Friday, October 31, 2014

FYI Friday--the light will shine on | Day 31

By now, we've carved and scooped out our pumpkin! We've talked about how the seeds and goop are like our sin. We put a candle in our jack o' lantern and talked all about God's light shining in us! I will forever love this pumpkin metaphor! We have our costumes ready (and even right now, one of ours has a new costume he doesn't even know about yet--sure to thrill him--because as he walked out the door he just wasn't sure what he was going to dress as and didn't make a fuss) and our 4 year old couldn't be more excited to be Batman and tell everyone Trick or Treat! He's been talking about this day for a good month!

Yes, October 31st is here! You know what else that means? It means, it's time to put some flannel sheets on our beds! Earlier this week, we were playing outside in 80+ degree weather, record warm temps, but tonight we have a freeze warning out as it's supposed to be in the lower 30's! I love it!!!!! Bring on the flannel sheets and the fire in the fireplace, a couple of blankets and some warm tea. I am in heaven!

Oh, October, you bring such inner warmth and happiness! But before, we move on to November, one other thing marks the end of October. Today is the end of my #write31days series! Is that the end of blogging? Of course not! This light will shine on! I've been doing this for years now! That was actually part of the reason I decided to jump aboard the Write 31 Days series--I've been blogging for years. I was just feeling a smidge stuck and I was in a writing rut. I thought writing for 31 days would be a way to awaken my writing.

I'll tell ya, it was challenging for sure. I think by Day 3, I was ready to quit. How could I write for 31 days about light? But Hubby spurred me on. He usually does. Anyway, I was really inspired by writing for the series and I'm so glad I did it! I did miss 5 days, I think. Some of that was due to travel and some was just due to life. I knew it wasn't the end of the world if I missed a day, but I tried hard not to skip. I also followed some other bloggers who did the same and enjoyed several series. If you write and have ever even thought about joining the #write31days series, I think you should try it next year! If you missed any days in my series on light, just click here to find the links to each day! Check out Day 3, FYI Friday spotlight on Down syndrome, Day 10, Lighten (and Brighten) it up, Day 14, A light shining halfway around the world and Day 16, We are lightweights, they were some of my favorites!

Thanks for reading through 31 Days of Light! 
I'm still writing, so stick around for a while and join me!

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



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