Fast Thoughts

fasting

I have had several people reach out and ask me about fasting for Lent (which starts tomorrow) so I thought I’d do a quick post about my PERSONAL thoughts on fasting and how I’ve handled it in the past.  I want to start off by saying these are MY thoughts, not coming from our church (since I work there I just want to be clear on that)!

I have always felt that fasting should be SIMPLE, not to be confused with easy.  The point of fasting is to be able to focus your time and energy on prayer.  To give up something that will challenge you and direct your thoughts to God. I personally feel that if I were to do the “Daniel Fast” or give up meat or do whole 30 or another dietary fast my days would be consumed with what I am going to eat everyday, which is not the purpose at all.

So I keep it simple.  Giving up sweets, that’s simple, but for me personally that is my one vice, when I’m having a bad day I turn to sweets for comfort.  I know a lot of people give up some form of media (especially facebook).  There is genuinely no wrong choice on what to give up.  When you are mad, sad, angry, anxious, worried, etc. what do you turn to?  That would be one place to start when considering what you might want to give up.  Pray about it, and trust your gut on that.  I knew someone one time who felt like she was supposed to give up snickers bars which she thought was ridiculous until day one of her fast, she got upset at work and found herself at the vending machine purchasing a snickers bar and in that moment she realized she ate a snickers every time she was upset.

If you’ve never tried it, do it.  If you have something in your life you need a break through on, do it. If it terrifies you, do it.  If you are afraid you are going to fail at it, do it anyway.  I personally have had more answered prayers during times of fasting than any other time in my life. I also get a lot of peace from it and am more joyful.  I am excited to see what God does in my life and in the lives of people around me.  If you are praying audacious prayers right now and want me to partner with you feel free to message me and I’d love to pray for your needs!

To my 4.5+ Year Old

To my lovely, delightful, little girl, Ellery Wynn,

Oh sweet girl.  It happened.  I have been anxiously awaiting the day for IT to happen, and it finally did, and instead of pure elation, which I was sure I would feel, I actually felt devastated.  You’ve decided you want to cut our bedtime routine down to just one book and a prayer.  You see girlie, bedtime routine had become a little ridiculous, here is what it did look like: potty, teeth brush, hair brush, pajamas, 2 short books or 1 long, a song, prayer, another song, talk about one thing, and then either mama snuggles or daddy jokes.  Oh, but then it didn’t even stop there.  Then we had to come check on you every 10 minutes for 30 minutes, then turn the light out and lay with you for another minute.  Add in a bath and a tantrum and some nights bedtime lasted well over an hour and it was exhausting.

Then one day you said, “I actually just want a book and a quick snuggle.”  We compromised and added prayer time in there.  You signal that the snuggle time is over when you either A. give me a kiss or B. say you love me, and you tell me what the cue is going to be when the snuggle begins.  If I’m lucky you let it last a whole 30 SECONDS.  You also go into your room by yourself and get your pjs on and take care of all your bathroom business alone too, tonight it all happened with the door closed.

This IS actually great.  You are growing up, gaining independence and it’s important.  I’m crazy proud of you, to be honest.  I love the girl you are becoming and I know that this is part of life, but goodness it’s a little heart wrenching for this mama to think about all the times I shortened the songs or begged you to pick a shorter book, or tried to hurry you through it because all it took was 4.5 years and the long bedtimes are done.  Just like that, the blink of an eye, and we are down to one book and a prayer.  Now, I’ve gotten a little sneaky, so when I come in and turn off your light to give you a snuggle I have started asking you a question to get the conversations back.  Tonight I asked you of all the books you’ve ever read what is your favorite?  I was surprised by the answer, “Sometimes I’m Bombaloo,” but I can see how you can greatly relate to this one so it really shouldn’t have been shocking.  I’m crossing my fingers you let me have these little chats every night when I say the final goodnight, but knowing everything is fleeting I’ll just cherish them while I get them.

