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December 28, 2012 — Leave a comment

Christmas might be over but we are still celebrating all that this time of year can bring… family members visiting, naps in the middle of the day, snowy mornings, the glow of the fireplace,

Just a little excited to open his present!

Just a little excited to open his present!

game nights and new toys scattered about the house. Right now it is quiet in the house. Eli is taking his nap and Chase went to see The Hobbit with his parents. I gladly stayed behind to get a little “me” time. So what do I choose to do during my free time? Laundry and writing, what a good combo, right?

This Christmas was a little different though, not only was it my first one since being diagnosed but Lupus also made an appearance! That’s right, I was in a flare up! I went to bed Sunday night and tossed and turned all night aching and then Christmas Even morning my flare was in full swing. I have to say it was pretty upsetting to feel like poo during all of Christmas. I had my usual hip, knee and back pains, along with fatigue. But this flare was different, I had a new symptoms… my ankles were so achy I could barely stand to put weight on them. So with that I found myself on the couch with a heating pad around my ankles. It was definitely a little disappointing. I even got a little emotional about everything on the drive home. I didn’t want to be a downer let alone spoil anyone’s fun. But, then I think back to the last couples of days and think about how incredibly blessed I am! Not once during my flare up did I have to worry about cooking, doing the dishes or any of the clean up. The amazing women in our family took charge as I rested on the couch. And speaking of that… no one cared that I was sprawled on the living room furniture! I may have felt bad but I didn’t want to miss any of the excitement that Eli was having over his new toys! And let me tell you he was having a ball! I can still picture his face as he was opening presents!

When I think about the past few days all I feel is gratitude. I might have Lupus and sometimes it might make an appearance on a special day that I so badly wished it wouldn’t. But, my God has given me more than I could imagine! He has given me the love and support of my amazing family! I don’t have to let my bad days define me! Instead I can take joy in knowing that on those bad days God has given me people who I can turn to for help. Wow, what a blessing that is!

Thankful: Spiced Latte

September 8, 2012 — Leave a comment

“Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:26 (NIV) 

What a beautiful day it is today! Anyone who even knows me just a little knows that I do not like the hot. Summer is my least favorite time, I love the colder weather! Waking up today to the low temps and cool breeze was absolutely amazing! I am so incredibly ready for fall! I have my fall scentsy going (hazelnut latte to be exact) and am enjoying the glorious day that is foreshadowing the weather to come! So today I have been reminded to be thankful and since it’s the eighth of the month I am going to share eight things I am thankful for…

  1. Cooler weather
  2. Family time
  3. Pumpkin spiced lattes
  4. Caring doctors (refer to this post if you don’t know what I am talking about)
  5. Hand me down clothes
  6. A good board game
  7. Paperback books
  8. My sons contagious laughter
 Photo Credit: Laura D'Alessandro

With Mother’s Day tomorrow I think about my sweet little boy and the joy that he brings to our family. Mommy’s work is a constant… changing diapers, washing diapers (we use cloth), making meals, laundry, hugs when he needs it most, story time and the list could go on, but I wouldn’t change it for anything! Not every day is perfect, in fact some days it feels like nothing goes right and Eli woke up in a mood, but again it changes nothing. I love every minute of being a mommy. Right now at his young age he doesn’t realize what Mother’s Day is, and that is okay because I know that he loves me! So with all that said I want to give my little one a blessing for his future. I pray that in all my efforts, in every day mommy work I encourage and inspire him to be creative, be filled with passion, to seek God’s word daily and sprint towards God’s plans for his life.

With Mother’s Day approaching and everyone around us reflects on the work of moms what do you hope your children learn from your life? What blessing do you have for them?

 

I wish all the moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day! 

“What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven-and the future starts now!” 1 Perter 1:3-4 (MSG)

It has been one busy week here so I have unfortunately not had much writing time as I am sure you can tell from my blog. But, that is life and sometimes we all just get a little busy. With all that said today’s post is going to be a Thankful Thursday. What is my one item for today’s thankful list? With this weekend being Easter it reminds me of so many things I am thankful for and that all of us have to be thankful for, for example the life that I have because of what Jesus did on the cross, the empty grave that he left when he rose and the fact that we serve a living God! Because Easter is this Sunday these things are on my mind, today I am thankful for reminders!

It is super easy in our day to day lives to not think about all that God has done for us. We get busy in the routine of the day and the week and yes we might talk through out the week with God and read His word but we may not take the time we need to really think about all He has done and praise Him for it. But… we get reminders sent our way to regroup our thoughts and Easter does just that. What are you thankful for this Easter?

Photo Credit: Keoni Cabral

It’s Friday and what a wonderful Friday it has been. This was a busy week and I had to remind myself that I can’t let the busy moments of life keep me from spending time with God and worshiping Him. Those times when life seems to be flying by are the most important to stop and make sure our focus is centered on God. So today take a moment, recharge yourself and worship our God with these worship verses.

“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.” Psalm 96:1 (NIV)  

“Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.” Psalm 96:9 (NIV)

“Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy.” Psalm 99:5 (NIV) 

Photo Credit: Steve Snodgrass