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Thursday, March 3, 2016

10 Must haves when living in a RV

Hello everyone! As you all know we travel in our camper a lot because of my husband’s job. Today I want to share with you all 10 few things that makes it more like home and lot more convenient. I have been wanting to do this post for some time but life has been so busy!

 Here are 10 things that I love to keep in our camper!

1.       My crockpot is used more than anything else probably. I love quick and easy crockpot meals and especially during the summer. It definitely helps to not have my camper heated from the stove.

2.       Command Hooks! They are so easy to use and can hold many different things since there are different sizes to choose from. I have them by the door to hold keys, I use them to hang things on the wall like my broom and mop, calendars and even pictures frames.

3.       My shark rocket ultra-light upright vacuum is a must for the camper. It is small and fits under my bed and can suck the life out of the carpet…ok not really but it surely does suck up dirt you didn’t even know was there!

4.       My fry daddy is small but does the job for our family and I easily store it in my drawer under my couch. It is a must if you don’t want to deal with grease in a pot, storing greasing somewhere else or having to throw it out to use your pot for something else.

5.       My tea pot is a must  because my kids love sweet tea and it’s cheaper for us to make 3 gallons every few days then buy it and it just taste so much better.

6.       Is your shower and/or tub dark? Ours was and even with two lights in the bathroom it just wasn’t helping so we bought a ledbar light that is battery operated and used Velcro to put it on the ceiling in the tub. Also in the shower we upgraded our shower head, The Spa Oxygenics shower head is awesome!

7.       If your camper doesn’t have a washer/dryer then laundry is usually done at a laundromat. We upgraded from the flimsy cloth baskets to a rolling hard plastic one….definitely helps a lot!

8.       Our bed wasn’t the most comfortable but the help of a 4” mattress pad we definitely rest better.

9.       Trips to the store can be annoying and especially when the nearest store isn’t so close. In Ohio the closest store was 20 miles away. Thankfully we had bought a Haier small deep freezer to go in the one spot that was open in our camper. So we don’t have to go shopping every day.

10.   And last but not least our Bosch single serve coffee maker is a definite. We absolutely love it and the coffee is available on Amazon.

What are somethings you have to have in your camper? We love our home away from home and try to always find ways to make every inch of our space useful. I’ll be sharing more later. I want to do some more organizing. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Prayerful New Beginning

First off I have to say WOW! I signed in tonight to just give an update on a few things in our life and noticed that even though I haven’t been able to post a lot since August 2015 I have 10,4** page views! I appreciated all of you that take the time to come by and that share my blog with others. I want this to be a place of community and a safe haven for those that are struggling with the everyday battles that life can throw at us. Feel free to comment and be transparent, I long to help you and who knows, others going through the same thing may want to hear that they aren’t alone in the trial. So this year let’s get to talking!
We have had a lot going on since I have last posted. I took some time off from blogging to really search the mind of God for this blog and for somethings in my personal life. The end of August we went to Ohio on a two month job and then ended up in Texas (both places had no reception to post). I plan to share a little about it this year, we went to see the Amish (yay) while in Ohio and it was amazing! Then from November to Now it’s been some tough months, God had me in a trial to strengthen me (or that’s how I look at it). All of those months have really opened my eyes to what God’s purpose for me is. I really want to be real with you all and fully transparent, so that you all see I’m human like you and I have problems too, but with God’s leading we can make it through even the darkest trials! I will be sharing more about my trials that has brought about these new changes as God shows me it is time to share them so just sit tight!

I have been reading some awesome books while I was off on my break and I can’t wait to share them with you so that you can see how they can help you organize the stressful parts of life whether physical or mental. Some times books just happen to enlighten us! Yes I love books!

Thanks again for being patient with me and hanging out while I tried to figure out where to go with this blog! I didn’t want to delete it because I knew I had those that come here for encouragement even though they don’t comment and I didn’t want to disappoint them when they were reaching out for breath in that trial of life that could’ve caused them to give up. So here’s to a great new year about life, from Jesus to RVing to parenting!

What are somethings you have been doing to better organize your home and mental life?

Be Blessed,

Regina Cozad

Monday, August 3, 2015

A Look into Our Homeschool schedule, Are you ready?

