Saturday, October 6, 2018

Weekly Update #2

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*This post has a GIVEAWAY at the bottom. 

If you have been reading my recent posts, then you will know that we will be moving soon to move closer to my husband's job. He got a teaching job just a little over a month ago and his school is 2 and 1/2 hours away. He drives there on Sunday evenings and comes home on Friday evenings. It is tough to have my husband gone during the school week. I end up being a single parent to our five kids during the school week. Our kids definitely miss their daddy when he is gone during the school week. You can read my moving post here.

Also, if you have been keeping up, you will know that I am not going to be writing as much since I have a lot to do to prepare for our move. I wrote on a post, titled 'Hitting the Pause Button', how I will be writing one post a week to keep my readers updated on everything going on. I wrote my first update almost two weeks ago. This is my second post where I am going to update everyone on what has been going on.

Why did I skip a week?
If you noticed, I did skip a week. My husband has been on fall break this past week. We got to have him home for a whole week. We did not do much except enjoy our time with him. He goes back tomorrow evening though. We have really enjoyed his fall break. Our kids had their fall break the last two days (Thursday and Friday) of my husband's fall break. Again, we did not do anything special. Our family of seven just enjoyed being together. One thing we did together was, we went to our college campus which is in the town we still live in. The college campus is special to us because it is where my husband and I met, fell in love, got engaged, and began our family. My husband's history goes even further back, it is where his parents met and began their life together. Here are a few special pictures we took while we visted our alma mater.
This bench is where my husband asked me to be his girlfriend and where he proposed to me. We had to get a picture of all of our kids sititng on it.
This fire hydrant is where my husband got his picture taken when he was little (top  left). We got a picture of our boys next to it. The fire hydrant has changed a little bit.
Aside from it being everyone's fall break, I did have another reason why I did not write this week. My granny (my dad's mom) became very ill. I went to see her on Wednesday and I took my daughter with me. My granny woke up from long enough to smile really big at her. That smile will remain with me forever. Sadly, my granny passed away Friday morning. It has been a rough week for my dad's side of the family. Her funeral will be Tuesday. I won't be able to attend the funeral due to my husband being away for his job (see above) and due to the fact that three of our kids have school. Keep my dad's side of the family, as well as me, in your thoughts and prayers this week, and the coming days. The picture below is a picture of my granny and my second born from 2015.

My granny who passed away on Friday and my second born son in 2015.
How is our move going? 
We think we have found a house. We aren't saying it is a sure thing yet, just in case something happens. If everything does go as planned, we are hoping to move the last weekend of October. That weekend is perfect, because it will mean we will be moved before the holidays which is what I want.

I have been packing a box a day so that when we get to the week before our move, I won't have so much to pack up. I have been purging stuff we don't need as I go through our things to pack. These are two big things when you are moving:
-Pace yourself so you don't have to bunch of packing to do at once.
-Purge things you don't need.

I am sure once we move, I will have a whole post filled with moving advice.

What else is going on in my life?
If you read my posts about how I will be hitting the pause button, then you will know that in my weekly posts I am going to try to talk about as much as I can about what is going on with my family and I.

Since my last weekly post, I do have some exciting news. I have partnered with a faith based company called God's Glory Box. You can click the link to find out more about them. I have a tab above called FaithHopeLove and God's Glory Box that features more about my partnership with them. I received a FREE box from them and I would like to share the items in it with you. After I share the items with you, there will be a chance to enter a giveaway where I will be giving away two of the items I received in the box. Also after I show the items, I will share two codes to choose from for when you sign up for your monthly box. The box itself is only $10 a month!

Here is my God's Glory Box Reveal:

The picture below is the front of the box. I love their slogan about how their monthly box is a reminder of God's glory. Everything about my faith and the faith of the people at God's Glory Box is to bring God the glory.

This is what I saw when I opened the box. 

The first item I pulled out is a tote bag with the Bible verse from 1 Corinthians 13:13. It is also the theme of my blog.  This tote is from Love Grow Inspire.

The second item I pulled out is a little notebook from Petunia Diaries with a verse that reminds you that you are beautiful! It is from Song of Songs 4:7.

The third thing I took out were two chapsticks that say 'Stay Humble' and 'Healed'. These are good reminders. Staying humble means not to get too prideful. In our world today, it is good to have that reminder. Healed means we are healed by God's sacrifice of sending His son to die on the cross for us. Both of these are good reminders as we walk with God everyday. The chapsticks came from one of God's Glory Box's partners Zsah Zsah Harris.

The fourth item I pulled out were two decals that say faith and favor. They can be put on anything. The picture includes a card where they came from and what the decals can be put on to. They came from Artsy Walls and More.

The last thing I pulled out was this book. It is a little devotional that is 52 weeks long. It is by Ashley Bufe. It can be purchased here. Ashley Bufe's Facebook page can be found here. I love devotionals, because they help me go deeper in my relationship with God.


 All in all, I really enjoyed opening my God's Glory Box. The items are amazing and they fulfill the reminder that they are spreading God's glory. I hope you subscribe to their monthly box and when you subscribe you can use one of the following codes:
FaithHopeLove5: $5 off a 1 month plan.
FaithHopeLove10: $10 off any long-term plan.
I hope you subscribe to one of these plans, because not only do you help me, but you also help God's Glory Box. You also ultimately help minister to those who need God's love and bring God the glory.

I am giving away TWO items (the items will be a surprise) from my box that I received. I would love for you to share my post so that others can have a chance to enter the giveaway. Click the giveaway link below to enter:

Enjoy the giveaway and I will announce the winner when the giveaway ends! As always, keep the faith, hope, and love in all you do!


  1. I did not get any updates of yours so I thought you were busy in shifting as last time you said.

  2. I love subscription boxes! This one is one that I will definitely look into. The message is so positive! I love this. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sorry to hear about your grandma! I hope you get the house and move closer to your husband job soon.

  4. It is good that you can move closer to husband's work so family can spend more time together. I know many people who have jobs where they travel 4 days every week so family is divided much of the time like you. Anything you can do to keep family together, more often, is a great thing.

  5. Sorry to hear about your grandmother. It sounds like you have been able to spend lots of quality time with family.

  6. It is great that you were able to spend time with your husband and hopefully the move goes smooth!

  7. Glad you had some time to write this great post. You have a lot on your plate. Sorry to hear about the loss of your grandma. But I am glad your last memory is a smile to your child. That is a great memory to hold in your heart. I love the subscription box, I will have to look into it. Pray you have a smooth moving experience.

  8. I am often so in awe of how much people do. That looks like a lovely subscription box as well.

  9. You have quite a lot going on and moving is such a big undertaking. Glad you are pacing your self and are slowly preparing.

  10. Take one thing at a time and remember that everything is just temporary! Keep it moving and onward :) xo, Suzanne

  11. Sorry to hear about your grandmother passing! That is always tough. Good luck on the move. Things will come together!

  12. Taking a pic of your kids at the place where is all began is such a memorable thing for life! Sorry to hear about your grandmom passing away. Good luck with the move!

  13. That is a pretty great box. I would love to give one to my daughter. And that's great you were able to have solid time with your husband when he is there and shouldn't worry about anything else then.

  14. Subscription boxes is a heaven-sent. It is a great gift idea, with less hassle :D

  15. I love this glory box! You have so many subscription boxes in your country but this is the one I like the best. :) So uplifting, if I may so.

  16. Completely understand your situation for not posting a week. It's understandable. Family time is the most important time :)


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