Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Weekly Devotion: Loving your Children (Parenting) Intentionally

Love them unconditionally:
  • We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19
  • Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9
  • Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

When you're inclined to be harsh:
  • Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2
  • A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

When you're tempted to be critical instead of encouraging:
  • But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13

When you want to lecture:
  • Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:19–20

When you want them to make you look awesome:
  • Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Phil. 2:3–4

When you don’t want to extend forgiveness for their offenses:
  • Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:31–32

When you worry about their future:
  • Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:6-9
Let us pray:

Dear Lord,

Thank you for the blessings of our children.  Help us to love them as you love us, unconditionally.  Help us to be patient, eager to help and listen and to reflect you in everything we do.  We also ask you to teach us how to live out the gospel in our interactions with our children and others.

In Your name, Amen

Friday, January 27, 2017

For those who don't yet have voices

Today many are again marching in Washington (DC) but this time it's for the unborn. People are giving a voice to the voiceless.

I've always been for the life of the unborn, and the born. The first time I realized that not everyone felt the same way was my Sophomore year in college when the other RAs and I in my dorm put together this 'Silent Solidarity' day. Everyone who participated wore the shirts we designed and we were all just supposed to stay silent all day, and if someone asked why we had cards to hand out. My Hall Director, who was just about the sweetest guy you'll ever meet, saw that I wrote unborn babies and kind of gave a quizzical look but didn't say anything. (not that he could, he was supposed to be silent too....haha) I handed out a lot of my cards that day, and while I expected everyone to get it, they didn't. I found out that most people were confused.

Perhaps it is because they were uneducated.
Perhaps it is because they hadn't even thought of it.
Perhaps it's because we live in a place and time where we in general don't value people, especially the smaller or less vocal they are.
Maybe it's because they want to think that it's just a clump of cells instead of a human.

But can I just ask you a question if you are Pro-Choice? When I got a positive pregnancy test and was pregnant, what was I pregnant with if it wasn't a human? Unfortunately my pregnancy ended in miscarriage several weeks later, and it was most definitely a tiny human who died and we grieved. It wasn't just a clump of cells. Our baby had its own DNA, he/she was our baby. I think that adoption, miscarriage and infertility have all just given me more clarity than EVER on this whole issue.

God created each and every one of us fearfully and wonderfully. From the very beginning He planned it all out, and formed us while we were still in our mother's womb. (Jeremiah 1 & Psalm 139) Life begins at conception, that's when there are no longer his and hers genes but a whole new person. (link to more info) We can't just choose to murder someone ever, but especially when they are in the safest place they are ever going to be--in their mother's womb.

Pregnancy can be hard, you're growing a tiny human after all. Parenting can be hard and expensive, there are definite ups and downs. Choosing to place for adoption is a hard decision, too. Abortion isn't exactly easy either. Maybe for some of the others involved, but not for the mother who will have her baby torn from her and then have to deal with that for the rest of her life. All the options are tough, but in the end it's either life or death for that baby. Let's choose life. Let's help others choose life, and either to parent or to place, but support them all the while. Most everyone agrees that murder is wrong. So why do so many think that murdering innocent babies is ok? It makes my heart and stomach and ovaries hurt all at the same time. As you may know, the main reason we feel(and felt) called to adopt Domestically is because of the epidemic of abortion and we want to give expectant mothers another option!

Some good reads for today, or any day really, below.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Something that's really been bothering me...

Now that it's been a few days since the inauguration I feel like there are a few things that still need to be said.  It actually has nothing to do with President Trump.  I would be writing this if Hillary Clinton had gotten elected.  In fact, I'm not sure why I haven't written this before now.

Maybe it's because I grew up respecting my elders.  Maybe it's because that's the way I was raised.  Maybe it's because I was raised in Church and taught to respect God and the people He puts in authority.  Maybe it's because I was raised to respect all people, because we were created in God's image.  Maybe it's because I was taught to respect authority and especially the President of the United States.  But, something has really been bothering me these last couple months since the election and last few days since the inauguration.  Do you know what it is?  Disrespect.  Disrespect for people who have differing beliefs or attitudes, and especially for the now President.

It seems like everywhere I look (ok, mostly social media and some convos in person) people are continuously disrespecting the man who is the President.  You don't have to agree with him on everything.  I don't either.  You just have to respect him now that he's President.  You didn’t vote for him?   Usually around half of the Nation didn't vote for the President, but he's still our President.  Don’t like him personally?  He’s still the President. No, he doesn't have any prior political experience.  Is that such a bad thing?!?  The founders of our country didn't intend for people to become politicians for life.... Let’s give him a chance peeps!

