I don’t want to be a counterfeit 

Counterfeit– “made in imitation so as to be passed off fraudulently or deceptively as genuine; not genuine; forged.”(Webster)

If you place a counterfeit twenty dollar bill beside a genuine twenty dollar bill they appear to be the exact same thing. You would have to look closely and study the twenty dollar bill to realize that it is a fake.

In today’s world, being fake is the “cool” thing to do. Somehow we have gotten the idea that being someone we are not is okay. I don’t want to be fake in any aspect of my life. The way I look at it is that if God wanted me to be someone else He would have made me that person and not myself.

1. I don’t want to be a counterfeit Christian. 

Posting bible verses on social media and putting a Jesus fish bumper sticker on your car are both great things to do, but this does not mean you’re truly walking with God.

Matthew 6:5 “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.” KJB

I don’t want to only claim Jesus when others are watching. I want to truly walk with Christ every day regardless of what others are doing or saying about it. I have always loved the saying, “If you were on trial for being Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? ” I have honestly asked myself that question and there are most certainly times that I am not radiating the love of Christ in my life and I am not so sure I would be convicted. Having a personal relationship with Christ while living in this sinful world is not easy. The woman who refuses to partake in the wickedness of this world will find herself shunned. I promise you will always have a friend in Jesus, and I will gladly be your friend as well. It takes true faith and courage to be a genuine follower of Christ.

 

2. I don’t want to live a counterfeit  lifea655f642ea7e2264b3f5616101ef4feb

If you have any kind of social media account you know that you are only seeing the “perfect” side of things. You and I have both posted the perfect meals, well-dressed children, and fun family outings. Please do not get me wrong and think that those things aren’t okay. They are completely fine and I love when my meals turn out perfect or we go on a family adventure, but that is not the whole story. Life is not always perfect and we have a habit on social media of hiding what real life looks like. We want to portray ourselves as having it all together and “winning at life.” There are definitely wonderful times in life but there are also hard times we all go through. I will be the first to say that I do not have a perfect life and that is okay. It is perfectly imperfect. Don’t compare your life to someone else’s because I promise you they have struggles just like you. “Comparison is the thief of joy.”-Theodore Roosevelt

 

3. I don’t want to be a counterfeit woman

Being a woman is hard enough without adding in the constant pressure to meet the world’s ridiculous standards. Magazines and movies are constantly telling us that we aren’t good enough the way we are. We aren’t skinny enough, pretty enough, etc. I am here to tell you that you are you for a reason. God does not want us to fake a lifestyle or fake who we truly are. The world is full of women who just need Jesus to change their lives and show them how treasured they really are. You don’t need to have perfect eyebrows or have the best hair you simply need to be the 100%, genuine, one-of-a-kind YOU!

 

XOXO-Jordan

 

Emotional Mom Moments

I don’t know about all you Moms out there, but I have a lot of emotional “mom moments.” If you are familiar with the movie “Moms Night Out,” then you are familiar with that term. Emotional is definitely synonymous with the word woman.. or at least it should be. We have crazy hormones that can make us cry over spilt milk (literally) or turn into a fire breathing dragon over picking up dirty underwear off the floor for the sixth time in one day. Lets just say that I have to pray A LOT for patience and understanding when it comes to controlling my emotions. Being a woman in general is emotional, but then adding all the messed up hormones after and during pregnancy can really throw you for a loop at times! So anyway, I had one of those moments tonight. It may or may not have been the fifth one this week, but who’s counting?

