Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thankful Thursday #24

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

1. After a particularly hard day with a certain three year old... I whispered to Craig that he now had sole custody of her... without hearing me that little munchkin who was sitting across from me at dinner announced "I'm on team mommy!" and gave me a crooked thumbs up.

2. A special friend who complimented the way I  handled that same 3 year olds meltdown at the (very quiet) museum. We gotta stick together mamas!

3. An afternoon of Full House, snacks, pillows and blankets, and snuggles with all 3 kiddos yesterday.

4. Some pretty amazing crockpot beer chicken for supper... 

5. A full wood shed and a cozy fire.

6. Writing with a friend... no interruptions... just write.

7. Kiddos who can make me hot drinks.

8. Love, compassion, personal growth... who doesn't like those things?

9. Shopping in my own closet... oh the outfits I have rediscovered.

10. Finishing 2/3 of my kiddos Christmas blankets.

Tell me what you're thankful for this week...
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Monday, October 27, 2014

3 Habits I Want to Establish in 21 Days (How Did I Do?)

21 days ago I set a few goals... And here I am now being accountable to you... please be gentle...

1. No Phone During School Time

Oh my word... epic fail.  If I wasn't on my phone I was searching something on the laptop... I think I want a restart developing that habit.

2. Write for a Minimum 10 Minutes 6 Days a Week

I probably did this for 2 out of the three weeks... and I wrote a decent amount the third week as well... only a bit more work to make this habit stick!

3. Spend at Least 15 Minutes Outside Everyday

Umm did it happen everyday?  No... but I was outside a whole lot more than usual... we went for walks on our street, jumped on the trampoline, went hiking in the woods, took our rabbit out on a leash... and played at the park... Again just some more reinforcement to make this an unbreakable habit.

So 2/3 almost habits... not too bad right?  
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Because This... 20th Edition

Welcome to the end of the week... where I share my favorite photos and the links that have impacted me most:

So until we have the imagination and the wherewithal to bring God’s kingdom down to earth, I guess I will continue to keep one foot out the door, always looking for who isn’t here. I will of course continue to go to church most days, support it, love it, learn from it, push it, and prod it. But may I never fully belong there, may I never fully be satisfied. May I never, ever stop asking: who isn’t here? Why I Don't Go to Church

The church contacted me after the trip and asked how Maureen liked her new phone? I told them it was useless and said, “Don’t worry about it. I gave her mine.” Dear World: Let's Stop Giving Our Crap To The Poor

Thankful Thursday #23 (A day late...)

Yesterday was ridiculously and gloriously busy... And it provided me with much to be thankful for...

  1. I live in such a giving city... Seriously I have been to the Food Bank and the New Life Mission this month and I am thrilled to know that our local grocery stores, Cobbs bread, Starbucks and several caterers in town donate leftovers and unused food to help hungry folks in our community.  Bravo Kamloops!
  2. Girlfriends... I love getting together with other women... there is something energizing about the way we talk and joke and feel bonded.
  3. Random acts of kindness... it's so much fun to pull off a great RAK!  I just wish I could be a fly on the wall to see the other person's reaction... and then turn human again so I don't have to eat poop... just sayin'.
  4. History... or maybe I am just thankful for other people's stories... never the less I quite enjoyed wandering around "haunted" places on Wednesday night hearing the stories of the ghosts who "live" there.
  5. My little sister... I just love you Heather.
  6. Night shift is finished!  Sleep has returned to me... it's a beautiful thing.
  7. Letters from my Compassion Kids... I love that we are actually corresponding... Maria Brenda our 9 year old girl just sent a letter thanking us for the Mother's Day card we sent to her mom... I love hearing from them.
  8. Following my friend Cole's trip to Disneyland via Facebook... it was magical... every picture and post from his mom made my heart swell... 
  9. Planning for Christmas... 
  10. Afternoon project time with my bigger kids... (Delaney is claiming to be big as well these days).  It's been so sweet to explore The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe... and work on weather science projects.  
What are you thankful for this week?

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Because This... 19th Edition

It's the weekend... but what does that really mean for stay at home mothers?  Perhaps we will strive for adventure of some sort tomorrow... Outdoors?  In the mean time... here are a spattering of my favorites from this week:

Some of my other favorite photos can be found over at Fruitful Abundance

Could you go a year without buying anything new?  Holy smokes!  What a challenge!  I am pretty sure I would want to create a few capsule wardrobes before embarking on anything so lofty.  Still a good experiment to see how little we actually NEED.

Ok I seriously want to be friends with Shannon... I feel like we are knit from the same variegated yarn... You are always welcome in my home... Come In... Here, we hold hands with the mess of life...

And here at Goats Milk Lattes... You all were so supportive and loving when I posted about our first miscarriage... it is extremely vulnerable to share such a story and I am ever so greatful for your love and kindness.

How about you?  What inspired or interested you this week?  What are your adventurous weekend plans?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thankful Thursday #22

Yay! I'm back on track here with Thankful Thursday!  I gotta say these are the most fun posts I write... and giving thanks does something wonderful for ones soul.

  1. Bonding sessions with my wonderful and ahem medicated Anita until 1:30am.
  2. Loving blog comments from my dad.
  3. Time to crochet and binge watch T.V.
  4. The discovery that wearing warm fuzzy socks to bed helps me fall asleep faster.
  5. My three year old... who has strangely morphed into a rather agreeable and cheerful human... I hope this is not just a "little while" miracle.
  6. Soup and tea (that my Meadow makes for me) and all things that warm my belly.
  7. Miranda's meatballs... I can not tell you how good they are... because then I will want to eat 10!!!
  8. The heated seats in my car.
  9. Variegated yarn... I am seriously mesmerized by the patterns the colors make.
  10. Days at home... with nothing to do... but endless possibilities of what we can do. 
Leave me a comment and tell me what you are thankful for this week...

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Inspired Can Be a Lonely Place

You know when you've read or watched something that inspires and makes you want to stretch... reach... love... do wonderful things...

Then you look around and find that being inspired can be a lonely place...

So you try to pull others in along with you... here just watch this YouTube video you cry out on to the pages of Facebook... then you will see what I see... just read this book... this blog post... this great quote.. and you will feel how I feel.

But your plan to recruit fails... Oh yes dear one your intentions are good... you mean well... but not everyone is keen to join the race.

Your experiences and revelations are yours alone... and that can be scary... because the path you travel has bends and hills that you can't see past... sometimes you will have a friend to walk with you a little ways... a partner to collaborate with... there will be cheerleaders along some parts of the route... but other parts there will be nothing other than the sound of you putting one foot in front of the other to spur you on.

Try not to be frustrated with those who are behind you... there is plenty for them to read and watch or hear back there... cheer for them.

Don't worship those who are up ahead... listen and learn... but be prepared that you will part ways at the forks you can't yet see.

Be content that you are growing... enjoy your super marathon... slow down and take it in when you can... run hard when you need to... and when it is hard... look around and find more inspiration.

Note: I'm mostly writing to myself here... but feel free to find helpful bits in my words.