4.08.2015

What no one told me about being a mom...


You do the best you can to get prepared to become a mother.  Getting supplies ready, researching, asking other mothers, preparing...the list goes on and on.  In reality one can never fully be ready to bring another life into the world. 

Many will have advice. 
"You need this..."
"This is how I did it..."
"I don't know what I would've done without..."
"They days go by slowly, but the years will fly by."
"You must do..."
"You're going to be the best mom ever."

All well meaning...some true.

But can I be honest.  It's the last one...yes this one, "You're going to be the best mom ever", that makes me cringe ever time.

Every time I hear a well meaning person tell a soon to be mom she is going to be the best mom ever I want to chime in and stop them. 

Sweet Mama-to-be,
Can I tell you some truth? Some hard, but oh so sweet, truth?

You won't be the best mom ever. 


How do I know this? 
There is no such thing.
This whole "best mom ever" is a false perception.
It's a figment of imagination, of what Pinterest and FB and small glimpses of someone's life may lead us to compare.

Sweet Mama-to be,
You will mess up.
You will raise your voice.
You will get frustrated with that sweet little bundle of joy. 
There are days when you will want to pull out your hair and be brought to tears with exhaustion.

But wait, while this may be hard truth to swallow, please keep reading. 

This is good news, oh so good news.
You won't be the best mom ever.  I want to shout it from the mountains, "I'm not the best mom ever."
It's kind of freeing, right?
You don't need to be the best mom ever. Our worth as a mom doesn't rely in being better than everyone else or comparing to everyone else. 

Please, don't walk into motherhood with an bar of expectation so high that it's unattainable. 

The truth is...

You'll do your best.  And some days your best for the day won't be all that Facebook worthy, but that's okay.
You'll have some days that will be your best days. Celebrate!
You'll have days that will be rough and that you wish to be forgotten.  Don't hold on to them.  Try again and have a do over.  Some days will take many, many do overs.  See it as an opportunity for grace, for yourself and for your little bundles of joy.

Motherhood, however if comes to you, is a sweet, sweet gift.  A challenge. An adventure. Take the journey.

While you may walk into motherhood with heaps of advice and ideals of what it will be like. I beg you to release yourself of the expectation that you will be the best mom ever.

4.02.2015

Easter

It's so easy, especially this year, for Easter to fly by.  It snuck up on me and I could easily slip through the moments without any remembrance, and focus.

I've been praying this season of Easter and all it means would sink into my heart.  Yesterday, while I was driving GH to his music therapy, I had the thought:

What would it look like if I lived as thought I believed what the Bible says about Easter?


If I really believe that Christ died for me, that he conquered death and rose again, that he has the victory...how does that look in my day to day? Not just in my time reading the Bible or at church, not just in hard times or times of need.

How does the good news of Easter impact my life in the every day moments?

I can't say I've completely processed my answer to this question, but I'm challenged and desire for this season to rush by my heart.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends.  However you celebrate this weekend, may it be filled with hope, joy and celebration.

 

This video is actually a training video on how to play this song, the song starts at 1:55. There are several versions of this song out there but this acoustic version is one of my favorites.

3.28.2015

A few favs and winners!

 
Good morning!  I hope you had a wonderful week. It's  been a full one here.

I had some down time to process some things and think I may have a few blog posts rolling around in my head.
 
I also discovered this recipe, yum right?!
 
 
This quote resonates with me recently.  I've learned a lot owning a business and with it being a creative business I'm finding this quote especially relevant. I can't say I'm not afraid to fail, but I'm learning to continue to move forward in spite of being afraid to fail.
 
I've also been learning a lot more about essential oils recently.  The seasonal allergies have begun and while they aren't something that plagues our family, a few of us get sinus issues in the spring. I made this allergy bomb in one of my roller bottles, it smells amazing and works wonders! 
 
 
Okay, not it's time to announce the winner of our Everyday Summit giveaway.
 
I decided to go ahead and pick two winners...why not?
I let Rafflecopter pick two winners at random for me .
 
Drum roll please...

Wendie S.
 
and
 
Nina D.
 
Congrats ladies.  I will be emailing you so you can select your prize. 
 
Thanks for joining in the on the fun. 
 
New posts coming in the next couple weeks.
 
Have a wonderful spring weekend!
 

3.21.2015

It's a Spring Giveaway!

Happy Spring!!  

I think the changing of seasons calls for a little giveaway.

I have a few new things in the Everyday Summit shop and I'm anxious to share them with you.

If you win you will get to choose one of the following:

A set of 3 adorable roller bottles, great if you love essential oils.


A set of feather cards:
 

 


Important things:
Giveaway is open to US residents only, sorry international friends.
Giveaway ends 3/28/15 at 12:00 am.
Winners will be chosen, randomly and contacted by email.
Winners will have 48 hours to respond or another will be chosen.

To enter sign in with Raffle Copter and follow the instructions.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

3.06.2015

Be Still

Psalm 46

"Therefore we will not fear, 
though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 
 though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging. 
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,  
the holy place where the Most High dwells.  
God is within her, 
she will not fall;" (vs. 2- 5)

 "He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.” (v. 10)

Psalm 46 seems to keep coming to mind all week.  What comfort and what challenge.  Seeing as my word of the year is "rest".

It reminded me of a song we sang at YWAM, one that I can't seem to find anywhere but one that I've sung many times in my head. 

"Though the mountains may crumble to the sea, 
though the ocean may swallow up the land, 
though the fire leaves everything in ashes, 
you still are God, 
and I will worship you" 

Anyone recognize it?

While searching for the song above I ran across this beautiful song.  I've been listening to it on repeat most of the week.  

Have a great weekend friends. I hope you find rest today.
 

3.02.2015

Stitch Fix

My mom gifted me some money for Christmas for a Stitch Fix box. While my experience with Stitch Fix has been amazing, I personally know others who have had mixed experiences.  

Gisel, styled me again and once again didn't disappoint.  I kept two items perfect for chillier Colorado days.  

This Corinna Striped Dolman Top one of my new favs. It's so comfy!



I also kept this Cordella Striped Boat Neck Sweater .  Again, super comfortable and loved the neck line on it.  I'm prone to overheating but this sweater is looser without feeling frumpy and yet keeps me warm when it's winter out.
I chose not to keep the other three items.  One was a polka dot sweater, white and black, while cute, wasn't sure about the polka dots and didn't need two sweaters.

The Hi-Lo Short Sleeve Tee was nice but another t-shirt whether good quality or not was the last thing I needed to add to my wardrobe.

I did love the earrings but have a similar pair already.

I consider this a success, I'd prefer only purchasing a couple items and then doing another Stitch Fix the next season to keep my wardrobe refreshed.

Previous Stitch Fix posts:

*This post contains my referral link, so if you choose to order a Stitch Fix box then I will get a small amount towards my next box. Thank you! :)

2.23.2015

Why hello!

Hello Sweet Friends,

I know I've only popped up around here about once a week but I still love writing and interacting with you.  A couple random things I wanted to share with you.

This book.  I'm not a reader, but as my word for 2015 is rest and I continued to hear about this book I knew it was one I needed to read.  Have you read it?

This song.  I heard it for the first time this morning and I've listened to it over and over again.  What are you listening to lately?

This recipe.  We haven't made this recipe in quite some time until last week and I had forgotten how delicious it it.  Perfect for a cold winters day.  We celebrated Lunar New Year with a Korean meal of homemade dakjuk along with mandu and deokbokki from our favorite local Korean restaurant.  What recipes have you been loving lately?

Stay warm friends.


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