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Our trip to California to visit my family

You might find this little known fact about me interesting.. seven years is the longest I have ever stayed in any one place (which is where we are at currently). Growing up my family moved around a lot. No, my dad was not military. He worked for a heating and air supply company that moved him around. I can honestly say that I didn’t mind the moving, I hated the process of moving all our stuff and getting settled in, but the move itself was exciting. New places, new friends and an entirely different place to call home, for a short time.

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Nothing like a good horseback ride in east Texas

We typically would move about every five years, sometimes it would be less time than that. Each time that we moved my brother and I would take turns getting to pick which room we wanted, (you know siblings tend to argue and the youngest sibling-aka me-always wants whatever the older sibling picks). So to make life easier and a little more fun my mom made the rule that each time we moved one of us would get to look at the bedrooms and pick first, then the next move we would switch. Don’t ask me why this was so exciting to us but it really was! (Oh the things that will make a kid happy!)

Despite the typical sibling squabbles all the moving really did bring me, my brother and the entire family closer. Especially when we made the big move from Oklahoma to South Carolina. We knew absolutely no one so we relied on each other completely. That was one of the best moves we ever made. Yes, friendships and memories were made that will be lifelong, but the best part is our family grew together in a way that could only happen when you are in a place that you have no one else, but each other.

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The house I lived in while in South Carolina. I loved this house!

For those that are curious we never made any crazy moves beside the one from Oklahoma to South Carolina, we did move through the state of Oklahoma many times though. Now you find me here, seven years in the same town! Wow, it is kind of weird! So many times when you hear of families, especially military families that have moved so often their children want to find one place and stay put. Is that the same with me? To be completely honest, no!

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He’s already happy traveling! I can’t wait to take him to see the world!

I have become antsy and craving for some adventure, some travel, something out of the norm for our everyday routine. Recently I have come across an amazing blog of a family, the Dennings, that has made the choice to be world travelers, nomads if you will. What did this blog do to me? It awakened my adventurous spirit and made me dream of a day that I could take my family and travel the world! You are probably saying to yourself “this girl is crazy, doesn’t she remember the stress of moving again and again?” Why yes I do remember that, but it doesn’t make the adventure less worth it. Sometimes you have to do things a little crazy for the amazing to happen! Chase and I dream of a day that we can live abroad, teaching our kids the cultures beyond the United States, loving the people of God that we wouldn’t be able to meet otherwise. We dream of traveling even in the United States because there are adventures still to be had here. Just last night Chase and I were talking about these things and I ended the conversation saying “there are so many beautiful things God placed on this Earth that it is a waste not to see all that we can.”

Could you be a nomad?

Lately Eli has been extremely enjoying the show Phineas and Ferb. If you haven’t seen this show you honestly should… it’s pretty entertaining. Phineas and Ferb are two brothers that find creative ways to spend their summer vacation all while their sister tries to “bust” them but fails because every time their mom comes to see what the boys have invented it somehow disappears. It really is a great cartoon for the entire family, we all enjoy a good episode. So with Eli’s new favorite show that we have embraced at our house I thought that I would share a few life lessons that came straight out of Phineas and Ferb.

