Like Riding a Bicycle

We've got some big news! Ok, well, this isn't like riding a bicycle. It is riding a bicycle!

Pretty exciting stuff! :)


30 Days Clutter-Free aka Taking a Media Fast


Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.

That's how I've been feeling--life is pain. The thing is, I know things aren't that bad. Or as bad as they seem, anyway. I have a wonderful healthy family, a warm home, and I get to stay home with my children and homeschool them! Life is actually really good!

But I *do* feel like I've been under attack lately. I don't how else to put it. In every area of my life I've been feeling like I just can't. get. it. right. 

Let me explain. No. There is too much. Let me sum up.

I'll try to be brief here. It's really, really hard for me though. ;)

Basically, I've been struggling in several areas of my life lately: mostly marriage and motherhood. And, as I mentioned, I've been feeling like I just can't catch a break, I've also realized that I've been making some bad choices.

I was thinking about how I got to this place in my heart of discontentment (one of the struggles I'm having). And while I'm sure there are several factors, one of the big ones is my intake of, for lack of  a better term, secular media. Books, movies and music.

I've been reading a lot more secular fiction than usual lately and I think it's opened a doorway into my heart and has allowed discontentment to creep in. Has anyone else experienced that?

Then I started thinking about the other (bad) influences in my life: movies and music. Now, the majority of music I listen to *is* Christian--there is so much great Christian music to choose from these days! But I like a fun pop song just as much as the next girl. Don't get me wrong! I can't stand to listen to any Top 40 Crap. Can you even believe some of the songs out there today?!

I digress.

My point is, I *do* listen to the occasional secular song and when I'm going through "stuff" I've noticed that my secular to Christian music ratio goes up. Coincidental? I think not.

Another area of my life that could be more "pure" is movies. My husband and like to watch movies together. It's one of our things. But do you know how hard it is to find a good movie that isn't filled with total crap? And by "good", I mean, witty and thoughtful and, well, something that a person with an IQ higher than 40 can appreciate? It's depressing how few good movies there are.

So what ends up happening is we settle. Well, This One only has a little sex in it or That One only has mild violence. Or whatever. And before you know it, our (my) standards are lowered.

I was thinking about my struggles and then I thought about the Clutter in my life. So I decided that I would try a 30 Day Clutter-Free clean up. Also known as a Media Fast.

For the next 30 days I'm not going to read any secular fiction, listen to any secular music and try really, really hard to find(!) and watch good, clean movies. (Btw, if you have any suggestions, I'm open!)

I really feel like the Lord is telling me that if I do this, I'll be able to hear Him speak more clearly and maybe, just maybe, some of my struggles will get a little easier.

Because I'll be more focused on Him.

Have you ever taken a Media Fast? More importantly, am I the only one who can see how applicable The Princess Bride is in every day life?!



Littlest Turns ONE!

Our Little Man turned one on Monday, the 15th. Everyone says it, but it's so true that the more children you have, the faster time flies. Oldest's first year seemed to take forever. This last year? I have no idea where it went.

We celebrated Littlest's birthday with a few close friends and family at a local park.

His hat was made by a dear friend of mine. Isn't it sweet? You want to read the story of The Hat?

 Can you believe I forgot to bring a bib?!

When your first child turns one it's a pretty big deal. Well, when any child turns one, it's a big deal. But I think this time, with #3, was a little different and a little sweeter. The relationship between Littlest and his two older sisters is so sweet, for lack of a better word. They just love him and were so excited for his birthday. That was so great to watch.

We are so thankful for this little guy.




 Chuck Norris

Black Licorice

dear noah letterpress card by sapling press. 

Kombucha with Gosling 

Who doesn't do this? 

Happens all the time...I didn’t see anybody important today, so I’ll wear these same clothes tomorrow.
I love checking out the Humor Boards on Pinterest. It's a great way to relieve stress.

All of the above pictures were taken from my Fun{ny} Board. 

Hope some of these brought a smile to your face. :)


Blogs I Read

I just wanted to let those of you that read my blog via email, that I've updated my "Blogs I Love to Read" page. Go check it out! I've added some new friends. :)

You Don't Say!

Middlest was looking at an animal book and there was a picture of an opossum playing dead. I asked if she knew why they did that. Her answer? "Because he saw a man who looked really handsome or a lady who was beautiful." Apparently beautiful people make you faint.

