Wednesday, September 2, 2015

3 year olds.... (and the dentist) (and a tantrum)

Henry David went to the dentist yesterday. He was the kid you could hear screaming from the lobby. I was asked to go back with the kids but once they learned that we couldn't get Henry under control they asked me to leave. So I sat in the waiting room and listened to my screaming child. He wasn't scared. He didn't want to lay in the chair. He didn't want people to be in his mouth. He was mad. 

I don't negotiate with terrorist or tantrum throwers. 

 On our way home, I dropped Lucy off at my mom's house to play with her cousins and Henry and I drove home. He was a bit confused (and mad) on why he didn't get to go play. When we arrived home I explained to him why he didn't get to go play and that his behavior in the dentists office was bad and would not be tolerated. 

Not only did he not get to play with his cousins or manna, He had to go to bed at 4:30. 

He told me He did not like me. He was mad. He screamed. But he went to sleep. 

And this morning He woke up, hugged me, and said, "Let's go to the dentist, I will be a good boy."

Discipline is hard but necessary. I had to miss out on playing with the big kids but it was worth it to correct bad/unwanted behavior. 

God is bigger than this and Jesus can fix-it. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hippie Living: Healthy Dishes

When I was a kid we had to do the dishes after dinner every night. Unless we cooked. So, my older sister, Laura, had the great idea that she would cook often so she wouldn't have to do the dishes. I vividly remember dinner being finished and my mom would look at Emily and I and say, "Alright girls, clean-up time." As soon as these words were uttered Emily would get up and run to the bathroom and yell I have to go to the potty. As she would hide out until the dishes were conveniently done I would get to washing dishes. 

One night I decided that I would cook dinner so Laura could do the dishes. I made a 7 course meal on purpose. We used a salad plate, a main plate, a dessert plate, 7 pieces of silverware, three different types of glasses and I served dinner on the table so include those dishes. It was extreme. Even for me. 

At the end of dinner my mom looked at me and said, "Alright Mary, time to do the dishes..." "But I cooked?" "Right, but you used every dish and pot in the house and you get to clean it up." This is when I learned to cuss... (not really, I'm just dramatic)

Since then I have learned to cook in one pot. Serve from that one pot. And use the minimal amount of plates possible. Also, if a recipe calls for more than 5 ingredients I know for a fact that I will not make it. 

Summer Caprese  Salad
This doesn't even require a pot.

Mozzarella Cheese
Balsamic Vinaigrette Glaze (your family and friends will think you are fancy)

I serve this as a side with dinner. I eat the leftovers on top of a salad with chicken. Easy and delicious.

God is bigger than this and Jesus Can fix-it. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

I'm overwhelmed.

I see the work of Your Hands
Galaxies spin in a Heavenly dance oh God
All that You are is so overwhelming

I hear the sound of Your Voice
All at once it’s a gentle and thundering noise oh God
All that You are is so overwhelming
I delight myself in You
Captivated by Your beauty
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
God, I run into Your arms
Unashamed because of mercy
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
I know the power of Your Cross
Forgiven and free forever You’ll be my God
All that You’ve done is so overwhelming
I delight myself in You
In the Glory of Your Presence
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
God, I run into Your arms
Unashamed because of mercy
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
You are Beautiful, You are Beautiful
Oh God, there is no one more Beautiful
You are Beautiful, God you are the most Beautiful
You are Wonderful, You are Wonderful
Oh God, there is no one more Wonderful
You are Wonderful, God You are the most Wonderful
You are Glorious, You are Glorious
Oh God, there is no one more Glorious
You are Glorious, God you are the most Glorious

Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed by our new normal. Brain Cancer 24/7. Every morning. Every night. Things may seem normal at the time but I wake up and go to sleep with the thought of cancer every day. 

I get overwhelmed. 

But then I think how far God has brought us. I remember us coming home after Jonathan's surgery and crying into a friend's shoulder, "this is it, I am at the end of my rope." 

I was overwhelmed. 

The funny thing is God keeps lengthening my rope. He overwhelms me with His goodness. He overwhelms me with His provisions. He overwhlems me with His presence.

 He overwhelms me. 

God is bigger than this and Jesus can fix-it. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Favorites!

Five Things I know and love Right Now. 

1. I have an addiction to books. 
But reading puts me instantly to sleep. Like ambien asleep. I have great intentions to read all these books...

Currently, I am reading and loving Nobody's Cuter than You.  When I'm not reading it, I am using it as a coaster....

