Oct 14, 2014

How Our Lives Have Changed..........

Wow!  First let me say that God's plan is always so much better then our plans we make for ourselves!  If you would have told me 5-10 years ago that I would live on a farm way down in South Texas (or farm in the making right now!) I would have cracked up laughing!  Even though we have always said that we would love to live on land and anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE farmhouses!

I find myself everyday loving this life more and more.  It's a very simple life! (Not at all saying I have a perfect life.....just one that God seemed to slow down and simplify!)  There are no stores in my town....only the school, the post office, the Sheriff's office, the courthouse and a few other things.  It's all in a little tiny square!  It's very quiet and the people here are very nice!  Our town is surrounded by ranches.

I was thinking of little things that I used to never let go like pedicures, my eyebrows and my nails!!!  I haven't had a pedicure in a while.  I bought the stuff that they use and I do it myself in the shower most nights.  My eyebrows are getting a little unruly!  :)  My nails just get messed up from working outside and around this house!

We have always wanted a garden and now we have one!  It's huge!!!!  It is still in the very beginning stages but the rows are growing slowly but surely.  Marc and Mr. Jim prayed over it after finally getting it all like it is supposed to be!
The other day I smiled after Jesse said he had garden chores he needed to get done!  I don't know why that made me happy but it did!  He worked hard to help his dad pull weeds and plant new things!
My prayer is that our garden over flows with veggies that we can share with our little community!

The schools!  My little ones go to a VERY small public school.  I can't even put into words how I feel about that school and the teachers/principle that God brought into my kid's lives!  As Jesse's science teacher said "I don't know how you guys found Sarita but I am sure glad you did!"  I thought that was so sweet and I totally agree with her!

Noah goes to school about 20 minutes from here and he loves it.  He has just fit right in and made so many friends!  I am in awe of what God did for our kids.
Even Taylor has said he misses Sarita!
Noah has a bus that picks him up about five minutes up the road and Marc takes him to his stop on his way to work.  The littles go at 7:30 and we literally live 1 minute from the school.  They CHOSE to go to an after school program that they LOVE so sometimes I don't get them until 5:30!  They aren't real happy if I show up early!

COOKING!  I literally cook every night.  Even the weekends.  We had Burger King yesterday for lunch because the kids got out early but they have not had fast food in a long time!  People this is big for me!  I am proud of myself too!

We are all home and around the dinner table eating dinner by 6:30 at the latest each night!  Only thing missing is Taylor!

Date night-  This has really changed!  We don't have a babysitter so we have slowly allowed Noah to babysit for us so we never go further than 10-15 minutes from the house.  We go to an old restaurant called Kings Inn that is famous with South Texas hunters and fisherman!  We go look at Baffin Bay and have even planned our next date night which we will go fishing!  :)  No more fancy restaurants or unlimited choices.  I love it!  As long as we are together it doesn't matter where or what we do!

We went back home to Baytown this past weekend and while I loved seeing everyone and I miss my friends we couldn't wait to get HOME!  I don't miss that traffic.....I was a nervous wreck on 59!  I love our country roads and no traffic!

We got our tractor yesterday and so this weekend will begin the clean up of the acreage so that we can finally get chickens and eventually horses for the kids!  We are looking now for somewhere for them to start taking riding lessons.  Jesse says he wants to be a bull rider!  OMG!  He said he would settle for bull dogging though!  :)

I love this new life God decided to give us and wouldn't change a thing!  We are blessed!








Sep 18, 2014

Some of my favorite moments.......

There are some things I wanted to write down so I can look back one day and remember how I felt at this time.........

1.  When my baby is girl is all bathed, hair washed and lathered up in Baby Magic and she sleeps between me and her daddy!  I love to cuddle up to her,  kiss on her cheeks and pray over her!  I secretly wish she would stay this age forever!

2.  When Vensly asks me a question and immediately follows it with "huh?  tell me???"  I don't know why that makes me laugh.  I also don't want to forget his Haitian accent that he still has.  Some things that he says in that accent make me laugh so hard!  He's has such a dry sense of humor!  He is obsessed with Lloyd from Legos and the way he said "Lloyd" can't help but make you smile.  I don't want to forget how he tells me he loves me about 20 times a day!

3.  Taylor-  because he is off at college I suddenly realized how much I miss the sound of his voice and how he always starts off our conversation with "hey momma".   Sometimes I lay in bed at night and can here him say that to me!  I hope he always calls me momma!  I love to hear how he misses his little guest house here in Sarita and how Sarita Farms is his HOME!  It goes to show you that home is where your family is not just a structure!

