Friday, April 26, 2013

Wasted....the scoop

I feel I have been a bit quiet here on the blog lately.

Posting about Trades of Hope and adoption stuff...but otherwise fairly quiet.

Don't mistake that for not much happening!

I have been asked to be a contributor over at Earth Monkey Moms, I would love for you to follow over there. Amazing women encouraging Mom's.

I will also be contributing in another place soon, and I am very excited about that....God has just kind of been dropping things in my lap lately and I'm having to say no to some good stuff. Trying to filter it through my gifting and passions, even though they are all good things.

We are seeing God move in some amazing ways in our friends, and family and our community. I have mentioned before we are without a senior pastor right now, and in this interim time we are seeing some incredible things come about.

We are in for a crazy ride, who knows where God will take us. I'm excited. Scared too...but I would rather be no where else than in the path of matter how scary or dangerous it may look.

I wrote a poem/song a few months back. November actually. When God really began stirring in my heart and I was putting words to my thoughts and my feelings about it all.

I've held onto it, not knowing if I should share it or not. I feel it's time.

I hope this serves as an encouragement to you, if you are feeling like God is doing something but you aren't sure you are ready. I hope in inspires you to seek Him and allow Him to do with you what you want.

This inspired the tattoo I got on my foot "waste me on you". I believe it with every beat, every breath and every step.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Photo Dump- Twins

I am going to give you a big huge photo dump.
These boys are so darn fun and cute and these pictures make me smile. 

27 Months and counting....

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Are you okay with being invisible?

Been struggling with something lately.....

How do we inspire others to change, and to be the change without making it about us?

How do we love on people, and step outside of our comfort zone, and yet...not draw attention to us?

Sometimes we make a big deal out of something that's done, when in reality it's just what we are all called to do. 

How do we urge one another on and be a catalyst for change without bringing it back around to us?

Can we quietly do what we are called to do, and pray that word spreads about what is being done but be okay if it never comes back to us? Can we be okay with our name never being mentioned along with the awesome deed? I have had to ask myself these questions lately. Is it okay to be invisible in all of this? My friend Jenna has challenged me to this. Can I live my whole entire life spilled out for Him, with virtually nothing tangible on this earth to show for it and be okay with it?

How do we as a church make waves but not spend Sunday morning clapping for ourselves and saying "good job us".

We have to be creative with this. We have to think it through and not think about ourselves. 

Can we help someone on the side of the road and not tweet about it?
Can we surprise someone with groceries and not Facebook it?
Can we do what we are called to do anyway, and not toot our own horn?

Is it possible to live love out loud and yet not bring attention to ourselves?
Can we inspire without exclaiming? Can we leverage people to do the same without pride entering in?

Or do we live in a culture of "me me me" even in our supposedly selfless acts of love.......

We must love. We must be stretched. We must step outside of our comfort zones and do exactly as He has asked (this shouldn't be a surprise, this is the life you signed up for if you decided to follow Jesus...but maybe it got lost in the Americanized version of following Jesus....)

Let's work on this, I know I need to.....this 100% selfless love..........

Monday, April 22, 2013

TWO Giveaway's and the last week of our Thirty-One Fundraiser!!

This is the last week for our adoption fundraiser through Thirty-One 
(sponsored by Kirsten of One Tough Mother)

If you want to place an order, it needs to be done by midnight on April 26th!

Here are those instructions:

There are TWO giveaways this week!! Thank you for supporting our adoption!

A special bonus is if you order something you get extra entries!! :)

Prize Pack #1 includes a Large Zipper Pouch in a gorgeous black and white print, perfect to keep your makeup together in your purse.  Also included is a Strawberry zipper pouch for your loose change, and a Key Fob.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Prize Pack #2 includes a Littles Carry-All in a cute turquoise pattern, a Key Fob in a matching print, and a Nail File.  The Carry-All is great for use in an office or craft room.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, April 18, 2013

When You are Overwhelmed by Tragedy

It can be so overwhelming. The tragedy. The ache of loss. The senseless evil that exists.

It can be easy to feel hopeless, to want to give up and raise our arms and say "I'm done".

To keep our kids home, to not travel, to live in a bubble of fear and caution.

Would be so just get by, flying under the radar. 

But...we are called to more. We are called to walk in faith and not in fear.

"The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1

We are called to lift the arms of others when they cannot, standing in the gap for them in prayer

"When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up--one on one side, one on the other--so that his hands remained steady till sunset"  Exodus 17:12

We are called to seek His face and trust Him even when it hurts and doesn't make sense.

