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My blog wasn’t allowing me to upload pictures for a few days, crazy weird.  Things are back to normal though, so I’m hopeful I can keep up till the end of the month!

I was super excited to open the mail last week to find this:

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However, much to my chagrin, I realized that it was addressed to the person who owned the house before we moved in.  Sad day.  My brilliant husband told me to call Kohls & see what they wanted to do.  So a few days  later I did call customer service & they apologized for sending her mail to our address & said it shouldn’t happen again.  I casually asked if I could just use the $10 gift card then, since neither of us had her forwarding address & they said YES!  Bonus!! I was able to purchase 2 shirts last night for myself for $5.50 total!

And then today, I’m so thankful I took the Wilton cake decorating class at Hobby Lobby 5 years ago so I can make my kids their birthday cakes!  And I’m very thankful for our extra freezer this week as it is housing Belle’s Strawberry Shortcake birthday cake until the big day. 🙂

He’s my lover, best friend, man after God’s heart, amazing daddy, kind, thoughtful & grown to be quite the handyman!

For nearly 7 years & hopefully many more to come, I’m so thankful God picked me to marry Mr. Rohlf.  I was and still am one lucky girl!

Starbucks Peppermint Mocha (with only 3 pumps of peppermint)!

YUM-O!

Forgive the tardiness of this post, but I realized that both my Weigh-in Wednesday & Truthful Thursday posts could both be combined along with my dreadfully behind goal of reading one book per month.  Whew.  I’m just going to start fresh here, I have read one other book this year in addition to this book I’m about to highlight below.  That means I have ten books left in just six months.  Doable, right?  I hope so. 🙂

Enter my newest read- one I’m having a hard time putting down!  This is a short book with even shorter chapters (love it!) written by a mom of 5 kids all under 5 years old.

Loving the Little Years, Motherhood in the Trenches

I’m loving this book.  Short, intentional chapters full of truth and humor.  Why am I highlight this book along with Weigh-in Wednesday?  Most of you know the journey I have been on the last few months with losing my post-baby weight.  I hit my goal, but I am still trying to eat healthy and workout on a regular basis.  And while I know that is a good thing, I can get carried away in my head of what I want to do each day with working out.

Can I just share that in the last nine days, I’ve had two workouts?  Yes, life has just been that way.  I found myself frustrated and irritated this week that I’m having a hard time finding time to workout.  Then this morning I read a few pages and I felt the Lord gently tugging at my heart as to why I want to lose this baby weight. The following paragraphs hit me right between the eyes this morning:

First of all, our bodies are tools, not treasures.  You should not spend your days trying to preserve your body in it’s eighteen-year-old form.  Let it be used by the time you die, you want to have a very dinged and dinted body.  Motherhood uses your body in the way God deisgned it to be used.  Those are the right kind of damanages.

There are of course ways to hurt your body that are outside of God design for it and disobedient.  But motherhood is what your stomach was made for- and any wear and tear that it shows is simply the sign of a well-used tool.  We are not to treat our bodies like a museum piece.  They are not given to use to preserve, they were given to use to use.  So use it cheerfully, and maintain it cheerfully.  When you are working hard to lose the baby weight (as you may need to), think of it as a tool of maintenance.  You want to fix your body up in order to be able to use it some more.  It might be used for more children or it might be used to take care of the children you have.  We should not be trying to fix it up to put it back on the shelf out of harm’s way or to try to make ourselves look like nothing ever happened.  Your body is a tool.  Use it.

So realize that your body is a testomony to the world of God’s design.  Carry the extra weight joyfully until you can lose it joyfully.  Carry the scars (of childbirth) joyfully as you carry the fruit of them.  Do not resent the damages that your children left on your body.  Just like a guitar mellows and sounds better with age and scratches, so your body can more fully praise God having been used for His purposes.  So don’t resent it, enjoy it.

Wow.  And that was just 3 paragraphs!  Seriously, this is a good read.  This lady knows her stuff, loves the Lord and her family.  I found myself wishing this last week that I could just meet her and thank her for her words.  In fact, I’m toying with writing her a thank you note (if I can figure out where to send it) just to encourage her in her walk as well.

But now my kiddos are up from naps, wanting snacks and my littlest man will be wanting to eat shortly as well.  So I’ve gotta run.  But for real, if you know of a momma of young kids who is trying to walk with God and raise her kiddos to do the same? I bet it would bless her life to have a copy of this book!

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I found myself being thankful this morning that my blog thus far has just been a hobby.  And while I do enjoy writing  on a regular basis, the time has come for me to take a break.

How long?  I’m not sure.

I ‘m thinking a few weeks. This whole “moving across the country, taking care of 3 kids, settling into a new routine, not getting lost on the way to Walmart & feeding baby who is convinced he really likes multiple middle of the night snacks” is kicking my butt more than I thought it would.  To take something off my plate right now, my husband and I decided it was best for me to take a little time off of blogging and be able to spend that time in other ways.

However, I do plant to continue blogging in the future, I enjoy having somewhat of a creative outlet.  This is my 293 post I think,  and I have a sweet give a way ready for my 300th post.  So don’t go far… I will be back. 🙂

Apparently, my love of photography started when I was 12.

Check out the goodies I uncovered while packing this week.  (And yes, I took a picture of a picture because I’m a little crunched for time these days!)

