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If there is something I always want to work on is being joyful. When the day comes that the good Lord takes me home, that’s a word I would want people, my family especially to describe me.

It takes work and a lot of mindfulness.

I heard years ago of someone else who focused on this, and that was Goldie Hawn. Curious I picked up her book at the library. I though anything that she can bring to the table, I surely could and more because I am saved and have the joy of the Lord.

Her book was pretty gripping. It wasn’t too graphic but graphic enough to make me teary and fill me with righteous anger for the sick men she had to face.. especially as a young child.

There was a period in time when she was growing in success, she felt literally crazy and throwing up between every take. If you ever glamorized Hollywood in your mind and what it would be like to be a star, this book will show you the dark side of it. It reminded me of Leah’s Scientology book. This was way before #metoo and if more parents read it maybe they would never push any of it on their children.

Although I don’t agree with her approach on some things and lament the fact that she is not saved, Goldie in her flesh has really overcome some hard life traumas. If she can be joyful, anybody can, especially if you are saved.

One big key of hers is something I have been working on the last year and that’s being mindful. She has not only a book on mindfulness but a whole school curriculum. The curriculum has an at home version and glancing through it, nothing sticks out as too new agey or hippy. More like working on your senses and being present. It is so much on how we view things.

When I had my stroke over 2 year ago, I remember vividly when my husband and kids came to see me in the hospital. We didn’t know at the time what was going on with me. They were all with me when the neurologist came in and gave us the MRI report. A stroke on the left side of my brain was confirmed. I felt pretty numb but once the doctor left and when I had to say bye to my kids the moment was alive like none other in my life. I didn’t know if I would have another one and loose my relationship with them. I kissed them, looked in their eyes, felt every moment of their existence in one hug. Everything that really mattered was now front and center and the noise of the world became quiet. I was really mindful of the moment. Too often moms are just rushing to get through to the next thing and it’s a cycle I always want to slow down.

It’s funny to hear from Goldie that children watch way too much television and shouldn’t, when her career was built on TV and movies.. So I’m glad someone in Hollywood is being honest. She talks alot about brain development, neuro biology and the connection with just being happy…joyful.

As a Christian I have to really filter books and information like this. The filter is the Bible and sometimes the info matches and checks out and sometimes it doesn’t. I am grateful for a church that preaches so hard on a variety of subjects and admonishes us to read it for ourselves. I’m also grateful for a Pastor who encourages us to read lots of books and how they don’t always have to be from a Christian author when dealing with non spiritual things. Everyone can be an example of something good or bad.

The key is to know and read your Bible daily to not get carried away in any philosophy or school of thought you read, always compare with what the Bible says.

I really recommend the 10 mindful minutes book. We are living in some fast times, books like this remind us how to slow down and savor the small moments.

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Super Saturday

Today Joe and another brother from church worked all day on redoing our chimney. They did an amazing job. I’m glad it cooled off this weekend out of nowhere! That would have been much worst even just a week later with temps climbing up fast.

Me and the kids took it easy in the a.m cleaning and playing games. I played chess with each it bad that I never let them win? It made Genny cry and I felt so bad I gave her from my secret m & m stash. Izzy almost had me and we had a long drawn out game, she was so close. I think that will make the day they do beat me much more sweeter, no? Elly also came up with some different circuit experiments with water.

After lunch we got ready for a wedding. We love the weddings at our church. My girls just are in awe of how princess like all the brides look.

*There is an amazing even going on next week in the Detroit area if you can make it.. The New IFB Soulwining Conference.

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The Best Day Ever

For me the best day ever’s, are simple days. Little things that add up big. For example today..

I woke up wanting to make a big breakfast. Hashbrowns, eggs, pancakes, turkey bacon and yes.. even cheesecake. I made it the afternoon before and dissapointed by kids big time by telling them it had to set until next morning. I promised they could have a slice for breakfast to make them feel better so I came through on that.

After breakfast, while the kids got ready and organized for school.. I sat on the couch with my cheesecake and good book and enjoyed every bite.. All before 8am. I’d say that’s a good start to a day!

We did half a day of school and then Joe watched the kids while I ran to the library with just Genny to pick up next weeks books. It was so nice to calmly pick out the subjects and titles.

I came back made lunch and then dad decided we should get out and enjoy this amazing cooler weather.

We went to do the Solar System Walk at Oasis Veteran Park in Chandler. It is up to scale with every foot being 1.5 million miles or something like that. So our guided tour of the solar system took us all around the lake.

After that we want to Playtopia, an awesome play area at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler.

We had so much fun and and got our appetite going for dinner.

We always like to try out, new to us, NY style pizzerias in search of that perfect one. This one did not disappoint and if you bought an XL, you could buy up to 3 more for only $7!

Not having to make dinner definitely ups the “best day ever” points.

On the way home we stopped by a thrift store I always wanted to check out. It was a bit overpriced but the books were not. I found some Robinson Curriculum classics, score!

After that we were pretty beat and headed home to get everyone ready for bed and spend the rest of the evening reading.

As I was getting the bath ready for the little’s, Joshua said he wanted to make me a special treat since I do so much for them. That right there brings this day up to “best day ever” level for sure. He is always making little things for me or little snacks to surprise me and I honestly don’t want those days to ever end.. But I know they will… So I soak it in.

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My husband was ready to get rid off all the vines on our wall outside, but then overnight it seemed this happened. We weren’t expecting it, but what a nice surprise!

Galatians 6:9

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

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My Current FAVORITE things- I Love Tazza Bag/ BOOKS/ Ikea Products

I thought it would be fun to share my current favorites and include books like a book haul. Maybe something I was looking for, is something you also have and this could be helpful to you. Today I am sharing about my new tote bag that I LOVE. Sure it’s really a travel bag, BUT I needed a bag that I could also carry and keep my camera protected. Watch the video to see how I made it work.

Also sharing my current favorite books and Ikea products.

Share in the comments below, what are some of your favorites right now!

IKEA Products (Sorry could not find a link for the bowls)-

I Love Taza 2 in 2 Tote-

50 Famous Stories-

Four Naval Heroes-

Our Hero General U.S Grant-

Food Swings-

The Art of Screen Time-