31 Days {Day 19} – Graceful Cleaning

31 Days {Day 19} – Graceful Cleaning

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Welcome back to the 31 Days of Mary, Martha, & Sparta! If you missed it, here is the link to yesterday’s post!

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In my house, there are 5 bedrooms, and 5 bathrooms. There are also 3 boys and, well, me.

Growing up, my mom would just close my door when my room was a mess – we fought about enough…she just let it go. In high school, I was hit or miss, but as I got older, I started to pull it together. When I was in college and had my own space, it was immaculate. Bathroom – spotless. Bed – made. Clothes – folded and away. Bless my grown-up single self.

Then came a husband, and I really kept up with cleaning with another human very well. I was okay with the extra laundry, having a boy in my bathroom…ah, young love.

I had my first baby, and I was committed to keeping up with having a clean house. I found some shortcuts and just made it a point to stay up a little bit longer and get things picked up before I went to bed.

Next came another baby, and well…just whatever.

31 Days {Day 18} – Fallon, My Race, & the Church Band

31 Days {Day 18} – Fallon, My Race, & the Church Band

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Welcome back to the 31 Days of Mary, Martha, & Sparta! If you missed it, here is the link to yesterday’s post!

Prepare yourself. There will be a lot of random mixing of imagery and metaphors today. Just stick with me. I know I’m a little…crazy. I think it’ll make sense by the end. Maybe.

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Today at church, I got caught up in watching the band.

They were rocking. out. The base player was dancing and stomping his feet, the drummer was jammin’, and the lead guitarist was smiling from ear to ear.

A lightbulb went on in my head. Actually, God turned on the lightbulb and then He started talking and I started listening.

He told me that when we do things using the gifts that He has given us, we feel so at home. Keeping our eyes in our lane, on our own race, we are able to run so much faster and accomplish so much more.

I think that as women, especially as moms, we tend to look at other people doing their thing and feel like we should be doing their thing, too.

31 Days {Day 17} – Why We Homeschool

31 Days {Day 17} – Why We Homeschool

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Welcome back to the 31 Days of Mary, Martha, & Sparta! If you missed it, here is the link to the last post!

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Yikes! It turns out I skipped another day, but this time it was unintentional.

I woke up this morning and fell into a big funk. I was feeling like a failure. I started telling God what a mistake He’d made having me do this – who am I that people want to hear from me…especially every day for a month?!

I said, “Maybe I need to quit the challenge. There’s not much traction here. I feel like I’m talking about nothing. Are you sure I’m supposed to even be blogging? I mean, seriously…”

After one missed day of blogging, you guys.

I may have overreacted a little, I realize that now. I just get crazy a little insecure sometimes.

Aaaannnyway…I’ve calmed down considerably. God has reminded me ever so gently that this is not about me, and that He’s put me here with instructions for a reason.

So, that’s been my morning. Just keeping it real.

Now on to other things!

31 Days {Day 15} – Cooking is Off

31 Days {Day 15} – Cooking is Off

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If you know me even a tiny bit, what I’m about to say is not in the least bit shocking.

I love food.

Growing up, my dad was a chef and my mom was a pastry chef. Delicious food is a key pillar of life for us. I eat one meal dreaming about the next.

But here’s the thing – I don’t love making the food. I did, once upon a time. It was so fun to cook something extravagant on a random Saturday night. But then, these people that lived with me wanted to eat three times a day…I mean, what’s their problem, amiright?

In Jen Hatmaker’s book, For the Love (read it, you won’t regret it), she talks about being on a balance beam and trying to balance all the things in your life. She gave the image of having to throw some things “off the beam” and keep some important things “on the beam” to stay balanced.

Well, folks. I’m proud to announce that cooking is “off the beam” for me in this season of my life!

31 Days {Day 14} – The Stroller Days

31 Days {Day 14} – The Stroller Days

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Well, I did it.

I skipped a day.

Thankfully, it was a conscious choice, and I am proud of the decision. How many times do I let myself say that? {Hint: it starts with an “n”, and ends with “ever”} I was just enjoying my boys yesterday, and I decided that I wasn’t really willing to take time away to post. You probably needed a break, too, so…you’re welcome, really.

Yesterday my mother-in-law and I took the boys to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, and my kids were in Heaven!

My picture on Instagram was of both boys painting. I talked about how great it was to see Noah just being a kid – a normal six-year-old. He never just takes time to be six. He’s always trying to be an adult, and so many times he gets pretty darn close.

As a matter of fact, since most schools are back in session, he really was one of the older kids there.

It was Stroller City up in there. Holy. Moly.

31 Days {Day 12} – What I Wore

31 Days {Day 12} – What I Wore

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Welcome back to the 31 Days of Mary, Martha, & Sparta! If you missed it, here is the link to yesterday’s post!

Thanks for bearing with me yesterday. Today is indeed a new day, and I’m back and ready to roll!

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Well, you asked for it, and I’m trying to deliver!

You asked for some posts about my clothes, so I have come up with a plan. I would like to show you what I wore to certain activities or events with and without my kids. It’s a new category called “What I Wore.”

Now before we go forward, let me put a few disclaimers out there. I am no hair expert, makeup expert, clothing expert, or really any expert of any kind.

I am willing to answer any questions you have, but as we get started, I’m not quite sure what information you guys might be looking for, so I will do my best to adjust the info I provide as we go. So please please puh-lease ask any questions you have in the comments and I will answer them for you!

Okay! All disclaimers complete! Let’s get started!

*Deep breath!*

31 Days {Day 11} – I Surrender All

31 Days {Day 11} – I Surrender All

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I don’t know what’s up with me today, but I’m just a little bit in a funk. I have had a great day. I went to church and then a movie with my family, and a birthday party with friends.

Usually those are all things that would bring me up to a really great place. I would be ready to start my week with a cheerful and refreshed heart.

Instead, I’m feeling bogged down, lethargic, and irritable.

31 Days {Day 10} – Dating my Husband

31 Days {Day 10} – Dating my Husband

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Last night I got to go out on a date with my favorite person – Ty! It was so great to just have some time together. It was simple. We went to dinner at a great Mexican place (our favorite), and then we went to see a movie.

This is one of the most important things that Ty and I do in our marriage.