Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015. The Year of Intention

For the past couple of days, like I'm sure many of you, I have been reflecting over the past year and what has made it most memorable - the good and the bad; the happy and the sad.  It is easy to say in 2015, I will make a resolution to do this, that, or the other.  But why set resolutions that we know will  more than likely fail or flake away?? Instead, why don't we take the time to set intentions of doing good things and being better in the new year??  By living intentionally, we can only do better.


Looking back over 2014, I realized quickly that we can allow ourselves the opportunity to easily purge what is weighing us down and keeping us from being our true best selves if we just take the TIME to BE STILL and REFLECT. With this grace, we are also able to move forward with the small seeds from the past year that we want to help nurture and take root allowing ourselves to feed the beauty in our lives and help it flourish thus setting our true intentions.  
reflecting at the beach with sand between my toes. the beach is my favorite place to restore.
This past year has been full of many, many blessings, and I am grateful for each and every one. Just like all of us though, there have been many hardships as well.  Going forward, instead of focusing on the bad (ie: misdiagnosis of Lyme disease  - that's a post for a whole 'nother day) and the hiccups along the way, I will allow myself to take the time to be still and reflect on what is GOOD even in the bad. In 2015, I will focus on the many blessings God has provided us and continues to show us in our lives.  
...these and all our many blessings
I have put together a small list of intentions for the new year. Being mindful in all that I say and do will help set my overall intention for the new year - to do good even in the bad. Let go of expectations, failures, and mishaps and let them be.  They do not define who you are or who I am. Release the negativity and nurture the love and creativity around you (me).  Open your heart to it all!
backbends - the ultimate heart openers!

My Intentions for 2015:

*write more - journaling and keeping up with my blog.  This blog is a true reflection of the season I'm in and the seasons to come.  Most importantly, I want my children to be able to look back and see love reflected back at them!

*reflect more - mindful meditation is a good way to put it, but I think the word meditation turns some people off.  It's not necessarily about sitting in "om" than it is just taking the time to be still and calm the mind. 

*pay attention to the words I say and the thoughts I think. Keep a positive outlook even through the bad. Proverbs 18:21. When we are able to change the way we view ourselves in the world around us (bad days or the likes), we will change our mindsets for the better! 

*intentional prayer - being a part of a small group at church is helping me deepen my prayer life.  I have a strong support group that I feel so blessed to have in my life! 

*less technology... mindful technology (like this blog)! Less social media. 

*read more. I highly recommend Brene Brown. She speaks from the heart TO the heart. 

*learn more in the kitchen. In second grade, my teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up. I wrote: "I want to be a mama, a good cook, and a nurse." ...two out of three ain't bad! 

*learn from my mat. Yoga is a practice of meditation, and the more I practice, the better I become at calming my inner thoughts and daily stress.

*eat out less - by less I mean ONCE a month only. Sandfly BBQ, you're on the list... always! 

*taking from the post above, spend mindfullySpend minimally

*live minimally. Use only what we need. Donate or sell (or don't buy!) the rest. In the month of January, I have been taking part of the minimalist challenge, getting rid of more and more each day. minimalist challenge

*less is more. more time to spend with the ones we love! more time at home! 

*focus more on our children and the home we have created.  Put more into THAT - the meaning of my life!

*be more mindful of others and their feelings.  Reach out to friends more often. 

*nurture relationships that make me feel good. Let go of the ones that do not serve me. Let go of negativity.

*Give intentionally

*LIVE INTENTIONALLY

Won't you join me?  2015 is going to be the best year yet!!!

***I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ***









  

our little whippersnapper

Monday, August 18, 2014

Camping Trip with Memama & Papa

It's official. We're campers.  We survived the flood of 2014, so I'd say we are expert campers at this point. You could throw anything at us, and we'd knock it out of the park.  Of course, we couldn't have done any of it without each other! That part, my friends, was the best part of all and really what got us through! 
right after we arrived. Naomi made a new friend within minutes of being there.
We went up to Buck Hall Recreation Area just outside of Charleston, SC last weekend.  Naomi and Benjamin's Memama and Papa met us there.  Papa already had a spot staked out with tent kitchen and all. He's the pro at this to tell you the truth.  We all learn from him! It was a fantastic park that sits right on the intercoastal waterway complete with it's own boat ramp.  Papa brought his canoe, and we all brought our bicycles for the awesome access to the truly fantastic Palmetto Trail. The 425 mile trail leads all over the state with an entrance at our campsite! We wound through forests and all along the lowcountry for miles and miles eventually having to turn around while out exploring Saturday afternoon.  Memama was a good sport and rode with us the whole time.  We made it back to camp just in time for the first major storm that we got while there! 
the boys out for a ride

dolphins

playing in the rain













our spot for the weekend
camping buddies
heading down to a part of the Palmetto Trail


this guy is the best, yall.
over swampland

it was a trek for Memama to even make it down, but we were so glad she did! The kids were so excited to see her!
birthday presents perfect for the occasion
The summer storms around here and up the coast are no joke, and they come in with a vengeance!  Thunder, lightening, the whole works pummeled our campsite while we drove up and down the highway looking for some sort of relief!  This storm went out just as quickly as it came in, but everything was soaked!  Let's just say the 10 or so beach towels we brought got some good use!  Camping tip #1 - you can never have too many beach towels! 
after the first storm. ready to ride! 

