Today I'll be answering these questions:
Let's get to it.
What We're Eating This Week:
Julia Child's Eggplant Pizzas. These are so good! They're even good heated up for lunch the next day.
This week, we've also made Mushroom Sausage Kale Pasta from Mix and Match Mama, and Creamy White Chicken Artichoke Lasagna from One Good Thing by Jillee. Both of these recipes were SO GOOD! I'm sorry I don't have any pictures. But I can tell you, it's a good feeling to sit down to supper and feed your husband a meal that makes him speechless because it's so good!
What I'm Reminiscing About:
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about August 11, 2014-- the day my oldest son was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes, just 17 days prior to his 2nd birthday. (Read the full story here). We're quickly approaching our first "diaversary" in just a couple weeks. On August 11, 2014, it seemed like there would never be another day besides that one. Time seemed to go in slow motion all day long. Type 1 Diabetes used to make me cry all the time. And although I definitely still get teary, I don't have nearly as many days when I full-out cry because of it. Every night, I pray for the healing of my son, and I pray that my youngest son doesn't get Type 1. And I'm finding that I'm able to give my fears to God. As a mom, it's so odd to think that God loves our own children more than we can. But it's true. God has a plan for my sons. He knows Michael's needs. God created Michael's body and He knew that Michael's pancreas would fail and he would have to have medical attention in order to survive each day. Type 1 Diabetes has taught me to completely rely on Him. To trust Him. To take my fears to Him. To believe that He has a plan. So, these days as we approach the first year anniversary of my son's diagnosis, I will choose to be joyful. I will choose to acknowledge the sovereignty of God and the fact that my son is still here. I will choose to look at August 11, 2014 as the day my son's life was saved.
What I'm Loving:
Time with these kiddos:
I mean really?!?! They're just the cutest. And I'm blessed beyond measure to be their mom.
I'm also loving this new table runner that my Nana made for me!
Perfect for fall and has just a hint of sparkle! Just my taste!
What We've Been Up To:
Cleaning. Our house is on the market right now, so I'm trying my absolute hardest to keep it in "show order" at all times. Not easy with a nearly three-year old and an 18-month-old running around. And two dogs-- one of whom has recently shown her destructive side. So, each day I do a couple loads of laundry, at least one dishwasher run-through, and a quick pick-up of the living room. Here are my current feelings on cleaning:
What I'm dreading:
In September, we'll take our first "true" family trip. My brother-in-law is getting married in south Georgia and Aaron is going to be the best man and Michael is going to be the ring bearer. Noah and I will happily sit on the front row. :) Although I'm super excited to see lots and lots of family from out of state, and I'm eagerly anticipating our first time staying in a hotel suite, I'm equally as nervous to make sure I pack all the things we'll need to adequately care for Michael's diabetes while we're there.
We won't be in the jungle or anything, and there's always a pharmacy nearby. It's just my jitters for trying something new and branching out-- just bringing diabetes along for the ride.
What I'm Working On:
I'm working on just letting things go. I'm trying to not be such a dweller. I re-hash things in my mind over and over and that's not healthy. I can't change the past, so I really shouldn't spend my time worrying about it. One of my favorite Bible verses is Exodus 14:14 which says "The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." (NIV) That's so comforting to me. My goal is to let things go and trust that God will take care of me.
What I'm excited about:
Working from home!!!! I'll get to start working from home in two weeks and I'm so so excited!
I'm very self-motivated and able to stay on task. I'm also somewhat of an introvert-- so working from home is a perfect scenario for me. Right now, I leave for work before my boys wake up (or right as they're waking up), and I am really looking forward to being around them each morning! My mother-in-law will still come pick them up in the morning and take them to her house or on fun little trips while I work. But it'll be nice for her not to have to come over so early! I'm really looking forward to this new working arrangement!
What I'm Watching/Reading:
I read His Princess after I finish reading my Bible during my nightly Quiet Time. This book is really great and offers short reminders that God deeply cares for us. I read Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle when I have extra minutes here and there. It's really an amazing book about proper nutrition and the need for different types of workouts (cardio and strength-training). Aaron and I are almost done with our second run-through of P90X3, and this book helps keep me motivated to reach my goals!
My husband and I watch a hodge-podge of shows. We don't watch any prime-time mainstream TV. We just can't get hooked. Instead we watch really light TV shows like "Leepu & Pitbull," "Counting Cars," "Chopped," and "Cutthroat Kitchen." We also catch up on "Wahlburgers" and "Duck Dynasty." In the Spring, we watch "Vikings" and "Swamp People" too.
What I'm listening to:
A bunch of Hillsong United. Currently, my favorites are "Scandal of Grace," "A Million Suns," and "Touch the Sky." I throw in some PureNRG "Here We Go Again" periodically.
What I'm Wearing:
I don't have any recent wardrobe changes, but I did just buy a couple new shades of nail polish. I am loving Sinful Colors brand nail polish in the shade of "Easy Going."
What I'm Doing this Weekend:
Shopping at Costco and Hobby Lobby. We don't have a super huge Costco list, but it's fun to take the boys and peruse the aisles. And I know I'll be making a trip to Hobby Lobby to get ready for Michael's birthday party (Bob the Builder Theme!), and to get ready for a Women's Event for our church that I'm hosting (we'll be making homemade candles!)
What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month:
Michael's third birthday party! He has gone back and forth between a Bob the Builder party or a Spider-man party, and eventually he made up his mind and chose a Bob the Builder Construction themed party. I am so so excited for this! It's a theme I was hoping he'd choose because I've had a whole Pinterest board filled with ideas! I am so excited to execute some of those ideas and really make it a special day for him.
What Else is New?
The Upwards Flag Football/Cheerleading season is right around the corner and I'm going to volunteer to be a Cheer Coach! My mom and mother-in-law have done it for the past two years and it's time for me to step up and take the reigns. So I'm excited to try something new!
What about you? What's up on your Wednesday?
Until Next Time,
Much love, Reba