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the waiting game

April 10, 2014 in Baby, Blog, Pregnancy, thinking out loud by lindsaymwright

The anticipation…..

It’s killing me (…not really).

Third time in, I’m realizing that I am a completely, hopelessly, horribly IMPATIENT person.  Luckily I married my exact opposite.

It’s the not knowing when labor will start. 

It’s the not knowing how it will all go down.

It’s the not knowingThe loss of control.

002I’m reminded that patience is such an important virtue to have…in fact, it’s a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22)!  Patience (endurance) produces CHARACTER!  And I can always use more of that!

So…..I’ll just be over here WAITING for this sweet babe to arrive.

Waiting and praying and cleaning the crap out of my house.

QUESTION:  Are you a control freak (like me)?  More relaxed?

splendid…lindsay

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intentional living … spending matters

April 4, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Intentional Living by lindsaymwright

Let’s chat about the new movie, “Noah” for a second.

There’s a lot of controversy surrounding this film.  For months leading up to its release, I’d read articles (from Ken Ham and other sources) discrediting the movie and its fictional storyline, so I knew that it probably wasn’t something I’d go see in theaters.   But I think a lot of people didn’t know this going in….some Christian and some not.

So here’s what you should know about the movie and it’s discrepancy with the Bible:

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As you can see, there are some pretty big problems with this film, ESPECIALLY when it’s presented as fact and ESPECIALLY when it’s presented as fact to a populace that might not know otherwise.

As I see more and more people disappointed with the film, I can’t help but be reminded of something that goes far beyond the cinema:

WE HAVE POWER AND INFLUENCE WHEN IT COMES TO WHERE WE SPEND OUR MONEY!

If you want to encourage growth somewhere, focus your spending there.

If you want to support a cause, give to that cause and not another.

If you can’t stand the vanity-focus that celebrity magazines perpetuate, don’t buy those magazines.

If a movie, a book, a TV show, isn’t in line with your beliefs, don’t support it by buying/reading/watching.

YOU HAVE POWER!

And this goes far beyond spending dollars.  Think “clicks.”

When that (catchy) Miley Cyrus wrecking ball song came out, a friend told me, “You gotta see it.  It’s just awful!”  So, naturally, I went and googled the song, watched the music video, and agreed – it was horrible.  But you see – TWO things happened when I did this:

  • 1)  Miley made money off of my “click.” 
  • and 2)  My “click” contributed to the success of that song and its genre.  Which means that industry professionals think that’s what I want to hear!

I don’t like that.

And I’m consciously, intentionally trying to change these types of actions.

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JOIN ME!

Let’s spend our money on worthwhile things!!  Now you can take this as far as YOU want to take it (*but you can’t judge others for acting or not acting in accordance with you).

If you want to see organics grow, buy organic food.

If you want small businesses to prosper, start a Walmart fast.

If you cringe when your 4 year old starts singing those latest pop song lyrics, change the radio station.

Figure out what you stand for and stand for it.

Bottom line: 

INTENTIONALLY place your money, your interests, your time in the things/messages/values that you want to see prosper.

You’ll feel better.

Others will take notice.

We have far more power than we know.

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QUESTION:  Where’s one area that you could change your spending/”clicking” habits?

splendid…lindsay

More “Intentional Living” posts

An Introduction

Faith Based Living

Our Decision to Homeschool

thursdays are for…

April 3, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, thinking out loud by lindsaymwright

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Thursdays are for thinking out loud (according to this girl!)….

I think I love grilled chicken more than anything else in the entire world.  Maybe even more than brownies.

I think that it’s SUPER adorable (and only a wee bit annoying) that my mama and MIL call me a couple times a day to see if I’ve gone into labor yet.

I think I’m going to sign up for a race in the Fall….something to work towards.

Travis thinks he wants to take up day drinking like those Mad Men.  I’m all for it.

Henry thinks he wants to be a farmer when he grows up….he thinks ”growing up” happens at age 7 (and he’ll farm tomatoes even though he hates them).

Clara thinks that Porter is going to come out through my belly button.  She describes it like an explosion-type event.

I think I take back that chicken remark earlier.  Brownies are the best, hands down.  But only if they’re 10 minutes underbaked.

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QUESTION:  Finish the sentence: “I think ____________.”

splendid…lindsay

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scenes from the weekend

March 31, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Family, Kids, Love, Marriage by lindsaymwright

Phew!  This weekend was a whirlwind.

The last thing I feel like doing is sitting down to type (now, sitting down to watch Mad Men: Season Six is a completely different story).

Here’s a little peek into our weekend, filled with family (Travis’ sister got married!!), great food and fellowship.

Exhausting but really marvelous*!

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I’ll be back tomorrow with a 38 week pregnancy update!

