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Just Go With It…

Over the years I have come to learn that life can change in an instant. One minute you can be walking down a path and the next minute you find yourself winding and weaving, sometimes swimming with no shore in site, and other times you are skipping along merrily. You just really never know what turn life will take.

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Think about it though. How boring would our lives be if we woke up every morning knowing exactly what was going to happen before it ever even happened. Yeah, we are all going to face challenges. Even those that appear to have it all together have faced challenges in their life. You know what the difference is in those that overcome the challenges and those that don’t?  It’s taking the bad and turning it into something positive. Being able to look past all of the negative.

Yeah, it might be raining where you’re at, but the rainbow doesn’t come without the rain.

Am I right?

Are you focusing on all of the negative things in life or are you tossing them aside and looking past them into the bright future ahead? That rainbow is up there for all of us. We just need to look past the dark clouds…

Chiquita Banana Sing Off!

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This year marks the 70th anniversary of the jingle, so Chiquita is looking for the next star to sing their iconic song!

Will it be YOU?

Oh wait, I almost forgot…the WINNER of the Contest will receive $5,000!!!!

Yeah, I thought that might spark an interest.

To Enter:

Visit the Chiquita website and sing the Chiquita Banana song with your own flair.

There are 3 ways to enter—make a music video, do a sing-a-long or upload a photo of you into a fun banana video! You get to choose the one that fits you best!

Seriously though, what are you waiting for?

Head on over to the Chiquita website and get your entries in for a chance to WIN $5,000!

WIN a Branson Vacation For Your Family!

Branson Vacation Giveaway

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Are you in need of a vacation? Do you have the winter blues? I don’t know about you, but I can NOT wait until the snow clears, the weather is warmer and I can start planning a nice little get away! I’m actually thinking I’m in need of 2 getaways this year! (A girl can dream, right?)

You are going to LOVE this giveaway! We have the hookup and are offering our readers the chance to WIN a Vacation to Branson, MO!

Branson is beautiful, and there is so much to see and do there.

Branson Vacation Prize Package includes:

This vacation offers you and your family deluxe accommodations for 3 days, and 2 nights 2 nights lodging for up to 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children with $30 dining certificate, 2 tickets to choice of up to 70 shows PLUS 2 show tickets to either Haygoods, Hamner Variety Show or Liverpool Legends. One year to travel! Pick your own dates!”

Giveaway end date is March 31, 2015

 

**PLEASE NOTE: This offer is part of a timeshare and you may be contacted by the company after entering.**

Be sure you check out all of these great bloggers as well!

Blogging is a Trip

More From Mom

Mom of 4 Boys

This N That With Olivia

Raising My 5 Sons

The Deal MatchMaker

She Blogs It

Finding Sanity in Our Crazy Life

Making of a Mom

Save More Spend Less

 

If you are looking for something else to do while you are in town, checking out these attractions are a great addition to your stay!

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The Dixie Stampede is a great addition to any trip, and if you leave hungry, it is your own fault. The Titanic Experience is always changing so we’ve been there a few times. Ride The Ducks is also another family favorite, but it is closed during the winter months!
Enter for your chance to win a Branson Getaway on the link below!

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Good luck!
**PLEASE NOTE: This offer is part of a timeshare and you may be contacted by the company after entering.**
Branson Prize Package Giveaway
This giveaway is being sponsored by Choose Branson, a division of Summerwinds Resorts Services, LLC. Bloggers helping promote this giveaway are not responsible for fulfillment of the prize. If you would like to feature your own giveaway please email me here!

Alicia’s Testimony: Dealing With Loss

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This last summer my husband and I had the opportunity presented to us to adopt a newborn baby girl.

Our hearts were full of such overwhelming joy! Our son, my only living miracle, desperately wants to be a big brother so he was so excited!

Then circumstances beyond our control arose and those precious hopes were ripped out from under us. I tried my best to push it all under and be strong like I always do.

I wanted that baby girl so deeply like I wanted all of my babies I have lost. Unfortunately and painfully, I have lost 3 precious babies to miscarriage.

If you have never been through pregnancy loss, please allow me to explain my feelings when in the midst of it.

