Some Things I’ve Been Thinking About

Hey y’all! Craig and I have been busy baby makin’ and I just passed my big audit for work (another excellent progress report!) so needless to say I’ve been a bit preoccupied. In other news we got a new car… YAY! Here’s a pic of my beautiful new baby. We really enjoy her and have named her Bindi (yes, that’s Steve Irwin’s daughter’s name). Since she’s an Outback we figured we needed something Australian and Bindi is Aborigine for little girl. Cute.

Also, our first baby, Jethro, has commandeered the guest room bed. He loves to sleep with his head on a pillow (or arm rest, etc.) and evidently the couch is too far away from us at night. This is a new thing he’s doing but he’s simply precious. We love that little dude and can’t imagine our lives without him. I mean, look how precious he is! I can’t get mad at that fluffy guy for wanting a little comfort.

Next up, we bought a new vacuum. My other vacuum finally bit the dust and after quite a lot of research and not wanting to spend a fortune we settled on the Shark Navigator. So far, so good. It really performs well. Jethro likes it (as referenced by the picture below). I mean, just look at that happy face!
In other news, I’ve really been struggling with not commenting on or posting about every little political and/or cultural war happening right now. I’ve definitely posted on facebook a few times too many for some of my friends but it’s hard to keep my mouth shut when I feel so passionate. There are two sides to every story and I feel like some of my “friends” keep speaking from their limited point of view where they cannot possibly understand the whole picture.

Besides that, most of these “friends” call themselves “Christian” and as a Christian I find it hard to stomach their intolerance. From what I have read of the Jesus I follow, He would have been the first to sit down with the “sinner” over dinner and really get to know them and pour LOVE into them. Yet, these very people who claim to be His disciples are those who are the loudest in judgment and hate. It breaks my heart.

So, I will continue to post things I think help open up the debate and help to cross barriers and I will continue to do my best to LOVE my neighbor (John 13:35). That’s all I can really do, eh?

Also, I’ve been thinking a lot about going back to work once this future baby is born. I know that children of working mothers are more successful and I know that as a working mother I will be a better role model for success outside the home, yada yada, but I can’t help but fear the coming day when I drop my child off at day-care and head off to work. My friend, Emily, recently had this discussion with me. She always thought that she’d have no problem going back to work but now that her baby is here in her arms she’s finding it incredibly difficult.

I guess I’ll have to cross that bridge when I get to it. I know that financially we just really cannot afford to have me stay at home. I also know that the benefits I receive through my state employee position are unlike anything I could acquire on my own. I’m praying that something flexible will arise when the time comes and I will feel greater strength in leaving my child with others. Too soon to tell but I will continue to pray about it anyway.

So, to end this random smattering of thoughts on this hump day I leave you with another picture of my boy Jethro when he was outside playing in his pool. I mean, what parent doesn’t shove pictures of their baby in your face every other second? Just wait until we have a human baby… HA! It’s almost the weekend y’all! Chin up!

  

  

Fun Finds

Hey y’all! Welcome to another Fun Finds Friday! This past weekend my new Athleta catalog came in the mail and, as always, I wanted it all! For those who are not aware, Athleta is a Gap, Inc. brand focusing on fitness apparel. I have a few of their swimsuits and I like that they offer the support that I need but still look stylish. Today I’m going to share with you a few of my favorites.

*I was not compensated for this post these are merely my opinions. Click the picture to be taken directly to the source.*

First up… I just cannot get enough skorts lately. I know this sounds odd but trust me on this. I love to hike and explore and still be able to hit up a cafe at the end of the day. I feel like skorts are the solution. They’re comfortable enough for climbing over rocks but cute enough for dinner.

And I love these two simple tees.

Next up, a couple of tankinis that I thought were super cute. I’ve mentioned it before… I tend to fall into the tankini wearing category. I probably could get away with a bikini but I just feel more comfortable covering up all my bits.

I love that this bikini is super cute but still looks like it’d stay in place while you were playing a game of beach volleyball.

Here are a few bikinis I like. I especially love the bandeau top so you can remove the straps and get better tan lines. Disclaimer: USE SUNSCREEN.

Also, here are two cover-ups I liked. You KNOW how I feel about covering up. Ladies, no matter how good you look no one wants to see your junk when they’re walking into a restaurant. Plus, the lime green one has UPF 50!

Finally, if you’re still interested, here are a few tank-tops I thought were cute and definitely something I could see myself wearing this summer when working out.

Hope you got some good ideas for some summer shopping!

Fun Finds

Hey y’all! It’s FRIDAY! Of course, for all the stay-at-home parents out there Friday probably means nothing different than any other day. For those of us working outside the home Friday means that we’re approaching a state of relaxation and rejuvenation to help us tackle the next week.

Today I’m going to feature a few Pinterest finds that I think are super fun. All pictures are hyperlinked so click on them to go to the source.

