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God gained and Angel and Broke our Hearts!

“God broke our hearts to prove he only takes the best!”

I haven’t been able to bring myself to write any posts for a few weeks and I wanted to let my following readers know why.   My family lost an amazing, smart, loving little soul in the beginning of June.  My baby cousin and Lilly’s bestie was taken from his loving mommy and daddy and made into one of God’s perfect angels.
I cant understand why, I cant rationalize this in any way, it feels like a nightmare as the memories run through my head.  This little boy was surrounded by so much love!  His mommy is the best mother I know, every breath she took was consumed with love for her baby boy.
He was smart beyond his years and loved everyone, so I have to believe that God needed him for a mighty job up in Heaven.  However even knowing my precious baby cousin is in God’s kingdom does not heal our broken and bleeding hearts.
We love you baby boy and we will see you again one day when you meet us up in the sky!

Our Devotional Bibles ~ The Devotional Bibles we use Everyday

 The devotional I read everyday is “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young.  I love this devotional, it has a small paragraph to read everyday along with 2-3 Bible coordinating bible verses to look up.  This is how I start my day every morning, on the couch with my coffee, Bible and “Jesus Calling”.  Each day I get a great message and as a busy mom I appreciate that I can finish each day in about 10-15 minutes and feel like my day is starting in the right direction.

Each night we try to read a little from each of the kids devotionals before bed.  I chose God’s Little Princess Devotional and God’s Mighty Warrior Devotional for the kids because they both have creative ways of grabbing the kids attention while teaching them God’s word.  These are my favorite devotionals we’ve used thus far!
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Thanks for the Lesson 2013 ~ 2014 Bring It!

As 2013 comes to a close, I cant help but look back at all the laughs, all the tears, and most important all the lessons I have learned.
This has been a year full of the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.  So to recap my year I’ll start off with the happiest times!

Brazil Trip 2013!
The hubby had to go down to Brazil for business purposes and so on a whim we moved our vacation we were thinking about for the winter of 2014 and went as a family in the spring of 2013!  We stayed for a month, enjoyed the beaches, shopping, and food.  Took time to relax on the family farm, enjoyed the crowds in Rio at the Cristo Redentor Statue, and reconnected with family and friends we had greatly missed.
Who doesn’t like Camping on the 4th of July?
We took our usual family camping trip over 4th of July weekend to the campground we used to go to for years when all us cousins were little, Pine Acres.  Most of my fondest memories of summer have always revolved around these summer camping trips.  S’mores, swimming, fishing, dancing, and laughing around a fire till security came.

I turned 30!
Really, like yikes! I don’t feel thirty at all but man I guess I’m all grown up now.  I got to celebrate with a bunch of family up at Old Orchard Beach for the weekend and it was a blast. 
Anthony got to see New York City!
After asking, and asking, and well asking some more, we finally cracked and took the drive down to NYC.  We spent a couple of nights and saw some of the main attractions that were on his list. It was a bit stressful with Aidan and the busy city but in the end we went home with a very happy boy.
Finally got to see the South!
We made it down to South Carolina to see my brother, this was Antonio’s 10 year wedding Anniversary gift to me, and my amazing man new exactly what I needed most a mini vacation, awesome, but seeing my brother, the best!  He had moved down there in the Spring and I was devastated that he wasn’t a short ride away anymore so this was a perfect surprise.
We had a Blizzard that gave us snow totals higher than the kids, we finished potty training both twins, We had an awesome Easter egg hunt, Had lots of summer cookouts and Pool fun.
Then to wrap up the year we did all the Fall favorites, apple picking, pumpkin picking, and many farm visits.  Then Christmas brought another visit with my brother and lots of family time.  Looking back, focusing on the good, I must say it was a pretty amazing year and God blessed us in so many ways!
However in the midst of all the fun times, inbetween the vacations and the parties, inbetween the laughing and memories, my family was falling apart.  Or at least what I once thought of to be “family”.
Fight after fight, the drama seemed to just keep making circles through out the year.  There has been lies and rumors started but some cant see through the dysfunction to understand it.  There has been tears and screaming, name calling and backstabbing.  Yet though it all my loyalty never shook.  I am loyal to a fault (I guess its the Italian in me, or so I’ve heard).  I couldn’t let go of these people I loved, these people I’d lay down my life for, the ones I always thought would be there no matter what.
Unfortunately I had to learn the hardest lesson yet.
~Family isn’t always… Family~
I can forgive so much and have but when my position in the family was called into question, I learned I had to just let go.  Some words can never be erased, they can be forgiven in time, but never forgotten.  Some words can be spoken in the heat of a fight and destroy an entire family, making the most loyal of the bunch turn and walk away with the knife still in her back.
So when the mention of me not being a “real” family member started, that was what I had to do, with tears in my eyes and the knife in my back, I walked away.
My Dad has been my Dad sense I was in diapers, I never felt the need to doubt his love for me, he chose to take the place he has in my life and that’s something that wouldn’t need to be questioned.  Especially by the people who I called my own,  but when a family cant see through their own dysfunction to understand a love that’s not obligated, my Dad and I did they only thing we could think of to stop any doubt and at 30 years old, after the diapers were changed, the stories read, the walk down the isle, and the grandbabies came, I was officially adopted.
I gained a piece of paper that never really mattered, and lost the “family” I always thought did.
This year I learnt so much!
I learnt those things your parents tell you when your growing up, but you shrug off, there true.
I learnt to guard my heart and to be loyal based on actions not on position.
I learnt I am stronger than I ever imagined.
I learnt my heart will always heal with Gods help.
I learnt sometimes moving on is harder then fighting.
I learnt all I need in this world is God and my Babies.
I learnt this to shall pass and I will be OK,