I've even seen several posts and people going so far as wishing death for our President.  Seriously?!?  It's one thing to disagree with someone, but actually wishing harm would come to someone?  No, that's not the way to change anybody's mind.  In fact, people usually take that sort of thing very seriously.  God definitely takes that seriously, in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount He talks about being angry, insulting and calling your brother a fool as basically the same as killing him. (Matthew 7:21-26)

Our children are listening and watching what we do and say.  What do you want them to learn to become?  Someone who just wishes ill on the people they disagree with?  Or the person who disagreed with someone but respected them regardless, and learned so much more?!?  We respect others because they are humans and worthy of respect.  Each of us was created in God's image, and therefore are worthy of high regard.

Now, don't get me wrong, if you don't agree with something going on in the country, by all means, write a letter to congress, phone your rep. or maybe even take part in a peaceful protest.  If there is really some injustice happening stand up to it.  If you have questions about something, ask.  Just please do so with respect.  Treat others as we want to be treated, right?!?

Instead of complaining and disrespecting him, why don't we wish our President well?  Why don't we pray for him?  Why don’t you pray for our Vice President?  Why don’t you pray for our whole government?  Why don’t you pray for our country, and neighbors while you’re at it?  Why don't we choose to be present, putting our phones down, truly listening to what others have to say and loving one another.  Here are some other ideas:

Read more of my thoughts on politics....

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Weekly Devotion: Loving our enemies intentionally

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?  And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:43-48

Let’s take note that it doesn’t say to like our enemies.  Jesus used the word love intentionally, and the word love here means agape which is the highest form of love, unconditional love that transcends, that serves regardless of circumstances, that is also understanding and creative, redemptive goodwill for all men. "An overflowing love which seeks nothing in return, agape is the love of God operating in the human heart. At this level, we love men not because we like them, nor because their ways appeal to us, nor even because they possess some type of divine spark; we love every man because God loves him.”  (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, from his sermon On Loving Your Enemies)

So, we have clear instructions to love our enemies, and are likely expected to do it intentionally.  Here are a few ways we can start:  put our phones down, speak with our neighbors, greet others, treat others with respect and love, be quick to listen and slow to speak, quick to forgive those who wrong us, pray for our enemies, …  What other things can we do to live this out?

Dear Lord,
            Thank you for making us each different and unique.  Please help us to love our enemies and discover the meaning of what that looks like in our day to day lives.  I’d like to lift up my enemies today in prayer, please help them to get through the day and bless them.  If it is your will, I pray they come to know you and love you.  
In Your precious name,

When I made this pic last week for MLK Jr. Day, I didn't realize
this quote was from part of his sermon on Loving your Enemies.  

Friday, January 20, 2017

Mamas: Let's be friends, not foes

I've been having a such a great time at the new Walking Fellowship group I started earlier this month.  It's a time where some women (I think all are moms so far) can get some exercise and also just hang out.  It's been so good for my body and soul.  If you're in the area and don't know the details of when/where we meet let me know and I will send you an invite!!

I love being a Mom, but I hate that some moms can be very judgmental and downright mean.  

Yes, I only have one kid. (so far!)
Yes, I'm a 'first time mom'.
Yes, I got a late start. 
Yes, I became a mom through adoption.
Yes, ________ (insert another thing like those above that basically make me out to be a naive first time parent, who either coddles my child too much or doesn't coddle enough)

Do you ever get that type of thing?  I'm so over it.
You don't have to make others small or into 'bad moms' to make yourself feel like a good mom.

I became a mom a bit late.  And so what if I've only been a Mom for a little bit?  I'm still the one who knows my child best.  I am the one who can help heal his wounds.  I'm the one he calls out for in the morning when he wakes up.  I know I'm not the best mom in the world, but I'm the best mom for my child.  I'm the one that God placed as his mother and I'm sure going to do the best job I can at it!  I will make some mistakes, yes.  I will also love and protect him fiercely, make lots of right choices and wonderful memories helping my little one grow into the man he’s going to be.

I'm pretty sure that's the same as you, right?  You were given your children to mother, and you're doing your best, right?  You would walk through fire for them.  You already work so hard to provide them a safe, loving home.  You make mistakes but generally make the best choices for them.  You're a good mom!

