Forced to unplug {Into the Word Wednesday}

I actually love these times.

This week I was forced to unplug.  The house where I was working didn’t have internet.  What?!?  Yes, you read that correctly.

Therefore my normal blogging / internet time was shut down.  Completely shut down!

I could have been angry and frustrated (which normally I probably would have been).  Instead I chose to embrace it as a blessing.  I felt peaceful even though I wasn’t getting anything done. Or so I thought.

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

– 2 Corinthians 1:2

Although I had so many things I needed to get done, it was nice.  I had my trusty Kindle so I could actually start reading one of the 412 books I have waiting for me.

The main one being my amazing Bible app which I had kinda, sorta forgotten all about.  Yikes!  That’s not good.

I played a little solitaire since I couldn’t play Words with Friends due to no connection.  It was peaceful.  It was serene.

I love that He knows exactly what I need when I need it. 

I needed the break.  I wouldn’t have taken it because it’s not in my personality to allow things to sit.  If there is something to do, I need to get it done.  No procrastination.  No delay.  It has to happen now so I can get satisfaction from crossing it off my forever-long to-do list. 

That isn’t always His plan. I need to remember that. 

Does anyone else need a huge kick in the butt to take a break? 


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Why Striving for Perfection Causes Missed Opportunities {Into the Word Wednesday}

I’m learning a little more each day that it’s okay that I am not perfect.  Learning slowly.  Really slowly.

I’d venture to say I’m a perfectionist.  I tend to want things to go my way, the right way, and the most efficient way.  I am a planner.  I am so much of a planner that any kind of impromptu activity makes me a little uneasy. 

Immediately I start thinking about how to nix plans to make room for this new, uninvited activity.  I have learned to adapt and know that striving for perfection can certainly cause me to miss opportunities.  I am not so rigid that I always miss them.  I just freak out a little bit at first!

I talked about it back here but last year on vacation we spent almost 4 hours feeding the birds.  These birds…

As I look at my life and how busy it’s been it’s okay not to be this exact idea of what I think I must be.  That every plan doesn’t have to go off without a hitch.  For instance, this post was supposed to be up yesterday.

It’s okay. (Gasp!)

If you are a perfectionist like me, take the time to step back.  Take time to enjoy the birds like we did on vacation last year.  It was completely unplanned but ended up being a highlight of the trip.  Had we forced ourselves to ignore the opportunity and do what we had planned, we would have missed out on all of this.  

Ephesians 5: 15-16 leads us right into the way we are to live our lives abiding by the ten commandments.  The words in this verse are exactly what I needed to be reminded of this week. 

‘Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.’ 

Making the most of every opportunity might not be my way of doing things.  It could be that He is putting something in my path that I need to pay attention to.  Something that I need to see.  An opportunity to follow Him and what He desires of me. 

I knew without a doubt that I needed some family time last night after a very, very long day at work.  It was a longer shift than I’m normally scheduled and then I got out 45 minutes past my scheduled time to leave.  I had seen my husband and kids for 15 minutes in the morning and by the time I got home it was 30 minutes until bedtime. 

They needed me.  I could see it.  I could feel it.  More importantly, I needed it. 

For an instance I was worried about not having this post up right on time.  I was concerned with something that didn’t matter as much as the hour of playtime with the kids (by letting them stay up late) followed by an impromptu in-home date night with my husband.  No offense to any of you but this was definitely something that our family needed last night.   

If I had powered through like usual checking items off my list, I would have missed out on some wonderful quality family time. 

I will definitely allow these opportunities interrupt my vision of perfection more often!

How about you? 


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Getting It Together by Kayse Pratt {Product Review}

Attention moms!

Imagine being so organized that you have a free hour each day to do what you want.

How would you spend that hour? 

Would you…

  • Take a bath with a glass of wine?
  • Read a book while the little one naps?
  • Watch your favorite episode of  Friends?
  • Actually create something you’ve pinned on Pinterest?

Have you struggled with organizing your life after kids?

I’ve had the opportunity to review Getting It Together by Kayse Pratt. 


Let me tell you.  I’ve used a few Kayse’s printables for a few months now.  I love them.  She has thought of everything we need to make us feel more put together. 

I’ve had more than one occasion when I needed a piece of information but totally forgot where I placed it.   Has that ever happened to you?

Reading through Kayse’s e-book has kicked me into high gear to use each and every one of them.  You can either print them at home or order them through your local printing shop. 

I actually printed a few of the blog post schedules and laminated them.  I then can write on them for a month and erase as each week passes. 

I actually printed the perpetual birthday calendar off twice.  I use one for kids and one for adults.  It’s just too overwhelming to put them all together.  At least for me!  I like to send cards to the little ones for their birthday so this helps me keep better track. 


Here are some details about the book:

  • The release date is today : December 31, 2012.
  • It will be FREE once you subscribe to Kayse’s newsletter.  You can do that here. 
  • The e-book includes 30 cute and functional printables! 
  • If you prefer to purchase your PDF file you can do that here
  • You can purchase a copy for your Kindle here.  Then you can visit the link (included in the book) to download your printables. 

If you are on Twitter you are welcome to join Kayse (and a few hundred of her closest friends) on Thursday, January 3rd at 7pm PST.  Use the hashtag #gettingittogether to join in and discuss New Year’s Resolutions, Home Management tips, and much more! 

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Hello date night!

Date night?  Anyone with kids remember what that is?!?

I love my husband and I love my kids.  We do however go through times that we need to reconnect.

It seems lately that if have the opportunity to go out minus kids we can’t seem to think of a new place to go.  I blame mommy/daddy brain for the forgetfulness.  So we have a sitter.  What happens next?  Inevitably we head to the same restaurant we always go to or head to the movies.  What else is there to do in the Midwest?  There has to be more to life than the same old.

So we got smart. We began writing down new restaurants and new activities as we thought of them. Those things I read in our newspaper that I thought sounded really fun to try but I knew I’d never remember later.  The new restaurant hubby mentioned that would slip his mind when the next date night rolled around.  Thus, the date night jars were born!

I have three jars based solely on price.  In case it’s a tighter week than most we can do something on the cheap.  If we are going out for an anniversary or birthday maybe something pricier.   Massages of course could be pricey or cheap…



I’m so excited to put these into play.  Rather than going to the same boring places it will be like it was in college! We’ll be more adventurous in our activities, try new foods and therefore have more memories.

I’d love to share some pictures of your date night jars if you feel inclined to share them!  I’ll also highlight your blog if you’d like.

Question of the day – what is your favorite date?


Taking the time.

Last night reminded me to take the time to listen.  If I had been too busy I would have missed one of the most amazing moments I’ve ever experienced.

We went to the nursing home to see my husband’s grandma for her 89th birthday.  We brought home the balloons from the party.  We were late, the kids were tired and it was way past bedtime.

Trying to get the kids out of the car and up to bed an hour past bedtime is tough. We were tired and ready to relax.  The kids wanted to let the balloons fly up in the air.  We stopped and took 10 minutes to do this. It was SO worth it!!  The Big One said to me that he was sending these balloons to heaven for great nana.  My grandmother passed 2 years ago.  I still can’t believe he remembers her!  Hearing him call up to heaven ‘Jesus can you make sure that these balloons get to great nana’ instantly made me tear up.  This morning he immediately asked if I thought she would have the balloons by now. Of course she has them and she loves them is what I told him.

If I had cut him off, not allowing him to tell me what he wanted to do I would have missed one of the sweetest moment I’ve experienced as a parent.

I found this on Spiritually Speaking.  It is perfect as a reminder to listen and take the time.

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