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It has been a few months since Recognize and Remember has been communicating with the world.  Last Spring, WordPress, the site that held Recognize and Remember put a block on my links because I was linking to Blessings Unlimited (which is the company that I represent) because it is a direct sales company.  Wordpress does not allow any links to direct sales companies, so I was in violation of their rules.

So with the help of a good friend (thanks Joe) and a Virtual Assistant (Thanks Trisha), I have a new blog home Plus a new website that links my blog and my Blessings Unlimited business and my Facebook all together.  

 

Please visit my new website at http://www.blessingsbysandrajoseph.com and where you can catch up with my blog, My Call to Blessings Unlimited, Inspirational Living Newsletter, link to my Blessings Unlimited Website, My Favorite Products and even the Bible Study Series I wrote on Biblical Mothers.  I look forward to welcoming you to my new home.

It has actually been good for me to have some time away from blogging ~~ it has allowed me to really seek God’s direction on if I need to continue blogging, what to share and how to share.  The Lord continues to reveal to me that He wants me to surrender everything I believe is mine, to entrust Him with it (which I have to do over and over again) and then allow Him to do what brings Him glory with all that I believe is mine.

So, I am not sure what this new blog will look like, how often I will post and what the posts will be about, but I pray that God will continue to use this blog and new website to share the message of recognizing all that God is doing (and has done) and remembering God’s faithfulness when life is challenging and/or good.

I so appreciate your following me to my new home and I trust that you enjoy visiting here!

Blessings,

 

 

This has been one of DaySpring and Blessings Unlimited’s most popular card.  It was written by Holley Gerth (popular blogger, author and speaker) who has such a wonderful gift with words.  This card won a Louie Award (think the Academy Awards of Cards) a few years back.  It has been a very popular card in the Blessings Unlimited line although it is retiring in a few days… :(

Someone you know needs the message this card brings – that you are aware that they are going through rough times and that you care… would you please take a minute to send this to them or to actually sit down and send them a card with a few words letting them know that you care.  It will mean so very much and you will be blessed knowing that you showed someone that they are in your thoughts.

Be Blessed,

http://youtu.be/JkLdP7zkxr0

The new Blessings Unlimited Catalog is here!!  You can view the entire catalog at

 http://myblessingsunlimited.myemags.com/

or on my personal website at

http://www.myblessingsunlimited.net/sjoseph/default.aspx

Here are a few of my favorite products

Chalkboard Tray with the verse “Give Thanks to the Lord for His goodness.”  Psalm 107:8

How would you use this tray?

Micah 6:8 Block Wall Decor

A great verse to pray for yourself or others – who are you praying this for?

Tears in a Bottle from Psalm 56:8  “You have collected all my tears in a bottle…”

I have used this verse often to remind myself and others that God knows about each tear we shed.  Who do you know that needs this encouragement today>

Blessings Unlimited partnership with Compassion International – we have 4 new products and a sponsorship program to help you Be Compassionate.  This is a puzzle card that has 9 different pieces that you send individually to encourage the receiver 9 different times.  A percentage of the profit from this product goes to Compassion International (I will share more about this in a future post).

I am so excited at all the new ways you can share your faith in your home and with others.  There will be more information to come!

Blessings,

Sandra Joseph

Independent Consultant & Founding Director

http://www.myblessingsunlimited.net/sjoseph/default.aspx

sandrajoseph@windstream.net

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I have  loved serving the MOPS (Mothers of Preschooler’s) Ministry of my church as one of the Mentors .  I absolutely adore the Moms with their young ones,  how they intensely love their children and want to be the best Mom possible for them.  I vividly remember those days in my life,  I needed so much encouragement, especially since I had a preschooler for 14 years.

I started as a mentor when my oldest daughter went off to college and my youngest was in 5th grade.  Throughout the past 10 years, all of my daughters have left for college, got married and now one of them is a MOPS Mother.  Even as my home was in a constant change with growing daughters coming in and out – you could always find me on Wednesdays at MOPS meetings.

