Mid-Week Links: The I’ve-Been-Sick-and-Have-Not-Read-Any-Blogs-This-Week Edition

It’s been a long week of coughing and sneezing for the peeps in this house. The most exciting thing I have read is the back of the cough syrup bottle to see if it was time to make the rounds with the meds again. So, while I am certain there has been some fabulous stuff written this week, I’m going to link up to some posts from the last couple of weeks that you may have missed. nightstand

  • In the Midst of the Mess by Vanderbilt Wife (Because Motherhood is all kinds of awesome and all kinds of exhausting and it’s all good.)
  • Idol Lies at Servant’s Life (You don’t always recognize the golden calf until you’re holding it in your hand.)
  • Six Ways to Memorize Scripture at LifeWay Women All Access (I have hidden your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. – Psalm 119:11)
  • 4 Steps to Take When You’re Not Ready for Change at A Holy Experience (You could read any of Ann’s posts and walk away from your computer filled with the love of Christ. Also – you can leave her blog up and listen to the music as you go about your morning. Good stuff.)

I hope today is full of all of your favorite things, my friends. Whatever trial or temptation you face, just remember that Christ is enough.

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me and buxStacy Edwards (@sjedwards) is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a homeschooling mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ. If you need her, she’s probably hiding in the bathroom.

Mid-Week Links: The Mothering Matters Edition

coffeeTo all of the tired moms -

What you are doing matters.

The baby rocking, floor sweeping, towel folding, and macaroni making – it matters.

The lunch packing, carpooling, homework helping, and recital watching – it matters.

The rule making, grace giving, patient listening and boundary setting – it matters.

And it is a beautiful thing you do.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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me and buxStacy Edwards (@sjedwards) is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a homeschooling mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ. If you need her, she’s probably hiding in the bathroom.

 

 

Mid-Week Links: The Just a Little Homesick Edition

coffeeIt’s Wednesday and it’s sunny. Those are good things. I’m sure I’m not the only one, however, with a bit of a heavy heart. The tragedy in Boston is another reminder that this place is not our home. I wish I didn’t constantly need those reminders.

Anyone else feeling a little homesick for heaven?

I’m so glad that our JOY is not determined by our circumstances.

You, my friends, are loved!

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me and buxStacy Edwards is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a homeschooling mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ. If you need her, she’s probably hiding in the bathroom. You can follow Stacy on Twitter (

Mid-Week Links: The Happy Happy Happy Edition

Guess what, y’all! It is Spring! If you are like me, there were days when you feared it would not come. Yet, here it is. :) This makes me, in the words of Phil Robertson, happy, happy, happy. coffee

Have a great rest of the week, friends!

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me and buxStacy Edwards is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a homeschooling mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ. If you need her, she’s probably hiding in the bathroom.

 

 

 

Mid-Week Links: The I-Have-Nothing-to-Say-But-Thankfully-Other-People-Do Edition

coffeeSometimes, as a writer, you go to the well and it is just all dried up. There are days when all that is bouncing around this head of mine is, “I’m the map. I’m the map. I’m the map. I’m the map.” Dora, anyone? Some days, I am too busy trying to remember if I showered yesterday to come up with anything witty or inspiring to write.

Yes, today is one of those days. You, however, are in luck because it is Wednesday! Wednesday means I have the honor of pointing you in the direction of other people who do actually have something to say. :)

So, here we go!

Y’all are better than Nutella on a graham cracker. Happy Wednesday!

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me and buxStacy Edwards is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a homeschooling mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ. If you need her, she’s probably hiding in the bathroom.

 

Mid-Week Links: The Give Me Snow or Give Me Spring Edition

snow day sophiaOld man winter is such a tease. Three days of “chance of accumulation” turned into nothing more than a slippery sidewalk at our house. I may live in the south now, but the yankee-born side of me loves a good snow. It does not look like that is going to happen this year. So, Mr. Winter, if I can’t have a good old fashioned, reminiscent of my Ohio childhood kind of snow, then bring on Spring for cryin’ out loud!

It may not be a snow day in these parts, but it is Wednesday! That means it is time for Mid-Week Links. It really is one of my favorite days. I get to read some amazing blogs and then pass them along! I have a couple blogs today that I don’t think I’ve highlighted before. They are really good ones, too.

That’s all for today, folks. Stay warm. Love on someone. Drink some coffee for me because I ran out yesterday, forgot to buy more, and I may not make it through the morning without a nap.

Love y’all SO MUCH!

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Stacy Edwards is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ.

Mid-Week Links: The Completely Random Edition

I had a really good hair day yesterday and I really wished Sean Mitchell from middle school was there to see it.  He always got endless amounts of enjoyment by tormenting me and I believe he would have regretted it if only he had seen that amazing hair. coffee

And, I was feeling particularly snazzy because I was wearing my skinny jeans.  And, by skinny jeans, I mean the ones that make me feel skinny.  Not the skinny jeans because those make me look, well, the opposite of skinny. Speaking of skinny, I have entered back into the world of Zumba this week. It felt so good that I celebrated with a box of Thin Mints.

I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday full of laughter because…

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. - e.e. cummings

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Stacy Edwards is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ.

