Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The One with Guarding Your Heart - Tuesday Talk

At times, I am so disappointed with how vulnerable and scary this world can be.
Watching the news can be heart wrenching sometimes.

Social Media is no different.  
I love it for many reasons, but also hate it for some.

This morning I was on Instagram and looking at the pictures on my husband's account.  On one of his recent pictures I clicked on the "likers" and was disappointed to see some random girls that had liked this particular picture. 
It wasn't your normal random girl, but an account that had in my opinion very inappropriate pictures.
...there were 3 different account and the same girl owned 2 of them.

Not only were there the pictures available for everyone to see, but in her profile listed a number connected to an app for anyone to call her.

I mean wha???

You know, as if our lives here on Earth aren't hard enough....
We have our own battles to fight and it can be hard enough without others & Satan throwing new things in our way to throw us off track.

We MUST guard our hearts.
There are things out there that are just waiting for us to stumble.

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." Proverbs 4:23

Not only is my concern for adults in this world, but also for the children.

I think of the boys that are in my husband's athletic program.  
How often do these accounts comes across their IG feed?

You can block them and report them, but the pictures are still there.

I pray for adults and children to not give up the fight.
To not stop looking for the good in this world.
To continue to choose to only look at things that bring God glory.

"Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word." Psalm 119:37

I hope your day is filled with blessings!


Michelle - Grammie Time
Christina - Waltzing in Beauty
 Lauren - Simply Free
 Jess & Katie - Sweet Little Ones
Whitney - Polka Dotty Place
 Becky - BYBMG
 Elizabeth - All Kinds of Things
 Sarah - Abiding in Grace

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The One with the Stressed Mama and the Verse that Reminds Me It's All Okay

Y'all, what a day.  What a week.  I have this amazing job that allows me to be off some during the summer.  This is my first summer to have this luxury.  I'm sold.  It's been so nice. ....but this week has been testing this Mama.  

Like today.... I wanted this happy, summer day spent with Mommy... Yay!!! Let's go to the park, let's bake cookies, let's sing songs and dance, read books, yada yada yada....   Except I feel like I spent the entire day getting onto my kids for fighting or not listening or telling them to put their shoes up again for the millionth time when I know they know where they go........ 

I want my kids to grow up remembering their childhood with me as a fun, loving time.... I don't want them to remember me as a stressed Mama that only cared if their rooms were clean.

It's so hard to find the balance amongst the chaos.  I want a tidy home, I want to teach the kids to be responsible, but honestly I look around sometimes and just throw my hands up because I feel like I can never get ahead and stay there.

I know these days won't last forever.  I know I need to enjoy playing with my kids and not worry about the dishes.... but surely there is a way to do both?  

Maybe I've seen too many Instagram feeds with happy Mamas and their happy babies and their spectacular homes and they always look so darn cute.  Maybe I look around and see these Moms who have grown kids and think, Now they have it all together...... they look great, spend time with their girlfriends and don't seem as frazzled as I feel.

At night when I finally plop down on our sofa....I think when am I going to get this Motherhood thing right? and now I'm about to add one more little one to our nest.  

I'm thankful that tomorrow is a new day and I get a chance to be better, to not get upset about the messes and to be the Mom that I want my kids to remember.  

I'm thankful for the peace that can come over this Mama's heart when I remember who is in control...

I'm thankful for lessons that can be learned through studying God's word and the reminders from Him that we are not to be anxious about anything.  

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The One with The Fourth - Tuesday Talk

Our last Fourth as a family of Four!
We took off to my parents' house and had a wonderful time.
The night we got there we popped a few fireworks in their driveway.
Their dog Lila chased after a smoke bomb and picked it up in her mouth.  Dad and Jason had to save her and then keep her away from it until it was done smoking.  To make it worse or more entertaining... it wasn't a regular smoke bomb, but one of the camo ones that last forever.  Dad and Jason guarded Lila like they were playing in the NBA... it was good stuff.

The next morning on the 4th... Dad made a delicious breakfast for us.  
French toast, bacon and eggs made to order :)

That afternoon we headed to Fort Worth to eat at the restaurant where my brother, Thad works.  
After a delicious meal, we took off for our Firework Adventure at the 
Fort Worth Botanical Gardens.

I had taken the kids here in 2011, but it was Jason's first time to go. 
We had our blanket, picnic basket and were ready to listen to the symphony and watch the beautiful fireworks.
Overall, it was a great Fourth.  Very relaxing and fun just hanging out with my parents.

I hope you all enjoyed your holiday as much as we did!!



Michelle - Grammie Time
Christina - Waltzing in Beauty
 Lauren - Simply Free
 Jess & Katie - Sweet Little Ones
Whitney - Polka Dotty Place
 Becky - BYBMG
 Elizabeth - All Kinds of Things
 Sarah - Abiding in Grace