I was perfectly ready for her to go to bed because of all her fussing and crying so I laid her down in her crib and walked out of the room. I went back in to check on her a little while later and she was sound asleep and looked so angelic in her crib. Then the “mom moment” hit me. I felt the lump in my throat form, and I just wanted to scoop her back up and snuggle her. I felt bad because I had been so ready for her to go down for the night so I could have a few moments of quiet. I instantly miss her sweet babbling and just want her to be up playing again. These moments hit me often. I guess it is because I see how quickly she is growing and how precious these moments are with her. I never understood how a little person could grab hold of your heart so tightly until I had a baby of my own. It seems that every person I meet gives me the same advice, “Enjoy every second because they grow so fast.” I never understood that statement until recently. My baby is starting to look more like a toddler and it is killing me to see her growing up right before my eyes. Or when she is playing all by herself and being Ms. Independent, and I secretly just want her to let me bottle feed her again and snuggle with her all the time. These moments obviously bring the waterworks with them and then I realize that she can’t stay small forever. I can’t help but thank God for each moment I have with her. Life is so short and I know I have to enjoy every second before it becomes a memory. I am raising her to leave home one day and have a wonderful life of her own, so I am enjoying these precious seconds of just her being my little girl.

I would love to only have these heart wrenching and sweet “mom moments,” but sadly I have some unlovely moments too. I know we all do, but these are the moments I have learned that really give you “mom guilt” and make you feel like you really don’t know what you’re doing. Let me give you a hint. I do not know what I am doing, and I am quite convinced I will be learning for the rest of my life.

The baby has fussed all day and you can’t leave the room because panic will ensue when really all you want is to use the bathroom for maybe two minutes just so your kidneys don’t explode. Yeah, I have those moments at times too. You’ve tried everything you know to do and it still does not fix the problem and your child is still screaming.

How about those moments when your kid(s) is driving you crazy and you just fly apart into a million pieces. Everything is completely blown out of proportions and you just can’t take another second of it. You are even mad at the dishes in the sink, because they are just waiting for you to deal with them. I have learned quickly that sometimes I need to walk into another room and pray for patience and take a deep breath.

Or you may be a complete klutz like I am and open the door to let  your neighbor in only to trip over your own feet and fall into the coffee table THEN fall into your childs carseat all while the innocent neighbor is watching the scene unfold. YIKES.

 

No matter what type of “Mom Moment” you’re having today, I am convinced you are trying your best and doing a great job! Keep up the good work and don’t be too hard on yourself Mama!

 

Life is full of these Mom moments and I am still technically a “new mom.” That means I have many, many, MANY more years of these wonderful and slightly embarrassing moments to look forward too. Lord help us! 🙂

 

God Bless!

Sharing is caring!

XOXO- Jordan

Valentine’s Day Fun

I love Valentine’s Day! I always have and always will. I guess I am just a hopeless romantic at heart!  February is the month of love and Valentine’s Day so I thought it would be fun to play a little game with your spouse. I have attached a printable to the bottom of this page for you and your spouse. It is a series of questions for y’all to answer about each other and it will be a ton of fun to reminisce about days gone by as well. I also attached a simple sheet for kids that they can draw on and create you and your spouse a  Valentine as well. Have fun!

 

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XOXO- Jordan

 

Sharing is caring! Feel free to share the printable sheets but keep in mind they are for personal use only. Thanks!

 

 

How To Not Lose Your Vision As A Woman of God  

Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”

I really struggle with being faithful to God. SO many times I lose my vision as a child of God and it is simply because I haven’t been faithful to spending time with my Lord and Savior. If you are reading this I am praying that you find encouragement from this post if you find yourself losing your vision. I definitely do not always follow God’s precious word as I should, but I am always going to be HIS work in progress until I reach eternity. I do not always obey my husband, and I am not always as discreet as I should be. I gossip and I make a lot of mistakes, and I am most certainly not always where I should be with the Lord at all times, but He is faithful to pick me up and wipe the tears away when I’ve failed him and asked Him to forgive me. I have recently been thinking about how easy it is to lose your vision as a Christian woman. I know that not only as a Christian woman, but as a wife and mother too it can be easy to forget to look up and draw strength from God instead of myself. So often I tend to look around at all the “things” that need to be done, and I slowly lose my joy and vision by focusing on the problem at hand. After seeing all the things that need to be done I forget to simply pray and thank God for the day he has laid before me once more. Every day we wake up is nothing short of a miracle. God did not have to wake you or I up today and we should be so thankful that he gave us another day to serve Him. I of course am not speaking of my physical vision, but my spiritual  vision. I forget what my purpose and goal is to do in life and that is serving the LORD. Here is how you can prevent vision loss in your Christian life as a woman of God. Also, you can always start NOW and get back on track with the Lord. HIS arms are always open for you.

