While I Was Away…

there was a lot of things that happened… Not only did I realize a few things that I needed to move on, I realized that more people than I thought actually read and like my blog… I mean I knew that some people read it and I knew that I had a few fans out there… but to have some one come up to me and tell me that my blog has helped them to better understand things is a bit overwhelming. I am definitely grateful and super excited to know that my writing really is helping people.

I also found out that people from all over the world are reading my blog… in these last two weeks I have had a ton of people reading my blog… I’m talking days where there are almost 100 views of my blog… some days where there are over 50… it truly amazes me to know that even though I didn’t write too much in the time that I was gone I still had a consistent viewing audience…

Bu the one thing that I am most excited about is the fact that I won a blogger award… A fellow blogger nominated me for it… how awesome is that… I couldn’t believe it… I won the Versatile Blogger Award!!!

I'm so honored to have won!!!

Thanks so much bargindiva for giving me this award. I am really honored that you thought my blog worthy enough… and just for you, my seven random facts… I really like ice cream, I use to be a tomboy but the military made me a girly girl, I have a 2.5 year old plant who I named Jake, I am teaching myself how to draw, I really do enjoy praying for people, I along with my husband want seven children, I want to visit all 50 states before I die. and for the rest of you check out bargindiva’s wonderful fashion blog here.

Please stop by the following blogs that I have chosen (in no particular order) to receive the Versatile Blogger Award…

  1. The Write Curl Diary
  2. Homemakers Challenge
  3. Chocolate Hair/Vanilla Care
  4. Derby City Naturals
  5. Back to Curly
  6. Curly and Lovely
  7. Anelemc’s Blog
  8. Crunchy Betty 
  9. Life After Radio
  10. Life Crafts and Whatever
  11. Cajun Joie de Vivre: Amy Bayliss
  12. Passionate Homemaker
  13. Dat Funky Fro
  14. Glittered N Glued
  15. Who Is That Lady

For those of you who just won the Versatile Blogger Award… Congratulations!! Now please do the following…

  1. Add the award to your blog.
  2. Thank the blogger who gave it to you and include a link to their blog.
  3. Mention 7 random things about yourself.
  4. List the rules.
  5. Give the award to 15 or more bloggers.

And for those of you who are just stopping by to read this… thanks so much and I’ll be writing more about my time away soon!!!

Words From A Wife: Multitasking By Sheila Wray Gregoire

Okay so in my many blog subscriptions that I receive… I read this wonderful insightful blog and absolutely had to share!!! It’s just what I needed to hear and I know that It will ultimately help me in becoming a more excellent wife. After all this is my job of choice right now and I want to be the best that I can be. So grab a pen and paper and prepare to take notes…

This blog post is entitled The Multitasking Wife and it is by Sheila Wray Gregoire. I read it from Amy Bayliss’ blog…

One of the curses of being a multitasking woman is that it’s hard to slow down and concentrate on one thing at one time. When I’m talking on the phone, I have to fold laundry. When I’m standing in line at the bank, I have to clean out my purse. And unfortunately, too often, when my husband and I are being *ahem* intimate, I prepare grocery lists.


It’s not that I mean to. I could be having a great old time when that thought will suddenly pop into my head—“is there milk in the fridge for breakfast?”—and then I’m gone. I am female. And that makes me utterly and completely distractible.

It’s because of this little quirk of female behavior that our approaches to sex are so different from our husbands’. While men tend to be excited right away, we have to warm up to it, because for women, desire is all in our heads. When our heads aren’t in the game, our bodies don’t follow.

So getting our heads in the game, and fighting against that multitasking tendency, is so important if we’re going to really enjoy our marriages. But it can be hard to bring our minds back to the matter at hand if we have the idea that sex is somehow—well—wrong. We suspect that God created it because He figured, “they have to reproduce somehow, and this is the best idea I’ve got.” And so we figure it was God’s concession to us, not something that’s beautiful.

It’s easy to see why we begin to believe this about sex, because our culture has so perverted it. When you take sex out of the marriage context, then sex becomes only about the physical. It’s not about a deep emotional or spiritual commitment; it’s only about pleasure. And that seems so shallow!

Even if we’re married, we can still have that idea about sex. And so instead of being able to be present in the moment, and feel that deep connection, we wander. We make do. We try to get it over with. Or maybe we even really enjoy it, but then we feel dirty afterwards.

