Monday’s Musings #245 & November Daybook

November Daybook & Monday's Musings #245 | What joy Is Mine

We are in the last month of 2016. Just saying that blows my mind. November came and went so quickly. Since I shared our vacation last week, I wasn’t able to share my November daybook. So that’s what we are doing this week!

Today is December 3rd, 2016

The weather is sunny and chilly. We had our pellet stove this morning to take the chill down a bit but its off now because the sun decided to make an appearance. What temps are you living with today?

Our vacation time in Disneyland was a such sweet trip. You can read about it HERE and HERE. Our kids really look forward to this particular trip each year and we start saving for it as soon as this month! God willing we can go next year, too.

Spiritually, I am now working through a study on 1 John by Susan Heck called, “With the Master:Before the Mirror of God’s Word.” So far it has been real good but I’m just getting started. And My daughter is doing with me.

Creatively, I plan to begin work on a jar quilt for my daughter this week. It is a jar quilt of things she has liked and does like. I know, you’re probably thinking nothing like starting late but I’m confident I can get it done before Christmas. I haven’t quilted in ages so I’m excited to be making a quilt again.

Our Thanksgiving was really nice. Had family over, ate good food and watched the Cowboys play ball. (P.S. They are having an exceptional season.) I love Thanksgiving and being with family.

Decorating our home for Christmas is done. I love the way our home looks when it is prepared for the season. Even better, I was able to go through and remove items that we no longer displayed and get them donated. Did you declutter your Christmas decorations?

Our family devotional for Christmas is Bonhoeffer’s book titled “God Is In the Manger: Reflections On Advent and Christmas.” We’ve read through this before and decided to go through it again. His book keeps your heart focused on Jesus. What are you doing for your family devotion time during this Christmas season?

Our church is having their first membership inductions this Sunday. For a church plant, this is exciting! We are a small church but God has shown Himself faithful to our church. It’s so humbling to see God moving. He is good!

My favorite Christmas movie is “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Actually, its my favorite movie of all time. Do you have a favorite movie you watch this time of the year?

Looking ahead, this month on WJIM’s Facebook page, we are doing a 25 day mini scriptural study to know Christ better. Since we celebrate His birth this month, it’s a good study to help keep us focused on Him. I share names of Christ, scripture to support that name and a brief insight into the scripture. At the end, I will be offering FREE printable cards to keep us reflecting on Jesus throughout the year. I’ll even share a project to use with the printable.

I am grateful to be in good health, for family memories, for a good night’s rest, and for football.

A favorite quote:The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” (C.S. Lewis)

Another link up is upon us and I know you have great posts to share. Thank you for being a part of this community.

November Daybook | Monday's Musings #245

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #244 & My Vacation

My Vacation & Monday's Musings #244 | What Joy Is Mine

Today I want to share our trip with you. We had such an amazing time and got to share it with an awesome family! We got in our car and made our annual trip to Disneyland and the beach. This was my 19th visit to “the happiest place on earth” and it was a magical time. Yet what made it even better was the family we got to share it with.

Last year, Nan (blogger at Moms the Word) and I met at DL (Disneyland) for the first time. We’ve been friends in the blogsphere for a few years now and God opened the door for us to meet face to face. It was a real treat for me. And this year, we actually were able to share time at DL together with our families.

Nan is one of the sweetest lady I know. What you read on her blog is genuine. We had precious conversations while waiting for our loved ones to ride the rides we didn’t. Her husband and son were delightful and fun to be around. We laughed together, rode Winnie the Pooh four times, had favorite ice cream treats, avoided long lines when we could, enjoyed meals together, got soak and wet from the water rides together and I hope we can do it again next year. It was truly a blessed time for my family to spend that time with Nan and her family. I’m so thankful God worked it out so we could.

Now here are some photos from our trip. If you read last week’s post on Monday, you know I had no camera to take photos so some of these photos are from my phone (thank you, Lord, for that technology!). In addition, Nan and her husband blessed us with photos taken and placed on their photo pass. We got some great memories in photos because of that. The photographer (and mom) in me was ever so gratefulness for their generous gift to our family. To have my camera taken was hard but the Lord still provided through our friends. Thank you Nan & hubby!

