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The World We Live In

By December 8, 2016 Children, Faith, Heart Matters, Homeschool, Homestead

Every time I scroll through my Facebook feed or turn on the news, I see evil. Shootings, robberies, arson, Amber Alerts and so much more. This world we live in is full of bad things. So what do you do?

We are raising four amazing children in this world. They are innocent. They are sweet, for the most part. They see the world as kind, good, and lovely. Do I expose them to the world they really live in? Do I shattered their perception of what the world is really like? Do I continue to shelter their eyes and ears from the evil that exists in this world so that they can remain pure, innocent, loving beings?

Parenting is hard work all by itself. Raising children in the world we live in right now brings a whole new set of challenges. We are careful about what the kids watch on tv or in movies. We have open conversations with our children about anything they want to question. My kids are not completely naive. They do know bad things exists in this world. They have experience hurt and pain caused by others. They know people can do bad things. They know that we are all sinners and that we all make mistakes sometimes. They know that there has to be consequences, sometimes small and sometimes big for the choices that you make. They also know how to forgive and love.

There are so many questions I ask myself every day. Parenting is hard. Making the best choices for our children is hard. Do I sign them up for a self defense class? Do I never let them out of my sight?

We choose to raise our children in the knowledge of the Lord. To love your enemy. To love all those around you. To be kind, generous, and forgiving. We choose to have open and honest conversations. We choose to lead by example. We choose to be parents that do everything we can to help them, love them, and teach them.

Some people choose to criticize our choice to homeschool. To keep our children a little more sheltered. And I am okay with that. They may criticize our family choice. I choose to follow God’s plan for my family.

How do you keep your kids protected? What are you doing as a parent in today’s world.

I hope you have a safe and blessed day,

Danyelle

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The Thoughts that Consume

By December 7, 2016 Faith, Heart Matters, Homestead

Yesterday was a day of thinking. I have no idea what came over me, but all these thoughts came flooding through me all day long. It was like I couldn’t shut off my brain. It was overwhelming at times. Emotional at others. It was sometimes hard to process and yet made me joyful.

Instead of trying to push all these thoughts away. Instead of getting stressed and upset that I had so many things filling my head I just let it happen. I rode the ebb and flow of the thoughts.

You see, its the end of the year. That time you start looking back at the year that is about to be finished and you think to yourself, Did I do the year right? What were my successes? What were my failures? You think about the things you’ve done that year, the things you wanted to do? I thought about all the things I wanted to do and yet somehow didn’t have time for. It was just a day for reflection.

The one thought that stuck out to me most yesterday was this; “Don’t get so caught up in looking at those around you and wanting what they have the you skewer your own view of things you have to be thankful for.”

We live in a world where everyone wants to “keep up with the Jones’s”. We live in a time where anything we want is right at our finger tips. We live in a place where we are never satisfied and always looking for the next best thing.

I have fallen into this trap myself. We are all human. We make mistakes.

I say dream, plan, better your life. I say set goals and keep working to reach your potential. Yet, you need to remember, you are already surrounded with things to be thankful for. You are surrounded by people and things that you are blessed to have in your life. You need to remain in the present and enjoy the life you are given today. Dreams are something to strive for, but don’t focus so much on the future that you forget today. Don’t focus so hard on that plan for the future that you miss out on the family you are blessed with today.

We don’t know what tomorrow brings. Your plan, your dreams, your ambitions; they are all great. We should all strive to reach our fullest potential, but not at the expense of living in the moment and thanking God for all that we are blessed with in the moment.

What are some of your dreams or goals?

Have an amazing day,

Danyelle

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What’s for lunch?

By December 6, 2016 Children, Faith, Homeschool, Homestead

Once breakfast is over at our house, the kids soon begin to ask, “What’s for lunch?”

It is an every day occurrence that has the same results.

Having all four kids home every day homeschooling brings a whole new challenge to lunch to time. They need to eat, but what? Do I cook this big extravagant meal? Do we just do a quick sandwich? They are home during the day so I should be able to make them an amazing meal right?

I have WAY to often let lunch time stress me out. I would feel like because we are all home they needed this big, healthy meal. I also didn’t want to spend hours cooking lunch because that would mean our school day took just that much longer. I also didn’t want to just throw sandwiches at them day after day, because you know, sandwiches get boring. So here is our lunch time fix.

At night I cook extra of whatever we are having for supper. So easy.

On the counter I lay out three leftovers to choose from. Plus, I do lay out the bread, peanut butter, and Nutella for sandwiches. They may pick from the leftovers or they may choose a sandwich.

