Seek God BEFORE Making Decisions

Keeping with this month’s theme, today I’m sharing how God blessed us with our daughter.

We had just given birth to our miracle, surprise Bam Bam, (read that I didn’t know I was pregnant story via this testimony hyperlink) and afterwards the OBGYN came to tell me that we should never have another child.  I was a bit taken aback because I’d never met her prior to coming into the ER that day and after her horrible bedside manner I didn’t plan on seeing her again.  I asked why and she explained that I’d lost a lot of blood during this delivery and I probably end up dying if I tried again.  I told her that I understood but I also prayed that God would heal me and make me whole.  Plus, I had just had a surprise baby 24 hours before so I definitely did not want any more children right then. LOL

Fast forward a year and I started getting that baby itch again but after what the OBGYN said my husband was not in agreement.  Usually he was the one that was full of faith but this time he looked at me and said “I can’t lose you.” I told him I understood but I also reminded him that we’d prayed for three children when we first got married, Bear had been praying for a baby brother and baby sister since he was two, and that if God had done it before he could do it again.  Kevin was unmoved on the issue so I also informed him that I would not ask about it again until he told me his final decision.  One day during prayer time at church, I was on my knees when someone came up behind me and said “God said he can do it again and if you two want another child then you need to make the decision.”  Usually the first part would have people go into immediate worship mode but I was actually grateful for the latter portion of the statement, ‘make your decision.”  Those were the exact words used when I talked with Kevin and with God during my prayer time.  A few days later Kevin said he was ready, we would be alright, and he wanted another baby.  Soon thereafter we were pregnant with our Princess and we knew our family was complete.

Now that our Princess is two years old we all find it hard to imagine what our life would be without having her here.  Had we decided to take the only the word of the doctor and not seek God, we would’ve been content with our two sons and continued life without the sparkle, sugar, and spice only Princess could bring.  Bear has also wanted a brother and sister since he was three years old so I’m glad we listened. Our TTC journey was hard but prayer matched with biblical obedience and faithfulness helped us endure. God has given us beautiful blessings through our children! 

Can you remember a time when others tried to make you go one way but through prayer, you understood that God was pulling you in a different direction?

 Make wise decisions, 

Ta’Neisha K.

PLEASE NOTE: I am not saying to ignore doctor’s advice.  In the aforementioned  situation, the doctor was not familiar with my medical history, previous pregnancy history, and was only used because when I arrived to the hospital I was in the final stages of labor and my doctor was unavailable.

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Improve Speech, Attention, or Memory with Forbrain

The Forbrain, by Sound for Life LTD, is a headset designed to aid peoplke with speech, language, attention, or memory difficulties. I was super excited to use this product with Bam Bam during the review period.  


Here are a few specs on this device:

  • The filter trains the brain to be more attentive improving auditory  processing and sensory integration. 
  • This device works to improve speech fluency,  pronunciation,  sound discrimination, and rhythm to enhance communication. 
  • Uses bone conduction to transmit the sound of your voice faster and with greater clarity.
  • This device is designed for use with children ages 3 and up as well as all adults, for fifteen minutes 5-6 times a week. 

During our time with this device we used it on Bam Bam once a day for approximately fifteen minutes. Currently in speech he is perfecting letter blends and I hoped this product would allow him to perfect his problem areas. We used the device while watching a speech video from YouTube that included verbal exercises. Bam Bam was able to practice the phrases from the video with no issues while using this product.  

Throughout the past few weeks Bam Bam has perfected a few problem areas in his communication and moved forward in the speech program.  Prior to using the Forbrain he was already moving along quite well but having this device has made his speech practice at home more fun.  Daily speech exercises have been a part of Bam Bam’s routine this entire year so I can’t confirm that the Forbrain aided significantly in his weekly improvement. The device definitely gave him something different to peak his interest over the past few weeks and for that I’m grateful.  

Overall, we’ve  enjoyed using the Forbrain by Sound For Life LTD during Bam Bam’s daily speech . I believe the old adage “practice makes perfect,” is true; therefore improvement through consistency will automatically occur.  If you want to improve any area of your life, take initiative and follow through by doing the work.  If speech, attention, memory, or language are your noted areas that need improvement, this device might help you commit to practicing and perfecting them.

Be sure to check out additional reviews from the Homeschool Review Crew by clicking this perfect hyperlink. 
Make today grand,

Ta’Neisha K. 


God’s Provision Can’t Be Beat!

Happy November!  As the season of thankfulness is upon us it is only fitting that I share a few testimonies of God’s instant provision over the years for #TeamKEMP.

