Hey, I’m nice! And so are they…

[Ok, this is a really cool way to end a day (or actually…start one…it’s after midnight). I was starting to write this post about my friend Janice awarding me the award below, and then I checked my email and found that my friend Kerry, at and baby makes four, also awarded me the same! So, because it’s late, I’m going to leave the beginning of the post, and continue down at the bottom. Thanks to both of you!!]

Janice, from 5 Minutes For Mom, just gave me this really cool award!

Nice Matters Award

Janice and Susan (her twin sister) run this really awesome site, 5 Minutes For Mom, which is the parent site for Faith Lifts, the site I have been helping with for the past few months.

I honestly don’t know where this button or award originated, but here’s the story:

“This award is for those bloggers who are nice people; good blog friends and those who inspire good feelings and inspiration. Also for those who are a positive influence on our blogging world. Once you’ve been awarded please pass on to five others whom you feel are deserving of this award”.

So, here are my five (the first five that came to mind, but I know a lot of really nice bloggers out there!):

[ETA: I’m going to mention 10, but some of them are return mentions and don’t really need to trigger any sort of feedback loop!]

  1. Amy S – Journey to Kazakhstan – A dear friend of mine who is journaling her journey through international adoption.
  2. Shannon – Your Memories Quilted – Another IRL friend who is just starting out in the blogging world, sharing her love of quilting, stitching, and her family.
  3. Tamera – Join Me On My Journey – A blogosphere friend. I found her blog on a wander and was so inspired with her writing that I knew we had to have her at Faith Lifts!
  4. Amy M – Mums The Wurd/LadyBug Picnic – A mommy IRL friend from the pregnant days, who is now a busy SAHM, raising a cutie pie, and running a review blog
  5. Kerry – and baby makes four – A mommy friend IRL, with two adorable little boys. Honorable mention.
  6. Mike – Something About Parenting – A daddy blogger and creative photographer. (Sorry the award is so frilly!)
  7. Janice & Susan – 5 Minutes For Mom – Honorable mention. Right back at ya gals! May you find the child care you need before you double the population in your home!!
  8. Heather – Especially Heather – The girl who brought me into the Faith Lifts and MOG communities with her humor and morning chats. In the few short months I’ve known her, her life has spun around in circles, and thanks to God, she has landed on her feet.
  9. Laura – The Joyful Mom – Though she tends to be the more silent partner in the Heather/Laura web ventures (they co-founded Faith Lifts and MOG), Laura’s creativity and passion inspire me to be more responsive to my family’s needs.
  10. Lynn – Spiritually Unequal Marriage – Another friend via the blogosphere, Lynn has covered me in prayer more times than I can count. The best kind of friend you can have!

Ok, that about sums it up. Thank you again for the kind thoughts and please, spread it around!

Blessings.

Being a Mom

The past couple of days have been on auto-pilot. I haven’t been able to be very proactive about ANYTHING. I really dislike those days. The kind where you move in a blur, just responding, reacting, coping. I am hoping that today will be different. But I can already feel that it’s not. Except that I am blogging. I am choosing to take a few moments and sit and drink coffee and write.

Ok, I have a question. Am I a horrible mother to not be on the Yo Gabba Gabba train? I saw commercials of this atrocity and knew I wouldn’t allow it in my home. I have watched a portion of one episode, just to see if the show itself was as bad as the commercials and my captivation was not unlike being unable to turn away from the wreckage of a bad car accident. It’s like Teletubbies on crack. I don’t mind Teletubbies. It’s simple, inane, but calm. Do toddlers really need something MORE to amp them up? They don’t have enough energy as it is? Oy.

Ok, enough rant for one day.

I’m very excited, my mom is on the train right now, on her way to spend the day with us. In fact, she just called to give me the “20 minute warning” so I don’t get sidetracked and miss picking her up (which I have done…almost). I guess you never stop having to mom your kids in some respect or another – even when they are in their 30s!!

Toodles.

A Right Focus

The fear of the Lord is true wisdom;
to forsake evil is real understanding.
Job 28:28

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so I long for you, O God.
I thirst for God, the living God.
Psalm 42:1-2a

Faith Lifts – Your Heart’s Desire

With all my administrative duties in running Faith Lifts, and the influx of new writers interested in contributing, this is probably my last devotional post for a while.

Please come visit me over here:

A Group Blog for Christian Moms

A Couple of Links

Some links to enjoy:

Point of Grace – FREE CONCERT!!!!!!

Point of Grace
Point of Grace

Friday, September 7

 

Who: Point of Grace
What: FREE Brown Bag Concert sponsored by WBGL
When: Friday, September 7, 6pm
Where: Promenade Bolingbrook Mall, Bolingbrook, IL
More Info: 630-296-8340

Faith Lifts – Empty Space Is Still a Place

My friend Tamera wrote an exceptional devotional on Faith Lifts for today.

Blessings.

Focus

I’m not hard of hearing, just distracted. Lord, let my mind point my ears at what matters most. I am so capable of both tuning out and picking up every nuance, it all depends on where my mind is. My attention needs to be clearly focused on this moment, this circumstance, for it is only in the NOW that I have any power to affect change. It is only NOW that I can be aware and responsive.

It can be hard to balance the desire to be the Proverbs 31 woman, with busyness and overplanning. Life needs to happen too, not just plans for life.

The nuance is my focus. Where is my mind? Am I looking people in the eye? Am I actively participating in the conversation? Or am I planning other things, focusing only on my next thoughts or my busy actions?

As I spend more time planning homeschool educational activities for my son, I realize that I need to connect with him more. Not just as a mommy voice hovering over the top of his head, but down on his level – eye to eye. Just like Jesus did with us.

Consumerism vs. Contentment

I am taking a writing hiatus from Faith Lifts for a while, as I fill a much heavier administrative role there. Please still join us, as we feature several new and guest contributors!

Angie, from Sonflower, has written on “Consumerism vs. Contentment“.

Lifehouse – Everything

find me here
speak to me
i want to feel you
i need to hear you
you are the light
that is leading me
to the place where
i find peace again
you are the strength
that keeps me walking
you are the hope
that keeps me trusting
you are the life to my soul
you are my purpose
you are everything
and how can i
stand here with you
and not be moved by you
would you tell me
how could it be
any better than this
you calm the storms
you give me rest
you hold me in your hands
you won’t let me fall
you still my heart
and you take my breath away
would you take me in
would you take me deeper now
’cause you’re all i want
you are all i need
you are everything
everything

Lyrics On Demand