Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Getting Started

Going along with my post from last week about prayer, I also wanted to tell you all something that I try and do everyday that helps get me started off on the right track.  I struggle with rising early, my alarm clock is either a 5 year old or an almost 2 year old.  Even when I was getting up early to train for my half marathon I dreaded my alarm going off.  You would have thought after 4 months it would have become a habit, nope, not for this girl!  I have come to accept the fact that I am not an early riser naturally, and right now I choose to wake when my babes wake.

So with all that said, I try and do devotional/Bible reading during nap time.  Sometimes it works great, other times as you all know nap time does not always go as planned.  On those days I might end up skipping or missing my Bible time.  So after many, many failed attempts of trying to play catch up or even start up, I decided something needed to change.  So I joined YouVersion along with millions and billions of other people.  I picked out a Bible reading plan and start my day off with that.  It's a good way to read the Bible, and it's quick.  Not that devotions are a thing to check off, but I am done beating myself up for not getting a whole study chapter accomplished and feeling like a terrible person.  So right now in this season of life for me I am realizing I can only do what I can.  It won't alwasy be like this, but right now if YouVersion is the only way I can get in some reading time, then YouVersion it is.

Another thing that helps me is a calendar like this one from the DaySpring Redeemed Collection...

I love calendars that give you more than the date on them.  I love quotes, scriptures, and things that make you think.  This calendar has both!  Score!  I also adore the matching pocket calendar.

I am still a paper/pencil type of girl.  So this is right up my alley!  

Whether a quick devo is in store for your season of life, or a quick passage from the Bible is more your lifestyle right now, go with it.  I personally feel like the relationship with God is what matters most.  The more you know and love about someone, the more you want to know and love them.  Same is true with God.   

*DaySpring freely provided me with these items to review, and I am freely giving my opinion*

Monday, October 29, 2012

Encouraging My Girls

Ever since I was a little kid I have loved quotes.  I have loved collecting them, writing them down, taking pictures of them, and I even have a little quote book that I often find myself flipping through.  I love Pinterest for many, many reasons, but one of the main reasons I love it is for all the fascinating and inspiring quotes I can pin to my quotes board.  That's probably one of my favorite boards that I have!

I love how a quote can inspire you, make you think, dare you to dream, and or just make you feel good.  One thing I want to do is help my girls feel all of those.  I want my girls to dream really big dreams, to inspire other people with their words and actions, and I want them to read something everyday and think "yea, I am awesome!"

In the next couple months we are going to be doing a mini-re-decorate in the girls' rooms.  Lots of things are still up in the air like, when will we move Lucy to a big girl bed, will the girls share a room, what goes where, etc.  Two things that I already have settled are the quilts for their beds, thank you Target clearance, and what I want on the walls.  I want quotes all over their rooms!  These quotes might be Bible verses, something a famous person said, or a love note out of a book.  I just want my girls to feel special and inspired.

Here are a couple of quotes that I want to incorporate into their rooms...


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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Does Your Prayer Life Dictate Your Day?

Y'all know I have a love/hate relationship with running.  Hate doing it, but love wearing smaller pants.  Sundays are typically my long run days.  I usually listen to sermon podcasts during my long runs, during the week I listen to music.  Regardless of what I am listening to in my headphones I usually drift off into thought.  I think about all sorts of things, and sometimes I just tune out to the world and stare straight ahead. 

During my thinking times is usually when I come up with some profound idea.  Well, they aren't like world changing ideas, but to me they are like game changing ideas.  I know my new ideas come straight from God, usually it is something he is trying to communicate with me.  During the week I am too busy to sit and listen, when I am running 8 miles, I really have no choice but to sit and listen. 

Then some how I try and manipulate these ideas/thoughts into some great blog post, but by the time I get home real life steps in, and well, you see how quiet this place has been lately.  But just because I do a terrible job communicating these found ideas does not mean they still don't swirl in my head.  Lately what I have been thinking about is prayer.  This is one of the disciplines I have always struggled with, well, prayer and reading the Bible.  You know the two main Christian practices, Pastor's Wife of the Year right here I tell ya.  But truthfully I am keeping it real, you all know me, I am an open book and I am not going to gloss over this part of my life.  I struggle with it, you struggle with it, they are both hard to do consistently. 

