How Have You Seen God At Work In Your Life Lately?

by adustyframe ~ July 21st, 2014

Yesterday, at church, a missionary who grew up in the church shared about their ministry.

One of the pastor’s asked her during question time, “How have you seen God at work in your life lately?”

I like that question and I like that he asked that right away before people got into the things like, “What is the weather like?” etc.


I’ve been thinking about this today.

How have I seen God at work in my life lately?

*Trusting Him with James going far away for camp in a few days.

*Encouraging me to love people who are very hard to love.

*Helping me to see little things 100 times a day that are blessings.

*Bringing songs or Scripture to mind when I’m discouraged.


What about you? How have you seen God at work in your life lately?



by adustyframe ~ July 17th, 2014

The other day on Facebook a friend asked, “So, what resources are available in our state for children of incarcerated parents?”

I hesitated.

Should I say anything?

I could say a lot…….

Instead, I just said, “So, have you heard about Angel Tree?”

Angel Tree is a wonderful resource and I’m always happy to share about it and let people know.

But providing a long list of resources? Well…..that would say something about me wouldn’t it? (For the record, I don’t have a long list of resources specific to our state.)

I’m careful who I just tell everything.

This person works in the prison system, which makes me even more reluctant to say anything. But her question also made me thankful that there are people in the system who care and want to find ways to support families.

People like her are much needed!



How Fast Is One Year?

by adustyframe ~ July 14th, 2014

Lee and I were discussing the baby’s upcoming birthday last week. We both exclaimed about how very quickly this year has passed.

Then I said, “Isn’t it funny how fast that year went but when we faced a year while you were “away” it seemed never ending.”

Interesting isn’t it how quickly or slowly a year passes depending on what it is you’re facing?



It turned out!

by adustyframe ~ July 10th, 2014


I made this from a Pinterest idea for the Fourth of July! I think it turned out great.

None of it was left after the party, so I guess everyone else agreed.

I bought red, white, and blue candy melts. Red, white and blue sprinkles and a bag of M&M’s. James and I had to pick out the red and blue ones ;).


A Tender Spot

by adustyframe ~ July 7th, 2014

Whenever I hear a sermon, story, devotion, etc about suffering or trials it hits a soft spot in me.

Yesterday’s sermon at church was about suffering and trials. One quote I wrote down is this.

“God often uses our suffering and things that are painful and difficult for us to impact the lives of others for the glory of God.”

The pastor shared that God redeems difficult situations by allowing us to support those who walk a similar path after we do.

He shared an illustration that of course hit home with me.


He said students who take piano lessons often want to quit when the things they are learning become difficult or require much repetition. The students who succeed are those who have in mind the end result of their lessons. Those who know that they will be able to play beautifully and use their talents in the future, don’t quit because it’s hard.

I’m so thankful I didn’t quit piano lessons when I was young. I’m also thankful I didn’t quit when things in our life became difficult.

Did I stumble? yes! Get exhausted? yes! Go back to how life used to be? of course!

But thankfully God sustained us. I think one thing was key in surviving our trial and the pastor mentioned this yesterday.

Seek God’s perspective in the matter. How does He want to use me? What does He want me to learn or see in this?

So many times, I still feel like I’d like to erase this from our past and just go back to “la la land” where I didn’t know so many things about people, life, prison….

Today, I saw a graphic on Facebook that said, “God does not delete our past. He redeems it.” That’s what I need to remember!

Oh and the sermon was based on 2 Corinthians 4:7-18!


Fourth Of July

by adustyframe ~ July 3rd, 2014



What are your plans for the holiday?

We plan to go to the parade and fireworks. James bought some fireworks that we will shoot off at our friend’s house on Saturday.

We may go to a potluck hosted by friends in my Sunday School class.

Otherwise, it will be a little low key since Lee is on the road.

I’m thinking of making this for the potluck just because it looks neat.

Check out my Americana Pinterest board for some other things that I just enjoy looking at –décor, inspiration, recipes….I was going to share which pin on that board is my favorite but I can’t….I love them all!

I made this for a party in May and used marshmallows instead of pretzels and it turned out cute!

I’ve also made this flag cake before and it’s not too hard actually. It impresses people too which is just a bonus!

Ok, so let me know what you’re up to and share any Americana links you are loving right now.


