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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

i will rise

I am happy to report back on my Monday that started a little earlier than normal but completely worth it!
I got up and did a day's worth of HW for Beth Moore...& y'all know her HW can be long winded!  Folded a load of laundry and emptied the dishwasher!  AND got out the door by 6:40!   I was feeling pretty accomplished!
Ryder spent his day out at the farm.  He has a new chick named Chickaletta that he just loves!
I obviously wore the wrong outfit and shoes yesterday for our Kickball Tourney Behavior Bash outside!  Luckily I had my tennis shoes in the car and changed right after this!  We had a blast thought and it was a great day to be outside!
I finally got my lil bit back from his Mimi...& we were off to run some errands!  It was the first day of early voting, so we checked that one off the list.
I also needed to get my oil changed...back in my new favorite booties.  I'll admit, I may or may not go to Mr. Quick Lube to get my oil changed just so they'll vacuum out my floorboards.  They cost the same as my dealership and yesterday they took like 5 minutes!!!  That's the kind of service this mama needs!!

This morning was an early morning as well...but didn't get quite as much done but I'm already feeling better about the tasks at home!

Happy Tuesday sweet friends!

Monday, October 20, 2014

monday thoughts

Sunday night.

As I prepare to go to bed, I am feeling extremely blessed tonight.  Sundays seem to fill me with such joyfulness and goodness as if they are a "fresh start" to each week.  Going to bed on Sunday nights, I know that tomorrow starts the beginning of a new work week.  I don't know about you, but each Monday I feel like it's my chance to "start over" and to "do better" than I did the week before.

So many people moan and groan about it being "Monday" but I'm choosing to look at it as a good thing, and I challenge you to do the same. 

Throughout the work week, so many times I look at the pile of clean laundry waiting to be folded, and say to myself, "Oh, I don't have to do that tonight, I'll get that done this weekend."  But then when the weekend rolls around...doing laundry is the last thing I want to be doing on my one day of the week I get to spend the entire day at home with Ryder, doing whatever we please.

Every evening after we get home from work and school...all I want to do is crash and spend time with R.  But there is laundry to do, homework to tend to, papers to grade, and more lessons to plan...not to mention making dinner, trying to "play" Legos with Ryder even though I completely suck at it and have no imagination like he does, what so ever.

Once again, I tell myself...those things that can wait.  And...there we go again--they are always getting pushed back to the weekend

This week I am going to make a point to get those things done done, before the weekend...so that come Saturday I have no unwanted "weight" on my shoulders, or house hold "to do lists" in the back of my head that I know I need to tend to, if they're ever going to get done.

Whether this means getting up earlier, or staying up later, I'm going to get more done with the time I'm given throughout the day.

We all have 24 hours in our day.  I just want to chose to use the time I'm given more wisely.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

last weekend in september

Last weekend in September--how can that be?!  & now we've had our first weekend in October?!  It just doesn't seem right!
I was CRAVIN' a dirty pumpkin chai after school and had to drive thru to get one on our way home--R was needing a drink too, so I handed him the left overs of my Sonic drink from the am!  So...no, I don't really get my kid size large drinks from Sonic! ;)
I needed a night at home catching up on the season premiers of Grey's, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder!!!  Fabulous as always!!  R was busy creating wonderful Lego structures.  I feel so bad for keep Legos from him for so long, but he truly is talented at it!! :0
Saturday...I spent my day at UCA learning from Core Connection Instructions class.  I really did enjoy it, but it was a long day!  I look forward to learning more in the coming months!  
I was happy to get back home to my baby boy...and off to Chick and the bike trail we went!!  
Sunday selfie! ;)  jk...I'm finally getting used to my short hair!  YAY!
I try to make my Sundays pretty chill.  It's hard with everything I have to get done...but going to the coffee shop requires me to not do laundry, not lay on the couch and fall asleep, etc. etc. and actually stop, sit down and get stuff done!!  Whether it be reading, doing my Bible Study, or getting papers graded.  So, I am very thankful for a few hours at Blue Sail with some of my favorites! =)

So tuned for what we did on our FIRST weekend of October tomorrow! 
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Monday, October 6, 2014

5 year old well child check

I always forget about well child checks since they aren't ever 3-6 months like they used to be!  I usually schedule Ryder's when I see Mama Laughlin taking big T since they are the exact same age!  ;)

Happy to report R is right on track for everything he should be...I mentioned to them that he had pains in his legs at night, but that they went away when I rubbed them.  They looked back at his chart and he had grown FIVE INCHES since we had been there in February!!!  That's 7 months--no freakin' wonder he skipped size five pants and went straight from fours to sixes!!!
He is in 97%tile for height and 85%tile for weight...so someone is gonna have to come teach him how to play basketball, because it's not gonna be his Mama!

