Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Round Up...

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Week Recap

Just breath in and out…. another week flew by.
I am trying to soak in these moments with the littles since things have been SO busy.
Here is a little Instagram update…



*Just a pic from TEN years ago.  Love this little picture of our love story

*There is a video over there that I promise will make your day… just can't pull it up right now!

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On the Blog this Week

*Tuesday Talk took special for this week with a little glimpse into Andrew and my love story!





*Budgeting diaries… join us in the journey and email me if you have something to share!!!
What is your story? Or do you have some tips or pointers or anything you think would be encouraging to readers trying to be good stewards of what God has given them? Email me at stasia08@gmail.com and you can share a post! :)

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On Other Blogs this Week



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Favorites

*Have you read this book yet?  Seriously it is so good.  I have it on my iTunes and have been listening on repeat.  So much good advice.  I definitely recommend it!
from amazon 

*I think I said the exact same thing last week… but seriously, I am ready for spring and summer weather… I just don't love the cold.



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God is teaching me...

Its been a bit of a crazy week for us… but I am reminds me of these two quotes.  Maybe they will encourage you too!

Ministry that costs nothing accomplishes nothing. J.H. Jowett

Earthly possessions dazzle our eyes and delude us into thinking that they can provide security and freedom from anxiety. Yet all the time they are the very source of anxiety. 
The Cost of Discipleship- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

How was your week?

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tuesday Talk… LOVE STORY :)


Welcome to this special edition of Tuesday Talk

What is so special you ask?  Well… in light of Valentine's day being only a couple days away the hosts are sharing their loves stories.  
Mine is below… and you can click to check out the others.
And if you have a love story, than you should write it and link it up next week ;)
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Beth at Our Pretty Little Girls  //  Becky at BYBMG
Jessica at Sweet Little Ones  //  Emily at Raising Barnes
Stephanie at Wife Mommy Me  //  Stasia at Our Life on a Budget
Sarah at Abiding In Grace  //  Ruthie at Rear. Release. Regroup.
Laura at Life Is Beautiful  //  Christina at Waltzing In Beauty
Michelle at Grammie Time  //  Tina at Go Big or Go Home
Whitney at Polka Dotty Place
Sooooooo…  what is our love story anyways?  
I went back and forth about what part of our love story to share, because being that Andrew and I have been together for TEN years (is that for real???) I would keep y'all here a long time if I shared all that.
Look… there we are.  College aged A and S.  And proof for those that don't believe me that Andrew's hair used to be both really long and really blonde.


Just a fun tidbit about me, I have never been a date around sort of person.  So when I went to college I decided I didn't want to date around, I just wanted to date one more person and that would be my husband.  Thus began an unintentional husband search my first semester in college.  I was more focused on looking to see if I could find the right guy than I should have been.  But I was told, "that's what you are supposed to do."

Between my confused focus and sorority date nights, I definitely went on dates with some guys that were not my future husband ( not that that was bad or any of those guys were bad.. it was just not my plan).  So I guess I failed.  But when I got to the end of the semester and I was reading back through my prayer journal, I was sad to see what filled the pages.  I felt like it was more of a journey to find my husband than a journey to get to know my Savior.  Over Christmas break God really pricked my heart about that- weeks of praying and one trip to Passion (yep they had Passion way back in 2006) led me to one thing:
It was okay if I was single- like for the lest of my life. 
So new spring semester and I vow the opposite.  I will not be looking for my husband, I will be focus on growing in my relationship with Jesus and if God brings a relationship along… okay.  Just a couple of days into the semester and I am about to walk to the off-campus book store to buy my books (I didn't bring my car with me as a freshman) and Andrew sees me walking, so he offers me a ride.  I often wonder if this was in any way planned on his part or he was just being nice and then things worked out. Anyways, he drove me to buy my books, then asked me to help him plan a ping pong tournament for the campus ministry we were both involved in. We hung out a lot in the planning of that.  Then we went to a big group to see the Gym Dogs at UGA, afterwards he asked me what I was doing the rest of the evening, my response?

"I am just going to go back to my dorm and study."  Mind you this was a Friday night and this was my not so smooth way of trying to get him to ask me out.
Thankfully he did not run away from my dorkiness and the rest is history (well there were a lot of really good times and really hard times after that, but that is another story for another time;))


I also really want to share is the love story of the here and now.  7 years of marriage, 6 moves, 2 kiddos, 1 miscarriage and countless other things later.  Life is hard.  Don't get me wrong, so good, but hard and busy and trying.

And like most young couples we don't really have the means for fancy dates or exotic vacations.  But I have decided that is not where the romance is found anyways. I mean those things are nice, but usually romance is found in the everyday.  The taking out the trash, folding laundry and washing dishes (glamorous right?).  When Andrew watches the kiddos after a long workday so I work on or do something I  am passionate about.  He always supports me like that.

And most of all?  Serving together.  I have said this before and I will say it again, when we are serving together we feel the closest.
So… what is your Love Story this Valentine's Day?  I would love to hear it!  Feel free to link it up this week or next!
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Friday Round Up...

