Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A New Chapter

Sorry that once again things have been quiet here on the blog. We are skipping along in life and I have been too busy to really update. I have decided that with the addition of Sarah coming in July and  due to the fact that I will have 2 1/2 more homeschool students this fall ( yes, sweet Jonas is the 1/2), I am going to phase this blog out and focus on my new blog :www.homeschoolingonthehomestead.blogspot.com and share our school and life adventures over there. This blog has been great but unfortunately it has a lot of "past" behind it. I don't want to forget that past, but I want to start fresh over at the new place and focus more on our real lives and schooling, rather than a bunch of controversial topics that may or may not pertain to our family life. I want to be an encouragement to others that may be heading through the same thing as I am. I am basically in 3 phases of life at once! I am a momma to 3 soon to be 4 littles ages 5 and under; a momma to a tween boy at age 11, and a momma/friend to older teen girls who are about to be on their own! I also still have the full time job of being the sole caretaker for my 80 year old mother, who lives with us, and suffers from dementia/alzhemiers. So my plate is full, but in a blessed kind of way! So please join us over at the Homestead and watch for upcoming post as I share about our adventures in gardening and homeschooling and large family living :-)

Love~
Maudie

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Just To Clarify~

Hi again! After re-reading my post a couple of times, I wanted to clarify a couple of things. I wanted to first say that we are NOT against people being plain, in no way,shape,or form. We do feel this is a real calling that is led by the Lord. In my journey, I was led by my personal desire. Not my husband's, and not the Lord. Now, with that said, can I honestly say that I will never be plain again or wear a head covering? NO :-) If God directs my husband to that, then I will surely do it. I enjoy the plain type of dress and I love wearing head coverings. And I am praying daily that God directs Cameron the right way and that He will help me to keep my personal preference out of the equation. 
As for wearing the makeup or jewelry. My husband doesn't require that, and loves me endlessly regardless. For that I am SO grateful because as things have changed lately, a couple of things have reverted back. I tried to wear the makeup. I tried to wear the earrings. Within 2 days of that change, my face was so flaky and burnt looking ( and yes, I was using very natural and pure product), that I literally could not put it on. My ob said that I have some type of allergy to makeup ( I experienced this in one of my previous pregnancy's when I still wore makeup regularly)  and we should hold off until the baby is born and then seek treatment via a dermatologist.  As for earrings, my ears became infected, as did each of our daughters that put earrings in after not wearing them for years. Maybe its coincidence, or maybe it was God's way of saying, no. Nevertheless, we aren't doing all that right now. I also had a horrible neck injury and shoulder injury the day after I made this change. So that has taken precedence over everything else as well. If you all would join us in prayer for my neck and right shoulder, we would appreciate it. I am awaiting an MRI, but my doctor is pretty certain I have permanent  nerve damage that may require surgery after Sarah is born. 
We love our church family and we are praying that God will make it clear as to what we should do in regards to keep attending or not. We haven't been able to attend anyway due to all these other issues. We don't want to offend them or be a stumbling block in their walk with the Lord. We love them so!
I wanted to take the time to say all this just because I want everyone to know that we believe God works on all us in different ways and at different times. What path does God have for us? We are not for certain, but we can say without a shadow of a doubt, if we are leaning on Him and His Word, we will never be led astray. May God richly bless you and keep you all as you journey on in this life.

