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Hello, World!!


Hello, My name is Robin.  You may or may not remember who I am at this point.  Shoot, I’m not even sure I remember me either.  I’ve been MIA for months now.  But, you see, my life sort of….. fell apart in many ways at the beginning of the year.  And although many things are still floundering a bit, I’ve decided I’m gonna make it. 

I would share some of my stories from the past few months, but it might cause a surge in Prozac prescriptions, maybe even a cry to mainstream it in the water for all to reap the benefits.  I would hate to be the reason you need anti-depressants. 

Although my life has gone through some major changes the past six months, what I know to remain true is this:  God is good.  All the time.  Even when walking through hell on earth.  During the happy times.  Even through the sad and angry times.  I know this because He has never left me.  And for this I’m thankful, because I have learned to lean on Him more than ever.  He is a mighty Savior!

I’m jumping back into the blogosphere!!  Hello, World! 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in It's my life.....

 

Just What I Needed, Just in Time


Exercise
Devotion for youth/blog
School
Devotion with kids
Pick up trash in yard (Left a bag out and the animals paid a visit.  Yay.)
Laundry
Re-organize your desk. (The prefix, RE is important here…..implies a repetitive action.  Meaning I can’t keep it organized…. *rolls eyes*)
Prepare lunch
Play cards with the kids
Purge bookshelf and pack away for yard sale
Mop bathroom.  Again
Clean bedside table
Study lesson for youth tomorrow at church
Prepare dinner.  Fajitas
Call ATT about Stephen’s phone
Pay car note.  Don’t forget!
Mop kitchen.  Again. 
Make grocery list.
Organize entertainment cabinet.

This is my to-do list for today.  Let me repeat.  This is my TO-DO LIST for TODAY!  As I look back over my list, I am completely overwhelmed.  Yesterday was a good day.  I made my list, felt really good about it, tackled it with fervor and gusto.  Yesterday I was productive.  Yesterday I worked my patooty off.

Today, I feel tired.  Overwhelmed.  Frustrated.  Today, I am on the verge of wanting to throw myself a pity party.  After all, check out that list.  And if truth be known, that’s not all I need to accomplish today.  Today, just looking at the list makes it hard to breathe.

I see nothing on the list that is about me.

What about adding a pedicure to the list?  I desperately need one.  There’s no time OR budget for that.

What about curling up with a good book?  It would be hard to focus with the kids constantly needing me.

What about a girls’ night out?  Get away from it all?  The hubby wouldn’t be thrilled about that.  Who would cook supper?  Besides, I haven’t talked to my ‘girls’ in so long, I’m not sure they remember who I am.

I toss my arms in the air in frustration.  I begin to become annoyed and agitated over the simplest things.  Someone is constantly needing something from me.  Chores are constantly calling me.

Doesn’t anyone see what all I do for them?  Don’t they appreciate anything?

That’s when the still small voice whispers, “I understand.  I love you.”

And my world begins to spin.  Just like that.

I am reminded of my amazing God who is mighty to save.  He who can move mountains, was there.  Listening to me complain.  He who commands the universe was there.  Listening to me whine.  He who created the heavens and the earth was there.  Watching me throw a full-blown pity party.

I’m sure my pitiful moaning, whining, and complaining were pretty pathetic in the eyes of my Lord.

But instead of scolding, I heard Him say, “I understand.  I love you.”

Instead of turning from me in frustration, He wrapped me in His love and comfort.  Reminding me of how my love and comfort are important for those I serve.

He does understand not being appreciated.  He does understand doing and doing and doing for others and getting nothing in return. He does understand giving your all to others, only to hear more demands.  More needs. More wants.

Suddenly, as I look back over my list, I realize I forgot to add quiet time to it.  With all I had to do, I had forgotten to make an appointment with my Rock.  My Strength.  My Love.  My Savior.

No wonder I feel overwhelmed!  I haven’t fueled up on God’s goodness. Quickly, I grab my Bible, my iPad (for worship tunes), and I fall to the couch.  I forget about the list.  I forget about all I have to do today because I realize without Him…. without His encouragement, I will accomplish nothing.

That’s how it happened.  Just like that.  God swooped in and gave me just what I needed, just in time.

I am re-fueled and ready to face my day.  I am energized and eager to tackle the tasks ahead.  The list is toast.  When God is with me, who can be against me?

My perspective has now changed.  Those items on my list, I will do to honor Him.  To be a good wife and mother.  To train my kids in the way they should go.  To serve my Lord.

After all, He’s done for me.  That’s the least I can do for Him.

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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in Daily Devotions, It's my life.....

