Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Are you weary?

  Of course most people can say from time to time that they are tired. Even kids get tired and need rest. But I am not talking about that kind of tired. I am talking about being weary and worn! I talk to so many friends that are battling things I wish I could just take from them. Of course I pray for them. I am talking about the weary and worn from this world beating us down. So much mean spirited people, so much hate, so much sadness. I am talking about the weary and worn so much you feel like you just cannot go on. The weary and worn where EVERY SINGLE bone in your body is tired. THAT is what I am talking about. It is easy to get into a funk and not be able to get out if we are not focusing on the right things. So, if you are the weary and worn I am talking about . Just plain tired out and struggling have I got good news for you.
       Many times we become weary and worn from trying to do life by ourselves. By being so prideful we think we can manage on our own. God never intended on us to do anything on our own. Goodness, isn't that why He sent Jesus! When you need to find your true JOY back just go to the scriptures. It is right there.
Matthew 11:28-30
Come to me all you who are weary and burdened , and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.

and my absolute favorite verse that has brought me so much comfort
2 Cor. 12:9
But He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me.

  I know how you feel. I have been there. Especially when I was struggling with my health and during my pregnancy loses but many times I look and I was trying to do it all in my own strength. I find when I make time for prayer and bible study my life is so much better for it. God wants your time and after all He gives us can't we just give Him that. And we actually benefit from it. If you need prayer I would love to pray for you or your family. Just leave me a comment and I will add you to my prayer list during my prayer time. Speaking of prayer time for me sometimes that happens in the quite but sometimes not. I try to pray wherever I am at. Even my favorite spot- in the bathtub or while up rocking a baby. God bless you all and remember spread kindness because you never know what someone is going through.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

It has been awhile!

     I used to love to blog. I used to do it very often but family and priorities and life have got in the way. Not really bad things but I am going to try to start blogging more for myself. I love to write. I love to go back and read about my life and things I have learned. Even if it was a time God knocked me flat on my rear. He will do that from time to time. You know that? And I am sure glad He does because pride is a ugly thing.
     Anyhow, so summer is here and our boys are finished with baseball so there is a bit more time during the week to just chill in the afternoons. We love our baseball but having free time is nice. Summer is still full activity for our family as we have camps, vacations , and just summer fun in general. There is always something going on with a large family.
       I am still with Scentsy. Love that company. Best customer service ever! Wanna check them out go here. https://tiffanyballard.scentsy.us/party/9365995/mystery-hostess-party
       And last but certainly not least we have an announcement to make. After our rough 2 miscarriages we are expecting again. Please pray everything will be ok. I know God has got this! And His plans are better than we could ever imagine. Also we have 1 of our oldest sons engaged already. Boy, it just flies so fast. Well, I have things to do but will write more . Blessings!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Heartbroken but Blessed

I don't even know where to start on this blog post. But I do feel it is important for me to write. We were expecting our 13th child, actually we have several more angel babies we've lost very early. But this time was different. A couple weeks we went for an ultrasound and saw a baby with a heartbeat and also saw a fairly large subchoronic hemorrhage.  Baby was smaller and heartbeat a little slower than expected but no biggie I was early yet.
         2 weeks or so have passed and we went back Monday to check on the subchoronic hemorrhage. Boy, did we pray it would be gone. As soon as ultrasound started we saw hemorrhage was still there. I'm a mother to 12 so I know what a ultrasound is supposed to look like. Baby looked smaller and there was no heartbeat. Baby should of been around 8-9 weeks but measured 6.
     So here I am trying to take care of my family but knowing anytime now I will start miscarrying. I have had so many emotions I cannot even begin to understand. Yes, I've been mad at God. There I said it. But I'm not so much anymore. I know there are reasons why things happen and things like this are part of living in a fallen world. God has shown me much grace during this time. My husband has been wonderful. I cannot begin to tell you how supportive he's been.
       Many friends and family have reached out. And a sweet  family  whom we love dearly brought us supper last night and sat and talked with us. But i have gotten comments like at least you have all those kids. And yes!!! That is absolutely true . I am richly blessed and I realize some women can never have kids. I do know I'm blessed but it doesn't mean it doesn't hurt. It doesn't mean my heart was not crushed when I go from seeing a heartbeat to no heartbeat. And I know SOME who say well maybe you should stop having kids. Well, Billy and I gave our lives over to the Lord many years ago. Just because things aren't going oura way lately is not the time to say oh okay , I will take it out of God's hands and put it in mine!!! We committed to trusting the Lord whole heartedly even when our hearts break.
     Plus I think it's hard because I feel my body is failing me!!! I have Hashimotos, hypothyroidism,  my adrenals are shot, and my gut health isn't so good but I intend to work strictly on that. I'm a mom tho, have been since I was 16. And I know I'll always be a mom but I didn't realize how getting older would effect me. Since about 4 or so years ago I've had many miscarriages. But never seeing a heartbeat, then not. This one is just different. I would really covet your prayers in the days to come.

