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12 In Glimpses

The Beauty of Community // Glimpses v.3


This month marks 8 years of blogging for me. Eight years! It’s a rarity that I’ve come across anyone who has been blogging as long as I have. But they are out there, and I know some of them.

When I first began writing in this space (called “My Freshly Brewed Life” back then), I had no clue how things would evolve here. I knew that God had called me to encourage the heart of women, no matter where they were on their journey, but I was so unsure of myself. I still am.

So many of you have grown with me and have followed me around the blogsphere through my many design changes, name changes and the self-publication of my first book. Some of you joined me later, sharing stories through link ups and encouraging me through your visits and comments. Still many are new friends, who I am just beginning to get to know, but am so very grateful that we’ve found each other.

To mark my 8 year blogiversary, I want to give each of you a printable of one of my art pieces. I hope that it will bless you. Just click here to download it.

There is so much beauty found in this big world of blogging, and I am grateful to have a small voice in it. I am thankful that you are here and I look forward to continuing to encourage you on your journey.

Beauty is found in community. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

*I am excited to announce that beginning next Monday, August 1st, there will be a brand new opportunity in this space to share how God is uncovering the beauty in your own life. For the details, I hope you will visit me at the Let Us Grow link up this weekend over at Let Us Walk Worthy. God is doing a work in both mine and Carrie’s hearts and I will be sharing more in my post there this weekend.

But for now, I continue to share the glimpses of beauty that God brings to my every day life.

Glimpses #21-30

21. Blogging friends across the miles
22. Being a part of a beautiful blogging community
23. Movie date with my husband
24. “Thinking of you” emails from friends
25. Curriculum sales to help fund this year’s needed items
26. Folded laundry
27. Watching my children and grandson enjoy Disneyland via Snap Chat
28. My youngest son’s excitement for Kids Camp
29. Prophetic words spoken over me
30. My best friend becoming a grandma

Be sure to stop by next Monday to take part in a brand new opportunity to share how God is uncovering beauty in your own life.

4 In 52 Lists Project

52Lists Project v. 29 // My Favorite Games/Apps

Sadly, our family doesn’t engage in near as many games as we use to. And over the last few years, it’s been pretty quiet on the game front. I do have a few I like to play, none of them very new, but the old tried and true. As far as apps on my phone, honestly that’s pretty non existent as well. But, here I am, not willing to miss a week of list making.

Today’s list is to share our favorite games and/or apps.


The Game of Life
Candyland (yes, I know. I’m such a child)

Currently I have zero game apps on my phone. I honestly don’t have the time to play them. But if I did, I lean toward the match three games like Bejeweled.

Do you have a favorite board game or app that you like to play?

Each week in 2016 I will be joining Chasing Slow for the 52 Lists Project. You can find all of the posts in this series by clicking the button below.


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8 In Faith/ Glimpses

Seeking The Simple Joys // Glimpses v. 2


My grandson is teaching me a lot about joy. He’s so full of life and embraces each and every day with wide-eyed wonder. I love watching his eyes light up at new discoveries. He finds so much joy in the simplest of things — a pile of dirt, a leaf, a book, Winnie the Pooh, running through the grass and playing with rocks.

Children embrace life with arms wide open. Each new discovery fills them with joy and a sense of adventure. They aren’t afraid to sit in the dirt and pick up the rocks. Their eyes are looking deeper, past what they can see in the natural, into the fullness and possibilities of what lies underneath.

I want to be like a child, to embrace each day with wide-eyed wonder and joy. My prayer is that God would continue to open my eyes to the beauty and simple joys that He’s placed right in front of me.

I want to be like a child, to embrace each day with wide-eyed wonder and joy. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

What brings you simple joy? I would love for you to share in the comments below.

Join me on my search for beauty among the ordinary. Comment on this post, or share on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #glimpsesofhisbeauty.

I continue counting the gifts of beauty that God has given to me. Each week on Mondays I will share what I am thankful for from the prior week.

Glimpses #11 – 20

11 – A movie date night with my youngest son
12 – Rejoicing with my best friend at the birth of her first grandchild
13 – My new Avon business
14 – Watching  my grandson enjoy life
15 – The light in my grandson’s eyes at new discoveries
16 – Financial donations to help with our rent
17 – Enjoying a baseball game with friends
18 – The smell of fresh laundered sheets
19 – The birds that chirp at night reminding me that God never sleeps
20 – Baskin Robbins on National Ice Cream Day

*This post is part of a Monday series called “Glimpses”. These are short posts that I hope will encourage you, followed by my weekly gratitude list. I pray you are blessed.

