I Can’t Explain How Much I Love My Children {Worship Wednesday}

My children are so amazing.  Says every mom ever.

But when I look at my sweet children, I see masterpieces.  They are so beautiful and they inspire me so much.  Yesterday my son insisted that he and his baby sister wear their matching Christmas jammies.  I realize it was St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, but I kinda liked the idea myself.  So matching Christmas jammies it was. It even inspired me to create a new Christmas themed product for my TPT store. {Stay tuned!}  During nap time, they were both sleeping on my bed next to each other and I just admired them for a moment.  I felt overwhelmed by the love in my heart I have for them and a surge of pride ran through me.

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My children are just. so. amazing.  I can’t explain how much I love them.

And I thank God for them everyday, multiple times.  They make my life so happy, complete and wonderful.

We are currently finishing our basement thanks to my father-in-law slash handy man extraordinaire and it is going to be awesome.  I can’t wait to spend time with my family and watch my children play down there.  We are even putting in a half bath, which will be super nice for my kiddos.  😉

I decided I wanted to contribute to the basement finishing by creating some fine bathroom artwork.  I was praying about my children and thanking God for them when I read this verse.

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So I illustrated it and I am going to matte and frame it with a white frame and put it right behind the potty.  Just another reminder of how good God is and how thankful I am for my babies.  Feel free to use it in your bathroom (or anywhere!) by downloading the file here.

Bathroom Heart Art

It would also be so cool in a classroom.  Perfect, don’t you think?

ALL children are amazing,

BECAUSE they were made in the image of God.

I hope you have a happy rest of the week.

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“Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.”

(Psalm127: 3)

Here Is My Heart {Worship Wednesday}

Christian Teacher Bloggers unite for a Worship Wednesday Linky Party hosted by Adventures of a School Marm.

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Isn’t that a beautiful picture?

Ok, here is my story and what moved me this week.

I was driving my husband’s car and not too happy about it. My car is always warm in the garage.  My husband happened to have a old Christian mix CD playing.  I had made it in the summer of 2013.  It was a mix of old and new Christian songs, all of which were special to me.  I was clicking through the songs when I came upon one that made me stop.  It was the song that was playing the moment that I decided to accept Jesus Christ as my Savior and change my life.

The year was 2000.  I was sixteen years old and was the victim of a broken heart.  My college boyfriend (should’ve known better) had cheated on me with numerous other girls and everyone and their moms already knew about it.  I was the last to find out and I was devastated, humiliated and felt completely alone.

Through a teary blur, I sped over to my BFF’s house, a Christian and the only person in my life who had never let me down.  I let myself in, walked about 10 steps into her bedroom, and fell to my knees.  I cried as the music played, and my BFF and her sister (whom I also love) laid their hands on me and encouraged me to give it to God.

And that is what I did.

That was moment I decided to live for God.  I knew that God loved me so much more than any boy ever could.  And I could feel it all around me.  I decided to follow God.  To read his Word.  To make Him proud.  To not care what anyone thought, except Him.

And my life was saved.

The song that was playing?

Here Is My Heart

By: Out of Eden

“Dear Lord, are You there, listening to my little prayer?
I don’t know exactly what to say
I’ve been told that You love me, hear me when I call would help me when
If I fall, I should let You have Your way

What I guess I’m trying to say, is I need You in my life
‘Cause I know I’m tired of living in the past
I would like to take a chance on a change down deep inside
I believe that this is one that’s gonna last, so, here is

Here’s my heart, it’s been broken, it’s been wounded
But I’ll give it all to You if You would love me, love me
Here’s my life, if You want it, You can have it
I will give it all to You because You love me
Your love is everything I need

Dear child, I’m right here, through your worries, through your fears
I’ve been waiting, for you to call my name
Oh, you know, that I hear you, if you turn to me and trust, my word is true
You will never be the same

Well, I’m standing here to say, that you need me in your life
‘Cause I know that you can’t make it on your own, on your own
If you would take a chance, let me change you deep inside
I promise you will never be alone, so, here is

Here’s my heart, it’s been broken, it’s been wounded
But I’ll give it all to You if You would love me, love me
Here’s my life, if You want it, You can have it
I will give it all to You because You love me
Your love is everything I need

