Friday, February 28, 2014

Five on Friday

I missed Thankful Thursday. I miss writing more than once a week.. but for now, sometimes that's all that's going to get done. If you missed my post about being overwhelmed, you can check that out here. Here are my five things this week!



{One}
I made an 86 on my test Monday!!!!!!! Thank you for your prayers and thoughts all week. I woke up Monday completely confident in what God was going to do and wasn't disappointed. He is a good God and He blesses our hard work!

{Two}
Linc man is going through a phase where he is LOVEY. He wants to be near me. He wants to hang out with me wherever I am and I LOVE it. I'm seriously so enjoying the sweet time together! This sweet boy is precious!

{Three}
This morning Lincoln and I are going to see my old best friend who moved to Colorado when we were 12 I think. She is in town for a wedding I am SO excited to see her! God is so good to let friendships continue even when we don't see someone all of the time!

{Four}
Lincoln studied with me a lot last week for my test. He can now tell you that cardiac means heart. I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty proud of that.

{Five}
Lincoln's invitations are done! He has been begging me to write them out so this week we did! He also asked if he could color on one side of them so I let him. I think it's precious that he wants to be so involved in everything, and why not have coloring all over the invitations!? He's made them unique! 

I hope you've had a wonderful week and I hope you have an amazing weekend!! Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Overwhelmed

I get overwhelmed more times than I'd like to admit. Between Jesus, school, being the single mom of a two year old, and doing it all financially by myself.. I have a lot of moments where I am overwhelmed.

But lately, I've been overwhelmed in a different way. In the sweetest way.

Jesus loves me. 

Does that overwhelm you? Does that thought bring you to tears? Because lately for me, it has brought me to tears multiple times.

To think that a God so holy, a God so blameless, so perfect and so righteous, looks at me and calls me 'Daughter'. Wow. 

I woke up Monday morning completely at peace, which isn't usual for me on test days. I woke up being held in the Savior's arms and it was so sweet. I woke up knowing people were bringing me before The Father; they were lifting me up. And all I could do was thank God for this life. It's not perfect, but friends, it is blessed by God, and perfect doesn't come close to knowing God is watching over your life. 

Then Monday night I went to church at a friends' church and felt that overwhelming love again. I was driving home and thought back over my life. I thought about how God blessed me with parents who loved me enough to have me in church and teach me about God. I thought back on my pregnancy at 17, and I remembered one of my worst nights where God held me. God didn't see me as flawed that night. That night He held and passionately loved a pregnant teenager. I thought back on the birth of my son, my beautiful, precious, God-ordained son. He was there with us in the hospital. He loved on an 18 year old mom. I thought back on finishing high school with a newborn, and I see God's hand all over that, too. I thought about the way He has so perfectly planned for me to have income since then. I thought about my acceptance to nursing school and all the moments since then and I know through all of that God has loved me fiercely. 




He held me through everything. He holds me in moments where I'm far from Him and He holds me in moments where I'm seeking Him. God is so good friends. God is so loving. He is just and He is gracious. He is wonderful and He is perfect. God is the epitome of love. God is beautiful. 

It's such a beautiful thing to be overwhelmed.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Happy Friday

Today isn't my normal Five on Friday post. Today is going to be my I-have-a-test-on-Monday-and-I'm-freaking-out-about-it post.

I haven't had any free time to blog, or to breathe for that matter. {They say that breathing is important.}

Y'all. I try not to complain but I am exhausted. And if there was a word that could describe exhausted better, I'd use it.

I have a test Monday and I need your prayers! I'm praying that God would bless my hard work and help me to finish up all of this material in the next three days.

I get to a point once I've studied so much where I start loathing certain words. I'm finally to that point today. COPD, bronchodilator, and antihistamine are just a few that I'm done with. If I never saw those words again, it'd still be too soon. {I laughed the whole time I was writing that. I'm pretty sure I'm the only who thinks I'm funny. But it's alright.}

I'm so blessed to go to school. I'm so blessed to have the opportunity to get a degree {especially being a young single mom} and I'm holding onto God's promise that I can do all things through Jesus who strengthens me!

