Tuesday, June 13

Once a Month Grocery Shopping for the Large Family

Hey friends, I put together a little documentary of how once a month grocery shopping works for us!

Styling my console table

Wednesday, February 15

When this house was a seasonal rental, this is what the dining room looked like.
We used this as our family dining room after we moved in for a month or two.  We added two leaves to the table to fit our family which pushed us out against the walls. Chairs constantly bumped and scraped the walls and I'd sit and look at the room and the marks all over the walls and try to figure out how to make it work for us.
I thought about a square table.

Or round.
And then I gave up the ideal of having a separate dining room and made it a sitting room.
More on that and where we do eat soon.
See that far wall up there?
See those massive windows that just a corner of is showing? Endless. Sunlight.
Those two words can pretty much sum up Florida life and as this room is so bright, I knew swathing that nook against the far wall in a rich charcoal would look wonderful.
So I did and it did (look wonderful).

This nook in our dining room soon-to-be-sitting-room because it is too small for our family is so much fun. I painted it a deep grey today and with gold sharpies (swoon) am drawing a giant bouquet on the wall. And yes, I painted this corner dark because i

And as things usually are when one walks around Target at Thanksgiving, I saw gold Sharpies and a lightbulb went off.  Must.  Have.  Sharpies.
Must have Sharpies and color on the charcoal wall.
Color on your walls. #sharpie  Photo by the 13 yr old fellow.

I cannot however, take all the ingenious credit for coloring on the walls because if you google it, you'll see it has been done before.
Now go get yourself some Sharpies and color away!  neon on white - ooooh!  or white on a black wall! or vice versa!  Then link to your photo.  I want to see it all!

Tuesday, February 14

Nature Loving while Suburbia Living

'They like each other. #quail
Moving our family of ten 1600 miles to the south included a move out of the sleepy country and into a quiet side of a larger city.  Our country kids were suddenly suburbanites and the adjustment was difficult, still is in many regards.  Our much smaller but no-mortgage home here sits on just 1/3 of an acre, with a large screened in pool area taking up much of the back yard.
Wagons of goodness for our little yard. Lemongrass, kaffir lime, mangos, dragonfruit, cranberryy hibiscus, New Zealand spinach, garlic chives, bananas, avocado, blueberries, loquat and cassava. #tropicalgardening

Don't feel sorry for us just yet though; we love where we live and the smaller green space comes with a much, much longer and more generous growing season.

A few weeks into the move we picked up a van full from Echo Nurseries. We LOVE the mission behind what they do and the nursery sales people are incredibly knowledgeable about the plants that they sell.
A morning of digging and everything is growing so well: bananas, mangoes, avocados, jackfruit, sweet apple, fig, limes, tangelos, lemons, blueberries, cranberry hibiscus, garlic chives, lemongrass and a bunch more I'm forgetting off hand but even after all this planting, our little place still has a LOT more room for potential! I answered a craigslist ad and the woman convinced me of the wonders of owning quail.  Fifteen of them are cooing on our back lanai now under a heat lamp.
We went for a hike today in the state forest that our little neighborhood borders and forests down here sure look different than up north. More jungle-chic.
Another thing we appreciate about this spot in Florida is that our little neighborhood backs up to a huge state forest.  Hiking just means jungle scenery now instead of deciduous forests.  The forest is so incredibly peaceful and we've enjoyed watching gators from a distance, seeing all the new animal tracks and some familiar ones.
One side of our property edges over a deep ditch that is full of water year round, what up north we'd call a creek, and as we were clearing and cutting trees one day, I noticed the triangular formation of a few of them. 

"Tree platform?" I proposed to Sean, who liked the idea and now we're nearly done with a spot in the trees and under the palms for our children.  We're planning on adding to the railings, installing a permanent ladder, rope ladder, pulley system and I'm scouring craigslist for a slide, because how cool would that be?
We knocked out most of our nature highrise this afternoon. A better ladder and some lattice, a rope swing and pulley...and does anyone know where I can get a nine and a half foot slide?
Here too, is the Gulf of Mexico, just ten minutes away.  We usually go once or twice a week, usually early in the day or before sunset, to avoid the seasonal crowds.  There, nature is everywhere and seeing my kids immersed in it, fills my heart.  A manatee swam by our older boys while they were snorkeling, dolphins are frequently spotted and collecting fossilized shark teeth is a favorite pastime of seven year old Chase.
Salty braids.

