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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Remember


"When did I forget that you've always been the king of the world?
I try to take life back right out of the hands of the king of the world
How could I make you so small
When you're the one who holds it all
When did I forget that you've always been the king of the world"

Remember that time, just eight years ago when I carried you through terrifying and unexpected times?

Remember when I held you during your husbands unemployment, days before your precious firstborn came into this world, ringing in your one year anniversary of marriage?

Remember when I stayed that long week in the hospital with you as you feared for your two week old babe?

Remember when I had the nurses make you laugh, and sent those friends to bring you food?

Remember how I provided a job for your husband, just in time to be discharged from the hospital?

Remember how a church you didn’t even attend brought you meals? I sent strangers to feed you.

Remember that day months later, you wept and asked me where I was? Minutes later, I sent someone knocking at your door with a box full of groceries and $100 in cash?

Remember when I asked people to pay your rent for two months?

Remember when you felt embarrassed and ashamed taking too long at checkout using WIC and I sent someone to tell you how thankful they were for WIC getting them through their hard time?

Remember when you felt low, weary and anxiety followed you into sleepless nights and I sent words to encourage you and get the help you needed?

Remember when you felt shame for going on antidepressants in the midst of learning to be your daughters health advocate, and in the midst of that I surprised you by asking you to take in a 4 year old boy?

Remember how inadequate you felt and how brilliantly I provided for you in the short 24 hours notice before that precious boy came to live with you?

Remember how challenging that season was and how in the midst of it I made you feel whole and you felt immeasurable joy?

Remember how we would spend three mornings a week together while the 4 year old was in preschool and your babe was napping, sitting on the front porch, just the two of us?

Remember how I grew you during that time and I shaped new faith inside of you, to trust me more?

Remember all of these things and know that I have not changed.

Remember that I love you.

Remember that I will radically provide for you.

Remember the birds who sing outside your window and know, I sent them to sing a song of praise.

Remember that I care deeply about all that you endure and I am here, feeling each ache and baring your pain.

Remember, you are not alone and I will never leave you.

Remember to tell others this too, because so many around you are suffering and I see them too.

Remember to praise me in this storm.

Remember that I am faithful, unwavering.

Remember, I am the King of this world.

Remember that you are my daughter, my beloved.

Remember that you are the daughter of the One True Living King.

Remember that I’ve got this.

Now rest.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Best Museums

When people ask why we picked North Carolina to relocate to, I have been known to answer with "The museums! There are so many incredible museums!"

I know, it sounds silly. And you probably think I'm joking. But I'm not. Then again, you asked me why we picked North Carolina, had you asked my husband I suppose he would have given you a more serious answer.

During our brief season of living in Dover, New Hampshire, we lived walking distance from the Children's Museum. It made sense to buy a membership and it was worth e.v.e.r.y. penny. Fast forward a few months to us being on the road full time in our RV and we had used our museum membership in several states and at nearly a dozen museums!

The school year 2016-2017 was named "The year of the museums" in our family... (okay, obviously I'm the only one who called it that.)

This year, as Timehop reminds me of the adventures, I have a longing in me to explore ALL the museums that I can again. Recently, I realized that I hadn't blogged about those experiences/ adventures from last year. And apparently, if I haven't blogged about them, were they even that meaningful? ( I'm just kidding. )

Last year was one for the books.

We lived in an RV, relocated, settled in to a new community and learned to rest. It was a good good year. But I hardly wrote about it because for me, during that season, resting meant very little internet access, watching the three Night at the Museum movies on repeat (the irony, I know!), doing a dozen puzzles, crocheting my heart out and learning to just be present. 

We went over a year and a half without regular streaming internet. 

And it was glorious. 
I read/ listened to more books during those 18 months than I had in the last decade. 
And now that we have had internet for the last few months I realize something- we weren't really missing anything. 

This is your warning blog post!

I will be sharing about some of my favorite museums that we have ventured to, I will try not to totally history geek out on you when I write about Williamsburg #swoon.

I don't want to go to Disney, I just want to go back to Williamsburg!!!

I would love to hear of some of your favorite museums!






Sunday, February 4, 2018

When your husband has to go to Hilton Head Island for work...

My husband does a professional bicycle stunt show and it has taken us to some pretty cool places. In January, he attended a convention (January= fair convention month. Most of his events are booked at these.) on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, so we decided to make a family trip out of it! 

On our way, we spent our first two nights visiting dear friends and their foster kids near Charleston, South Carolina. The next two nights we used Airbnb to stay near Hilton Head Island, allowing us easy access to both Hilton Head and Savannah.

Yes, it was January. 
Yes, it was cold. 
But really, we are native New Englander's... so it really wasn't that bad.
We had a blast checking out the Island, gathering nearly 30 sand dollars (and releasing them), digging our feet in the cool sand, and ending the brisk night doing a dance by the fire at the convention resort. 

A few tips on how we made exploring Hilton Head Island affordable- 
(Note, we just explored one day)
- Airbnb is where it is at! 
We stayed two nights at $60 a night but we had $60 in Airbnb credit from referrals. The resort that the convention was at was about $110 per night, so we saved $160 in lodging. 
- We checked out a local Lidl grocery store and bought snacks and food for the day of exploring and the long drive.
- I searched out "kid friendly things to do" on Google!
- We visited a free animal farm called Lawton Stables. It was beautiful, fun and had nice restrooms. We bought a bag of feed to give to the animals and it was a blast! 
You pay $6  CASH to get onto this part of the Island. It was located within Sea Pines Plantation- basically the main busy road suddenly comes to a toll, so be ready. It's a 5,000+ acre gated community. (As a former Full Time RVer heads up! No RV's!)

It was rather fun to have the beach to ourselves! All the palm trees, alligator (ahhh!), birds and plants made it feel like a totally different world. Exploring Savannah the next day really made it a nice break away as a family. 
Melt my heart! He wrote his name in the sand by himself!

He wanting to bring some sand home to play with.

Visiting Lawton Stables

This sweet horse! His head was SO big!

Our Airbnb had sand toys that we could use!

Hiking a trail that honestly wasn't that exciting. 

My fire dancing children.

At the end of a long day outside exploring, we did school work in the resort lobby waiting for Daddy to finish up.

I'm kind of obsessed with how stinking cute they are when they sleep together! (Airbnb travel for the win!)