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Simplicity- At Peace

Better to be patient than powerful;
better to have self-control than to conquer a city. Proverbs 16:32

The Lord is fighting for my peace all I need to do is hold on to it. Do I seek peace though? Do I hold on to it when I get it? Am I laughing without fear of the future? Or am I ever so quick to pick up the heavy mantle of worry and what-if?

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole. Isaiah 53:5 (AMP)

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Daybook II

This a tweaking of the Daybook format journal post from the other day.

Outside: Snowflakes are lazily floating to the ground. There is a good 6-8″ of white stuff blanketing everything in sight and to think a few days ago it was close to 50 degrees outside. The temp is 23 degrees today. The sky is overcast marbled in golden white and bluish grey.

Hearing: The cat and dog chasing each other around the house.

Wearing: Long sleeve brown thermal, brown cable knit hooded sweater and silver brand jeans that a good friend generously bestowed upon me.

Thinking: My next blog post. And the absolutely ludicrous expectation placed on little girls and women by the Miss America pageant and how they (the producers) excessively excused the pageantry and exhibitionism by pushing a feminist career agenda as though being a Doctor or Lawyer or Scientist is somehow the ultimate goal for girls and women. I am a mom and there is NOTHING more fulfilling and important. I have a job out of necessity and I enjoy it very much and would love to continue my education. My job is EASY in comparison to keeping my home and parenting my children. I hope that moms never forget that  though they could very easily be a career woman and do some culturally beneficial work in the world, the imprint of there motherhood however good or bad will shape the future and there is no higher achievement than striving to be the best mom to your children. The real Miss America’s are those moms that have the poise to handle there children’s messes and multitask a million different things and create a loving home for their husband and children and who honor there husband even when it is difficult and all the other umpteen beautiful, frustrating, thankless, fulfilling aspects of motherhood.

Reading: Learn to Crochet- I know how, I just need to familiarize myself with the different stitches and how to read patterns.

Food: {Brunch} Cottage Cheese, eggs and toast, coffee {Supper} hamburgers

Learning: Crochet stitches

Devotion: Streams in the Desert

Meditation: Proverbs 34:14

Inspiration: Pinterest

Creating: Just finished my third washcloth, blue raspberry and bright pink

Grateful: Warmth, coffee, my children, family, friends, feedback and followers on my blog, the talent God has given me to write, motivation that I pray for every day, my vitamins esp. B, herbs, snow, joy, playing, being okay with imperfections and inadequacy.

Accomplished: 90% of my kids rooms cleaned, addresses collected for my 6 year olds Flat Stanley first grade project, lots and lots of laundry, groceries bought and put away,

Plans: need  to finish my children’s bedrooms, get the kids stuff ready for school tomorrow, run a few errands, get together with some friends on Friday, free class on Saturday

Favorite: TV show right now Once Upon a Time on ABC, I love the spiritual connections I am able to communicate to my children through this show, as in, “magic always comes with a price” and how this relates to the pleasure of sin in the moment but how it makes you pay a heavier price down the road.

Children: Having fun with the Granparents

Struggle: Maintaining (or even implementing on some days) routines and scheduling for my days.

Avoiding: Shoveling the snow off the walk

Fitness: Haven’t done it today… yet

Zone: Outside work, er, like shoveling the walk

Quote: “Mommy you have a big butt” -complements of my 4 year old

Praying: For a very special and loved person to come home miraculously healed.

So there it is my tweak of my mundane daily to do…

Daybook

Outside my window: Gorgeous snow everywhere and to think that each and every snowflake is different than the other… God is so in the details, I think I love this scientific fact more that the sands on the seashore or that He named every star, even though you can hardly choose between such amazing facts.

I am hearing: the tumble of clothes in my dryer, John Denver on my ipod playlist

I am wearing: Fleece jammie pants and purple shirt and thick black cardigan sweater

I am thinking about: The hilarious 2012 No Pants Subway Ride I just saw on You Tube via Pinterest, laughed so hard my cheeks hurt. The looks these people got… LOL (ahem, this would definitely be rated beyond PG-13- just warning you)

Food today: {Breakfast}- 2 cups coffee, cereal {Lunch}- Grilled Cheese and Tomato soup with goldfish swimming in it {Supper}- whatever I think of

Learning: My daughter brought home a game from school about sequencing that was pretty fun.

My Meditation: Proverbs 16:32 NLT

Crafting: Just finished 2 crocheted washcloths that I loved making.