It’s like I was in the middle of a crowded room full of people looking at me with pitiful eyes, and even though I was surrounded by people who I KNOW love me, I felt completely and utterly desolate. While I knew God was beside me, my mind seemed to be hazy; clouded with grief.  I was inwardly screaming at the top of my lungs, all the while smiling and listening to people’s “next time” or “at least you have one” or “quit trying and it will happen”. I never had the opportunity to snuggle those babies, comfort them when they needed it or just be their mommy.

I feel like miscarriage is treated like this dark kept secret. So many women suffer alone. And believe me when I say suffer. Your family honestly has no idea how to help you, when they desperately want to. It’s such an alone situation that the ONLY comfort I could manage to feel was from God.

I want to share my story in hopes that it will help someone out there to know that you are not alone.  It shouldn’t be kept quiet. Please don’t treat our precious babies like they never existed simply because they never had the opportunity to breathe air. They existed and still exist in my heart. I think of them every single day. All of them. Even the precious girl we couldn’t bring home. I pray for her always. I thank God every single day for my precious son! The one I get to hold, nurture and love!

 Please take the time to listen to Plumb – I want you here. It will help to describe the anguish a woman feels when dealing with loss.

XOXO -Alicia

*CLOSED* Round Robin- $300 in Prizes- $15 Starbucks Gift Card!

Round Robin 300 Giveaway Jan31

WINNER

Mary Czerczyk

I love the Jamie Grace Song, Beautiful Day! I’ve been singing it all day! Since I’ve been singing beautiful day and since I LOVE coffee and that’s how I get my day started, we will be giving away a $15 Starbucks Gift Card!

Our Prize:

We are giving away a $15 Starbucks Gift Card!

We’ve made entering SUPER simple!

How to Enter:

  • Leave me a comment below. Tell me – What makes your day beautiful or how do you like to get your day started?
  • You can also comment on any of our other posts for an additional entry (one entry per post you comment on). Come back and leave me a comment with the title of the post you commented on. You can do this for each post you commented on. (This is an optional entry method and not required, however it will get you more entries).
  • Instagram- We would love it if you would follow us on Instagram as well. This is not required, however if you comment below with your Instagram name (so we can verify if you win) then we will give you another entry! 

This is a Round Robin giveaway so each of us will have a link to the next bloggers giveaway. After you leave me a comment, head over to Sweet Pennies from Heaven for a chance at $15 Paypal CASH !

The more blogs you visit – the better chance you have to win. There are 20 blogs total!

Good Luck!

Don’t forget to stop by and say Hi on all of our social media pages. We sometimes run giveaways on social media as well!

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Fine Print – Winner will be picked via Random.org. Entries will be verified. Open to residents in the US and Canada. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or I will pick a new winner. 

This giveaway is sponsored by me.

When Walking The Path…

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As I walk the path, the path of life…

I come to find that there are so many twists and turns in the road.

Oftentimes the road is bumpy, and there are times when there is no pavement what-so-ever.

That doesn’t stop me though.

I set out on this road determined to get to my destination.

For I know that I am never alone.

Don’t get me wrong, there are many times that I would like to stop and rest (and that’s ok), and there are also times that I would like to turn around or run in the other direction.

But HE has called me to walk this path, and I know that HE knows best for me.

For if I stumble, HE will catch me as I fall.

He has said:

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. -Isaiah 41:10

We are called to be obedient.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. -James 1:22

For when we walk in obedience we are pleasing to the Lord, just like a child is pleasing to his/her parents when he/she obeys their commands.

Step out onto the path and follow with an obedient heart.

If you end up in the ditch or at a dead end call unto your Father and hold steadfast to His promises.

For you are Never Alone.

Finding Balance

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Balancing…toes pointed as she slides her feet gracefully across the beam. Each step is cautious and careful. Arms spread out, breathing in through the nose, out through the mouth. She knows she can do this, she’s done it a thousand times, and yet today feels so different. It’s as if the whole world is watching…waiting for her to slip. The beam seemed wider during practice than it does today. Focus…

Do you feel like you are walking a thin balance beam? Maybe you’ve done something over and over in your life with no problems and all of a sudden you are struggling? We all struggle with something at some point in our life. The struggles are what makes us stronger. In our moment of struggle we can not see anything other than the struggle. We focus on the struggle. Don’t give in to the struggle.

