Clothed with Grace: May 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Style Lately

For my birthday I got a full length mirror, which is nice being I haven't been able to see my whole outfit before without standing on our tub. #classy This is what I wore for Mother's Day. I got this dress a few years back and still love it! Maxi dresses are totally my jam and I love that it's the season to wear them. I really like this option too. The clare cardigan is one of my favorites and I have it in a ton of colors.



Monday, May 15, 2017

Life Lately

I am so thankful for warm weather and getting outside!  Here's a look at what's been going on in my life lately.

We had a great Mother's Day. We went to church, Hannah napped while I spent some time to myself while Grant and Brian played the PS4.  Then we were able to go to the park and Brian made dinner. Yum!



Friday, May 12, 2017

God of the Hills and Valleys



Currently I've had the song Hills and Valleys running through my head like crazy. Take a listen:

         


I feel like life lately life has been hills and valleys on any given day. Part of it is my own lack of focus on God and his goodness. I let those hills and valleys be dictated by emotions, instead on the the truth of who God is. I love what Tauren says: 

I've walked among the shadows
You wiped my tears away
And I've felt the pain of heartbreak
And I've seen the brighter days
And I've prayed prayers to heaven from my lowestplace
And I have held the blessings
God, you give and take away
No matter what I have, Your grace is enough
No matter where I am, I'm standing in Your love
On the mountains, I will bow my life
To the one who set me there
In the valley, I will lift my eyes to the one who sees me there
When I'm standing on the mountain aft, didn't get there on my own
When I'm walking through the valley end, no I am not alone!
You're God of the hills and valleys!
Hills and Valleys!
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone!
I'm working to meditate on these lyrics and the truth of who God is. Life is going to have it's ups and downs-hills and valleys but that doesn't change who God is or that He is there with me the entire time and I am grateful for that!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

38



38. 38. How. Did. This. Happen. I'm not going to lie, but when someone else says they are 38 I don't consider that old, but man, it sure makes me feel that way. Just this last week I was taking a picture with Hannah and the wrinkles around my eyes were out of control.

My 20 year reunion is summer and it's hard to believe. I've literally lived away from home for longer than I've lived at home. Whoa.

I've honestly felt pretty overwhelmed this past semester with my student teacher and the busyness at home, then Hannah got sick Monday causing me to have to leave work. She stayed with Brian yesterday and hopefully is on the mend now.

It seems like I always have a huge running to do list-never getting it fully tackled-the laundry, cooking, cleaning, not to mention the most important part, taking care of the kids and spending time with Brian seem to consume my every minute. The same is true at school with all of those responsibilities. It can feel like such a rat race.

Than I stop and consider where I've been in 38 years- raised by a loving family, a college graduate (even though it took me way longer than it should have), a teacher, a friend, and now raising a family of my own. I really need to focus on the many blessings that have come my way. Those weren't earned, they have been a gift from God who has loved me even when I've struggled, even with the challenges I've faced.

Each wrinkle tells a story and there are still so many stories to be told. It's hard to think of a time when life won't feel so crazy-when the kids won't call my name a hundred times a day. A time when I actually feel like I have time to spend with my husband and the house isn't a tornado from the kids stuff everywhere. It'll be then that I'll look back on these times a lot differently, and I'll wish I was needed the way I am now. That's what I need to focus on in the midst of the craziness of life. Enjoy it. Soak it up. Celebrate. 38.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Stay Active with Attire and Gear from Target

Stay Active

Today I'm posting over at Target Made Me Do It with some tips and gear for staying active. I have all the above things, so I can attest to their awesomeness. ; ) Come stop by and say hi!

 yoga capri pants / dry fit tee / Contigo water bottles / Razor scooter /  kid friendly  / bike trailer

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Art Might Be Hannah's Thing

It's so funny to see Hannah's personality and interests developing. Recently it seems that Hannah is loving all things art. They do a lot of art at Hannah's school but I've just started to really let her give stuff a go at home. She loves Play-Doh and the other night while I was getting dinner ready I got out Grant's old stickers. Hannah literally spent the next hour placing stickers on paper and on her own shirt. We even went to the basement after dinner and she bought her stickers along! Now, I need to get some more!