Archives for November 2014


Washing Cloth DIapers

Hey ya’ll! See what I just did…..future Texan here! We filmed a very short video to show you guys how we wash our cloth diapers. I understand that different things work for different diapers and also people. We use Alva baby diapers and here is what we found works the best. I wash the diapers 3 times. This really helps clean them completely and they absorb better when you thoroughly clean them.


Thanksgiving 2014

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Turkey, stuffing, casserole, gravy, mashed potatoes, lipstick, shaking sillies out, pie, whipped cream, and so much more. These are just some of the things that were involved in this years Thanksgiving. This year was nice and informal. I love having a lot of guests and especially cooking for them all, but this year was nice too because it was so casual. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a casual Thanksgiving and I loved it. We just did whatever. No dressing up, nothing over the top. Paper plates and plastic silverware for dessert. We had the Thanksgiving basics to eat, no herb crusted lamb and roast beef. It was nice. I enjoyed this pace for Thanksgiving. Audrey spent most of the time applying her lipstick……..nonstop. She hasn’t gotten the idea that you don’t rub lipstick on for minutes at a time. But it is quite entertaining how she puts it on and says “I prittty”. So cute! She was the only one who wore anything “fancy”, because she picked her pink dress out herself. And since Thanksgiving she’s worn it every day. Yesterday I picked out pants and a pink shirt for her to wear, she had a tantrum for about an hour. And finally came back to the room with the pink dress OVER her other outfit. Stubborn baby.

If you would like to watch our Thanksgiving vlog –




Well here I am…… in San Antonio house hunting. We decided yesterday that it would be better if I flew out by myself and Tom stayed with the monster. This way we could move into a home by Christmas. I have a stack of homes that we found online, I hope one of them is a fit. We are going to rent first and consider buying later. I guess I flew out at the right time…….just missed the snow. It’s so warm here in San Antonio. It was a little bit of a shock walking outside and not needing to bundle up. I could literally wear shorts….. The heat will probably kill us the first summer, but I think we will get used to it. I hope to post pictures of our new home soooooooooon!


How God Speaks To Us

Growing up I’ve always been in awe of people who have seen the Lord or heard from him. I believe that God speaks to everyone and its up to the person to be willing to listen. I have had encounters where I just KNEW that God had sent it to me. Sometimes it was a feeling, other times it was something I was reading but I knew it was God placing it in front of me. Tom and I have had a lot of life changing decisions over the last year. All of these things happened all at once, and came to a head all at once. Now that we are at the end of a lot of these things I feel excited but also scared. It takes practice to trust God and to listen to what he’s telling you. I’ve realized that a lot of times we ignore “gut feelings”. We label them as just emotions and nothing more. But I believe that this is just another way that God speaks to us. I used to think there was nothing behind these feelings until recently and now I pay a lot more attention to what they could mean. God doesn’t just speak to people audibly and visually, he uses all of our senses. We have to become more sensitive to the ways He speaks to us.

Today is a big day for us. We have been praying about it for over a year. I have been working on strengthening my faith and being sensitive to God speaking to me, whatever way he chooses. It has been HARD to curb my thinking, and like any bad habit it takes time to break. I don’t know what the outcome of this day will bring, but I know that God spoke directly me today. I don’t want to get into details about the situation, but we have been dealing with some legal issues for a while. Tom and I have worked together on all the decisions regarding these issues, and today we trusted God to lead us where we needed to go. Although I felt peaceful in the morning, as the day went on doubt started to creep in. I started to worry more (which we know does NO good) so I decided to refocus my energy on reading. Lately when I feel doubt I always bring up “Trusting God Day by Day” written by Joyce Meyer. Well at this time I was praying to God to speak to me about how I could push this doubt out of my mind and replace it with peace. I typed a search for “fear” in my book (on my iphone) to see what there was regarding this emotion. I didn’t choose the first result or even the second, my fingers were led to the one God had for me.

My last thought was “God please protect us through this”, and to this God answered You Have Nothing to Worry About“. As soon as I read those words I was settled. I KNEW they were for me. It was an amazing moment for me that I just HAD to share. I took a screen shot to show you:


I think God has really used Joyce Meyer and her ministries to speak to his children. We don’t know how God will use us to bless others but Joyce Meyer has been a blessing to me by writing this devotional. I hope any of you who need a little ‘pick me up’ will read this and be encouraged that God IS speaking, we just have to practice listening.