This is the verse I have been holding tight as we continue to fumble our way through a new normal in Florida. This just makes so much sense to me as life plays out before us. Although His plan is unclear to us there is ALWAYS a plan.
Kicking it old school today and bringing back 5 on Friday. Why not?
Here we go.
1. One more week till Spring Break – Holler! Why am I really excited about this? Well because my parents are coming to visit for a whole week. The excitement that we all have to be around people that know and love us is beyond words. It’s going to be a good week. And speaking of Spring Break, funny thing I’ve learned; Florida people go skiing on Spring Break! Yep, that’s right. The midwesterners come to the beach and Florida people head for the slopes. I guess we are all looking for a break from the norm, no matter where we live. We still are loving the beach and excited to share it with our family.
2. Something I read awhile ago talked about being a “yes mom”. So often the word No comes out of mouth almost instinctively. Sometimes no is necessary but sometimes it’s because I just don’t want to deal. You know what I am talking about. But after reading this post it encouraged me to more of a “yes mom”. Forget the schedules, inconveniences and get over the “but I don’t feel like it” and just say yes. My friend Christi from Letters From the Nest posted a similar post about saying yes this week that just melted me. Particularly the picture of her husband and son. Oh my. So this week I’ve been putting it into practice and maybe even more so because Daddy was traveling and we were all missing him a lot. I said yes to fro yo, renting a movie, a bath with all 3 of them in our tub (ie splash zone), an extra story, a sleeping buddy and my faves; making cookies and dinner in front of the tv. Next time, I encourage you. Just say YES! I think you’ll be happy you did.
3. One of my goals this year was to keep track of how many miles I run. I am pleased to say that I have actually stuck to this and also for the fact that I have logged in 95 miles. I have never done the tracking thing so I really have no expectations so I’m going to go with YAY for 95 miles!
4. So I used to be crafty. Let me restate that. I used to have time to be crafty. Now the days just kind of fly by and nothing creative happens around here. Unless you consider how many different ways I can arrange the many pillows I bought for our new couch. I went pillow overboard and love it! I miss being crafty so I am on the hunt for a spring wreath to make for the front door. Any suggestions out there? I haven’t seen anything I absolutely loved on Pinterest.
5. I saw this sign and decided this needs to be one of the next projects I make. That is when I sit down and make the times to do it. If there was ever a time that this was true of our family it has to be now. A subtle reminder that this is true of us and for good reason we don’t choose easy. I’m thankful that we are teaching our kids to choose hard things. Amen.
There it is friends! Have a fabulous weekend!
As a mom one of the hardest things I am learning right now is letting go and letting my kids do their own thing. Even if it is different than what I might choose. Gasp! I know, you mean these people that I had a hand in making are not little clones of me and don’t think and act and see things exactly the way I do? No. Sadly they don’t. Because then that is when there is friction and tension and messiness. And I don’t really like that stuff. But you know what I am seeing? There is also independence and individuality being born. They are figuring out their style, their like and dislikes, learning from their mistakes and growing. They are becoming brave as they step out from me and go out on their own. Oh, it’s hard to let go. It’s hard to see them fail and hard to see disappointment. And if I am honest it’s hard when they think differently than me. But even better is teaching them to get back up and push them back out there. It’s worth the messiness when you see the boldness that comes from within their hearts as they figure things out and start to figure out who they are- uniquely made for amazing things designed by God. Oh I can’t wait to see what’s in store for each of our kids. I pray for continued boldness and bravery for all of us as we grow together. And that maybe, just maybe one them will ere on the side of their mama.
Late Valentines edition of what I am loving these days…
A warm cup of lemon and honey water before my cup of morning coffee. Pinterest says it’s detoxing me, not sure if this is true but I like to think it is.
My new running shoes, Asics 2000. Love them. Working at a running store and staring at shoes all day long it’s quite amazing that I don’t come home with shoes more often. Self control at it’s finest. Thank you Dave Ramsey. Your welcome Brian.
The weather. I know I am walking a fine line here even speaking of this topic as most of my readers are in the midwest and hating life right now. In fact they may even stop reading this post as of now. But for us here in South Florida the weather has been so pleasant. Cooler mornings and evenings, mild afternoons….ahhhhh. So nice. Don’t hate.
I’m reading two books right now. I know, I know me the non-reader, reading two books. I’m loving both so much I can’t stop either so I just keep reading both simultaneously. Packing Light and The Antelope In the Living Room. Both are non fiction books about life, that are light hearted but with moments of true meaning. I highly recommend both.
My walks around the lake. I take Brian to work in the morning and I have about 30 minutes before I have to be at work. There is a lake right where Brian works that has a nice path around it. Most mornings I put on my headphones and make a couple laps. It’s peaceful, a time to connect with God, reflect on what’s going on in my heart and mind and soak in the quiet.
Honeydew and kiwi. Yum! I have a new found love for both. I am trying to push both on the fam to help them branch out from the usual apples and bananas. Slowly, I’m working them over.