I should have time next week to update you on all the fun things Linc and I have been up to these past couple weeks. Despite the constant studying, we've had a lot of fun together this week and the weather has been beautiful! Today he's at a makeup day at school and then we're heading to Jacksonville for my dress fitting and to get things for his party!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Patience and Goldfish

You know those days that start out so wonderfully? And then go completely downhill from there? Yeah. Lincoln and I had one of those Monday morning.  Lincoln and I decided to play outside because it was beautiful! So I was excited and he was excited and I figured we'd just get ready and go outside quickly.. But that's not how it happened. 

I started thinking about how my test was exactly a week away and the enemy started telling me I could never pass it. Started telling me I'd never learn all that material in just one week. I was frustrated but tried to push it out of my mind. Then I went out to the laundry room because I had three loads of laundry that needed to be done and the buttons will not work. For a good five minutes. Every 10 seconds Lincoln kept calling me into his room. I'd tell him just a minute and he'd call again. The buttons still weren't working. After a prayer, they finally worked.

I go inside and Lincoln has dumped some of his fish's food out on his dresser. Wonderful. We feed Dodo {our fish}, and I go to pick out his clothes to wear. He starts bawling about how he wants to wear his hat and his gloves. {Why he's crying I'm not sure because I didn't say he couldn't wear them}. My heart rate is going higher and higher but I'm trying and praying that I will not lose it. 

Finally he's dressed and has on his hat and his gloves and I decide to make some coffee. Linc is repeating "I want goldfish outside. I want juice. I want to wear my hat and gloves." Coffee's done. I poor creamer in the coffee.. Oh, hey. Creamer has expired. Poor it out. Then I hear, "Aw! My goldfish!" All of the goldfish have fallen on the floor. Clean up mess. Get more goldfish. Look for more creamer. That one is expired, too. {It's been a good week since I've made coffee}. Forget it.

I'll read my Bible outside {because I obviously need Jesus}. I can't find my Bible. Delightful. I took it to the beach yesterday. Is it in the car? Nope. Finally after five minutes I find my Bible and notebook.

This is the thing. Motherhood has taught me that my patience isn't as great as I once thought, and despite what I've always believed about myself, I am capable of yelling. And that upsets me. I hate yelling. I hate loosing my temper over goldfish, expired creamer, and buttons that just don't want to work.

And we've had mornings like this before where I've lost it. I've believed what the enemy said and I've taken out every little frustration on Lincoln. I've yelled about the little things in life that really don't matter all that much. A few months ago I was losing it way more than I'd like to admit and once I'd lost it, the day was ruined. I felt guilty for getting mad at Lincoln for things that really didn't matter. So I've been praying so hard that God would make my heart more kind and more patient.

Monday morning I was impatient, but I didn't lose my temper. I had to say about 50 prayers before my frustration subsided, but God was good to help me calm down.

I'm sure there are little things in your life too: a rude co-worker, slow Internet, flat tire, dead cell phone. I truly believe the enemy tries to upset us with these things that really don't matter in the big scheme of things!

The truth is, our attitude determines the course of our day. We lose entirely too much time being upset about things that don't matter. We waste precious moments being upset because little things don't go right.

Today let's pray to be patient. Let's pray to love Jesus and to love people. Let's pray that we see the bigger picture, instead of the crushed goldfish on the floor.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Five on Friday

My five this week are probably going to be quick! I'm exhausted and I need sleep! I hope you're having a wonderful Valentine's Day and have an awesome weekend! Whether you have a Valentine or not, you're loved by The Creator and to be loved by Him is the best gift of all!


{I tried a few times to upload pictures and Blogger wouldn't let me! What fun are posts without pictures?!}




{One}
I am so excited that it's Valentine's Day! No husband. No boyfriend. But I do have Lincoln and I am so excited about our day! We have presents to open, a lot of baking and crafts to do, and an incredibly special dinner planned at -you guessed it!- Chik-Fil-A. {That is if all the marriage couples aren't making reservations there first. Maybe I should call ahead.}






{Two}



A few nights ago Lincoln and I went in Walgreens and he started crying because he really wanted to buy his Momma flowers. I told my family {and Facebook} and I came home from work yesterday to the most beautiful red roses in my room special and hand picked my by sweet boy. I so love his heart! {Thank you, Mom, for paying for them and letting him be such a blessing to me!}




{Three}
I booked the place for Lincoln's birthday party in April! I know that's way ahead of time, but I really didn't want to go in late and ask and it already be booked. This is his first party with friends there and I am SO excited for him. I can't wait to share it with all of you!




