New Look!

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Happy 4th of July!  I hope y’all have had a day of picnics, watermelon, and all things summer.  This is our first 4th of July to celebrate in the U.S.A. since 2011.  It has been a good day with all the red, white, and blue.

We celebrated by simply being together, just the 4 of us (that’s super fun to say.)  Daddy had the day off work and we hit the town for a bit of mall cruising and lunch out.

Here is Colby enjoying a fun ride in the store:

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Some time on our hands this afternoon also led to piecing together a “new look” for the blog!  What do you think?

I’ve been in need of a fresh, clean, new space to help motivate me to keep the words a flowing.  So, thanks to the tech knowledge of my hubs, here we are!  There will still be a few things to work through, but I was too excited not to go ahead and push the publish button tonight.

Enjoy fireworks tonight, or go to bed (that’s where I’m heading!)

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Five Minute Friday- KEEP

Five Minute Friday- Linking up with my sisters hosted by Kate Motaung.  A time to let go of edits and specifics and let the words flow.  Each Friday a new writing prompt is given and the timer is set.  Ready…

GO…

Keep, the word for today’s Five Minute Friday.  My first thought?  This week I have struggled to simply keep up.  It has been one of those weeks that has passed quickly but held some very long hours.  Have you had one of those before?

From sleepless nights with a little guy fighting an ear infection, to a busy daddy, to simply wanting things that seem outside my reach.  It has been real.  Real difficult to keep my thoughts fixed on things above.  Difficult to keep myself from the pity party afternoons.  A struggle to keep from zoning out, and not being all in for my family.  Am I the only one?

As I sit down for what seems the FIRST moment of solitude this week, I find I am holding my breath.  I know it’s not going to last long.  It’s just not been that type of week.  So, what will I choose to do in these next few moments that will help me keep my perspective clear when it’s time to be on again?

As I rocked my lil’ man for his nap this afternoon and prayed he would sleep in his bed so I could have a few moments to myself, I read the verse above his crib over and over…

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.  Jeremiah 40:11

This week, this tiring week that I am slightly relieved to see come to a close, my shepherd has kept me.  He has carried me close to His heart.  He has gently lead me through parenting paths and given me wisdom to care for our lil’ guy.  He has kept me this week and will forevermore.

STOP!

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Five Minute Friday- WAIT

Five Minute Friday- Linking up with my sisters hosted by Kate Motaung.  A time to let go of edits and specifics and let the words flow.  Each Friday a new writing prompt is given and the timer is set.  Ready…

GO…

I am officially the mother of a toddler.  The walking, getting into every cabinet, cord pulling, even temper throwing (uh oh!) toddler.  Just a few days ago I was at the sink trying to finish up a few dishes while the lil’ man was growing quite impatient waiting at my feet.

He started with his cooing, then went to pulling on my pant leg, then was in sobbing tears because he was finished having to wait.

As I sought to console my son, while not letting him think he won, I began to think about how the Lord views me in those moments when I do not wait so patiently.

As we knelt on the kitchen floor together I explained to our guy that Mommy was cleaning up the kitchen for him.  He needed me to wash his bottles so when nap time came he would have something to drink.  Believe it or not, my making him wait was for his good.

In fact, the things I do everyday for my son are for his good (as far as my humanity will allow them to be.)  Does this sound like a familiar concept we know to be true about the Lord?

And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

I’m guilty of being a pant leg pulling, sobbing tears toddler in seasons of wait.

But oh what joy is found for those who trust and are still before the Lord, to wait on him.

In what areas are you being told to wait today?  Ask the Lord to cover you in His grace and help you be content in the season of waiting.

STOP!

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