Wednesday, February 24, 2010

On Family Life

(random photos from our "treasure hunt" for conversations heart are interspersed throughout this post to add to the cuteness level.)

Lately God has been teaching me (yet again) about priorities, about time management, about things with eternal value.  As I weighed my time and the ways I was spending it it became obvious to me that I was spending too much time on the internet (message boards, blogging, reading blogs, a wee bit o' facebook, apply of things, submitting DT work, and on...and on...and on...)  So I decided to resign from Scrap-Tastic.  I thought I'd just have one DT, one message board, it would all be great...but apparently God thought I need even less "outside" commitmentMy children need me.  They need all of me.  So after some struggling, some soul searching, and some meditation and prayer over these questions, (look for a post on them soon!) I've decided that now is a time to say no to some good things.  No to design teams for now.  No to much submitting.

But I'm not thinking of it as saying no.  I'm thinking of it as saying yes.  Yes to BEING with my children (mentally too!)  Yes to serving God in the roles he has so blessed me with (wife and mommy.)  Yes to more time read and study and meditate so that I can be real with my children.  Be honest with them.  Let them see me and all my struggles and all my dependence on God. 

However, as I refocus my mind, my life, and maybe even my blog, to reflect where I am right now (parenting three tiny children), my friend Jessica had some very timely words of wisdom on not making an idol of parenting.  

On a side note, I have been crafty lately...however it was with fabric not paper!  Hoping to share that later this week. 

oh, and just so you don't think I forgot about her...


Virginia said...

You are the second person I know that God has made a direct move in their scrapbooking life. I love that He cares for all the details in our lives.

I can't wait to see what else goes on in your life! I am so proud to call you friend. :)

Virginia said...

Oh and p.s.:

I read this the other day on the Resolved to Worship blog (the "Real Life Monday" post)...

"Motherhood isn't grand in and of itself. It's not holy. Nope, it's not. You won't get to heaven because you were a mother, and you don't get brownie points for having more than two kids. In fact, I have come to believe the more you have, your chances of being a "good" mommy are slimmer."

I think that goes along well with that post you linked to. It's so easy to fall into that trap, too!

Carol A said...'re on the right track babe! Somehow I am not at all surprised you are leaning in this direction. I would have been more surprised if you stepped up your level of scrappin activities! I know how much you enjoy it and I know you will continue, just in moderation! Love your babies! Love your scrappin and your sewing!