Sports {the ups and downs}

Softball Princess

There are many reasons to play sports.  They’re an excellent way to get exercise. You know. Without actually feeling like you’re exercising.  They’re fun.  Maybe you have hopes of watching your kids play some sport in high school or college.  All good reasons to play.

But I witnessed one of the most important benefits of sports as I watched Porsha play softball this season. Her team was pretty good. And that’s fun. It’s fun to be good at something. It’s fun to win. It’s fun to be the best. But that’s not what I’m talking about.

I’m talking about what happened when one error led to another error which led to another error which led to an in the park grand slam for the other team. When they came in to the dugout Porsha was carrying all of that on her shoulders. Not because it was all her fault. She was one of the errors though and she felt responsible.

First, the coaches encouraged her. “It’s alright Porsha.”  “Head up Porsha.”  That’s their job though, right?  They have to say that.

But as she walked farther into the dugout those girls lifted her up. They pointed out the good things she did and reminded her that it wasn’t all her fault. They hugged her as she fought back tears. They encouraged her until she cracked a smile and kept at it until she was laughing again.

Putting your kids in sports isn’t about winning or losing or playing sports in high school or college. It’s about learning to move forward after your mistakes. It’s about going up to bat with confidence after a major error. And pushing your teammates to be better, not just at sports, but to be a better person.  That’s what makes all those hours of practice and juggling schedules and watching games in 100 degree heat worth it.

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Proverbs 31

Screen Shot 2015-07-05 at 3.41.45 PMSami and I just finished the Proverbs 31 study by Life Lived Beautifully and loved it! I have always wrestled with the portrait of womanhood Proverbs 31 displays because I found it unattainable. This study breaks down the scripture to reveal how the Proverbs 31 woman is no different than all of us. She is a sinner saved by grace. She lives her life as a God fearing woman and her obedience is just an overflow of her love for the Lord. I worked on this study a lot while on our vacation during a time when I had really been struggling with fear. I was feeling overtaken by fear of the future and health concerns within my family. As I was driving one night listening to the radio they came on and said “If you do not fear the Lord, you will fear everything. If you fear the Lord, you will fear nothing.” It really hit home to me that I needed to focus on fearing the Lord and trusting that He is in control instead of fearing the unknown. This study touches this notion as well. The Proverbs 31 woman has a “holy fear that gives her peace”. She finds her security in the Lord not in the “what ifs”. “She fears the Lord and is able to live her life in confidence in the God of her salvation.” I love this and find so much encouragement in this. When I came home from vacation we had VBS at our church and the theme verse was Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” I think it was obvious that the Lord was really wanting me to work on this area of my life and giving me sweet reminders of how to overcome such fears. As I have made this my daily prayer I have found that my fears no longer have a stronghold on me. I can let go of them because I fear the Lord and He replaces my fears with joy and hope. This study is full of so much other goodness as well. If you are looking for your next Bible study I highly recommend this one. Gretchen has other great resources in her shop too and has recently become the momma to a sweet baby boy! Check her out, you won’t be disappointed.

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Mulberry Pie

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Have you ever eaten a mulberry? I hadn’t until we spent our first summer in this house. There is a mulberry tree behind our house that is full of fresh, ready to pick mulberries in the late spring and early summer. The girls love walking by it and picking berries off to eat. They are kind of sweet and kind of tart, but oh so yummy. The only bad thing is that they are dark purple and sure do stain your mouth, hands, and clothes for awhile.

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This year they wanted to make a mulberry pie. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but thought it would be a fun experience. So a few weeks ago we got a container and picked enough mulberries for a pie. The next day we washed the mulberries and picked off the stems to get them ready for our pie. We followed this recipe and it turned out delicious! I guess it goes to show that if you add enough sugar, anything can be yummy! We shared a couple of pieces with neighbors but had no problem eating up all the rest. It was so yummy that the girls decided they wanted to make another one. The second time we included some friends in the process. Now that we know how good it is, I anticipate this will become a summer tradition for us. We learned, though, that mulberries are just about all gone by this point in the summer so next year we plan to pick a lot early and freeze them so we can have pies all year! The girls were involved in every step of the process from beginning to end. I was so proud of them for following through with their idea. It was a fun experience. Who knows, maybe we can pick some more fresh fruits for other pies throughout the seasons.

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Summer Break??

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It has been awhile since I have been to this space. I didn’t intentionally take a break, it just happened. The truth is I just had a lot going on and needed a break even though I didn’t realize it. The end of the school year was busy and the beginning of the summer wasn’t any better. It was good stuff, but busy none the less. This was why I was insistent on the summer bucket list this year. I was so excited to have Ellasyn home with us for the summer and didn’t want it to pass us by without ensuring we were having fun times and making great memories. I am happy to report that so far I feel like we have been successful. I have slipped on a lot of my responsibilities but I feel such a peace about it because I feel like I am doing what I am supposed to be. I am enjoying time with my kids and loving every minute of this summer. I haven’t been blogging, crafting, DIYing or anything else much, but I have been creating special moments with my kids. I haven’t gotten any of the projects done on my own grown up summer bucket list but I have checked off a lot on theirs. I haven’t gotten a lot of “me” time, but it is okay. As a mom it is so hard to balance it all but most importantly I want to look back on raising my kids and know that I made them a top priority and that I made time for them no matter what. I want them to feel how important and precious they are. That doesn’t mean I will always get it right or that this summer has been perfect, but for the first time in awhile I feel like I am headed in the right direction of letting go of the things that can wait and not holding myself to such an unattainable level of perfection in all areas. With that said, I hope to get back in the habit of blogging and crafting because I truly do love it, but up until now, a little break was needed.

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4th of July Nails

I haven’t had a lot of time to get to do my nails lately, but I decided I was GOING to paint my nails for the 4th of July because I had a super, awesome idea in my head.  I got it done yesterday and it turned out just as awesome as it was in my head.

You can look back at this post on chevron nails to see how to complete the chevron big toe.  I just used blue and red paint instead of white paint on the tape.

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Now I’m ready to shoot some fireworks and spend some time with family and celebrate this wonderful country that we live in.  God Bless America!!

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