Did I Hear You Right, God?

Do you ever deeply long for an answer to a situation?

Do you pray to have clarity?

Do you sometimes think you hear the answer but then wonder if you made it up yourself?

Those are the ways that I’ve felt for the past six years regarding the schooling of the girls.  Since having the twins, I have felt the deep longing to home school.  I knew for years that there was more that I was supposed to be.  However, by the time that I got done teaching and they got finished with school, we were all too tired to connect.

So, we started thinking of how I could stay home.  We did the budget.  It didn’t work.

We did it again.  We tweaked.  Not much had changed.  We were super frugal.  We still needed to come up with some additional income.

We heard a message at church one Sunday last fall that just stuck with me.  Sometimes, you don’t get the blessing until AFTER you’ve taken a leap of faith.  It was a message for me.

In February, we decided that I would quit my teaching job and home school the girls.  Keep in mind that the girls were in one of the best schools in the state.  People would think I was crazy.  I did not really share this information with many.  If I said it out loud, it made me anxious and doubtful.

Time ticked on.  In May, I finally did it.  I quit full time teaching.

The first few months of summer were spent in anticipation of what school would be like.  The first week in August, we started getting our classroom ready.  The girls were SO excited!  While everyone else was posting back to school pictures, I was posting a relaxed morning with my kids sleeping in.


We started school on August 8th!  We had an incredible week!  We felt immediately that we had made the right decision.

This picture was taken on Friday, August 12th.  Everything about this was peaceful.

The following morning, all of that changed.

My classroom is a little lower than the rest of that house and was the first room to flood.   Two days later, it looked like this.


I said out loud to God, “God, did I hear you right?  I really thought this is what I was supposed to do!”

Five weeks later, the girls’ desks, still neatly labeled with their name and grade, were hauled away with the rest of our home’s contents.


As I stood watching, I was sad.  Those were my honest feelings.  I haven’t been sad very much.  I wasn’t sad for the desks (although those suckers are not cheap on Ebay)!  I simply needed to hear God’s voice of reassurance.

This is what I’ve learned from this situation.

God is here.  He is good.  He cared that I cared about those desks.  He has reassured me more than he needed to over the past weeks in many ways.

He has blessed me with people who have restocked my home school supplies.

He has sent many, many encouragers along the way. I am making new friends with people that I already have grown to love in a very short time.

He has calmed my heart.

We have an apartment for now.

Little things don’t upset me much.

My body feels better than it has in years.

He is growing my It Works business and blessing me financially.

My husband and I are a team.  We grow stronger every day as a unit.

My girls still love our version of school.   This week at co-op, my eight year old looked up as we sat together on a picnic blanket and said, “I love this.  I love everything about this.”

If your dreams are being rearranged and your “desks” are being thrown out.

Believe this with me:  God has good things in store!  He does for YOU and for ME!

I didn’t hear him wrong.  I just didn’t know the path it would all take.  And that’s okay.



My New Adventure with It Works…because it did!

Everybody has a story when they are telling you about a product that they love and would recommend.

My story goes something like this….Last year, my sister gave me two “wraps.” She just said, “Here are two of the wraps that everybody is talking about. Try them.” Well, into the cabinet they went.

About a month ago, I thought of them. I decided that I had 45 minutes to spare and just happened to have saran wrap in the pantry. 🙂

Since having the twins, my tummy looks like a piece of aluminum foil that has been crumpled and unsuccessfully smoothed again.  Maybe you have no idea of what I’m talking about or maybe you recognize that look!

So, I tried a wrap!  When I removed it, I only noticed that my skin felt smoother.  But the next day, I could definitely tell without question that my tummy was a little tighter and my shorts felt more comfortable!  I was excited.

I did the other one later in the week and had the same results!  I got a little more excited!

I did a little research and found that there are thousands of people who have awesome results.  I was even more motivated.   So, I’ve joined the It Works family.

I would love to tell you more.  This month, I will be trying even more of the products for myself.  I’m especially excited about the Greens.  I am always feeling a little sluggish and can’t wait to give my digestive system a little help!  I’ll keep you updated on what I think.

I’d love for you to browse around my site and try the products!  I can’t wait to tell you more as I get started on this adventure!  I might even have some before and after pictures of my own soon!  But for now, check out these pictures!

This next results picture is BY FAR my favorite results picture!  I change shirts often because of back fat!  I’m so excited to get rid of it!

I’d love to tell you more about the products and the business!  If you’d like to know more, just leave a comment.

You can check out my website:  http://monicaoverton.myitworks.com/

Exciting times!


Kids in the Kitchen

We are so excited around here to have somewhat of an unhurried schedule.  That leaves us time to do the things that we enjoy!

One of the things that I would really like to work on improving is feeding the family healthy-ish meals.  The further we get into the school year, the further I slip. By April, if Tyson and Sister Shubert don’t make it, well….

Last week, I had a little help in the kitchen making these brown sugar biscuit twists.  They are really easy to make with kids and they turn out delicious.  We will be making them again this week.


I wrote a few months back about some things that my picky eater will eat.  We are sticking to many of those things for the summer because they are quick and inexpensive.  I have no desire to stay in the kitchen for an hour so that everyone can eat for 5-10 minutes.

My hubby is also awesome at making big batches of breakfast burritos.  We LOVE these! They are breakfast, snack, or dinner.  We use whatever we have on hand and saute the veggies in olive oil (or lard if you want to, no finger pointing here :)).  Tonight that included mushrooms, onions, basal, garlic, and green onions.  We then added sausage crumbles (because we had some leftover from last night) and the eggs.  We put that into a warmed tortilla and top them with cheese and salsa. They are so so good!  They will keep well in the fridge or the freezer and are quick to heat up.  You can get the kids involved and they can do the chopping for you.


For this week, we will add blueberries to every meal, due to being overachievers at the berry farm!

Just a funny extra, the strangest thing happened as I was thinking up the title for this post.  The tune of “pants on the ground” came into my mind!  Kids in the Kitchen, Kids in the Kitchen. Wow! You never know what is lurking in your sub-conscience. 🙂 Ha!

Here’s a really fun recipe for Apple Ladybugs that I plan to do this week.  My kids just happen to eat all parts of this so it should be a winner.  Isn’t that cute?

Apple Ladybug Treats

Are there fun and easy recipes that your kids help you with in the kitchen?