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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Pregnacy Number Two Update: 28 Weeks

"You are chosen by GOD to be your child's mother. He doesn't make mistakes."


How far along?
28 weeks
 
Baby is Now:
Possibly between 2 and a half pounds, and about 15 inches long
 
Gender:
We are over the moon excited to be welcoming another little boy to our flock! I always said I wanted 10 little Justins. We have 2 now, just 8 to go!
 
Sleep:
I have been struggling in the sleep department for the last bit. With my bladder always filling . I wake up between 3 and four times each night. And of late, I have been unable to take the naps I feel I so desperately need as Flynn seems to not want to nap much of late.

 
Exercise:
I finished my walking training for a 5K recently. And completed the 5K just this past Saturday. I would like to continue walking daily, but right now that is not possible with a HORRIBLE mosquito infestation following Hurricane Florence. So some indoor prenatal Youtube videos it has been, as well as yoga several times a week.
 
Mood:
Still everywhere. I seems to be dealing with a lot of sadness over some loneliness I am struggling with right now. Other than Justin (and you amazing internet buddies) I have never had a close friend. I try and reach out to others, but a lot of the times that reaching out is fruitless, and so I give up. And it just seems to be getting to me of late.
 
Cravings:
Oh my goodness. I NEVER craved foods with Flynn, like I do this baby. Salt and vinegar chips are a daily NEED. And right now I am seriously contemplating riding to town to get a cup hot chocolate. Despite it being 90 degrees today. And orange juice. Ooooooo... I could really go for a tall glass of that...
 
Aversions:
Still beef. And surprisingly, I am not really wanting to look at coffee.
 
Symptoms:
Can you say FATIGUE?! I am soooooooo... tired lately. And am always in need of a nap. Which as I said, Flynn will not allow.
Some nausea at random times.
And this weird feeling in my stomach where I am not sure if I am hungry, or going to be sick. I usually eat just eat a little something when I feel it, in case it is hunger. But usually end up being sick at what I just ate.
Braxton hicks occur almost every day.
And back pain upon being on my feet for an extended period of time. It only gets better from here folks...


 
Missing:
Sleep. Running. Heavy weight lifting. And being able to drink a glass of water without having to run to the bathroom every 15 minutes after.
 
Movement:
As I said in my last update, I have an anterior placenta, which kept me from feeling most movement up until about 24 weeks. But I DEFINTLY feel it more now. This baby does not move as much as Flynn did, but when he does, there is no denying it. His kicks are SO strong at times, I seriously wince.
 
 
Maternity Clothes:
All maternity pants and jeans. I purchased 3 basic maternity tees. And have been trying to just pick up more tunics, or larger sized shirts. I did this with Flynn, and it was nice to still have those clothes to wear postpartum. They worked well to hide the "leftovers". Be on the lookout for an upcoming post on how I am buying clothes that are good for maternity and postpartum.
 
 
 
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Quiet After the Hurricane

Right now I am siting in my living room while my little guy is quietly watching some Veggie Tales. I may still be in my P.J.s, and the extent of our productiveness has only been eating, cleaning the kitchen, and resting.

And I am not one bit ashamed at that. Because to be honest, we have long needed a quiet, peaceful day at home, just like this.

The past two weeks have been some of the busiest, most chaotic, anxiety filled, purely emotionally exhausting weeks we have gone through in a LONG time.

What has made them so chaotic you ask? Two words...

Hurricane Florence.

Our community, along with everyone within 100 miles of us were slammed head on by Hurricane Florence almost two weeks to the day.

Many of our local communities were destroyed by devastating winds and torrential rainfall that lasted for 3 days.


And then once the rains did stop, local rivers began to rise as they never have in recorded history, and flooded out many, many more homes and businesses. And today, some communities are still under those swollen rivers.

We praise the LORD that we did not receive any extensive damage to our home. Only a few shingles blew off the roof, and a TON of branches and leaves fell from the trees cluttering the yard.

Oh. We lost my favorite shade tree in my front yard.


We were also living on something of an island for almost 5 days. As every route out of our neighborhood was completely flooded over.

Right beside our house


We were without electricity and internet for 8 days. Which was a huge trial in itself having to take care of a toddler in 90 degree heat, with 100% humidity, and 6 months pregnant and already always hot from the pregnancy itself.

Trust me. There were many tears shed everyday.
 

But we were well prepared provision wise. We had a generator to run our well pump for water, and to keep our refrigerator and freezers running.

And we were even able to cook hot meals on a propane camping burner.

