Thursday, September 18, 2014

Teachable...


This week our *almost 18 month old* decided naps were a thing of the past.  As in tried to drop ALL of her naps… what 18 month old does that?  The thing is, as her mama, I know that she needs a nap.  Desperately.  
 I think about how often I resist the everything I need most- 
instruction… 
to be teachable.
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Before we moved this summer I started looking for another mother's day out job.  One of the jobs I applied for had the   l   o   n   g   e   s   t   application that I have ever filled out.  Not exaggerating- full-time jobs, college applications etc… and the part-time preschool job takes the cake.  
One of the questions on this said application was

How do you describe a person who has a “teachable spirit?” How close do you think you come to that description? How do your respond to constructive criticism?

Cue gut punch.  Immediately Andrew knew by the look on my face that I had reached an especially difficult question.  Then he read it and laughed… he knows me all too well.  

See, this is not my strong suite.  Let me teach people and lead all day- but have some one else tell me what to do?  To listen to how I can do things better?  I struggle with this.  

And how do you even answer this on a job application with integrity- "I think this is important and I am ahem… working on it."

Little did I know when I came across this question on the job application that God was actually beginning to refine my heart in this area.  I was reading through Proverbs and came across these verses…


Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days. Proverbs 19:20

A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own mind. Proverbs 18:2

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel. Proverbs 12:15


The Word lead me right to the importance of being teachable.  I mean really, it calls us fools (really, me a fool) for not being teachable.  

I recently started a new job (ironically not the one with the super long job application- that is 5 hours of my life I will never get back).  And even in this new job God has put me in a place again where I don't get to lead, that someone else is leading me and teaching me.  And  have had to swallow my pride and say 

No, I don't know it all.
Yes, I am teachable.

What about you?  Are you teachable?  Have you ever struggled with this?

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What You Wish Wednesday #17

Wahoo for hump day!  Time to link up and have some community! :)
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If not you should… and you could also follow me here :)
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Now for this week's features….
Pumpkin Pallets - cutest, cheapest fall project ever :) 

Hymn Studies- never thought of this… I often listen to hymns, especially when I am going through trials.  But the stories behind the gyms give them even more meaning!
Kitchen Remodel- just a little kitchen inspiration!
Project Buy a House- This is so pertinent to our lives right now.  One day we may buy a house… great things to think about!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Becoming {more} of a morning person...

A while back when shared 7 Facts About Myself, I confessed that I am a complete morning person (think like 3-4 in the morning person).  Carolina from Mama Insticts suggested that I share some of my tips for becoming a morning person.  Now, since I am already a morning person I am not quite sure this is fair to tell you how to become a morning person.  What I can tell you is what I think makes me a successful morning-person (at least most of the time:)).
All that being said…

8 tips for becoming a morning person...



one

{start in The Word}

I can't stress this enough.  The days that I get up and don't spend my first bit of time reading my Bible, devotional, praying and journalling, I just end up feeling frazzled- no matter how early or late I get up.
 

two

{don't hit snooze}

Seriously, it is like a chain reaction, once you do it once you will do it more.  And this causes more interrupted sleep.  Get your sleep in one good solid chunk!


three

{get some coffee}

My morning cup is a wonderful blessing each day:).  


four

{realize what a productive time it is}

This is the only time of day where I don't have a million other things begging for my attention.  I also think when you start with an early morning you start your day more proactively (what do you want or really need to get done) rather than reactively (responding to what the day throws at you).  


five

{make a to do list}

Okay, this one may not be for everyone, but I thrive under a good through to do list.  I put things on there that will be easy to accomplish to get myself rolling each morning.  I even prioritize mine (weird right).  But even a simple to do list can give you the motivation to get up in the morning- I want/need to get ______ done.


six

{make more time during the day}

When I get stuff done in the morning, I have more time to spend with my husband and our daughter later in the day.  I think about how much I value and don't want to sacrifice that time and that motivates me to get out of bed!


seven

{early to bed, early to rise}

I am not recommending you sleep less… though I do struggle with getting enough sleep (I think that is a common problem for most moms).  If you want to get up earlier, you are going to have to go to bed a little earlier.  I suggest getting off the social media or turning off the TV- those can be time suckers late at night that keep you up later.


eight

{just do it}

Just commit… set the alarm… and don't let yourself hit snooze.  I think after a week or so of getting up a little earlier you won't regret it!

Are you are morning person?  What do you do/have to do to make sure you get yourself up in the morning?

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Friday, September 12, 2014

5 on Friday...