 

Mid-Week Links: The Ash Wednesday Edition

It’s Lent – the time when people choose to give up a variety of things for a specified time in an effort to focus on things more important.  Every year I intend to participate.  I intend to give up…something.

I never do.coffee

And the reason is that the things I need to give up, the things that tend to hinder my spiritual life, are not things at all.

I worry.  I cling to control.  I keep fists tightly closed in fear of losing something I think I need. I live in the midst of the what-ifs and, at the end of the day, am often disappointed with how I have spent my time.

Today, I am surrounded by reminders that we are not promised tomorrow.  I am frustrated with myself that I need these constant reminders.  After all, isn’t God’s Word quite clear on the matter?

O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!  - Psalm 39:4

All of life is fleeting.  We may not have tomorrow to do the work God has assigned to us today.  We must love and give and serve and we must do it now.  We should completely spend ourselves today knowing that, should God grace us with another day, He will provide the energy and strength for that one as well.

So, for Lent this year, I give up.  I give up on the worry that so often plagues my days.  I give up on the selfishness that makes me cling to things that are not mine anyway.  I will open my fists and allow God to give and take as He sees fit knowing that He is good and all He does is good.

Here are some great posts to help prepare your heart for Easter.

He is risen, friends.

  • Why doing lent this year is what you really need at A Holy Experience (This one has a free lent devotional!)
  • Lenten Lights at Desiring God (More wonderful devotion options to be used weekly during lent or daily during holy week.)
  • Resurrection Rolls at Women Living Well (Ever since I saw these on a blog, I have made them for my children on Easter. Love it!)
  • Perfect Iced Coffee by The Pioneer Woman (Okay, this has NOTHING to do with lent. But, if you like iced coffee drinks, you will thank me for this one. The one with condensed milk and half-and-half is de.lic.ious. You’re welcome.)

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Stacy Edwards is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ.

More Show Some Love Family Time Ideas

Happy Valentine’s Week! We hope you and your family are planning a fun February 2013 Family Time, if you haven’t had one already. Here are a few extra ideas to make your time special:

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1. Decorate with red, pink, and white tissue poms. They’re easy to make and inexpensive, but they make a big visual impact. Very festive! Check out a tutorial here: http://www.marthastewart.com/265163/pom-poms-and-luminarias-how-to Note: If you don’t have floral wire, yarn or kitchen twine will work.

2. Play Valentine’s tic-tac-toe. Xs and Os stand for kisses and hugs, so a few twists would make for an easy Family Time activity. Check out this free printable to use with candies: http://www.jodiefitz.com/2013/01/23/free-valentines-printable/ Or you could make this cute homemade tic-tac-toe board with construction paper and felt: http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/valentine-craft-tic-tac-toe-hearts/

3. Make marshmallow pops for a sweet treat. My boys aren’t big fans of chocolate, so this would be a great option for us. Here’s a cute tutorial: http://www.applevalleygirl.blogspot.ca/2013/01/valentines-marshmallow-pops.html

4. Serve heart-shaped bacon. This tip is especially for HomeLife contributor Sophie Hudson, aka Boomama! :) If you go with a breakfast theme, you could serve this with heart-shaped pancakes and use cookie cutters to cut fruit into heart shapes (http://www.recipebyphoto.com/valentines-day-fruit/). Can’t picture what heart-shaped bacon looks like? Check this out: http://moneysavvymichelle.com/how-to-make-bacon-hearts/

5. Let love be a little messy. My boys may not be big into the hearts and flowers of Valentine’s Day, but I’m SURE they would love to make this Valentine’s Slime. (Yes, slime!) Here’s a fun and messy activity using items you probably already have on hand: http://itsgravybaby.com/2012/02/how-to-make-slime-preschool-craft/

What fun activities or ideas do you have for your Show Some Love Family Time? We would love to hear your ideas. Share in the comments!

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Dawn Hollomon is a minister’s wife, mom to a preschooler and teenager adopted from Ethiopia, and the editor of HomeLife.

Mid-Week Links: The What-Do-You-Mean-It-Isn’t-Friday? Edition

I woke up this morning thinking, for one brief but glorious moment, that it was Friday. Then, realizing it was not, I rolled out of bed (which already had four children in it) and stumbled to the kitchen. I proceeded to make a cup of hot tea for myself and some biscuits for the kiddos. In my what-do-you-mean-it-isn’t-Friday stupor, I put a teaspoon of butter in my tea instead of sugar. That, my friends, is where you find me at this moment – in my pajamas (which, by the way, I just realized are inside out), drinking buttery tea and wondering how in the world I am going to keep up with this youngest child who has finally decided she wants to crawl. coffee

I can’t help but wonder what you are up to this morning. Are you tired? Are you feeling lost or alone? Is a loved one ill? Are you missing someone this morning? I want you to know I care about you. From one weary traveler to another, you are not alone. I am walking this pilgrim pathway right beside you. Just look for the one who hasn’t brushed her hair in a couple of days.

So, take a little break. Let’s drink a nice hot beverage (probably without butter), read some great bloggy stuff and pretend it’s Friday. ‘Kay?

Happy Friday Wednesday, y’all!

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Stacy Edwards is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ.