3 Ways to Cope during Busy Weeks

too blessed to be stressed? too busy to rest? 3 ways to cope during the busy weeks

Too blessed to be stressed and too busy to rest?

Welcome to the reality for most Christian women. Desperately trying to be on the go and in the Word — and exhausted. We don’t need one more plan for ordering our days or one more list for accomplishing more. We need someone to whisper, “It’s okay. You’re okay.” Can I tell you something important?

Busy isn’t necessarily bad.

Jesus was busy. He was on the go. And, much like the mom with little ones, someone was always wanting something from Him.

too blessed to be stressed? too busy to rest? 3 ways to cope during the busy weeks

Are you busy? I can relate. This week is cheer tryouts for my girl {prayers for calm hearts and healthy bodies appreciated!}. For those unfamiliar with the ins and outs of the cheer life, that means all day at school followed by six or more hours of cheer clinic and practices today and tomorrow and then the stress of tryouts Wednesday morning and a long day waiting for results to be posted Wednesday evening. My husband is a worship leader and it’s less than two weeks until Easter {in other words, he’s really busy!} and we’re about to start a renovation of our sanctuary {which means he has to work with people to figure out lights and sound and all sorts of other things I will never understand}. I’m working on a book proposal, have a speaking engagement this weekend, and everyone still likes to eat and have clean clothes.

It’s busy right now at the Underwood abode. And, based on the calendar, it looks like it will be this way until sometime in July. {But I’m trying not to think about that right now.}

 I can be frustrated by all of this … or I can lean in the Lord. He knows what busy looks like. He knows how busy can open the doors to sin and temptation.  He knows busy can be my downfall.

This isn’t the first time we’ve had a week like this … and honestly, it won’t be the last. But I’ve learned there are things I can do to make it less stressful — for me and the rest of my family. Here are 3 ways to cope during busy weeks:

Prioritize time with the Lord.

Right now I’m using the She Reads Truth Lent study. It is so good. And one of the things I love the most about it, is I can access it wherever I am. My preference is to sit down in the morning with my Bible and journal and a cup of coffee. But some days, that just isn’t happening.  With the SRT app on my phone, I’m able to read the Scripture and the devotional as well as engage in the SRT community through the comments no matter where I am.

The thing is, and I’ve said it before, God isn’t interested in you checking off “quiet time” on your to do list … His interest is YOU!

Know when good enough is enough.

This week, I’m lowering the standards on just about everything. Casiday will be eating supper in the car on the way to the dance studio tonight and tomorrow night. James will probably eat TV dinners and Scott will likely be on his own. And who knows what I’ll eat. This isn’t best. In fact, it isn’t even good.  But it is good enough. For two days.

Some times it’s all we can do to keep enough laundry done for the next day. Sometimes our kids eat mac and cheese for three days straight. Some weeks, the sheets don’t get changed and the bathroom doesn’t get scrubbed. It’s okay. I promise. Especially during the busy seasons.  It won’t last forever … but while it does, good enough is really enough.

Give yourself grace.

This is the hardest one. But when life is busy and you can’t get it all done perfectly and you lose your temper and you forget the bread and a red sock finds its way into the white load of laundry and now your husband has pretty pink undershirts and socks, give yourself grace! It’s a safe bet this week I won’t manage to wash my hair every day {I’m just hoping for a shower every day!} … and there’s a pretty good chance I’ll forget at least one thing I need to do.

There’s room for error and room for exhaustion.We’re going to mess it up sometimes. Our instinct is to beat ourselves up and wonder why we can’t do more and be more. But here’s the thing: Grace! Just grace.

So, there’s your Monday encouragement from me {and a reminder FOR me!}.

xo,

Teri Lynne

How do you manage the busy seasons in your life?

