Category Archives: Simple Living

From Trash to Treasure in the Minivan

I’m back from my trip to North Carolina and boy, am I glad to be home! Don’t get me wrong….I absolutely love going to visit my family and I’d probably move there if I could, but when you leave and you’re driving on the interstate and you finally get home and back in your groove, it just feels good.

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Ok, so let’s re-cap from where I left off. You can read last week’s post here.  I got up to Jacksonville safely with my charged battery and walked into the car rental place. When I pulled in, they had Tahoe’s. My husband really wanted me to drive one as he thinks we are going to buy one some day LOL. He said that renting it would give me an idea if I would like it or not. Ok, he’s right ha ha. I asked the guy if I could get the Tahoe since they had two sitting on the lot. He said, “Sure.” I handed him my debit card and he said that I can only go up to a mini-van if I use a debit card. Well, we strive to live debt free and do not have a credit card.  So, I guess I’m driving the mini-van after-all.  They told me that I’d have much more room to bring stuff back than the Tahoe anyway. Score!

I get to North Carolina on Friday afternoon and I got straight to work.  I told my family to get tables out while I started organizing piles within the same categories. In the midst of doing this, my family said take anything I want. Really? No, I can’t do that. They are trying to make some money so I’m here to help them sell. Stay focused Wendy. I started pricing everything accordingly and then my family said, “Are you sure you don’t want this?” as they show me a bunch of garden tools, a scroll saw, an old wooden sled and so much more. If they didn’t sell, they were just going to take it to the local thrift store. I said, “Let me think about it.” As the night went on, I started adding a few items. Next thing I knew, I had a ton of stuff to fill my mini-van with LOL.

IMG_9662Saturday came and we had an amazing yard sale. Pretty much everything sold except some Christmas items and a few other odds and ends. (What actually is an odd and an end???)  I guess it’s just too hot to think about decorations. We were sweaty and tired but we hung in there. Kind of reminds of that song by Survivor…..Face to Face, out in the heat, hangin’ tough, stayin’ hungry….the Eye of the Tiger. Oh yeah!

My family kept saying, “Please take this or that”. We can’t take it to Texas (where they are moving to). I can’t believe all of the treasures I brought home with me. Let me tell you. That mini-van was such a blessing. There is no way that I could have gotten everything in the Tahoe so in hindsight, this was the way to go. I packed it so efficient too. I came home with these two beautiful white rockers that are going to look amazing on my future front porch. I packed boxes tightly in every nook and corner, making sure nothing gets loose while I’m driving. I also received a plow and sickle that are over 100 years old as well as two ladder-back chairs that were my great grandparents. What gifts and items that I will treasure forever!

“I learned that sometimes what looks like trash is actually treasure. And that God doesn’t make junk.” I love this quote from KariAnne Wood’s new book I’ve been reviewing for the past six weeks. I just finished up Chapter 6  and it is no coincidence that every week, the chapter resonates with what is going on in my life right then and there.

You can pre-order her book and I know you are going to love it! I can’t wait to get my hard copy. Ooh, I almost forgot! Save the Date for September 5th as I’m going to be doing a Launch Party and will be going Live on my Facebook page.  It’s going to be so much fun! I hope you’ll join me!!

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Have a great weekend!

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Life Lessons in a Dead Battery

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It’s Thursday…..how’s your week going? I hope it’s been filled with pockets of joyful moments! I’ve had an amazing week! My friends and I had a pre-Bible study gathering just so we can plan out everything and I got to meet a few new ladies. We are starting Beth Moore’s – Believing God and I can’t wait to see how God moves in our group.

So, the week has been going great, that is until yesterday. I got in my car to go somewhere yesterday and it wouldn’t start. I thought, “That’s weird.” It’s a 2016 and I couldn’t imagine that the battery would be dead. Uhmm, so I called a friend and they came over and gave me a charge and let me borrow their jumper cables, just in case. I was able to get it going and then it shut off on me again. Meanwhile, I’m trying to put a trip together to go to North Carolina to help some of my family with a moving sell. Does my car not know that I need it work so I can leave? On top of that, I had to be at the airport in an hour to pick up my husband’s 93 year old grandmother and his aunt. Scream….well, no I didn’t LOL. I wanted to but I dropped everything I was doing and asked God to help me. I looked over and saw my son’s truck there. Light bulb??? I’ll just take his truck to get nana. Perfect, then I will deal with the car issue later.  I picked up nana and Aunt Rita and drove them back home. I called my son and asked if he would check out my battery when he got home. He called me and said he was able to start my car and took it up to the auto store and they checked it and everything was fine. Uhhmmm again….

