Thursday, May 28, 2015

No Apologies Here

I love this post from Trusty Chucks, so I'm coming up with one of my own!

Sunroof

I will never apologize for:
+ me time
+ loving yoga more than running
+ buying another pair of shoes
+ thinking I can do anything I put my mind to
+ opening my sunroof
+ buying gifts
+ eating cake for breakfast (or cupcakes, as the case may be)
+ thinking my kid is cuter than yours
+ being ready to drop pretty much anything for a date night
+ my stash of pink pens
+ not liking water
+ craving community
+ trading nap time for quiet time
+ chasing my dreams
+ being decisive
+ my love for cookie dough
+ not washing my hair


What are some things you'll never apologize for?

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Just a Season

In so many ways, I feel so behind in this space. I feel like I am not giving it the attention I always have. In the past five years (FIVE YEARS next month), I have used this place to record life events, thoughts, feelings, and everything in between. I don't want to give that up. If I'm being really honest, though, I feel like that about a lot of things in this season. And that's just what it is--a season. It's a time where were are little bit up in the air and still a lot in transition.

Wall

As the new house moves along, decisions must be made faster, and we are spending more time on that side of town. Sometimes we're meeting people, sometimes we're talking and discussing amongst our family, sometimes we're just walking through, but the fact is, we are working toward being back in a permanent place with a real schedule and real dishes.

Living Room

Doors

I told Mr. Gray the other day that my quiet time with the Lord has been lacking. I pray and read. I listen to podcasts or sermons. But it's not a focused, directed quiet time like I usually do. I am longing for a chair--a space to call mine to read, listen, write, and just cling to the quiet while I soak it all in. And it's coming; all of that is coming. This is our season for now. Not forever.

Joshua

My word for the year is settle, and as much as I am trying, I know that getting to the new house will be a huge part in actually accomplishing more of a feeling of being settled here. Putting down some roots. We'll move out of this season of transition and into one of more permanence. We'll settle into routines, schedules, bedrooms, and chairs. I'll cook again. We'll have pots, pans, and dishes that all fit in designated spaces. We'll have some order. I won't office out of my car. It's a season. And it's almost over.

Floors

I haven't come to a place of restlessness yet. I am still even-keeled and taking it one day at a time. For as much as I long to settle, more of me wants to do it right. I want the entire house to be finished before we move into it. I want to start off on with our best foot forward as we begin a new season. I want to feel like me again--with a place for everything and everything in its place. I want to see God use our new home for His glory. I want to invite, to share, to love, and to live in this home He has called us to.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Five on Friday: Link Edition

1. I really want to take the boy to this hotel. Even if we just hang in the hotel the whole trip.

2. When I wrote the post But I'm Not Pregnant last week, I was really touched by one response in particular:
"... I have been praying for your adoption since you first mentioned it, and I know God has great things in store for you. You have stepped out in obedience to His calling, and while it can be uncomfortable, vulnerable, and tough, you will be rewarded for your faithfulness. Your yearning and longing for your next child is proof that you are a woman after God's own heart who loves His children as your own. I see no selfishness or greed out of that, just a huge heart for His little people..."
It has been incredible to watch God use His people to lift us up as we wait through this process.

3. I was on a local morning show last week talking with some other moms about hot topics. Have your kids had a prom-posal? That was before our time, I think. Also, I'm pretty sure people just assumed Mr. Gray and I were going together by that time.

Prom

4. Sometimes things just speak to your heart. This was one of those things. We stayed in Sunday for "TV church," and it did not disappoint. Give it a listen.

5. If you're not on the email list for Purpose Box, now's a good time to get there. The next round of boxes goes on sale {very, very} soon, and you don't want to miss a box full of goodies that give back!

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