Friday, January 21, 2011

rough day

remember that comment i made on the last post about how i know there will be rough days...blah da blah da blah...
well...honeymoon's over.  today is officially a rough day.
i don't have any friends here in johnson city yet so i'm taking this opportunity during naptime to lament to y'all...hope you don't mind.  thank goodness for staying connected in blog world, right?  any words of encouragement or tidbits of wisdom and humor would be much appreciated.  {please refrain from anything like 'you are officially the worst mother in the world'...it may send me over the edge...}
here's the deal: 
moving is stressful.  having 2 kids under 3 is stressful.  starting a new job {as wonderful as it may be} is stressful.  having your dogs in freak-out panic mode 24/7 because they are in new surroundings is stressful.  having your 2 kids under 3 wake up 30 minutes into their naps because your freaking out dogs are barking continuously...you guessed it - stressful.  i could go on.  you get my drift.  combine all of these things and you and your family may become one giant stressball.
notice i said 'may' become one giant stressball.  we have a little one going at the moment but i am determined not to let it get any bigger.  i may have lost a few battles today and not minded my mama manners {especially when lucy dumped her entire cup of juice all over the playroom floor and down into the vents...ughhhh} but i am clinging to this promise...
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
   for his compassions never fail. 
They are new every morning;
   great is your faithfulness. 
I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
   therefore I will wait for him.”

Lamentations 3
and so i find my glimmer of hope.  instead of choosing frustration and defeat i choose joy and victory.  instead of the above laundry list of stressors i am shifting my focus.  because these statements are equally true:
i have an amazing, talented husband with a new job custom-made for him.  i have 2 beautiful healthy children that provide regular comic relief {case in point - lucy asked for 'boogers' for lunch today}.  i have an awesome new house and the ability to 'nest' as i turn it into my home.  i have precious new neighbors who sometimes make me feel like we've moved to 'pleasantville'.  my best friend meg is coming to visit next week {and i know she would come today if i really needed her to}.  again - i could go on...
so despite the fact that i am typing this post with one eye closed {because lucy jabbed me in the eye and dislocated my contact during the major tantrum she threw just before naptime...and i still haven't found the box with my glasses and contacts}...despite all that...
i choose joy...and when i do, it's easy to see it all around me...
ahhhh...talking to you guys always makes me feel better.  now if you could please pray for a 3 hour naptime for my kids today...

Monday, January 17, 2011

new year ~ new home ~ new job

NOTE: this post contains a recipe and lots of pictures of my kids...
it's official - i'm a stay-at-home mama!

as joey prepared to take on his first day as the assistant golf coach at ETSU, i got myself pumped up for the beginning of my own new job as full-time 'homemaker'.

we've reached the halfway point - naptime.  so far, so good.  actually...so far - REALLY good.  i know there will be tough days, tough weeks.  but today is a complete affirmation that i am doing what i am supposed to be doing during this season of life.

here's how it's gone down so far...
6:15 - woke up to, 'mommy - i all done with my nap.'  to which i replied, 'not quite, lucy.'
after tucking her back in bed i resisted the great urge to crawl back into my own bed for 15 more minutes before my alarm went off.  instead, i hopped right into the shower to get a jump start on the rest of the fam.
6:30 - showered and dressed (in something other than pj's that could pass for workout clothes) with coffee in hand (thanks to my awesome coffee maker with delay brew)
6:40 - sitting ALONE for some quiet time with God and john piper
6:55 - lucy wakes up again...earlier than expected.  no problem.  let's see if i can sell 'quiet time' to her...
ME: lucy, shhhh.  oliver is still sleeping.  mommy was just having her quiet time with God.  if you can tiptoe and whisper oliver will keep sleeping and we can have quiet time together.
LUCY: (not in a whisper) o-tay mommy! (big grin)
7:00 - after changing out of pull-ups and into big girl panties (lucy, not me) we grab a few kids books for the doodlebug and she joins me for the rest of 'quiet time' (which isn't so quiet anymore but seriously precious)
LUCY: what you reading mommy?
i quickly flip back to a verse i just remembered reading from psalm 42 that compares a deer thirsting for water to our souls thirsting for God.  i read it and then try to paraphrase in toddler terms.  i get what appears to be a 'glazed over' look and no comment.
5 minutes later as she is reading (aloud) from an elmo book i overhear -
LUCY: thank you God for deer that drinks water.  thank you God for my soul.
like i said...seriously precious
7:15 - oliver is up and at 'em
breakfast prep while the kids play in their new playroom
7:45 - breakfast with daddy (frozen waffles, mandarin oranges, and waffles...i know my limits people)

we've made it through the first half of the day with no major injuries, no yelling from mommy (just a raised voice and 'the look' a few times), a successful trip to wal-mart to buy groceries for the week, a playroom clean-up, and now i've got dinner in the over (baked spaghetti - mmmmmm....joey's favorite...recipe below) and time to send you guys this update which i'm sure by now has bored you to tears or forced you to remove me from your blogroll permanently.

