Monday, April 7, 2014

Weekly Goals

This Weeks Goals:

Personal:

  • Practice the piano for 2 hours this week
  • Participate in Living So That Bible Study from Proverbs 31 Ministries
  • Read one chapter in No More Perfect Kids, Dare to Discipline, The Purpose of Love and Marriage, Balancing it All
  • Run/walk 5 days 
Family
  • Read every night with the girls (Current Chapter Book: On the Banks of Plum Creek)
  • Game night (or some other family activity at night)
 Around the house

  • Keep kitchen clean every night
  • Work on the 3 year old's quilt 
 Blog
  • Write one book review
  • Write one DIY around the kitchen post 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Minnesota to Arizona

Vacation time!!!!!! We so needed a break from the cold cold extremely cold temperatures and constant snow we have had in Minnesota this year. We are crazy of course and drove all the way to Arizona. We left around 4:00PM on Sunday after we had an early supper.

 
Driving through the night makes the trip go much faster. No needing to entertain kids for hours on end.

 Monday morning we saw the sunrise in beautiful Colorado Springs. We planned to spend two days enjoying
the area so after breakfast we enjoyed a nice, warm, sunny, and beautiful morning at the Garden of the Gods.







 The afternoon was spent exploring the Cliff Dwellings, The Ghost Town Museum, and swimming at the hotel.
 The next day we spent 4 hours enjoying the Focus on the Family Visitor Center. Including lunch at Whit's End. If you ever get to Colorado Springs this is a must. There are two different play areas, one for the older kids and one for the four and under crowd. My five year old's favorite part was the three story slide she could go down by herself. Of course we couldn't leave without checking out the bookstore.
Our last stop in Colorado Springs was the Pioneer Museum. With our 5 year old having a strong interest in that era, thanks to The Little House series, we were able to spend time showing her things that she was really interested in. The last room was for the little ones. It had a covered wagon, tepee and train for the kiddos to play in. They had a lot of fun interacting with the tepee and toys inside.
 After Colorado we drove through the night and arrived in Arizona the next morning. The next week was filled with time at a gymnastics place, swimming in the pool, lunch at Chick-fel-A (twice!), exploring the Children's Museum, and the zoo.







Of course the best part was being able to spend time with family. The girls loved being able to spend time with their cousin, aunt, and uncle and of course my husband and I did too. 
We were happy to finally be heading home at the end of 9 days. We had a great time and I know the girls were really missing their cousin, but vacation can't last forever (and I don't think I could handle that).

Monday, March 24, 2014

Weekly Goals

Well I've been MIA for a couple weeks now. We had a wonderful vacation that I will share all about tomorrow.

This Weeks Goals:

Personal:


  • Practice the piano for 2 hours this week
  • Wake up at 5:30
  • Read two chapters in No More Perfect Kids, Dare to Discipline, The Purpose of Love and Marriage, Balancing it All
  • Run/walk 5 days 
Family
  • Read every night with the girls (Current Chapter Book: On the Banks of Plum Creek)
  • Game night (or some other family activity at night)
 Around the house
  • Keep kitchen clean every night
  • Work on the 3 year old's quilt 
 Blog
  • Write one book review
  • Write one DIY around the kitchen post 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

What is Benificial?

P31 OBS Blog Hop

So what is beneficial? That is the question I've been asking myself this week. It is a very hard question to ask because we live in the present and for the now. We seek pleasure to satisfy the desire we seek. We live in a world where instant gratification is the norm. 

When we step back and ask ourselves "Is this beneficial?", our lives begin to take a turn from instant gratification to that of carefully thought out choices. 

I had an opportunity this week where I believe God was really trying to speak to me. After playing with my 3 and 5 year old in our freshly fallen and drifted snow, they asked for hot chocolate. It is our tradition after playing in the snow. I really wanted to join them, but the question popped up, "Is this beneficial?" and here is the conversation I had with God:
Grrrrrr. Really God it's one cup of hot chocolate. I'm spending time with them. Isn't that beneficial? It's not like I do this all the time. It's only one time and it's fun to sit with the girls and drink hot chocolate with them. I know they will enjoy it.


Yes the reasoning with God had started over a cup of hot chocolate. It still seems so stupid, I mean come on I'd rather argue over a big piece of chocolate cake than a cup of hot chocolate any day. After making their hot chocolate, I put on my tea kettle so I could have some tea instead. I came to the wisdom of God that yes time with my girls is beneficial, but there are other ways that I can do that AND set a good example to my kids. 

My diet hasn't changed too much since I started this study. My focus has been on my portion sizes and snacks. I have been waiting until I'm hungry to eat and I mean often hearing my stomach actually growl. Having an extra helping at supper is not beneficial but a snack of apples and peanut butter is.

When I look at what is beneficial in my life it is this: showing my daughters how to take care of themselves and others. To love them and show them how to love others. All my actions have to show this in my life on a daily basis.

