Monday, August 11, 2014

Why Usborne?

I love books.
Okay, well only good books.
I am a bit of a book snob.
I have been to many home school conferences by the awesome Carol Joy Seid, this chic knows her stuff.
Anyway, she gives two pieces of advice on books for children.
1. If it's old, like at least 50 years, it probably is a good book
2. If it's an Usborne book it IS a good book.
After I heard her say that I started investigating for myself.
I couldn't figure out how to get them online, unless they were from the UK.
I did find some at museums, amusement parks, and libraries. 

(On the left is the first Usborne book I ever bought. We purchased it for Sinclair's 5th birthday. She has been wanting to a be a doctor for years, and this book has really encouraged her in her interest.)

Once I got a few Usborne books for my girls, I was hooked.
They are educational yet fun. Seriously the girls have no problem looking at these books for hours.
I could go on and on, and on and on
..and on......and ...they are amazing!
Recently I have been wanting to supplement our income, without being away from my girls and hubby too much.
I went to a home school conference and saw Usborne was there. I ran to the booth to buy books for my girls. As I was talking with some of the ladies in the booth they informed me about how they got involved selling Usborne.
You can sell these books on your own?
Now I have never got into selling things at parties, I am not a salesman; but I knew how much I loved these books and they really do sell themselves so I signed up.
I am so excited to launch my little business.  I have a few parties lined up, and a Facebook page......
Speaking of an FB page, I am having a giveaway right now.
So go like my page and get in on this free book action.
I will give the winner a book that will suit their family. And I will even ship it for free.
If you want to check out these awesome books go to my site at
I am pumped to get my girls a huge library of Usborne books, help out my family and am also so excited to share them with you!
God Bless you!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Today is a Good Day

Today is a great day!
Today my Brother and Sister in law/Best Friend/Mentor/Awesome Chic fly to a far away land to get my nephew.
Mark and Laura have been waiting patiently on the Lord for years, and this is the week that our family's dreams come true.

Here is my absolute favorite picture of Mark holding Riette (his favorite niece ;).

At some point in the future we will be able to post pictures of our new nephew and the land from whence he came. But for now we wait and we pray.
There is a bit of an odd thing going on right now with visas. Please pray for a smooth process with that and with all of the things adoption has in store.

Here is another great pic of both Mark and Lala, as we call her.
This is right after they helped us move to TX.

So today is a great day in the Braley family!
If you would like to follow their journey Laura has a very cool blog.

God Bless y'all,

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Book It

Oh my long neglected blog, so sorry friends. I have been living a crazy life of moving from TX back to CA, finishing up homeschooling, my husband looking for a job (he got a job and hasn't started yet), moving again, family and church obligations, a new nephew coming very soon, family illnesses, and all the things these entail.
     We have been living in the country and may be moving back to the hustle and bustle of city life....if you can call Modesto a city.
     My girls are actually going to be going to school, well it's Not A School. It's a tutor led form of homeschooling thru a charter that is actually called Not A School. So kinda a homeschool co-op. I always thought I would homeschool them. But each year we pray and weigh the options. We hope this is the best move for our family, like all parents hope.
      What will I do with all of my "free time"? Well I am glad you asked. ;-)
I will be a consultant for Usborne Books and More.  Please tell me you have heard of usborne books. They are just the best educational, fun, cool, and entertaining kid books I have ever read. I am so excited to get to work with these books. Children learn so much by reading. It is truly a lost art. We spend so much time infront of screens and I feel it's vital to teach my girls the importance of books.
    So that's what's up with me. The Lord has been showing me that life is not about what I do for Him, it is about a relationship with Him. I feel like the last few years I have lost sight of that necessary truth. He is the way the truth and the light! I hold onto that today.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Bad Words

