Friday, December 29, 2017

My Word for 2018 Is...

 A new year is almost upon us. 2017 has come and is almost gone. Where does the time go? We have had a wonderful year with some crazy experiences.

We lived through our first major hurricane since we've moved to the Sunshine state. That was quite a nerve-wracking experience that I hope we don't face again anytime soon. However, we know it will happen, just not sure how long between experiences. You can read about it here.

We have had lots of adventures and exciting things that happened with our family. Trips to visit new parks, places, and people. Just a great year in retrospect. I am thankful for all that God did this year and can't wait to see what He does in the new year.

With that in mind, I have prayed about a word for my theme for the year. There are dreams and goals I'm pursuing and some of them are lingering over from this current year. I hadn't really had any inspiration as to what my word for the year would be. I wasn't sure where God was headed this year. I was kind of floundering wondering if anything would sincerely stand out as that was my year for...

However, Christmas came. A dear friend of mine gifted me a beautiful journal/notebook this year and it happened. Inspiration came from the cover of the book and her amazing note inside.

Do you see it? It's standing out to me like a bright shiny beacon. No?


That one word. Deeper. I looked up the meaning of deep and it has a few different meanings: 

"extending far down from the top or surface. very intense or extreme. "

Some of the synonyms for the word deep include things such as rooted, deep-seated, fathomless, immersed. 

So, this year I want to go deeper with God. I want to go deeper in the Word and learn all I can. I want to be immersed in His spirit and light so that others see Him when they see me. I want to learn more than I ever thought possible and experience all God has for me this year. 

I want to be sure that every step I take is in His will and path, not my own. I pray that as I go deeper that He guides every step, every word out of my mouth, and every experience. 

I want to dive deeper into relationships I have with others so that He can shine through more than ever. 

So, I'm praying over this word and the path that God has for me this coming year. I'm excited to see what all God has in store for me and those around me. 

Do you have a word or theme for your year yet? What do you feel is the word for 2018? Share them in the comments below!

I want to wish you and yours a very Happy New Year as it rolls in! Be blessed!!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Conceive Easy Fertility Apps Information

Thank you Conceive Easy for posting today. If you have any questions about the information below, please head to this site to get more info. 
We’re in the 21st century, and there is pretty much an app for everything. There are apps for weight loss, for organizing, and for predicting lucky numbers on a given day! You name it, there is an app for it, guaranteed. That also means there are even apps for fertility which are helpful when you are trying to conceive!

The use of these apps can help you conceive easier and quicker. Some apps are free and some are not. However, since having a baby will cost you plenty of money, this is the first time you will invest when it comes to your future kids.

Listed below are the names of popular fertility apps that so many users have raved about since they were helpful as they help you answer the question, When do you ovulate?

Fertility Friend

Fertility Friend helps women observe and record fertility signs that are used to predict when ovulation is likely, and when it tells you after the fact when you can take a pregnancy test. Sometimes you don’t have wait to take a test while you are late.

Fertility Friend has been available for over 15 years online, and pioneered the concept of online fertility charting. Many women who have used this app claimed that it did help them with getting their timing right. Now Fertility Friend has gone mobile with an app.

The basic app is free, but the upgraded app is $45 a year, and it gives you premium membership. You have access to features such as an intercourse timing analyzer, as well as detailed analyses of your fertility signs which all point to a potential pregnancy. You also have access to message boards with this app if you invest in the premium part.

The basic app may give you the basics of when to try based on the length of your cycle, however it is worth upgrading to get the full benefits.

Kindara Fertility Tracker

Kindara is a free app that monitors basal body temperature, as well as cervical fluid to learn about hormone levels in your body. Therefore it will indicate the best time to have intercourse to get pregnant.

However, in order to get the full benefit of this app, you have to use a thermometer called Wink, which costs about $129 in conjunction with Kindara. Otherwise, it won’t be too helpful.

Clue TTC

Clue is a free app that works when you input your data into an algorithm that calculates,  and then predicts your own cycle.  In fact Clue promotes itself by stating, "The more you use it, the smarter it gets.” Therefore, it can predict when you ovulate based on your cycles the more you use it.

