Monday, July 21, 2014

monday inspiration for moms

Happy Monday friends! One of the reasons I decided to start this series is because Mondays are dreaded by many people and I honestly think they get a bad rap. Now don't turn away yet because I too used to slam Mondays. But now? I see them as a fresh start. A fresh slate wiped clean, open for possibilities and a good day to BEGIN pursuing your goals and not just keep saying "someday".

This week I chose this quote

So what exactly does this look or sound like?

It looks + sounds like:

saying I love you to your husband more
sneaking little notes in his bag before he leaves or sending him emails with words of encouragement 
giving him a few back rubs this week if physical touch is his love language
having a plan for the week as a mom + wife
carving time for yourself to pursue what make you happy

It means asking Him for help so you don't raise your voice or get discontent. It means having a simple goal for each day and accomplishing it not perfecting it. "I will make sure to do one load of laundry all the way from washing to putting away today....". It means pushing yourself when exercising or to not have that extra cookie.

These are a few ways you can love, speak and live with intention. Focus on intentionally doing something this week, so tell me..

What does it mean for you? 

Friday, July 18, 2014

odds and ends

This summer has been one of growth, freedom and abiding. I have realized to abide and to have rest I don't need to go on vacation. I just need to learn to slow down, look at the path ahead of me, learn to say no more and make a list of what I do and what I don't do. 

- The boys have been enjoying this summer and all the outdoor activities we have been able to do since we were isolated inside most of the winter. 

- We enjoyed a Happy Independence Day in D.C.. Soaking up time with friends and family and enjoying all the history that was near us. We even got to sneak away for a bit apart from the boys and take a nice walk near the memorials. 

- The blog got a mini facelift! What do you think?

- When I began to diligently set apart a time each morning (or during naptime) to spend with Jesus, I have to be honest. It was hard to do at first but the more I disciplined myself to write in my journal, write my prayers, read the Bible and soak in the time I learned some valuable lessons and He spoke to me so clearly. I have kept a journal now since April (longest ever) and I am so happy to look back now at certain times and my prayers and to see how He answered.

- My brother is getting married in a few weeks! When he sent me the song his soon to be wife was going to walk down the aisle to I started to shed a few tears. They were tears of happiness and also a little sadness because our Mom will not be there. I know how he feels because I went through it for my wedding and I know she would be so proud of him and she would love Emily. 
Some posts I have read lately that I have loved and been encouraged with are: 

thoughts on tidiness from Rachael. This woman is absolutely encouraging, real and I am always inspired by her posts. 

what makes you come alive? from Jessi at Naptime Diaries. I hope to one day meet Jessi and give her a hug. She makes me want to always push for my passions with Jesus. 

These banana muffins look absolutely amazing! 

scheduling meetings for your marriage from Allie at The Purposeful Housewife. Yes a thousand times. 

Thrive Moms is hosting a summer challenge of Healthy Body + Strong Spirit. Go check it out! 

So that is about it for now! I want to know the odds and ends happening in your home and life! 

So tell me friend,
how is your summer going? 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

the good news about marriage- Book Review

I have been doing quite a bit of reading this summer. I love to read my good share of fiction books and if you follow me on Goodreads  you probably already knew that ;).

A book I saw recently while browsing the bookstore and online was a new one by another author I am familiar with. The book is called the good news about marriage by Shaunti Feldhahn. You might recognize her name from the best selling book For Women Only. I thoroughly enjoyed that book and decided to give this one a try.

The title and sub title are definitely ones to catch your eye.

I gave this book 3 stars on my Goodreads because although I agree that there are discouraging myths about marriage and even divorce, Shaunti doesn't fully address where we should go with these statistics and data about marriages. It seems to be mainly a book of data and charts.

It is encouraging to read that the divorce rate has never gotten close to 50 percent and that most remarriages succeed since you usually hear that they don't.

I would recommend this book to be looked at as encouragement to debunk the myths we are told about marriage and enjoy the research put into finding the good news about marriage (especially the small things) since so often we hear only bad news about marriage.

I received a copy of this book for review from Blogging for Books. These words are all my own. 
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