Sometimes we get reminded of how important perspective is. A few examples lately:
MJ is SO excited to “vote” tomorrow at school. Many (including me) take this for granted or see it as a chore or burden. My eight year old is looking forward to it, she did her “research” and knows who she is voting for and prepared to defend it! Many fought for this right for all of us and we should all see it that way! No matter your political preference or level of HAD IT with this election, I hope everyone has voted or will vote tomorrow!
I take MJ to school 99% of the time. I won’t lie and say that I don’t take it for granted. I am blessed to have the ability to do that. I have since she was in K-5. I took Christian to school for the most part until he was able to drive. This is something that some Moms would love to do. This morning, Mike was so happy to be able to drive MJ to school. He’s playing in a golf tournament today and made sure he planned his morning to have the time for his baby girl. It warms my heart mostly but it also reminds me that what one person might grumble about or not look forward to, another longs for. What one person sees as a responsibility, another sees as a JOY.
I guess it’s fitting that I am realizing this now…in this season of THANKSGIVING. Basically, I am hoping this reminds me to not take things for granted, to choose JOY and to be thankful for the blessings that the Lord has given me. Maybe someone else could use a reminder too. 🙂
No, not starting a business…not closing a business or minding my business….just I’m BUSY!
Moving, Disney, kids, summer, work, etc etc etc have kept me from stopping and trying to remember any of it…that makes me sad. However it makes me MADcrazyHAPPY that I have been too busy to notice. Lately the only thing I even WRITE is my prayer list (which seems to get longer by the day – sadly) so sitting down to type is unthinkable one some days!
Moving has definitely been the time suck of the year! Hmm, I guess technically “moving” itself wasn’t the time consuming activity….that was over in a day. Filling a house has been the thing….buying new things, repurposing old ones, shopping for bargains, creating new memories in a new space. It’s been EXHAUSTING…but most of all…it’s been FUN!!! It’s one of those things that makes it so apparent to me that crazy times bring out the MOST of what you have the most of. If you have love and fun and happiness, you will get more of THAT. My sweet husband has been so awesome throughout this transitional phase of having a new space to live in…..he’s dealt with my shopping habits, my chevron obsessions and my need to decorate every nook and cranny with some form of turquoise, aqua or gray! My kids have totally enjoyed finding their own new things and old things alike and have been such troopers about keeping things clean and organized. My Mom has been….an angel! She has loved shopping for me and crafting and lending a hand or elbow or whatever was needed. My niece helped unpack like a madwoman and it was a great time to have my entire family…inlaws, parents, niece and her boyfriend, sissy and her hubby and my baby niece….my kids…our friend Zoe…it was just awesome. I have had more visitors in a month than I believe I had at my former house in the seven years we lived there! It’s just fun getting opinions on decor and organization sometimes, right? ((OH AND THERE IS THAT POOL PROJECT THAT I HAVE NIGHTMARES ABOUT!!! SO MANY DECISIONS…….EEEEEK.)
Getting the kids ready for back to school…fun times. My kids will all be at the same school and I’m thrilled about that. MJ is starting K5 and I can’t even believe it. The speed at which time has flown is amazing. I’d like to say I’m dealing with my baby going to school very well but I’m not a liar. She’s so ready and I want to show her how excited I am for her and I do…and then I fall apart alone!! WHEW! It will be all fine and well next Friday after it’s been a day and we’ve had “that” day and she did fine and was happy and didn’t hold onto my leg for dear life. (Dear God, please don’t let that happen. Amen.) The boys are kinda “meh” about school starting back….but that’s to be expected at 12 and 15. Happy for them to get in there and get it going though!
Mike’s promotion + school = CRAZY! Many nights when we first moved in (he had finals then), I didn’t see him after dinner because I couldn’t stay up until he got in bed! Work has been busy for him as well….he hasn’t even played much golf lately!
TO BE CONTINUED…………I can’t even stay awake!!!
Can I share a confession with you?
I dream to sing in a choir. Like, when I’m at church, I picture myself up there. I love to sing. I love to sing praise music.
However – I have amazingly low self-esteem. I’m shy. And I’m crazy self-conscious about EVERYTHING. My voice, my body, my face, my freckles, my everything! Now, I know that God made me and he doesn’t make any junk…..sure! However, the feeling I get when I think of putting myself out there like that? SCARY!!!!
Will you pray with me that God can use this self-conscious person to sing his praises before I do it in Heaven? I am quite sure I will there…but I’d kinda like to do it BEFORE then!
I am so excited about the next three weekends. I can’t even contain myself!!
This weekend, I venture a short ride away and meet up with Victoria – a long time friend – for shopping, gabbing, catching up, eating…I cannot wait. LONG overdue and very much anticipated!!!
