Thursday, May 19, 2016

Life Lately

 Things have been a little crazy around here lately. For the last several weeks we've been dealing with all kinds of things from potty training, to a nasty stomach bug, to colds, to a bedroom renovation, and just in general trying to recover from all of that and get back into our normal groove. I am a very routine oriented person, so when things start getting a little wacky with our schedule I have a hard time coping.

 As it is, life is starting to settle back down and we've been getting our rhythm back. I thought I would share a little bit about what we are currently up to these days.

//Recently read// The Seven Laws of Love by Dave Willis. I enjoyed reading this book as Dave covered different aspects of love from commitment, sacrifice, truth, and fear, to grace, healing, and love that lives forever. The first section of the book is dedicated to an in depth discussion of each aspect of love and in the second section, Dave offers practical ways to live out love in our relationships with our spouses, family, neighbors, friends, enemies, ourselves, and ultimately, our Creator. I was impressed with his applications for loving ourselves. That is such a huge thing right now, "loving yourself" and I'm not too sure what to think about it. That mantra sounds almost selfish to me, but I thought Dave did an excellent job of navigating this section. Rather than making it all about taking time for yourself and caring about yourself, he came at it from the perspective of loving who we are in Christ and how Christ has a plan for our lives. Altogether, this book was an inspiring read filled with practical life applications.

//Cuddles// With Taylor. Did I mention that he's been teething? Yep, finally got some molars through on the bottom, now we're waiting on the top ones to come through. At random times throughout the day, Taylor will gather up his choice of blanket in his arms and scoot his little bum across the floor to me looking for cuddles. If Big Brother is awake, this usually turns into a three-way cuddle complete with songs and stories.

//Excited// about some sewing projects that I have in mind. I go through phases where I love/hate sewing. After a particularly failed attempt at sewng, I decide sewing is not that great and why don't I just buy whatever it is I'm trying to make?? Weeks later when I successfully complete another small project I change my mind and decide maybe it's not so bad after all and with a little practice...

//Decorating// the boys room. We recently tore out the old dry wall and put up new, so that meant new paint as well. I chose a dark teal for their room and I have plans to accent it with orange, tan, and bits of navy. Some of those sewing projects I'm excited about? They involve curtains, a changing pad cover, a pillowcase, and quilts (#gulp) for the boys room. I'm going with kind of an Indian/tribal/Aztec look for it. I'm already jealous of their room.

//Planted// our garden. With the craziness of the past few weeks, it just wasn't happening. Finally, this past weekend, we managed to get everything in the ground! And right before a rain shower came through! Before long we'll be seeing tomatoes, peppers, beans, corn, zucchini, butternut squash, lettuce, cucumbers, and melons gracing our garden. I still have flowers to plant as well and hopefully that will happen this week yet, if the weather ever decides to STOP RAINING.

 What have you been up to lately? I'd love to hear!

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