Whatever Comes Our Way, We are Strong and We are Brave.

My beautiful minivan (yes, I said minivan and I also used the adjective beautiful) completely cut off on me! I didnt notice until I hit the gas, and it did nothing.

I turned the van off and turned the key to crank it again.

Nothing.

I repeated the before stated process.

Nothing.

Repeated again about 10 times and nothing.

So, as the people in the vehicles around me were expressing their displeasure that I missed the light, I called my wonderful husband, the firefighter. Im so thankful that I just so happen to be at the very edge of his department’s district. It was his opportunity to rescue me instead of a stranger and that he did. He and one of his fellow firefighters pushed me out of the middle of the busy busy busy street!!

Long story short we were very close to our church and some church family helped us get my precious minivan to the church parking lot.

As all of this was happening, a few things happened:

1- I began to think about how much it would cost to tow and fix the van. (we knew it was the alternator-whatever that is, and I was very far from home or our mechanic)

2- I began to think about how much money was in the bank.

3- Well….Mainly I just went back and forth between 1 and 2.

God is so smart! He knew this would hapen and had impressed me a few weeks prior to start reading a book called “Parenting by the Spirit” by Sally Hohnberger. In the book Sally says this:

Many parents, who have never had a genuine RELATIONSHIP with God, are asking their children to “be good” and fight against Satan without a vital connection with Jesus. How can our children war against powers and principalities without Christ? They cant! We are asking them to do the impossible, and then labeling them rebellious and disobedient when they fail. How crazy we are to send our child to battle with Satan alone, unaided by Divinity

That got me to thinking. I have a relationship with God, but is it sufficient enough to fight against Satan? Is it where I could teach my children how to have a quality relationship with God?

She also says:

One of the biggest tasks we face in parenting today is to help our children overcome wrong habits of thinking, feeling, or reacting and to lead them into right habits in these areas. Without God’s help, this task is impossible. Therefore, He must perform IN US the very work we wish to see performed in our children…..

I just so happened to have read the second quote the morning that my van died. I decided that I was going to make a conscious decision to trust what my God says in His Word.

Isnt God HILARIOUS!!! The morning I made that decision…

BOOM!!!

The Test.

So I decided to change my thinking. Instead of worrying about money, Id stand on His Word.

He said he’d take care of me.

He said to not worry.

He said to not be afraid.

So, I wasnt.

I was numb! LOL!!!!! Just NUMB! I felt nothing! LOL

I was pleasantly surprised by what he used to minister to me.

He provided me transportation for that day and the next WITHOUT ME ASKING. Thats a whole notha’ post, yall! I was so touched.

But what was even better…..

What he used to melt that numb feeling into joy!

So, we’re riding home and I decide to turn on some music for my babies. I chose this VBS song:

Lyrics:

We will trust, trust in GOD ALONE,

We will stand, stand upon HIS WORD,

and WHATEVER comes our way,

We are STRONG, and we are BRAVE.  

GOD ALONE. HIS WORD. WHATEVER IT IS. WE ARE STRONG AND BRAVE.

I cant depend on my bank account.

I cant depend on my husband’s job.

I cant depend on my family.

I have to depend on God ALONE.

Knowing that WHATEVER comes my way…

I can be STRONG and BRAVE.

He has my back.

ERRRRDAY. ALL DAY!

ITS TRUE! I CAN!

Im one step closer to teaching my children how to depend on God.

And guess what? God provided the funds to fix my beautiful van, too!

Happy Sabbath, Yall.

Thats Totally SuperMom

Its all in how you carry it. Let that load GO! Picture taken from Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/73957618857715163/

Its all in how you carry it. Let that load GO!
Picture taken from Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/73957618857715163/

Confessions of Motherhood!! With a Great 48 Update!

GUYS!

Saw this on Facebook! Couldn’t help but slap my knee with laughter!

So, I had to share it with you!

How many of these have you done?

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Great 48 Update:

Day one: Had to rush the kids to an 8am dentist appointment. Hubby was gracious enough to make me a smoothie on the go. By 10:30, I was ready to devour whatever I could get my hands on. I didnt. For lunch, I had a sandwich and a salad. Although later in the day, I may have mistakenly, gotten a quesorito-no meat add potatoes- from Taco Bell. (I know *cringe*) Later that night, I ate stovetop popcorn for a snack. I added hot sauce on it so I could FEEL like I was eating junky! LOL

About that exercise… Does chasing around my kids count? No? Ill do better on Day 2 (which is today)

I did talk to God. Not as much as I should have but I did.

I also did a little something special for myself.

I kept most of goals. Not all…47 Days to go.

Progress. Not Perfection.

