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


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


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
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


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


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}


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


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


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


quotes from God

these words we breath out are His 
these moments we think are special are 
because we breath through Him
and He breaths through us
that's when its special
that's what we will remember, and others will remember
God breathed out these words, scripture
and we tote them around and decorate our tables and walls with them
and then ask God for a sign
He shakes His head
i spoke words to you that you do not listen
that you do not read
that you do not know
find me there
feel me breath

i used to keep a notebook of quotes when i was young
oh how i loved quotes and i still do
the awesome power of words
and how pieced together and written
can you make you breath easier

but to think we have an entire collection
of quotes from God himself
penned down
for us
so that we
can breath easier
He knew we'd be afraid
so he said "do not fear"
He knew we wouldn't understand faith
so he gave us definitions 
He knew we'd want answers and examples
so he gave us page after page, word after word, story after story
not to decorate our coffee tables and walls
but to fill our heart and soul

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 
turning your ear to wisdom
    and applying your heart to understanding
indeed, if you call out for insight
    and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.  
(Proverbs 2:1-5)


All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

store up in your heart, mind, and soul.  


this life. {no words needed}

i watched this beautiful lady dance like no one was watching, while she worked selling drinks and it filled by heart with joy.  music it's good for the soul and life is too short to waste it.

this boy never ceases to amaze me.  sometimes i wonder how i could be so blessed and i thank God for allowing me to be his mom. 

the sounds of their laughter should be recorded in the heart.

this is what my husband leaves for me to return home too. 

they are arguing over whether this is a cart or a buggy.   
addie is searching the store over for this buggy her daddy speaks of.  

these moments. this life.  

what are you slowing down and doing this summer?

linky up with the lovely Jennifer 


my unedited life {no words needed}

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8

lovely linky


5 minute prayer list

i pray all the time
sometimes i'm praying and i'm not even thinking about it
prayer is my release
its my out
if i try to hold all the worries in
i would explode 

today's prayer list:
for my friend Kendal in remote villages of Nepal with or without toilet paper (i hope she hasn't ran out)
for my friend Shannon in Puerto Rico having VBS with youth from her church and coming home tomorrow
for my husband and son who are at Father-Son camp making memories, getting closer to one another, and closer to God
for my great grandmother whose time on earth is running out
for my friend who didn't get the job but knows God has a better plan
for my friend Beth whose daughter is in Guatemala
for my fellow blogger Kristen who leaves for Kenya tomorrow, what a ministry she has there
for the kids at home without food this summer 
for potty training my sweet baby girl

and these are just things i can think of in the five minute write

you see you can NOT hold all the worries, concerns, fears, and hopes in
you gotta give them to the only one who can do anything about them
our most precious heavenly Father

how can i pray for you?

lovely linky's
Lisa Jo at Five Minute Friday


#riskrejection update with soundtrack

with summer starting i've just been so excited to be home and garden and clean and find my house again

and i've been to the beach and played taxi to camps and we have shopped and went out to eat and lived up this American life

by i can't let this keep happening.....i have's time to face the music's time to get back on the horse

my original risks for 2014 with new risk 

  • run - I did complete 2 5ks and just this week I have started walking again - new goal - find next race
  • business - slacking in this one - new goal - 4 tastefully simple parties this summer
  • share Jesus - ummmmm, yeah - praying and seaching - new goal - find a local place to volunteer and mission

{i added three of my new favorite songs for your listening pleasure - i love music}

are you still taking risk this year or are you caught up in the day to day to like me?


get your hands dirty

get your hands dirty. 

play in the dirt.

watch and pray.

keep out the weeds.  keep the bugs out. keep the varmints out.

wait for the harvest.

garden lessons. life lessons.

get your hands dirty.

lovely linky:
five minute friday


finding you {advice for youth}

i see you
i hear your cries
yeah you...the one who wants to hide,
someone who just wants to be found.
the one who doesn't know who you are yet or where you want to go
i see you, behind your dyed hair and dark clothes and athletic pants and pretty scarves and LeBron's and cowboy boots with straight hair and curly hair and those 14 year old eyes
i hear you
as you walk up to me and tell me how your Sunday was so painful because you had to go to church
and i say why is that bad
and you answer
"because I don't believe"
you look at me and wait
i hear you thinking "what will she say"
and i look up at you and answer
what do you believe?
and i stop and wait
you look at me like no one has ever asked you that
i want to hug you
but i know that's uncool
i want to tell you that no matter what
i love you
and it is going to be ok
you are going to find you..........
it may not be today or tomorrow or next year or 20 years
and there will be people along the way that push you a certain way
try to make you fit the mold
don't let them
be you
be the person God made you to be
keeping finding you
search for joy
live life
serve others
you are going to find you
don't stop till you do

are you still trying to figure out who God made you to be....i am....i wrote this piece back before Christmas after a conversation with a student.  we are so quick to push kids to decide and be and grow up, when they haven't even figured out who they are yet

what advice would you give the youth of today?



20 things they don't tell you when you become a mom

1.  You will consider whether or not you have served all the food groups in the day.

2.  You will have frequent conversations about poop and even be excited about it.

3.  You will pray more.  "Lord, please let her go to sleep"

4.  There will always be a mom that seems to have it more together than you, have better kids, and be doing a better job.

5.  Sneezing, and lots of other body parts and functions, will never be the same.

6.  Your kid grows fast between 0 and 5 but once they hit school age you can't keep up.

7.  There will be times when you have to think fast and act responsibly and you will look back and wonder how you held it all together.  

8.  You will make mistakes.

9.  You will learn how easy kids forgive.

10.   Sometimes you just have to let them get dirty.

11.  Whatever your plan is, your kid will have a different one.

12.  They will talk back.

13.  They will embarrass you.

14.  They will make you forget what a horrible day you have had. 

15.  They will inherit traits from you that you wish they didn't.

16.  You will need poison controls phone number.

17.  You will never have everything you need when you go on vacation even if you take the whole house, and unlike before children, you can't pack thirty minutes before in one bag and be out the door.  

18.  You will never regret having them.

19.  You will never ever believe the kind of love you will have for them.  The kind that fills your whole heart and you think it might bust.

20.  Even if you make mistakes, even if you do it all wrong, even if they talk back, even if they are just like you......your kid will love you so much.   I remember people telling me how much I was going to love being a mommy and love my children, but there was so much no one told me, like how much they were going to love me back.


it's that time

its that time when.....

the Easter bunny may or may not still have eggs at your house, in your living room floor......

the papers are coming in from school by the truck loads and if you blink you might miss sending in a form or a towel or a cupcake..........

the pollen can be seen falling from the trees like rain causing eyes to water and boxes of tissues to be consumed..........

the ability to get your kids to come in the house is near impossible...."what I have take a are asking an awful lot, mom!".............

the need for a vacation is rising by the number of times your are hitting the snooze button

the house is reaching 80 degrees because your waiting till it is unbearable before you turn on the a/c

the sunburn sneaks up you because you've forgotten its powerful rays

the teachers and the students are counting the days till the end of school

it's that time when..........summertime is so close yet so far away

 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.
Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.
James 5:!3

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