My Vacation & Monday's Musings #244 | What Joy Is Mine

From left to right, top to bottom: We were there to celebrate Mickey’s 88th birthday. They handed out buttons at the gate and you could take photos with the big button, which we did. Photo #2 is my family and I riding Radiator Springs Racers in California Adventure. Takes a little coaxing to get me on this ride but I always enjoy riding once I’m strapped in. Photo #3 is us in front of Tower of Terror, which is in its last season of running. Next year it will be Guardians of the Galaxy. And photo #4 is me standing in front of the Hyperion theater getting ready to watch the stage production of “Frozen.”  For years, it was “Aladdin,” our most favorite.

My Vacation & Monday's Musings #244 | What Joy Is Mine

Left to right, top to bottom: Photo #1 is both of our families in front of the castle. Photo #2 is me and Nan. Photo #3 is the castle at night and its so beautiful. Photo #4 is my family wearing the shirts we made. Photo #5 is my love and I at the beach. Lastly, photo #6 is the really, really tall Christmas tree at the beginning of Main Street.

Well, that’s a recap of our trip. It’s now time to get to linking up and encouraging one another. I am so glad you are here.

Monday's Musings | What Joy Is MIne

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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WJIM Gift Idea Guide (Black Friday Edition)

WJIM Gift Idea Guide 2016 | What Joy Is Mine

 

It’s Black Friday and I have some fabulous deals for you today! I used to run out and hit the local sales but I have come to appreciate shopping from home and avoiding the crazy crowds on this day. Personally, I’d rather stay home and decorate my house for Christmas, listen to Christmas music, eat seasonal foods and, most of all, be with my family. So, let’s stop chatting and start shopping!

Take advantage of the 30% off discount storewide at Dayspring.

 

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They also have $5 mug sale going on, too. And $5 journals as well. Pick out a mug and fill it with their favorite treat. With the journal, include a pretty pen and bookmark. Simple gifts that are super sweet.

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I actually own one of these and LOVE it! I have my books on it, can play my favorite video game and can access the Internet when needed if WIFI is available which is more often than not. The best news is for Black Friday its $33.33. That’s a steal! 

 

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Coloring is all the craze these days. This scripture filled coloring book plus these coloring pencils are a great duo for the woman in your life.

    

Scarves are always a good gift, useful and pretty. Above I have shared four styles and all are under $14!! Just click on the scarf you like to read more about it.

 

www.FlirtyAprons.com

For the chef in your family, give them a cute apron from Flirty Aprons. Get 50% off + FREE SHIPPING with the code “SHOP50.”

WJIM Gift Guide 2016 (Black Friday) | What Joy Is Mine

With winter around the corner and cooler temps already here, these Dempsey Slouch Knit Beanie are only $10.77 each when you use the code BACKINBLACK16. You also get FREE SHIPPING. It comes in 16 different colors from Cents of Style.

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Chatbooks are awesome and make fabulous gifts that gives year round! We have our library going and just about to finish book #6! Chatbooks uses photos from your Instagram or Facebook pages and turns them into photo memory books. The photos are displayed in order by date. What’s cool is they are only $8 a book and you only pay when a book is completed. You can also go on the site and rearrange, edit the caption or exclude photos in a current book. It is a subscription service but remember you only pay when your book is completed. And right now, you can get your first book FREE when you sign up through me. Who doesn’t love something FREE? Get more info HERE about how Chatbooks works.

       

The cook/baker and home enthusiast will love this offer! Get the Food Network Magazine or HGTV Magazine for only $3.99 for a one year subscription through Amazon.com! Just click on the magazine above to get yours going! That’s only $0.40 an issue for 10 issues!


Card games are a great way to spend time with your children. This 6 pack is under $8.00! Has Old Maid, Crazy 8’s, and Go Fish to name a few! Just click on the picture and get yours for your kids!

          

        

Books always make a great gifts and traditions! I’ve listed some wonderful ones for your to consider. You can just click on them to read more about each. But let me share that the last book, Once In the Year, is our family’s traditional book, read every Christmas. We love this book. We usually set aside about an hour to enjoy this book and its so worth it.

Well, that’s it for this Friday. Happy Shopping!

 

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Ideas For A Stress Free Thanksgiving

Ideas For A Stress Free Thanksgiving | What Joy Is Mine
Thanksgiving is tomorrow.  I can’t believe how fast it got here. I love this holiday but it can be more work than I want it to be. So, I want to share some ideas that help me make Thanksgiving easier and stress free.

