These are a few of my favorite things…

🎶 When the dog bites

When the bee stings

When I’m feeling sad

I simply remember my favorite things

And then I don’t so bad 🎶
Are you singing along yet? The Sound of Music soundtrack was E’s choice of tunes last week- and I’ve been singing along ever since. My favorite things may differ from what Maria sings about, but the outcome is the same- when I think about my favs then I don’t feel so bad 🙂 These are a few of my favorite things this week…

  • Hot coffee – morning, noon and night
  • Good morning kisses
  • The sound of my children’s laughter
  • Hearing “I love you Mom”
  • Coffee
  • Cooking an amazing dinner that the whole family loves- tonight was gumbo soup- so good!
  • Holding hands with the mister
  • Sleeping in 
  • Coffee
  • Texts that make me smile
  • Fresh cut grass
  • Snuggles
  • New shoes
  • Coffee

BElieve THEre is GOOD

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21

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I am scared.

Scared for the future.

Scared for our world.

Scared for my children.

I want to hide, I want to protect my loved ones. I want peace. I want happiness. I want kindess.

How do we get there? How do we change the world? How do we drive out the hate and evil?

I don’t have the answers. I sat with my family looking into the massive ocean tonight and with tears in my eyes I prayed. I prayed for our future. I prayed for our world. I prayed for my children.

I can pray.

I can be kind.

I can love my neighbors.

I can be the good in the world.

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” – Psalm 56:3

XO

Rebecca

 

Home Sweet Home

12 days ago we drove away from our home- said a prayer and worried that we would have nothing left when we returned. It’s a scary feeling, the unknown. The car was loaded down with the items we can’t replace- wedding album, baby photos, and important documents; everything else was left behind to weather the storm. I forgot to grab my favorite jacket- the most comfy, soft jacket- I worried all week about that silly thing. Devastated that it would be ruined when we finally returned home. The jacket was like a security blanket, one that I wanted and couldn’t have therefore I channeled all my worries and anxiety into that one item. But you know what- I survived, we all survived. And so did the jacket. We came home after a 10 day Hurri-Cation and there it was- safe and warm, waiting for me.


We were lucky. Our house is ok. Our things are ok. We had a fridge/freezer full of rotten food but food can be replaced….and it was the perfect reason to scrub and clean before filling it up again.


Our beautiful hibiscus tree is dead. Very strange how one plant/tree didn’t survive. But flowers can be replaced- a new tree can be planted. 


And that’s it. That’s the extent of our damage. Thoughts and prayers go to all that weren’t so fortunate. It’s been a crazy few weeks in Florida and Hurricane season isn’t over. #FloridaStrong. 

While we hope and pray that the next storm doesn’t head our way, we clean up and move on looking to find our normal once again. Back to school. Back to baseball. Cooking. Cleaning. Homework. 

With a side of Gator football.


We’ll be ok. And I’ll be snuggled up in my favorite jacket – the one that I’ll be sure to pack up the next time a storm blows our way. 

XoXo

12 hours of Irma

12 board games playing 

11 pounds of snack food 

10 personalities clashing 

cell phones charging 

cases of water 

bottles of wine chilling

adults in one house

cars parked out front 

crazy children

tv’s broadcasting

dogs napping 

massive storm

#irma #goawayirma

#hurricaneIrma

I’ve memorized the times of the updates….I’m glued to the Weather Channel and websites all predicting the path and impacts of this storm. I’m safe. I’m terrified. I’m stressed. I’m worried. I’m praying. 

We left our  home- we packed up what we could and drove away; mandatory evacuation. Now we watch and wait. Will our home be ok? Will our “stuff” survive the storm? Will there be flooding? Wind damage? So much uncertainty.

But we are together as a family; pets included. Things can be replaced. People can not. We are with family- we’ve prepped all we can; we’ve prepared a safe room. We continue to wait. We continue to pray. 

Irma is massive. Irma is dangerous. Effects are imminent. Continue to pray for Florida. Be kind to people. Help your neighbors. Show compassion. 

XoXo

Balance. 

Being an adult is tough. 

Some days you’re ready to crawl in a hole and hide. You feel broken, on the verge of tears. It seems like you hit a brick wall at every turn. You dread homework time; you forget family game night; your kids fall asleep before you tuck them in. Your heart aches for loss of a dear family member, for critical illnesses that plague friends, and for strangers that have to say goodbye to their loved ones too soon. 

But then the good shines through. Your daughter comes to your classroom, beaming with pride to show off her 100% on a math quiz; your son gives you a few uninterrupted minutes of snuggle time complete with hugs; your husband surprises you with pumpkin coffee; your dedication and effort at work earns praise; the house is clean; the whole family loves the dinner that you cook. The stars align and all is right in the world. 

Hard days will come. But good days come too. Tonight I’m hugging my loved ones a little tighter. I’m filing these happy moments away for a rainy day. 

Balance. 

Adult-ing is rough….but sometimes it’s awesome too. 

Find your balance. Embrace the chaos. 

🙂 Rebecca 

Everything’s bigger in Texas…

Hurricane Harvey hits Texas. 

Prayers to all in its path- including an original BlackBerry. 

Tonight I sit in my home in Florida, glued to the weather channel, and praying for everyone in the path of the storm. 

Stay safe! 

XoXo