 

Spend time in prayer and study God’s word.

How can we expect to grow close to God if we do not talk to Him and read His word? Prayer is the most powerful tool we have as Christians and the most neglected tool we have. Reading God’s word keeps us growing in wisdom and knowledge, and we learn more about our creator when we spend time with Him. I struggle with faithful bible reading time during the day, and I miss out on so much when I don’t spend time with God. He has done so much for us and has written a 66 book love letter to you and I so lets read His word. If you would like to know more about why  I only read the King James Bible please click here.

 

Remember the goal and keep pressing on.

Philippians 3:14 “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Our goal as women of God should be to grow closer to God daily, to love others, and to always follow his commandments and instructions. If you are a wife and mother keep serving your family and taking charge of your home. If you’re a single woman keep serving God and praying He will send a godly man your way. If you are a widow or divorced keep serving God and loving others. No matter what part of life you find yourself in you can still serve God. You are never too far gone for God to use you or even save you if you’ve never been saved. We as women have a very specific purpose laid out in God’s word and I encourage you to read all verses dealing with women in your personal bible study time. If you have had your feet knocked out from under you God will pick you back up and adjust your sails so you can keep going. All you have to do is be willing to get up and get back on track. It is so hard sometimes to be a godly woman in today’s world, because you have so many others screaming at you to conform to the world, but serving God is worth it. Every. Single. Time.

 

Live a holy life.

1 Peter 1:16 “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

God’s word tells us that we need to live holy lives free from sin and worldliness. Does that mean we will always be perfect? No. We will not reach perfection this side of eternity, but we most certainly should strive to live holy lives for Christ Jesus. When you look at the world they are screaming feminism, immodest dress, and living for self at you. A life in Christ is freedom and true lasting happiness. Living for Him is far better and more fulfilling than living for self and living up to the worlds standards. We read about the prodigal son who decides the world has something better to offer, but comes up empty after losing it all out there. He comes running back to his father just like we can run back to Christ and He will take us with arms wide open. Why leave God when what he has to offer is life everlasting and the world has nothing lasting to offer? Strive to be different from other  women out there in the world. Be the woman who decides that she isn’t going to make herself known, but strives to make Christ known through her gentle spirit and love towards others. Be peculiar. Break the mold that the world is trying to fit you in.

 

Take a time out.

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Life can get really stressful and sometimes we just need a good time out away from the stress. Take a walk.  Go to a coffee shop and read your bible alone there in a corner booth. Go to the store and walk around. Whatever it takes to get you rejuvenated and ready to start again, do that activity. God wants us to rest in Him always and especially when we have lost our drive to push forward. It is as easy as taking a walk to talk to God, cry, or even work out your frustrations with HIM. It makes a world of difference when you just stop and stand still for a moment to get yourself together and remember your purpose as a daughter of Christ. We were never promised an easy life on earth, but we were given a wonderful opportunity from God to serve Him while we are here and He is always a blessing to His children

 

I would love to hear your thoughts on this article!

 

Blessings

XOXO-Jordan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogger Recognition Award

pexels-photo-226718.jpegI am so extremely grateful to be nominated for the blogger recognition award by Memoirs of the Quiet . I am talking like almost cried from excitement and thankfullness. I love being a blogger, and I am quite new to the blogging world so this means the world to me. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How My Blog Got Started:

I have always loved to encourage others and write so starting a blog seemed like the perfect fit for me. I started this blog to connect and encourage other ladies and I can’t wait to see where this blog takes me.