 "My heart says of you, "Seek his face!" Your face, LORD, I will seek" 
Psalm 27:8

"In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?" Psalm 56:4

Some are calling for Jesus to return to us now. 

There is much work to be done my friends. There is a field ripe with harvest of hurting people that need to hear of the good news. They need to know the end of this story.

"Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” 

Matthew 9:37-38

They need to know  evil does NOT triumph in the end. That good wins out and that the battle has already been fought and won.

This is the time. The time to walk in confidence of the One who has rescued us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to rid the world of all evil.

Do not simply tuck yourself away from the evil because it's messy and painful.
Do not give in to fear and do not only think of yourselves and your own family.

Selfless love is what we are called to.

Let's live it out, this gospel. In the toughest, most ugliest times.....

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
    for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
    defend the rights of the poor and needy." 

Proverbs 31:8-9

Source Unkown

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Top 25 Moms of Multiples

Hey friends!

I was nominated for Top 25 Moms of Multiples Blog!

You can vote once a day until May 8th by clicking the badge on my profile>>

Or this badge below!

Thanks for the love!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Giveaway #2! Thirty-One Gifts

Ready for another giveaway?!

Remember, this is all a part of a fundraiser for our adoption fund. Kirsten is giving her commissions from this party to us and doing a giveaway each week to get the word out!

Here is this weeks giveaway:

Here’s a style that will actually help you save money! Keep all your coupons handy and easy to find whenever you’re in the checkout line. It features five interior coupon pockets and five colored tabs so you can label each pocket.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

For when those days just suck....

You know what: I get burnt out being home all the time.

I get bored being at home sometimes. I get exhausted and tired and sometimes the lack of change in my day makes me nutty.

It doesn't mean I don't LOVE being home with my kids. It doesn't mean I don't thank the Lord each day that I get to do this. I know so many wish they could but can't. It doesn't mean I wish I was working outside the home, because even on my hardest days I fall into bed at night so thankful for this opportunity that presents itself in a sacrifice.

I am grateful. I am thankful.
I am beyond blessed and most of the time I relish it.

But these long days of little ones, the wiping of the boogers and the "No don't do that" every 5 minutes and the cleaning of the messes and the diffusing of fights and the never ending movement is exhausting and mind-numbing.

I think too often, those of us who are home with our kids all the time
are afraid that if we admit we feel this way we are bad Moms. 

We feel we have to keep up the
"this is so awesome all the time I just love it, even the hard days..." facade. 

We believe that if we admit some days (or weeks) just downright suck we are somehow telling people we wish we didn't stay home all the time, or that those in the  working world tell us they could never ever ever do what we do would get some sort of satisfaction that they were right, or that we aren't cut out for this- the hardest job of all.

None of that is true.

You, Mama who stays home all the time with your are putting that pressure on yourself. You are putting standards on your emotions that are not remotely fair.

You have bad days. You have really bad days where you think "what the heck am I doing?!"

 And that's okay. 

Sometimes those days turn into weeks when the kids are teething and sick and tantruming (that isn't really a word but I'm going with it) and you have had very little adult conversation and maybe you have only showered a few times that week and you wore two different shoes to pick up your Preschooler and you've eaten chicken nuggets while standing at the counter more than once this week and you can't remember if you brushed your teeth.

And you KNOW that you are blessed. You know these days will soon pass and you have taken the advice to cherish the moments and count your blessings....but that doesn't mean you can't just say it stinks sometimes.

I give you permission to say so. To say that the hard days suck because it feels good to be honest and forthright with yourself.

Don't feel guilty for not feeling super spunky about your days at home all the time. That's just more exhaustion in the making.

There are many a blog post about cherishing the little moments, being grateful for them and helping you get perspective and they are good and I read them often....

 But someday's I just wanna say "it just kinda sucks today" and feel safe doing that. 

And the good days far outweigh the crappy days.... thank heavens :)

Above pictures represent one of those bad days. 
I gave up and just let them jump off the sofa and took pics :)

Friday, April 5, 2013

Earth Monkey Moms!

Hey friends!

Happy weekend!

I'm super excited to say that I will be a regular face over here at Earth Monkey Moms!

It's an authentic Mom community that also has some amazing eco-friendly one of a kind products!

Go check EMM out and my blog post as well!

Hope you'll follow along over there and meet the other amazing Mom's!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Easter Weekend

Easter weekend was good.

We got a little crafty.
We went to church.
We ate food with family.
The boys hunted eggs.
It was good.

Man. They are gorgeous. 

Don't forget I have a fundraiser going on here and there is also a giveaway!

AND a Trades of Hope giveaway over here!