Hi everyone! I’ve been pretty quiet this week. I’m working on a post about Wahkeena Nature Preserve (ever heard of it?) and I’ve got about 13 travel recaps for Australia. Today I’m also hosting a Star Wars birthday party for my soon-to-be FOUR year old! Where does time GO?
Long story short, here are my favorite links from the past week:
Oh, how I wish Sarah would have written this about 18 months ago- it may have saved me from countless guilt trips. “Success for me is not feeling crummy and tired all day. It’s being kind. It’s doing the things I want to get done during my day, whether that’s writing or cleaning or visiting a friend or homeschooling my kiddos well and without being cranky.” Yes, preach! You Don’t Have to Get Up Early to Be Successful via Sarah Mae
3 Ways to Grow Wealth and Be Happy via Budgets are Sexy- That’s a title with a big promise! In reality, this is a solid 15-minute Ted Talk to help you understand that wealth isn’t “luck” but “learned.” If you don’t have time to listen, you can read J. Money’s notes.
Hi everyone! Today marks a year since I went live with the blog. Thank you so
much for reading my words and following along. As a thank you, I’m doing a giveaway through Rafflecopter! You have to answer one question (it’s multiple choice!) and you gain more entries for following me on all social media platforms.
The raffle ends Sunday, Feb 14th at 11pm EST. This is only open to US Residents. One random winner will be picked and I’ll let you know on Monday morning. 🙂
Oh yeah- and the prize- a $25 Amazon gift card. Maybe you’d like to read up on parenting or dive into a good travel guide- or maybe you’re practical and just want to order some groceries!
Black Friday was more of a Green Friday for us! We headed out to our favorite tree farm to pick out the Griswold Yoder Toter family Christmas Tree. We’re lucky because our area is full of Christmas tree farms, Licking County actually has the most in Ohio.
The past couple of years we’ve gotten our tree from M & M Tree Farm. They don’t have a website, or an official Facebook page. ((What?!?)) They do, however, offer canaan firs, some of the best prices in the county, and small bags of M & Ms for the kids for the drive home! #winning
Here’s a bombardment of pictures from our day. I know the out-of-town grandmas will enjoy, but hope you do, too.
The past two years have been the most exhausting time of my life. Oh, I know I’m posting pictures of sweet little faces and happy happy times but let’s be honest- raising 3 little kids is at best very tiring and at worst, well, ugly. The past few days have been particularly challenging. For all the quick-fixes I’ve considered, none have really fit the bill except wake up tomorrow and change the diapers and correct the sassiness and drill 3+4 once again. (I totally get this is first-world crap).
Nonetheless, 32 years ago God in His sovereignty looked down and knitted me in my mother’s womb, he counted the hairs on my head and surely he knew that my mother would name me Leah.
Leah means weary– and boy do I feel weary right now.
For two years I’ve questioned whether he really is near to mothers- to women? What is my role? How does my story play out in HIS story? How do I raise these children in light of the times and in light of the sometimes HEAVINESS I feel in my soul? I obviously don’t have the answers, and I may not this side of eternity!
(I also have pressing questions like why did you create the cocoa bean??– it took me 7 Hershey miniatures to get through homeschool yesterday)!
I was reading Philippians 4 last week and something stood out to me for the first time, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)
The Lord is near.
I can’t have true joy, true surrender to anxiety, or true Thanksgiving…without HIM.