Saturday, January 30, 2016

Happy 10th Birthday to B!

I seriously don't know how 10 years have passed.  
In some ways, it seems like a lifetime ago, and in other ways, I feel like I blinked and BOOM!  
My oldest is 10.
He had a great celebration bowling with friends and said it was the "best party ever".
It was b who noticed that B's bowling stance was very "Payne Stewart-esque" - haha!
 These two brothers.
Growing faster every year.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Way Back Wednesday! {Legends Weekend} {CottonmouthsXX}

Posting this week for #WayBackWednesday in honor of my two favorite Canadian Bobbleheads, 
known to teammates as Rex and Dale, and to the rest of us as Doug & Tom!
This is an OLD clipping from back in their playing days.

Of course back in the day, they were called "Dangerous Dougie Mann" and "Tommy TKO Wilson". SO funny!
Who would have thought these two Ontario boys would end up together in Columbus, GA, on their very own bobblehead.
You can pick up your very own double Bobblehead at the Snakepit this weekend as the Columbus Cottonmouths celebrate twenty years of Cottonmouths hockey and Legends Weekend!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Hope your holiday is filled with JOY.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.  Luke 2:11

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Don't let the look of disdain on b's face fool you he hates pictures, we had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday with the extended family in Alabama.  It is hard to believe that the Christmas Countdown has truly begun!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

I Always Remember Him {infant loss} {miscarriage} {infant loss remembrance day}

In honor of Infant Loss Remembrance Day, someone asked me to re-post my story previously published in 2011, so here its is...click here.



And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Monday, September 7, 2015

What Nerve!

While I was washing dishes this afternoon, I looked out of the kitchen window and could not believe my eyes. 
"What nerve!" I thought.
Those two have the audacity to grow up right in front of my eyes, and not feel one bit bad about it!
How can it be possible?
9 and 7 years old.
We are past the half-way point - as in if we imagine doubling Brodie's age, he won't even want to spend summer with us when he is 18. And Blayd's right there with him.


Ingrates!
It is really a cruel trick that life plays on us Moms.
In the beginning, we are up to our ears in diapers and messes and juggling home and work and other life "stuff", and before we even realize it, it slips right by.
We are so busy and exhausted during those fleeting baby and toddler days, until we don't have the energy, nor the forethought to enjoy them enough. 
But what is enough? Would there ever be enough?
No.
Just like each summer break, as it rolls in and out on an ocean wave of activity and fun in the sun, we still lament the end of the season and sigh, "It wasn't enough."


Time.  Such an enemy.
And little boys have no regard for it, and they blow right through it like two little tornadoes who can't wait to grow up.
Right in front of their Mama's eyes.
What nerve.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Week at World!


We are in Pinehurst this week for the U.S.  Kids Golf World Championship. 
I am posting updates on the golf blog over at http://manngolf.blogspot.com/.

We are having a good time, and I am trying not to think about having to return to work on Monday. 

Oh glorious summer break, where did you go?!

Friday, July 3, 2015

What I've Been Reading

It's a well known fact that I am a Bible Study junkie in the summer. I have had several friends ask me what I have been reading lately, so I thought I would post it here!
I have actually been reading even more than usual, because I have not been working my usual summer job.  Of course I was disappointed to miss out on the extra cash, but my spirit really needed this extra rest time more than I imagined!

Here is a quick run down of my summer book stack...

I have loved getting to know Lysa TerKeurst this summer!  Our small group just read Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl.  We all absolutely loved it!  I have taken so many notes and plan to re-read and continue to study what I have learned from her insights. I also read Made to Crave, and am continuing through the accompanying daily devotional - such an awesome read on allowing God to help us in getting fit!  I am currently in the last chapter of Unglued, which is so timely for me, and sure to help in my relationships when I return to work in the fall.  I highly recommend all of these books!

Of course I have continued on with reading selections from my BFF, Beth Moore!  I'm finishing up Whispers of Hope, which I had started long ago, but never completed.  I am also wrapping up a study on John, the Beloved Disciple.  I have really enjoyed the videos and the in-depth homework - I know I am a nerd!

