Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #18

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Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

Motherhood

Marriage

Serving God in Singleness

Homemaking

Homeschooling

Homesteading

Industry

Modesty

Service

Health

Finances

Hospitality

Thank you so much for linking up!  Several of these link ups have now surpassed 2,000 views.  What wonderful encouragement you are offering to others!

This week, I would like to introduce you to my daughter’s modest fashion blog!  You can view here blog here.

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 You are now warmly invited to join our link-up!

Please note that the opinions of the posts below are not necessarily my own. Please use discretion while reading.

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Free Frozen Reading Log

I’m not sure about you, but my little girls are in love with the movie Frozen!  I thought that it would be fun to make a reading log that is Frozen themed for my children, and for your little ones as well.

frozenreadinglog Download or Print the Reading Log here: frozenreadinglogpdf

If your daughter’s are having a Frozen-themed party or event soon, I would like to share some Frozen themed outfits that I hand make in my home for my store, Joyfully Made.  Please just click on the photo if you are interested in purchasing.

Personalized Elsa Tutu Set

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Birthday Frozen Tutu Set

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Elsa Tutu Dress

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Anna Tutu Dress

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As always, for modesty’s sake, I recommend wearing leggings or bloomers underneath tutus, and leotards and slips underneath dresses.

I hope that everyone has an awesome week and enjoys using the free printable with your kiddos!

 

 

 

Growing In Grace Thursday Link Up #17

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I hope to slowly get back to hosting these link-ups after having our seventh child!  I am not promising any features at the moment, but I would be honored if you would still link up and share with others.

Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

Motherhood

Marriage

Serving God in Singleness

Homemaking

Homeschooling

Homesteading

Industry

Modesty

Service

Health

Finances

Hospitality

Thank you so much for linking up!  Several of these link ups have now surpassed 2,000 views.  What wonderful encouragement you are offering to others!

 You are now warmly invited to join our link-up!

Please note that the opinions of the posts below are not necessarily my own. Please use discretion while reading.

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Growing in Grace Link Up #16

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I hope to slowly get back to hosting these link-ups after having our seventh child!  I am not promising any features at the moment, but I would be honored if you would still link up and share with others.

Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

Motherhood

Marriage

Serving God in Singleness

Homemaking

Homeschooling

Homesteading

Industry

Modesty

Service

Health

Finances

Hospitality

Thank you so much for linking up!  Several of these link ups have now surpassed 2,000 views.  What wonderful encouragement you are offering to others!

 You are now warmly invited to join our link-up!

Please note that the opinions of the posts below are not necessarily my own. Please use discretion while reading.

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    • ANYTHING about Biblical Womanhood may be shared.
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Our Seventh Child’s Birth Story

On September 15th, 2014, our seventh child was born.  Since that time I have taken a blogging break, but I hope to get back here soon!  I really miss the encouragement that I receive here from you wonderful ladies.  Unfortunately I only have two hands, and right now they are usually both occupied!  There are lots of unpublished comments that I hope to get to quickly.  Thank you for showing me grace!

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I wanted to drop in and share my sweet daughter’s birth story before time began to fade it from my memory however.  During the first half of my pregnancy I wrestled with what type of birth plan that I would have.  By choice, my sixth child was born naturally.  This was a hospital birth, and things didn’t quite go as I had hoped.  What was amazing about my sixth child’s birth was that everything that I had prayed for came to pass.  I prayed that I would be able to labor quickly, and mostly at home.  I prayed that I would be able to wait until morning to drive to the hospital.  All of my other births involved a drive to the hospital at around 12-2 am, and I really wanted to avoid this if possible.  All of this came to pass, but a doctor was on call who was quick to intervene even when no interventions were necessary.  I was made to stay in bed which made laboring very miserable.

