What's happening in this country-lovin' mom's blessed life

With the advent of warm, beautiful weather have come… bugs.  They’re everywhere.  My kids have already been stung by wasps and it’s not even summer yet!

Note:  One incident may or may not have been because a certain 4-year-old little boy decided to touch a yellow jacket.  :p  

Who, me?

Who, me?

I know the swarms are mostly due to our fruit trees and, well, I wanted to live in the country, right?  ;)  It’s worth it, believe me.

But I’m not letting the wasps and bees take over without a fight!  I mean, poor Emma has been stung four times!  This was two different occasions, the wasps stung twice.  Apparently bees like redheads.

So yesterday I put up two different kinds of bee traps in hopes that it would help lower the population of the mean kind.  Both have vinegar in them to dissuade the good bees from getting caught.  One is a milk jug trap with sweet mixture in the bottom and v-shaped cuts on the side, and the other is a plastic juice container trap as seen below:

Two different kinds of bee - wasp - yellow jacket traps!
I’ll let you know which one works the best in a week or so!

In the meantime, I ordered Terrashield from DoTerra and BOY does it smell amazing!  I put it on myself just because I loved the scent.

If I had known bug repellent could smell so good and work well, too (not to mention be completely natural), I would have ordered it a long time ago.  We just add a few drops to coconut oil and spread it on the kids’ arms, legs, and neck.

Here’s the info from the DoTerra website:

Terrashield Essential Oil - Natural Insect Repellent

Getting involved around here…

On Sunday we tried a new church and everyone loved it!  I was nearly over the moon about it myself, and the fact that the kids had fun and were comfortable made it that much better.

The minute we got in the car after service, Isaac said, “Can we go there EVERY DAY???”.  *insert giant smile from mommy*

There are lots of homeschoolers there, too!  I’ve felt kind of out of touch while we were in-between churches, so this is heartening for me.

I’m looking forward to making friends nearby and getting the kids involved in homeschooling activities.  We can’t wait to go back!

What God Has Been Telling Me…

In the last 6 months, I have had my faith and confidence torn down and built back up in a mighty way.  I am amazed at what God has done in my life.

I’ve had some pretty awful things happen to me and my kids (which made it all the more painful), and felt numb for months.  I’ve learned a lot since then, and the two words that most stand out most in my mind are patience and faith.

It takes faith to have patience, don’t you think?

For long periods of time, I had to wait, and it was so very hard.  I had no idea what would happen.

I was forced to have faith.  It shouldn’t be that way (in a perfect world), but that’s how I learned to trust God.  It’s how I learned not to panic over all the things I used to panic over.  To have confidence that He’s got my back.  And my future.

Romans 12:12 Be Joyful in Hope, Patient in Affliction, Faithful in Prayer
My, I love my God!  I would like to shout from the rooftops that He is mighty and that He can bring anyone through any situation!  I didn’t just “get through it” or “get over it”.  There has been a lot of healing done in both myself and my kids’ lives and I praise God for it.  :)

I know life won’t be smooth in the future, but is it ever for anyone?  No matter how someone’s life appears, it’s not as perfect as it looks.

All I need is Him – I turn to Him constantly and I will keep doing it till I die.  ♥

Do you need prayer?  Please let me know in the comments or in an email if you do, I would be happy to add you to my prayers!

On My Kindle… 

This book is wonderful so far!  It has encouraged me just in the way I needed it.  I’m not generally into “self-help” type books (I think the Bible is the ultimate self-help book), but this is more like having a great, uplifting conversation with a Godly woman who points you to the Lord.

So far one of my favorite parts of the book is when she talks about Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well.  I hadn’t considered that Jesus went out of His way just to speak to the woman at the well and help her realize how important she was despite her mistakes.  I just love knowing that.  I have thought wrongfully in the past that I wasn’t as valuable to God as men are, and when you read the Bible (old testament, too), you see that that is just not true.

Thank you, Lord, for setting me straight.  :)

What We’re Watching…

 The kids have been watching Paws and Tales on JellyTelly.  I’m loving the way Biblical values are taught in this series.  They’re clear, relate-able, and understandable.  It helps that both my kids (7 and 4) love the characters and stories, too.  :)

Thanks for getting this far in a post all about me.  ;-)
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3 Responses to What’s happening in this country-lovin’ mom’s blessed life

  • Boo about the bee stings! They are ornery little things.

    I’m encouraged to read that you are doing well and appreciate your perspective and attitude! Have you ever read/watched the janette oke series, “loves comes softly?” My favorite quote in that movie is “The truth of God’s love is not that He allows bad things to happen, it’s His promise that He will be there with us when they do.” :)

    I try to take heart in that as well… we will have trouble here on earth, but take heart, He has overcome!! (John 16:;33)

    • Thank you, Jenn! :) I have read and watched the Love Comes Softly series… it’s so simply written and yet one of my favorites. It’s been awhile, though, so I didn’t remember that quote.

      One of my special verses right now is, “I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:8)

  • God is amazing, isn’t he?

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