8.18.2011

a day in the life of a s.a.h.m & wife

A newly pregnant girlfriend of mine recently asked what a typical day in the life of a stay-at-home-mom and wife is. Although we keep a schedule, I still plan every day as it comes because with a one-year-old, you never know. Therefore, I decided to keep track of a typical day of mine and share, although every day is different and full of surprises. It may not look that exciting, but I wouldn't change hanging out with my baby for anything. And while these are average times, everything always takes longer with diapers being changed, a quick game of hide-and-go seek, books she wants me to read and yes...tantrums thrown.

4:00 a.m.: Wake up with Chris to make breakfast and his lunch.
5:00 a.m.:  Back to bed.
7:00 a.m.:  Audrey wakes up. Every morning for some reason she likes to hand me every stuffed animal, blanket and pillow that are in her crib. This takes a good ten minutes, change the diaper and we're ready to start the day!
7:15 a.m.:  Audrey is seated for breakfast. I get her juice and my coffee and make the both of us breakfast.
7:30 a.m.: Audrey eats breakfast while I also eat and do my devotionals. Then I clean her up, she watches Baby Can Read or plays in her room while I have "me" time on the computer blogging, checking e-mail, doing finances, etc...
9:00 a.m.:  I start doing some house chores such as putting the dishes away, starting laundry and making the beds. Audrey and I always brush our teeth together. Lately, Audrey likes to "help" with all this, so it takes awhile.
10:00 a.m.: Audrey lays down for her morning nap and I get this time to really whip out what needs to get done (and what seems impossible when A is awake). On this particular day it was baby shower invitations. I take care of billing, so a lot of the time I'm doing that. 
11:30 a.m.: Audrey wakes up, gets dressed and I prepare her lunch. She gets to eat in her stroller while we go for a run. 
1:30 p.m.: After a run, I usually shower and then we do different things every day. Run errands, grocery shop, have a play date, play in the pool, etc... We are very social so every day seems to have something to get ready for or go to. 
3:00 p.m.: Audrey lays down for a second nap (usually) giving me more time to clean or finish tasks. 
4:00 p.m.: Daddy is normally home and we'll spend time catching up with him about his day. Audrey loves to help Daddy in the yard while I start preparing dinner. 
5:30 p.m.: We have dinner as a family and talk for awhile. 
6:30 p.m.: Daddy gives Audrey a bath and then reads her a number of books before tucking her in. 
7:30 p.m.: Audrey lays down.
8:00 p.m.: Chris & I head to bed and read. Depending on the book, I could be up another two hours! (Recently, The Hunger Games).

8.16.2011

please vote

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8.15.2011

glass of perseverance

The word perseverance hit me hard over the weekend. A word I had been so obsessed with a few weeks ago started to slip, and when something starts to slip - it can disappear so easily without noticing - especially when times get tough.

Yesterday at church, I had a moment. This has happened a few times where the pastor or speaker while speaking to the audience, I feel is speaking directly to me. Feeling a spotlight on me, I turned sheepish, embarrassed and even got a slight stomach ache. Now, I'm sure no one knew I was having this moment - but I knew God was watching. I could see Him looking at me and pointing, like, "Are you listening to this?"

I liked what the speaker yesterday brought to my attention. There is a time when you discover your faith and you accept Jesus, and then there is a time when you're tested to actually follow Jesus. You can believe so easily but then when you are in trouble, when you are asked to give things up or when you want to quit and then asked to persevere, you may follow or you may push God aside. 

Clearly, I had been going the last few weeks calling myself a Christian, reading my scriptures, focusing on daily prayer - but was I praying about the hardest stuff I was going through, looking into His Word for wisdom? Barely. 

This brings me back to the feelings I had with my weight issue. I was so embarrassed about my requests and felt guilty that here I have been blessed with so many things - why would I be asking God for help with my health and weight loss? Thankfully, I got over that and it changed a huge part of my life. 

Now I am being tested again. When you fall down, God isn't saying, "It's OK to give up, I still love you." Even though that is true, I believe that God is saying, "Get back up. Persevere!" 

This morning I'm pouring myself a huge glass of perseverance toward my health, my marriage, my friendships and family. Even when you think you are working as hard as you can as a mother, a wife, a friend, doing everything you can financially - and you are knocked down - God will give you more strength and pick you back up if you ask for it. It is in these harder times when we think God is paying no attention to us, but in fact, he is more than ever. And it is never to late to start over, try again.

This made me think of one of my favorite poems:

Footprints in the Sand
One night I had a dream --
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and
Across the sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand;
One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord.
When the last scene of my life flashed before us,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that many times along the path of my life,
There was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life
This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it.
"Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
You would walk with me all the way;
But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life,
There is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why in times when I
needed you the most, you should leave me.
The Lord replied, "My precious, precious
child. I love you, and I would never,
never leave you during your times of
trial and suffering.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you."
by Mary Stevenson

 
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