I wanted to avoid this with baby #7, so after questioning my midwife, I decided that I would definitely opt for an epidural during this birth.  I had trouble with excessive bleeding after my last child, so I did want to deliver in a hospital.  There really isn’t any way to know if a doctor or midwife will be on call once it is time for delivery…if a doctor was to be on call, I knew that a natural delivery would be difficult.

My prayer was for this:

-Lack of fear and for peace from the Lord.

-To be able to leave for the hospital during daylight hours.

-To be relatively free of pain.

-To be able to receive an epidural in time for delivery.  During my fourth baby’s birth, she came so quickly that I received my epidural when I was 10 cm, and it went into effect after she was born.

-For there to be a midwife on call.

-For everything to go well with my baby’s and my health during delivery.

Two days past my due date I awoke at around 4 am with contractions about 10 minutes apart.  I wasn’t sure if these were Braxton Hicks contractions or not, but I paid close attention to them since my due date had past.  After an hour and a half I took a shower and awakened my husband.  We called for my mother-in-law to come and stay with our children, but I still really wasn’t sure if this was it.  I wasn’t in much pain at all, and my contractions were 8-10 minutes apart.  My hospital is an hour away from home however, and I didn’t want to wait too long in case this was the real deal!

We left and stopped by Chick-fil-a and I was able to enjoy a yummy breakfast.  Contractions were still around 10 minutes apart.  When we arrived at the hospital the staff thought I would be sent home based on my apparent pain level.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I was six centimeters dialated!  An IV was started and I walked to a birthing room.  I had to wait to receive a bag of fluid prior to receiving my epidural, and during this time frame my contractions stalled considerably.  I was happy as can be and in no pain.

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The anesthesiologist was amazing, and I received my least painful epidural ever.  I was able to sleep while Pitocin was started to help my contractions pick up a bit.  At around 1 pm I was checked again, and my nurse said that I was still around a six, but was completely effaced.  I told my husband to go downstairs to the cafeteria to eat some lunch, since the birth still seemed far off.  After he left, my midwife came in to break my water 15 minutes later.  She discovered that my water was in fact already leaking, and there was a “pocket of the sack” near the birth canal.  She pushed this out of the way and I was immediately fully dilated!  I was instructed to call my husband back to the room immediately, and after two contractions our sweet daughter was born at 1:32 pm.  She weighed 8 lbs, 3 oz.

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This birth was everything that I had hoped for.  A lot of times when we pray, we don’t see exactly what we had hoped for actually happen.  The Lord truly knows what is best for us, even when situations do not turn out the way that we had planned.  I was simply  in awe during my birth that the Lord answered my prayer the way that He did, and I give all glory and praise to Him!

Our family of nine.

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Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

 

Strive for Five When Homemaking is Difficult

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In general, “homemaking” is not my strong suit.  I really enjoy the decorating, and the “making your home beautiful for your family” aspect of homemaking, but the rest of it, not so much.   I’m one of those ’80′s kids who didn’t have many housework or cooking responsibilities.  Over a period of time and with much trial and error, I usually have a good handle on our laundry.  Other than that, I struggle.  My older children have homemaking responsibilities as well, and when we work as a team usually most chores are accomplished.

But what happens when you are walking through a season of life when doing anything other that basic mothering and homeschooling tasks is just too hard?  I have been there.  A few months ago you could most likely find me on the couch or in my bed as I went through a difficult time early in pregnancy.  During this time frame homemaking was the last thing on my mind, and pretty much all that I could concentrate on other than my husband and children was growing a baby.  Consequently, the house was a mess since I wasn’t overseeing anyone’s chores, and I knew that I needed to come up with a better plan.

I know that God is a God of order.  I know that when my home is ordered well, my children are more peaceful.  I also know that in Proverbs 31: 17, the excellent wife is said to, “set about her work vigorously;  her arms are strong for her tasks.”

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My desire is that “my arms would be strong for my tasks!”  Does it always work out this way?  No, unfortunately not.  But that is my goal!

Sometimes all that we can physically do is tend to our babies and that is okay.  But barring a serious ongoing illness, this should only last for a season.

