Category Archives: Our Crazy Beautiful Life

Reminders For The Weary SAHM

It’s a Wednesday night, much like any other night of the week.. Bryce is working another 48 hour shift, which means I’m stuck at home. alone. again.

The boys were taking a bath and I was folding laundry nearby, having a bit of a pity party about how redundant and dull life seems some days; wipe a runny nose, change another diaper, make another meal, do more dishes, fold more laundry, clean up more poop.. I mean, how many times can you read “The Fire Engine Book” in just one morning? In one week? I often hear the words “sit” and “boot” (book) coming from Conaln. He wants me to sit and read it again. So I do..  But tonight, as I was folding the mound of laundry, I couldn’t help but think, isn’t there something better I could be doing? I just want purpose in life! I want to make a difference in the world!

I was already scolding myself for feeling this way, because I know better.. I really do. I *know* my job has *great* purpose. You know the quote well, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”

and Matthew 25:40 says, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”

…but that’s hard to remember. Hard to grasp some most days, isn’t it?

Just then I heard Bryce Eric talking as he splashed in the bathtub. He’d been talking the whole time but his words caught my ear; “..and I’m thankful for Conlan, and I’m thankful for God, and I’m thankful for Mommo coming to visit us, and I’m thankful for daddy coming home..”

Um, Convicting? YES! I got a bit choked up… Thank you, Jesus, for giving me somethign tangible. For reminding me I *am* making a difference! I really needed that tonight.

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

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Life changes fast! (why I’ve been MIA)

So yeah, I kind of went Missing-in-action for a few weeks there…Yikes! maybe even over a month! Sorry about that… But believe me, I have NOT been sitting on my bum, watching chick-flicks and eating chocolate (OK maybe a little chocolate…). A LOT has happened in that month+ time!

…In short: My husband got a job offer, we found a house to rent (at an affordable price. in the area we wanted!), packed up everything we owned into a moving truck, said many a “good-bye”, gave even more hugs, and we moved from PA to GA! …In 3.5 weeks! Yeah, that pretty much sums it up! Crazy, huh?

Suffice it to say that after years of praying. seeking. and searching for where God wanted our family, and too many job applications to count, God opened up the door of our dreams, and we finally feel at peace that This is where we are supposed to be! Can I tell you how GOOD that feels?! REALLY good!!

Those 3.5 weeks are pretty much a blur to me now, but I know one thing for sure; We have some *amazing* friends in our life, and we never would have gotten everything done without their generosity and help! If you are one of those friends- THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart! We will miss you so much!

I could go on and on relaying our entire life story leading up to this point, and maybe someday I will, but not today.

For now, I just want to say how incredibly blessed I feel! We are now half-way between and MUCH closer to both families, and in the same town as some life-long friends! My God is AWESOME!

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Change of plans and our “staycation”

So we didn’t end up going to the beach this past weekend as planned. It decided to to rain all-week-long! and the idea of driving several hours, only to be stuck indoors for two days, with two elderly people (not to mention lots of pretty, breakable items), AND two very active little boys, did NOT sound appealing to me! I mean, I’m sure Grandpa would have been happy to see us, but I would like to be welcomed back someday… 😉

Anyway…We had a nice, relaxing few days at home. We tried to make it fun by doing special things with the boys. Like making/playing with “slime”, baking brownies, and going for walks in the rain (that wasn’t on purpose, but it was fun!).

Wednesday night we took the boys to see Cars 2 at the movie theater. For some reason we only ended up paying for one adult ticket. Bryce tried to question it, but the young man running the ticket booth assured him he was right. I still think he messed up, but hey, $7  for all 4 of us to see a movie? I wont argue! Not only did we get a good price, but we had the entire theater to ourselves! Kinda nice to not have to worry about the baby making noise, or the toddler asking “What’s that daddy?” over and over again… and BE especially liked getting to pick where he wanted to sit… and then moving 5 different times before we decided he was getting a little too adventurous and made him sit with us again.

Thursday I got to go visit my friend, Ruth, and her newborn baby boy in the hospital. He was only 13 hours old. ❤ Can you say “precious”? You better bet I stole a few snuggles while I was there (and she thought the Starbucks was just a nice gesture  😛 ). He was sooo sweet! ❤ Almost enough to make me want another baby…almost, but not quite yet 😉 Continue reading

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The Last Days of Summer…

How is it already September? Fall is right around the corner, and as much as I’m looking forward to all the fun and beautiful things it has to offer, I’m savoring these last few warm days of summer! I’m learning to appreciate the change of seasons, really I am! but I’ll always be a Southern girl at heart, and with that comes a love for summer and all that it entails…

…Like our garden. We grew LOTS of tomatoes this year! 14 plants worth to be exact, that stretch 25 feet long and 5 feet wide! My hubby calls it “the hedge”. We didn’t really intend to grow that many plants, but as we divided that little pack of what we expected would be 6-8 baby plants, there were 14! and seeing as we were completely UN-successful last year, we decided to plant them all, in case some died…Well, I’m here to say they ALL lived, and they are all HUGE! It has been such a blessing though, as we’ve been making and canning sauce to be used in soups and stews this coming winter. I also decided to try my hand at making a lacto-fermented salsa- a first for me, as I had never LF anything, or made salsa before! It was so easy, and turned out really yummy! (Recipe to come ;-)).

…And our tiny Farmer’s Market held each Saturday morning. This is the first year they’ve had one in the small town we live in, and there are usually just one or two farmers and their tents, but I love it! I wasn’t sure how the “planner” in me would cope with the spontaneity of it all. You know, everything being sold is in season, so most weeks it’s a total surprise what you’ll find. but I’ve actually found it quite fun! Like this week they had apples! Continue reading

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