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For Your Weekend

For Your Weekend {laughter and fun edition}

Happy Friday! We have survived midterms. Y’all, have I mentioned how much my girl does not enjoy Algebra and how that translates into a wee bit of stress around here? Yikes. Next week she has cheer tryouts.  Buddy is hoping for his third year of being a cheer dog.

Buddy the Cheer DogBless him, right?

Since we’re focused on all things encouraging and energetic here at the Underwood abode, I thought I’d share some of my favorite fun things lately.  For example, Jimmy Kimmel’s lip sync battles? Have you seen them?  Here’s my favorite:

Yes, it’s almost a year old.  Yes, I watch it about once a week. When Jimmy Fallon cracks up, it totally makes me laugh out loud. Jimmy Kimmel and “Fancy” … Emma Stone with “Hook” … Jimmy back with “Mr. Roboto” {modren??} …  And the best finale ever is “All I Do Is Win” by Emma. Her lip sync rapping = perfection. Trust me, the 7 minutes you spend watching this video will lead to exponential joy. And now, LL Cool J with Lip Sync Battle … a whole show of this genius? Yes, please.  Can. Not. Wait.

Also, I mentioned last week I was reading The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life … finished it. Hilarious and honest and such a beautiful work about marriage. Truly. And now I cannot wait to get my hands on Melanie‘s next book, Nobody’s Cuter than You: A Memoir about the Beauty of Friendship.

Last weekend I saw Cinderella. I loved it. And, yes, I read the crazy reviews from people who didn’t … but Lady Rose was captivating as Cinderella and what is not to love about a movie that ends with the maligned protaganist offering the the gift of forgiveness to the evil stepmother.  Also Daisy playing the wicked Drisella was such fun. {Yes, I know it wasn’t actually the Downton characters acting in the movie and that Lady Rose and Daisy are not these fine actresses real names but indulge me because I’m already having Downton withdrawals and Lady Rose and Daisy are two of my favorite characters on Downton.} {{Also, this has made me not so worried about the remake of the VERY BEST DISNEY MOVIE EVER — Beauty and the Beast— into a live action film.}} And so, all of that to say, if you decide to catch a movie this weekend, Cinderella is a great choice.  Yes, you will cry. But you will leave smiling.

For Your Weekend {laughter and fun edition}

And here’s a few blog posts I read this week you might find encouraging:

  • Creating Space on Deeper Waters — “We all need space holders in our lives that serve no purpose other than giving us freedom to just be. We need people and places where we feel safe and not judged — where we can just be ourselves. Our true selves.”
  • 13 Netflix Shows worth Binge-Watching from Relevant — I mentioned last week I was hoping for a “Blue Bloods” marathon {didn’t happen, by the way  … but I can’t remember what we did instead}. Anyway, this post offers several ideas for shows worth binging on. I’ve started “West Wing” again myself because I totally prefer President Bartlet’s White House to the real life news.
  • 7 Scientific Reasons Why We Should Laugh More from Lifehack.org — One of the chapters in the book I’d love to write someday is all about laughing more. Did I ever tell you my family says I don’t laugh enough? I sort of think they are crazy because it’s not that I don’t laugh, it’s that I don’t laugh at the same things they do … but anyway, I’m pretty sure if we’d all laugh more — and I mean real laughing like when you snort! — and hug more, life would be so much less stressful.  This post confirms my theory.

Oh and speaking of hilarity in marriage, apparently one night this week I was dreaming something incredibly funny and my laughter woke Scott up.  See — I laugh!!  I have no idea why Scott and Casiday would say I don’t. {For the curious among you, all I can remember about the dream is that it was snowing and there were brightly colored scarves.}

So, there you go … some fun stuff for the weekend. Because weekends should have some fun, right?

xo,

Teri Lynne

In case you missed it, this week I wrote about maximizing our time, how I’m not a perfect mom, and what I’m learning about continual praise.



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Learning to Offer Continual Praise

Learning to offer continual praise ... even in the day-to-day minutia of life, especially! in the day-to-day minutia of life.

