We are MOVING!

Well, this is something that we weren’t quite expecting to happen this year. However, on January 15 my husband found out that because of the merger between the company and another that he was being let go.  Too many duplicate positions.  But he was being placed on a redeployment list (internal applications get looked at before external applications).

So Darren (hubby) started job hunting.  We made the decision to try and stay with the company if we could because they have great benefits, good pay and are pretty good to their employees overall.  Stuff just happens when mergers take place.  We just weren’t expecting it so soon.

We also made the decision to not limit our options and also look out of state.  The company has offices in Tulsa and Houston and Darren applied for jobs in both places.

We heard from Tulsa first at the end of February and he interviewed.  He felt the interview went well.  But we didn’t hear anything for nearly two weeks. 

March came and we didn’t hear anything.  Then Darren interviewed for a position here in Pittsburgh.  That too went well and we would know within a week because they really wanted to hire someone.   Or so they thought.  Also, they were re-hiring for his position as well…(go figure on that one) 

Eventually the Pennsylvania positions were pulled for reevaluation.  That same day Darren got a call about the job in Tulsa.  They wanted to hire him!  Well of course a 24 hour prayer time was needed.  Financially it would be a big hit and not necessarily something we were totally prepared for.  But God was prepared! 

God has been so faithful in providing things.  From the finances to housing and everything in between, He has been faithful.  These past 3 months have been so stressful but God has never left our side. 

We have been so blessed also with friends who live in the Tulsa area who have been so kind to go look at houses since we are in PA until the move.

I can’t leave out my PA friends (though some are more like family) & family.  Between watching our kids so we can pack, bringing us boxes, praying for us, providing a meal or just being there for us to talk to.  We are so blessed by our PA friends/family. 

Another group of people we will be missing is our Church family.  We started going to Riverside Community Church when our 2nd son was born.  They welcomed us with open arms and these past 7 years have been awesome.  Riverside is an extension of our family and we will miss everyone there.  The relationships made there will be missed greatly. 

So when might all this be happening?  We move April 7th as Darren has to be at his new job on the 14th. 

Pennsylvania will always hold a special place in our hearts.  It is where our 4 children have been born and raised.  My husband grew up here and brought me to his home.  The past 13 years have been an adventure and we are looking forward to our new adventure in Oklahoma!


How to Control Your Emotions – Book Review

Brooke McGlothlin is an author, mom, wife, photographer and so much more.  She is the author of Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess and created the 21 Days of prayer for Sons challenge.  She also blogs at The MOB Society which is for moms of boys, written by moms of boys.

I happened upon The MOB Society about 3 years ago just after the birth of our 3rd son.  At that point, I realized I needed all the help I could get. 

Being a stay at home mom is not an easy job.  Add homeschooling to the mix and it gets really crazy!  I try really hard to keep a reign on my emotions, but some days my boys just wear me down. 

Back when I discovered The Mob Society and Brooke, it was for the 21 Days of Prayers for Sons challenge.  That was a wonderful experience.  I liked it so much that I purchased the 1st edition of her Warrior Prayers book on praying for your boys.  But I will save that story for another post.

So needless to say, I kept up with the blog for the past 3 years and even after we had our daughter last year.  I was still a mom to boys.  Three of them.  And they all know how to keep me on my toes, anxiety level high and more!

Jonathan was my fairly easy child.  Listened fairly well and was really fairly compliant.  Then came Jordan.  He has SO much energy and when he was about 2 years old he escaped from us at church. 

Now our church isn’t at a normal location.  We go to church in a mall.  We have our own dedicated space and it is a wonderful church.  We have been going there since Jordan was a baby.  So he has grown up knowing the mall.  We would walk around afterward and go to the play area.

Well apparently he thought he could just go into the mall after church one day.  My heart sank as we ran down the mall concourse calling his name.  Where do we find him?  At the money operated rides!  I was so relieved but panicked at the same time. 

Jordan’s energy and quest for curiosity haven’t changed over the years.  But at least he doesn’t escape like he used to. 

Josef came along in 2010 and that was when I discovered The Mob Society!  I needed it then and I need it now.  As a mom of 3 boys, it is my job to raise men of God.  Men who will follow the Lord with all their heart, soul and mind.  But how can I do that when they test me and try me at every corner?