You can turn to me and know that I am always standing by
I gave it all for you, so you could have this gentle peace inside
I will follow you ’cause I believe in everything You are
I am your Father, You are my Savior and in the matters of the heart
I am taking Yours and You are taking mine

Here’s my heart, it’s been broken, it’s been wounded
But I’ll give it all to You if You would love me, love me
Here’s my life, if You want it, You can have it
I will give it all to You because You love me
Your love is everything I need

Here’s my heart, it’s been broken, it’s been wounded
But I’ll give it all to You if You would love me, love me
Here’s my life, if You want it, You can have it
I will give it all to You because You love me
Your love is everything I need”

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Isn’t that amazing that that was the song that God used to change and save my life?

And when I heard it in my husband’s car this week, I was moved to tears again.

Thank you God for that song.  For my BFF.  For my ex-boyfriend who broke my heart.

For the opportunity to take my husband’s car.

For who You are.

For loving me.

If you want to hear the song, here is the link.

Here Is My Heart: Out of Eden

Love,

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“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

(1 John 3:16-18)

My Baby Girl Is Here! {*SALE!*}

I wanted to share my girl, Calla Noelle arrived this past Wednesday, September 3 . We almost didn’t make it to the hospital! After speeding like crazy down the highway, we barely made it to the hospital room. There was no time for an epidural so she was an all natural baby. 7 lbs 7 oz and 20 1/2 inches. She has her mommy’s fair skin and her daddy’s big feet. She is beautiful and sweet as pie. God is so good. As a teacher, I try to treat each of my students like I would want someone to treat my own children, and WOW do I love her.

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So I decided to throw a sale in her honor.  🙂   Everything in my store is 20% off (except bundles which are already 20% off the original price!) for the next two days. Click on the picture for the link to my store.

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 I posted ABC Alphabet Letter Sound Charts *FREEBIE* {Girly & Boy Versions} inspired by my 2 year old little boy and my new baby girl.  (I have the girl version framed and hanging in her nursery.) Click on the picture for the link to the *freebie* in my store.

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 “He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord!”

Psalm 113:9

Easy Peach Cupcakes

Here is one last fun summertime idea.  I had one dram of peach flavoring oil from the cake shop and I decided to try some peach cupcakes.  I love making cupcakes.  So here is what I did.  I used one box of white cake mix and I made it as directed on the box.  Then I added I bottle (1 dram) of peach flavoring oil, and a combination of pink and yellow food coloring gel so make the batter peach.  I baked them as directed.  I frosted them with plain old cans of buttercream frosting that I transferred into a piping bag.  I didn’t use any tip, just the plastic round opening.  They turned out pretty tasty and cute.  Here is a pic.

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I had a lot of fun making these.  I stuck a peach ring in the frosting of each cupcake just for fun.  I made them for my mother-in-law’s b-day, and I made some for our neighbors who mowed out grass when we were out of town.  🙂  We ate the cupcakes with vanilla ice cream and it was delicious.  I really liked the watermelon cupcakes I made better, but I am a fan of watermelon flavored sweets.

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I hope you’re enjoying your last weeks of summer.  I’ve spend mine with my family and it’s been wonderful.  God is so good and He is always with me.  I love this song by Britt Nicole.  It says…

“All this time, from the first tear cry, to today’s sunrise, and every single moment between, You were there.  You were always there.  It was you and I.  You’ve been walking with me all this time.”

ALL THIS TIME by Britt Nicole

I definitely needed to hear that today, and I hope it speaks to you too.

Love, Courtney

Teacher Love!

Dear Teachers,

Remember that you make a difference.  You change lives.  You are awesome.  You made it through the school year and you should be so proud of all your hard work and everything you did for kids.  You taught them with love.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)

Here is a little gift for you.  The other day I was driving and thinking about what I needed to do the next day at school and I saw this beautiful sky and I knew it was a gift from God just for me and I felt lead to share it with you.

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And I was reminded of these lyrics.

Light light light up the sky
You light up the sky to show me You are with me
I I I can’t deny
No I can’t deny that You are right here with me
You’ve opened my eyes
So I can see You all around me
Light light light up the sky
You light up the sky to show me
That You are with me

The song is called Light Up the Sky by The Afters.

Thank you teachers.