QUESTION:  Tell me the best part of your weekend!!

splendid…lindsay

*I’m linking up with my great friend, Katie, today!!  Check out more “Marvelous Monday” posts here!*

currently: march

March 28, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, currently, Fivethings Friday, Rambles by lindsaymwright

YAY!!  We made it to Friday!!  This one is particularly exciting/busy for my family and I (read why below) so we’ll just get right to it.  I had kinda forgotten about these “currently” posts until I read Lauren’s and she always has the best life shares so I was inspired.

Let’s do this.

currently: march

Current books:

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Still trucking along on the “Bible In 90” challenge!  We’re over 2/3rds of the way done and it’s becoming a habit in my day to reach for my Bible (or rather, sit down and read on biblegateway.com).  Are you doing the challenge?  How’s it going?

Current music:

LOVE this song!  LOVE that Travis can’t help but put on his swagger face when I play it.  It’s a good one.  The song…and his face.

Current guilty pleasure:

Hmmm…I’m at a loss.

Current nail color:

Nada.

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Current drink:

Water!  Like all the time.

Current food: 

We’ve been digging this jerky – it’s the best one I’ve tried so far out of all the Krave flavors!  Very tender!

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Current favorite show:

We don’t have cable so any shows we watch are either on Amazon or Netflix.  We just finished House of Cards.  Any suggestions on what to watch next?

Current wish list:

I wish I could meet this baby boy…like soon!  And not feel nauseous anymore.

Oh, and I wish we had enough money right now to buy a new car….as soon as the Chattanooga house sells!

Current triumphs:

Finishing up Henry/Porter’s room!  Here’s a quick look!

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Top L – Need something to go on the wall behind the crib!  Help!!

Top R – My mama made him a quilt!  Crib sheet from Land of Nod.

Bottom L – Built-in bookcase by brother-in-law, still need to hang a mirror in the middle and get a desk chair.

Bottom R – New rug from Target.

Current bane of my existence:

Peeing every 20 minutes.  No joke – I’ve started tracking and it’s literally every 20 minutes.

Current celebrity crush:

None.  I just don’t keep up with celebrity stuff.  <-side note…I used to!  I’d buy InTouch or any handful of those trashy mags and devour them.  This was pre-kids.  Now I’d much rather read a book or do really anything else.

Current indulgence:

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I suppose paying someone else to do a job that you could have easily done is considered an indulgence.  I got my car cleaned last weekend and loved not having to do it myself.

Current blessing:

Signing more and more sponsors for Blend Retreat!!  Something I’ve prayed really heavily about and God is showing up! 

(P.S.  We still have a few tickets available!  Check it out!)

Current slang:

Can’t think of anything.

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Current outfit:

I wear this same outfit 5 times a week to the gym.  People are so bored with me, but it’s the only thing that (kinda sorta) fits.

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Current excitement:

My sister-in-law’s wedding is this weekend!!  Travis’ oldest sister, Camila, is getting married!  Henry is the ring bearer and Clara, the flower girl (Travis will be playing the guitar and me… I’ll just be the prettiest one in the room).  The engagement/wedding story is a great one, but I’ll have to let her tell it.  Couldn’t be more excited for you, Cam!

Current mood:

Meh.  I’ve got laundry to fold.

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Current link:

I’m SO excited for this girl!  <-I went to high school with her husband!

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QUESTION:  Pick a “current” and answer it!

splendid…lindsay

write a guest post for me!

March 26, 2014 in Best Decisions, Blog, Blogging, Friends, Pregnancy by lindsaymwright

Happy Wednesday!!!

Today, I’m asking for guest posts!

This is kinda like the Lindsay-way of freezing meals before the birth.  Except you’ll be doing all the cooking.  (you don’t want me in there – it’s scary.)

Three themes to pick from (or heck, just come up with your own!):

Option 1:

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Tell us about the BEST decision(s) you ever made!  How did it change you??

Here’s one I wrote a while back.

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Option 2:

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Tell us what you like to do when you’re bored.  Here’s mine.

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Option 3:

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Make up a workout that we can all do during naptime (3oish minutes)!

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Just email me at lindsayslist at gmail dot com and tell me what you’d like to write!  I’ll accept posts through next weekend and will take around 10 posts total.

Thanks for cooking! Winking smile

splendid…lindsay

what’s the BEST that could happen

March 21, 2014 in Blog, Faith, Goals, Inspiration, Intentional Living by lindsaymwright

Ya’ll.

I just woke up in a super large puddle of my own drool.  (Thank God it was my own.)

Last night (Wednesday) was rough – I had 3 hours of pretty intense contractions and cramping (time able ones)…then…nothing.  I must have fallen asleep.  I woke up this morning and just haven’t felt “right” since.

A nap was needed.

