Monday, April 21

End April Goals.

Yep, it is definitely the last full week of April. But better late than never. I'm pretty proud of my accomplishment of my March goals!

1. Make a spring wreath because our front door has donned the same wreath for the past 2 years. Yikes. Needs to happen. Seriously.  Check see picture above!

2. Make "He is risen" banner to prep for Easter in our home. Will be hung on our mantle for the Easter season!

3. Find Micah an easter basket and sew a liner for it. Because Pottery Barns ones are cute yet not in our budget. So I will be on the hunt for a easter basket similar. I was able to find the perfect basket while we were cleaning out my grandmother's house. I was able to find a local lady on Facebook who was selling custom easter basket liners for $7 a piece including personalization! Crazy good deal. She didn't have a fabric that I was really excited about so I found a fun plaid on Etsy...and shipped it to her and when she was done we met up and I got the custom piece from her! She did a fabulous job!

4. Read two books. Definitely didn't happen. I am still in the middle of one book. Loving it (Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home by Gloria Furman), but 2 was probably a little zealous for this sleepy preggo who goes to bed around 10 every evening.

5. Find ways to stretch our money a little further.  I signed up for amazon mom and the honest company! With amazon mom we have prime shipping which will be very beneficial because we are constantly ordering stuff off amazon. And with the honest company...I signed up for the essentials bundle in which I get to pick and choose from a bunch of different natural, non toxic personal care & home cleaning products. I price matched a couple of items and I truly believe the essentials bundle will benefit our family over and over again! Learn more about The Honest Company here. ((referral link used)). 

For my end of April Goals, I just going to have a few simple goals because I only have less than two weeks left! hahahah

1. Purchase and begin making a Child Training Bible for our family. I love this idea and know this Bible will be used in our home over the next decade or more! 

"The Child Training Bible is tool that allows parents and children (and anyone that loves the Word of God) to go directly to the pages of Scripture for instruction in 20 key areas with a complete section dedicated to the gospel. "

2. Clear out the new baby's room! It has become our "catch all" room over the past two years. We have already made 3 thrift store drop offs!

Have I mentioned we are having a GIRL!! We are going to have a daughter! Bring on the headbands, blush pink, and jelly sandals! 

Happy Monday! 

Wednesday, March 5

March Goals

Since the first trimester of this pregnancy is behind me and I am beginning to feel like my normal self again, I would love to start doing these monthly goals posts (and get on a more regular blogging schedule).

When 2014 began, my mind and heart were in so many different places. My family was dealing with and struggling through the declining health of my beloved Mimi. I was dealing with on and off all day "morning sickness", but thankfully it was much better this pregnancy than last. Oh and throw in the crazy (and out of the ordinary for the south) snowstorms that caused school to be cancelled (my husband is a christian school teacher) and us to spend days cooped up in our home at time. Roll all that into one and you have our January and February.

Now March is here. Which is insane because it feels like we just rang in the new year. Now that life is settling down, I am ready to start setting a small list of personal goals each month for the rest of 2014. I love this idea primarily because I love making is really a problem. I also believe it could work better than making a whole bunch of resolutions in January only have failed miserably by mid February.

1. Make a spring wreath because our front door has donned the same wreath for the past 2 years. Yikes. Needs to happen. Seriously.

2. Make "He is risen" banner to prep for Easter in our home.

3. Find Micah an easter basket and sew a liner for it. Because Pottery Barns ones are cute yet not in our budget. So I will be on the hunt for a easter basket similar. 

4. Read two books. For Lent I have decided to not mess with my cellphone (social media especially) after 7 p.m. each evening to allow for a more intentional evening for my family and myself. So I think two books attainable goal. We will see though. The only exception is for online community group meeting(s) or The Influence Network class I have signed up for this month.

5. Find ways to stretch our money a little further. Whether signing up for a CSA, keeping up with my Target Cartwheel app (I always forget about it), or looking into a membership for a wholesale club. 

