House Hunters

Since we made the decision to sell our house and move, we have spent the past couple of days looking at homes. The first house we looked at we liked, but we weren’t sure if we were ready to make an offer. Because the housing market is such that it is, in a matter of two days, the house already had an offer on it so on to the next house.

A couple of days later, our realtor sent us a few listings to review, one of which we really liked and wanted to see. However, we found out later that pictures can be deceiving and the house was not what we thought it would be. Oh well, on to future listings.

Driving along some back roads, we found a house that we really wanted to check out so I looked up the listing. Besides being $100K over our budget and being right next to a bayou (major flood issues), we REALLY wanted to see the house. I jokingly told our realtor that we had an impossible task for him … to get the list price lowered by $100K and to get the house moved away from the bayou. He said he prides himself on his negotiation skills, but there is no moving the creek.

So, we wait to see what God has planned for us. I know this much … it will be awesome and it will be just want we need.

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Adventure Time

Ever wake up and decide it was time to shake up your life? Well, I am in that season right now. It’s scary and exciting both.

This past Friday I decided to check out a real estate website to see what was available in our area and I happened upon a gorgeous home on acreage in the country not too far from where we live. So, what did I do next? I texted the listing to my husband. That night, we showed the house to our girls and decided we wanted to see the house the next day.

So, I texted our realtor the next day asking if she could arrange for us to see the home. Needless to say, she was shocked because she didn’t even know we were looking. However, being the awesome realtor she is, she was able to get her associate to line up a showing for us that same day.

Of course, we liked the house and after further discussion have decided to put our house on the market and then make an offer on their house. Now comes the fun, and stressful, part … selling the house and moving.

By nature I am a worrier. It has taken many years for me to break this bad habit. I have since learned to turn to God in prayer when things become too much for me to bear. Now is one of those times. Will they accept our offer? Will our house sell quickly? Will we get what we need/want from the sale of our house? Will we have enough time to pack?

Then I stop and think, God presented the house to us when I was just casually looking. He enabled us to see it immediately. His hands are all over this transaction. If it’s His will, all will go through smoothly and as it needs to be.

When I trust in God, I am able to remain calm in the crazy. It’s when I forget to include God in the mix that the crazy becomes overwhelming.

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Growing Again!

Those who have growing boys completely understand what it’s like to have someone eat you out of house and home. However, I did not realize that girls did the same thing. You see, I am new at this parenting thing. Yes, I have a 10-year-old and a 5-year-old, but as I told my oldest once, I have never parented a 10-year-old before.

My oldest has been on a constant growth spurt since she was born. Her first year she doubled her weight, which is to be expected. However, after that she continued to grow a lot faster than even the doctor anticipated. By the age of two, she was already 36 inches tall. For most of her life, I have had to carry snacks around to feed her constant hunger from her constant growth.

Each year, my oldest averages about three inches of growth in height, though this year I think it’s more than that as she is now taller than her dad and me both. When she was younger and would get the hiccups, I would joke about getting a brick to put on her head to stop the growth. Now, I just accept that she is going to be really tall.

When she is going through a growth spurt, the amount of food she can eat in one sitting is simply amazing. She even out-eats her teenage male cousins, which is pretty funny to watch.

Recently, my dear princess has gotten into a growth spurt and is eating loads of food, too. I just make sure I have plenty of healthy, protein-filled options for my dear girls to eat and stay back for fear of being sucked into the vortex as they are feeding.

Weathering the Storm

Just over a year ago our family weathered a storm where we thought we would be protected. And we were … by God’s saving grace of time and my husband’s evacuation training. When he said it was time to pack up to go, we packed everything in every suitcase we had, loaded it in our RV and headed out. We took the kids to their grandparents just a mile down the road to a higher, safer place.

The following days were just a blur as we walked through the house gathering up items that we wanted to keep that had not been damaged by the flood. I didn’t realize just how strong and how much endurance I had at the time.

Here we are during peak hurricane season again and I can’t say that I’m not a bit anxious about the tropical wave forming in the gulf as they say it is supposed to dump a lot of rain and cause more flooding. All I can do is lean on God and the verse that a dear friend told me about below that God is always with us no matter what.

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When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.  (Isaiah 43:2 NLT)

Motherhood Is Hard

Any mom who has tried to attend church only to be thwarted by her cranky five-year-old would understand that motherhood is hard. Let me walk you through my past Sunday.

Getting our pretty princess dressed was easy enough as she had decided she was going to be sparkly from head to toe … and she was. Getting a snack together for church and getting breakfast … well, that was another story. One with LOTS of drama and whining. Our little girl was tired and that did not bode well for our day at church. Once we managed to get everyone fed, out the door and loaded into the truck, we were off to church.

Once church started, we didn’t make it through the opening hymn before we had to leave the sanctuary because she was crying. After calming her down, we tried to return to the service about 10 minutes later, per her request, only to get to our seats and have her say she wants to go back out. So, we go back out. We manage to go back into the service for part of the sermon before she starts throwing another fit and I have to take her out. I pick her up and take her to the back of the sanctuary where she is quiet so I think it’s safe. Nope. She then yells, “I want to go out!” She is loud enough that every person in the sanctuary heard. Just in time for the end of the service, I take her back in because I have to drop her off with her older sister so I can go on to the New Member Class that I hostess.

Later that day, after our dear princess has had lunch and a nice long nap, we our off to Parent Orientation at Confirmation for our oldest daughter. There were a lot of people around which equated to lots of stimuli, plus our dear princess saw one of her older friends that she likes to hang out with. The night mostly went fine except when, due to either being over-stimulated or over-tired, she decided it would be much more fun not to listen to mommy. This led to a much more stressful night for me than I had hoped for or wanted.

Once we got home and got the dear princess into bed, we thought we were in the clear. Nope! That was wishful thinking. She called me back into her room because she noticed there were pajamas hanging in the top of her closet that should be in her pajama drawer. Oh my goodness! You see, we use her closet light as an additional nightlight because her nightlight was not bright enough. So, I told her that I was going to turn off the closet light and close the closet because she is having a hard time falling asleep.

She now happily sleeps with just a dim nightlight and she burrows under the covers. Maybe once she catches up on her missed sleep all will be well in the kingdom. Until that time, this mommy will collapse each night on the couch exhausted at the end of each day.

Secret to Life

I would have to say the secret to life is contentment. This world tells you that you need to strive to be more, to have more, to make more. I don’t know about anyone else, but that leaves me exhausted and empty. Anytime that I find myself trying to “keep up with the Jones'”, I find myself falling short … very short.

Contentment is definitely something I strive towards because it is not a thing, but a feeling. I have achieved contentment many times in my life and love the feeling because it is so peaceful. Unfortunately, it can be as fleeting as the wind.

When I simply ignore the world and just follow my heart, I am not only very content, but I am also very happy. Colossians 3:2 says to “set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, …”. That is my reminder to keep my eyes on God and His plans for my life and not worry about anything else.

One area in which I am learning to be content with is my body. As I mentioned before, the world says women should look a certain way and be physically fit. Well, I am not a size 0 and I do not have defined muscles. I am, however, strong enough and fit enough to do most of the things I want to do. I do recognize that I want to work towards getting more fit so I can do more advanced hiking with the family. I am a size 14/16 (depending on the brand I wear) and I am curvy. It’s how God made me.

No matter what, I am learning to be content in my life. It’s a hard lesson to learn, but well worth it.

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  (Philippians 4:11)