Monday, April 27, 2015

Faithful in the Small

We started seeds in egg cartons during one of my favorite MOPS meetings this year. Planting seeds is sort of like planting hope to me. You plant something small, believing if it receives what it needs to thrive, it'll turn into something great. Sometimes you can't see the growth and you wonder if your tiny seed is growing. Rain comes and then sunshine. One day, you step out and see how that tiny seed has sprouted into something beautiful. Even if it didn't look like it was thriving, it was. You just couldn't see it. 

Over the last few weeks, those little seeds from our MOPS meeting have thrived and their roots have been stretching out beyond the small egg cartons they called home. As the cartons sagged with moisture and roots begged for more space, I wondered where I should plant these little seedlings. We have just about a month left here. My garden will soon no longer be mine. We laugh because we don't know where we'll live.  We know we won't be homeless and we know that God has a big awesome plan, but we're still waiting on the plan to be revealed. 

What I do know is we wanted this and when you pray for something and it starts happening, you don't complain. You pull out your sense of humor and look at the big, crazy situation as a wild adventure. Right now, as I begin to pack boxes, call on rentals and even look into the rates at a RV park, I just can't help but crack up. This is truly a crazy adventure.

Paisley and I ended up transplanting those tiny pumpkins, zucchinis, cucumbers and squash plants on Sunday afternoon. Since we won't be here much longer, we planted just a little less than half in pots and planted the rest for the family who's buying our home.

A tiny portable garden doesn't feel ideal right now, but I'm reminding myself this is only temporary and it can actually be really special to plant a garden for another family.

If I ever want a larger garden, I think I need to be okay with planting a garden for someone else first. It all goes back to being faithful in the small things. Planting for someone else, living in a small house or even an RV for a short time, changing a diaper with a smile, reading the same books over and over. Learning how to do the daily things with great joy, before ever expecting something better.

I think God looks for the people who have mastered the small things, before giving them more. 

Small things we've been enjoying....

Fresh herbs outside the coop.
Kids rolling down the hill. Judah, in jammies with the feet caught off, because they're too small, but he can't let them go just yet.
 Freckle season, as my sis Kelsey calls it.
 This baby, singing to her chickies.
 Evenings that feel like summer.
 Eggs, washed by Paisley (hence the cracked one). I'd say 1/12 isn't too bad.
 Saturday morning breakfast from the tiny garden and the happy hens.

Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
-Mother Teresa

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Favorites

Wrapping the week up with a few things that caught my eye this week.

Favorite Photograph. 
"This is the definition of strength, love, and pure raw beauty. Mom was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer halfway through pregnancy with her surprise gender baby. She had one breast removed and underwent chemo while carrying her miracle baby. She was induced at 36 weeks in order to receive more treatment. Baby BOY was born ready to prove to the world his strength he inherited from his strong mommy."

Kate Murray, you captured one of the most powerful photographs I've ever seen.
Favorite Blog Post.
What To Do, When You Want Light To Overcome Dark. By Ann Voskamp.

“While others run fast, you can just shuffle with perseverance.While others impress, you can simply press on. While others stop for the dark, you can run through the dark."
Favorite New Item on My Mother's Day "Wish-List"
Ya'll know I love Joanna Gaine's and so duh, of course I'd love this candle! Her signature candle features her favorite linen scent and a long-lasting woodwick. Oh hey Joanna???? You listening? Let's do a giveaway?! Ha! I wish.....

Favorite DIY
I've always tried to avoid sunscreen, due to all the harsh chemicals it contains. I absolutely can't wait to give this a try!
Favorite New Website
Discover the NW, was founded just about a month ago, by two adventurous and darling people, James and Nicky. This NW blog is packed full of all the wonderful things the amazing Northwest has to offer. Make sure to go "like" their page here on Facebook to keep up with all the latest posts. 
Have a happy weekend. Have any fun plans?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Turning Your Child's Art Into Notecards

A few weeks ago, I got a wild idea. I wanted to turn some of my favorite pieces of kid art into note cards. These kids of mine are constantly coloring, drawing and designing, with their imaginations running wild. It's one of my absolute favorite things to watch them do. But, do I save it all? Ha! No way! Our home would be filled to the roof with paper.
So, I started stashing away a few of my favorites and yesterday we took their art into our Copy/Print store, just to see if this idea was even possible. Guess what? It totally worked and it wasn't even hard.