It seems like Summer just started, what happened, where did it go? We have begun preparing for our homeschool year and we are excited! We have ordered our curriculum and set up our little area.

What curriculum do you use?

We use the Abeka accredited Video program. It has done wonders for our little man. He has progressed so much since we started with Abeka. I also find worksheets (thanks to Pinterest) that go along with what he's learning to add extra practice. If you don't want to do accredited you can order the books for the curriculum off of Abeka book.

What is a typical homeschool day at our house?

8:30 - 9:00 chore time and breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 pledge, prayer & bible
10:00 - 11:00 Morning reading and seatwork
11:00 - 11:20 Phonics, Language & Spelling
11:20 - 11:40 Writing (we do cursive)
11:40 - 12:20 Arithmetic
12:20 - 12:40 Lunch
12:40 - 1:10 Afternoon reading
1:10 - 1:30 Arithmetic combinations
1:30 - 1:50 Poetry & History

Granted life happens so some days it may change but we try to follow a daily rountine. This is homeschool so sometimes we are more laid back than others. That is the glory of being out of a public school setting and at home.

We all need a mission statement to come back to when we are stressed and wondering just why we chose this route instead of sending our kids on that Yellow bus. Every year we need to look over it and adjust it as needed. This is ours:

My goal in homeschooling is to educate my children in an environment that teaches them who God is and keeps them from an environment that will teach them He isn't needed in their lives or that He isn't real. I want to do as I was instructed by God, to train them in the way they should go by guiding them into the life that God has planned for them, while educating them in the things they will need as they mature into teens and then into adulthood.

I want to hear from you! What curriculum do you use, how are you preparing for this school year? Do you home-school? Why or why not?

Be blessed,

Regina Cozad

Friday, June 19, 2015

Key verses & tips when seeking God's will

When seeking God’s will it can be hard waiting for God to answer. Sometimes we want to hurry and rush into what we think is His will and then wonder why things aren’t going too smoothly. I know this is a marriage blog but I have been having a burden to write on this topic. The bonus of this post is that when my heart is right, It can make a difference in my marriage also!

 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33)
He tells us in His Word that first and foremost we have to have our hearts right with Him in order for Him to perform His will in our lives. I can truly say that when I quit flirting with the World and really gave my all to God and allowed Him to work in my life, That is when I saw a major change for the better in my life, home and family. By seeking Him in prayer and fasting, it shows our sincerity in wanting a different life and God can begin to show us areas in our lives we need to work on. Not to mention our Hubbys and children see it too :)

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: (Matthew 7:7)
This verse kinda goes along with the first, when we truly begin asking in prayer, seeking on our knees for Him to move in us, and humble knocking with our hearts, we can begin to see and feel Him guiding us into the direction He has for us to take. His ways aren’t as ours and neither His thoughts as ours, don’t get discouraged if His plan is different from how you imagined it. His plan is always better than ours!

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.(Matthew 21:22)
Have faith and believe that He is working and I will receive what He has for me! He is my Guide in this life, He has already walked this path before me!

 Be still, and know that I am God: (Psalm 46:10)
He knows all things before we get there! He is always on time and working. We may not see it immediately but you can rest assured in His promises that He is working in our best interest!

 For This God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death. (Psalm 48:14)
Isn’t it great to know that our God is forever, He will be a guide to us till we pass on from this life! We can live knowing that as long as I give my 100% He will give me His! Trust Him and He will show His will. Remember it may not be today but it will come and we can be thankful we waited on Him! He knows our best interest, He knows our needs and desires! He knows what is best for me!

I'd love for you to share something and/or verses that may encourage you when you are seeking God’s will in your life or in situations that arise sometimes? 

Be Blessed,

Regina Cozad

Friday, May 22, 2015

God Is Still The Peace In My Storm

When things are going crazy in your life whether at home, work, spiritually, emotionally, etc, Remember there is a Peace SPEAKER! I want to share with you an experience that showed me God is still in the Peace speaking and being a shelter in time of need business!

A little over a month ago, my kids and I were in our camper when suddenly we awoke to a tornado siren, I am literally checking to make sure it wasn't a test and I see that my phone is telling me that this is serious! I call my mom and she informs me that the weather was bad heading my way because it had just left her and she was praying for our safety. 