Clue not only collects a woman’s fertility signs, but collects data on her mood, and is even optimized for Apple Watch if that interests you.

Glow TTC

Glow’s purpose is to  pinpoint a woman's fertility cycle using personalized data in order to help them conceive quicker. 

Glow is actually brought to you by the co-founder of PayPal, Max Levchin. The nice thing about this app is that it engages men to take charge of their fertility. There is also new support just for them. 

What men do is log data about their health into the app. This can actually tell them if there are any issues about their health that can impede their sperm quality and count. Glow also has the ability to link the man’s data to his partner’s to produce a full picture of their fertility as a couple which makes this app unique.

Glow is free to use, however there is an option to donate towards fertility treatments for yourself if you don’t conceive in 10 months through the help of Glow. That makes this app pretty cool.

Period Tracker

Period Tracker removes all of the wondering you may have when to expect your next period, and therefore it makes it easier to figure out when you are most fertile. This app provides you data entry and tracking tools for you to use during your cycle. This app costs $1.99, and you can download it from iTunes.

Period Tracker has a cool feature that can export your period dates and notes that can be emailed to you for your doctor appointments.  All you have to do is hand him or her the information that Period Tracker exported and that will give the doctor all of the information needed.

No more going to the doctor and giving him a blank stare when he asked when your last menstrual period (LMP) was!


Conceivable was created by a fertility expert, and the app’s purpose is to look at any underlying factors that can affect your fertility.

It is expensive, as it costs $199 a month, but you get much more than a fertility tracker. Conceivable can give you 3 herbal remedies each month as they are focused on removing any blockages to your own fertility such as painful periods, weak cycles as well as irregular ovulation.


Ovia incorporates several fertility and health indicators, such as sleeping and eating habits to predict ovulation. It claims it can help users have successful conception 3 times faster. Ovia’s Harvard-educated CEO developed the app's proprietary algorithms that was used to help his wife get pregnant successfully. 

Ovia is free but users can purchase a 99c upgrade that includes personalized data that can be exported to Excel.

Natural Cycles

Natural Cycles has an interesting ability that uses women’s unique temperature readings to determine whether or not she has ovulated, or when she will probably ovulate during her next cycle.

Through a unique algorithm, Natural Cycle has successfully predicted when users have ovulated, and has helped them conceive as a result. This company also indicates the times in your cycle that make her less likely to conceive, which pinpoints the small window of when pregnancy will be unlikely.

Therefore this is the only app that provides the timing when natural birth control is likely to be effective during a cycle. Natural Cycles is free for the first month. However, it is $6.90 per month and you can subscribe to it monthly or yearly.

There are more fertility apps around, however the ones mentioned and described above are the ones that users have raved about since they were helpful to them by helping them pinpoint their fertile times. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Women in the Word ... Philipians 4:13... Are You Content?

I'm sure you've read this scripture or heard it a thousand times over. It is encouraging, gives you strength, gives you boldness.

But have you read the scriptures right above it? Do you know that when it was written while Paul was in prison? Have you read the whole story?

I honestly had not. I mean, yes. I have read Philippians many times but never did I really pay attention to the scriptures above it. I just always skimmed over those till that one would jump off the page at me and scream, WAHOO! You can do everything with Christ who gives you the strength to do it.

Let's look at the scriptures above it.

"I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength"

See that bolded part up there? That. Yep. Content in all situations. Does that mean everything is going to be coming up daisy's and roses and you'll skip through life on a cloud? Nope. Not at all. 

In fact, the Word tells us that when we live for Christ, when we give our life over to him, we're going to face trouble. We are going to face adversity. We are going to have hardships and that is part of living for Christ. 

God didn't say it was going to be an easy road:

"In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" 2 Timothy 3:12

We are going to face hardships in life as we walk in an ungodly world. We face struggles every day that we can learn to be content in. 

What does it mean to be content? Does it mean you're shouting for joy and running around laughing and smiling? Not necessarily. 