4.  Jesse-  I love how he's ALL BOY!  He loves trucks, trailers, transformers, ninjas, four wheelers, the bad boy mower, dirt and all things boy!  I love how outgoing he is at his new school!  Sometimes a little to much so.  I love how he loves me!  He is a momma's boy and he thinks I am the most beautiful girl and tells me all the time.  He will also say my butt is a little big as he pops me on my booty!!!!  LOL

5.  Noah- He is HILARIOUS!  He can make his dad and I laugh so hard.  His latest is his Obama impersonation.  I am telling you.....he's good!!!!!!  I love how sensitive he is and how kind his heart is.  He's my helper!  I love how he loves the Lord at such a young age and isn't afraid to show it or say it.  I pray that never changes!!!

6.  When I drive into my new driveway and see the trees and the dirt road and my sweet dogs!  I thank God for sending us here.  If someone can't sit on my front porch and hear the birds, watch the deer, and see all the beautiful trees and not believe in God, then I am not sure what could convince them!  I never want to forget the excitement of being home!

7.  Mine and hubby's talks on the front porch early in the morning or late at night!  Nothing better!

8.  When we dream of what Sarita Farms will be one day!  It could be amazing!

9.  Family dinners around our little bitty table when we have a big table that we would all fit but we cram around it and have the best talks!

10.  Knowing Taylor is home safe and sound even if it's for a couple of days!




Sep 16, 2014

My Wish List........

Here are some things I have been wanting lately but thinking I may should wait until Christmas....or longer for a few!  A girl can dream though huh?


1. Puffin Classics Children's Books   (These are going to be a Christmas present for Emily!)



2.  4-Piece Metal Chairs in Antique Sky Blue


3.  White Slip Covered Winged Back Chairs for the Living Room


4.  A new chandelier for over my dining room table!




6.  Stainless Steel Pots and Pans.......I need new pots and pans so bad but why is it always so hard to buy something like that when there are so many other pretty things I want for the house!  :)


Sep 11, 2014

My Biggest Weekly Menu Ever!

Living in the country and a town where there is not a grocery store you have to be prepared.....I have learned this the hard way the last couple of months!
I have cooked a lot.......more than I am used to but I actually kind of like it and I know my kids and hubby do too!
Tomorrow is grocery store day for me so I made my menu all the way through next weekend!  Did I mention my boy is coming to see me!!!  My college boy and he loves Cheese enchiladas so that is on the menu for then!  I can't wait!

So, here is my menu.  Most were taken from pinterest so if you are interested in the recipe just search there!

Thursday- Meat Loaf, mashed potatoes, and green beans!

Friday- Sour Cream Noodle Bake, salad and garlic bread  (Pioneer Woman)

Saturday- Homemade Pizza night!

Sunday- Crock Pot Roast and potatoes, carrots and green beans!  ROLLS!

Monday- Creamy Crouton Chicken, broccoli and mixed veggies!

Tuesday- Slow cooker burrito bowls with all the fixin's.

Wednesday- Crock Pot Pork Chops, rice, something green and rolls.

Thursday- Baked Chicken with potatoes, carrots and green beans.

Friday- Cheese Enchiladas, Sour Cream Spanish rice, black beans and salad.

Saturday- Homemade pizza night again!!!

Sunday-  Taking my boy out to eat after church before he leaves to go back to College Station!


Sep 4, 2014

You've got to move it move it........

Tuesday of this week I worked out for the first time since about December!  Talk about sore!!!!  I couldn't do anything yesterday because I could barely move but today I worked out again.  SO....that is twice this week and I will work out in the morning to.  Right now I am doing Fitness on Demand on our smart tv and basically doing 20 minute workouts that combine strength training with cardio.  Doesn't sound like very long but I am exhausted at the end but feel so good after I am done, showered and ready for the day!

I have been watching what I eat very closely this week and will start my meal plan next week.  I hope!  I can honestly say I am not good at prepping and following a plan.  I wish I was but I am not.  I have just cut out all snacks this week.  Just eating breakfast, lunch and a small supper!   Probably not what a nutritionist would say to do but I am starting by making small changes right now.

I saw a picture of myself tonight on my hubby's phone and I almost threw up!  It will for sure be my before picture.  I feel like this is it.......for my health and for myself I need to do this!
I am joining the gym here tomorrow and starting zumba on Monday morning.  I figure no one knows me here so my bad dancing can't get around the rumor mill.  LOL!

