Author: Hale Homestead

One of those days

wordswag_1525988318961808452499.pngHave you ever had one of those days?

No, not a bad day (that’s coming); but a day when you saw yourself and thought, “Wow! That’s me? That actually looks good!”

I had one of my daughters take a picture of my hair this morning because I was going to use it for Instagram, if it turned out ok. I did a simple hairband tuck with a Flexi twist in the back.

You can’t even see the hairband in the photo and there were about 15 blurry shots to this one shot. But I liked it! And that surprised me. And then I realized that God was using this to teach me something.

 

In our homeschool, the kids and I have been studying James.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

– James 1:2-3

We’ve been having some deep discussions about trials and having a firm foundation. I’ve explained to them that my goal is to give them a firm foundation, to hide the Word so deep in their hearts that it automatically comes out when they face trials. That was my experience. I know it works to get me through horrendous trials. I want that for them.

I tell them, it doesn’t matter what the trial, what the world throws at you, what the deceiver tries to convince you of. If you know who God is and what the Bible really says, you don’t have to fall for it. I even wrote down a few things for them to make this point. These things I know to be true, based on who I know God to be and what His word says…even through the trials:

  • He is faithful and true to his word.
  • He is always for me.
  • He always loves me and follows hard after me.
  • He will always protect me, even through the darkest night.
  • He will never change.
  • He can never be taken away from me.
  • He will always give me direction if I ask him.
  • He will always make himself known to me when I feel alone.
  • He knows pain of betrayal.
  • He knows loss.
  • He knows what it feels like to be mocked and rejected.
  • He knows me inside and out. He loves me anyway!
  • He knows my heart when I draw it back from everyone else.
  • He will not let me stumble.
  • He will carry me through.
  • He was with me from my first breath and will be with me beyond my last.
  • He walks with me every day of my life.
  • He will never leave me.
  • He gave his life to be with me.

Now let me tell you a few things that have happened the last two weeks. We returned home from the trip to California (think vacation laundry) to discover that our washing machine had died. In the next three days, two of the children had a stomach bug. Still no washing machine. Hubby was working extra days and not home much. We have a fencing project going, and were ready to stretch the goat wire. Again, failure. The washing machine part arrived but the washer still doesn’t work. Then it started smelling hot on top of not draining. The lawnmower launched a projectile across the yard, completely shattering the back window of my van. Completely. Then the other lawnmower quit.

And one of my daughters was practicing her memory verse, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds…” on me. Thank you, Child.

Maybe it seems like this doesn’t do with the hair picture, but it does. Our (very relative, third world) trials and my seeing the bad in myself are working together. How will I respond?

I’m going to be thankful.

  • I’m thankful that I still have my hair and my accessories always look good!
  • I’m thankful that I don’t have to carry my laundry to the creek and wash it on a rock!
  • I’m thankful for a hard working husband!
  • I’m thankful that only two of six got the stomach bug!
  • I’m thankful that my husband’s car wasn’t damaged!
  • I’m thankful that none of my children were in the way of that projectile!
  • I’m thankful that my son is strong and still able to push mow!
  • I’m thankful for so much more that I can’t event write it all out!

So…all that came pouring into me today from one surprised reaction to a good hair day. I can choose to consider it all joy and look for things in which to be thankful! I can choose to give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for me! And whether things look up or not, I still have that firm foundation…And God will see me through.

Ready, Set, Win!

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The Pacific Ocean at Laguna Beach

I just got home from an ahh-maze-ing weekend in Southern California!

Our company national convention was what took me across the country, and boy, was it worth it! If you’re in direct sales, you NEED to attend your company conventions! There is such an energy and excitement that comes from these events, and in my company, it’s like a family reunion for our family of Stylists. Of course, there is valuable training and new products that come along with convention, too!

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My Team Leader’s Brunch

The most exciting announcement at our convention was the introduction of a New Stylist Ready Set Win program! I know many companies already have programs for success in the first three months, but this was new for us and HQ did a bang up job on this program! AND… just wait till you hear what they did for us!!

HQ is giving all, yes ALL, current Stylists the opportunity to go through the program, starting May 1! Who does that?! They love us so much and are so generous with us!!!

I know you’re dying to know, so here’s what can be earned through the Ready Set Win program (and this will be available to all New Stylists at the time of their sign-up, to help get your new business off to a great start):

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  • First Full Month – Bring a friend with you into the business! Studies show that when you start a new business with a friend, you both achieve success together! Enroll 1 new active Stylist in your first full month and earn the Lilla Bag display purse! ($80 value)
  • First Full Month – Reach $350 in Personal Volume (PV) and earn a $75 Inventory Shopping Spree! (Easily achieved with your Grand Opening and 1 additional home party/Style Up!)
  • Second Full Month – Reach $525 in PV and earn a $100 Inventory Shopping Spree! (Easily achieved with 2-3 Style Ups!)
  • Third Full Month – Reach $700 in PV and earn a $150 Inventory Shopping Spree! (Easily achieved with Style Ups, and perhaps a craft/vendor show!)
  • Winning Start – Reach a cumulative $2,000 in the first three months and enroll a cumulative 3 active Stylists to earn a sterling silver Lilla Rose necklace!