So here I was, wondering what I might do differently to keep my home in better order.  I came up with a ridiculously simple very small baby step to help me get started.  Every day I try my best to think of around five homemaking tasks that I can accomplish today.  If I can accomplish more than that, wonderful.  If I accomplish less than that, I try to not beat myself up if I honestly did the best that I could do.

This here is an example of my “5″ tasks for yesterday:

Wash, dry, and fold one load of clothes.

Clean the windows in the living room, kitchen and dining room.

Pick up bathing suits and towels from the bathroom floor.

Make a cake (from cake mix) for the family.

Clean the kitchen sink.

And that’s it.  My bed went unmade, I have piles of schoolwork that need to be arranged into a final portfolio, and my oldest daughter made dinner.  But it is a start!

Right now I’m 24 weeks pregnant and about one month ago I began to feel much better…it really took that long for me this time around.  This is a pregnancy with no complications thus far.  Mommas who experience pregnancy complications can be out of commission for the duration of the pregnancy.

We are taking one month off from school, and I hope that I will be able to get some major tasks accomplished…such as rearranging my closet to make room for our new baby’s things and painting a few rooms.  Will this actually come to fruition?  I’m not sure, but I truly hope so!

My end goal is to create an orderly environment for my family to enjoy without sacrificing time with my husband and children.  That is my goal, but not always my reality.

Do you have any homemaking tips that you would like to share?

Possibly linking to:  

Growing Home, Tending the Home Tuesdays, Raising HomemakersDeep Roots At HomeRaising ArrowsA Wise Woman Builds Her Home ,Walking Redeemed, A Proverbs 31 WifeThe Modest MomA Mama’s StoryMom’s the Word , Raising Mighty ArrowsHearts For Home,  Time Warp Wife, Graced Simplicity, Christian Mommy BloggerFaith Filled Fridays

 

Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #15

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Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

Motherhood

Marriage

Serving God in Singleness

Homemaking

Homeschooling

Homesteading

Industry

Modesty

Service

Health

Finances

Hospitality

Popular posts (as well as possibly a few of my picks) will be featured on the blog the following week.

These posts will also be shared via our Facebook page!

Thank you so much for linking up!  Several of these link ups have now surpassed 2,000 views.  What wonderful encouragement you are offering to others!

Our most popular links last week were:

Is your quiver full?  Is your "full" the same as someone else's "full."  Read here for an answer.

Is Your Quiver Full? by Growing in His Grace

4 Simple Goals and What I Wore by Artful Homemaking

The Blessings of Old Fashioned Work Part 2 by Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth

 You are now warmly invited to join our link-up!

Please note that the opinions of the posts below are not necessarily my own. Please use discretion while reading.

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Raising World Changers

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If you are a Christian mom, you have a big responsibility.  I too, feel this weight upon my shoulders.  We are raising little ones in a world that is contrary to the God we serve.  Sometimes this responsibility just seems too hard, and we want to throw in the towel.

But moms, we can’t give up or give in.  These little ones that are in our care were entrusted to us by God himself!  And our God is counting on us to raise up these little ones for His glory.  To change the world for Him.

What can we do when we don’t feel sufficient?  Well, admitting our weakness is a good start!  The Word of God says…

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  -2 Corinthians 12:9

When we are weak, He is strong.  And He imparts His strength to us!  How incredible is that.  When we are empty, He will fill us.

Moms who raise world changers must be grounded in God’s word.  They must realize that without Him, we are nothing.  Moms who raise world changers must love the One that they serve above all else.  They must give their children back to God daily.

Moms who raise world changers have to realize that our vision of a “world changer” probably looks vastly different than God’s vision.  Our vision might include pastors who pack out stadiums.  God’s vision includes hands that tuck in small children at night while praying over their sweet little heads.