Further down on the counter I will lay out two choices for a dairy. This is usually yogurt or cheese sticks. Next to that I will add veggies and fruits that they can choose from. Usually two of each kind. After that comes what we call the “fun snack”. The fun snack is usually peanut butter crackers, granola bar, or cookies.

It is so easy. It takes me a total of ten minutes to set everything out. They love the fact that they get to pick what they want. I love that they get to pick what they want, because it means less whining and complaining. It also cuts down on things being thrown away because they choose things that they will actually eat.

Are you struggling with lunch time in your home? Try this. Just make a little extra food while your preparing supper each night. Put it in a container and throw it in the fridge.

Let me know what if you try it and what you think.

Have a blessed day,

Danyelle

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Rain, Rain, and more Rain

By December 5, 2016 Faith, Heart Matters, Rain

Georgia has been in a pretty severe drought for the past few months. I am sure you have heard of the wildfires that have hit our state and the states surrounding us. The loss in Gaitlingburg, Tennessee is huge. Everything has been super, super dry. There are burn bans and water restrictions. However,

It is currently raining. It has been raining on and off since Friday evening and according to the Weather Channel app on my phone it looks like it may rain on and off until Tuesday. Praise the Lord for some rain, right?

Here is the thing, I know we need rain and lots of it. I know that our state and others need as much rain as we can get. I truly do praise the Lord for the rain we have been given. I also pray the Lord brings me through the rain.

I have suffered from depression for many years. The winters in Michigan would help push my depression into a deeper state, because it was dark and cold. Seasonal depression on top of regular depression is not my idea of a good time.

While my depression over the last year has begun to get a lot better, having dark and dreary days for multiple days in a row is hard. The kids get sick of being cooped up inside, they start fighting or misbehaving. The weather is perfect for just snuggling under a warm blanket and watching a movie. It is so hard to find motivation. At least it is for me.

Depression is hard. It can take over your life. I let it take over mine on more than one occasion. This time I’m trying to make it different. So that if I feel myself slipping that way I have some action steps to take. I hope maybe some of these actions steps will help you too.

  1. Call/text a friend. I have a few friends on my list that I know I can call. I can tell them I am struggling and they will talk with me, walk with me, pray with me. I put this first on the list because it is part of my nature to try to handle things on my own. I hate asking for help. I hate people seeing me struggle. I feel like it makes me look weak, but guess what? My friends don’t care, they don’t see me any different than they would any other day of the week. They love me. They want the best for me. They want to walk every road with me. Who can you think of that might want to walk this road with you? Give them a call or a text, ask them if they will be your go to person. Don’t try to walk this road alone. It’s hard and you have people out there that love you so much that they want to be by your side during the tough moments too.
  2. Read my Bible and Pray. Usually I just open it up. God shows me exactly where I need to go and what I need to hear. Digging into God’s Word through depression and seeing through his Word how much he loves us and cares about is a blessing! When we live in a world where sometimes love is conditional, we see through God’s Word that his love is unconditional. He doesn’t care what state you are in, He wants to love you right where you are at! Also laying your heart before the Lord in prayer is an amazing feeling. I have yelled, screamed, cried and laughed through prayer during some of my darkest times of depression. One of the darkest times in my life was after we found that our youngest daughter was blind and the doctors didn’t know if my sweet, innocent baby girl would ever be able to see. Some of the prayers I prayed during that time were an ugly, crying mess. Questioning God and his abilities to take care of me and my family. He did. The key? Remember to listen to him. Let Him speak back to you. Let him show you the ways in which you need to go.
  3. Laughter. Find a good book, movie, or person to make you laugh. Laughter changes the mood. It changes the way you brain directs things. It changes your outlook, even if just for a little while.
  4. Surround yourself with people. Do not try to hide or keep to yourself, your feelings of depression. I have been there. It’s a not so great place to be.
  5. Get yourself medical advice. See a counselor, your primary care physician, or therapist. They can take care of you. I have been to counseling sessions on and off over the course of the past 10 years. I have been put on antidepressants. No shame! It was what I needed to get through some of those hardest seasons of depression.

I hope if you are struggling you will seek out some friends and a doctor. I hope you will know that you are loved unconditionally by the one who was sent to the Earth to save us. My hope is that you will not feel alone. I hope that you may find a thing or two on my list that will help you get through this season.

Have a very blessed day,

Danyelle

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Heart Matters

By December 4, 2016 Children, Faith, Heart Matters, Homestead

Welcome back to our Sunday edition of Heart Matters. This is where I share with you what God has laid on my heart.