  1. Have Determination. Phineas and Ferb’s sister Candace is constantly wanting to “bust” them and show her mom what crazy invention the boys have made. She never succeeds, the invention is always gone when their mom comes to see what Candace is talking about. You might be wondering why the inventions are gone, well typically it has a little something to do with Perry the platypus stopping Doofenshmirtz’s evil plans, but hey that’s another story. No matter the defeat every episode Candace is determined to “bust” her brothers.
  2. There’s an adventure for everyday. “Ferb, I know what we’re gonna do today.” This is what Phineas says just before they begin their crazy adventure for the day. No time is wasted, they look at each day as a chance to have fun and make everything exciting.
  3. You are never to young. “Aren’t you a little young to….” It never fails that Phineas and Ferb create a fantastic invention that is wild, crazy and always requires them to order parts/products. Each time the delivery person always says this quote and the boys reply “yes, yes we are.” Just because they are young means nothing. There is no stopping them from “locating Frankenstein’s brain!”
  4. Go big or go home. Never settle for the simple and easy. If it can be done to the coolest, most highest quality, top notch of standards then by all means that is just how we roll. For example why would you just make a tree fort when you could make a robot tree fort!
  5. Never underestimate the power of a platypus (or any pet really). Perry the platypus isn’t your ordinary family pet, he is also a secret agent. All I am saying is never underestimate the power of a pet… they understand more than you think. When my Lupus is giving me a flare up and I am in pain my dog Lucy seems to know this and always wants to cuddle up next to me and never leave my side.
  6. Through thick and thin. Phineas and Ferb drive Candace crazy but at the end of the day she loves her brothers and they love her, even if she is constantly high strung and seeking every chance she can to get them in trouble. Plus, Candace always partakes and enjoys each crazy invention.
  7. Be Inclusive. The boys always include everyone in their crazy adventures, their sister, her boyfriend, their friends and the neighborhood bully. You never know the power of including someone else in your adventures!
  8. Don’t aim to small. Dr. Doofenshmirtz is an “evil scientist” who fails miserably at his attempt to take over the tri-state area. What evil character in any story actually aims for something other than the world?
  9. Don’t miss the adventures. The mom in the story misses every invention. Candace manages to get their mom to the scene just as the gadgets disappear. Don’t be the parent who misses out on all the adventures, jump in and enjoy the crazy fun instead of only hearing about it.
  10. Don’t include the Self destruct button. With every evil invention that Dr. Doofenshmirtz has he never fails to include a self destruct button. Typically this is how Perry the platypus will defeat him. How many times have we used a self destruct button on ourselves?
If you haven’t watched this show clearly now you know that it is a great show and you should watch it, “Ferb, I know what we’re gonna do today!”

 

Joy for Everyday

April 20, 2012 — Leave a comment

Everyday it seems like Eli is learning something new. Just yesterday he was imitating me as I pretended to knock on the door he did the same thing. Today he had a toy on the other side of the room and he would walk back and forth from the toy and the couch, he would pretend to pick up some food and then he would come over and pretend to feed me that food. When I responded with a “mmmmm!” He got a big smile on his face and I could see the excitement he had by my reaction. Every time that he does something good he hears me saying “good boy” and just this week he has started saying that as well. Seriously moms where does the time go? I mean before I know it my baby will be off to school! Which by the way I am so not ready for!

I think time seems to go by much faster as we are older, probably because we value it more as we see how much of a gift the lives God has given us truly are. I am just grateful that one of the many gifts that God has given me is my beautiful son who makes me laugh and smile and brings me joy everyday! What gift are you thankful for?

 

“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

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Winston Churchill

“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” Tom Stoppard

Last Friday night was date night for me and my husband. Eli went to yaya and papa’s house and we were headed to dinner and a movie. This was the first night that Eli was staying all night with yaya and papa so Chase and I didn’t need to rush our date. After dropping him off we headed over to eat at a new restaurant by my parents house that was close to the theater. It was a 45 minute wait and we were hungry so we left and settled for something else. Once we got to the theater they were sold out of the new X Men movie until the 10:30 showing. We really wanted to see it so we decided to leave and go to another theater that was closer to our house. When we got to this theater there was absolutely NO parking at ALL! We had never seen the parking lot completely packed. By this point we were getting rather frustrated, the dinner didn’t work according to plan, we have attempted two theaters and still have yet to see a movie plus there was really annoying drivers we kept encountering. We both were getting so frustrated we started to get a little short with each other. As we headed to the third theater (yes we were that determined by this point to see the movie) I told Chase this was not what our date nights are supposed to be like, we are not supposed to be snippy with each other and taking out our frustrations on each other, yet here we were doing just that. Once we pulled into the parking lot we apologized for our attitudes and headed inside. I however still had a hard time shaking my attitude, now I was irritated that we were seeing a 10:30 showing instead of an earlier one. While Chase was getting us some snacks I prayed that God would help me to shake my bad attitude and for me to be able to just enjoy my time with my husband. Of course God came through! I got over my attitude and both Chase and I were able to enjoy the rest of the evening, and we have done nothing but laugh about our attempt at a date night since then. I don’t know about you but when I get the chance to go out on a date with my husband the last thing I want to do is be snapping at each other. I want to enjoy the time that we have together just the two of us. Our Friday adventure was just a reminder to me that our most frustrating circumstances can bring out whatever attitude we are willing to let it. We can let our circumstances get the best of us and we can spend our time with bad attitudes OR we can put forth the effort and ask God to change our attitudes and He will!