Learning to offer continual praise ... even in the day-to-day minutia of life, especially! in the day-to-day minutia of life.

 

This morning I was reading Psalm 61. Witten by David, this psalm is a plea to help him recall the faithfulness of God at all times. These familiar words are from this passage:

Lead to me to the rock that is higher than I, for You have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.

But David’s desire wasn’t just to know the presence of the Lord in times of trouble, he sought the comfort of God’s nearness at all times.

Let me dwell in Your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of Your wings.

He knew the assurance of abiding in the Lord, of seeking His face and guidance at all times.

I have to admit, lately, I’ve been worn down. In every possible way and aspect of my life. For the past few months, NOTHING has been easy. N.O.T.H.I.N.G. More than once, I’ve wanted to give up. {In fact, I may have announced to Scott in the middle of an extreme emotional hysteria, “I quit everything!”}

The hard parts of my life were {are!} real. But somehow in the midst of all the crying, worrying, and anxiety, I’d forgotten an important truth: Praise leads to peace. And the peace of God may not change my circumstances but it will always change my heart.

This morning, when I read Psalm 61, verse eight invited me to refocus my attention and remember to praise.  I wrote this in my journal:

I will ever sing praises to Your name … continual praise as I do the tasks of my every day, very ordinary life. The writing and studying, the coaching and learning, the cooking and cleaning, the driving and waiting, the helping with homework and relaxing with “Blue Bloods” .. all of this is my opportunity to praise Him. Don’t miss it!!

Maybe today you are feeling overwhelmed, I get it! Maybe you’re struggling with worry or anxiety, I’m there too. Maybe you’re hearing the word “failure” ringing through your head, I know what that is. But there is this truth we can cling to, the hope we have …

He is with us! Always. When we choose praise as our anthem, He offers peace. And more than anything else right now, I need that peace that passes all understanding.

Choosing praise,

Teri Lynne

What is one thing you can praise Him for today?

I Don’t Have to Be the Perfect Mom {and neither do you!}

I Don't Have to be a Perfect Mom ... and neither are you!

My friend Marguerite and I walk together several mornings a week. Recently {and what seems like always lately},  I was bemoaning my failures as a mom. Marguerite, who has three boys of her own, looked me in the eyes and said, “You would never let any of your friends talk about themselves like this. Treat yourself the way you treat us.”

She was right. I’d never let my friends believe they were failures because of frustration over snow days and a less than extravagant birthday celebration. I’d point them back to all the ways they love their kids and support them. I’d remind them of how much they do well. And I’d probably tell them that some days good enough is really enough.

I'm Not  a Perfect Mom ... and neither are you!

I would likely share with them one of my favorite passages of Scripture from 2 Corinthians 11:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my own weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Paul could have been describing what it is to parent a teenager: weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. Yes, all in one hour. But that list does not include the word I most often ascribe to myself as a mom: failure. Because in spite of all the difficult moments and exhausting days and tear-filled exchanges, God doesn’t see me as a failure. He just sees this child He loves. And you know what? He sees the same thing when He looks at you.

He offers us grace. He says our weaknesses are where His power is made perfect. Think about that for a minute. The God of all creation says, “My power is made perfect in weakness.” When I lean into those words I find freedom. I don’t have to be the perfect mom. He isn’t asking me to be the perfect mom. He, even better than me, knows I can’t possibly. Instead of demanding more from me, He offers me this incredible exchange: I give Him all my weaknesses and I receive His power.

I Give ... He GIves

“I Give Him … He Gives Me” printable download

Wherever you are, whatever challenges you’re facing {parenting or otherwise}, these are His gentle words over you. And they are good and kind and full of love.

“My grace is sufficient for you.”

Cling to that with me, will you?

xo,

Teri Lynne

Time Management or Time Maximization?