You see, we both can be good moms.  We don’t have the same kids and we aren’t going to parent the same.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t both be good moms, right?!?!  
So this year, let’s be friends with other moms (& women), focusing on building each other up and praying for each other.  We are raising the next generation and that’s a BIG responsibility!  God gave us children to mother, and we are the ones who can raise them best.  You know yours, I know mine, God knows them all.  So let’s have faith that God knows what He’s doing and love on our kids and our friends.

I'm Juli, a child of God, a wifey and a good mama.  I’m possibly a little obsessed with my sweet toddler, because he’s awesome and I’m his Mom, what can I say?!?  It's nice to meet you.  **insert handshake** to meet you.  **insert handshake**

Fun Fridays: 10 DIY Home Projects (you can do in the winter too!)

For this week's Fun Friday I have done  around up of some fun and useful DIY projects for your home!  

And I'm pretty sure most of us could use these tips for going through our closets!

Happy Friday and weekend friends!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Weekly Devotion: Loving your neighbors intentionally

Week 3:  Loving your neighbors intentionally

Maybe you have been moved to do something after celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day yesterday or reading the real problem with America.  This devotion and theme of loving your neighbors is a great place to start....

 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 
 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:28-31

Here in Mark Jesus summed up all the commandments in just a couple sentences. Love the Lord your God with all of your being and love your neighbors as yourself.  Pretty cut and dry, right?  Pretty easy…sounding.  It’s when we put those into practice that it gets a little harder.
Loving God means putting Him as a priority for our life, time, relationships and work.  Once we intentionally put God first and love Him, spend time getting to know Him by reading the Bible it becomes easier to love our neighbors. 
It’s pretty easy to love others and our neighbors when we agree, get along and everything is going well.  It’s when they bump into your car, you slip on their driveway, or they have a loud party without warning, it gets a little more challenging.  God lavishly gives us with grace and love.  Let’s love lavishly and intentionally friends.  Let's shovel, have them over for dinner, bake goodies for them, have conversations and get to know and love your neighbors.  (Whoever they may be, or wherever they may be!)
          Dear Lord,
Thank you for Jesus.  Help us to love You truly and to love our neighbors as ourselves.  Help us to do these even in the hard seasons or circumstances of life.  Thank you for your lavish love and grace.  Help us to love lavishly.
In Your name,

Monday, January 16, 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day - so much more than another bank holiday

Martin Luther King, Jr. shared his dream with the world.  He did more than denounce; he dreamt. He did not merely paint the bleak landscape of racial hostility in the world’s leading nation, but dipped his brush in vibrant colors and painted a country as it could be.”  Greg Morse (here) Right?
Today, we celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  He was such an incredible man.  He was a husband and father as well as:  brilliant, (skipped 9th and 12 grades, graduating High School at 15 and College at 19 and then continuing to Seminary…and won the youngest person at 35 to win the Nobel Peace Prize.), humble, loving, faithful, unwavering, courageous and about a hundred other qualities. 
After realizing as a child that African Americans were treated unfair and just plain terribly, he grew up and did something about it peacefully.  He used his words, (both in the Churches he preached in and the speeches he gave) as well as organized marches and non-violent protests.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is quoted a lot because his words hold power and truth (he was a Pastor after all!), but in today’s day and age his words are just as applicable.  Here are a few lines from his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech.
 I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Every time I read those words (and the rest of this speech) I realize it has somewhat come to pass, but there is so much work to be done.  And I think it starts with us.

Who did you last have over for dinner?  Who do you frequently get coffee with?  Are they like you?  Do they think, vote and look the same as you?  If so, may I encourage you to invite people over who look or think (or both!) differently than you?

Maybe you have a seemingly diverse group of friends that you hang out with.  When was the last time you had a conversation with someone who voted the opposite as you in the last election?  May I encourage you to be intentional about who you spend some time with this week and choose for it to be someone you wouldn’t agree with on everything politically and just see how it goes?

It's a lot easier to dislike, or maybe ever hate someone you’ve never had a conversation with whether it’s the color of skin, religion, sexual orientation, etc…  But when we eat dinner together, drink coffee together or just have a conversation with people -- we don’t as easily dislike or make hasty assumptions.  When we talk with people who are different than us we see that we all breathe air, drink water, eat food, sleep, talk, dream, walk, etc…  We likely have a lot more in common than we don’t.

