let me tell you what’s cool

March 27, 2015 in Blessings, Blog, Family, Favorites, Kids, Lists, Rambles by lindsaymwright

I have a lot of cool things to say today but first let me tell you what’s NOT cool.  This exhaustion that I’m feeling.  Blah.  Today marks day 3 of doing the show (after two weeks of pretty solid rehearsals) and I am pooped.  I thought it was just my old age but Henry seems to be yawning a whole bunch too so I don’t feel so bad.  Anyway, today we have TWO shows (the first at 10:30am, the second at 7:30pm) so I need to wake up!  Wake up, Lindsay!!!!

I think it’s really cool….

…when you wake up and just know it’s gonna be a good day based on what the weather looks like.

…when you get to the end of the cereal bag and there are those tiny broken pieces mixed with all the leftover sugar that fell off.  Clara and I always call dibs on the end of the bag.

…when you’re with a good friend and you don’t have to talk and you just KNOW that you’re on the same page.

…when your daughter thinks you’re cool.

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…when all the stars align and you can make it through each and every red light.  And it’s double cool when you’re running super duper late (as I always am).

…when you can look back at old pictures of your extremely skinny high school-self and feel so blessed with how much you’ve grown up and out.

…when people are a little nerdy.

…when people show their vulnerabilities.

…when people smell good instead of bad.

…when Clara calls people “humans.”  Example:  Me – “Clara, who did you sit by during the show?”  Clara – “Well it was this girl human but I didn’t really know her name.”

…when you finish your workout and there’s just this sense of amazing accomplishment.  And it’s triple cool when you can do it with other people around you.

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…when you reach the end of the movie and want to watch it again.  (this was NOT the case with the new Annie movie that the kids talked me into getting even though I knew it would be horrible.  Poor Cameron Diaz…)

…when numbers are even.  Odd numbers are just….odd.

…when your husband lets you sleep in until 8am.  And it’s quadruple cool when he leaves the Keurig on because he knows you cannot (will not) function without coffee.

…when it’s Friday and you only have THREE more shows to complete and then a long season of rest ahead.

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Lastly, I think it’s really cool that you read this little blog and see our family and know who we are.  Four years strong – I’m glad you come back each and every week!

QUESTION:  What about YOU??  Finish the sentence – I think it’s really cool when…..

splendid…lindsay

{sorta} wordless weekend

March 23, 2015 in Blessings, Blog, Blogging, Family, Kids, On the weekends by lindsaymwright

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(I’m taking up another Trackstars tank/shirt/hoodie order!!  If you’re interested, please leave a comment below & I’ll send over the specs!)

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(thanks Kenneth – it was delish!)

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(people always ask what that powder stuff is on my pancakes.  it’s PB2 – powdered peanut butter – and no, I’ve never mixed it with water.)

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(my SIL is getting married and we had her shower on Saturday.  None of these ladies are her – I didn’t get one picture with Katrina.  Ha.)

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(a gift from my other SIL – check out the card below that went along with it.  I thought it was such a cute, pintresty idea!)

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(SMOOOOOVIE night!  These had whole milk, banana, peanut butter, KidzShake protein powder, Nesquik and ice.)

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(HOW is Porter almost a year old?!?!)

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(the smiley face…)

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(I actually beat him!  That never happens.)

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(Quick story: When Henry found out he was cast in the play, he asked me what his name was on the casting list.  I said, “It says you’re just an alley cat.”  He said, “No, mama!  What’s my NAME?!?!  You have one.  What’s mine!?”  Thinking as quickly as a tired mama of 3 can possibly think, I said, “OHHHH!!  It says right here that you can name yourself!  Who do you want to be?”  He thought for a second.  “Ninja Cat.”  So we call him that now – ninja cat.  Has a good ring.)

QUESTION:  What’s one thing you’re looking forward to this week??

splendid…lindsay

when all you’ve got is this season

March 17, 2015 in Blessings, Blog, DayInTheLife, Family, Kids, Motherhood by lindsaymwright

As I was sitting at the kitchen table yesterday, nursing a cup of coffee, Henry walked up and asked me to look over his morning math sheets.