It’s definitely swim season here in Florida and I have been eyeing new suits. First up, this sporty number here. It feels like you could easily play a round of sand volleyball and yet be cute sitting on the sidelines.

Next, this is another sporty number that looks like it might provide the support for more active beach-going and yet still look great.

For those who are looking for a bit more coverage but still want a fun flirty piece here are a few tankinis that are super adorable. Even though I’m not dealing with post-pregnancy belly I definitely suffer from pre-pregnancy belly (aka I really like beer) so I tend to gravitate toward the tankinis so I’m able to enjoy my beach time more and worry less about sucking in my stomach!

Also, this would never work for me because my knockers are just too large and I definitely need support, but I find this suit to be fantastic.

I love the idea of a one-piece. I know several friends who go that route but it’s just too darn inconvenient to go to the bathroom plus my torso is freakishly long and they always feel like they’re cutting off circulation. However, this one is pretty gorgeous and I’d be willing to make the sacrifice.

And if you’re a little more well endowed all around don’t you fret… there are just as many sexy pieces out there for you!

Finally, let’s wrap this up with some cover-ups. Like I’ve mentioned before, I live at the beach and I see girls walk around wearing practically nothing. It’s disturbing. I can’t understand why they don’t value themselves well enough to cover up when out in public but I digress… here are some fun and simple cover-ups for your walk to the restaurant or beach bar.

 

 

So, what have you been eyeing? Are you even in the market for a new suit? Are you a beach person or a pool person? Both? Neither? Do you have some fun plans for this summer? I’d love for you to share!

#lucky

Happy St. Patrick’s Day y’all!

Are you wearing green today? Evidently green isn’t even the right color. We’re supposed to be wearing blue. Also, in Ireland, for many years, St. Patrick’s Day was a feast day that traditionally shut down the pubs. The American version of St. Patty’s Day is quite different. Well, Americans do a lot of things different so I guess that really isn’t a surprise.

So, anyway, I’m dropping in to send my best wishes and to talk a little bit about luck. Traditionally St. Patrick’s Day has been associated with the four-leaf clover as a symbol of luck. Interesting word, luck, closely intertwined with the word, chance. Luck, by definition, is “the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual.” Luck is associated with situations beyond your control. Luck is often attributed to either good fortune or bad fortune. Sometimes I consider myself lucky. Sometimes I remember to use a more appropriate word, blessed.

So, what does it mean to be blessed? According to Merriam-Webster, being blessed involves “bringing pleasure, contentment, or good fortune.” So there’s that word again, fortune. Good fortune or bad fortune, we are all fortunate. No matter the circumstances in life there is some aspect of “receiving some unexpected good.” Even when life knocks us down there is something good to be found. Even when life is hard we are still lucky. Even when we feel like life is too difficult there is something for which we can be grateful.

This past weekend we celebrated the life of my late step-father, Norman, by caravan through “the loop” and over to Crescent Lake. Many of his friends and family rode their motorcycles and others rode in their vehicles and the weather was just perfect. It was sunny but not too hot. The breeze was nice and cool and the ride was a lovely tribute to him. Despite our loss we still can consider ourselves lucky. We had a father, husband, brother, uncle, cousin, friend… and shared great memories together. Good stories were shared and I know that’s the way he would have wanted.

Being blessed does not mean that your life is perfect. Rather, being blessed means that you find the fortune in the imperfect. We live in a fallen and sinful world but God’s grace shines blessing down upon us even in our darkest times. The sisters were able to grow closer this past weekend in a way we hadn’t before and for that I am grateful. The blessing we have in each other is not to be overlooked. We are fortunate to grow in relationship and in love.

Life will go on. We will get busy with life again. Time will pass. However, we will always count ourselves fortunate to have the relationships we do because of Norman Walker. The good, the bad, the ups and downs. Together we count ourselves blessed. Today, on this lucky holiday, I will remember just how good we have it and just how fortunate we are.

Even more spring Pinteresting

Hey y’all! Welcome back for more of my favs. Don’t forget to check out the first two posts where I share some of my favorite outfits for more traditional spring weather and some favorite outfits for more southern weather and even feature a bit o’ the Irish style for ya!

Today I’m sharing with you the last of my pinned ideas for spring. You can check out the rest of my favorites over on Pinterest and remember you can click the pictures to take you directly to the original post.

Starting off… lets get ready for church, shall we? Of course any of these outfits would be suitable for work as well. I love dresses and wish I had more occasions to wear them. My workplace is business casual and at church I’m usually working with the 3-year-olds so these pretty outfits just don’t get much wear.

Here are some outfits warm enough for the springtime temperatures but have that fun spring look that’s begging for a tan! Here we are sticking with the pants but have moved into tanks and warmer weather tops.

 

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little series. I really have become addicted to Pinterest. I love the ideas and the ability to store them all in one place. Let me know your thoughts, favorites, ones you didn’t like.