Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday friends! I've had a pretty great week so far, and I hope you have too. The husband is traveling this week, so I loaded the boys up and we spent the first half of the week in Oklahoma visiting my parents. My mom is staying at my Grandmother's trying to clean things out and get the house ready to sell, and my dad conveniently lives about five minutes away from her place, so now we get to see both of them in one trip!

And goodness, do my boys love their grandparents. When we left last night I stopped to get gas before leaving town, and from the backseat I heard Grayson say "Mommy? I miss Nana and Papaw". We hadn't even been in the car for three whole minutes! I would say that's a pretty good indication that we need to spend lots of time visiting this summer :) So on that note, let's get to the list!

1. Fun Grandparents (obviously)

Never have I been more aware of how lucky the boys and I are to have my parents than this past few days. And of course I'm including the husband's parents in this list, because they are just as important and special to my sweet boys as my own parents are. One thing I can say with certainty is that my boys are ABUNDANTLY loved by all four of their grandparents. They are spoiled and loved on and cared for so sweetly, and there is so much laughter shared between all of them that it really makes my heart happy. Plus, it's so helpful to me to be able to relax a bit and know that there are other capable adults who love my babies just as much as me who are there to help out - mama never goes off duty, but the help is so appreciated!

2. Sunshine!!!

Now, I'm not a huge summer-lover, but I'm almost 100% positive that this is only because I've spent all but one of my summers on this earth living in either Texas or Oklahoma, where it isn't just hot, but it is actually PAINFULLY hot, daily, for months on end. I hate that type of heat. But, we're kind of in a sweet spot right now. We've had almost a week straight of beautiful sunny days, and the highs are hovering right around 90, which is so doable. The sunshine makes me happy. It truly makes my day better by leaps and bounds when it is sunny and warm outside. So this has been a good week for me.

3. My Church

This is another one I would have never thought would be on the list, because just a few months ago the thought of church made me a little sick to my stomach if we're being honest. But the church that I've found and have been attending regularly is totally flipping my idea of what church is upside down. The people are so genuine and it's such a laid-back and comfortable environment, and I love the teaching of both of the senior pastors. They're doing a series right now on prayer, and it has been so eye-opening and helpful to me with where I'm at in my life right now.

4. Endless Possibilites

There are so, so, so many things I want to do and accomplish in this life, and it's so amazing to think that the majority of them are totally possible. I'm actually trying to flip-flop my thinking on this, because usually I'm totally overwhelmed by the thought of all that I want to accomplish and the HUGE task of figuring out how to do any of it. But I'm working on seeing all of these dreams as just big opportunities that I have the good fortune of trying to make work. I'm also taking a more hands-off approach to things and relying more on nudges from God to see where to go and what to do, and that's making a big difference in taking some of the pressure off. So today I'm going to be thankful for all of the possibilities in life and hope and pray that I can begin moving toward putting some things in action!

JORD Wood Watches - *Giveaway*

Hey friends! Every once in awhile I'm contacted about products to share with you guys, and I'm always a little hesitant about whether or not to do it. It would be super awkward to get something and then have to tell everyone that I didn't like it, because we know I'm not going to lie to you all! But when JORD reached out to me about their wood watches, I knew it was a pretty safe bet that I would be into it. And the good news is, I was totally right.

In fact, this is actually my new favorite watch. I kind of assumed a wood watch would feel rather heavy, but it's actually super lightweight and comfy. They're available in a ton of different colors and styles, and I love the one that I got, the Fieldcrest, because it goes with basically everything. Plus, I actually have gotten several compliments on it since I've been wearing it - who doesn't love a compliment every now and then ;)

The even better news is, the awesome people with JORD are giving away a $75 e-voucher to one lucky follower of mine to go toward the purchase of your very own wood watch! Also, everyone who enters (excluding the winner) will get a $20 e-gift card, so it's pretty much a win-win for everyone. All you have to do is head over to my Instagram account to find out how to enter to win. The contest ends this Sunday, June 12th, so don't wait too long! Good luck friends!