This is something that I have shared with people before, but it was recently brought into a whole new light. God is working on me, changing me, and growing me. Throughout my life I knew God and that he loved me, but I didn’t truly take his word to heart until recently.

I have made some poor choices. I grew up in what I thought was the most perfect home until that one fateful day when I came home from school to find out my parents were getting divorced. My dad was already moved out, my grandparents were there, the house was quite, and I just knew it wasn’t good.

I struggled throughout the years to see my own self worth. I was constantly trying to seek the approval of any male that would give me a sense of love. This got me into a ton of trouble. I went after any guy I could, especially once I hit highschool. I became sexually active way before I should have, but in my mind that was how a guy proved he loved me.

My senior year of highschool I got engaged to a man who would become the father of my oldest daughter. This man was abusive. I had bumps and bruises. I had to jump out of moving vehicles and windows in order to escape some of the situations he put me in. Fear kept me from leaving. Fear was what helped me follow through on marrying him. I graduated in May 2015 and I was married in August. I did this against everyone’s wishes. They told me not to do it, yet they were there that day to show me they loved me and supported me. They had no idea what was going on at home or in our relationship that really made me go through with things. In October of 2015 I found out I was expecting my first baby. I was over the moon. I thought maybe this sweet little child would fix our relationship. I thought things would get better. She was born early due to complications and by August 2016, my ex husband threw our daughter onto a couch. That was the final straw. I grabbed what I thought I might need and made a mad dash for the car and never looked back. I was okay with the abuse happening to me, but the minute he hurt my sweet, innocent baby girl, it was over.

This didn’t stop me from seeking the next relationship. I felt like I had to be in a relationship in order to feel love. I felt like I needed to have a guy in order to be a person. I got pregnant again. The guy I was seeing left and wanted nothing to do with me or the baby. I was now a single mom of almost two. I had tossed around the idea of having an abortion, but with the support and love of some amazing Christian people I decided against it. I had the sweetest baby boy. He to this day is one of the most precious gifts I have been given. I often think about where I was in that moment and where I am now and think “how?”.

These two events are a huge part of my past. They show me how messy my life was. I made choices that hurt me, others, and made life more miserable. We all make choices that we are not proud of, but these are points in time that I am ashamed of. We often joke with our kids about not being able to date until they are 30. They often say “But mom you had your first baby at 18.” It makes me feel so much shame.

God knows what I have done. He saw my every mistake and he LOVED me still. I have slowly been making choices that I will be proud of. Choices that when my kids ask I can say I DID IT! God, loves me! He truly, truly loves me. He has forgiven me for every single mistake I have made. He is the one with whom I need my heart needs to be with. He is my true love. He loves me every minute of every day.

He has shown me, through grace, how to explain my children the need to wait for sexual activity and dating. He has shown me how to teach my children from my mistakes. He has shown me the importance of holding on to his word, feeding it to my children and helping them to grow. I am so blessed. I am forever grateful for what God has done in my life lately. He is showing me how to turn around my past for good, because in time, everything under the Son comes to light and can be used for good.

I hope you find some encouragement. I hope you find some hope. Please know that you are not alone. Please don’t spend years and years like I did thinking that life could never change, that life was just a serious of bad events. Reach out. I am here.

Have an amazing day,

Danyelle

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Home Improvments

By December 3, 2016 Chicks, Children, Gardening, Goats, Homestead

We have a beautiful house. We have 9.5 acres of pure goodness surrounding us. We love our house and our property. As much as we love this property and our home; it has been sitting empty for 6 years. The yard is over grown. The house has some improvements that need to be made to make it feel like our forever home. Our goal is to homestead on our land, making ourselves self sustaining as much as possible. This is the list of projects.

  1. Our master bedroom/bathroom. This project is currently in progress. We have the bedroom painted a deep purple and grey. The closet is painted yellow. The bathroom has always been painted yellow. The bathroom decor is black and grey to try to tie in the grey from the bedroom. I have the bathroom mostly decorated. Only a few things have to be done yet. The floor needs to be laid, but we haven’t come to an agreement as to what the floor should be. Then we need to decorate, get a bed frame, hang some curtains, and find some dressers and stuff. This project has seemed like it’s taking FOREVER, but we are a busy family with 4 kids, jobs, homeschool, and just every day life.
  2. Tree removal. There are a ton of trees on our property. In order to garden, have horses, goats, and everything else we want to accomplish outside we need to remove a TON of trees. We called around. We have gotten quotes for thousands and thousands of dollars. Our neighbor suggested we call a logging company. So that is exactly what we did. The logging company came out this week and offered us money to take our trees! I mean seriously, how cool is that? They are going to pay us to come get our trees. That is one step closer to clearing the land. They wont start until after the first of the year, but I can not wait to see what it looks like.
  3. The other project going on right now is tearing down some fencing and clear some areas that are over grown for pigs and goats. We have no idea what was in this area years ago, but it is a mess and nothing is salvageable.

