Shoebox Gifts

Somehow, something has caused me to have a mind shift this past year. Now, I do believe I have always been tender-hearted, but now I have a boldness and an urgency to reach out and help others that wasn’t there before. I hope it continues to grow!

For the first time ever, I have packed a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child! I actually did one box in honor of each of my two children. So I packed one box for a young boy and one box for a toddler girl. 

It was so much fun to put the boxes together! I did find that my children aren’t too keen on buying things they want just to give it away, So I did all the shopping myself. Maybe next year they will help me!


There is POWER (FREE Download!)

Oh my goodness, things have been so busy.  I really am trying to slow down and enjoy this time.  I really hope 2016 will be amazing because once I finish this grad degree, I feel like I will finally be able to relax!  And do crafts!  And take pictures!  And play with my kids!  And read books!

Sigh.  Well I grabbed five minutes today and put on paper the song/phrase that’s been going on in my head – thank you Lincoln Brewster and Klove!

Power in Jesus

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Hope you all are having a great week, and again, sorry I’ve been away so long!

Peace & Blessings,


Worries are like Pacifiers (Free Print!)

Adults have pacifiers too.
Those of you who, like me, tend to worry over things might enjoy this print. A pacifier is mostly used to pacify a baby, but oftentimes the baby grows into a toddler who really doesn’t need it anymore. But, it’s a comfort to them, so they keep using it and wanting it closeby. Right now this describes my two-year-old! She can go all day, even napping, without it when at daycare, but as soon as we pull into the driveway, she yells “My boppy here!” The pacifier is her comfort item. A lot of times, our worries become comfort items – our pacifier.  This verse really called out to me this week: 

Most people pick up on the verse right before: “Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have.” (Philippians 4:6). While I agree wholeheartedly that verse 6 is important and we should all heed such advice, verse 7 is what really got my attention as I was doing my First 5 Bible Study a few nights ago.  The very thought that God is standing guard over my thoughts is humbling. And His peace will cover – even erase – our negative, worrisome, and anxious thoughts and feelings. If only we will let him! 

So, here is Freebie #2, an 8×8 inch print of Philippians 4:7, using graphics by Callie Hegstrom of Make Media Co.

Click on the image to view the full size PDF!
Have you heard about the First 5 App? We’re studying Genesis this month and one of the things I love is that the ladies at Proverbs 31 who write these studies tie in verses from all over the Bible! This is just the 2nd month of First 5 App and I have already learned of so many Bible verses that I had previously not read, or now look at through a different lens. Also check out their accompanying Experience Guide – it really helps you think about what you’re reading!
Thanks for stopping by today! What is your latest “ah-ha!” Bible verse?

Aye-yi-yi, 10 days past due!

Well the Part Two of the First Day of School w/ Poop Involved will just have to keep waiting. All in all, in the end, everyone got their bodies and their stuff where they needed to be and I was only an hour and 15 minutes late to work! whew!

Now, on to this:

(Just ignore all that mess in the background – DIY room update in progress!)

This.  I love when this happens.

This (last night) was Bubba’s first time doing homework – ever. He literally cried when we told him he had homework. But Hubby said he would help and so this happened.

I LOVE when Hubs volunteers to help out with one of the kids.  It just melts my heart!

So, the homework got done and no further homework tears were shed.

The End.


A First Day of School Story… (Warning: Poop is Involved!)

It’s not what you think. 

So, the morning started out a little different – Sis got up at the same time I did, which threw everything else off because I usually have about 10 minutes to do my morning thing and start my daily Bible time before the kids get up. Well, since Sis was up, I got her started on breakfast and turned on the TV for her. Bad idea, I know. 

Next, Bubba got up and needed help getting dressed. We figured out the clothes and then I got him started on breakfast, while he watched TV with Sis. 

Sometime in there I got ready for work and made my lunch, while Hubby got ready and left for work. 

I get Sis dressed at 7:30 (the same time as my targeted time of leaving!)

I grab the camera and take a few photos of the school boy and it’s 7:45 already! Okay, I think to myself, now I’ll have to drop Bubba off first then Sis, but he will still be on time. 

Then, right as we are about to grab our stuff and head out the door…

Wait for it….

Sis announces “I go poop!” 

What!?! Now?? It’s now 7:50 am. Bubba is supposed to be at school at 7:55. Oh dear. 

Bubba and I waited very impatiently for Sis to take care of business and we finally got in the car, heading down the road at 8:00.  All the while I was in the bathroom with Sis, my phone was silently ringing in my purse, and I had no idea until…

(Insert phone ringing). Hubby @ Work is calling. 

Me: “Hello?”

Hubby: “Can you bring me my phone?”

Me: “Are you kidding me!?!”

Yeah, perfect timing. 

I didn’t turn around. After all, Bubba was already late to school!

We get close to the school – thank goodness it’s only 7 minutes from the house – and according to Bubba, it was his lucky paper airplane that got us a lucky front row parking space (I said “Thank You, Lord!”). I jump out of the car, grab Sis and Bubba’s hand, and we cross the street, saying Hello and Good morning to the crosswalk guard and the local policeman and head into the school. I think half the town was in there dropping off kids! Parents and families were everywhere!

