Fresh shower ✔️ Story read ✔️ Crackers and cheese ✔️ Time spent dreaming over new Christmas dress✔️
2018 has proved to be no exception for our family - a year full of change. We are brimming with thankfulness but there are parts of me that look back and wish I could go back to certain seasons - simpler and easier ones! By there has been one phrase that’s become my personal anthem: Christians are forward facing! . Being forward facing frees us from the....(read the rest on the blog, link in profile).
Lean On Me was the title of Sophie’s essay for the Grand Rapids Rosa Parks Essay Contest. When she was six she was in tears that I’d forgotten my tooth fairy duties after several reminders. It was less about the tooth and more about how life had changed for her. She had to grow up fast. It’s not what I would choose and it was far from ideal, however “ideal” is not a requirement for grace’s pursuit. Listening to her essay reminded me that we do not need ideal for our children, instead the necessities - love, faith, hope. To God and for one another. And these can grow anywhere, even on the hardest most regrettable roads. This is accomplished by God’s grace, not our parenting performance (even tho it matters) or creating the ideal life for our kids. Praise be.
I assumed the box in the front step was diapers and medical supplies - it always is!!! I opened it up and found it was NOT. 😲😭 I have been trying to come up with a sign for his room but wasn’t sure what to put it. My friend (you know who you are!! ❤️❤️) knew exactly though. So, so perfect. Also a fun fact, the Lord works in really surprising ways. I connected with this friend after almost 20 years thru teaching about essential oils. So grateful for all of it. The warm lovely blanket + sign, but mostly for the tenderness of the Father to give us friends and friendship at the most unexpected times. It makes you feel seen, ya know? May I be this to others!
This week went nothing liked I planned it would - sick kids and slowing down meant extra stories, hot cups of tea, back rubs and oils, extra time reading and lots of laundry! You might be in your thirties if you’re completely happy on a Friday night watching your kids play chess (Noah’s LEGO version 😆) while folding laundry at the kitchen table. The clean counters in the kitchen and the sound of the dishwasher running are icing on the cake. #welcometothethirties
Someone’s feeling so much better. I hope it stays this way for a bit!! Last week his birthday plans went south bc he was sick. He was able to make it to the family party for about an hour or two before crying and needing to leave. I’m so thankful for family and friends who love him so well. He could hardly open his eyes most of the night but he loved being there in the middle of it all. He got some pretty sweet gifts too including a zoo membership (!) and a Christmas led spotlight that has transformed his room into a light show every night. It makes me dizzy but he thinks it’s the best thing ever. 🤣 It’s pretty great to be 9. 💙💙💙💙
Devotionals are helpful teachers but they lack the transforming power of the Word. I’ve found myself becoming anemic in my spiritual life - subsisting on a steady diet of really good books and somehow missing the main course - the Word. So often we come to the Bible looking for clues about how it can encourage or affirm us but as Jen Wilkin says, we miss the main point if we come asking “who am I rather than who is HE.” I’m putting away my stack of books for now (devotional ones at least) and starting back with daily study in the Word. How do you study the Bible? Do you have a method or process? I’m doing something new and excited about it!
I’ve got the RC + Frankincense helping this boy through. Oils are simple, effective and so, so lovely for our family. The past 2 years of using them have meant more wellness, emotional support, better sleep + more for all of us. They are one of my top tools in our busy home. Today Young Living has a great deal happening, you’ll get it just in time for a beginners class I have coming up the first week of December. Our community is growing and we’d love for you to join us! 🙌🏼 . Black Friday Deal - 2 Diffusers (trust me, you want 2! I spent months carrying one back and forth from room to room; now one is in every single bedroom) + 13 essential oils. Plus access to our wellness community and classes and $25 cash back from me! (That’s $186 for over $400 of product). Click the link on my profile and it will bring you to my website with the details. 😍 . . . . . . #blackfriday #specialneeds #selfcare #wellness #healthyliving #toxicfreeliving
I read an article yesterday on the value of kids learning cross-bearing in their youth - learn to rely on God and to live in a self-emptying way. In reality I want to give my kids everything and I don’t want anything to hurt them. Or like I’m failing them because our life is so not normal. When I poked my head into Calvin’s room this morning and saw this it reminded me - God’s plans are better than mine and sometimes I get a glimpse of that and what His grace is accomplishing in the most painful parts of life. Calvin is not well and will be missing out on our Thanksgiving get- together this year, but I have a feeling this gang won’t let it be a solitary lonely day. 💛💛💛
It’s funny - when we first entered the disability world I resisted all support groups and connecting with other parents. Time changed that (okay, still no support groups but I have friends 😆) and now it’s a huge blessing to hold copies of books from parents I’ve come to know and love. “Unexpected Blessings” by my friend @sandrapeoples launched this week and tonight I’ve been reading it cover to cover!! It is so good. Sandra and Lee share candidly about their life as parents of a son with autism, dear James. It’s rare to find a book that is real about the challenges and also real about the gospel hope we have in them. Sandra combines both so well with practical wisdom for so many real struggles we face. Maybe you need to gift yourself this book? Or maybe the family in your church you want to encourage but you’re not sure how - this would be lovely with a warm hug! (Or note if you’re not the hugging kind. 😉) . . . . #myunexpectedblessings #unexpected blessings #specialneedslife #parenting
Ahhhh....finally! After telling them to get off electronics 5x, put the laundry away, clean the fridge, stopping at McD’s for their 2 for 99 cent pumpkin pies (🙄 80/20, right?) and paying late fees at the library before making another major book haul....we finally get to this moment. And it is glorious! 💛😄
There’s nothing like a few lights to make home cozy! Come and join me tonight, I’ll be hanging out in my kitchen with friends from all over for a little online session of the SIMPLE away to have a clean toxin-free home. If the kids get out of bed, there may be some guest appearances. 😂 . We’ll be starting at 8 pm est, link in my profile if you want to watch (you will need the free Zoom app if watching by phone)