I remember being so angry when I received the letter from our duplex manager, also fellow neighbor, stating that the landlord had been foreclosed on and we had to be out of the property by the end of the month.  The sneaky landlord had been collecting rent money for months without paying the bank and he also waited to inform the tenants about the foreclosure after the current month’s rent had been paid.  We searched all over for a home that was in a nice neighborhood that we could afford.  Again, there were plenty of nice neighborhoods in our area of The Lone Star State but we needed to be able to afford the home and monthly bills.  We were both working at the time and still found it hard to come up with the $725 every month but somehow, we never paid late and it always worked out.

While driving through random neighborhoods after work I came across a for rent sign in front of a small brown house.  I felt a strong urge to call the number and gather the information from the owner who ultimately wanted what everyone else did, a deposit that matched the monthly rent of $800.  That was $75 additional every month and I knew we would need all the help God could give to work this one out.  I passed this information on to my husband who decided to go by and check out the place.  While doing the walk through my husband did the unthinkable, he told Mr. Fuller the truth.  He told him about the sneaky, thieving landlord and upcoming foreclosure, he explained how we couldn’t afford the deposit but we really needed a safe place to move to with our infant son.  Mr. Fuller listened intently, offered his own negative opinion of that mean old landlord, and then said “here’s what I will do.”  He lowered the rent down to $725, told us we could pay “whatever we could” towards our deposit starting the second month, and he let us move in before the first of the month FOR FREE.  We were grateful that God caused Mr. Fuller to be so nice and caring towards a young, newlywed couple that he’d never met. 

Later, I asked my husband why he decided to share all of that information, not knowing how it would turn out.  He told me that he’d prayed and knew that God was in control, would provide, and it would be okay.  My husband was right.  His faith in God over the years has challenged me to step my belief in God, all the way up!  Together, we just know that as long as we are obedient to him, God will come through.

 

God recently came through for us approximately six months ago when our dryer started acting up.  My husband began saying we would get another one and in my prayer time I would thank God for our new dryer.  Soon thereafter the dryer completely died on us and the next week as my husband was rolling out our old Kenmore, our neighbor rolled over a new one for us.  Yes, a miracle dryer delivered right to our laundry room courtesy of The Most High God.  We were truly grateful that God supplied our needs and that we didn’t have to wait long for that blessing.

So, don’t let the dim moments of life allow you to forget the omnipotent, omnipresent, King of kings, and Lord of lords.  Never make your problem bigger than Jehovah Jireh because he knows what you need and will supply in due time.  Remain obedient while you wait and be sure to share your testimony so it will encourage others.  


Can you remember a time when God supplied your need immediately?

Trust God always, 

Ta’Neisha K.

November Planner Spreads

This month I wanted to showcase my love for the Fall, Thanksgiving, and glitter of course.  You can check out a detailed look at all my November planner spreads in this YouTube video.

This month I am also sharing a flip through of my daily prayer planner.  I don’t place anything in the weekly spreads for this planner but I do use the monthly calendar to schedule books and bible studies.  You can check it out here:

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I hope you enjoyed this flip through of my personal, faith, and homeschool planners.  Next week I will be sharing all the spreads in my Simple Homeschool Planner which is used for Team KEMP Academy.  I go washi crazy with this planner and I love using it for our homeschool.

Happy planning,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

 

Mess Free Art! Thin Stix Review & Giveaway

Using Thin Stix Creativity Pack has been a joy for our children and even in my new hobby, bible journaling. We received these items to review from The Pencil Grip, Inc. and art has pretty much been mess free ever since!

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The Thin Stix Creativity Pack provide your little artists with the opportunity to paint more frequently all while making no mess and seeing their finished product within minutes.  This pack contains 24 AP CERTIFIED NON-TOXIC paint sticks including the following: 12 assorted colors, 6 neon colors, and 6 metallic colors.  This solid tempera paint stick is thin so it allows for a bit more freedom and finer detail when drawing, filling in art, or defining your creations.  The paint DRIES IN 90 SECONDS, or sooner in most cases, which made use of these supplies all the more frequent in our homeschool art time.  Each paint stick was easy to use on various surfaces including wood, canvas, paper, cardboard, and even in my Bible and planner.

