Finding Encouragement.Monday, January 28, 2013
Remember this post, last week? The one where I talked about toddler tantrums and overwhelming moments with the kids? The one that I wrote as much as a reminder to myself, an admonition to take hold of the little moments, and embrace all these moments, even when I feel discouraged and honestly just want to crawl into a deep, dark hole? Yep. Last week continued much on the same wavelength. My dear children are showing their toddler stage, and there has been much testing and trying of boundaries. A lot of "don't bite her!", and "you are in a time out", and "that was not kind of you!" - oy! Add to that a wee baby with a cold, who has a hard time sleeping through a congested nose, and you've got the perfect mix for a worn out, slightly discouraged mama!
I am trying my best to continually shift my focus back to the One who gives me strength, because I know that in the moments that I feel the weakest and the most overwhelmed, I really just desperately need Jesus. It is not easy. I have messed up a lot lately. It is amazing what beautifully messy lives we really do lead. But there is much grace. And much forgiveness. And I am so thankful for Jesus. And the way that in spite of my failures and my dirt, He makes new and beautiful things.
There are a lot of things in my head and in our life that I am eager to share - from photos and big changes coming up, to my thoughts on goals for 2013 and my 4-month old Evie - but it's been a bit crazy around here, and I am just sneaking in for a few minutes during naptime to share a few things that have really encouraged me and made me smile this week:
Andrea's blog post really resonated with my mama feelings. Plus, her photos are just gorgeous!
Two friends last week mentioned making homemade fruit snacks, and I am eager to try them.
Jami's post on anger really hit home, and has really made me take a step back, and think deeply about discipline and where my heart is at.
I love these pretty fonts. Totally inspired me to want to re-do my blog design!
Thought this was a great blog post on being a good team member.
Totally needed this reminder, and to hear this song, today.
I am slightly in love with the idea of chalkboard paint - now, to decide on a good project!
A great blog post on having a manifesto, a sort of gentle reminder and a guide, for your day. I needed to read this. A lot.
I've been slowly catching up on Downton Abbey, season 3. Can't get enough!
There ya have it. The things that I have found encouragement - and the knowledge that I am not alone - this past week. Perfect timing. I hear a small babe waking up, and it won't be long before the other two are up. Happy Monday afternoon!