God doesn’t want us to do any of those things. If you grew up with the King James Version of the Bible, do you remember sitting in church and snickering with your friends when the preacher read from Genesis, “And Adam knew his wife Eve, and they conceived unto them a son…” Yeah, right. Adam KNEW Eve. We thought it was a euphemism, like God was embarrassed and just trying to be polite.

But what if there was something far more fundamental going on there? In the Psalms, David uses the same Hebrew word when he cries out, “search me and KNOW me, O God…”

Sex is supposed to be a deep knowing, an intimate, beautiful experience. It’s not something we need to feel guilty about, or ashamed about. It’s not just physical, either. It’s about connection. When we make love, we become completely vulnerable. Completely transparent. And completely one. That’s the beauty that God created.

I know sometimes that’s hard to experience. We may “have sex”, but we find it difficult to “make love”, to experience that connection. That can be difficult if we’ve grown up with the idea that sex is somehow wrong, or if we’ve had bad experiences in the past, or if it just plain has never felt very good, and we’ve given up hope. But I believe that sex is God’s beautiful promise to us that we can experience a deep spiritual connection to someone here on this earth. It is supposed to be beautiful.

So next time you sense your mind wandering, bring it back. Find joy with your husband in that moment. Repeat to yourself (and even say out loud) why you love him. Feel him and embrace him and experience him. Don’t run away from the vulnerability; run towards it. And you may just start to sense what Eve did when she truly knew Adam.


Sheila’s new book, The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex, looks at the three aspects of sex: the physical, the emotional, and the spiritual, and explores how we can experience each one to the fullest! She blogs everyday at To Love, Honor and Vacuum.

Simplifying Your Family Life Special…

Okay so anyone who has read my most recent blogs knows that I am on the journey to become a better more excellent wife… well I have found numerous blogs that help me do that and one of them is by Amy Bayliss who is pretty awesome when it comes to organizing your household and another one is Crunchy Betty who is all about natural beauty tips…so anyway there is this really awesome spectacular deal going on right now until FRIDAY April 20th and both of these ladies are promoting it! I will be getting this deal and thought it worth sharing with you all. Here is what Amy had to say about the deal…

Corey from Simple Marriage and Mandi from Life…Your Wayhave brought together some of the top authors in the family life space with 38 ebooks covering a variety of topics related to family life.

When purchased separately, these ebooks are worth $375, but for four days only, you can purchase the entire collection for just $29! THAT is a great deal. I’ll be purchasing it myself. It’s a really, really good deal.

If you purchase the collection (and why wouldn’t you?) I will get an affiliate commission from the sale. Can we call it a birthday present? :)

This collection is only available from 8 a.m. on April 16th to 8 a.m. on April 20th. There will be no late sales offered.

Click here to purchase your collection today!

When you purchase the Simplify Family Life collection, you get instant access to each of the 38 ebooks listed below:

Entrepreneurship & Blogging

Blogger Behave by Laura @ 10 Million Miles ($4.99) | If blogging is like a road-trip, then the best thing about it is the brave traveler herself: the you behind each word and image. From one traveler to another, here are the secrets that have helped me to enjoy the journey.This eBook will inspire you to blog well and live well.

How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too by Mandi @ Life Your Way ($12.00) | How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too is for every mother who’s ever wondered if it’s possible to pursue her own passions while investing in her family and managing a home.

Make Money Blogging by Tara @ Feels Like Home ($4.99) | In the 52 pages of 25 Simple Steps to Make Money Blogging, you will learn how to prepare your blog for making money and then where and how to proceed to profits. I will describe the specific actions you should take in order to increase your readership, sell advertisements, and write for pay. I’ll help you decipher the different kinds of ads, and I’ll explain why you might consider each one. I’ll even tell you what works and what doesn’t work.

Tap Into Your Unique Creativity and Self Expresthis book sion Webinar by Lisa @ WellGrounded Life ($39.00)

Tell Your Time by Amy @ Blogging with Amy($4.99) | This book outlines a straightforward, step-by-step approach to controlling your schedule and ensuring the important things don’t fall through the cracks. Tell Your Time helps you accomplish not only what’s on your to-do list today, but what’s on your to-do list for life.

