34 Weeks {A Daybook}

I've always enjoyed reading the daybook posts of other bloggers, so I thought I would try one of my own. Of course, I am writing this at night, so I may already be doing it wrong. Oh well! Outside my window... It is cool and dark and the crickets are especially loud this evening. I am thinking about... All of the little things on my to do list that I obsessively check numerous times throughout the day. I am thankful... For my sweet boys. They are so precious and such a joy to … [Read more...]

Moving On

I'm sorry that I have been so quiet here and on social media lately. It's been one thing after another around here and whenever life starts feeling overwhelming, I tend to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the online world. If you had told me back in November that this transition of commuting and trying to sell our house would take over six months, I would have told you that I would not be able to survive that long. But here we are, six months later, and although it has difficult, the … [Read more...]

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.

Last night I fell into bed declaring that I need a two week sabbatical from motherhood. Phillip looked at me in such a way that his face showed that he was trying to think of how he could do something like this for me and then I worried that he would really try to make it happen and that I would be so lost and alone without my boys that I wouldn’t know what to do with myself and that all I really needed was a good night’s sleep. "The memories of home and of her children rose up in her … [Read more...]

Finding Balance

If there is one thing that most moms have in common, it has got to be the struggle to find balance between spending quality time with our children and getting everything done that we need to get done. Our children want a lot of our attention, and we must be intentional about giving them our time and focus to communicate a message to them that they are loved and important. But there is also the reality of the tasks that must be done in order to take care of our children, that also are … [Read more...]

Contentment

I have been listening to Daring Greatly by Brene Brown on Audible on my morning runs this week, and boy is she reading my mail. I just finished the part on scarcity, which is basically the feeling of “I’m not _____ enough”, and I feel like the timing is perfect with my series because if there is one area that women often feel “not ______ enough”, it is with our homes and our homemaking abilities (or perceived lack of abilities). I don’t know about you, but my home is very much an expression … [Read more...]

Soul Food

So far in writing about the art of self-care, I have mentioned the importance of both rest and nourishment. Today I am going to write about an even more important kind of rest and nourishment. Prayer. Rest for our souls and nourishment to our spirits. But before I get started, I need to tell you a few things. This is not going to be a blog post where you will hear about an early morning quiet time with a cup of tea, a Bible, and a prayer journal. I am not going to recommend … [Read more...]

Your Body, His Temple

Along with getting enough rest, nourishing our bodies is so important in caring for ourselves as women. But while we view sleep and rest as a treat and something we want more of, we hear the words “nutritious diet” and immediately think of punishment. But the real punishment comes when we put things in our body that make us feel bloated and tired, but yet we do it again and again because they taste good and they are easy. I gain weight easily so I have never been one of those girls who can … [Read more...]

Yes to the Little Things

There is a note card taped to my bathroom mirror that says the following... Say YES to the little things. Say YES to inconvenience so someone else might be blessed. Say YES to doing the unseen, the unnoticed, and the underappreciated. Say YES to overlooking faults and inconsiderate slights. Say YES to patient listening though there's much to do and more to say. "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much." Luke 16:10 My prayer this week is that we will … [Read more...]

Settling In

Every time I walk into my hair salon, I am armed with no less than five pictures. I prop them up against the mirror and tell my stylist to work her magic. She will do her best to tame the curly mop on my head, and with a lot of work, I can usually make it resemble the pictures for a couple of weeks. Then I get lazy and it goes back to being what it always has been. Big, blonde, and curly. It’s just me. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be someone else. As a teenager and on … [Read more...]

The Time Has Come….Go!

I grew up watching old reruns of "I Love Lucy" on Nick at Nite. One of my favorite episodes was the one where Lucy is due to give birth to Little Ricky and while she resting in her room not yet ready to go to the hospital, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel are in the living room practicing what they will each do when she announces that she is ready to leave. Ricky starts every practice sequence with, "The time has come...go!" and then each of them calmly proceeds with their part of seeing her off to the … [Read more...]