It’s Day 25 of the #write31days challenge and my 31 Days of Gratitude 2016 and I have a 10 minute breather before I have to leave the house again. It’s a full day with school meetings, helping my MIL with doctor appointments and errands, school pick ups, speech therapy and dentist appointments. I remember in the earlier years of motherhood I longed to get out of the house. These days I long to be able to just stay home and catch up on laundry. Funny how that works.
Anyway, this morning as I was feeding the kids breakfast and packing lunches I looked out the window and saw the sun rising and making gorgeous colors in the sky. We ran out on the deck to snap a photo and although my phone didn’t do it justice, I couldn’t help but stop a moment and just breath in God’s power.
Hours passed and I could feel my nerves starting to fray. I know it is my own fault because I made the mistake of praying to God, “Help me to be more patient. Help me to not be so selfish and self-centered.” God said okay and He and gave me plenty of opportunities to bite my tongue and die to myself and think of others first. Meanwhile, I’m thinking, “Yeah okay, God, you can ease up a bit now. You shouldn’t have too many lesson in one day, ya know.” But deep down I am thankful because as much as I may hate it, I know it is good spiritual exercise for me. I know that it allows me the opportunity to love God and to offer up prayers for people who have been on my heart lately.
I can’t help but think of that sky this morning. As I was busy getting through my everyday tasks there was God’s glory displayed in the morning sky. I just needed to stop and take it in. In the same way God’s power and grace are right there in front of me. I just need to stop and humble myself before Him and admit that I need all the help I can get. He is ready and willing to get me through anything. I am witnessing that today. God has been pouring down his grace and helping me to be more patient and more kind when I needed to be. For that, I am truly grateful. (Now I pray I make it though the second half of the day! ) 😉
A fun weekend with family time and relaxing time when we unplugged and rested.
School field trips and the opportunity to have fun one-on-one time with the kids.
Brian’s good results from his cancer tests/bloodwork.
Brian’s mother-in-law is healing and doing well.
Many special intentions from friends.
Those suffering from hardship, illness, violence and depression.
All pregnant moms (especially family members), those trying to get pregnant, those who have lost their babies and for moms contemplating an abortion.
The souls in purgatory, especially family, friend and those most forgotten.
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Around the House…
On Friday the boys were off school so I let them help me decorate the house with some fall decor. It looks cute but there are still the endless little piles of clutter around. I feel like I clear one spot and two more pop up to take its place. I have been bagging things to give away so I am hoping that will help. I figure, less stuff means less mess but I’ve got a long way to go. 😉
Family Chit Chat…
Last week Brian had his routine bloodwork to check and see if there were any signs of the cancer returning. I’m happy to say that everything looked good. His red and white blood count was steadily rising and his blood pressure was great. Every time we get a bit of good news I can breathe a sigh of relief… until the next test!
This weekend was Homecoming at Bella’s school. We went to the JV Football game to cheer family friends who were playing. Can you believe it was my first football game ever? I never got into it when I was younger but now that I am married to a football fan and have three little guys, our house it all about football – from playing it in the driveway and watching it on TV to collecting football cards. Andrew and Matthew were bouncing with excitement to see there first live game. We all had a great time!
Well, except for John-Paul. He did have fun but he could only take so much sports until he needed some “me time” to zone out. The only way I could get him to sit through two hours of football was to let him play a couple video games between quarters. 😉
Later that evening, Bella attended her first high school dance with her friends. This photo doesn’t do her justice or the pretty dress she wore but she had a great time and I breathed a sigh of relief when she was back home and safe in her bed. (I don’t know what I’ll be like when she actually starts dating! I told her not to be surprised if she continuously finds me incognito in the background on her dates. 😉 )
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In the Kitchen…
Monday: Chicken tortilla soup, quesadillas and broccoli
Tuesday: (Dentist appt day) Pizza and salad
Wednesday: Slow cooker BBQ chicken sandwiches, green beans and salad
I’m still loving This Is US and Speechless. We also started watching Lethal Weapon, which has become a favorite too. Poldark is a given as well.
We are watching Designated Survivor and want to start a drinking game every time Kiefer Sutherland squints and mumbles. 😉
I gave up on The Good Place and have yet to watch last night’s episode of The Walking Dead. It is sitting in my DVR while I debate whether or not I will submit myself to some emotional torture. Maybe I’ll watch this weekend… or wait until I need a really good cry. (In the meantime, no spoilers, please!)
Listening to …
Love this one by Coin and not just because Brian knows the best way to shut me up. 😉
I am making up for lost time in not posting in the past. I am on Day 24 out of the Write 31 Days Challenge. I think I just may make it to the finish line!! You can check out the 31 Days of Gratitude 2016 posts here.
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Happy Friday! Today is Day 21 of #write31days challenge and my 31 Days of Gratitude 2016. I’ve got the three boys home today and I promised them we would finally get out the fall decor and decorate the house (since I never got beyond decorating the front porch.) However, while they are doing a quick morning clean up (the threat of no playtime until it is done is good incentive), I am going to participate in Five Minute Friday. I did my first last week and it was so much fun, here I am again. 🙂
The rule is to write 5-minutes straight about the topic of the day, more specifically, as the blog states, “This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write.” Okay, setting the timer and go…
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Earlier this morning I was looking through a computer file of old photos and I found one from a past trip to Disneyland Park. The boys were in the room with me and they asked if I could start from the beginning and look at the photos with me.
We went to the beginning when Bella was the only child of the family. I remember that first trip to Disneyland Park so vividly. I had so many fond memories of visiting DL with my family as a kid and a teen and I was eager to give her the same memories. As the boys and I scrolled though the photos we saw Andrew, John-Paul and Matthew as they were babies and as they got older, laughing and playing.
Sure there were also meltdown and babies that had accidents (and forgot to put the change of clothes in my backpack) but all the fun far outweighed it.
This year we will go pack to the Disney Parks when we visit my family at Thanksgiving. We thought my mom wouldn’t be able to join us after her cancer surgery over the summer but the other day, she changed her mind and said she wanted to keep up the tradition of joining us for our annual visit.
Now I’m counting down the days until I once again roam the park with my kids, laugh on rides with them and hug my mom and remember the joy I felt of being by her side on these special trips. 🙂
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That was fun! And I couldn’t help but add a little collage of trips to Disneyland Park over the years. 🙂
For all the great memories I have with my family (past and current) and for future memories to come, I am truly grateful. 🙂
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