Your Blogging Business: Tax Talk & Tips from a Bookkeeper Turned Blogger by Nikki @ Christian Mommy Blogger($4.99) | Do you love blogging, but need some direction when it comes to how to keep track of your blogging bucks? Whether you are a blogger, editor, designer or any another other small business owner, you can benefit from this book!

Food & Cooking

Get Lean Recipe for Success by Nisha @ Healthy Mom’s Kitchen ($37.00) | In Get Lean Recipe for Success, you will learn the steps to take to properly take care of your body and slim down naturally. Then you’ll take it the next step and learn how to tweak your new healthy lifestyle to work for YOU! This isn’t one-size-fits-all. Phase 1 of the Get Lean Recipe for Success will show you step by step how to turn your body into a fat burning machine. During Phase 2, you’ll learn how to take it further and to really listen to your body to give it just what it uniquely needs.

Got Dinner? by Susan @ The Confident Mom ($4.00) | Over 40 quick and easy, family tested recipes  your family will love.

How To Cook For Yourself: A Complete Beginnerís Guide by Rachael @ Kitchen Courses ($35.00) | This book is a complete guide to meal planning, grocery store strategizing, learning the ins and outs of cooking basics and techniques, and a one-stop resource to teach you how to cook for yourself in a way that is simple and can easily integrate with your life, right now.

Plan It, Don’t Panic by Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home($4.99) | This book will help you to: Find the method of meal planning that will suit you and your family best;  Tweak and perfect your meal planning style with unique tips and strategies;  Make it easier to work around special/restrictive dietary needs;  Become a grocery-shopping ninja and never go to the store without a genius plan in place for maximizing your money; Learn how leftovers can become your best friends in the kitchen; As well as how to store your recipes, easily find your favorites, plan for hectic times, and even what to do when you mess up.

Real Food Basics by Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama ($6.95) | This book will show you how to cook real, recognizable foods in your own kitchen. Foods that everyone loves, like pizza, ice cream, and French fries, that have been made over with healthy ingredients! People will be amazed that these foods are healthy because they are so delicious, but it’s true. You don’t have to be deprived when you’re living the real foods lifestyle!

Real Food, Real Easy by Erin @ The Humbled Homemaker($9.95) | Are you new to real food? Are you trying to get back on the “real food” train? Do you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin? This will help introduce you, welcome you back, and get everything under control…this book has it all!

Smart Sweets by Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship ($9.95) | The goal of Smart Sweets: 30 Desserts to Indulge Your Sweet Tooth is to give you options that are way better for you than you’ll find in the grocery store, usually better for you than another homemade version, and sometimes downright good for you.

The Everything Beans Book by Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship($9.95) | Do you wish you could improve your family’s nutrition without breaking the bank? Have you always wanted to use dry beans, but you’re afraid of the complexity of cooking them or just don’t have any good recipes?


Clean Start: Your Guide to Natural Home Cleaning by Michelle @ Open Eye Health ($4.95) | Clean Start is a great resource to help you switch over to a naturally clean home. Walking through each individual room, you will learn different natural cleaning methods, simple recipes, and all sorts of extra cleaning tips!

Complete Printables Download Pack by Mandi @ Life Your Way ($7.00) | The complete set includes all 200+ printables that have been published to date plus free monthly email updates with new printables.

Food on Your Face for Acne & Oily Skin by Leslie @ Crunchy Betty($7.99) | Crunchy Betty’s Food on Your Face for Acne and Oily Skin is here to save your face, save your budget, and save your skin from nasty chemicals found in traditional beauty products. It’s not just a natural beauty book – it’s a complete system designed to clear your skin and leave behind dewy, clean beauty you OWN.

From Debtor to Better by Barry @ Debtor to Better ($15.00) | This book is not your average get-out-of-debt book.  I don’t just want you to get out of debt, I want you to understand the monster that is debt and be equipped to not only tackle your own debt, but also know how to help others who may be struggling with their own debt issues.

My Buttered Life {Summer + Gift Giving Editions} by Renee @ MadeOn Hard Lotion($10.00) | Five recipes: sunscreen, tan enhancer, bug repellent bar, foot protector bar, and body skin conditioner, each with five ingredients or less. Also includes instructional videos, cost analysis (compare to store bought), where to buy ingredients page, and list of quality natural oils and butters.

