Thursday, May 29, 2014

May Day 2014...


Every year May Day creeps on me, I blame it falling smack dab at the beginning of the month.  This year I remembered a few weeks prior and and nerd alert, I set a reminder on my phone so I could buy some candies to accompany the popcorn.  Many years I have just scrounged the pantry as I am sure many generations of mom's before me have.  I am sure that is why popcorn is included, it generally is a pantry staple.  I have found kiddos don't really care what is in it, it is more fun just to get something from a friend!  Solon loved ding-dong ditching this year and we had TONS more neighbors this year he could deliver to!  He went from wearing flip-flops to crocs to his tennis shoes...he needed to be fast!
We assembled them while Vera was napping...
It was a windy day so we forgo-ed the cups quickly and went with bags!
We did make a special delivery to a few friends not in our immediate neighborhood.  Solon liked the fast car getaway too!
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Here's a video clip of him delivering the goods, he took it very seriously.  He was watching a little boy 3 years older than him do it and taking mental notes :).  He was so excited when our doorbell rang a few times.  Our new non-Iowa native neighbors were caught quite surprise by this fun tradition!

Happy May Day!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Busy living life...

I know, I know, I know -- my absence has caused you all mental anguish.  Not really, I know.

BUT...(yes I am starting a sentence with a "but", it's my blog and I can "but" if I want to).

Life has been busy.  Shocker!  End of school year mixed in with a trip to help my mom in NYC, Scott's sister, Raquel, and family moving home fro Australia (so of course we had to visit), memorial day, playing with neighbors, friends and generally soaking up Vitamin D that we had sorely been lacking in all mean this little ol' blog has been left alone for too long.  I can't promise the coming weeks will be in more riveting or consistent but I am downloading pictures today as family over the weekend hinted they would like to see some (even though they just saw the kids "live").

So much to catch up on, I will do a bajillion posts but until then....here is some to keep you 2 people who care happy and for us to enjoy looking through at the end of the year in the blog book :)!

Does this scream summer or what?  There is something so simple and sweet about teaching your kids to blow dandelions (in someone else's yard of course ;).  Vera loved it.  We had biked to get ice cream before this too so the seedlings were getting stuck to her face....I love summer!

Checking out our crop...I love that our children get a taste of agriculture and that we can admire beautiful sunsets in our backyard nightly.

We had a few COLD May days so we took an idea from a friend and made cup towers and shot them down with nerf guns and then Solon decided to bowl them down...it was quite entertaining to him to come up with different kinds of towers.

Date night selfie--I don't know about you but I get way stressed about what to wear when I go out on a date (yes I am probably vain) but I want to look good for my hubby and get dressed up a bit.  I just don't do it often enough...we enjoyed dinner downtown with our good friends, The Porter's.

Solon and his bestie Max have summer birthdays so they got to bring birthday treats together the last week of school.  We decided to make them together during a playdate!  Mini-cupcakes with sprinkles for the win!

I find my precious daughter in the strangest positions during nap time and she has lots of nap-time accessories.

We have dusted off the bike and in other exciting news, Solon learned how to ride a 2-wheeler (more on that in another post).  He is doing really well and now Vera rides solo in the carrier which is better for everyone, less squabbles :).

Eating outside always tastes better and we have been outside a lot due to that pile of rock you see behind V...we are thankful that project is over!

On Solon's last day of school, we find Emilie and Mia to join us for pedicures as our last mommy-daughter time wrapped up.  The girls were terrified and opted just to sit in our laps but my tootsies looked great :).

My Mother's Day gift arrived, I love it!

So there's a few random pics to keep you satisfied, I will chisel away at the rest :)  

And just a few Solon-isms to leave you with...

To Nana -- "My mom's favorite song I sing is Humpty Dumpty, she really appreciates it."

To Mom -- "That probably hurts as bad as a crocodile biting off your finger."


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day 2014...

Today was a perfectly low key kind of day.  We were so sore from our landscape work yesterday that we were all happy to just hang out and enjoy the rainy morning after church, a yummy fondue lunch with scotcharoos by daddy and kiddos for lunch, a mommy-Vera nap date and rounded it off with a perfectly sunny afternoon turned evening sipping a cocktail watching the kids slip n'slide.  Pure bliss and perfection.  I am abundantly blessed to be called mom.  On days like this it doesn't slip my mind, that many wish to be in my position and in a very tiny, small way I know their ache as I know I want to hold more babies in my arms (to those who have shared your personal stories, know I am praying for you). I

I am SO thankful for what God has graciously bestowed in Vera, Solon and a baby I will meet someday!  I love my kids and I love that they have given me the best job in the world with amazing benefits!