Bible study with my girls. Oh my goodness the sweetness (and randomness) that comes out of these times are precious. It is most informal and lasts all of 20 minutes but I am loving this time with them.
Watching Brian coach Mason in basketball. Yes, there is a lot of intensity because both my boys are intense and extreme on all accounts. But there are also moments of tenderness with encouraging words and pats on the back. They are buds on and off the court and I love watching their bond grow stronger.
Well that’s the most random list ever but it’s all good when it’s falls under the topic of love and thankfulness. What are you loving these days?
I don’t know about you but I needed to hear this today. This little reminder of grace. Whatever happened or didn’t happen yesterday that you wished did happen “it’s ok”. Take the pressure off and take a deep breath. Look in front of you at the next moment, “you can do that.” Maybe the big picture overwhelms you, I know it does me. So one moment at a time reminding yourself that “it’s ok”. Simple words that carry a lot. Take them with you today. You got this!
My attempt each morning is have a smooth, rather quiet, efficiently run and encouraging time before we all go our separate ways. Does this always happen?
Well, no. Maybe 50% of the time. And that is being generous.
I like to pack lunches the night before but sometimes as soon as the kids go to bed I basically fall over onto the couch in sheer exhaustion. Which leads to random throwing of food items into lunch bags in the morning. And then I hear about it later from the little people.
I like to get up way early and work out and shower and be ready for the day before I wake the kids. Sometimes I’m running late and I have little sleepy eyed greeters while I am still showering. So nice.
I like to have a quiet time by myself without the many questions of the day already starting before 6:30 am. But sometimes they are up and the words just can’t possibly stay in their mouths any longer.
I like to have a little devotional while the kids eat breakfast and we just take a moment together before the day starts. But there are times when no one is listening and I’m reading to no one, someone has to go poop in the middle of reading or it just doesn’t happen at all.
I like to have a morning when we all casually make our way to the car with smiles on our faces and everyone seemed to know exactly where their shoes are. But there are mornings when I am pushing people out the door with their shoes in their hands.
Yes, my goal is to set our family up well for the day with a peaceful, easy morning. But reality is there are usually tears from someone, there are times we are running late, breakfast and shoes are in hand while we pile into the car and everyone is NOT smiling.
Doesn’t matter. We take a deep breath. We pray as we take the 5 min drive to school and we try again tomorrow. These little people count on me to help them navigate through this world. It’s crazy, wild, sometimes scary and disappointing but I want them to know that no matter what we have each other, tomorrow is a new day and we will be ok. We are doing the best we can, with what we have, where we are at.
So whatever kind of morning you had, I encourage you to keep going. Don’t give up, because what you are doing makes a difference.
(Look at these cuties being super sneaky)
Yesterday I introduced the kids to a new term – RAOK. Do you know it?
It’s all about doing something out of the kindness of your heart to someone you may or may not know. It could be as simple as a smile or a hug, buying the person’s coffee behind you in line, making cookies for someone and leaving them on a doorstep etc. The best part is leaving an anonymous RAOK note. So fun to think of how you are brightening that person’s day.
On the way to school I challenged the kids to do a RAOK at school and then told them we would do one together after school. I was so proud to hear that they each met the challenge! After school we went to Starbucks and bought a $5 gift card and then left it on a random persons windshield in the parking lot. We later prayed for that person that they would be blessed by our gift of kindness and pay it forward to someone else.
Have you ever handed out a RAOK? Have you ever received a RAOK? Tell me about it! I’d love some more ideas!
The flu decided to hit our kiddos over break. First was Kaia on our little getaway to Orlando. Yep, the flu in a hotel. Not where I would choose to deal with the flu but we made it and still had a great time. Thankfully she is such a trooper and hardly complained. A week later on New Year’s Eve Mase came down with it. Same deal. I’ll spare you all the details. You are welcome. We actually had plans (rare for us these days) to attend a family NYE party that we were really looking forward to. Instead it was just the five us, kids in bed by 8, dessert and movie for the Mr. and I and we were in bed by 10. Party animals, I know. But you know what, I loved it. And then Theia wanted her share of the action. She hates to be left out. Round 3 of fever, up all night, the whole 9 yards. I was tempted to get discouraged, tempted to complain. I just didn’t know if I could handle it one more time. But as I was all cuddled up with Theia’s hot little body clinging to me last night as we sat on the bathroom floor I realized there really isn’t anything else I would rather be doing. My little girl needs me, the same as the other two did and I can help them. The days when a cuddle and snuggle is all they want are fewer and fewer as they get older. Especially from my big boy. Daddy is top on the list for him, I’ve dropped a notch for sure. Truth be told I hate to see our kids sick but if I get to sit and snuggle with them then I’ll take it.
These are the days. The messy wrapped up in with good and mushy. Everything else can stop because it is more than worth it. Another day on the couch for us it is! And here’s to praying that Brian and I somehow miss this flu bug because I don’t think anyone is going to cuddle me!