A new experience for me in the blogosphere…today and Monday I am a “guest blogger” over at Tommy Mom for my dear friend Teri Helms. The subject is one of my favorites – being purposeful about creating a home full of meaningful family traditions. So head on over and check it out!
In the midst of writing for Teri I thought I better post something new on my blog since it has been over a month since you have heard a peep from me (unless of course you are my facebook friend and then you’ve heard more than you ever wanted to know!)
The winter fog here in the central valley of California seems to cloud my mind as well…so here is the most random, abstract and off the wall post you may ever read here on my blog.
“Mother of the Year” Award….Not!
What do you do when your teenage daughter comes in from “experimenting” with skateboarding (which you recommended against) and is in pain complaining that she fell off and is sure she broke her foot? You tell her to “toughen up” and take a Tylenol, of course! I mean come on! I’ve been a Mom for 21 years and certainly I could tell if your foot was really broken….besides we don’t break bones in our family.
Fast forward two weeks later and we are in the doctor’s office getting an xray. Guess what? Her foot is broken and she now has a pretty purple cast. So much for “Mother knows best”. Just bring your fingers to your forehead in the shape of an “L” and call me a loser, I can admit when I messed up!
Loving Life Coaching
Just in the past two weeks I have met with, talked on the phone or answered questions via email with over a dozen people giving advice, opinions and hopefully wisdom in the following areas – adoption, dating & relationships, parenting, college & career counseling and callings, raising girls, fundraising and philosophy of Christian education. I love it! Now if I could just figure out a way to get paid to do this without charging the people receiving the “coaching”. (I know that sounds insane…but I really would love to just help people for free! It brings me great joy and fulfillment) Trying to figure it all out.
Family Photos – better than therapy, depression and anxiety meds or stress relievers
I took the dive into digital album making this year. I have been taking exclusively digital photos for the past 4 years and decided it was time to start really organizing those photos and transition to digital “scrapbooking”…although my style of album making has always been less “scrapbooky” (is that a word?) and more like a yearbook. So in true Beth Lambdin “jump off the cliff” style…I took a “crash course” in digital photo “stuff”, scheduled weekly digital classes and an all day Saturday workshop, transferred & organized 9,475 photos (and that was just those taken in 2010…excessive!), and have completed 27 digital 12×12 page prints to put in my CM albums. Here is a sample page:
If you want to see all 27 pages here is a link – My First Digital Album
And you know what the very best thing is about working with and looking at your photos? It allows you to relive all of the good times in your life (because we don’t take pictures of the not so good times like the dirty dishes piled high to the ceiling, the mold in my shower, the screaming child with the runny nose). It let’s you celebrate life’s highlights again. It reminds you how much you love the people in your life and what great moments you have had together. It makes you laugh and smile over & over again. It is better than any therapy, any meds to make you happy or anxiety free and it instantly brings you joy, peace and love in your life. Try it!
The Good News & The Bad News
The good news…I weigh exactly the same as I did before the holiday feeding frenzy began at Thanksgiving and carried on through Epiphany.
The bad news…it is a good 20 lbs (ok, ok 30) more than what I need to weigh for my health and wardrobe. And so the life long (or at least since beginning mommyhood) battle continues. To eat or not to eat? Picked up a copy of the new book by Lysa Terkeurst – Made to Crave – this month. It looks good (and so do those delicious orange creamsicle scones that my dear friend Rachel made yesterday….oy vey!)
Boys & Bunk beds
As of this week we now have a bunk bed in the “boys” room. (aka: Daniel’s room but he has never slept in there one night because he does not want to sleep alone so he has squeezed himself into the girls room for the past year and a half). He did actually sleep in this room last night after convincing his sister Joy to join him.
So….we have a boy’s room complete with a bunk bed and room for another one. Daniel wants us to “buy him a brother”. We want to adopt two boys from Ethiopia. We have the room. We have the desire. We have the heart.
We don’t have…the money. ($40,000) But God…..
What’s in your pocket?
I know the phrase is supposed to be “what’s in your wallet? (Master Card…right!) Well since nothing is in my wallet I thought I’d share with you the things I find in my pockets (all four of them)
- a small hair bow (which made me smile & remember to live in the moment)
- trash (do you collect your kids trash too? such an odd Mom thing)
- a pain pill for my daughter with the broken foot (hey they still work with a bit of fuzz on them)
- a half eaten sucker in its wrapper (really??!)
- several cards – debit, costco, insurance, a starbucks card with 65 cents on it (getting bent cuz they are in my back pocket)
- a pen
- a memory card (that’s a great place to store your photos – sarcasm -)
Give and it shall be given unto you
I cannot begin to do justice to this category by a few random thoughts. So I just have to say in the past several months
- we have made less income than we have in 14 years
- we have given away more money, time and talent
- we have paid all our bills on time and fed our family
- we have been given more than you could imagine in ways that are unbelievable!
It is just true (not that we ever doubted) that if you give it will be given unto you….give of your time, your talent and your treasure….and watch what is given back to you!
Beach Holiday Countdown
The countdown has begun….in less than 3 weeks I will pack the car, load the youngest four kiddos and head over for my annual beach holiday in Aptos. I cannot even begin to tell you the overwhelming sense of joy and peace that come over me just thinking about this.
It is NOT a vacation, mind you. It is a true holiday as defined in the dictionary —
- a time or period of exemption from any requirement, duty, assessment
- a religious feast; holy days
- a period of cessation from work or one of recreation (read this: re–creation)
And everyone needs one of these. When was the last time you just “lived” – no appointments, no rushing around, no work, no “to do” list, no phone calls, no plan – just truly a time of refreshment, relaxation and rejuvenation? A time to think, to read, to commune with God, to enjoy His creation, to build relationships with loved ones and to live in the moment. I highly recommend it!
Is your family car a mobile trash can, library and closet? Just wondering….
Oh….and how many of you find random Christmas items in the oddest places weeks after you have diligently organized and put it all up in the attic? What’s a girl to do?
I warned you this would be random, abstract and a bit off the wall….hope it blessed, inspired or challenged someone out there! Hope to be back here again soon.