College Flashback

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Starting Sunday night around 10 p.m. a reunion began that had been long overdue!  Two of my very best friends from college came to our house to spend a few days!  It had been almost 3 years since the 3 of us had been together…

There are few people in the world that make me laugh harder (I’m talking water spewing cackles) and love Jesus more than these 2 ladies.

We met as college Freshman and are now women! (women who still are blown away that we are “adults”.)

The past few days consisted of GA sunshine…

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My babies meeting & loving my buddies…

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And even a week night movie!

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I learned a few things this week, this momma is no longer made for college hours (I saw midnight by CHOICE, this does not happen in mom life!) And I am certainly not made for college eating again…so.not.good.

So while this is not a norm for me, what a treat it was!

As I sit in my quiet house after a few days of sweet visitors my heart is full.  It is full of thankfulness for college days & a whole lot of growing up.  It is full of excitement over where each of these sweet friendships have gone, church planters to adoption agents…these girls are something else!  It is full of thankfulness for relationships that have not been face to face for a while but picked up right where we left off.

Thanks Beth & Sarah for an awesome few days!  Let’s not wait 3 years to do it again.

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Podcast Queen

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Oh the joys of gathering together as a family, all sitting close  in the living room, waiting for the nightly broadcast of our favorite show to air on the radio…

Okay, so maybe I never lived in the “radio in your home” days, but can I say I think I would’ve loved it?  Trey makes fun of me for how much I enjoy talk radio.  I don’t zoom past a station in the car if people are talking, instead I try to quiet the kiddos so I can hear what they’re talking about.

Nosey?  Yea, maybe a little.  But “on air” radio talk is for the nosey in all of us.  So you can imagine that in this day and age of Podcast (talk radio for my mobile devices) I am hooked!  Over the past few months I have become a bit of a podcast queen.

I listen while I do housework.  I listen when the kids and I are playing in the afternoons.  I listen while I am getting ready in the mornings.  And I listen to a wide variety…

I have my “mom podcasts”:

The Real-Life Mom Show

Glorious in the Mundane

I have my Beachbody podcasts:

Team Beachbody Coach Podcast

I have my family and daily encouragement podcast:

Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

I have my, you’re a stay at home mom but still need to look at the world through a biblical worldview and keep up with current events, podcast:

The Briefing

Just to name a few.

Now don’t misunderstand.  Most of these just air once a week.  So I am not glued to the phone and not hearing my kids…most of the time.  But in all seriousness, I am loving the “at the touch of a button” access to so many wonderful resources!

What about you?  What Podcasts do you currently enjoy?  I’m always open to suggestions.  Funny to fitness to deep thinking, I’d love to hear from you!

 

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Five Minute Friday- Purpose

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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.

GO…

I’m in the bathroom putting the last few strands of hair into place as I prepare for the day and I hear the scream.  A shrill, high pitch, “he’s bothering me” scream from my 1 year old.  I take the 5 steps from my bathroom to living room to see what has happened to which I hear my 3 year old respond…

“I didn’t do it on purpose…”

9 times out of 10 I’m not even sure what “it” was he didn’t do.

I drop down to my knees, eye to eye with this sweet little sinner that he is…and I say, “What ARE you supposed to do to you sister?”

Protect her, love her, have fun with her…I remind him of his purpose.

The list goes on and play time begins again.

These “not on purpose” moments happen a lot with my 3 year old.  But the more I see them happen to him, the more I notice I do it too. (What a mirror our kids are!)

Here are a few synonyms for purpose: intend, mean, aim, plan…

I didn’t plan to eat those 3 cookies for dessert…

I didn’t intend to sleep through my alarm instead of spending time in the Word…

I didn’t mean to have a silly argument with my husband, again…

I know I need the same talk I give my 3 year old, a talk to define my purpose.  I know all the things I did not do on purpose…now onto the things I should PURPOSE to do.

STOP!

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Remember Your Calling

For as long as I can remember I have dreamed of being a stay-at-home mom.  I looked forward to play dates, preparing meals, sticky fingers, bath times, and all that caring for littles involved.  I would watch other moms and look forward to the day that I would have a little one call me “momma” and want to sit in my lap.  And then it happened.

And over the last 3 years my dream of motherhood has become a reality.  And like most things in life, reality is a lot different than our dreams.

A few weeks ago I was in a conversation with a close girlfriend.  One of those, speak truth to you girlfriends, even when you didn’t realize you need it.  We were in the middle of the, “I’m a stay-at-home mom but wonder if I should be doing more…” conversations.  If you are a SAHM, you know the ones.  We had both recently moved states and were in the process of settling in.  As we were discussing our “new normals” my friend said,

“I have to remember, just because my location has changed does not mean my calling has…”

I don’t think she realized how much this truth ran all through me.  You see, in the midst of a location change, even a change of seasons, this momma has needed to remember her calling.

I have needed to remember that in the midst of what seems long days full of menial tasks, that these are the most meaningful tasks!

I have needed to remember that at times when it feels like all other mommas are out in the “real world” and I’m “just at home” that this is my calling.

I have to remember that the days may pass slowly but the years will pass quickly.

In an effort to EMBRACE 2017 I am learning to embrace my days as a stay-at-home mom too.  I spend 24/7 with two little humans who are quite incredible!  My 3 year old is soaking up everything, we have real conversations (constantly) and he is so much fun!  My 1 year old has never met a stranger and her love for others and life is contagious!

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I want to make the most of my days with these sweet babies.

A few months ago my Mother-in-love gave me “A Year of Playing Skillfully”-a curriculum designed for intentional time with my kiddos.  I have waited a bit to dive into this resource while our life has “settled” down.  I spent the majority of my day today digging into this gem!

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Talk about an afternoon of perspective change!

So often I lose my joy in my calling as mom because I am overwhelmed by tasks.  I am overwhelmed by the constant needs that I have forgotten to stop and enjoy my kids.  I hope to change that this month.  And it started today…

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Look up in the midst of it mommas, remember your calling!

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A Weekend in La La Land

When a friend sends you a text saying she would like to come see you and love on your family, you say COME ON, and have a great weekend.

Girlfriends and special visits are pretty much the best.

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Our weekend consisted of sunshine walks, shopping, and dinner & a movie…

What movie?  I’m glad you asked.

La La Land!!!!

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Have you seen it?

I had wanted to see the movie for a while now but I knew it might not be a favorite for Trey…so when a girlfriend comes to town and it happens to still be playing in theatres, you better believe I jumped on the opportunity.

Y’all…we loved it!

It had been quite a while since I was genuinely entertained by a movie.  It was engaging.  Refreshing.  Fun.  All the feels.  And in the midst of being a musical, it was real.  For a little more than 2 hours I was completely captivated by the magic of the big screen and honestly thankful for the journey we took with the two main characters.

See what I’m saying?  Doesn’t happen much in the movies these days.  And you better believe I am listening to the soundtrack online as I write this post.  (Mamaw Peggy, I hope you have seen it!)

Now…how many days until it comes out on DVD?

In the midst of our outings Julia still had plenty of time to love on our babies as well:

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Ms. Julia, thanks for a great visit!  Please come back again!

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