Not a DIY Diva by Melissa @ The Inspired Room ($3.99) | This book is about embracing your authentic style and way of living at home so that you can be content, even in this “perfect image” world we live in. I know first hand it is so freeing to choose to grow to be who I am instead of trying so hard to be something I am not.

One Bite at a Time by Tsh @ Simple Mom ($5.00) | One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler is a simple living handbook. Tsh took her favorite ideas that she already wrote on Simple Mom, then rewrote and reorganized them into manageable chunks.

That Works for Me by Kristen @ We Are THAT Family ($8.00) | This e-book offers a categorized, organized place for more than 800 practical, “aha!” tips to make your life run smoother. That Works For Me! is a celebration of the WFMW community, with tips from hundreds of different blogs.

Marriage & Relationships

A Simple Marriage by Corey @ Simple Marriage($4.99) | This is not a Save My Marriage type of book – although the principles covered could help that happen. This is also not a Premarital book – although it definitely will help you as your relationship continues. This book is specifically written to assist you in experiencing more in marriage, with your current spouse.

Buck Naked Marriage by Corey @ Simple Marriage($2.99) | Buck Naked Marriage covers the top ten elements necessary for a marriage to thrive. It also offers some tips on how to address several of the common “relationship clutter” areas: like money, kids, family, rest. It covers the important and how to handle the immediate.

Entangled by Amy @ Permission to Peruse ($4.99) | If you’re ready for an honest, detailed look into an emotional affair from a Christian perspective this is the book for you. I experienced an emotional affair six years ago and my marriage has been completely restored by the grace of God. Journey with me and see what one looks like, how to get out and how God can meet your deepest need for the love you’re seeking.

The A to Z Guide: 26 Ways in 26 Days to a Happier, Healthier Marriage by The Dating Divas($9.97) | A collaboration effort by the Divas, they share touching, enlightening, and humorous stories to demonstrate each marriage tip.  You will get to see a glimpse inside the marriages of a few of the divas.  {Hang onto your hats!} By applying these simple, yet valuable tips, you will start to experience a different, happier marriage right away.  This ebook will give you practical tools to literally transform your marriage.  You will: realize you’re not alone; feel love in a way you’ve never felt it before; communicate more effectively; and begin to get that “twitter-pated” feeling back

Minimalism for Families

101 Ways to Simplify Your Life by Laura @ Journey to a Simple Life ($9.95) | Learn how to simplify all aspects of your life from work to family and your home environment as well. In this book, I share 101 of my best ways to simplify your life starting today. These strategies range from practical tips that can be used immediately, and also includes some thought-provoking deeper strategies that can lead to lifelong change.

321-Stop by Lori @ Loving Simple Living ($9.97) | 3-2-1 Stop is a how-to memoir of learning to love simple living. Lorilee uses personal stories, as well as tips learned along the way, showing how to create a life that makes space for what is most important. Embracing minimalism, she tackles and teaches how to make the hard decisions of simplify the home as well as the schedule. She understands that a full life, really doesn’t need to be that ‘full’ at all. Beyond that, Lorilee addresses the hidden emotional hoarding that keeps our souls running.

Inside Out Simplicity by Joshua @ Becoming Minimalist ($11.99) | Get ready for a 360 degree approach to the simplified lifestyle. “Inside-Out Simplicity: Life-Changing Keys to your Most Important Relationships” is a brand new e-book that goes beyond external fixes to our complicated lives. Instead, this book dares to focus on the very heart and soul of a simplified life.

Simple Ways to Be More with Less by Courtney @ Be More with Less ($9.97) | This book will challenge you, brighten your day, and if you let it, change your world. I hope you will share it with your friends, your tribe, because you love it and because it makes your life better.

The Minimalist Momís Guide to Babyís First Year by Rachel @ The Minimalist Mom($9.95) | This book is full of ideas for: doing more with less; avoiding the clutter trap of too much baby stuff; slowing down so you can enjoy the early months with your new baby; saving money; creating a peaceful spacious home no matter the square footage of it; finding more time in your day for things like sleep (!), relaxing and bonding with your new baby. Oh, and did I mention more sleep?

Parenting & Kids

4 Moms of 35+ Kids Answer Your Parenting Questions by the Moms @ 4 Moms, 35+ Kids($7.99) | The 4 Moms of 35+ Kids have answered all of our most frequently asked parenting questions in one handy, dandy ebook, divided into 17 easy to read chapters.

