Monday, February 1, 2021

January 2021 Recap


This late fall I had a slight panic of "what the heck am I doing/ homeschool feels so overwhelming with three children with three different needs and at three different academic levels." A very familiar thought process and familiar emotions when a homeschool mama has hit a wall. 

Anyway, through prayer and great talks with my husband I came out of it all with a plan. I'm a penny pincher by nature and tend to only buy what I absolutely NEED. That's a great thing but sometimes it makes life unneccesarily more difficult and I just have to break down and do the simple and obvious thing: spend the money and buy the tool you need. It will make life easier. 

So I got the curriculum materials we need for this year and these grades and came up with a plan (about 3-4 months into school but better late than never!) and it's been AWESOME ever since. Having a plan that is fluid but structured is so much easier for me and at this stage in the game: crucial!

My toilet trick. That week's history lesson goes onto the wall across the kids' toilet all week for them to read over and over again. And they do! They come to me with more questions and discussion because of it.




 A friend told us about Mystery Science this year and we've all loved it! Check out that afternoon school snack. Doritos and sparkling flavored water. Eight years ago Jessica would have freaked out a bit at this but eight years later Jessica has chilled a lot and doing her best. And hey, they're organic!


My Mama turned 60!! This is a big year for her and I'm so happy for her.

on my solo ride the other evening


Gravel Group rides are back! Aaaaaand I'm 7x slower than all of them. Even that sweet lady in her 60's on the far left, she's on an e-bike so yep she's faster than me too. I had to drop out of this ride and go back to my car early. The experience reminded me that taking a lot of time off the bike in 2020 means that I'll need to slowly build my endurance back up. In the past I would have felt an urgency to get out there and crush it and force my endurance to increase quickly to keep up but I'm at total peace acknowledging "this group is faster than me. I will build my mileage and ability slowly on my own personal rides and take my time" and I'll join up with them when I'm ready!

Found out that Patagonia sells used gear and encourages their customers to buy used before new on their very own website! They have a whole campaign showcasing how it's better to keep your things and repair them and take care of them and love them even if they're "last season's color" or whatever. I can totally get on board with a company doing that! I bought these used pants from them (they're wrinkly from shipping) but they're just great. Happy to support that cause. 


Winter, and particularly January/February can be mentally tough. Day after day of grey skies and cold, cold, cold. BUT! We have determined to find beauty in it. Many days we make ourselves bundle up and go outside and it helps so much. We've rented winter weather library books to understand the purpose of winter and to appreciate each season. And Yahweh has been kind to sprinkle sunny days in there for us:) I've learned over the years there is no point in rushing a season; not being present in what you have now. It stings when I go into a store in early August and see fall pumpkins everywhere, or swimsuits for sale while I still wear my winter coat. I know retailers have to stay ahead of the curve, obviously, but I personally don't want to rush into the next season. God willing, it will come. I want to embrace winter for what it is, let it do it's perfect work, and it makes Spring even that much sweeter!

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Who Do You Say That I Am?

 

We had a surprise snowfall this year and it brought such happiness to us all! Our whole neighborhood was out sledding hills together and big fat gentle snowflakes fell and fell and fell all day. There were snowmen being built and snowball fights and joy all around. We only get snow every few years and it was such a treasure to experience it at the end what has been a hard year for most. 




This year one of my favorite take-aways came from a passage in Matthew. We were visiting our friend's barn church and the pastor read the following scripture. It hit me so hard as he mentioned it certainly pertains to today's political turmoil and societal issues. 

       

 "13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples saying "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" 14 So they said "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 15 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered and said "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."


Who do you say that I am? I've thought about that question over and over again. Who do you say that I am, Jessica? The world is saying so much right now, people are blasting their opinions at each other all day online and in person. The tensions are so high and they want you to side with them - but step back and answer the question - Who do you say that I am?



I love this question so much, because it reminded me what I had forgotten - I was made brilliantly. I have a brilliant mind. I have the ability to think my own thoughts and come to my own conclusions. I do not need 400 messages a day telling me how I should be feeling and what I should be thinking. What I should be mad about or be fighting for. I already know. If I step back from listening to the world, I can hear my real Source. I get clarity. And therefore peace. 


What about you, Jess? What do you say...what do you know?

