Monday, June 30, 2014

3 Things {The Story of Us}

Last week I posted this picture and wrote about how I am trying to cultivate an attitude of contentment in my home.  

I'm honestly trying to be thankful for what I do have and not constantly looking at what I don't have.  
And truthfully, it's been a little hard.  It's really easy to notice the things you don't have.  We're bombarded with a list every time we log into Pinterest, Facebook or turn on the television.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Toby's Adoption Story {Part III}

To be honest this entire story should be called “Look What God Did in 16 Days!”.
Honestly.  But I’m getting a little ahead of myself.
Picking up from Part II of the story finds us waiting in Maryland.  We had already signed papers to take placement of this little cutie and we just needed to let the ICPC process start to work and then we could leave for Florida to pick him up.
God had already provided, through a loan from a friend, all the money that we needed for Toby’s placement.  We would need to pay them back but we honestly weren't worried about that at the moment.
Read more here

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Keeping Up With Glory in the Valley

I love the internet.  I love keeping in touch with people.  It makes the world smaller.

Wondering how you can keep up with me?

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Monday, June 16, 2014

3 Things {The Story of Us}

I saw this quote on Instagram today and it totally sums up my thoughts on my house right now.

I love Pinterest.  I really do.

But I've noticed that I spend a lot of time (or waste a lot of time) on Pinterest looking at other people's houses.  Dreaming of having a kitchen like hers.  Or a walk-in closet like that.  Or a library with a ladder like that one.  Or even just having a house as clean as hers.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

To You (the man in a couple struggling with Infertility) on Father's Day

I want to speak to the men for a minute.  This blog is mostly geared towards women but today I want to speak to the men.

I know this weekend has to be hard on you.  Not because you are an emotional creature like your wife. You won't be crying at the Father's Day cards.  You probably won't even bat an eye during your church's Father's Day service.

But your wife will.

Friday, June 13, 2014

21 DIY Gifts for Babies and Toddlers {A Glory in the Valley Classic}

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I love Vintage.  I love old things.  {Did I ever tell you that my entire wardrobe my senior year of high school came from the thrift store?  I'm talking bell bottoms and polyester shirts.  Oh yeah!}

I love bringing back old things.  The great thing about old things, especially well made old things, is that they last.  They may look dated but they still have purpose.

Today I'm reposting {well actually repurposing, which I'll explain in a minute} an old Glory in the Valley post.  I actually think this post first appeared when my blog was called My Life His Mission.

It's from July of 2011.  I was looking back through my old posts and this post is my most viewed post of all time.  Actually, as of writing this, it's been viewed over 19,000 times.  {Okay so that kind of blew me away.}

Anyway, when I was looking back over it, I realized some errors and I realized that I needed to update it.  Some of the links didn't work anymore and actually one of the links directed you to Bono's NAACP speech.  (It's a great speech, but it has nothing to do with DIY Gifts for Babies and Toddlers.)  We'll just chalk that one up to being an inexperienced blogger :)

I've revamped the graphic and made this information a little easier to navigate.

The ultimate goal of this post is to inspire you to create some awesome gifts for those little ones in your life.  I'm actually glad I dug this one out of the vault because it's given me some inspiration for some little ones I know.  Most of these projects can be completed by someone with little to no craftiness.  Some of these projects your husband can help you with.  One thing is for sure- any little one would love any of these.  So I hope this helps when you are preparing for your next birthday party or stressing over your Christmas list.

To find the tutorials or where to buy each gift idea just click on the links below.

13.  Black Apple Doll  14.  Molded Crayons  15.  Dragon Tails  16.  Camera Softie  17.  Mermaid Tail  18.  Lego Table               19.  Whale Softie  20.  Peg People  21.  The Shirt Onesie

So there you have it.  A better version of my most read post ever!  Wow.  I hope that these ideas inspire you to save your wallet and get a little creative this summer to make a gift for that special little person in your life.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Titus 2 {Thoughts on Spiritual Mothering} #shesharestruth

I'm linking up today with #shereadstruth to share my thoughts on Spiritual Mothering.  If you don't know what She Reads Truth is, please click here.  Trust me, you'll be glad you did.

As a part of this #SRT study we are reading through Titus together.  In Titus 2:1-5, Paul is encouraging the older women in the community to help the younger women.  In particular, he is saying 

"Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God."                   ~Titus 2:3-5

I love these couple of verses.  A couple of things stand out to me about them.

1.  First, Paul trusts that the older women can do this.  He has faith in their accomplishments and in their ability to guide the younger women through this stage of their life.

2.   I love what Paul is asking the older women to train the younger women in.  In loving their husbands and children, being self controlled and pure, being busy at home, being kind, being subject to their husbands.  Notice that it does not say teaching them to navigate Pinterest or teaching them how to quickly upload their pictures to Instagram.  I love that.

3.  The last part of this verse says that the younger women need to learn these things so that "no one will malign the word of God."  Malign means to defame.  Something about the work of being a young wife and mother and doing it well is important.   Doing it poorly can defame the word of God.  That's powerful.

Right now my "spiritual mothers" are my friends.  I think during seasons in our lives our needs for "spiritual mothers" and what we need from them changes.  Right now, my friends, the ones who have gone before me in this season, are the ones I need help from.

The truth is that I'm not good at asking for help.  I've learned that recently with the addition of our son. Going from one to two kids is hard.  Really, really hard.  I've learned more about myself over the past month.  I've learned more about my sin and about my pride.  I've had to break down and call friends and cry to them. I've had to admit that I don't have it all together and most days I feel like it's all going to fall apart.

I'm used to having it all together.  I thrive on to-do lists and on checking all the things off my list. Adding our son to our family has taught me that to-do lists don't matter for this season.  It's not that I've reached some spiritual plateau where I am just mature enough to handle everything. They don't matter because I CAN'T DO ALL THE THINGS ON MY LIST.  I seriously can't.

I've had to learn that from my friends.  I'm so thankful for this group of women that the Lord has put around me {{Stacia, Jodie and Jessie}}.  Women who understand me when I'm sleep-deprived and feel like I'm going to lose my mind.  I'm thankful for them.  I need them.  {I probably don't say that enough.}


I also want to be a "spiritual mother" to someone.  That may sound weird but I believe we all have wisdom to share.  I've walked a road that is different from your's and I'm pretty sure I have something worthwhile to share.  And you have something worthwhile that I need to hear.

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