February Fresh Picks

Happy "love" week everyone.  Whether you love it or hate it, the week of celebrating love is upon us.  I have to admit, I'm glad this week helps us focus on love, and more importantly I'm glad my kids Valentine's are all set for the week. I'm more Amazon than Pinterest mom and so when my kid needs a Valentine Box for school we opted for this "almost" pre-made one and completed it on a snow day weeks ago.

Thanks to having boys and probably because I've learned to stay far away from going into retail stores for fear of my kids experiencing too many of the "gimme's" they were happy with some Valentine's I had saved last year and have no idea what's in the stores right now.

This month I end up pulling out a table runner I got at Target years ago, got some heart LED lights from Lidl a couple months ago, and have a couple red vintage heart mugs.

My oldest remembers that I put out candy for him last year and so I'll do that again this year on Valentne's Day.  I found some cute felt red envelopes at, you guessed it, Target last year and will reuse those.

I've found some other goodies this month and thought it would be a fun spot to share them here.  Are there certain things you're loving right now?  I'm super excited about all the spring attire I'm seeing pop up online, but that'll have to wait for another post another day.

Valentine's or not, I got these cotton pajamas a few weeks ago and they are so well made and comfy. Spring is coming and I'm getting ready to ditch my flannel pajamas for these guys!  Yes, you can get them for your kids too- because apparently matching Valentine's pajamas is a thing now.  Yikes.

If you don't have a simple table runner, I love this buffalo check one because it could easily transition for Spring. I love when things have many uses!

Do you know about the shop Elora Inspired?  She does adorable t-shirts so of course this guy is perfect for February, and she just released coloring mats that are totally washable.  If you are local, she is too! and if not, what a great gift anytime!

Books books books.  If you do opt for getting your kids items, we love If Jesus Lived Inside My Heart  and Who Sang the First Song  by Ellie Holcomb.

However your week unfolds and whether or not you've been putting stickers on your kids doors each night with ways you love them or not, I hope you find Valentine's a day to tell someone you love them, and to celebrate a day filled with someone you care about!  Don't worry about the commercial things and keep it simple.

I'm always reminded during holidays like these that although I may see what other moms are doing, my kids don't.  They aren't on Instagram, Hallelujah.  Happy week friends.  I am thankful for you!

yellow lights

Cow (acrylic on canvas)

I've done things in my life that without a doubt have felt right.  They were easy decisions without much contemplation.  Should we try to have kids? Yes. Should I stay home? Yes. Should we get tickets to that band we love? Absolutely yes.

More often than not though, I struggle with decisions, and I know some of the ones that have been easy for me, have been hard or not even a question for you.  They can be big or small to an outsider, but in my heart they become mountains.  I go into worse case scenario mode (Enneagram 6 here!) and I wonder about all the things that could happen. I wonder about what God wants for me and why He can't just give me a green or red light.

Although I absolutely believe in absolutes, I also have learned in the past several years of adulthood, about the gray areas- or the yellow lights perhaps of life.  Yellow lights may say "stop" or "proceed with caution" or "you better speed up if you want to get through this one."  There's a lot of ways to go through the light and if you're like me it's hard to know what to do.

Fear can paralize my decision making all together.  Thankfully right now I have a two year old who could win competitions for the pouty face he makes. His lip hangs low and it's pretty impressive, and also thankfully pretty cute.

He pouts about not being able to play basketball or tennis like his big brothers and having to stay home when we know he won't be able to sit still during a movie.

The good thing that he doesn't know but I do, is what's ahead.  Parenthood often gives us that birds eye view and glimpse at what God see's for our own life, and I know right now that cute little pout is reminding me to not have the same attitude when I can't see what's next in my own life.

You see, God's been so faithful to me this weekend in reminding me to have childlike faith right now.  To not pout, but trust He has my best in mind.  He works all things together and He isn't stopped or hindered by yellow or even red lights.

He has opened doors for me and given me moments of hope, fulfillment and joy.  He knows what's ahead and when I look on and wonder how I'll make it through or what will happen if...He quiets me and is asking me to just trust, have faith, and proceed to the next light.