To be content means : 

"in a state of peaceful happiness"

Peaceful happiness. In John 16:33 Christ tells us, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Philippians 4 tells us that we can overcome adversity. We can overcome anything this world throws at us because Christ lives in us. Yes! We can do all things through Christ! Yes, we CAN have peace and contentment when the world around us is going crazy and we wonder what we did wrong to deserve this. 

Remember you did nothing wrong! We have twisted things in our minds to say that hardship means we're doing this wrong and God is punishing us for something. That's not the truth. In Acts the early church was facing hardship because they were doing the right things. They were telling others about Jesus and the religious leaders at the time were not happy about that. 

So, when you remember this favorite scripture of so many people around the world... Don't forget... Hard times will come. Tough times can hit you when you least expect it. However, don't forget what His word tells us. We have peace through Him. He has overcome all this. We can find contentment when things are rough when we keep our eyes, hearts, and minds focused on Him. 

I encourage you to read Philippians this week. Share your thoughts on this scripture in the comments below. Ask God to help remind you that even when tough times come, He's in control. He's got this in His hands. He can help you be content in all situations, both plenty and none!

Love you all and have an amazingly wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

You're Called to Missions... Yes, You!

You Are a Missionary

When you think of missions or missionary, what comes to mind? You probably picture a person heading into the darkest jungles of Africa or sneaking through the streets of Vietnam. Maybe you picture people headed into China or the Philippines on mission’s trips to share the Word and build homes or churches.

However, did you realize that you are called to be a missionary? You are called to mission work just as much as those who travel outside of the country to share the love of God. You are called to be a missionary right where you are.

You may think it’s crazy and that can’t be the truth. Maybe you think I’ve lost my marbles and that mission work is for someone else entirely.

Hear me out. Missions work is for everyone. Whether you’re in high school walking the halls between classes or sitting at a desk working, you’re called to missions.

In the first chapter of Acts, Christ is talking with the disciples before He ascends to Heaven. In Acts 1:8 He says:

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Let’s break that down to make it applicable to our lives today.

Jerusalem – This is our sphere of influence, where we are every single day of our lives. This is your family in your own home, your extended family, and friends. This is your neighborhoods and community. You have the opportunity to share the gospel with them wherever you are. Your Jerusalem is where you are right now and in your daily life.

Judea and Samaria – This is further out from your home and community. This could be the next town over or another state you’re sharing the light with others. Go beyond your comfort zone and reach out to the hurting and lost that you don’t know personally. Yes, it’s scary. Believe me, I totally understand that shock and fear that runs through your veins when you think of stopping and praying with someone you don’t know or sharing your testimony in front of strangers. When I was asked to share my testimony at a recent community event, it was frightening. However, I also felt God leading me to start sharing more and that someone needs to hear it. Don’t let fear stop what God wants to do with you. You're never alone as He’s always by your side.

Ends of the Earth – You can have an effect on people around the world. You can do this through your giving to missions, prayers for those in the field, and even maybe take a mission’s trip yourself some time. There are many opportunities each year to go on a trip to assist with outreach and missions. It doesn’t even have to be out of the country. The U.S. is a large mission field in itself. It can be something such as heading to areas that have been damaged and helping to rebuild or going on a trip to an area that needs the love of Christ to shine through.

Consider the butterfly effect. This is an idea that small causes can have a much bigger impact than you might think. You might also think of a ripple in the water. As you drop a stone in the water the ripples get bigger and bigger as they travel out on the water. What you do today will have an effect on someone later down the road.

So, remember, you’re called to missions. You’re called to be a light into the darkness where you are. You can help out at an event in your community, pray with someone you meet, or just share your testimony one on one with someone who needs to hear about the life-changing power that Christ brings.

Remember Acts 1:8, you will receive power to be witnesses. God’s got your back. Go out today and change your Jerusalem, Judea or Samaria for Christ!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Weekly Wrap-up (Several Weeks Now)

Whew! It's been over a month since I wrote up a "weekly" wrap-up post. I guess time sure flies when you're having fun, huh? So, without further ado, here's what our last month or so of homeschool has looked like.

