Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Viola/Voila: Tuesday Talk Link Party #4

Ok friends...time for a little pet peeve chat ;-)

I've seen time and time again the misuse of the word VIOLA....a musical instrument....for the word VOILA...a french word essentially meaning: TA-DA! or more officially "There it is!"
Now, I realize that some of these could be typos given that O and I are right next to each other on the keyboard, but I think that well meaning writers simply don't know which one to use.

Being both a musician AND fluent in french, this gets my goat EVERY time.

There you have it...my pet peeve of the day.  How about you?  What's your pet peeve?!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2015 Reading List: Tuesday Talk Link Party #3

Hi There!  Welcome to Tuesday Talk here at Almond Place!  I love co-hosting this link up with so many great women!  I hope you'll link up and visit some of the other hosts. Becky at BYBMG is hosting a giveaway, so be sure to check her out.

Today, I'm talking all about books.  I have always been a reader.  I LOVE reading.  I love the smell of the pages. I love how a good book feels in my hand.  But mostly, I love losing myself in some really stories.  I'm the girl you could find at Barnes & Noble curled up with a stack of books by the fireplace reading the entire day away.  I vividly remember reading Tuesdays with Morrie at the local bookstore when I was in college and doing the ugly cry right there in front of everyone.  Books are AWESOME.

Well, throw in 3 kids and books have taken a back row seat.  This year though is the year I've got my list and I'm ready to jump in.  I'm excited for this albeit short, but list nonetheless.  Because like so many of you, my time is really limited and I have little time to waste on reading something that may or may not be stellar...so I've carefully selected these to read this year.

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Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.  This is such a Canadian classic.  It doesn't hurt that my parents live 25 mins away from the actual Green Gables/Cavendish on Prince Edward Island.  It's paradise.

Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider  I have long admired Tsh.  I have followed her blog from the very begin days and so admire her and her family's constant quest for intentional and simple living.  I find myself nodding at everything she writes and honestly, her blog is one that has greatly influenced me as a mom and homemaker.

Pilgrim by Timothy Findley Another fantastic Canadian writer.  I've read The Wars and The Piano Man's Daughter and both were captivating stories and incredibly well written.  I'm looking forward to this story.  This book is probably the one the farthest in my "comfort" zone of subject/story matter so I'm anxious to find out if this book draws me in as well as the others did.

The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst This book has gotten a lot of hype in blog land and I can't wait to dive in.  It's another book about living intentionally and making wise choices in the midst of our overall chaotic world.  I love Lysa's Proverbs 31 Ministries and I have a feeling I am going to love this book!

Make it Happen by Lara Casey This woman seriously radiates joy.  She has had some incredibly challenging times but she is open, and caring and so encouraging.  This book is all about finding your purpose and making it happen!  I would love to attend one of her workshops, but for now, the book will have to do!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr This book is another super popular one right now.  Again, it's a little outside of what I might normally pick but I'm going to jump on the bandwagon on this one and hope for the best!

The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner Ok so I'm kind of cheating with this one because I'm nearly done this book.  This book is one that every woman needs!  It's all about finding YOU time in our busy days.  I was interviewed by Jessica as part of her research and I'm so excited for it's launch.  You can preorder it for it's release in a couple of weeks.  I am constantly underlining and nodding.  Be on the look out for a giveaway once it launches!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett I binge read this book a few years ago and it's been a story that I've thought about a lot over the years. I want to re-read this and really soak it in.  I've also never seen the movie....mostly because I didn't want it to ruin the book for me, but I've heard the movie is great and true to the story so I also plan on watching that.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand I have heard nothing but amazing things about this true story.  It's a true testament to faith and I can't wait to dive in.  Aside from The Fringe Hours, this will be the first book I crack open!

So there you have it....that's my list!  It's probably a little ambitious but it's less than a book a month and I know some of them with suck me and I'll zip right through them.

Do you have any suggestions of books I should get on my MUST READ NOW list?!  I'd love to hear them!  Feel free to leave a comment with your ideas!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mom is Bored.

Well, let's just lay this out there from the get go....I am holed up in my room, with my laptop, after a very long day with the 3 kids...that's right, all 3. The oldest was home sick, the middle one doesn't have school on Wednesday, and well, Grace is still too little to go to school.  This mama is not in the greatest of moods ;-)

I read a blog post this week (can't remember where) that was beautifully written.  It described in detail why "mothering" is a high enough goal/vocation and that it's enough.  That there should be no other question of "yes, you're a mom, but what do you do".  I've been thinking about this post a lot this week because while this woman seems to be thrilled with this vocation, I can't help but think "Um, hell NO."

Maybe it's because my kids are still really little and I hear "mom, mom, mom, mom, MOOOOOM" 87 times a minute. Maybe it's because I literally get 8000 drinks, snacks, wiped butts, put on your friggin' shoes arguments a day. Maybe it's because they are all consuming, never relenting, never giving in, energy sucking little vampires.

For me, these early days can be mind numbingly boring.  

Now, don't get me wrong....I love most of these early days. Seeing the kids grow and blossom into actual little people is amazing.  Watching them learn new things and develop skills is awesome.  Seeing their relationships as siblings grow stronger brings tears to my eyes.

I don't spend my days wishing time would go faster (well, except those witching hours from 3-5). I don't resent any part of being a mom and I love being Mom to my kiddos. In fact, I just spent the last hour working on a video project of my kids that basically has me in a puddle of tears over how ridiculous blessed I am to have these little people to raise and love.

But personally? Motherhood is not the ONLY thing that defines me.  It's a part of me...and right now a HUGE part....but it's not the ONLY part.

I have goals, and ambitions far outside of motherhood. I have things to learn, places to see, people to meet, movies to watch and books to read!

When my life is 100% geared towards the kids, I get bored. Like today....it was a hamster wheel kind of day. I didn't talk to a single other grownup today.  And on days like today, I find myself in a difficult Mama head space. I miss those days of freedom.  I miss being able to do what I want, when I want. I miss having zero responsibility other than taking care of myself and the hubs.

One of the books I'm currently reading, The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner, has been really motivational to me this week.  It's all about carving out that time for yourself so that you don't lose yourself.  It's about finding your passions and making sure you get to live those out too...it's not just about you focusing on your kids' passions! When you have really little ones under foot, this can be a challenge to do.  Her book releases in just a few weeks, but you can pre-order here on Amazon and it will be shipped to you the day it releases!

The line that jumped out at me today was "Embrace those limitations not as something negative but as realistic opportunities to do what only you can do." (p.149)  My limitations as a mother are reached after a day like today. I realize that today, only Mom (or Dad) would do.  I am thrilled that I get to be THAT mama and there for my 3 awesome kids....but I am also emotionally drained and don't want to hear my name called for an hour...or two ;-)

In order for those Mama batteries to recharge, I need time away from them...talking to other grownups. I need time to do something fun, and engaging for myself. It's what I NEED in order to hop back on my hamster wheel come bed time...because for me, the hamster wheel isn't enough.

So, tell me....I know I'm not the only one! Have you been surprised by the same thing since you've become a Mom?