So as you go through your day and are faced with choices, ask yourself is this beneficial? Everyone is going to have a different answer and there won't always be a right one. But asking the question and waiting for guidance, will help you chose the right decision and you will feel good about your choices.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Weekly Goals

I really am not sure if my goals are just out of reach or if it's me that just needs to figure if the goals are maybe not attainable the way I've expect them to be. I have made a few changes in my goals because maybe they just aren't practical in my life.  One thing I know is that I need to keep working on my goals.

Last Weeks Goals:

Personal:

  • Practice the piano for 2 hours this week
  • Wake up at 5:30
  • Participate in Made to Crave Online Bible Studies
  • Read two chapters in No More Perfect Kids, Dare to Discipline, The Purpose of Love and Marriage
  • Run 1.2 miles for 5 days
  • Drink 8 glasses of water a day
Family
  • Have girls do chores daily
  • Read every night with the girls 
  • Game night (or some other family activity at night)
    •  We had a family day at Mall of America. Tuesdays are Toddler Tuesdays so wrist bands are $11 a piece for 5 hours and kids eat free at several restaurants with each adult meal. We ate the The American Girls Bistro and they had a great time. They loved all the pink of course, girly everything, and picking out dolls to sit and eat with them. (They don't have any AG dolls but we may get them one for their 6th birthdays) It was so nice to get out of the house for the day.
 
 
Around the house

  • Keep kitchen clean every night
  • Work on the 3 year old's quilt 

This Weeks Goals:

Personal:

  • Practice the piano for 2 hours this week
  • Wake up at 5:30
  • Participate in Made to Crave Online Bible Studies
  • Read two chapters in No More Perfect Kids, Dare to Discipline, The Purpose of Love and Marriage
  • Run/walk 1.2 miles for 5 days
  • Drink plenty of water each day (I am finding that sometimes I don't need 8-8oz glasses of water. My body seems to know how much it needs every day. It's between 6-8 every day.)
Family
  • Have girls do chores daily
  • Read every night with the girls 
  • Game night (or some other family activity at night)
 Around the house
  • Keep kitchen clean every night
  • Work on the 3 year old's quilt 
  

Saturday, February 15, 2014

In My Weakness . . .

P31 OBS Blog Hop
Have you ever felt like God was trying to tell you something? Not just trying to tell you something but really try to get His idea into your head. Every where you turn His message is there. It's like He's jumping up and down waving trying to get your attention and then picks up a giant snowball and knocks you over with it. That's what it has felt like since I started this study. 

Three weeks ago I was reading 2 Corinthians 2:19 and I was very moved by this verse. For everyone participating in the Bible Study over on Proverbs 31 Ministries, this verse should be familiar.
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
 That week was about determination. It may seem odd that I would link the two together but hear me out. My weakness is exercise. I give up easily because I struggle with pulmonary issues. It was and continues to be a weakness. BUT, because God tells us that "[His] power is made perfect in weakness", I know that He will carry me through. 

I have seen God work through my weakness before in different times in my life. When my middle child was 3 months old, she contracted Whopping Cough. It was one of the hardest times I've ever gone through and I can tell you there is nothing worse then being able to do nothing for your child except be there (click here read the story). It was in that moment that God was able to show His strength and power to me. I was on my knees a lot for about a month. 

The idea of weakness has forever changed me. If you think back to Jesus ministry, those who followed and listened were those deemed weak by society. Those that were deemed strong and powerful were the ones who schemed to have Him killed.  Jesus blessed the weak and condemned the strong. Why is this?

When we are forced to rely on God because we have no where else to turn, then and only then can God really work in our hearts. We can only make room in our hearts for God when we remove other things that are taking up space. For many of us it's food. Some it might be TV, cleanliness, money, or other material items but it is a job I know our Heavenly Father will willingly do for us. Getting down on our knees and asking God to take this burden from us because we can't do it on our own, will give God the opportunity to open our life up to so many amazing miracles. If we are weak, He can make us strong. His grace is sufficient to meet all our needs whether its a financial burden, relationship troubles, or an addiction of any sort including food. He will be there and He will use His power.

So what exactly has God taught me, it's ok to be weak. I don't need to wear a mask for anyone, especially God. He knows my weakness. He's just waiting for me to admit it. He wants to help. He's just waiting for me to ask. He knows what to do. He's just waiting for me to be ready. He is with me. He's just waiting for me to turn around and realize it.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Weekly Goals

I can't believe I forgot to do my goals last week. Well here they are for this week. It's Monday and I'm trying to get the week start off right. 

This Weeks Goals:

Personal:


  • Practice the piano for 2 hours this week
  • Wake up at 5:30
  • Participate in Made to Crave Online Bible Studies
  • Read two chapters in No More Perfect Kids, Dare to Discipline, The Purpose of Love and Marriage
  • Run 1.2 miles for 5 days
  • Drink 8 glasses of water a day
Family
  • Have girls do chores daily
  • Read every night with the girls 
  • Game night (or some other family activity at night)
 Around the house
  • Keep kitchen clean every night
  • Work on the 3 year old's quilt