Friday Bulletin

It seems surreal to be heading into September already. I feel like summer was good to us and it could of lasted a little longer. We are already hitting some nice breezy 80 degree days here and I am thoroughly enjoying it. 

Weekends now bring soccer games and checking out our new home and town. So much to explore and find, you can follow on instagram. Currently I am reading through Candace Cameron's book Dancing Through Life. Next on my list is For the Love by Jen Hatmaker and maybe the Judy Blume novel to finish off the summer. 

Here are a few links to welcome your weekend with: 

on abiding by Rach Kincaid

when your husband is discouraged by The Purposeful Housewife

How To Keep A Simple, Clean Home With Kids

I posted this past week about how I never thought I could keep a clean home with kids, I thought it was going to be a lost cause. But I slowly over the years have found a schedule that is more of a rhythm that works for our home. I'm not saying you have to follow this but so many of you wanted to hear what our rhythm was and I am so encouraged to share it with you.

Each day I have four main rhythms:

Load of laundry (wash, dry, fold, put away)
Wipe counters and table 
Check the floors (especially our table since boys seem to like to drop crumbs) :)

Each day the boys follow their chore chart that I printed here:

Make Bed
Get Dressed 
One chore each day (help clean bathrooms, put dishes away, vacuum, etc)
Brush Teeth
Clean up room 

While I make lunch in the afternoon the boys clean up the family room and before bed each night they clean up their room. We also have been teaching them (and usually they do pretty well) if they are finished playing with a puzzle or legos to pick up after themselves. So then they know where to find it next time and also to treat their toys with respect and care.

During the week I have a rhythm that took a little getting used to but now flows with my day:

Monday- Clean bathrooms 
Tuesday- Dusting
Wednesday- Vacuum 
Thursday- Wash floors (I usually will do the bathroom floors, kitchen and entry way on this day)
Friday- Catching up (any laundry left to do, if I forgot to do the bathroom on Monday, deep clean kitchen, etc)
Saturday- Clean all sheets and towels

That is our simple rhythm and it has worked really well in our room and causes minimal stress wondering when something was last cleaned. I would love to hear what you do in your home!

Monday Inspiration for Moms

I started Monday Inspiration because Mondays should be celebrated and started with a little pep talk for the week ahead and not dismissed at 8AM as a doom day. So will you join me and share these inspirations with your friends?

This week:

When was the last time you came up for air? It seems we as moms tend to go-go-go but then forget. We need rest. We need to stop resisting the quiet, deep rests that our body and heart urge us toward when we feel we are running on empty. 

Jesus says "Come to me all who are weary...". He said all because he truly means all. All new mama's who are struggling with the 2am and 3am feedings. All the mama's of toddlers who wonder when the tantrums will end and the hard work they put in each day to shape their hearts will truly begin to show up. All the mama's who are gearing up for school and are weary just looking at the schedule ahead. 

So would you take a moment (or more like 10-20 minutes) this week and just rest. Let the littles play on the ground, let the bigger kids run outside or play in their room. Open up your Bible and read Ruth. Read and find these lessons in her story: Be confident with who you are. Be a woman of character.  

Don't resist or shut off from your husband, kids, home. First rest, then move forward and you might find you are reenergized. Just remember you have grace in bundles. 

Monday Inspiration for Moms

After a mini pause in writing here in this space, I am back. If you didn't catch the last post of the whirlwind, go check it out!

I have so much to share and what I want to do here on this space but first a little inspiration for your week.

I started Monday Inspiration because Mondays should be celebrated and started with a little pep talk for the week ahead and not dismissed at 8AM as a doom day. So will you join me and share these inspirations with your friends?

This week:

We went this past weekend to try out a local church and it went well but....

Mama, let's be friends. Not one person came up to us before, during or after the service to say hello or introduce themselves. It felt lonely because we dropped the boys off in their classes, went on to the main service and then soon after it finished we left. 

I sometimes have felt that the church is letting me down but guess what? We are the church! We are supposed to be in connection, in community with each other. Whether it is over cup of coffee, changing diapers or while your toddler is having a tantrum. 

I don't know why we sometimes push against it when that is what each of us wants, deeper connections, more passionate talks for things we love, a camping ground for abiding in each season. 

So can I encourage you this week (especially on Sunday) search out that mom that is new to your church or the one who looks lonely on the playground. Search her out and strike up a conversation. You never know what might come of it. 

Change in Scenery

This space was empty for a little longer than I intended. You know that is true when I had drafts to talk about a summer bucket list and about our year round schooling and it is almost August.

We have had rollercoaster seasons in our lives before but the past few months have been full of the most excitement, a little fear and more joy than we can say in words for our family.

We made the leap and moved to the Raleigh area a week ago! This came after much prayer, talking and it only took one visit in June for us to fall in love with the area. Then we decided to take it bigger and ask God to move us soon. After months of not having a good work atmosphere at Josh's job his position was terminated and we received our answer almost two weeks after praying big. We both were surprisingly relieved and ready to move!