Next weekend, I venture to downtown Raleigh with my sweetheart to just getaway for the night. Getting dressed up and going to a nice dinner and spending the night in a nice downtown hotel. So excited to have some time for just US!
Weekend after that – VERY exciting…taking MJ, my mom, and my niece to Atlanta’s American Girl store for some shopping and fun! We are staying in a Marriott that does it up right – with doll beds for the AG dolls, milk and cookie amenities…it will be some great fun!!
I have some work in the middle of these weekends but I am so ready for them all – I love having things to look forward to!!!
I’m starting the Blog Challenge for January of 2013…this month’s theme is ENERGY..
So, if I think of where my energy comes from…it’s certainly not from MY mind or MY body or MY inner self…it is from Christ. Just read “I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me” – Philippians 4:13. I pray if I’m having troubles. I pray if I’m not. I pray without ceasing. I pray because that’s what I’ve been instructed to do by His word. I also believe that the Lord puts people around you to motivate you. If I am having a hard time pushing through something, almost always the people I think of are my loved ones. If it’s a work project I’m dealing with resistance on, I think of how proud my husband seems of me when it comes to my job. When I’m having a hard time even THINKING of cooking dinner, I think of how much he enjoys his favorite foods. When I am exhausted and one of my kids asks me to play…I am absolutely stoked that they picked ME to spend a moment with! Our kids are so busy and getting older…if one of them actually thinks of me, I am IN! At the end of the day, it’s easy to be tired and lazy, but with the motivation from my family members, I feel like I can do anything.
Happy New Year!
My heart is really heavy tonight. I’ve prayed, I’ve cried, I’ve read, I’ve watched…I’ve tried to comprehend the details and then shut my computer in dismay. I have hugged my children, absorbed in their scents, and thanked the Lord for my blessings. I feel so incredibly sad for the families of the little angels that lost their lives today. I feel so raw with emotion that I can’t even put into words exactly how it makes me feel. I am looking to my Lord. I am not asking for answers or understanding or even peace. What I ask is for more people to trust Him. More people to have the kind of faith that moves mountains. That heals hearts. That forgives. Those children were so innocent, so unfinished. Surely so loved by a parent or two….grandparents…great-grandparents..aunts..uncles…brothers…sisters. Those small little hands and fingers and toes….so small and yet so missed this evening. I cannot even imagine the hurt and loss that their families must be feeling. But, even so, I pray that they have faith. I pray that they look to Him. I pray that they would draw closer and nearer to the only one who can deliver them. I pray that they would know Him, love Him, trust Him. Only through Him will they once again see those small eyes and be reunited among streets of gold!!! I pray for comfort for these people, this town, our country. We surely need many things…but most of all, Him.
So, I’ve been a bad, bad girl. I haven’t been on FB to post every day what I’m thankful for! <Gasp!> (Before you think I’m talking about YOU, I did it last year and I didn’t hate it….so I’m not judging.)
But, we all know by now, I’m a list girl. I’m thankful for lists. That’s all! Good night, thanks!
- My personal relationship with my Lord and Saviour. (If you don’t have that, please talk to me!)
- My sweet, considerate, funny hubby. Our relationship is crazy strong and we are just getting started! (Six years…)
- My kids…all three of them are so different but such great combinations of personality, wit and charm. (And sarcasm.)
- My family, every single member of it. Both sides. All sides. Especially the relationship with my Mom. Always there for me. Always willing to listen. Also, the relationship between myself and my step-wife (my step-son’s Mom if you are not in the know) is such a blessing. No drama, just working together for the good of our families that are intertwined. Makes perfect sense, huh? 🙂
- Our home. Though we are trying to sell it…it has provided shelter from storms, cold (hmm), heat and rain…we’ve welcomed a new life into this home together and had many moments of cheer and sadness as well.
- My job and it’s blessings..coworkers…my team..my boss..my friends made and kept there…
- Yoga pants
- Short hair (don’t care)
- Talenti gelato
- My wonderful family physician…Phillip takes such good care of us ALL!
- A clean house and the fabulous lady who makes that possible!! (Love my cleaning angel!)
- That all my kids are potty trained!!!
- Social media. It’s been a lifeline at times for me. Might sound sad..but it’s true.
- Lifetime movies
- Nordstrom personal stylists. Sometimes when I put on one of the outfits she put together for me I’m still shocked that I’ve gone outside the box on some things.
- Hallmark Channel
- Dasani water
- Bojangles. Just yes.
- Thyroid medicine. Makes such a difference.
- Excel. Pivot tables. V look ups.
- Fantasy Football – gives me a reason to watch and spend time with my boys and hubby
- Blogging. A healthy outlet for me.