Operation Christmas Child, Reaching Ages 10-14

by frazzledmama on November 10, 2016

As my long time readers know, our family is very involved in volunteering with Operation Christmas Child. This year, I am especially burdened for the 10-14 year old age range.  Historically, this age group receives the FEWEST shoebox gifts.  As a parent of 3 kiddos who fall into that age category, I am acutely aware of how much these kids need Jesus.

Most often, people tell me that they don’t pack for that age bracket because it is hard.  And I get that!  What on earth do you buy for a kids that age that isn’t an electronic of some kind?  Well, last weekend Sugar Belle sat down and scoured the internet to find some great gift ideas for your 10-14 year old shoebox.

Would you prayerfully consider packing a shoebox gift for a 10-14 year old this year?












Click here for a pdf of the Gift Idea List

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“Less than”

by frazzledmama on October 1, 2016

Lately, I have been feeling such an urgency to give encouragement to young moms.  I have so many conversation with moms who are pouring themselves out for their families, they are following the Lord’s leading to serve in roles of wife and mom..and yet they feel “less than.”   I can identify, because I struggle with the “less than” feeling.  No matter how on top of my game I am, something is neglected, something falls through the cracks, and I feel like a failure.  Of course, I can’t focus on the 25 things that did get accomplished, just the 1 thing I failed at.   I think as women we have a tendency to magnify our faults on every level. Berating ourselves over that 10 pounds, that new wrinkle, parenting mistakes, accounting shortfalls, grey hairs that have a mind of their own (I mean seriously, I don’t need a silver curly Q sticking up 2 inches from my forehead!), the never ending to –do list…that literally never achieves completion.

Oh that we could see ourselves through God’s eyes when we stoop(or stand on tip toe) to embrace our children, when we stop the to-do list to play, discipline or disciple our children!  Jesus said in Matthew 25 that as we minister to those in need, those in prison, the hungry, the sick, that we are ministering to HIM.

And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me. Matthew 25:40

He sees us loving HIM when we put our agenda aside to comfort a teething baby, He takes that SO personally, like you are comforting HIM.  It is an odd notion at first… to think of me, a mere human, comforting the Maker of the Universe, but that is what HIS word says.  Your time spent ministering to your family is time spent ministering TO the Lord. 

Dear Mamas, please hear me…

You are not “less than” when you don’t study God’s word for 2 hours a day.
You are not “less than” when the laundry piles up and you go to bed anyway.
You are not “less than” when school gets put on the back burner to tackle behavioral and character issues.

We were not created to accomplish a to-do list, win Ms. America, or create a Pinterest perfect home 24/7.  We were created to glorify God and enjoy HIM forever.  Forever includes now.  If you have children at home, that is the task the Lord has assigned to you through which you can glorify HIM.  Glorify God by serving your children, glorify God by disciplining your children, glorify God by discipling your children, glorify God by loving your children.  The impact you have on your children is eternal, that to-do list, not so much. 

This is my prayer for you today, may the Lord increase the fruits of your righteousness and may you see the eternal value in the precious kingdom work you are doing.


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Master Bedroom Update

by frazzledmama on August 18, 2016

So, back in February I posted this picture on Facebook…and I realized how sad my bedroom was beginning to look.  Back in 2008 I had a complete makeover of my bedroom due to a molding bathroom/wall/carpet.  It was a beautiful space that was so relaxing. Fast forward 8 years and my room was not a priority and it had become a miss mash of tolerated comforters and dysfunctional nightstands.


My dear friend Krazy Kristin, who is a furniture refurbishing genius, offered to help me spruce up my master bedroom.  The project has been completed for a while, but life keeps me quite busy now and my room is not always neat and tidy, although that is something I am working on, and feel more motivated to do, because this is my new master……




Krazy Kristin refurbished my antique hope chest….


and our gun cabinet…


It doesn’t look so much like a gun cabinet anymore, does it?


Antique gas cans adding a nice rustic touch.


Mr. OverKill’s dresser, and new galvanized buckets to hold all of his… miscellaneous.


One of my absolute favorite parts of the new room are our “lamps.”  They are on pullies(which I realize now you can’t really see in these pictures) and the height can be adjusted.  This is especially helpful when I am still up at night reading or crocheting, and Mr. OK is trying to sleep.


I stained some wooden crates and mounted them on the wall for floating nightstands.  These are much more useful than what I had before.  The baskets underneath offer a place for my iron and hairdryer to hide.


One of my favorite sayings that pretty much sums up my marriage…it’s supposed to be a sweet sentiment….not a commentary on my memory.  Anywho….it was a fun project and the first sign I combined stain and paint to achieve the rustic finish.  I do love how it turned out.


Much softer window treatments, with super fun industrial curtain rods.


And the piece that started it all, the headboard….an antique door, refinished by Krazy Kristin, galvanized metal aged by me, and attached by my Dad,  “floating” on the wall.


I found the quilt at Belk’s, and love it so much I keep meaning to buy a backup for when this one gets ruined…..


And there you have it, my new and improved mater bedroom.  Props to Krazy Kristin for all her help, to Little Man for helping me paint, to my Dad for hanging the curtain rods, nightstands, and headboard.  And of course to Mr. OverKill for putting up with my crazy antics.

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