Adventures in Life
Well, this past month we have watched an eclipse, gone through a hurricane hitting our state and home, went on a field trip and visited my brother and sister-in-law. Whew! That's a busy time just in itself, not including our everyday other things. Boo Bear has started theater back in the past week and is working on his fall play. He's super excited to be back in theater and Mama is just trying to get back into the busy fall routine that always hits about this time. 

Let's take a look at our studies: 

Field Trip
We went to a science museum and utilized their free homeschool day back in August. It was a nice trip and was a different museum than the one we typically visit each year. Mimi and Papa were able to tag along this year but alas, Nana was not available. We'll have to plan another trip with her. 

There were lots of fun hands on things going on and of course, dinosaurs were amuck!!! 

We had a blast touring all the different exhibits and Boo Bear got to be a weatherman for a bit. Little did we know as we rode out a Category 1 Hurricane in the simulator together that in less than a month we'd be staring down the barrel of a Cat 5 coming ashore. Thankfully, God is still in control and the storm diminished quicker than they expected so by the time it reached us it was around a Cat 1-2. You know it's something when your weathermen in the state say that they do not have a reason to explain why the storm did what it did except that there were thousands of prayers going up. Yay God! 

Boarding up our windows in prep for the storm.

Don't get me wrong. There was still devastation, we were without power for 5 days and many others are still in the stage of total destruction as their homes are gone, power is still out and they are not sure what to do next. Please don't stop the prayers coming for our state or those in Puerto Rico, the islands Mexico.

Our Studies
We've finished up the science history chapter and have moved on to the next module. This is going a little slower than we might normally go as we are doing an 8th grade science this year. We are having fun, enjoying the journey and moving as we can. 

Math is moving along and we're in Chapter 3, decimals. Whew! Those things can be boogers but Boo Bear is grasping it well so far. We are staying pretty much on pace with what I had envisioned for this first semester before the fall/winter holidays bring so I'm happy with it. 

Reading is going well and he's showing great skills in reading comprehension. He's also moving right along in his Geography, Writing, and Reading work books. He is struggling with spelling so we are working with some tips and tricks to help that. If you have any to help, that'd be awesome!! 

We also viewed the eclipse this year as well. That was a fun day in our home. Papa and Mimi came over at the peak so they could borrow our solar glasses and had a lesson on eclipse science with Papa.

Safety first!!
We also made up some of the view boxes so that everyone could have a good time seeing the eclipse together. 

There were some cool things going on with the leaves in the trees during the peak times. 

Did you get to watch it? Were you in a great location to see totality? Let me know!

That's a little glimpse into our homeschooling adventures for the past month or so. I hope you all have had wonderful adventures yourself and hope that we see you around the blogosphere! 

Be blessed and have a wonderful week ahead. 

**I'm linked up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers this week. Stop by and check out some other great homeschooling blogs!**

Thursday, September 14, 2017

After the Storm....

So, unless you've been hiding in a hole somewhere lately, you know that Hurricane Irma has been bearing down on the state of Florida for a week or more. Sunday morning it moved onto land. When you're staring down the barrel of a Cat 3,4,5 hurricane, many things go through your mind. Many things weigh on your heart and you're faced with life changing decisions at every turn.

This is the first major hurricane we've had in Florida since we moved 9 years ago. We've had minor things come up or down one side of the coast or other that wasn't much to worry about. Yes it caused some flooding and things, but we've never faced a Category 5 storm that looked to hit Florida head on.

Now, we have. Just in case you haven't seen the shot, this right here says it all...

Hurricane Andrew was one of the worst storms that hit Florida until, September 10, 2017. For more than a week I've faced the news with worry, concern, prayers, wondering what to do. Do you stay? Do you go? Many people evacuated from one coast to the other only to find they evacuated right into the path the storm was taking.

Thankfully there were thousands of prayers going up all over the world. I mean thousands, maybe even millions that were going up for the state of Florida. For the storm itself to reduce/dissipate, calm itself down before it hit landfall.

This past weekend we boarded up the windows of our home. I put things in bags to protect them should the water decide to come in instead of staying out. We got our supplies and we hunkered down to prepare for the worst storm ever.