What is Next?

  1. Our sons room will be next for inside projects. He is moving into the room that my husband and I share now. It will be full of green and yellow because he is a John Deere kid!
  2. For outside projects it will be starting to till up the land where our garden will go.
  3. We are also currently researching bees so that we can have fresh honey.
  4. We will put up the fencing for the goats.

There are just so many projects on the list. It is so hard to decide where to start.

Do you have any home improvement projects that you are working on? Any yard projects that you are trying to get done?

The nice things about living in Georgia is we have longer to work outside. We haven’t had any snow yet. We have had pretty decent temps.

Have a very blessed day,

Danyelle

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A Spotlight

By December 2, 2016 Children, Faith, Oils

*** There will be a link at the end of this post in which you may order from me.***

So I have been on a life changing experience lately.

One of the things that has helped improve life in our house is the use of essential oils. I was looking for a way to improve our health and try to live a more natural life.

I knew that essential oils could play a huge role in a healthy life, I did a ton of research and fell in love with doTERRA. The company is so amazing. They do everything in their power to have the best, purest, oils. They give back to the communities in which they harvest the oils from and so much more. I just fell in love with everything the company is about.

Here were the things I was looking for oils to help with

  1. Head discomfort
  2. Neck tension
  3. Digestive issues
  4. Sleep, especially in my kids
  5. Focus during school time.

I found all of that in my starter kit with doTERRA.

I also took an Oil Camp through the team I signed up under. It was so amazing and a wealth of knowledge.

I use everything in my kit, almost daily.

OnGaurd has been keeping me and the kids healthier than ever before. This past week I started coming down with a sore throat and I started applying Oregano to the bottoms of my feet. It never became anything more than that and it went away really quickly. I use peppermint for any type of tension or head discomfort.

We have made rollerballs of sleepy time blends for the kids to do at night, rollerballs for an owie blend to help heal any scraps, cuts, or owies. Even if there is an “owie” and no one can see it, but them, we roll some on there so that it gets better. I don’t even worry about applying it even when there isn’t a huge owie because it is natural and good for them.

We love our oils. We love what they have done for our health and wellness.

Do you want more information on oils? Please let me know.

www.mydoterra.com/danyellerus

Have a great and blessed day,

Danyelle

 

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Welcome to December

By December 1, 2016 Children, Faith, Heart Matters, Holidays, Homestead

Happy First day of December!

December is always a busy month with the Holidays. It is can so much fun, but also super stressful. Here is what we have going on for December.

  1. Decorating and enjoying the holiday with the kids.
  2. My son will be turning 9. I can not believe all my kids are getting so big.
  3. Christmas in Michigan. Going home doesn’t happen very often. It is a long 800+ mile drive, 12+ hours, and lots of potty breaks. We haven’t been home for Christmas since the last time we lived in Michigan. I am beyond excited and so are the kids.
  4. Christmas! We are happy to celebrate the birth of Jesus and our Savior. We are happy to enjoy our friends and family for a week of fun. As far as presents go our family does the Something to wear, something to read, something they want, and something they need. It works our perfect for us to keep the focus on Jesus and yet still give our kids something special.
  5. Christmas movies. I love pretty much any Christmas movie. I will spend every night on the couch watching one with the kids if I can. Christmas movies make me happy.
  6. New Year’s Eve. We love this time of year too. I mean what kid doesn’t like staying up late. We play games, we eat all sorts of snack foods, and we watch the ball drop. It is just a fun night for family.

I am looking forward to enjoying our December and seeing what new family memories we can make.

What are your plans for December? Any big trips? Any fun family traditions that you do every year?

I hope you have an amazing, God filled day.

Danyelle

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Stockings in progress…

By November 30, 2016 Children, Crafting, Homeschool, Homestead, Sewing

Welcome to the Sewing Spotlight.

When we moved to GA over a year ago we stayed with some friends and I didn’t bother getting our Christmas stuff. This year for Christmas we have moved into our own home and are busily getting ready for the Holiday season. The tree is up and decorated. There are presents under the tree. I went to look for our stockings and some other Christmas decorations and I could not find our box anyway. I have no idea where it went. I have no idea if it even made it to Georgia with us. Oh, and did I mention we now have a fire place!!