Trying to get a close-up of Middlest and me. Got a little too close.

I gave Oldest the Littlest Pet Shop to play with during Quiet Time and as I was passing her by she said, "This fat seal is going to eat that animal (a poor, defenseless gerbil) over there." Then she made a loud AYIYIYI! sound. We may have to cut back on our nature show intake.

As a side note; here is the Littlest Pet Shop seal that *I* played with, which Oldest now plays with:

Cute, eh?

Here is the one they make today:

Something is very wrong here, people.

Moving on.

Our Little Man is *this* close to walking!

And I'm sorry, I know this is a little off-color but I just can't help but tell you. I was changing Littlest's diaper and while his diaper was off, he tooted. Then?

He laughed.

Really? He's a boy, that's for sure.

And here's a sweet moment I caught on camera; Daddy and Oldest having a staring contest. As you can by the pictures, Daddy won.


God is Good

Lately I've really been struck by how good God is. He loves us so much. He loves me so much. If I really think about where I've been in life, I realize that I don't deserve any of what I have. I have a warm, cozy home. I have an adorable, funny and faithful husband.

 Mr. N and I in 2010.

I have three amazing, life-changing children. I get to stay home with them! I get to homeschool them! What privileges!

I have all of this, after all I've done and continue to do. After all of the bad choices I've made. Of which there have been lots. Trust me.

I think that's part of why I'm really feeling His gracious love lately; I know my own heart. I know who I really am. I have so many secrets and sins. Don't we all?

But He loves us anyway. He loves me anyway. In fact, He loved us FIRST. He loved us before we even so much as glanced in His direction. 
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
I've been struggling with a few things recently--certain temptations--and strangely, though I feel like there's a gap between me and the Lord because of them, at the same time, I feel His grace and mercy more than ever.

I keep coming back to David. David who wrote the Psalms. Who fought the giant. Who was a man after God's own heart. 
..God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ -Acts 13:23
He murdered and committed adultery! He was a man after God's own heart.

Sometimes I just don't feel worthy enough to even call myself a Christian. Sometimes I feel like "how can God love me?" But He does!

He just loves us (me) so much. It's pretty amazing.

I'm praying that the Lord gives you a glimpse of His love for YOU. :)


Weekend Links

Here are a few of my favorite posts from around the interweb. :) Happy weekend!

I've recently started listening to the Read-Aloud Revival podcasts at Amongst Lovely Things and I just love them. This one where Sarah talks to Heidi from Mt. Hope Chronicles is so good! The best thing about the podcasts? There are great book lists at the bottom of each page. Sigh.

You've probably seen this already, but how great is this post from Carrots for Michaelmas - Instagram Envy, Being Authentic on the Internet, and When It's Time to Break Up With a Blog. Oh man. So good.

Don't know what to read? Use the 30 year rule. I need to do this more.

Tips on reading Shakespeare with your kids.

Are You a Calvinist? Rethinking Theological Labels. Loved this. And FYI: I'm not a Calvinist. :)

Being Bossy is not the Same as Leading. (check out her Stupendous Selections on Sunday if you aren't homeschooling--you won't be sorry!)

Of course, the challenge with labels is not exclusive to Calvinism. Similar difficulty arises when asked “Are you an evangelical?” In his The Real Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, Carl Trueman notes this predicament, “When asked if I am an evangelical, I generally respond with a question: What exactly do you mean by that term? In a world in which everyone from Joel Osteen to Brian McLaren to John MacArthur may be called an evangelical, I want to know into what pigeonhole that answer will place me.”[1] - See more at: http://jasonkallen.com/2013/09/are-you-a-calvinist-rethinking-theological-labels/#sthash.KO4NY9oc.dpuf


Dear Mr. Knightley Review

Dear Mr. KnightleyDear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this book, but I didn't love it. It started out kind of slow, but more than that, I think for me to *love* a book, I need more than just one storyline. I would've liked it if there was another perspective in there somewhere.

Other than that, I really did enjoy it. And I had NO IDEA who Mr. Knightley was!! I was totally surprised! That doesn't happen very often!

The other thing I liked was that the characters seemed REAL. I love that. I also liked that it was clean. I read enough secular fiction to really appreciate it when I don't have to wade through cursing, among other things.

All in all, this book was a breath of fresh air. A great, intelligent and real work of fiction. I recommend it!

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