Breakfast of freshly laid eggs, cooked camp and eaten style, covered in nutritional yeast

Our days were spent trying to keep calm to help our little guy keep calm in the heat of the day...



Keeping the other members of our homestead safe and fed...

At one point we thought we may have to evacuate the pigs from their pen, due to rising water. But thankfully that did not have to happen. Overall, they were pretty happy with all the extra mud

The chickens spent the height of the storm (2 days) in a steel hunting dog box on the back of our truck, parked next to the house to keep them safe from any possibly falling trees. They were very happy to get back to their coop, even if it was muddy.

And for me, trying very hard not to let the chaos that comes with having to live in the coolest room of your house day in and day out, drive me to the brink of insanity.

Our living room became a camping site
 
 
But the LORD was good in all of it. And the moment I was able to get some normalcy back and the electricity and air conditioning back on, that was a beautiful moment indeed.
 

 
 
Notice the orange dot on my mailbox post? That was a marker from a volunteer search and rescue team from Illinois that came by and marked each household safe or not.
 
 

If you could still pray for the southeastern part of North Carolina, we would be very grateful. There is a LONG road of recovery ahead for so many, with homes and livelihoods destroyed. In particular for our small farmers. As so many of them are still under water.
 
Have you ever been through a hurricane or other natural disaster? What did your days during that time look like?
 
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Right There With You, Mamas

 

Do you ever feel discouraged? Kind of let down, and sad?

I know I do from time to time.

Even this week, if I am truthful...

It is one of those times where I looked out, and saw others succeeding at life. Doing seemingly great things with their days.

They have a job with a very clear end result. And can show some sort of accomplishment at the end of their day.

While I struggled to stay afloat through endless toddler tantrums, diaper changes, and that ever present housework.

That housework that NEVER ends.

Where despite spending most of my waking hours attending to it, at the end of the day, it looks EXACTLY like it did before so much effort was spent trying to organize it some.

I could talk on and on, about how important our jobs as mamas and homemakers are.

More than likely, you already know this fact...

It IS one of the most important jobs out there.

And one so full of never ending blessings.

Blessings that we really have to dig and search for at times.



I just want to take a moment to let ALL you mama out there in the trenches, that I see you. And I am right there with you.

I see all the hard physical and mental work you put in day after day.

And how at times it seems as if it was all fruitless.

And if I could, I would send each and everyone of you a huge bouquet of flowers to brighten your day.


Know that I am sending a prayer of encouragement for your heart today, and the strength to tackle the never ending laundry, dishes, and dirt and grime of everyday life.

Oh. And that you receive an extra big, unexpected, wet sloppy kiss from your little one.

Are you feeling discouraged of late? What are some of your favorite scriptures for those time? And how may I pray for you?

Have a wonderfully blessed day! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel
Monday, August 27, 2018

No One Can Serve, As An Empty Vessel


I was able to spend some time in the mountains a little over a week ago. It was my first time ever staying not just one, but two nights away from my little guy.

I have had a few hours sprinkled here and there since he has been born, that while my parents or in-laws have watched him, I have been able go grocery shopping, attend doctors appointments, or spend the day cleaning or resting in my home alone.

But never before an over night stay from him...

I was quite hesitant to begin with. And to be honest, the thought of traveling across the state and being away from him for 2 and half days made me want to cry.

But at the same time, a break sounded AMAZING.

So with my amazing hubby's encouragement, I decided to take the opportunity I was given, and allow myself a few days mental and physical rest.


And despite missing my baby and my hubby HORRIBLY, I enjoyed myself.

I was able to let go mentally of being "mama" for an extended period of time, and just be me.

And the result of that was coming back home eager and ready to give more to my little guy, than I had in awhile.

I have always had a difficult time letting go of being "mama" and just letting myself be "Angel", and not feeling guilty. Even when it is just for a few hours at a time.



But after giving birth to Flynn, and several months of giving, giving, and more giving to my family, and not putting back and replenishing my own stores, I burned out.

I had to learn the hard way, that NO one, not even so called super moms, can constantly give, without becoming drained themselves.

Motherhood is the BEST job I have ever had. But also the most difficult.

In order for me to continue to grow and become a better mama for my little guy, I have to take care of myself.


And sometimes that means taking a step back, breathing in the rest the LORD provides, and letting someone else step in and take over for a bit.

And you know what. That is Biblical. Our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ did it Himself while living on this earth 2,000 years ago.