Within a few minutes, that nice guy right there had scanned in the kids pictures, shrunk them down to fit two per page, and printed them onto cardstock.
When we came home, I used my paper cutter to cut each page in half and then I folded them to make cards. 

I did the math and these cards came out to be just about 50 cents a piece.

I filled up a plastic box with the notecards and I hope my Mom isn't reading this, because I'm pretty sure I know what her Mother's Day gift is going to be.

If you'd love to turn your child's art into notecards, simply take your favorite pieces (they need to be on white paper) into a Copy/Print store. Ask them to scan it, shrink it down to fit two per page and then have them print your child's design onto nice cardstock.

Package the note cards up in a cute box for a grandparent or teacher gift or save them for yourself.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

5 Things I Learned From My First 5K

Back in January, I did sort of a wacky thing. I signed up for my first 5K run. Since it was a Color Run and hey----color is awesome and fun, it didn't take much for my sister to pull me on board. After I signed up, I was totally pumped about the generous amount of time I had to train.
In my mind, this was going to be perfect. This would be the ideal reason to use the treadmill we own, that I don't use often enough. Woohoo! I was excited.

So, I started training. For a few weeks, I stayed on schedule (with this program) and then, since I had an ample amount of time to train, I fell off track. I mean, why run if you don't really have to? How about waiting until I actually really need to train? And so, I didn't train like I should have- that is, until the Color Run 5K was right around the corner and I realized that oh darn, I'm really signed up to run and I'm NOT A at all.

Running is something that's always been hard for me, but I started doing it anyway. I made peace with the fact that it sometimes sort of feels awful. I get side aches. I breath loud. However, on a positive note- it's super-duper rewarding. Although I'm still such a beginner, I've got to say I think I'm actually starting to like it. The burn tells me I'm getting stronger and you know what? I want to be a strong Mama. I want to do crazy runs and hikes and all sorts of things when I'm an old lady. It just sounds fun to me.

When I'm running, I think about the fact that I CAN run. Some people are stuck in bed with a debilitating illness and they'd only wish to be out pounding pavement with sweat dripping from them. When I run, I thank God that although it's hard, I can and so.....I do. 

The Color Run 5K was an absolute blast. If you've never ran a 5K and you think you need to be an all out "real runner" to do such a thing, please squish that idea right now.

Here are 5 Things I Learned From My First 5K

1. Not everyone runs the entire thing!
What a relief, right? You can do run/walk intervals and you'll still totally fit in. We walked quite a bit and we still made great time. You do NOT need to run every moment of it!

2. It's way more fun to do it with FUN friends.
The two friends I did the run with were absolutely wonderful. We were all there to simply have a great time and when one of us needed to slow down, we all slowed down. These girls were the perfect running partners. I seriously love them.

3. If you're into coffee, have some about an hour before and then pee right before the run.
We arrived early and walked to Starbucks. My americano kicked in right as the run started and Yeehaw! I had a spring in my step!

4. Expect to see ALL levels of runners there. 
Like I mentioned above, I didn't stick to my training perfectly. It was a relief to see all levels at the Color Run. Some gals had strong runners legs. Others looked like they'd never run before. All different levels and body types will be there and for me, a beginner, I found this kind of nice!

5. I can do it, you can too, and it's a total BLAST. 
Before the run, I looked for reasons to bow out. I hadn't trained like I'd planned, I thought everyone would run the entire thing, I thought I'd look like an absolute fool. Oh my word....I'm so glad I didn't cancel! If I would have let my insecurities win, I would have missed one of the BEST Saturday mornings I've enjoyed in a long time.


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