Advice for new bloggers:

  1. Shoot for the stars when you launch your blog. It will be as successful and as wonderful as you want it to be with a lot of dedication and hard work.
  2. Be real. Whatever you may be posting about make sure its genuine and real. Honesty is always the best policy, and I have found that being real connects you with more people because in a world full of counterfeit you are real.

My 8 Nominees:

The Motherly Life

The Write Woman Blog

Sarah P Garst

Real As The Streets

Natalies Lovely Blog

Jandudy

Grace Under Pressure

Beauty Beyond Bones

 

Thanks again Memoirs of the Quiet

My Postpartum Depression Story

I promised y’all when I started this blog that I would always be honest. This is something that I really feel like I need to share with you Mama’s out there. My experience with Postpartum depression was a somewhat secret season of my life that only those closest to me knew about.

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I hope you find this encouraging if you are going through the same thing and just need a friend that understands. I have recently talked to several other new Moms who were really struggling with depression but not telling anyone how they felt inside and this makes it ten times worse. So please read on.

I had a perfect textbook pregnancy. I felt great up until the last few weeks of pregnancy when I started to get really swollen and just plain tired of being pregnant. I had always heard of a lot of women getting the “baby blues,” and I had read the sheet of information from my doctor office about it, but I still did not do much research on it. I wish I would have informed myself more looking back, but truly you can’t fully prepare yourself for it. I had a pretty smooth delivery considering what most people go through, and I seemed fine after she was born until we got home. We were only in the hospital for two days and during those two days I obviously did not sleep a lot nor did I eat a lot. So we arrive home and I am just feeling really overwhelmed, exhausted, sad, and I did not have an appetite. I started crying that night after becoming so frustrated with trying to breastfeed and feeling guilty about not being able to breastfeed our baby girl and switching her to formula. That is when it all began.

I cried constantly for days on end and had a lot of anxiety and “mom guilt” over the craziest things. I worried about anything and everything. I cried even more because I didn’t understand what was wrong with me or why I was so sad. I just had a perfectly healthy baby, and I have a wonderful life so what’s my deal? Cue the guilty feelings and beating myself up and that resulted in me being a huge mess. Thankfully, my husband was off for three days with me when we came home and he was so wonderful (still is) and really took the reins for those three days while I tried to get myself together. He fed our baby, changed her, and cooked most of our meals. I would wake up and dread the next day,  because I knew it was one day closer to him going back to work and I would be by myself with the baby during the day.

This continued for a couple of weeks and then I felt like I was starting to snap out of it and return back to my normal self. I was becoming more confident in taking care of our baby and trying not to worry about random impending doom. Then just like before, I started feeling really depressed again and all I wanted to do was sleep, lay on the couch, and eat. It was at that point that I realized I had crossed over from having the “baby blues” to Postpartum depression. I did not want to go anywhere, see anyone, or even put on decent clothes. I could not get excited about anything and I really lost my joy during that time. That was one of the hardest parts because I have always been a really happy person. I finally decided to talk to my mother in law about it, because I knew she had experienced it with her firstborn. I can’t even explain how much she helped me and how much it helped me to simply talk about it without feeling guilty. Here is the advice she gave me along with things I did that truly helped me, and I hope they help you too.

  1. Keep your mind in check.

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

I knew that I couldn’t let my mind run away with me, because hormones will cause you to feel kind of nutty at times. For nine months your hormones are very high and then suddenly after you have the baby they make their descent quite quickly. So I had to keep my mind focused on the fact that it was only my hormones and God would get me through it. I was not crazy or a bad mom for having such a hard time after having a baby, and I had to constantly reassure myself of those two statements. Keep your mind centered on Christ and the fact that you are doing a great job even though you feel like a hot mess that has no clue what she is doing.