I flipped through page after page of precise work.  No wrong answers, no doodles in the sidelines, no bribery to get this work done.  This kid had sat for a good 30 minutes and plowed through.  He knew his stuff.  I cupped his face in my hands and told him how GREAT he was at math.

As my hands left his little face, it hit me.

I’m so incredibly proud to be a mother.

This kid’s mother.  HENRY’S mother.

It’s as if I blinked and all of the sudden he’s 6 going on 30 and the time won’t slow down and I keep grasping at these moments, trying to collect them all up and save them but I can’t because it just doesn’t work this way.  I look at him and I see me and I see Travis and I see GOD.  I see innocence and promises and hope and a future.  I can remember the chubby baby legs and the sleepless nights.  I can remember the Disney trip we took when he was one year old where all he did was either smile or cry – and a lot of both.  I can remember the look on his face when he met Clara for the first time (anxiousness) and then Porter (pure thrill at a baby BROTHER).

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I can see the season we’re in now – the one where I get to share a theater show experience with my son, the excitement that I feel on stage HE now gets to feel.  I can see his 6-year-old brain churning out math problems and different ways to build with Legos and how to best tell Clara that her singing just “doesn’t sound right” (without hurting her feelings of course).  I can see the cowlick at his temple and the wiggly front tooth that’s bound to come out any day now.

And I can see future seasons ahead.  The tween Henry, the driving Henry (no!!!), the college bound Henry and then the married-man Henry.

And I cry.

JOY tears.  GOOD tears.

But with a little sadness mixed in too.

Because it’s amazing.  This life.  This thing called motherhood.

But it’s also so heavy.  This weight.  The weight of three lives on my shoulders.  It’s THE hardest job I’ve ever had and yet the most rewarding.  The hours creep by but the years fly and in a blink, the season will have passed and you’ve moved to another.

So for today, I’ll sit and sip my coffee and look over his work.  I’ll try my hardest to commit to memory his face, those freckles, the special way he writes his 8’s.

And I’ll breathe in this season we’re in.

For it will be gone far too quickly.

splendid…lindsay

friday’s feelings

February 20, 2015 in Blessings, Blog, Family, Inspiration, Kids, Love, Marriage by lindsaymwright

**Originally titled, “Thursday’s Thoughts” but I forgot to schedule it to post…thus, “Friday’s Feelings.”  Lol..whoops.**

I’m sitting here at the kitchen table (my “office”), sitting criss-cross-applesauce, listening to Clara sing to herself as she colors (beautifully, she colors so beautifully).  The song is nondescript.  She makes up the words as she goes and the melody sounds something similar to Frozen’s “Let It Go” only with her own words added in.  Five minutes ago, I nursed Porter and laid him down in his bed for his morning nap.  He’s now babbling from his crib and saying “dadadadada” in the sweetest little voice.  Henry’s on my team and every time he hears Porter say “dada”, he quickly scolds him and says, “No.  Say Mama.  Maaaa-maaaaa.”  I like having people on my team.

It’s snowing.

Like legit snowing.

On Monday the weather people called for snow and all we got was 3 inches of slippery, horrific ice.  I had to cancel Trackstars because of it and that made me angry because exercise keeps me sane on “snow” days.  Now it’s snowing and they may have gotten it right.

I recently made the mistake of visiting a certain website that hates on bloggers.  I won’t link.  Reading angry words from dark, anonymous people = things I’d rather not do.  I have more to write on that….but not today.  Not on my snow day.

Today I wanted to type out all of the things that make me happy.  I’ll limit the list to twenty five but only because I still have chores I’d like to accomplish before Porter wakes up.  Sometimes (no ALL the time) writing out these blessings helps to change my perspective.  A great reminder that WE are in control of how we feel and not anyone else.

And today I feel awesome.

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Things that make me happy

A burn-your-tongue-off HOT cup of coffee.

Snow days.

Warm days.

Sweet conversations with Clara that start with her saying, “Mama, when we go to heaven…”

A good sweat.

A good cry.

Planning our trip to Colorado in May.

SLLLLEEEEEEEEP.

Raising my kids.

Homeschooling my kids.