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“I like the Thin Stix Creativity Pack! I like how you can hold it like a pencil but it is actually paint and was truly easy to use.  It dried quickly and I didn’t have to wait for hours and hours before my art work was done.  The finished artwork was smooth and the sticks were able to glide easily on my paper.  A few times I pressed down too hard and a piece would break off, but I just smoothed it out with my finger and it blended into the artwork seamlessly.  I think this good for ages 3 and up to use with ease on a regular basis.” Bear, 9 years old

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Here are a few user tips for artwork from Bear:

  1. When you want a darker color, just press down a bit harder to deepen the color.
  2. The paint is easy to clean so if you do get any paint on you or the table you can remove it with a baby wipe.
  3. To get close to the lines on drawings you can lightly trace the area before filling it in.

You can also hear Bear’s additional thoughts in his recent YouTube video.

 

Bible journaling is my new hobby and I thought these tempera paint sticks would be a great addition to my supplies as well.  Usually, people use watercolors for their bible journaling detail; however, I found that the size of these sticks allowed me to freely create beautiful entries.  In using these I did not have any issues with the designs bleeding through the pages which are necessary for this kind of artwork.  I was excited that the rapid drying time made it so easy to add designs to my Bible.  I’m still very new to this but I am enjoying the hobby and how the Thin Stix Creativity Pack added to the designs.

Here are my tips for using these with Bible journaling:

  1. Building up the color is easy to do! I like to apply the first color and let it dry before adding a second coat to deepen it.  This ensures I don’t waste any product.
  2. Don’t be afraid to mess up! I found that making a mistake in my designs with this product actually enhanced the artwork.  Even when the paint coved the scripture, it didn’t bother me because I always start light and build up.
  3. These sticks work great with stencils! I used stencils on a few entries and I didn’t have any issues using them.
  4. For thin lines, grab a paint brush! Yes, these thin paint sticks are thin, but for fine detail I just used a thin brush on the stick and then applied it to my entry.

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All in all The Pencil Grip, Inc. has created another awesome product with the Thin Stix Creativity Pack and we are glad to have it in our home.  You can purchase this complete set from BJ’s both online and in store for only $19.99.

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**ENTER HERE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN THE THIN STIX CREATIVITY PACK**

 

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Feel free to check out other artwork and reviews from other homeschool families via this artistic hyperlink to the Homeschool Review Crew.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

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Celebrating A Decade of Marriage #TeamKEMP

November is upon us and keeping with the season, I thought I’d spend this month posting various testimonies and sharing a few things I am grateful and thankful for.  This also coincides with the awesome news that Kevin and I are CELEBRATING OUR 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!  Throughout the years we have endured so much and through it all God has comforted us, guided us through his narrow path, and blessed us tremendously. 

Our wedding day

On November 1, 2007 I walked down the aisle, led by my father to a young, handsome, tall guy named Kevin.  We met on my first day of school, in my first college class just a few years before and thinking back I feel like I can still give specifics of every moment we spent together until we said “I do.”  I remember my father asking him if he was truly ready for marriage on the day that Kevin asked for my hand.  Kevin courageously said “yes” and began to lay out his plans as I left the dinner table so they could continue talking.  Fast forward seven months and there we were, sharing vows, beginning our covenant with each other and most importantly with God while approximately fifteen precious people supported us.  I’m grateful for our wedding day.

During our decade of marriage I’ve watched my husband mature tremendously as he led our family.  He is the best person that I know and if I could continue through life with a heart like his I know I’d be alright.  I honor him for his leadership, ability to provide, strength, unconditional love for me, covering, truth, fortitude, and his wisdom.  He has some phenomenal things to say about me too but I still think I was the lucky one because I married him.  I am grateful for phenomenal husband that I’ve grown with for my entire adult life.  I’m grateful that God created me to honor him, have his children, and help him in any way that he needs along our journey.

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I’m grateful for three beautiful children that have miraculous birth stories, proving that God can do amazing things.  I’m thankful for the opportunity to be home with my children daily and watch them grow as God leads.  I’m grateful for our homeschool and that my husband entrusts me to educate our arrows via the Team KEMP Academy.  I’m also thankful for a household that is filled with laughter, spontaneous dance battles, board games three nights a week, and overflowing with love.  Finally, I’m grateful that our marriage has endured a decade of life on earth.  To some ten years is a long time but to us it is just the beginning of a lifetime together.

 

This month, I encourage you all to assess your life and realize that no matter what you have going on; God still deserves the glory, honor, and praise. Have you thank God today?

You can hear more about how we met in this YouTube video

 

Make today grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

New 2018 MAMBI Happy Planners

I picked up a couple of the new Me And My Big Ideas Happy Planners to use for 2018 and I was able to create some quick flip through videos of the Soft Geos Classic, #MomLife Mini, and Mini Budget Edition.  You can check out each of them below.

 

 

 

Make today great,

Ta’Neisha K.