A list of good things

This past week had a few more frustrating moments then I like to have. Nothing major, just small things, but they were adding up fast. So as it is Monday, a new week, a new beginning I want to review some of the GOOD moments of the last couple days. Start fresh with a happy heart.

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On Friday night one of our daycare providers had her “Annual Summer Sleepover.” She invited all the daycare kids to her home (where the daycare is) for a sleep over! I know, she’s a saint for every entertaining this idea!! And this is something that she’s done for several years. This year, I got invited! I’m just that cool 😉 I was so impressed by the time, money, energy and love our KaKa (Karla- the daycare provider) put into this. They had tons of pizza and snacks, games, costumes and a campfire with s’mores. The kids were planning on not sleeping at all. Great amounts of fun were happening. Charlotte and I went for a few hours (I wanted to sleep, and in my own bed!) I braided the girls hair and brought Brownie Batter Mud Masks. Find the recipe HERE! They smelled awesome and were very fun. My only suggestion would be to add some water before you put on your face. We found the mask to be a bit thick and sticky at first, but when we were washing it off, it became more of a “mud” texture. We’ll try it next time. Either way, very fun!! It was a great evening for me and a total spirit recharge that I was very much in need of.batman

Mom & Char at the party (I had Batman PJ’s)

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(Please let me kids continue to come to your house Karla, even after I’ve posted this picture!)

On Saturday, my family heading over to my home town to help my sister move out of my parents into her own apartment. Everyone was very excited about this ;). My sister had been living with my parents as she was finishing her schooling for her R.N. She graduated in May and will finish her clinical in August and then take the boards. I’m BEYOND PROUD of her accomplishments. Plus it’s very handy to have you’re personal nurse, I recommend all parents of small ones get one! The only person who was not ready for this move would be my dad. My niece, Ellie and her “Big Guy” (her words) are BFF, completely. If they could, I think they would never be apart. It is a beautiful bond and so special for each of them. MooMoo (as he has been affectionately named by Ellie) was not ready for his brown eyed girl to move, but she has assured him that they will have sleep overs! I know, precious!

10528102_10152597088257328_1649176028_nEllie & MooMoom eating s’more!

So, we came to help in the big day. I love to organize. However, I like to take my time. And I’m not great a keeping it organized. But when I was given the task of putting the bathroom together, I was all over it! I just hope my sister doesn’t mess it all up!! Haha.

It was nice to spend time with my family. I love watching my children soak up all the love my parents give them. Grandpa and Grandma and cousin Ellie are all on the favorite people list (just below Dad, significantly above Mama)

Also on Saturday, my husband surprised me with a NEW BAG!! Y’all, I love me some bags!! I get a hard time from everyone because I have so many. But I’m ok with, because I have a new bag!!!! He got me the Petunia Pickle Bottom (PPB) Sleepy in Segovia Weekender. I’ve been wanting this bag for quite a while but have had the extra money or significant need to justify purchasing it. A couple weeks ago PPB had a surprise sale. I sent the link to Ross and said I really wanted the bag and that it was at a REALLY great price. Maybe he should buy it and save it for Christmas, hint hint! He never said anything about it, and I figured he was just ignoring my annoying begging. I had forgotten all about it. Then, on Saturday, he pulled it out of the box for me! He had asked our sister-in-law to order it for him so I wouldn’t find out (I do the banking, so I would have noticed the purchase). I was so excited! Ross is great at this kind of thing. My Christmas presents and Birthday gifts might not be over the top, but I often get flowers and notes and text messages that say “I love you because I love you!” He didn’t save the bag for a holiday. He knew I was struggling with some things and this bag would make me smile. So he wanted me to have it now. I’m still smiling about it!

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Isn’t it GORGEOUS?! (stock photo, but my is this pretty!)

Sunday afternoon my in-laws came to the farm and we spend the afternoon swimming and playing and chatting. It’s always so nice to catch up and watch how our little ones are growing and how they love to play together. With all the nieces and nephews on that side the ages are 11, 7, 3, almost two x2 (17 days apart), 4.5 months and 2 months. The 2 month old is a foster baby, but we’d be happy to have him stay forever and call him ours! (Prayers requested to let us keep this baby! Charlotte is going to need a playmate!) Needless to say, its a busy time full of laughter when these kids are together. When my mother-in-law passed away, there was only the oldest two around. I am completely sure that this growing family comes from her hand! I’m also sure she would have been unbelievably proud of the family she’s created, I know I am!!

And lastly, the morning as I was bringing the kids into daycare a song came on the radio that hit home. It’s a pretty up beat song, and yet the tears were streaming down my face. It was just right for what I needed at that moment. Point for the Holy Spirit yet again! I LOVE that Ghost! The song was “Free To Be Me” by Franceca Battistelli. I was only going to share a verse or two, but they all were just perfect, so here are the lyrics to this great song!

At twenty years of age
I’m still looking for a dream
A war’s already waged for my destiny
But You’ve already won the battle
And You’ve got great plans for me
Though I can’t always see

‘Cause I got a couple dents in my Fender
Got a couple rips in my jeans
Try to fit the pieces together
But perfection is my enemy
And on my own, I’m so clumsy
But on Your shoulders I can see
I’m free to be me

When I was just a girl
I thought I had it figured out
See my life would turn out right
And I’d make it here somehow
But things don’t always come that easy
And sometimes I would doubt, oh

‘Cause I got a couple dents in my Fender
Got a couple rips in my jeans
Try to fit the pieces together
But perfection is my enemy
And on my own, I’m so clumsy
But on Your shoulders I can see
I’m free to be me and You’re free to be You

Sometimes I believe that I can do anything
Yet other times I think
I’ve got nothing good to bring
But You look at my heart and You tell me
That I’ve got all You seek, oh
And it’s easy to believe even though

‘Cause I got a couple dents in my Fender
Got a couple rips in my jeans
Try to fit the pieces together
But perfection is my enemy
And on my own, I’m so clumsy
But on Your shoulders I can see

I got a couple dents in my Fender
Got a couple rips in my jeans
Try to fit the pieces together
But perfection is my enemy
And on my own, I’m so clumsy
But on Your shoulders I can see
I’m free to be me and You’re free to be You

Check out here video HERE! And listen to why Francesca wrote the song HERE! She was just trying to cheer up, and that’s exactly what I needed today!!
Part of the Scripture reading on Sunday was Romans 8:38-39,
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This week will again be filled with emotions, highs and lows! I will have my last day working as Church secretary on Wednesday. On Thursday, I leave for a mini-vaca with my kiddlets, mom and aunt to go to a cousin’s wedding in Michigan. That’s approximately 8-9 hours driving time one way, not accounting for stops. We will be splitting up the trip into a couple days each ways, but it will be the longest journey for either of my kids. And to do it without Daddy will be an adventure, not to mention how much we will all miss him. But I’m excited. I’m excited to see family, spend time with my mom and aunt, and excited to take on a challenge and succeed. Lots of packing and prepping yet to do!
But, I got the Holy Spirit, a faithful and strong spouse, and the will to make it happen.
God is good all the time.
Happy Harvesting,
Leah
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