It’s fun to watch you grow up, it’s so hard to let you go, I am holding tight to my last few months having you home with Vaughn and me 2 days a week.  I feel so grateful that I have had the absolute privilege of staying home with you since birth, but goodness it makes it hard to think about being away from you five days a week come fall.  You are ready, you are so ready for kindergarten, but this mama, well I’ll get there…..

Love You Forever!

Mama

Ellery 4.5

Photo courtesy of Annie who makes these necklaces 😉

EO Carrying Case

EO case

I will talk more about this in future posts, but our family has become “crunchier” over the last 6 months and started using essential oils in place of a lot of different things, fragrances, medicines, and even some food products.  I have lots to post on that topic, but this past weekend I went to a “make n take” party where we made 10 roller bottles for our kiddos.  When I got home I immediately hit amazon to get a carrying case because I like everything in one spot!  I ordered this hard case that fits exactly 10 bottles up to 10 ML each and I LOVE it.  A friend asked me to link to it, so here you go, click on the link below to order yours 😉

I read a book

The art

I read a book, in it’s entirety, in one weekend.  Yes, I Laura, actually read a book cover to cover in a couple days.  My brother loaned me this book well over a year ago and I read a few chapters and life got busy and I never came back to it.  When I was leaving for a quick getaway to Florida I scanned my bookshelves and decided to pick it up again.  It’s called The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. It’s a book told completely from the perspective of the family dog Enzo. It’s got a lot of highs and lows and it’s so fun to read it from the perspective of a silent spectator. I would highly recommend this book, especially to people who view their pets as a member of their family.

It was seriously lovely to get away for a weekend with my best friend, sans children. We walked the beach A LOT (one day we walked 12 miles on the beach….my legs are crazy sore), chatted a ton, spent some time alone (I read, she ran) and had a marvelous uninterrupted time together. This trip taught me a few things which I hope to share in the coming days!

 

Vaughn’s Favorite Valentine Book

Happy V

Around here we love seasonal books.  We have a box of them in our living room that I change out for every Holiday.  I love having “fresh” reading material every few months.  Vaughn has gravitated towards one book in particular and that is “Happy Valentine’s Day Mouse” by Laura Numeroff. The cutest thing about it is she pronounces it mouth instead of mouse, she she requests the “mouth book”.  Oh how I am going to miss her incorrect pronunciations of things.  My favorite word she says is marshmallow which she has shortened to “Meemo.”  If you are looking for a sweet Valentine’s book for your little one, we recommend Happy Valentine’s Day Mouse!

February Goals!

Oh blog I miss you so stinking much.  I am going to ease back into this blogging thing and in February I am going to focus on posting 28 of my favorite things, I promise things are going to get real deep and serious on here this year at some point, so enjoy the fluff this month!

I will be completely honest with you that I will now be using affiliate links in my posts, but I will only be posting things that I really truly love to use and I’ll add recipes, stories, etc to all my posts.  But if you see something you like this month, this stay at home mama, who works 3 jobs, would LOVE if you clicked and purchased through the link I provide.  Alright, now that that’s out of the way, here is my first favorite thing!

This morning Vaughn was a complete disaster. She’s got some sickness going on with puffy eyes, a runny nose, ear discomfort and I could do NOTHING for her.  I tried to get her to take a bath because she loves the water, but she was not having it.  Then I bribed her into the bath by telling her I would take a bath with her.  I’ve never done it before (she’s hopped in my shower with me in the past), but I thought, it’s worth a shot because she is MISERABLE.  We hopped in the tub and played for a solid half hour.  For Christmas I asked my brother to get the girls boon Jellies (link below) and they have quickly become our favorite bath toy of all time.  I kinda hate bath toys, they get gross and can get moldy and are just sort of yucky, but these are so nice, they can air out, and the girls love to stick them all over the tub and their bodies.  I highly recommend them!