2. Eating & Exercise

I started going to the park in the mornings and pushing the baby around  in her stroller. Exercise causes your body to release endorphins and they naturally make you feel a lot better emotionally and physically so that was a win in itself. I also started drinking more water and trying to eat healthier throughout the day. Those two together made a huge difference in my mood and I know it helped me get past some of the depression. It also gave me more energy to do chores around the house again and keep my mind off of the sadness and anxiety. I have really learned in the past year that what you eat and do not eat plays a huge role in your mood and how you feel. It sounds so elementary, but I never fully understood that concept until recently.

3. Communicating with your person

We all have that person we confide in whether it be our husband, mom, Sister, best friend, etc. Grab your person and tell them exactly how you are feeling at the current moment and what you need to do about it. An important part of getting over your depression is giving your “person” updates everyday on how you are feeling. I would talk to my husband everyday and be honest about how many times I cried or how I was feeling that day. This was a great way to vent and get it off of my chest each day. If I needed to have a cry I would do it and then be done with crying. I would express my worries, fears, and everything else inside to my husband and he would help me work through them all. Seriously, make sure you marry the right man because you will need a rock solid guy to support you. I am so blessed to have him.

4. Pray

I prayed a lot during this time, and I am thankful that I went through that season. God really showed me a lot during that time and changed me as a person. I am thankful that I can encourage you if you are going through the same thing. God can get you through anything so just trust in HIM! It will get better and it won’t last forever!

 

Finally, somewhere between July and August I woke up and was back to my normal happy self. It was like a switch had turned off and I was suddenly me again. I stopped crying all the time and was finally over the depression. I have been completely fine since that day and haven’t had any more problems with depression. It lasted for several tough months, but thankfully did not last for longer than it did. I know that God was the number one reason I made it through along with my wonderful, supportive family praying for me.

*Disclaimer: I know that sometimes women get beyond depressed and do have to take depression medicine for a short period of time. I did not want to take medication because I am a firm believer in trying the natural methods first, but I do know that it sometimes goes way beyond that and medical attention is needed. SO if you have tried everything you know to try and still don’t feel better please seek medical advice and know that I am praying for you. I was really depressed (sad, weepy) and anxious, but I did not experience suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming my baby. If you have those thoughts please SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY. *

Always remember this is just a season, you are a great Mama, and I will be praying for you.

If you need a friend feel free to shoot me a message! I would love to hear your story and hear your thoughts on this article!

 

God Bless!

XOXO-Jordan

 

 

 

 

 

The Woman I Want To Be

The past few days have brought a lot of controversy. Many major cities have held marches for Women’s rights, we now have a new president, and there is a LOT of fighting going on for no reason. This post isn’t to push my political views or to fight with anyone. I simply want to tell you the woman that I want to be regardless of what everyone else is doing. The woman that I strive to be is truly not represented well, and I want to change that. I want my daughter to look up to women like the ones I am about to describe.

I want to be the kind of woman who loves Jesus Christ above all else.

I want to be the kind of woman who loves you regardless of your appearance, ethnicity, or religion and points you to Jesus.

I want to be the kind of woman who loves her husband, respects his authority, and submits to him just like God’s word teaches.

I want to be the kind of woman who raises her child to love Christ, respect others, work hard, and someday serve her family with love.

I want to be the kind of woman who encourages other ladies to grow closer to God.

I want to be the kind of woman who smiles at you for no reason because she has true joy in her heart.

I want to be the kind of woman who will gladly give you the shirt off of my back and never think twice about it.

I want to be the kind of woman who prays for you with everything inside of me.

I want to be the kind of woman who simply puts others before herself.

I want to be the kind of woman who is always honest and genuine.

I want to be the kind of woman who is always classy in her speech, dress, and actions.

I want to be the kind of woman who is always humble.

I want to be the kind of woman who works hard.

I want to be the kind of woman who is different than all the rest.

That is the woman I want to be. The woman who I strive to be. The woman God’s word points too.

{Proverbs 31, Titus 2, Colossians 3}

God Bless!