We made a beeline (well, as fast as the herd of parents would allow) for his classroom and I notice almost all of the kids are already there. I quickly grabbed Bubba’s backpack and let him hand his teacher the small gift we’d put together last night. Of course, she gushed over it and gave him a hug. Then I handed her his lunch money and hurriedly said “Good-bye!” to my boy. The teacher grabbed a paper off his table spot and handed it to me. “This is something for you, Mom, to read when you get back to your car.” she said. Oh no, I thought, this will be the thing that makes me cry…

Stay tuned for part two tomorrow… 

Adorable sign courtesy of Fab ‘n Free!


Last week the kids began at their new daycare center. This is the first time either of my children have been enrolled in a traditional daycare, and though I am not a fan of these businesses, this is the only daycare in our community and so far the transition has been great! 

Bubba LOVES it. He can’t wait to go back. He said they get to run around and play with whatever they want.  

Sister also likes the new place, although she did have a small cry on days 2 & 3, but I got tons of compliments on her speech and behavior and tomorrow she starts in a larger class of all two-year-olds! 

Tomorrow, Bubba starts KINDERGARTEN. I’m saying I won’t cry, and I don’t feel like I will, but I also know myself pretty well. I won’t be surprised if I start crying on my way to work! He is excited, and I am excited for him. I know he will love school as much as I did. Kindergarten is no day in the park anymore – they teach the kids to read and how to do math! And no naps! But still, he’s going to do great and he will love all he is learning!

Photo to come!

Hope you all have a blessed school year!

-Autumn Joy

Footprints on my heart

She took in our son when we had nowhere to take him. 

We were broke and left without a babysitter. She must have heard the desperation in my voice, because she said she would call me back. She did and said she could take him. 

A year later, we announced baby #2 would be coming and she welcomed her with open arms. 

She has worked with our sometimes crazy schedule, keeping the kids late, or accepting late drop-offs, early pick-ups, and more. She is so good with all of the children in her care; teaching manners, how to follow directions and rules, even potty-training! 

We have been so blessed to have our son and daughter in her talented, capable, patient, tender-loving care for the past three years!  She gave great advice – as a parent that raised four children of her own, she knows a thing or two!

Today we gave hugs and said our good-byes. Our son starts Kindergarten in a week, so we are having to change daycare to one that offers after-school care. We will miss her greatly, but I am storing the memories in my heart!


Do you have anyone you’ve had to leave behind?


Autumn Joy

Free Print: Joshua 1:9 floral

We’ve all heard the famous Joshua of the Bible exclaiming to the Israelites “Be strong and courageous!” but how often do we think about this verse when we really need it?  The daily devotional from Proverbs 31 mentioned this verse today.  I also just got this beautiful floral bouquet artwork made by the talented Caitlin Sheffer of Bella Love Letters on Creative Market!  I just had to put the two together for this 8.5×11 print.

Joshua 1:9

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This verse resonates with me, and really, the devo this morning really hit home with me, because my Wyatt is starting Kindergarten in just two short weeks!  I must be strong and courageous and trust GOD to take care of him, to lead him and guide him, and to give him wisdom and peace.  So much for a 5-year-old!  So much for his mama to want for him!  God wants the same for you, too.  Just ask for God to give you his peace and wisdom, to take care of you, to lead you and guide you, and he will do it! Click for related verses, see Jeremiah 29:13 also!

Be blessed, y’all.


Welcome Visitors!

This is my new home on the web – Arthur’s Acre! Take a look around, let me know what you think!

Arthur’s Acre is the place where I live, now both physically and virtually. This blog will be an eclectic mix of spiritual thoughts, kids’ activities, graphic design prints, and snippets of our farm life. 

   The view from my front porch!

  My kiddos, Wyatt (age 5) and Alyssa (age 2). 

 Sun setting on the cornfield behind the house. 

To Die to Ourselves

How often do we hear this? We are to die to ourselves and follow Christ. I don’t think very many people get what that actually means. Maybe I don’t either, but here’s what I’m thinking:

This morning in Bible class, my teacher said that too often we are like the beggar sitting at the gate, asking for a handout (Acts 3). When Peter and John see the beggar, they tell him “Look at us!” Because he wasn’t even looking; he was only holding his hand out for a coin. In the same way, we fall into the trap of treating God the same way. We just go through life, not even looking up at God, but our prayers are “give me, give me, bless me…”

This made me think of the scripture/phrase “die to yourself.” If we truly die to ourself, our prayers would be all for others and not for our personal wants & needs. We also would not be living & working selfishly for our own gain, but we would be doing the same for the advancement of the Kingdom.  If we truly die to ourselves, we trust God will take care of us and we pray God will bless others, meet their needs, and we ask for God’s power to help us help those in need. 

I have realized that I have been living very selfishly, and I’m going to change that starting now. I’ll share more about it later! 

Take care and God bless you!