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The J Word

2 Feb

We are almost done with probation.  I say “we” because of that fact that although Brett is the Firefighter, I am the Woman who must endure his stress, study time, and crazy schedule.  Although February 17th will not bring an end to bumps and hiccups, it will bring the certainty of a long career and dream long sought after. The past two weeks have brought additional shifts, study groups, manipulative tests, and many fire practical exams.   Translation: many days and hours without my man and lots of long hours with three kids five and under.  I’m not looking for a pat on the back here, many women endure the life of a Fire Wife, an Army Wife, as a Single Parent.  But, it is the reason I have been MIA.

Ultimately, being a wife and a mother are two of my primary roles so I know I have made the best choice prioritizing those jobs above writing.

Throughout this year of probation, I have been forced to look at each day as a gift, a blank canvas full of possibility.  And, in my life, each day includes three priorities:

(a) My relationship with Jesus; spending time with My Savior; gaining a fresh perspective; Daily Bread; sitting at the feel of Jesus
(b) Being a Wife; making my house a home for the man I love, the man who works  hard to provide for our family, in words and actions taking the time to love him more each day
(c) Being a Mom; allowing time for interruptions, being available, playing, listening, being patient, creating, teaching, loving

These priorities are my Purpose.  These priorities have  caused me to slow down, live intentionally, create, reflect, breathe, and ENJOY myself.

I love to write and I truly believe I have something to say.  But, I lack focus and direction.  My priorities offer a clear mission and the purpose of Mighty Sweet Mama, “to be a better woman, wife and mama,” is reflective of that mission.  But, what I’ve been missing is the number one factor: “Jesus.”

Jesus makes me a better Woman, Wife ,and Mother.  Period.

And…let it be known…My voice and thoughts about Jesus may be offensive to some.  Although I aim for propriety, I am 100% comfortable with the fact that the Lord gave me a heart for those who do not seek Him, which means I might offend of a couple of y’all on this journey.  Please forgive me.

That being said, there are a couple of things y’all should know about my relationship with Jesus…

Gladys Hardy Quote

Gladys Hardy Quote

Jesus Loves Me

Enjoy YOurself

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Elle Magazine Book Reviews

18 Jan

I am an Eager Reader for Elle Magazine.

Throughout the year I have the privilege of reading a handful of nonfictional proofs, ranking them in order of preference and writing a 50 word (approx.) review for each manuscript.  My reviews appear at Elle Magazine online.  I feel really cool about myself when they do!  I know it’s not a “real” book review, but I take it seriously, like I’m writing for Publisher’s Weekly or the New York Times.  Here is my most recent submission, minus my book reviews, as it was sent to the panel.  I will highlight the reviews once published.

If you have the time, read each and every one of these books.  They are remarkable!!

My submission to Elle Magazine:

1) Lindsey

2) Rank

1) Making Babies, Anne Enright
1) By the Iowa Sea, Joe Blair
1) Some Assembly Required, Anne Lamott with Sam Lamott

I know I ranked them all as #1, but at least there is an order.  Haha!  Does that still count?  I loved each book, each voice, and the life-transforming act that is childbearing /child rearing from three perspectives: Father.  Mother.  Grandparent. The need for balance resonates from each perspective. I will feel better if I rank them in order of greatest surprise, but consider it a rank of Favorites if you prefer.

Without a doubt I knew I would adore Making Babies and Some Assembly Required.  I love Anne Enright’s dry Irish humor.  Her unbiased, unsentimental tone and raw revelations spoke to my soul.  I found myself laughing out loud and reliving the peaks and pangs of motherhood.  And Anne Lamott, her ability to speak blatantly, to “say it like it is,” and draw a spiritual meaning from each and every occurrence, makes for an intense and touching journey through “grandparenthood.”  But, my greatest surprise vote goes to Joe Blair, author of By the Iowa Sea. I read this book first, certain I would enjoy it the least.  Instead, the conversational writing and honesty of a father’s journey blew me away.  Blair’s memoir reveals a man who struggles to recapture his dreams and reignite passion with his wife, while performing everyday routines and learning to interact with this three “normal” children and one autistic son.

3) Official Reviews…should appear mid March at Elle Magazine.

Happy Reading.

Enjoy Yourself.

Making Babies, Stumbling into Motherhood

Making Babies, Stumbling into Motherhood

By the Iowa Sea, A Memoir of Disaster and Love

By the Iowa Sea, A Memoir of Disaster and Love

Some Assembly Required, A Journal of My Son's First Son

Some Assembly Required, A Journal of My Son's First Son


Slow Down

12 Jan

I was rushing.  We were never going to make it to the bus stop!

Gavin’s huge blow out at “go” time required a mad dash via car in lieu of our morning walk.    I yelled and shoved the kids into the car, sped down the street, rolled the stop on the corner, waved to the bus driver to stop, and pulled into the nearest driveway to unload Stella.  But, instead of putting the car in park, I threw it in reverse as I opened my car door.  The car started to roll back down the drive.  I managed to keep one leg in the car, dive across the dashboard, and fix it in park.  I was shaking, embarrassed, and completely horrified.  In a rush, I almost sent my three kiddos into the street in a driver-less car.

Slow down.

I kept repeating the phrase to myself after hugging my children and taking several deep breaths.  Slow Down.