 

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Random Raves, Rants, and Ridiculousness


It’s the new year and I must say it has gotten off to a ridiculously amazing start.  Not that anything big has happened, or my problems have dissolved into thin air, or that my life is finally free from calamity and perpetual busy-ness……. but somehow I feel at peace with the chaos.  And to top it all off……….the kids and hubby are in bed.  I am left alone, drinking coffee, left with a mind moving 90 to nothing, wound up like a three day clock.  You know what that means………

Drum roll, puhleeezeeeeee……………….

I said, DRUM ROLL, PUHLLEEEEEZZZZZEEE!

You get a random list!   And not just any random list…but one that includes rants, raves, and yes, even some ridiculousness!  I’m so proud of my alliteration!

♠  I just absolutely LOVE eating Shredded Mini-Wheats.  Healthy and yummy. I began eating them because I was on the quest to eat healthier.  And I thought the fiber would be great for my digestive system.  No one bothered to tell me that you have to drink PILES and PILES of water in order to get the maximum fiber benefit.  What I have found out the hard way is the fiber basically serves as a huge cork when you don’t drink enough water.  Since I don’t drink a lot of anything, this serves as a serious problem.  Since I’m not a bottle of wine, I really don’t need a cork.  Yea, I know.  Too much information.  Sorry.

♣  I heard Drew Barrymore is giving up vegetarianism because her new fiance’ is a meat and potatoes kinda guy.  Really?  Fickle much?  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE me some meat and potatoes, but giving up your own beliefs because of your boyfriend?  Shallow as a wading pool, right there.

Unless your fiance’ wants to eat them.  Then it’s, like, totally ok.

♥ Apparently, dogs will actually EAT anything.  For real.  Chew it up and swallow it.  ANYTHING.  Unfortunately their bodies are not as eager to digest said items and can result in serious illness.  Two weeks of a puking dog and $487 later, I think mine will live.  Oh, this was a three for one (lessons learned, that is).  Lesson two is I cannot live with the thought of living without my dog.  Which makes me a prime target for the vet.  Lesson three… My dog’s puke doesn’t stink, which greatly aids in cleaning up puke all over the house.  Too bad I can’t say that for what comes out the other end.

♦ Hollywood has completely run dry on creative talent.  Seriously, how many more remakes can they make before they run slap out?  There are very few original plots for movies these days.  Everything is a remake.  Those that aren’t remakes, for the most part, are simply filled with vulgarities and perversion.  The days of a good story seem to be gone.  *Sigh*

♠  Cereal is better eaten in a cup.  I don’t know why and I have tried to figure it out, with no luck.  All I know is cereal tastes better when served in a cup.  Try it.  You’ll see, I’m right.

♣  Facebook is without a doubt, hands-down the fastest, most efficient way to spread news.  News can go viral in record time via Facebook.  It’s important to note the rate of speed is directly related to the level of drama involved in said news. There is no better source for up to the minute obituaries, relationship statuses, weather info, local gossip, and even real live news.  Forget CNN.  Check your Facebook for the latest in news updates!

♥ Did you notice my bulletin points are the symbols for playing cards?  How cool is that?  Well, ok.  Maybe not THAT cool, but at least it IS different.

Elin Nordegren (aka Tiger Woods‘ ex-wife) just demolished the$12 million home she purchased earlier this year.  Her architects and builders say it made more economical sense to demolish and rebuild a new mansion siting the house was not built to withstand hurricanes.  Later, it was also found the house was infested with termites.  Hmmmmmm……….wouldn’t that be something you would check into before you paid TWELVE MILLION??  That money could go a long way to do some good in this world.  I realize she was cheated on and humiliated for the whole world to see.  But she just turned herself into as big an idiot as that ex of hers.  Now she plans to rebuild a new house that will probably cost even more. Ridiculous!

$12 million.  Demolished.  For real.

I just realized I forgot to publish this post this last night.  So here I sit, in the middle of the afternoon, tired from staying up too late, strung out on coffee.  I think should add a nap to my list before publishing.  Now that’s something to RAVE about!

 

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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in It's my life....., Randomocity

 

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He Answers Our Cries


Then you will call and the the Lord will answer.  You will cry, and He will say, “Here I am.”     — Isaiah 58:9

Fear of an uncertain future.  A broken home.  Financial ruin.  Poor health.  Loss of a loved one.  Loneliness.  Anger.  Frustration.  Failure.  Betrayal.  Job loss.  A broken heart.  So many things to bring sorrow and sadness in life.  So many things we don’t understand.  Sadly, I think most can say we have been through at least one of these life obstacles.

