Monday, March 26, 2012


"But godliness with contentment is great gain" - 1 Timothy 6:6

This is one of the things God has been instilling in me lately.  I've heard this verse hundreds of times, but the "head knowledge" of a Bible verse is being transferred to my heart and my everyday life.  And, wow, is this ever a ride for a perfectionist!! 

Contentment flies in the face of almost everything about our culture.  We are to always be pursuing more - more money, more position, more status, more stuff, etc.  We must at all costs experience to the fullest what has been affectionately dubbed "The American Dream".  Sounds wonderful, doesn't it?  Downright patriotic!! 

And we're probably not that different from the average American family - planning to buy a house soon, thinking about vehicle upgrades in the future, enjoying "life" and "stuff"...  And yet in the midst of this, God is reminding me, chiding me, encouraging me that there is not a "plateau" where I arrive and can/should be content.  Contentment is NOW, with what I have and where I live this very minute.  Also, contentment is not just "the absence of discontent"; it is truly enjoying life - as is, right now.  And let's face it, we see examples all the time that simply the addition of "stuff" does nothing for happiness or contentment!

I love schedules, organization, a clean house, an empty laundry basket, and so on.  These things definitely make me feel "content."  While I think these are all very important, I'm trying to learn to enjoy the ride.  Not just enjoy the fulfilled schedule, the clean house, the empty laundry basket, and the organized closets, but enjoy the journey TO these things. I repeat, I'm trying!

A big thing for me recently...
We are wanting to get in a house with a backyard...SOON.  :)  I felt a few months ago that it was just a "necessity" for this spring/summer, but we decided we needed a little while longer to be comfortably ready to buy.  Yet we are finding ways to let the kids play outside where. we. are!  (Imagine that!)  Actually, they are both working on farmer's tans!  :)

And again, I remind myself - contentment is not based on my circumstances or surroundings.  It is a choice I make to enjoy who I have, what I have, and where I am - right now!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Of "food flops" and drama queens...

This is a brief, picture-less post.  But, I'm TRYING here!  :)) 

No, I just thought I'd share a little snippet of my fun and intelligent, but oh. so. dramatic. daughter!

Last night I was fixing supper and realized I was out of a key ingredient.  Now while I'm not a horrible cook, I'm not Paula Deen...or Alicia Goins!  :)  (yes, Alicia, you have me WAY beat!)  So I thought I could fix it - and it kinda flopped.  Apparently this seriously scarred my daughter! 

Tonight I was kinda maxed out, and did something I almost never do!  I texted Timothy and asked if we could just go out.  He was only too happy to oblige (remember last night??) :))  Hadlee came in and said "We haven't gone ANYwhere today!"  (I know...I'm a horrible mother!)  I told her that we were going out to eat.  She looked at me and said "What? We're going to go get something to eat??"  Me: "Yes"  "Are you serious? You mean we're going to go get something to eat, and you're not going to cook??"  Me: "Yes"  "Oh, thank goodness!!  I thought you were going to fix something here!" 

And I say...Why do I bother with home-cooked meals??? 

And Dave Ramsey says....THE BUDGET!!!!!!!!!!!  :))

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Catching Up...

I tried to grab some random, recent snapshots for those of you who are not on facebook.  I have lots that I could "blog" about, but it's very late (okay...early!)  Therefore, this will be brief!  We are all doing well - and LOVING the gorgeous Oklahoma weather!!  We have had an extremely mild winter, and the last two days have been in the 80's.  The kids are thoroughly enjoying the fresh air - and we are counting the weeks/months until we can get in a real house with a "real backyard"!! (you'll be hearing more about that soon, I'm sure!) 

Hadlee is 4 1/2 going on 13!  Just when I think she can't pack any more personality, drama, and attitude in her little body, she proves me wrong yet again.  :)  She is sooo fun! And I can't imagine a better big sister!  Sometimes she's too good - Tanner has no lack of loving and mothering.  But I don't know how I'd keep up with him without her.  She is also boy-CRAZY!  I can't imagine where she gets it, but she loves to hang out with them - and she gives me the most smug little smiles as she stands beside them.  All I can say is her daddy has his work cut out for him!!

Tanner is 110% boy.  I think that about sums it up!  (except for the pics you'll see somewhere in this post.  I apologize - I'm not even attempting to worry about this post's layout!  He LOVES his sister's dress-up shoes. He about kills himself trying to walk in them, and he looks hilarious!)  He is getting very into trucks, tractors, and animals.  And his little vocabulary is exploding.  He didn't really say anything until a couple months ago, but now there is no end!  He adores his daddy, but right now, he is a mommy's boy.  And I'm loving every minute of it!  :)  There's nothing quite like him running at me saying "Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!"  and the feel of his little arms AND legs as they wrap around me.  I lose my heart a little more every day! ;)

Timothy and I are doing well.  God has been beyond amazing, especially in the last 6 months!  (Not that He isn't always!  It probably has more to do with us allowing Him to be amazing in our lives.)  A lot has changed in our home - for the good!  We feel Him working in every aspect of our lives - I'll probably be sharing some of our stories soon.  But for now, I have to call it a  :) 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Back to Blogging? one kill over on me! I know it's been close to a year since I blogged. I'm still trying to decide if I want to put the effort out or not. ;) But, I get rather disgusted with facebook quite frequently, and at those times, blogging sounds so much more enjoyable! So, here goes a trial run at blogging again...