Monday, July 26, 2010

favorite pics of the week...

(and i actually captured them with my iphone!)
 
it's summer and where we live it's unseasonably HOT so we typically opt for not wearing shoes around the farm...it allows your feet to breath and it sure feels good to wiggle your toes in the cool grass {not to mention ~ if you step in an ant hill it's much easier to brush those little stinging critters off than try to dig them out of your socks and shoes!!}

now i'm off to try and write something a little more enlightening on our love dare blog...not an easy task after a monday like this one...

Sunday, July 25, 2010

i dare you...

...it all starts TOMORROW...


ordinary girls seeking extraordinary love


the more the merrier so please join in and check back for updates along our journey.


all you need is this book...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

naptime musings: home 'making'

home.ma.ker > a married woman who is in charge of her household (merriam webster)


first of all...let me preface this post by saying 'no, donald miller is not paying me to repeatedly reference him on my blog.'  i just like his stuff, ok?  and lately he's been saying quite a few things that are meeting me right where i am...today's meeting...


my morning was spent with my sweet and talented friend erin and our pairs of munchkins.  we achieved probably a dozen 'half conversations' {mamas of little ones know what i'm talking about...you never really complete a conversation when they are buzzing around}.  much of what we talked about involved the chapter of our stories that we are living right now and how we are finding value as mothers and wives...we pondered ways of more intentionally connecting with other women in similar situations in an effort to weave our collective stories together more.  our time together generated energy and inspiration around my daily grind.  we joked about all the amazing things we accomplish these days between 1pm and 3pm {a.k.a. nap time!}...what the heck were we doing with all our time BEFORE we had kids?!?!


my morning with erin was just one of a series of visits with kindred spirits this week {last night with my BLOOM compadre and perpetual inspire-er amy & lunch on tuesday with my new, fabulous, gonna-learn-so-much-from-this-chick friend alicia}  ...during each of these divine appointments i felt my roots spreading out and drinking in the nourishment i need to grow where i have been planted during this season of my life...at home...as a mother, a wife, a friend, a home 'maker'.  


i've been thinking a lot lately about my role at home...how valuable it is to me {despite my history as a driven career woman}.  it's not easy.  it's tiring.  sometimes it's thankless.  sometimes it gets dirty {especially when your 2 year old insists on pooping anywhere but the potty}...but i'm starting to 'get it'.  i'm starting to experience a deepening of my spirituality and my relationship with God through the everyday occurrences that come along with being a mom and a wife and a maker of my home.  and when i look back at that definition of 'home maker' it's clear to me that daily i will need to lean heavily on the grace and love of Christ...being IN CHARGE of a household is no small task...can i get an 'amen'!

which brings me to donald miller...
"...you learn about God while learning to fly a plane or raising a child or planting crops in a field. It’s not a hard, fast rule to be sure, but the idea is that sitting around looking at your spiritual belly button isn’t going to provide an object lesson for your faith. The idea is that faith makes sense in the context of some other pursuit."
right now that pursuit for me is making my home what it should be for my husband, my daughter, my son, and any visitors that venture down our gravel driveway, up the stairs, onto our porch, and into our life...


...i hear stirring upstairs...naptime is over...today's naptime achievements: 1 blog post and 1 peach crisp...not bad...
 
what's your latest pursuit and how is it providing you with the context for deeper spirituality?

Friday, July 16, 2010

oliver's smooth moves...

DISCLAIMER: this post contains some statements indicating how brilliantly wonderful we believe our son is...i recognize that this is simply the opinion of his father and myself and that many other proud parents have bragged on much more impressive feats than this...sorry...he's my kid and i think both of my kids are pretty fabulous (and at 8 months it's sometimes a stretch to identify greatness)

attention parents (like us) who are too cheap to buy video monitors ~ 
aren't you always curious how your kids get into some of the positions you find them in when you enter their rooms?  for some time now we have been finding oliver sitting up and playing in his crib after his naps.  last week we finally saw for the first time how he managed that.  since this video was shot he probably makes this move dozens of times a day...and as he's mastered it he makes it look pretty easy.  all i can say is this dude has some serious strength and flexibility.  i think he could be a yoga instructor. we first recognized his giftedness at his 1 week doctor's visit when he rolled over (TWICE) on the examination table.  when i told my mom she reminded me that one of my grandaddy's (oliver's great grandaddy) many nicknames was 'snake hips'...hmmmm...i'm hoping that one doesn't stick.



Monday, July 12, 2010

i said i wouldn't let you forget...

if you're new around here and haven't heard the story of baby jilly you can catch up on THIS previous blog post.  jill's full name is jill elizabeth canady {not that i really care or anything...just thought you might want to know...} and her mama is my best-est friend {mainly because she's the only person i have found who is equally as crazy as myself}.


three months ago today jill rocked my world (and many others) by showing her little peanut self for the very first time...all 3 pounds and 1 ounce!  after her mama's water broke at 18 weeks the prognosis was anything but good.  but...we prayed.  we believed.  we were full of HOPE that God would sustain this child and bring her into this world full of breath and life.  He did.  it was (and is) a miracle and today, on jill's 3 month birthday i wanted to make sure you haven't forgotten...


and in case you haven't seen this little munchkin lately - here she is with my gigantor boy (whom she is betrothed to)...