Natural Allergy Treatment~Update

by adustyframe ~ June 30th, 2014

Earlier this spring, I posted my plan for relieving my nasty Spring allergy symptoms naturally.

I’m happy to report that I made it through allergy season without popping any over the counter allergy tablets. While I know there are some considered safe for nursing, I wanted to see if I could survive without them.

Typically, my allergies are so bad in the Spring blooming season. My ears itch way inside. My throat itches. My eyes itch and bulge out they’re so irritated. My nose runs constantly. I sneeze constantly.


My plan was in this post.

I do think a little bit of everything contributed to the success but I do feel that the nettles made the biggest difference! If you’re an allergy sufferer give the nettles a try for sure and possibly utilize the other ideas!


10 Things On My Mind

by adustyframe ~ June 25th, 2014


1. I’m borrowing my friend’s children to go strawberry picking tomorrow. I’m not picking–they are! I’m going to watch the baby and supervise. HA! I LOVE having farm fresh strawberries in the freezer to use all year long.

The baby just tried strawberries the other day. He already loves blueberries and added strawberries to his “I love it” list.

2. I bought some kale at Trader Joes and want to try kale chips. I will eat them but I’ll also offer them to the baby. I’ve made them twice before bombed both times. I’m not sure why I feel inspired to try again!

3. James is getting so big. It’s bittersweet to see your little guy become a big guy right before your eyes. I’m getting so many comments about how grown up he is and how he’s changing. He is also a good looking guy. Girls started calling him the other day! GRRR….long story but Mom put a stop to that one. However, I know that soon he’ll be making so many changes in his life and girls will be one of them……I’m not ready for this.

4. I need to get homeschool planned for this fall.

5. The baby is just so sweet. I love everything about him and thank the Lord for him many times a day. I look at him and wonder how did we get such a cute, funny, precious little guy? We’re so blessed!

6. Today, Lee said he may not be home for the 4th! WHAT?! I’m trying to think what we will do to make the day special and feeling a little bummed. Then I thought, “HELLO! He wasn’t home for ANYTHING for years. Buck up, Buttercup.” :)

7. I NEED to get back to my TTapp. I’ve been slacking on the exercise. After baby was born, my hips were really bad. I mean REALLY bad. I could barely walk even in the house. So, I didn’t get in any exercise. My chiropractor has them mostly back to normal and I need to get rid of this baby/Csection belly. (!!!!)

8. I’m not sure my garden is going to make it. We’ve had a lot of rain since I planted it and it’s been swamped a couple times. We’ll see what happens.

9. I get some of the best book suggestions from Lisa’s book reviews. The Marrying of Chani Kauffman sounds really good!

10. For some strange reason, I get giddy when I’m on my blog feed on Wednesday and realize that it’s Amy’s Notebook day. I just love her notebook and even if I don’t need many of the links, I just enjoy looking at it!

So, what’s on your mind?


11 Months

by adustyframe ~ June 23rd, 2014

11 mo
11 months already!

He’s such a sweet little funny guy.
He’s starting to say James’ name.
He mimics us…..copying words we say (the sounds at least) and coughing.

He seems to be having a little break from teething finally.

He’s pulling up to things.

He’s started yelling at mom when he’s impatient….working on that one!

He loves all kinds of food and isn’t shy about trying new things.

Still nursing! Woo hoo.

He likes to scrunch up his face at people which makes them laugh at him.

These other photos from this photo shoot crack me up–it shows what a busy boy he is.


“I don’t want this bear here.”


“Poor bear!”

11 mo 1

“As a matter of fact, I don’t want to be here either!”


Summer Stickiness….

by adustyframe ~ June 18th, 2014

I greatly dislike humidity……I am not complaining about summer trust me! We just survived a really looooong winter.
I just don’t like feeling sticky.
I feel like I’m melting!
It’s not even that hot but it’s sure humid.

We don’t have central air and that’s ok… of these days we may save up for it and put it in but we’ve survived all these years.
We usually have a window unit in our bedroom but Lee hasn’t put it in yet.

I carry a fan around the house with me. As long as I have a fan on me and drink something cold I’m usually ok.

If I could skip moving, it would be perfect!

Do you do anything to stay cool when it’s humid?