I was just thinking about how when you're a new believer you really don't understand all the Christian norms or Christian speak. This morning I noticed that Patches had a dog bowl out that we had given to him for Christmas one year. On the inside of it it reads "lucky dog". I remember hesitating to buy it because the word lucky in Christianese is a bad word.
When I was a new  believer in Christ, I recall hearing someone say "No you are not lucky you are blessed". And I felt bad that I had used the word lucky and filed it away in my brain not to say that word again. Now I don't know if it's wrong or right to say lucky,I think it's actually more of a heart issue. But over the years, I think it's been about 10 years now I've been a believer, I have also corrected people in such tones.  'You aren't lucky, you're blessed. You should pray rather than worry.' The list goes on and on.
But really what is the point to say these things off the cuff to people? If we feel convicted about our speech, change it. Do we really sense the Lord giving us a peace about saying all these judgemental, unbiblical cliché s to people?
Something to ponder.
And if you ever met Patches, you would agree he is one Lucky Dog.

Friday, February 7, 2014


As many of you know we are moving back to CA. This decision was made with a lot of emotions, on my part . Matt had emotions too he's just the more practical of the two.

Back in August Matt started to feel a tug to move back to CA.  When he shared this with me I was in shock.  Surely we were meant to be here for life. I love TX and the friendships I have made here. There was no way I was going to go back to Modesto. Surely there was nothing more we could do with our lives then to serve at Gospel For Asia. No, we are never going back to Modesto.

But God has a funny way of turning our nevers into yeses.

God showed me near the end of August thru a bible study to stop obsessing over my future.
In September He showed me thru Exodus how Aaron built the calf because he didn't wait on the Lord, that I was not waiting on Him too.

He showed me in October through Leviticus how our sacrifices are examined, not through us but through Jesus Christ.

In November I heard Charles Stanley on the radio talking about the fear of the Lord. How we need to trust His plan and not fear anyone else, just God. That freed me from fearing what our friends and family would think. Through this message God encouraged me not to fear man, He was in control.

In December I was really freaking out because our lease was up in February and Matt didn't have a job. But God gave me the verse that is written on our wall 'Be still and know that I am God'. Was I being still?

In January I was finally coming to terms with moving back home but still a bit worried for our future and one day Rie ran up to me and gave me a memory verse card and said "here mama this is for you". The verse was Isaiah 45.2 "I will go before you and make the crooked places straight. "

Wow I am so thankful I have Him to lead me in this life and to trust that His ways our better than mine.

As I have been saying goodbye to so many cherished friends here many of them are saying " I am so excited for you". When I first started hearing this I was puzzled. But now I am thankful that I can be excited for my future, not afraid.

Even though Matt doesn't have a job yet, and we are most likely going to be living with family. (THANKS Mark and Lala) This change will grow us and He will use us.
Yes I am sad to say goodbyes , but happy to say Hello to what God has for us.

( and if you sang Hello in your head like the Lionel Richie song you are awesome)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Phone Post

Hello my long lost friends!
I was blessed with a new phone, a new free phone can't beat that.
Anyway I am hoping that I will blog more now that I can do it from me phone.
(That was not auto correct, that wasy pirate voice)

Today we went on a playdate at Preston wood and here is a pic of the girls with their friend Ben.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013


We have been stuck in the house for the last 5 days, snow and ice.The roads are really dangerous. I can not stand driving in harsh weather, it is actually one of my fears.
The girls and I have been listening to the Frozen soundtrack over and over and over again.
It has been helping me process all we have been going thru lately.
My dear friend has just been diagnosed with cancer.
It has been very hard to be far from her.
But this music has inspired me to write a poem, I just sat down in the chaos of life and felt I needed to write.
I have only written a few poems in my life, and they have been in highly stressful times.
I am thankful He gives us these outlets to help us cope thru hard things.

Feeling Frozen

while the world keeps on feeling
trying not to think
holding it all inside
He is good

feeling frozen, feelings frozen

He is still good
why am i mad inside
still a selfish sinner
with great pride
i want my friend
want her here forever

feeling frozen, feelings frozen

knowing forever is only for heaven
heaven can't come soon enough
wanna go first
no one i love ahead of me
self loving pride

feeling frozen, feelings frozen

all that is left is to have

I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back.....