Photo Challenge! Say Cheese……..

Ok Mom! Let’s be real…back to school season is OUR holiday.

Share how you get your kiddos ready, prepared, and out the door, by posting photos each day, on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM or BLOG!

AUGUST BACK 2 SCHOOL PHOTO CHALLENGE, beginning August 1st
Hosted by @bbprep

POST YOUR PHOTOS UNDER #B2SHoliday
01 End of Summer Hang-out
02 Happy Friendship Day
03 New School Year Bucket List/Goals (parent and/or student)
04 DIY Back To School Project
05 Student Supplies List
06 Back To School Shopping Selfie
07 What Are You Doing Now? Kid FREE Day!
08 My Favorite Teacher is….Top 5 qualities
09 Book Lover’s Day….upcoming reading list/fav books
10 Planner/Agenda Snapshot
11 B2S Must Have..Technology
12 My Favorite Subject….besides RECESS
13 Organization..Tricks, Tools, & Trends
14 Post a written note to your student of support/well wishes for the new year
15 B2S Must Have…..Jeans
16 Study Area/ Desk Snapshot
17 B2S Must Haves…..pens/pencils
18 Locker Décor
19 Inspiration
20 Throwback Thursday-Retro Back to School Pic
21 B2S Must Haves…..Tanks & T’s
22 School Spirit…team/sports/colors
23 Afterschool Hang-out
24 What’s In Your Bag? School Essentials
25 B2S Must Haves….Shoes/Sneakers
26 What’s In Your Lunch Box?
27 Night Before 1st Day Routine/Prep
28 First Day Breakfast
29 OOTD-1st Day of School
30 School Schedule
31 Celebration!
**BONUS-1ST DAY SELFIE**

Partners for Life

Proverbs 5:15-23

Drink water from your own cistern,
    flowing water from your own well.
16 Should your springs be scattered abroad,
    streams of water in the streets?
17 Let them be for yourself alone,
    and not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed,
    and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
19     a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
    be intoxicated always in her love.
20 Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman
    and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?
21 For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord,
    and he ponders all his paths.
22 The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him,
    and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.
23 He dies for lack of discipline,
    and because of his great folly he is led astray.

This passage of Proverbs is a bit steamy as we read about marriage.  A partnership for life!  Often times, society will have us to believe that marriage isn’t until death do we part, but its more like until I can’t take anymore, then I part!  Marriage is a covenant between three folks, God, man, and woman.  Should for some reason, the covenant becomes shaky, cracked, or broken, we gotta remember that all parties matter.  A partnership only works and is a true partnership when all parties involved are active, present, and doing their jobs!  In a marriage its just that simple…..the husband should focus on pleasing the wife, the wife focus on pleasing the husband, and together, they both focus on pleasing God.  For if God is pleased, the rest will fall into place.

I’ve been with my life partner, my husband for 16 years, and during those times time, I’ve wanted a divorce.  It’s when times were hard, whether at my hand or his, I couldn’t find the extra umff to carry on.  When I finally realized that it wasn’t about him, but it was about me seeking God, asking Him to change me, and to give me understanding for my husband, that’s when the turn-around began.

There’s no magic trick to marriage……just a willing heart to follow God, and the rest will come.

Seek to be partners for life-

❤ bbprep

Will you be my friend?

On the back row of the school bus, I’d been watching this girl who was well liked, but not popular.  She was cute, but stood out.  She didn’t blend in, there was something different there.  I went up to her, not really knowing her or what she was all about and said..”you wanna be best friends?”  Looking back at me, sizing me up, looking me up and down, she said, “yeah”.  Twenty-nine years later….she’s still my very best friend.  Friendship is one of the greatest gifts given to man-finding the one(s) who share your ups, downs, dreams, and despair.  But among women-friendship is a special treasure, finding that one gem or rare stone, is well worth it.  A sisterhood that plays out in sororities, clubs, ministries, it helps to have a true friend.