We asked Solon to answer the survey below (his words in italics)...his answers made us both laugh out loud :)

My mom is..... 31 years old (I am actually only 30)
She likes to shop at....Target
My mom loves to...shop at Target
The best thing my mom cooks is...macaroni and cheese
Her favorite food is...guacamole
Her favorite color is...the blackest blue (which is true, I love navy blue)
Her favorite thing to do to relax is...lay down
My mom and I like to...play and be silly together
My mom is really good at...I have no idea!
I love my mom because...I give her lots of love and hugs and kisses

There you have it folks - He knows me REALLY well!

A Mother's day selfie with my sweet kiddos :)

...and Daddy all tuckered out taking care of the house for mommy!

I am a blessed mama!  
Thanks to my amazing mom for teaching me so many things like compassion, empathy, laughter, and adventure.  Thanks for loving me enough to set me straight a few times and helping me to follow my dreams :) I love you for all you did for me and still do! And to my mother-in-law Marty, thanks for raising an amazing son, who is an amazing father and husband!


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Titus Tuesday: Intimacy with God...

Note: This was my last time sharing a devotion and leading Titus.  Due to Solon's preschool schedule in the fall and it being his last year at home, I had felt God telling me to put what I say to practice and focus on my highest calling and ministry, my family :).  I am so thankful for the time God allowed me to pour into these ladies and hope someday to return to sharing God's word with ladies! There is a time for everything under the Son!

We are in a great book study by Joanna Weaver, "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World."  This weeks' discussion centers on the balancing act of worship and work.  Really a blend of the two sister's strengths or vice versa's perceived weakness that they leaned into and overcame.  I want to overcome my spiritual weaknesses, don't you?

My problem with this whole chapter started when Joanna referenced being on a teeter-totter and either falling to worship or to service.  See, I had gotten off the teeter-totter earlier this spring when my panties got in a bunch with God.

I am a work in progress.  Our Christian walk is not absolute.  There are hills and there are valleys.

 Be confident in this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.   
Philippians 1:6

I have felt God working on me and I have been telling him “hands off dude”.  I want to be transformed, I want to have a deeper, stronger relationship with Him, I want, I want, I want…..but I don’t want to do the work, be inconvenienced, or it to hurt.  I have felt nudged but in my stubbornness instead of leaning in, I leaned out. 

Life got busy and God got left out.  

Too often my prayers became like a shopping list rattled off than conversations.  Not a great way to approach any relationship, let alone a relationship with a loving Heavenly Father. 

We had committed this 3rd child to the Lord and His desires for timing but in the back of my mind, I still had a plan!  Well it didn’t work out and my world was tipped off of its axis.  How dare you God mess with my plans and deny me this, at my core these were some very personal, albeit embarrassing conversations I had with Him.  I did my best to sputter in service all the while my spiritual gas tank was on empty.  There were obviously some thorns in my spiritual walk and God had some pruning to do.

After the first few months with no baby and having my moment(s) of anger with God, it was if we crossed a ford in the river when I realized it wasn't his fault nor mine and this time should not be in vain.  

I knew He was working on me.  It was time I listened.  

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 
2 Corinthians 12:9

So in my delicate, fragile and weak state – I came to Him.  A good relationship doesn’t just happen, it takes work and discipline and giving of oneself.  I had to become broken over my selfishness.  I am selfish for time for me (we get so little as young moms).

Luke 11:9-10
So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, the one who seeks finds and to the one who knows, the door will be opened.

Once I started knocking, the door was opened.  I have started setting time apart for Him and me.  I am journaling (not normally my thing) and recording prayer requests so I can be purposeful in prayer for people.  It has been cool to watch answered prayer unfold already.  I have also started getting knee deep in prayer, going beyond the emergency type needs – praying for redemption and brokenness over my sin, praising Him for all He is and does, and thing I need refined in my walk and personality.   Things like cover my fragile heart, help me to seek you with my whole heart, Help me to spend time with you, help my life to be a fragrant offering.  He will answer but we have to ask.  In our weakness, He is strong.

So if you are like me and feeling like you are not even sure what side of the teeter-totter you have been on, that maybe it has just been all sorts of "out of order" – you are not alone.  

But we can’t stay there.  


Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion, therefore I will wait on Him.”  Lamentations 3:22-24


This time was ordained for me.  

A time of tremendous and unexpected harvest for God and I and our relationship.  Once I figured where the teeter-totter went wrong and fixed it, I could hop back on and start working out that balancing act of equal parts worship and equal parts service.  I am committed to making my mess, my message.  

How is God nudging you and are you listening?  Are you letting "yesterday's famine, rob you of today's harvest"?

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