No one is exempt from trials in life.  The old question often arises, “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?”  I don’t know the answer to that question.  But I do know the only man to walk this earth sinless was burdened with trials.  Was it fair that Jesus was persecuted?  Ridiculed?  Betrayed?  Crucified?  Even He was not exempt.  We cannot escape times of trial and suffering.

But we don’t have to do it alone.

The beauty of Christian living is not that we are free from trials, but that we have the Lord God to carry us through them.  When you cry out to Him, He is there ready to give you comfort and peace.  The Bible tells us that all we need do is cry out to Him and He is there.  He will answer.  The God of the universe, who placed all the stars in the sky.  Created the heavens and earth.  Is there for us as we cry out to Him.

If you are in pain today, if your heart is heavy, if you are loaded with burdens and worry, why not cry out to Him?  Pull out your Bible and read God’s promises.  Cry out to Him in prayer.  He is waiting to hear from you. Let Him carry your load.  Let Him ease your troubled heart.  Let Him bring you peace that passes understanding.

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Posted by on January 7, 2012 in Daily Devotions, It's my life.....

 

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Torturing the Kids and Conquering Middle-aged Syndrome


It’s Friday!  The first Friday of the New Year!  I can hardly type for wanting to break out into singing and dancing.  Not only is it the first full weekend of the new year, it’s also the first weekend since Thanksgiving that I have NOTHING written on the agenda.  I get to stay home! Wait for it……..  It gets even better!  Today is the day I get to force the kiddies to re-organize their bedrooms… under the beds and closets included.  Yep, freedom from obligations AND torturing the kiddies.  Double win!

But as I read back over that paragraph, I realize I sound like my grandma.  OLD.  But I’m only 40.  I can’t be old yet, right?  It’s just a coincidence that I’m looking forward to housework and laundry on a Friday, right?  So, I grabbed a paper and pen (another sign of old age….the LIST) and made a list of things about life that I actually enjoy and look forward to regularly.  I thought if I did such, I would feel better about my Friday excitement and realize I’m actually young and vibrant.  Ready to conquer the weekend.  So, here we go……

  • I love and live for the moment I can cast off my clothes and throw on my pajama pants and house shoes.  Matching them all up and looking fashionable is nice, but definitely optional.  After all, who is gonna see me besides my loves?

  • Finding a new scent for my Scentsy warmers brings me giddy excitement. Walking into my home and smelling Scentsy (rather than feet) helps me find my happy place.  When your house smells good, you just feel good!  By the way, the correct ratio of warmers to boys is 3 to 1.  I have 6 boys and one male dog….so I only need 21 warmers to attain maximum Scentopia.  FYI.

  • The ultimate goal of the day is to reach the time we can sit down as a family and watch the latest episode of Frasier on Netflix.  Before Frasier it was Lost.  And Everybody Loves Raymond.  And Little House on the Prairie.  And Reba.

 

  • I know, I know, it’s a lot to take in.  But try to stay with me, ok?

 

  • I’m currently on a mission to organize my house.  It was a resolution for the New Year. I’ve always wanted to be organized and stay organized.  It just never works for me.  But I must say, accomplishing just one cabinet makes me inexplicably happy.  I even thought about snapping pics and posting….. but my kids informed me no one cared that I finally organized my medicine cabinet. Besides, it will be a complete mess again next week.  Geeeshhhhh.

So, organization has eluded me all these years. I’m gonna keep trying!

  • I have a party at least once a week in my home.  I crank up the tunes and get my dance on……..while cleaning the house.  Dancing your way through chores is the bomb diggity (note my use of a young phrase ;-))

            So, yea, that’s not me.  But I’m sure I carry it off just as well!

  • A great night-time activity is catching up on what’s going on in the world….on Facebook.  Who needs real social interaction when you can plop on the couch and scroll through your newsfeed instead?

 

  • Don’t worry.  You too, can achieve this maximum level of youthfulness.  Tackle one thing a week until you can handle all of this at once. You can do it!

 

  • I look forward each week to making lists…. to help me be more organized of course.  Not because I would forget things.  Menu planning and daily to-do lists are so much fun to check off as you go!

 

  • Lastly, my favorite stores are those that have special deals on housewares.  Like Ross and Marshall’s.  You can get beautiful things for your home at a fraction of the cost. I do realize I sound like a commercial, but it’s true!

I know what you’re thinking.  You’re thinking I’m definitely showing my age.  I’ve crawled into the pit of the middle-aged woman, never to return to youthful fun and excitement.  And maybe you’re right. Who knows?

  All I know is I love my life.  I love where I am now.  Mismatched PJ pants and all.  I love making lists and decorating my house.  And I love planning what I will cook next.  And if you love what you do, that’s half the battle.

