Unraveling

In the 16 (almost 17 – oh dear…) years that I have been mothering children, I have discovered what I believe to be one of my favorite parts.  As my oldest son is now in his Junior year in high school, I am on pins and needles in eager anticipation to see what is going to happen next.  He is a great kid, we are truly blessed.  For whatever reason God has given me a peace concerning his future.  I see that it is open wide with possibilities.  He has only a small idea where he wants to go to school, what he might want to major in, or what he wants to do for a living.  All he knows he wants to do is play baseball.  🙂  I know there are some of you parents out there that probably think I’m crazy.  But, I am not pushing or stressing.  I know that I just turned 40 and I’m still not sure what I want to be “when I grow up”.  I know with confidence that God has BIG plans for this kid.  He is a great student, loves people, is full of passion, and is quite a competitor.  As my husband and I drove away from our visit to church camp this summer I expressed my excitement about the future.  “I am loving watching it all unravel!!”  The Bible tells us that God knew us before we were born, when we were in our mother’s womb, that He had a plan for us before we breathed our first breath.  In Psalm 139:19, The Bible says “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”  I believe that with all my heart, and this is why I can without worry sit back and watch, eagerly waiting for God’s plan to “unravel”.  
I know…”unravel” is not typically the word used in this context, it might be used more often when things are going wrong.  But when I read the verse above in Psalms I think of God “knitting” a sweater around a newborn baby and over the years as He transforms, shapes, and refines that child the “sweater” is unraveling and His purpose is being fulfilled. 

Becoming a Christian as an adult, I understand how freeing it is to give the reigns to God.  Knowing that I am not in control allows me the freedom to not worry about tomorrow, or even the next minute.  I am a worrier by nature, I come from a long line of worriers…and I know what it can do to you, emotionally and physically.  So, knowing that God is in control of my tomorrows and those of my family allows me to sit back and watch to see what happens next.  What will the next chapter bring??

“The first offspring from every womb belongs to Me…”Exodus 34:19

This is the verse that caught my eye as I was reading my Bible this morning.  My husband and I have been in awe lately as the unraveling continues.  We can see the Lord’s blessing on our first-born son and we are amazed.  We know that God has big plans for all our children because that is what He says in His word, but it is just so amazing watching it happen.  We have no idea what that difference is or why.  Although after reading this, maybe this is the clue.  He is the first offspring from my womb, and he belongs to God…  I am breathless as to what that might mean…  I know he is in good hands, but still…. He belongs to God, end of story.  What is God going to do with him?
 
 
 
 
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Saturday Funnies

Every once in a while we enjoy some YouTube entertainment as a family at our house and last night was one of those times.  Laughter always makes me feel better and to enjoy it with others makes it even better. 

I wanted to share with you one of our family favorites

Here’s one that we watched last night

Tim Hawkins…aahh we love him
 
If you like corny jokes then you might want to check out The Pioneer Woman’s post here!!  Ha!!
 
Take some time to have a belly laugh this weekend!! 
 
Back to the garage sale I go!!
 
(Here is my disclaimer – remember our youngest child is 9 so I will say if you search other related videos you may find some that are not appropriate for younger children.  We were first introduced to these when our kids moved into the youth group at our church – so proceed with caution :))
 
Have a blessed day!!
 
 


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“Labor” Day Weekend

Labor day weekend is a four day weekend this year!!  Yippee!!  Again, my list is so long, I’m really not sure where to start and I’m afraid because of that I have not gotten much done.  Ugh!! 

I have been working on getting my fall decorations out and in place.  It might be 100 degrees outside but I am moving on.  I am done with summer and ready for fall. 

We have been trying to do some outside clean-up, but as I mentioned, it’s 100 degrees outside…literally.  Ugh…

For the past 6 months I have been purging my house.  I had a revelation last January.  I just couldn’t take it anymore.  Every single corner and crevice of our 2000 sq ft home was crammed full of stuff.  And, to my surprise, I didn’t even know I still had some of the stuff I found, didn’t know why I still had some of the stuff I found.  Crazy how much stuff you can accumulate over 10 years in the same house.  This is the result of the de-clutter (can’t believe I’m showing you this)
I tried to make it look as big as it really is, but it was impossible to capture the overwhelming mess.  If you can see toward the back next to our garage fridge is a large stack of tubs which are full of more junk.  Ugh…

I am making myself sweat through the mess because if I wait one more week to have a garage sale, it will all go to goodwill.  Hopefully soon I will be able to post after pictures of a clean, organized garage. 