Focus on the beam. Focus on the victory.

Slide your feet gracefully across that beam. Head high. Toes pointed. Arms spread from the east to the west.

Now breathe…in through your nose, out through your mouth.

You’ve got this.

All of a sudden, when we are focusing on the victory…

Things feel achievable.

We’ve done this a thousand times.

Show the world that YOU’ve got this!

Are You Drinking Enough?

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Dehydration isn’t necessarily something we think about. I admit that I have gone throughout the day with fairly little water consumption. The amount of water that needs to be consumed is said to be between 8- 8oz glasses of water or the amount of ounces that is in half of your body weight (in pounds). For that last example, say you weighed 100 pounds, you would need to drink 50 ounces of water. No matter how you look at it, your body is in need of water and we need to make sure we are providing.

Signs that your body might be dehydrated…

Feeling tired and having no energy

Not being able to lose weight—bloated

Bad complexion

Constipation

Getting sick often

Joint Pain

Poor Mood

Now, think about that. By simply consuming more water you can have more energy, feel less bloated and lose more weight, not be constipated, have better immune system, less joint pain, clearer complexion and a better mood! Why wouldn’t you want to be drinking more water? What a simple way to make your body look and feel better!

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life…

Brandye’s Testimony

First off I just have to thank Mandee for inviting me to guest blog over here at She Blogs It. It is such an honor. I think of Mandee as a mentor and to be writing on her blog is so exciting for me!!! Now to why I’m writing :) …..

I actually had something almost completed that I wanted to share, but then the last 3 days happened….

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My husband took a new job, which required us to move (that’s a whole ‘nother testimony!). We are finally settling in and a new school year and football season is upon us. This is the busiest time of the year for us with 6 of our children playing different sports and my husband is a head high school football coach. I have taught kindergarten at a private Christian school the last several years and so with all of us running in so many directions, it keeps us moving! This season isn’t much different, except with the move that meant I had to quit my job and I haven’t found anything yet. I had a few opportunities at a school to apply as a paraprofessional and a couple of other positions. The problem we found with me doing that was childcare. We have 7 children and we have been very fortunate that we’ve been able to make cuts and small sacrifices in order for me to always either be home with our children or work where they could be with me. The positions at a public school meant that my littles couldn’t come with me to work.

So I prayed about it. And I asked that God would open my heart to where He wanted me….where He could use me for His glory. That sounds very “strong Christian” as I write that. But the truth is, I have been scared to death with that prayer! First off, sometimes God pushes us to do things that are out of our comfort zone and when you pray for Him to control your heart, you’re kinda telling Him you’ll do it! Secondly, I did NOT want to leave my babies with someone else. And telling Him that I would work wherever He put me meant that I would be willing to find childcare for them. I seem to thrive on control and praying that you follow God’s lead means ya gotta be ready to trust the unknown….SCARY! And so just as quickly as those doors opened, they closed. And I was left with the option of providing in-home childcare. I have truly felt as though this is what God wants of me.

And as the last few paychecks have come in from my salary for last year, I began to worry.  I began to absolutely question my decision to do in-home childcare. It’s hard to do that without kids and even as I’m writing this post, I have no children signed up for the school year. That means that our already tight budget has now nearly become impossible. Well, impossible for me. :)

I found myself over the last week really focusing on questioning if I’m doing what I’m suppose to be doing. I began worrying A LOT about how are we going to eat and make the house payment with me not working. Finally, I said to God, “I don’t know how we are going to eat. I have no kids signed up for the school year but I trust that things are going to fall into place in your time. Please take my worry about the food budget and help me know that you’ve got this.” That was Wednesday morning. Wednesday evening I came home to my neighbor’s pickup truck in my driveway with a truck bed FULL of sweet corn! Then once there was time to talk with my husband that night, he told me that a gentleman we have met twice at a church that we have checked out, said that he had some food for us. He gets food from several different places and since we live in an extremely rural area, he prays over the food and then provides it to those where God leads him.  On Thursday after practice my hubs stopped at the gentleman’s home and picked up the food. It took my husband and 3 of our children to make several trips from the vehicle to the house to bring in all the food. There were boxes and bags full of canned goods, snacks, pastas, and other goodies. And as I stood there, my tears began to flow. I looked at my husband and said, “Wanna see how God answers prayer….look at our packed kitchen with fresh sweet corn and zucchinis and then all the stuff you just brought home!” I began to explain about my worries and how I finally just said, “I will trust You Lord.” And He promises to care for us and provide what we need and He always does just that in His perfect timing! We both stood there and laughed because sometimes when God is pouring out such a blessing, you can’t help but laugh and rejoice.