Making the Most of Your Time

Some days I make my to do list and when I’m done I just want to go back to bed. I tend to put off those little things like making doctor appointments, scheduling photo sessions, and picking up prescriptions until the very last minute.  In fact, today is one of those days where I’m going to have to force myself to do a bunch of those types of things. I hate all of that. {If anyone wants to volunteer to manage this sort of thing for me, I’ll pay in hugs and banana pudding. I kid. sorta.}

Then there are the days when all I do is laundry and the next day there are, yep you guessed it, more dirty clothes! It can feel like much of what I do is going to have to be redone day after day. {Okay, it doesn’t just feel that way … it IS that way! #MomLife}

When I get overwhelmed with all the stuff I need to do, I have this great method of procrastination that looks like productivity.  I search for the perfect planner, routine, or app to help me “get it all under control.” Yes, you read that right, instead of doing the tasks and being done with it, I look for ways to manage the tasks which means they still are not done.  I’m sure none of you do that. But I do.

Last week, I read Psalm 90:12 during my quiet time. Part of this incredible prayer of Moses, it reminds us how important it is to use our time well.

Psalm 90:12

And I got to thinking how God isn’t really calling me to manage my time, as much He wants me to make the most of it — in other words, to maximize it. I get caught up in the wrong pursuit. And because of that, I miss out on what He’s offering … wisdom. {And clearly, this is something I need more of in my life!!!} Time management isn’t the goal.

Living well, the abundant life, isn’t about getting more done, more efficiently. God beckons to us with a different way of thinking. He wants us to use our time to know Him, to love others, and to build the kingdom.

As I pondered this verse and studied some other Scripture relating to how we use our time, I identified three ways we can make the most of our time, every single day.  Join me at Not Quite Amish where I’m sharing what I learned …

Making the Most of Your Time

 

 

For Your Weekend

For Your Weekend March 13

So, this weekend is supposed to be rainy and that means all I will want to do is wrap up in a blanket on the couch and watch a Blue Bloods marathon on Netflix with Scott. I’ve spent most of this week working on a book proposal but I did go to a class at the gym with my friend Marguerite on Tuesday morning. The class involved hand weights and one of those huge balance ball things. It also requires a proficient knowledge of left and right and being able to do one thing with the right side of your body and another with the left. Suffice it to say, if laughing at yourself equals working out, I’m on my way to an awesome core.

I’m {finally} reading Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle … just trust me and get the book.

And my next newsletter will come out Monday. Would love to add you to the list to receive it … I have a new goodie just for newsletter subscribers so now would be a great time to subscribe!! Click here to sign up.  I only send out a newsletter every couple of months so I promise not to flood your inbox with all kinds of craziness.

Since I like to share the great stuff I find online … and since you might need something to read while it rains or instead of doing the dishes, here are a few great posts I found this week.

For Your Weekend March 13

Shauna Niequist’s guest post on Christianity Today.

This is what I know about spiritual life: it is not a solo endeavor, and most of the true progress I’ve made over the years—growth, courage, forgiveness, patience—has been born out of the truth we told each other over eggs and coffee or soup and bread, around the table, guiding each other toward hope, bravery, life itself.

This week was not the best week for me as a mom. Having a teenager requires so much more from me than I ever dreamed possible.  And I spend a lot of time wondering how badly I’m messing it all up … but then I read a post like this one from Courtney and I cherish the wisdom and encouragement she offers. Because I’ve had to ask for a good bit of forgiveness and give a pretty sizeable amount as well.

Forgiveness || In This House We Will Giggle || Courtney DeFeo

Sometimes when I’m reading something Emily Freeman has written, I wonder if she is peeking into my journal. Because this week when she wrote about the rhythm of her life feeling more like a drumbeat than a heartbeat — y’all, I could never have said it so eloquently but yes! That’s exactly how I’ve felt.  I love her wise counsel about how to respond by paying attention to three important realities.