Turns out, I didn't really know until I pulled away from reading everyone else's thoughts and opinions. Even great Christian authors' voices needed to be quieted for a season in my life this year so that I could listen for myself. Look my Savior in the face again and be reminded that He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God and in Him I move and breathe and have my being. Only He will bring me comfort, only He knows. 



I love Jesus' response to Simon Peter: 

    "17 Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven."

AKA "Wow, yes Simon, that's right. You are blessed. You weren't taught or told that - God revealed it to you. You've been listening to Him." 

So, my friend, I now ask you - Who Do You Say That He Is?


Saturday, December 19, 2020

Reflecting on 2020

    When I think back on what 2020 has looked like for me I am humbled and thankful. This year, we broke cycles. We looked fear in the face and said "it's worth the risk" and made big steps that will change the future of our family. 

I felt lonely for the first time I can remember, and it really opened my heart towards those that live in that place. Yahweh has shaped and molded me so much this year it's hard to put into words.

 I entered 2020 thinking I needed better things and always to make more money. I'm leaving 2020 realizing that a heart of contentment brings abounding joy. 

I entered 2020 thinking that the Lord moved mostly in this one place, and looked mostly this one way, and I feared ever doing something different because nothing would ever be as good or better than that. I'm leaving 2020 realizing that He is bigger than I can ever comprehend, and there are seasons for everything. Staying in one longer than He asked me to isn't good. I've learned to not fear movement and to trust Him. 

I entered 2020 plugged in to what the world was saying. I scrolled and scrolled for hours while anxiety built up inside me, often unknowingly. Anxious thoughts towards this and that. I was in denial and even hated the word anxiety. I thought it was a cop-out for those who didn't trust God. Now I know: fear is what we feel when there's an actual threat (car coming at you in a crosswalk) / anxiety is what we feel when we're scared of a possible or past threat (thinking of the car that almost hit you three hours later; hearing of cars hitting people in the crosswalk) I'm leaving 2020 knowing my own boundaries and being particular about what I let my eyes see and ears hear. Because it really matters.

I entered 2020 with an enormous load of obligation and relational guilt. I was overwhelmed so much of the time, overdoing myself and my schedule. I'm leaving 2020 with the ability to say "no" and protect my time, my family's schedule, and our well-being. That was such a gift I was given this year. 

I learned to be gracious towards others who hurt me and I feel disrespected by, because I know I've been on the other end of that. Forgive us, as we forgive those who trespass against us. I've felt so close to the Father this year, which is all I could ever ask for. It's been such a year of quiet and gentle growth. Oh, how we've needed quiet and gentle. 

I just feel so thankful. He truly is who He says He is. And He's the only truth that sustains me. He's for you, He loves you. Say yes to Him♥️

Thursday, October 1, 2020

It's Been A While



Welp, it's been almost 4 years since I last posted. The chubby baby in recent photos here turns 5 in a couple weeks. (Terribly sad and wonderful at the same time)

About a week ago I made the choice to delete the Facebook and Instagram apps off my phone to quiet my mind and pull back from the distraction that social media (and that device) can be. I went on the best road trip ever with my family to the Black Hills of South Dakota and recalibrated my heart. Every time I'm overwhelmed, getting in nature always grounds me and turns my face towards my first love, the Creator of it all. This whole year I've been in such a "pull back" frame of mind. It's like I've erased everything on the white board of my life and I'm starting from scratch - s l o w l y adding back to it only what I find extremely valuable.






I'm going to say this here and do my very best to not sound like I'm complaining or blaming anyone. But these are my thoughts lately and in case any young mothers maybe need to hear this:

You don't have to do everything.
You don't have to have your kids in music lessons and sports and private lessons and speech therapy and playdates and summer camp and sports camps and youth gatherings.
If you have little ones, you don't have to be at every event at your church. Attending, volunteering, smiling and serving. Helping set up before. Helping clean up after. All while asking your kids to hang in there. (I'm not saying don't help out and be a team player. But there are seasons for everything and one day your kids will be older and your arms will be more free and you can help others more. It's ok if that's not your season, you don't need to feel guilty you're going home to put your children to bed.)
If you're homeschooling your children you don't have to buy every single book and curriculum someone suggests or says worked for them. You don't have to keep adding to your schedule so that your kids don't miss out. 
You don't have to keep buying so. much. stuff. Amazon's easy click system has messed with all of our heads.
You don't have to spend money you don't really have to buy cute clothes to stay on trend. 
You don't have to dislike your home and constantly try to improve it to keep up with what others are telling you is pretty. (Good luck keeping up with the home trends. They change so fast, anyway.)
You don't have to drive a car you can't afford. Or live in a house you can't afford.