So, here we are today. I went to go start my car and nothing. Absolutely nothing. I have a rental car I have to pick up at 1pm and a million other things to do and my car won’t start. Really?

The car rental place called me and said they don’t have the SUV that I wanted available. But I need it so I can bring some antiques from my family back home with me. So, the lady offered me a mini-van and she said it’s actually got more cargo room. BONUS! I can bring more stuff back with me LOL. Things might be looking up!

I called my husband, who is out of town, and he told me, go up to the auto store and buy you a set of cables to have in your car and then use Kyle’s truck to start your car, drive it to the rental place and pick up the rental. He said the car should have enough charge by then. Your battery isn’t dead. It sounds like a light got left on. So, it’s that simple. Why didn’t I think to have jumper cables in my car??

If you’ve been following me each week, then you know about me reviewing KariAnne Wood’s book , So Close to Amazing. This was a #soclose moment.

My favorite quote Chapter 6 is “You’ve got this,” I whispered. “It’s just a floor. These are just nails. They can’t keep winning forever.”

My battery is just like the issues that KariAnne had with her floor removal job in the book. God’s got this. He always does. I will fill you in next week when I get back from my trip. Can’t wait to share with you all my finds!

Have an amazing weekend!

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The Internet and a Mustard Seed

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Technology. What did we ever do without it for all of those years? Sometimes I love it and sometimes I can’t stand it. Like right now. I’m trying to write my posts for the week and I keep struggling with our internet. It works, it doesn’t work. Make up your mind Mr. Wifi. We are in the country but not that isolated like our last house. I bet my kids are watching an episode of Friends that they’ve seen a million times? Well, that can’t be the case because I’m here all alone LOL. So, off to call our phone company. They said they would be out within 24 hours. Grrrrh, seriously? This is when I took a step back and said, “Thank you, I really appreciate it!” I used this non-wifi time to start writing on some other things I have going on that I really didn’t have time for and to get a little more chores done that had been piling up. It’s those little God intervening moments that just hit us over the head and says “it’s time you take a break from all the craziness of your busy day, even if it’s just for a little while.” Do you know what I’m talking about?

Well, not even two hours later, guess who shows up? Mr. phone guy. YAY!! He was there maybe 30 minutes and found a piece of our wire that was fried due to a lightning storm from a while ago. Thank you Mr. phone guy! Simple, just like that.

I am now back in business which brings me to: Faith.   I had an issue and stepped out to the phone company to help me. Faith acts upon the prompting of the Lord. Hebrews 11:1 says this, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”. I couldn’t see the issue I had with the wifi, but it took faith to make a phone call and for the phone guy to see it and fix it.

“We each have a measure of faith. Increasing it is not important; it’s using the faith that we’ve been given”. ~ Pastor Toby Cox

Happy Wednesday!!

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Happy 4th of July

What does today mean to you? Maybe you’re going to a BBQ and then watching fireworks afterwards? That’s what we do, right? But, what if, we dug deeper to find out why we celebrate this holiday?

So, when we think about July 4th we think of the Declaration of Independence, right? The day America was born, July 4, 1776. You can read all about the history HERE. It’s pretty interesting to go back in time and learn of all the neat history stuff of America.

I usually spend this day reflecting on how fortunate and blessed we are to live in America. It’s such a cool place! Of course we are having a BBQ and my hubby and his friend Mike are setting off a huge firework show in our pasture as a grand finale for the evening. We are having some close friends come over, nothing big and fancy. Sometimes, it’s the simple gatherings we have with our close friends and family that make it so much more memorable.

So, what are your plans for today? Stay safe and have a wonderful day no matter what you are doing!

Blessings,

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*Photo Credit: These images are not my own and I have no knowledge of their source.

 

Letting Go

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Happy Friday Ya’ll!