For most of July we were able to have a refresher and stay with my in laws while we transitioned to a new state, find a new job and new home. God had a plan all along and it actually was greater than we were expecting for his job and our new home.

Our little apartment is cute (pictures to come), the boys are loving the pool on these hot days and I am so grateful. We even found our local library the other day and picked up our first bag full of books.

I just want to encourage you to pray big and pray for the sun to stand still. Pray deep, dream big. It can happen with His plans and your feet moving forward.

I have some big dreams for this little space online and plan to share more on Monday. I can't wait to have a community here with each of you.

Savor: book review

A daily devotional that includes a verse or two, a story and a question to ponder and to dig deeper with each day. Shauna offers down to earth devotionals with a daily message that almost seems to be written while having a cup of coffee with her in the morning hours. There are even recipes scattered throughout the year to try and they even tie in with some of the messages.

She covers so many topics from motherhood, friendship to doing what you love and even when others hurt you or you have hurt someone. She digs deep in the few paragraphs each day that have you thinking throughout the day. Definitely a must for any mom!

I received a copy of this book from Booklook Bloggers for a post and my honest opinion.

art of work book review

This book dives into so much and you will finish with an energy to go and do. Go and do what you are really meant to do. This latest book by Jeff Goins is about pursuing your calling and he breaks it down for you into seven simple stages that take you from preparation, action and completion.

He also has many different stories from people all over the world who have overcome personal disappointment, obstacles, circumstances and have truly persevered to discover their true calling.

This book is well written, full of inspiration and easy to read and follow along as a guideline to understanding what your true calling is.

I received a copy of this book from Booklook Bloggers for a post and my honest opinion.

May Book Periodical

This month I surprisingly read through a few books even though I spent as much time as I could outside at the parks, in the garden and near a pond or two.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova 
I read this for my first book in the book club I started and it was beautiful, gripping and seemed so real. I really enjoyed how the writing progressed and show Alice slowly slipping into Alzheimer's, now to watch the movie. Definitely recommend and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick
My friend Allie and I send each other books via snail mail and this was one she recently sent me and I couldn't believe I never have read it till now. It was thought provoking, honest and inspiring. Definitely recommend.

The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah Ladd
This was a surprising little addition to my book pile this month. I had been wanting to dig into this series and I am so happy I found it at the library. It almost has a little Jane Austen feel but in a different era.

Taken by Dee Henderson
I have always loved this author's style of writing and this one didn't disappoint. I love these kind of thrillers and I read through it in a few days. Definitely a must read.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
I have really enjoyed a few other books by this author but this one didn't impress me. It had too many foul words and didn't exactly have morals like her other ones. A neat storyline as it followed three different families and it was interesting how they linked up but I only gave it 3 stars out of 5.

Currently I am reading At Home in Mitford and it is a nice, calm read. Really enjoying the small town feel of it. I also just picked up a stack of books from the library the other day and am hoping to get through them this month! What have you been reading?

Sky Spills Over {review}

I have always been a long time fan of Michael W. Smith and his passion and inspiration he has brought to the Christian community with worship music. He recently came out with his latest CD- Sovereign and the video is now out for one of the songs- Sky Spills Over.

It is a beautiful, energetic song and the video is a perfect mix of this. You can check it out here. Don't forget to grab a copy of his CD!

Sky Spills Over has beautiful lyrics and my favorite is:

Can you hear
Can you hear that thunder
Sing His name, sing it out
'Til the sky spills over

I hope this brings some inspiration to your weekend! 

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting for letting me review, these words are my own. 

Self Care for Moms, part two

I wrote back in this post about the beginning of self care for moms and how crucial it is. It's refreshing, replenishing and overall a perfect thing to put into practice for everyone.

Mother yourself with finding a hobby you really enjoy. Whether it be scrapbooking, painting, crocheting, sewing, reading, gardening and more. What do you really enjoy doing just for you?

It shouldn't be something you are doing to keep someone else happy or to even bring more stress into your home. It should be something you love doing and relax just thinking about it.

I have found I have a few hobby's that keep me feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. I really enjoy reading a book outside while catching some sun ray's. I enjoy digging in the dirt and making seedlings come to life. I love crocheting and watching a pattern become a blanket or dishcloth. These are a few of the ways I have self care become a habit.

What do you currently enjoy doing? Build on it. What excites you? Plant yourself there and do more of it. Pick up where you left off and live it out. Try something new for fun and see if it becomes something you love. Now find those moments to do them.

Here are a few ideas of when to practice self care with a hobby:

Nap time for the little ones. While they nap you leave the cleaning to the side and pick up your hobby.

Wake up half hour before everyone else. Give yourself a little time in the morning if you are an early bird.

After kids are in bed. Set aside half hour in the evening to do what you love, it could be a perfect time for your husband to also pick up what he loves to do also!

Weekends. Find a babysitter or have your husband take the little ones to the park or in the backyard and mother yourself!

I hope you find the time to do what you love and to have self care become a habit. I know I have found I feel more sufficient to mother my little ones when I have mothered myself.