Happy Monday!  Be a blessing to those around you as you go throughout your day! =)

Monday, September 29, 2014

"navigate" by scott attebery

I recently had the opportunity to read the book Navigate by Scott Attebery.  Scott is the Executive Director of DiscipleGuide Church Resources.  He has served as campus minster on a college campus, as well as pastored his own church.    His book goes into great detail of how we are supposed to go about understanding and pursing God's will in our lives.  

When I saw what his book was about, I'll be honest and admit I was a bit scared tpo read it...because talking about God's will for your life is a BIG deal and at times can seem a bit overwhelming (at least for me!).  I am so guilty to just run from things when I "don't like them" or are "scared of" or "don't want to talk or think about".  But there are times we just have to tighten our boot straps and jump on in, and that's exactly what I did--and I am so glad that I did!

"What is God's will for my life?"  "How am I supposed to know what God's will for me is?"  These are questions I would assume most Christian's have asked themselves at one time or another.  This book provided me with a great outlook on how we are supposed to answer, and conquer these questions!  

I am a regular reader of Scott's blog which you can find HERE.  He has a way with words that allow him to teach and share the Word in such a unique way.  The way he shares stories and experiences and how they relate to scripture are so touching, and real to me.  When he asked to share a copy of his book with me, I knew this piece would be no different, and I was exactly right.  
As I read through the book there were SO many different things that I underlined and highlighted, but I wanted to share just a few of them with you in hopes that it will give you the desire to order a copy for yourself!  
I won't say it was quick read because it can be deep and I wanted to let it all sink in...and not read through it too fast, causing me to miss the message.  But, once you get going...it's easy to just want to keep flipping the pages to learn more and more about His will and how we are supposed to find that will of God for our own lives!  

God doesn't allow us to see or know everything...but we are told to obey His word.  "As long as we obey His written Word (our manual), we can trust Him to work all things for the good of those who love him."

I am super guilty of worrying about things in life, when I know in my heart that He is taking care of it all.  It may not be in my time or my way...but He is taking care of it, and I have absolutely no reason to be worrying about it!  

What God has done is "instructed us to obey His manual, the Bible.  That's our assignment in pursuing His will."  Ouch.  Such a valuable resource that we have been blessed with, but are we using it?   
"Knowing the will of God is rooted in obeying His written Word"  There we go again.  Why are we looking else where?  He has provided us with such a great tool.  We are supposed to be smart and use it as He intended!

Is there going to be an exact answer to every situation and problem we face today found in His Word?  No.  "But there are always principals in Scripture that apply to our every situation, and we must seek in wisdom to identify these."  

In Sunday School a few weeks ago, we talked about how His word is timeless.  It was affective to people then, and it is affective to us now.  Is our life today the same as it was for people living back then?  Absolutely not.  But can we get the same lessons out of His Word that they did?  Yes we can!  His Word is a timeless treasure.    

After finishing Navigate, I was reading Lysa Terkeurst's The Best Yes, and ran across a statement and immediately thought back to Scott's book!  It goes exactly along with everything he said in his book, and I just had to share it with you in this post.  "When we slip at living out the Word of God, we slip at living in the will of God."

So where can we find His will for our lives?  In His Word.    

I'll have to stop there, and you'll have to get yourself a copy to get more in-depth!  But, I'll leave you with one last quote, and it's a good one! 

You can purchase Navigate HERE and it can also be bought electronically for your Kindle, through iTunes as well as for your Nook.  

Be sure to follow Scott's blog to hear more from him on a regular basis!    

Book provided by Scott Attebery, but all opinions are my own.  
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