The End of an Era….

 Posted by on November 11, 2014  3 Responses »
Nov 112014

The other day I noticed ‘Stripey’ was not in bed with Selena as I came in to say goodnight.  In fact she hadn’t been for several nights, but this was the first time it really registered with me.  Stripey has been her constant companion since she was three and she would not sleep with out her, until now.  I asked her why and she said the Stripey was not real but just a stuffed animal.

The End of an EraWOW

That’s a big change.  Those two have been inseparable for so long.  Stripey has bathed with her and lost all her pink stripes swimming in an overchlorinated pool.  She has been recovered by me when she fell apart.  I actually remade her and stuffed her into her new skin, transferring the eyes to the outside of the slip cover.  I personally have a lot of time and effort wrapped up in that little pink and white frog!  For many years Selena carried tucked under her left arm and had trouble at playgrounds climbing because she couldn’t lift her arm to climb.  Recently she had been leaving her home but never had she slept without her.

At first I felt sorry for Stripey.  Wait, no, I felt a sense of loss for myself.  My little girl is leaving girlhood behind and growing up.  Those Stripey years are passing away, never to return.  But, I must let go of them too.  Let go and embrace the future.  Don’t cling to the past and regret it’s going.

StripeyGod is working in her life and mine.  Creating a new thing.  Maturing us.  Some days I don’t feel much more mature than her.  So Lord fill me with joy and the energy to leap into this new phase of life you have for us.  Be near me and help me to guide Selena in your ways.  Because this is not the end, but the beginning of a new era.

~ written by Amy Waters

Every Word

 Posted by on August 19, 2014  No Responses »
Aug 192014

Matthew 4:4

Jesus answered, “It is written; ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Every Word at Habits for a Happy HomeThis year God is calling me to draw close to him through his word. Not just the ones I like, the comforting, sheltering words, but Every Word. Many times I find myself disagreeing with something in the Bible, I don’t fully understand.

1 Corinthians 13:12

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.

This is the year for me to read and begin to understand the Word. To read a portion of the Bible every day and to work hard at finding meaning and understanding so that I can be fully in agreement with the Lord. Should I not try to come to a fuller understanding now, instead of waiting for the time when I will fully know and be known? For me it is time to begin to know God’s word.

Will you join me?

~ written by Amy Waters

A Stitch In Time…

 Posted by on September 24, 2013  2 Responses »
Sep 242013

I grew up in a time when sewing was still an important part of a girls training. My mom sewed clothes and things for my dolls when I was young, but after her divorce she quit sewing. My grandmothers and aunts and cousins all sewed and made their own clothes. My Aunt Edith made gorgeous wedding dresses for a living.

A Stitch in Time at www.habitsforahappyhome.comAbout the age of ten I developed an interest in sewing and started out doing decorative stitching. Making pillow covers and crewel work pictures. Then I got hold of my mom’s old machine in high school and taught myself how to use it. I made a pair of pants (hideous) that I never wore and a beautiful sundress which I had my class picture made while wearing for tenth grade.

A Stitch in TimeFunny thing is, I was never taught directly by any of these wonderful women, but I learned a lot by watching them and by. I have seen them make mistakes and rip them out and start over, any and listened as they talked about outfits they had messed up and then corrected.

After high school I went my own way and didn’t sew again until just before my one and only child was born. Since then I sew at least once a week and many weeks I will sew something nearly everyday. It connects me in a wonderful way to these ladies who were an influence to me not only as seamstresses, but also as lovers of the Lord. Each one, in her own way, left a stitch on my heart their love for Him, and left me with a longing to know Him.

A stitch in time quiltI have made many mistakes in my life and had to rip them out and start over. It’s an ongoing process! My Mamaw used to always say ‘a stitch in time saves nine’, and she was right. I wish I learned that lesson much earlier in my life. There would have been far less ripping out to do. But God has been gracious and merciful and given me the time and the opportunity to rip and redo.

I pray that I will make right choices as I go forward and that I will encourage my daughter to do the same. But, also that I will show her that nothing is ever ruined. You can always rip it out and start over.

~ written by Amy W.

Nov 142011

Today we are thrilled to welcome Amy Waters, beloved friend and fellow homeschool mother. Many of you may have enjoyed Ann Voskamp’s free Jesse Tree Advent Devotional last year? Well, Amy, shares a fresh way of looking at it…
Last year I was contemplating what gifts to give my sister and her family.  Should I give something to each of them or a family gift?  They had recently moved in with Dad to regain their financial stability.  So there was not a great deal of room and I didn’t want to contribute to the clutter.  Not to mention, that we are trying very hard not to get ourselves into debt.  Thankfully, the Lord sent me this scripture.

2 Corinthians 8:12
For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.

But still, what to give?  My nieces 6 months and 2 ½ years old, would, I knew, receive many expensive and space consuming toys from their grandparents.  So, I decided to try a family gift for them all.  And almost as I had made this decision, Ann Voskamp released her free Advent Jesse Tree Book!  Don’t you just love her and her way with words?  With The Word!  We have a Jesse Tree at our house and love it.  It really keeps us focused on the true gift and reason for Christmas.  My sister had always expressed a degree of sadness about this season, based on childhood experiences.  Tons of toys when they were little and less each year as they got older had led her to be disillusioned with Christmas.  She wanted to be able to give her children more every year so that they would not have this experience.  I was hoping to give her a tradition that lasted a whole season, instead of endless hours of shopping and overspending that culminated in an hour long frenzy of unwrapping and then the inevitable end.  Again, The Lord supplied the wisdom in a verse. Continue reading »