Life we had planned…

I am a planner by nature. I like to follow plans – which makes me not overly spontaneous. But planning allows me to accomplish things and be accountable for my time…like I said its in my nature.

Fortunately, with much practice I’m learning to be more flexible. This is a concept I’m sure I have over talked about with my kids in the last two months.

Plans change. It’s inevitable. And when plans change we’re often left angry or frustrated or disappointed. (I’m sure we all have a list of disappointments in the past few months!) But we all have a life that is waiting for us – if we can just get out of the way! 🙂

One large swimming pool…

In a news environment where most everything is meant to scare or induce fear – our family is finding the real winners on the internet these days are…memes. Every day my kids want to know what the funny of the day is.

In my scrolling of social media I have come across some funny things – there are some seriously creative people out there – and they bring a smile to my face daily among the doom and gloom news articles. I screenshot the things I come across and then share them with the family.

For whatever reason, this one struck my funny bone and I still giggle when I read it. I saw this at a time when our state had just locked down (although our family had already willingly shut down two weeks before that) and other states were debating whether lock downs would apply to their state. I just picture the entire United States as a pool with some states choosing to be the “warm section”. 🙂

As someone who owns a pool – we choose not to have a peeing section – it’s better for everyone involved! Although some of my kids may think the whole pool is a peeing section!

Sunday will come…

I think every year, I post this is exact quote around Easter because I love it that much. I heard it years ago and it’s never left me – it’s burned deep within my soul. I’ve used it in Easter talks I’ve been asked to give. I’ve shared it with friends who have struggled and I’m pretty sure if you stick around long enough you’ll see it here annually.

For anyone that needs to hear it – Sunday will come. Sunday is the hope that gets you through a Friday. And we’ll all have our Fridays. Just hang on to hope.

Bountifully blessed…

We watched church on tv this weekend – which would normally be a break in our routine from attending church regularly. But with this pandemic we’ve had church at home a couple of weeks so watching it on TV today wasn’t too far from our routine lately.

I was talking with a friend at the end of last week about life right now. We both agreed there’s been some great moments in all of this. And of course there’s been hard moments. And even when it’s great, there’s still heaviness that looms at times. She’s worried and uncertain about stuff, and I have my own thoughts taking up mental space.

It’s just unprecedented times we’re experiencing and we’re all doing our best to navigate through it. As I was watching conference this morning I heard this quote and immediately text her – it was the perfect period to our conversation.

Today may seem hard (especially now that school is cancelled for the rest of the year!) but the future is full of hope.

Why you started…

This is something I’ve asked myself many times lately.

As life has become more busy I find it easier to “Quit” things. My arms are full of who knows what and something has to give. And as I’m evaluating what gives, I have to ask…why did I start it in the first place? In some circumstances I can’t even remember why I started something – I just did. Those tend to be the things that I quit first. And then there are times when evaluating why I started – it gives me a renewed sense of purpose and energy to keep plugging away. But I think it’s a very valuable question, Why did you start?