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A slow steady beat.

Life has been busy and good and hard and crazy and boring all at the same time. I think that is what is means to be a mom. Or maybe just what it means to be a human.

Either way, when I sit down to blog it seems like I have nothing to report and everything to report. My life is so busy in the seemingly mundane stuff (homeschool, cook, clean, appointments, repeat) and none of it feels very blog-worthy or exciting. And most days I’m dead tired by 8pm (though not tired enough to go to sleep until 2 am) and I get right up the next day and go about my business and focus on getting through the week.

But, as is typical every New Year, I feel myself being a bit introspective and evaluating what has worked and what hasn’t throughout our last trip around the sun. We’ve successfully sustained 5 kids for the last year so Yay to us for that. And we’ve paid the bills and had some creative time and fostered new friendships.  Our word for 2016 was CREATE. Our family chose that word together so we could focus on creating community, friendships, art, handcrafted goods, opportunities, new skill sets, and whatever else we felt lead to create. It was a good word. It was a good(ish) year. It could stand to be improved upon and I think 2017 is just the year to do it.

I don’t like New Year’s resolutions (or revolutions as Traveler calls them) but I do have some goals for this year. I’m feeling like CHANGE is the word for 2017. Some of the change will be self-directed (healthy lifestyle changes, creating emotional margin) and some will just be inevitable (moving to a new home and all that goes along with that).

One of my big goals is to get out of the “let’s just survive the moment” mentality that I get stuck in. I’m not gonna lie, 75% of my life is chaos that I am just trying to manage. I’m talking about kids, animals, therapies, doctors appointments, fingers stuck in car doors, spilling fake Halloween blood all over the leather seats in my new van kind of chaos. You know, standard stuff. And I just want to survive most days. But I get this sense that by forgetting to be present I am missing out on the really good stuff. The snuggling on the couch at 3:30 in the afternoon just because we can and the siblings making special breakfasts for each other because they’ve been spending their TV time binge watching Master Chef Jr. Those things are ordinary and quiet and good and special.  My biggest struggle is that in my rush to move forward I forget to keep still and see them.

I’m changing that this year. I’m going to change my habit of survival mode mentality. I’m going to be present and love the little things. I’m going to look for them. And I’m going to take a page out of my friend Katie’s book over at Mama The Reader and create a gratitude jar. A place to collect those moments to cherish for later.  A place to collect the good for our whole family. And a place to teach my kids to start looking for those moments early on in life.

We’re on the move a lot in the Loving family and we could stand to keep still for a bit. Ironically, in this year of change with a literal move looming in the Summer months I am vowing to keep a slow steady beat going in the pulse of our family. I am choosing to work toward a slower and happier pace in those moments when it really matters. This season of life is moving at a break-neck speed and I can’t do much about that. But I can work to cherish where it matters. And that is going to be my change for 2017.

 

(Also, this post started out as a simple photo dump of some of the moments from the last few months but then apparently my brain needed to unload as well. Here’s some random moments from the holidays that have been simple but also kind of lovely.)

Delaware trip and visit to DuPont.

Delaware trip and visit to DuPont.

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Visiting an Amish farmhouse in Lancaster.

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My Christmas Eve helper crashed out at the wrapping paper station.

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Lobster from Maine for Christmas dinner.

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“MINE!” (A.K.A. The perfect picture of what it means to live with a two-year-old.)

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Christmas card pic…didn’t get one? That’s because only half of them actually made it into the mail. Oops.

Step Right Up! Ringling Brother’s and Barnum & Bailey Atlanta ticket giveaway!

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I told you this giveaway would be big! The Greatest Show on Earth is coming to Atlanta’s Phillips Arena February 17th – 21st and it is sure to be an amazing show to please kids both young and old!

Featuring 130 performers from six continents, almost 100,000 pounds of performing pachyderms, cowboys, pirates, and mermaids, Barnum’s FUNundrum! is a super-sized spectacle so massive you just can’t miss it!

This monumental, once in a lifetime event celebrates the 200TH anniversary of the birth of the legendary P.T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman on Earth! and can only be experienced at The Greatest Show On Earth®, Barnum’s living legacy! Ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson invites the audience to leap aboard the Ringling Bros. train and go on a family FUNtastic adventure to meet exotic characters and witness thrilling performances that attempt to answer Barnum’s FUNundrum, “What special wonders create The Greatest Show On Earth?” Barnum’ FUNundrum! provides hours of thrilling entertainment that is fun for the whole family for about the price of a movie ticket. Ringling Bros. offers the greatest value in family entertainment making the circus Ticketmaster’s number one most purchased family event.

