Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thoughts for Thursday: Coffee Talk

If we were sitting down at a table having coffee together this morning, there would be a lot on my heart to share with you. A few things we would talk about: 

\\ Walker's last day of school was last Thursday, and let's just say I'm missing it already. ;) In all seriousness, he had a great school year. We loved his teachers, he learned a ton and he enjoyed going so much. I mentioned it two weeks ago, but he will be going three days a week in the fall and I think it will be good for all of us. He's also going to a one-day-a-week summer camp there in the month of July, which he's already asking me tons of questions about, including, about three times a day, "Mama, when is camp?"

\\ He's been calling me "Mama" a lot lately, which, with his little Texan accent sounds a lot like, "Mooooom-muh," and I just want to bottle that sweet voice saying that right up. 

\\ Speaking of Walker, his sleep has gotten much better. It was a definite regression, and we still have some one-off nights that he either has a hard time going down, wakes up in the middle of the night crying, or wakes up at the crack of dawn {or sometimes, all of the above, yawn}, but for the most part, it has really gotten better. The incentivized sticker chart and the lack of screen time {I totally hid the iPad and he hasn't been on it in almost three weeks} has played a huge factor, I personally feel. Thank y'all for your sweet comments on my post two weeks ago, however. Y'all made this tired, struggling mama feel like she was doing something right! 

\\ This day last year, I had a three-day-old baby. A THREE-DAY-OLD BABY. While those days seem so long ago in some ways, they feel like just yesterday, too. Because Knox was so tiny last summer -- and because we live on the face of the sun in summer here in Texas -- we were holed up inside a lot. This summer, I plan to slather sunscreen on my babies and be at the pool, splash pad and just enjoying summer this year! Knox is definitely my water baby and practically dive bombs out of my arms to try to touch any and all water: fountains, pools, splash pads, the water coming out of the faucets...

\\ Speaking of summer, Brandon gets off work at 11 a.m. on Fridays from Memorial Day to Labor Day and I am SO RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED for that. Reinforcements + a longer weekend + more time to take a road trip if we want to? Yes, please! 

\\ Brandon and I are due for a date night, y'all. I mean, sometimes he comes home and I feel so awful for not even greeting him and instead just practically handing him a child and barking instructions at him on how to best help me. This stage of life we're in is just hard sometimes, and I hate admitting that it's not all "Leave it to Beaver" up in here when he gets home from work daily. June Cleaver I am not. It's Memorial Day Weekend and I'm thinking about calling the babysitter to come over Saturday night. I totally took date nights for granted before I had children. 

\\ Our pastor said something at the conclusion of his sermon last week that really stuck with me and I've been replaying it over and over in my head: "The reality is, there is nothing more exhausting in all of life than trying to get from others what others can never give you. Much of the bitterness in our heart is caused by someone not meeting our expectations. Let me just tell you something: every person will disappoint you. Even a mother. Every father, every friend, every brother and sister. You will constantly be disappointed if you have placed all of your hope and all of your desires in a person. If you haven't found the freedom of being fully accepted and loved by Christ, you will never be able to be like Christ in His unity." I mean, mic drop, right?! My husband always tells me, "You expect too much of people and it's going to disappoint you." He doesn't mean it ugly, he just knows me and knows I do expect a lot from certain people, only to find me disappointed because I didn't get from them what I expected them to give. So when our pastor said this, I just started crying right there in church because that's me. I do struggle daily with allowing the Lord to rule and reign in every single aspect of my life; I'm trying to learn to let go, but am definitely a work in progress. So for that, I'm thankful for His grace. 

Thank y'all for "listening" to me today! 

Linking up with Annie and Natalie


  1. I absolutely LOVE the portion of the sermon that you shared. I am the exact same way, and I have been living in the philosophy of "The key to happiness is low expectations," when in all reality, Jesus is the only one that can fulfill all expectations!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. I love reading about your boy mom days - that's fantastic that Walker is already excited for camp. And speaking of great, Brandon's summer Friday hours - Yes!!!

  3. im so glad walkers sleep has gotten better! Now if you could help me with jack that'd be great haha..ugh, he's going to be in our bed until he goes to college I'm afraid! You def deserve a date night, make it happen mama! I love what your pastor said, I need to write that down and read it daily!! So thankful for you, as always!

  4. We do a date night too! every month we make sure to go somewhere nice for dinner.
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  5. Really great post....and you should get a sitter for Saturday, you guys deserve it. (And I'm realllly jealous of your husbands summer fridays! What an awesome perk)

  6. I teared up reading what your pastor said, friend. SO TRUE. I needed to hear that too. We need to find the joy in ourselves first and foremost! Maybe one day we will have a coffee chat in real life! ;-)

  7. How nice that your husband gets off early on Fridays in the summer! Its always a welcome surprise when my husband gets home early. I totally feel you on missing school.... we aren't even out yet and I don't know what I'll do to entertain my older guy all summer! Ek! Better start brainstorming!

  8. Kai has recently been calling me "Mama" too and I can't get enough! It's the cutest thing ever and I never want his little voice to go away. Your husbands work schedule sounds wonderful! What a great start to the weekend!

  9. I wasn't there on Sunday... Thank you for sharing those words. I needed them today!!

  10. Your pastor's words definitely helped me today too! It sounds like Walker has an awesome summer ahead of him :)

  11. So glad to hear Walker's sleeping better!! That whole no sleep thing sounds plain awful. Woo hoo for Brandon getting half days on Friday's!! That will be SO nice! How do I get my company on board? ;) Y'all are going to have so much fun doing all the water, summer things this year! I'm super jealous!

  12. Love that advice from your pastor. It is good to keep in mind. It sounds like you have lots of fun plans for summer.

    Elizabeth | The Lovely Latte


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