I also pulled my previously-bought-on-sale-but-unopened copy of Kelly Minter's No Other Gods off of the shelf, and have really gained some fresh perspective in working through it. This study is so relevant to the times we live in, and so purposeful for the struggles we face!
Today, I am actually starting Lifeway's Online Summer Study - a little late, but that's okay! It is a great format that allows you to jump in at any time.  It is also by Kelly Minter, What Love Is.  
Since I have just finished the other study on John, this is sure to be an excellent follow up!

So, that's it!  Wonder what else I might be able to squeeze in this month??  Haha!  I truly wish I had time to be this diligent during the school year in my reading and studies.  Those are the times that I need them the most.  

What are you reading this summer??

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

What I'm Lovin' Wednesday {New Wedding Rings} {The Best Latte Ever} {Bobbie Cat} {Advent} {Elf on the Shelf}


{New Wedding Rings}
The Canadian and I haven't worn our wedding rings in a long, long, long, time.  It isn't because we hate each other or anything, it is because due to his construction work, and due to the obsessiveness I have with handwashing and hand lotion, our "real" wedding rings are annoying.
I saw these rings mentioned on a local Crossfit page, and although we aren't crazy fitness nuts, these Qalo rings seemed perfect, and they are!!  Comfortable, modestly priced, and perfect for our simple life.

{The Best Latte Ever}
I recently had one of the *best* handcrafted lattes I have had in my life.  For real.  It was at a local joint, Midtown Coffee House.  It was seriously fabulous and the atmosphere in this charming cafe is relaxingly perfect.  Look at this adorable barrel seat/stool at our table...

{Bobbie Cat}
I love this picture I took of Bobbie Cat today.  Isn't it hysterical??  
She was in her Christmas collar, and acting all sultry and posing.  HA!  I swear I am *still* not a cat person.  Case in point was when recently, she made the neighborhood facebook lost and found...
LOST & FOUND CAT
LAWD.  She is a wanderer, you know, having been feral for her first year.  She was 3 doors up hanging with an elderly woman.  I went in to get her and she was stretched all out like a queen on some fancy padded dining room chairs.  She couldn't be bothered with me and acted like she had no idea who I was.  This went over especially well, because I am not sure the woman truly believed the cat was mine in the first place.  I looked real legit dragging her out from under that table to take her home.

{Advent}
So since I was behind on getting setup for Advent, THIS my friends, was our Advent "wreath" on Sunday...
Can I get an "A" for effort???  Thankfully, our Jesus Storybook Bible was still "tagged" from last year, so I didn't have to search out readings.
This is still my very favorite storybook Bible (and we have owned MANY).  Trust me, this one is the BEST.  I copied the Advent plan here.  We are really enjoying it, and I shared one of B's "high drama" reactions last night on facebook,
"While reading our Jesus Storybook Advent plan tonight Brodie asked, "Wait, are you telling me there was NO death until Adam and Eve ate that fruit??! I HATE YOU ADAM AND EVE!!!"
He  was so upset.  He even went downstairs and told his Dad what Adam and Eve had done.  Of course we have read that story many times, but I suppose this time, something just "clicked" in regard to the death issue, which has always bothered him so.

{Elf on the Shelf}
Elfie is back, along with his sidekick Freddie, and as much work as it entails (they won't be young forever-repeat-they won't be young forever), the boys are having a great time with it.
They flew in on December 1st with cookies from Starbucks.
 They've since been up to their old tricks, like donut diving...
 and this year instead of drawing moustaches on our faces, they brought some "stick ons".

What a week it has been already!  I really am glad the holidays are here, along with the magic of the season, and especially the countdown to Christmas Break.


What are you lovin' this week?
Link up below!


Sunday, November 2, 2014

3 Things {Robes without Pockets} {Tim Horton's Coffee} {Waiting on the LORD}

You know, if we stop in the stillness of the morning, even when we have a million other obligations and duties and chores ahead for the day, the LORD will reveal himself, and give us direction.

Here are 3 important things I gleaned during Bible Study this morning...

1 - Never buy a robe without pockets.
No matter how comfy and snuggly a robe appears to be, and no matter how good the deal is when you buy it on clearance at the end of the season, when the cold comes, you must have a place to put your hands.

2 - Never notice your Tim Horton's is getting low without placing an order.
I noticed last week the coffee was getting low, and I knew I should probably place an Amazon order so one of their drones could zip in from Canada with that awesome brew, but I didn't.  Now I have to face a day of grading 70+ final projects without it.  A COLD day.