This guest post from Christine Hoover on Sandra’s blog is sheer beauty. And, after reading Sandra’s review of From Good to Grace, I have definitely added it to my must read list for this year.

From Good to Grace: Letting Go of the Goodness Gospel is a book for women like I was, who long to please God but fear they never will. It’s for the woman drowning in self-condemnation, the woman afraid to be vulnerable with others because she’s so fully aware of her imperfections, and the woman who craves but can’t seem to grasp the freedom and joy that Jesus promised His followers.

And I’ve had a couple of posts on other sites as well …

He Daily Bears Us Up

Deeper Waters is one of those beautiful places online where grace and wisdom and truth are wrapped up in poetic words and breathtaking images. I’m not really sure how Denise decided to invite me to join the writing team … but I do so love being there.  This post was a reflection on Psalm 68:18 and this realization: “But isn’t it easier sometimes to encourage someone else in truth than to walk in its freedom ourselves?”

31 Days to a Better Marriage

And I’m very happy to be a writer for Managing Your Blessings’ 31 Days to a Better Marriage {spring edition}! Here’s a portion of what I wrote on Sanctification through Marriage. Please check out the whole series.  I promise it’s so good!!

Marriage is a mystery, a profound and inexplicable thing. Two become one in body, mind, and spirit. But marriage has a greater purpose than we often realize: When we commit to one another, when we take the covenant of “one flesh” seriously and choose to stay even when leaving would be easier, then we become this gloriously incomplete but beautiful image of the way Christ loves the Church, His bride.

So, there you go … some reading for your weekend. You’re welcome!!

xo,

Teri Lynne

In case you want any of the books I mentioned … here are some Amazon links which are affiliate links meaning if you purchase through them I will receive a few pennies toward the “Keep TL’s Book Habit Alive” fund.

Fashion Friday {accessories for teenage girls}

Fashion Friday

I’ve worn glasses since I was in the 6th grade. I have had every sort of dorky glasses known to man. Not once have I ever thought, “If I didn’t need glasses, I’d still want to wear them.”  Not. Once.

But my girl? That’s a whole different story … she doesn’t need glasses.  She can see perfectly. But, it appears we all want what we can’t have. And so, when Firmoo offered me a pair of glasses to review, I knew this was just the opportunity for me to give my girl a little something fun.

Fashion Friday

Who knew glasses could be such a fabulous accessory?  She loves this bookish style which is apparently all the rage in the hipster circles.  {And now is where I admit I am not entirely sure what it means to be hipster but apparently since my girl got a Crosley record player for Christmas and has her own vinyl collection she is firmly in the hipster camp.}

{Also, please forgive the blurry iPhone photos  with the bad lighting. This is what morning is like in our house.}

Fashion Friday hipster girl

Isn’t she adorable? She, like her momma, has a bit of a cardi addiction and we love the ones from Old Navy because we can get all the colors and then share!

Fashion Friday

How about that Patagonia vest with the chambray shirt? I love it … and it is soooo soft.  And of course, we’re still wearing our Freeset tees we got for Easter last year.  Casiday paired hers with a long cardi she grabbed from my closet on one of our many snow days in the past few weeks. Cozy and warm for a day at home.

The Firmoo glasses are very high quality. I have to admit, I was a little surprised by this since they are so inexpensive. They come with a great case and cleaning cloth. If you are looking for a new pair of glasses or sunglasses, I recommend you check Firmoo out.  I’m looking at a couple of pairs for myself now.

And, since we’re talking fashion for teenage girls, here are a  few more accessories for teenage girls …

monogram necklacemonogram necklace {a Southern Prep necessity!}

colored watch

fun and bright watches

headband

headband

Don’t forget, Stacey and I have a Pinterest board all about fashion for teenage girls!

What’s one of your favorite accessories right now?

Linking up with Jo-Lynne Shane for Fashion Friday! I love all of her great fashion insights for women over 40. :)

Firmoo provided me with a free pair of glasses to review.  All remarks and recommendations are my own.

