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A Hunter's Wife Cry For Help - Part III - Bet you never thought we would be here.

If you read A Hunter's Wife Cry for Help - The Original Post just know I am not who I was. 
Over the years my bitter hatred towards hunting grew into a strong dislike, but understanding.
A Hunter's Wife Cry for Help - Part II can attest to my growth.
But today we find ourselves here.
Over the last year there's been more growth and through the last months there's been a radical change. 
If you would've asked me what I like to do after 9 p.m. several years ago I would tell you "be sleeping". 
If you asked me in the middle of April 2020 I probably would've said "go coon hunting"....
I know.
You're in complete shock.
But it's true.
Somehow...and I'm really not even sure how tbh..
But somehow we went from complete despise to "can we please go coon hunting tonight??"...
For whatever reason..maybe it was the quarantine and we literally had NO WHERE IN THE WORLD ELSE TO GO...but maybe just maybe I enjoyed it. 
It wasn't necessarily abou…

How I realized my kids were copying more than just my handwriting. - Life. Love. Jesus. Everything in between.

Today was our second day of school.
My kids have begged and begged to start our homeschooling so yesterday I finally caved.
I learned more on the day 2 than they did...I can promise you!
Today I went over each kids spelling words with them individually. 
For them to practice their words I had to copy them down on notebook paper first.
As I sat there writing I thought to myself I better write them completely accurate and not get sloppy or lazy with my penmanship. 
Even though they're 5 and 7 and fully know how to write all their letters, I know if I write a letter a certain way they will do it just like I did. 
I know if I get lazy they will justify being lazy in their own writing. 
I know if I slack off they will think it's okay to be a slacker.
I know if I bend the rules just once they'll think it's okay to bend them whenever too.
I should be more concerned about them copying my actions than my handwriting.
Yes they're watching how I write...but ev…

Your light will never burn brighter because you blew someone else's out. - Life. Love. Jesus. Everything in between.

Just keeping it real bc that's the only thing I know how to do.
If you are a person who cannot be happy for other people...
If you are a person who simply cannot smile or clap for other people who are doing well...
If you are a person who would rather see someone fall than rise...
If you are a person who is busying putting people down instead of lifting them up...
If you are a person who blows out other people's candles in hopes that yours will burn brighter...
There's no sense to it.
And if you call yourself a follower of Christ you better check yourself...and listen up.
I heard a preacher say one time that the prodigal son came home and though his father was thrilled...the brother of the prodigal son was ticked.
You heard that right.
He was MAD that his brother had came to his senses and came home.
Was he really upset his brother returned?
Not exactly.
He was mad because his dad celebrated. 
He had the NERVE to kill the fatted calf for the brother whose been off…

So you are thinking about homeschooling? You're not alone! - Life. Love. Jesus. Everything in between.

I haven't heard so much about homeschooling ever. It seems so many are thinking about it right now.
Homeschooling has always been my ideal choice of schooling for my two children.
They both went to a Christian pre-school for Pre-k 3 and VPK. My son transitioned from there to an amazing 4 day a week "home-school co-op" of sorts. I say it like that bc it has all the benefits of certified teachers, classrooms of children, and Biblical teaching. It was a co-op and then some! It was a huge blessing and the best thing that had happened to us.
As far as my kid's education goes, all they have ever known is an intimate, God-centered, loving environment.
This year my daughter will be headed for Kindergarten and my son will be in 2nd grade.
My prayer their whole life has been that they would always have that kind of education that they started out with. 
This year God has answered my prayer again, but this time it's my turn to step up to the plate.
The beginning of the pandemic wa…

It's time to take social distancing seriously, y'all. New Summer CDP Guidelines are here & it turns out yall ain't got a virus. Yall just nasty. - Life. Love. Jesus. Everything in between.

Tonight was dance class night for the little girl in our household.
This is the designated "I'm not cooking night" bc I will gladly take full advantage of being busy and not home at our usual dinner time. 
We left dance and headed straight to our favorite pizza place to grab one to-go. 
This is where I had a revelation that some people are not taking their job of social distancing to heart. 
We have gone camping, got together with our families on a small scale and been out and about some during the great quarantine. We've been "smart" and used common sense when it comes to hand-washing and all that jazz.
I been hand-washing when hand-washing wasn't cool, y'all.
But tonight. 
Let me tell you about tonight.
Tonight, I walked into the pizza place and stood in line. 
I noticed the door had a sign that said "no more than 4 customers at a time".
Two people were in line so I went right in and kept a good distance from the man in front of me. 
The next custo…

I can't even pretend anymore. I'm just me. - Life. Love. Jesus. Everything in between.

Ever been there? 
Ever find yourself wondering who or what you're "keeping up" with?
Trying to calculate your next move and how it will make you look to others.
Trying to convince any and everyone around you that you are capable of whatever the case may be.
Doing your best to maintain some sort of image or appear to be a certain way.
It's all a lie. 
A mask.
A joke really.
I'm sorry you ever fell for it. 
I'm sorry you ever felt like the real you wasn't enough.
It's so exhausting. 
It's mentally draining and emotionally disabling.
And if you woke up one day and found yourself and gave all that up I am so proud of you. You're better for it. Be free.
People are so busy living for the approval of people who don't even give a rip about them. Wanting to impress whoever with their house, car, boat, kids, clothes, kid's clothes, their image, their job, their lifestyle, their vacations and whatever else. 
If you still are running 90 mph to keep up with ever…

I pray it rains so hard that you cannot see! - Life. Love. Jesus. Everything in between.

