Saturday, September 08, 2012

Football

I haven't blogged in a long time, but today I have a moment and something I don't want to forget. This one is for my boy...


Today I watched you, my handsome son, put on your brave face and meet your new football coach. I know you were worried; worried you wouldn't do very well. You know already that some things are hard. You knew this would be one of those things that would take a while to learn. You were nervous. I was nervous for you. I know you are only four, but I want you to be confident. I want you to try hard things and I want you to know the value of team. I want you to experience the honor in trying your best even if you fail. We prayed and you headed onto the field.

 You, my tall boy, look older than your four years. However, your coordination reveals your youth. In a sea of bigger boys, you seem so small, but so sweet. While perhaps I wanted to see you be strong, fast, athletic and tenacious on the field. I really could not have been prouder to see you allow others to go ahead of you as you waited patiently for your belt of flags. You are kind and considerate of others.  I smiled big watching you try to follow your coaches teaching, even when it made your ball fall shorter and your (almost) catches hit the turf instead of your hands. You are teachable.  I watched you observe, like your dad, taking it all in. You were evaluating. Waiting. Trying to find your spot. I hope you grow to become more like him.

Perhaps you are like me when it comes to sports and you aren't much of a competitive spirit or maybe you will grow into it as you get comfortable. For now, I rejoice in you, my son, because even at 4 we have expectations and hopes for you. And I am so glad that even at 4, you takes those, throw them out the window, and prove yourself to be more amazing than I could ever have imagined. What a joy to see you grow. I love you, B.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

MOPS...

Most of my "real life" friends know I am very involved in MOPS. I had the priviledge of writing about my experience at MOPS convention on our local MOPS blog. Click over and check it out.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

More (in)SPIRED Deals LOVE..



Oh, Dayspring, how I do love you.


Well, maybe that is exaggerating, but have you seen the new Redeemed collection? I literally squealed with excitement and I am not a squealer, when I received the Redeemed -Truly Beautiful - Makeup Bag and the Redeemed - Truly Treasured - Wallet in the mail! (I usually don't pressure you, but click on the link to the wallet because you MUST see the inside and back it is so stinkin' cute!)

I have flipped for EVERY (in)SPIRED Deal in this line. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want the Lovely by Design - Overnight Bag for my trip to the MOPS convention in August. I am almost positive that I could cram all my stuff in it and just know my mom friends would gush over its cuteness every time I unzipped it. 





The coolest thing about Dayspring and (in)Courage, though, is that they aren't just selling products, they are hoping to spread a message. The vintage feel of this line reminds us that God takes the worn out, the tattered, and the used up to create something uniquely beautiful - something redeemed by the Creator.  The hand stitched look reminds me of how intricately God quilts together the fabric of my life with the skilled craftsmanship of a master. And, through each creation, the word of God is the perfect finishing touch to transform us, inside and out. 

When I see "Truly Treasured" stitched on my wallet, referencing Romans 8:28, I am reminded that all things work for good. Whether my wallet is bursting with $100 bills (hahaha) or so empty that a trip to Taco Bell seems fancy, I know that my worth is not measured in financial wealth, but in heavenly treasure.

When I unzip my makeup bag I am reminded that the "Truly Beautiful" aren't photoshopped, but wrinkled from laughter, scarred from childbirth, and grey haired with wisdom, just like me. On a practical note, the makeup bag is also big enough to actually hold all my gear. This I appreciate, because who are we kidding, even though I KNOW I am truly beautiful, I don't mind hiding my earthly imperfections with a little primer, concealer and mascara.



So, if you are looking to freshen up your spring with some cute new gear for your home or hand, check out this collection (they even have jewelry). I think you'll love it just as much as I do! You can also check out some other great reviews of the home decor products in the Redeemed collection here at the (in)courage community!  Remember, Mother's Day and my birthday are just around the corner. 

