Thursday, November 20, 2014

Re-Aligning When My Arms Start to Flail

I feel very paralyzed when there are too many things on my to do list. When I'd like to be decorating the mantel and planning meals for Thanksgiving guests but really need to be painting baseboards and doors and ordering blinds but haven't yet finished my lesson planning or laundry or blog posts or photo edits and we're still eating bagels and cereal because mom hasn't been cooking or baking lately. I DID, however, get groceries yesterday. So there is a bit of food in the house. #smallvictories

It's hard to press on and move forward when there is just. too. much. It takes great will-power. I've been exercising my just-do-the-next-thing muscle a lot lately. And things are slowly getting done. Slowly. I'm nowhere near the point of +empty paper, +nothing on my list, +let's just daydream about a new project. Oh that would be lovely.

You may wonder why writing moves to the top of my list sometimes, when there are hundreds of other things I should be doing. Easy. Writing is clarifying. Writing reminds me of who I am and of what I want out of life. Writing centers me, helps me focus, brings me back to basics, calms me down, refreshes me, gets me back on track. I move writing to the top of my list when I feel my insides flailing and skittering about. I know I'll be more effective in my work once I take some time to exhale and re-align my priorities.

We each reset, rest, and re-align differently. But it's important to find the thing that works for you and practice doing it. If I don't calm down and get back on track, I end up frustrated and angry and often hurt the people I love most. God says -- listen for and embrace what I'm doing for you. Let me take your ordinary life and make it something special. Let me mature you into someone with priorities like mine, with a heart like mine. #whatiwant

I really love Romans 12 in the Message Bible -- here are some excerpts on this subject:
"So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you." Romans 12:1-2 The Message

"Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle. Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality." Romans 12:9-13 The Message 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Just One Day | A Photography Project

veterans day :: kids home from school :: biscuits for breakfast :: ketchup on his shirt :: messy hair :: parade :: cccccold

Sunday, November 16, 2014

52 Adventures | A Snowy Family Photo

We don't ask the trusty tripod to take our photos very often. Usually by the time we get up the courage it's a very very cold day in November. It's been colder than ever this year, like think CANADA. We really wanted to cut down the perfect Christmas tree and snap a frosty photo, so up to the mountains we went. Pete wore rubber boots too big for him because someone grew TWO shoes sizes since last winter. #eatingtoomuch #bootscoming

The kiddos spilled out of the car, excited to make mazes in the snow. The daddy got out his power tool [grunt grunt], determined to find a symmetrical tree, not too tall. The mommy, gloveless so she could operate the photo equipment, complained about the cold more than she probably should have. We kissed, hugged, tickled, giggled and caught it all on megabyte. And the yelling, yodeling, marco-polo-ing, and teasing was enjoyed only by the forest creatures and flora. We didn't stay long. My fingers nearly froze off.

Have you been adventuring lately? Post photos on Instagram or FB with #52adventures!

Weekend Sharing

The weather here lately has reminded me of winters in Alberta. It's bitterly cold. I've heard it called the Arctic Air Invasion. Right now it's 10 degrees F and feels even colder. We're not used to this here!! We went up to the mountains to pick out a tree and shoot a family photo and didn't stay long. #sadtosay #icywind Pete was wearing rubber boots that were three sizes too big. He now has snow boots coming in the mail.

Short story = +it's super cold +we're still painting the old house +there's a white streak in my hair +cue frozen soundtrack

And these fun photos tell the story of the other things we've managed to enjoy over the past couple weeks [when not painting or freezing].

P.S. I still haven't figured out my text margins. Advice widely accepted. Margins aren't perfect, but better!! Still not exactly sure what I did to break or fix the problem. LOL

weekend shares ||
Eating: Homemade guacamole with my cheese quesadilla. And a couple oatmeal chocolate cookies.
Pinning: This fun idea for remembering sight words in an active way. Jump up and slap them!
Enjoying: Hot showers. I know I say that a lot. It's truly my favorite. And it's been so cold lately.
Anticipating: The day when we no longer need to spend 90% of our free time working on the rental.
Thankful for: Patience. We're all needing it lately.
Watching: Survivor. Now that the teams have merged and we're looking at individual immunity, things get a lot more interesting.
Reading: This post. I can really relate.
Feeling: So cold. My bones are cold.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

52 Adventures | Dirt Biking

I thought about waiting until the new year to start this next challenge for myself, but why wait? I'll fizzle and sputter and loose momentum if I put the idea on hold, so let's just put things in second gear and go.

What are we doing? We're going to put adventures on the calendar! One every weekend for the next 52 weeks!! And we're going to photograph and blog each one, tagging them all with #52adventures so they'll be easy to compile later on. Want to join me? Absolutely. Join the fun. I'll check Instagram and Facebook for #52adventures and feature you on my blog if you're awesome.

It's about encouraging each other to go out and be awesome -- enjoying nature and exercise and travel and time together. It's about being intentional and making good things happen.

This adventure was sponsored by friends with dirt bikes [yay them!]. And the sprinkler that made the mud that coated the tires that splatted the faces that grinned real wide...

It's not everyday you get to kick start your engine and twist your hand throttle while you gently release the clutch with the other hand. It's not everyday your five year old gets to zip up a tumbleweed-strewn hill on a 50. It was a fun fun day. And so we're logging it officially as Adventure Number One. With many more to come. #52adventures #comingtoablognearyou