Brock, Gavin and I changed up our routine today.  Instead of grocery shopping, we made due with what was on hand.  Instead of heading to the gym, we ran the track together.  Instead of cleaning the house, we played Batman and board games.  We walked to get Stella.  We ate a late lunch and built a fort.  We took an evening walk together. We tucked in late.

Little scares, blips, and hiccups (whatever you want to call them) are God’s way of reminding me to Slow Down, take a breath, and focus on what’s most important.   There’s no need to rush from thing to thing and miss the scenery; the sunshine, the rainbows, the birds, the smell of the flowers…my kids, their smiles, their laughter.

Slow Down.

 

I don't want to miss this!

 

Pinterest: Creating a full circle

9 Jan

I found a treat and followed the trail. Where did it lead? Full Circle; right back to my starting point.  Allow me to explain.

A couple of weeks back, I discovered the Blog: Nesting Place; a charming little nook where Nester Smith highlights  fabulous finds, perfect pieces, and inspirational insight. On this particular day, she wrote a great article about Pinterest and Blogging. I found the article fascinating. You may too. Check it out!

Pinterest and Blogging: The Good the Bad and the Huh

Pinterest and Blogging: The Good the Bad and the Huh

As I finished the article, I perused Nester’s site. I loved the colors. I loved the simple navigation. I loved her topics. I loved her voice. And I thought to myself,  I wonder if she would ever answer simple questions about blogging. I wonder how she got started? I wonder if she would share some bits of wisdom for a new blogger?

Hold that thought…

After I read the article I hopped over to one of my new favorite sites, Eighteen 25. These girls always feature fabulous subway art and I thought I would take a gander. On this particular day I discovered a giveaway for a Silhouette Cameo. Awesome!  And so, I entered the giveaway. I mean really, who wouldn’t? In fact the girls at Eighteen 25 shared a list of bloggers who were also participating in the Silhouette Cameo giveaway.

“Well, I really should take a quick peek,” I thought to myself…and so off I went.

Right off the bat I noticed  the other sites shared  creative content, similar to that of Eighteen 25.  Crafts.  Colors.  Beautiful Design.  Creativity.  What a treat!  At my finger tips, in a single consolidated list, were 17 amazing blog finds!

For the sake of bringing my story full circle in a single Blog Post, please allow me to share my  favorite sites:

1) Brown Paper Packages.  Shall I count thy ways to obsess, or would you like to just check it out for yourself?

Brown Paper Packages Calendar Blocks

Brown Paper Packages Calendar Blocks

2) The Idea Room.  A great site written by a mother of five.  She has no shortage of family fun, craft ideas, and organization.  (Side note, she also “hearts” Family Volley, which is a link I followed to find Heather.  Please see previous post for a little blip about this amazing Mama!!!)

The Idea Room Family Theme and Motto

The Idea Room Family Theme and Motto

3) Tatertots and Jello  She’s crafty, thrifty, and oh so inspiring.  Love her tutorials!  (I promise this will all tie together!)

Tatertots and Jello Lampshade Tutorial

Tatertots and Jello Lampshade Tutorial

So, as I was checking out Tatertots and Jello, I happened to come across an awesome little blip about a Growing my Blog.  (Granted these dates are about a week old now, so don’t hesitate to click the “view older posts” button!)  The content is awesome!  For someone new to the blogging world, I found the posts informative, insightful, and inspirational.  Take a peek!!!

Growing Your Blog

Growing Your Blog

Wait!  Beep Beep, back up!  Did you see?  Did you catch my full circle?  Brought to you by…Nesting Place! (and Thrifty Decor Chick, Tatertots and Jello, Miss Mustard Seed, and Centsational Girl.)

Nesting Place!  She shares wisdom and then some!  And while the highlight of my day was reading the post by Nesting Place,  a close second was the discovery of the other Bloggers in this five-part series.  I am soaking up  the light of their ideas, creativity, and guidance!

That’s a whole lot of fun exploration in one post.  And to think, my venture began with one simple Pinterest click.  It opens new doors I tell ya…fabulous new doors.

Grab a glass of wine or a cup of tea and Enjoy Yourself!

Lindsey

Family Volley Photo Challenge

5 Jan

So, this week, I have been overwhelmed by AMAZING blogging experiences, Pinterest finds, and inspiration, but all that’s gonna have to wait until tomorrow! Why? Because, I made a friend. Her name is Heather Johnson and she is awesome. She writes a blog called Family Volley, which is also awesome. And, she offered up a Photo Challenge, and that is super awesome too! I am excited to commit and play along. Check it out and join us. SLOW DOWN. Breathe. Smile. Shoot.

Challenge One: January 4, 2012: Self Portrait (2 takes)

I call this self portrait, "Brock...are you sure you should be doing that?"

Assume the position

What did I learn?

1) I am the last person on the planet to sign up for a Flickr account.
2) I have no idea how to set a timer and take a picture, which means any self portrait must be a hand held venture.
3) I was unable to slow down long enough to sit alone and take a solo picture. All attempts involved children and interruptions.
4) My facial expressions are reactions to all that is happening around me.
5) I considered cheating. I actually went back through my photo library to insert a solo picture and was unable to find one. I gave up in August 2011. I need more pictures of myself.
6) If I ever get Botox it will be in my forehead.
7) Gosh, I have GREAT eyes!!
8) I need to Slow Down.

What does your self portrait look like?

Enjoy Yourself!