 
1. Pray over it. Pray over all you plan to accomplish. Ask for wisdom and direction as you plan and prepare.

2. Plan ahead. Make your plan of attack today. Write out your menu, work out the cooking list, decorations, etc.

 
3. Know your turkey. How much time it will need, how you want to cook it (stuffing, no stuffing) and when you want to start it. This will help with the planning of everything else you will be cooking. Or skip a whole turkey and cook a turkey breast or other main dish of your choice. Who says it has to be turkey?

4. Do a potluck. Allow your guests to help with the meal. This not only saves time but money on your part plus they feel a part of the celebration bringing their favorite recipes to share.

5. Prep! I am huge fan of prepping meals especially big meals. Prep all you can so that on Thanksgiving all your doing is putting it together. Cut up veggies, cook potatoes (reheat and mash the day of), slice bread, etc.

6. Bake the day before. Bake your pies and breads the day before or earlier if you can. This is one less thing that will occupy your oven. If time is an issue, buy the already made goodies at a store.

7. Include your children. Yes, give them age appropriate duties to help with the meal. Oh, this one is my favorite. Make your children a part of the day and have them help.

8. Use paper goods. This is a great idea for easy clean up. Giving you more time to enjoy your family and guests. Our family is so big that we have always used paper goods at Thanksgiving because being together is more important. If this idea is not for you, then put all your dirty dishes aside or in the dish washer and don’t do them until the day is done. Enjoy your family first!

9. Don’t try a new recipe. Don’t try a new recipe so late in the game. If you have a new recipe you want to try, do it at another time. If you didn’t give it a trial run by now, it’s probably a good idea not to add it to your Thanksgiving menu.

10. No stress allowed. This one is important. There is much to be done BUT do not let it stress you out. Smile and relax. Enjoy what you are doing for and with your family.

11. Serve a buffet. Our huge family does this. It works out nicely. And seconds are on each person’s terms.

12. Clean as you go. I am a clean-as-you-go girl when cooking and baking. I prepare my sink and put the dirty dishes in as I use them. Then, I do them before tackling a new dish. It saves me work later.

I hope these ideas help you have a stress free Thanksgiving. It’s about family most importantly. Be sure to go around the table or room and have everyone tell of one thing they’re thankful for. And maybe read Psalm 100 afterwards!

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Monday’s Musings #243 & Seeing the Good In the Bad

Seeing the Good In the Bad & Monday's Musings #243 | What Joy Is Mine

Me with Goofy at Disneyland. Not letting what happened steal my joy.

A few of you know I went on vacation this past week. We had a delightful time in California visiting Disneyland and the beach, eating some of our local favorite foods and hanging with our friends. Truly, this trip is one of our favorites of the year! And I am ever so grateful to the Lord for making it happen. He is good!

Yet while in Disneyland, we had our camera bag taken. I left it on a bench by accident but was very hopeful that it would be returned promptly. However, it never was. Whoever picked it up decided to keep it. The contents was my expensive camera gear including a camera body and two lenses plus our video camera. I was so devastated! Mostly, I felt violated. Both the camera and the video had family photos and footage for anyone to view. It’s the main reason I have had such a hard time with this. I didn’t care about the gear as much as I cared that someone had probably thumbed through our family photos and video footage. Okay…it made me mad. I’ll be honest with you.

But as the week has gone by and I have had time to work through my broken heart, sadness and anger, I have come back to this one reminder: God is sovereign and good. This did not take the Lord by surprise. As a matter of fact, He knows who and why. Yes, He is in control and His plan will not be thwarted. Reminding myself that the Lord is good all the time has helped me come to terms with the situation.

Now this may seem trivial to you, a lost camera and video camera, compared to what bigger problems we could be facing but this is still so personal to us. Like I said, it wasn’t so much the gear as much as it was the family info available to the one who now has it. However, despite this happening, I am thankful we were still able to enjoy our time together as a family, make more memories (which the person who has our stuff cannot have!), and witness God’s work in our hearts.

I share this with you because God is still good even when things are sad or hard or heartbreaking. He is the binder of broken hearts. He is the healer of awful situations. He is the lover of our souls and caregiver of our lives. He is to be given praise even when life throws us a curve ball. By His grace, we can see the good in the bad. I believe God will work it out for our good and for His glory. That’s the best message of the day!

Friends, let’s get this party started! Time to share some awesome posts to encourage another. Thank you for being a part of Monday’s Musings.

Monday's Musings #243 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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