3 - Never wait on the "thing, person, or event", always wait on the LORD.
I am specifically waiting on a answer from the LORD right now.  I need a direction.  I need a door.  I need discernment.  I need to know what to do, what steps to take - if any.  In the waiting, I have thought about the scripture from Isaiah 40:31, and I know that:
Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
But what I didn't know, or realize, or think about, until this morning in Bible study, is that we need to be careful of our focus during the waiting (thank you Beth Moore for that insight).

In thinking about our focus while waiting, we need to ask, ourselves, are we waiting on the LORD, or are we actually waiting on "the thing" to come, or "the person" to change, or "the event" to happen?

Are we waiting on Him?  Are we waiting with Him?
If we are feeling weak, and tired, and weary, and faint, we might not be - and we may need to check our focus.  Focus has been such a recurring theme for me recently, I know it is time for me to "check myself" in this area of my own personal wait.

Strength, endurance, and power come to us when we wait on Him.  We are strengthened in the assurance that while waiting, He is at work using all things for our good (Romans 8:28).  We are refreshed and comforted in knowing that He is close to us during the time of our call to Him (Psalm 145:18).  We are confident that bravery and courage will come to us while we wait with Him (Psalm 27:14).

He is at work.  He is with us.  He sustains us.

And suddenly, there is a new focus for my waiting, and some direction for how to get through it.

What are you waiting for today?  
Are you waiting for the thing, person, or event, or are you waiting on Him?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday {Wedding Weekend} {Pumpkin Patch} {What to Write?} {Fall Mojo}

{Wedding Weekend}
One of the Canadian's "brothers" was married this weekend.  The Canadian and B were in the wedding.  
B was super cute!!  
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It was funny to see random photos of him at the wedding, pop-up on facebook.
Little b was upset that he was not in the wedding and so he went to the movie with Nana. This photo is from rehearsal...
B had a great time, though, and it was nice to see our Canadian friends who had come down for the event.

{Pumpkin Patch}
We took the boys to the pumpkin patch this weekend to find the "Great Pumpkin". 
It was strange, as this was the first time I didn't have them in special halloween attire or matching shirts. 
They are growing up.  Le sigh.


{What to Write?}

I want to write a book.  What should it be about?  I have several ideas in the works and several genres in mind.  I even attended a webinar on writing a textbook - something I had not even considered. There are so many instructors who write their own texts.  Of course I don't have time to write a book, but I can still think about it...

{Fall Mojo}
I may, just may, be turning the corner.  I think I am finally over mourning the loss of summer and am starting to embrace the coming holidays.

I'm trying!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Focus

My mind has reached the threshold of what it can process.

I wake up to racing around and getting all of us ready to go out the door.  No matter what I do the night before to prepare, no matter how early I get up, it is always hectic.  Always.
Please don't send me your list of tips on how to reorganize my day.  Just hear me.

I go through the day inundated with messages, emails, texts, alerts, and information and information and more information I have to synthesize and process for work and for home.
Decisions, schedules, to-do lists, demands.
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I come home to a stream of questions, questions, questions and more demands.
 "Mom guess what" and "Mom look" and "Mom I want" and "Mom when are we gonna".

And there is dinner, and laundry, and homework, homework, homework.
And practices, events, and obligations, and more work.

And all the while the emails and messages and more information to process loom in the background.
Along with the mental roller coaster of am I making the right decisions, am I ruining the children, did I forget something, am I doing what I should be doing.
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I try to multi-task to the nth degree.

In the past, I was a PRO.  I was SHARP.  I was QUICK.

Now, I struggle to simply function.

I find myself not being able to answer simple questions.

I stare blankly and have to mentally repeat and reprocess what is being said to me.

I have reached a limit.  The limit.
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Kudos to all of you who are managing so well.  
Rock on brothers and sisters.

I am not as strong as you.  Not as smart.  As organized.  As adept. Whatever.

This is raw survival mode.

Which makes me frightened and suddenly alerts me that my focus is misdirected.

I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.  Jeremiah 21:35

Oh that's right.

The LORD will give strength to his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.  Psalm 29:11

In my frenzy, I once again forgot that keeping my focus on Him is the fast track to peace.

The devil is truly in the details, you know.
The details, details, details, overwhelming details, and information and overload.
It keeps us nicely scattered, distracted, and unfocused.

Focus.

Time to regroup, and take it back.

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