It makes it super easy to break up the coated popcorn when the chocolate has cooled and everything has hardened. Yummy goodness.

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I was going back and forth between doing this cute cake (pinterest inspired), or making a strawberry trifle.  I was really wanting some strawberries, but the cake was so cute.  So I opted for the cake, and strawberries dipped in white chocolate!!

For the strawberries, I also used a bag of white chocolate baking chips.  Half colored with blue candy melts, and half colored with pink (left over from decorating the cake – yes that is what those dots are :)).  Again, cover your plate/baking sheet with parchment paper to make it easy to remove the strawberries when the chocolate has hardened.  

Then for my final tip today.  The punch.  Several years ago I went to a wedding shower hosted by some ladies at church and there was the most delicious punch I had ever tasted.  I was curious and asked how she made it.  I could not remember the recipe months later when I needed it of course, but what I did remember is that there was NO ICE CREAM in it!!  I do not like making punch with ice cream – soooo messy.  So, I asked again for the recipe and have been using it ever since with rave reviews!!

So…here it is – fill your punch bowl with ice, pour in a 2liter bottle of ginger ale.  In a small pitcher or bowl dilute a package of crystal lite drink mix (any flavor works – a couple of my favorites is peach tea, and raspberry ice) in hot water – just about two cups (no need to measure).  Then add this to your punch bowl mixture and stir.  Easy peasy and sooo yummy!!  (And no ice cream:)).

I had so much fun putting this together.  It has been a few years since I’ve hosted a baby shower!!

This may be my final post for a couple of weeks (unless I squeeze one in the next few days).  I’m getting ready to head out on a mission trip to New York with our church’s high school choir.  I’m sooo excited – I have never been to New York, and I haven’t been on a mission trip in several years.  The kids will be singing at several different locations in New York and on the way (we are taking a bus…), including several juvenile detention centers.  Please pray for hearts and lives to be changed for Jesus.  Pray also for our kids hearts to be changed as they learn to minister and share Christ.

Blessings to you and yours!!
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