XOXO-Jordan

Money Saving Beauty Hacks

Hey y’all! So I am super excited to be sharing this post with you all. If you read my last post on saving money by meal planning then you will love this post even more! I ran out of foundation and mascara the other day  and ever since then I have been thinking about ways to save money on beauty products/treatments. We have to have those items so why not figure out ways to save money while purchasing them?

Did you know that women spend approximately $15,000 on beauty products over the course of their lifetime?

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That number is shocking to me! That is a LOT of money. I then began to think about all the different beauty products and treatments we as ladies pay for each year. You don’t really think much about it until you make a list. YIKES!  Here is a list of products we typically all use and I am sure I have forgotten an item.

  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Mascara
  • Lip Stick
  • Eyeliner
  • Eye Shadow
  • Contour Kit
  • Powder
  • Nail Polish
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Hairspray
  • Styling Gel
  • Lotion
  • Body Scrub
  • Moisturizer
  • Setting Spray
  • Primer

The list can go on and on, but lets not forget about the nail salon, hair salon, tanning bed, and the eyebrow bar. That is a ton of hard-earned cash being spent on beauty products and treatments. We have to have most of those things on that list so I figured I would do some research and see where we can save money on our beauty products but still get the look we want.

  1. Makeup Remover
    • I was shocked when I saw the prices of some higher end makeup removers. The prices ranged anywhere from $15 to $30+. Makeup remover that simply removes our makeup and that is all yet we pay a small fortunes for it. I am all for getting something that is good for your skin and will do the job, but I use two products that will do the trick and save you some cash.
      • Coconut oil and Baby oil are my (and my wallets) two favorite makeup removers. Coconut oil is great for your skin and a wonderful moisturizer and it also removes makeup quickly. Plus coconut oil fixes like all of our problems anyway. 😉 Baby oil takes off your eye makeup only, but it is gentle enough to use on your eyelids. Both come in large quantities and are cheap.
  2. Foundation
  • This one is kind of tricky to tackle. I was an avid user of Bare Mineral’s “Bare Skin” foundation and I loved it. I typically spent $28 for a small bottle and it lasted about a month. Truly, it saved money by buying the more expensive kind because it lasted so long for me, but lately I have been buying another wonderful foundation for only $8.00 and it long-lasting as well. You heard me correctly.. only $8 from the drugstore and it is long lasting.
  • E.L.F. Foundation. I have recently discovered their cosmetics and I am in LOVE. For all you frugal gals like me out there this is the most amazing foundation for less than half the price of higher end foundations. I actually even like it better than the Bare Minerals foundation and that is saying a lot. 
  • A few other good drug store foundation dupes are: LOréal “Infallible Pro-Mate,” Rimmel “Stay Matte,” and NYX “HD” formula. Those drugstore foundations are compared to MAC, NARS, and Estee Lauder brand.

  3. Nail’s

  • While doing my beauty research I read that when you go to the nail salon you end up spending between $10-$45 for a manicure and between $15-$50 for a pedicure. That does not include your tip. That’s a lot of money. 
  • I suggest having a ladies nail night and doing each others nails all while getting a break from the normal hustle and bustle. This is a fun way to save money and spend time with your girlfriends. Pinterest is full of nail DIY videos and I am confident you can do it! 
  • If you buy your own tools, nail polish, and any other item you may need for your nails you still will not have spent the amount you would in a nail salon. That is a lot of money saved my friend! 
  • Plus, many studies have shown that nail salons are not sanitary and do not meet the health requirements they are supposed to meet. That leaves room for a lot of infections. Yikes!

4. Hair

  •  Getting your hair cut, styled, colored, or all of the above can be very costly. One frugal tip I can give you is only getting a cut. When you only get a cut that means they leave out washing your hair and styling it. I always go home after a hair cut and wash and style my hair myself. Instead of a $35 dollar haircut I end up paying $20 and that includes the tip. $15 saved just like that and I have a new cute hair-do.
  • If you need a good fresh color or hair treatment the only money saving tips I have for those processes are either buy a “Groupon” or save up for your color visits.Groupon always has great discounts on salon hair color, cut, etc. Or you can simply save up and set aside money for the salon.
  • Hair products can also be costly so I would suggest either purchasing the products at ULTA or catching the products on sale.
  • P.S ULTA has a great rewards program.