In Mark 4:35-41, we read about how after teaching the multitudes for days, he said to HIS disciples "Let us pass to the other side of the sea of Galilee."

And while Jesus was in the boat, HE laid down and went to sleep. HE rested. And HE prepared HIMSELF for the next task to be done.

And from time to time, I need to do just that as well. And not feel guilty.

To just take a small step away from job at hand, and REST.



"Rest and self care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel."
~Eleanor Brown
 
How about you?
 
Does rest and letting go come naturally for you? Or do your seem to struggle and feel guilty about "letting go"?
 
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Devotions As A Mama


I remember my devotions in my pre mom days. I am sure some of you do too.

Those days where you would slowly wake up, grab that beautiful steaming mug of happiness, climb into your old worn in comfy chair, and snuggle with a plush blanket.

And you would be able to just sit there in your spotless living room, with perhaps a candle burning, filling your nostrils with the beautiful aroma of vanilla or pumpkin. You would feel completely and mentally alert and be able to comprehend what you are reading.

And you would be able to sit there for an entire 20 minutes, just resting in the goodness of your Savior.

Le sigh...

Devotions in mine and your mama days. Well, they tend to look a tad bit different...

You don't typically wake up early, cause your sweet one might be teething and waking you up all hours of the night.

And you don't crawl into your comfy chair and snuggle with a hot drink, candle, and blanket. Cause that precious babe insists on crawling into your lap to sit or show you all his trucks. And toddlers and hot coffee don't mix well...

So you wait until your little one is mostly occupied, and you light your candle, brew a hot mug, and sit at your kitchen table that is piled with mail, and bills to go out.

And you open your book and Bible and low and behold, someone is suddenly on the verge of starvation.

 Even after eating his body weight in grapes 20 minutes before...

So you stop. Walk to the freezer, and then pop a waffle into the toaster. You wait on said waffle and plop your little one into his high chair, and try to reassure him he will not starve in the 3 minutes it takes for the waffle to warm up.

The waffle pops up, you put some syrup on it, cut it up, and put the tiny pieces onto the tray, for the "starving" toddler to eat.


Surely now you can sit and get some time with your Savior in. Right?

Wrong.

The toddler decides he needs your attention, and proceeds to continuously yell "Mama! Mama! Mama!".

So you look at said toddler and he just smiles at you. And your heart melts into a puddle of love once more. Cause how could you possibly be more blessed than you are right in that moment?



You have a baby, you have a candle burning, you have coffee, you even have your Bible open and at the ready for the right moment.

GOD is SOOOO... good!

So you decide to stop, and wait until your precious little bundle goes down for his nap. Because, lets face it. Something WILL come up in that exact moment you begin to read.

And then you put him down for his nap. You quickly dart back into the kitchen like a flash, cause you only have 1 hour and 15 minutes to conquer the world.

And as soon as you sit down, it hits you like a ton of bricks.

Exhaustion.

You begin an attempt at reading that passage that has been sitting there for hours, and try as hard as you might, ya just cant for the life of you understand what on earth you just read.

Your mind has completely shut down.

And you know that by then, that it is completely useless to try any longer.

So you ask the LORDs forgiveness, say you WILL be back, and head straight for a nap.

I used to let scenarios like this upset me as a new mom. But now I accept them.

It is only a season in my life. Eventually I will have all the time and mental energy in this world to sit at the feet of my LORD.

But that is not the case right now. And that it okay. Because I know that I am doing EXACTLY what the LORD has called me to do, right in this moment.



Its okay to just read one or two verses in the magical 2 minutes you have free. I don't have to have a full uninterrupted 20 minutes every day.

So long as I am continuing in prayer daily, and at least trying to commune with HIM first thing, the LORD understands my situation right now.

HE led me here to this life. And HE will offer the rest and peace I need in HIM, exactly when it is needed. :)

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11:28
 
How about you?
 
Are you in a season where you can experience lots of uninterrupted time with the LORD? Or are you in a season where you have to get it when you can, even if it is just a little bit at a time?
 
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel
Monday, August 20, 2018

Pregnancy Number Two Update: Week 22


 
Well. In case you long time readers did not know, I am pregnant again!
 
And of course we are over the moon excited about adding another little chick to our flock.
 
Because at one point in the past, we were afraid we would not get the opportunity to even be parents once. ("thanks" for the scare ovarian cancer...)
 
But GOD is so good and has been so gracious to us, and we are 22 weeks along in our second pregnancy!
 