Love~
Maudie

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Change is in the Air~

    Howdy! Once again I have failed to keep up with my blogging. So to answer your question sweet friend...yes, you can be my accountability partner in blogging!!!
   I have so many things to share, so where do I begin? I guess the first thing is that we found out our sweet new blessing will be a baby girl. We have named her Sarah Elizabeth!!! We are over the moon. The next big thing is something that has kind of been in the background for many years now. I have tried my hardest over the last few years to "do" all these "things" to prove I am a Christian. I have went plain, wore head coverings, no makeup, and I even sold all my jewelry short of a plain gold  wedding band. All the stress and confusion has nearly torn my family apart. We have a daughter who can no longer live in our household  due to her behavior that all stemmed when I began pushing all these rules on her. I want to add that she did make her own choices, and ultimately those choices made it to where she could no longer live here. So she is with her grandmother and doing quiet well there.  My husband and I, who have always had a wonderful marriage, began to bicker and argue. My whole family pretty much thought I had flew the coop so to speak. I look back on all this time and I realized one day that I had been wrong. It simply dawned on me that the Lord who gave his only son to die a brutal death for me on the cross, was NOT going to send me to Hell because I chose to honor my husband and dress modest, but not plain. Because I chose to honor my husband and put a little makeup and jewelry on. Because I chose to honor my husband and put away the head covering. I realized that my head is my husband. It isn't a preacher or another man. God is my ultimate authority and he tells me to honor my husband. All this time my husband silently allowed me to "lead" our family. What a hard pill for me to swallow! But the truth hurts. We loved our church and the fellowship there. And I will miss them dearly. They were like family. But the God's honest truth is that we can't go there and NOT be plain. The few times I've worn modest clothes there rather than plain, its been uncomfortable. And I was even told by another person that they had been talking about us too. That hurt really badly. I finally opened up to my husband one night on one of our rides. I just told him all the things that was on my mind and he told me all the things that was on his. He asked me to please put away all the plain stuff and head coverings and to please wear a tad of makeup and fix my self up a little like I used to. I felt so guilty because I had really taught myself and my children that those things were sin. Like the kind of sin that sends you to hell. OUCH... Another prick in my heart. My poor Emily didn't know what to think when Daddy came home with light pink finger nail polish and we all painted our toenails. I finally look rested again and feel refreshed. I still don't pack it on, but I know that my husband is pleased. I know that my husband isn't asking anything of me that will send me to hell. I really feel foolish when I look back over the last few years. I forced a lifestyle on my family that was really led by me, not my husband. Thats all changed now. I am submitting to my sweet, wonderful husband.We are looking forward to becoming happy again. We are plan on re-newing our vows. We also look forward to what God has in store for us. We are planning on finding a new church and have decided to re-list our home again, but not to move where we wanted to, but to where God leads us. We know that our home didn't sell the first time because God forseen all this. Praise to Him that He is an all knowing, ever-loving God! Yes, He still punishes us, but He also forgives and loves us despite our worthlessness. 
   I have a new drive to get back in the swing of school. We plan on starting fresh in April and continuing on until June. Just in time to take a "baby break" to meet our sweet Sarah! We plan on jumping back into the saddle again in September. We are content to be on this path again. We are praying about re-joining the ATI and actually attending the family conference they host every year. 
  I want to say though that I have some very dear friends who are plain. Some are ex-old order Amish, some are just converts to plain living, but I love and respect those people and their convictions. However those convictions are not my convictions. I believe in modesty, simple living, seeking the Lord continually, and being a light for Him in this dark, evil world that we live in. Does that mean I have to be plain, or wear a head covering? No. I can do all kinds of actions to prove I am a Christian. But I assure you if my inside attitude doesn't match up with the outside, then I have done no good for anyone. I have to be a witness of Christ in my actions and attitude, rather than just how I dress. Thank you all for following me on this journey we have been on. I am looking forward to the future more than ever now! As always, prayers are very much appreciated and I would love to pray for you all as well. If you have any prayer needs, feel free to email them to me at: seekingthelorddaily@gmail.com 
     I look forward to posting again soon, hopefully with some updated pictures. :-) 

Love~
Maudie














Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2014 in Review

   I decided that a great place to start here on my blog since I haven't really blogged in so long is to recap our year. I would love to put lots of pictures in this post to be quite honest with you, I am posting from my new macbook air and I haven't the slightest clue how to post pictures  from here yet. So I'll probably come back with just a photo post :-) 

   In January of 2014, we re-listed our home after abruptly removing it from the market in early December 2013, with a new realtor. I honestly  had high hopes that our home would sell quickly. Again, God had other plans. Its still for sale as I type this and we are once again planning on moving to a different company after our contract ends, later this month. Im  sure some of you maybe thinking that perhaps this is a sign that it isn't God's will for us to move. And that may be the case. Time will only tell, but we certainly still feel that God wants us in the country and that he is preparing the perfect buyer for our home and the perfect property for us. Thats the beauty in going with God's timing. Had we jumped on what we thought was the perfect property back in late 2013, we would  have been homeless for many months because the deeds were all messed up on that property. Praise the Lord for an all knowing God!