Blessings! 
-Jes

*Disclaimer - Dayspring/(in)courage provided the wallet, make-up bag and a t-shirt for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

You're Already Amazing

Holley Gerth - You're Already Amazing imageIf you have perused my blog for any length of time, you already know that I am a huge fan of Dayspring and the (in)courage community! A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to review Holley Gerth's new book, You're Already Amazing. I quickly said "yes!" because I just love to read and any chance I have to get my hands on a good book, well, I take it!

True confession time - I am supposed to link up my review by tomorrow and I am not done with the book! Uh-oh - there goes any false assumptions about my diligence in responsibilities, but alas - it is what it is. Often, I would just bag the entire review, hang my head and humbly ask those sweet ladies at (in)courage to forgive me for not following through, but this time is different, because this time the book has already spoken to my heart and I want to share that with you.

When I began the book a couple weeks ago, I admit, I wasn't in the mood to read a book about how amazing I am, or frankly how amazing my God is, because I was angry. I was angry that my Grandma was in the thick of radiation and chemotherapy treatments that were destroying her and breaking my Grandpa. I was mad that our finances were all over the place and I was still depleting our savings just to pay the bills. I was so sick and tired of our family being sick and tired with whatever virus of the week we were carrying. I was frustrated with the busyness, drama, and lack of sunshine that had settled over my life for what seemed like the LONGEST winter in history. Well, I starting reading the book anyway - because I had to, because I said I would review this dang book that showed up in my mailbox.

Can  you see me now, the cynic, just waiting for something to nit pick? Propped up on the couch, trying to avoid the latest bug that my husband had as he slept in our bed, I found my self soaking up the encouragement of Holley's writing. For the next three nights I found my self ending the chapter, tears streaming down my face, sincerely praying to God and thanking Him for speaking words of truth and encouragement into my life. 

You're Already Amazing is more than a female "self-help" book, but a truthful examination into the why and how God made us. It doesn't condemn us (as women) for being the way we are, but helps us see why God chose to create us the way He did and how He has given us skills, tools, and characteristics suited for the good works He has chosen for us. Holley writes with a fun, girlfriend next door charm, and provides simple activities and questions to help us figure out some of the why's and what's that come up in the book.

Admittedly, I still have 60+ pages to go, but if I received so much blessing in the first two-thirds of the book, I can only guess that the last pages will only bring more hope, encouragement and grace, to this weary traveller.

You can read more reviews here and pick up your copy of You're Already Amazing here.

P.S. I received a copy of the book, You're Already Amazing, free of charge for this honest review. All opinions are my own. 


P.S.S. - I will try not to be a slacker in the future and actually finish the ENTIRE book before I have to review it. 

Thursday, February 02, 2012

A few of my favorite things!

Just incase anyone needed some hints for Valentines day here are my top picks:

For the ladies try a super cute Wild Olive Tee's shirt!




Wild Olive


For the guys get them "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand. If you need a review check out my friend, Flathead Mama, but warning - it does contain spoilers! :)
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption


Okay - there you have it my February faves.

If you need any other ideas follow me on Pinterest

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Oh, blogging - You've become just one more thing...

I have been so insanely busy with.... REAL LIFE!

I love the blogging world and I still read other blogs daily, but my every day life with two kids and an awesome husband has left me with only a few spare minutes to myself. Those minutes I have found myself sleeping, eating, reading, or just staring into space hoping to find the pause button for my life. Blogging definitely got the short end of the stick.

So, if you continue to wonder if I fell off the face of the earth, I haven't. I will still try to pop in every now and then to let you know about the great books I am reading or products I am excited about. I'll post pictures of my lovely family and all the fun we have. I'll tell you about MOPS and all the lovely women I get to meet. Finally, you'll probably hear me vent about my grandma's cancer and how that has really been kind of crappy.

So be prepared for long silences from the blog and long updates (like this one) when I resurface. :) Thanks for sticking with me and the encouragement that the world of blogging brings! I hope your 2012 is off to a smashing start!

-Jes

P.S. Here is what we've been doing...