What makes a true friend;-honesty-she’ll tell you when you’re fat!  -Dependable-she’ll arrive at your doorstep for support, even after you’ve said you don’t need her to come.  Supportive-she’ll listen to your gripes and complaints about the rotten boyfriend she told you to dump 2 years ago.  Objective-she won’t agree with all your decisions but will give objective feedback and scenarios so you’ll be able to do what you think is best.

God loves us so much that he gave us friends.  The very best friend in Jesus Christ!

John 15:15-I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.   A friend that died for us so that we could live, love, and share his sacrifice with others.   

Will you be His friend?

❤ bbprep

Wow Wednesday-“Let’s Pray!”

Prayer? communicating with God.

Why pray? communicating with God, our Father, through the name of Jesus, using scripture, is THE most powerful tool we have against the satan.

Should I pray? yes.

How? by simply speaking your heart to God.  Simply communicating to Him desires, fears, hopes, needs, passions, for you and for others.  Prayer isn’t just a time for us to dump on God, but a time to be intimate with Him, a moment to be open, honest, and transparent…after all, He already knows.

Is there a guide for prayer?-Matthew 6:7-13

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one.

Can you pray with me? sure!

Let’s pray

Father, in the name of Jesus.  Today was a good day.  Even if it wasn’t, we still proclaim that it WAS a good day, because you made it!  Lord, we are soooo thankful for your son Jesus, that came to earth to teach us more about you, and to die for our sins.  Because of that, we are saved from the death of sin!  We are set free!  Never to die the death of sin.  Father, we pray blessings over our neighbors, our friends, our enemies, our government, our family, and ourselves.  We open our hearts to be the people you want us to be.  We trust your plan, your direction for our life.  We aren’t smart enough,or brave enough, to do anything on our own.  We invite you to take a permanent place in our lives.  For we know without you, we WILL NOT survive.  Thank you for being who you are.  We love you, honor you, and magnify your name.

Amen.

bbprep ❤

Desperate Housewife

  • 6am Rise and Shine
  • Prayer
  • Review Planner
  • Morning Routine(Husband, Kids, etc)
  • Work from Home
  • Errands/Cook Dinner/Clean
  • Relax with the Family
  • Bedtime

Does any of that look familiar?  Taking a glimpse at my day doesn’t look much different from any other wife/mother in the world!  No matter what race, nationality, geographic location, or socioeconomic status, we have a ” plan” for our day.  And the running theme……never taking time for yourself!  I know for me, its hard penciling myself in.  Taking care of my husband, children, and the household always seems to rise to the top, while my needs lag in the distance.  Having a need to run the household like Bree Van de Kamp…perfect and perky, all while wearing pearls is a goal most of us try to acheive.

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Bree Van de Kamp photo credit: ABC Series-Desperate Housewives

But being perfect in God’s eyes is what I now strive for.  I had become desperate for alone time, for me time, for personal time…just to hear my own thoughts, to seek God for MY benefit, to see what’s in store for me.  Desperation is a barren place, where most of us don’t wanna be.  The definition alone-“feeling, showing, or involving a sense of hopelessness”, is like a dirty secret we dare not utter, but that’s where I was. One thing I’ve learned, if I suck, it’s pretty much down hill for the family!  So being desperate led me to seek after God more and more.  I became deserate for him……a desperate housewife.

Psalm 142:25-7 (NIV)

I cry to you, Lord;
    I say, “You are my refuge,
    my portion in the land of the living.”

Listen to my cry,
    for I am in desperate need;
rescue me from those who pursue me,
    for they are too strong for me.
Set me free from my prison,
    that I may praise your name.
Then the righteous will gather about me
    because of your goodness to me.

Desperately seeking Him-

 ❤ bbprep

Without Change there’d be no Butterflies……..