 

These are a few of the most common beauty products and treatments most women spend their money on. I hope you have enjoyed my frugal tips and tricks for saving money on your beauty products!

Feedback is welcome and greatly appreciated!

XOXO- Jordan

 

Always Kiss Him Goodbye

I have been married for a year and a half. I love being married. I adore my husband. I miss him every second he isn’t with me, and I don’t plan on changing that. Ever.

In this past year and a half, I have seen family members grow extremely ill and watched many others lose their spouse in the blink of an eye. They were completely blind sighted and left clinging to the blessed hope of seeing their spouse in eternity. I cannot imagine losing my spouse. We are a team. We are one. We are each others biggest fan. We have a wonderful life together. We share each others deepest secrets and dreams that no one else knows about.

Matthew 19:6 “Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” KJV

Life is not a fairytale and oftentimes feelings get hurt and tensions are high. You are upset because he did something to upset you and you just don’t understand why he would do something like that. Then the enemy convinces you that it is a bigger issue than it really is and that your spouse just doesn’t care about you. Don’t get trapped into thinking that.

Forgive and kiss him goodbye anyway.

 

The baby is crying in his/her crib, breakfast is boiling over on the stove, and the dog needs to be let outside all at the same time.

Kiss him goodbye.

You are having a really rough morning and want to just sleep in until the baby wakes up and get frustrated when he wants a kiss before he leaves for work.

Kiss him goodbye.

James 4:14 “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

Marriage is a grand blessing from God, and I want to cherish every moment I have this side of eternity with my spouse. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. We live in a fallen world full of evil sin and despair.

I’ll kiss him goodbye every morning God gives him and I together and thank God no matter what.

Praying we have 60+ years together this side of eternity, but if not I will cherish every moment we have.

 

XOXOXO- A Blessed Wife

 

Meal Planning

Hi everyone!

So I really love meal planning. I love having an organized list to take to the store with me when I go. It saves a TON of money to plan out all your meals, and I simply love knowing exactly what I need when I get to  the store.

Funny story.. when I first got married I did not meal plan. I was the aimless wanderer going from aisle to aisle and not knowing what in the world to purchase at the grocery store. I would spend between $70-$100 on our groceries and buy items that did not even go together. This resulted in a lot of frustration while trying to figure out dinner. I quickly realized that I could literally spend half of that hard-earned cash and make wonderful meals for my family.

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That image is all the money I wasted at the store before I started meal planning. 🙂

If you sit down for maybe thirty minutes tops and plan your meals for the week I guarantee you that you will save several pretty pennies. I spend around $40-$70 AT THE MOST on our weekly grocery, household, and baby items. I hardly ever reach $70. If I even get close to $70 it is because we ran out of everything we need or we needed a baby item we don’t normally buy.* This includes our items such as makeup, shampoo, and diapers.* We have healthy meals that normally consist of at least two components, and I fix some sort of sweet for the week that we enjoy.

You don’t have to live off of frozen foods if you are on a strict budget!

I know exactly what I need for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. If I have an ingredient left over from last week I will use it for a meal this week. These easy steps will help you save so much money and not waste so much food. I get almost all of my recipes off of Pinterest and lunch is either leftovers or something I can easily put together in the morning before my husband leaves for work. Breakfast is always something simple along with easy snacks.

“There is beauty in simplicity” -Unknown 

 

I have created a FREE printable meal planner A N D a free printable grocery list. 

They are totally rad and colorful and awesomeness because grocery shopping is no fun without cute lists! 

Enjoy!

xoxoxo-Jordan

 

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