{Four}
I have a test a week from Monday! Please be praying for me as I'm working really hard trying to prepare. I spent a couple hours tonight making notecards and I'm praying, like last time, that God blesses my hard work and commitment!





{Five}
Lincoln's prayers have been moving me to tears. I mean, every night he prays something that stirs my heart a little bit more. I am so proud of this little boy and the way he talks about Jesus so often. I know I brag about him a lot, but he really is such an incredible gift from God! I am so grateful to be his mom!





Here's an example of two of his prayers:
"Hey God. Thank you for our day. Today I go to school and I stay there and play. Wednesday I go at school again. I'm just talking to ya, God."





"Thank you For my pillow God. Please keep the monsters out of our bedroom. They try to scare us. Thank you God."





What if we had that kind of faith? The faith that says God, I trust in You enough to hand over the tough things. My monsters. My doubts, insecurities, failures. You can have it because I know You are sufficient in each and every situation. I want to love God like that. I want to trust Him enough to come to Him with my monsters and my good days. My successes and my failures.



So that's it for my five things this week! I hope you have a wonderful day and a wonderful weekend!











Thursday, February 13, 2014

Thankful Thursday

The weeks are seeming to fly by, but then again, the weeks/months leading up to Lincoln's birthday always fly by. Always. And I'm left wondering how he's another year older. Emotional moment over.

I tried posting this earlier but blogger wouldn't even let me log on. So that's why I'm so late! Here's what I'm thankful for this week!

 
I'm thankful for Lincoln. He wasn't planned by me, but he was beautifully and intricately planned by God. What a beautiful testimony he is in my life to say that God really does work ALL things out for our good. I become a mom at 18 and Lincoln is by far the best gift has ever given me. I love being his mom so much.
 
 
 
I'm thankful for my family. I booked Lincoln's birthday party yesterday {yay!!!!} and I sent out a group text {to my parents, Kays, Matt, Pearce, & McKenzie} letting them know where and when it would be and they made me laugh for a good 30 minutes. Before you read it you should know nothing in this world could keep them from Lincoln's birthday party, even if they were on their death bed. God has really blessed me.
 
 
I'm thankful for a job. There are so many people who can't find work and I'm so thankful for the ability and opportunity to go to work. Even though I'd love to stay home with Lincoln, I'm so grateful that God has allowed me to be able to provide for us.
 
I'm thankful for excitement. Does this sound silly? Maybe. But I have so many things to be excited about! Valentine's Day. Lincoln's birthday/birthday party. Pearce and McKenzie's wedding. This Spring is going to be a good one, I can tell!
 
I'll be back tomorrow for Five on Friday! I hope you have an amazing Valentine's Day and weekend! 


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Day of Rest

Lincoln and I go a lot. {Probably like you}

I go to school. I go to work. I go to study. I go run. He goes to school. We go to church. We go to play with friends. We go to the park. We go to the store.

It seems like we're always going. From the time we get up to the time we go to bed, we're on the move.

Thursday morning I was more excited than I can even explain that it was a morning where we didn't have to go anywhere!

God has really been laying it on my heart how I spend my time. I have never been good at managing my time and with all I have going on right now, I've been praying He would show me areas I need to work on and He really has. So I've been trying to do more than usual and go more than usual and I'm tired. It had been a busy week. {The part that exhausts me the most is knowing I have to pick out clothes. I wish I were kidding.}

Thursday morning we had a seriously amazing rest time. We watched entirely too many TV episodes in bed, I stayed under the electric blanket, we cuddled, had about 23 tickle fights, played on the ipad, watched a lot of Doc McStuffins and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and just rested. I got at a shower during the morning and changed from my pajama pants to yoga pants. And guess what. It was glorious.

I love to write about all the going we do. I love to write about the fun things we have planned. But I really enjoy our quiet days. The days that don't seem so spectacular to other people, but they're days we make memories. Days that remind of what a blessing it is to be Lincoln's mom.

I'm thankful for rest. And I'm thankful for every day life.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Jose

If you read this post, then you know I sponsor a little boy named Jose through World Vision. Jose is precious to my heart. I love him so much, and I pray one day Lincoln and I will be able to go meet Lincoln's 'adopted brother.' I wanted to share how I got into sponsorship and share with you how you could, too.

