Fall planning 

Fall planning 

I’m an terrible blogger. I get ideas for my blog and never follow through. Perhaps my creativity is forever stifled, or I may be a bit depressed. Fall is here, and it’s quite beautiful. I love the seasons in the Midwest, that’s partly why we moved here from Florida. However, I already know it’s not the weather that has me feeling blue. It’s the huge hole that is/will be here during the holidays. Seth is gone. Everyday I cry for him. I know it’s normal and it’s only been five months. But it hurts like hell. 

I won’t be downtrodden or anything around my kids, because they are hurting to but still need the peace of Christmas and the positivity of the New Year. 

We are preparing for Thanksgiving, my second favorite holiday. I bought this big guy yesterday:

He’s about twenty five pounds. I’m hoping he will give us leftovers, because with eight people feasting like mad, it tends to leave nothing behind. 

I am humbled to report that my husband cooks our turkeys and has since we first were married.  I help with side dishes and clean up. I am hoping to make green bean casserole for the first time ever! Also, I plan on making a homemade apple pie or two. Wish me luck! 

I have been praying about some major decisions in my life. Things that are serious and very past due need to be acted upon. I’m asking for your prayers for strength and resilience. Sometimes taking that first step takes months, even years. I have to learn to trust God all the time. Thank you!

What are your holiday plans this year? Travel? Cooking? Please share them with me. 

Thank you for staying around to read me, and for your patience. Please see my newest article for Catholic Stand here: http://www.catholicstand.com/interview-myra-johnson-sweetest-rain/

God bless you!

The Art of Homemaking

The Art of Homemaking

      I love to watch old episodes of “The Brady Bunch” and “Leave it to Beaver.” The happy, content mothers who were all too happy to don a full skirt and heels only to clean her home all day. Now, in all honesty, I think we all know Carol Brady not only did not work, she did not clean! What did she do all day???

      In today’s world ( and real life) we (homemakers) are probably not dressed up during our M-F work week. I know I only dress up for church or other formal occasions. As a matter of fact, while I am at home cleaning I just want to be comfortable. 

      Homemaking is an art, no matter what you are wearing. We take great pride in our work, and our families appreciate it. Since it is a never- ending task (around here anyway) I am so grateful to know that there is help available! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale begins today! The bundle is filled with information regarding all aspects of homemaking. Cleaning, cooking and organizational tips galore! The bundle includes several books and resources at a discount. This sale is only a week long, so check it out today:

      Ultimate Homemaking Bundle


      This valuable bundle will help you save time and energy! Have a wonderful day!


      Changes…did you notice?

      Changes…did you notice?

      So…after some researching I discovered my blog name, “A Heart Full”, was already taken not once, but several times over. In all honesty, it was kind of a common name and I should have known better. Although I love to write, I am not very good at naming things. So in the name of simplicity, I am keeping it short, sweet and unique. Welcome to my newly named blog, Raising The Reeps! It is only a name change, and better fitting as far as what I am writing about here. I am also going to begin a vlog!  It will also be called “Raising The Reeps.” YouTube is a great way to help promote an at-home business. As a new Beachbody coach and blogger, I want to spread my wings! I cannot say I am not nervous about it, but without trying I will never know my full potential!

      Holy Week was quite eventful at our home. We were all struck down with a horribly unrelenting virus that still lingers today. I have four sick children at home. Only two were well enough for school today. I was sick on Easter Sunday, and could not function enough to participate in the wonderful activities we had planned. The children still dyed their eggs, but it was sheer willpower that got us through. 




      I sincerely hope your Easter was a glorious one. I am rejoicing in this beautiful new season He has given us. The readings for today especially touched my heart:

      Psalm 105

      Give praise to the Lord,proclaim his name;
          make known among the nations what he has done.
      Sing to him, sing praise to him;
          tell of all his wonderful acts.
      Glory in his holy name;
          let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
      Look to the Lord and his strength;

          seek his face always.

      Isn’t this beautiful? Even in sickness and other times of turmoil in my life, there will always be a bible verse that can turn my day around. His strength sustains me, always. 

      I want to thank you, readers, for sticking with me through these changes. Your support means so much to me. What do you think of the name change? Yay or nay? 


      A Bittersweet Spring

      A Bittersweet Spring

      It was a lovely but slightly stressed spring break at the Reep household. Although it passed quickly, the days were mostly sunny and we played outside everyday.  


      {Georgia joined me for a run. She loves it and sometimes falls asleep.}

         {Ranger and his ladybug. He played with her the whole time we were at the park. Oh and we are getting haircuts mañana!}

      I was able to get in many miles of running this week. Almost twenty! I’m really dedicating my spring to improving my running time. I’ve only been running seriously for about four years. I’ve yet to get under a ten minute mile, but I’ve come a long way since my old twenty minute record! 


      {Ranger loves running with me. He’s only six and ran about a half a mile.}

      My older son, nine year old Anthony, started spring break with pneumonia. He has recovered quickly, but it’s not his first bout with the junk. It’s actually his third time this school year! The doctors have done every test imaginable. He has never been sick before this crazy year, so it was quite a nightmare for him to be SO sick so suddenly. We are praying that this is the final time we have to deal with it, and my sweet boy can enjoy himself! 

       { Anthony : He’s too cool to be sick!}

      My three oldest girls will all be making huge transitions this summer. My oldest, Kyla, will be graduating high school. I cannot begin to convey to you the deep anxiety that I have about her leaving for college. I literally burst into tears when I think of her. She has been with me since I was eighteen. I cannot fathom not hearing her footsteps or voice in our home every day.

       {Kyla, my oldest, takes the best selfies!}

      My second daughter, Leah, will be starting high school. She wants to be a beautician. It seems as though she has grown up too fast, it was just yesterday I was gazing into her beautiful baby face. She has great style and makes me laugh!

       {My little Leah, she’s so smart and she does my hair!}

      Last but definitely not least, my sweet JoEllen will be starting middle school. She is such a sweet helper with a good heart. She loves to read and wants to be a detective. 

       {JoEllen and her beautiful smile. She’s a faithfull girl.}

      My husband Anthony and I celebrated our twentieth dating anniversary on St. Patrick’s Day. We actually met that day and began dating. I believe it was divine intervention, not luck! 🍀

      Has spring break started in your community?  How will/did you spend yours?