5 Simple Changes I’m Making for My Health

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I’ve always considered myself a fairly healthy person. But, when you have a heart attack at age 42, you realize how fragile your health really is … and how important it is to take care of yourself!

My journey the past ten months has been slow and steady. It has taken a long time to get all the medicines to the right dosages. I think that was the worst part … I was taking so much medicine and it made me feel terrible!!! I’ve seen both my cardiologist and my internist regularly to figure out the best dosages for me. The process hasn’t been as speedy as I would have liked but I’m thankful for the wisdom of my medical team and their willingness to listen to me and take seriously how I was feeling.

In addition to the medications, I’ve also made several other adjustments. Today I want to share 5 simple changes I’m making for my health.  These are small steps toward a healthier me — not just physically but also emotionally and mentally.

5 simple changes I'm making for my health

Stretching

You know those people who groan when they get up in the morning or get off the couch? Yeah, me too. I was one. Long before I had my heart attack I had noticed I the creaking and popping and cracking my body was making.  I chalked it up to being over forty. Then I started researching … and I found article after article about the overall health benefits of daily stretching.  Y’all, I promise, this really works! Think about how a cat looks when it wakes up from a nap … have you ever wished you could stretch your body out like that? Well, we may never be able to arch our backs like a cat does, but simple stretching every day has so many health benefits. This isn’t yoga {though seriously, my friend Stef does yoga every day and she amazes me!}. I use a simple series of stretches I found on RealSimple.com. And I can tell a marked difference on the days I don’t stretch and the days I do!

Walking

For the past several years I have had low good cholesterol. There’s no pill for that … there’s just exercise. Not my favorite. For real. But, my friend Marguerite just retired from her job and she drags me out three or four mornings a week to walk for 30 to 45 minutes. And y’all, my good cholesterol numbers are going up! Yesterday I saw my internist and he was shocked at how much improved all my numbers were.  I haven’t made any diet changes and we are not about to break any world records for walking speed but it is making a difference. {Read this article from the American Heart Association for more on the heart health benefits of walking.}

Detox Baths

I first learned about detox baths when my friend Myra mentioned them on her blog. Then, after my heart attack and the emotional chaos that often follows any major health incident, I researched more about the benefits of regular detox baths. Again, I have to say, I’m hooked.  I don’t take a bath every night but I try to take one at least twice a week. For more information about detox baths, check out this article on Livestrong.

More Water

I’ve always been a water drinker but I’ve never been conscientious about tracking how much water I drink. You’ve probably heard the rule “8 oz of water 8 times a day.” But according to the Mayo Clinic, we really need a little more than that. And, if you are doing strenuous exercise, living in a higher altitude, have been sick, etc., you need even more.  I used this Hydration Calculator to find out how much water I should consume on a regular day. The answer was 74 ounces.  I’ve heard it said {but can’t remember where} that you can figure out how much you need by dividing your weight in half and drinking that many ounces of water daily.

More Sleep

America is sleep deprived! And, many of you reading are thinking, “Duh!” I realize there are seasons when sleep is just an idea you heard about somewhere {hello nursing mommas}. But one of the best things I have done is make getting enough rest a priority. The average adult needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night.  I prefer the nine … but I typically get close to eight hours most nights.  Adequate sleep has a direct relationship to our health in countless ways. {Check out this article from Business Insider for 23 Benefits of Getting More Sleep.}

So, there you have a few of the simple steps I am taking to improve my health. Next Tuesday I’ll be sharing a few more ways I’m changing my habits to make a healthier me.

xo,

Teri Lynne

What is something simple you do for your health?

2015 Reading List

2015 Reading List || TeriLynneUnderwood.com

Every year I share the books I’ve read along with the reviews I posted, if applicable. I hope you find some good reads in this list and I’d love for you to share what you’re reading in the comments. Also, be sure to check back because I do try to keep this list up-to-date. I’ll be reviewing many of these books throughout the year also.

