As you’ve probably noticed I’ve not been very intentional with Thought-Provoking Thursday lately. I’ve been so busy with our chickens, puppy, and boys that blogging has taken a back seat and I’ve forgotten to post on Thursdays the past two weeks. I’m terribly sorry for that. I LOVE Thursdays around here and adore the community that is being built as we all gather together to encourage, inspire, challenge and provoke thoughts!

Because I’ve been so absent minded in this area and I foresee life getting busier and busier as we start a swim team for my oldest, move to 5 days a week of cognitive therapy, and move my littlest one into kindergarten homeschool (not to mention our little mini-homestead that’s developing into much more than I ever would have expected)…

I’ve made a prayerful and exciting decision to not let Thought-Provoking Thursday fall to the way side, but to be even more intentional with it by asking one of my dearest and most like-minded/hearted friends to take the reigns.

Let me introduce (or if you’ve been around here for long, re-introduce) you to one of my DEAREST friends… Michelle (or Shell) of Intentional.me (Don’t you LOVE her blog name? Who doesn’t want to be an Intentional Me?! (not me, me but you, me) ;)

Michelle and I met one snowy day in March 4 years ago (2008)…

We had just moved into our house 3 months earlier and she had moved into hers across the street a few months before that. I was elated when I saw a mom and a boy near my oldest one’s age out building a snowman! We made our way over to introduce ourselves and found out she had another little boy near the age of my youngest son… double bonus! I can’t believe they were this little back then…

Over the past four years we’ve had lots of adventures. We’ve taken our boy crew to do so many different things…

We’ve sat in our yards a gazillion times, talked deep spiritual and light-hearted-anything talks, and watched our boys have a blast getting wet and messy… so messy!

Michelle and I both share a great love of life, laughter, photography, d0-gooding…

And she’s made me think a TON of times. She’s inspired me to be a better person and to say, “Goodbye,” to car loads worth of junk; passing it on to others who might have a need.

I’m sure you can see why she is a natural choice as a person to pass on the baton of Thought-Provoking Thursday. (hmmm… not sure about the grammar of that sentence, but I didn’t want to end it with a preposition.) ;)

And, to make it all even more exciting, after our trip to Relevant together (where the Lord spoke mightily to us through some amazing Christian women bloggers)…

 

and after some time in prayer and a spiritual exercise through Lent, Michelle has launched a wonderful new focus for her blog, Intentional.Me. And I can’t help but think the timing of this switch is God ordained!

I know you’re going to LOVE her and the link up at her site just as much as I do! I can’t wait to be a part of our Thought-Provoking Thursday community over there! I hope you’ll join us there this coming Thursday!

Love,

♥ Michelle (aka SomeGirl)

Btw, I will still be here sharing thoughts and pictures as time allows, but I’ll have no set themes for awhile. Just random, hopefully encouraging, thoughts that come to mind, as well as, ways that you and I can fraddle for those we love. And, I’m sure to join in the fun by linking up with thought-provoking Thursday over at Intentional.Me on a hopefully regular basis. :)

 

PS. Can you believe Michelle made that CUTE Angry Bird costume up above?? LOVE it!

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If someone had told me five years ago that…

I’d homeschool,

Be gluten free and dairy free (and make bread from scratch – which was not so pretty, but very tasty),

Have my own blueberry, blackberry, and strawberry plants (which will hopefully live and produce fruit),

That I’d cover a lovely black wrought iron fence with chicken wire,

Have a puppy,

and seven chickens…

I’d have said they were CRaZY!!

Yet, I’m so thankful for exactly how my life has turned out so far.

(And I’m glad to have a new card for my Rebel so I can start taking pictures again!)

 

How is your life different than you would have expected five years ago?

 

Something to think about.




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Ooops!

by SomeGirl on April 12, 2012 · 2 comments

Oh my! I totally forgot it was Thursday!!

