Saturday, April 19, 2014

Our Spring Bucket List!

Can it be that spring has finally arrived? I hope so! Right now I'm sipping on a coffee and waiting patiently for a crepe and it is finally sunny out! I hope everyone is having a blessed Easter weekend! Im going to meet my mother and brother in Berkley Springs, WV on this glorious day. So as I sit here waiting with the rays of sun warming my bones I'm thinking about all the fun things I hope to do this spring. So here is my spring bucket list!

Go strawberry picking
Throw a garden party for Anya and a few of her friends
Go hiking
Plant some flowers
Visit the zoo
Take Anya to Annapolis
Go to farmers markets
Take a road trip to the beach
Have a ladies lunch
Fly a kite
Take a day and hang out in DC
Take morning walks and eat on the porch
Go on a picnic
Go to the drive in

Basically I'm hoping to be outdoors and enjoy the warm weather with my sweet girl ! Do you have a bucket list for spring? If you do what is on the top of your list?

Happy Easter!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Kids With Dad On Easter? Celebrate Early and Create Memories Anyway!

The Easter Bunny came early to my house this season! This year Anya spends spring break with her dad. You know it is that thing that happens when two people separate and have a kid together. But, a while back I decided not to allow tradition and celebrations to be broken because of a schedule. On Tuesday I put together an Easter basket and did a little Easter decorating so that we could still celebrate together. I made all of Anya's favorite foods for a pre-Easter dinner and we spent the day dying Easter eggs, baking an Easter Bunny cake and finished off the evening cuddling in bed watching the Gospel of John.

Our pre-Easter bash lifted our spirits and made both of us feel as though we were still celebrating the holiday together. I know it's difficult and heartbreaking not to spend these special days with your kids, but I encourage everyone to work around it so you can still celebrate as a family and create some memories. Don't allow the situation to define whether or not you make these moments special. Take a look at the some of the fun we had!

Easter came early!! Pulled out the decorations and had a small scale surprise!

She was happy!

Don't you love Easter colors? So pretty!

Each egg had a surprise! It was a mini egg hunt.

The bunny cake was so much fun and yummy!

Yes, Sometimes I'm Bad...Really Bad

I'm bad. Am I serial killer bad? No, but I have my issues. There are times I want to scream, pound my fists and lose it! I'm a Christian but sometimes I feel like I am the furthest thing  from being anywhere close to how I believe a Christian should behave. There are days when I'm totally impatient with my daughter, when I interrupt people, when I want to ram my car into the guy next to me who cut me off, or when I don't want to turn the other cheek like when (sadly) a former friend is just plain rude, instead I really want to tell her enough already and I also swear sometimes. Yes, I am bad. I don't want to be or intend to be, if anything I strive to be the best version of myself, but it doesn't always turn out that way. Sometimes my ugly rears it horrific head and even scares me.

Why am I so bad? Why when I want to do good it can be the hardest thing for me to do? Why is that my temper can get the best of me? I remember the day I got baptized I  literally felt so clean. I could feel all of my past washed away the dirt had finally come off. I never felt so light or euphoric in my life. You could say I had that post baptism glow. For the first time I really understood that God loved me and I was enough even with all my imperfections and mistakes. Knowing this made me want to be better, do better, and reflect him in my life. There are those days when I know that I am doing and being better. Then there are those days when I realize how bad I really am. It is that old thorn, those old temptations and habits that remind me how I always need to draw nearer to God and hand it all over to him. I can't change myself only he can make the changes in me and I need to rely on him every step of the way.

With Easter being Sunday I'm reminded of my bad sinful side and how God loved me enough to sacrifice his only Son to die for my sins. My sinful bad self was worthy enough for Christ to put his life on the cross, endure agonizing pain, humiliation and ultimately death to give me life. But no matter how bad I am I am so  much better than I was before I knew Christ! I am so grateful for his grace when my ugly arises and the depth of his love and forgiveness. Through all my bad God loves me. I am his child and I'm reminded through this undeserved gift that Christ gave all who love and believe in him. I may be bad sometimes but I have blessed assurance that God knows I'm not perfect, yet he accepts me. My Father is always near with compassionate open arms ready to hear my repentance and forgive me, to give me the guidance of the holy spirit and the peace that passes all understanding and this makes this sometimes bad girl feel really good.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Quick Piece of Scriptural Parenting Advice

For some reason unknown to me I woke up today at 5 am. So instead of wrestling with going back to sleep I thought I'd get some bible time in. While reading 2 Timothy I came across this verse that spoke so clearly to me as instruction on parenting, although Paul is writing to Timothy about teaching the gospel. I thought I'd share:

2 Timothy 4:2 "Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage - with great patience and careful instruction."

I find great comfort when reading the scriptures how I can relate it to my every day life and make it applicable. This verse is a reminder to me to continue to teach my daughter and give her a spiritual  foundation and to be  as instrumental as I can in helping her to learn the word and not ceasing to learn it myself. As a parent this is my responsibility as it is also vital to correct, discipline and instruct her but with patience which can be challenge with little people :) if you know what I mean.  But, just as God has been patient with me as I learn and try to obey his instruction I must be willing to give that same compassion and grace to my daughter  in all her seasons the easy and difficult ones.

Well, I'm starting my day blessed by this time  spent reading the scriptures and I pray that all of you have a beautiful day and that God shows himself to you in only the way he can!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Stepping Outside the Box for 42!

