Monday’s Musings #264 & A Road Trip to Seattle

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Have you ever been to Seattle and seen its beauty? Last time you were here I mentioned that our family was taking a family road trip. Well, we decided to make the 22 hour drive to Seattle, Washington. “Crazy,” you say? No way!! Road trips are the best! Here’s how it went.

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We made the trip in 2 days, going and coming. Saw some incredible sights along the way including national treasures in each state we drove through. We drove through 5 states. Stayed at our first AirBnB. Saw the Space Needle but opted not to pay the costly charge to go up in it. Visited a beautiful marina at sunset and the waterfront. Walked through Pike Place Market which hosts the Gum Wall. (Ew gross.) Ate a meal at Ivers, which has delicious seafood. Can’t go to the coast and not have seafood. Hello? We also enjoyed a meal at The Spaghetti Factory where we had a pretty fascinating waiter. Won’t forget that guy.

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We saw the Snoqualmie Falls. (Just gorgeous.) We celebrated that we had no rain for four days out of the five we were there even though Seattle has had the most incredible amount of rainfall the past few months. I mean they broke a record folks! With all that, the best part of our trip was the time we spent with our sweet friends.

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Besides all of the things I listed above that we did together, we also bowled a couple of games, watched a Mariners game, saw “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2″ in recliner seats, had two fabulous games nights, ate tasty meals and snacks (our friend, John, makes the best Almond Roca and delicious popcorn), had great conversations, and truly enjoyed one another’s company. We are so thankful God worked out all the details so we could take this trip. Saying bye was hard but we hope to see one another again soon.

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I absolutely L.O.V.E. to travel with my family. But I needed a vacation from my vacation.

Our link up is back in action. I have missed reading your posts and look forward to what you will share this week.

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Monday’s Musings #244 & My Vacation

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Monday’s Musings #197 & Winter Snow Fun

On the 26th of December, a snow storm rolled in that left us with 9 inches of snow and some serious snow drifts. This doesn’t happen every year for us so we are embracing our white wonderland with open arms. We are thanking God for His gift of snow on our mountain. Here are some captured moments:

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Our dogs enjoying the snow. It was a little deep for our little guy but he ran through it anyways.

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Snowman building. Our daughter was set on making him as flawless as possible. He really was our labor of love.

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There he is! Our nameless snowman. Our mountain Olaf. And us celebrating our creation. FYI, he’s wearing my hat which I willingly gave him.

I do hope you all had a blessed and joyful Christmas. Ours was precious and sweet time with family. A new year is upon us in a few days. Are you planning and preparing? I am. I am working on a new planner using The Confident Mom Planner. (aff link) This is a new planner for me. I am excited to use it this year. I also got my hand on a new blogging planner that I will integrate into the family planner so everything is in one location. I hope to share more of my planner in the near future. What are you doing to stay organized in 2016?

I am so grateful you all are stopping by and sharing your wonderful posts during the Christmas season. Let’s keep it up.

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Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, mothering, 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.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for stopping by 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 #192 & Our Family Vacation

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We’re back! We had an adventurous 9 days traveling to California for our annual Disneyland trip. The weather cooperated for the most part. We left behind a snow storm and enjoyed sunny CA. We met up with sweet friends and made some new ones. I got my traditional photo with Goofy and rode two new rides. Plus, it was the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland. Oh, let me just get on with the pictures and more.

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With the new Star Wars movie debuting in December, Tomorrowland had a huge focus on Star Wars history. Space Mountain was Hyperspace Mountain and Star Tours was updated as well. Plus, who would say no to taking a photo with Darth Vader? Not my husband.

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Goofy and I. This is a “have to” when we go to Disneyland.

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World of Color is a special treat when visiting California Adventure. It is a sight to behold. And this year they added a second show that walks in Walt’s steps. Very cool.

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 One of the best things we saw was the Paint the Night Parade. It was designed just for the 60th anniversary.

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My Love and I waiting for the Paint the Night parade to begin. We are sporting our Disneyland hats.

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And our vacation isn’t complete if we don’t wander over to the beach for a bit. It was a beautiful day and the temp was perfect.

Well, that’s a summary of our trip to Disneyland. We did so much more but you get the picture. It’s always a bittersweet thing when we head home. However, we are glad to be home and we will jump in with both feet as we get back to life.

So, this Friday I am going to share with you some awesome gift ideas for Christmas. Please be sure to stop by and see what I pass on. It is my plan to keep it affordable and fun.

Lastly, have you been reading our “7 Days of Joy Series?” You can start HERETomorrow we will be on Day 4.

Now, onto our party. I was able to read a few posts from last week even while on vacation. Keep up the good encouragement friends.

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Tidying Up Your Child’s Heart and Mind

 Do you lift your hands to God for the lives of your children? Tidying Up Your Child's Mind and Heart | What Joy Is Mine

It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for the next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day. If you could keep awake (but of course you can’t) you would see your own mother doing this, and you would find it very interesting to watch her. It is quite like tidying up drawers. You would see her on her knees, I expect, lingering humorously over some of your contents, wondering where on earth you had picked this thing up, making discoveries sweet and not so sweet, pressing this to her cheek as if it were as nice as a kitten, and hurriedly stowing that out of sight.” (Excerpt from the book, Peter Pan)

This excerpt from Peter Pan nails my heart as a mother. If only I could rummage through my children’s minds and put everything in place. Maybe remove the hurts I might have caused as well as the things that don’t belong there that have somehow been put there in their day. Increase those things that brought them JOY and wonderment. Tag those things that built up their faith and drew them closer to God so they never forget them. You get the picture.

Mrs. Darling is so precious in how she puts her children to bed then returns to them to tidy up things in their minds for the day and give them a fresh start for the next morning. I love how she gets on her knees…lingering over them….wondering…making sweet discoveries and the not-so-sweet.

We may not be able to go into the minds and hearts of our children but that’s okay. We have someone even better than us: The Lord. He knows the deep nook and crannies of the minds and hearts of our children. He is aware of how the sweet and not-so-sweet things get in there. God knows what they are feeling and why. Because God is so familiar with our children, how much more should we entrust them to Him?

In Lamentations 2, it says to “Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children.” In this verse, pour means “to pour out one’s soul; to be poured out in tears.” To pour out from our heart — with tears — from our soul — for our children before the presence of the Lord. And to pour out our requests, concerns and praises like water, easily flowing and never ending. We are called to do that. Our children are worth the time we spend on our knees for them. We need to “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.(Psalm 62:8)

This verse also says “to lift up our hands to him for the lives of our children.” This part of the verse stressed again the importance of intercessory prayer for our children.  A reaching out to God for their spiritual well being as well as care, direction and protection over all that they experience here on earth. Remember they were His before they were ours. Think on Psalm 141, verse 2 as you pray, “Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

Mrs. Darling has the right idea but it is God who will do all the tidying as we cover our children in prayer daily and give them to Him. I keep a prayer journal where I write down the prayers I pray over my children. I know they will always need covering plus I want to be vocal with God about all that concerns them.

So, like Mrs. Darling, let’s get on our knees for our children and, as believers, let’s allow God to do the tidying up in our children’s hearts and minds with each prayer we say for them.

 

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