You can just be content. 
You can live a simple life where what you have...is enough.
You can be thankful for your old bath towels you've washed and folded a thousand times over the years, standing on your linoleum kitchen floors at the laminate countertops you've painted to spruce up on a budget. What you have can be enough.

I think I've had a fear that if I don't "go go go" then I'll fall behind. I will make hardly any money, I'll have like, one friend, my kids will be sheltered and weird and I'll have ugly poor people clothes. (I wish I could add an eye-rolling image here for that one but it's an honest thought this design-loving girl has had more than once) Also, gasp, I might even get....bored. Like really bored! If I don't keep saying yes to all the things I might be out of touch. I might start to feel lonely. Uh oh, avoid! Avoid! Stay busy!

But I got tired. I wanted off the hamster wheel for a bit to reassess. 

Anyway, I don't fear boredom anymore. I don't fear falling behind because now I know: falling behind what? The plan God has for my life?? Can I do that? Can me pulling back stop His provision and plan for me? What if me pulling back is His plan? What if He just wants my heart and my full attention and this is what it takes? 

So, here I am, typing out what's on my heart while my kids are asleep instead of scrolling Instagram. I'm going to read more books. Journal more. Look into my children's eyes when they speak to me. Work more with what I have. Thank Yahweh for everything. EVERY THING. Trials and victories, it all leads me to Him. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Yes Ma'am! *salutes*



This little 4 year old has brought about a great reminder to the family.
She wears panties all day and during naps and has no problems, but at nights she wears pull-ups because she can have an accident here and there. (Particularly on a night we stay out way too late/birthday party sugar crash/holidays etc.)

So after agreeing she's totally old enough and capable to stay dry all night we said "it's time" and started her on a keep the panties dry all night plan. The plan consisted of the same way she was rewarded for potty training at age 2: Junior Mints.

She panicked when we introduced this plan because she wanted those chocolates so SO badly but was afraid she'd wet her pants and forfeit the opportunity to get those sweet treats. She started crying and protesting "BUT I CAN'T! I CAN'T KEEP MY PANTIES DRY! I don't know what I'm doing at night! I can't, I can't do it!"
and we said "whatever your mind tells your body to do, it does. So if you've made up your mind and say you can't - then you're body says 'yes ma'am!' and salutes you and does what you say because you're in charge of your body. So it's totally up to you - either tell your body you can't hold your potty and be wet in the morning, or tell your body you can hold your potty and get chocolates in the morning - either way, it will say 'yes ma'am'."

Her little wheels were turning. She couldn't believe it. Her little 4 year old self had that much power?

That night at bedtime she stood on her bed and said out loud to all of us "I believe I'll keep my pull-ups dry!" and we all agreed and gave high-fives. I let her know how and where to go potty if she needs to go in the middle of the night, left a light on in the bathroom, and we all went to bed. The next morning - totally dry.
And sister got 2 Junior Mints.
The next day, and the next day and the next day and every day for over a week she goes to bed saying "I believe I'll keep my panties dry!" and she wakes up dry. Even with some middle of the night bathroom breaks, like a big girl.

It's not some magical mantra. It's not even the words she's saying. It's faith! It's age-four-faith -is-just-as-good-as-age-fifty-or-thirty-or-whatever-aged-faith. She believes and she's attached her heart and faith to that belief. And through that small but powerful faith, she's receives the ability to do what her heart desires.

All throughout the day when she says "I can't" to something, I salute her and say "yes ma'am! we (her body and all the parts that make it up) can't!" and then she giggles and says "I can" and I salute her and say "yes ma'am! We can!" and runs off to do whatever she thought she couldn't or was too lazy to do.

It feels good to operate in faith. To live on purpose. It is right for man to call the shots and not just take things lying down, so to speak. There is so much we cannot govern or control, but let's be faithful to steward over what we can. It's our responsibility and joy.