as for the rest of the afternoon...we have some big plans to walk next door through the snow (which lucy believes is a major adventure) to visit our super awesome neighbors who have a pool they have offered us unrestricted access to and teenagers who they claim love babysitting...see...super awesome...

this is it folks...our new life in tennessee...i love it...
there are still boxes to unpack but we'll get around to that eventually...

{oliver mastering the stairs...this is his new favorite hangout spot}

{best grocery shopping assistant ever!}

{some sibling bonding in lucy's tent}

{uh-oh...oliver's getting wild}

{if you've seen toy story 3...this is lucy reenacting the part where all the toys are about to be burned up and they grab hands and hold on tight...oliver is an unwilling participant in this role playing, as usual}

{those eyes...}

{those cheeks...}

sorry.  this thing is already too long.  the recipe will have to wait...


Thursday, January 13, 2011

moving week...

...it was the best of weeks...it was the worst of weeks...


as  you know...we've been packing up our 'home' for the big move...


the winter weather hit the southeast pretty hard this week so we had to hit the road in our big yellow moving truck a day early.  {and by they way...that big yellow moving truck wasn't quite big enough to fit all of our stuff...ridiculous...i knew i needed to purge!}
we arrived to johnson city all in one piece on sunday morning to face our biggest obstacle of all...the driveway.  with a little salt and a little shoveling we were able to get the big yellow truck up the hill...hooray!
but this has continued to be the view from my front door all week long...
...i know that at some point all of this snow will probably start to annoy me but for now it is still unbelievably beautiful.
the week has been full...one of the most physically and emotionally draining times that i can remember. i have hit my pillow hard every night.  there are still boxes to unpack, corners to clean, a fairly lengthy handyman list for uncle robert to tackle...i still can't figure out what the heck we did with that black mesh trashcan or my favorite candle...but we are definitely getting settled in our new home and i am thankful beyond words for the people who have helped to uproot our family and then gently plant us here in this new tennessee soil.  once i get a few days of good rest under my belt i want to share more with you about that.  until then...a few pics of the moving excitement...
sometimes we misplaced the kids...
...moving boxes provide plenty of entertainment...
{yes...i know..lucy is not only in a box - she is also right in the middle of a fashion emergency...hey-she's 2...and we never left the house that day...}
...'look buddy, there's even a little window'...

night night from our new home

Sunday, January 2, 2011

homeless

for the past month we have split our time between our new home in tennessee and our old home here in south carolina.  here is the current condition of 'old home'...
and when we visited 'new home' a few days ago it looked like this...
...at least lucy's room was almost ready for move in...
ta daaaaa...
{note the snow boots...these were absolutely necessary for hiking up our icy driveway}

what a mess.  having my 'stuff' in a hundred different places started to leave me feeling a little bit homeless and unsettled.  it bothered me.  this morning i was reminded that this is a good thing.  i carved out some much needed quiet time {i use that term loosely - both of the kids were alternating between climbing on me and climbing on boxes while i sat on our filthy floor attempting to read some verses from the Bible and a section out of 'Desiring God' by piper}.  despite the distractions i was able to digest some sweet morsels of truth to get me through the day {now if that's not the divine power of God i don't know what is!}.

allow me share a few of these simple truths with you...
  • in regards to my 'stuff' i was so gently reminded that they do not make up my 'home'.  'do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.' ~matthew 6:19
  • and when it comes to feeling 'homeless'...this isn't the first time and it won't be the last because the truth is - my true home is not within these 4 walls in sc or those 4 walls in tn.  'for our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 
    who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
    ~philippians 3:20
in the wise words of toby mac...

i think that's why i felt rewarded beyond measure for the 15 minutes i took this morning to sit down in the middle of my boxed up worldly possessions and offer my soul up to the only One who can truly make me feel at home...