So, I will go on and plan what to organize next and turn up the tunes and break out into dance while washing dishes.  Because that’s what makes me happy.  I will rejoice over being able to stay home on Friday and Saturday night.

And hey, today I get to torture the kids and make them organize their own rooms!

Woohoooo!!

Life is good!

Get your happy dance on!

The sad part to all this, is I’m actually looking forward to the chance to do housework and laundry.  A quiet day with normal and mundane chores.  Seriously?  Have I gotten THAT old?   Surely not.  It just can’t be.

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Posted by on January 6, 2012 in humor, It's my life.....

 

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New Year’s Resolve…. only 363 more days to go!


The New Year is here and my life is quickly getting into full swing again.  Along with the New Year comes those nasty little resolutions rearing their ugly head.  Only to remind me that I failed at the last resolutions made.  What a great feeling!

A few years back, I decided to STOP the insanity and completely boycotted New Year’s Resolutions.  I figured this way I could exercise that rebellious nature AND be successful at resolutions because I wouldn’t have any!  And it worked.  I’ve lived in that happy place for a few years now, but my pesky little sister guilted me into a few.  Ok, she didn’t guilt me into them as much as she triple dog dared me into them.  And I fell for it.  Hook, line, and na-nanny-boo-boo.

So here I am, already working my fingers to the bone……trying to live up to these miserable resolutions.  Just hoping and praying to make it a respectable amount of time before crashing from the stress.  Why, oh why, do we need all things new?  I mean, do we really need ‘out with the old’??  I’m old.  Please don’t throw me out!  And what’s wrong with my old ways anyway?? So what if I have thirty minute marathons to find all things lost in this house??  Clean clothes?  Are they REALLY necessary??  Um, well.  Ok.

So here we go……..three.  Count them.  Three resolutions.  If I can accomplish two of three I will be happy as a pig in sunshine.

1.  Read the entire Bible front to back.  Day two is over and so far, so good thanks to that cool app on my iPad that reads it to me.  That does count, right??

2.  Organize every cabinet and closet in this house.  I actually got a head start on this one back before Christmas.  The kitchen is finished.  Maybe the kitchen should have been the whole resolution.  Then I could check it off!

Of course, this is NOT and NEVER will be MY closet.  But it surely is beeeeuuutiful!

3.  Actually see EMPTY hampers in my laundry room EACH day.  This is a big one for me.  Usually I only see empty hampers when I dump them out to sort the clothes.  I’m proud to say.  On day two.  ALL my hampers are empty!  Go me!

Just imagine it EMPTY!

That’s it.

And now that I have a chance to look it over and think over the past day or so, I have decided………………

I can do this!  Resolution Success will be MINE!!!

What are YOUR resolutions???

 

 

 

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Posted by on January 2, 2012 in humor, It's my life.....

 

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A Little Award and a Lot of Sunshine!


Well, hello, blogging world!

I have been absent from WordPress for a couple weeks.  After all, blogging is time consuming and with Christmas hovering overhead, I decided to choose family over technology.  I thought I would take a break from blogging and focus on spending time with my family.  Of course, being completely addicted to blogging, I just HAD to check in and boy, am I glad I did!  I had a Christmas surprise waiting on me!  By the way, to all my faithful followers….. I’m BACK!!

Sunshine, from Simply Charming, has showered me with love!   And since this love comes with a few rules, I better get busy taking care of business!

Rule #1

Thanks bunches, Sunshine!   Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  

Take some time to visit Sunshine’s blog, Simply Charming.  Like me, she keeps busy running around after five children.  Her lighthearted humor WILL make you smile!

http://seraphim6.wordpress.com/about-me/

Rule #2

I get to share 7 things about me…….. I’m not sure if you should consider yourself lucky and blessed or just plain cursed…….but either way, here goes………..

♥  I love anything gaudy.  Bling, zebra stripes, feathers and fur………you name it.  If it’s flashy and stands out…. I LOVE it!    As a matter of fact, I’m wearing zebra print pj’s as I type.

♥  Laughter keeps me sane.  My life is complete and utter chaos and calamity.  And that’s putting it mildly.  Being able to look  at the circus that is my life and laugh is waayyyyyy better than huddling in a corner, twirling my hair, and rocking to the tune of insanity.

♥  I hate, hate, hate for my food to touch.  Or to touch my food.  I mean, if it’s meant to be touched (chips)…that’s ok.  But please don’t make me eat with my fingers.  And if the juice from my peas was meant to mix with my mashed taters……I would have cooked them together.   OCD much?  You bet!  But only in the small, unimportant details of life.   Give me a handful of bills or important documents…….and I completely lose all symptoms of OCD.  I drop them like a hot potato where they lay.  Who wants to be bothered with that anyway??????????

