Five Minute Fridays

What I was created for...

Friday, July 12, 2013

I am a born planner.  There is nothing that thrills me more than going to the store to buy a new planner and new pen to create some kind of outline for a plan.

As a young child, I used to love writing (yes actually writing on paper) out plans for businesses I might one day start, or buildings I would design, or how I would plan out a visit from the queen (didn't matter where she was queen of, just that she was queen). As I grew up that brain power was put to full use in scheduling my days filled with school work, and homework, and social events.

But now as a mom, when most of my days are exact repeats of the day before - maybe a grilled cheese lunch in stead of a BPJ lunch- that part of my brain aches to be used.  So I dream up great ideas of how next week will be different.

Now don't get me wrong, I do have some follow through on my plans - and those plans are nice when I'm tired and can't think of what my next step should be (as a mom of two young boys, they often have twice the energy). But as you can imagine, my ability to plan never really takes into consideration the time it takes and the effort needed to execute my ideas. So some of the plan never happens.

And that is what I am learning to accept.

To Do List

I have to be alright with living today, and doing what I can, and letting the rest go.

So what if we spent two full hours in the sprinkler and that meant we didn't work on the letter of the day?

Or even more importantly, when my plans move too far into the future, and the what if's start popping up. Then in the midst of those what if's I realize I simply cannot do it all which leads to feelings of dread and overwhelming anxiety.

In those moments, I have to let go of my plans and wishes and remember it's not part of my blueprint to carry out every little thought that comes to my head in my own abilities.  I wasn't created to do that.  I was created to work hard - but working hard doesn't mean I have to do it all on my own. In fact I should try.  I should work hard at trusting that it will work out well.

That is when I start over.  I pick just a couple of days - today, tomorrow - and plan those. I stay in the present in order to enjoy it, in order to work it, in order to live it fully. As that is what I was created for - to live my life fully, in the present.

Thank you Lisa-Jo for giving this week's FMF topic of present and reminding me what I was created for. Want to join? Stop by Lisa Jo's

Cozy book hop

Cozy Reading Spot

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Welcome to Cozy Reading Spot!  This is your chance to share your posts, and then grab your favorite drink to curl up with and read other's posts.  We share posts on books, reading, and all that is inspiring us. I am always amazed at how busy the summer makes me... do you feel that way? If you haven't written anything new, link up a classic you'd love for some new friends to check out.

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What's been going on at Reading List this week:

Here's what I've been writing this week, just in case you missed it.


Keeper of Reign

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Keeper of Reign (Reign Fantasy)
Emma Right

Synopsis from Right:

Books written in blood. Most of them lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell the people of Reign and their surrounding neighbors who blame them for this. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen year old Jules Blaze. Or could it?
Something in the air is brewing and Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his army of Scorpents will invade and destroy the Kingdom of Reign and the Elfies. Already Gehzurolle’s agents, secreted in Reign, are ready to do their master’s bidding.
But for Jules his nightmare has only just begun. Especially since he and his family have inadvertently invoked the interest of Gehzurolle. But why?

There are some types of literature that I tend to shy away from, simply because I don't tend to enjoy them.  And to be honest fantasy has always been one of them.  However, when I was asked to read this book I felt that I needed to say yes... but two chapters in and I was wondering why I considered saying yes.


Learning to Love Books

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

I love to read - I know you are shocked. And one of my hopes is that my boys will also love to read as they grow up.  The possibilities that bloom from the knowledge that comes from reading are endless, this is a fact. So the question then becomes how do I get my little ones to love to read?

Well how about we look at just one little step to the process, turning the page of a book.  A skill that is necessary to reading, even if tablets and e-readers are becoming extremely popular.

Children readers - books and concepts to teach kids to love to read

For me, this means I gather a pile of books, from board books that can take a beating to flimsy magazines to allow my not-quite-two-year-old to flip some pages (another great option is old phone books- you know the ones you simply throw away as soon as they come to your door). The goal isn't to read through these materials, or even discuss what is on every page. But simply put, the goal is to have him touch and feel the pages.


A Mom After God's Own Heart

Monday, July 08, 2013

A Mom After God's Own Heart
By Elizabeth George

I am sure I don't have to say it, but it is extremely hard work being a mom - so just in case you are feeling alone in that today, fear not.  Most moms know that it is hard, but there are times when we need to be encouraged to take a breath and acknowledge the difficult.

Then there are times when just telling yourself that fact doesn't cut it.  That is when it is a good idea to have the words of other women to encourage you. And that is why I wanted to pick up Elizabeth's book, A Mom After God's Own Heart. I had been told Elizabeth is extremely encouraging and straight to the point when it comes to her books to mothers. And I'll be honest, in those moments when I feel like I'm standing in the middle of a highway taking hit after hit as I mother through difficult times, I don't want any sugarcoating - just give it to me straight!

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