I first got introduced to sponsoring children through my parents. My parents sponsored a little girl named Rita from Indonesia when I was younger and I remember seeing her picture and wishing so badly I could meet my 'sister'. I never told anyone this but God put her on my heart a lot.

About a year ago I was watching TV while Lincoln was taking a nap and out of no where I heard God say, "You need to sponsor a child." I hadn't seen a commercial, no one had mentioned it, God just laid in on my heart. I felt it so strongly that I went out to my car that moment to get my wallet. I got my computer out and started looking at World Vision's website.

I immediately knew I wanted to sponsor a child born on Lincoln's birthday. It didn't matter to me whether I got a little boy or girl so I just looked through the bios. After looking through about three I just didn't feel God leading me to any of them which I thought was weird since I felt him so strongly tell me to sponsor someone. The fourth bio I looked at was precious Jose.

One of the first sentences I read was that he was the son of a single mom.

And that's when I knew. This was the boy that God had laid on my heart.

I love Jose. I think about Jose often and pray for him every day.

If you've been following my journey for a while, you know that I worked a full time job at a doctor's office for two years. When I started nursing school I knew I had to quit there and I knew I wouldn't work my first semester. So I thought, I'll just stop sponsoring Jose. And I heard God say, "No." And honestly I thought, God I don't have a job. I don't have money to be spending to a child when I have my own to provide for. And God said no again. So half heartedly I told God okay, and went with obedience.

God has provided for me, Lincoln, and Jose. How beautiful obedience is! Can I tell you I haven't had to worry about where our money will come from? This Summer I looked at my bank account and thought about how quickly it was going down without a job and in the same week I got a call to babysit someone and a call to watch someone's pets for a week. God had come through again. And He is still continuing to provide in ways I can't fully describe.

I don't say all this to same jump on the website and go do it. But I do want to encourage you to pray about it. If God isn't calling you to this, don't do it. But if He is, I can tell you it's a blessing you can't imagine until you do it. We are so blessed in the United States. We are rich when it comes to other countries and there are other children like Jose whose parents {many single moms} are struggling when it come to feeding them. Your gift can help them eat, go to school, be clothed.

It blesses my heart so much when I get things from Jose. I've gotten his handprints, footprints, letters from his mom, cards. This little boy is so so precious to both me and Lincoln, and I'm so thankful God has allowed him to be in our lives, even if we have never met him.

Jose and his mom.
 
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. {James 1:27}

Monday, February 10, 2014

Life Lately

I could sum up our life lately in one word.. busy! But instead I'll just upload a massive amount some {precious} pictures of Lincoln with a few randoms thrown in. It's been a month since I've done this post so there may be a lot. Enjoy!

Linc man helped me make mint oreo ice cream! Then we had ice cream soup!
 
I so love that smile. His joy is contagious.
 
This kid loves his swings!
 
We had a muffin picnic!
 
And then we took a trip to the zoo!
 
And Lincoln got to touch stingrays for the first time and LOVED it!
 
We were both sick over a span of two weeks. We didn't sleep a whole lot and this was around midnight.
 
Lincoln and I went to church one night and while I was getting ready my mom read the Bible to Linc. I'm so thankful for family who pour Jesus into Linc man!
 
All dressed up with my favorite guy!
 
Lincoln got his first hair cut without crying AT ALL! Proud mom moment!
 
The best cure for sickness is cuddles with Momma.
 
Just building stuff!
 
My hard worker!
 
I talked to Jesus while He created a masterpiece.
 
My dress fitting. This kid sure can pose for a picture.
 
Breakfast with this cutie!
 
We played bubbles in the house because it was freezing {I used that word lightly} outside.
 
Two things I've learned from sleeping with Linc:
He hogs the bed.
I hog the covers.
 
We walked down to the park and played Jake and the Neverland Pirates. {I was Izzi, naturally.}
 
I went through some of Lincoln's old things and found what he came home in. My baby will be three in two months. Cue the emotions now.
 
Lincoln looked at me one night and said, "Let's hug and take a picture!" So we did. Five times. And then he gave me at least 15 night night kisses. This kid is the sweetest, y'all.
 
My mom and I took Lincoln to Chuck E Cheese for the first time!
 
