Monday, March 28, 2011

 My thoughts, my control issues, my life

Our 10th anniversary was wonderful!

Did I tell you the BIG thing we finally decided on doing to commemorate this event?

Cruise? - I looked into it!

Bed and Breakfast? - I considered going back to the lovely one we went to for our third anniversary.

Guess again.

What's that? Did you say Pay Off Half Of Your Auto Loan?

No way! How did you know??

So this thing happens when you have been married for ten years and have been through alot of "life".

Going out and doing things that are relaxing and focus on just the two of you is awesome and continues to be a high priority. BUT - if you are anything like us, you begin to see, perhaps a bit of a bigger picture. Once we decided what we were going to do, we rejoiced together for God's provision to our family, and really, it felt so good!

In addition to our luxury splurge, of making our vehicles a little bit more ours, we hired a babysitter for 3.5 hours, went to Outback (*mouth watering*), AND shopping at Lowes and Target. I know - we really should restrain ourselves from such excitement!

I realized after the first hour, of us being out alone, that my words were pouring forth like an unrestrained waterfall. I sheepishly apologized to Dave that I pretty much hadn't taken a breath between words in 60 minutes, but he just smiled and patted my shoulder. He gets me.

Uninterrupted conversation; never underestimate the beauty of it.

I am also very happy to report that after somewhere between 2 and 3 weeks of four boys coming down with high fevers, lasting 5-7 days, our household is now fever free. Possibly part of the reason this mama was relishing conversation with that man so much. Being in the house with four little ones for - what felt like - ever, can make one feel a little deprived of adult conversation.

And yes, I have considered packing up and leaving the ol' blog to my dear hubby. ;) Yes, he has many talents. And I was thrilled that he allowed me to publish his writing assignment. Perhaps some day I will convince him to start his own blog. Good times.

I have a one year old photo shoot this weekend. Can't wait! We have some really fun creative ideas.

My babies are getting really grown. I don't remember giving them permission to do that. See? I can't even pretend that I don't have control issues...

It's never a good sign when your six year old is working in the yard with daddy, comes running in, quite out of breath, and says "MOM, DAD NEEDS YOUR PHONE! RIGHT NOW!" -They were burning brush. Yeah, not a good sign. All is well. I just have a smart man, who knows that when he feels his little brush fire may be getting out of control, he calls for help. No control issues there. I could learn a thing or two from him...
The boys had so much fun with daddy throughout a much more relaxed weekend than we are generally used to. They also have two new friends, the firemen. 

I have fallen completely in love with a song that spoke directly to my heart when I heard it last week. It is powerful!

We had eight baptisms at our church yesterday. I cried. I do that. It was a really wonderful morning, with alot of meaningful components to our time of worship. I am so glad that God has us in a church that constantly challenges us to grown, that encourages us in our walk, and sometimes makes us uncomfortable for all the right reasons.

I'm reading One Thousand Gifts. "A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are". -Yes, it goes hand in hand with exactly what God is leading me through this year.



Don't just live - live fully - right where you are.

It is what it is. Life is hard, and we can't change that.

But we can change our hearts.

And that's a wrap for now.


Jenn said...

Sounds like our average wedding anniversaries! :) It's more about just being with one another and enjoying just being the two of us together for a bit of time.

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

Happy Anniversary!

And that changing!!

Kristin Bridgman said...

I so identify with this post! My husband and my dates a lot of times consist of going to Walmart or Lowes. I heard this song and posted on fb because I liked it so much. And I also have read 1000 blessings and loved it. Thanks for sharing :)

BARBIE said...

I just started reading 10000 gifts and it's changing my life. Congrats for paying off half of the car. And your anniversary celebration sounds perfect!

Rach@In His Hands said...

You and Dave are A LOT like me and Josh. We are all about finding joy and love in the practical and simple. BUT that doesn't mean we wouldn't LOVE a romantic getaway sometime in our lifetime!

1000 gifts. I read it through once slowly, trying to savor it. And now at least once daily, I pick it up and read certain parts again. Life changing indeed.

SO excited for you and your new business!! Eeek! So proud of you, talented friend!

I miss you. I need to make a trip over to you has just been full and busy lately.

Jodie | Velour said...

That book is on its way to me right now and I'm really looking forward to having it, owning it, and really hoping it transforms me. This whole 'present living' thing is the giant I face daily. I want to chop its head off though. :)

The Sneaky Mommy said...

Happy very belated anniversary! What a perfect way to celebrate! Sometimes the simple things bring the greatest sense of peace and relief!
Baptisms totally make me cry too! Can't wait (praying!) for it to be our children up there someday!!!

Nikki said...

"my words were pouring forth like an unrestrained waterfall."

I laughed out loud! That totally happens!

Happy, happy belated anniversary!

Jackie@Our Moments, Our Memories said...

Yay for paying down car payments - doesn't it feel GOOD? And one day you will get to go on that cruise, I know it. :) BTW - what cruise were you looking at? Just curious. :)

I absolutely love it when God is dealing with me about something...and then I come to your blog and read something so similar here - such an encouragment. And it also reminds me that I'm not alone. :)

I think the biggest lesson I've learned since Leah has been born is to live in the moment, because a lot of life will pass me by if I wait until things are perfect...until I don't have to worry about Leah's heart, or Ricardo's job, or Savannah's nosebleeds, or...yeah. I wrote an AMAZING (amazing, I tell you!) blog post in my head about this while nursing the other night, and then woke up and it had promptly vanished. :) But THEN, I read your Choosing Joy post a little while after that and decided you said it so much better than my midnight brain post ever could.

Love you!