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Joy
Midwest, USA
I am a devoted wife to John Wayne (really, It's true! wink, wink), mama to many, as well as a nurse turned stay at home mom. We homeschool our brood, and are living life to it's fullest. I try to look at life as the glass being half-full, or was it half-empty, or wasn't that the 2nd glass of milk you've spilled?!?
Interests: As i am seeking to know Christ on a deeper level, He is showing me that true joy lies, in seeking Him first.....other things i find joy in? Making my husband smile, making my oldest child roll her eyes at me and then crack a smile cuz she can't help it, trying to get my 2nd to tell me how weird i am, (really, this is true!), getting my little cowboy to lasso me with a hug now and then, and tickling my littlest to make her belly laugh come out! Other stuff that lassos me? Anything to do with natural living, crafting with natural fibers and such, teaching, (and being taught by), my kiddos each day in our home life/ home school. enjoying every minute, (okay most minutes), of our life together!
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Love this shot of your kiddos looking in on the action in the barn! Here is our moment of the week, with our youngest of the six. http://www.vimandvigor.typepad.com
Toggle Commented May 8, 2015 on {this moment} at SouleMama
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Sharing a moment from the past week, along with Soulemama. No words: Just a photo to cherish Do you have one to share? I'd love to see it! Feel free to leave yours in the comments. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Vim and Vigor
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This blog has laid dormant for quite a while now. No new words. No new pictures. (Oh, I've been taking quite a few of those, believe me!) God basically laid it on my heart, that He wanted me to take a break from posting for a while. And, I took... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Vim and Vigor
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-Someday there won't be any leftover apple cores from army men and pirates left in my armchair. - Someday I won't hear the sounds of children stories being read aloud to siblings in my living room. -Someday I will find the last lone sock. No more searching for lost socks... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at Vim and Vigor
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So often I write for the masses on this blog. How to make a baby wrap, our teen girls' summer reading challenge, and oodles of recipes. However, I want to really be keeping more of a record of our lives. The lives of my family that is growing up so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2013 at Vim and Vigor
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( My second eldest daughter, is pictured above.) This summer, I decided to put out a fun challenge for my daughters. During their free time...which they do have...between youth work trips, vacation with the family, volunteering at our local vacation bible school, working as junior servants at a local camp,... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2013 at Vim and Vigor
Love your photograph of your littlest darling. Mine features our 2 yr. old, and how is making us laugh as we teach him the art of "gentleness"....Blessings! http://www.vimandvigor.typepad.com Joy~
Toggle Commented May 10, 2013 on {this moment} at SouleMama
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Teaching the art of "gentleness" to our 2 yr. old This Moment is inspired by Soulemama Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2013 at Vim and Vigor
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This recipe is something one of my daughters came up with yesterday. I am excited because I LOVE the Double chocolate cookies they sell at Subway.....even though I am sure they are full of mystery ingredients. Not something I want to think about my family eating often. We try to... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2013 at Vim and Vigor
So lovely. Thanks for sharing them with us!
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2013 on SouleMama Sponsor ~ Bundle ~ at SouleMama
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What joy it must be to see your nieces in the sweaters knit with such love, I am sure. There is no greater gift to me than someone enjoying the work of my hands. Loveliness. Blessings, Joy~
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2013 on for a little boy at SouleMama
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Must be shearing time? How lovely to have all take part...though some may just be watching. Learning right along with our children is such a privilege. Our moment: http://www.vimandvigor.typepad.com Blessings, Joy~
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2013 on {this moment} at SouleMama
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:: This Moment :: Inspired by Soulemama A moment to remember always Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2013 at Vim and Vigor
I taught myself to knit, with motivation from Amanda. I bet you could do the same with your desire to sew. There are classes everywhere!
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2013 on spring stitching at SouleMama
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It looks just lovely on you! As, I've either been pregnant or nursing for *years* now...I have to remember to be proud of what my body has accomplished. (And, IS accomplishing...being I am 3 months pregnant with our 6th babe.) I may not have the body I once did, but I treat it well....and it has done so very much. As your has as well ;) Blessings to you, Joy~
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2013 on spring stitching at SouleMama
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Joy is now following Alicia P.
Apr 16, 2013
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Monday: Breakfast: Soaked Oatmeal Lunch: Pumpkin Bread: (I know, it's spring! But, I am craving pumpkin!) Supper: Chicken rice soup; Easy homemade bread (pictured above...3 ingredients!) Tuesday: Breakfast: Nourishing granola bars ( A quick breakfast before we leave for the day.) Lunch: To-go lunch....Turkey wraps: nitrate-free turkey, mayo or ranch,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2013 at Vim and Vigor
A new camera! Such fun. I have a new lens myself I am truly enjoying. I guess when us mamas keep the spirit of learning alive, it makes life that much more of an adventure. Love the photographs in today's post. As I do everyday! Blessings on the week to come, Joy~
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2013 on Monday Morning at SouleMama
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One thing that seems to keep people from making real food at home, is the time involved. There can be a lot of preparation: chopping, mixing, baking....and not everyone has time for that. This is one recipe that can keep prep time down, and enjoyment of making real foods in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2013 at Vim and Vigor
We have 2 dogs and 3 cats in the house, who love to think they are human at times. They definitely keep the house from getting dull....as if our five kiddos would let that happen ;) Our moment: http://www.vimandvigor.typepad.com Blessings, Joy~
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2013 on {this moment} at SouleMama
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:: This Moment :: Inspired by Soulemama "Loose Tooth" A moment from the week to remember always Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at Vim and Vigor
A few moments alone can be so refreshing, can they not? I am a mama of five as well, and that truly is a rare treat. Taking a quiet time for myself each day helps me be the best mama I can. Hope your time gave you the energy to tackle the meeting and supper when they returned. Blessings, Joy~
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2013 on home alone at SouleMama
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:: You can find Part 1 of this Series here :: So, yesterday I wrote a post about living in freedom from the "comparison game". I'm not sure if I've ever met any woman (probably men too), who have not played this game at one time or another. In Part... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at Vim and Vigor
That trick you have there made me laugh out loud. However, I am sure it works well! I do already spend much time getting the little ones ready when we head outdoors....though, I find it is always worth it. Usually I join them, which is wonderful as well. Love your photo! Here is our moment from the week: Includes two of my daughters as well. http://www.vimandvigor@typepad.com Blessings, Joy~
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2013 on {this moment} at Rabbit Is Wise