My Glamorous Life

I learned a good lesson today: white clothing and seven month olds do not mix.

I am dressed up today. I have some goals to accomplish so I thought I’d spruce up the wardrobe and go for the sequins and a white shrug. The brilliance behind this is that I fed my son sweet potatoes and corn for lunch. Orange puke does not an accessory make, or at least not a pretty accessory.

Sufficient to say, on the way out the door, I picked up my son while wearing my fancy outfit and thought, “I better put a towel over my shoulder before I carry him out to the car.” I headed to the closet to retrieve said towel and heard the infamous “bleh” that is inevitably followed by baby puke. There it was, glistening orange puke all down my crisp white sleeve.

No matter. I have several white shrugs. I’ll just toss this one in a quick bath of hot soapy water so as not to stain it, grab a new shrug, grab a towel first, grab my son and head out the door.

I start the sink water to fill for my sweater-soaking brilliant plan, set the detergent on the edge of the sink in what I thought was a safe place, turned my back and “splat!” The bright blue detergent is now a lovely, slimy pool a good 8 inches in size on my carpet. Brilliant.

The bright side is that laundry detergent, while extremely difficult to get out of carpet, makes for lovely air freshener. The down side is the carpet is nice and spongy now.

Oh well. Off to get another white shrug (glutton for punishment, I tell you). I don the shrug, don the shoulder puke protectant towel, grab my son, and hear, yet again, “bleh” followed by even more glistening orange puke.

But I’m no fool. The towel did the trick and I’m out the door stain free this time. Fool me once, strike one. Fool me twice, strike three. Thank you, Michael Scott.

Anyway, just wanted you all to have a little insight into the glamorous life of the rock and roll mom.


Faith that Moves Mountains

I want to have faith that moves mountains. I don’t want to be one of those Christians that always talks about “overcoming.” I want to be one of those Christians that always looks on the bright side, always focuses on the positive, always thinks there’s a way. Not that we don’t need to “overcome” now and then. But on this side of salvation, I think there comes a point when we need to stop looking back and thinking “that was tough” and start looking forward and saying “let’s do this!” It’s inevitable – we will face challenges. I think we’ve established that pretty firmly. So why focus on them? Why not focus on what can be done instead of what will get in our way?

Just my two cents for today.

Willing to Go Anywhere

Sometimes things change in a matter of minutes.

See, I had this idea. This exact idea of where I was going, how my life would look, where I wanted to end up. I tend to plan. I’m a planner, a big-picture person. I like to look far, far into the future and say, “that’s where I’m going.” This is great except for one little problem. The details. You know the old saying, “the devil’s in the details?” Well nothing could be more true for me. I always overlook the details. I always forget one small, crucial aspect of this or that, which usually drastically changes everything. Every time.

But sometimes, it’s the very details that lead me in a new, better direction than I thought I needed to go. And that’s what is happening for me right now.

And it got me thinking… Am I willing to go where He wants me to go? Am I willing to do what He wants me to do? And most importantly, do I get out of the way enough to make sure I’m following HIM and not my idea of him? See, that’s how it is that God knows me better than I know myself. He lets the details be the thing that gets me back to Him. (Perhaps I should change the phrase to: “The Lord is in the details.” haha) I’ll get this grandiose vision for what, who, when, how, and why. And He, perfectly, every time, reminds me that HE is in control. HE has the vision. HE directs the course. At least, that’s what I asked Him to do. 🙂

So my friends, I want to encourage you. Dream big. Let your mind wander. Think of things you would never dare. Let your imagination run wild. And then let God take you where He wants you to go. Let Him show you what about your dream was worth having and what was not. Let Him shape your destiny. It’s worth it, I assure you.

Dream on, my friends.

This one’s for you

Two years ago today I lost my dear friend, Stacy. She was without a doubt the most incredible person I’ve ever known. I miss her dearly. I wrote this song for her two years ago today. This one’s for you, Stacy.

I’ve got a surprise for you…

I’ve been working on a song in the studio that no one has ever heard before. I’ve never played it live. I played it for my husband once about 6 months ago, but he doesn’t remember it. hahaha! And I’ll be sharing it with you all soon. Hint: it’s about a very small person. 😀

There is no normal life…

…There’s just life. I love that quote from the movie Tombstone. (I happen to be a descendant of Wyatt Earp, just FYI. Well actually of his brother Virgil. Pretty cool, right?) There is no normal life. So true. I think we look for it all the time. I think a lot of times we think that “as soon as this and this happens, things will be on track.” And maybe they will be. But in my experience, we rarely get what we think we want. And even when we do, it’s either not exactly right or not exactly what we thought it would be.

I’ve been facing this challenge in my own life. And having a kid puts everything in a whole new perspective. Going where I want to go and doing what I want to do brings a whole new set of challenges. It’s definitely not what I thought it would be. But that by no means makes it “bad.” If I’ve learned one thing it’s that life is full of surprises. Forrest Gump’s mom was right – life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. (Am I on a movie quoting roll today or what?) And the thing is, it’s not what you face, but how you face it that defines you. No one can completely control their life and circumstances. No one can set a goal and watch it come to fruition exactly as they anticipated. There is always some curve ball, some challenge we didn’t expect. So instead of moping in our misery over failures and disappointments, why don’t we use what we’ve learned as an opportunity to move forward a little wiser? Seems like a good plan to me.

Who’s ready to face a challenge or two head on today? Let’s hear it for the determined!