Yes to Gratitude

Sharing this link because we touched on it at MOPS today and this post by Ann Voskamp is right.on. (But for real, when is anything written by Ann Voskamp NOT right on?? Love her.)

If you’re wondering about the why’s and how’s of keeping a gratitude journal, run – right now! go!! – to this link:

http://www.aholyexperience.com/2014/01/how-to-know-gods-will-for-your-life-the-art-of-fully-living-giveaway-for-dslr-camera/

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Naptime Reading

We’re having an April mini-blizzard. I was supposed to vacuum out my car during naptime today, but the weather has thrown a kink in that plan…darn. 😉

So instead I’m curled up in front of the wood stove re-reading “The Me Project”by Kathi Lipp.

I read it a while back. And as I worked through the book that time, I had a different goal/venture in mind, but in my heart I wanted it to be photography. Ha! So here we go. I decided that now that this photography thing is happening, I needed a pep talk and some encouragement. This book is so, so good for those of us who have a dream or goal and need some motivation to make it happen. I’m so there. I’m getting the technical side of this business taken care of…I just need to make sure I’m mentally and emotionally ready for it.

Now, back to my book… 🙂

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Wow, God

One of my all-time, #1 favorite authors EVER is Anne Lamott. She.Is.Amazing. I was introduced to her in one of my writing classes in college – we studied her “Bird by Bird” and I re-read that book probably once a year. As much as I love “Bird by Bird,” I LOOOOOVE her books on faith. Her writing is raw and gritty and honest and real and she tells it exactly as it. And yet she somehow manages to share her faith in a way that just hits home and mirrors my own heart…so much so that I find myself underlining and highlighting the heck out of every book she writes.

She has a new book out which I haven’t read yet: “Help, Thanks, Wow.” It talks about the different types of prayers we pray. We’re traveling to Indiana, and I read an interview she did with NPR about the book in our hotel room last night. The first two types of prayers, prayers for help and prayers of thanks, are very present in my life. The Wow prayers aren’t as frequent. Those are the prayers that we express when we’re feeling in awe of something God has done or created, the prayers that just leave you breathless over the power and awesomeness of God.

So right after I read that interview, I was thinking that I need to be more conscious about just being wow’d by the things that God does for me every day. And as I was thinking about my lack of wow moments, Abby was wandering around our hotel room checking out our new digs for the night. And every time she saw something that tickled her fancy, she got a big grin and said, “WOW!” Huh. If my 19 month old daughter can find so much excitement in a HOTEL ROOM, how many wow moments am I missing every day?

As a mommy, it totally warms my heart to hear and see her so excited to see and explore new things. Think about how God feels when we get excited about the things He puts in our lives. Wow!

Life At Our Place

Here are some notes of interest regarding life at our house.

  • My most favorite can’t-live-without item to date: Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with pomegranate oil.  Yummy.
  • I just learned that I had no idea how to spell pomegranate.  Thank goodness for spell check.
  • Abby calls me Mom.  Well, it’s more like, “MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM” at the top of her lungs.  Not mommy, not mama, but MOOOOOOOOOOOM.  Jon gets to be “Da-eee” and Riley is “Ri-eeee” and me, I’m “MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.”
  • Riley’s been sleeping through the night lately, which has been a huge relief.  Well, until last night.  Last night he woke up at 1:55 to eat.  Then he woke up at 3:30ish and just talked and talked and talked until I got up and shoved his pacifier in his mouth and turned on his sleep sheep to coerce him back to sleep.  Then he woke up to eat again at 5:00.  He’s caught Abby’s cold, so I’m hoping his rough night can be blamed on that.  If we’re regressing, I may go crazy.  PLEASE don’t let us be regressing.
  • This is my last Monday morning of having to get up and head to work.  By the end of the week, I’ll be officially unemployed (by choice)…which is kind of a huge relief.  These past two weeks have proven to me that we’ve made the right decision about quitting to stay home with the kiddos.  The house is a disaster and we have so much laundry piled up that I’ve considered simply going out and buying everyone new clothes.
  • My most recent read: Simplicity Parenting.  It.Is.Awesome.  It’s all about simplifying your child’s environment so that they aren’t overwhelmed/overstimulated all the time.  I’ve already noticed that Abby gets very overwhelmed when there are lots of toys and noises and things going on.  So this book gives you guidance as far as how to remove distractions at home and make sure your kids can focus on just being kids.  I’m working my way through the book slowly and just finished the chapter on sorting through/cleaning out toys so that you only have toys available that encourage creative play.  Love that idea for lots of reasons, one being that our tiny house is too small to house lots of toys.  And I want my kids playing with toys that teach them how to be creative and problem solve and use their imaginations.  Great book.
  • OH!  And a paint update.  I posted my little freak-out post on Saturday in the middle of my painting project.  Now that the dining room has been completely painted, it’s not nearly as awful as I thought it was.  I think the old green paint was competing with the gray and made it look way scarier than it really was.  It’s still a work in progress, but I’m looking at it as a blank canvas.  We can do anything we want with it!  I’m pretty sure I’m going to use shades of teal as accent colors, which to me is really relaxing and calming and looks great with gray.  I’m trying to keep with my original goal of making it fun and inviting, so lots of bright colors are a must.  I’m going to paint the trim white and them add pops of color everywhere I can.  And I decided to do a lighter tint of the grey in the living room, and carry the teal colors there, too, so that it’s continuous since the rooms are joined.  Slowly making progress, which feels good.  Stay tuned!  🙂