Tuesday, October 28, 2014

If you don't know where you are going | Day 28

My dad likes to find every opportunity to use the saying, "When you don't know where you are going, any road will get ya there!" It's become a thing in our bigger family to predict when he's going to use it in conversation and to join right in!

And it's so true. We are always moving through life. There is no stopping. Just because we don't know what's ahead, doesn't mean we aren't going to get to what's ahead.

People are always talking about their 5 or 10 year plans. Or those big dreams they have for the future. I tend to struggle with those questions. I really don't know what I want life to look like in 5 or 10 years.

But I can tell you this, though I may not know exactly where I'm going, or what I will be doing, I want to be on a road with the Lord. I want Him lighting my path. He will get me where I am going and He already knows where that will be.

Monday, October 27, 2014

what your breakfast needs | Day 27

Breakfast, especially on school mornings tends to be the easiest and quickest things we can get on a plate. Think cereal bar/yogurt, waffles and peanut butter, or raisin bread and peanut butter. Which in turn means, we have only a few items that we rotate through our week. Which in turn means, sometimes, breakfast gets boring. There's not a lot of time for bacon and eggs and my littles can be a smidge picky, so they aren't huge fans of smoothies or oatmeal or whatever it is the rest of the world eats.

But then comes Fall! I love being able to throw different items into our mix and Fall brings muffins! Like these chocolate chip pumpkin muffins! My sweet friend shared them with me years ago and they do not disappoint! Soooo delish! Maybe not technically light as in cooking light, but they certainly lighten our breakfast experience! My boys start asking about them as soon as they see the first pumpkin! Here's a little happy--a must have muffin--for your breakfast rotation!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

1 and 2/3 c. flour
1  c. sugar
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. baking powder
2 large eggs
1 c. canned pumpkin
1/2 c. melted butter
1 c. chocolate chips (I used a smidge less--shockingly)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder in a large bowl. In a small bowl, beat eggs, pumpkin, and butter. Add this to the large bowl of dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips. Spoon mixture into greased muffin pan or use paper cups. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Truth | Day 26

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." --Psalm 119:105

Saturday, October 25, 2014

4 boys + 1 man = the lights of my life | Day 25

Life isn't always perfect. Sometimes, life is hard. But I recently heard it said, that if life is hard, but the relationships in your life are good, then really, life is good. But if life is good and your relationships are bad, then really, life is bad.

I'm thankful my life is good. Not without problems, or issues to be worked through, but good. The Lord is faithful and never leaves us and he has blessed me with a husband who is the same. Faithful and loving. He has made our quiver full, and even when life with 4 boys seems so loud and crazy, we wouldn't change it for anything! Even when Hubby and I work through difficult times, the Lord brings us out stronger. I would not want to do life without my man!

Thank you Lord, for my boys and my man--my pumpkins!
The lights of my life!
I love my family!
I am truly blessed!

Friday, October 24, 2014

bringer of light | Day 24

A couple of weekends ago, we took a family trip to Waco, TX to show our boys some of our old stompin' grounds, to see a football game (their first in-person actual game) and to visit friends. It was a wonderful trip!

And during our trip away, our oldest had a birthday!

Luke, our first child to hold in our arms, the one who made us Mommy and Daddy, turned 9 years old!

When Hubby and I were dating, before we were even married, we talked of future children and what we would name them. We both loved the name Luke. It's a strong name, but we especially loved the meaning of the name, Luke. It means, bringer of light.

Before Luke was born, we prayed for him and we still pray for him. So much. So often. We pray that he will in fact, be a bringer of light to others. That he will be bold and that in his love and kindness for others, they may see the Lord. What a name to grow into!

I can safely say, he brings light into our family! He has a sweet smile and spirit. He's gentle and tough. He doesn't have to be the center of attention and can be such a good role model for his younger brothers. He's sensitive toward others and has such a mind full of adventure!

For two years in a row now, we've been off on some adventure for his birthday. Luke has been great with it. Up for most things when it comes to family time! What a treasure we have in our Lukey!

Happy celebrating in our hotel room and he chose his birthday lunch---the Health Camp (which is uber-famous in Waco and more like heart attack in a box rather than healthy)!

Luke, we love you more than you'll ever know! Thank you for being a light to our family and others! We are praying for you everyday and know the Lord has you in His hands! We are so proud of you and so thankful the Lord has given you to us to love here on earth. Make this your best year yet! Happy 9th Birthday! Love, Mommy and Daddy


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

getaways: you need them | Day 22

**The winner of my itsy-bitsy Fall book giveaway is Stephanie! Stephanie--will you email me your address at lindleyjackson@aol.com and I'll send your book to you?!

It still seems too early for Christmas decor and Christmas music in October. I think that every year and every year, it seems to arrive in the stores earlier and earlier. But, today, Way and I were in a store and came across the Christmas scene above. After my initial nose-scrunch-too-early-thinking, I embraced the music of the little scene and talked to Way about snow and of course, my snow-lovin' self felt a little lighter!

I think I might just start my yearly prayers for snow now! Never too early for that, if you ask me. That little scene also got me even more excited about a trip, Hubby and I will be taking with some friends in December! We are headed to NYC for a long weekend getaway! Ohhhhhhh! Aren't getaways wonderful? You NEED to get away with your spouse, every once and a while. Sure you are tired, maybe you have children, don't have time, etc. But if you can find a way to getaway, so many good things happen to build and strengthen your marriage! I'll save my little rant, because I preached it here, a couple of years ago, but seriously! Hubby and I are truly blessed to have had several getaways since our children have been born. Vancouver, Florida, the Grand Canyon, and Hawaii are some of our faves, and our last trip to NYC together, was way back in 2007, when we looked lots younger!

Lots of big plans for NYC this time around! Gotta convince my friend that on her first trip to NYC, she cannot miss the ice-skating! And of course, we will see some shows, eat yummy food, see the sights, etc! I've heard great things about Aladdin and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder! Any of you been to NYC recently? Other suggestions on things to do?

Our trip is definitely something to look forward to! Sometimes, especially with children and busy lives, taking a breather and spending time with ones you love does a heart good!


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