Since 2013 began, I have been trying to live a more purpose-driven life. I know it sounds cliche. But the present is always a good time to focus even more intently on what you want and need. We've made some positive changes in our life over the past year; so I want to continue that this year and all the years to come.
We've been doing more things as a family, even if it's just a trip to the grocery store or farmers market together. We are a family and we enjoy spending our time together. I make sure we eat dinner all four of us every night at about the same time. I strive to talk to my husband and daughter about their day and what's happening. We get out and have fun, as much as we can with two little ones.
A family and friends night of cosmic bowling - something we can all enjoy!
The preciousness of a healthy life became more evident when my husband's co-worker, a great guy named Kevin, passed away in January, just after the New Years holiday. His body gave into cancer after fighting for nearly a year. He and his wife have two young girls very close in
age to our girls. Since his death, Kirk and I have tried to put our
little family even more in the forefront than it was before. I'm working on my patience and taking time with the girls even when I have something I want to get done around the house. I've
encouraged more daddy-daughter time and workshops at Lowe's Build and
Grow. Kirk has been doing more with the girls realizing just how lucky he is to have the time with them. I keep Kevin's picture on our fridge as a reminder of being grateful and living life to the fullest.
Kevin is pictured on the right with his youngest daughter. We miss you Kevin!
Show off your sexiness and silliness! Lol!
Along with some friends, I'm part of a healthy living club now. We're trying to meet about every week to discuss more natural, healthy ways of doing things. For example, our last meet included tips on making your own cleaners for the floor, dishes, and more. I bring one of my healthy recipes to the meeting and the other ladies offer their tips for getting rid of toxins and chemicals in the daily stuff around the house. I'm learning a lot and slowing trying to be more environmentally friendly. I notice that when I use certain chemicals in my home, I receive a headache and just feel bad afterwards. I'm learning all the great benefits of simply using things like vinegar, baking soda, lemon and lime juice and more.
I am still a stay at home mom. Most days are good. Of course some days and moments drive me absolutely batty! But I still don't regret my decision not to be in the work force. My girls thrive when I'm around. My husband does too. I can see it. I make them better people and that in turn makes me a better person. It works for us right now. I have plans in the future to do other things but for now I'm the cook, cleaner, support system and glue that keeps us all going and healthy and happy. I take my job seriously and I love my employers/employees -- Kirk, Vivian and Lana.
My family really is everything to me. They can bring me to tears of joy and happiness in a matter of seconds. Just yesterday I was looking at these paintings that Vivian had done - one of a rainbow and another one of a gingerbread house. I remember she made a complete mess on the table while doing them. But she really put heart and detail into these works of art. Every time I walk by them, I smile. They are good reminder, just like my children are good reminders, of the good in this world - of the love, hope, possibilities and success that we're all capable of.
Vivian's beautiful artwork - it makes me smile every time I look at it!
My girls - my everything! I love them so much and I love watching them play together!
I have a long life ahead of me and I want to continue living a purposeful, natural and happy routine. I can't wait to see what's going to happen next. I have a one year old birthday to plan too, yes already! Lana Jane is turning one at the end of this month! Where has the time gone, I tell you!??
I have more blog posts in the works too, drafts I've started but not completed - I just need to make myself sit down to write them. I've got one about bravery, one about my funny dinner the other night and one about how I should be writing a stand-up routine/sitcom episode. Hopefully I can get to these soon! Until then, have a great day and one full of purpose and natural foods and products!
Seize the moment and work toward that goal you want. You can always improve and better yourself and those around you. I see now that nothing is impossible. You can really do it and achieve it!
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