Just ask Nora:)

Monday, February 1, 2021

January 2021 Recap


This late fall I had a slight panic of "what the heck am I doing/ homeschool feels so overwhelming with three children with three different needs and at three different academic levels." A very familiar thought process and familiar emotions when a homeschool mama has hit a wall. 

Anyway, through prayer and great talks with my husband I came out of it all with a plan. I'm a penny pincher by nature and tend to only buy what I absolutely NEED. That's a great thing but sometimes it makes life unneccesarily more difficult and I just have to break down and do the simple and obvious thing: spend the money and buy the tool you need. It will make life easier. 

So I got the curriculum materials we need for this year and these grades and came up with a plan (about 3-4 months into school but better late than never!) and it's been AWESOME ever since. Having a plan that is fluid but structured is so much easier for me and at this stage in the game: crucial!

My toilet trick. That week's history lesson goes onto the wall across the kids' toilet all week for them to read over and over again. And they do! They come to me with more questions and discussion because of it.




 A friend told us about Mystery Science this year and we've all loved it! Check out that afternoon school snack. Doritos and sparkling flavored water. Eight years ago Jessica would have freaked out a bit at this but eight years later Jessica has chilled a lot and doing her best. And hey, they're organic!


My Mama turned 60!! This is a big year for her and I'm so happy for her.

on my solo ride the other evening


Gravel Group rides are back! Aaaaaand I'm 7x slower than all of them. Even that sweet lady in her 60's on the far left, she's on an e-bike so yep she's faster than me too. I had to drop out of this ride and go back to my car early. The experience reminded me that taking a lot of time off the bike in 2020 means that I'll need to slowly build my endurance back up. In the past I would have felt an urgency to get out there and crush it and force my endurance to increase quickly to keep up but I'm at total peace acknowledging "this group is faster than me. I will build my mileage and ability slowly on my own personal rides and take my time" and I'll join up with them when I'm ready!

Found out that Patagonia sells used gear and encourages their customers to buy used before new on their very own website! They have a whole campaign showcasing how it's better to keep your things and repair them and take care of them and love them even if they're "last season's color" or whatever. I can totally get on board with a company doing that! I bought these used pants from them (they're wrinkly from shipping) but they're just great. Happy to support that cause. 


Winter, and particularly January/February can be mentally tough. Day after day of grey skies and cold, cold, cold. BUT! We have determined to find beauty in it. Many days we make ourselves bundle up and go outside and it helps so much. We've rented winter weather library books to understand the purpose of winter and to appreciate each season. And Yahweh has been kind to sprinkle sunny days in there for us:) I've learned over the years there is no point in rushing a season; not being present in what you have now. It stings when I go into a store in early August and see fall pumpkins everywhere, or swimsuits for sale while I still wear my winter coat. I know retailers have to stay ahead of the curve, obviously, but I personally don't want to rush into the next season. God willing, it will come. I want to embrace winter for what it is, let it do it's perfect work, and it makes Spring even that much sweeter!

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Who Do You Say That I Am?

 

We had a surprise snowfall this year and it brought such happiness to us all! Our whole neighborhood was out sledding hills together and big fat gentle snowflakes fell and fell and fell all day. There were snowmen being built and snowball fights and joy all around. We only get snow every few years and it was such a treasure to experience it at the end what has been a hard year for most. 




This year one of my favorite take-aways came from a passage in Matthew. We were visiting our friend's barn church and the pastor read the following scripture. It hit me so hard as he mentioned it certainly pertains to today's political turmoil and societal issues. 

       

 "13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples saying "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" 14 So they said "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 15 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered and said "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."


Who do you say that I am? I've thought about that question over and over again. Who do you say that I am, Jessica? The world is saying so much right now, people are blasting their opinions at each other all day online and in person. The tensions are so high and they want you to side with them - but step back and answer the question - Who do you say that I am?



I love this question so much, because it reminded me what I had forgotten - I was made brilliantly. I have a brilliant mind. I have the ability to think my own thoughts and come to my own conclusions. I do not need 400 messages a day telling me how I should be feeling and what I should be thinking. What I should be mad about or be fighting for. I already know. If I step back from listening to the world, I can hear my real Source. I get clarity. And therefore peace. 


What about you, Jess? What do you say...what do you know?

