Sunday, November 30, 2014

Blogging, Balance and BSU Monkey Hats

Something has been missing, and it isn't just my blog.  My blog has been my outlet for creating whether it be words or inspiration I receive from other bloggers.  Something has been missing, and I felt a little inkling of it today...A little spark of creativity coming alive, a longing to return to the living not just the surviving and create.

I'm struggling with balance...working full-time, keeping a house, leading a youth organization, being a wife and mother, etc.  It's hard, I don't know how people do it and still have time for themselves and things they enjoy doing.

I was going through my blog list today and clicking on blogs I hadn't read in a while.  Many of them hadn't posted in over a year!  There was no message saying they needed to take a break...nope, they were just gone.  I started wondering about them, these people I had come to know and their absence.  I suppose someone might be wondering the same of me...maybe, I hope anyway.  Because that means I made an impact on someone, somewhere at some point.

My point is, I'm back, but in a low stress, I'll post when I want to kind of way.  But, I'm back and I definitely need your help in re kindling my passion for life and not getting all caught up in the have to's because they are squashing my creative spirit.

How do you maintain balance in all the craziness?

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Living My Book

I used to want to be someone. I wanted to be a writer.  I even considered myself a writer for a while.  I wanted to leave my mark and be remembered in this life as somebody.  Isn't that at the crux of human existence?  In the end we want to be remembered?  Do something noteworthy?  Something of significance?

The past few months have been full.  I've experienced the highs and lows of life.  In a recap, in May Air Force man separated from the military and moved back home to continue schooling full time, we put our sweet dog to sleep after twelve years and only six days before Miguel came home from his mission.  In June, Miguel returned from his mission in Georgia and still wishes he could return.  In July we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with all our kids at the "Happiest Place on Earth".  Then two weeks later I was a camp counselor at a girls camp.  I returned home to a job that went from part time to full time.  Life is full, life is busy.

I've come to realize that my mark isn't set by the words I write, the creative ideas I come up with, the link ups I participate in or the guest my mark is made by the time I spend with my family.  The living I do within the walls of my home and outside of it.  I will write the words of my book in my actions.  Not everyone can be a Jane Austen or Emily Bronte.  But, I can be me.  I can live my book as Lisa.  And you know what?  I can't put it down.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My joy is full (Miguel's Missionary Moment}

Two years ago 2014 sounded so far away.  
Sometimes I would struggle daily with the missing.  
Yesterday in the midst of that great hug,
 two years disappeared.  
My heart is complete and my joy is full.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Last email {Miguel's Missionary Moment}

I've been absent here...sorry about that.  I got a very short email home from my Missionary this morning.  It was 2 John 1:12 and that reads, "Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full."

We see him in 34 hours, but who's counting....

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Back in the Day

Back in the day, I had a lot of things to talk about.  Posts flowed out of me like diarrhea of the mouth...(that's a very talkative person if you didn't know).  These days I'm feeling even more introverted.  Things are going on, but I'm finding myself in a place where my thoughts have become bottled up. and I just can't seem to tip the writer's block and pour it out.

Life happens, things happen, there is stuff to blog about.  But, I find myself wondering if anyone really cares about my every day mundane.  Because it is my every day mundane, it is not mundane, but others might be like, eh...

So, as I get over myself and figure things out and try to uncork this bottle I have found myself stuck in, know that I am still here.  Just a little eh...

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Letter's from Georgia {Miguel's Missionary Moment}

For Mother's Day I got to FaceTime with this guy...So excited to see his face and talk to him...only 44 more days, but who's counting

I also received a letter this week from someone I don't even know.  It was from a woman, a mama, in Sugar Hill, Georgia, that know my son.  Such a sweet letter and so timely for mama's day...

Here it was it said,

"Hi my name is **** I am in the Sugar Hill Ward where your son is currently serving.  As a mother who has an almost 18 year old son, I want to thank you for all you've done to help your son become who he is today.

He has been helping my son with his Eagle Project for the last couple of weeks.  Your son is sic a hard worker and is such a great example to my son of being a great missionary.  Our son has gone out with him tracking and my husband and I appreciate what a fine young man you have raised.

I felt inspired to write you this letter to thank you for your sacrifice of sharing your son with us.  Sometimes being a mom is very hard but know have raised a son who loves the Lord, his fellowman and knows the church is true."

And, that, my dear blogging friends, is a letter to be treasured always.  

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Sunday, May 11, 2014


I totally meant to post this yesterday, but you know how things get...Life happens, we get busy.  We are moms.  KT took me out on Friday night and we saw Mom's Night Out.  I totally loved this movie, totes, I really did.  Not one swear word, it was funny and sweet and, yes, I may have shed a tear.  Take a look at the trailer....

On another yet similar note, this is a really awesome youtube video honoring moms from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

And, one more because I'm on a roll, here is a video Alex Boye' put together with Mom Bloggers United.  It is a cover of Roar by Katy Perry honoring Moms.

Happy Mother's Day to all my blogging Mama's.  
Enjoy your special day.  

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Friday, May 2, 2014

On giving up soda

Once upon a time, I was addicted to diet Cherry Coke.  I loved it....I still do.  But, I've made the conscious effort to give up soda...for the most part.  I have allowed myself one per week.  Maybe at some point I'll be ready to give that up completely, too.  I feel like giving myself an A for effort, though.  When I learned that Diet caused the same insulin response as full sugar, I switched to the full sugar for my once a week and a little less chemicals.

I have been pushing to drink tons of water, but sometimes that can get boring.  Some things I have found that are a bit less caustic than soda are the Mio flavor enhancers.  When the meal just requires a soda, like pizza or tacos, then I have splurged on Zevia brand soda. It is found in the natural foods section and is sweetened with Stevia, a plant based, natural sweetener that does not cause an insulin response.

Here is an interesting article on Water vs Coke.  It really is a no brainer, but sometimes I have to see it in writing for me to really internalize what that soda is doing to me.

I know I'm not perfect, but these little baby steps are pointing me in the right direction.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bravery, Ladybug and SFO

You know I have been working on being brave this year...doing things that are out of my comfort zone.  This past week Ladybug went to San Francisco with her high school choir group, and I freaking had to be brave.  It's not like we have never been apart.  She has gone on trips with her grandparents and girl's camp without me...but this is California!  And not just a few hours drive...She is my baby, and this was so dang hard.

She was so good about texting or calling at least once a day to check in.  She got to do so many fun things and sing in some amazing cathedrals.  This was good for her, and it was good for me.  I usually don't like being brave, and this is one of those times.  I sure missed this kid.

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