Inspirations: DIY magazine organizers, prairie cloth doll, felt doll

Some of what I am planning this week: Need to clean my kids rooms since I avoided all last week… and the week before that… and the one before that…

Some of what I have gotten done this past week: Cleaned the top of my fridge off, Lots of never ending laundry, 7 kids to AWANA, Crocheted 2 washcloths, Cleaned my bedroom, 7 Blog posts

I am Thankful for: My children, God’s provision and mercy and guidance, Salvation, my family, people who follow my blog and leave comments on my posts, Vitamins, herbs, raw milk, the beauty of God’s Creation, the ministry of God’s creatures especially the pets he has blessed our family with: Dixie our red dobe, and Ginger our muted calico cat.

One of my favorite things: Vintage Pyrex, I adore it

My children are: Hangin’ with Daddy

Got my idea for this post at Pondered in My Heart a darling blog I found today via (what else?) Pinterest

Coincidence is a Myth

I can’t pass on this awesome miracle last night.

Just in case you were in doubt

Coincidence is a myth

Miracles are reality

John 3:16

A message of love

Banned by some sports big-wigs

God has a sense of humor

He counts the hairs on our head

He has named all the stars

316 yards

31.6 avg yards

Tim Tebow,

what a blessed man you are…

 

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16 NKJV

 

…and be done with it.

So I wanted to blog about New Year resolutions… but, it keeps coming back to me how miserable they are, how I have kept them up for quite a long time and then they fall through… My best year for resolutions was 2009, I kept the majority of them going for 4 months until the demands of getting up at 4 a.m. and working thirteen or more hour days with three kids and a house and etc, finally got to me. This year I didn’t have a set plan on the eve of the New Year to sit down and write out my overly romanticized expectations for myself just to watch them fail in one way or another. On January 1st, I did sit down though and think about some of the goals I want to accomplish; my mindset at the time was: I would not feel guilty if I did not meet them as perfectly as I would like. I have been battling unrealistic expectations for myself and the guilt just isn’t worth it. Not to say that I won’t have these issues later on but just that I am choosing to not be guilty if I mess up and to realize that if I continuously fail at something that maybe I need to lower the bar and shoot for a new goal on the way to the ultimate goal I wanted to reach. I determined I would not make my list too big and that I would be open to changing and adding or subtracting items from what I had written.

2012 Goals for a New Year…

  1. Wake @ 5 a.m. five or more days  a week
  2. Exercise 4 or more days a week for 20 minutes
  3. Cut back and eventually cut out simple carbs
  4. Increase smoothie intake with more veggies and salads in my diet, too
  5. Strive for simplicity in every area of life
  6. Declutter and reorganize

Some of my add on goals…

  • Couponing
  • Write more frequently and blog
  • Hydrate
  • Do more crafts
  • Utilize the library more

My entire purpose of this is to refocus myself and align myself to a set of standards to reach for and then do my best. I tell you what I haven’t got up at 5 a.m. more than twice this year, but I know I want to… maybe I need to make it six, then 5:45, then 5:30, etc. or maybe I need to accept that I just don’t have it in me to do that as often as I would like. Working out has been a bit better but I have painfully motivating back issues if I don’t. Must say that I am somewhat happy that I have been more regular about this, but, again it hasn’t been 4 times a week either.

The point for me this year is that I want to reach the end of the year and see tangible changes maybe not specifically that I am fulfilling all my goals perfectly but that they have become a part of my life and made it better. Not another set of rules to beat myself with. It is all a work in progress for me and I am choosing to be happy with that and content to just let myself pass as a human being this year and not strive for anything that is not gently led by God for me to follow and also to forgive the frailty of where I fail to meet the expectations that in some ways enslave me to a miserable existence.

Maybe my resolutions should be

  • Let go of expectations
  • Forget the guilt trip
  • Freely be who I am now and
  • Know that I can’t force growth

Yes, I think that’s it.

Emerson quote via Pinterest

Theme Change and Photo Additions

 

 

So I am changing my theme for my blog and found this one that I love and it allows me to add photos without too much difficulty. The last theme was for some reason nearly impossible to work with when adding photos. So here you go, I look forward to adding many more pictures. I will most likely play with it for a bit to see how placement works and all, so bear with me while I try and get it right.

These photos are of my daughter and I last summer when we did our nails and put cute little decals on them.

 

 

Amputee

There was pain
Before this.
Great and terrible pain
Now gone.
Like a limb removed,
A need,
A necessity,
For life.
That pain hurt
And angered me;
It never let me alone.
Now gone.
Learning to live
Again.
Learning to be
Myself
Once more.
But I still feel
The phantom pains,
The limb
That is there
But gone.
A need for this
Life I have here.
And I miss it
That part of me.
For walking
This journey.
That pain.
I won’t take it back
Pain broke
My loyalty.
I wait
And wait
For the heel to be Healed
For the limb to be restored
To this body
My own.