And I just ordered Jen Hatmaker's new book. Someone needs to disable my amazon account until I read all these books. I should probably do what I did in college and just read an internet summary on the books I am supposed to be reading. 

2. Lucy and I have been loving our new leave in conditioner. We have both been using it and combing our hair with the wet brush comb. Lucy loves the brush, but I find it makes my curls frizzy if I brush my hair. Good news, there hasn't been another dread-lock since I have been combing my hair.

3. Since Jonathan's diagnoses with brain cancer, we have been trying really hard to rid the house of chemicals. I'm also looking at natural solutions to health. I have loved my young living kit. And when I say love, I mean LOVE. I rub sleepize on my kids at night and diffuse lavender in both of their rooms. Jonathan and I diffuse Peace and calming at night. I diffuse thieves in our kitchen all day long (because I like the way it smells.) We don't use candles or air sprays anymore but I like for the house to smell nice this has been a great way to get the smells but minus the chemicals. 

Also, I ordered tea tree oil this week to see if it would help aid in Jonathan's hair growing back. I'll keep you posted on whether or not it works. (I told y'all I'm a hippie.)

If you are interested in getting started in a hippie life style, I can help. (I'm not really a hippie but I do wear tevas and slap on some oils.)

3. Clean Eating. We have rid the house of processed junk food since the brain cancer.  I thought about jumping on the whole30 train but then I would eat a piece of cake. So healthy eating happens at least 80% of the time in our house. 

(I know you wanted to see my food...)

5. I'm ready for Bible Study to start back. It is my favorite. I'm looking forward to a new year with a new group.

I linked up with a few bloggers today. 

God is bigger than this and Jesus Can Fix-it. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

5 Things.

5 Things that God has given me the past few weeks.

1. Distraction- Things are very normal right now and it is a pleasant distraction from the reality of brain cancer.

2. Routine- School has started and so has our routine. We are routine people. We thrive on it. We need it. I'm thankful for our activities to start back up. This could be listed under distraction from Cancer as well.

3. Friends- I'm reading Nobody is Sweeter than you, By. Melanie Shankle and it is a great reminder how God works behind the scenes. He has given me great friendships that I am thankful for. Friends just show up, they don't have to know what to say, they are just there to be with you. He has been establishing these relationships for times when I (we) really need them.

4. Simplicity- We have downsized our activities and busyness. We aren't going to do things to just do them but I'm putting extra thought into what benefits my family. Lucy is only going to do one activity this year instead of two.  I'm only going to do Bible Study and PTA this year. (and the gym) (When I say PTA don't be too impressed, I just make cookies when they ask us to bring food. I'd like to volunteer more though. But if I don't and the PTA is reading this just remember my husband has the Brain Cancer...)

5. Time. Time with Jesus. Time with Jonathan. Time with my kids. Time with my family. Time with my friends.

God is bigger than this and Jesus can fix-it. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Class of 2027 Brunch

Julie and I hosted our annual Back to School lunch on Monday. We do this every year without fail... Actually, we've done it the past two years but I have the tendency to exaggerate. I have grand visions of doing this until our babies are seniors in high school. 
You know what feels amazing? Being a seasoned elementary school mom. None of us were worried about anything. Our kids walked in like they owned the school and we walked out confident that they wouldn't get lost and would know how to navigate the lunch line. 

These are all my first grade church mama friends. (Minus a few)

I'm thankful that we all have each other. It's wonderful to have friends that are in the same season as you. We get to do motherhood, elementary and life together. 

No party is complete without champagne and my rubber gloves...
The beauty of this party is that at the end it was time for our kids to come home. Thank you girls for attending! We loved being entertained by you. Looking forward to our 2nd grade brunch next year. But it can take it's time getting here.

God is bigger than this and Jesus can fix-it. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

First Day of First Grade.

Yesterday was the first day of school for Lucy. She was ready and excited. 

I asked Lucy if she was ready to meet new friends. Her response, "Mom, I'm not really good at making friends because I'm shy.... (insert hysterical laughing from her while she tries really hard to keep a straight face) I'm just kidding, I'm really good at meeting new friends."

I'm going to be honest... I wish Lucy's outfit came in my size. 
Here's a back to school tip... We always bring a gift for the teacher because I'm not against bribery... 
The gift doesn't have to be big but useful. We packed this bag full of extra supplies: clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, extra dry erase markers, and a nice pad of notebook paper. 

And just like that my baby has grown up. 

God is bigger than this and Jesus Can fix-it.