You remember being a kid and having these really big dreams for what you wanted to be when you grew up? Doctors, Lawyers, Firemen, Veterinarians, NBA players- you know the list. Not me- my heart’s desire was to meet some dreamy man that would make me happy every second of every day and raise lots of wonderful, well-mannered little children. HA! I should have chosen NBA player- seems much more achievable looking back!
Obviously life didn’t pan out to my picture perfect dream. Instead I became a workaholic (in grocery retail, of all things!). In January of 2008 I found myself engaged to be married to a great man and I was miserable. Why? Wasn’t this the start to the life I’d always dreamed of? God began to stir in my heart and on a tear filled drive into work one day I gave my life back to Him. After years of running away from Him he graciously pulled me back into His arms and filled that God sized hole in my heart.
In 2010, God blessed us with our first child, a little girl who has the sweetest heart for others and loves to play in the dirt. We’ll call her Boots because she never takes her cowboy boots off. Having Boots began to ignite the passion that God put deep within so many years ago to be a stay at home mom. I immediately began praying for God to open up a way to allow that to happen. Just before she turned 2, I was able to quit my full time job so I could be a stay at home mom and raise her to be the woman He desired her to be!! This is something that seemed nearly impossible since my husband had lost his job of 9 years just the year before but with God ALL THINGS are possible! When I look back now I see God’s hand at work in everything! He is continuing to answer those prayers and has shown me ways to save money, eat healthier, be creative with what we have and get organized.
In October of 2011, I began to feel like maybe God had called me to share some of the things He had shown me to others. I prayed over this decision for months and finally started this blog in January 2012. You can read my first post here which explains where All Things Moms came from and another one here that really sums it up.
It didn’t take long for satan to start making me doubt God’s calling. I fell for it hook, line and sinker. You see, life hasn’t turned out to be the fairy tale I imagined. My dreamy man is as broken as I am, my daughter talks my ears off and is hit or miss with manners and probably the hardest blow so far is that she has no brothers or sisters yet. So I listened to satans lies and almost quit blogging all together.
During my break, God kept pulling me back to the blog. He’s gently showed me where I have been led astray and asked me to be obedient in sharing more than just recipes. He’s called me to share my struggles too. So here I am, again. God is still unveiling His plan for my life and this blog each day. Yet, through all of it He has shown me mercy and grace and my love for Him has grown!
Thank you for stopping by and being a part of His work in my life. We are so blessed in so many ways and God deserves all the praise, honor and glory for it!
I enjoy spending time with my family, working in the garden, working with our horses and taking lots of pictures! We try to live frugally, eat healthy, and give thanks to God in ALL THINGS!
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“I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me.” Phillipians 4:11