Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Have You Ever Wished For An Email From God?

Oh how I wish I could be a consistent vlogger - one of those perfect people who publish with exacting predictability every week! But so far, that’s not my lot in life. My brain’s limitations keep me from being able to make videos as consistently as I would like to. Consequently, this one is coming out two months after the last one! That’s atrocious by acceptable vlogging standards! I’m hopeful that since this video is the start of a series of sorts, future videos will be less taxing on my brain. And the topic of the series is a journey of discovery I’m on, so the material should kinda write itself. We shall see.

All that being said, this video is very different from previous videos or even any previous blog posts. I don’t usually get into Bible topics or talk too much about my relationship with God. I wander into some of that in my InstaStories, but not in my blog. But this week was such a crazy “AHA” moment, that has taken way too long in my life to happen, that I had to share it with you!

I know. That one was different from my norm. And I have lots more to say on this topic. I’ll be back (hopefully very soon) with a second video about this, so stay with me. In the mean time, maybe go check out those passages in Exodus. Learn what an ephod is. See how you feel about the Israelites getting such clear instructions. And then think about how you feel about the idea that the Bible is our instruction book for life. And I’ve had it all along. On my bookshelves. On my night stands. In my phone. While I begged God to send emails.

Monday, March 26, 2018

I Just Bought New Spring Napkins, and They Prompted This Vlog :-)

I'm freshly home from a shopping trip that has me giddy over new spring napkins - so silly, I know. But the next revelation is what prompted this vlog - the family budget we established for March gave me complete freedom to make an admittedly frivolous purchase. So here is my vlog on the joy of having a budget and the super simple method of putting it together.

I'm admittedly not the best voice on budgeting. One of my favorites is Rachel Cruze. She has a great YouTube channel, and I highly recommend her! Here is her video on putting together a budget. The tool Rachel uses in her video is EveryDollar. I use it every day! Drew and I both have it on our phones and use it to keep ourselves on track and make sure we are following the budget we wrote before the month started. You can find it at www.everydollar.com and in the AppStore.

Here is a picture of the napkins that started all of this :-) Don't they go perfectly with the plate? Can't you see why I just had to have them? Thank God for the budget!! 

Monday, February 26, 2018

A Marriage/Valentine's Day Post - only two weeks overdue - Two Marriage Lessons I'm Learning Along Our 20 Years

I was doing so well posting every week. And I was having fun! Then the wheels fell off. My family all got the flu. I don't know how anyone else does life, but sick kids and being sick myself was all I could handle. Then by the time we were finally all better and the boys all went back to school, I was so intimidated at the idea of making another video that I just kept putting it off. I finally gave myself a stern talking to. I was being ridiculous. I could talk to Instagram about anything (InstaStories are a super fun outlet for me and are usually my random thoughts about life or me confessing the insane moments of my day). If I can talk to the world on Instagram, why am I having such a hard time with these blog videos? What's the mental block? Turns out, I was just taking it all too seriously - the setting, my hair, the topic, the wording - all of it. So stupid!! I'm not a professional. I'm just a girl, trying to encourage other girls, as we all walk through this crazy life of ours.

So with all of my ridiculous thoughts out there for you to read, here is my video about marriage - finally. I meant for it to come out for Valentine's Day. I just got in my own way. As you watch this and hear about two lessons I'm learning, it's important to know that when Drew and I first started dating, our friends thought we were kidding. We were such opposites that they thought the whole thing was a joke! Through the years, Drew and I have learned how to work together better in spite of our differences - but none of that learning came smoothly or easily. When two first born, strong headed individuals get married, there are no boring lessons :-) We still have much to learn, even after 20 years of marriage, but we have come a LONG way!

Back during my blogging days, I wrote a post about how our differences make each other's lives richer. You can read it here: He's The String To My Kite


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