insights from a daughter of the King, teacher, farmer's wife, and Mommy

9.01.2014

ramblings on labor day

it's labor day, the official end of summer.....

we've been holding on as long as we could

we even crammed in a camping trip 



And now the bedtimes, early mornings, and homework begin........



i'm not sure 3rd grade is ready for this or if he is ready for 3rd grade...........

yesterday a children's home came and spoke and sang at our church

he came running to me after the service

"can we adopt one of them".......i'm not sure, son

"TODAY", he replies

and i want to keep him just like this

a believer 

a dreamer

a doer

i pray that his heart always labors for the Lord

that he doesn't grow jaded and doubtful

but holds strong in his faith and belief that he can change lives in a day


He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Luke 10:2


Happy Labor Day!

Thank you for laboring for the Lord.  I pray that you continue in the work before you, that you faith is renewed and your trust grows, for the harvest is plenty.









8.25.2014

back to school


tomorrow morning i will be up before the alarm goes off
i will get dressed and do my hair
i will drink my coffee and grab my bag
and out the door i will go

my desk are piled with planners and papers
waiting for smiling faces

my room is shiny and clean
decorated and ready 

my heart beats a little faster
and my stomach has a little flutter

the first day of school awaits........

Boy-in-cape-altered

i pray

 to strengthen their voices, bodies and minds

to express their feelings and control them sometimes 

to explore what's near and venture afar

but most important to love who they are





8.12.2014

overwhelmed

i have been overwhelmed

by the world lately
when the world is dark, look for the light

Ebola outbreak

Iraqi Christians

NC teacher salaries

suicide

health concerns

questionable morals

family 

friends

groceries

things of this earth

but what i need to be overwhelmed by

is God

His greatness

His power

His grace

His mercy

His promises

His masterpiece

His work

because as Peter tells us in 1 Peter 4:12 and 13

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. (NIV)

Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn't on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner. (The Message)






what has been overwhelming you lately?



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8.11.2014

holding on to summer {no words needed}




we are holding on to summer




squeezing it till the very last drop





 knowing that like the butterfly it will soon fly away





8.07.2014

are you mad at me?



growing up i would ask my best friend at least 10 times a day if she was mad at me
i know it drove her crazy
yet she remained my friend and is still my friend today, thankfully
but my problems with insecurity unfortunately have hung around as well
i'll be honest i replay every conversation in my head 
trying to judge if anything i said could have made someone mad
i judge body language and tone way too seriously 
and now in the world of text when you can't
i find myself going now is this okay like okay or like OK
or is this yes happy or yes if have to
or is this thanks sarcastic or sincere
my mind runs consistently if i let it
which is no good
it's no good for my friends or me
so i work hard against it
but when i least expect it sneaks up on me 
this worry of what others think of me
the thought that someone doesn't like me or is mad at me
is haunting really
relationships are risky
friendships can be made and broken with a simple statement or act.......
but what if they weren't 
what if grace was the norm
forgiveness and acceptance were offered instead
today i read Romans 12 and these verses stuck out

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.  Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.  Do not be conceited. Romans 12:14-16

so my question for you is this

how are you at risky friendships?  
are you open and honest with no second thoughts?  
do you filter your conversations?
do you offer grace?

i believe God wants us to live this life with people to lean on
friends who understand us and pick us up when we fall down
without worry or doubt





ps i have the best friends in the world!!!  i thank God for them everyday and that they love me in spite of my insecurities.












7.31.2014

parenting advice to me

Hear my cry, O God;
    listen to my prayer. Psalm 61:1

Why are these chidren driving me crazy!?  

the plea of mothers 
hands up if you uttered these similar words (or is it just me)
when they won't listen
they talk back
they refuse to clean up 
they won't eat
they have pushed all the buttons
hit the last nerve
you're ready to throw up your hands and say whose idea was this any way

guilty

these summer days get me every single year!
and recently i've been doing some deep prayer and reflection on my parenting
i'm not the best mom in the world
some would say i'm the meanest mom ever
but we all want reassurance we are doing it right
we look for signs
are they where they should be at their checkup, on the report cards
do they excel at things
will they function well as an adult
are they going to be a good citizen
these are things that run through my mind
when my son is blatantly refusing to listen




and we compare
ohh the ever slippery slope of parenting or life in general
their kids never talk back
they listen ever time
his home is always clean
she reads 20 minutes every day
STOP
so what?

well in the last few weeks i have came to the conclusion that there are some things i need to change, i have spent many days and tears trying to figure out how to fix them, but really it's me that needs fixing


parenting advice for myself



  • put down the phone, walk away from the computer - you know it's bad when your 3 year old says Mommy put your phone down
  • don't say it unless you mean it
  • talk to them 
  • avoid taking the easy punishment to get what you want - go to your room, i will spank you
  • try not to yell back

i read a quote today

You are here.
Be present.

Kids are smart.  
My kids are smart.  
They need more of me.  
They need me to to be present.





Mommy can swing too









7.28.2014

it's almost as if you can see life changing before your eyes












so much excitement this week


    Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his word,
    hearkening to the voice of his word!

 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
    his ministers that do his will!

Bless the Lord, all his works,
    in all places of his dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Psalm 103:20-22

7.21.2014

find the good {no words needed}














{Beloved, let us love one another; 
for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. 
1 John 4:7}

7.16.2014

my birthday post

there was a time we counted our age by hours 
"he's only 7 hours old"

then days
"i can't believe she's been here for 3 days"

then weeks
"time for her 8 week checkup"

then months
"is he doing everything a 6 month old is supposed to do"

then finally years 

and with such excitement that first year 

but by 31 

well the excitement has started to fade

you never drive past a sign that says Honk, Karrie's 31
40 yes 
50 yes
60 yes

but why

why do we not celebrate life

every minute, every day

on saturday i will be 11,323 days old

HOLY COW!!

that's 271,752 hours.

to celebrate
to be thankful for
to honk about
i have spent some great hours and i have wasted quite a few 

this year i'll have  8,760 hours till i'm 32 years old
and what will i choose to do with my time

no one comes to the end of life and wishes

they spent more time on facebook
they kept their house cleaner
they spent more money 
they had more stuff

so why do i continue to worry, waste and do these things?
when there is so much i could be doing with my time



Here's to my next year
may it be filled to the brim with hours not wasted








7.05.2014

still get to be free

after the fireworks are over, the hamburgers and hot dogs are eaten
after the parades and backyard parties
after the red, white, and blue cups, forks, napkins, and plates are all used up


you still get to be free




you still get to watch what you want, say what you want, do what you want
you can talk about the president or the lastest pop star or how much you love or hate soccer
you can agree with hobby lobby or disagree


you still get to be free


see when the founders of this country fought they fought for our freedom from control
those who choose to leave their home and come here
they were adventurous and rebellious
they didn't want to be told where to live and what religion to practice
they didn't want to be judged by their decisions
they came with nothing and built this place we call home
and with great foresight they built a place where 238 years later





you still get to be free


so today 
breathe it in
inhale and exhale freedom
go for it
don't be afraid to take a risk
imagine if the founders of our country had been timid, scared, and unsure









blessed to live and raise my childreen in a country 
where i still get to be free



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