Friday, September 28, 2012

Blog Your Heart - September

After a couple months on hiatus from Blog Your Heart, I think it's high time to jump back in.

New to Blog Your Heart?  Here's the scoop.  I wrote my first post a while back and the response was incredible.  Thank you again to Stephanie over at Just Me, My Soldier and our 4 little chicks for the inspiration! 

Here's how Stephanie describes Blog Your Heart on her blog:

1.Blog whatever is on your heart. It can be serious,silly,angry,happy,blunt,ridiculous. It can be ANYTHING but it has to be authentic.  The post can be long or short, doesn't matter.

2.No judging. No snarky comments, no making fun, no passive aggressive digs. If you are going to read the blogs linked in the comments, don't be mean.

Rule #3 (This one is from me....Sarah.  Hi.) - Since BYH is about being authentic and "out there," please do leave a comment to let me know you've read it.  Even if it's just a HI THERE, it's important to feel validated that we aren't putting our hearts out on our sleeves for nothing.

So there you have it!  It's not about writing the most flowery post with earth-shattering truths.  It's just about getting it out there.  If you're writing a BYH this month, feel free to include a link in the comments. 

Here we go.

1.  After the unfortunate incident some time ago where I licked chocolate off the back of my hand only to discover it was actually poop, I've been very apprehensive about the whole "Poop or Food?" question.  This created a very stressful clean-up situation after Thomas threw raisins all over the kitchen floor on the same day he had 3 poopy diapers. 

2.  My husband and I are arguing about the front door.  I want to paint it because I think it looks a bit faded and drab.  I see so many wonderful, cheery, bright front doors that instantly boost a house's curb appeal, like THIS ONE!!  Of course, I'm thinking more of a pretty emerald or hunter green to go with our house's siding, but Evan is dead set against this.  He says he doesn't want the front door to look....wait for it...."painted."  The battle continues.

3.  I'm struggling to feel like I belong in the "small" group I was assigned to for my Tuesday night class at our new church.  It has about 16 women in it which I feel is too large.  It makes me feel overwhelmed and a little uncomfortable sharing sometimes.  Plus, our leader is very spontaneous and free-flowing which can be a challenge for my Type A personality to handle.  Perhaps God is trying to teach me how to let loose a bit?  Time will tell, but the ladies are really nice so I am looking forward to seeing what I can learn from them.

4.  My group of moms at my Wednesday morning group at church is INCREDIBLE.  They are without doubt, no question whatsoever, an answer to my prayer that God would lead me to the friends I need here.  Praise the LORD!!!

5.  I have fallen more than a month behind on Project Life now and I feel like I am buried so deep that I'm scared to even attempt to get caught up because I'll end up feeling too overwhelmed and just quit.

6.  My mother just got a job working at a bakery at a grocery store from 10 pm to 6 am.  She hates it.  The work and the hours are just too hard on her, but she feels like she has no choice but to work it anyway due to some circumstances that have arisen.  This makes me angry and I am praying fervently that God will provide for her and bring her to a job more appropriate for her health, age, and circumstances. 

7.  Speaking of anger, this is an area I am really, REALLY struggling with recently.  I think it's a combination of lack of sleep, abundance of items on my To-Do list, and other stresses compounding to make me quick to anger.  Trying really hard to nip this one in the bud and have found myself re-reading verses from Proverbs a lot lately.

8.  I still miss my friends.  I especially miss my buddy Jodi because she was my favorite person to banter back and forth with.  Her quick wit and sharp tongue were often just what I needed to get me laughing so hard I would pee my pants just a little bit.  I think I'll call her today.

9.  Sometimes, when I look in the mirror, I still see myself as weighing more than 200 pounds.

10.  I'm terrified of gaining the weight back, but I have gotten frustrated lately and have felt myself starting to lose focus on my health and maintaining my weight.  I haven't been running as much as I would like because we're still trying to get the hang of our new schedule around here, especially with my new job.  Tracking my points hasn't been a priority and things like OREOS have been leaping off the grocery store shelf and landing in my cart somehow.  I really need to speak to the manager at the Pick 'n Save about this.

11.  Evan goes to China soon and I need to get someone to watch the boys for nine different nights so I can go to work.  So far, I have one of these nights covered.  This stresses me out.

12.  We're still trying to make it really feel like home, but we really love living here.  The city is awesome, our house is wonderful and the potential excites me, and Target is just down the street!  What's not to love? 

