Wednesday, July 23, 2014

This Big Brave Thing// All Mom Does

Awhile back, I did a few guest posts for our local radio station's blog, "All Mom Does". Recently, they opened up the opportunity to expand their team and I applied. The application process was fun and a bit nerve wrecking. At one point, I was scheduled to have a phone interview with Sarah Taylor, who you've probably heard of if you're local. She was scheduled to call me at 2pm and you should have seen me preparing the kids for that phone call.

"Listen guys, the radio station is going to be calling Mommy. I'm going to put a TV show on for you and no matter what, you can't come talk to me. Mommy really wants this and I just can't be interrupted this time. I'll have snacks out and you can have those while you watch your show. Basically, if it's not a HUGE emergency, you NEED to let me have this phone call." 

They were like, "The radio station is going to call you? How does that work? You want this? What does that mean?" And after the 50th question, they started singing the Spirit 105.3 jingle and they seemed to catch on....sort of. At 1:50pm, I set out granola bars, flipped on Sprout and then retreated to our room with a notebook and pen, and a pounding heart.

I had my phone call, without any interruptions (nice job, kids!) and Sarah was fantastic. Actually, anyone involved there is fantastic, I'm already sure of it. After the phone interview and a few more things, I got the call yesterday from the sweetest gal, Rebecca and she invited me to be part of the team!

I feel like being part this team is exactly what I need right now on so many  levels. I've been really craving something that would push me outside of my comfort zone and help me be inspired to write more bravely. I feel like God wants to stretch me and I'm ready for that.

And the fit couldn't be any better......
When I was 18, I started listening to Spirit 105.3 while getting ready for work in the morning and now the kids and I listen to it in the car. I'm so excited to be part of what they're doing.

On a weekly basis, I'll be writing for All Mom Does and from time to time, I'll be participating in other events that they have going on. Sometimes you know when something is just meant for this moment and although this is a bit scary, all of this is the perfect fit for where our family is at right now.

So, here's my question for you.... Is there anything that I haven't written about that you'd like to hear about? Anything...you name it. Please share with me the things that YOU would want to read about. I'm welcoming any and all ideas and if you'd rather email them to me, that's fine. My email address is up there under "contact". 

A few photos from our life lately.

Dill against the chicken coop- just 'cuz it's pretty.
 Sunsets and campfires at the MOPS planning retreat.
 Early morning book hugger.
 Golf balls and eggs.
DQ dates turn everything around when it's hot outside and we're grumpy.
 Little artist getting her paintings ready for the fair.
 On the way to the MOPS retreat. Old barns make me slow down and take pictures. I just can't help it.
 Corn that's starting to look like.....well, corn! Thank you, sunshine!
 ♥ Angela

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Faves

Happy Friday, sweet friends. A few favorites to wrap up this wonderful week.

Favorite Recipe from Instagram:
Maggie at The Rural Roost posted this handy little recipe for roasted garbanzo beans and I literally made them like 10 minutes later. The big kids didn't quite know what to think about them, but Eliza and I are OBSESSED. Go make some, like right now. Also, I've got to say that I just opened up a can and didn't bother with soaking or cooking dried beans. Just do whatever is easy, you know?

Favorite Song on repeat this week:
My one word for this year should have been BRAVE. So many things about this year have caused me to want to live a truly brave life. My heart just longs to live in a way that isn't playing it safe, but instead is really full of everything that God created me for. This song stirs me up and it's been on repeat for a good chunk of this week.
Favorite deal of the week:
Oh man, these Salt Water Sandals. Aren't they just great? In a perfect world, my girls and I would all have matching ones. Something about this just gets me. And, over on Brick and Buffalo, they're on a super-duper sale for only 2 more days. Love these.

Favorite new show of the week:
Fixer Upper. Have you seen this? If you know me, you know that I'm not a big TV person, but all of that changes when it comes to this couple. The husband and I have been watching this show all week and we absolutely love this couple. They way they treat each other melts me just a little and their style and design are flawless. Love, love, love these guys and their show!

