I'm a writer y'all. I've been a writer my whole life, and I've started a blog a couple of times, but I've always found it hard to follow through. I could blame it on countless things, babies, staying up too late, too much on my plate; I've had a few excuses, but I've never created a blog where I just talked about life. So let's get real and talk about life here, shall we?
What's real? Playing "Little House on the Prairie" with my daughter, that's real life. She often asks me to play with her, and I'm busy y'all, but I'm learning to stop and take at least 15 minutes and just give her my attention and play with her. We do whatever she wants, and this morning she wanted to play "Little House on the Prairie", so we did. She let me be Laura, and that's a BIG DEAL because she LOVES Laura. <3 I know she loves me, but not nearly as much as I love her.
Real is a sick boy, who has lots of health issues, and so you're extra attentive to him when he's feeling bad.--My son has been at the doctor this week with an ear and throat infection. He's considered medically fragile and we don't take chances. Luckily he seems to be on the mend. That's real life.
Real-life to me every day is work, coffee, school, cleaning, cooking, taking care of kids and animals and my husband. (Yes, I said my husband!) It's spending time, and sometimes spending time alone if I can catch a moment. Real-life is still decorating my house two years after purchase because we're on a budget. It's Jesus, and prayer, it's ministry and friends, and new adventures with the people I love. THIS IS REAL LIFE. For me, it can be a crazy hectic mess, and sometimes it can be nothing of the sort, it just depends on the season I'm in. Somedays I take it all in stride, and other days I'm stressed and it shows, but God is faithful in it all. I know He always will be, and that allows me to have faith and pursue my purpose.
Making my house a home, and my family my priority is key in my life. Jesus holds it all together because He knows I certainly could not. I'm finding out day by day it truly is the little things in my life that make life worth living. Like making my first ever Apple Butter with Kenny's Mamaw when she was visiting us in January. We had so much fun. I learned a lot, and I've added one more thing to my list of "Things I love to do."
Every day I'm embracing my life a little bit more. I'm here today to encourage you to slow down and enjoy your kids. Slow down and enjoy your spouse. Take time to do the things you've always wanted to do, and don't apologize for it. Every day is another day to embrace life if God wakes you up. So if you're blessed enough to still be here tomorrow, do all the things, and do them with a smile on your face, and with the people you love. You'll never regret the time spent with loved ones or doing things that made your heart happy, and you especially won't regret it if you can do both together! Stop and smell the Apple Butter. It smells REALLY good!
What is it they say? Collect "moments", not "things". That's so true. Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with having things, but don't make the things the focus of your existence, instead always remember that things don't matter; people matter.
I hope I was able to encourage you today to live a wonderful and simple life where you can enjoy it all while honoring God, your family, and yourself.
Hi I'm Jen, and I'm so glad you're here. I have a passion for Jesus, my family, and connecting with a more simple way of life. I love to write, and enjoy many creative avenues. I look forward to sharing so much with y'all so come back often!
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