Tidal Waves

I don’t know about y’all, but 2020 felt like a year of tidal waves crashing in. Knocking me over, getting back up, and getting knocked over again. It felt like a year of events, some of them a long time coming. And so far, 2021 is looking a lot of the same.

Ideally, I would’ve been writing about our experiences and sharing them, throughout the year. However, I’ve learned over the years that I focus best when I’m able to focus on one pressing thing at a time. Therefore, writing has been mostly on the back burner.

And while 2020 felt like monthly tidal waves crashing in, years prior, I felt like I could hardly keep my head above water. Even with a year holding so much devastation, it also brought growth, and respite.

Now that we are finding our rhythm, I’d love to start sharing our journey with you.

Starting from “the beginning”.

Just a little reminder. . .

We all have that someone we look up to. When we think of that person, we think “ahhh! They are living the dream!”

Today, is your reminder that even if it looks like their daily life is rainbows and kittens. It’s not.

Everyone has hard days. And that is ok.

So, if you’re having a day when you feel like you’re the only one. You’re not. We are all out here just trying to figure life out, sometimes, one day at a time.

So. Take a deep breath. Get yourself centered. And keep going.

21 Days of Christmas: Day 3

I don’t know about you, 9x out of 10, if I’m in a hurry- my hands are full with kids in tow.

Most places I go, now, have automatic doors, curbside, or drive through. That’s because I tend to frequent places that help make life a little easier.

However, there was a time that I had: my large bag, a baby bag, and 1, 2, or 3 kids.

And, I don’t know if you’ve ever had your hands full, when a stranger holds a door open for you. . . But it’s small things, like holding a door open where people find hope in humanity.

So, for Day 3- Let’s do it. Hold open that door, wish them a great day, and smile!

21 Days of Christmas: Day 2

Kindness is like a warm hug.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been blown away by the kindness of strangers.

And the best part, is that it doesn’t cost a single thing.

There have been many instances when a friend or family member sent me an encouraging text, or called me at just the right time.

So, today send someone an encouraging note. Let them know how awesome you think they are. If you know the struggles they have going on in their life, speak life into those situations.

21 Days of Christmas: Day 1

The theme of 21 Days of Christmas is kindness. I believe at the root of kindness is hope and love. We will start with showing ourselves kindness!!

This weekend, my kids have been with my in-laws. Today, I was going to take a day to get it all done. Did that happen? No.

I didn’t change out of my pajamas today. I lounged around, watched Christmas movies, and my husband slept. All.day. We both needed a day of complete rest.

To be honest, with traveling and COVID, we haven’t had many days without any of our kids. I didn’t realize just how worn out we were.

When you are that worn out. It is super hard to pour into others. It’s hard to show love and kindness, when you are running on empty.

So, for day 1: Take time for yourself. Get rejuvenated and refreshed, as best you can with the resources you have.

Take a nap. Read a book. Go on a walk. Do nothing. Whatever it is for you. Do it. Because, you can’t show others love and kindness well, unless you are doing it for yourself first.

21 Days of Christmas

This year has been hard, there’s no doubt about that. There’s been hardship for practically everyone this year. Fighting a world pandemic. An intense election. Much needed fight for social justice.

So much division.

I feel like this year was inevitable.

Over the past 10 years, it has seemed that each passing year there’s been more anger, more division in the US and across the world. It feels as though this year was the eruption point. The lava has been building for years, and now it’s seems everyone is shouting and not many are listening and doing, and frankly showing love to others.

What if we took the next 21 days, and created a new habit to love others when we disagree, even if we don’t want to.

Ya’ll. This is hard. Yet, I know that if we dig deep, find it within ourselves to say “enough is enough”, we can make a greater change and impact in our social circles. When we do that, I know it’ll make a big difference.

Now, I know I’m writing and sharing this later than I planned. The beauty is. . .we can take 21 days of Christmas and extend that into 2021 when most people feel the hope of Christmas leading up to Christmas Day, and the “magic” fades away. Let’s take that “magic” and keep spreading into the new year and beyond.

Travel and transition

Over the last few months, we have spent most places at the minimum in one spot, monthly. When we started traveling more, in August, we only got to see a couple of places – before I got a job work camping for a couple of months.

And now, we are moving more often, hence the lack of writing over the last couple of weeks!

I liked the predictably of staying in one spot monthly. I like being able to see family and friends for longer. . .

And also, I long to be able to travel places we have never been. It’s harder for us to do that, if we are staying places monthly.

For me, I’d like to find a balance of how-long-is-just-long-enough-to-stay-in-one-place, be able to explore, and not stay there too long.

Which is what I think we are on our way to finding!

Anyways. . .Starting our travel, this year of all years, brings its own set of challenges. Just like for everything else. And one thing I’m really good at is giving up when things get hard. Not this year.

This year, is going to be different. I don’t know about you, but I need this year to be different. I need to know that I can push through a tough season. Or that if I fall off the productivity train, I can hop back on. It’s not the end of the world.

I will not give up on writing and my photography. I enjoy it too much.

As we learn our new normal, of moving more often, I’m working on a few posts that I can’t wait to share. My writings just may be a tad off from what my goals are, and I’m deciding that’s just going to have to be ok!

And just know that if you are feeling the same, you can do this!

Just don’t give up!

Mountain Climbing

Y’all know those older metal slides? The ones that are tall, steep, get really hot in the sun, and you go down them really fast?

My daughter had been watching her brothers, among a ton of other kids, go down this slide for the two days.

The first day, I was able to distract her and tell her that I couldn’t take her up it…it was too steep…..

The second day, though….she had enough. She saw that monster of a slide, and began climbing up it confidently. Like she owned it. Like she had done this a thousand times.

After about the second step, I -of course- had to support her all the way to the top…encouraging her all the way up. Going down the slide, with her. It was scary to see this little 2 year old climbing up this mountain of a slide, with no fear, whatsoever.

At the bottom, I realized something. I realized, that I could have missed a great opportunity

An opportunity to empower my daughter to do something big, no matter how big the obstacle.

And since that moment, she has continued to try new and scary things. This little 2 year old is learning the meaning of adventure and explore. She’s learning to conquer.

And these are the moments that make up the saying: Though she may be little, she is fierce.

I love that part of my job as a mom is to nurture our babies into the humans they will become. No matter who I think they should be, or who I want them to be.

If we listen closely, we can tune into who they are, and guide them to become the best version of who they are meant to be. We can teach them how to climb the mountains.

Groundhog Day

“Phil! Phil Conners, [is that you]?!”

Do you ever have days where you feel like Phil Conners, reliving Groundhog Day…over, and over, again?!

Some days…if I wake up hearing that.same.song.just.one.more.time. I may just let out the most epic, blood-curling scream, followed by a river….an overflow…of tears that would take years to unflood.

Most days, I see where God has brought me from. I see all that He has done for me. Peace washes over me, and I know to whom I belong.

And some days, I’m weary of the fight. I’m at my limit. I-just-can’t-do-it-anymore.

I’m the toddler throwing herself on the ground, screaming, rolling around, crying, screeching…and then, getting up and walking away like nothing ever happened.

Side note: I imagine my Heavenly Father, smiling, shaking His head, and saying: “My beloved, dear daughter…get up. This is not how we act. Get up and use your big girl words.”

And- you need to know…that all of those are o.k.

It’s part of the process, the journey…

Some days are a breeze.

Some days are hard as heck.

Some days are for uprooting the weeds in our heart…

And, some days are Groundhog Days….

But, even Phil Conners figured out how to get past living the same day over and over….

You and I can, too.