Turns out, I didn't really know until I pulled away from reading everyone else's thoughts and opinions. Even great Christian authors' voices needed to be quieted for a season in my life this year so that I could listen for myself. Look my Savior in the face again and be reminded that He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God and in Him I move and breathe and have my being. Only He will bring me comfort, only He knows. 



I love Jesus' response to Simon Peter: 

    "17 Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven."

AKA "Wow, yes Simon, that's right. You are blessed. You weren't taught or told that - God revealed it to you. You've been listening to Him." 

So, my friend, I now ask you - Who Do You Say That He Is?


Saturday, December 19, 2020

Reflecting on 2020

    When I think back on what 2020 has looked like for me I am humbled and thankful. This year, we broke cycles. We looked fear in the face and said "it's worth the risk" and made big steps that will change the future of our family. 

I felt lonely for the first time I can remember, and it really opened my heart towards those that live in that place. Yahweh has shaped and molded me so much this year it's hard to put into words.

 I entered 2020 thinking I needed better things and always to make more money. I'm leaving 2020 realizing that a heart of contentment brings abounding joy. 

I entered 2020 thinking that the Lord moved mostly in this one place, and looked mostly this one way, and I feared ever doing something different because nothing would ever be as good or better than that. I'm leaving 2020 realizing that He is bigger than I can ever comprehend, and there are seasons for everything. Staying in one longer than He asked me to isn't good. I've learned to not fear movement and to trust Him. 

I entered 2020 plugged in to what the world was saying. I scrolled and scrolled for hours while anxiety built up inside me, often unknowingly. Anxious thoughts towards this and that. I was in denial and even hated the word anxiety. I thought it was a cop-out for those who didn't trust God. Now I know: fear is what we feel when there's an actual threat (car coming at you in a crosswalk) / anxiety is what we feel when we're scared of a possible or past threat (thinking of the car that almost hit you three hours later; hearing of cars hitting people in the crosswalk) I'm leaving 2020 knowing my own boundaries and being particular about what I let my eyes see and ears hear. Because it really matters.

I entered 2020 with an enormous load of obligation and relational guilt. I was overwhelmed so much of the time, overdoing myself and my schedule. I'm leaving 2020 with the ability to say "no" and protect my time, my family's schedule, and our well-being. That was such a gift I was given this year. 

I learned to be gracious towards others who hurt me and I feel disrespected by, because I know I've been on the other end of that. Forgive us, as we forgive those who trespass against us. I've felt so close to the Father this year, which is all I could ever ask for. It's been such a year of quiet and gentle growth. Oh, how we've needed quiet and gentle. 

I just feel so thankful. He truly is who He says He is. And He's the only truth that sustains me. He's for you, He loves you. Say yes to Him♥️

Thursday, October 1, 2020

It's Been A While



Welp, it's been almost 4 years since I last posted. The chubby baby in recent photos here turns 5 in a couple weeks. (Terribly sad and wonderful at the same time)

About a week ago I made the choice to delete the Facebook and Instagram apps off my phone to quiet my mind and pull back from the distraction that social media (and that device) can be. I went on the best road trip ever with my family to the Black Hills of South Dakota and recalibrated my heart. Every time I'm overwhelmed, getting in nature always grounds me and turns my face towards my first love, the Creator of it all. This whole year I've been in such a "pull back" frame of mind. It's like I've erased everything on the white board of my life and I'm starting from scratch - s l o w l y adding back to it only what I find extremely valuable.






I'm going to say this here and do my very best to not sound like I'm complaining or blaming anyone. But these are my thoughts lately and in case any young mothers maybe need to hear this:

You don't have to do everything.
You don't have to have your kids in music lessons and sports and private lessons and speech therapy and playdates and summer camp and sports camps and youth gatherings.
If you have little ones, you don't have to be at every event at your church. Attending, volunteering, smiling and serving. Helping set up before. Helping clean up after. All while asking your kids to hang in there. (I'm not saying don't help out and be a team player. But there are seasons for everything and one day your kids will be older and your arms will be more free and you can help others more. It's ok if that's not your season, you don't need to feel guilty you're going home to put your children to bed.)
If you're homeschooling your children you don't have to buy every single book and curriculum someone suggests or says worked for them. You don't have to keep adding to your schedule so that your kids don't miss out. 
You don't have to keep buying so. much. stuff. Amazon's easy click system has messed with all of our heads.
You don't have to spend money you don't really have to buy cute clothes to stay on trend. 
You don't have to dislike your home and constantly try to improve it to keep up with what others are telling you is pretty. (Good luck keeping up with the home trends. They change so fast, anyway.)
You don't have to drive a car you can't afford. Or live in a house you can't afford.

