Wednesday, October 28, 2015

First fire of the season

This is always a favorite time of mine. The day here in Sunny Texas when it gets cool enough to light a fire in our fireplace. Our fireplace isn't very heat efficient, but it is still one of my most favorite aspects of our home. It makes everything look so cozy and the wood smell is just so... I don't know.... warm. Does that make sense? Like anytime I smell wood smoke, even in the summer time when someone has cleared land and is burning, that smell just makes me think of wintertime and warmth.

Our family has lived in cooler places such as Virginia (where we first started out) and even Montana (my most favorite place on earth) where fireplaces and woodstoves are a common thing. When it is the first hint of Fall in those places, especially Montana, you will begin to smell the wood burning from peoples homes. There is just nothing like it.

We have bought our home here in Texas and are very settled in so we aren't going anywhere. But that does makes me extra glad that whoever built our house many years ago thought to put a fireplace in it.

Much Love,

Monday, October 26, 2015

And she is finished.....

Yep, I'm *finally* finished with redesigning my blog! Whoo hoo! It actually didn't take as long as I thought it would and wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Thank You, Lord! :)

I did add a couple of page tabs on the top for my weight loss journey and a contact page. Now with my weight loss page..... I'm going to attempt to move all of my data from my ~*~ Preparing for the second half ~*~  blog over to here. I did say attempt.... so y'all be patient with me.

I moved, added and took away a few elements on the side bar as well so be sure to check those out. And I almost forgot! I now have a Countrylivingmama Youtube channel as well. I am not sure how much I will be using that, but I'll give it a shot every now and again.

All in all, I'm happy with my sweet little place here on the web. I hope y'all are too. <3

Much love,

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Well hello there, finding my vision and some upcoming changes....

It has been so long since I have even clicked over to my blog. I will be transparent with you all and say that life has been hitting me full force. Motherhood, marriage, finances, my own changes internally as a 44 year old woman. I won't go into details because they are private but just know that if you don't *see* me here..... it's because I am overwhelmed and needing to sit and be *still*.

I started my blog  ~*~ Countrylivingmama ~*~  back in February 2012.
Here is a copy of my first short post and what my vision was for my blog:

"Welcome to my new blog!
I've thought about creating a blog for a little while now, but wasn't sure if I should or not. What would I blog about? What if no one reads it? Do I stay away from personal topics? I don't feel like I've "arrived" enough spiritually to be sharing much wisdom with anyone.
Well, I've decided to go ahead.... I'll just blog about everyday stuff... if no one reads it, that's okay.... no, I won't stay away from personal topics, that is just "me" and I need to be "real".... and no, I've not arrived by any means, but I can share about my journey as a Christian wife & mama, the good and the bad parts of it.
Maybe I can help you to avoid making foolish choices by sharing mine. Maybe I can teach you something you didn't know. Who knows......
Anyway, welcome to my blog. I'm Janet... aka "Mamachildress" or here as "Country Living Mama". "

Since that time I have been blessed with another child, Sophia who is now 3. There have been many changes happen with our fixer upper home on our 2 little acres in the Texas countryside. I've continued to homeschool our children to the best of my ability. There have even been changes with me physically, spiritually and emotionally. I have lost 54 pounds, we've found a church where we feel led to be a part of and I am trying to learn how to rest in my spirit. My oldest daughter Ashley 22, is now working full time as is my 19 year old son, Kyle. 

I am learning that life keeps on going whether we are ready for it or not. :)

I enjoy blogging as an outlet for me, or a hobby you could say. I like sharing what we do as a family, etc with y'all. Things that seem ordinary to me I forget aren't ordinary to y'all. Having 11 children seems like an every day thing to me. Driving a 15 passenger van seems ordinary to me. Cooking for a crowd or washing clothes for 13 seems ordinary to me. Having to organize my home is such a way that everything gets done in an efficient manner is just what I do. I've done it for years! 

I'd like to start blogging regularly again. I'd like to not only share every day stuff with y'all but maybe get out of my comfort zone and share some how to's with y'all as well. I even toyed with the idea of starting up a Youtube channel so I can *show* y'all snippets of our day. But, that is just an idea for now. Let's see if I can get back to meeting you all here on a more regular basis first. 

I will be doing some redesigning of  ~*~ Countrylivingmama ~*~  to give it a fresh look so please be patient while construction is going on.

I'm so glad to be back and I can't wait to interact with you precious people in the comments.

With much love,