So, I think it is about time for an update. Wouldn't you agree? :D

How far along?
22 Weeks
 
Baby is now:
  Almost a pound in weight and nearly a foot long.
 
Total weight gain:
Not sure. I am not keeping as close a check on it this pregnancy. But at the last midwife appointment, it was definitely more than what I had gained with Flynn at this point. But, I was at the exact same number on the scale as I was at this point the first go around. Breastfeeding and being on an elimination diet to help with my sons allergies, put me about 10 pounds below what I consider my normal weight range. So seeing the same number, does make me feel better...
 
Sleep:
I am typically in bed at 10 pm, and I wake up when Flynn does. Typically between 7:30 and 8:30. But I am definitely NOT sleeping that entire time. This baby is LOW. And my bladder seems to be their pillow...
 
Exercise:
 Does chasing an 18 month around the house all day count as exercise? :D Besides that daily activity, there are twice weekly weights, walking around 2 miles 3-4 days a week, and light yoga every other day.
 
Mood:
EVERYWHERE. The emotions seems to be a lot more intense this time around. From sadness to anger to elation, I seem to be as changeable as the ocean...

 
 
Cravings:
 Chicken. I can eat anything chicken, all day long. And eggs. And salt and vinegar chips.

Aversions:
Beef, and most sugary foods. Except chocolate. :D

Symptoms:
  Fatigue is the biggest issue right now. And I think most of that comes from just trying to keep up with an 18 month old. And some random nausea.
Nausea was pretty intense in the first trimester. It went completely away, and then suddenly appeared a few weeks ago.
Oh, and my sense of smell is ridiculous. I smell anything and everything, and most of it does bring nausea.
And Braxton hicks. I NEVER experienced them with Flynn. So this is new to me. Boy are those "fun" at times...
 
Missing:
Running, heavy weight lifting, coffee whenever I want, and sleeping on my stomach. Oh how I would LOVE to just sprawl out on my belly... :D
 
Movement:
Not as strong as the first time, due to an anterior placenta (placenta in the front of the uterus, instead of the back). I can only feel really strong movements, or when the baby if more to the side. I am told it can take until 24-26 weeks to feel movement as often as a normal placenta position.
 
Maternity Clothes:
Ya'll. I have been wearing maternity jeans and shorts from about 10 weeks on. Unlike how the first time I did not have to until almost 16 weeks. And for shirts, I recently switched to mostly maternity tees two weeks ago. Ya definitely pop more the second go around. 
 


Other Notes:
Just a little backstory from early on in the pregnancy. At 9 or 10 weeks, I started cramping pretty badly, but thought nothing of it. As I experienced cramping with Flynn fairly often in the first trimester.
But then I experienced some bleeding. I have never been more scared (not even with a cancer diagnosis) as I was with that.
An ultrasound revealed the baby was fine, and that I had a small subchorionic hemorrhage.
Basically when the placenta was attaching to the uterus, it either attached too hard and pulled and made a slight tear, or it detached a bit at some. But praise the LORD, it was a very small one, and after that initial bleeding, I had only a little bit of spotting after that. And it has healed up at this point! 
 
 
Are you an expecting mama? Have you had more than one baby, and if so, how did your pregnancies vary?
 
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel 
Thursday, August 16, 2018

It's Okay, If I Don't Have It All Together


Currently I am sitting in my favorite corner of my house. The August sun is streaming through my windows. My baby boy is down for his afternoon nap. I just fixed a tall cup of cold brew coffee and almond milk, and I am seriously contemplating fixing me a slice of cookie cake, left over from my birthday this week. :)

When we last met in this little corner of the web, my son was only 8 months old. He is now 18 months. And he has changed so much in that course of time.

He has gone from just barely crawling at that time, to walking, talking, playing, and learning more than I can possibly imagine! He can recognize most of the primary colors, and he even surprised me this week by counting along with me!



As I have shared before, he still suffers through multiple food allergies. And despite eliminating most of those allergens from his diet, he deals with serious eczema breakouts, that make him so itchy and miserable at times, that both me and him have spent quite a few of our days in tears.

But, thankfully we have been able to get more help and treatment in that area for him.



I have changed as well in these past 10 months.

Not long after my last post here, I had a breakdown of sorts.

Off and on since my sons birth, I would experience periods of high energy, followed by weeks of crippling fatigue.

I put it off as "new motherhood". And nothing more.

"Obviously", I needed to adjust, and get used to this new life.

Cause motherhood is hard ya'll. There is no getting around that fact.

But I came to a very low point mentally. I was sooo... drained mentally, physically, and emotionally.