Today I was driving down the road into town when all of the sudden, as us Southerners say, the bottom fell out. 
The crazy thing was that the sky was clear up ahead of me and the storm seemed to have come out of nowhere. 
I told my kids to look around and see if they saw any storm clouds and they noticed them off in the distance to our left. It seemed that maybe we would outrun the storm because we were driving away from it, or so we thought. 
We went into town and got what we needed and stayed dry. No rain.
Heading home the same thing happened again. 
No sign of the source of the rain, but raining so hard I could barely see the road this time. 
It came out of nowhere. It was raining so hard it was all I could do to see a couple feet in front of us and that line in the center of the road. I didn't see oncoming traffic until it was just a couple yards away. The kind of rain that I ran through the Winn-Dixie parking lot in the other day if you heard on Fix it, Jesus Friday LOL
It hit me li…

I don't look perfect in a bathing suit and that is okay. - Life. Love. Jesus. Everything in between.

Coming off of the holiday weekend I felt the need to share something that I am so sure is on so many of our minds.
Ladies. Ladies. Ladies. Ladies. 
No matter where you live there is a lot of body image pressure on us.
Living anywhere hot with lots of water access and beaches has even more pressure. 
Living in Florida means all summer and every holiday is spent on the water in some capacity. Even Christmas when it's warm enough...which is most years..
Being a female is tough enough, but being a female in bikini country is harder. 
I am not a small person. Never have been and never will be. My BMI says I'm morbidly obese. Lol that stupid BMI scale really ticks me off. 
Even though I am a confident person by nature, I've never felt 100% confident about my body...and most certainly never felt confident in a bathing suit.
I hold my weight in my midsection and it's a genetic curse. I look like a marshmallow body with toothpicks for legs. Just picture that. But in the summer I do get…

The only difference between me & Batman is a sick car and looking good in leather... - Life. Love. Jesus. Everything in between.

I know what you're thinking...
There ain't no way in the world that I am anything like Batman. 
Well, hear me out for a minute.
One time I bought some very cute, but very cheap and cheaply made Spanx leather legging dupes on Amazon. If you have ever seen me wear them I am going to ruin something for you. Leather, pleather, thick trash bag material, whatever them britches were made out of did not have the ability to breath. I wore them in 30 degree weather in Boston and was still wishing they would breathe if you know what I'm saying. Being from Florida I am used to sweat rolling down your back and crack, but them dang leggings were on a whole 'NOTHER level. Very cute though. Probably were worth it. LOL 
P.s. Leather is like Jesus, sticks closer than a brother. For real, for real. If you know, you know.
But yall. Batman...
Did you know...he has no supernatural powers...?
I JUST found out about 2 or 3 days ago that Batman does not have any super powers...
Isn't he a supe…

July's BIG Announcement

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Hidden talents every husband has - 3 signs to look for!

If you're like me you have loving and dear husband. He's hardworking, handsome and talented. His most notable talents are his feeble attempts to make you THINK he's listening to you when you're talking. . .even when he's most definitely not.
For years it never occurred to you that there was even a chance he wasn't listening to you...especially the courting years...but marriage has proven otherwise.
As time has gone on you've either gotten more aware or his acting skills have declined bc there's obvious signs now that he ain't listening.
Sign #1 
My husband repeats a few phrases here and there back to me everytime I stop talking. 
Example:  Me - "Tomorrow morning we have to go by the store and get a few things on the way to my granny's..." Me - *not talking bc I can tell he's not listening* Him - "Oh you gotta go by the store on the way to your granny's tomorrow..."
He thinks if he can say the same words I JUST said t…

You and Yours & Me and Mine

Given the state of everything going on in our country and world right now many people are really struggling with what to do.
I see rant after rant about how we need to do this or do that to stand up for what we believe in. People have a solution for their side of the matter, where they think you should stand and all the people they believe are wrong. 
I've been quiet and just searching my own heart on so many different things. I've prayed and asked God to show me what's best for us and His answer is the same it's been time after time. 
Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
So if you ask me what I'm going to do about everything going on in the world this is my answer. I'm going to love G…

Florida Family Camping at it's best! With our side of crazy, of course. - Ragans Family Campground

There is nothing quite like escaping everyday life and enjoying a getaway.
Camping at Ragans Family Campground has been that escape we needed and did not disappoint! 3 nights was plenty of time for us to enjoy everything they have to offer and leave us already hoping to be back soon! 
We even decided to stay an extra night (a total of 4) bc we just weren't ready to leave yet.

We arrived Wednesday night in the "after hours" time frame. The registration team had already called when the store was closing just to make sure we were still going to make it and had our packet conveniently placed in a designated spot outside the store to grab at the front gate. Piece of cake check-in!
I'll say more about campsites later, but I do believe we lucked up on the best site in the entire campground even with it being our first time visiting! I don't recommend going somewhere you've never been and trying to maneuver into a site in the pitch black*, but it happens. 🤷 
*no trees or…

Real Life Bloopers & 5 Rookie Camping Mistakes

If you are fairly new to the camping world then you've most likely made a few mistakes, boos boos, no no's and uh ohs. 
Preparing for the current getaway we are on I did my usual stuff. Pack in our clothes and food, wipe down inside, wash linens and replace them and have the slides and awning in so all my husband had to do was back up and hook up.
In the wonderful state of Florida we have afternoon summer showers pretty much every we not? We keep our camper plugged up and set-up when it's home because it's usually not but just 2 or 3 weeks before we are gone again. 
Yesterday I decided it was a good idea to be CUTE on this camping trip. And when I say cute I mean the goal was to not be mistaken for a beggar. 
Camper was all packed and ready so I decided I would get ready myself. 
I only wash my hair every 7 days and that's an entirely different blog post. It still looks good on day 7. Yes, it really does. Maybe I have magical hair? Idk. But 7 days works for me.…