I am sure most of you are like me, we get to the point where enough is enough and we decide we are going to start tomorrow, we are going to read our Bible's, and we are going to pray, we might even journal or break out a Bible study book we never finished, we are going to do this thing real good now.  The next day happens and success, then the next, still success, but by day 5 or 6, we have fallen off the train, and the hope and funness of this whole new discipline wears off and we go back to the same old same old.  Our intentions are good and true, our love for God is still there, but we just stink at the follow through.  Maybe it's not reading the Bible and praying, maybe for you it's exercise or eating healthy, or not drinking. 

So while running a couple weeks ago God gave me this thought..."does your prayer life dictate how your day goes?"  I am sure I was struggling with feeling overwhelmed and that fun friend anxiety was probably getting to me.  But seriously, do your prayers dictate your day?  Mine don't.  And let me tell you it stinks admitting that.  Now I am not saying just because you pray before you get up in the morning your day is going to be hunky dory, probably the opposite.  Satan very easily could use your struggles that you prayed about against you.  Or he may leave you alone that day, but get you the next day.  This is where consistency and discipline come into play.  When you give up and when you fall off the train, Satan doesn't even have to tempt you, or mess with you, you have already done it all yourself.  The devil didn't make you do it, you did it yourself.  Ouch...

Now let me admit something else, man this is the day of cleansing, I haven't put into action what God gave me that day.  I think about it, I have good intentions to do it, to practice consistent prayer, not just the prayer of the crazy mom at 4 o'clock in the afternoon.  Although, those are some of my most honest prayer times with God.  Before Molly started kindergarten I had this overwhelming burden to pray for her.  Like could not sleep at night burden.  I started off day 1, 2, 3, day 4, oops I missed it, and let me tell you she started school and was not properly covered in prayer from her own mother.  Now I am the one dealing with stress, anxiety, worry, you name it.  The prayers weren't all for her, they were for me, too.  I don't think God is punishing me, I am punishing myself because I know better, but I don't act better. 

So does your prayer life dictate your day?  Your week?  Your month?  Mine doesn't right now, but I am going to be working on changing that, one day at a time, and if I mess up or miss one day, I am going to start over the next day.  I am so thankful that we serve an all knowing God, meaning he already knows what is on our hearts and minds, all he wants is for us to share those thoughts with him.        

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Uploading Life {caution: picture overload}

Can I please just tell y'all that I have had great intentions with blogging. With all the posts swirling through my head, I should have had a novel by now! Oh well! Like my last post said, I am just trying to take it all in, look around and be active in my own life, and not let it just pass me by.

The busyness of the fall is nonstop for our family, but it's all been good. We are in a good place in ministry, which feels great. I am busy at work, which I love and I love what I do. Molly is doing great in school and speech, and Lucy, oh Lulu, she is almost 2!

I just finished running the book fair at Molly's school. I felt like this year I had a better grasp of things, as opposed to last year being handed a box and a good luck wish. I already have ideas for next year, which excites me! The PTO at Molly 's school is just phenomenal! Eric and I both have been blown away by all that they do and offer students and families. I love being a part of it, and I think everyone should be part of their kids schools PTO, too. Off my soap box now, but really, I am way too blessed to be at an awesome school serving alongside other great parents.

Molly's fall soccer season has come to an end. It was a good season, and I think Eric might be a little happier than Molly now that's it over. I volunteered Eric to be the coach, well assistant coach, but no one signed up to be the coach, so he got the position by default. Actually they both had a good time and learned a lot! Molly will play again in the spring and Eric will return to his coaching position then too.

A couple weeks ago our tiny village had a Hay Days Festival. We have gone the last 3 years. Eric mainly goes because he can get some really good home made kettle corn. My mouth is watering thinking about it! The girls played games and rode a pony. They also got to go inside a fire truck. Molly had just visited the fire station with her class, so she gave us the grand tour.

Molly had a taste of her first caramel Appel. She liked the apple but kept asking us to cut the caramel off, ha!

Last weekend Eric's parents came for a visit. It went by so quick! We had a great time seeing them, and the girls loved having new playmates. We also got our craft on, too! We will be going back to Ohio in 2 weeks for my brother-in-law's wedding. Truthfully I never thought I would ever have a sister-in-law, so I am very excited!

