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Monday, October 25, 2010

Grateful? Today?

Sometimes, I can I be grateful on a day like this?
Many times people ask me...why are you happy on a bad day?  Why be grateful when things aren't going well?
Sometimes, although I really do have a good answer, I can't seem to find it.
But, on other days I can and I do.  On other days, I remember that it's not all about me.  It's about so much more.
It's about more than the missed flights, icky hotel rooms, tummy aches, sore throats, test grades under 95, missed moments with my little one,  burned briskets, papers due in an hour, flat tires, rude drivers, stubbed toes, arguments, wondering where we will live in a week, bills, ill-mannered people and life in general.
It's about Him.
It's about remembering who created me and why He did it.
Remembering He created me for His glory.
His Glory.
With that in mind, I will strive to be grateful in all things.  When I am unhappy, I will find something good. Something to thank Him is in finding those things that I direct my gaze back to him.  It is in finding those things that I work to stop being selfish, to stop sulking in my own mire, to stop making it all about me and will instead, turn to Him. He is the only one who can get me out of this mess called life, so it is to Him I will run.
I know that I can only feel one emotion at a time, so I will choose to feel grateful.

grateful for...
429.  phone calls with my mum, she loves me regardless...she reminds me that He knows where we will live next week and He will let us know when the time is right.
430.  silence from the realtor.  I'm praying "no news is good news"
431.  brothers who will drive their massive gas-guzzling truck to come move our belongings
432.  a sweet friend who slips an encouraging e-mail into my inbox
433.  acorns falling on my head, reminding me of many fun childhood memories
434.  the end of a school quarter and the beginning of the next...

holy experience

Thursday, October 21, 2010

fight feeling with feeling

I need to get this tattooed on my forehead.

I need to remember it faster.  Apply it to my life sooner.  Force myself to think differently than I want to right now.  The way I want to feel is not very nice.  I could sit and stew on why people act like idiots on a continued basis.  Why they think that they are so much better than everyone else.  But, instead I am going to force myself to quit thinking about them.

Instead, I will be thankful for:

419. my little one sleeping soundly right next to me...
420. conversations between my father and little sister.  Humor galore....
421. a jogging stroller waiting in my car for me to get home and put it to good use...
422. a wonderful Aunt who will take me and my craziness in...until we find a home...
423. my amazing parents who will jump in a car and cross state lines to bring me my little one at a moment's notice...
424. my fabulous family who loves my little one as much as I do...
425. dinner in an hour with my dad, sister and little one...
426. news for the realtor that she hasn't heard anything back about our offer...I'm praying that this is a good sign....
427. All my "friends" at The Relevant Conference.  I'm so excited to learn vicariously from them....
428. The music I recently purchased on iTunes...thanks to Ann Voskamp for introducing it to me....

Now, off to continue my gratefulness while going on a walk with my dad and little one...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Things I've figured out in the last hour I've been awake:

1.  The BEST way to wake up is to an alarm blaring the music from Ann Voskamp's blog.  It was the best .99 cents EVER spent at iTunes.

2.  I have one more day before my little one, sister and dad arrive!  Wahoo!!!

3.  I am going to join the 30-day giving challenge.  I've been wavering back and forth, mainly because I think that I am too busy.  Seriously, I think I'm to busy to give?  Yea, I need help.  Thus, I'm joining the 30-day challenge.  You should do it too.  With me.  We'll do it together and keep each other accountable.  

4.  I love it when my sister plays dress-up with my little one.  Fun pictures always follow.

5.  Spark is quite necessary in the morning.  I should make sure that I travel with enough for each morning that I will be away. Preferably in Mandarin Orange.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

and he's off to Boot Camp!

Well, not quite.

But, he will be...come December!

Our prayers were answered - my hubs will be headed to the Ransomed Heart Advanced Boot Camp on December 2!

We are so excited that he is going to be able to go.  And, slightly jealous that we won't be going with him. We know that he will have such a great time and are so thankful for your prayers!

Please pray for his time there - for him to be able to "un-plug" from this crazy world, for him to not worry about us at home and for him to have an amazing weekend listening to his Heavenly Father speak.

It's gonna be great...the little one and I can't wait to hear about it!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I love my MA!

This weekend, the little one and I went with Mimi and Papa Joe to see Ma.  She was so excited to see how much the little one had grown.  He loved playing with her phone and making it beep incessantly.
We hung out, looked at pictures and reminisced.  It was good.  Actually, it was great.
When I was little, I used to stay with Ma while my mum was at work.  We had some great times.  Singing and playing and enjoying life.  I love to see the happiness on her face, even today.  I love to hear the happiness in her voice when she talks about life at the farm.  
I will always be thankful for the time I spent with her before the farm,  the time that was spent at the farm and the time we spend together now.  
I love my memories of picking peanuts, cotton, corn, potatoes, garlic, beans and tomatoes from the garden.  Times feeding the chickens and times getting my entire face licked my a friendly little cow.  Times walking to the pond to find special rocks.  Times playing dress up.  Times knowing that no matter what, she loved me.
Oh, and yea...the chocolate cookies.  I could never forget those.  I can't wait to teach the little one to garden and to tell him all about my time at Ma and Pa's farm!

Monday, October 4, 2010

such good manners

My little one is such a gentleman.  
He loves to help. 
Currently, his favorite things are to sign the credit card machine and then to carry my bags for me.  
Now, if only I can get him to keep this habit as he grows up!

Thankful for:
  • 408. crisp, autumn days 
  • 409. crazy crows that come way to close for comfort 
  • 410. Magic pop rice cakes and the crazy machine that makes them. 
  • 411. the Pioneer Woman - without her recipes, my sister might starve to death
  • 412. the Pioneer Woman's meatballs - tonight my little one ate 5 - quite a feat for my little vegetarian.
  • 413. Club Soda - oh so fizzy, but NO sugar!  HA!
  • 414. an evening spent baking with my sister - it doesn't get much better!
  • 415. amazingly happy pictures that inspire me to teach the little one to throw leaves.                               See for yourself here.
  • 416. my baggage being returned by American Airlines - those 2 days without my luggage helped 417. to remind me that life can go on without all my stuff.
  • 418. Tuesday - its arrival means that I'll see my hubby in 3 days!