Because children continue to grow, the MOPS Ministry is an ever changing ministry with moms coming in and going.  The Moms who had a 3 year old 10 years ago, now have teenagers!  It has been a joy to part of the lives of these Moms, to watch their friendships continue to grow even after MOPS and to watch their kids grow in their faith.

Working closely with the MOPS Coordinators over the years has brought many dear friendships into my life – each one brought her own gifts and talents to the group.  God always brought the exact gifts needed for the group through each leader.  I want to let Candice, Lisa, Stephanie, Tracy, Christie and Allyson know how much I appreciate all they did for the Lord through their service to MOPS.  They are now using these same gifts in other ministries which brings me such delight.

Of course, there have been so many other women I have loved serving with (April, Pat, Lia, Tracie, Susan, the Hart girls, Anita, Rebecca, Brenda, Darla, Kim, Emily and on and on the list could go) – outstanding women who are raising our next generation.  I have been so blessed by each one.

So, you may be asking – why am I leaving a ministry that I love so much.  And there is one easy answer – because God called me to.  Several years ago, my youngest daughter encouraged me to hold my position with MOPS with an open hand – that was the first time I had ever thought about leaving and I must admit that, that thought challenged me.   Then I read a book titled Servant Leader by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges, which provided the concept of succession leadership – that is making sure that people are in place to take your place when the Lord leads you to leave.  As I prayed about it, I knew God was calling me to leave as there are so many gifted women who also love the Lord and the MOPS ministry ready to serve .

It has already been interesting to watch how God is using my gifts as I work in Blessings Unlimited.  I have Moms all across the country who I work along side.  Recently, one of them told me that she had been praying for 3 years for someone to encourage her not only in her business, but also in her Mothering and her walk with the Lord.  How God uses all of our experiences for Himself.

One of my daughters is now a MOPS Mom and who knows there may even be a few more in this position in the upcoming years.  Nothing could be more important to me, than to be available to encourage my daughters in their journey of raising the next generation.

I am very thankful for all the Lord has done through my time at MOPS.  I am excited to see how MOPS will continue to change, flourish and grow throughout the upcoming years.   I am ready for the next thing the Lord will do in my life.  My prayer continues to be used for His glory however He desires.

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”  Psalm 43:19

Blessings,

I love how each of our daughter’s weddings have reflected their personalities.  So even though, this was our 3rd wedding in as many years, Nic and Audrianna’s wedding reflected their artsy,  creative and fun tastes.

Audrianna had a vision for their wedding and she did an amazing job of planning and executing a vintage theme for the day.  She asked Alison, a friend and mentor of hers (and the writer of Stuff and Nonsense Blog) to help coordinate the reception and as you will see in the photos it was perfect.

Nic & Audrianna’s deep desire to bring God glory through the ceremony was very evident – from the  music to parent’s prayers to the communion they shared.  It was a testimony to how God brought them together, worked in their lives and how they long to serve Him throughout their lifetime.

“First Look” (photo by Roger Obley, Photographer)

This has been their Pastor since they were both in grade school (his lovely daughter Megan was in the wedding).  It was very special to have him perform the ceremony.

Of course, there were many sweet moments including…

A very special little boy who did a GREAT job carrying his sign.

The Bridal Party – each girl’s dress was different and I love how the guys all have their shirt sleeves rolled up.

Nic & Audrianna’s Reception was a perfect way to celebrate their marriage…

Photo Collage by Alison at Stuff and Nonsense

Don’t you love this cake – it was done by a good friend of ours who owns

The Sweet Life Cakes of Pittsburgh

Celebrating Marriage Dance

(photo by Roger Obley, Photographer)

Instead of the bouquet toss, they honored marriages by hosting an anniversary dance.  All married couples danced until the number of years they were married was called (Bill & I danced to 30 years).  The last 2 couples dancing were my parents (married 58 years) and a couple from our church (married 61 years).  Audrianna then presented her toss bouquet to that couple.  Very sweet.