“Whats in the Bible” DVD series on SALE!

The “Whats in the Bible” DVD’s are on SALE!
I was so excited when I found this Coupon Code!
20% off this Memorial Day Weekend!
I have heard such great things about this DVD series and have been wanting get it for the kid’s sense I looked into it about 6 months ago.  However the $100+ price tag for the complete series kept making me postpone the purchase.  Of course while I was waiting more episodes where released to start the New Testament which is awesome but also meant getting the full series was even more $.  WELL I just ordered the complete 1-11 video series for $97.99!
I am so excited to have these in time for summer break, I have been looking for something the kids would find fun to aid me in their biblical teaching during the week, and this looks perfect.
It’s created by the “veggie tales” Creator, which my kids also like.
Follow the link over to “Whats in the Bible” add the DVD’s you want and in the final step of the check out process use the coupon code “MEMORIAL” and see the 20% savings, also receive free shipping on orders over $25! 
The coupon code works on all there products, My OCD just made me “need” to buy the whole series.

Give and it shall be given unto you

Growing up as a catholic going to huge buildings for holiday mass services or weddings and only using a bible as a nightstand decoration I always considered the idea of “offerings” and “tithes” as some sort of scam.  I remember being a teenager when most of the priest sex abuse allegations became daily news and from then on out never thought much about the idea of religion until my late twenties.  Sure I got married in the church, got the kids baptized in the church but this was all done more as a ritual to appease the older generations in my family, than as a meaningful event between me and God.
I have a vivid memory not more than a couple years ago of myself talking to a close friend of mine about tithing while sitting in adjacent recycling bins collecting coupons (I know what a subject to be disgusting between dumpsters, right?) anyways, I kept saying “I just don’t understand why churches are always asking for money, for what? To build more huge churches, or pay legal fees for all these pedophiles they have as priests!  I liked the Christian shows on TV until I noticed all they do is ask for money!”.
That was the first day I started to understand tithing.  My friend was brought up in a born again Christian family, she didn’t tithe but her mother did so she began to explain that it’s all about faith.  God gives it to you, so if you give it back to him willingly and with faith, he will always take care of you and bless you back.
After that night I started to understand it, but never truly believed in it, that is until I myself started building my own faith.  I found an awesome church, a nondenominational Christian church.  It wasn’t a huge cathedral building with gold ceilings.  It was in a corporate office building with a large room with a simple cross and a stage where they held two services every Sunday and a group of classrooms in the back for all the children’s Sunday school classes.  It was simple but by far much more beautiful than any of the churches I had been to in my life.  The people where calm and loving, you just felt comfort walking in the door.
From that first Sunday service, my family has been going every week.  The pastor speaks in a way that I can understand what he is saying, I can see it all in my bible, and see that Gods word is real and it has changed my life.  This is when I felt a strong calling to tithe, and I listened!  I feel blessed that God has put me in a place where my tithes have helped build schools in Kenya, and feed orphans in Haiti.  I give back what God has blessed me with, without a second thought because I see every week how amazing he is in every way.
Of course at first, knowing we live on a tight income with me being disabled and having three little ones with autism, it was kind of scary but I listened to God and he has taken care of me ever sense.  I now write a check once a month with 10% of any income to my church as my tithe, then the rest of the month give whatever cash I have on hand in the collection plate as an offering.  I can honestly say that from day one I have not once had to worry about that money missing, God always keeps his word and blesses us back.

Luke 6:38
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure,pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

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