Thats TotallySupermom

Staying Focused- The Vision Wall

Hey guys! See, I told you I was back!!!

In 10 Things That Happened While I Was Gone I had LOTS to share with you that I wanted to show you later.

This post will cover numbers 2, 3, and 7. Mostly 7.

I have trouble staying focused. Ive learned that my goals are consistently the same, but I really struggle with remembering to execute them. For that reason, I usually start the year strong and by December forget all about it. The goal is still something im passionate about and burns within my soul but I rarely get it done the way I would like, not because I dont want to do it, but I just get distracted VERY easily for various reasons.

One year, a good friend of mine (HEY CANDACE) invited me to a vision board party. We went to this nice boutique with our poster boards and magazines to make vision boards. Guys, I was soooo confused! LOL What am I suppose to do with these magazines? Cut what out? For what? LOL!! I did eventually create what is now my yearly tradition. I even sometimes have a party of my own. Ive expanded and now instead of a board, I have an area.

Come with me as I give you a tour!

Vision Wall

This area is located in my room on a small wall.

 

The above picture is a shot of the entire area. Its on a small wall in my bedroom, so it looks like my “office”…a very creative office. Some call it organized chaos. Let me tell you, everything means something. Every spot. Every piece of paper. Even where its placed. Its all for a purpose. I call it my little heaven. The banner over the top says, “Thats Totally Supermom”. You get it? You will by the end of this post. It was given to me by my wonderful husband that threw me a supermom party.

The Green board is 2013’s vision board.

2014 Vision Board

                  2014 Vision Board

Above is my vision board for the 2014. I unconsciously have placed a center piece in every vision board Ive made. I realized this after looking over my past few vision boards. This year the center piece is that piece of paper that says “It will change my life”. Everything else surrounds it, and is divided into sections. Top Right- focuses on me. My dreams. My health. My fitness. My eating habits. Bottom right- friendships, artistic goals, reminder to read and let go of what I cant control. Bottom- Summer Vacation (Did it), the desire to travel (kind of did it), wanting a new couch (got one) among some other household items. Bottom left- My spiritual life, plugging into the power God gives (I need to work on that) Top Left- Some family goals. Top center- Goals for my marriage. *wink wink*

I know some people that will change their board to go with the changes throughout the year. I dont do that because I like to see how Ive grown in the past year. So as I change, I add stuff around it.

Reminds me of who is in control and who my power (in my vision board) comes from.

Reminds me of who is in control and who my power (in my vision board) comes from.

Given to me by my church women's group.

Given to me by my church women’s group.

Here is a close up of one of the really special things on my wall. My name was inserted in the Bible verse Jeremiah 29:11. It really touched me because it was so personal. Almost as if God himself was talking to me. I also found my love cup being filled just because the ladies took the time to do this.

 

Helps me remember to relax, and bust a sweat. :-)

Helps me remember to relax, and bust a sweat. 🙂

If you can read the pink heart and enjoy watching “The Sound of Music”, you may get a kick out of that.

Sometimes I need a reminder to do those things I love.

Sometimes I need a reminder to do those things I love.

Gum Package

Gum Package

This was given to me by a really good friend. It was so simple but so special. It made the wall. 🙂

 

So now, you got to see my vision wall, my mint colored desk that I refurbished, and my orange walls. Really Guys, it was a totally accident gone fabulous.(The walls)

But here’s really why I do my vision board:

Matthew 6:22-23 (NIV)- The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

My vision board is the light to my eyes. It reminds me daily of my purpose, my goals, my worth, my love, and the list goes on. It gives me perspective. Stay positive, Court. One day at a time, Courtni. Get your tail up and work out. Yes honey, its ok to leave your kids to go do things that make you happy. You like what you do, remember? You dont need affirmation from the world to do what God tells you. God doesnt call the equipped, He equips the called.

How’s your Vision?

Thats Totally Supermom

(Did you get it?)

 

 

 

Divine 29

My second born celebrating my birthday with me.

My second born celebrating my birthday with me.

 

Today’s my birthday!!

Happy Birthday to me!!!

I celebrated yesterday, though. My husband is a firefighter and has to do his duty.

Now, before you get him for not requesting off or getting someone to work for him, he did try but was unsuccessful. This is why we celebrated yesterday.

My husband and kids took me to this amazing trampoline warehouse-like place. Lots of fun and a great workout.

Then off to dinner with about 25 of my family members and friends. I love spending time with my people!

Anyway, I decided I would come up with something called the DIVINE 29. 

29 goals Id like to accomplish this year. Participating in events, fitness goals, trip Id like to take, etc. I realized quickly that I needed a little more time to think over what I really want to accomplish in my last year of my 20s. Sounds like a pretty good future bog post!