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Week Recap

I inhaled on Monday and by the time I exhaled it was already the end of the week… any one else?

Here is to a little Intaweek recap… feel free to follow along! :)
My birthday cupcake fun! :)


 He is officially crawling and trying to pull up… get ready world!

Jman 6 months and BD 6 months :)

When your child spills a green smoothie on your other child before you even get out the door in the morning!

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On the Blog this Week


*Have you linked up yet for Tuesday Talk?  It is a weekly link up with a group of lovely ladies.  Definitely join us!!!
And this Tuesday, February 9th you can come by and read some love stories from the hosts! :)



*Budgeting diaries continued with Jessica. Jessica is sharing all about budgeting time… something I really needed to hear!

What is your story? Or do you have some tips or pointers or anything you think would be encouraging to readers trying to be good stewards of what God has given them? Email me at stasia08@gmail.com and you can share a post! :)

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On Other Blogs this Week

Katie talks about her favorite grocery shopping and meal planning hacks!

*This Little Home of Mine's round up of Valentines

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Favorites

Only one this week…
My friend Sarah is selling this decal for my friend Morgan and her family's adoption!  Morgan's blog is SO inspiring and really pushes you to grow in the Lord!  The decal can go on mugs, iPads etc.  They are $10 a piece, email me if you are interested and I will get you one!

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God is teaching me...

I already mentioned that our Bible study is going through Daniel and this week we were in chapter two.  King Nebuchadnezzar has a dream that is stressing him out and he is losing sleep over it.  All the magicians in the land can do nothing to help, so Neb, being the impulsive king that he is says he is going to kill all the Magicians and wisemen in the land.  This included Daniel and his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (also known as Shadrach, Mishach and Abendigo). Daniel knew God had given him the ability to interpret dreams, but before he does that, he goes to his friends and asks them to "seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery."

Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 
Daniel 2:17-18

It got me thinking, how often to I immediately go to friends and family seeking prayer over things?  Definitely something I am going to do more!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Budgeting Diaries: Jessica Mathisen

We are back with...

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Jessica.  Jessica and I have known each other since college.  Lately I have loved keeping up with her on her blog.  She also has a great series called #sistersofinfluence that I shared on a while back.

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Friends, I am so honored to have the opportunity to share with you today as a part of the wonderful Stasia's Budgeting Diaries series. My name is Jessica Mathisen, and I am a twenty-something teacher who lives in Athens, GA with my insanely cute husband and my incredibly adorable puppy. As a self-proclaimed clothes addict and recovering spender/wannabe saver, I won't be writing to you about budgeting with money today. Instead, I want to talk with you about how we choose to budget our time.

As women, we have many responsibilities and expectations that are laid upon us by society, family, church, and friends. Depending on our age and life stage, there are various activities, hobbies, and interests that could demand our time on a given day. 

How do we decide what to devote our time and attention to? How do we know what we should say yes to and what we need to say no to at any given moment? In short, how do we spend our time?


Growing up, I was a book nerd who loved to read, and I spent time devouring stories and learning more about the world around me. I didn't play sports, but I was active in my church's youth group, and as an extrovert, I loved any opportunity I had to be around others. When I first began college at the University of Georgia, I wanted to be a part of anything and everything that I could get into, because I wanted to do all. the. things.

My sweet babies last year in second grade! 

However, I found that getting involved in every. single. thing that you are interested in and signing up for all the clubs is not a good way to live. It is, however, a great way to burn out. At that time, I didn't know the value of doing a couple things really well. I just wanted to do all sorts of things because I had a severe case of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). This pattern of trying to spread myself too thin set me up for a vicious cycle of feeling overwhelmed and getting sick because I pushed myself when I needed to rest instead of listening to my body.

Fast forward to present day. I am a newlywed teacher, and there are still only 24 hours in the day. I still have many interests, but the Lord has shown me that with everything there is a season. (Ecclesiastes 3) For example, in high school I had the joy of leading worship with my youth group's praise band. In college this gift lay dormant because the Lord used that time to cultivate other gifts and help me understand other aspects of myself that He was building up in me. When I moved to Mexico after college, I was able to use that gift again. Right now I don't lead worship anywhere. And that's ok. I cannot use every single gift that the Lord has given me to it's "full potential" (in my eyes) in every season of my life.

So here's how I figure out what I need to commit my time to in this season- I ask myself a few questions before taking on a new recurring commitment (such as leading or attending a new Bible study):

1. Do I have the resources to do this well right now? Can I commit to this physically, emotionally, and spiritually?
2. Am I doing this because it's what I want, or do I truly believe that God wants me to pursue this opportunity right now?

Reading The Best Yes last year gave me so much vision about how to spend my days. And as far as my day to day life goes: I have to accept the fact that I cannot be all things to all people. So I pray and ask the Lord to show me who I am supposed to invest in in this season. Right now I'm a baby newlywed. We're six months in, folks. So that means that my husband is my priority (as he always should be, but especially now) because we're trying to figure out this whole marriage thing.