  In May our oldest daughter turned 16. I was very excited for her and wanted her birthday to be extra rememberable. With that said, we went all out and rented a community center, decorated, had a beautiful 3 tiered cake and lovely food, to celebrate her special day. It was a day she will never forget. Although I normally don't go all out on birthdays, it was worth every penny and the only regret I have is that I didn't have it fully catered. We have another sweet 16 this year and next year, so time will tell how those go. About that time, my husband had mentioned wanting to try to buy a car, so we could be a 2 car family again. Something Ive wanted for a long time. At last after some searching on the internet, I found my husband's dream car and in our price range! I couldn't believe it. I called the dealership and by that afternoon, we were the proud owners of a black, 2006 Nissan 350 Z. Yes, some have said it is impractical because its a 2 seater. But hey, there are just myself and my husband and that equals 2! It was his car, for him and for me. We love it and have enjoyed it every day since we bought it. Of course we still have our 15 passenger van, so we all can still travel as a family. But this has been a real treat for me and my hardworking husband. A well deserved treat at that!!!!

  The summer came and went.  In June, we lost our beloved boxer, Silas, to cancer at the age of 11. Although I had zero desire to have another pet, my husband did. So I was able to pick the puppy out. He wanted another boxer and so I chose a little brindle puppy, we named Ava. She's a mess and a very active member of our family.  A little too active at times.  

  Nothing major happened in the fall until mid November when we discovered that we were expecting another little one! Thrilled and shocked, were my two emotions. I am now 11 weeks along and anxiously awaiting our gender scan in February around the 16th to see what we will be blessed with this time!

  Well there you have it. Thats a recap of my year in 2014. And just for random, I thought I would share a few fun facts about myself:

  I LOVE Ball canning jars!!! I collect the special edition collections that they put out every year in colors. The year before last was, blue, last years was green, and this years is.... PURPLE!!! My oldest daughter and my 3rd daughter, share my love of these things! We are waiting to order as soon as they are released.
  I LOVE Apple products! I have an Ipad, an Iphone 6 ( my beloved has the 6 Plus), and I have an Apple Mac Book Air <3 i="">
 I LOVE flip flops and would live in them year round if I could.
 I LOVE all things, Amish, and classic.
I LOVE the country and can't wait until the day I can call the country my home!
HEARTS are one of my favorite things. I collect wooden items with hearts carved in them.
My hair is below my waist and hasn't been this long since I can remember. 
I don't wear makeup or jewelry and I dress pretty simple and modest.

Well thats about it! I hope you all have a blessed day and hopefully I'll be back to posting at least weekly and hopefully I can figure out how to add some pictures. 


Blessings~
Maudie





Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! I have some exciting news to share and if your on facebook with me then please help me keep this a secret until February. We found out in November we are expecting another sweet baby! We are thrilled as I was beginning to wonder if  sweet Jonas was our last. Please join us in prayer for a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery of a healthy baby in late July 2015. I plan on coming back to blogging after the 1st of the year but I just had to share our news! Praying you all are well and have had a very blessed Christmas. 

Blessings~
Maudie

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Howdy!

I hope this finds you all well. This is just a drive by post to say, stay tuned :-) We have had lots going on and lots of exciting news to share. No, I'm not expecting, but I still have lots to share in where God has brought us over the past few months. I've missed blogging in a way. I want to blog once a week and at least chronicle our lives for myself and the girls to look back on at some point. God bless you all and see you soon!

Blessings~
Maudie


                                       

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Sick Days ~ Cherishing the Moments ~ Enjoying the Snuggles

  The littles at our house are sick. Very sick. Fevers, coughs, runny noses, and at least 1 incident of vomiting. We are trying to clean and prepare for our realtor to come Friday, which is 2 days later than expected. I emailed her yesterday and postponed our re-listing. But if the sickness continues we may have to wait a few more days.

  It's in these times that we can choose to enjoy the "down time", even if we don't feel like its a good time. I love my littles. Of course I love all my children but my littles hold a special place in my heart since they are reversal babies. They are the children that had we not trusted The Lord with our fertility we wouldn't have. Our 1st son and 4th child is actually our first reversal baby. We thought we were done for sure, but praise The Lord He had other plans. When we are down and not able to move around as much, I tend to have more time to think. So as I was cleaning my kitchen cabinets with my little Jonas in his ergo this morning, I was thinking how precious he is. And how I'm so fortunate he is here. And last night when Emily was throwing up and Jackson was screaming for me not to leave him for a shower, it makes me feel happy. Thankful, loved and needed. 

  So enjoy these times if your little ones are sick. Be thankful it's just a temporary sickness. Some parents are not as fortunate and have children with terminal illnesses. So rest, let go of what you can let go.God gives you little moments to rest. Enjoy! I'm going to snuggle my little ones and pace my day. Praying your week is blessed!

Blessings~
Maudie