Friday, March 20, 2015

Your Smile

The younger version of me seemed to be an unhappy sort.  I didn't smile a lot.  It really had more to do with being insecure about my smile rather than being unhappy, but many people interpreted it that way.

Ladies, we live in a world that makes us feel ashamed of being US.  Ashamed of stretch marks and those pounds we can't shed.  Ashamed of under eye bags and imperfect smiles, of acne and scars and wrinkles.

But I want you to be encouraged today.  Proverbs 17:22 (ESV) - "A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."  Laugh!  Share your smile with a world that desperately is in need of it.  Forget any flaws you think it may have.  Can't you see that the world is sick, and in need of a medicine that you can help to provide?  God made your smile especially for you to wear, so put it to work for Him.

Your smile is so precious!  It is the one your family and friends would miss if it were gone.  Not some celebrity's flawless smile or the smile of that girl over there whose smile you wish yours was like.  It is the smile that has woke your sweet little baby from his sleep since the very day he was born, the smile of perseverance when you want to say something nasty, but refrain.  The little crooked smile that your parents remember when you were tiny and innocent.  The smile of kindness a friend needs on a dark day.  The smile your husband was beaming at when you walked down the aisle to be his bride.  The smile God gave you that started out gummy, and then a little toothy, and then missing some spaces and maybe even with a few braces, and then a beautiful grown woman smile.  And one day it will be an old woman's smile, and it will still be just as beautiful to your grandchildren, to your children, to your husband who has stood beside you for many crazy, wonderful, messy, beautiful years.

Love your smile and share it.  It means so much to those you love.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cleaning, frogs, and naps.

Tiny spring flowers right out our front door.
Oh the past few days have been so nice!  The temps have finally decided to warm up and stay warm.  We have gotten a lot of rain so the grass is starting to get green, too!

During our last snow just a couple of weeks ago, I got some good spring cleaning in:

Then it rained and rained and rained.  And of course, there will be more rain to come.  That is the way spring is out here!  I am allowing the chickens to free range again.  They did not love the rain:
After the rains, this little spring peeper frog decided to visit:
So cute!
And now today it is a balmy 70+ degrees.  Windows are open!  I took a walk outside and plan to run later.  Ahhh.  The animals are loving it too:

Now it is time for a nice nap...
Engine sleeping away in the kitty condo.
Sweet baby naps:

Ahhh.  What a perfect day!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spring. And things.

Good grief.  Over the course of the last couple of weeks, a LOT went on.  We had to make a mad dash across 3 (treacherously snowy) states to visit one of Ben's family members who is dealing with an unexpected and serious illness.  The Littlest Farmer had a routine doctor's appointment.  He weighs 20 pounds at 8 months!  He is a big boy!!  Teeth were cleaned.  It snowed and then snowed some more.  Trees were planted.  Church activities abounded.  Siri came back.  And Siri disappeared AGAIN.  And a week later she came back, AGAIN.  Where on earth is that crazy cat going?!  Oh, and the time changed.  Oh my.  It is plain weird how losing a single hour can make you question everything.  Haha!!  I have been SO sleepy lately!

Anyway, now I find myself finally getting 2 seconds to sit down to type only to find that it has been close to a month since my last post.  Goodness how time flies.  Here is a photo recap of the last few weeks!

This was the snow and ice on the roads at the end of our journey.  Most of the time wasn't too bad thankfully.  I am MOST thankful that we got over there and back safely.  There were moments that were very frightening, especially coming back home we hit a lot of black ice in Oklahoma City.  Semis surrounded us.  You get the picture.  I needed a blindfold.  Somehow hubby managed to navigate the icy roads with great skill.  I was proud!
 I can't brag enough on my boy.  He pretty much either slept or smiled the entire 24+ hour trip.  What a gem he is!!

This was the Littlest Farmer's second road trip, but it was by far the longest and the most condensed.  We covered hundreds of miles over the course of 3 days.

Today I received some free trees from a program going on here in Arkansas for residents who live on or near the river.  I was able to get them planted pretty easily which felt awesome.  I will have to get some pictures of the new trees soon, but as of right now they just look like dead twigs!  I just love being outside working when the weather is so beautiful.  I hope it sticks around!!

Have a great evening!