So sorry about missing thought-provoking Thursday this week! I’m not intentionally taking a break from that… oops!

(Guess my body’s not the only thing tired from our time at the Great Wolf lodge… seems like my mind’s worn out, too.)

Some pictures of our celebration, if you’d like to see them. :)

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Photography Wednesdays On Hold

by SomeGirl on April 10, 2012 · 5 comments


I’m out with my family celebrating my littlest one’s 5th Birthday today… Boy, how time flies!

We’re going to a cool hotel in a town nearby that has fun cabin style decor, bunk beds, and an amazing indoor waterpark!

The boys are SUPER excited! I’m sure I’ll be instagramming tons of photos! (username: @somegirlslife)

As I’ve been preparing for our littlest one’s big day (making gluten free, dairy free, red velvet cake using beets for my little red power ranger – I impressed myself) I’ve come to a realization and need to make a brief announcement…

Because life has gotten busier and busier (with homeschool, cognitive therapy, chicken raising, swimming lessons, GFDFSF cookbook writing – I’ll tell you more about that soon!), I’ve decided to put Photography Wednesdays on hold for a bit. Once things settle down I’ll be back to share what I learn.

Thank you for understanding! I hope to have more time to share tips and tutorials soon!

Love,

Michelle (aka SomeGirl)

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Joy and Peace

by SomeGirl on April 6, 2012 · 1 comment


May you find great joy and peace in the remembrance of what our Lord Jesus Christ did for us on that first Good Friday.

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Fear Drives, Love Draws

by SomeGirl on April 4, 2012 · 16 comments

What an exciting week we’ve had at our place!

Over the weekend we added chicks to our family. Six little gals named: Sugar, Nugget, Oreo, Red, Golden (chick), and Brownie.

We’re looking forward to watching them grow and having our own organic, free range eggs in the future. :)

As you can tell from the photos above (a little snippet of life cut out from my instagram feed) we’ve had a wonderful time watching the chicks and introducing them to Scrappy (who, btw, is a very good big brother).

Then…

On Monday I hit some kind of wall.

Or to be more precise, as seen in the top left corner picture, I hit the bathroom floor – hiding away from everyone for just a few minutes to get some quiet, alone time.

Tuesday went downhill from there.

And Wednesday took a major nosedive (the reason for no Photography Wednesday post).

Fortunately, I feel the upswing coming… I’m sure it has quite a bit to do with two early nights for the boys, a thorough house straightening, a little Love and Logic, and an air purifier sucking up the pollen that has been torturing us for weeks on end.

Interestingly enough, during this CrAzY time I’ve been reading an extremely appropriate book for my situation: Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman.

I’ve learned that my life, while quite full of faith, is also quite full of fear. Fear of all kinds of things…

Fear of being seen as a bad mom.

Fear of *being* a bad mom.

Fear of what others will think.

Fear of letting people down.

Fear of how my boys will turn out.

Fear, fear, fear.

And my response to that fear is to fight. To become defensive. To drive myself and others to do better. To do the exact opposite of what love and grace do.

You see, fear drives but love draws.

Love draws us in and opens us up. Love extends grace to those around (even to ourselves). But fear drives… driving everyone in it’s path to perform, perform, perform. And if that performance isn’t perfect, fear continues to drive.

Oh, what a great reminder Emily’s book has been to trust God fully and rely on Him. To lay down my expectations to be all that I think I “ought” to be, or think that others expect of me, and to trust.

I pray He will continue to teach me and mold me. To use days like these to remind me that I am far from perfect and that’s ok. He is perfect and that’s all that matters.

To follow Christ’s example and not worry about what others think, or what impression is being made.

To let go of my fears and fully embrace His peace and love. Oh, what joy awaits us when we do that!

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to delve into this subject of fear more, my sweet friend Stacey of 29 Lincoln Avenue has just started a great discussion on the book What Women Fear by Angie Smith over at her FB page. It’s open to all and I hope you’ll consider joining her there!



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