At a follow up oncologist appointment, I relayed my feelings to a nurse, and she was very, very concerned about how mentally low I really was.

She said I needed to schedule an appointment with my general practitioner right away. To which I did.

I was diagnosed with Post Partum Depression, and after further testing, it was discovered I have severe hypothyroidism.



I praise the LORD that we live in a day and age, where we have medicines and ways to treat these type of sicknesses. And that I have been able to utilize them.

My thyroid function, with the aid of synthetic thyroid hormone, is back to where it should be.

I do not have as many low energy days. And the depression is mostly gone, due to medication for specifically treating it. And fixing the thyroid problem, greatly aided in with it as well.

And I am slowly finding a new confidence in my role as a mother and wife.

I am learning that it is okay, if I don't "have it all together" most days.

I am learning that I will never be a perfect mama.

No one can be that. No matter how hard we try in the way teach our child, feed them, or nurture them.



We are all perfectly, imperfect human beings, in desperate need of a Saviors help, each and every second of our life.

And with that fact, I have been able to live these past few months in joy, simply being a wife and mama on a daily basis.

Its not always easy. Its a lot of hard. And I still get discouraged.

But I have been able to spend my days cooking, cleaning, and teaching my little guy the wonders of the world, with the confidence that I am right where I am supposed to be. And that I have a great GOD to call upon, when it gets really hard.






How have you dear folks been? What is the LORD teaching you in this moment right now?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Angel

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Of Learing to Rest

 
Can you believe it? My baby took two naps today without hesitation!
 
That is an outright miracle folks.
 
Typically he only wants to nap in the morning for maybe an hour and a half. And then if he takes an afternoon nap, he usually screams in protest for 15 minutes and then only sleeps for about 30 minutes.
 
But today he slept 2 hours in the morning and has been asleep now for an hour and a half. :D
 
Typically during naptime I try and get as much house work as I can done. And that is what I did this morning.
 
I thought about trying to get some more deeper cleaning done for the afternoon nap.
 
But do you want to know what I did instead?
 
I listened to my exhausted mind and body and rested.
 
I brewed a cup of decaf coffee, grabbed the monitor, my camera, and headed outside to my new favorite sitting spot.
 
 
And I just listened to the wind and the birds in the trees.
 
I looked at the leaves all changing colors and just breathed deeply of mental and physical rest.
 


And I am so thankful I did.
 
 
As a new mom, I find it very hard to rest most days. To just sit and recover from the stress of day to day life. I can never seem to shut my brain off on what needs to be accomplished.
 
But I need to from time to time.
 
We all do for that fact.
 
 
Rest is a very good thing.
 
"There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither."
Alan Cohen
 
How about you? Do you find it difficult to make time for rest? What simple act of rest restores your mind and body?
 
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel
Monday, October 23, 2017

Not In A Competition With Anyone Else


 
So, Flynn actually slept pretty good last night. We got him to bed around 8:30 pm, and he slept soundly until 5:30 am.
 
When he awoke at 5:30, Justin brought him to me, I nursed him, Justin then changed him, and back to sleep he went until 8 am. 
 
Justin went ahead and got up to leave for work just a few minutes after Flynn was laid back down, and I decided to sprawl out and try to enjoy a big old empty bed. :D
 
Usually during the few hours before Flynn is up and ready for the day, I go back to sleep. But not today. For some reason all I could do was toss and turn about.
 
It was like as soon as I woke up, my brain went to thinking. Tossing and turning all manner of thoughts as I tossed and turned my body every which way to try and go back to sleep.
 
I started thinking about all the many things I wanted to accomplish today, and in the near future.
 
Like get my house spotless, lift weights, meal plan, grocery shop, try a new recipe, blog, read a book, research vlogging, finish painting our dining room chairs, and the list goes on and on.
 
I guess it all comes from how I feel as if I NEVER accomplish ANYTHING these days. At least anything that can be seen.
 
Because yes I get my house clean. But that usually is only seen for about 5 minutes...
 
And yes I cook and meal plan. But that has to be done every week.
 
Many of the things I do accomplish everyday, have no visible end products to show off.
 
So, I decided to get on up, and get my day going early.
 
I walked into my kitchen, started heating up my breakfast sausage, and my cup of cold brewed coffee. I then took my meal into the living room and sat down in in my favorite corner.
 
I grabbed my phone and went through my usual mindless morning scroll through Facebook and Instagram.
 
But one Instagram post stopped me dead in my tracks. It was a quote I needed to read today. 
 