Psalm 34:18-20 (NIV)

18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
    but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
    not one of them will be broken.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Exciting News!!!!!

I just joined with Scentsy about a month ago and I absolutely love it! So, please contact me for all your Scentsy needs. I had no idea all the things Scentsy had to offer and hope to share those soon. In the meantime go to my website and look around and maybe even place a order. Contact me if you would like to do a party for have questions.
https://tiffanyballard.scentsy.us/

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Never Say Never With Labor and Birth

 As I said in my last post we welcomed our 12th baby in December. What a blessing she is. She weighed 7 lbs 13 ounces and we named her Josie Joy.
        When talking about my babies I've always said I've never made it to my due date. Well that's was before my 11th child. My last baby was 10 days over and we just thought that was a fluke since I've had so many and never even made my due date. So were we ever surprised when this tiny bundle was 8 days overdue. Babies sure have a mind of their own and while I was miserable God knows the exact time they need to be born.
         Then I said I'd never ever have a baby in the water. Lol! This 12th baby was born in my bath tub. I decided last minute I couldn't do it unless I was in the water. I think my husband thought I was crazy when I said I wanted to have her in the bath. But my midwife and husband listened and in the bath we went. I don't really know what happened this time. I just second guessed myself and just felt like something telling me it had to be in the water. So our Josie Joy was born in our bath tub. Not sure I'd do it again but I really am super glad and thankful I listened to my body ( and God).
          This baby has also been the first one to have thrush and a tongue tie. I've had strep. This recovery has been hard to say the least. But I wouldn't trade her for anything. While she is a fussy baby she is also such a JOY! But I say all this to encourage women to never say never with labor and delivery. To LISTEN to your body. And to be thankful for each blessing that comes your way. :)
    Here are some pics after her delivery.











Saturday, January 21, 2017

Don't forget about your husband!

I hope to change the picture on my blog soon to a more updated one as well as update information.  We just welcomed our 12th child in December while it's been filled with bumps in the road I can say it's been filled with much joy. Anyway, back to what's on my heart.
         Ladies, our most important job as homemakers is to raise our kids well , to be a good keeper at home. But first we need to love our husbands well. I am no expert on this, in fact I fail miserably but this is something big on my heart. All to often we get caught up in the day to day and things get stagnant.  We think he should know we love him. I mean we clean the house, wash his clothes, have his children so shouldn't he know we love him. Well not really.
       First and foremost we should pray daily for our husbands. Times are hard. Especially for men. They are hit at ever turn and it's super hard for Christian men these days. Praying for him is so important. Along with that goes encourage him. Even when you don't feel like it, even when you need encouragement yourself. 
      Show him you love him. Tell him. Write him letters. Be open and honest with him. Give him little gifts.  Remind him he's your number one. Above and beyond just love him and serve him well. For different husbands this will look different. Putting him first will not only boost your marriage but make for a happier family. 
        Are you putting your husband first? Even  when it's hard sometimes? I'd love to hear how you love your husband well. I have vowed to pray daily for mine. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Setting the Tone in our Homes

        It is a fact ladies , as bad as we do not want to admit it. We set the tone in our homes. Yesterday, was a rough one for me. I am 6 months pregnant with our 12th child and was feeling very good up until this week. I am TIRED! Not the I need more sleep TIRED, the cat crawling out of bed kind. And I am not proud of how I treated the people I love most yesterday. Not in the least. We blog and put on Facebook all our happy stuff and all the pat me on the back stuff. But we rarely talk about the ugly, hard days. Well, this is what this post is.
         I was not so nice to my kids or husband yesterday. I sulked and pouted about everything. Yes, I did not feel well. and Yes, I was struggling. But I needed to pray. Did I? Nope, just trying to get through the day in my own strength and how did that work for me. Um, not so well. Ladies when we hit those times right then and there we need to cry out to Jesus. He will sustain us. We CANNOT do it in our own strength and I am not sure why we think we can. Yes, my kids are sick and all I want to do is sleep but somebody has got to homeschool them. Someone has to take care of the house, my husband who has been working his behind off, someone has to get groceries.  Nope , God is not finished with me yet. If you look at me and think you see perfection or even close to it. Man, I hate to disappoint you. I am not patient, I yell, I even pitch fits at times. But the beautiful thing about it all is GRACE. And that God allowed me to wake up another day to try to do better WITH HIS HELP.
     The point of this post is while we are tired or have hurt feelings ladies we set the mood in our homes. Lets be salt and light. Not only in our own homes but in this sad, dying world. Pray, put your eyes on things that matter, find time in the Word. I am also talking to myself. We want our children to learn no matter the circumstance we can choose to have joy. We have so much to be thankful for. Let us keep those things in mind. I am so blessed. Yes, I am stressed and I will admit it but I would NEVER trade my life for anything. God is sooooo very good and when I take my eyes off Him is when I fall. Have a blessed, God filled day!