You can just be content. 
You can live a simple life where what you have...is enough.
You can be thankful for your old bath towels you've washed and folded a thousand times over the years, standing on your linoleum kitchen floors at the laminate countertops you've painted to spruce up on a budget. What you have can be enough.

I think I've had a fear that if I don't "go go go" then I'll fall behind. I will make hardly any money, I'll have like, one friend, my kids will be sheltered and weird and I'll have ugly poor people clothes. (I wish I could add an eye-rolling image here for that one but it's an honest thought this design-loving girl has had more than once) Also, gasp, I might even get....bored. Like really bored! If I don't keep saying yes to all the things I might be out of touch. I might start to feel lonely. Uh oh, avoid! Avoid! Stay busy!

But I got tired. I wanted off the hamster wheel for a bit to reassess. 

Anyway, I don't fear boredom anymore. I don't fear falling behind because now I know: falling behind what? The plan God has for my life?? Can I do that? Can me pulling back stop His provision and plan for me? What if me pulling back is His plan? What if He just wants my heart and my full attention and this is what it takes? 

So, here I am, typing out what's on my heart while my kids are asleep instead of scrolling Instagram. I'm going to read more books. Journal more. Look into my children's eyes when they speak to me. Work more with what I have. Thank Yahweh for everything. EVERY THING. Trials and victories, it all leads me to Him. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Yes Ma'am! *salutes*



This little 4 year old has brought about a great reminder to the family.
She wears panties all day and during naps and has no problems, but at nights she wears pull-ups because she can have an accident here and there. (Particularly on a night we stay out way too late/birthday party sugar crash/holidays etc.)

So after agreeing she's totally old enough and capable to stay dry all night we said "it's time" and started her on a keep the panties dry all night plan. The plan consisted of the same way she was rewarded for potty training at age 2: Junior Mints.

She panicked when we introduced this plan because she wanted those chocolates so SO badly but was afraid she'd wet her pants and forfeit the opportunity to get those sweet treats. She started crying and protesting "BUT I CAN'T! I CAN'T KEEP MY PANTIES DRY! I don't know what I'm doing at night! I can't, I can't do it!"
and we said "whatever your mind tells your body to do, it does. So if you've made up your mind and say you can't - then you're body says 'yes ma'am!' and salutes you and does what you say because you're in charge of your body. So it's totally up to you - either tell your body you can't hold your potty and be wet in the morning, or tell your body you can hold your potty and get chocolates in the morning - either way, it will say 'yes ma'am'."

Her little wheels were turning. She couldn't believe it. Her little 4 year old self had that much power?

That night at bedtime she stood on her bed and said out loud to all of us "I believe I'll keep my pull-ups dry!" and we all agreed and gave high-fives. I let her know how and where to go potty if she needs to go in the middle of the night, left a light on in the bathroom, and we all went to bed. The next morning - totally dry.
And sister got 2 Junior Mints.
The next day, and the next day and the next day and every day for over a week she goes to bed saying "I believe I'll keep my panties dry!" and she wakes up dry. Even with some middle of the night bathroom breaks, like a big girl.

It's not some magical mantra. It's not even the words she's saying. It's faith! It's age-four-faith -is-just-as-good-as-age-fifty-or-thirty-or-whatever-aged-faith. She believes and she's attached her heart and faith to that belief. And through that small but powerful faith, she's receives the ability to do what her heart desires.

All throughout the day when she says "I can't" to something, I salute her and say "yes ma'am! we (her body and all the parts that make it up) can't!" and then she giggles and says "I can" and I salute her and say "yes ma'am! We can!" and runs off to do whatever she thought she couldn't or was too lazy to do.

It feels good to operate in faith. To live on purpose. It is right for man to call the shots and not just take things lying down, so to speak. There is so much we cannot govern or control, but let's be faithful to steward over what we can. It's our responsibility and joy.

Just ask Nora:)