Wednesday, June 17, 2015

On The Move

We're all getting ready to move next week, we are all so excited! Our time is crunched and we're running around like chickens with their heads cut off... I do have a favor to ask you all and it will only take a second! In one or two words please leave a comment on this post on what content you would like to hear about on this blog. e.g. horses, mom talk, beauty, christian life, christian fashion, evangelism, home making, inspiration etc. Looking forward to hearing your votes! I will pick a topic and write on it asap... also take a look below at some of my vintage inspired choices which including the fun topic of wet sets and 40's attire...
Jesse enjoying the summer grass after walking
to get the mail

Flowergirl shots for a business photoshoot

Watercolor painting for my father for 
Father's Day - Don't forget it's this Sunday!

Another sweet snap from the photoshoot!

First try at a wet set on second
day hair, best time to do a wet set!

Vintage repo dress found online, 
love the length and the tailored fit.

Wet set on first day hair, not as good. 
Loving my birdie swing skirt though!

Here's an excerpt from a devotional from the church blog we run here, posted every Thursday. Hope it is an inspiration to you as it was for me!

Give Faith, Go Swim

"When Peter came down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid;
and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me." Matt. 14:29, 30

      Peter had a little faith in the midst of his doubt, says Bunyan; and so with crying and coming he was brought to Christ.
      But here you see that sight was a hindrance; the waves were none of his business when he had set out; all Peter had any concern with was the pathway of light that came gleaning across the darkness from where Christ stood. If it was tenfold Egypt beyond that, Peter had no call to look and see.
      When the Lord shall call to you over the waters, "Come", step gladly forth. Look not for a moment away from Him.
      Not by measuring waves can you prevail; not by gauging with wind will you grow strong; to scan the danger may be to fall before it; to pause at the difficulties is to have them break above your head. Lift up your eyes unto the hills, and go forward - there is no other way.

Dost thou fear to launch away?
Faith lets go to swim!
Never will He let thee go;
'Tis by trusting thou shalt know
Fellowship with Him. 

And THANKS again for reading!!!



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Moving Along

Anyone here love turkey bacon? I do have to say it's one of my favorites for breakfast :-) protein protein protein! Sephie loves it too... so it looks like we will be moving here in the next couple of weeks! We just put an application in on a home that's a bit bigger and farther out in the country, which we are praying will go through if it is the right home. Us country folks will be much happier,  than living in the middle of the city, though we are thankful for the home we are in now.

Right now I have "Goodwill"ed the upstairs, (my term for tearing up every corner of the level and throwing away crap in one bag and things that can be donated in another bag and taking them to Goodwill). I have to goodwill the middle level, then the daunting basement. I have kept things as organised as possible, though I have been pregnant most of the time I have lived in this home and then after that chasing a toddler and nurturing a newborn. Haha, the house gets left behind a little but I think the goodwilling of the basement will be a challenge but probably not as horrible as I expect! Looks like the horses will be on the back burner for a couple of weeks while I move, but thankfully my family is coming up to help and I am blessed with so many close friends that are for us too.

I have moved 2 times since we have been married, pregnant both times... ha ha THAT was fun,,, (partly sarcastic, partly not) so I can say that I am pretty experienced at this, and I stunk at it the past two times! I am determined to get it right this time! Here are a couple ways I plan on making it easier on myself and my helpers...

1. Goodwill the WHOLE house.
2. Organize every nook and cranny,
3. Get good boxes and start packing way ahead of time,
4. Pack box by room and label in large marker
5. Put masking tape marked with name (e.g. master) on each room door in new house so helpers won't be confused a to where the boxes go.
6. Make it a traveling experience, pack in suitcases what we all need for a couple of days as if we were going on a trip so we wont rely on things being moved - less stress.
7. Day before moving day, go buy groceries and stock the kitchen in the new home!
8. Possibly hire someone to clean the old home - stress buster for mommy!
9. Put plastic bags over clothes on hangers and swipe them out and go!
10. Saran wrap over open drawers that will be moving (e.g. chest of drawers)
11. Label and plastic baggy all the screws and little parts!
12. Box by numbers with list.

I think that's all I am going to do different, biggest thing I am going to do is NO WORRYING! I am a big anxiety prone person and moving has always been a big trigger for me, not this time baby! THIS is going to be fun, why ruin a memorable experience with worry? Why not shower it with music, joking, poking fun, lots of pictures, energy drinks, and love? Bring it on!

Here's some cool helpful moving tips!

33 Moving Tips That Will Make Your Life So Much Easier 
I wrote this post in hopes to grab some tips and tricks from those of you who are experienced movers??? HELP! :-) Any magic tricks up your sleeve? I beg thee.



