Transparency moment: Last week was rough. And I did not handle it very well. Isn’t it crazy how the smallest annoyance can ruin your whole day if you let it? And heaven forbid if there are multiple annoyances in the day. I’ve found myself complaining. A lot. And most frequently, it seems, about things that don’t matter in the long run. I’m glad that the Lord’s mercies are new every morning. Because I know I’ve exhausted all the mercies in every day this past week.
I’m finding myself more stressed about finances, family, and any other number of things that just seemed to go wrong lately. My knee hurts and isn’t fully functional. My son has been a special handful. I question my usefulness these days. Continue reading “Why I Need to Live in the Past”
It’s no secret to anyone who has read my blog much at all that my faith has been tested the last few months. The opportunity to read Tracie Miles‘ new book, Unsinkable Faith, could not have come at a better time for me!
The thing I love most about Tracie’s book is how she consistently points out the power we have, through Christ, of course, to take control of our thought life, and how taking control of negative thoughts affects our faith for the better. If you are struggling with your faith, or know someone who is, this book is especially beneficial. But quite honestly, all of us struggle on a pretty consistent basis, even on a small scale, with keeping our faith strong. Continue reading “Unsinkable Faith Review: Positive Thought Life Buoys our Faith [Book Giveaway Link]”
Summer is in full swing at our house! It’s a different summer for me because the season hasn’t really been any different than other times of the year since back when I was a teacher (many years ago). This summer, however, is my first summer home with my sweet boy, and we are trying to make the most of it.
It’s been so incredibly busy! As a new SAHM I never realized I would be so much busier than when I had a full-time job outside the home. (How did I have time for that?) Kudos to those who’ve been at it a lot longer than me!
Now that we are down to one full-time income (plus a little from smaller jobs), I’ve had to come up with activities that keep my active little guy busy but don’t break the bank. We’ve splurged on a few activities that cost a little money, but some of our favorite things we’ve done together so far have not cost a dime. Continue reading “Summer of Saving: Five Free Activities to Keep Kids Busy”
“Those crazy Israelites! They saw God rescue them from Egypt via ten plagues and part the Red Sea yet they still complain! What does it take for them to believe?!”
I said this to myself as I was studying for a lesson I was teaching in my Bible Fellowship class Sunday morning.
Fast forward just a mere half hour or so…
“I can’t do all this. I can’t work at home and look for work at home and take care of my son and take care of my house and sing in the choir and teach Bible Fellowship. I just can’t do it all! What is going on, God? Why have you brought me to this place and just abandoned me?”
Ahem… Hi, Pot! Meet Kettle. Continue reading “Wandering in the Desert: Three Truths for a Season of Disappointment”
Confession time: I am a grammar nerd. And more than that, I am a proud grammar nerd. Sometimes it’s out of control to the point that I wish I could go through and correct grammar on social media. I once called a business to let them know that there was a misspelled word on the sign in front of their store. I’ve even considered vandalism on messed up signs. Seriously, it’s that bad. Continue reading “For the NOT Grammar Nerd: Grammarly Tool”
I did it. I stepped on the scale this morning. It always comes with a lot of cringing and dread. And maybe sometimes nausea. Truth is, I hate that flat, cold, metal instrument that takes several seconds to show me my fate. As if it is laughing at my tension.
I joined a weight loss accountability group recently, which is probably the only reason why I weighed in this morning, truth be known. And wonder of all wonders…down 1.2 pounds. If I held that weight in my hands, I would barely notice it. But when it’s that much less on a scale than last week, it’s glorious.
When I was younger, I never worried about my weight. I was athletic with a great metabolism, and even when I ate rice cakes and drank Diet Coke over the summer because I was afraid of gaining in the offseason, it wasn’t truly a concern for me. I had a period of time in my early 20’s after college where I gained some, but I just cut back here and there and six weeks later…voila!…back to my comfortable weight.
Then I hit 30. Continue reading “Numbers Don’t Lie: When the Scale Is Your Enemy”
I often find myself reading posts from teenage girls on Facebook and thinking, “Boy, am I glad social media did not exist when I was a teenager.” And then I read my diary from back then and I’m ecstatic that social media did not exist when I was a teenager.
I surely would have embarrassed myself, my family, and everyone who knew me.
Because being a young person is hard. It was hard then, and it’s even harder now. And, like many other young girls, I wore my emotions on my sleeve. Everything is just so confusing. Relationships are confusing. Feelings are confusing. And boys…well, they are the most confusing thing of all. Continue reading “Dear 16-year-old Me (A Letter to My Teenaged Self)”
It’s FUN FRIDAY! One thing I love to do (that I don’t believe I’ve mentioned) is bake and make treats. Unfortunately, most of this fun has gotten relegated to the holidays, but I’m determined to make more time for one of my favorite hobbies.
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Summer is coming up soon! Around here, the kids are just getting out of school and now that I’m staying home with my son, I understand better how important it is to have a game plan for what to do with those long summer days. Continue reading “Fun Family Summer Treat: Sticky Popcorn”
Confession time: I had always wanted to be a mom who works outside the home. Even when I was young and had dreams of being a wife and mother, I just always knew I would be one of those moms that had a career and picked my child up from daycare or a babysitter every day. It’s what I had always planned.
It’s funny how looking into the eyes of a chubby, innocent face just changes your whole way of thinking. Continue reading “What If I Stink at This? Confessions of a Brand New SAHM”
Let me just start out saying…I love to travel! I love the planning, the preparation. And the LISTS! Oh, how I adore the lists! So, in that spirit, I thought it would be fun to use FUN FRIDAY to talk about some of the trips we’ve taken or plan to take, and some little tips I’ve picked up along the way. I’ve been to foreign countries and across this country during my travels, but one of my favorite things to do is go off for a long weekend (aka mini vacation) with my family. Another thing I love is to save money while doing so. Continue reading “Mini Vacation on the Cheap: Our Long Weekend in Pigeon Forge”