Here are some ways that I try to establish boundaries that protect my time and help me to focus on what the Lord has actually called me to in this season:

  • I don't stay at work past five. 
  • I very rarely bring work home. So on Friday afternoons, sometimes I will stay until 5 so that I've got the rest of the weekend to rest and recharge.
  • When an opportunity comes up for a social commitment, I check in with my husband to make sure it's good with him.
  • I'm not leading anywhere or serving in any "official" ways at church for our first year of marriage- this decision is one that I owe to the minister that married us and did our premarital counseling. There are lots of ways to still serve others and minister without "officially" serving with a "title."
  • Netflix, the internet, and social media do not govern my time. I try to limit my "screen time" each day. 
And there you have it, friends. That's my journey of how to budget my time. I think the biggest thing I've learned is that my time will look different throughout each season of life- and that's ok. All the Lord asks of us is to use our time wisely and for His glory. 

Thanks for letting me be a part of your day and for reading, friends!

Love, 
Jessica Mathisen

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Want to read some other encouraging and real budgeting stories???
Jennifer @ Chaos 2 Peace
Top 5 Side Hustles to Make Money
2016 Goals
Stephanie @ Marathon Bride
Laura @The Epitome of Us
Mandy @ Almond Place
Sarah @ Abiding in Grace
Stasia @ Our Life on a Budget
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What is your story? Or do you have some tips or pointers or anything you think would be encouraging to readers trying to be good stewards of what God has given them? Email me at stasia08@gmail.com and you can share a post! :)


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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tuesday Talk...

 
Come link up and check out some great bloggers!

On the blog lately…

*Budgeting diaries continued with 5 Ways to Save  Money, a guest post by Jennifer from Chaos to Peace.  Definitely check it out!
What is your story? Or do you have some tips or pointers or anything you think would be encouraging to readers trying to be good stewards of what God has given them? Email me at stasia08@gmail.com and you can share a post! :)

 

Blast From the past

Still one of my most visited posts ever… Things I learned from this move… guess I am not the only one who has moved a lot;)


These women are awesome so take sometime to check out their blogs and link up!
Follow the other Tuesday Talk hosts below!
 Becky at BYBMG | Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram
Stephanie at Wife Mommy Me | Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram
Christina at Waltzing In Beauty | Pinterest | Instagram
Michelle at Grammie Time | Pinterest | Instagram  
Whitney at Polka Dotty Place | Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram 


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Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Roundup… Birthday Edition!

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Week Recap

Hey y'all… first of all… it's my birthday.  How old am I?  As borrowed from a friend of mine, we will just say this year is "the end of twenty," so I better soak up this last year of twenty somethingness, right?

Beyond that… life is crazy right?  I feel like I inhale on Monday and don't exhale again until the weekend.  But this weekend happens to be especially busy so maybe I will exhale ned week.

AND… if you have been following along you know that one of our major goals for the year was to save cash for a car.  Well… this past week BOTH of our cars transmissions went out on the same day. Thankfully one is under warranty so theres that.  But we are officially a one car family until we save up!  Any one out there have advise for working as a one car family???

And of course my Instagram week… 

Our Georgia snow day…

Dreaming and planning a new week…

Loving siblings…

 Dreaming of Disney


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On the Blog this Week

*Have you come to check out the link up I co-host?  Tuesday Talk???  It is a great group of bloggers :)


*Budgeting diaries continued with 5 Ways to Save  Money, a guest post by Jennifer from Chaos to Peace.  Definitely check it out!
What is your story? Or do you have some tips or pointers or anything you think would be encouraging to readers trying to be good stewards of what God has given them? Email me at stasia08@gmail.com and you can share a post! :)

 

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On Other Blogs this Week

Ummmm… so for real, reading blogs is one of my favorites and this week there has been exactly ZERO time.  Please forgive me… it is my birthday :)


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Favorites

*I have wanted a sweater scarf forever… but can't quite justify it because I am embarrassed to admit how many scarves I already have.  But this video from Tiffany at Bright on a Budget has me wanting to get one, especially now that I know how to style it.

* Warm weather.  Seriously, I have been dreaming about the beach and sunny warm days.  I know I should not wish winter away, but I am really struggling with this… I am just not a cold weather person.

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God is teaching me...

I have just started a study of Daniel with our small group and I am consistently amazed at what slowing down and really digging through scripture does!

This quote from the Wiersbe commentary, Be Resolute, pretty much sums up what God has been moving in my heart this week.

"How can God's people resist thee pressures that can "squeeze" them into conformity with the world? According to Romans 12:1-2, "conformers" are people whose lives are controlled by pressure from without, but "Transformers" are people whose lives are controlled by power from within." Daniel and his three friends were transformers: instead of being changed by the world they did the changing!  God used them to transform the minds of powerful rulers and bring great glory to His name in a pagan land."

How was your week?

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