What I Learned In February

Earlier this month, I was browsing Twitter and found a link to a great post by Emily Freeman on how she keeps track of the things she’s learning. I’ve always done this without any real method to it. So I thought it was really helpful. However, I also found out she shared the things she learned in a linkup on her blog every month. I thought it was such a great idea that I wanted to do it too. This way, I can share all the great things I come across, without writing an entire post about them.

Here’s what I learned over the last month:

The power of generosity is amazing! A Michigan man who walked 21 miles to work received a car and $350k, thanks to a college student starting a crowd-funding campaign.

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Some in the mainstream modeling world are embracing women who do not look like the women traditionally featured. Actress Jamie Brewer became the first model with Down Syndrome to walk at New York Fashion Week. Meanwhile Robyn Lawley, a size 12, is in the editorial section of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and the size 14 Ashley Graham is appearing in an ad inside the magazine for Swimsuits For All, a company that sells swimsuits for sizes 8 to 34.

I miss being in TV news more than I thought I would. I found myself going off in full-on producer mode while my mother-in-law and I watched the two Mississippi news stations on Breaking Greenville.

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I am in love with my new bill binder.  When I was searching online for different ways to organize bills, budgets, and other pertinent information, I came across a blog post about creating a bill binder. My binder is a bit different from the one featured in the post, but it perfectly suits our family’s needs. Now I don’t know why I didn’t come up with the idea myself.

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Mincing and mashing vegetables, and mixing them with rice is a great way to get my picky eater to eat more than meat and cheese. 

The bond between a mother and child is like no other, and God continues to make me familiar with ways to enhance it — from breastfeeding to the traditions of elimination communication that are popular in other countries. I’m currently researching elimination communication and how to look for cues like those we’re taught to look for when a child is hungry or sleepy. I’m hoping it prepares me for the time when M is ready to potty train. It takes a lot of work and I still don’t have it down, but I think there’s such beauty in being in tune with your child’s needs and being able to respond to their cues.

And I learned to see the meaning of these words in my life: 

  • From Christine Caine, Propel Women -

“You can only minister to others to the degree you allow God to minister to you.”

  • From the sermons on Ephesians 3:19-21 by Richard D. Phillips, author and Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church-Greenville, SC -

When Christians are filled with the fullness of God, the attributes of God increasingly mold us into God-like people, and they shape the way our hearts express themselves through our minds, affections, and our wills.

“Light shines through the mind to warm the heart.”

Never doubt God. He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we can ask or think, according to the power within us.

“Expect great things from God. Do great things for God.”

“God calls us to live differently from the status quo. He keeps pointing above the fray and to higher ground; a better way.”

What did you learn in February? Link up with Emily to share your list.

One Word For 2015

I watched my daughter turn circles across the kitchen floor. Every so often she’d spin a little too fast, her feet would trip up, and she’d fall. But as soon as she felt herself going down, her hands were ready to brace for the fall, she’d lift herself up, and go right back to spinning.

It made me think of my first ultrasound before she was born. From my view of the monitor, it looked like she was turning somersaults in my belly. My baby girl moved so much the technician said she was the most active baby she’d ever seen. And I was just nine weeks pregnant.

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost two years since that ultrasound.

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Choosing Him All Over Again (Book Review)

When I met my husband seven years ago, I never thought he would ever become my husband. He was just a nice guy I’d met at church. It wasn’t until a year later that we actually started dating. That turned into a whirlwind romance and three weeks later, we were engaged. I’m sure everyone who has that type of fast romance won’t find that it lasts. But I am thankful ours is still going strong after five years of marriage, and I shudder to think about what life would be like without my husband.

However, that wasn’t the case for writer and speaker Juana Mikels. After just three years of marriage, she left her husband because she thought she might have married the wrong man. She set off on a search for the “right man.” Instead, she found Jesus and the desire to reconcile with her husband.

I thought Juana’s story was so intriguing that when Ambassador International gave me the opportunity to review her book, Choosing Him All Over Again: A Story of Romance & Redemption as a part of a blog tour, I couldn’t pass it up.

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On Changes And The Year That Was 2014

The phone rang, ushering me out of a deep sleep. I glanced at the clock nearby and noticed it was close to two-thirty in the morning. I saw my grandmother’s name on the caller ID. I immediately whispered “no” repeatedly. Then I gained enough composure to answer the call and say “hello”.

That’s when she uttered the words that made me burst into tears.

“Your grandfather’s gone.”

That was back in November.

I don’t remember much after those first words, just how strong she sounded despite getting news less than an hour earlier herself.

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Me and my grandfather

I, on the other hand, think I became weak. I found myself on a roller coaster of crying fits and moments of peace that I can only say were given to me by God. And as in any case when someone close to you dies, I thought about whether there was anything I would have done, should have done or could have done. But this time, I also thought about how life can change in an instant, and wondered if I had lived with purpose, which was my one word for 2014.

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