Can’t believe I have to wear a parka I can’t even zip up anymore. Spring needs to get here and stay put for a while.
You will never find your perfect life “balance” on the path for the same reason you will never find a unicorn on the path - because these things don’t exist. Forget unicorns and balance. If you were perfectly balanced- you’d never have to take any ones hand to steady yourself, and that would be a tragedy.
Sometimes I feel completely, utterly, overwhelmed and I (can’t believe I) find myself asking God why he has given me so much to balance. This article from Momastery helped clear my foggy glasses so I could see more clearly.
God has blessed me with so much:
- a good, stable yet flexible job, with a recent promotion, and a raise
- a home for my family,
- a husband and best friend,
- one bright, loving son, and another one on the way
- a church family and small group that emotionally and spiritually feed and support me
- friends I can relate with
- a family that truly loves me
Yet all of those things require my time and attention, and I never feel like I’m able to do all of them 100% well. And so in the same breath that I thank him for my blessings, I begin to ask God why there is so much on my plate. How could I possibly be more? How am I supposed to do better than I already am? Why am I not enough?
And through this article, I can hear God respond:
You are enough. You are doing what I’ve called you to do and are who I’ve made you to be.
But you’re not meant to do it all. I intentionally created it that way. And when you can’t do it all, look to me, take my hand, seek my face. You will find me. I will carry you.
Let me carry you.
"You are exactly where you are supposed to be, always, and so is everyone else. The portion of the path you wake up to today was written for you. Everyone is EXACTLY where she is supposed to be."
I had one of those mornings where, at 9am, I just wanted to crawl back under my sheets and hide for the rest of the day. It doesn’t matter what happened this morning, just how it made me feel when it was all said and done.
I got back in my car, turned off the radio, and just drove to work in silence while these thoughts repeated in my head:
"You let other people take care of your son when you’re the one who should be doing that! You should be the one comforting your crying son, but instead you’re driving into work."
"You’ve failed today. Already! It’s only 8:45, and you’ve failed."
"What you’re doing isn’t enough, it’ll never be enough."
"You think it’s hard now? It’s just going to get worse. You won’t possibly be able to do this with two kids.”
Somehow I ended up at work, and while I sat in the parking garage, sulking in silence, I turned the car off and shut my eyes. And then I heard God whisper to me:
"The devil is a liar."
And then more continued….
"Are any of these things what Jesus would say to you? Do these words come from love? Or do they come from fear and guilt? You are a good mother. You do your best every single day. You work your fingers to the bone from the moment you wake up to the second your head hits the pillow. Everything you do is done to support your family. You can do this. Give your fears to me, I will take them from you.
The devil is a liar.”
Thank you, God.
We are so excited!!
Feelin’ bumpy 😋
I felt the baby movin around for the first time two weeks ago while sitting in a client meeting.
I’ve felt it sporadically since then but felt another big flutter today at work :) I almost forgot how amazing it feels.
If you needed a good cry :*)
I introduced James to ranch dressing today and I think I just blew his mind :)
:*) Don’t mind me boo-hooing over here…
I’m so excited to get to experience this all over again with baby #2
LOVING our new Tommee Tippee sippy cup. It doesn’t spill! Really. Seriously. It doesn’t spill at all! This is like the holy grail of sippies.
I feel like I’ve won the lottery!!!!
Making your own cards for Valentine’s Day is a smart move for your pocketbooks and a fun art project, too. With this craft, your child can gift each person in their class with a piece of original artwork from the heart: HEARTwork!
For the full craft, click here: http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/valentines-day-heartwork/
great idea for daycare teachers!
This pasta dish—full of fresh vegetables, ground beef, cheese and bacon—isn’t just better for you. It’s made in one pot, so cleanup’s a breeze!
Drizzled with glaze and topped with toasted pecans, this pull-apart coffee cake looks like it came from a bakery. Wait until they find out you made it!
This new take on broccoli casserole boasts cream cheese, veggies and a delicate crescent roll crust. A super-easy how-to video means making it is a cinch.
GARLIC & LEMON CHICKEN WITH RED POTATOES & GREEN BEANS
**(Gluten free. Low Carb, Diabetic Friendly and so simple to make)**
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 lemons, 1 thinly sliced, 1 juiced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 pound trimmed green beans
- 8 small red potatoes, quartered
- 4 chicken breasts
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Coat a large baking dish or cast-iron skillet with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.
- Arrange the lemon slices in a single layer in the bottom of the dish or skillet.
- In a large bowl, combine the remaining oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper; add the chicken, green beans and potatoes and toss to coat. Pour this mix into the pan and spread around evenly.
- Roast for 50 minutes or until cooked through.
- Serve warm.