Happy Reading!!
Teri Lynne

2015 Reading List || TeriLynneUnderwood.comPlease note, most of these are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you purchase through them which is applied to an Amazon gift card used to {you guessed it!} purchase more books!! Thanks for supporting my habit.

And so, here you have my 2015 Reading List! Enjoy!

    1. Love Walked among Us: Learning to Love Like Jesus by Paul E. Miller
    2. Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All by Karen Ehman {review}
    3. Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fears. by Margaret Feinberg {review}
    4. Writing in the Margins: Connecting with God on the Pages of Your Bible by Lisa Nichols Hickman {read more about how I use my Journaling Bible here}
    5. In This House, We Will Giggle: Making Virtues, Love, and Laughter a Daily Part of Your Family Life by Courtney DeFeo
    6. The Wall Around Your Heart: How Jesus Heals You When Others Hurt You by Mary DeMuth
    7. Then Again by Diane Keaton
    8. Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life by Emily P. Freeman
    9. Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life by Ruth Soukup
    10. The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner
    11. God for Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent and Easter {Lenten devotional}
    12. Hope for the Weary Mom: Let God Meet You in Your Mess by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin
    13. The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life by Melanie Shankle
    14. Found: A Story of Questions, Grace & Everyday Prayer by Micha Boyett

 

Check out my previous years’ reading lists as well: 2013 {Best Books I Read in 2013}, 2014 {Best Books I Read in 2014}.

What I Learned in February

What I Learned in February 2015

Time to share what we learned in February and link up with the lovely Emily of Chatting at the Sky. I don’t always remember to keep track of the little things I’ve learned each month but I do always love reading everyone else’s tidbits. This month, however, I did remember! Yay me! :)

What I Learned in February 2015

Eventually, you can miss so much school for snow that never comes that your child will WANT to go back to class. Truth.  Related: when the snow finally comes to your little southern town, your Yankee friends will mock you for being so excited but end up a little impressed at the six inches that fell in four hours and admit it is a lot of snow. Also related: one reason I love living in the south is that when it snows one day, the next day it will be warm enough to melt the snow on the roads and we won’t have to deal with all the snow mess.

what I learned in February

Rinsing my hair with apple cider vinegar stinks … but it works! {Here is another DIY hair detox recipe. I haven’t tried this one but I’m pretty sure my daughter who thinks the apple cider thing is disgusting might be willing to do this one.}

When your daughter gets her braces off, you will cry because she looks so grown up and suddenly all you can see is her moving to college, getting married, and the days of her in your home will seem to be flying by. All the moms who told me this would happen were right.

What I Learned in February

 

You CAN hang sweaters and not get the shoulder boobs!! Seriously, this is life-changing information, y’all!!

Gallery walls are addictive. We started with one in my office area. I loved it. So after Christmas I added one above my piano. Now I want one in every room.

What I Learned in February

There’s a reason why I enjoy having hour-long shows playing in the background while I write … it’s the amount of time I can focus. I read this article in The Atlantic and was fascinated because I use Amazon Prime Video streaming as the “white noise” while I work. Music distracts me but apparently episodes of The Good Wife do not. Who knows how my brain works.  Anyway, with Prime streaming, I have to actually stop and hit play on the next episode which usually is my cue to get up and change the laundry or fix James’ lunch or whatever.

So, there you have it, a few things I learned this month. I also wanted to invite you to join me at the final Kitchen Table Talk with Brooke McGlothin and Stacey Thacker this Sunday night. We’ll be chatting about a chapter in their book, Hope for the Weary Mom, I have re-read a few times already—”When Gentle Words Won’t Come.” You can get all the information about how to dial in here.  Amber Lia is their other guest and I can’t wait to hear what these three incredible moms have to share!!

So, what did you learn this month?

xo,
Teri Lynne

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