Sunday, October 7, 2012

Because Sometimes Real Life Comes Before Blogging

Sometimes life...real life...needs me more.

Sometimes the ever changing needs and seasons of children growing up requires more time...more attention.

Sometimes God opens new doors and brings new opportunities...and they need more time...more attention.

And in the chaos of trying to be everything to everyone...I only manage to feel like I am failing at all of it.

In July I felt God asking me to lay down my blog for a while.


I needed to be reminded.

I blog because moment by moment, memories are being made...and I want to remember...not be remembered.

I blog because I want to capture every moment I am given with my children...not capture an audience. {If I do...I am truly grateful...but not the goal}

I blog because clocks tick without permission, memories scramble in my mind with age, their faces change, their voices change, they grow taller and taller and I cannot stop any of it...only purge every detail here while I still remember.

I blog because every now and again, He gives me something to say...and I am to be obedient in sharing.

I see things like "stats" and "hits" growing...

My inbox fills with offers to write and promote and join...and I am tempted to please the masses...

Maybe I should this...or maybe I should that...I could do this to draw more...or I could start doing that to make my blog more....

Please do not get me wrong or take anything I am saying out of context.
I am so grateful for every momma blogger out there that is able to consistently blog or make a career out of blogging.
I have formed some of the most precious, genuine friendships through the community of bloggers.
My life is all the better because of their willingness to share their wisdom and engage with their readers.
Not to mention my decor.

But so often I have to be reminded...this is not what He has asked of me in this season of my life.

It is not the calling He has placed on me.

It is not to be my focus.

---------------------------------------------------------------------- house is in order...His blessing is on is time.

So forgive me as I break the golden rules of blogging...1) apologizing for being absent so long 2) sharing way too many pictures. 3) writing more than a couple of paragraphs 4) confessing how much I have missed sharing my mindless ramblings with you all. :)

This.....this is this season of my life....I blog.....

Went into @magpie26 's room to put something away. Found this on her mirror. Must be her favorites. Gosh she makes me proud that girl of mine. God is going to use her in such a big way. #1000gifts

Because there are moments I catch a glimpse of my daughter's faith...and it takes my breath away.

Dessert and orange juice for breakfast per the birthday boy's request. Happy 10th birthday Aidan!!! #mybabyboy #doubledigits

Because my youngest child turned double digits...and requests cupcakes and orange juice for breakfast...and I oblige because he is my baby. Poor kid...he doesn't have a clue that I'm never gonna let him leave.

He fell asleep here in my lap...and I kinda just don't want to move. Ever. #mybabyboy #1000gifts

Because even though he's double digits...he still falls asleep in my lap...and I never want to move.

Apparently Bo felt he needed a little bling. So he took the a/c vent.

Because my four legged child likes to lay on the air vents...and take them with him. We call this Bo's bling.

Las Paletas. #summerlist

Because we make a summer list...and check things off.

Wax. Pretty much my BFF right now. #ouch

Because even at 36 you're not too old to wear braces...again.

They don't call it The Emerald Coast for nothin'.

Because this exact view has been a yearly tradition for the past 9 years.

Sugar White Sand. Two Beach Chairs. Sunrise. My Man. #1000gifts

Because the kids are older now...and we get to sip our coffee on the beach at sunrise...alone.

Sunset. Had no idea that bird was there. Bonus. #nofilter

Because sometimes...if I'm lucky...a seagull flies into my just the right time.

Never a dull moment when out to eat with these 3.

Because there is never a dull moment with these three.

A boy and his hot chocolate. #tradition

Because hot cocoa at The Donut Hole is also tradition.

Date night at Camille's. #havingateenagerisawesome

Because having a teenager means having date night at the beach. ::please refrain from all metal mouth jokes::

Busted...having fun together. #siblings

Because sometimes they aren't looking...and I catch them...having fun...together.

My 12 year old daughter reading "Kisses From Katie"...on her own accord...again. This excited me and scares me to my core all at the same time. #kissesfromkatie #amazima #amazimaministries

Because I catch my 12 year old daughter reading Kisses From Katie...for the second time...and I feel terrified/excited/happy/humbled/inspired/terrified...all at the same time.

Just found this on my daughters instagram. Where did my little girl go?! Oh. My. Word. She's stunning. @magpie26

Because I find a picture of said 12 year old on Instagram and the air is sucked from my chest because I see the stunning young woman she is becoming.

My daughter just painted this for me. @magpie26 #sigh #sheamazesme

Because she paints things like this...and I on earth did such a talented, passionate, artistic, being ever come from my DNA???

My world right now.  #homeschool #advancedbiology #havemercy

Because we are homeschooling through high school...and Advanced Biology is a beast.

Spending the day with my teenager. Cadaver lab at Lipscomb, now lunch at Chipotle. Mercy...such a handsome fella. :)

Because my 16 year old gets to do cool things like cadaver labs {yes, real cadavers} at Lipscomb University...followed by lunch dates with mom at Chipotle.

Not quite...but honestly...pretty darn good. This was my last hurdle to get over in the quest to be dairy free. #dairyfree

Because at 36 I've not only decided to correct what my 12 year old non-retainer wearing self did to 3 years of orthodontia...but I've also decided to radically change the way we eat in our home.

Our new date night routine. Loving it. #nogmos @oopajm1

Because a new way of eating means a new kind of date night. Healthy is sexy.

Leaf collecting with my kiddos. Got all 30 leaves we needed and a gorgeous sunset. Bonus. #homeschool #nofilter

Because 7th grade leaf collections lead to roaming the lake with my sunset.

This weeks vintage lovelies. I may or may not have run across the flea market like a (not so graceful) gazelle to grab that coke crate. Then, I may or may not have held onto it like it was a winning lottery ticket when I saw the price... $25. Oh and the c

Because a spontaneous trip to the flea market leads to super duper cheap vintage finds.

Camping on the lake...and this. #hellofall

Because summer fades...and gives way to fall...and that means camping on the lake. And pumpkin butter.

"3rd Annual LCA camping trip last day football game." #homeschool

Because fall is not complete without our annual LCA {homeschool tutorial} camping trip.

Best friends since 3rd grade.

Because some friendships started in the 2nd grade...and are still going strong.

Bringing the classroom to life. Junior docent day at The home of President Andrew Jackson. #homeschool #thehermitage

Because every fall we take part in the Junior Docent program at The Hermitage...home of President Andrew Jackson.
Because he is the only kid I have left that does not think he is too cool.

On our way to the partway...celebrating 10 years of the uniqueness that is "Aidan".

Because every now and then...I get lucky enough to capture a moment like this.
Tyler and his sheepish grin.
Maggie and her infectious smile.
And one of a kind Aidan... being one of a kind Aidan.

Because one day...they will be grown and gone {I will have no choice but to get a lap dog}...and this is all I will have left.

This is why I blog.

Remind me.

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"My every mortal breath, is Grace and nothing less"

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