♥  I’m a fly by the seat of my pants kinda gal………….procrastination is my middle name, but I blame it on my extreme ADD.  I have truly thought about trying to overcome it.  For like 5 seconds.  Then, I forget all about it when I’m completely and utterly distracted by the ticking of the clock on the wall.  Or the sound of the AC coming on.  Or the thought of what I’m gonna fix for dinner next Tuesday week.  Or that cool purse I saw at the mall that I’m still kicking myself for not buying.  It had feathers on it!!!  And bling!!  Why, oh why, did I walk away?

♥  I’m surrounded by boys and men.  Not Boyz II Men.   Even though that wouldn’t be too bad.  At one time, way back in the day, I would have loved to be surrounded by Boyz II Men.  I’m surrounded by boys and men.  One hubby, two college age manboys, one teenage boyman, and two tween boys.  I even have a pupboy.  All I want is to feel pretty and be treated like the queen I keep telling them I am.  Yet I find myself knee deep in gross, stinky boy stuff.  You know, like, burping contests, stinky feet, and wrestling matches in the middle of my kitchen.  I’ve been known to join in myself.  And even win a few times.

♥   Music speaks to my soul and brings out the J-Lo in me.  Turn on a good upbeat song,  and even my ADD can’t prevent me from being productive.  And this white girl can dance!   I think I’m quite good.  Although it brings out the cringe in others around me, I just know I should try out for one of those dance shows.

♥  I love my God.  He is awesome, amazing, and faithful.  Without Him, I would be completely lost in life.  I won’t push my beliefs on you, but I will not be ashamed and hide them either.  He is my everything.

Rule #3

I get to nominate 15 blogger buddies for the Versatile Award!  I soooo wish I would have checked in before Christmas and been able to send this as a Merry Christmas gift to my blogger friends.  Since we are already in January, I guess I can bestow this as Happy New Year goodies instead!  Here goes (in no particular order)….

♦  Pastor Tim at Morning Though & Midday ShowPastor Tim shares a daily devotion PLUS he is a DJ for my absolute favorite Christian radio station, 90.9 KSWP.  Take a peek at his blog.  I promise you won’t be sorry!

♦ Corrie Anne at…. Corrie Anne!   Corrie Anne is quirky and I love visiting her blog.  She is an exercise maniac, which I totally do not understand, but she also shares recipes and general stories about her life.  Check her out!

♦ Diane at Orangespicedrop.  I enjoy her sarcastic humor about being a wife and mom….and often her stories make me feel a little better about my own life.  It’s nice knowing you are not alone in the craziness!

♦  JT at Food4thoughtFood4life.  He has been a blogging friend almost since I started.  I look forward to checking in on his blog each week because you just never know what he might write about next!

♦ Delana S at The Education Cafe.  This amazing blog is dedicated to homeschoolers who live abroad.  I don’t live abroad, but it is a treasure trove of resources for any homeschool.

♦ Boy Mom Blogger at Boy Mom Blog.  If you are a mom to boys, you will find a kindred spirit here!  Since I have five, I visit often!

♦ Akateacher at Life of  a Homeschool Mom.  One of my newer blogger friends who I look forward to getting to know better!  She homeschools two girls and is a stay at home mom.

♦ Candy at Pinch of Grace.  You will find inspiration and scripture here!  Another new blogger friend!

♦  Tom at Tom.Basson.  I stumbled across his blog a couple of months ago.  His blog is uplifting and has tons of encouraging advice about things I perpetually struggle with.  It’s great self-help while getting a great dose of light-hearted humor.

♦ Kana at Kana’s Chronicles.  Kana is a writer in the real world AND a blogger!

♦  Joanna at Woman in Thrisis.  Humor, humor, humor!

♦ Lauren at Rein Rant n Rave.  More witty humor.  Life is too short not to laugh.

♦ The elusive WonderButt’s human over at What I Meant 2 Say.  Sarcastic humor and pet stories about the famous WonderButt.

♦ Graceful Mom at Give Away Seven a Day.  Inspirational blog of a pastor’s wife.

♦  One Funny Mummy.  Humorous (occasionally crude) stories about the world of mommyhood.

Rule #4

Post the Versatile Blogger badge on your blog.

 

All fifteen nominees complete each of the four rules!!   Fun, fun!  Thanks again, Sunshine!  You definitely brought a little sunshine to mine!

 

 

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Posted by on January 2, 2012 in humor, It's my life....., Randomocity

 

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