October 23, 2015

"you are building a great cathedral"....so let's eat cake!

i apologize in advance.....this post is kind of all over the place.

does anyone else feel busy? too busy? is it just me? yes? no?

for being a stay-at-home mom, i feel like i am too busy. we have commitments every day. with bible study, kids day out, awanas, mops and therapy appointments for penelope, we are busy. of course, these are all good things, really good things. i am grateful for all of it. but sometimes i think, maybe we can miss this activity or that activity, so we can be home in our pjs and play and dare i say, clean.

  today, was one of those days nobody wanted to get out of the house, except penelope, she was the only compliant one. for the rest of us, it was a battle all the way to our classroom doors. as much as i think we need to be at home, together, i am grateful that we get to be a part of  mops (mother of preschoolers) and our church and our school where teachers love my children and they get to play with fun toys and craft (which we do not do at home) and play with their friends and read new books. and i get to have grown-up time, an adult conversation, to ensure my brain doesn't turn to mush. i have the opportunity to be surrounded by women who feed my soul, listen to my heart and encourage me.

today at mops, the leadership team shared this video. it brought me to tears, which doesn't say much because a lot of things bring me to tears.  but this video brought me the encouragement i have been craving/needing. so, i share this with you, in case you are in need of similar encouragement.

when i went to pick up all my people from their classrooms, they all had smiles on their faces. their hearts were full and so was mine. even though i feel like i'm too busy and have too many commitments, i know that these are good commitments, good for me and good for my little people.  my kids are thriving in their social environments and my cup is being filled, so that it may overflow onto those i love most.

to celebrate these commitments and these cathedrals we will sit in the sunshine and enjoy our cupcakes. thank you, sam for these festive, delicious cupcakes. #insertkissingsmileyfaceemoji

 can you believe they would tease her with their cupcakes?!
she has the reflexes of a cat.
she wasn't even mad that she didn't get to eat the cupcake.

i'm trying to make the most of what feels like not enough time together. and trying to find a balance for all the good things and knowing that i am 'building a great cathedral that will not be finished in my lifetime'. wow! that's a lot of feelings.

my hope is that you have people who encourage you and speak life into you.

have a great weekend~s.

October 17, 2015

pumpkin patch day

every fall our school sets up a pumpkin patch.  mclain and aplin were so excited to pick out a pumpkin. and just like their tooty, they had the hardest time deciding which pumpkin was the perfect pumpkin. they ran from pumpkin to pumpkin trying to determine which pumpkin was made just for them. love these sweet kids and love our school. they create such fun experiences for our kids.
mclain ran up to me so excited, "happy pumpkin patch day!"
penny girl, i'm so sorry i wasn't there for your first pumpkin patch day. 
thank you, miss crystal for capturing penny and her pumpkin. 

all the pumpkin love, tootie!