Wow – I didn’t post a single thing yesterday.  Well, I would have, but I removed my Twitter stream from my blog (you can see it in the sidebar – or at the bottom of the page if you are view this on a mobile device – and I’m still active there) in attempts to make myself do a real blog post – something more than 140 characters.  But there are days where more than 140 characters at one time is just too much for me.  Yesterday had highs and lows and fun and tears.

One new thing in our life, my in-laws will be coming over twice a week to eat a meal with us – the family is hoping to relieve some of their stress regarding preparation/clean-up and I make a big meal for my family so why not?  I hope it is enough to help.

The Bible study is going and starting my day in the Word/Journal/Prayer really helps me be intentional all day.  Learning some new things about myself and God too!

In the homeschool department, J2 and I have 7 more days of school in front of us – summeritis is hitting us hard!  But we are persevering to finish what we intended to do.  Yeah for us!

For the kiddos who are going to public school, we are waiting to hear the results of Sissy’s testing to determine what next year will be like.  Hoping for a modified K/1 opportunity for her.  J3 is so ready to be done with p.s.  Hubs talked to the principal about the bullying we are seeing and assures us that one more ‘incident’ and a certain kid will be gone. I am praying that incident won’t involve my kid.  J3 is definitely more on the homeschool band wagon that ever before!

OH! Another thing I am trying to incorporate in my life (more of that intentional stuff) is to add Scripture memorization.  I posted a picture on instagram yesterday of my current verse (let’s see if this works)

6f0c4f3ab7f011e29e1622000a9d0ec7_7If you can’t read that (I need new dry erase markers) it is Proverbs 16:3 “Commit it to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.”  Trying to memorize it, trying to live it!

What about you? Memorizing anything?  Being intentional? What does that look like in your life?


Today I learned…

  • My brain doesn’t understand Saturday.  I guess when you wake up all week at 5am, my brain and body just keeps doing it.
  • My dogs don’t understand Saturday.  The minute they hear the microwave warming up my coffee, they start barking to go outside.
  • My youngest doesn’t understand Saturday.  She woke up an hour earlier than her normal waking time!  WHA?!
  • My youngest can’t look at a book without asking me tons of questions and sharing it with me.  (but I was a good mommy – I listened and explained and was patient. Where is my gold star?)  Tomorrow I will have an audio book or a video (and head phones) on my iPad ready for her to enjoy if we have a repeat.
  • I can do about a 5 second plank (#helloexercise) lol oh well, I tried and will keep trying!
  • Learned tons about doing my own Bible study via the book “Savoring Living Water” from   Some of it was old stuff, a few things were new concepts but it all refreshed my soul!  I needed that this morning – even if it was interrupted by walruses, sea lions, hammerhead sharks and sea stars! 😉

What have you learned today?

  1. Loving this new office/homeschool/laundry/game set up.  Taking my hutch out of the living room really makes that room seem larger.  I was a wee bit worried that I would be isolated out here, but I can see into the dining room and that is sort of the central spot in the house. Plus, the game room – I mean, really, did I think they boys wouldn’t be in here constantly! LOL  Looking forward to homeschooling in here too!
  2. Sissy was super excited yesterday because she wrote all her letters to 100! Woot! write100
  3. One of my co-workers sent me a Peppermint Lip Balm from her son’s business Bubba’s Beez.  It is SO nice! I was a bit worried that the peppermint might be too strong, but it’s not and I really like it! I will definitely be buying from them in the future!
  4. As you can probably tell from my blog, I am SO exited about the upcoming Bible study that HelloMornings is running over the summer.  It has been quite awhile since I was able to participate in a group Bible study.  I had been searching from something I could do from home and I’m excited that I found one!
  5. I’m trying something new – instead of getting up and working right away, I am getting up, getting my coffee and sitting down with my Study Bible and journal.  It is much nicer facing the day after I’ve had a good prayer time rather than just jumping right into work.  I feel more relaxed and in control all day!  Now my morning looks like this: dailyinput
Many years ago, I first heard the term intentional as relates to living our lives, parenting our kids.  It really resonated with me.  I don’t want to miss the short time we have together, I want to be intentional, purposeful.  I want to be sure and make the best use of the time we have together.  The past few years of chaos have led to the exact opposite of that.  I wasn’t intentional, I was just reacting.  I was never ahead of that giant ball of life.  I got ran over more than I’d like to admit and I was starting to feel and sound like victim.  I did not like it!
I decided that 2013 I would work to change that.  I figured out what was important to me and then I started to make some small changes (blogging more has been one of these changes).
This week, the biggest change I made was to join an online community of women called HelloMornings.  It is a 13-week challenge to maximize your mornings.  You can do it via twitter or facebook – I even think there are some instagram groups.  They are registering for the Summer session right now – it will run from May 6th through August 2nd – my birthday! 🙂  Registration will close on Friday, May 3rd – so take some time to think about whether this is what the Lord would have you do.
There is a free Bible Study for all participants - Meet Jesus, a walk through the book of John.  But I think I read on the site you don’t have to do that study if you are already in another study.  I am not, could not find one that fits my life, so I am REALLY looking forward to this part of the challenge.  Please note, perfection is not a requirement for this group (it’s just a trap).  Just a desire to start your day with God and a comment to check in with your group.
If you want to do this, but you don’t want to go alone, contact me, I’d love to encourage you!