A huge part of WHY.
Why I’ve fought so hard to reclaim my health.
Why I fight daily for joy.
Why I pray hard to be the mama I want to be.
Why I persevere through sometimes crazy homeschool days.
Why I choose to build my home business right in the midst of mom life.
Because I want to be there for it all.
I want to redeem the time.
I want to show them endurance & personal growth.
I want to show them what running with your gifts & talents looks like.
I want them to think out of the box when it comes to helping others & making a living.
I want them to see that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.
I want them to see that walking through doors that God has opened, no matter how unconventional they may seem, can lead to amazing things!!
Do not despair. Amid the run down and broken beauty can still grow. It’s fiercely determined to. Radaph. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” Psalms 23:6 (Radaph...the term for follow which really translates better as chase.) So many of you are tired and weary. You feel alone and forgotten. It may feel very dark and shady in the space you’re in. But light can slip through the smallest of cracks. You will bloom again. There is a tangle of weeds and there is trash and there is cracked paint in this picture but there are also fuchsia roses, the prettiest shade of lavender paint, and a patch of sunny light. Give it time. Cling to truth. Goodness and mercy are chasing after you. Maybe you just need to slow down so it can catch up.
If anyone ever feels the need to buy me flowers, please use as reference. 👌
I just sent Breanna and Lorenzo their completed wedding gallery, and boy does it feel SO good to have it off my to-do list! I can't wait to hear their thoughts! 💞 Now I'm getting a preview together for last weekend's wedding couple. 😍🥂 (well, not right right now. I'm at my son's last swim class right this moment ha but you know what I mean!) And then it's time to finish packing, because we finally closed yesterday, and are moving out on Monday! 🎉🎉
Thank you Lord for watering my flowers/plants yesterday since I’ve clearly neglected them the past 4 days. 🙈
For a Friday Favorite, I thought I’d share my favorite “junk” store. I bought these two metal things at @anythinggoestradingco. I love that place!! ❤️ I hardly ever leave there without something. I bought the tall metal thing a while back...it may have even been a year or two ago. (Who knows...Time flies!) I got the circle thing last fall. Our neighbor stopped by one day and he saw it laying by the flowerbed. He said, “what in the world are you going to do with that old oil pan?” 💡Ahh it was an oil pan!! Who’d a thunk it?! 😜 Then the hubs felt the need to explain how I get these “visions” of turning trash into treasure and how I’m going to “dress up” the house up with this OIL PAN by putting flowers in front of it. 😂🤪 We creatives just see things through a different lense I suppose. 😎🤩 At any rate, I think I killed my wave petunias that were in front of it, but the vincas always grow. Don’t they know they’re suppose to bloom where they’re planted...even if they don’t get water?! 😜
oops! I'm a day late on #nationalselfieday . Well, here goes :) If I were to characterize my #currentmood it would be very much like these spring thunderstorms in Des Moines. The river is super flooded the past few days...and I've spent a good deal of time on the floor in the bathroom singing "you are my sunshine" to the dog & trying to catch up on the news on my phone while hugging the dog who does NOT like thunderstorms one bit :) My new blog is live...and I'm doing a happy dance. I’ve been holding off telling people about it bc the news has been so stressful! It's like talking about health & fitness just doesn't always fit.
I feel inspired by Miss Representation's repost yesterday that we DO have to be both at the same time...Yay Beyonce & taking action to help immigrant families, the environment, our local community...at the same time. Tutti e due. The way you say "both" in Italian has always been a word love of mine...it literally means "all and two," aka both.
How would you describe your #currentmood ? ⚡️ ⚡️ ⚡️ #bloomwhereyoureplanted#activist#selfcare#tuttitedue#takeactionjackson#bawlingwiththenews#washedcleantoactagain#lifestylefitness#bootyfitness#stillalwaysandofcourse#true :)
These roses. Planted haphazardly and forgotten who knows how long ago. This little bush competes with a spreading plum tree on one side and ambitious grapevines on the other. And weeds in between. Yet she stretches up and blooms for all she’s worth. #bloomwhereyoureplanted#shine
One of my favorite songs from high school.
God will make a way
When there seems to be no way
Forever He is faithful
He will make a road
When you bear a heavy load
I know, God will make a way.
Thank you Lord for making my path in the wilderness. You are indeed beginning something new.
Lionhearted we are because of Who He Is 💛
It’s always a good idea to declutter your closet, but how do you do that?
I’m glad you asked!
First you need to remove everything.
Second (and sometimes the most difficult) you have to decide what you love and need, then you give away the rest!
The third step is to group like things together.
Next step, (the fun part)
Shop for containers from your personal stash or from your favorite store. Try to stick to a color theme but not everything has to match exactly!
Your last step is labeling! (You can do it; it’s a must for continued organization)
All that’s left to do is admire your hard work and enjoy! 💃🏻
It’s easy to overlook the little things that feed and nurture your soul—daily.. First I can’t impress the importance of drinking enough clean water ... adult bodies are 60% water .. hydration aids in digestion, lubricating joints, flushing toxins from the body .. forms saliva and regulates our internal body temperature.... all important!
Getting a daily dose of Vitamin ‘D’... getting outside and feeling the sun on your face, and fresh air does your body good. The Sun is a magical celestial being... just a few minutes daily can change our outlook.. we need sunshine to grow and prosper...
We are living and growing beings... much like the plants we gently tend to... humans also thrive in positive environments... kind words of love and encouragement, feeling like a valued member of a family (tribe and community)... encourage us to put our roots down, deep... to participate and contribute in life.
Humans are different and more complicated due to the emotions we feel and experience... this is all good... allowing yourself to feel... insures a quality earth school education.. not always easy... but always worthwhile...
Learning to ‘Bloom’ where you are planted is leaning to put strong roots down and flourish... •
May you be well hydrated, sun kissed and hear words of love and kindness today!! And then pass the love on...
Psalm 36:5-6 The Message
God’s love is meteoric,
his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
nothing gets lost.
Nothing, nothing gets lost.💛
📷 Beautiful day in the 38.
MAMAS & FRIENDS ✨ Seeking advice on future travel with an infant (both internationally and nationally). I am an avid traveler and definitely want to plan some family travel after our baby girl arrives in July. What are some pieces of advice for me, for traveling with an infant, for family travel, that worked or didn’t work for you? Ages, stages, that are best or worst for travel? 💁🏼 Weigh in! •
Having a babe and slowing down on travel is something I don’t want to compromise on. Obviously it will be different and we’ll make some adjustments but what can help prepare me? •
📸 @beckykane3 from our travels last year in Lisbon, Portugal 🇵🇹 #theeverygirl#theeverymom