Sunday, June 20, 2010

31 Things for my 31st Year

31 Things I'd like to accomplish this year:

1. Write... lots of things... blog, write a book, write letters to friends, family, my kids... just write, about any and everything.

2. Make the kids each a scrapbook to pick up where their baby books left off.

3. Take pictures... lots and lots of pictures... practice my photography and get ready for the future.

4.  Bake: make new cakes, try out icings, specialize in great cakes just for fun.

5.  Paint: finish those ornaments I started so long ago... paint my christmas houses, make gifts, be creative.

6.  Paint: the kids rooms, bathrooms, the house.... finish the dream rooms I started for them.

7.  Organize: my house, my life, and everything in between.

8. Declutter: my home, my life, my self.

9.  Become who I want to be, who I am, and not this person that I've been living as the past few years.

10.  Laugh: at my kids, at the dogs, friends, whoever but laugh lots and love lots too.

11.  Daily Devotional: for myself and for my kids.  Make it habit to spend my morning with God and to show my children this same love.

12.  Plant some flowers: and beautify our yard.

13.  Read a book, or two or three dozen.

14.  Plan ahead for school for me and the kids.

15.  Go to the zoo... show my kids the polar bears and elephants.

16.  Lay on the sand and feel the sun on my skin.

17.  Play in the sprinkler with my babies.

18.  Kiss my kids and tell them I love them every day. (This one is easy)

19.  Love myself with all I am. (easy too)

20.  Pray, for everything and everyone as I am supposed to.

21.  Train my dogs.

22.  Have a game night each week with the kids.

23.  Play Barbies with Em and video games with Win.

24.  Decorate for each holiday and make cupcakes.

25.  Make cupcakes and cookies, just because.

26.  Give myself a make-over, new haircut and all.

27.  Plan our life and enjoy every moment we have together.

28.  Drive.

29.  Boat. Fish in the pond.

30.  Eat healthier.  Drink less Pepsi.

31.  Love like there is no tomorrow and today is our last.


Friday, June 11, 2010

Abuse: What is it? {Domestic Violence Awareness}


Webster's dictionary online describes abuse in several ways. One is to treat someone or something in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way. Another is to speak insultingly, harshly, and unjustly to or about someone or something. The maltreatment, or bad and improper treatment, of a child is another description of abuse. Last, but certainly not least, is sexual assault.
The Domestic Abuse Project provides a list of abusive treatment for emotional abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, and physical abuse on their website.
Just to list a few examples:
  • Abuse is talking to someone in a threatening or degrading manner.
  • Abuse is threatening to or physically hitting, pushing, choking, thumping, and any other unwelcomed physical contact.
  • Abuse is neglecting a child or any person who is unable to care for themselves.
  • Abuse is preventing you from having communication with family and friends.
  • Abuse is someone else controlling your choices and circumstances, not allowing you to control your own life.
  • Abuse is trapping you with their body, allowing you no movement or protection of yourself.
  • Abuse is frightening you.
This list could go on and on but I think it shows a solid example of abuse.

 

If you are currently being abused, please seek help. You do not deserve this treatment and can find assistance through:
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE
Confidential - 24 hours per day
TDD accessible
Will accept collect calls
Safety planning
Call to access shelter, support groups and other resources.

Do not hesitate to get help now, as your life and those of your children could very well be in serious danger.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Change Change Change

This week has brought about much change in our lives.  I know I keep talking about change in all of my posts lately but this week really begins it all. 

What is change?  Coins that you get back from a dollar bill?  No, not this change.  Change is a new season in life.  A new beginning and also an ending to the old ways.  Change is not always welcome but it usually turns out to be for the best. 

My change comes on the official ending of a bad relationship and the beginning and continuous of a new one.  My change comes out of choice, a choice to no longer be who I was but to become who I was meant to be.  My change also comes out of my need to do what God wishes for my life, following His divine guidance into where and what He wishes me to be.

So my biggest questions have been where to begin and what next?  My Mom is on her way to Florida to be settled with my brother's family, leaving me not having to worry about her for now.  I'm settled in my new home, though I have much to do inside it still.  So where to begin next and what to do?

First, each day I have been taking time to pray to the Lord and to read my daily devotional from http://www.proverbs31.org/.  I find much inspiration in these devotionals and sometimes I read two because I enjoy them so much.

Right now, I have much to go through, get rid of and put away in our home.  I also need to set up our school schedule again, which in light of MaMa's visit, has fallen to the wayside.  But admist the chaos school cannot be completed, so the first step is managing and containing the clutter obtained in the past few months and a lifetime of memories which should have departed long ago. 

Now, I am by far no housekeeper (though it is one of my legal jobs).  I can keep a house for you, your sister, Mom, friend but I have a terrible time managing my own home.  It always ends in disaster for me, a cluttered mess.  This is something I truly want to overcome.  And that is one of my recent life goals: to learn to manage my home, time and children's lives better, thus managing my own life better.

So I'm on a search for bettering myself and my home skills while connecting ever more towards my Heavenly Father.  I'm following His path, His guidance... and right now He's telling me the past is past and it's time to get started.  Wish me luck!


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Just Blah {June 3. 2010}

Georgetown, Harbor, South Carolina, Boats

Lately, I seem to have this overwhelming funk floating over my life that I can't seem to get to go away.  I can't quite explain it, just an unknown sad waiting feeling that is hanging there.  Everything in life seems to be right but nothing I do seems very satisfying or life-amending to me. 

I feel at peace in my soul but still something is feeling lacking, undone, or as if it just hasn't arrived yet.  I've mentioned feeling like I'm waiting a lot lately, and in ways I suppose I am.  I want to write, but I cannot grasp on a concept to write about.  I have leads but none that pay off in the end. 

I have so much that needs to be done but no idea where to start.  As I said already, many things have started falling into place, but there is much more to come. 

Maybe it's life's changes catching up to me or lack of sleep.  Either way, I just wish I could remove the funk and pull the sunshine back into my life.  Hopefully, tomorrow comes with a new rainbow and a shiny pot of gold to boot.

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