How To Increase Productivity By Taking Breaks

I am thankful for you today, a Monday that I do not have to go to work.  My hope for today would be that I let go of all the anxiety that usually accompanies a day off.  I will focus on my family and my crafts.

While there is still work to be doing this week, may I find rest knowing that I can get to it without sacrificing sacred family time? May I find that my mind can share space with the “to dos” and the “want to” and enjoy this week.  I have worked so very hard this year, and I give myself the freedom to take it easy, slow and have some quality family time.

Monday, I welcome you.

16 Week Pregnancy Update

We aren’t used to this yet.  A commercial will splash up on our screen with a cute little newborn wrapped in his perfect swaddling blanket, and I don’t know to cry or freeze.  I still can’t believe it. We will flip through channels and see a thumbnail for “Word World” or “Martha Speaks”, and we glance at each other.  Sometimes as if to say, “are you ready for this?” And yet other times as if to say, “oh how fun!”

Though I’ve been a mom twice over now, the thought of caring for a newborn again, well it’s awkward. Awkard because life is so fast paced right now with school, the kids, work, and adulting that it just seems like child three will fly by quicker than thing one and thing two. Will I rush home fast enough? Will I continue to be gainfully employed? will I settle down enough to cuddle and play?  Will my older children notice and remember I did this with them as well?  Life gets in the way of so many things.

And so, I am motivated me to chill out, in preparation for a different home culture.  This will change us.

Have A Little Thanksgiving Pun!

The Heavy Costume

The Heavy Costume

I am cloaked from head to toe
In pearls and robes
A heavy costume wearing down the soul
Who was it that cast this role?

Device Free Just 15 Minutes A Day

November 19, 2018
Sunday, 7:00 am

I tried to be lazy with you today. To let you drape your warm blanket around my darkened room. To bring light in without awakening the slumber. But you are not a lazy morning, nor are you warm.  You insisted on peaking through; stretching your long and cold fingers into my den. First, you unsettled the laying child next to me. Don’t you know you never do that? It’s said to let sleeping dogs lie, but behold I say let a sleeping child lie! It’s far a greater risk to unsettle the wild hearts than to move an old dog. You show no hesitation.

Mindfulness – The Unforgeting Soul

The Soul never forgets

I am thankful that as we grow and mature; as provision and responsibility call us into our adulthood, as our worried aging minds forget who we aspired to be, who were are at our core, and who we can at any age strive to become, our soul never does. I am thankful for the second, third, hundredth change our soul gives us to settle and be ourselves. I am thankful that my four people, my tribe here at home allows me the flexibility and encourages me to rediscovery.

Making the Heart Smile

Most of our Fridays are filled in the same manner of most American Fridays; Netflix and chill. And I’ve come to realize that if the TV is the devil, then Netflix is it’s smarter, faster and more attractive spawn. Our family can get wrapped into its vicious claws of entertaining as it weaves us through dramas, comedies, suspense, and adventure.  At the end of every passing weekend that only seems to speed with the children’s age, we find that the days and nights poured over the blue screen, can make us, well, blue.  We find that while being entertained with other’s stories and lives, fictional or other, we forget that we have dramas, comedies, suspense and adventures of our own to live, to tell, to get ourselves lost.

We Stopped Trick or Treating Around Age 8 – 9 Because…

Growing up, we stopped trick or treating around age 8 or 9. I don’t remember the exact phrase or conversation that my father pieced together to make this indescribably unfair and illogical announcement make more sense to three adorable blonde headed children. Looking back I’ve always blamed it on the religious fear my father had of succumbing to the “world” and it’s superstitions. Later he became a Southern Baptist preacher, and I’m afraid to say, that’s when most of it started to fall out from there. We never went trick or treating again.

Mindfulness – We Are Free to Move About

We are free to move about

I have been, and hopefully forever will be in a state of rediscovery. Rediscovering myself, my family, my values, my beliefs, my goals, my life. Moving freely between the labels I place on myself and the labels others have placed upon me. Which ones do I accept, which ones do I grow out of and which ones do I grow into?

But careful, that I do not attach these labels as a definition of who I am. For the existence of these labels, merely pull others into a shared experience, a starting point, an introduction. Not a definition. I am free to move my many labels and rediscover lost as well as new ones.