Thats Totally Supermom

and If you didnt notice, I had a Totally Supermom party. My husband is pretty clever, huh?

10 Things That Happened While I Was Gone

 Hello Everyone,

Its been a while since Ive posted.

Lets see…

1- I moved…twice. Twice in 4 months to be exact.

2.I painted the inside of my new house orange and absolutely loved it!

3. I refinished a desk and painted it mint which pops greatly against my orange walls. *giggle*

4. I planted a garden using the Back to Eden method. Made my garden so much easier to maintain.

5. Speaking of gardens, I learned not to plant 5 cucumber plants next to each other. (Pics coming soon)

6. I also learned not to plant a watermelon plant next to the cucumbers.

7. I now have a vision wall that gives me life! Ill post about that soon.

8. I started and didnt stick to a healthier lifestyle plan more than a dozen times.

9. I learned that breaks are like air and food. I have to take breaks in order to survive.

10. Random but Fourth of July came around and I crafted with my children. We made cute little handprint flag shirts.

I think I’ll be forever catching you guys up on everything that has happened, but here’s something that I discovered that seems to stick out above everything else.

I was feeling rather discouraged guys. VERY discouraged. I questioned if I was a good mother, a good Christian, a good friend, a good wife, and sometimes a good person. I counted all my faults, and none of my gifts. All of my defects of character and none of my good deeds. I was struggling. I desperately needed guidance. I found it.

Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.”

Its a common quoted verse. Ive read that verse over and over again in my life, but this time it really struck me. Earlier in the chapter, Jesus is telling us not to worry about what we would eat or drink or what we would wear. Clearly if nature goes without want, we would be taken care of. Even in our sinful nature, we know how to give food to our children. Doesnt God want to give that to us. 

Ive always read this verse as God provides. Yes, I know. I know God provides. It was redundant, but this time I REALLY heard it. 

This verse says:

Courtni (Supermom), dont worry about if youre a good mother, seek me and you’ll be one.

Courtni (Supermom), dont worry about if youre failing your children, seek me and you’ll be a success.

Courtni (Supermom), dont worry about if you have the money to cover that bill, be a good steward, and Ill take care of the rest.

Courtni (Supermom), Its ok that you made that mistake, seek me and Ill help you out of it.

Courtni (Supermom), dont worry about if you are a good wife, seek me and Ill make sure you have the tools to make you a good wife.

Courtni (Supermom), dont worry about all those things that are on your heart, give them to me, and Ill supply the solution.

 

I saw the intimacy in this verse. I saw it!

I also discovered that I have a bad habit of trying to handle everything all on my own.

He says just ask.

Im doing my best to remember that.

Thats Totally Supermom

Fourth of July T-shirts

The babies in the flag t-shirts they made. They werent that excited when I pitched the idea of doing the shirt, but were totally siked at the results.

 

 

365 Thankful Day 6

Day 6 – Michael Caiden, The Lover of Trains!

Today I am thankful for my only son!!

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What a joy he is!

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Such a sweet spirit!

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Loves trains….
Kind of a fanatic!

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And Mac and Cheese!

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And the boy plays no games about being in Sabbath School or Children’s Church every Saturday.

This causes a a problem because we don’t have children’s church every Sabbath.

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When he needs a haircut, he’ll let you know.

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And is always down for a silly selfie.

That’s my boy.

I’m Thankful to be his Totally Supermom

Thankful 365 Day 3

Thankful 365 Day 3 – Makenzi

 

This is Makenzi, my first born.

How precious is she!!!

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S a natural country girl with an amazing spirit. She has the most amazing love for animals of all kinds.

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Fearless! LOL. She is so much more brave than her mother!

 

 

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She has the most amazing smile. One that can brighten up and entire room!

 

 

 

 

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Introvert. Can you tell in this picture? Shes teaching me so much.

She doesnt like alot of public attention, but loves snuggling.

She will stay up for hours reading books, and going on adventures in her mind.

 

 

 

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Can you believe that this child can cook? YES.

Omelets? Check.

Grits?  Check.

Made from scratch pancakes? Check.

Thats just to name a few things. 

This is all without any help from me. From turning on the stove to sitting down to eat!

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She’s an gymnast. Girly gets serious on the bars, floor, vault, and beam.

Seriously, she wont even smile or wave at me.

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This is a picture from the “Fun Run”. She perseveres. 

She can easily run a mile…

or run most of a mile…

Anyway, during this event she unexpectedly caught a cramp. This really discouraged her, but she pulled it together and finished the race.

Let me tell ya, she finished with plenty of children behind her. 

Shes an artist.

She a visionary.

Shes a scientist.

She’s amazing.

She’s my daughter.

So proud to be her TotallySupermom