Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Supermom, Superwife, Superhuman, nah not so much

I used to love this term and maybe even if I am being honest with myself wanted to live up to that dream.  The dream that you can do it all and have it all, but truth be told we are all human and that term Supermom is nothing more than an illusion.  When my girls were little, I could cook dinner, scrapbook, and pay bills all at the same time, or at least I thought I could. However over the years, I have figured one thing out if I appear Superhuman in any way shape or form it is all an illusion.  While I am being creative, multi-tasking, and superhuman I assure you some part of my world is being neglected.

Yes, I consider myself a good mom, not perfect or superhuman by any means. I have walked out of the house many times without giving a kiddo cold medicine she requested before she went off to school. I have packed a lunch that might make McDucks look healthy. And I have yelled over them forgetting a violen or basketball bag at home more than once.

Now I also consider myself to be a good wife, not super though. I can pack him a lunch, make his coffee, and wash clothes all day long. You see I do all this because he loves that stuff, I could buy him a million gifts and he wouldn't appreciate it nearly as much as me packing his lunch every day. He can also infuriate me and make me laugh all in the same 20 minute period.

While I am good at both of these jobs, super I am not. Maybe for periods but while being a supermom I am not a superwife, and visa versa.  I am not and cannot be great at everything all at once. Now that doesn't mean I don't try, but lately I feel like being average is more my style. You get what you see. 

Yes, I make lunches for all of us every morning and coffee.  However I don't make breakfast every morning they are on their own for most mornings in fact toaster struedals and cereal are mainstays in my house, except Sunday's. That day I love getting up and making a good breakfast. That I do for me, I love sitting at the table and enjoying a morning meal with my family. Selfish yes, but sometimes we all do stuff that is more for us than those around us.

You see for all the stuff I do, I get back more than that in love. My husband really does appreciate my lunch packing, coffee making skills. It lets me use my love giving skills and his love accepting skills.

Please don't think I am super at anything, I am just me nothing super about it. And that is ok.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Anger

The prompt/question for the day....How do you deal with anger or frusteration? How could you improve your reactions?

Anger and Frusteration are honestly usually met with tears, I am funny that way I guess.  When I am frusterated it is always tears that you see, which is funny because that then makes me mad.  I hate crying as a response, but I guess there are worse things.

I am not sure what I used to do but my responses to both of these are pretty boring.  I will take a walk or journal. I love writing or typing out my frusteration/anger. It helps me think, collect my thoughts, and come up with a plan.



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A little gratitude

I found this fun, thought provoking, engaging, and refreshing new blog, you can see the link below to check it out.

Text My Journal Blog

I love having prompts for each day, it helps me get going back into my writing and gives me food for thought.

I am picking up from yesterday when I found them so here you go

27. Pick a word to focus on for the next 7 days. Write it somewhere you’ll see it. Make a list of ways you can add the essence of this word into your daily routine.

So my word is HAPPY, and I instantly thought of Little Miss Sunshine. Yes, she is old school and I love her she always makes me smile.  I have printed several little versions of her and wrote the word happy next to them, and am placing them were I will see her daily (on my desk, in my planner, bathroom mirror, on the fridge, etc).

28. Make a list of five things you’re grateful for – one for each sense: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.

Five things I am grateful for...
  1. Sight - that I can see my children and watch them grow 
  2. Sound - the crickets at night, it is calming and reminds me that I am a small part of a big world 
  3. Smell - Smell of fall, apple pie, cinnamon, fireplaces, cozy 
  4. Taste - I am thankful I can taste everything, but this time of year, stew and chili love cold weather food 
  5. Touch - my husband, I love wrapping my arms around him 
More to come tomorrow and hopefully for many more days along with some none prompted entries, as I still have to write about our Family Vacation to Yellowstone!! 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Eye of the Storm

I love this song, heard it this morning and the beat and message is just, well, wonderful.



Monday, August 15, 2016

Food for Thought

Sometimes I receive something I want to share with all my friends and family. And I want to selfishly keep forever, this is one of those things.