**Stay tuned for exciting news about something coming soon to “Glimpses”.

6 In 52 Lists Project

52Lists Project v. 28 // Things And Places That Make Me Feel Safe


With all that has happened in the world over the last couple of weeks, I find myself taking inventory and wanting to retreat to those places that make me feel safe.

This week’s list is to share the things and/or places that make us feel safe.

God’s Word. When I am anxious or fearful, I run to His Word and it brings peace and calm.

You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance. (Psalm 32:7)

My family and friends. When my mind wanders to those places where I feel unrest, God has brought beautiful people in my life to remind me that God is with me.

My bed. Snuggled underneath the covers of my bed makes me feel safe and warm.

My home. I can’t say it’s always peaceful. But it’s a safe place. When I’m away from it for too long, I’m always glad to be back home.

Singing the Word. One of the places I run to when the world turns all upside down is worship. Singing scripture back to God, reminding myself of His promises, takes me to a safe and peaceful place.

What place or thing makes you feel safe? I would love for you to share in the comments below.

Each week in 2016 I will be joining Chasing Slow for the 52 Lists Project. You can find all of the posts in this series by clicking the button below.


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0 In Homeschool Product Reviews/ Homeschooling

Art Lessons With ArtAchieve // A TOS Crew Review

My 7th grade son tends to shy away from art. He lacks confidence in his ability to be creative, so frustration sets in and he often gives up. But over the last several weeks, he has been working through the lessons in the Entire Level 1 bundle of our new homeschool art curriculum from ArtAchieve.

Art Lessons for Children ArtAchieve Review

About ArtAchieve

ArtAchieve is an online based art curriculum for children of all ages. Even adults will enjoy it! They believe that anyone can learn to draw, and that drawing is an essential skill. They offer a proven approach to drawing that insures success (meaning your drawings will look like what it is you are attempting to draw). There are currently five levels available. It is recommended that if you have no art experience that you start with Level 1, no matter what your age is. Each lesson in all five levels has a description which can better help you choose the right lessons for you and your family.

How We Used This Product

For the purposes of this review, we received on line access to the Entire Level 1 bundle. A One Year license costs $27.00.  Contained in this bundle are the following art lessons:

  • Simple Lines (also a FREE lesson you can try online)
  • Shading Objects that Have Corners (also a FREE lesson you can try online)
  • Shading Rounded Objects (also a FREE lesson you can try online)
  • The Czech Cat
  • The Hungarian Insects
  • The Haitian Gecko
  • The Dragonfly from Ecuador
  • The Chinese Dragon
  • The Owl From Bali
  • The Kitenge Tree Wall Hanging From Tanzania
  • The Plate From Nepal
  • Four Suns With Four Faces
  • The Sheep From Wales

My son did one drawing lesson each week during the review period.  Each lesson contains a warm up, power point slide, video lesson and a copy of the final drawing that can be printed and referred to throughout the lesson.

Each evening I would print up the lesson warm up and final drawing for my son, as well as gather up the materials that would be necessary for the next day’s lesson. There is a list of supplies included for each level on the web site. They are not expensive supplies, and include such things as a fine tip black Magic Marker, colored markers, paint pens, glitter paint and more.

My son would then view the video lessons and proceed to do the drawings. (He opted not to use the power point slides for reference but much preferred the video lessons.) He liked the gentle and calming voice of the narrator and enjoyed the step-by-step instructions. The lessons are not just about art and how to draw, but each one is a small lesson on cultures from around the world.

Each lesson also includes:

  • Goals for each lesson
  • Drawing rules (of which there really are no rules)
  • Visualization
  • Suggestions for music
  • Suggestions for decorating the final drawing
  • Reflection Questions

My son was not too keen on doing his art to music. He had a hard time concentrating, even with just instrumental music, so I allowed him to skip that part. We will try reintroducing music to art at a later time.

Overall, my son was pleased with his efforts. I tried to get him to think outside the box creatively when it came to the coloring but he ended up coloring pretty basic. Baby steps.  Here are some of the drawings my son did in this program.

Our Final Thoughts

We love ArtAchieve. It has really helped my son to gain confidence in his ability to be able to draw. One of the things we love most about this program is the step-by-step instruction in drawing. You are not left to just draw, but you are guided through each step and encouraged to use your own creativity.

If you are looking for an art program for your child, consider ArtAchieve. I know you will enjoy it just as much as we have.

Find out more about ArtAchieve by visiting:
Twitter:  @artachieve

Check out the other Crew reviews for more thoughts on this amazing art program.

Art Lessons for Children ArtAchieve Review


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