A husband who can ROCK a man-bun.

The “explore” feature on Instagram.  #timesuck

Easily conveying the message with hashtags.

Burpees.  And squats.

Group texts with Janetha and Lauren.

Blend Retreat and all the amazing things that have come from it.

Eating all the cookies out of cookies n’ cream ice cream.

Porter’s chubby feet.

Living in a small town.

The therapy I get from swiffering my floor.

Clean sheets (I actually need to buy a new set – any suggestions?)

Comfy clothes and no bra.

Singing on the worship team.

The excitement and thrill that SMOOOOVIE night brings my kids.

Cheering for others.

I love all of those things and so much more.  How rich this life is.  How blessed we are.  Thank you, Father.

QUESTION:  Three things that make YOU happy!  GO!!!

splendid…lindsay

on the weekends we….

January 26, 2015 in Blessings, Blog, Family, Friends, Kids, Love, weekend by lindsaymwright

On the weekends we….

…play with new robots.

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..attend ribbon cuttings.

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…make the most of our time with dad.

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…make cookies for bible study.

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…then let mama lick the bowl clean (it’s what mamas do best).

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…track our steps! (11,000 for Saturday, 10,000 for Sunday – wootwoot! This is the Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band .)

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…spend an hour sweating with some really fun people.

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…drink a leisurely cup of coffee over pancakes.

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…feed our fish, Mert.

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…eat raw fish (which just seems weird after the Mert picture…).

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…take long walks with friends who also happen to be siblings.

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…celebrate a friend’s birthday with some tag football.

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…and spend LOTS of time in pajamas.

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It’s just what we do.

QUESTION:  One awesome thing YOU did this weekend?

splendid…lindsay

new year, same goals

January 2, 2015 in Blog, Family, Goals, Homeschooling, Kids, Love, Marriage, Motherhood by lindsaymwright

Welcome to 2015!

Are you ready for another year?  Did you make resolutions?

I welcome each new year with open arms.  You know that feeling you get when snow first falls and it’s perfect and untouched.  You don’t want for anything to mess up this perfect, white blanket, full of promises.  January has this feeling for me.  (Come February, the flawless utopia has turned into dirty snow with dog pee in it, but we won’t speak of such things today.)  No.  Today, I’m full of hope for this new year.  Like I’ve said before, my goal for this year is the same as any year – to BE PRESENT.   Specifically with my family.  (which in turn makes me hungry for more stillness with Jesus.  funny how that works.)

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You see, it’s so much easier (and more pleasurable) for me to go about my day, iPhone in hand, rushing my children from one thing to the next and never really take the time to sit down and TALK TO THEM.  To listen to them.  To watch them play, and then get down on the floor and play WITH them.  It’s far easier for me to let the TV babysit my kids for an hour while I have “ME TIME”.  For me to hurry them to Trackstars in the morning, set them up with a snack and get in a workout (again, FOR ME.) The Enemy makes life outside of the home addictive and alluring.  Because he doesn’t want to see our family succeed and flourish and he wants me to be distracted.  It is a constant battle – one that I WILL win – one that I’ve gotten so much better at.  Being present looks WAY better than it did two or three years ago…way, way better.

I know this about myself (and only about myself, as I do not presume to know what your calling is):

I am called to be a Stay-At-Home mom. 

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Now if you’re looking for a fight over who wins the “Who’s Better: Stay-at-home Moms or Working Moms”-battle, you won’t find it here.  I’m not even going there, as I don’t believe there is a battle.  All I know is ME and what works for US.  I will say that it is a struggle for me to be this woman that I’m called to be.  To sit and soak up this time, to engage my children at every chance, to be present in their lives, hour by hour – these things are, by nature, some of the hardest for me to do.….while at the same time being the ones that make me feel incredibly fulfilledTo be present requires much more than I am naturally willing to give.  But isn’t that the point in setting goals?  Stretching ourselves further so that we might become stronger.  Better.

The best versions of ourselves.

I like the sound of that.

What will 2015 hold for us?  I’m not sure but it’s gonna be great!

QUESTION:  Did you make a resolution??  What is it?

splendid…lindsay