"He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing." "The Lord will fight for you; you need only stand and be still." "The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing."

I have always love the land.
I've been in big cities with buildings stretched toward heaven, wandered crowded museums, toured and explored in the places man has built.
But I love the land.
And admittedly wonder how people can love God and despise the creation He made.


My children know that the smell of rain in the woods reminds me of camping, since every camping trip as a child was accompanied by rain.
And I loved it.



When I was a girl, I'd trip and meander my way behind my dad into the woods, holding surveying stakes and tape and looking for old fence post corners and notches in trees.
I thought I'd be a surveyor too.


Sitting by the creek up at camp this past weekend was drinking in a cup of the bitter with the sweet.  Toes in the cool creek, kiddos splashing and catching crayfish, Benjamin and I in the shade, while Sean hiked with friends and I thought about saying goodbye to the cabin that Sean built with sweat and friends and an old suburban.


This world is not my home.  The places I go, the places I love, where I raise my children and then move on, bring new babies home and then move on, sleep under the stars and lean my head on Sean's shoulder beside campfires - all these are just stops along the sojourn

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Thursday, June 16

Making Christ our Treasure - Missional Mothering group 7/16/16

Making Christ our Treasure

When you hear these words: value, treasure, gold, precious….what comes to mind?

  1. For where your treasure is, your heart is there also. Matthew 6:21  
What worries is our heart stuck on?  What fears?  What consumes us and gives us the greatest joy? What fills our thoughts when we have a free moment to think?

When we make Christ our treasure, just like pirates fight to keep hold of their treasure, we will face some fights of our own.

  1. Fight to give Him and His Word priority in our lives.

  2. Fight against our ideals.
Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work. 2 Tim 3:16-17

    3.) Fight to keep Him our treasure all day long.

Let’s challenge and encourage each other to memorize this or think on it daily this week:
Psalm 119:11  With all my heart I have sought Thee; Do not let me wander from Thy commandments. Thy word I have treasured in my heart
Let’s take a look at one thing scripture tells us that God places great value on:

"He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" (Romans 8:32)

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved." (Ephesians 2:4-5)

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:17)

What do these scriptures say about what God values? He values us greatly.  As moms, we tend to downplay our existence, I’m just a mom, just a wife, just the person who cooks and cleans and it is in our finding our existence as a part of God’s divine plan that would not be without you in it, that we realize our great value in God’s eyes. You are irreplaceable.  
Look to someone near you and tell them they are irreplaceable treasure in God’s eyes.
2.) And now a look at what scripture tell us is good for us to value:

Psalm 119:11  With all my heart I have sought Thee; Do not let me wander from Thy commandments. Thy word I have treasured in my heart

Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work. 2 Tim 3:16-17

Proverbs 2:4-5The Message (MSG)

Make Insight Your Priority

2 1-5 Good friend, take to heart what I’m telling you;
   collect my counsels and guard them with your life.
Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom;
   set your heart on a life of Understanding.
That’s right—if you make Insight your priority,
   and won’t take no for an answer,
Searching for it like a prospector panning for gold,
   like an adventurer on a treasure hunt,
Believe me, before you know it Fear-of-God will be yours;
   you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God.


Wednesday, June 1

Identity in Christ - Missional Mothering study 6/25/16

Identity in Christ

Let’s go around and choose one word that you would to describe yourself or who you are.

Today I want to talk about our identity as women of God, which means women in association with Him.

Ephesians 2:10 (our memory verse this week)
“You are God’s masterpiece, created in Jesus Christ to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

What implications does this scripture have when we consider motherhood in light of it?
I think: nothing is nominal or unimportant, no task is below me.
I think: no child is unplanned, whether we took measures to plan them or not.

What is unique about your family or heritage?  In other words, what benefits do your kids get from being in your family?  For being a Hagarty, you naturally become a foodie.  We love good food.  We are also ultra competitive so game nights get intense, we love to work with our hands creatively, and those are just a few things.

Ask for family specifics...

John 1:12
“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed, he gave the right to be called children of God.”

Now, what is unique about God’s family that makes it worth mentioning that our identity as women is adopted into His family as daughters?

I think: my sins are forgiven through no effort of my own
I think: we get all of Jesus’s righteousness.  Righteousness is right standing with God.  So just as Jesus is in perfect standing with God, so are we.  It isn’t how well we parented or wifed this week…
I think: no longer slaves to sin
    Galatians 4;4-7