LYSA TERKEURST
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:12-13 (NIV)
I remember sitting in the smelly middle school gym like it was yesterday.
I’d survived the awkward and much-dreaded moments of changing into my PE uniform in the girls’ locker room. And now I sat on the hard bleachers listening to the squeak of tennis shoes, the uneven cadence of bouncing balls, the teacher’s sharp whistle and the girls laughing behind me.
They weren’t laughing with me. That would have meant I was accepted, wanted and invited in to be a part of their group.
No, they were laughing at me.
I was the subject of their gossip. I was the punch line of their jokes.
And it hurt.
I imagine you know that hurt too. Change the scenery and people, and this same hurt can be found in most of our lives:
  • When your coworkers all make plans to go to lunch, but you weren’t invited.
  • When that other preschool mom says, “Several of us moms are concerned with how aggressive your child seems on the playground.”
  • When everyone else’s social media makes marriage look dreamy and uber-romantic as you’re crying yourself to sleep.
Then a friend steps in with a gentle smile and a few simple words of encouragement and suddenly you’re not alone.
I want to be that friend for you today.
In the midst of whatever made your heart feel knocked off-kilter, can I whisper what I believe are the 5 best things one can say to a friend? And then might you give the gift of saying these things to a friend today?
This list is from our key verses, Romans 12:12-13, in a section titled “Love.”
1. “You’re wonderful.”
(Romans 12:12, “Be joyful in hope …”)
The world is quick to tell us all the ways we fall short. We are hyperaware of our faults and frailties.
So, what a precious gift to remind a friend of specific ways she’s a wonderful friend, a wonderful mom, a wonderful Jesus girl, a wonderful wife, a wonderful co-worker, a wonderful person.
2. “Me too.”
(Romans 12:12, “… patient in affliction …”)
What a blessing to remind a friend we all have afflictions, hurts, faults and tender places. We all get sick both emotionally and physically.
The patient friend freely gives grace because she so desperately needs it herself. “Me too” acknowledges I’m no better than you, but together we are stronger. It’s such a loving and disarming admission that we’re all in this together.
3. “I’ll pray.”
(Romans 12:12, “… faithful in prayer.”)
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to tell a friend you will absolutely be faithful in praying for her? I have someone who prays for me faithfully and even texts me Scriptures she’s praying.
But here’s what I really love about her. She doesn’t just pray about my situations: She prays me through them.
4. “I’ll share.”
(Romans 12:13, “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need …”)
When we notice a need in a friend’s life, might we be willing to step in and be part of the solution?
I have a friend who lost every possession she owned due to a chemical spill in her home. So, we threw her a “Job Party” (like the man in the Bible). Each of us brought a few things to help her family start over.
We didn’t come close to fully meeting their financial needs. But we helped build a foundation of restoration and gave this family the assurance God was working on their behalf.
5. “Come over.”
(Romans 12:13, “Practice hospitality.”)
Welcoming a friend inside the sacred space of our home is such a needed gesture. There’s just something about relationships that are less pixelated when we get eye-to-eye, voice-to-voice and talk. Really talk.
Over broken bread we share broken hearts. And then we celebrate the parts of us that are still intact. We reach across the table and across our differences to grab hold of the glorious bond of friendship.
Yes, these are 5 great things to say to a friend.
And I’ve found as we purposefully ease the loneliness ache in others, we will see it is beautifully eased in us.
Dear Lord, thank You for the gift of friendship. Please show me who I can encourage today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Hebrews 13:16, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (NIV)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Book Review - American Patriots





Book Summary:

American Patriots, is a book written by Rick Santorum, it covers the stories of ordinary, regular American's and their role in our history.

My Review:

My opinion of this book, is hard written.  I am not a fan of the author and found this book very hard to read. I love history but maybe like my high school history teacher said you want to feel like you were there not like you are reading an account of it.  The people this book covered for the most part I had never heard of which did lead it's hand to keeping my interest but also had my mind wandering wondering more about the people.  Wanting to see pictures of them, wondering if other books/publications covered them.  For the history buff that likes short stories this might be a good read, however for me it was painful, long and very worded.


I did receive a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Tyndale House.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Please go visit this little blog

So I have a friend, (well maybe I have a few), but this friend blogs and I want to share her blog with you.

Please go check out 

And give her some feedback, love, praise and really take to heart her message. 

Great job Sara I am really enjoying your new venture.


Supermom, Superwife, Superhuman, nah not so much

I used to love this term and maybe even if I am being honest with myself wanted to live up to that dream.  The dream that you can do it a...