In between getting things done thinking of what to do next I was perusing my craigslist app on my phone and found a winner!!  Hubby picked it up today…
Chair and ottaman set in pretty good shape for $75, yes please!!  Not sure if I will keep the red check and put it in our bedroom, or whether I will recover it.  Definitely will be changing out those wimpy little legs.  Those won’t last a week in my house of boys. 
 
Hope your weekend has been productive and relaxing!!
Blessings until next time!!
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Back to School

I have always been ready for school to start.  Ready for the routine, ready for the kids to have something to keep them busy everyday, ready for them to be separated for a time so they don’t kill each other.  This summer is different and I can’t quite put my finger on why.  I’m not sure what happened to the summer.  It seemed like we just got out of school. 


Garrett, Gavin, Amanda, Caleb

Today I am a whole bowl-full of mixed-up emotions. 

A junior, my Garrett is a junior??
My baby girl is starting high school?? 

Caleb…5th grade???  His last year of elementary school??
Gavin…4th grade???
What happened?? I blinked too many times…

As time grows closer to children leaving the nest I find myself trying harder to gather them in.  I know the future holds so much, and I’m excited for every second of it.  As Jeremiah 29:11 reminds me “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  I know God has BIG plans for each of them, and that gives me peace. 
My advice is the same I heard from friends who have gone through this before me…don’t blink.  Enjoy every precious moment.  Don’t wish for tomorrow, enjoy today.  It sounds so cliche, and I remember when my kids were younger I rolled my eyes and said in my head “ya whatever, I know”…but I didn’t know. 
I can’t wait to hear all the wonderful stories about their first day which I’m sure will be fantastic!! 
 I will be waiting, very impatiently 🙂
Praying everyone else has, or had fabulous first days!!
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The Olympics….and this girl

The Olympics are a pretty big deal in our house.  Nothing else has been on the television since it started, and everyone fights for control of the remote trying to make sure they don’t miss the good stuff.  This time around has been a little different for me with this girl…

She has loved the sport of gymnastics since she was four years old.  She loved everything about it and seemed to be great under pressure.  She seemed unstoppable.  Let me tell you, until you have a competitive athlete in your own home, it is so hard to understand the behind the scenes part of the Olympics.  My girl competed for six years in the sport of gymnastics.  Gymnastics is a tough sport.  It is hard on your body – lots of jarring, bouncing, and…falling.  It is hard on your self-esteem – lots of room for failure, and not as much for success and people judging you constantly.  It is hard on your life – you have none, no family life, no social life (outside the gym at least).  But, for those few girls who love it enough to stick it out, it pays off.  This is what we all see in these Olympic gymnasts.  It’s all glam and glory because for these girls all that hard work, and sacrifice paid off. 

For those who don’t make it for whatever reason, it’s a different story.  My girl sat riveted to the tv watching the women’s gymnastics team final competition.  No doubt thinking “that could’ve been me”.  But one injury, one too many stresses, and she was done with the dream.  There are thousands of girls all over the country that are sitting in the same spot with her, and only five on the podium.  There will be hundreds of starry-eyed four year olds that will sign up for gymnastics this month filled with big dreams.  And of course, we cheer them on, because we have proof in those five young ladies, that it can happen. 

That brings us back to this girl….


Yes, I know she looks just like me…

I don’t mean to paint a sad picture, because it’s anything but.  She chose to leave a sport she loves because she felt God leading her in a different direction.  I will always admire her courage to step away in faith, not really knowing where that step was going to take her, not many adults can do that.  But my girl is full of spunk and confidence, and I love that most about her.  She is growing into an amazing young woman and I am tremendously proud of her.  As she walks her winding path, the purpose of this journey will one day make sense.  But, until then she will walk on, find and chase a new dream, and we will cheer her on, because we know that it can happen.

This is not her favorite picture but it’s one of mine.  Shows her true personality 🙂

bottom two pictures courtesy CaitPhoto

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