Spring Fever


It’s true. It’s here. Spring Fever has arrived. With every day that the sun is shining and the temperature is at least reasonably warm (like 45 degrees or higher) I have been opening windows and airing out the house. My itch to get outside and start working has intensified. The boys are bouncing off the walls of the house and have more energy than they know what to do with at one time! Not to mention that we just made like 6 dozen cookies yesterday to decorate for Valentine’s day. This winter has been very deceiving. Dare I hope that winter is over and that spring will come early this year?

As I think of spring my mind jumps to the 839 things I want to do this year. For instance, I want to clean up the yard and actually plant flowers to create more curb appeal. I want to camp! I want to go for bike rides and walks and play in the dirt with the boys. I would love to start jogging again, but I think that is wishful thinking for now. Unless I had a generous donor give me a treadmill! I want to sit on my swing and read a book. I want to do our homeschool on a blanket in the yard! (Homeschool perk number 76,583 is that you can do school wherever you feel like it!) There are so many other things I want to do that are rolling around in my head, but I won’t bore you with them all.

As we wait for spring to officially arrive, I must remember to be patient. I must remember to enjoy every season that comes through. Just like enjoying the weather seasons, I try to remember to enjoy each season with my family. My boys are at such a fun age right now. Just this afternoon, we had a family nerf gun fight through the house. We laughed and laughed and it was just such a great memory that I have stored in my mind. Memories are a very valuable thing. Never underestimate what the power of a memory can do to a person. For instance, I have memories that will bring me to tears within seconds, but I also have memories, like the ones made today, that will have me smiling and reliving the fun that we had! Memories have the power to bring our moods full swing if we let them. I am so thankful that I have the ability to remember. We never do know what tomorrow may bring, we need to live in the present. Enjoy the present. Love big. But also, we need to make sure our lives are right with our Creator. My life would be worthless were it not for my God. He is who has blessed me with an incredible husband and 3 amazing sons here and a daughter who is spending her life knowing nothing but Heaven. Spring is coming. Change is coming. Enjoy the moment. Live and love your family. Rejoice in our Creator.


Are you tired?


Are you tired? Because I sure am. February tends to hit me like a ton of bricks. It’s that awkward in between month, where you still enjoy the calmness of winter but you are really itching for spring to get here. It’s the days when you forget what the sun looks like and frantically begin searching for the vitamin D tablets in the medicine bucket. It’s those days when you really don’t want to get out of bed, but the kids are begging for the 18th time to have some breakfast. Yeah, you know what I am talking about! While I am exhausted physically the thing I have been thinking about lately is spiritual exhaustion. I know what physical exhaustion feels like, constantly tired, not wanting to move, the intense desire to sleep, the occasional bad mood, lack of interest, etc. But what does spiritual exhaustion look like? Lack of interest in spiritual things, no desire to read and study, no talking to our Heavenly Father, becoming lazy about attending services, not preparing for Bible studies, etc. This is a bad spot to be in. Not only does it affect ourselves, it also affects those closest to us. Maybe our spouses, our children, or even our good friends. It is very easy to spread a negative attitude toward something, but a lot harder to spread a positive one.

The verse that always pops into my head when I start to get tired spiritually is Galatians 6:9 “and let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart”. What a motivator. A challenge for sure, not growing weary, but I have to keep my eyes focused on the prize! I am striving in this life for perfection, so that one day I can meet my God and Savior Jesus Christ! And what a day that will be, for sure. 

So, if you are tired, if you are worn out, if you are ready to quit, remember- do not grow weary! Think of the reward. Run for the prize. And pray without ceasing!

Is sanity overrated?


I apparently created this blog back in 2013 and never published anything on it! Convenient though, because today as I came to create a blog, or rather an outlet, I didn’t have to do all the back work! Sure there are kinks that need worked out, but that will come in time. So, what am I doing here? Well, I am working to regain my sanity. To regain some “me” time. To create a place to do a brain dump every now and then. For years and years, I have used writing as my ability to just empty everything out of my brain and move forward. It seems that as soon as I get it down on paper my burden is lifted and my brain is free to think of other things. Lately, I have been stressed, overwhelmed, forgetful, and slightly irritable. After talking with Caleb, the answer to these issues could be many things, but I think it is a lack of “me” time.

I am a mom of three boys aged 7, 5 and 3. They keep me occupied from the time they wake up until the time they go to bed. (And sometimes even when they are in bed. My three-year old has decided he doesn’t like to sleep all night anymore. But, that’s a story for another day.) Three meals a day, a couple snacks thrown in, bathroom runs with the little guy, toys everywhere, Lego minefields on the floor, lots of laughs, hugs, love, and loudness. It is amazing. I love being a mom, I truly do. Not only do we have just regular life happening, but we also homeschool. That is truly amazing. To be able to see my sons learn and connect the dots and have the light bulbs of understanding come on while I can witness it is spectacular. With all those also comes the fact that I am with my kiddos 24/7. It’s worth it, and I don’t want it to seem like I am complaining, but sometimes I just need a breather. I need to be able to sit and hear nothing but silence! So, that is what I am doing with this blog. I don’t know how many times I will post, or what exactly I will post about, but it should be an interesting journey.

Tonight, my three year old, Hank, is in bed for the night. In the winter, the kids go to bed at 7pm. My other two guys, Donovan (7) and Brenden (5) are at a meeting with Caleb. So for the time being the house is quiet. I can think, reflect, listen to the rain falling outside, and just enjoy putting my thoughts out there.

I feel the need to write because it has been a marvelous outlet in previous years. I haven’t done it for quite some time, so honestly I don’t know exactly what this blog will look like, but I hope some might find encouragement to keep pressing on, or get a laugh from a story I may tell of the boys. Come along and share my journey, I am happy to have you along for the ride!