Monday, August 23, 2010

 The good, the mice, and the menu

The menu:



The not so good:

Attitudes from three of the boys that are suddenly hitting all at the same time. To clarify: negative attitudes. *Shudder* awful attitudes.

A mouthful of teeth trying to come in all at once for the littlest guy. Ouch and yawn. Feeling bad for him - but still (in my humanness...) oh so tired from the lack of sleep this causes us both.

Deep cleaning. It just isn't happening in this season of my life. And it is driving me a little bit crazy.

Sticking to a budget. Hard!

Kitchen cupboards that desperately need refinished, or painted, or... something!

Mice.

Yogurt carton left on a low table. Baby who is quicker than quick and into e.ver.y.thing. Sticky, blueberry everything.


The very good:

Feeling refreshed after a wonderful and restful weekend.

Feeling ready for my day and week after reinstating some good disciplines into my life that I really needed!

Friends who help sharpen me and remind me that I am not alone in my struggles.

Working on memorizing Psalm 119. I'm about 12 verses in. I'm not even thinking about the length of this chapter - just going line by line; totally do-able!

Planning/dreaming about a trip for our 10th wedding anniversary in March. Fun! Not sure if what we are dreaming up will actually happen or not (lots of little details... like we have 4 kids...) ;) but still - fun.

Looking very forward to time with my parents in two weeks - and so grateful that they are willing to travel  here so that we can spend some time together!

My camera.

Planning and preparing for fall. School for daddy and two boys, a new schedule; some big changes.

A husband who still calls me princess.

God's Word: Living, life giving, wisdom imparting, and so, so needed by me!

The maintenance cleaning: getting done!

Sticking to a budget. Taking cash only to go buy groceries. Good!!

Stocked fridge and cupboards.

A slight reprieve from the oppressive heat and humidity.

Four little boys who, despite the attitudes, truly make me smile - and help me to reach the potential of who I was meant to be.

18 comments:

~beautyandjoy~ said...

I love this format of how you shared... but most of all I love your heart that just crashes and radiates through every word.

Sometimes, Wendi, I wish with all my heart you could get a little glimpse (heck, a BIG one) of how I see you. I love how in spite of all the challenges you face your choices still come through.

Heroic, lovely, beautiful, godly, honest, patient, kind, intentional, true, beautiful... I am convinced Jesus sees you that way, too. You are like the flowers you put pictures up of the other day. I am praying you will know that today!

Your writing is a gift, but your example even more so. xo

Barbie said...

I absolutely love this post! Thank you for sharing.

E. RaMona (Alaiyo) said...

I love the title, I love the post...and I even love the menu, lol! I too agree with beautyandjoy! Your writing is amazing, I pray God's blessings and patience for you this week.

Rachel said...

You are such an encouragement today...and your menu is fabulous :)

une autre mère said...

That title was perfect. Liked reading this post. Very fresh! :)

Rach@In His Hands said...

Look at that fantastic menu board! Yummy.

I love how you acknowledge the hard and celebrate the wonderful. Both are real and mold us and teach us.

Amy@My Front Porch said...

Oooh, what a pretty {and yummy looking} menu you have!

The good, the bad, and the ugly -- we learn from the all, huh?

Trisha said...

Thanks for putting things in perspective. Your blog is always a blessing! Thanks for reminding me to celebrate LIFE!

Mama Belle said...

You continue to amaze me. I'm so very impressed.

Little Candle said...

Such wonderful things. I feel like we are going through similar things right now. I love this glimpse of your Mama's heart...you are a beautiful and wonderful Mama...So many hugs to you!

Jenn said...

Beautiful post! Neat way to summarize what's happening in your life right now.

cassie10009 said...

Found you again today in my "favorites." I loved what is good today...miracles everyday..right?

cassie10009 said...

Ps. I forgot I wanted to send this to you. I think you might enjoy it. Finding Joy Movie
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Noah and Ryders Mommy said...

What a beautiful post, WEndi!! It mimics the beautiful person that wrote it...One can truly learn a thing or two from you, even myself. Love you sweet friend thank you for this inspiration!

Amanda said...

love this wendi...and p.s. your menu makes me hungry...very hungry. i'll pay for your gas and all the grocery expenses if you will come cook for me for a week...seriously! really seriously.

THE OLD GEEZER said...

I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

God Bless You ~Ron

Heather of the EO said...

"and help me reach the potential of who I was meant to be."

YES!

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

How in the world do you write so neatly on a white board?!? I'm now horrified by my own :) I better go practice...