Favorite kids quotes from the week:
Judah (talking to Dora, on the TV), "I don't have to say it, if I don't want to say it, Dora!"
Paisley, explaining about changing her baby's diaper...."My baby's poop isn't for real, that why I changed it with my hands."

Have a great weekend, brave ones!
Angela

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Thankfuls//Right Now

If ever there was a week to let blogging slip to the back burner, this might be it. We're in the thick of summer and I feel like the long days are slipping away between my fingers. I want to hold onto this summer so tightly. Maybe we should figure out a way to extend it all the way through September, don't you agree? It's crazy to me that in just a few weeks, I'll be staring at my first list of "what your child needs to bring with them to kindergarten" and then we'll be wandering the isles of Target, picking out the right glue and grabbing some new shoes. How is it that we're halfway through July already?

This week we're knee deep in VBS and swimming lessons. So far, everyone is loving every moment. Yesterday when I dropped Judah off, he was a bit nervous, but when I came to get him, he exclaimed that his day was GREAT! I love that. Huge high five to the teachers who are using their time to create such fun memories for him.

So, right now I'm quickly writing a thankful list, while Eliza naps and the big kids attempt a quiet time. They're transitioning to no longer needing naps (or else they can't go to sleep at bedtime). It's an adjustment, but we're rolling with it. Kids do grow up, or so I'm noticing. They grow, I grow and we adjust together.

There's so much to be thankful for right now.

Snuggles with this kid and his Superman. 
 Early Saturday morning adventures to Little Mountain with my family. 
 This view. Wowza. 
 Penny's egg song that the kids now recognize from inside the house. 
The song is like the egg alarm. When it goes off, we all run outside with this handy-dandy little blue carton. They fight to see who will open the coop door and as they push for the prize of the handle, I remind them to grab the egg gently. Gentle kids, gentle. Thankful for no cracked eggs.....yet.
Quiet moments before dinner. 
When things get crazy, I have them sit down and write or draw what they're thankful for. Sometimes, one of them practically refuses, but as they just sit there with nothing else to do, they give in and then they draw wonderful pictures full of gratitude. Thankful for this.
Waterfall dates with this guy. 
Sunday afternoon, we got away for just a few hours and went to a new spot for us: Boulder River Falls. Wowie this was insanely gorgeous and it wasn't a very challenging hike either. I don't think I've ever seen waterfalls like this in person!
From the main road, the drive in to the parking area is about 3 miles on a gravel road. It seemed to go on forever and we almost turned around a number of times. Finally, we reached the parking area and we were relieved to see a number of other "normal" looking cars there. The hike in to the falls was just over a mile and pictures will never do these falls justice. This was an absolutely stunning adventure out with my man. 
Summer splashing.
This baby's pure love, enjoyment and obsession over Tupperware. 
 Really, why do we even bother with real toys?
What have you been thankful for lately?
Angela

Friday, July 11, 2014

Egg-cited

Not long ago, I heard that when some hens lay their eggs, they sing a little song, known as the egg song. Today, I heard that song for the first time, all the way inside our house. I was in the kitchen, washing dishes and from outside I heard "Bawk!! Baaaawwwk!! Bawk! Bawk!" Well, it's hard to type it.....but I hope you know what I mean. If you really want to see what an egg song sounds like, check out this YouTube video. Our girl Penny sounded just like that today. 

I ran out, to make sure everything was alright, since I'd never heard that sound before. For the first time ever, Penny, our Golden Sexlink, who is just 17 weeks, was sitting in a nesting box! Quickly, I closed the door, hoping that just maybe she was really laying her first egg.

A little while later, she came out of the coop and continued squawking her song, serenading the whole neighborhood. I went back over to the coop, opened the door and right there in one of the nesting boxes, right by the golf ball was a giant, brown egg. Good girl, Penny. Thanks for laying our first egg ever!






That's Penny, right there in front. Way to go, girl. Sing your egg song again tomorrow, k?
Happy Friday, friends. I hope you've had a wonderful week.
Angela

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