I have THE SASSIEST little toot right now. I have no idea where she learned it. Our boy didn’t have self taught #sass and who in the world taught her how to roll her eyes 😂 she insists on reading me a book this morning while I’m #editingphotos endlessly and #drinkingcoffee cause that’s the best way to work.
She just gave me a death glare for telling her no. Seriously y’all. How do I make it stop and how do I stop laughing 😅
The moment that you begin thinking you know it all, that’s the very moment that you begin to fall.
I like knowing things, and I enjoy being able to teach others something they don’t know. But when I let it consume me, pride swells into arrogance and believing that I’m somehow cooler or better because I know what I know—when really I’m the fool for allowing such silly things as being knowledgeable in a subject to give me arrogant thoughts. This used to be the way I worked—praise Jesus for humility and I pray that I’m humbling myself daily. If I’m not I’m sure someone else will 😅
“Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12
I think I’m officially crazy. After much arguing with myself I decided to bundle up, grab a flashlight, and go run. I realize this is two photos of #rileyboy in a row. What can I say, I’m obsessed and he’s a #faithful pup even in the cold and dark. Made it down the lane once and couldn’t stop picturing zombies chasing me—it’s wild what the dark will do to your kind and heart rate😅—so I finished my 2 miles around the circle drive which felt like reliving my track days. I remember now why I changed to cross country 😂 now I have zombie fear, jello legs, and the domineering aroma of skunk spray chasing me everywhere I go thanks to a very curious #bordercollie 😂 thank God the skunk zombie didn’t get me 😂
Why is it that you can have so many friends and encouragers and people that care for you, but that one that has beef with you sticks in your mind? I could have 100’s of compliments yet the one complaint or remark of disagreeing with my character is the one that holds fast to my mind the rest of the day. It’s like something is off or I’ve forgotten something and it suddenly hits that I’m not for everyone—and it hurts. But that’s okay. I’m doing my best to make amends where I can and accept where I can’t and move on.
Riley reminds me that it’s ok to take a break and release it. What’s your favorite stress reliever? Heavy thought releaser? Way to face and work through problems?
Love you all. Keep being you and growing in grace. ❤️
#mommoment realizing how busy I am. For years, feeling the struggle of busyness stretching me too thin and taking from one area while hustling in another and continuing to feel like I’m doing it all wrong or not well enough. It brings a feeling of “I better pull myself back up by my bootstraps and never sleep so I can get caught up.” Well #1 that’s not healthy and #2 maybe instead of “try harder do better” I should re-evaluate how I do things. So here’s to looking at the big picture of life and hopefully learning to organize and time manage in a way that works more fruitfully. #prayforme#mommoment numero dos—laying in bed with Arrow as she whispers “I want potatoes.” Me too baby girl, me too. 😂
How to be a #mom : BE YOU.
Stop listening to what everyone else tells you and what they think is best for your kiddos. Take the advice you ask for, but even take that with a grain of salt. Your kids need you, not what everyone else tells you that you need to be.
My second best advice is to get some #essentialoils in your life. It makes #momlife so much easier cause we all know #momminainteasy for anyone.
I’m about to work on some personal growth because I’m big time struggling with this “story branding” stuff. How do I brand myself? Who really am I? What am I about or for? I feel like I have so many avenues from being a #mom and #wife as well as #jesusfollower to a #foodie and #coffeelover to #running and #workouts and then there’s #photography that I’m pursuing as well as being a #nurse and #slingingoils which they all go together like 2 mismatched socks. So if you’re feeling like you haven’t figured it out yet, guess what—most of us haven’t. We’re all changing and learning more every day. Shoot I might never figure it out, but I at least want my mind open to more. Happy Tuesday ❤️
Last night as I laid down, I began to feel comparison crushing my joy. Instead of allowing my mind to rest, my mind raced with thoughts of failure and how I need to do more even though I often feel like I’m already stretched 7 different ways. I’m sure some of it stems from anxious feelings, some of it stems from allowing myself to view others as competition instead of community. Anyway, I rubbed peace and calming on my temples and neck and prayed and talked with my husband, my mind began to slow and release those feelings and I didn’t hold on to them into today. What a blessing. ❤️
Wanna hear a “not so secret” secret? Dalton (hubs) and I argue pretty often. We’ve had full out screaming matches. Thrown hateful words and divorce at each other. We’ve straight destroyed our marriage and each other verbally. We are two sinful people living in a sinful world. Maybe some marriages are easy but ours has been work day in and day out. It’s choosing each other every day. We fought last night and again this morning and right now I’m still frustrated. Not that cookies and cold brew will help anything but they sure sounded good. I say all this because it’s ok to struggle. Don’t look at my posts and think I’m someone who has it altogether cause I’m actually the one reading the instructions upside down in Chinese wondering why things aren’t going the way I think they should. I’m sure I’ll be smacked by the humble stick soon, for now, just know you’re not alone. Marriage is hard. Grab some gingerbread cookies and pray and watch some fluffy dog videos. It’ll work out. ✌🏻
Because #thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without #charliebrown and #winniethepooh ❤️ I’m sure they will struggle, but I’m thankful for how well these babies get along. They play together and help each other often and sissy is learning to echo brothers every word and move—which might not always be a good thing 😅
Anyways, happy thanksgiving—may your pants be stretchy and your family time drama free 🦃
What are you thankful for today?
Sometimes this is my office. Washing dishes with a very helpful 2 year old while trying to contain water messes and listen to a business podcast. Personal growth is essential—ESSENTIAL—for your business. If you’re not willing to grow, you become stunted and stagnant. I refuse. Even if it’s not for your business, maybe it’s for a relationship, your kids, friends, life in general. If we are unwilling to grow, we’re unwilling to be molded into who we are created to be.
Name something that you’ve always wanted—now how are you going to get there? Be ready to put the work in ✌🏻
Chilly evenings feeding cows with Pawpi and the kids while the pups run along side the truck means enjoying pretty sunsets.
Not to air their business, but my dad (Pawpi) has been through multiple complex ankle surgeries and may be facing another. Prayers for him through this time and for us as we learn how to handle feeding cattle and whatever else he might need at this time.
Our Grams will also be going through surgery on her knee soon and Grumps just had surgery on his hand. Prayers for recovery and zero infection 🙏🏻
Dry lips? Never thought I’d use seedlings baby lotion for myself but here we are. Cold fronts are settling in and my lips are dry as a bone. Use a little lotion and cover with young living chapstick for an extra boost in moisture!