We highly recommend this book to teach about MLK to your kids.  (I took a pic on insta the other day of it, if it looks familiar!:)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

God always meets us

God always meets us where we are.  Do you know how comforting that is?  Whether you are a new Christian, seasoned Christian or not.  Just as there isn't anything we could do to win favor with God, or earn our way into heaven--God will always meet us where we are.

In my times of grief--God meets me there.
In my times of joy--God meets me there.
In my times of struggle--God meets me there.
In my times of accomplishment--God meets me there.
In my times of heartache--God meets me there.
In my times of waiting--God meets me there.

Here's always there.  He may not be a loud roaring voice, or even an audible one but His word is there for us to read and He is truly always with us.

We don't have to have it all together.
We don’t have to be the best student.
We don’t have to be the best mother.
We don’t have to wear the best clothes.
We don’t have to have the perfect relationships.
We don’t have to know all answers.
We don’t have to be the strongest or the weakest.
We don’t have to have anything, to be able to come to the throne.  

God meets us exactly where we are.  Like in Romans 5:8, God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  God didn’t wait until we were ‘worthy’ to send His son.  Because, if He had it either wouldn’t have ever happened or we wouldn’t have needed a Savior.  But as it is, we are a fallen people and we couldn’t do anything to be reconciled back to God.  So, He sent his only son to earth to die for the sins of you and me, and the whole world, past present and future.  Timothy Keller says it well here:

God sees us as we are,
loves us as we are,
and accepts us as we are.
But by His grace,
He does not leave us as we are.
~Timothy Keller

He meets us where we are, but He doesn't want us to stay there.  He doesn’t leave us there.  Once we come to know Jesus, He comes along side us on this journey of life.   Becoming a Christian doesn't mean that life will be easy, God promises that we don't have to face the inevitable challenges of this life alone.  In John 16:33, Jesus said: "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."  

As my oldest sister’s oldest daughter used to always say (when she was about 4 or 5) “It’s all about Him” pointing up towards the sky.  That’s true, it is all about Jesus.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Real Problem with America, and the Beginning of a Solution

"Remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof."  President John F. Kennedy
I imagine some of you are expecting me to go on about the incoming president or something.  But I'm not.  I'm going to talk about what's really wrong with America.  It begins with us putting too much pressure on the office of presidency, thinking that the next new president will make things better and be some sort of savior.  That's just it, there has only ever been one Savior and he wasn't a president of the US, his name is Jesus. 
The real problem with America is that we are looking for the President (or government) to take care of things that we should really already be doing.  Hear me out, please.  I'm pretty sure you'll agree or at least see what I'm saying.

  • If you are concerned about the environment, plant a tree, volunteer to replant a forest or start a nursery. (Check out the National Forest Foundation)
  • If you are concerned that teachers aren't getting paid enough or our schools don't have enough money, donate money, organize a fundraiser or volunteer to help! (Helpful article on ways to volunteer at your child's school here.)
  • If you are concerned with how immigrants are being treated, volunteer to help teach English or a job skills class.  (Check out ESL programs at schools or churches in your area.)
  • If you are concerned about forest fires, volunteer, donate money or organize fundraisers for the volunteer (or other) fire departments so when there is an emergency they have the funds they need to fight the fire!  (Contact your local Fire Department!)
  • If you are concerned about homeless people, donate or volunteer at a local homeless shelter, soup kitchen, food bank or with Habitat for Humanity.
  • If you are concerned with the amount of children in the foster system in the US or the orphan crisis, donate, volunteer to open your home to foster or pray about adoption. (Helpful links: Orphan Prevention, Adopt US Kids, or here.)
  • If you are concerned about why an historic building isn't being preserved, donate money, volunteer to help restore it or help with the local historical society. (For CO: History Colorado)
  • If you don't like the direction something is going in our Nation, write letters to your congressman and be nice!  People are more likely to hear you out and maybe change their opinion if you treat them with respect.
  • Instead of using social media to highlight negative things, why not use all that influence for good by raising funds for something or bringing awareness to some cause?
  • Instead of spending time digging up things that you dislike the President, go do something useful!  Help make the world a better place.  You can't change someone else, but you can change the way you react, your perspective and what you choose to do with your life!

