There are several bible studies I have done multiple times and would highly recommend to any woman. Lies Women Believe is one; Calm My Anxious Heart is another. I am currently going through the latter again for the third time and let me just tell you, I can’t seem to go more than a few pages without bursting into tears! It’s like the book was written specifically for me in this exact season of life.
Years ago I was in a musical and for some reason I can no longer remember one of the girls stomped off the stage during a rehearsal. “I think I need a break,” she huffed. I can’t recall if she ever returned to the show but the phrase has stuck amongst my theatre family as a lasting inside joke. Well today, I think I need a break, a break from Facebook. For a long time I refused to have the app on my phone but I added it back on about nine months ago when I wanted to take advantage of Facebook Marketplace (oh you sneaky little…). I realized last night that I have a problem. I am on Facebook way too much! I feel overwhelmed by everything I see – the anger, the hurt, the drama. I want to put my phone down and play with my daughter. I want to get my news from somewhere other than an article everyone in my feed is sharing from a different perspective. And while I didn’t do a time inventory, I am sure I spend exponentially more time there than I do in my bible. It’s time for a change.
I was trolling through Facebook today when I came across this post:
The butterflies in my stomach have lost their wings.
Of course this could mean many things, but one tends to assume it has something to do with love, or a lack thereof. As I continued to scroll mindlessly through my friends’ posts my thoughts wandered to the man sitting next to me in the car. I suddenly realized the butterflies in my stomach have been on break for quite some time. My husband no longer gives me butterflies. Continue reading “My Husband No Longer Gives Me Butterflies”
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (where it’s already dark) then you know the initial signs of the 2017 solar eclipse will be starting within minutes of me hitting “publish” on this post. And if you happen to live in Idaho, you’re in a prime spot for viewing the Total Solar Eclipse in all of its fullness. However, if you are kicking yourself for not getting the solar eclipse glasses when they were on Amazon for $10 instead of $150, never fear. There are several great ways to still see the eclipse without staring at the sun and creating permanent retina damage.
I am not a gardener. Plants look at me and die which is odd given my mom is a natural green thumb. When I lived in Hawaii I desperately wanted plants around my house and finally went to Lowe’s seeking help. I explained my brown thumb syndrome to an associate there and she handed me a plant. “If you can kill this one you should just quit,” she challenged jokingly. A week later it was dead. I haven’t had a plant since. Continue reading “From Gardening to God”
A girlfriend was in town visiting last week and I was on a mission to find things to do with a baby in tow. We both love waterfalls but I didn’t feel like doing the two and a half hour drive to Shoshone Falls, especially since I was just there a month or so ago. A quick Google search led me to Jump Creek Falls located in Owyhee County, about an hour drive west of Boise. The falls themselves are small but beautiful and the water appeared to be safe for wading and water play.
The other day I was at my wit’s end with Olivia and her napping (or rather, lack thereof) and I looked at Luke in desperation. “How do they do it?” I cried. “How do all these moms make it look so easy?” He laughed, of course, and reminded me people probably say that about us. (How do they do it? Their daughter is 5 months old and they travel with her!) Continue reading “The Comparison Game”