{awwww...sweetness...you can keep up with her on meg's blog}

Sunday, July 11, 2010

beach babe

between reorganizing my laundry room {i will hopefully be unveiling the 'before and after' of this minor miracle in the next couple of weeks} and staying on high alert for potty training accidents, i haven't had a lot of time to fool around with my camera.


i'm still trying to figure out how to really use my new nikon coolpix to it's full potential (a.k.a. getting out of 'easy auto' mode)...i'm hoping a little training from my camera saavy friend erin will do the trick.  i'm attending one of her 'picture-taking for idiots' workshops this weekend (she doesn't actually call it that but i'm hoping that's what it actually is).


in the meantime...at least i have finally downloaded some of these shots from our beach trip 2 weeks ago...amazing what some good natural light will do for ya...

{so much going on in that pretty little curly head...can't you just see the wonder all over her face?}

Friday, July 9, 2010

a good start...

getting a headstart on the rest of my family completely changes the trajectory of my day...it makes the 6am wake-up totally worth it...


this morning it was ghirardelli chocolate coffee (mmmm...) + quiet time at the kitchen table with a view of our woods + don miller (well, not actually HIM but his book - a million miles in a thousand years - read it!) + jotting down some thoughts in my kids' journals (i'm keeping one for each of them) + jogging a couple of miles + picking these zinnias out of our garden (note our cool new backsplash ~ more on that later)...


...amazing what you can accomplish before 8am!  and once i got back home i was ready to have some fun with these two monkeys...
  
(yes...that's a potholder oliver is playing with...of all the bazillion toys...)




...some words i'm carrying around to ponder for the rest of the day...


'...these polar charges, these happy and sad things in life, are like colors God uses to draw the world...'
~ donald miller

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

what keeps me up at night...


"Our understanding of Christianity cannot be better than our grasp of adoption." 
~ J. I. Packer


in case you haven't noticed, my blog posts have been pretty light-hearted lately.  it's not that i haven't had some heavy stuff on my heart...it's just that i haven't had the energy and focus to get it all into writing (besides - everybody loves to see my cute kids and our silly shenanigans, right??)
anyway...let's see if i can pull together a substantial entry tonight...


a few days ago joey and i were cozied up on the couch for a little quality time of re-working our budget (a.k.a. ~ trying to figure out how in the heck we would make ends meet this month).  as i was re-reading the numbers hoping they would somehow miraculously multiply i received a text from my friend, chris (our pastor at new charlotte church).  in the text he told me to check out the latest issue of christianity today and this is why...chris knows what keeps me up at night...


the cover story this month is entitled 'Abba Changes Everything: Why every Christian is called to rescue orphans'.  
...called to rescue orphans...the words wrapped themselves around me and filled me with that familiar energy and warmth as i was reminded of my mission


if you haven't read what russell moore and others have to say about the role of the church in the plight of orphans please take a few minutes to check out this issue.  


as i began reading through the cover story i quickly decided (through tears, of course) to open up a word file where i could paste some of the key statements that really struck me.  i figured i would go back and include one or two of them in a blog entry to give y'all a little taste of some of the amazing work that is being done in the orphan care field.  after filling 2 full pages with quotes i decided that everybody should just read the articles for themselves.  seriously...i would love to hear your thoughts...


those who know me (and even some who don't but have just met me in a grocery store line or an elevator : ) know that my heart has been burdened for the millions of orphans around the world.  sometimes i get discouraged when i don't seem to be making any progress towards actually DOING anything...when doors are shut in my face...when obstacles keep me from carrying out the work i feel called to...when i don't have enough hours in the day to fit it all in...it's hard...
then something as simple as a text from a friend reminds me that i'm not doing this alone.  there IS a movement taking place...and no matter how slow my piece of it may be at the moment we are still moving forward and God has promised that what he started He will complete...


there are a handful of points from the CT article that i would love to have some conversation around but let's start with this...


In saying that orphan care is missional, I do not mean that every Christian is called to adopt or foster a child. But every Christian is called to care for orphans...A church that learns to love beyond the borders of biology will learn to do mission outside the borders of geography.


keeping in mind that orphan ministry does not always involve adoption...how have you felt called to care for orphans?  how about your church?  (doesn't matter if you've actually answered the call yet or not...i just want to hear how you are being called...believe me...your responses will inspire me and others...this is how movements stay moving people!)


 

Sunday, July 4, 2010

first farmer's market...

following several weeks of sunshine and rain the summer bounty has begun to arrive!  we stuck our homemade sign by the road and set up shop on saturday morning to offer our garden goodness to any interested folk.  lots of fresh eggs, jellies, jams, and veggies were sold but the kids and our new baby duck made for more interesting subject matter...





...if you missed the fun this week don't worry...we're doing it all over again (with even more goodies!) next Saturday.  Harris Family Farms ~ Indian Land, SC (just south of CLT) ~ make sure to join our facebook page for updates!