Friday, January 16, 2015

Weekend Wind-Down #54

Welcome to the weekly linky party here at A Living Sacrifice! The Weekend Wind-Down party is hosted across 9 blogs, which means lots of great ideas, new exposure, and fun people to meet. Hope you'll join in with us this week!



In case you aren't familiar with our party, here is the scoop: we like to learn new things, visit new blogs, and see what you all have been up to recently! We just ask that you link back to us somewhere on your site, and we choose 9 posts that have done so to feature each week. If you follow that one simple request of ours, you have a very good chance of getting featured in the near future!

Speaking of features...here are the delightful bloggers we chose to highlight this week. Is one of these links yours?

FYI: you might notice we don't have 9 different features here...that is because we are having a hard time finding bloggers that link back to us! We diligently check your posts, pages, and sidebar to find any type of link back to us, and many just do not do it. So please, include a link back to us somewhere on your site. It can be at the end of your post or on a  linky party page. If you are linking back to us and we just haven't noticed, go ahead and leave me a comment! If you are linking back to us, you have a very good chance of being featured right now. Thanks for understanding! We hope we'll have 9 great features for you next week!


How to Hand-Stitch a Card via Little Girl Designs
DIY Housewarming Gift via Life Anchored
5 Ways to Strengthen Your Marriage via Dwelling in Happiness



If you've been featured, congratulations! Feel free to grab this button and display it proudly! =) {just right click and save to your computer, then upload to your blog}



Ready to get this week's party started? Me too!

Here are the super simple rules to make this a fun party zone:




Here are the hosts...follow each one on the social media platform of your choice!


                                                                                         Snippets of Inspiration

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Pinterest/Google+/Instagram


Organized Home, Organized Life

What Mommy Does

Blog/ Facebook/ Twitter/ Pinterest


Coupon Girls LA

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/

Pinterest/Google+/Instagram


Maryandering Creatively

Blog/ Facebook/ Twitter/ Pinterest/ Google+/Instagram


A Living Sacrifice

Blog/Facebook/Pinterest/

Etsy/Instagram


Mustard Seed Mommy

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Pinterest/Google+/Instagram


Adoption Mama

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Pinterest/Google+/Instagram


                                                                                         Moms Who Save

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                                                                                          /Pinterest/Google+




Have fun, and be sure to visit some other links and meet some new people! I can't wait to see what YOU link up! =) I'll be Facebook sharing and pinning from these links, but only ones that link back to us...don't forget that important step!!

Once more for the people in the back: you might notice we don't have 9 different features today...that is because we are having a hard time finding bloggers that link back to us! We diligently check your posts, pages, and sidebar to find any type of link back to us, and many just do not do it. So please, include a link back to us somewhere on your site. It can be at the end of your post, with a button on your sidebar, or on a linky party page. If you are linking back to us and we just haven't noticed, go ahead and leave me a comment! If you are linking back to us, you have a very good chance of being featured right now. Thanks for understanding! We hope we'll have 9 great features for you next week!




Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Change part 4

In case you haven't been reading here on my little 'ol blog for long, let me bring you up to speed on parts 1, 2 and 3 of this "change" series I have going on...

1. August 2013: I submitted paperwork to extend my visa to live in Canada. I knew that sometime in the near future I would have to make a change (hence the name of this series!) and find a different visa that would allow me to live in Canada longer.

2. October 2013: I found out I was denied an extension on my visa and had to get out of the country that very day. So I left and came back to the States. (It is hard to believe this was over a year ago...time flies!)

3. July 2014: After many months of searching, praying, and working on getting a new visa (including meeting with a lawyer) I find out that I do not qualify for any visa in any stream of immigration. This leads me to the decision and realization that God has a plan for me right here in Maine for the time being.


It is hard to believe that it has been a whole year since I got kicked out of Canada. So many changes have come about since that time, as I catch more glimpses of God's plan.

At the time of my last update I was living with my grandparents, working a few hours for a Christian couple, and enjoying spending time with family I had been away from the last 8 years.


I had an UH-MAZING summer. It was such a treat to be able to have tons and tons of family events, parties, outings...you name it! We did so many fun things, the summer was jam-packed full!