Labor impending???  That’s the thing – I have no clue.  It could be a couple more weeks of feeling like this…on the edge of labor.  Drives me nutty.  Control.  Why do I have to always be in control??!?

I saw a quote the other day on my friend’s Facebook page.  It just caught me at the right moment, made me step back and say, “WOW!  YES!!!”

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Seriously….What’s the BEST that could happen?!?! 

I love it.

Lists and prayer help, but I need this mindset on a daily basis.

What’s the BEST that could happen with my labor??

What’s the BEST that could happen with Blend Retreat??

What’s the BEST that could happen with our house situation (we’re trying to sell this house in Chattanooga! buy it!)??

What’s the BEST that could happen for my family?  For my marriage?

When I let my mind wander to the best possible scenario, FEAR HAS NO PLACE.  FEAR doesn’t hold me back.  And I’m free to completely, 100% positive about the future.

Think about that for a second.

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QUESTION:  What if fear of the worst were replaced with a hope for the best???  Fill in the blank:  What’s the BEST that could happen with _______?

splendid…lindsay

“i could not love him more.”

March 17, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Family, Intentional Living, Kids, Love by lindsaymwright

Yesterday, Henry beat a video game that even Travis couldn’t beat.

I was asleep when it happened.  Because, you know, I’m a million months pregnant and that can get exhausting.

I know that Henry beat the game, not because HE told me but because my deliriously-proud husband came bouncing in the bedroom, down right gleaming about his son’s accomplishment.

“I could not love him more.”

Those were the exact words.

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I laid there, still drowsy and listened as this proud daddy went on and on about his son.  All I could do was smile, feeling abundant love for my husband because of his abundant love for our children.  We share stories like this all the time.  About how Clara walked up to Travis’ truck last week, placed her fingers along the words, “Toyota Tacoma,” and very slowly “read” out, “Daaaa-ddy’s Truck.  DADDY’S TRUCK!!  That’s what it say, Mama!!  That’s what it SAY!”  Or about how Henry has earned 78 stars (towards his needed 100) on his reading chart and all he wants is a set of Legos “but not the easy ones, the hard ones.”  Or how they’ll play so nicely together and invite one another to their “birthday parties,” which we celebrate nearly every day.

As parents, we can’t help but dote on those kids.  Oh my word, they can be annoying sometimes.  And loud.  And messy.  And inconvenient.  I can say all those things about them and still know that I couldn’t DO this life without them.  And not just any kids but Henry Cole Wright and Clara Kathleen Wright – those exact ones.  They’re mine.  I grew them.  I see bits and pieces of myself, of Travis, in them.

And God made me to be their mama.  Me!?!

Every tool I need to parent them in exactly the way that they need to be parented….God placed IN me.  FOR THEM.  He gives me peace.  He gives me patience.  He provides me with wisdom and strength and a mama bear-like passion.  Oh!  And He gives me rest when I need it.

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For these things, for this PRIVELEGE, I can only say, “I could not love Him more.”*

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splendid…lindsay

*And also “thank you.”  I say that a lot too.  Because we use our “man-yors” around here.

this is real life ya’ll

March 7, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Discussion, Meh, Oversharing by lindsaymwright

“Fakebooking.”

I think that’s what we’re calling it these days.  Presenting your life in such a way that would make others believe it to be PERFECT.  Your kids – perfect.  Your body – perfect.  Your handsome husband and your well-kept house and your pearly white teeth all lined up in your perfectly pouty mouth.  005

Look at these perfect shoes.  AND I totally helped someone in a third world country.  Be impressed.

Fakebooking.

I totally get it.  Totally.

Why on Earth would I want to show you my dirt?!  And why would I want to see your dirt?!?  Where’s the inspiration in that?

Except that I do.  I DO want to see your struggle – the RAW, the REAL.  Not because I want for you to be struggling….but because I don’t want to feel alone.  Life is hard and as the years pass by, it keeps getting harder.  Layer upon layer, the dirt builds…and my resolve to filter it out seems to dwindle.

Here’s some real life. Yesterday, upon hearing that worship team had been cancelled….

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That’s MY real.

Now I didn’t get to indulge in the way I wanted to (I honestly couldn’t find a good movie), but by Thursday, in what seems like EVERY WEEK lately, I am DONE.

And maybe you are too.  And maybe you’re struggling.  And maybe you let your kids watch the same movie 3 times yesterday.  And maybe you ate something you shouldn’t have.  And maybe your leg hair is out-of-this-world long and maybe you stay in the shower until the water gets cold so you don’t have to help your husband fold the laundry.

And maybe the sum of all of your dirt equals one perfectly IMperfect life.

I think I wanna be your friend.

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With that, I leave you to ponder one question:

Why do we feel the need to be perfect and to present that perfect to the world??

splendid…lindsay

(happy weekend, my imperfect friends!)