So, if you missed my post last week, I mentioned that I was excited about being part of the launch team for KariAnne Wood’s new book that’s coming out in September. I finished reading Chapter 2 this week and if Chapter 1 didn’t make me feel like God tapped KariAnne (Check out her blog – Thistlewood Farm) on the shoulder and said invite Wendy Walker to be part of this, well then, Chapter 2 was spot on!

Do you ever have a situation arise and you believe it’s going to happen and then all of sudden doubt comes in and fear arises? Yep, that’s me! I start focusing on all that I need to do that I have lost sight of focusing all of my efforts on God instead. When my kids were little, I would rush around and always feel like I had to do everything. Not home stuff. I mean church stuff, friends stuff, stranger stuff, etc. You with me? I wanted to have the big “S” on the front of my shirt! Instead, I became drained all the time and worn out.

I turned to God and asked “What do you want me to do”? Praying about what he wants and the direction he wanted me to go allowed me to let go of all the unnecessary stuff that someone else could be doing. There’s so many others moms in the group. Why do I have to be the one to make the cupcakes all the time? My cupcakes are pretty amazing, but

Fast forward now several years and can I tell you how good it feels to “Let it go”! I have more time in my life now to do the things that God wants me to do. Isn’t that what we should be focusing on anyways?

I hope ya’ll have a great weekend and I can’t wait for ya’ll to read the book in September. It’s pretty amazing!!!! #soclosetoamazing

Blessings!

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So Close to Amazing

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Do you ever have a day where everything goes right and you’re like “bam”, I’m the best mom ever? And, then there’s those days that absolutely nothing goes right.  Are you with me?

I am honored to be part of the Launch Team to my new friend KariAnne’s book – So Close to Amazing! KariAnne Wood is the beautiful inside and out lady behind Thistlewood Farms. If you don’t already follow her blog, go check it out.  You can thank me later. She’s absolutely amazing!

My job as part of the Launch Team is that I get to read the book before it hits the shelves in September. I can share with you some highlights and from the looks of Chapter 1, this is going to be an awesome book, especially for all of us moms! Oh, and I didn’t mention all the cute DIY tutorials at the end of each chapter. 🙂

Feel free to share this first post with all of your friends and join me on this journey. Your friends can sign up for my blog HERE. This way, they will receive all of my weekly updates I will be making weekly prior to the launch of the book in September. Chapter 1 is about taking a “Jump”. Have you ever been in a situation where you want something so bad but not sure if it’s the right thing to do? Do you ever hear God speaking to you and you just ignore him until he’s tugging on you and tugging on you? NO. Oh, ok….well I have! Instead of trusting HIM, I get scared. This book is encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone and JUMP! So, are you with me?

Embrace the you God created you to be.
And discover the amazing that was there all along ~ KariAnne Wood

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Blessings,

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Last chance to get Dr. Izabella’s free 2-week recipe plan

The success stories of people feeling better after trying Dr. Izabella’s Autoimmune Paleo Diet protocol just keep pouring in!  I personally have watched The Thyroid Secret series and have read her recent book, Hashimoto’s Protocol.  You see, I have struggled with Thyroid issues as well.

 

I’m curious, have you downloaded your free 2-week recipe book yet?

 

This special offer is about to end, and I’m not sure it’ll ever be free again, so go ahead and click here to get your free copy.

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Here’s what you’ll get:

 

  • 14-Day Meal Plan — so you don’t have to worry about what you’re going to eat.
  • 2-Weeks Worth of Recipes — breakfasts, snacks, lunches, and dinners, that are filling, refreshing, and delicious.
  • Hassle-free Shopping Lists — for both weeks so that you get in and get out of the grocery quickly and efficiently.

 

It can’t hurt to give this diet a try because you win either way. 🙂

 

You’ll either get a breakthrough in your health and lose your thyroid symptoms, or you’ll go back to the way you’re eating right now. I hope you’ll let me know what you find out.

 

But like I said, this deal ends tonight at Midnight Pacific, so go ahead and download your free copy now.

 

To better health,

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P.S. Dr. Izabella’s step-by-step protocol guide can help you recover your health from thyroid disease in as little as two weeks. Click here to get your copy of Hashimoto’s Protocol today.