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Because momma, you are a world changer too.  When you pray with your children, teach them about our almighty God, and tend to their needs you are pouring the strength that God has given you into them.  World changers do not need to be famous, but instead, faithful.  Fathers and mother’s who impart God’s vision into their children are changing the world more than they will ever know.

Possibly linking to:  

Growing Home, Tending the Home Tuesdays, Raising HomemakersDeep Roots At HomeRaising ArrowsA Wise Woman Builds Her Home ,Walking Redeemed, A Proverbs 31 WifeThe Modest MomA Mama’s StoryMom’s the Word , Raising Mighty ArrowsHearts For Home,  Time Warp Wife, Graced Simplicity, Christian Mommy BloggerFaith Filled Fridays

The Kelly’s Bundle of Joy Adoption Sale & Giveaway

Good morning everyone!  Today I want to share with you a bundle sale and giveaway  in which all profits go to a sweet family who are in the adoption process.  Not a dime will profit affiliates or authors.  I hope that you might consider purchasing this bundle.  May the Lord richly bless you!

You’ve seen a lot of eBook bundles this year, we know because we’ve seen them too. But we hope that you’ll give us a few moments of your time today though, because we’re bringing you a bundle that doesn’t profit affiliates or authors.

The Kelly’s Bundle of Joy Adoption Sale & Giveaway was designed and compiled by Bridget from Becoming a Godly Wife and Misty from Beautiful Ashes. They created it to raise money for their dear friend Mandy from Women of Worship. Mandy and her family have been on the road to becoming adoptive parents and they’ve reached the point in their journey where a large amount of money is due.

Bridget and Misty reached out through their blogging circles and received several donations for a bundle sale AND an amazing giveaway to help promote The Kelly’s Bundle of Joy Adoption Sale & Giveaway. It is their prayer that God would use this bundle sale to raise funds for the Kelly’s upcoming adoption and that God blesses them with their little bundle of joy soon.

100% of the funds raised through this sale will be donated to Mandy and her family to help bring their little one home. 

The Kelly's Bundle of Joy Adoption Sale & Giveaway

Below you’ll find all of the details for the bundle sale and the giveaway. We would greatly appreciate it if you would share this post across social media. Together we can be a blessing to Mandy and her family. Together we can bring the Kelly’s bundle of joy home! 

The Kelly's Bundle of Joy Adoption Sale & Giveaway

The Bundle Includes:

  1. 31 Days to Start an Online Business ebook by Sunu from Clothed In Scarlet 
  2. Lean on the Lord: 30 day Fitness Devotional ebook by April from 100lb Countdown 
  3. 14 Days of Agape ebook  by Rosilind from Missional Call
  4. The Missional Handbook by Rosilind from Missional Call
  5. Live Worship by Rosilind from Missional Call
  6. Memory Verse Templates Ultimate Family Pack by Rosilind from Missional Call 
  7. Pray the Lord’s Prayer Workbook by Rosilind from Missional Call
  8. New Year’s Evaluation Pack by Rosilind from Missional Call
  9. The Ultimate Missionary Gift Guide by Rosilind from Missional Call
  10. Discovering True Identity ebook by F. Dean Hackett from F Dean Hackett Foundational 
  11. A Proverbs 31 Woman by Bridget from Becoming A Godly Wife
  12. Submissive Wife Myths Confronted by Bridget from Becoming A Godly Wife
  13. What’s For Dinner printable by Bridget from Becoming A Godly Wife 
  14. Home Management Binder printable by Bridget from Becoming A Godly Wife
  15. Dear Wife ebook by Misty from Beautiful Ashes 
  16. Unfulfilled ebook by Misty from Beautiful Ashes 
  17. Tidbits from Help Meets’ Hearts ebook by contributors from Marriage, Motherhood and Missions 
  18. Family Mission Planner printable by Misty from Beautiful Ashes
  19. Back to School K-2 Pack printable by Misty from Beautiful Ashes
  20. Teacher’s Planner printable by Misty from Beautiful Ashes
  21. Candy + Math = Fun printable by Misty from Beautiful Ashes 
  22. Homeschool Planning Pack printable by Misty from Beautiful Ashes
  23. More than Words ebook by Stephanie from The Multi Taskin’ Mom
  24. More than Words – For Moms ebook by Stephanie from The Multi Taskin’ Mom
  25. More than Words – Teen Edition by Stephanie from The Multi Taskin’ Mom
  26. Easy Weekend Meals by Renee from Renee’s Kitchen

