Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Favorites: Spring Loves

A few Friday Favorites to welcome the weekend!

Cannot wait to go to the Fort Worth Food Truck Park. And knock #75  off my 100 in 1001

Totally laughed out loud at the Aca-Awesome running tank. 

Loving the honeycomb shelves here. Hoping to get Little Man's room updated this spring.  Or summer. 

These curtains for the living room. Stat!

Looking for one of these. Let me know if you see one!

How are you welcoming the weekend?

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Storms of Life

If you read the last post, you'll know the Little Man has been asking the deepest most philosophical questions lately.  They can be quite stumping from time to time. 

This past week we had our first round of Texas spring storms. You know the kind...quick forming, loud, torrential and a tad scary. The storms were ending and as I tucked Little Man into bed he asked yet another question, "Why does God allow storms? Can't He stop them?"  

If it were only that simple. 

In sharing the explanation, I told Little Man that none of the flowers, trees or bushes would grow and become beautiful without the rain. And in Texas, rain comes in the form of storms sometimes. Out of storms come beauty.

The next day was sunny and gorgeous - not a thing like the evening before.  Much to our amazement, almost every piece of our landscaping had budded and showed green leaves. Seriously, a miracle had you seen it the day before.  Again, out of storms come beauty. 

At times it's not a clear and easy as the crepe myrtle budding.  God allows us to go through periods of storms in order to refine and shape us for His purpose later.  The sun will always shine again and we will be in a better place because of the storm. 

Coach and I pray we are giving Little Man all the tools he needs to weather the storms of life and fulfill God's plans for his life. 


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Our Purpose: Deep Questions from Little Man

Lately our little guy has been pondering quite a bit in his child-like mind. He's been asking tough, yet impressively thoughtful questions. Some are teetering on life-changing. This morning as we drove to church Little Man asked, "Why did God create us and the world?"  

Whoa.  That's deep. Even for an author such as C.S. Lewis. 

In 2.5 seconds on Keller Parkway I had to supply an answer.  Thankful for God's providence and guidance, I was able to reply in 6 year old vernacular.  

God created us and the world to fulfill His purpose and to bring others to Him and the church.  

And then the reply, "But Mommy, we aren't bringing anyone with us to church today."

Touche, you little literal kindergarten philosopher.   


I journeyed on....well Little Man, remember last night when we were invited to dinner to celebrate J's baptism? 

"Yes." 

You remember us inviting our friends to church and we celebrated when C got baptized? 

"Yes."
 
Did you notice all your aunts, uncles and cousins come to church with us?

"Yes and Uncle M and Aunt J were baptized!"

Whew - I was finally getting somewhere.  But as his questions ended and he attention turned to singing with the radio, I kept thinking.   

Are Coach and I living the example of God's purpose for him? Are we working to bring others to Christ so that Little Man has no doubts what our calling is as Christians? 

Then, as if on cue from Heaven, the message from the Pastor was bringing the far from God to God. {Cue the Hallelujah chorus!} We are called to make disciples of men. No one said it would be easy, but we are created to do. 

So as the week begins, I challenge you.  Who will see Christ in you this week?

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations -- Matthew 28:19





Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lately

Well obviously things have been harried lately. I mean, come on, I haven't posted in over 6 weeks. 
 6 weeks!!!

That is definitely bothersome to me, but it has been quite busy around the Home Team abode.  
So what's been going on lately, you ask?? 

I've been relaxing by reading - both for work and just to read. If you haven't read Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers you need to. Download it now - you won't be sorry!



 We celebrated all the wonderful things Little Man has learned as he showed us around his Open House.



 We got our Spring Break started with a road trip to Waco.


Then Coach and I boarded this baby for a little cruise to Mexico. Ironically enough I took very little pictures. I didn't really notice at the time, but now I'm sad I don't have more to commemorate the vacation. I'm guessing I needed to just sit and relax so much I never thought about pictures. 



Coach and his obligitory "I'm King of the World" picture.  
Man, I miss that sunset.


