Things I’m loving:

– not having to turn on the heat in the house anymore
– taking walks and being outside in the sunshine
– having a mostly clean house, most of the time
– Eleanor’s teeth-baring grin when I tell her to smile
– better communication due to baby signs!
– the anticipation of cherry blossoms on trees and flowers springing up

Things I’m missing:

– good friends and fellowship
– a workout buddy
– fresh herbs, avocados, good bread
– having grandmas and grandpas, aunts, uncles and cousins nearby

living fully present and alive


… How do you do it? I’m not sure, but I’m thinking on it and coming to a few conclusions:

– I feel much better about myself and my relationship with my daughter when I put down my computer and engage with her, instead of setting her up with something to play with while I surf the Internet and do nothing that’s productive.

– If I take the time to have a clean kitchen before I go to bed, everyone’s day starts much better the next morning.

– Meal planning takes a lot of day-to-day stress out of our lives, saves us money and still helps us to eat tasty, healthy food.

– Just because I am a reluctant stay-at-home mom doesn’t mean that my life is over. I can still do meaningful things with my life. I don’t have to give up who I am because I’m a mom… in fact, I need to invest more in who I am and who I want to be.

– I need to be sure that I am fully present with my husband, loving him for who he is and enjoying who he is. We are here to love, support and enjoy one another and there are no re-do’s, just opportunities to learn and grow from our hardships and mistakes.

– I need to quit wishing things were “different,” because nothing will ever be perfect or ideal this side of Glory. God gives me the strength to face challenges and difficulties every day, but also gives me the capacity to shower grace in every situation.

“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
Colossian 4:6

1 I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!
4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
9 Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!
10 The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
11 Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.
16 The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.
21 Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

-Psalm 34