It has been a while since a brain dump y'all… here are my 5 thoughts on Friday…

one

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen (in addition to all the cute photos of BD) I have been reading the devotional Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings


So good y'all… 

two

UGA vs USC this weekend.  We are ready friends! 

three

Do you love labels as much as I do?  You can win some FANTASTIC labels by kidecals if you clock over here!

four

I have been cooking this week… shocking I know.  Not much, just these cookies, and man they were good!


five

Moving {again} brings many challenges…. one being finding new doctors, pediatricians, dentists… etc etc.  Trying to figure out all this… too much!  Hopefully I will have all our people picked out and scheduled by the end of the week!

What is running through your brain this Friday?

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

"No Fail" Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Last week A Bountiful Love shared these chocolate chip cookies with WYWW...  They look amazing right?

Usually I make eat my mother-in-law's chocolate chip cookies, and they are indeed the best I have ever had.  When we went to go try these this weekend, we realized they were the same recipe!  

Anyways… back to the chocolate chocolate chip cookies!  We were making a double batch on Sunday and came to realize we only had one container of vanilla pudding mix- the not-so-secret ingredient that makes them sooooo good.  But we did have chocolate pudding… why not give it a try- my motto… 

the more chocolate the better!



So here is the recipe we followed…
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda 
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar 
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 3.5 oz instant chocolate pudding mix
pinch of salt
1-2 cups of chocolate chips ( semi sweet )
***I think we may have varied the sugar a bit… different proportions of brown vs granulated

*Mix dry ingredients * Add Wet Ingredients *Chill for a couple of hours *Cook at 350 degrees for 11ish minutes * and eat *

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At the bread and wine project this week our question is 
Oh Simple Thoughts

How do you slow down when it comes to the food you feed your family, and the time you spend with others in your home? 

To be honest- I struggle with this one a bit.  
1.  Right now we are not in our own home.  
2.  Confession- when I have to make something- I am always temped to buy it.  Saves time (not money).
But one thing I have noted recently is how much BD loves to watch people cook.  There is a little stool in the kitchen that she stands on and watches and even participates.  This reminds me that the making of the food can also be a time of community if you let it!

Do you like to take time to cook?  Or do you struggle like me?

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

What You Wish Wednesday #16

Friends :)  So glad you came by! 
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Quick question… have you had a chance to follow What You Wish Wednesday Features on Pinterest? If not you should… and you could also follow me here :)
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This week's features
I am LOVING 11 Ways to Identify Your Life's Calling… 

 And this Prayer App… I have a prayer list on my phone, but I have to admit this seems awesome.  I am definitely going to check it out!

Remembering to rest and to not feel guilty about it is a struggle in my life...

And I can never make it through my features with out at least one thing that looks delicious! :)  These cookies look amazing… can't wait to give them a try!

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*check out a few posts and share the love (pinning your favorite post is a great way)
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Labels, Labels, Labels {and a giveaway}

Those that knew me in elementary school, middle school, high school, and even college may be surprised to find out how organized I have become.  Seriously, I was the kid with the pile of papers in their book bag and an empty binder.  And it drove me crazy!  
One think that I have learned about myself as I have "grown up" is that since I am not naturally organized, I have to work for it, but I thrive when I am organized.  So I really have to invest in the time and tools to keep my life organized!  Thus my obsession with labels.  In our last three homes our kitchen and bathroom were both labeled with where things went, so their was not any question!
All that being said, a while back kidecals got in touch with me about doing a review of their waterproof labels, and {considering my love for labels} I was super pumped.  With BD in mother's day out last year, sadly I was the mom that NEVER labeled her things.  I mean, I tried with our normal label maker but they just fell off in the wash.  
The kidecals labels are great… here are the ones I chose (with BD's name and our number course)…
We put them on everything…
sippy cups
Bd's Bunny
coats
tupperware
dipper bag
coats
Pete the Cat
sweaters

BD all ready for school! :)

EVERYTHING, and nothing has gotten lost!  A month in, they look awesome and are doing their job.  
My favorite part?  They were so easy and I have them ready to go when I want to label something else!

I want to let y'all in on how awesome they are by 

1. Sharing a $29 giveaway (winner can get anything their heart desires)
2.  Sharing a discount code for 15% off any order!  Just enter 
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at check out.

Before you enter I want to share a couple more of my favorites from their site.
mustache labels… enough said - keyboard stickers - allergy stickers - 
left/right stickers - diy labels - chalkboard labels
and more :)

So enter away my friends… they are totally awesome :)
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