13.  Pumpkin butter has become an obsession.  You can find the recipe on my Facebook page!

September's spewings are now complete.  What's going on with you today?

*Don't forget to leave a comment to say hello and let me know you stopped by!


  1. Okay, first of all, I am DYING about the licking poop incident. Hilarious. I mean, hilarious because it happened to you and not me. ;)

    Also, yay for imoms!! So glad you joined our group. I'm so excited to get to know you better.


  2. Stopped by from a link on Stephanie's blog.
    Loved hearing your stories.

  3. Beautiful blog and beautiful family! I hope that you settle into your church group and that God isn't testing you too much on that! :) I know exactly what you mean about Oreos leaping off the shelves... ;)

  4. 1. I laughed out loud at the poop incident. I feel that is something that could very easily happen here.
    2.paint the door.
    3. about pl...don't "catch up". just skip the weeks you didn't do and start again. much easier, MUCH less guilt.
    4. bless your mama's heart

    and much more. just know i identify with you on so much. thanks for blogging your heart.xoxo

  5. I love when you do these posts...I am also so far behind on PL:( I actually had to pack mine up for the move and am dying to go get it back out so that I can catch up! I also find myself throwing oreos in my cart like it's my job! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

  6. Poop incident totally made me crack up! Ah, life with babies. And your mom's story made me sad, I hope she finds a new and better suited job soon.

  7. Ah Sarah, so glad to see this feature back! I just have to say THANK YOU for sharing the Pumpkin Butter recipe. So want to try it! I am so sad for your Mom. I know how you must feel. Several years ago my Mom had to work at Walmart overnight and I hated it for many reasons. It too was too hard of a job for her age and the hours made her schedule completely opposite. I wish you the best of luck with your new church groups. I can't believe how fast you are getting into all the new things in your new town with 3 little ones.

  8. Thanks for sharing your story! I have a two and a half year old so I totally relate to the poop story. I agree with Stephanie - paint the door. Hope the church groups help you feel more settled in your new location.

  9. Hi Sarah.
    You have sooo many changes going on. Even though you've jumped through the big hoops (actually moving, signing the kids up for school, found a job), there are so many other hoops before you're really at home.
    I'm sorry that your small group seems so big and that you miss your friends :( That's so tough. I know.
    Continue to give yourself grace. Even if you can't go on a big run, even a few minutes of exercise is a natural endorphin release! That sounds so cooky, but it sure helps me a lot when I'm feeling stressed/down.
    Okay - time for me to go. Keep on blogging your heart!
    p.s. What material is your front door? Go on a date with Even to Ace hardware or something and see what that material looks like painted or spray painted or whatever. Maybe that will help you both know what you're getting into.

  10. I read it, I don't know how you handle it all. You will snuggle in to your new life and home soon enough. I wish I could say the same for me.

  11. wishing you and your family much love at this unsettled time. Change is hard and it always comes at once. The fact we survive just shows our stregths

  12. OMG! I spit iced tea all over my desk! I just didn't see #1 coming!!!
    Don't worry about #5. My recommendation is just do a spread a month to catch up or maintain and remember, that ANY memory keeping is better than NO memory keeping!
    I know of what you speak in #9. I need to lose more weight and am not actively doing what I should but even I know when I'm imagining myself larger than I am. We have to stop that!!! It's self-deprecation and sometimes a self-fulfilling prophecy on my part and I need to be more positive about me.

  13. Hey everyone! Thanks so much for your wonderful comments and I wish I could reply to each and every one of them, but ever since I had to boot Disqus off my blog, I can't make individual replies to comments. Unless someone can recommend how I can do that. Any blog gurus out there tha can offer me some advice?

    Anyway, the poop story. Yeah, that was a real hoot. I had just changed Thomas's diaper and got distracted so I hadn't washed my hands when I walked out to go get the mail. I had made some chocolate chip cookies just a short time earlier, while Thomas was napping, so I assumed the little smudge I saw on the back of my hand was chocolate....and I licked it off. It was not chocolate. And then I died.

    We really are jumping right in here in our new city! It's a bit scary, but I know God will steer us in the direction we need to go. I'm not going to allow myself to hole up and hide this time!

    Project Life will come....eventually.

    Evan caved and is going to let me paint the door! Thanks ladies!!

  14. I'm in love with this post! I love that you are sharing your heart with us. I find myself relating so much to this post. Thank you over and over again. I love these types of posts.


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