I'm excited for March and not only because spring weather is (hopefully) on its way. 

What are your March goals? I would love to hear them!

Grace to you all! 

linking up with Hayley

Thursday, January 2

2014: Walking Forth in Freedom.

I keep going back and forth as to whether or not I should share as to why I have been rather silent on this blog for the last 10 months. I don't want to sugar coat it. I don't want to but a smile on and pretend that everything was just roses.

It was a dark time in my mind, heart, and life. And let me just say this, those closest to me didn't even know the half of it. My mind was a battlefield of terrible anxieties vying for my every attention. I have always been one to admit that I have had problems with fear, worry, and anxiety. Crippling at times. When I am not in times of worry, I often identify it as my thorn in my flesh. And that is just what it is.

To be specific, my worry and anxiety tend to lean more on the side of hypochondria. In the past, I made every effort to eliminate triggers that would cause me to begin to panic and worry. Triggers such as not getting on WebMD and not watching medical dramas. But you can only curb the triggers not completely eliminate triggers because sickness and health issues are everywhere.

Two of my biggest/longest episodes of anxiety/hypochondria have began when people very close to me have been diagnosed with different aliments. So at a time when I could be praying for that person and ministering to them, I am fully engrossed in whether or not I have that aliment or any other sickness under the sun. How selfish. How like the enemy to attack when we are at our most vulnerable.

And just as I type those words above, I cringe because I am letting you into my ugly. As I step out of of these times of anxiety, I thank the Lord for those times and I will share more about that later.

With all of that said, the last 10+ months I have been in one of those fear and anxiety ridden episodes. I had days in which I was able to put worries on the back burner and enjoy life. Then I had days in which it took every ounce in me not to panic. Panic attacks happened and many tears when cried. It started when a very real health scare happened to me. Those closest to me tried their hardest to reassure me, but I would not have anything of it. I just sat in my fear.

That fear caused me to not want to write, not want to create, not want to connect with others, etc.

Multiple doctors appointments where made (over the course of the last 10 months) and worried about all the way up until the doctor assured me everything was ok in October.

But as I was walking through those anxiety ridden weeks and months, I was being refined. The Lord was working. The Lord was using those days to draw me even closer to him. My prayer was for freedom from the fear and worry. I wanted (and still do) to so desperately to be as the women described in proverbs "who laughs at the future."

I want to be a wife and mother that is ever present and is not shackled by her fears.

That is still my prayer because it is a process. But I believe I am on the other side now.

Now, I am praising the Lord that everything is ok. And I am praising him for those months of refinement.

Here's to 2014: a year of breaking free of the fear and worry.

More to come.

Wednesday, March 6

an influential women link-up

well, it definitely has been a while since i blogged last...but a lot of things have been going on over here. some great things and some not so great things and because of all those things... blogging has fallen to wayside. i really do miss it and hope to get back to it more regularly in the near future, but for now i wanted to check in to link up with some pretty awesome ladies who are all part of the influence network!

the influence network has already been a huge blessing to me. the 2012 conference. the forums. the classes. and the general crazy awesomeness of the women who are a part of this online community!

one of my current favorite pictures of my little family of three. i just love great big grin on my sweet baby boy!

three quick ((most definitely random)) things about me...

+ on career day in middle school, i dressed up like a "fashionable/cool" mom. hahaha
+ i am a self-proclaimed foodie. love trying new restaurants, recipes, and dishes. 
+ i have tiny ears. my husband claims that our 1 year old has bigger ears then me.

it took me too long to come up with these three things...i blame it on not getting enough sleep last night. 

one thing i've gained through being a part of the influence network:

i am not alone. what an encouragement it is for me to log into the forums and take part in the monthly classes with women who are in all different seasons of life yet are knit together by one common thread of the gospel of Jesus Christ. what a sigh of relief my soul takes when find out i am not alone whether it is in the triumphs, failures, heartaches, prayers, hopes, and dreams of everyday life. **does that make sense.