Whirlwind

Man! I feel like Jesus is doing a number on my life. Taking my heart and twisting it and turning it and sometimes I don’t know which way is up and which way is down. In the past several months I’ve completely said goodbye to mostly all social media… Not because it’s bad because it wasn’t good for MY heart. I often found myself saying “I wish I was like that” or “dang she looks like she’s so calm and gentle with her kids and she’s a great homeschooler” (I am the opposite of gentle and calm and I’m praying everyday for god to give me the strength to homeschool my kids) I also found myself taking pictures and wondering “am I just taking this to post it so people can see how cool we are?” Yikes. I don’t like it. So I stopped cold turkey. Just like that. It took me a while to not miss it. I’d pick up my phone and realize I had nothing to do on it then put it right back down for a solid week! I feel like I have dived into things I maybe never would have done had all my time still been sucked up by Instagram and Facebook. I also feel free. Totally free! I don’t have to compete I don’t have to worry about this that or the other. I learned in church this Sunday something so valuable and it was so dead on with the way I’ve been feeling. I can LOSE, I can be last, I can be not cool, I can be different. Who cares. Because I’m already known by the only one who matters. Im free. :)  I feel like god is definitely changing my heart for good here. I am not perfect in anyway… I’m awkward, go from 0-10 in a millisecond, I get jealous, I yell at my kids, I fail every single day. But Jesus is with me every step I take. He’s pulled me kicking and screaming out of relationships, he’s made me depend on faith more than I’ve ever had to in my whole life. I’m praying with all my might for him to live through me and for me to just simply love. That’s it. It’s that simple. Just love. The answer is always just plain and simple, love. Love people even when it’s work or unfair. Even if they don’t love you back. Love the friend who doesn’t want to be your friend. Love your neighbor. Love your sister. Love your dad. Love the guy on the corner of Pearland pkwy. Love the lady at target that gives you dirty looks because your kids are yelling like crazy people. Love your new dog. ;) you know… Just love. And be happy. And give God the glory. For the past several weeks I’ve prayed for God to literally just change me. Change my attitude, change my temper, change my habits. Gah! it’s not working and I read something several days ago that clicked someone said to think of anything that you’re doing that you just don’t wanna do or you feel is a burden… Let’s say it’s cleaning the floors… You say right now I’m cleaning Jesus’ feet. Because he gave you this day this hour this moment so you should just give it back because really it’s not yours. So here’s to giving it back to him. I pray that one day I’m just a little more selfless than I am today and that I love just a little more than I did the day before…. Even when it’s really really hard.
Just some late night I can’t sleep, praying over my sleeping family, I really wanna change, I really wanna be good, I really want this life to be not about me thoughts of mine. Phew. Maybe now I’ll be able to sleep. Hah.
talking to dinosaurs…
playing nicely with his sister…
laying on piles and piles of laundry…
picking strawberries for the 100th time this season…
last tee ball game of the season…
this girl loves her brothers toys…
making pennys food. pear, banana, kale, zucchini.
and she loves eating it…
the breakfast constant in our life. oatmeal with almond milk, cinnamon, coconut sugar, and a spoon of peanut butter.
this means i get to take a shower. yay….
where they sleep most nights…
meet smith. Our old english sheepdog,  he was rescued the day he was supposed to be euthanized. Usually they have long fluffy hair (think nana in the movie Hook) but his previous owners tried to chop his tail off with a rubber band so he has some skin issues right now. He is house trained potty trained and crate trained but we wont be using a crate because we made him his very own “doggie den”….
we lost a kitchen cabinet but totally worth it ;)
and also made him his own little spot to eat….
jonah loves “mit”
flying off to Haiti on wednesday. overwhelmed and excited for whats to come. pictures to follow. :)

lately….

jonah laying in the grass

making a pallet garden all by myself

pretty things around my house

being outside more

not being on my phone all day

living intentionally

our very own borrowers door…

I really wanted a “secret door” leading to no where and everywhere in my house. I wanted creeds imagination to go wild with possibilities of who used the door and where it went. He has been on a borrowers kick lately and I just wanted him to discover the door. So when him and jonah were taking a nap one day me and long got to work on installing this cute little door. It ended up not being exactly what I wanted but Long would kill me if I told him I wanted to take it down and start all over! hah! super simple…got the door from hobby lobby…

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we had to keep all the lights out because the boys were sleeping and we didnt want to wake them up…so please excuse the terrible iphone pictures! anyways we took the baseboard completely off because I wanted the door flush with the wall.

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yikes! it was kind of scary taking the baseboard off im not going to lie. oh well! I insisted that long screw it into the wall so that they couldnt pull it off and discover there were no people living in our walls (haha) which is why we didnt paint it before we put it on the wall. SMART people would have painted it BEFORE attaching it to the wall. HE insisted on liquid nailing it to the wall…he won. 

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see…not fun. being 8 months pregnant didnt help either.

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turned out pretty cute though! creed AND jonah loved it…still do. we’re going to start the borrowers book soon with creed! (we have only seen the movie)

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cute boys.

parrish backyard wedding.

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