Tuesday, May 19, 2015

RELAUNCH! What doesn't Kill you Makes you Stronger

      Well my dears, here I am, Truly writing a post for the first time as a mother, a mother of two. I know you can only imagine the journey we have been through to make my posting so absent and to be posting only now, But, to say the least - there is a totally different woman typing behind this screen, yet the same person. I am sitting here in the middle of a beautiful town, twenty minutes from my horses, windows open letting the beautiful breeze into our home. I have my little Sephorah, of 2 years, on my left, drinking on milk and munching on cinnamon toast, and my Jesse, of 6 months, in his swing babbling happy and pulling at his toys - drooling with his first two beautiful little teeth peeking out... reminding his mommy that he is growing so fast! Gabe is out working a job that he is in love with, changing peoples lives everyday without exaggeration and physically getting better every day. We are looking at a relaxing day, as I take it easy trying to recover from some long term health problems, We are looking at walks, chickfila, reading books, painting, target, naps, laundry, and dishes. But best of all, we are looking forward to more snuggles, more firsts, more bonding. As I am the only one of the three of us that seems to know that life goes by far too fast, and the young ones stay small for too short of a time.

      No, I am not a Parelli instructor at the moment... my mission in life was to make peoples and horses lives better. And that's what I am doing, and I am far happier than I ever would be as a Parelli instructor right now. Because I cannot see how being a Parelli instructor could have stretched me this far and taught me about myself than what I have been through the past three years, and I am far more thankful for it than I can express. This hard road was not a road to damage me, but to heal me from hurts that I did not even know were there. What has pushed me has caused me to realize just how strong I am, and just how much God loves me. He gave me these trials because He loves me, He knew I could never realize my full potential unless He pushed me into the fire to refine me - for that I am ever happier and closer to His heart.

      Right now my life consists of so many things - and all in the name of never ending self-improvement, of course!  First, I am a wife and mom. Hardest yet the COOLEST job ever, and I am not kidding you. I know when you're young you look at moms and say, "Oh how lame, I want to do more than that!" I know I did, and I wish I could have given my younger self a good talking to. Yeah, you go do more than that if you want, but being a mom will always be harder and push you farther - as it causes you to take a look at your bare naked soul and be as selfless as you can ever fathom. At least for me it did. If you want to do more than that, be a selfless mother and go accomplish something big in life career wise... that is something to be proud of, and that is what I am striving for as I want to be the best mother possible. I know I am not the best mom but what matters is how much I am trying and how bad I want to be the best for them. I do not want to look back on my life and regret the times I did not spend with my children giving them the best life possible, praying over them, reading the bible to them, and taking the time it takes - too many children in this world are being set aside for careers and success and my children will not be one of them. Careers come and go, but children are our legacy - what will your legacy say about you when you are far gone?

      On top of that, making a FUN, safe, and clean home for the children and the hubby... that is hard but it is fun! It's like setting up your horse's paddock and play pen, make sure they have what they need to thrive but children are far harder to clean up after, ha ha! :-) But far more fun.

      Secondly, I am helping our family church. On the road to teaching here very soon as soon as I get the materials and curriculum together, singing, managing the nursery and the church blog. If you'd like to read some of the teams posts, along with my own, click on the links on the left hand side of this screen.

      And last are my hobbies, which I thankfully get to do very often. I have learned many skills since I have written last! Sewing, running, crocheting, painting, more writing, home making, cooking, web design, and much more. I work with horses about two times a week right now, with Michael, hopefully more as we are looking to move about five minutes away from the horses before July rolls around which is very exciting for us! It was very encouraging to meet someone who has been following my blog since 2008, at Michael's barn last Saturday, a very sweet lady from Maine... it did my heart good to know I am still somehow encouraging some individuals.

      Sundance spent the winter in North Carolina with my brother, killed two birds with one stone, Christian got to ride and Sundance dodged the harsh winter here. I told him he deserved to get a break and go home and see his buddies, after all he has done for me. He will be coming back here within the next few weeks as Michael and I are looking into taking lessons for eventing, which we are both very much looking forward to.

      I am hoping some of you are still out there reading, listening, following. let me know you are there if you wish! I am looking to relaunch this blog as I get back in the saddle of life... so be looking on posts, of many, containing horse related content but much more than just that. If you like, I have a poll set up on the bottom right hand side of the screen asking your opinion on what content you would like to see on the blog. Feel free to supply your opinion through poll or comment, I have SO much to share with you! I cannot wait to post again, but I must restrain myself as I could stay on this screen and type practically forever! :-) Blogging is an outlet for me to let go of and learn from the past, feel like I have a centered friendly place to speak my heart, and to learn from myself and others... so the more I hear from you the better to be honest. It's an outlet for my need to speak and to write without feeling judged or rejected, and in the hopes to somehow help someone I could never otherwise touch, so please bear with me... please join me.


Mariah XOXO