Goal: Get Published

Well, friends…today is a big day for me!

One of my goals has always been to get published at a bigger blog platform than my own. Recently some of my blog friends encouraged me to submit some of my work to Scary Mommy. I was extremely skeptical because I’ve heard it’s very. hard to get accepted to Scary Mommy, but I decided that there was no harm in trying!

A few days after I submitted my piece, I heard back that they had accepted it! And today is the day that it’s been published! If you have been reading this blog for a while, then you’ve probably already read this post, but I would still really appreciate the views and if you are so inclined, I’d love for you to share it, too!

This is a really big deal for me and I’m just humbly amazed that my piece is being published!

Also…I need to mention here that since Scary Mommy is SUCH a huge platform with a lot of Mom’s from different walks of life. Nothing is going to resonate with everybody, and I am fully expecting a lot of negative comments. It just comes with the territory. So if you see negative comments and want to fight, just be careful. I know that putting my writing out there invites not only support, but criticism as well. Some of the comments will hurt, but I’m taking it with a grain of salt, and I would advise you to do the same.

As always, thanks for all the love and support that you all have provided for me on the blog over the years. I’m so thrilled to share this publication with you, and I hope you enjoy!

Dayton Women in the Word

Happy Wednesday!

If you have been following me here for any amount of time, I’m sure you’ve heard me mention Dayton Women in the Word.

Dayton Women in the Word is a group of women who have gathered together to bring God’s Word to the women of Dayton- and beyond. They produce a podcast, host a local Bible study,  provide a plethora of resources on their blog…oh, and did I mention that they have a blog?!?

I have had the privilege of meeting many of the women who make up the leadership team of Dayton Women in the Word and I have been nothing but impressed by their hearts of service to the Lord.

A few months ago I received two special emails from this team asking me to come on board their team. Due to the craziness of our life, I wasn’t able to commit to a position on the team, but I was delighted to be interviewed for the podcast and took on a role as a blogger for the Dayton Women in the Word blog!

Today my first post is live- I’m not going to lie, it was rather intimidating! Dayton Women in the Word is challenging women both here and all around the world to read through the Bible in a year. Each week, a blog contributor writes a post that dives a little deeper into that week’s Scripture reading.

This week’s Scripture is Leviticus 17-Numbers 4 and I spent a lot of time focusing on the Day of Atonement!

You can head on over to the Dayton Women in the Word blog to read the rest!

 

Shop Feature: Carpenter Farmhouse

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a shop feature on the blog, and I couldn’t not share one of my new favorite shops with you all: Carpenter Farmhouse!

We all know that Farmhouse style is SO in, and I have never really loved it…until I walked into Niki’s house. She has humor, personality and so much creativity in her craft and in her home! Her shop is wildly popular, and it’s not just because she has created something so on trend- it’s because she lives and breathes so much creativity and kindness!

I had the privilege of meeting Niki and doing a little bit of life with her when our husbands went through the police academy together. It takes a strong woman and Mama to be a police wife, and Niki is one incredible wife, Mom, creative and Christ-follower.

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Snow Day Family Olympics

 

I have a confession to make: I dread snow days.

I’ve been reprimanded for this on more than one occasion…but…hear me out. Snow days mean we have been thrown off our routine. Being thrown off a routine is nothing for some kids. They just roll with the punches. And for some others, no routine means high anxiety, unexplainable emotions and a lot of stress. Our household deals with the latter. Snow days mean an additional day or two of tension and lots and lots of attitude. It’s been a frustrating winter for us with SIX full snow days, multiple two hour delays, one lunch time dismissal and four calendar days off school.

So last week as I was crawling into bed I realized that the weather was looking like a snow day the next day. Honestly, I cried. And then I decided that instead of let that snow day rule me, I was going to rule it. We were going to have our own family Olympics. Theo and I brainstormed real quick before bed and I felt like I had a good plan in place…it was super simple:

First, we all piled onto the couch and watched some of the previous years of the Winter Olympics. We watched some opening ceremonies and we watched some of the sports, since none of my kids even knew what half the sports were. To be honest…I didn’t know what half of them were, either! Haha!

Next up, we watched a video on YouTube of all the flags of the world, while I drew up a scoreboard!

