This week

this week has been morning naps lots of coffee. Drew has apparently been having a bit of a growth spurt. My good sleeper has decided he will wake up 5-6 times and night to eat, and when we put him down to sleep at night he wakes up and cries. I sure hope he goes back to his good-sleeping-babe-ways! In the mean time, he’s napping the mornings away and I’m drinking tons of coffee.

this week has been cooler weather and long-sleeved pajamas. August hasn’t been so much like August! We’ve even had some days with highs in the 60’s and I had to pull out some of the boys’ fall clothes! I’m not complaining one bit though…I’m not at all a hot weather person, and I live for Fall!

this week has been brothers playing together. We are really getting to the age with Drew that is super fun. He is crawling like crazy and he is learning to play! I’m soaking up all the moments, watching my boys play together. I’ve been dreaming of those moments since we found out Drew was on his way. It’s usually trains, of course.

this week has been new routines and good changes.Changing my perspective and focusing on my blessings has made such a difference in how I’ve been feeling this past week. I’ve also changed my morning priorities this week and have made a point to sit down every morning with my coffee, my thankful journal, and my daily She Reads Truth devotional. Seriously. Such a difference!

this week has been trying new things. We started baby led weaning with Drew this week, and it has been great! If you aren’t familiar with this method of introducing solid foods, you should definitely look it up. Basically, baby eats what you eat. No purées, no weird combinations. You just let them try foods at their speed, and let them explore. They feed themselves, and there is a lot of research backing it up as effective and beneficial. We are hoping this method will produce a less picky eater. So far we have given drew cucumber spears and green beans. He loved both! Next will probably be squash, sweet potato, and avocado! Say it with me…”food before one year is meant for learning, not nutrition!”

this week has been wallowing daddy and lots of giggles from everyone involved. We just spent two days with Nick at home with us, and it was FULL of fun. Simple fun. These were the simple kind of slow days that I will never forget. Breakfast, lunch and dinner together. Playtime and cuddles and even working through struggles (with Max) in between. Perfection.

How was your week?

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We are surrounded constantly with negativity. All the time. The top headlines are always crime related, and Facebook is all about who can complain the most. I often find myself in situations where I am surrounded by people who love to gossip, talk bad about people, and complain about their own lives. I have recently realized how much that sort of negativity effects my own attitude, and I hate that. Don’t you?

It is so very easy to get sucked into that downward spiral.

I was talking to my sister (in law), Chelsea, a few days ago about how I was trying to focus more on being a positive person, being a good mom and wife, living with intention. And joy. All. Of. The. Joy. She remembered telling one of my younger sisters “when you want to complain about something, just find something you are thankful for instead.” And we decided…we need to take that advice.

We started thankful journals, and are being happy with whatever it is that life throws at us. And we are trying to focus more on all the wonderful positive things in our lives instead of the things that we dislike.

I can’t even begin to tell you what a difference it has made in how I feel.

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Today? I’m thankful for so much. That gummy smile in the picture up there and the chuckle that goes with it. Laughing with Nick until my face hurts. Two sweet pajama-clad blonde-headed boys. A car that I love that passed inspection today with flying colors. Nick’s patience and the sweetest love he has for our boys. Seeing the way Max looks at me and the way he will randomly say “hey momma” when he’s just feeling a little snuggly. The best sister that I can talk to about anything and who will hold me accountable to my goals. Finding a great new (to me) online devotional and finding the time to study it daily. And a God who is ever faithful.

So I’m going to challenge you to try this with us.

When you want to complain, instead, find something that you are thankful for.

What are you thankful for today?

Changing your mindset changes everything.