May is probably one of my favorite months. But then again June is next week and I’ll probably be saying the same thing about June, and then July and then August etc. May brings green leaves, the base tan, a new marvel movie, and our wedding anniversary as well as my blog-versary. May comes alive here in the midwest. Our lives become getting fuller, with hustle and bustle of outside activities as well as grad parties, vacation, work and what have you. Andrew has been working long hours the past few weeks as the good weather brings in the contractors busiest days. We are thankful for the Lord’s provisions and blessings through the work of his hands. Some years spring is slow to come and sometimes its quick and anywhere in between. Last fall I planted some tulips and this spring they did not disappoint! They came up offering some beautiful cherry color to our front yard. Finley, although not getting to close to them, deemed them, “Finley’s”.
Some Gold Stars for May:
>I’ve (for the most part) kept up with the cleaning, and the dishes around the house. This always makes my soul feel at rest at the end of the day- ready then to conquer the next day. If I can have the books on the shelf, and the toys in their chest too– even better… 😉
>I got out fishing! It wasn’t on opener, but a couple days after, getting out with my father-in-law. We waded off the shores of one of our local lakes and I caught my limit!
Posting one picture on instagram a day – I’ve almost been able to accomplish this, which makes me really happy! (it’s been a struggle)
>Taking lots of walks
>Listening to more podcasts – I don’t have as much time (truth be told) to sit down and soak in God’s word… so I have been trying to be more intentional to be fed in other ways too, one being podcasts. I’ll share a few series you NEED to check out…. — keep reading…
>limiting screen-time. Spending less time on my phone/ Social media. This has always been a struggle for us both Andrew and I. It’s a good thing we don’t have cable in our home or we’d be infront of the tube every night with sporting events.
>we got some flowers planted and the outside of the house more beautified and inviting. This is seriously one of my favorite parts of the spring.
and to keep it real, here’s some non-star- worthy things in May:
>Limiting screen-time. Not every-day is perfect- but there’s definitely been more days then not, screen time has taken less of my time.
>Getting up at a set alarm. Yep. Even though I know it will be better for myself if I get up with my hubby and have a little me & him and myself, and I time before the girls are up, I still stay in bed. (baby cuddles are good to right!?) `
>Our garden isn’t even tilled yet. Hubby’s been a work’n long hours (Thank you honey!) which just means some things get put on the back burner… (perhaps it’s my year to learn how to use that tiller!) BUT we have started beautifying the outside, planting our pots and hanging baskets. It brings my heart such joy to make a not-so-favorite space into one that becomes more of a favorite space.
>Keeping up on the girls journals. I’ve started each of the girls journals, where I’ll write about special moments, milestones, and store some square photos of their growing up. I intended to write every day or 2, but find myself trying to catch up from behind these days.
>Meal planning: “Ahh! it’s already 3:00pm??? Where is the roast that was suppose to cook its self?!” …….. “Errrrg, Eggs it is!”
Thoughts from the heart…
Tragedy. Grief. Joy. Celebration.
It’s funny, I’ve started listening to two podcast series, (one running through the summer) and another that’s been running through this last year… The first, is the pastor from my home church – a series on the book of JOB. He touches on the difficult question, “why doe’s bad things happen to good people” and I highly, highly recommend you go take a listen to those first few sermons in the series (and follow along for the summer) and chew on it.
The 2nd podcast is from Breakaway ministries taking place on the campus of Texas A&M. This series is going through the book of Ecclesiastes. Probably the two most “depressing” books in the Bible, and I chose the same month to start them. ha!
So far, the journey through Ecclesiasties has been focusing on our trajectory in life… How we approach it, and what we get out of it depending on which paths we take. The last Podcast I think the 3rd in the series, “learning how to dance” gave me a new perspective on Ecc 3:1-8:
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
The speaker, Timothy was sharing how this passage was not meant to show us how to live our lives, but to show us how our lives will be lived. We will have a time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant, to uproot. We will face times to weep, to laugh, to mourn, to dance, etc. It’s providing a picture of “what is to come” All of us will more then likely experience all these things in the course of our life-time. When it does, we will celebrate, or we may grieve. It’s here in the Bible showing us we will go through good times and bad… So we needn’t be surprised when those come, but we must deal with them appropriately.
Go to War.
(Click HERE to checkout Breakaway’s Ecclesiasties Podcast series)
I think one of the hardest questions for a Christian to answer for themselves, and for others is “why does God let bad things happen to Good people.” It’s one my husband and I struggled with in our own ways when going through the unknowns with our first borns medical crisis early on. It’s one I don’t think any christian has an almighty all -encompassing answer for. And I think it’s always suppose to be that way. God does a lot of things that are mysterious. We will never know the extent of his ways, we are human after all and he is infinite. For myself, in those days of questioning, “Why her, why us” I came to a place where I found great joy, and peace in saying, “God, I Question what you are doing, but I don’t question your Sovereignty, your goodness, or your Love. I trust you.” It took me a couple months to formulate the sure feeling I had. I think for many it will take a lot to get to that point. It’s ok to question God. Job called out to God for justice without any answer for a good long while. I’m sure he felt so much despair and questions- God, why? But he never doubted God’s Sovereignty, Goodness, or Love. Cling to the truth dear friend. Pastor Mark gives a great perspective on this question, and I cannot encourage you enough- to check it out for yourselves. Here’s the link to the series: CLICK HERE .
For the first sermon in the series titled, “Your worst life Now” (April 30, 2017) click HERE.
In our community, virtually and physically there are some families grieving great hardships. Losses, of loved ones leaving to early in particular. These touch our hearts, my heart- hearing recently of a momma I don’t have any connection with – loosing her life quickly after finding out she had stage 4 breast cancer, and liver failure. She left behind newborn twins, a 2 year old and her husband. I can’t imagine- as a mom with children the same ages- saying goodbye… I can’t imagine saying Good-bye to my child, who has fought for his life long and hard battling cancer… Oh, what do you cling to when life has been ripped from you? Your heart lays in pieces, waiting to be mended. Only one can truly mend a broken heart. and Only one is there to cling to. Hold on to the promises dear one, He is faithful. God is Faithful…
I’ve come to realize, well – more come to except the fact my greatest way to remember our current life happenings is and will be through capturing and sharing it via the blog. I don’t have time to sit down and write in my own journal anymore, which makes me very sad. So, I’ll share my thoughts- our milestones, and pictures many of them at least, with you.
So with that, Some more highlights from May that I don’t want to forget:
Berit turned over tummy to back on the 26th.
Finely has been such a momma’s girl this month!
Andrew and I went out to dinner and a sunset hike afterwards, for our Anniversary. It was great to just spend time together, take about where we’re at in life, and make some plans for moving forward in this year.
I’m officially a brand Ambassador for Soft Bums Cloth Diapers. I love working with them to promote the brand- so… If you are seeing more posts about diapers… that’s why! (and don’t be afraid to check them out, and ask me why I love them!)
Ran/Walked the first 5K of the year! (I’ve got some training to do- but I was able to complete it! :))
Softball has started, Church & city league – we like cheering Daddy on!
Golf. Tis the season long anticipated for the Hubs.
Breakfast Cook off with friends- Girls won the traveling trophy this time!
Finley turned into a little momma on Mothers day- taking care of her dolly and treating it like her baby. It’s really the first time I’ve seen her play with her doll that way, it was the sweetest thing to just watch her gently (mostly gently??) play!