Grace notes is the portion of this blog where I get to share a little about my week. Just as much as I need to be reminded of joy in my daily duties, I also need to be constantly reminded of the grace that is extended to me every day. It is so easy to get caught up in the small occurrences or dwell on misspoken words of the day or week. My God loves me and forgives me – I need to constantly remember this and extend myself that same grace when I mess up.
If there were two words for this week they would be anticipation and routine. Do you ever feel like big life things are just over the horizon? That’s how I feel right now – I am waiting on a lot of things. But I also feel like this week just zipped by. I have been so caught up in getting everywhere that I have almost lost the joy in being where I am. I just feel so busy. Do any of you other moms just love it when you can block off a whole day to stay at home? No grocery shopping, no get togethers no groups. It’s so refreshing to have just one day a week at home.
The blog has suffered a little this week because I have needed to put some household things first – but that’s a good problem. But, in the interim the Mom Initiative featured that latest children’s sermon on their Twitter page (by the way, are you following us on Twitter?), and Margaret Feinberg started following us on Twitter!!! I love, love Mrs. Feinberg’s books.
Otherwise, I’m functioning off a little less sleep this week, was super challenged by the Romans study this week, loved the guest speaker at mom’s group this week who talked about prayer, and have picked up a new side job with Upward Soccer. Here’s an interesting challenge from the mom’s group: Write a list of the different stages from dating through marriage (attraction, investigating, hanging out, etc.) and see how it compares to our walk through Christianity (particularly with prayer).
Adventures of El
Nap time has been SO much better this week! I even took a nap with a snuggly baby this week. Nighttime, however, that’s a different story. I’m not quite sure why El is waking up two or three times at night. It’s almost like she’s having nightmares. But she’s also teething, so that doesn’t help. The other night I was up with her at 2:45 and it took me until about 4 to get her back down. I was wide awake, so I just got up and started my day.
El is such a talker; it is so cute. She talked to her Aunt Amy this week on the phone. She now says “good girl” (her favorite), “bye-bye”, “puppy”, “papa”, “daddy”, “mama”, “ah-ben!” (amen), “mi-mi” and “beda-beda-beda” when she’s mad. 🙂
We may have a cruiser very soon. She has been trying to walk between the couch and the coffee table with a little success. And she has been crawling on all fours lately (feet and hands), so she might be free-standing soon. Oh dear, I’m not sure that I am ready for a toddler yet. But, on that train of thought, El is going to be 1-year old soon! Ah, that’s crazy. I have a little over a month to think about her birthday party (check out the pinterest board I have started).
My life as told by Facebook statuses.
“When, might you ask, is perfect hurdler form necessary in real life? Answer, when the creaky baby gate separating you from the rest of the house is the only obstacle in the continued nap of a teething baby.”
Yep, I did this in high school…all 5’3″ of me 🙂
“A conversation with Eleanor on the changing table this morning:
Me: Tell me what you dreamed about, little girl.
El: *raspy breathing*
Me: You dreamed about Darth Vader! That must have been scary!
Me: Well, was Luke Skywalker there?
Me: Oh, Daddy took care of Darth Vader for you?
El: Pew, pew!
Me: I didn’t know he had a light saber!
Perfect Star Wars conversation at 10 months old. :)”
“Getting a work out on a mountain of pillows!”
“I just crawled out of my daughter’s room so that she wouldn’t see me leave. Adventures in Mommyhood”
“I’m pretty sure that if I could consistently function off of 4 hours of sleep, I could conquer the world. Okay, maybe just my house…definitely the house.”
What’s for Dinner?
Manicotti with a Caesar salad!
I mix a (large) carton of ricotta with chopped spinach (eyeball the amount – you don’t want so much that nothing sticks together), about a cup and a half of shredded mozzarella, two eggs, and a sprinkling of Italian seasoning together. Spoon the mixture into cooked Manicotti noodles and place them into a glass cooking dish. Cover the noodles with a sauce (I doctor up some canned spaghetti sauce with sauteed mushrooms and garlic and sometimes add ground beef). Bake about 350°F for about an hour. After 45 minutes, sprinkle some shredded mozzarella ontop of the noodles and cook for another 5-10 minutes. Serve with a Caesar salad and garlic bread!
In the Works
Here are the materials for my current crafting project. What will it be? You will have to tune in for Pinterest Tuesdays next week to find out!
Click on the link above to join the LivingProof Live Ladies (and myself) on a journey to commit 24 verses of scripture to memory for the year. Here I will record what I am currently working on and either why I am memorizing that particular verse or what I have learned about that verse. If you are participating, I would love to know what you are memorizing!
- I’ll have to get back to you on this one…
Thanks —> linking up with the Gratitude Community
A few blogs I read have a gratitude community where they keep count of their blessings; I loved the idea. Does anyone want to keep count with me?
81. the knowledge that God bestows on his children and the urge for those people to share
82. the vast and unique gifts found in the body of Christ
83. whisperings of the Spirit to stop and enjoy a moment
84. willingness to put down the schedule to enjoy the fleeting
85. difficult conversations with my husband that strengthen our marriage
86. increased signs of love from my child
87. my daughter’s independence and fearlessness
88. God’s lessons and reflections on my own walk through my daughter
89. hidden mysteries in God’s Word revealed through patient study in community
- sleep for our household
- for the relationship of a married couple who are currently separated due to the husband’s service to our country
- for a friend who struggles with the love of her father, I pray that she is not hindered in experiencing the perfect love of the perfect Father
- for patience
Photo Dump – slideshow!
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