Do you ever wish you could get a glimpse in to what life is like for other families? Well, I’ve decided to pop in each month to give you A Glimpse Into Our Life. I’ll share the good, the bad, and ugly, but I especially like to focus on the good!
A Glimpse Into Our Life
Around here these days, I’m…
…crying less and rejoicing more! Recently, our family received some very difficult news, but we are choosing to trust our Creator! We know He is good, and we sense Him holding us during this time! So many of you have reached out to share your stories of hope – Thank you for that! Your kindness has meant more to us than you will ever know!
…celebrating at every turn. In the midst of a really difficult time, we have found so many reasons to celebrate! One day called for [Chick-fil-a Chocolate Chunk] cookies and milk and one day called for balloons and brownies. We are choosing joy, because God has given us many, many reasons to be joyful.
…missing the snow. Winter weather in the Carolinas is incredibly unpredictable! Hubby and I both grew up in places where our winters included lots and lots of snow, so when it comes time for winter here in North Carolina, we always find ourself missing the white stuff! We typically get a little bit of snow and a whole lot of ice, and just last week, that’s exactly what happened! While the amount of snow wasn’t anywhere near what our out-of-state family received, we did have enough to build a snowman! Our kids were ecstatic, and in our house, we have one solid rule regarding the snow: hot chocolate ALWAYS follows playing in the snow!
…lesson planning for the coming months. Over the past few weeks, we have continued with our school routines as much as possible, but as far as future planning goes…well, as you can imagine, I’ve been on a bit of a break. So I’m looking forward to diving back in to homeschool lesson plans for my little ones – thinking through the spring and summer months as well as what we’re hoping to do next fall and winter!
…drinking hot tea. The first part of February has brought with it colds for everyone…well, almost everyone! So in addition to my morning cup of java, I’m also sipping hot tea and hoping to feel better soon!
…hitting the gym as much as possible. Between doctor’s appointments and now our case of the yuckies, this has been a little tricky lately, but I’m doing my best! Now might also be the time to mention the amazingness that is eCreamery that showed up on our doorstep a couple of weeks ago! My friend, who lives states away, personalized these (with a few inside jokes) and had them shipped to our house! If you’re looking for a way to brighten someone’s day, this would definitely be it! The icecream is delicious…my friend is wonderful…and the gym…well, nevermind.
…planning a little Super Bowl Party…nothing major…just some snacks and yummies for our crew here to enjoy before we decide it’s time for the little ones to go to bed. I’m still trying to decide on our main course! I’m torn between making BBQ Chicken Pizza or Crock Pot Taco Soup – I guess I could just make both!
…finishing up our freezer meals. In the weeks leading up to the delivery of our youngest, I cranked out several freezer meals! Post-baby, this has always been such a huge help to us! Just this past week, we finished off the final freezer meal – a batch of spaghetti sauce I had made just a few days before baby girl’s arrival! We had scattered these meals out as needed, and all of the standing in the kitchen that I did during my third trimester has definitely paid off lately!
…moving forward…even when I don’t exactly feel like it. We are continuing our daily routines…getting up on Sunday mornings, getting dressed, and going to church…keeping our calendar commitments…following through with get-togethers…I think this is really important for our family right now. Weeks ago, when our world was shaken, I knew that I had to keep going. I could not get in the bed and pull the covers over my head. I knew if I gave in to that I may never get back up – So while yes, I have allowed myself to grieve in the way that I’ve needed, I have also continued to put one foot in front of the other. How? Because I have a good, good Father who strengthens me when I need it the most.
…looking ahead to summer! In the coming months, we are looking forward to celebrating birthdays, taking a few trips with our little ones, spending time with family, and joining in wedding festivities for one of my closest friends! I am so thankful for life…the gift of family…the blessing of friends…and the ability to see sunshine even when it’s cloudy. God has been so good to us!
Did you miss January’s A Glimpse Into Our Life post? Check it out!