It’s about time, our family pictures!

IMG_5985I was working on Grayson’s birthday list and came across this post and realized that I never shared it!
Our family pictures from last November! I know this blog needs to be dusted off, I feel like Instagram has taken over the blog world.
But I do want these here to look back on.. We had Ebony with All Aboard Studios take these, and I am in love.
I fall in love with my family all over again scrolling through these.
IMG_6008 IMG_6019 IMG_6043 IMG_6077 IMG_6111 IMG_6125Thank you for reading, and sorry for the quiet around here lately!!

Donut date with me

Since having Grayson I’ve really become fond of donuts,
instead of ice cream or coffee can we have a donut date?

If we went on our donut date I would tell you that I can’t believe
that Grayson is almost THREE years old. Time flies.

I would tell you that more and more I am becoming less and less a fan of cooking.

That I’ve started hopping on the treadmill on a more consistent basis.

I would tell you that I am praying for a friend that is hurting bad,
that God is faithful and I know things will get better.

That we’re planning a vacation for the first time in three years.

I would also mention because I feel guilty that we shouldn’t go because of money,
but we need to get away. Sometimes it’s okay to be irresponsible I suppose.

I would tell you that I crave a baby kicking inside of me.

That I know Grayson will be an amazing big brother, I’ve seen glimpses.

I would tell you that I am sewing my very first quilt, and that I’ve found a new obsession.
That I am finally going to attempt the quilt I’ve been wanting to make Grayson of his first year.

I would also probably brag that my sweet friend took me to get a massage for my birthday,
and it was glorious.

I would tell you that for the first time, I’ll be getting a niece this summer.
She’ll most definitely be getting a quilt.

I’d mention that my boss is obsessed with scented everything,
I smell like a Glade plug-in everyday I leave there.

I would tell you that I did laundry before Scott ran out of socks,
and washed, dried and folded it all in the same day. Two out of three isn’t bad

I might tell you that I am a scrap hoarder, of paper and fabric. But I am combining my
new obsession with quilting and my bad habit to make this.

The last thing I would tell you is that even though there are times when I want more out of this life,
I know that I am truly blessed and have everything I could ever need.
An amazing hardworking handsome husband, a sweet funny charismatic little boy,
a loving generous family and one-of-a kind, always there for me friends. Truly blessed I tell ya.





The two most powerful words {Proverbs 31 Ministries)

A (long) while back my friend Heather sent this article to me,
I saved it because it was exactly how I was feeling at the time.
Since then I have taken a step back from a lot of things,
as soon as I resigned from that last commitment I felt 100% lighter.
I think the boys have seen a difference in me, I know I have for sure.
But I did still want to share this because I am sure there will be another busy season,
and since there are mostly women who follow along.
There are some of you can probably relate as well.
You click over here for the original post.

“And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’” Matthew 3:17 (NIV)

Not too long ago, I stood at the sink trying to ease the stabbing feeling of stress. I had so much pulling at me.

I found myself rushing my husband in conversation. Rushing my kids out the door. Rushing to the next thing and then the next. Rushing to make dinner and then rushing my people through dinner.

I had set my life to the rhythm of rush.

Exhaustion gnawed deep places in my heart, demanding me to slow down. But how? I’ve made my decisions and now my decisions have made me. Me — this shell of a woman caught in the rush of endless demands.

Have you ever felt this same way? I suspect most of us have.

I’m starting to realize the two most powerful words are yes and no. How I use them determines how I set my schedule.

How I set my schedule determines how I live my life.

How I live my life determines how I spend my soul.

When I think about my decisions in light of spending my soul, it gives gravity to choosing more wisely. Each and every thing I say yes to sets the pace of my life.

After all, when a woman lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule, she’ll ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul. An overwhelmed schedule leads to an underwhelmed soul — a soul with a full calendar but no time to really engage in life.

If you’ve found yourself caught in a stressful pace recently, I understand. I think so much of why my schedule gets overloaded is because I’m afraid of missing out or not measuring up.

One quick look at social media, and it feels like everyone else is able to live at a breakneck pace with a smile. Their kids are accomplishing more than my kids. Their business pursuits seem more important than mine do. Their marriage seems more romantic. Their home is cleaner. And they even have time to invite dinner guests over to eat food from their garden. Huh?

It’s interesting to me the timing of God’s words to Jesus in Matthew 3:17: “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

At that point, Jesus hadn’t yet performed miracles, led the masses or gone to the cross. Yet, God was pleased with Jesus before all of those accomplishments.

His Father was establishing Jesus’ identity before He started His activities. Jesus heard God, believed God and remained unrushed. In Christ, God has given us a new identity (Romans 6:4). But, unlike Christ, we forget.

We fill our days and our lives with so much activity that the only way to keep up with it all is to rush. And I’m discovering that the source of much of the stress in my life is this constant need to keep up. But what if I’m chasing the wrong desire?

Do I really want my life to look more like others? Or to look more like God’s best for me?

God’s best for me means engaging with life and the people in it. God’s best for me means noticing divine invitations and feeling the freedom to say yes — a Best Yes to the Lord’s assignments.

If I really want an unrushed life, I must underwhelm my schedule so God has room to overwhelm my soul.

Today, we must stand moment-by-moment in the reality of our identity before we resume our activity. Grasp this truth and rub it in deep: “You are my daughter, whom I love; with whom I am well pleased.”

Well pleased because of who you are, not because of what you do. Well pleased because of an unfathomable, unconditional love that’s not earned, but simply given.

Dear Lord, unrush me as I set my schedule today. I want to step out of the rush so I can embrace Your best for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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