water rockets with Deddy

We got our second major, even larger, storm Saturday night, and that one decided to stick around.  We ate our HOBO supper in Memama and Papa's tent, and I wish I had gotten pictures from that because we were all a sight to see!  Hunkered down in a thunderstorm trying to stay dry all while trying to figure out the best way to eat!  Papa's tent was already damp and mushy from the first storm, and we tracked even more in with our brigade.  He had the place looking all cozy complete with Indian rugs and quilts. He even had a lamp, I mean COZY, but with the rain came thunder and lightening in the form of two small dirty wet children and their parents! He was a good sport because the next morning, his place was looking, feeling, and smelling rough! Even through it all though, it was such a fun experience, and the kids slept through most of the storm. It was certainly an experience none of us will soon forget!  
in between storms












Grilling outside was a highlight of the trip, and the food a success.  We packed breakfast burritos and buttermilk pancakes for breakfast, and chili slaw dogs and tin foil meals for supper. The HOBO packs were delicious - hamburgers and fresh veggies - and the kids had a lot of fun putting those together, making it their very own. They also created campfire cones made of fresh fruit, chocolate, and marshmallows. We kept it fun!

pancake breakfast after the storm!

(these next few aren't my images, but it gives you the idea!)

the handsome cook :)
We went home with cars full of wet gear and more bug bites than we could count, but we all had a BLAST hanging out with one another and making the best out of a not-so-ideal situation because we were spending time together, and isn't that really what it's all about anyway?  Making memories one soggy camping trip at a time. Memama said she's not a camper.  I bet we could talk her into it again, but it would take some luring! :) Cumberland Island, we're coming for you soon!










Papa's set up. Got to love the tricycle in the boat!
photo of the year!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015. The Year of Intention

For the past couple of days, like I'm sure many of you, I have been reflecting over the past year and what has made it most memorable - the good and the bad; the happy and the sad.  It is easy to say in 2015, I will make a resolution to do this, that, or the other.  But why set resolutions that we know will  more than likely fail or flake away?? Instead, why don't we take the time to set intentions of doing good things and being better in the new year??  By living intentionally, we can only do better.


Looking back over 2014, I realized quickly that we can allow ourselves the opportunity to easily purge what is weighing us down and keeping us from being our true best selves if we just take the TIME to BE STILL and REFLECT. With this grace, we are also able to move forward with the small seeds from the past year that we want to help nurture and take root allowing ourselves to feed the beauty in our lives and help it flourish thus setting our true intentions.  
reflecting at the beach with sand between my toes. the beach is my favorite place to restore.
This past year has been full of many, many blessings, and I am grateful for each and every one. Just like all of us though, there have been many hardships as well.  Going forward, instead of focusing on the bad (ie: misdiagnosis of Lyme disease  - that's a post for a whole 'nother day) and the hiccups along the way, I will allow myself to take the time to be still and reflect on what is GOOD even in the bad. In 2015, I will focus on the many blessings God has provided us and continues to show us in our lives.  
...these and all our many blessings
I have put together a small list of intentions for the new year. Being mindful in all that I say and do will help set my overall intention for the new year - to do good even in the bad. Let go of expectations, failures, and mishaps and let them be.  They do not define who you are or who I am. Release the negativity and nurture the love and creativity around you (me).  Open your heart to it all!
backbends - the ultimate heart openers!

My Intentions for 2015:

*write more - journaling and keeping up with my blog.  This blog is a true reflection of the season I'm in and the seasons to come.  Most importantly, I want my children to be able to look back and see love reflected back at them!

*reflect more - mindful meditation is a good way to put it, but I think the word meditation turns some people off.  It's not necessarily about sitting in "om" than it is just taking the time to be still and calm the mind. 

*pay attention to the words I say and the thoughts I think. Keep a positive outlook even through the bad. Proverbs 18:21. When we are able to change the way we view ourselves in the world around us (bad days or the likes), we will change our mindsets for the better! 

*intentional prayer - being a part of a small group at church is helping me deepen my prayer life.  I have a strong support group that I feel so blessed to have in my life! 