Unique Watch

Thankful Thursday

I'm back! Two weeks in a row of thankful posts, people - I've impressed myself, I must say. Maybe I'll become a semi-almost-kinda-regular blogger now that I've got a little "me time" every week! Let's not get carried away though - my track record doesn't exactly support this theory.

But I am excited to be back this week with another Thankful Thursday post. I'm reading Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts right now and it really has me thinking about all the millions and millions of things I should be thankful for every single day. There are SO MANY good things in life, so many things to be happy about and to bring us joy - taking this time to share some of them with the internets is really making a difference for me personally. I've also started my own list in a notebook at home, much like she did, and it's crazy the little things you start noticing when you take the time to write down all the goodness in life. Anywho - on to my list for the week!

1. Music

I have loved music since I was in my mama's belly - seriously, she says when she would switch from one type of music to another she could tell what I liked, because the rock music station always made me go crazy. She mistakenly thought this meant I didn't like it, but by the time I was in elementary school it was clear that this was my FAVE - much to her and my country loving dad's disappointment, I'm sure. So I was probably just dancing my little baby heart out in there. Just a guess.

Anyway, music is the number one way I can get myself to feel some feels. I'm kind of a strange person, in that I get super emotional about things like hurting children and homeless people and all the horrors of the world, but things in my own life I'm kind of distant from. So to get myself to really feel something, music is the way to do it. I kind of wrote a little about that in my post on Tuesday, about how music is helping me on this God-journey that I'm on. And today, I am super, super thankful for amazing music of alllllll kinds. Because I love it all.

2. Delicious Food

I think I hover on the verge of a serious food addiction. I love love love love to eat good food. The fortunate/unfortunate thing is that so does my husband. So while it's awesome that we get to eat yummy things all the time, it's also TERRIBLE for our bank account. We eat out just a ridiculous amount, but we seriously love it. He was just off work for four days (Hallelujah!)  and we ate out like 17 times. And it was awesome. I am so very thankful that there is such delicious food in this world - but I kind of wish maybe I wasn't SO thankful for it, knowwhati'msayin?

3. Modern Conveniences

Of course I'm thankful for this lovely MacBook I'm typing on, and I love my iPhone and our TV and whatnot, but I'm mainly thinking of all the things that it takes to make me a decent looking human. Totally not saying that to be self-deprecating or whatever, but seriously, the maintenance it requires is a bit much. I am so thankful for eyebrow waxes and spray tans and highlights and makeup and contacts - and while we're at it, braces and skin creams and all the things that I needed in my youth. Super shallow and superficial it may be, but goodness, I would have been a much different looking person if I were alive 100 years ago! Anybody with me on this? Thank the Lord for things that make me feel pretty (insert crying-laughing emoji guy here).

4. Dreams

I have a love/hate relationship with my dreams. Not the dreams I dream at night, although those can be kind of cray, not gonna lie. The dreams I dream for myself, for my future, for my family, for my kids. I posted on Instagram earlier this week a little about this. I have SO many things I want to do, but I'm taking a hands-off approach lately. I'm not moving until I feel like God is nudging me to move. I actually prayed a few weeks ago for all my ideas and dreams to stop for awhile, because if you know me (or have read this blog for long), you know I am full of dreams upon dreams and ideas upon ideas and it is just SO MUCH. It's overwhelming. And it's kind of debilitating, because there's too much and I don't know where to start or what to do. And it totally worked - this was one of the times I know that God heard me, because he absolutely answered. My brain that nevernevernever stops churning out ideas just stopped. Slammed to a halt. So now, I'm asking for the right dream, the right plan - and I feel like I've been getting hints as to what the right dream for now may be. And hopefully that means God is going to take that dream and turn it into an actual plan and maybe it will actually become a reality. How crazy would that be? Can't wait to see what happens.

So there you have it! As always, would love for anyone who stumbles upon this little blog post of mine to share their thankful things with me - and I hope everyone has a fabulous rest of the week!