So, I thought I would whip up some brand new stockings and get back into my sewing groove. Please remember that this is still a work in progress. I can not wait to share the final product with you. Also if your interested I can make some for you too!

stocking2This is the fabric that I am starting with. All cotton. The green/red decorative one is the outside stocking piece. The red with dots is going to be the cuff. I may or may not be putting a black letter piece to distinguish between whose is whose. The white is just interfacing. It will help keep the stockings firm and not so floppy. It took me a while to decide what colors to use. I mean you can never have to much fabric and I may have a slight addiction. I really wanted something that said Christmas without Santa and reindeer, or anything to kiddish, since mine are all getting older.

 

 

 

 

stocking1This is my pattern. I am kind of a rebel when it comes to following patterns. I love figuring it out myself and making my own. Even if I see a pattern I like I tend to tear it a part and put my own spin on it. I pretty much taught myself how to sew, but I know it’s in the genes. I just taped some paper together, drew it out, and cut it the way I wanted. Super simple.

 

 

 

 

 

stockingThis is kind of what it will look like when it is all done. You can start to see the final product. I have all the decorative stocking parts cut, still need to finish the rest. I homeschool four kids and have a house to keep up with. I wish I could say that I have hours to just sit down and sew, but the reality is that I don’t. I have a passion for sewing and I love every minute of it. From picking out the fabric, to making up a pattern, to the sound of my machine chugging away towards a final product.

I have a few more fabrics that I picked out when I grabbed the stocking fabric. Those projects include Christmas outfits for the kids and an apron for my oldest daughter who is getting her first real artist kit for Christmas. I can’t wait to share those with you too.

What are your passions? Do you like sewing? What is a project that you are working on.

 

Have a very blessed day,

Danyelle

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Homeschooling?

By November 29, 2016 Children, Faith, Heart Matters, Homeschool, Homestead

Have you thought about homeschooling?

Our homeschooling seasons have changed often. We have gone through different curriculum and spurts where we fall in love with a subject and dig really, really deep.

Through every season of our schooling I always follow these 5 verses.

  1. Proverbs 22:6 (NLT) “Direct your child unto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.”

This one is my priority. I want my children to get life started on the right path. I want them to know Jesus. I want them to have the knowledge of what their Savior can do for them. I want them to experience faith in the Lord. Our world is so full of yuck. There is so much in this world that I want to protect them from. I know they are little for only a little while. The years have already gone by so fast. I know I only get so long to teach them and care for them. I know that they will not be under my roof forever. I need to remember every day that it is my job right now to teach them what the right path is. I pray every day. I mess up. I fail my children, but every day I do my very best to direct them on the right path.

2. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them               diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way,                 and when you lie down, and when you rise.

I put this at number two because I need the reminder that our whole day should be centered around teaching our kids about the Lord. We can get so caught up in our busy schedules and all our academics. It can be hard to keep our focus on Jesus in times where the world grabs us in. We make sure that we do prayer at meals, that our Bible lessons are done before any other lessons. We make sure that when as we discipline the kids we are using scripture. We make sure we talk about Jesus and how much He loves them when we put them to bed and do their prayers.

3.  Ephesians 6:4 “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and                           instruction of the Lord.”

I have a temper. I have at least two children that are exactly like me. I have worked very hard to try to control my anger and this verse reminds me that I need to not provoke my children. When things are already heated between them and a sibling or when they are pushing my buttons the last things I need to do is provoke it. I need to remind myself that the verses we fall on in times that are stressful and intense. Discipline and instruction in the Lord is much happier and healthier than provoking anger.

4. Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, creating in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared                   beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

This one makes the list because I want my children to know that even as small as they may be, they were created in Jesus Christ for good works. They don’t need to be adults, they don’t need to bigger than they are right now to work for the Lord. I also want them to know that before they were even born God has prepared for them good works. He has a plan for their life that is so great. We need to prepare them for what good works God has for them.

5. Psalms 127:3 “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.”

This verse comes towards the end only because I need the reminder that my children are a blessing. A reward. They are a gift given to me. God gave me four beautiful kids to raise. It is my job to raise them in the Lord. He gave me them to me as a blessing.

These 5 verses are ground me in our homeschooling adventures. They keep me focused on what needs to be important. Are you thinking about homeschooling? I encourage you to find verses that keep you grounded in your schooling. Find yourself in God’s word so that you have the best focus.

Do you already have verses that you focus on? Do you need more encouragement? Let me know.

Have a very, very blessed day.

Danyelle

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