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The Importance of Hobbies

The Importance of Hobbies

I can remember fond memories of my father who would say, “Go find something to do,” when I would say that I was bored. That was the perfect opportunity to go and find something that I actually liked to do.  As I got older though, it was harder and harder to pull away from the responsibilities of life and find a hobby that I was passionate about. When my daughter was born, the first really hobby of adulthood (and parenthood) was blogging.  It was awesome to connect with different moms and to talk with them.  Best of all, it was a reminder that I wasn’t alone in this job and that there were others just like me.  However, I as I started to have more children, there had to be something more that connected me to a person other than they were a  mom like me. Dabbling in hobbies For the longest, I struggled to find out what that was. Where was my group?  Where did I belong?  What am I really passionate about?  At first I took up photography.  I really like to take pictures, but with children constantly around you (and you having to keep an eye on them) what I thought I wanted to take pictures of, I actually didn’t get any pleasure out of.  Turned out I needed to accept what I liked to take pictures of. After I lost the desire to write for a while (talk about being overwhelmed), and to take pictures, I really felt like I had no creative outlet for myself.  That was when things got to much, and eventually I had a...
Updates and Random Things…

Updates and Random Things…

Despite that I haven’t written on my blog in months, (I hope) is not a sign to what readers I have left that I have abandoned it.  Actually, me writing down  my thoughts on different things has been in the front of my mind for the longest.   Family Life Unfortunately, I don’t have the emotional capacity to get my thoughts together after days (months) of long trying days.  I won’t say that life is too difficult, I’ll just say that the emotional needs in my home has grown to the point that it’s a lot of mental power being used up during the day light hours.  Looking forward to the days when things are quiet again. But what I will say is that I have excited news to share…but more on that at a later post! Aside from that, if I do manage to “steal away” for a short amount of time, some one is knocking on my bedroom door (aka the hide out room), asking to come in.  I’m not very strong to resist the knockings and questions of my two-year old. So, that’s life at the moment, and I haven’t abandoned my blog.  Actually, I have a lot of things to say, just not enough time (and mental capacity) to get it all out of my head.  These are the days that I feel sorry for Mr. C since my conversation topics are usually way out there.  I can just imagine how he feels after a long day of work to come home to a theological conversation that’s full of questions than answers.  Pray for us....
10 Ways to Welcome the New Year

10 Ways to Welcome the New Year

First off, Happy New Year!  I love this time of year where we get all sorts of ideas to do it right, and kick-start the year off.  It seems rather cliché to talk about how to make this year right.  Everyone is talking about it, and even give you some (awesome) tips to get started. But let’s be honest–we’ll do these things, and maybe within the first 3 weeks of the year, the newness wears off, and we are back to doing what we were doing before.  I’ve been there–I know. This year, I’ve started to do things differently–I’ve started to plan my new year back in 2018.  A bit excessive, I know, but I really wanted to make some changes.  It’s a well-known fact that changes do not happen overnight, so if we want changes, we have to plan for them. Here are some things that I’ve started, and will be making an effort as this year progresses.  You can borrow some ideas, or take all of them (up to you), I just wanted to share with you what I’m doing.   1. Surround yourself with positive people.   It’s common knowledge that we tend to behave the same way as the people we surround ourselves with. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to lose weight, quit a bad habit, or pick up a new one. The same goes for those who tend to be on the negative side. From my experience, negative people (those that complain, never find anything going well in the world) tend to zap all of my energy. I need my energy. I...
Sunday Prayer: Hope

Sunday Prayer: Hope

Dear Lord, Thank You for hope. Not just for things that are to come, but for the expectation that something–anything is coming our way. Sometimes, we take advantage of what we have around us, and we become complacent. It’s not until we take a good look at our surroundings that we see so much possibilities and that alone gives us hope. My hope is that today will be better than yesterday, and, it always is. Its better because You have given the knowledge that only we can make it better or worse. We also know that it can always be worse, so thank You for opening our eyes to that. Thank You for allowing me to see that sometimes we could be our bubble popper; we don’t need anyone to put us down if we’re doing it ourselves. With that being said Lord, we really don’t have a reason to put ourselves down. My hopes for tomorrow is that we continue to grow with our families, and continue to be open to Your words. With Your guidance and help, please help us to keep our hope alive. Amen. Originally published on...
First Snow of the Year

First Snow of the Year

What an early surprise for us! For the first time that I can remember (that is since I really started paying attention to the weather) we had snow in early this year. It was a huge surprise to see this much snow so early in the fall. Usually snow comes to us in maybe late December. Usually some in January and the worst of it in February. But it seems that this year is different–hopefully for the better!  When I looked at the forecast on Tuesday last week, and saw snow forecasted for Thursday, I just figured that it will be rain instead. I mean come’on…snow so early in the year? Still, I notified my husband before he went to work about the snow so that he could expect it. All the while doubting that anything would come of it.  Cause snow in November was just not heard of. When my youngest went down for a nap, the sky was grey but nothing was happening. Then it started to snow…then snow…then really snow!  I couldn’t believe it!  It started out as a light dusting, then huge chunks started to fall, then it looked like this: It’s so weird how the weather in the country is.  We have plenty of snow, meanwhile, across the US in California there are people who are suffering and losing their homes because of the wildfires.  Just the change in place means so much difference in the weather. Since it was very cold for us (again, too early for this), I made sure to make something that will fill Mr. C’s belly and thaw him...
Changing Directions for a Blog

Changing Directions for a Blog

I’ve debated for a while if I should still write on my blog. I’ve wrestled with the idea of quitting, or just changing directions.   Funny, I’m still at the same place (nursing-or breastfeeding) nine years later, but mentally, I’m in a whole different space.  When I look around me, it seems like I’m standing still, while everyone else is moving forward, but I know that’s not the case. I’m not in the same space as when I started this blog.  My oldest is going to be 10 soon, and my youngest is going to be 2.  I’ve been through the baby phase, and still in it.  And…to be perfectly honest-I feel I’m not done yet. What makes me get so hung up on my blog is that I taken this space to be what I want it to be about.  However, I’ve noticed that I lost sight of what it is that I wanted.  I wanted things that I didn’t even like. Chasing an idea that doesn’t even fit with me.  I’m happy to say that I don’t have everything together.  There are just some days when I’m overwhelmed, and other days that I feel like I can do this all over again 😍. I think, I’ve taken this blog down so many directions, that it totally doesn’t bother me what I do with it now, as long as I’m having fun and just using my space the way that I want to. With that being said, I’ve noticed that I’ve stopped sharing a lot of my interests and hobbies on this blog.  I still love my faith,...
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