Saturday, February 28, 2015

THIS & THAT


Preparing | for a little mini-vaca with family over Spring Break.  The kids are stoked about having time off and I have to admit I am working on suppressing my excitement -- not about what we’re doing or going, but the excitement of family time.

Reading | Hebrews with If Gathering, and taking it really slow. The words are reverent, and I am trying to focus on His words and glean a little bit of wisdom from it all.

Hoping | That spring will come early this year and hold on a bit before summer strikes. In the midst of the gray, gloomy winter, we are seeing glimpses of warmer weather here and there, and it makes me long for days spent outside.

Wanting | more time to be still. Time to dwell on how I feel God is moving in my heart, how to be more intentional, and be present for those in need.

Eating | lots of avocados. I am an avocado-ian. I love them. I do. 

Enjoying | more time with my bible. The deeper into the word I get, the more satisfied I become with it all.  I see it work. I feel less like an intruder at church and in our small group(s).

Stalking this blogger.  Corinne photographs her life so well and makes me want to jump in and invade her space (aka play with her precious kids.). 


Anticipating | my next hair appointment. I think I'm chopping it off. I might change my mind in the next six weeks, but at this moment, I have decided to go for it. 

Watching
 | Framework. Yes, seriously. You know that hubs and I have a fire for designing, building and creating, so this is right up our alley. Except for the drama between the contestants – they’re downright cruel and insensitive to one another. But the mere excitement of possibly getting to see the world’s coolest chair keeps me coming back for more.




Friday, February 27, 2015

#INTROFRIDAY


It’s Friday, and that means its #INTROFRIDAY day and I wanted to make sure I jumped in this week!

This past week at UMC, I met some new women at bible study. One lady asked me what my 30-second elevator introduction is, and I hesitated with a bit of stage fright. I didn’t expect anyone to be that forward.

So then I got to thinking, this would be a great series to start with my readers and get to know them better. 

So, hi! I’m Mandi Roach. Married to a my best friend who loves me fiercely and mama to four children…four very different personalities. I’m a blogger, photographer, crafter with a huge thirst for God and a deep need of His grace. I’m sanguine/melancholy. Mostly spunky and energetic, but also a deep, emotional feeler. This blog has always been my outlet for my melancholy, and the deep things in my heart. But I want to be better at letting my free-spirited self live here, too.

Today’s question: How do you rest? I love a good book or even a good movie. Sometimes, depending on the season, I can just be outside. Sitting. Watching. Listening. Just sorta shut my mind off and be entertained by the world outside.

Your turn! Don’t forget to Instagram your photo with hashtag #INTROFRIDAY every Friday!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

GRATITUDE


When it comes to happiness, genetics plays 50%. 10% is circumstance. And 40% is attributed to our reactions to those circumstances.

Most times, we have no control over circumstances. What we can control, however, is our reaction. Handling everything with grace and positivity is conscious choice…virtually impossible some days no doubt. A venti white chocolate mocha latte usually helps me get back on track. More seriously, looking upon circumstances with gratitude is ultimately what can change my mood from bad to good.

It sounds cliché, but it’s the truth – hardships make us better people. And God is a much better planner with my life than I am.

If you are my real-life friend, you know I'm tired…physically. Tired. Every day. All the time. And with that, I’ve not been the significant contributor at home. My house is a mess 5 days a week. We probably hit the fast food line 3 or more times a week. I no longer have "craft night" or "game night," and I'm not sure I know everyone's name in our church small group.

While folks roll their eyes and exasperatedly remind me to take it easy on myself because I have four kids at home, the weight of my worthlessness gets heavier and heavier every time I look around my house. It’s tough for us mamas to know when we are limited because our job is just so endless. Sometimes being a mother feels so much bigger than us, it’s a wonder we can ever breathe at all.

As horrible as I feel sometimes about the lack of my efforts lately, what it’s done is help me see the abundance bestowed upon me by my family. I am honored and GRATEFUL for my husband and children and all that they’re doing to pick up the slack. I have recognized all that everyone’s doing around me. I recognize the time consumption. I recognize the hard work. I recognize the tiredness. And they’re all enduring it for me. To help me.

Perhaps these moments of clarity—these times of loss and struggle and awakening—are just more gift, in disguise. Perhaps our whole world, or at least the character and quality of our days, hinge on one little word…gratitude.

I’ve learned this in recent years: Gratitude is the secret key that unlocks the door to joy.

I would dare say that if you think of the person in your life who seems the happiest and most content, they have learned to live from a place of gratitude.




Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DAILY READS

I met a start-up blogger this past weekend at a gala, and once again I was asked which blogs I follow on a regular basis. So, readers, you asked and therefore I give you...

a few of my daily reads. In no specific order.






















Monday, February 23, 2015

10 BABY SHOWER BOOK SUGGESTIONS




1.The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein – This book makes me ugly cry before I even get to the third page. I think all parents need to own this book.

2. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch – Let me just say that I am not in love with this book the way everyone else is. Yes, it does make my cry a little bit, but….the scene where the mom drives to her grown son’s house with a ladder on top of her car and breaks into the second-floor bedroom of his house so she can hold him while he’s sleeping? Just…no. It weirds me out. The rest of the book, and the message behind it? Fabulous.

3. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney – Sweet rabbit mom and child talking about how much they love each other? Yes please.

4. On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman – I love this book. It’s fun to read, meaningful, and has amazing pictures.

5. If I Could: A Mother’s Promise by Susan Milord – This book is about a sweet raccoon mother telling her little raccoon baby all the things she would do for him if she could, and what she can do for him (love him more than anything, of course).

6. Someday by Alison McGhee and Peter H. Reynolds – This book is all about a mom watching her baby grow up, and it reminds me that even though my kids are young, they won’t always be – and someday I’ll be watching my kids raising their own babies.

7. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd – This book is a classic, and for good reason. It’s fun to read, has pictures that seem to captivate children (even babies) and comes in a board book edition (which babies like to eat, so extra bonus for that).

8. Alice in Wonderland: A BabyLit Colors Primer – It’s cute, fun to look at, and full of great pictures that will hold a baby’s attention.

9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – No baby shower is complete without The Very Hunrgy Caterpillar. I like the board book version better than the regular version, though…the kids love to poke their fingers through the holes and they always end up ripping the pages in the regular book!

10. My New Baby by Rachel Fuller – If there is an older child in the family, this book will come in handy. It explains, in terms a toddler can understand, that a new baby is coming (and all that that entails!).

You can purchase all of these books at Amazon via the links above.


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