Thursday, March 19, 2015

Then and Now

10 years ago today
I got up early after a good night of sleep and sequestered myself away for some quiet time with the LORD to start off my day.
I don't remember what I ate for breakfast, but I'm sure I ate just fine.
I was excited for what the day held!

I got dressed with care, surrounded by family and friends (all female of course!). And enjoyed a quick lunch in the church kitchen before the ceremony was to start.  The day wasn't without a few snafu's, but overall, it was joy-filled and wonderful! The start of a new journey.

Fast forward 10 years:
Today I woke up to my alarm at 6:30, exhausted after having been up multiple times during the night with a sick, puking child.  Due to the demands of various children, I didn't eat breakfast until 10:15. And even that was interrupted by various requests.  No quiet time...that will hopefully happen at some point after all children are in bed for the night, but before my eyelids succumb to the heaviness of sleep.  I dressed at some point, much later than preferred, with my youngest 2 associates at my feet.  One, tired from a restless night and tummy ache.  The other doing her best to get out everything from every nook and cranny in the bathroom! Yes, the hair is in a pony tail today!

Gracie girl dumped a full cup of water someone left out and drenched a bunch of Honeygirl's latest projects.  I know I will be dealing with the aftermath of that when the school bus returns this afternoon.  I think the laundry count is up to 6 loads now, due to last night.  The nice dinner I had planned is being replaced with left-overs. Sometimes you just have to survive.

But when I reflect on the day, full of tears, melt-downs, and snotty noses, I still love the journey.  It is joy-filled because I have been blessed with 3 beautiful children.  Because I get to do everyday life with my best friend.  And because God is still in charge.  The day may not look perfect (or even remotely close!), but life is still good.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Peace and snuggles

Isaiah 66:12-13

For this is what the LORD says, "I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream; you will nurse and be carrier on her arm and dandled on her knee. 
As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem. 

This was part of my devotions last night and it totally struck a chord for me. Isaiah doesn't do that incredibly often, but the verses about motherhood really hit me last night. See, Gracie girl has been super clingy lately. She's needed lots of comforting and reassurance. We have been on a trip and away from home. Lots of things are different. But mama is the same. Even at 18 months old, she needs that reassurance that something hasn't changed. So she has wanted to be held. A lot. And she has wanted extra milky snuggles. To know that all will be okay. And once she gets those things, life IS okay. She gains the ability to go off and play again. 

God does the same for us. He promises to extend peace like a river for us. And compares it to nursing and being held by your mama. Right now in my life, that makes total sense to me. How incredibly comforting! Gracie girl snuggles in, latches on, and her body relaxes. She looks up at me, then closes her eyes. She is at peace. And totally trusts that I have her. 

Wow. What a great God we have. 

Full circle

Life is coming full circle. Recently I found myself filling out a character reference for our babysitter who is applying to the same school and program I went to. She is my mini-me. I felt like I should have been able to write on the reference, "since you were willing to take a chance on me, you should also take a chance on her!" 
An amazing babysitter, loved by children and parents alike. Hard worker. Diligent with school work. Involved in church. A heart for others. Wants to be a nurse. First choice school is TWU. Pretty sure someone would easily have said all this to describe me when I was applying. And now I can say it about her too. I'm totally bummed that my dream babysitter will be  moving away, but I hope it's to pursue her dreams exactly where God wants her. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Song

Heard this song at church and loved it:

You Have Called Me Higher
by All Sons & Daughters

I could just sit
I could just sit and wait for all your goodness
Hope to feel your presence
And I could just stay
I could just stay right where I am and hope to feel you
Hope to feel something again

And I could hold on
I could hold on to who I am and never let you change me from the inside
And I could be safe
I could be safe here in Your arms and never leave home
Never let these walls down

But you have called me higher
You have called me deeper
And I will go where you will lead me Lord
You have called me higher
You have called me deeper
And I will go where you lead me Lord
Where you lead me
Where you lead me Lord

And I will be Yours
I will be Yours for all my life
So let Your mercy light the path before me

Friday, January 9, 2015

Face Painting

I love being artistic, but I often struggle to make time for the things I love that don't appear to benefit anyone else.  Well, last night I was INTENTIONAL about being artistic.  Honeygirl was in need of some sort of "costume" for Sky Night at Awana, so I put Pinterest to work and found an idea.  Here's what I came up with.  She loved it!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Goals for 2015

A new year, time for some new goals.  And a new word.  Last year, my key words were


Not feeling like I did the most stellar job with those.  So I can definitely keep working in those areas. And funny how we get things in our heads... as I was reflecting on last year, I totally thought the word I had picked was SIMPLIFY.

I love that word.  And I think it needs to always be part of my life.  But the word that has really been on my  mind lately is


I want to be intentional about how I spend my time.
about how I interact with my kids
about how I interact with my husband
I want to be intentional about how we spend our money and what we fill our home with.
And what we purge out of our home.
I want to be intentional about whose lives I'm pouring into
And who I allow to pour into mine.
And I want to be intentional about choosing to be joyful because as Mama, I know I set the tone around our home.

So here's to a year of learning to be intentional.

Other goals:
1. Continue learning to menu-plan for 2 weeks at a time
2. Read 12 books.  I know I totally blew past that in 2014, but I do a lot of reading while nursing and I know that nursing will eventually stop before the year is out.  (cue the tears now!)
3. Get rid of something at least once a week in order to simplify.  Donate. Sell. Give away. Throw away.  Whatever. Just get it out of the house!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goals of 2014 revisited

This past year, I set the following goals: 

1. Follow the One Year Bible readings for the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs.

2. Should I try again for 12 books in a year? It shouldn't be that crazy hard, but at the moment it sounds kinda overwhelming. 

3. Figure out how to menu plan for a month. Or at least two weeks at a time instead of just one.

4. Figure out how to be a more gentle mama in my parenting.  

And I picked the words "gentle" and "Christ-like" as key words to strive for in my daily life. 

So here's the follow-up: 
1. I successfully followed and kept up with the Bible reading I wanted to do. Over the past two years, I read through everything at least once, which is something I really wanted to accomplish. 

2. I read 19 books in their entirety (and started a few others). Two were nonfiction and the rest were fiction. Can you tell where my preference lies?!

3.  Still pretty much menu- planning one week at a time, but occasionally getting at least part of the second week done. 

4. some work to do on being a gentle mama. Good reminder that I set that goal!

It's kinda crazy looking back at the end of the year and realizing that you have completely forgotten the goals you set because you haven't revisited them at all. Maybe a goal for this year should simply be to revisit the goals I set from time to time!