If They Can Climb Onto It, They Will Jump Off Of It #boys

You may have figured this out by now, but we have two boys.  Ages 2 and 4.

I think I have more grey hair in the last month alone from these two turkeys.  Just kidding.  I mean, I hope not, I really don’t want more grey hair.  #truth.

Recently we had a day.  A day where my heart beat quicker with every acrobatic stunt they pulled.

I was tempted to put a show on for them because I was getting tired of saying “don’t step on him”, “don’t sit on your brother’s face!”, “don’t jump off that”, and to my utter terror “tuck your head when Continue reading “If They Can Climb Onto It, They Will Jump Off Of It #boys”

First Week of Jk Behind Us and A Little Announcement

Well folks, our first week of junior kindergarten is behind us.  I doubt that I have ever known a youngster to love jk more than my kid.

Seriously.  He was a bit put off that he couldn’t go tomorrow… which is Saturday.  Aren’t kids supposed to be stoked for Saturday?

From my last post you may know that J’s first day of school I was awake at 4:30 am.  You’ll be happy to know that I not only survived the day but that I also put grumpiness away around 6:30… especially once realizing that my husbands sleep was just as sabotaged as my own.  The kids slept past 7… seriously, the only time that happened all week.  And J LOVES school!  Yes!  E, our youngest, is seriously missing his older bro and I am now in full swing of finding playdates, and in full cheer up mode every morning.  It’s devastating.  I’m not sure which is harder for E… that Continue reading “First Week of Jk Behind Us and A Little Announcement”

Thought I’d Be Feeling a Little More Sentimental This Morning

I’ve been awake since 4:30…. four thirty!!!!  I laid in bed for an hour and a bit before finally realizing sleep wasn’t coming, and decided the blog that was forming in my head as I lay awake might as well be written.

It’s the first day of school for my eldest, and no way did I think I would have time to blog today.  Or that I would be so grumpy… yes I thought I would be a little more sentimental today.

Actually I when I finally did decide it was no longer night, but now morning, I turned on the light to read my friend Kate’s blog.  Now there’s a mama feeling nostalgic about today… the way I should be… while I am simply grumpily dragging myself out of bed looking for coffee only to find we have to grind more coffee beans… which will wake the kids.  I’ll Continue reading “Thought I’d Be Feeling a Little More Sentimental This Morning”

Why I’m Not Reading Everything You Post on Facebook

I don’t know about all of you, but lately social media has me bummed.

I used to think it kept me connected to the people I don’t see often, or the people I met and worked with in missions years ago… but if any of them really wanted to get a hold of me, they could do so by other means.

I truly am contemplating doing away with Facebook in particular.  Why?  A few reasons.  It can waste a lot of time for one… and it may be a rumour, but I have heard that they censor stuff.  I wouldn’t mind that if they censored the nasty stuff, but I don’t think that’s the case.

That’s one reason.

As a Christian, I find Continue reading “Why I’m Not Reading Everything You Post on Facebook”

Somebody Pinch Me… Is My 2 Year Old Potty Trained?

Nothing makes you feel as successful as training a child to use the potty.

For those of you who have never had the pleasure, let me tell you how my Tuesday played out.

My two year old has been showing an immense interest in the potty as of late (the past few weeks) – it might be from observing his older brother using it.  However it happened, I found the two-year-old made up his mind that it was time.  His idea, not mine, as I am actually exceptionally tired from an amazing Canada weekend featuring The Cry, and time with family and friends.

But Tuesday came and I braced myself for cleaning up pee and poo as I put my courageous two year old into underwear – yes underwear, not pull ups.  Pull ups when potty training are only for sleeping and leaving the house.  If you want a successful potty training Continue reading “Somebody Pinch Me… Is My 2 Year Old Potty Trained?”

Am I Okay?

Do you ever wonder if you’re really okay?

Are you actually spiritually unbelievably passionate for the Lord or are you just a bit more than others?

My husband and I listened to a message by Francis Chan this week where he shared about this and I think we are both still rocked by it.

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Am I actually okay?  How willing am I?  We live pretty simply, at least to me, but I do like my home.  I like our new (to us) vehicle.  I like our Hazelnut Vanilla Coffee we have every morning (had to go there).

Do you ever catch yourself wanting more?

Wanting that new vehicle?  Wanting that Continue reading “Am I Okay?”

Worry is Not Faith

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Matthew 6:34 Amplified Version
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Picture me singing, “FREEDOM!!!”

Think about it.  All the cares that are on your shoulders.  Now read Matthew 6:34 again.

Of course, we need to prepare for things.  My goodness, my husband has been working 5+ weeks out of town, and I made a decision… I wanted to try as much as possible to continue on with our regular routine even though he was away.  Ben is a very involved husband and father, his presence is missed in so many ways when he has to work out of town, but I knew that this was something that would be good for us.  Routine helps all three of us.

I didn’t know how we would do it, but you know what?  We did it.  I don’t know how.  Except that with the strength of the Lord we got through.

And choices.  Joy is a choice.  Peace is a choice.  And no excuses…  except Continue reading “Worry is Not Faith”

If You Are Called, You Can Do It

God will never give you more than you can handle… or at least He will never give you more than you can handle with Him on your side.

But what about when we  take things on that we are not called to?  And then there are other times when we walk right on past the things we are called to.  We need to seek the Lord, know His heart, and make it our own.

You have a calling, reader.  So do I.  Are we doing what we are called to do?  Are we busy with the right things?  Or are we just busy?

But it’s so hard.

But I’m so busy.

But I’m so tired and worn out.

I get it.  I’ve been there.  Seriously, Monday I was there.  I had to remind myself to rely on the Lord – and that He does not Continue reading “If You Are Called, You Can Do It”

Nothing Will Change Without Him

When I was in college studying to be a law clerk, I remember sitting in my criminal law class and it dawned on me.  Nothing was going to ever change in our nation outside of Jesus.

Lately, 2 Chronicles 7:14 has been coming up in my spirit often.  Nothing is going to change without a few things: humility, prayer & repentance.  Nothing is going to change without Jesus.  Without the church praying.

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Every word of this scripture is BOLD, is CONVICTING, LIBERATING and TRUE.  It’s time.  Time for us to pray.  No more ifs.  No more buts.  Letters to MP’s are great, letting our voice be heard, that’s all great.  But real prayer and true repentance is what its really needed.  Useless arguments are getting us no where.

This will be a short post today, simply to say this:  we need to get back to prayer.  We need an encounter with Heaven.

1 Corinthians 1:18 Amplified
For the message of the cross is foolishness [absurd and illogical] to those who are perishing and spiritually dead [because they reject it], but to us who are being saved [by God’s grace] it is [the manifestation of] the power of God.