What do I do? I decided it's too late to drag my kids into a vehicle to safety (hello I know no one nearby with a safety shelter!) so we decided to call on the Shelter in the middle of storm! My kids and I sat in the middle of our camper kitchen floor pouring our hearts into prayer that God would keep His hand on our camper and our lives.  My husband is working and the plant is on lock down because of the weather and no one is allowed to leave so we were left to fend for ourselves. 

Our camper shook once and I felt God just hold it the rest of the time. How do I know He was holding it? Because there was things flying around outside and the campers next to us were shaking but ours held still (when the train passes it rocks) through the entire storm. Later we found out that the tornados pictured above was behind us, 7 miles away another touched down and 15 miles away it took train cars off the track. My God was our Peace and Shelter in that storm and has proved to be our Peace in the midst of our life storms that we have been hit with ever since that day.

It was an experience that I will never forget and neither will my children. We have many storms raging right now including my husband being laid off with no job lined up but God will provide as He always does. I hold to the promise that weeping endureth for a night but Joy cometh in the morning! Please be in prayer for my family that God will show us His will in this next chapter of our life, Thanks and love all of you dearly! Thanks for being such awesome readers!

What are some storms that have hit your world that God held you through? Share with me, I would love to hear from you!

Be Blessed,

Regina Cozad

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Listening to God’s Urgency

I have a story that is so amazing and too profound not to share with all my readers! I am giving God all the glory for what He done this Monday, March 23, 2015. I could have been burying my husband this week if I had not cancelled everything and just listened to the Urgency God placed on my heart! I could break on in praise just thinking about it!

As most of my readers already know, my husband’s job has him traveling around and sometimes we go with him and other times we stay home and just go whenever we can to visit. Well this particular job we stayed home because my mother had a heart attack a little over a month ago (a miracle in itself!) and I have been home helping her till she fully gains her strength back.

This week I had 3 different engagements that prevented me from coming to see my husband and on Monday morning I had a strong urgency to cancel all three and come to see him that day. I had spoken to him that morning when he got off work and unlike other times we talked a good little while on the phone about missing each other and that I really needed to come see him. Usually at 4:30 am I am not very talkative and I hang up within 15-20 minutes, It took me a while to fall asleep after and when I woke up later I felt God telling me to cancel my appointments and pack up and get on the road.

I called and cancelled and began packing, then it started, one thing after another preventing me from leaving when planned, but I still kept packing and finally got on the road later that evening. I had spoken to husband before He left for work at 3 pm and overheard him saying to someone something about a sewer smell in our camper but I didn't think anything of it. When I arrived at our camper however I quickly smelled propane outside, when I opened the door I realized it was coming from inside our camper, somehow my husband had bumped the burner turning it on sometime before going to bed at 6 am and not realizing it. Thank God our dog was fine that travels with him and that my husband was fine, most the time people die from being in the fumes (silent killer). I opened all windows except the emergency window, took our dog whose name is Lucky (coincidence? Nope He really is lucky), and went to Walmart to pass time.

When I returned to the camper my key would not turn the lock to get back in. I freaked because I had my 2 kids and our dog with me and I had no way to get in, luckily my husband had just got on lunch and when I explained the situation his job allowed him to leave and come meet us. Thankfully I had the windows open and my son who is 6 years old could fit through the one that had no screen, He couldn't open the door so we had him open the emergency window and my husband climbed in and discovered the dead bolt was broken. He took it off and we had it fixed the next day.

All that was said to say this, God knew what He was doing when He put that urgency in me to come see my husband for a week, if I hadn't listened, my husband would have come in from work, locked the door and went to sleep in the fumes that would have been even stronger by then (still assuming it was a sewer smell) and when he locked the door it would have locked them in here with no way for anyone to get in when He and our dog became unresponsive. They would have died and no one could have did anything because no one would've known anything was wrong. When I didn't hear from him, I would've came and the only way in would've been to bust a window because the dead bolt broke on that next locking of the door.

Please always listen to God when He is telling you to do something! You could be saving a life! Who knows what God wants to use you to do? Please always be willing and available for God to use you as a vessel for His work! God Bless you and I apologize for the lengthy text but I felt that I needed to share this miracle with you all!

What can you share that God has used you to do because YOU listened to HIS call?

Be Blessed,

Regina Cozad

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