I hope everyone is enjoying some sun! I know we are here in MD. I've been working on the porch to soak up all the rays I can. Sorry I haven't written in a bit. It's been busy around here. I can't believe it is almost mid April, which means my birthday is 6 days away! I will be 42, how is that possible? No worries though you won't hear me complaining about my age. In fact I look forward to becoming older, I want to be a seasoned woman LOL! No really though every year is a blessing and I find myself thanking God every day for my health and for just being able to experience life. So what's happening on the cusp of my 42nd year? Well, I'm stepping out of the box... trying new things, exploring new relationships, and not doubting myself.

So, let's start with exploring new relationships. You know I never talk about dating or guys, yeah, I know I just don't, because I really never meet anyone and I'm not that interested in dating. But, ok I'll share... I met someone. When our trip got cancelled to San Francisco I met a really nice guy at the hotel we were stuck at that night. He lives in another state, so we've just been texting and talking, but I like him. I'll just leave it at this...I'm open to the possibility. That's a good step right?

New things! I love crafting which is something I found out about myself a couple years ago. I also obviously love words, so I created some cards that I'm going to attempt to sell. I love combining the creativity and the words together, it is very cathartic. Take a look and tell me what you think and if you are interested in them please let me know! Who knows what will happen with this but why not try right?

Also, I really enjoy doing my broadcasts. You may have heard a couple of them, one was, "Why Bringing Your Kid to Church Matters," and "The Single Mom Survival Tips." I like to talk! So, I'm going to try to do a few a week. I would love to do them every morning, but we'll see if I can be disciplined enough to do get up! So look for more of those broadcasts.

Lastly, I'm going to be more willing to take risks and put myself out there even if I fall on my face. A very sweet friend of mine from church asked me to fill in for her during our Ladies Bible Study class. At first I was going to write her back when I got the request and say are you crazy? LOL but then I prayed about it and I thought about how God gives us opportunities and maybe this was an opportunity to learn something about myself and to explore something I never tried. There is a dvd for 30 minutes so I don't have to much time to fill in, but I'm really enjoying preparing and sharing with my fellow sisters in Christ.

So 42 I'm ready for you! I'm going for it! I'm going to try new things, be vulnerable, maybe succeed, maybe fall on my face and enjoy the journey! Hope you guys follow along :)

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I also sent flowers to my mom...well...just because she's so awesome.
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A Sneak Peek at the New Feel Good Movie, "Dolphin Tale 2"

Dolphin Tale 2 Is Coming to the Big Screen This Fall!
If you are looking for a feel good film, then you will want to check out this sneak peek of Dolphin Tale 2! The first film in 2011 was a huge hit. This September the original cast reunites for another heartwarming film that promises to be just as good as the original.

Join  Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, and Winter the Dolphin as they try save the newest member of he family, Baby Hope. Thanks to Grace Hill Media you get to see the trailer!

 Take a look at this Sneak Peek of Dolphin Tale 2!  

I don't know about you , but I'm excited to see a film the whole family can enjoy! Stay tune for some great giveaways in the near future!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Disconnecting on Sundays

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was good, rainy but good.Yesterday the weather was insane. It went from pouring down rain to snow! After church we were actually supposed to go grocery shopping but decided to just eat what we had in the house after seeing the downpour. So we went back home and changed into our jammies. I whipped us up some turkey tacos and we talked about church as we munched away. Then we watched a documentary of my choice about becoming a vegan and then Anya chose 101 Dalmations for us to watch. So our Sunday was spent cuddled on the couch laughing and just enjoying the day. During this time I forgot that my phone needed charged, matter of fact I didn't even take my phone out of my purse almost the entire day. Can I tell you it was blissful!

Recently I wrote a post about distractions that make us miss out on life's  moments. Yesterday I came to the realization of how important disconnecting is to my own quality of life. I've decided I want to become more conscious about disconnecting and being present. Not having the phone charged allowed me to just be in the present, laugh with my kid, cuddle and enjoy the day without the temptation of checking emails, returning texts, looking at instagram, seeing what everyone was up to on Facebook or answering phone calls. I was simply in the moment. The connections to the world we have through technology is almost a blessing and a curse. A blessing because we can connect with loved ones regardless of distance and it gives us convenience. On the other hand it can be a curse if we allow it to interfere with our personal time and if we find ourselves unable to disconnect when we're trying to actually have human connection. I know I'm guilty of it and I want to make a change.

I decided to make Sunday my disconnect day. This means no phone or computers all day. I won't be checking emails, texts or answering phone calls. I will keep my phone charged in case of emergency and I will answer my phone if Anya calls when she's over her dad's house. I definitely need a day to disconnect and enjoy my world without technology. I want to spend more uninterrupted time cuddling on the couch, reading the bible, sitting on the porch, and just enjoying life without looking at my phone. I'm looking forward to reclaiming a day of rest that replenishes me and allows me to refocus on my blessings! Here's to disconnecting on Sundays!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Listen to 10 Reasons Why Bringing Your Kids to Church Matters on Blog Radio!

Okay so I had so much fun yesterday that I decided to do another broadcast today! Today's Broadcast is 10 Reasons Why Bringing Your Kids to Church Matters. Just click on this link and you can listen into what I had to say. For some reason, I had less time today so it is a bit rushed in the end, but hope you still  like it!!

Thanks for listening!!! Let me know your thoughts!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Listen to My 15 Single Mom Survival Tips on Blog Radio!

Hey Everyone! Hope you had a great weekend and ready for a fabulous week ahead! As some of you may know I've experimented with Blog Radio a couple years back, but I haven't done any broadcasts since. Well it is a new year and time to try new things so.... I did a broadcast! The broadcast is based on the post My 15 Single Mom Survival Tips. If you are interested in listening visit . I do flub up a bit but practice makes perfect right? I hope you enjoy listening, let me know what you think! Thanks everyone!