And don’t forget, if those New Stylists select the Fast Start kit, that’s a $200 bonus check in your pocket!

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My Team at the Purple Party

Now you see why there was such excitement at Convention? The room went crazy! It’s such a great program to boost sales and grow a team at the same time! And that bag… well, after all, it is purple!

Lilla Rose also provides a training guide to help you achieve each step, weekly training calls, a free website for online sales, a community of helpful and encouraging Stylists, and an upline sponsor (me!) that loves to see others succeed!


Want to hear from other Lilla Rose Stylists as well? I’d love to add you to our no-pressure testimony group on FB! Comment to connect with me so I can invite you to the private group.

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If you’re interested in my own personal story of becoming involved in this direct sales business opportunity, click here.

Why do goats have those weird rectangular pupils?

We have a couple of crazy goats here on the homestead. And one very inquisitive thirteen-year-old boy. Yesterday’s question of the day (ok, one of the many!):

Why do the goats have such weird eyes?

So we did a little supervised googling.

Yes, I said that. My teen’s online activity is supervised.

Anyway. We learned a few interesting things about goat eyes, and other pupils, as well.

Thorin, our Nigerian Dwarf

Turns out that the horizontal, rectangular pupil of a goat, and other animals, allow them to see a wide range around itself (up to 280° around themselves), but they have limited vertical range. This extended range of horizontal vision helps them protect themselves. They are also large enough that aerial predation is not really a problem.

We also learned that the narrower the pupil is, horizontally, the greater the accuracy of depth perception in the peripheral vision. So they can see more around them, with greater accuracy. What an ingenious design!

Rectangular pupils are most often found in animals that are considered prey, such as goats, sheep, octopuses, toads, horses and even hippopotamus. (The vertical slit pupil is usually predatory.)

See if you can identify these eyes…

When March comes roaring in…

Yes, it feels like March arrived a little early, as the end of February has been not just rainy, but windy. And I mean windy.

Have I ever mentioned that I don’t like wind? Well, I don’t. I don’t like it blowing my hair around or in my ears.

While I can’t change the weather, there is something I can do about the wind blowing my hair… put it up!

I was so excited to have earned our January Stylist Incentive from my company; and today, I found it in my mailbox! The girls and I were so excited, in fact, that we did the unboxing right in the car, in the post office parking lot!

I love the natural look of these new accessories!

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New products will be available on March 1, 2018, along with this month’s Flexi-of-the-Month (Cliona, center below) and other designs that will be perfect to complete your wardrobe on Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Seed starting time!

I was teaching my 8-yr how to fill the seed trays… pack, but not too tightly. I explained why. Then she asked, “Mom, what’s the most exciting thing about planting seeds?”

Then I showed her this tray! 🙂 The gasp of excitement, the light up of the face…

There’s hope for the world as long as children enjoy planting seeds.

February is for Chicken Magic… and garden planning

In January and February I get the itch. The gardening itch. I begin thinking and planning in my head. On warm days, I go out and shovel wheelbarrows of goodness from the chicken coop and pile it up in the garden. I cut back the asparagus bed, and other twigs of last year’s garden that need to be cut back.

My chickens have had access to the garden since production ended. In January, I usually begin dumping our kitchen scraps into the garden area. The girls work hard in January & February, moving the mulch around, working in the piles from the coop, scratching where I’ve thrown the scraps, and pooping all over everything.

It’s like magic. Chicken magic.

Chicken garden magic.

But now it gets serious. February is here.

It’s time to kick things up a notch. Seed catalogs began to arrive in January, so the daydreaming intensifies. It will soon be be time to set out onions! I ordered my Baker Creek seeds a few days ago! I’ll start tomatoes indoors as soon as the seeds arrive!

I need to check my garden fence and chicken-proof it again, so I’ll be ready to put onions out. (And then I’ll probably need to clip wings until they get accustomed to the fence again.)

Here are the tools I’m using during this preparation time:

  • Clyde’s Garden Planner – This is a new tool to me, but it looks like it’s going to be a great help!
  • Texas Gardener Magazine – I hang onto my back issues because they’re full of great info!
  • Seed Catalogs from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Willhite Seed Inc (a Texas company), and any other catalogs that come in the mail! They don’t have a paper catalog but I’ve had great success with the seeds from Heirloom Seeds for years.
  • Premier 1 Poultry Solutions catalog – Great options for feeders & waterers, banding, portable electric net, and other chicken needs. I’ve got my eyes on their temperature sensitive outlet for next winter.
  • I promised myself I’m not buying any chicks this year, but if I did, I’d order them in February as well, from Ideal Poultry (another Texas company).
  • Triangle U-Pin in black nickel, as seen in the first photo, is an easy way to twist my hair up when I’m outside working.