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Jackie Robinson
If you are passionate about something you can advocate for it.  Who else will if you don't?  Help give minorities a voice.  Help the less fortunate.  Help your neighbor.  Every little bit helps.  
Other things you can do:  
  • Be kind to your neighbor.
  • Love others.
  • Volunteer at your Church.
  • Shovel an elderly or widow's driveway when it snows.
  • Take meals to a family who just welcomed a new baby, or just had surgery.
  • Get to know your local Law Enforcement Officers or School Resource Officers.
  • Volunteer at a local safehouse for victims of domestic violence.
  • Eat local by purchasing from farmers, local markets or local shops in your area.
  • Volunteer at your local Humane Society.
These aren't totally inclusive lists but rather a place to start!  I leave you with one of the closing statements of the one of the greatest President's inaugural address.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Weekly Devotion: Working intentionally

These devotions are made with a busy mama (or papa) in mind, so they are quick reads and have space at the end for prayer and reflection.

Week 2:  Working intentionally (You can find Week 1 here)

 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.  Colossians 3:23-24

When I first started dating my husband I noticed that he had these verses printed and placed in several places he would look at often.  (or so I remember) It struck me because while I had read it before I never really thought much of it.  Not because I’m such a wonderful, hard-working person by nature or anything, just because I hadn’t.  Maybe it’s because I’ve almost always been a Philippians and Hebrews type of gal.

When we have a shift in our perspective from an earthly one to an eternal one, we have many more reasons to do our work well, to show up early, do more meaningful work, to go above and beyond, to love people, to love co-workers, to live differently, to show Christ through our actions. 

Whether our work is inside the home with our babies, or outside the home in the workforce.  Whether you work at a fast-food establishment, corporate job or for the government.  Whether you are just entering the workforce or have been there for years.  When we work as if for God instead of man, we can’t help but do better work.  We automatically have meaning in what we do, even if it’s serving chicken sandwiches, wiping faces, writing code or picking up garbage. 

Dear Lord,
We praise you because you are the only one worthy of praise.  Please help us to change our perspective to a more eternal one, where we work for you not men. We thank you for our jobs and if we are in need of one, we ask you for a job. Thank you.
In Your name,Amen

Monday, January 9, 2017

Where do you get your motivation?

We are just over a week into the new year.  How are you doing?  Did you make any resolutions?  How are you doing on those?

Something I'm learning, which may I add is kind of ironic...I somehow thought after I finished college that, that would be the end of learning.  And now I learn new things all the time, but it's much more enjoyable than when I was younger.  I was never one who really enjoyed learning.  I mean, I studied, enjoyed school (kind of) and always did pretty well but I never enjoyed learning.  In fact, I couldn't wait to be done with high school. I remember I started counting down from about the 5th grade I hated learning or school (not really sure actually, now that I think of it) so much.  Then at least when I was done with high school I could go to pretty much the college of my choosing, and choose my classes right?!?!  Well, kind of...  I mean, you can choose some of your classes, like electives as long as they fit within these certain perimeters and things....anyway I digress....

I am learning that as long as I have the right motive or motivation behind something I usually have no problem following through with it.  I also have learned that as long as I make small goals, and sometimes multiple goals within one bigger goal, it's much more attainable and encouraging to me.  So that's why I made all of my resolutions (you can see them here) similar and small.

Where do you find or get your motivation for life?  for serving your family?  for work?  for goals?  Is it your kids?  Spouse?  Parents?  Competing with a friend or for to be the best?

I don't know about you, but if I am left to my own devices, or even just my own family as the motivation, I become this selfish machine (which let's face it, happens a lot still) and fall short.  But when my motivation is glorifying God and serving him it becomes easier. (I actually will talk more about that in tomorrow's devotion too.)  When I fix my eyes on Jesus, spend time in His word and finding my motivation in glorifying Him-- being kind to people, loving people and being intentional is more natural.  Almost like we were created to do life that way. ;) (Hint:  Because we were!)

Not that I have this all together.  And note that I do not have "Keep a spotless house" or "Fold and put away clothes promptly" or "Bake goodies and take to neighbors every week" on my resolutions....because....well....while those are good and maybe even important.  I'm not sure I could ever have enough motivation to do those all the time.  I may only have one child but he is a (very darling) tornado of a toddler, and my house almost always looks like Toy'R'us threw up in it.  So, there's that for keeping it real y'all.

My husband came home the other day talking about this book that he had heard about on Stand to Reason and then he said, oh, I guess that's what you already do, Micro-resolutions.  We just ordered a copy (we went with a New Hardback because with shipping it was less than half the price of the paperback and I don't care either way!) and I can't wait for it to get here!  I'm pretty sure I'm going to agree with it 100%, but it also will likely have some helpful tips that I will pass along if you'd find that helpful!