This little jewel was released last week and you've got to download it off iTunes. Groovy, indie and hip!


We made a quick trip to Waco to celebrate 40 years of marriage with my aunt and uncle. We are incredibly thankful to live close enough to make those little roadtrips now. 


If you follow us on Instagram, you saw this family photo from the weekend. Love, love, love my boys.

Friday, February 14, 2014

My Favorite Valentine Post

Back in 2012, I posted Valentine's Day as a Coach's Wife causing quite a stir here on the little blog. I'm reposting again as a reminder to the love and joy that being a coaching family brings me.

Enjoy and Happy Valentine's Day!


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Happy Valentine's Day ya'll!

I must admit I am enjoying my quiet time here in the house tonight while Coach is away at a game. However, it's been an hour since Little Man went to bed and I'm still watching Yo Gabba Gabba. Must remedy that.

As I sit in the peace, my thoughts drift to the other coach's wives who are alone this evening - or quite possibly attending an event cheering on their husband's team instead of enjoying a candlelit dinner date. Valentine's has always fallen towards the end of basketball season for us. Some years we are able to go grab a bite to eat or have a special night. Other years it's a game night and we're making other arrangements. Such as the life of a coach's wife.

This year Coach is out of town at the final regular season game. It's too far for me to travel with Little Man so we came home for some of our own festivities. Get ready to get jealous - we played with his new playdough set. Autobots playdough to be exact.

And it was a perfect night.

In a coaching family, you have to make allowances for things. Last night while Coach was out scouting, LM and I blew up a bunch of balloons and I wrote on them all the reasons why we love Coach. We hid them in the playroom til this morning. In the wee hours of the morning, LM bounced out of bed and personally carried each balloon into our bedroom while Coach slept. Then we woke him and showed him our balloon Valentine message. Little Man was beaming the whole time. He was able to give his gift to Daddy and it meant the world to him. Later this evening, Coach called with some explicit instructions for LM to look under his bed. He had come home earlier today and hid my Valentine's cards there. It was LM's job to make sure I got them. Again, he beamed as I opened my cards. He loved being a part of Daddy's special plan.

At times, the holidays aren't ideal, but it's what we make of them that counts the most.
With Valentine's coming during a season, Little Man and I are able to have some fun making memories together.
Making homemade Valentine Cards. It was a multi-step process!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Reading Roundup

It's been a busy week, but I managed to find some interesting things out on the internets that I thought I'd share.

Enjoy!

I love this house showcased on it's overflowing. A lot.

Interesting read on Essential Oils and Detox Baths over at My Blessed Life. Back in the day I had a spa day that included a detox bath - it was pretty cool. 

Tips for including teaching your children hospitality from The Better Mom.   

Great app list from Design*Sponge.

I need these pants. Stat. 

Oh my these jalapeno corn fritters



Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Called to be Different

Oh ladies, I began the most amazing Bible study last night. I just know my thoughts and ramblings will become part of my blog. It's just too good not to share!

Don't ya love it when you feel that way!? Me too. 

First a little background information....For the next eight weeks I'll be participating in our church's women's Bible study, Girlfriend Revolution. It's written and led by our pastor's wife - find out more about it here

On to the story...in her opening remarks last night, Pastor's Wife shared her vision for the women of our church - she calls us to be a group of women who are different. 

Different

My first thought landed here: we are to be in the world, yet not of the world

This world can be tough to be a part of...

Every fashion magazine has a barely clothed women on the cover.
Shows like Housewives of ______ (insert your fav city) are nothing but scandalous gossip.
 Our "role models" are singing while sitting on a wrecking ball.
Music awards shows dedicate airtime to same-sex marriages.
Idolatry is everywhere...power...money...status...
Families are too busy with activities to spend real time together.

As women of God, how do we navigate those waters? 
It's simple and written in plain black and white. 

Finally, brothers and sisters (that's us!), whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

No where in there does the Word of God say it's going to be an easy walk in this broken world, but I do know it will be a rewarding one. 

Join me ladies, it's time to be different.
 
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