Tuesday, September 16, 2014

THE THIEF OF JOY

I saw this quote floating around over this weekend, and I must say it's one of my favorites. 
  I think it's natural to compare ourselves to one another.  I think that it can  be a good thing, but most of the time it's not.  At least not for me.  I compare myself to a fault.  
My house is never as clean as                  . My blog isn't nearly as interesting as              .  I'm not as good a teacher as              .  Just put a name in the blank and you see what I mean.  
At times these comparisons can totally steal my joy.  They make me feel worthless and jealous.

But then God will gently remind me of the oh so many things I do have to be thankful for.  I'm reminded that I'm a daughter of the King and He loves me for who I am and who I'm striving to be.  I am reminded that He is the only one I should be interested in pleasing.
And it feels good to rest there.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

OH SUNDAY


Today after church we came home to a pork tenderloin that had been in the crock pot for about 8 hours.  I used this recipe and it was delicious!  So far, we're doing well on our no eating out this month!  After lunch, Michael was headed to the office to get some work done and I was left with a super messy kitchen.  I wanted to just lay on the couch, but Anne said we should just get it over with.  Sometimes seven year olds can be the voice of wisdom.  I started and just couldn't stop.  Even the trash can, the wall beside Liam's high chair, and all the chairs got a good cleaning!  And then I mopped.  Now I'm happy...at least until dinnertime!

I think if I could have anything, it would be a maid.  There just aren't enough hours in the day nor do I have the energy to keep my house in the state that I'd like it to be.  I know most of you understand that feeling.  You always hear "take a picture, it'll last longer." So here's a picture of my clean kitchen.  I must say, it will definitely last longer!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

LABOR DAY WEEKEND

For the most part, this three day weekend has been awful.  The stomach virus landed in our house and everyone but me got it.  I was very thankful for that!  The kids got it mildly but Michael was pretty much down all weekend.  By Monday he was finally on the mend and we made a quick trip to Hattiesburg to Sam's and then to the grocery store.  I'm trying to focus on preparing crockpot meals this month.  Do you have any wonderful crockpot meals to share?  I pretty much only use it for roasts.    
Liam and Anne playing
Anne reading
Liam not napping
AND we're trying to not eat out at all this month.  I know it's hard to quit something cold turkey, but I'm an all or nothing kinda gal.  We've just been stuck in the "let's pick something up because I'm too tired to cook mode."  Not only is that dangerous on the pocket book, it's also not a very healthy choice for us.  I started going to spin classes last month and am surprised by how much I love it.  I am going at 5:15 am which is the only time available in my day for a workout.  Hoping that healthy meal planning will help me start seeing some results! 


Sunday, August 31, 2014

SNEAK PEEK: FAMILY PICTURES

We had some family pictures taken a few weeks ago.  My sister has such a gift at capturing the sweetest moments.  Especially since Liam spent the entire time running away or screaming if we tried to hold him. It's a miracle we got even one with him not crying!  We're still waiting on the rest of them, but these sneak peeks were just precious!  I can't wait to see the rest.
If you're local and need some photos, she's definitely your girl!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

LIAM'S 18 MONTHS

Liam turned 18 months old last week and it's killing me to think that we are on the down hill to having a two year old!  He is just the funniest little kid.  Some things he's been doing lately?

Saying cheeeeese! When he sees my phone he'll say cheese...I guess he's smart because he knows I take LOTS of pictures of him.
Being cute all the time and he's constantly making us laugh.

Some other stats on this cutie:
26 pounds and some change
32 inches tall
currently has 16 teeth
still hasn't gotten his first haircut
words he says...papa, bye bye, anne, mama and daddy (only occasionally), hey, pepper, please, cheese, thank you, mmmmmmmm (when he's eating),
favorite games: chase, wrestling, and still loves reading
favorite foods: strawberries, pineapple, mandarin oranges, pb&j sandwiches, raisins, goldfish

He starts school tomorrow and I'm hoping all goes well!  Say a prayer for us if you're the praying type!