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Fighting for Your Future

 

When I hear the word “Future,” the first thing that runs through my mind is the classic Scripture verse…

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a FUTURE.”

On top of such an incredible promise like that, our Heavenly Father also loves to give us specific direction concerning our lives and destinies. Perhaps you’ve had a prophetic word about a spectacular future that He’s laid out for you. Or perhaps He’s spoken purpose and destiny to you through dreams and visions.

Either way, God has incredible plans for your future!

But did you also know that we all have to FIGHT FOR OUR FUTURE? Purpose and destiny don’t just happen. Quite often, they take hard work and discipline, and the tenacity to fight, fight, fight.     Read more

Day 17: Smart Enough to Keep Learning

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is STUDY. Go!

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//  I love the quote that says,

“Educating yourself does not mean that you were stupid in the first place; it means that you are intelligent enough to know that there is plenty left to learn.” ~ Melanie Joy

My friends, just because you are tired, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t learn SOMETHING. Studying and learning is what keeps you fresh and inspired. Believe me, there is nothing inspiring about cooking, cleaning, and laundry. Those chores NEVER end, and they rarely satisfy (although there is something beautiful about a freshly folded closet).

But the point is… We MUST keep learning! We MUST keep studying!

Why?

  1. Because it’s good for us―it keeps us young!
  2. Because our kids like it when we learn―it makes them proud of us!
  3. Because it inspires them to also learn!
  4. And “Just Because I Said So!” (This is a month dedicated to Mom Advice, after all.)

So, TODAY WAS A BIG DAY FOR ME! I didn’t really tell many people, but today I wrote my

Grade 8 RockSchools Vocal Exam

(that’s why I’ve been so absent lately, and why yesterday’s post just got published an hour ago)

exam-picI’ve wanted to do it forever but was either too busy or too scared to try. This year, with Raelynne leaving for school, and me deciding that I needed to “GET A LIFE,” I finally went for it!

Yes, it was flippin’ hard, and I worked my butt off to get to this place, but IT’S DONE! And regardless of the outcome, let me tell you…

I FEEL SOOOOO PROUD OF MYSELF!

To make the day even more special, I shared the accomplishment with Rachel who wrote her Grade 3 Vocal Exam and David who wrote his Grade 3 Electric Guitar Exam! How special is that?!

Here’s a picture that was taken of us just after our exams…

Actually, I FEEL SOOOO PROUD OF ALL OF US

Bucket List:  “Finish Grade 8 RockSchools Vocals exam”…. CHECK! ♥

Now, to sleep.

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To read more of 31 Days of Mom Awesomeness, click here.

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For more information on the Write 31 Days challenge, check out Christina Hubbard’s site!

The TERRIBLE First

rae-bday-1So today marks another first for us. Today is Raelynne’s 20th birthday and it is the first time we won’t be there to celebrate it. How terrible! (For those who don’t know, she is currently on the other side of the planet attending Hillsong College in the TV & Media Program.)

I have NEVER missed a birthday before! Obviously, I was at the first one, but I mean after that. I have NEVER missed a birthday for any of our kids, and I remember them ALL.

  • Her First Year Party was a disaster. We were the first in our circle to have kids, so we invited all of our friends over for a BBQ (about 35 people). Raelynne was so traumatized; I don’t think she started enjoying herself or playing with wrapping paper (like most babies do) until almost everyone had gone home. Poor baby.

After that, we adopted the guideline: when you turn 2, you can invite 2 friends. When you turn 3, you can invite 3 friends. And so on. It worked like the BOMB!

FAMILY BIRTHDAY TRADITIONS

Over the years, we’ve developed our own unique set of Family Birthday Traditions, such as Read more