Dirty walls, Cookies and Prayers 

My living room walls are covered in dings and scratches and dirt marks. These are all signs of family, exuberance, a life well lived with kids, dogs, cats, friends and family. Right?? Right?? (me trying to convince myself…)

Some days the dirt and scuff marks don’t get a second glance. Others they seem the enemy, telling me I’m not good enough. My house isn’t good enough. My house isn’t clean enough or new enough or modern enough. 
I’m having a cookie exchange at my house this weekend. I’ve invited only close friends and family. I have nothing to be ashamed of. I work hard to live in a nice neighborhood with a good yard to play in. 

Why is it that I often feel shame, anxiety and embarrassment about the messy walls, I vacuumed floors and piles of toys? Many of my friends have more updated houses with newly renovated kitchens, not the original linoleum flooring from the 80’s. 

Do my friends care about my dirty walls and old kitchen? Probably not but why is it so difficult to believe that these things don’t matter? 

The pressures from society are sometimes too much. Satan is trying to steal my joy. My happiness that I work so hard toward everyday. This time, I am not letting him. God has given me strength and purpose to go through our possessions and scale back. Decluttering always makes a room look and feel better. I want a more simple life. Not to stumble over toys and things we no longer need. I want to feel good in my home and if it’s a little messy, that’s ok. My friends and family wont hardly noticed where I’m lacking, just as I wouldn’t in their homes. It’s the company and fellowship that matter. 

I’m still planning to scrub the floors and neaten up. But the walls and missing molding, I think I’m going to leave them. 

‘Please, Lord, let me follow your wise words and graciously open my house to my friends and family without stress and without worry or regret. Let me enjoy their fellowship during this season of many expectations.’

Christmas Gift List

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. December begins in just a few more days. Christmas shopping is in full swing. This year I’m mostly shopping for my 9-year old daughter and a few older family members.

Legos

Legos have been the big thing in our house for the last year or so. There are so many different sets that are super fun to make together as a family or for your child to do alone. Read more

Lies Moms Believe

You might have seen by now on my Instagram feed or other social media, that there’s an amazing book about to be released. 

On November 10th, my dear friend Rebekah Hargraves over at Hargraves Home and Hearth will be launching an ebook on Amazon titles Lies Moms Believe. In this book, Rebekah uses biblical teaching to refute 32 common lies moms believe about themselves or their great work as mothers. 

Tackling such lies as: “I am to find my identity and ultimate fulfillment in motherhood”, “Mothering is unimportant work”, and “I have to be a perfect mom”, she shows how God’s Word applies to all the lies out there, whether practical or spiritual. You will come away inspired, encouraged, and motivated as never before to live out your days as a mother with passion, joy, purpose, and freedom. As Jesus told us in John 8:32, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Please join me in reading this incredible book. You can find it at any by following any of the links in this post. And don’t forget to let me know what you think of the book! 

Gratitude-June 9th

This week has been a struggle to keep my head above water. A few times I was close to going under and giving up. I’ve hardly even been able to keep track of which day it was.

So, today I’m thankful for sunshine. It’s amazing what a little sun on your skin and warm temperatures Read more

To teach is to learn twice 

“To teach is to learn twice” was said by Joseph Joubert. He is absolutely right.

I’ve recently starting giving short talks about various topics at work. Even though I know the information in my head, it takes a whole other set of brain cells to teach and speak intelligently about those subjects.  Read more

Starting a work week off right!

Today, I was pleasantly surprise when I walked into work and found my desk neat and clean! I completely forgotten I had cleaned it off Friday afternoon.You see, I’m not normally a neat and tidy person. Usually I’m running around like a nut, leaving piles of various things in my wake. Those places include my Jeep, the kitchen counter, couch arm, anywhere in my family room…(you get the point). I’m obviously not a neat freak but I do prefer things to be clean and organized. I just can’t manage it most of the time. Read more