Some days it feels like it is all I can do to keep my cool.  Other days go better.  But it takes everything in me and sometimes I just don’t know what to do.

I saw that Brooke was working on a new book called How to Control Your Emotions So they don’t control you.  I practically jumped when they were asking for people who could help proofread and promote the book when the time came.  This book was something I had been looking for.

I must say that sometimes you don’t think you can really gain control on things.  It feels like a losing battle.  But in reading Brooke’s book, it gave me a new perspective on things and perhaps a new hope. 

Brooke shares from her own life experiences.  Because she does this it is a way we can all relate with her and also know that we aren’t the only ones who have rough days.

In this new book, Brooke shares about David and his struggles with emotions.  If you read the Psalms at all you can see he was all over the place.  But you can also see Whom he relies on.  God. 

I love how Brooke uses scripture to help encourage you.  She knows it isn’t easy but she wants to share the Hope that is there for us to take part of.  Her suggestions are Biblically based and practical.

Something else I like about how this is written is that there is no condemning nor is there the expectation of perfection!  Slip ups will happen, the imperfect day will hit.  But that’s ok.  Our Heavenly Father doesn’t expect us to be perfect. 

Here are the Chapter Titles for the book just so you can see what Brooke talks about.

Chapter One

Feel, Know, Do — The Heart of Submitting Our Emotions to God

Chapter Two

How to Overcome Lies with the Truth

Chapter Three

Where Do We Get the Power to Overcome?

Chapter Four

Sometimes We Just Have to Walk Away

Chapter Five

What Happens When We Blow It?


Scriptures to Help Fight Off the Lies

Each chapter was a blessing to read.  I also thought the Appendix has been a GREAT help as well.  Having the scriptures right there and not having to fumble through to find what I am looking for is great.  So many times I struggle to find the appropriate verse but often give up because I can’t remember where to look. 

Brooke gives you 25 verses that cover when you feel angry, lost, attacked and even nothing.  She wants you to know the Lord is there and that is why I love this book.  HE is there with you.  In the midst of your day.  It doesn’t matter if it is good, bad, beautiful, ugly, stressed or relaxed.  God is there with you.  He is always there. 

So I encourage you, if you are sick and tired of the blow-ups, yelling and want to work on being better for your kids, your family, yourself and God, then I encourage you to get this book.  It is $3.99 and available here.  You can upload it to your Kindle (like I did) or even print it out since it is in PDF form. 

For me, I feel better equipped to face the challenges of each day.  I know that God is always with me and will never leave me.  This helped remind me of that and has also helped me get some things in order so that I can try to be the best mom for my kids that I can.  I want to be the mom they run to not from.

Blogging through the Alphabet – F is for Friends

I hope that you have a good friend in your life.  Someone who you can call when you are feeling down.  That person who, no matter what kind of day you are having, will listen to you as you praise, complain, cry or laugh with you.  It doesn’t matter if you haven’t talked to them in the past day or week.  It might have even been a year or two or more since you saw this person.  Friendship can stand the test of time.  You can pick up where you left off the last time you saw each other. 

Friends will help you as much as they possibly can.  I have been blessed with great friends!  They have helped me and my family out many times.  Last year when I was in the hospital for 6 days they banded together to watch my children until my parents could come and keep them.  They coordinated meals for us so I wouldn’t have to cook after surgery (and have also done so after the birth of 3 of our children).

I have also tried to be a great friend to people.  I am a good at listening.  I may not always have any advice, but I can always listen.  I will help out someone to the best of my abilities. 

Our friends are an extension of our family.  You are loved.  But not only are you loved by us, you are loved by THE Almighty Father.  He loves you and cares about you.  He will listen to you when you are feeling down and blue.  He will listen when things are going good.  He wants to be a part of your life.  We were created to have a relationship with God.  A relationship that in the beginning we broke.  But God loved us SO much that He sent His Son down to earth to die for us.  He loves us with the good the bad and the ugly.  We just have to accept that love and turn toward Him and follow His Word.  He is Faithful!  He will always be there for you.  The ultimate Friend you might say.