Faith, Marriage, Other

Doors opening in God’s Timing

Over the past few years I have begun to realize that EVERYTHING happens in God’s timing and not our own.  I also understand that if something is God’s will he will try to get us to see and understand it but we must make the final decisions.  The question is do we make the right one or do we ignore all the signs from our Lord?

This can be really challenging especially when it’s hard to see all the signs at that time.  Hind sight is 20-20 but in the midst of these situations things can be cloudy.

So what do I do when I am facing a challenge or decision that needs to be made?  Pray, Pray, Pray, Pray!!!!  The first and foremost is to give it to God and ask him to direct my path.  I am currently praying about a decision that could potential change a lot in my life.  I don’t want to rush into it.  I want to research and pray and take my time in the decision making process.  I was approached about this awhile back and choose to pray about it before talking to my husband.  I also wanted to do some research so I could be knowledgeable when bringing it to him.  After a few weeks of prayer and research, I was leaning toward declining the offer. I didnt think this was right for me so I didn’t even talk to my husband about it.  I had decided against moving forward with the opportunity.

Wouldn’t you know, God must have different plans than I! I am pretty sure God knows best so I am listening a little closer this time.  My very dear friend called me last night explaining that God had placed me on her heart this past week and she felt very lead to talk to me more about this opportunity.  We talked more about it and I shared my concerns with her.  She encouraged me to pray about it and to talk to my hubby.  I agreed to do just that and said we would be in touch.

My husband was sitting in the living room during the phone call so he knew something was up.  We talked very briefly about it and I told him I needed to pray about it and just reflect a little before talking about it again.

My husband tends to makes me laugh which is just what happened this morning. He texted me asking me what I prayed about and I explained to him my prayers.  He then proceeds to ask, “so what did you hear?”  I giggled to myself before explaining that I had not “heard” anything yet, I just need to pray more and be patient.

Since we have not made a decision yet, I can not say anymore at this time.  Stay tuned because I feel that I will be sharing more in the near future. Prayers are welcome.

God Bless, Crystal

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Cleaning/Organization, Other, Saving Money

Greeting Cards and Our Loved Ones

I am so terrible at sending greeting cards but I really long to send them to my loved ones because I do think about them often especially on their special days.

I wish I had a better method for doing so.

Wouldn’t you know it I found a great way to make sure all my loved ones know I AM thinking about them on those special days!!!

Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom (my very favorite blog to follow and I am pretty sure her name has nothing to do with it:)) shared a great post from Rachel of Ordinary Homemaker a few days ago!

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Check out this great way to be organized with greeting cards here!

God Bless,

Crystal

Other

Free Giveaway!!

It’s time for some fun!  Who likes drawings?  Who likes FREE items?  I will make this really easy!

For the rest of February I am giving away 2 free handmade wooden sign.

Head over to my Facebook page Country Chaos Blog and Like my page.  I will put all new likes from February in a drawing for an awesome handmade wooded sign!!!!
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My dad and I have a craft/woodworking business called The Crafty Wood Shop.  One of my favorite things to make are wooden signs.
Head on over to our Facebook page The Crafty Wood Shop and click Like.  You will be put into a drawing for another wooden sign.
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You can win both drawings!!!
I will let the winners pick a saying a colors on their sign but here are some examples of my boards.
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Tell all your friends so they have a chance to win also!!
Good luck & God Bless,
Crystal
Holidays, Other, Saving Money

Last Minute Valentine’s Gifts

If you are a procrastinator like me you probably looked at the calendar today and thought “Holy cow, Valentine’s Day is in 3 days!  What am I going to get _____________ for Valentine’s Day?”

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There are lot of things you can buy but Amazon has some nice gifts you can give your little loved one.

 

If you need a last minute gift check out these nice ideas from Amazon.

You can also see my previous post to make some nice gifts.

DIY, Holidays, Other, Parenting

My favorite Valentine Ideas!!

I don’t get all wrapped up in Valentine’s Day and the big deal the world makes it out to be.  It has become a day to spend a lot of money and as a mother of four I don’t like spending a lot of money.  But I do like making special gifts for others and expressing my affection towards the ones I love. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike Valentine’s Day.  I just don’t understand why only one day should be allotted for showing our love to others.

With that said, there are so many resources and great DIY projects out there but how do you pick which ones to do.  I have been on the look out for some really easy, inexpensive ideas for the big day.  As Valentine’s Day is fast approaching I want to share some of my favorite new finds.

1.     First and foremost, Who loves Big Hero 6??  Baymax is a huge hit especially at my house.  My younger three kiddos LOVED the movie!  We don’t go to the movie theatre very often but my husband and I thought the kids would like it.

Guess what?

They did and so did Mom and Dad!!

One of my new favorite blogs, Shortcut Saver, has a very cool idea for a Baymax valentine to share with others.  Check it out here!

Baymax Valentine's

2.     What do you do when sending just one valentine message to your loved ones just doesn’t feel like enough?

Then you create some very special “Open When…” letters.  This is such a cool idea.  I think I am going to try and do this for each of my children in their birth month.  I am really loving how you can change it up to fit your personality!  A big thanks goes to the very awesome blog, Bravely!!!

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3.     Valentine’s Day appears to be mostly geared toward the female gender.  But we don’t want to forget the men in our lives, whether that be our dad, brother, boyfriend, husband, best bud or any other guy in your life!!  Here are some practical ideas for the boys for valentine’s day from Bravely!

10 mens valentine's gifts

4.     Since having children and being a mother for the past 15 years I know how much kids love valentine’s day.  My kids like making gifts for others instead of buying the pre-made cards to hand out.  We have purchased them in the past to use but they enjoy making things for others much more than just buying for others.  I really like these Valentine’s Day Magnets from The Life You Live!

Valentine's Magnet

5.     How about a gift the kids can make all by them selves and you only need two inexpensive ingredients?  That is right up my alley.  Check out the Glue Valentine Cards from Sarah Titus at Saving Money Never Goes Out of Style!  These are very cute and you can let your creative side come out to make them your own.

Glue Valentine Cards

 

So there you go.  When you don’t know what to get that special valentine and you want to something different check these out.  I want to thank all the creative folks that came up with these ideas!!!!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

God Bless,

Crystal