Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What I'm Saying YES to this Fall

Yesterday I made the most amazing Pregnancy Power Bars and I had it all planned out that today I'd write about them and share the recipe. However, I'm just not feeling it and if there's one thing I've learned about blogging, it's that you need to write what's on your heart or at least be genuine with what you're sharing.
So, on that note, I'll share my recipe with you another day and if you're looking for a delicious, easy and super-guilt free protein bar recipe, you'll love it. As for today.....I'm just writing about life and where my heart is at.

This morning I sat with my cup of coffee and reviewed my list for today. It stressed me out and I felt like something had to give. A few moments later, I read a little post from Blue Eyed Bride titled "My Grace Year". Her post was all I needed to remember that I'm a firm believer in saying "No" and that it's okay to not sign up for everything that it seems like everyone else is signing up for.

Immediately, I canceled a few things that I was obligated to and instantly I felt lighter. Yes, those things that I had planned on doing would've have been FUN but, were they necessary? No. Did I need to be there or do them? No. Were they something that God wanted me to do at this time? No.

I feel like God gives me a few "Yes's" for each season of my life and I want to use those "Yes's" well. It's like a kid in a candy store with a small budget. This kid has $1 and he wants to spend it wisely but, he also wants to enjoy his candy. He could get lots of Jolly Ranchers for his dollar but, Jolly Ranchers aren't his favorite. He really loves Snickers but, you can't get as many Snickers for $1. He ends up buying the Snickers and although he doesn't get the same quantity, the quality is so much better.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I want my "Yes" to be a quality yes. If I spread myself too thin, I'm not giving the best and it's the quantity of what I'm doing over the quality of what I commit to.

This fall there are a few things that I'm eagerly saying YES to:
•I'm saying YES to Judah being in preschool and I'm jumping in 100% to be excited for him and help him succeed in every way possible.
•I'm saying YES to Awana for our family. Awana was a big part of my life when I was younger and I'm very excited for our kids to be part of it!
•I'm saying YES to MOPS. I love MOPS and I can't imagine not saying yes to MOPS.
•I'm saying YES to spending quality time with Paisley while Judah is in school. We haven't had much one on one time and I'm looking forward to it.

Earlier I walked around my house and snapped a few pictures with my phone of little things that make me happy. If you're ever having one of those days where you feel like nothing is good enough, you should try it. You might be surprised with what you come up with!
 A pumpkin spice candle picked up from Target yesterday. This makes my pregnant nose very happy.
 A pile of clothes dropped of by a friend, just because. We are so blessed. 
 Our kitchen chalkboard. 
 Candles on our table, given to us by my Dad. He specifically asked us to burn them during dinner time. What a great way to make ordinary family dinners feel special!
Dahlias from a local u-pick place. 

So, what are you saying YES to this fall? 
Angela 

5 comments:

  1. I love this! And I love AWANA and MOPS too!

    A new Living the Width party goes live Thursday...hope to see this post there ;)

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  2. LOVE this post. Alot. Saying no can be so freeing. Amen. I am saying "yes" to taking care of my body. I have let this go. I am saying "yes" to blogging again. ITs an outlet for my soul and creativity. I am saying "yes" to weekly dates with my hubby.

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  3. What a great time of year to do this - when school starts and activities and demands pile onto our plates like Thanksgiving dinner! Only not as tasty! Great post :)

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  4. It's so wonderful when the clarity comes of what God wants you to say yes to. Love this :)

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