It's time again for me to share some awesome with you. The above photo being one example. Life has been speeding along and sweeping me up with it, so I haven't been as faithful in posting here. But I hope to get my groove back soon, and maybe this post can help with that.
So here it is, my five things that are awesome. I hope you enjoy, and as always, I would love to know what sort of awesome things have been encouraging you lately, so leave me a comment!
1. "Considering Comparison," an At Home podcast episode - I found this podcast through Instagram (See, good things can come of social media...), and I am so thankful that I did. The podcast itself centers around topics on motherhood, faith, marriage and homeschooling. This particular episode was about, as you might have guessed, comparison. I listened to it early last Saturday morning when I was feeling particularly weary and broken down a lot of ways. If I'm honest, much of this brokenness was due to me comparing myself to others, in real life and social media. So this podcast was a much needed breath of fresh air, and I found my perspective uplifted and I ended the episode feeling much lighter and more hopeful than I had in a while. It's basically a bunch of ladies casually dialoguing about how this topic affects us and how to rise above it, but it was so encouraging to me. Plus, they provide good scripture references to dwell on and references to more articles to read if you want to. So, go on and give it a listen if this is something you find yourself struggling with. I think if we are honest with ourselves, we all do at some point.
2. Evie and Nora laughing together in the car- This has happened a couple of times now, and it brings such joy to my soul. I'll be driving and hear Evie chattering and laughing at Nora and then I'll hear Nora's little short burst of a chuckle in response. And they'll go back and forth like that several times. It is one of the sweetest things ever, and it makes me so excited for what their relationship will blossom into in the future. I hope that this is only the beginning of the many wonderful moments they will have together.
3. Feather headbands from Le Beau La Belle- I just bought a set of these lovely headbands, and they are just as lovely in person. Bow headbands for baby girls are definitely trendy and so popular right now, and we own our fair share of those. Don't get me wrong. But I love these because they are such a different twist to this trend, and I'll be honest, we might need a few more to add to Nora's collection. Plus, I just really love feathers. In all their glorious forms. If you've hung around this blog long enough, you definitely know this (It also may be obvious from the title, I guess...). Two more pluses: they are super affordable, and you'll get tons of compliments.
4. Nature walks as a family- Sometimes I feel like we are all just on autopilot. Mike goes to work. I stay home and take care of the kids. We scramble to figure out what to eat for dinner. I get up with Nora at night. I wake up way earlier than I want to in the morning. The house becomes a mess, and I avoid cleaning it. And we do it all over again the next day and the next day and the next day. Sometimes life feels a little washed out and void of those flavorful details that make it worth savoring. But we recently put a pause on all this autopilot living and went to a nature preserve near our house. All four of us. And it was so much fun and so relaxing and just so satisfying, if that makes sense. It's this kind of stuff that our souls need to feel filled up- quality time with people you love, God's lovely creation and just taking your time enjoying both as you walk. The weather was amazing on this particular day. It's been one of the few days that haven't felt like summer. Evie had so much fun exploring and picking up pine needles and shells. Nora snoozed in my baby carrier. I took lots of photos. Mike and I soaked up all the beauty. It was the perfect thing to help us slow down and enjoy what really matters in life. I hope we can go back soon.
5. This quote:
"You cannot fight all the world. You can only make your own small corner a better place." - Demelza Poldark, from the PBS Masterpiece show Poldark
First of all, this is one of my favorite shows right now. Second, I just think there is so much wisdom in this. It reminds me to be content to cultivate the land God has placed me in right now. It also encourages me because sometimes I feel overwhelmed and like I need to go out and achieve something big for my accomplishments to matter. But that's just not true. The tiny things I do every day to make my own corner a bit brighter are worthy and enough.