April 20, 2014

He Is Risen!

Praise the Lord!  He is Risen! 
We hope your family had a wonderful time celebrating Christ this Easter!
Blessings from the Powers Family!

April 19, 2014

Strawberry Face

Today was another beautiful day!  We worked on quite a bit around the house, and had FuN playing with the girls! 

This afternoon we worked on clearing out the strawberry patch while Brielle was sleeping.  Although, we don't have any of our own strawberries yet . . . I did pick some up at the store this morning!  I figured it was appropriate to have a nice strawberry snack while working on our own patch!  Kyria especially enjoyed this! :)  She kept asking for more strawberries . . . another for her AND another for Daddy! :)

Hope you had a wonderful day, and enjoyed some beautiful weather as well!  All day I've been reflecting on how incredibly grateful I am for our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ!  Then of course I came across these beautiful words by Ann Voskamp:
Have a blessed day tomorrow celebrating His resurrection!  Oh Yea!  He Is Risen!


Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous!  The girls and I took a break from our Spring Cleaning raid, and spent most of the day outside.  After our morning walk, we came back to swing . . . apparently our bees thought it was a perfect day too!  For about 10 minutes I kept scanning the trees looking for a run-a-way swarm!  No swarm, but the buzz from the blossoming trees was pretty eerie!  I don't even like hearing a fly buzz around my head, much less hundreds of bees just above me!   I questioned whether being in the vicinity of such pretty trees could be potentially dangerous, but the bees seemed to be rather occupied with the flowers and left us alone. 

Kyria loves to swing, and she is getting really good at climbing up the ladder and going down the slide.  She even went down backwards on her belly!  Another favorite is playing in the dirt!! What a little outdoor girl! ;)  Meanwhile, Brielle caught up on some zzzz's. 

After naptime, we came out again - played with the chickens and the balls by the batting change.  A wheel from our SweeT wagon fell off!  Definitely going to have to get that fixed ASAP!  I use that wagon ALL the time!

This evening when Skyler got home we went out to eat, and then headed to church to watch "The Experience".  It has become an annual shin-dig for our church.  Lots of volunteers dress up and groups are taken through various scenes leading up to Jesus' crucifixion.  They do a wonderful job, and it is a Great way to prepare your heart for Resurrection Sunday!  We took Kyria last year, but she was pretty little, and I don't even know if she stayed awake during the whole thing.  This year, we were about three scenes in when we realized not only was she getting sleepy (it was 7:45 and her bedtime is 8), but there was some pretty good acting and parts were starting to be a little scary.  Since she is so little and wouldn't understand it was just pretend, we decided to head home.  We had a nice chat about Jesus, though.  AND my favorite part of the night was prior to the tour, while we were waiting.  The praise band was playing and everyone was singing along.  Kyria raised her hands - "Praise the Lord" in sign language!  Sometimes she will do this if she sees us doing it, but not this time.  She just raised her little hands all on her own!  BeaUtiFul! 

And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. ~ Matthew 18:3

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend with family, and most importantly that God is preparing your heart to experience more of Him this Easter!

If you aren't a believer in Jesus Christ, but have questions and want to know more about this faith we hold to so passionately, I'd love to chat with you! Feel free to email me at meganjenelle(at)msn(dot)com. :)

Blessings to YOU, sweet friend!

April 18, 2014

Photograpy Challenge: Week 4 & BeYoNd

I mentioned this on facebook, but I officially completed my 30-Day Photography Challenge with Click It Up A Notch.  There have been highs & lows, but overall it has been a great experience!  I've learned quite a bit about myself, and I've become a little more familiar with my camera.  More than anything, I have cherished the memories I am creating for our family!  In fact, as I mentioned in yesterday's post . . . I plan to take on that 365 now, after all!  I will be using this blog to post the pictures!  To the best of my ability I plan to take and post at least one picture per day.  They won't all be of my girls, but you can bet I'll be snapping pictures of them quite often!  Most days I'll include some text, and fill you in on our crazy, FuN, country life!  Some days you might only get a phone photo.  I am so excited to capture our every days!  Hope you'll follow along!  It's sure to be an adventure!

And here are my final ten pics from the thirty day challenge:

Day 20

Day 21
Day 22
Day 23
Day 24
Day 25
Day 26
Day 27
Day 28
Day 29
Day 30
Stay Tuned!  I already have some pics from today ready for tomorrow!
Good Friday, Everyone! :)

April 17, 2014

Spring Cleaning

On second thought, maybe I won't be blogging as much . . . GoodNess!  I just wrote that post a couple back telling you how excited I am to pick it up with this blog.  I have good intentions, but then life happens.  I guess I'm just showing you a bit of ReAliTy by NoT posting! JK But this is what I've been up to:

This past weekend I attended our church's first annual women's conference!  We had to pull some strings to get me there . . .Brielle couldn't stay with me during the service, so Skyler and his Dad came and stayed in Branson with Kyria.  Then Skyler came to pick her up during the service, and brought her back to me afterwards.  Brielle pretty much nurses exclusively.  I've pumped some, and she has had a bottle.  However, she's not a huge fan, and it's just easier for everyone when I can nurse her.  Fortunately my roomies were The Best, and didn't mind having her join us!  :)  So it all worked out, and I had a great time getting to worship, relax, and fellowship with the girls.  God also searched my heart, and let me in on some areas he is transforming.  So Rich!

I can't even remember what we did Monday and Tuesday, because the past two days have been FuLL of activity!  For whatever reason I got the itch to do that deep cleaning I've been putting off for months . . . So Wednesday we de-cluttered the kitchen, and today we worked on the living room, play-room, and Kyria's room.  I'm planning to continue tackling a room each day.  It hasn't been too bad, and I LOVE having a place for everything.  Being home all day with a nearly-two-year-old means we make lots of messes.  I find it easier to clean up if I know everything has a place to go back to.  Even as I'm organizing and cleaning, Kyria comes behind me and wants to play with whatever I was just working on.  That means it takes twice as long, but hey, at least she is having FuN and keeping herself busy! :) 

Have you been doing any spring cleaning?  What are some of your favorite and least favorite things about doing a clean sweep of your home?

Finally, going back to the direction of this blog . . . I might have spoken a little too soon!  I AM passionate about homemaking, and I DO want to think of ways to give back to my readers!  However, I also know that I am doing good just to keep up with everything I need to get done around here on a day to day basis.  So this is what I'm thinking (who knows, I might change my mind tomorrow! lol Yep, that's the way my ReALiTy rolls!); I am excited about continuing on this photography journey!  I just finished up my 30th day with the Click It Up A Notch Photography Challenge.  I'd really like to keep going, and take on a 365!  I know I could start a whole new blog for this, but I'd really like to keep it here.  Therefore, what if I just post my picture everyday (as much as possible).  Some days I'll give ya'll a little more to read than others, but it will definitely be a great way to 1) keep the memories for our family, and 2) give you a glimpse into our everyday country life!  . . . So as I'd say to Kyria, "Deal?", to which she would respond, "dew!"  :) Great!  Glad we're on the same page!

Alright, have a good night and sweet dreams! Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow! :)