Flourishing Spring by Michele @ Frugal Granola ($5.95) | Over 25 ideas for creating intentional moments with children, with multiple variations, allergy-friendly recipes, and simple resources. This 33-page ebook is a compilation of boredom busters, homemade gift ideas, and nourishing meal suggestions for filling a rainy day!

Mindset for Moms by Jamie @ Steady Mom ($4.99) | This book contains an overview of all I’ve discovered about positive thinking as it relates to motherhood.

Nurturing Creativity by Renee @ FIMBY($3.00) | Nurturing Creativity is about embracing the seasons of motherhood and appreciating where you are while helping you to make creativity a priority in your life. It will encourage you to let go of perfection, to start small, and to find inspiration in everyday living. This little book will challenge you to make the most of the time you do have. Time you can spend creating beauty and meaning – with your head, heart, and hands.

Parenting with Positive Guidance by Amanda @ Not Just Cute ($9.00) | This book gives you the tools for understanding your child’s behavior and effectively teaching and guiding your child toward increased self-control while fostering a healthy parent-child relationship.

Truth in the Tinsel by Amanda @ Impress Your Kids ($6.99) | This ebook will lead you and your children on your own experience through the Christmas Story. You’ll take a few minutes each day in reading the Christmas Story directly from the Bible, making a fun ornament craft and talking about it together.

The Simplify Your Family Life Sale is brought to you in part by Plan to Eat, an online meal planner that makes eating at home simple. Receive an exclusive coupon code on a one-year membership with your purchase!

You get all of that for only $29. Click here to purchase your collection today!  The sale ends at 8 a.m. ET on April 20th, and there will be no late sales offered, so don’t wait.

I hope this can help you in whatever journey you’re on whether it be in your relationships, natural living, parenting, or homemaking! Many Blessings.

My God Given Dream

Today in a Bible study I was asked a question that I’ve never had an answer to up until just recently… It asked us about our God-given dream. What it was and how people reacted to it… Like I said I haven’t had an answer. I’ve always been searching for what God has wanted me to do. But it has come to my attention that the dream that I have is in fact given to me by God and it’s okay to have even though it goes against everything that I’ve ever known.

My God-given dream is to be a wife and a mother. Sure it seems simple and maybe insignificant to many but when I stop and think about it. I realize that this is something that I’ve wanted for a very long time. I always wanted to be a wife… maybe because no one in my family was actually anyone’s wife, and it was something different that I could do.

Plus I absolutely loved how my mom was always there. She helped us with our homework, showed up at all of our readers theater plays, sports events– she was there yelling our nicknames and everything. She always supported us and showed up to take pictures and cheer for us when we won an award. I want to give that to my children.

Ever since I was little I always said that I wanted to be married before I started having kids. I wanted to be someone’s wife, I wanted to have a life partner, one that would never leave me, one that could support me and the family that we built. I knew that it was a different path than most of my family but I saw how they lived and honestly just didn’t want to have to struggle. I wanted to be able to depend on my husband and now I get to.

So on the wake of me not getting that really awesome administrative position for the event planner I wanted I realize that regardless of what I want, me being a wife is my God-given dream and that’s where I need to focus my energy. He has taught me that it can in fact be fun to do the wifely duties that He has allowed me to experience recently. And maybe one day I’ll be able to move on but for now my place is in the home getting things in order so that when my babies come I’ll be prepared, and I couldn’t be more excited and happy! I finally know where God wants me to be. I’ve been looking for a long time and it’s eluded me until now…and I just want to be an excellent wife and mother.

What’s your God-given dream??

Easter Weekend Recap

This weekend was definitely one unlike any other. For starters this was out first Easter in Miami…. As a church we decided to have a public Good Friday service where we invited the neighboring community! People actually came, some even with the flyer we had made in their hand!!! It was definitely a fantastic experience… History was made and I’m glad to have been apart of it.

We also hosted an Easter egg hunt for the local community and everyone who came truly enjoyed it… There was activities, a bounce house, plenty of eggs and many conversations about our vision for the church!!!

During Easter Sunday I had the wonderful opportunity to be in the children’s church. After service William and I along with our new friend Johnathan had a picnic which was a new experience but so worth it!! Here are some pictures from our weekend…

How did you spend your Easter weekend?