This contents of this bundle are valued at over $100 and you can have them all via The Kelly’s Bundle of Joy Adoption Sale & Giveaway for just $10!  

 

>>>>Get Your Bundle Here<<<<

Simply add The Kelly’s Bundle of Joy Adoption Sale to your cart. 

 If you prefer to simply make a donation to the Kelly’s adoption, you may do so via their go fund me page below.

 

 

The Adoption Sale Promotional Giveaway Details:

To help promote The Kelly’s Bundle of Joy Adoption Sale & Giveaway and to thank you for considering donating to the Kelly’s adoption, Bridget and Misty worked to put together a giveaway package for one of you!

They’re tremendously thankful to all of their giveaway sponsors, without them this sale would have been impossible. Please take a moment and stop by one or all of their sites and thank them for their support.

  The Kelly's Bundle of Joy Adoption Sale & Giveaway

  1. Freebie Marketing in a Box donated by Sunu from Clothed In Scarlet
  2. Women Living Well (book) donated by Misty from Beautiful Ashes 
  3. Graphic Design Package (Blog Header & Button, FB, Twitter and G+ Graphics) donated by Misty from Beautiful Ashes 
  4. XS Rainbow Cluster Flexi Clip ($20 value) donated by Linda from Apron Strings and Other Things
  5. Complete Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle donated by Misty from Beautiful Ashes 
  6. $20 MasterCard Gift Card donated by Brandy from Origami Owl Independent Designer
  7. 15 ml bottle of Young Living Peppermint essential oil donated by Whitney from Beauty In The Mess
  8. Personalized photo editing (will edit 5 of your kids/family photos of winners choice) and include personalized subway art to print and frame for your photos donated by Marissa from Reading List 
  9. Set of 3 Bible Activities Printables donated by Katie from Paradise Praises.
  10. Putting on the Fruit of the Spirit eBook donated by Katie from Paradise Praises.

This giveaway package is valued at over $300! Be sure you take a moment and enter to win via the Rafflecopter form below.

Sunu from Clothed in Scarlet designed a wonderful booklet of motherhood quotes specifically for this bundle! 

>>>Download The Little Book of Motherhood Quotes Here<<<

Rebecca from Mom’s Mustard Seeds has graciously donated a freebie for all of you too! It’s Misty’s favorite Bible study to use when entering a new school year, so it’s the perfect time to get started with it!

>>>Download The Homeschool Mother’s Prayer Journal by Rebecca Brandt Here<<<

 

Jolene from Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy graciously donated another freebie for all of you! 

>>>Download The Dolch List Word Wall Printable Here<<<

 

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Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #14

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Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

Motherhood

Marriage

Serving God in Singleness

Homemaking

Homeschooling

Homesteading

Industry

Modesty

Service

Health

Finances

Hospitality

Popular posts (as well as possibly a few of my picks) will be featured on the blog the following week.

These posts will also be shared via our Facebook page!

Thank you so much for linking up!  Several of these link ups have now surpassed 2,000 views.  What wonderful encouragement you are offering to others!

Our most popular links last week were:

Great News!  Brown Family Update by Homespun Devotions

My Body, My Husband by Sweet Water and Bitter

Welcome!

Trying Something New is Better than Nothing by Everyday Bijoux

 You are now warmly invited to join our link-up!

Please note that the opinions of the posts below are not necessarily my own. Please use discretion while reading.

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    • Please enter your direct link into the linky tool below.
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