But all play and no work...wait, is that how it goes? ;)

Towards the end of the summer, I was made aware of a part time job opening up at a health food store just across the river from my other job...less than a mile away! I applied with much fear and trepidation...did I want the responsibility of another job? Would I like it? God, do you want me to do this? Is committing to living here for a while your perfect plan for me?

I didn't get the job. I had a pretty good chance of being called in for an interview, but they hired someone else before they even got to my name (darn being at the end of the alphabet!)

So I left for a long-planned trip to Nova Scotia. Due to my other job I could only stay a week, but it was nice to go and visit just the same!





Just before coming home I found out the job was available again...apparently the other person didn't pan out that well.

Long story short: I applied and this time I got the job. I also felt more at peace with the step the second time around...I believe that was God saying, ok, I'm going before you on this decision! The timing worked out so well too, since I already had that trip to Canada planned. I love how God works out all the details!

This job has been such a blessing on so many levels:

Not only is it just around the corner from my other job, I also moved to our family's farm and now I live just 5 minutes from both jobs.

You know that for years I have been reading, researching and getting my feet wet in the areas of whole foods, healthy eating and green living. Now I have two great jobs that support all of those interests! I am so excited about what I am learning and the changes I have made to my eating habits and lifestyle - more on that in another post someday. :)

Do I miss Canada? I sure do. Life there was easy and slow-paced and restful. I had always wanted to live on the ocean, and I am glad I got that experience for 3 years. Being 11 hours away from my family is hard. But my new life is good too...I am busy with my jobs, spending time with my family, teaching piano and being involved in ministries at church. I'm excited to see how the Lord is going to use this period of my life and what the years ahead might hold for me...because as I very well know, unexpected things can crop up at any moment!

Thank you for your care, concern and prayers for me over the past year. I'll be sure to keep you up to date if any other exciting things happen!


Shared at the Weekend Wind-Down party

Friday, January 9, 2015

Weekend Wind-Down Party

Welcome to the weekly linky party here at A Living Sacrifice! The Weekend Wind-Down party is hosted across 9 blogs, which means lots of great ideas, new exposure, and fun people to meet. Hope you'll join in with us this week!



In case you aren't familiar with our party, here is the scoop: we like to learn new things, visit new blogs, and see what you all have been up to recently! We just ask that you link back to us somewhere on your site, and we choose 9 posts that have done so to feature each week. If you follow that one simple request of ours, you have a very good change of getting featured in the near future!

Speaking of features...here are the delightful bloggers we chose to highlight this week. Is one of these links yours?

How to Make Goals Instead of Resolutions via Little Girl Designs
Goal Planning Worksheet via Kandy Kreations
15 Ways we Decluttered our Life and Mind via Dwelling in Happiness
DIY Shower Steam Discs to Alleviate Congestion via ABC Creative Learning
Easy Homemade Waterbased Cleaner via Hello Nature
Four-Layer Cake via Stina Saem
Valentine Minute-to-Win-it Games via Lou Lou Girls
Capturing Life, Laughter and Love via Super Mommy Club



If you've been featured, congratulations! Feel free to grab this button and display it proudly! =) {just right click and save to your computer, then upload to your blog}



Ready to get this week's party started? Me too!

Here are the super simple rules to make this a fun party zone:




Here are the hosts...follow each one on the social media platform of your choice!


                                                                                         Snippets of Inspiration

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/

Pinterest/Google+/Instagram


Organized Home, Organized Life

What Mommy Does

Blog/ Facebook/ Twitter/ Pinterest


Coupon Girls LA

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/

Pinterest/Google+/Instagram


Maryandering Creatively

Blog/ Facebook/ Twitter/ Pinterest/ Google+/Instagram


A Living Sacrifice

Blog/Facebook/Pinterest/

Etsy/Instagram


Mustard Seed Mommy

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/

Pinterest/Google+/Instagram


Adoption Mama

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/

Pinterest/Google+/Instagram


                                                                                         Moms Who Save

                                                                                         Blog/Facebook/Twitter

                                                                                          /Pinterest/Google+




Have fun, and be sure to visit some other links and meet some new people! I can't wait to see what YOU link up! =) I'll be Facebook sharing and pinning from these links, but only ones that link back to us...don't forget that important step!!