“More Than a Move”

something’s new
inside of me
waiting to get out
yet releasing
wherever I go
breaking ground
for what lies ahead
in worship
in business
in dance
in family
it’s definitely
different
and definitely
good

Misalignment

Last year was Carolyn’s first year in band, so this year, I have something to compare it to, and on Saturday, the comparison revealed where my heart was the year before.

About this time time last year, I “knew” I was going to start my own business someday but didn’t know when, and I remember the feeling I’d gotten when the color guards were out there waving their flags: how could I make something like that for them to make money off of! Well, that was last year, and my heart wasn’t in the right place. Continue reading

Happy Family Day

You know…I notice mostly that I’ve changed by the atmosphere of my home and the love I receive from my kids. Those two things right there speak louder than words and are worth more than gold. I wouldn’t even BE a mother without my kids, so yesterday, I gave them all gifts and said, “Happy Mother’s Day,” but FIRST, I walked out to my gift.

My gift from Kyle (minus the Efferdent)...so funny that those made it in the picture!
My gift from Kyle (minus the Efferdent)…so funny that those made it in the picture!

Since we’ve lived here (for three years), Kyle has left my gifts for me in the same spot, so when I come out of the bedroom, it’s the first thing I see, and wouldn’t you know it…every time, it surprises me. This year, he gave me a potted plant. He found out these flowers were called “Mums,” so he bought me my favorite color and called me “Mum.” I love it because they’re ALIVE, so I can plant them right outside my bedroom window. What a daily expression of love that will be!

Okay, I’m going to brag about Kyle for a moment. On Saturday, he coached Nathan’s flag football game. At the end of the game, he passed out flowers to the boys to give to their mothers: pink roses. How special is my boy! …so thoughtful! Okay, now I’ll brag about all of them.

Nathan made me a card with coupons for him to clean. In the card, he said he’ll be a husband someday and should get used to cleaning. How adorable is that! Carolyn made me breakfast for lunch: waffles and eggs, and she surprised me by watching one of my favorite movies with me: “Mama Mia.” I love that movie! Katie did the dishes, and we all just spent time together. Katie had to work, but when she was there, she was THERE, and I loved surprising them with gifts.

Baskets made by Sierra Richardson for my girls
Baskets made by Sierra Richardson for my girls

I bought the girls gift baskets with amazing homemade goodies created by Sierra Elise Richardson. I highly recommend buying products from her. They are absolutely amazing, and my girls LOVED them. The boys were given gift cards. It’s the first time I’ve given them things on Mother’s Day. Before, it’s been all-about-me, but this time, I wanted it all-about-us.

And then there’s Kaiden: how sweet he is! We all loved having him here. He’s been so peaceful. He’s still asleep…slept through the whole night. What a joy! If God sent me a husband and it was possible to have another baby, I would say, “Yes!” to both in a heartbeat. If not, I’m going to be a really good grandma.

In the midst of all this goodness, I even had the chance to work on flags AND take a nap. I value my kids but not more than I value God. It’s because I’ve placed Him above all else that everything keeps coming into alignment with heaven, and I love it!