And of course, the evening went all too fast and it was time for the newlyweds to leave – they left in sparkles and lots of smoke (my husbands said it looks like a bomb went off).

If you want to see more of the amazing day – please click to their photographer’s (Roger Obley) blog at http://www.rodgerobley.com/2012/07/audrianna-and-nic-they-got-married.html.  He did an outstanding job of capturing the day.

God is so good!

So Blessed …

The last several months has been a very recognizable and blessed time in my life and for our family - definitely providing reminders of how faithful God is.  A trip to the Mexican Riviera, time with my daughter as we got ready for her wedding, sweet time with our  family and then a most memorable, beautiful wedding day for Nic & Audrianna.  How God continues to show His love to me…

During the reception, I stood back and looked at the goodness God has given me – my husband of 30 1/2 years, my daughters and their husbands, my grandson, my parents and our many friends who helped us so very much…. I cannot even begin to express the overwhelming thankfulness and love I felt.

Over the next several days I will be sharing various photos from the many events that I mentioned here.  And then in August I am planning a total Blog Make-Over to keep up with my current life callings.  There have been so many changes in the past years that my current blog needs to be updated!!

Before the wedding….

A dear little Grandson celebrates his 2nd Birthday with a train cake at our house.

Nana has made each of  the brides a lovely book detailing their wedding along with her thoughts.  She and my Dad took Audrianna and I out to breakfast to present it to her.

The men now outnumber the women in our family – how did this happen??  My husband enjoys reminding us of how our family of girls now has more guys than girls!!

We were so glad that Josiah was here to make our family complete for this special celebration.

Nic &  Audrianna enjoying a their Rehearsal Dinner at a quaint Carriage House with a wonderful dinner provided by Nic’s Mom.  It was a special evening.

Jason & Alycia enjoying the evening – it seems like their wedding was just celebrated (September 2010)!

A happy little boy with his Mama.  Joey did so well the entire wedding weekend – he is such a joy to all of us!

This is our original core family.

This is our current family.  We are so BLESSED!!  I wonder how many more will be added to this family over the years.

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This is the verse that I have featured on the heritage table at each of the weddings and it is perfect verse to end this post…

“For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100:5

We are celebrating God’s Plan for marriages at our home this month ….

My parents celebrated 58 years of marriage this week, they started their journey together in 1954!  What a tremendous blessing they have been to my family – providing the example of what a Godly marriage looks like.  I am so thankful for their commitment to each other and our Lord.

Our youngest daughter is getting married in just 2 1/2 weeks!!  If the Lord blessed Nic and her marriage to 58 years, they will celebrate this event in the year 2070!  Wow, I wonder what life will look like in 2070 (it has been amazing to think of all the changes that my parents have seen in their marriage in the last 58 years).  Needless to say, our home has been quite busy with wedding plans, gifts arriving and lots of wedding talk.

Marriage is not always an easy journey, but making a commitment to God and His plans for marriage makes a difference.  Bill and I pray often that our daughter’s families (and our marriage) will serve the Lord all the days of their lives – paving the way for future generations just as my parents (and hopefully Bill and I) have done.  Joshua’s strong words As for Me and My House, We Will Serve the Lord, Joshua 24:15 provide the cornerstone of a strong family commitment to serve God.

To celebrate the marriage milestones our family is celebrating this month (and to allow me to enjoy each moment of all the wedding activities), I am offering a Joseph Wedding Special on the Blessings Unlimited Wall Decor, As for Me and My House Wall, item # 84646, will be 15% off ($65 instead of $76) in June.

You must contact me personally to receive this special, and the more you order, the lower the price goes (just ask). Please call at 724-601-2377 or email me at sandrajoseph@windstream.net to get this special price on the As for Me and My House Wall Hanging.

My goal is to see these words hanging in s many homes of Believers as possible – but more importantly, that those homes live out the commitment to serve the Lord each day.

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