A Story Worth Telling

A story worth telling

A lot has happened since my last blog post and I figured it was about time I put it into writing.  I have a feeling that the story I am about to tell is going to be one of my favorites.  Actually, I’m sure of it.  I am telling this story for me, for you, but most of all, for my son.  I don’t ever want to forget the details because, after all, they are what make the story. Continue reading

Finding Hope

finding-hope

This week I saw something that I wasn’t sure I would ever see again.  It was something that filled me with a renewed sense of hope and reminded me that the seemingly impossible is possible.  I saw Americans cross party lines and stand united.  For the sake of full disclosure I must confess that this unity occurred over shared opinions about Beyonce’s pregnancy announcement but still!  Unity!  In America! Continue reading

You are.

you are

Four.  That’s the number of months left before we send our precious daughter to kindergarten.  Now, its important that I be forthcoming with you.  In years past I’ve seen all of the “first day of kindergarten” posts filled with sweet words and pictures.   I enjoyed the pictures and then thought, “I just don’t see myself being that sentimental when my time comes to send my oldest off to school”.  I lied.  To myself.  I am here to tell you that I am totally going to be that parent.  Its inevitable. Continue reading

Make it Matter: A Call to Action

make it matter_ call to action

Last week I did a blog post titled “Make it Matter”.  The response to this post was so incredibly encouraging that I felt led to do a follow up post.  Every now and then I will read something that resonates with me.  Something that makes me want to step up and make a difference.  Then I struggle with where to go and what to do.  While I am not bold enough to say that my post last week had this same effect on others, I did want to give you a few suggestions on how YOU can Make it Matter. Continue reading

Make it MATTER.

make it matter

The past few Mondays I have been doing a series called “Make it Monday”.  This series has allowed me to share recipes with you–my favorite clean eating recipes as well as recipes made using Young Living’s essential oils.  Today, I want to switch it up a little bit and instead of talking about Make it Monday, I want to talk to you about Make it MATTER. Continue reading

He always shows up

For who He isI am a planner.  I like to be in control.  I like to know what the next step is and I like those steps to be neatly outlined on a to do list–please and thank you.

When God called us to adopt, we had absolutely no idea where to start or what the whole process would entail.  We spent hours upon hours researching different adoption routes–from domestic to international adoption.  I had spreadsheets filled with fees and requirements and other pertinent information.  I had notes all over the place and printouts to be reviewed.  We were overwhelmed.  At one point it became so overwhelming that the simplest option seemed to be just to throw in the towel and say “we tried”.  However, God didn’t call us to just try so we did the only thing we could think of–we prayed.  We prayed and God led us to Africa.  We prayed and God helped us to find the right agency for us.  We prayed and God helped us get the funds we needed to submit all of our paperwork.  We prayed and God gave us peace.  I learned a lot about who was really in control during those first few months of our adoption process and this is a lesson that I continue to learn as we are in this season of waiting.

These last few weeks, things have gotten a little hectic in my world.  There is a lot of uncertainty, a lot of waiting and those things don’t sit well with someone who needs a plan.  I’ve let that uncertainty turn to worry.  The kind of worry that leaves your stomach feeling uneasy–you know the feeling?   I’ve been turning to scripture to help me in this time of waiting and that certainly has helped to ease my mind but today has been the day where God has decided to show up and remind me that He was here all along.   Within a matter of a few hours, three different things that I was worrying about were resolved.  I could not believe it….but I should have.

Today I’m grateful.  Not because I have all of the answers but because HE does.  My worry will be replaced with gratitude–not because of my situation and not because of what He has done for me but simply because of who He is.

Happy Saturday, friends.  Choose gratitude today.  Your day will be a whole lot brighter.

The quest to healthy

Body is a templeThink about this scripture for a minute.  Your body is a temple. You are not your own.  You were bought with a price. Glorify God.

I am incredibly guilty of reading this scripture and then tucking it away despite knowing that these words should have me leaping into action.  I was bought with a price–the blood of Jesus–and, in return, I’m asked to glorify God in my body.  My body is a gift from God so shouldn’t I be treating it as such?  Instead, in the past, I found myself doing more damage to the temple than good.  How can I do what God has called me to do if I’m not taking care of one of the tools that He has given me–my body.

This is what inspires me in 2015.  This scripture.  Our family took the plunge into clean eating in 2014 but, admittedly, we’ve gotten a little lax in our eating towards the end of the year.  I fully intend to go back to that in 2015.  I also want to take it another step further by starting to focus not only on what we put in our bodies but what we put on our bodies as well.  Skin is our largest organ and it makes sense that the things that we’re putting on our skin will have effects on the rest of our body.  I won’t lie.  This is an entirely new concept to me.

Its no surprise that in 2014 I discovered Young Living Essential Oils and I quickly realized how life changing they can be.  These oils are going to be a game changer for me in 2015 as I start to use them and other natural ingredients to replace products in my house–from cleaning products to beauty products.  We’re going to have a home makeover and I want to share that with you because maybe you want to implement some of these things, too.

With all of that in mind, I’ve decided to start a series called “Make It Monday”.  Every Monday I am going to feature a new recipe that we are using in our home.  I am really excited to start this series because I love coming across recipes and tidbits that help me get rid of the chemicals and make my home healthier and happier.  I would love if you would join me for this home makeover so follow me (and join me on Facebook) and we will learn together.

Resolutions

ResolutionsResolutions.  They’re popping up everywhere now that we are just one day away from closing the book of 2014.  I’m a waffler when it comes to resolutions.  Some years I make them.  Other years my resolution is simply to not make a resolution.  (those were the only years that I actually kept my resolutions)  Last year I sat down with pen and paper and made detailed resolutions and then lost that notebook about two months later.   I think its important to have goals in life and I do agree that it seems fitting to make these goals at the beginning of something–a new year, a new month, a new day even.  Without goals we can sometimes forget the bigger picture and stop striving for something better.  After all, there’s always room for improvement, right?

I still have 24 hours to decide whether or not I’ll join the resolution movement but either way I know that 2015 will bring a lot of changes to our family.  We are praying, God willing, that in 2015 we will see the face of the child who already holds our hearts in Ethiopia.  Our oldest child will be starting kindergarten and will continue to brighten our days in new ways.  Our youngest child will continue to learn and grow and amaze us.  In 2013, God called us to do something we had never imagined.  In 2014, we pursued that calling with everything we had.  In 2015, we plan to continue to follow His lead and hope that the world is changed for the better simply because we said “yes”.

Today, as I was browsing social media, I came across a resolution written by a girl whom I do not know.  I should clarify–she had almost 10 resolutions.  It was what she said next that got my attention– “and when I fail at these, my resolution is to rest fully in His goodness and grace”.  YES! I love that!  No matter what I vow to change/lose/gain/eliminate/quit/start tomorrow, God covers us in grace.  That isn’t dependent on me being able to successfully cross something off of my goal list.  That’s a fact.  Doesn’t that just make you feel so….loved?  Even safe?  Its okay to screw up, He loves us anyway (even with those extra 5 pounds).

While I’m still on the fence about my resolutions for 2015, I do know one goal that have: to be a better version of my 2014 self.  What about you?