I am not going to put a picture up just yet of myself because frankly I am embarrassed by it but I will keep this site updated and will add before and afters when I reach my first goal of 10 lbs and some inches lost!

Ugh....why does it have to be so hard?  So easy to put it on but so incredibly difficult to take it off.

So here's to a new, healthier, and much skinnier me!!!!!!



Here is a little Throw Back Thursday to a time I thought I was fat!!!  WHAT??????
My inspiration picture.....I still have those jeans so maybe I should hang them in site to soon get back in them!


Sep 3, 2014

Courting or Dating?

My son Noah and I LOVE 19 kids and Counting!  I know a lot of people think they are crazy and maybe to the world they are BUT they definitely have some good kids.  I am thinking that if they weren't as "perfect" as they look then someone, somewhere would have already come out with a story or scandal but I can't seem to find one anywhere!  So, while I know they are not perfect I am going to believe that they definitely are doing something right.  
Lately, I have been so intrigued by their two older girls that are in a "courtship" with one now being married!  

As I write more keep that sweet face above in the picture in your mind!  My sweet Emily Grace!

I have started reading a lot on Courting and what it exactly means and the difference between that and dating.  I have read a lot about what the Duggar girls have to say on it and I totally agree with so much of what they say!  In our world today everything is "dirtied" or "sexed" up......I think those are real words!  But it's true!  I don't even let my kids watch music shows like the VMA's or Grammy's!  It's horrible what they are singing about and what you see on the screen.

Here are seven of the Duggar girl's rules to courtship....... Read the explanations of these rules here! CLICK HERE

Rule 1: Courting is not dating; it’s “dating with a purpose.” 

Rule 2: Three (or four, or 15) is NOT a crowd: There’s always a chaperone.

Rule 3: Brothers know best.  (This one makes me think of Emily on a date with her FOUR brothers.....one that is 13 years older, two that are Asian and one that could be a very intimidating black man one day!  LOL)

Rule 4: Texting? Ur parents r watching. 4 real.

Rule 5: No kissing or hand-holding.  (Until they are engaged then they can hold hands!)

Rule 6: To court a Duggar girl, you have to go through Dad.  (Poor boy that has to go through Marc!)

Rule 7: You can’t fail at courtship.

There are so many of the above rules that I agree with and think are great and who wouldn't want that for their children....especially our girls!  Don't they deserve that respect and purity?  I think they do!  I want my boys to be that man of God that respects girls and loves their spouse like Christ loves the church!  I want my daughter to marry a man who loves her that way.  I simply want the best for them!

Of course with this comes lots of question of HOW?  I have tons of questions like that.  Like what about if they go off to college in another town where you aren't there?  Are their many boys/men out there that are willing to "court"?  Any girls out there?  Is it sheltering them to much?  
And the list of questions go on.........

I am each morning praying for my boys and my sweet girl and asking God to prepare their mate now.....grow them into Godly women and Godly men.  So whether He chooses for them to date or to court I do not know but I do know that He has a plan for each other them!

We can set rules and instill morals and values but the rest is up to them and God!  

Good stuff to think about though for sure..........




Aug 27, 2014

Prayers for my Elementary kids.......

Dear Lord,

Thank you Lord for a great first week at their new school.  Wow, you have covered it all for my kids and their schools.  Both big and little ones!

I come to you Lord to ask you to protect them each day, keep them safe and keep them healthy!

I pray that they continue to love their teachers and the teachers love them.

I pray that Vensly not be nervous, that he not fear the environment, but that he thrive and learn all he is capable of!  I pray that you will help him find his voice so that he can communicate what he needs too!

I pray that Emily will learn so many new things and improve on the things she has already learned!

I pray for Jesse.  I pray that he not get frustrated and that he is eager to learn.  I ask you to give him confidence and understanding.  I pray he grasps all that he is taught.

I pray that you guard and protect all of their hearts and mind Lord.

I pray that they all learn to turn to you in time of need.  I pray that they know that You are all knowing and you give generously!

I ask you Lord that my children grow in favor with you.  I ask that they find favor with their teachers and their teachers with them.

I ask for your hand of protection over them and the whole school.  I pray for all the teachers there Lord.

Lastly I ask the same thing as another mother who's blog I read......

Father, I ask You for godly, loyal friends for my children. Friends who love purity, who are pure in heart, and gracious in speech, friends that will sharpen them and love them at all times. 

I ask you all of these things I your holy name!  Amen!!!!