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Things I Love

16 Feb

Is it possible to have a case of the Muhndays on a Thursday?  I hope so, because I totally do.  I’d love to blame the way I feel today totally on being 24 wks preggo, but I can’t in all honesty.  I know I am still not feeling 100%, (and don’t know if I will this go round, but I hope), but today has just found me in a state of blah.

Not a fun place to be.

Part of me just wanted to crawl in bed all day.  I didn’t.  I actually got myself motivated enough to get on the elliptical.  Apparently the endorphins didn’t want to stick around.

Part of me just wanted to curl up and watch Breaking Dawn pt.1 again and again.  I settled for HGTV.  I told myself at least that way I was only committed to 30 minutes at a time.  (HA)

But this evening, the biggest part of me just wanted to cry.  Especially as I listened to my dear husband battle our darling and stubborn two-year old over bedtime.  His cries just break my heart at times. (The toddler, not the hubs..I think.)

Instead of crying I made myself look around the room, then the other room, then around the world of pinterest for things that made me smile.  I just wanted to divert the overwhelming sense of despair that seemed to be creeping up on me all day.  I want to state for the record, however, that I am in full support and actively engage in much needed and therapeutic crying sessions when needed.  Better out than in as Shrek would say.  Or is that burping?  Hmm..

Not tonight though.  I figured my husband didn’t need to walk out of one room with a crying child to encounter another.  I also felt that gentle nudging of the Spirit to look around and see the good.

This Scripture came to mind, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

So I thought on those things that surrounded me in that moment.  Very simple things and some obvious treasures that surrounded me and my life in the beautiful and the excellent.  Here is what I came up with in no particular order.

  1. My Angel Shelf: Belonged to my Mima.  A gift from my Papa to hold her angels.  It now holds my Willow Tree figures.
  2. “Oh Baby The Places You’ll Go,” a book we read nightly to the little boy we anxiously await in June. Great book!
  3. Bowl of cherries: Pretty to look at.  Better to eat. Delicious.
  4. The bulletin board I created from scrapbook paper for my writing corner. Just a fun collage.
  5. The new crib sheet Aaron brought home today that his mom had ordered.  I LOVE it!
  6. Fleece blankets.  I usually have no less than 2 floating in the living room at all times of the year.  I’m talking the cheap $5-$10 ones from Walmart or Target!
  7. Pretty handkerchiefs I picked up at a vintage shop in KY and still have yet to find a decorative home.
  8. Yes. Harry Potter.  Books. Movies. I love them all!
  9. This picture was a mish-mash of items I love. Wooden signs, my signed Jewel photo book and Lullaby CD, and the Eiffel tower I was given from my dear friend on her trip to Paris. (I WILL go one day)
  10. Our growing baby boy in his 23 wk ultrasound photo.
  11. Lindt Lindor Truffles. Yes, please
  12. Decorative crosses, especially ones that combine textures, like metal and wood.
  13. Wooden/ canvas signs with inspirational sayings, messages, etc.
  14. My wonderful boys all snuggled up
  15. Micah loving his new toddler bed and piling it with things he loves.
  16. My poetry book that my dear husband felt needed to be displayed on the shelf.
  17. Lavender roses
  18. Pretty hardback books
  19. Knowing I am not alone even when it feels that way.
  20. Having this blog to write and share a piece of my heart.

*please excuse the quality of some of the photos.  I used my iPhone for many and it is not a 4G! 

So, after compiling my list and literally laying eyes on these treasures that make my life worth loving, I didn’t feel like crying anymore.  I felt like sharing.

From my heart to yours.

What do you love that makes crying days better?

 

If Only I could Pinterest my Life

26 Jan Good Plans

I decided that the best way to say hello again to the blogging world would be with a quick update on my life.  I know I have been absent for awhile, and I am sure that all 3 of the people following me have been so upset!  Let’s just say that I was not feeling too inspired. I’m sure posts may follow detailing the extent of the lack of inspiration.

The biggest thing to change is that we found out we are expecting a surprise in June!  That’s right, Tiger Cub #2 will be joining our little family.  He (yep, another bouncing boy), was not planned but will be a true gift and will add another dose of testosterone to our clan as I will be outnumbered 3-1!  I am so glad I have nieces to buy pretty, frilly things for, but I have warned Aaron that this new baby might end up in a tutu just to make his mommy smile on a sleep-deprived day.  (Just in the house of course!)

Unfortunately the little guy has kept this mommy very sick for much of the pregnancy thus far, but I am hoping things will still subside and I can rally soon.  I’m literally sick of being sick.  It has not been easy on any of us, with a very active and precocious two year old, 100% boy demanding constant attention, and a church that has lots of great things on the horizon.  My wonderful husband has been a hero in all this and has also uncovered some serious cooking skills along the way.

I am hoping to do some more posts soon about the new nursery process, which is proving much more stressful this go round, and a few other DIY projects I have taken on recently.  But for now, just a quick update on what I’ve been up to.

After hearing about the wonderful world of Pinterest from friends and numerous facebook posts, I decided to request an invite to see if it was worth all the hype.  OMG; is it ever!  I fell in serious obsessive like my first pinning session and have not gone a day without pinning at least one idea a day since, and it has only been 6 days!  I already have 21 boards and almost 200 pins.  Now if I can actually tackle a tiny % of the DIY and other I need to do this pins, I will feel so much more accomplished and productive; something I have not felt much lately.

My big struggle is still looming over me and I’m praying, searching, and waiting for things to fit in place.  I’ve found myself wishing I could just find my purpose as easily as I pin a beautiful picture or inspiring blog.  If I pin it, it will come, right?  If only.

God is definitely working something big in me, and despite how frustrated I might get with His process, purpose, and plan, I still cling to the certainty of hope and seeds of faith that have been sown in my life.  He has not let me down, left me alone, or lifted His hand from my life yet, and I’m pretty sure He won’t now.  Too often I realize that it is my lack of seeking that has resulted in feeling lost, not His drawing away.  God is constant, true, and strong; all the more so as I find myself faltering, lacking, and weak.

So there it is.  That’s a bit of what has been happening and a bit of why I haven’t written.  I’m hoping that changes and hope that someone will be around to read a few words and maybe find a bit of inspiration for their own journey.

Maybe they will pin it!Good Plans