Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #278

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #278!
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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!


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We're your hosts & co-hosts 

Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Checkout my amazing "Featured" Pinterest Board

(click HERE to view & follow)
Features!
Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
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My Features this Week are:


1. "Are You a Virtuous Women" by Wonderfully Messy Mom
2. "DIY World Map Art on Wood" by Repurpose & Upcycle
3. "Stenciled Wood Hangers To Display Artwork" by Fresh Vintage by Lisa S



If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

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The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!

*Pictures should be your own* 

By linking up you give us permission to use these photos

 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!





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Monday, August 20, 2018

You're the STAR - Week#4 HOME (August 2018)

I hope that you are all either prepared or getting prepared for "Back-to-school"! - ENJOY!
Thank you again for joining us!
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WELCOME to the August "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:


Turning An Old Shed Into a Playhouse
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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the August "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
Heidi @ Heidi's Wanderings
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home d├ęcor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the July "You're the Star" blog hop)

30 Minute Flaky Chicken Pot Pie
30 Minute Flaky Chicken Pot Pie

Thrift-Store-Table-Transformatoin

If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:
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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )








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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Living a Childless Life - Dealing with Assumptions

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"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11
I have lived a "Childless" life not because that is what I desired, rather because it just happened that way.  I was married in my mid 20's and then every time we thought we were getting settled in - a crisis would arise: health issues including cancer and cardiac disorders, parents-in-law getting ill at the same time (one with cancer and the other with Alzheimer's), etc....and now I'm in my 40's.  I did NOT plan for all of this to happen - it just did. 

You see, God has been in control of my life all along! God knew that I would not have been able to handle taking care of children when my husband was going through chemo therapy.  And, God also knew that we would not have been able to move into my in-law's house to take care of them if we had had children.  God is in control and has a purpose for everything - even a "Childless Life."

I thought that I was finished with this series: "Living a Childless Life" but recently I have felt an urge from the Holy Spirit to write another post on "dealing with assumptions." 

Let's start by defining assumption - a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof.


I researched some statistics about childlessness online and found out that this area has only been tracked since 1976.  The number of adults living their entire life without children has continued to increase since then.  As of 2017, 1 in 5 adults will live their life childless - that's 20% of the population!!

Of course these statistics do not go into detail about whether this "childlessness" is by choice or because of some physical/medical problem.  These numbers also (obviously) do not show how many are Christian and desire to do God's Will.


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We are told as children: "some day you will have children of your own."  Even during playtime and especially for girls,  playing with dolls automatically trains us or at least puts that seed into our mind and heart that we will one day have a family of our own (I'm NOT suggesting that girls cannot play with dolls).  What happens when that child grows up and never has a child of their own?  Even into my late 30's there were people at church or even friends who would say to me: "your biological clock is ticking, you better get serious."  As I explained above, sometimes these things are just not part of God's plan for everyone's life.  When this lifetime expectation of having children doesn't actually happen, it can cause guilt, shame, anger, sadness, bitterness and so much more.  What are we to do?

1.  Make sure that you are living according to God's plan for YOUR life

First thing of course is to make sure that you are not sinning - that you are living a life that glorifies Christ.  The day to day, step by step actions that you should take in your life will be made known to you by God in His timing.

 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these." Mark 12:30 & 31

 "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18

2.  If you have children - Please do NOT raise them with the assumption that they will have children of their own. 

This will probably be the only parenting advice that I will ever give and I'm able to give this advice because I was that child and young adult who worried (especially as I got older) about never having children of my own.  And wondered often - what was I doing wrong? - the answer was/is nothing - I am living according to God's plan for MY life.  Reread Jeremiah 29:11 - we can NEVER know what God's plan is for our own life or for others lives.  Trust that our Heavenly Father will take care of your children.  
Train them to live a Christ centered life - this is exactly what every child needs.   


"Start children off on the way they should go,
    and even when they are old they will not turn from it.."  Proverbs 22:6

3.  Don't make God's Will for your life into His Will for others.

I know, it's so easy to say "it worked for me it will work for you also".  But we are all different and here again we need to just trust that God will guide your children according to His plan.  Of course, as parents you encourage and pray for your children but please don't form their life into what your life was. 


"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."  James 1:5 


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Friday, August 17, 2018

I Finally Captured a Hummingbird (On Camera)

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I Finally Captured a Hummingbird (On Camera)

For decades I have been trying to take pictures of the speediest bird without success.  Whenever I saw a hummingbird in the past I was so excited to have even spotted one that by the time I fumbled with my camera, this nimble bird was nowhere to be seen.

Recently, (and thanks to the attentiveness of my niece) I was able to snap a few pictures of this amazing bird.  In the picture above it's almost as if he's looking straight at me!

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I included the picture above because when I was reviewing the pictures after I had taken them, this was the first one that I saw and I was so overjoyed to have finally captured some part of a hummingbird - even if it was the tale end.


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Then I saw this!  I know it's not National Geographic quality but after so many years of trying to get an actual picture I am thrilled to have succeeded.
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This would have been the best photo of the bunch but unfortunately I had moved and was taking pictures through the screen instead of the window pane.


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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Easy Tie Laces GIVEAWAY

Easy Tie Laces GIVEAWAY!
Enter for your chances to win!

Part of The Back To School Giveaways

but first - read this great post:
Zucchini & Carrot Cupcakes RECIPE

click HERE to view the entire post

(the following post was written by Laura from Michigan Saving and More )
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Easy Tie Laces Giveaway

Welcome to the Easy Tie Laces Giveaway!

4 winners

This giveaway is part of our Back to School Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.
This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!
Host that put together this giveaway is Michigan Saving and More
Below is a list of all the bloggers involved in the gift guide giveaways.
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Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them! Don't forget to stop by for your daily bonus entries.

Enter below and Good Luck!
 


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Beauty Products For You GIVEAWAY

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but first - read this great post:
Does Worrying Make You Do Silly Things?
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(the following post was written by Laura from Michigan Saving and More )
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Welcome to the Beauty Products For You Giveaway!

2 Winners

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