The Proverbs 31 Wife/Mother

One thing that is very helpful for me is memorizing bible verses.  Because I have to repeat them over and over to memorize them, I often hear other sub-messages in the text that prompt me in life.  Lately, I’ve been memorizing Proverbs 31.  I love these verses.  It reminds me what a great responsibility I have as a wife and mother.  Here are some of the portions that stand out most to me:

“he trusts her and she will greatly enrich his life” – I love the reminder that a good wife makes her husband’s life better.  I want my husband’s life to be better because I’m in it, not in spite of it.

“her lamp burns late into the night” – I love that she’s got a lot to do and is a hard worker. I’m also a night owl and completely agree with getting things done at night! 🙂

“she extends a hand to the poor, her arms are open to the needy” – This really resonated with me.  I want to do a better job of serving others.  I want to listen for opportunities to give my time to those in need and just generally be more like Jesus was on this earth.

“she laughs without fear of the future” – This is an area that I got another prick.  I laugh a lot but typically not around areas where I’m concerned about my ‘what if’.  It’s hard for these to go hand in hand with me.  Either I’m easy going and fun but if I’m stressed about something, watch out. I’m easily rattled. (Ask my husband.)  I want to be more faithful and confident in my future, even when ‘what ifs’ arise, because I know that God is at the center of it. I want to be able to truly laugh without fear of what I’m facing.

Has there been a scripture that’s really spoken to you lately or prompted you to action?


5 Randoms

Want to know a little more about me… Here are 5 random facts about me:

1. I am a night owl.  However, I can say that since having Landon I’ve become slightly more of a morning person. However, Dean and I get into bed at around 9:30/10 – he goes right to sleep and I’m up until at least 11:30.

2. I’ve been skydiving… in Australia (yay study abroad!).  I thought it was a really cool experience and wouldn’t mind doing it again, however, I’d definitely think twice since I now have a husband and kid at home!

3. I think my ideal number of kids is 3.  Dean’s is 2. For at least 3 months following Landon’s birth, my ideal number was 1. 😉

4. I am very cheap.  I hate spending money on things I don’t need.  However, I almost always get sucked into buying at least 1 thing everytime I pass the Target $1 Stop.  I mean, who doesn’t need a pack of cute pencils or colorful new sponges?!

5. I don’t want to live an extraordinarily long life.  While hitting the 1-0-0 milestone is quite an accomplishment, I think I would prefer to live until around 80.  It just seems to me that quality of life at such an old age is tough and I think I’d like to go while I still had some zip in my step!

Achey Knees

I haven’t even hit my 30th and already I am being plagued by old people knees!! Recently, as I’ve started working out more and running again, I have noticed extra joint pain in the days following a tough workout or longer run. Not muscle pain, but that almost-arthritis-y pain where it feels like your bones are rubbing together (especially on the stairs!).

This is not a good sign. My hubby had to get knee surgery (his third) six weeks before our wedding… he told me it was going to be minor. Nope. Doctor called from the recovery room and said they had to do a full microfracture surgery. Crutches for at least four weeks. (Yes, I broke down on the phone with the doctor, asking between my tears, “did he tell you we are getting married on the beach in six weeks?!! How is he going to walk down the aisle?” I was more worried about a husband that could walk on our wedding day than why he had to have the extra invasive procedure!)

Turns out my husband has the knees of a 60 year old man… well, that was two years ago, so he probably has the knees of a 62 year old man by now. All this to say, there has been a lot of glucosamine condroitin on the counter lately. I am hoping that I can slow the breakdown of my knees. I’d like to have a few more years of 3-4 mile evening jogs left!

My hubby, well, I think that’s already a lost cause. We’re just hoping to prolong the years until the inevitable knee replacement.

Pounding the Pavement

This week I went on my first solo run (i.e. no jogger) since I was 7 mos pregnant.  It felt good not to have to push a stroller and have free arms.  The cool air in my lungs, blasting my songs…

Now, don’t go thinking that I’m a regular out there… since having Landon last March, I’ve gone on three runs with the jogger (all within the last month) and they’ve gotten easier and easier as I learn the best way to run with a bulky, rolling contraption out front. I’m just trying to get into the groove of things and exercise consistently again. 

In fact, I’ve made a goal for myself – after exercising 10 times in January, my goal for February is 14 workouts.  Whether its a P90X dvd, a run outside or getting on some cardio equipment, I want to make a better effort with my health (especially now that Landon is a little older and I’m also not nursing/pumping anymore).

Landon LOVE, LOVE, LOVES going out in his jogger… so this has been a plus for both of us – Landon enjoys the view and mommy gets her heart rate up.  So here’s to (hopefully) many more afternoons of pounding the pavement this month!

My Current Favorite: Verse

I have been loving this verse for about 2 months now and it still comes to mind regularly (probably almost daily). 

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” 
Prov. 19:21

I am just loving this… so often I get stuck or frustrated when things don’t go as I expect and I love this reminder – my plan… my design… my way… isn’t always God’s way.  And ultimately, I know His plan is better than I could ever have imagined for myself.

Social Media

I can’t imagine what life would have been like to have Facebook, Twitter, etc. in college.  ALL of my friends had AOL Instant Messenger accounts (R.I.P. Gingerbread9781) and that’s how you stayed in the loop.  I’m sure it’s probably for the better that I didnt have a Facebook account. I’m sure there are some ‘incriminating’ photos out there somewhere… Hopefully not too many 😉 

Since I was the one with the camera all the time, I’m sure I have MOST of them!  But if there are any, I’m sure they’d surface if I ran for President or something!!

Things I’m Excited About Right Now…

1. Putting in hardwoods and granite counters in our house.  I think it’s gonna turn out great.

2. Captivating… the book I’m reading with my women’s Lifegroup.  I am loving this book – such a great read for ALL WOMEN!  And it’s even better going through it with a bunch of fabulous women!

3. Rice Cereal – Since Landon’s started on it, he’s been sleeping much better at night.  He was a hungry little guy…

4. Talking about our Greece trip.  So looking forward to April/May 2011 with the Kamm’s 🙂

5. Catching up with old friends… It’s so great to have a 40 min conversation with a friend you havent talked to in a year… hearing what’s new in their life, sharing things in your life, etc.

6. Charlotte Restaurant Week – Dean and I have a date night with some friends on Sat and then we’re heading out solo next Sunday… two delicious restaurants – I can’t wait!

7. Our new camera – I am loving practicing shots and seeing how they turn out when I check  them out on the computer later.

8. Planning for the future – it’s fun when Dean and I talk about where we think we’ll be in the next five years… it’s interesting to see where our plans overlap and where we have differences.