We all may know the story of Job in the Old Testament.  Beginning in Job Chapter One, the bible describes an upright man, who loved the Lord and stayed away from evil.  It goes on to say how Job was successful and prosperous because of his relationship with God.  As the lesson goes on we see that Job’s great health, his wealth, his children, his possessions, his status was snatched away from him in an effort to “prove” his faithfulness and love for the Father.  Fast forward through all this, Job goes through his trial and all that was lost was doubly restored. Of course this story of restoration is great and amazing, gives encouragement and hope, but to who?  The Job Lesson is really meant for whom?  For Job, for his family, for his friends, for his foes?  Why does God  allow one to go through a major trial and to come through it better off than they were before?

I believe that yes, the lesson is to build one’s faith and trust in the Lord, but its also for the on lookers who may not believe in the power of God to see his perfect glory!  Job had tons of nay sayers around him while he was going through.  Lots of them wanted him to “curse God and die”, but he refused.  And thank God for his refusal.  His refusal led to our deliverance.  We see that if God can bring Job back from the brink of despair, how much more can He do for us.

So the lesson then and now is that sometimes we go through a major trial to show others the power and glory of our God.  God allows us to go through a change, a metamorphosis so that we can be made new.

Remember-without change there’d be no butterflies.

❤ bbprep

Is working from home really working from home?!

Heck yeah!  Let’s just get that out-of-the-way.  For all of you who think that working from home isn’t really “working”…sorry, it is!  Working from home is a blessing for some and not so much for others.  I’ve been blessed to work from home for the past 6 years and it was an adjustment, since I’m a chatty chatster who takes pleasure in chatting it up with the coworker-homies.  But working from the confines of your home is just as much a REAL JOB as it is working offsite.  The key to working from home is planning, balance, boundaries, and patience.

Planning-is my fav!  Planning for me is artwork in a binder.  I didn’t see myself as artsy or crafty until I began keeping a lifeplanner to organize.  Planning is key if you want to be a home based success.  Pen to pad lists have been proven to increase memory and save a frazzled mom a time or two!  (All in favor say Aye!)  Whether spiral or binder form, get a planner, write your crap down, and get organized.

Balance-BIG SIGH!  There really isn’t a magic bullet for this one, it’s just something we’ve got to achieve. When we’re out of balance it’s unhealthy for us and the people around us.  It causes stress, burn-out, anger, sadness, depression….it sux.  So balance comes from a place of realistically looking at your life, one chunk at a time, getting things done, in small batches, day by day, piece by piece.  Work-Life balance has to be implemented if you work from home.  Since home IS the workplace, lines are easily blurred if there is no balance.  Having a specific area to work in, a specific time to report to, and a specific schedule to adhere to, helps.

Boundaries-Kinda goes along with balance.  But set clear concise boundaries for yourself and for your family to follow.  If your “work” hours are from 7am-3pm Monday-Friday with a 30 minute break, post it so that expectation can be set.  Be sure that you adhere to those set boundaries as much as possible,.  If you don’t take it seriously…others won’t either.  Finally never put work before the family.  If you have a good daily plan or schedule, work hard to complete your tasks, and save the rest for another day.  Never work late just to clear you list….remember family first!

Patience-Be ginger with yourself.  I didn’t become a work from home genius in one day!  It took me about 2 years to get myself and the family acclimated to what my goals and expectations.  Over the years, these have changed, so I’ve had to renew the process several times.  Six years later, I think we have a rhythm that works well.  But I had to be patient with the process, and to pray when I was overwhelmed.

So let’s recap-working from home is most definitely work.  It takes planning, balance, boundaries, patience…….

and PRAYER-

Dear God-bless all of us who are fortunate enough to work from home.  Even if it’s not a fortunate situation, we count it all joy in your name.  Help us to keep you first in all that we do, to be good stewards of our time and energies, to have healthy work-life balance, to keep clear boundaries, and to have patience when we do all we know to do and things still seem to go wrong.  We depend on your love for guidance, comfort, and peace.  Thank for all things!  In the name of Jesus we pray-Amen

❤ bbprep