*less technology... mindful technology (like this blog)! Less social media. 

*read more. I highly recommend Brene Brown. She speaks from the heart TO the heart. 

*learn more in the kitchen. In second grade, my teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up. I wrote: "I want to be a mama, a good cook, and a nurse." ...two out of three ain't bad! 

*learn from my mat. Yoga is a practice of meditation, and the more I practice, the better I become at calming my inner thoughts and daily stress.

*eat out less - by less I mean ONCE a month only. Sandfly BBQ, you're on the list... always! 

*taking from the post above, spend mindfullySpend minimally

*live minimally. Use only what we need. Donate or sell (or don't buy!) the rest. In the month of January, I have been taking part of the minimalist challenge, getting rid of more and more each day. minimalist challenge

*less is more. more time to spend with the ones we love! more time at home! 

*focus more on our children and the home we have created.  Put more into THAT - the meaning of my life!

*be more mindful of others and their feelings.  Reach out to friends more often. 

*nurture relationships that make me feel good. Let go of the ones that do not serve me. Let go of negativity.

*Give intentionally

*LIVE INTENTIONALLY

Won't you join me?  2015 is going to be the best year yet!!!

***I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ***









  

our little whippersnapper

Monday, August 18, 2014

Camping Trip with Memama & Papa

It's official. We're campers.  We survived the flood of 2014, so I'd say we are expert campers at this point. You could throw anything at us, and we'd knock it out of the park.  Of course, we couldn't have done any of it without each other! That part, my friends, was the best part of all and really what got us through! 
right after we arrived. Naomi made a new friend within minutes of being there.
We went up to Buck Hall Recreation Area just outside of Charleston, SC last weekend.  Naomi and Benjamin's Memama and Papa met us there.  Papa already had a spot staked out with tent kitchen and all. He's the pro at this to tell you the truth.  We all learn from him! It was a fantastic park that sits right on the intercoastal waterway complete with it's own boat ramp.  Papa brought his canoe, and we all brought our bicycles for the awesome access to the truly fantastic Palmetto Trail. The 425 mile trail leads all over the state with an entrance at our campsite! We wound through forests and all along the lowcountry for miles and miles eventually having to turn around while out exploring Saturday afternoon.  Memama was a good sport and rode with us the whole time.  We made it back to camp just in time for the first major storm that we got while there! 
the boys out for a ride

dolphins

playing in the rain













our spot for the weekend
camping buddies
heading down to a part of the Palmetto Trail


this guy is the best, yall.
over swampland

it was a trek for Memama to even make it down, but we were so glad she did! The kids were so excited to see her!
birthday presents perfect for the occasion
The summer storms around here and up the coast are no joke, and they come in with a vengeance!  Thunder, lightening, the whole works pummeled our campsite while we drove up and down the highway looking for some sort of relief!  This storm went out just as quickly as it came in, but everything was soaked!  Let's just say the 10 or so beach towels we brought got some good use!  Camping tip #1 - you can never have too many beach towels! 
after the first storm. ready to ride! 

water rockets with Deddy

We got our second major, even larger, storm Saturday night, and that one decided to stick around.  We ate our HOBO supper in Memama and Papa's tent, and I wish I had gotten pictures from that because we were all a sight to see!  Hunkered down in a thunderstorm trying to stay dry all while trying to figure out the best way to eat!  Papa's tent was already damp and mushy from the first storm, and we tracked even more in with our brigade.  He had the place looking all cozy complete with Indian rugs and quilts. He even had a lamp, I mean COZY, but with the rain came thunder and lightening in the form of two small dirty wet children and their parents! He was a good sport because the next morning, his place was looking, feeling, and smelling rough! Even through it all though, it was such a fun experience, and the kids slept through most of the storm. It was certainly an experience none of us will soon forget!  
in between storms












Grilling outside was a highlight of the trip, and the food a success.  We packed breakfast burritos and buttermilk pancakes for breakfast, and chili slaw dogs and tin foil meals for supper. The HOBO packs were delicious - hamburgers and fresh veggies - and the kids had a lot of fun putting those together, making it their very own. They also created campfire cones made of fresh fruit, chocolate, and marshmallows. We kept it fun!

pancake breakfast after the storm!

(these next few aren't my images, but it gives you the idea!)

the handsome cook :)
We went home with cars full of wet gear and more bug bites than we could count, but we all had a BLAST hanging out with one another and making the best out of a not-so-ideal situation because we were spending time together, and isn't that really what it's all about anyway?  Making memories one soggy camping trip at a time. Memama said she's not a camper.  I bet we could talk her into it again, but it would take some luring! :) Cumberland Island, we're coming for you soon!










Papa's set up. Got to love the tricycle in the boat!
photo of the year!