Sunday, April 26, 2015

Stitch Fix Review

Shopping for clothes kind of freaks me out.  Anyone else like that?  And shopping for clothes after having a baby? Forget it!  In less than 10 minutes I had my second Stitch Fix scheduled.  After being so happy with my first Fix a while back, I knew I would have good luck.  

Totally cheesy picture, but my 9 year old daughter, Kayla, and I were having fun taking pictures!  I thought I'd show you a couple of the pieces in my box. While setting up this fix, I added a note telling my stylist that I had a baby 3 months ago and still have weight to lose.  I even added a link to show her what kind of style I like. I was looking for a few tops to get me through.  (The jeans they picked out for me last time -that I'm wearing in the pic- still work and I still love them.

My stylist sent 3 tops, this cardigan, and a jean jacket. She even writes a little note explaining what she picked and why, and congratulating us on the new baby. So sweet!

I chose to keep the tank and sweater from this pic and a gray tee. I love gray tees.  I can wear it now, but I know it will be a staple in my wardrobe in a couple of months! (Keep up the workouts, Jess)

I paid for the items I wanted to keep online and stuck the other items in the prepaid shipping bag that was included in my box.  

Here's a closer look at the sweater and tank...and a baby who has recently discovered his thumb. 

I am so happy with the service and items I have received from Stitch Fix and I will definitely be scheduling another Fix in a few months!  Think you'd like to check it out?  Use this link to go set up a profile and get a box scheduled! 


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Happiness

We are finally in a normal stretch of life...for now. It seems like that changes quickly.  This past year has been so crazy and has gone so fast.  It is so easy for us mamas to look ahead. We feel like we always need something different. We need to get to the next stage or past this crazy season. We need to do all this stuff that so and so is doing. And do it all perfectly.  We get caught up in the 'if I could just..., if I only had..., if only my home..., if only my kids..., if only my husband..." mindset.  If only (this) then I could breath deep.  Then I could relax. Then I would be happy.  

In my search for perfection, I am missing today. I have decided that my now isn't good enough as I reach for the next thing.  

I will consciously choose today. I am here for a reason.

My sweet baby will only be a baby once. He will never grow younger.  

My 9 (almost 10 year old-wishing she was 14) year old daughter will grow up.  Someday she won't want me to sit by her and scratch her back in the morning. 

My about-to-be-7 year old son won't ask me to sing to him at bedtime when he is scared or worried about something.  I know that day is coming. A lot faster than I want it to.

Today I am going to sit down with my kids and really listen to them.  Look them in the eye and let them talk. I will play with them. I won't say "just let me finish this first". I'll listen to what their voices really sound like. Make a mental note of what their sweet little hand feels like in mine.

I will live this quote:

Happiness, not in another place, but this place... Not in another hour, but this hour.  -Walt Whitman

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Freedom in the Imperfection

Yesterday was a hard day.  

Bickering kids who couldn't keep themselves from touching each other. School was not going well.  Not our worst day, but definitely not our best. My husband was out of town and I was tired.  

Telling the kids (probably not so nicely) to STOP TOUCHING EACH OTHER for the 84th time that day put me over the edge.  My good mood wasn't coming back. I tried, but each time someone whined, cried, or talked back, I let myself answer from a place of complete frustration.  

I wasted almost an entire day with my sweet kids being frustrated by everything they did. 

Later, I took a video of Kayla dancing in her recital dress that we picked up earlier in the evening, and posted it to Instagram with a short caption about the freedom that kids feel.  We went inside for dinner, showers, and bedtime. Prayers with the kids were even a struggle. I just wanted the day to be over.  Everyone needed to go to sleep so I could have some time alone. 

I prayed for God to shut my mouth.  I prayed for Him to speak in His kind way to the kids when I knew I couldn't.  I prayed for Him to comfort them when I felt my compassion was low. 

I sat on the couch with my phone. One of my new Instagram buds, Amber, from Let Love Invade, posted a quote that said "Give it to God and go to sleep."

Then I ate some ice cream, watched a cooking show and went to bed. 
This morning I woke up thinking more about Kayla's video.  All day today I have been thinking about how it can be so hard for me to relax just enjoy my kids. I took a pic of a frame in the video and posted it on FB.

I love this image.
I see the freedom that she feels.  What if we, as moms, let go a little bit? Our days aren't perfect. So many things don't go the way we think they should. 

But what if that's the point God is trying to make?

What if we didn't worry so much about the to do list or the errands or the (fill in the blank)? What would we do or create? What would it look like to our kids? What if we SHOWED them that we love our lives...because we do! We are so blessed to be mamas to our kids. God has trusted us with them.  He trusts that we will show them how to live.  

Even in the imperfection. 

Especially in the imperfection.