"You need to ignore what everyone else is doing and achieving. Your life is about breaking your own limits and outgrowing yourself to live YOUR best life. You are not in a competition with anyone else; plan to outdo your past, not other people."
 

GOD put that post in my day to stop me from feeling sorry for myself, before I inevitably began to feel sorry for not being able to do all I wanted in a day.
 
This morning was one of only many moments I have of wanting to do so much more lately. To try and show others that I can do as much as them, if not more.
 
But I am not every one else. I cannot accomplish as much in a day as some.
 
And that is okay.
 
 
 
With a very high needs baby, and my overall lack of energy and strength from my health, I can not accomplish my over ambitious to do list everyday.
 
GOD is showing me that so long as I am doing my best, and not being lazy, what I do accomplish in a day is enough.
 
Even if that is only keeping me, my hubby, and my baby clean and healthy.
 
I am not in a competition with anyone.
 
I do not have to meet anybody's expectations.
 
My number one goal in this life I have been given is to seek and serve the LORD to the best of MY ability, with a joyful thankful heart.
 
That my friends is what we should all put at the top of our daily to do lists. :)
 
 
 
Do you ever feel like you are trying to compete with others in life? Or do you get discouraged when you feel you cannot keep up with your own expectations and goals? How is GOD showing you slow down and focus on HIM and what gifts HE has given you? 
 
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Quick Way to Blend Creativity Into Your Walk With GOD

Two things that I have struggled with doing since becoming a mom is regular devotions and being creative.
 
I keep making excuse after excuse for not doing devotions. Mainly how I do not have an overabundance of mental energy with a new baby.
 
And as for not doing anything very creative, it can be pretty hard to find time for anything past keeping me, my husband, and the tiny human alive. ;)
 
Which is not a good thing. I NEED my time in the Word to stay focused on my LORD. And I NEED time to do something creative to keep my sanity in check.
 
Or at least somewhat in check... :D
 
I recently came up with a quick idea to help with both needs. Journaling one verse a day.
 
 

I am making it my goal to try and write down one verse of scripture in a journal daily. Or as often as my terrible mom brain allows me to remember...
 
Following my morning workout, I lay Flynn down for his morning nap, wait until he is actually asleep and done protesting very loudly,and grab my journal, pens, phone, and Bible. I then find a comfy corner, usually the couch or on the floor by the front door, and settle in for a wee bit.
 
 
I have the "Bible by Tecarta" app on my phone. And everyday it has a new verse to read. I open the app on my phone, get the verse reference and then find it in my paper Bible.
 

 
I read the verse, and often times the entire chapter of that passage. Then I choose what color pens I want to use that day, and write down the featured verse, and doodle a little bit on the page.



 
And then I am done. Simple, easy peasy way to get in a wee bit of creativity, and much needed time with my LORD. :)
 
What are some simple quick ways you find to spend with the LORD? How about a creative outlet? Do you a favorite go to for that?
 
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Interrupting Anxiety With Gratitude


Confession time folks.

I struggle with anxiety.

You know. Fear. Worry. Not trusting in GOD's goodness as I should. Mentally draining, turbulent emotions at any given moment.

Yes. I struggle with it every single day.

But I came across this quote recently. It is a very simple one. But oh so powerful.

"Interrupt anxiety with gratitude"

Instead of giving into the anxiety that has clouded my day way too often lately, I am going to interrupt it, and show gratitude.

Gratitude for a baby that took 2 separate 2 hour naps. Cause that is a downright miracle...


Gratitude for seeing how excited and happy my baby is when daddy comes home from work.


 Gratitude for being able to wear my baby in a sling. He had hated it for awhile there, but now gets excited about being snuggled in it.

Gratitude for a new kitchen rug. I am loving the soft squishy feel under my feet while washing dishes.

Gratitude for postpartum hair loss, despite how I dislike it. Because I know it could be so much worse (hello slick bald chemo head two years ago). And it is a reminder of a dream come true. I had a baby ya'll.


I feel gratitude for time spent with all my babies.




 And I feel so grateful to have been able to spend a little time and energy last week setting up a wee bit of fall d├ęcor outdoors.





 

Yes. There is so much to be grateful for and to feel calm and peaceful about.

Do you struggle with anxiety? What are some ways you deal with it? Are you feeling grateful for any simple things today?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel

P.S. The "Revive Our Hearts" blog posted about how to deal with panic attacks and anxiety recently. I highly encourage you to read it, if this is an area in which you struggle as well.