The first challenge was for each person to design their own flag! We all got to work and this was one of my favorite parts of the whole day!

We each presented our flags and then the rest of the panel acted as judges and gave out scores.

I picked four events for the day. Well, that’t not true. I declared that there would be four events for the day and that each person had to plan one event! Of course, Tera had a lot of help from Daddy, but it was so much fun!

Mostly, we played minute to win it games, and there are TONS of ideas on Pinterest. This was a marshmallow shooter game.

You might also notice that I added an additional point system to our scoreboard for attitude. Throughout the day, I awarded people points based on their attitudes. It was a really great way to keep everyone in check!

We did a marshmallow shooter, a hopping on one foot competition, a baby food jar stacking competition and the flag design. I know there was one more but I literally cannot remember what it was!

Of course, a snow day would not be complete without going out to play in the snow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After lasting an entire 35 minutes outside, we came back inside and thawed out. I started getting dinner ready while everyone else picked a movie to watch. We settled in for a family movie night and for dessert I made sugar cookies that were decorated with M&Ms like the Olympic Rings. I presented each sugar cookie in order of medalists. My kids thought it was cool, so I call it a win.

You guys…this day was 90% my attitude and 10% a little bit of work. I could have easily been grumpy all day and left my kids to their own devices (which would have been fighting or…devices). I’m so glad we took the time to have a fun time and kind of hit reset on all these snow days we have been having this winter!

What do you do with your kids when they have a snow day?

Caring for Myself

Happy Valentines Day!!!

I hope no matter where you are- work, at home; no matter your circumstances- single, dating, engaged, married, widowed- that you are told today that you are loved.

This is me and my man back in 2011 when we took our engagement pictures. BABIES! Babies, I tell ya. We’ve been dating for 8 years and married for 5 now!

Today I am joining a linkup and the prompt is- How Do We Take Care of Ourselves?

I recently wrote a post on Dayton Mom’s Blog on the subject of how our culture has made self-care a trend, and a lot of us (me included) fall into some dangerous lies of self-care.

Basically, the premise of the article is this- self-care has become such a trend that I do it without thinking. I tell myself that I deserve it because so and so says I do or because my feelings today say so. However, as a Christian, I have to remind myself that this is more a lie than a truth because God calls us to lay down our lives every single day. He calls us to live a life that is thinking more of others than ourselves. He calls us to have the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus, who being in nature, God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking on the very nature of a servant.

Now, all that said- I’m not here to bash self-care. I just think that the term and the cultural implications need to be changed for those of us who are believers. I do also believe in the idea that we can’t give from an empty well. We can’t pour into others if our own cup is empty.  And this is for sure a delicate balance, one that I have not yet found the secret to.

One thing I have done is to make several lists of how I spend my time.

List #1: My default “me-time” moves:

  • Scrolling IG stories or other social media
  • Cleaning my house
  • Baking something that will make my family love me more 😉
  • Burying my head in a book
  • Spending money on Amazon Prime
  • Trying to ignore my kids while all they want is my attention (let’s be real here)

List #2: Things that Don’t Really Fill Me Up:

  • IG stories or other social media
  • Cleaning my house
  • Spending money
  • Planning events or get-together with girlfriends (going to said events is another matter entirely)
  • Trying to ignore my kids

List #3: Things That Leave Me Feeling Replenished:

  • Quietly reading a book 
  • Baking something for my family
  • Getting outside 
  • Writing a letter or a journal entry (or basically anything with pen and paper!)
  • Getting into Scripture 
  • Talking with a close friend 
  • Laughing and Making memories with my kids 
  • Going for a run (sometimes it means pushing a double jogging stroller!) 
  • Spending time with my husband (with no phones involved) 

Let’s be real- in this stage of my life, it is very hard for me to get away from my kids. So at this stage in my life I’m doing the best I can to make the most of the time that I do have with them. That doesn’t mean that I don’t need breaks- I do! It just means I often have to shift my mindset and haul all of them out of the house with me so I can get some fresh air, or set everyone up with a book station so that I can also read a book for 10 minutes.

So what about you? What is on your lists? What are the things that you always default to? What are the things that you find DON’T help you at all? What are the things that really, really do replenish you?