Thursday, June 15, 2017

Kitchen Sink Thinking

I do my best thinking when I'm cooking supper. Probably because that is where my mind and heart becomes inspired the most these days. Hence the reason I'm standing over the husband's laptop next to the stove, secretly saying a prayer that nothing splatters over on the screen. It never fails though, when I sit down to record all of those ideas after I'm out of the kitchen...they've gone missing. No where to be found. Does this happen to you? Do you have a place in your home or life in general where you feel the most inspired?  Just wondering if I'm the only one this happens to.

The sun came out today after two solid days of rain. Not that I'm complaining about it. It sure beats a snow storm any day, but I'm happy to feel the warmth on my legs. I'm also enjoying listening to the happiness that is being carried this way from the swing-set. Number 12,456 I'm so happy to be a Moma. I get the chance to witness the bond that is being created between my girls.  Talk about a daily dose of blessings. I tell you what I really love about this place, the sunsets. Man they are literally like fire in the sky. The show usually starts right as I'm cleaning the kitchen. This was last nights show. It was breathtaking. Always is. God will never cease to amaze me.

There has been a steady breeze today. I've had the windows open and the curtains have been blowing with each gust that makes it way through the house. Days like this make me wish to stay here, then I remember the snow. Oh the snow. Then I begin to think of the humidity at home in Florida...not sure how these things balance out but that's not for me to worry about. "For I know I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

I took the girls to the library this morning where they proceeded to gather all books visible to bring home. My shoulder may or may not be broken. I think next time we'll set a limit on how many to check out. Three girls + three library cards = LOTS of books. I'm loving the time they're spending in their books though. I even managed to pick one up with high hopes of reading it, or maybe putting myself to sleep. I'll keep you posted. I was looking for a particular book and even after looking it up on the computer, it wasn't on the shelf. I really despise it when that happens. Even though, I looked over a few books and picked another. Try try again...that's what I teach my girls. It's all about being an example, am I right?

Well, it's time to pull supper together. I think I've managed to write out all of my thoughts before they disappear  and before I drop the laptop into the sink.  We're having cajun pork tenderloin, green beans and potatoes and cornbread. Simple and good.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Lately and More

Summertime is in full form around here. The last day of school was last Friday, so we're well into a weeks worth of endless amount of "whatever." And while it might not officially be summer, we are taking advantage of the warm weather during this awfully short window (at least to this southern gal).  And just so it's clear, we did buy another pool for the kids.

The girls have been busy playing in the sprinklers and enjoying splashing around with Moose in the little pool. He loves playing in the water just as much as they do, and if they're not careful he might just push them out of the pool. Legos have been brought out of hibernation and I have been enjoying a daily dose of high pitched voices and conversations. It's been lovely.

 We went on our first camping trip Memorial Day weekend. We found a little spot tucked back in the trees and set up shop. This was the first time the girls camped without the park type amenities and they did great! It was so nice to get away from the daily grind. To just sit and listen to nothing loud and obnoxious. To be able to watch nature in action and enjoy seeing my girls light up over it like I used to. To come back to grips with what is real and pure. It was amazing and beautiful. The perfect recharge.

The girls have slowly been sleeping in later each morning. I've been able to enjoy coffee out on the back patio with Moose's company. I have also been able to reconnect with the slow of things and take joy in slipping back in to my bible readings. I'm appreciating the grounded feeling that I have long since missed. 

We have so much we want to do this summer. There are more camp trips on the horizons, fishing adventures and as always, soaking up the joy of being with those we love. How is your summer so far?

Sunday, December 18, 2016

a happy heart

Can I be honest about something? Some times I struggle big time with anxiety and the overwhelming feeling of stress. Most of the time I worry about something that may or may not happen in the future or that is potentially going to happen. It seems silly, I know, but it's most of the time it feels so real and it irritates me so that I allow it to bother me. This past week I was totally consumed with stress and anxiety about who knows what.

The snow.
The ice.
 Is there enough gluten free bread?

Will the girls have enough presents for Christmas?
Will I ever get to go home?
Am I raising my girls to be ungrateful for what they have?

All of this at once. In my head doing circles and causing nothing but internal chaos. It's tiresome and it wears me out. After dealing with it all, I stopped and turned my eyes to God. I gave it all to Him and decided to let Him take control.
If I trust in Him that I'm doing everything I can to be true than I have nothing to worry about. By putting Him first before all worry, doubt, stress, and anxiety I know that I will be able to start this new week with a happier and less weighted heart. 
Oh...and a new hair cut. That'll surely help with the stress. 

Have a good week!!!

But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more Psalm 71:14