So, through all of this, I've learned some things. Some valuable lessons to take with me from now on out.

1. Stress wreaks havoc on your body. Yeah I kind of knew that, but the past week has been crazy. Headaches days before the storm that were rough, having breakouts because I've been stressed, no sleep for days can really take a toll on you.

2. Being told to get ready for mass destruction is something you never want to face. It really isn't. I did find one weatherman that I felt comfortable watching as he seemed to keep it real. If he was panicked/nervous, you knew to be nervous.

3. When born and raised Floridians get nervous, it's time for you to get nervous. Course, I was nervous before then but Florida folks don't typically run from a hurricane. Until now.

4. Just because the storm is over, doesn't mean the rest is. I have had bad dreams about the past week. People are still without power, us included. People have lost everything they ever owned. Some have even lost their lives.

5. There are still amazing people in this world. No matter what the news may try to portray otherwise, there are some amazing, kind, goodhearted people in this world. People that risk their lives driving into the heart of the storm to wait and help with the aftermath.

6. God is still in the miracle working business. The weatherman here I watch said it best. He said there's no other explanation for why this Cat 5 storm that has been raging for so long reduced like it did other than the massive amount of prayers going up. There's no way to get around that. God took care of Florida that there wasn't anymore destruction than there is.

7. I've never felt so emotionally raw before in my life. Listening for days on end that this is the worst, baddest, biggest storm in history can wreak havoc on your emotions. Trying to make sure you and your family have the basic necessities to live without power for several days is nerve wracking when thousands of others are doing the same thing. Facing the unknown as you listen to the fact that the wind speeds are 100+ miles an hour and they are bearing down on your home.

8. Wind is scary. No matter if you're inside a strong building or not that storm was something that scared me to listen to. I didn't sleep at all. I was praying all night long to be honest. As I listened to the winds whip around our home, the pouring rain, and no power. It was something that you can't truly prepare yourself for until you're in the middle of it.

I know there's more to say but right now that's all I got. Please, if you're out of Florida, pray for the state. The cleanup is massive, people are on day number 4 or 5 without power, cell service, internet etc. Don't take anything for granted. Be grateful and thankful for all you have. Keep your prayers going for this state and all those affected by Hurricane Irma, and those by Hurricane Harvey. We all need them. We will recover. We will move forward. Things will get back to "normal" eventually for most of us. We will remain... Florida Strong.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Dear Movie Makers (And Anyone Else Listening)

Okay. So, something's been burning in my mind and heart recently. There have been a few shows we've seen that have a scary and infuriating trend. It's something that bugs the mess out of me and I just needed to get this out there. Just in case anyone was curious or didn't understand.

God does not run. 

See, recently there have been a couple of shows that have God on the run. They have Him disappearing and the whole story is behind chasing God down to find out why He left and what He's going to do to protect them now. 

I have something to tell you. My God does not run from a fight. He does not run period. He's always there, always watching, always waiting for you to run to Him. See anytime you read in the Old Testament about a battle or struggle, God went before His people and His hand was on them the entire way. There's no God getting frustrated and just up and leaving. He doesn't do that. He's not one to run from a fight or go in the opposite direction of opposition. 

Job 36:32 says:

"He fills his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark"

Do you think the one who can tell lightning where to strike is going to run away with His feelings hurt? I think not.

It's frustrating to me because while I know better, and most Christians know better, those who don't know God can't tell the difference. They may believe that God would do that if things get bad or may use it as an excuse to say well God doesn't love me, look at what's gone on in my life.

Friend, that could not be further from the truth. God does love you and wants what is best for you. God doesn't run from the tough times in your life, He runs to them. He is there carrying you every step of the way, no matter what the situation may be.

Psalm 46:1-2 says:
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea..."

So just in case you were wondering. Just in case you might have been confused or otherwise thought that was true. My God doesn't run. He doesn't go hide because things get tough or there's a revolt in heaven. My God stands firm. He's an ever-present help whether you want Him to be or not. He's always there. Always waiting for you to run to His open arms.

God doesn't run.