Lucy's birthday is coming up so soon! It's not just any old second birthday, it's her golden birthday! So we will be playing up the gold theme, along with Dora {gag me!}. I never wanted to do character themed parties, but Lucy loves Dora, more like has an unhealthy obsession with her, so Dora only makes sense. Between Pinterest and my own creative juices, I have laid awake the last 2 nights thinking of ideas, and in the process I have planned Molly's birthday party for next August. I have way too much fun planning stuff like that!

It's been a great fall for us, and I can't believe Halloween is almost here! Trick-or-Treat for us is on Sunday! Molly still needs a costume, that's my mission today! I am also running another race this weekend, what's wrong with me?! So Saturday morning I will be all bundled up since it will be about 30 degrees, and I will join a couple other thousand crazy people and run a 15K {9.3 miles}.

Alright, real life just hit, time to pack a special kindergartner a lunch and make sure there was no homework in her book bag! Have a great day!

Friday, October 12, 2012

A Season of Reflection

It's quiet around here again.  Part of that is on purpose and the other part is because I am too busy reflecting.  I am trying to take each day as it comes, and truly be thankful for what God has blessed me with.  I am not perfect, oh, not perfect by any means, but I am a lot more aware.  I see the little things that busy people can pass right by.

Molly going to kindergarten this year has really thrown me for a loop on every front.  I don't regret sending her, she is doing awesome, and I really have no reason to worry.  But I often myself having anxiety over the little things, I get worried about things or people that Molly doesn't even pay attention to.  So yea, it's been a rough start to the school year for this momma.  Truthfully the only thing I can do is pray, and pray some more.  But friends, this is hard for me.  I am the enabler, the fixer, I am the mom.

Being able to spend more time with Lucy has truly helped me become more reflective.  We take a lot of walks, we explore, we pick flowers, play in the leaves, watch the birds, we are like two little playmates.  Watching Lucy see something for the first time brings me so much joy.  Who can resist a chubby cheek little kid saying "wow, momma!"

So lately I find myself trying to be more thankful then ever.  I am trying to just reflect, I am trying the Ann Voskamp approach and counting my blessings, one at a time.  You know this is the first year I have intentionally watched the flowers and trees this Spring come to life, and now that it's Fall, I am watching them all wither.  What a beautiful concept and something truly amazing that only God could do.  Then next Spring the dead will come alive again, wow.

In my season of reflection I also need to document what I am seeing, what I am thankful for, and what God is teaching me.  I will, I absolutely will, just after the last leaf falls. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ahem...I am back

Well, that was a longer then originally unintended little break.  You miss one day, you miss 10 days, ha! 

Sing it to the tune of Madame Blueberry from Veggie Tales when you read this next line..."I am busy, busy, dreadfully busy!" 

Truthfully, we are busy, like really busy.  It's just that time in ministry and family season that everything is kicking off at once and little girls named Lucy decided 4 weeks ago sleep was optional.  So we are in full force busy mode walking around like zombies!  In the last 2 weeks we have had soccer games, make up soccer games, dance class starting, Ridge groups at church starting, the book fair is next week {yes, I am doing that again!}, home improvement projects, and much more.

But it actually has been good.  I can see the light at the end of tunnel, which our light right now is Thanksgiving, and then once that hits it's full force Christmas mode, but all that stuff is fun for me!

So even in the busiest of times we have still found time to have fun as a family, which has been great.  Eric now is taking Saturday's off, he used to take Friday's off, but with Molly in school all week and her soccer games are on Saturday mornings, and Eric is coaching her team, Saturday won, and he is home the entire day.  It's been a bit of a transition.  We were used to him being gone and Saturdays were my goof off days with the girls.  But now that daddy is home it's an actual legit family day.  This is something we have not had in a long time.  Sure it costs a little more because now Lucy goes to a babysitters on Friday, but we have the absolute, hands down best care taker in the world for her, and she loves going there.  But in the end it's all worth it!  We went from having 3pm-7:30pm on Fridays as our family time, to now an entire day.   

So that's where we are at...I have so many things to catch y'all up on, too.  And don't worry, I am not going anywhere, at least not intentionally!