My dad really loved western themed things for the basement.  Can you tell we were a little short on props? 🙂

Except for artificial flowers and ivy… apparently we had plenty of that.

And where do I start with this one?  I love that I hoisted them up into the window sill, I love how serious they all are…Elizabeth was going for the extra attitude with her eyes closed and I LOVE how I told Sarah to hold her dress out to the side! Oh, and did I mention those curtains and mini-blinds?  The perfect back drop for this picture. 🙂

 

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while now.  I mean really, who lives in Iowa for their entire life only 30-90 min from the Iowa State Fair and has never been?  Me- that is who! At least I thought that until this morning when I was talking to my mother over G-chat and she informed me that indeed I had been when I was a child.  And I had a few siblings as well, so I was not a baby.  Well, so much for my claim to fame that I’ve never been.  Sure I have pictures of me when I was a kid surrounded by animals, but no one ever told me that they were from the fair!

Since moving to Colorado is a possibility in our future, Jason and I have been talking in the last 12 months about our “Iowa Bucket List”.  Things we would like to do before moving away from from this state. We have talked about many things, but really I have narrowed it down to only one thing at this point and that is taking the kids to the fair to see the butter cow.  I really have no other agenda than that.  Sure I would like to walk around and see what it is all about, but I’m not super hard to please. 🙂

Now comes the tricky part.  We moved the first weekend in Aug and the last two weekends we have been traveling.  That brings us to the 3rd weekend in a row of traveling with the kids and we are all quite exhausted and would love nothing better than a quiet weekend at home.  But then I would miss yet another state fair and I just don’t think I’m down with that.  We decided that since the doors open at 6:30am, we will get up at 5:00 and hopefully be on the road around 5:15am headed to Des Moines.  I know it is crazy, but I would rather us all sleep in our beds for 8 hours and get up early then try to get the kids to sleep somewhere different and be up x number of times in the night.  Plus I figure we will beat the heat and the crowds, eat a picnic lunch on the way home and have the kids crash for naps making for a peaceful drive.  Ha!  That sure looks good in writing… we will see if it happens. 🙂

 

Headlines: We are moving in 16 days!

Details: 🙂

We have had our house on the market for about 5 months now with very little interest in anyone purchasing it.  We’ve been praying all this time that God would lead our family and that sometime in the near future we would be able to move to Colorado.  We have been praying for about a year now to be able to spend a period of time serving God together as multiple generations with my family.  Specifically that is in Loveland, Colorado.  It seemed as though God has been saying “stay” and “wait” which we have been doing- some days with more patience then others.  Last week though, we were talking it through and just randomly decided that we could put our house up for rent (most leases around here run Aug 1- July 31) and see if God might open doors that way.  Boy did my head swim those next 48 hours!  We had two showings the same night and the first people had their rental application turned in within an hour of seeing our home. We did take our time over the weekend to pray and seek cousel to see if this might be the next step God had for our lives.  When all lights appeared green… we offered them the lease and next thing we know, we have a deposit, first month’s rent and a signed lease in hand and are moving out of our house in 19 days. 🙂   Whew!  Where are we moving you ask?  That is a very very good question.  I am quite suprised at how well I am handling the last few days.  I’ve made sure to get some quality time with my Bible and we have spent time praying together.  And seeing as how God provided this home for us just 3 weeks before Johnny was born, I know He is capable to provide at a moment’s notice.  A few things we are praying for in our next place to live:  no lease, month to month lease or a 6 month lease (our goal to be freed up from a mortgage for Jason to be able to take a lower paying job at first without the stress of a mortgage here in Iowa)- be able to stay in Coralville – no apartments with lots of stairs with the kids and have laundry (hook ups at least). You don’t realize how much you depend on having your own laundry with a family until looking into the future you realize that it might be gone!  Oh my!  This week we are pursuing all leads in Coralville, but next week might need to branch into North Liberty or Iowa City if nothing opens up.  My goal is to pack two boxes a day for this week and get everything organized and into piles.  (I had no idea how much stuff was just sitting around our house until I went to pack it– wow!  Sometimes I think I could handle being a minimalist. 🙂 Other days… not so much. 🙂 ) This weekend we hope to put a large dent in our to-do and packing list and re-evaluate goals for the next week.  For now, if you see any free boxes around- feel free to pass them our way!! Looking forward to our next chapter in life…

My husband loves:

-God

-His Family

-Fire

I decided this year for Father’s Day that we would start a new tradition of cooking breakfast over an open fire.  The kids were really excited all week long about “bacon and eggs and fire”.  Even last night weather.com said rain all day today and we were hoping it would be clear just for a bit so we could cook our breakfast.  We woke up to wet grass, but no rain in the sky!  As my honey was cooking his favorite foods over the fire, he turned to Johnny and said “This is man breakfast”- to which our daughter replied, “No dad…this is family breakfast”!  Bacon is a treat around here and we all enjoyed our morning campfire.  It almost made me want to take the kids camping. 🙂

I’m thinking the neighbors were probably jealous waking up to the smell of fire and hickory smoked bacon!

Waiting patiently to eat!

Jason cooking his man breakfast. 🙂

“You are a good cook dad!” 🙂 Happy Father’s Day!