Saturday, October 20, 2012

31 Days intentionally- day 3


Hello :)  A realization here.  Being that I've always written sporadically, I had in mind writing everyday for 31 days wouldn't be impossible.  Hard, yes.  But not impossible.  Well, as my dear friend Ruth commented, family is first.  Truthfully, having a nursing baby and four other sweet ones and my dear hubby, this is where my heart and my time belongs.  A precious blessing I don't want to take for granted.

So I'm definitely committed to the 31 days of intentional living...just won't be posting them on a daily basis.

Happy and blessed weekend to you!

And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family.-Acts 16:33

Thursday, October 18, 2012

31 days of being intentional- day 2


First off, even though the dates show I'm on track... uh yep, I've missed a day already...have I bitten off more than I can chew already?!  Never, I say!  (can you tell I didn't get enough sleep last night ...)

Okay, so I'm not giving up or beating myself up for missing a day, even though those nasty little thoughts crept in already..."another thing you won't finish; you can't do this" etc.  Blah.

On to being intentional :)  One of my sweet ones asked me to watch a cartoon today.  My first thought-the baby is sleeping, I can tackle the laundry and the dishes before he wakes up!  Then there was that quiet reminder, he won't ask me to watch something with him for much longer and though the things I wanted to do needed to be done, this was important to him.  I chose what was better...we laughed at the crazy little cowboy mouse plucking Tom's whiskers out for guitar strings.

Later today, the same situation came up with our oldest, this time with a video online.  We actually watched more than just the one.  It was fun :)

There is more to these little moments then just doing something they ask me to do.  I am saying to them with my actions that I love them, not just with my words. I want them to be able to think back onto their  childhood and remember me doing stuff with them, not just me making meals for them or keeping the house clean.  Quality time...

On the final note- I followed through on my words to the 3 year old AND he was obedient (he's struggling a little in this area with adjustment to baby.)  Yay!  And after three attempts (and a lot of time) at trying to print pictures for the baby announcements and thank you cards I finally did it on the fourth attempt and accepted IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT.  Baby steps... :)

A good day...remembering the little things that have lasting effects...by His grace.


“The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.” Psalm 25:14-15 ESV


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

31 days of being intentional- day 1

13 minutes left of today!  I'm trying to stick to my word of starting today :)

Woo-hoo!

As I mentioned in my last post, I've chosen to write for 31 days (idea from here -what a wonderful idea!) focusing on being intentional.

A pastor once said, "we judge others based on their actions; we judge ourselves based on our intentions."  Isn't this true?!  I am terribly guilty of having "good intentions," you know the whole idea of "oh, I wanted/planned/meant to do that."  Examples:  the adorable thank you post cards the 3 year old and I made in oh you know May...and they're still sitting here.  Or (the best one) the Christmas gifts that were sent in June (after Christmas!...yes, I have a gracious family.)

So I'm hoping that by choosing to be intentional in my writing and my living day to day for 31 days, intentional living will become a habit and have a positive affect on myself and my family.

There are many things I've chosen not to do.  One- fear; two- laziness; three- lack of planning; four-goals way out of the realm of reality (we must remember there are seasons for everything and times when God says no to certain things-to His glory and for our own good.)  So, here I am stepping out in faith.  Excited!

To God be the glory...humbly, I know I can do all things with the Lord.  He has shown me this continually when I am way out of my comfort zone, sometimes in tears but pushing through and listening.  Listening...being quiet...listening...

Good stuff :)

Final note:  My cutie at 3 weeks already!  I am loving the gift of motherhood and being the wife to a husband who not only amazes me at His love for us but the man he is.  He is driven, funny, tender hearted, strong, courageous, our protector and an awesome teacher (even though he continually tells me he IS NOT a teacher...funny guy ;) )  The most precious gift- his love for the Lord and His Word.


Happy week to you!

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 ESV



Saturday, October 13, 2012

a crazy thought...

Yes, I really am going to put pictures up...soon (as soon as I download them to my computer!) ;)

On another note, I have this crazy idea...I am jumping on the blogger band wagon and already composing (in my mind only of course) posts for a 31 days challenge (idea from here.)  Yes, I know I was supposed to start on October 1st but with a 6 day old wee-one at that time, not so realistic for this mama (maybe not so realistic for right now either but we'll just ignore that.)

So why am I telling you I'm going to do this?  Really just to keep myself accountable.  I'm starting Monday and the 31 days will be about being "intentional", something I struggle with.  I have great intentions but awful follow through!

We'll see how my follow-through is with this ;)

A happy and blessed weekend to you!  We're loving the beautiful amazing colors of fall, the crisp cool air, final days of our big boys football games, and of course sweet baby cuddles...this is my favorite season, in more ways than one :)




“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

Saturday, October 6, 2012

quick check in :)

A quick note-sweet boy arrived, 5 days late but happy and healthy and QUICKLY (praise the LORD!)
Pictures coming :)  Thank you for your prayers!  We are doing well and loving our sweet new addition.


“Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.” Isaiah 26:4 ESV


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