Life as a Lumber: what we’ve been up to

Get ready to read the most boring “ what we’ve been up to” you’ve ever read. Why is it boring? Because my household caught Covid and we have been up absolutely nothing. Except resting, drinking fluids and trying to feel better.

Check out Emorie’s new shirt! She got it for Christmas and we love it!

On Monday, we woke up to one of the scariest storms I’ve ever seen. I live in North Carolina, so I have seen some pretty scary storms. The wind was howling and it was pouring rain. Mid morning, that turned into snow! It didn’t last long, but it was pretty. This was taken from my classroom window.

I posted this on Instagram last week before it snowed. It was accurate, since we went straight from 75 degree days to wind and snow 🤣🤣

My ten year old no longer wants to wear hair bows, so she passed all of hers to my six year old. I had no idea we had so many bows.

We always have the traditional New Years meal with my mother-in-law’s family, but this year, she and my father-in-law delivered the meals to family. It was still delicious.

We were invited to go skating last weekend by some sweet friends. The girls didn’t quite get the hang of it, but they had fun.

I had some gift cards to spend from Christmas, so I bought this picture. It has silkies on it, so it’s perfect for me. They look just like our chickens.

We are on the mend over here, but still quarantined. Thanks for sticking with me and reading to the end of that boring post. Hope to see you next weekend with a more interesting post.

Life as a Lumber: what we’ve been up to!

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We have had a very good Christmas break but tomorrow, we are going to be back to normal. We had a much need slow down and we all enjoyed the rest.

Christmas was a blast! We ran around like chickens with our heads cut off- we managed to visit all of our family, and although it was crazy tiring, it was so worth it.

Here are some highlights from our vacation:

And the state of Virginia always has hilarious signs on the interstate. Last year it said, “he sees you when you’re speeding.”

We will see you this week with the following posts:

1. Shed reorganization

2. DIY coffee bar

3. Five Friday Favorites: my favorite fitness goodies

Have a fantastic Sunday!

Free Printable Friday…with a purpose!

I trust that as the year 2021 closes, you’re in good health and good spirits…and if not, then good hands.

The year 2022 will be one of reflection, gratitude and purpose for me. I wanted to create some free Printables for you all that reflect those things. As always, please remember these are for personal use only and are not to be commercially used. They’re also best when printed no larger than 8×10. If you reshare them on your blog or social media, please link back to me. Thanks!

The first is a gratitude journal. Simple but direct.
By far, my favorite of the three.
A journal/writing prompt style that you could even use with teens or tweens if you’re a teacher.

I hope you enjoy these free Printables as you rest, reflect and renew in the new year.

Life as a Lumber: What We’ve Been Up To

Boy, have we been busy lately.

In the past few weeks, our girls have participated in a dance convention

An action shot of the littlest Lumber
Aaaaand the biggest little Lumber

We traveled to West Virginia to enjoy Thanksgiving with my side of the family for the first time in two years . We ate two Thanksgivings in North Carolina, too.

And then our kids participated in the local Christmas parade with our dance studio.

And then we took some Christmas pictures…more about that later.

I hope you are all well and happy, dear readers! I can’t wait to share some Christmas goodness with you this week.

Sunday Musings: I don’t have it all together…and that’s OK

Sunday Musings: I don’t have it all together…and that’s OK

I don’t have it all together. Not even close.

If most of us are honest, we will admit that we don’t have it all together. In today’s Pinterest-perfect society, we are expected to be perfectly dressed with perfect makeup, not a hair out of place, with perfectly clean, magazine worthy homes. We are expected to have a home-cooked dinner on the table every night, with perfectly dressed and perfectly behaved children.

I don’t have that; at least, not all the time. And never all at once. So, who holds us to this impossibly high standard? We do. We hold ourselves to these impossibly high standards we can never meet, but luckily, God does not.

God chose us, even though we are a long way from perfect. We don’t have it all together and God chose us anyway.

Ephesians 1:4 says “For he chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before Him.” We don’t need to be perfect; we just need Jesus. There are no perfect humans, and there don’t need to be. Jesus already fulfilled the role of the perfect human.

It’s tempting to spend all of our time trying to be perfect and live up to those impossible standards, but instead, let’s put that energy into trying to be like Jesus. He already knows we aren’t perfect and he loves us anyway.

Have a blessed week.