Wednesday, April 1, 2015

what March taught me ...

{rose hill designs}
March was a doozy, y'all ...
We lost quite a few friends very unexpectedly & March was hard.
This is what March taught me ...
* hug your people
* tell your people how much they mean to you
* be kind ... to everyone
you never know what people are enduring.
be a bright spot in their day.
* love your life
* enjoy today ...
you might not have the privilege of tomorrow
* take care of yourself

Here's to a great April!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

when will i ever use Algebra?!?

One of my younger friends was complaining the other day about how she had been out of high school x number of years & she had never once used Algebra.

My response ... just wait until you have kids & they have Algebra homework ... that's when you'll use Algebra!

Our oldest will be in high school next year ... #holdmewhileisob ... and we are in the THICK of ALL SORTS of Algebra at our house .... #holdmewhileisobevenmore. Seriously, there is A LOT of x and y-ness going on in my life.

Have I used the Pythagorean Theorem since 1994? Not until last week when Matt came home with all sorts of right triangles with missing measurements.

And then there are the square roots???? Bless.


So, teachers and parents ... when those teenagers ask "When will I ever use this in real life?" You have an answer ... You'll use it when you are helping your teenagers do their Algebra homework!

You're welcome ...

Monday, March 30, 2015

happy is good choice ...

A great idea for today ...
So much of our life is made up of
the choices we make.
Today ... choose happy!
& then tomorrow ... choose happy again!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

keep it shut ...

I came across this on Pinterest last night  ...

"Let's aspire to use our mouths with Godly purpose ...
to build ... not to break
to bless ... not to badger
to encourage ... not to embitter
to praise ... not to pounce."
Karen Ehman
And, holy cow, did I feel like I needed
to frame it & put it on my bedside table
so it could be the very first thing I see
every morning!!!!
The struggle is real, y'all!
These wise words came from the book, Keep It Shut ..
Anybody dare to guess what's next on my reading list?!?!

Friday, March 20, 2015

favorite things friday: books

Happy Friday & even better ...
Happy Spring & International Day of Happiness!!!!
Here are this week's favorites ...
* Savor ...
I just got Shauna Niequist's new book, Savor. 
It has short devotions for each day & they are sooooo great! I mean ... there is a whole devotion dedicated to the need for rest & how we neeeeeeed naps to restore our souls! Y'all ... who loves a nap better than me? Nobody, that's who!

And then there was this from today ... "Sometimes in the moments of searing pain, we think we don't have a choice. But we do. It's in those moments that we make the most important choice: grow or give up. It's easy to want to give up under the weight of what we're carrying. It seems sometimes like the only possible choice. But there's always, always, always another choice; & transformation is waiting for us just beyond that choice." (p. 86)  Such goodness in those words!!!

* Journaling ...
I also got this beauty in the mail this week ...

A journaling Bible! I can't wait to dig into it!!!!

Guys ... I just wanted to say thank you  for all of the sweet words earlier this week. It has been such an emotional time for so many people around me. Please continue to pray for peace ...

This week's posts ...


 I'm linking up with Andrea @ Momfessionals!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

he hears our hearts ...

Growing up & living in a small town your entire life is hard to describe to someone that hasn't.

You live your life with a group of people that share your life experiences in so many ways.

You have gone to school with the same group of people.

You have worshipped in the same church with a lot of those people.

You see them at the grocery store, post office, bank, Friday night football games, carpools lines, wave to them when you pass them on the road ...

You know their struggles, their triumphs, their successes, & their failures.

Your lives are intertwined in a way that is difficult to comprehend unless you have lived it.

These people become like family to you ... they are family.

When tragedy strikes ... you hurt with them & for them.

Sometimes there are no words & today is one of those times for my small town family.

We are a family that is broken & hurting ...

You cannot understand something that is impossible to understand.

You cannot pray when you don't even have the words to pray, but God knows our hearts & He hears the prayers we can't even form into words.

Please pray for our small town family ... even if you don't have the words ... God still hears our hearts.

Monday, March 16, 2015

answering questions ...

Last Thursday night our family devotion asked all of us 2 questions:  1 ... What is something in your life you want to change?  2 ... How can you use that 1 thing to glorify God?

I woke up Friday morning, which also happened to be my 39th birthday, & found myself in need of an unexpected medical procedure ...surprise & happy birthday to me! And suddenly I had my answer to question #1! This was not how I wanted to spend my birthday ... or any other day, for that matter.

I cried like a child ... by myself, making my doctor's appointment, on the phone with my brother, talking to my friend who has gone through a full hysterectomy & recently a double mastectomy with such grace & dignity.

 I was frustrated, scared, anxious ... In case you haven't caught on my now, handling things in a peaceful & calm manner are not in my skill set.

My sweet friend spoke all sorts of truth & encouragement to me & prayed with me before we got off of the phone ... TOTAL GAME CHANGER, Y'ALL!

Peace & calm came over me ... which is a miracle because, again ... I'm not great with either peacefulness or calmness in stressful situations. So ... I began to see my answer to questions #2!

How was this going to bring God glory? the peace ... the calm ... neither which are qualities I naturally possess. BUT there they were ... God had used my sweet friend to remind me that He is faithful, He is always with us, He has gone before me, He cares about my every need.

Ain't He something, y'all!