Lincoln made a necklace and when I asked him about it he said, "You put it on. I made it for you, Momma." SO. SWEET.

Lincoln let me listen to him for 15 minutes. I really love what I'm in school to do.
 
We got to Facetime Uncle Pearce!
 
When your mom is in nursing school it just makes sense to play with her extra stethoscope. Now Lincoln has decided that he wants to be a doctor when he grows up. Fine by me!
 
Bedtime with this sweet boy.
 

I picked Linc up from school and surprised him with a beach picnic since it was in the 80s. Happy day!
 

He has set my heart free!
 

I finally worked on Lincoln's photo albums again!

I was mopping and it got quiet. Linc comes in wearing my moms glasses.

Early birthday dinner for my Dad. Lincoln loves his Momo and Uncle Matt.
 
I hope you're having a wonderful Monday! Tomorrow I'm posting about something incredibly dear to my heart! Have an amazing day!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Five on Friday

Happy Friday, friend! It's another day that God has so beautifully blessed us with! Here are my incredibly random {and awesome!} five things this week!


{One}
 
I wrote number one last Friday. Yes. A whole week ago. That's how excited I am! A few months ago my future sister-in-law opened my eyes to dry shampoo, and last Friday I finally got on board. It is AMAZING. Let's face it, there are sometimes rarely a lot of days where I wake up and really need to wash my hair but we're only running to the store {am I the only one who does this? Okay, that's cool} so I'm not going to get a shower and fix my hair for five minutes in public so I finally tried some and IT WORKS WONDERS! You need some. I promise. {I use the original Pantene dry shampoo.}

{Two}
I MADE AN 86 ON MY TEST!!!!!!
I posted that yesterday but in case you didn't see it, there it is! Thank you for all of your prayers, comments, texts, phone calls, and messages! You people are wonderful!
 
{Three}
 
I started reading a daily 'She Reads Truth' plan on YouVersion in addition to my daily chronological reading and it is amazing! If you have the YouVersion Bible app on your phone you should try one! If you don't, go add the app!
 
{Four}

I've posted about this before but let's face it.. no one read my blog back then. So for the six who do now, you need this! This stuff can get stains out of ANYTHING. I had a pizza stain on my new jacket and it was already dry when I put this on it and then washed it, and no more stain! How awesome! {The things I get excited about..} Just head on over to Walmart or Target and get this and the dry shampoo. You'll thank me later!
 
{Five}
 
If you don't follow me on Facebook then you haven't seen this. I was trying on my dress for my brother's rehearsal dinner and asked Lincoln what he thought. He looked at me and said, "It's perfect!" He is THE sweetest! He talks constantly and I just love to listen. This is my favorite age so far!
 
I hope you have an amazing Friday and an awesome weekend!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday! It has been such a wonderful week, busy, but wonderful. I have SO much to be thankful for today!

I'm linking up again with my sweet friends!

I'm thankful for encouragement. I'm thankful that my Heavenly Father knows the days I need a little extra encouragement and because He created my heart and knows it so completely, He knows what will best encourage me. For example, yesterday I ran into three people at the store and that was such an encouragement. Then I got to spend two hours just talking to Jesus and reading His word.. that also was such an encouragement.


I'm thankful to have passed my test! Your prayers worked! I made an 86 on my first test of the semester. God is so beyond good, y'all. I'm so thankful to be His daughter.


I'm thankful for people. God has placed such amazing people in my life. Monday before, during, and after my test I was flooded with prayers, sweet texts, messages, phone calls, and comments on the blog. You people are wonderful and such a blessing to my heart! You have no idea.



I'm thankful for God's word. Maybe I wrote about this last week? Tuesday I was SO busy. I was gone from 10:45 - 8 at night and I am definitely the person who needs quiet time to rest and recharge. When I put Lincoln down for bed, I was determined to go to bed also. I wasn't getting up anymore. I needed sleep. Then God said, "Daughter, we haven't spent any time together today." And in all honestly I thought, But God I am so so tired. I just want to sleep. He so sweetly told me to get up and I did. And you know what? I read His Word and just like that I was recharged, fired up, and felt so much better. His Word is powerful.


Thank you so much for lifting me up to The Father this week and last. You have really radiated Him this week with all of your sweet comments. I hope y'all have an amazing day!