I still had the burden of making the house payment next week. And in that moment I prayed and thanked Him for the food and I understood that we would not go hungry.  I said that I had no idea where or how the money  would come and that I was sure He would use a very unusual way to provide it because answered prayers seem to come in quite unconventional ways lately, but I knew He would make it happen. Last night there was a school/fall kickoff event. We had a great time! My husband was introduced just before my daughter’s soccer team was about to take the field for the first time and he was able to introduce his team. We enjoyed hotdogs, a great soccer game that my parents got to watch too, meeting new people, getting the kids all set up with school schedules and school supplies. The athletic department had a fundraiser last night as well. It was a “cow patty drop” fundraiser. For a donation to the athletic department you got a square on the field where the cow would “do his business.” If the patty dropped on your spot, you won the grand prize. I won!!!!! I absolutely could not believe it! When we got home and things were quiet, all I could do was giggle. House payment is taken care of….because of a cow patty. LOL LOL LOL Ok, if that’s not unusual, then I don’t know what is! I’m still laughing this morning as I’m sharing with you. I can honestly say that I didn’t see that one coming. J But it reminds me that God has a sense of humor and that I don’t need to see what is around the next corner. I just need to remember that my God has already gone before me and taken care of all my needs. He just wants me to trust that promise.

Matthew 6:25-26

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

About the author:

Brandye is owner of the blog, Giggles Boogers & Chaos. Check it out! brandye2

I’m a mama to 7 bright lights and a wife to a very sweet football coach. I began blogging as a way to share my experiences and thoughts with other mamas in hopes of making a difference. I grew up in the hills of eastern KY, but I currently live in central Ohio on our “mini-farm” with my family, 2 dogs, 2 kitties, 2 roosters and 16 chickens! I love to write, sing at the top of my lungs in my car and be my family’s biggest cheerleader. I have learned over the years that my plan was not God’s plan…His was much better!

Finding Peace

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Gazing out my window I see the slight movement of the leaves as they dance back and forth upon their branches. The sun is shining but that slight breeze causing the leaves to sway back and forth is providing the perfect sense of relief. It was a stressful day and all I could think about were the tasks at hand and the obstacles I was to overcome. Overwhelmed with the stress of the unknown. Fear was setting in, but that tiny brisk breeze blowing in through my window was enough…enough to relax me for just a moment. A moment long enough to take my mind off of the fears…the unknown.

Suddenly I was starting to see things in a different light. My mind was turning and as the light shown in through the window onto the wall in front of me I knew…I knew there was a light at the end of my  dark tunnel. At that very moment it hit me that I was no longer in control of my situation, I never really was to begin with. How quickly we forget that we are not in control. How quickly we forget that even when it’s dark and all doors seem to be closing, there is always a bright light. We just need to wait in the hallway and open that door when the time is right!

But how do I know when the time is right? How do I know when I’m going to feel that peace, that sweet peace that overcomes my body and leaves me with the most serene and calm feeling? When will I be overcome by peace? And then my mind started to wonder…

But it didn’t take long for that breeze to sweep in through my window. It catches my attention and leaves me thinking…wondering…mind in motion…

In an instant…a sudden instant, my fears, my worries…they seem to disappear, because it is in that instant that I realize I haven’t truly given my worries to God. For had I given my worries to God I wouldn’t be struggling to understand the things that just don’t make sense. And in that moment I hit my knees and I was overcome with peace…sweet peace.

When life is just to hard to stand…kneel.

I pray that you find that peace. I pray that you are overcome with a peace and understanding. I pray that you can be the bright light to others that are struggling with finding their peace.

(Storytelling is something I love to do. This short version was written by Mandee).