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Step right up and see the Flying Caceres attempt to complete the elusive quadruple somersault on the flying trapeze; a feat that hasn’t been mastered in over three decades. Watch the Puyang troupe from China dazzle with a stunning display of dexterity as they bounce, flip, and twirl to
new heights on a two-tiered trampoline. Be amazed as you witness the impossible contortions of the body benders who fit three humans in a cube the size of a milk crate. Enjoy the wondrous ability of the Mighty Meetal, the strongest man in the world, as he lifts over 1,200 pounds.
And savor the stupendous skills of the hand balancers featuring Duo Fusion, a married pair of performers with a twist; the wife does the heavy lifting.

Arrive an hour before show time for the All Access Pre-show – FREE to all ticket holders, and meet performers and animals, learn circus skills and enjoy a taste of the performance before the show even starts!

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Performance times are:

Feb. 17 – 21, 2011 at the Philips Arena

Thurs. – 7:30 p.m.

Fri. – 10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Sat. – 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Sun. – 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Mon. – 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

Feb. 24 – 27, 2011 at the Arena at Gwinnett

Thurs. – 7:30 p.m.

Fri. – 10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Sat. – 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Sun. – 12 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Tickets are $14, $22, $28, $35 ($35 tickets are only at Philips) and a limited number of Circus Celebrity, VIP and Front Row tickets. All seats are reserved and available at www.Ringling.com and Ticketmaster.

Want to SAVE money on your tickets?

You can go to Zaxby’s and get a coupon for a Family Four-Pack of Tickets for $50! This discount is valid on the $14, $22 and $28 price levels. Valid for ALL Atlanta and Duluth performances (EXCEPT FEB. 17 at Philips Arena).

Okay and here’s where it gets even better! Atlanta readers have a chance to win 4 FREE tickets to this amazing show at Phillips Arena on February 17th, 2011 at 7:30 pm! All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me about your favorite circus memory or why you’d love the chance to take your kids to experience the magic of the circus!

Earn extra entries by:

So, go ahead and get entered for your chance to experience the Greatest Show on Earth!

**Terms of Giveaway – Giveaway ends at midnight on February 10th, 2011. Winner will be selected and contacted February 11th. Winner has 24 hours to respond to notification before alternate winner will be selected.**

For the record: A set of tickets to the show were supplied to me for purposes of review. However, all opinions expressed are, as always, purely my own.

Back with a Bang!

Okay, so I took an unexpected blogging hiatus here in January. Getting ready for 2011 and all the craziness we have going on has been a big job around here. But, I’m back. For real this time!

And to start it off, I’ve got a HUGE giveaway for all my Atlanta friends and readers that I’ll be posting tomorrow. It’s awesome fun and you won’t want to miss it!
I’ll give you a little hint. Even though I tend to feel like our little family is one crazy circus, these guys have the greatest show on Earth to share with you!

See you tomorrow!

I’ve got nothing to say but I know someone who does…

Am I popping in after 2 weeks away from the blog to say that I have nothing to say? Yep, you bet I am.

Life is crazy busy. I’ve been a bit “morning” sick all. day. long. and so I don’t really have much fun stuff to contribute. But I can feel this writer’s block ebbing. I swear.

In the meantime, I think you should go over to my friend, Mama the Reader, and read her latest post. It was the first thing I read this morning in my inbox and I’m so glad it was. Beyond being beautifully written, it gave me the reminder I needed today to savor those simple moments. Plus, it has one of the greatest William Blake quote ever in it. And who doesn’t love a good dose of Blake to start their day?

Go read it. You won’t be sorry.

I’m moving.


Just in time for the Type-A Mom Conference I’m moving my blog over to WordPress. And getting a super cool redesign!

So, check back Wednesday for the details. I’ll be unveiling the new look & domain name.

Same content. Same blog. But, with much cooler digs.

Friends.

This weekend was one of those rare perfect weekends where time with friends and family have a way of reminding you just how blessed you are to have so many incredible people in your life.

I could write a whole post about how much we love our friends and how blessed we have been to be a part of many wonderful small group Bible studies. But, I won’t because my friend, dewde, already said it better than I could.

Plus, he has an awesome video from this weekend to prove it.

Check out his post here. It makes me teary eyed every time…

Picnic with a Purpose

Saturday we had the chance to hang out at Picnic with a Purpose thanks to Dawn from My Home Sweet Home, Cooper Munroe from The Motherhood, and (of course!) the great folks at Hebrew National.

It was a great day to hang out and mix with other bloggers and their families while enjoying some delicious hot dogs and benefiting the Abba House for women in crisis.

And thanks to Secret Agent Mama for capturing these great pics of our little family at the picnic!




Catch you on the flip side…

Good news for the Loving family. We’re actually sneaking off for a few days on a spur of the moment beach mini-vacation. I can’t remember the last time we had a break like this.

And though I could sneak away to the free coffee shop wi-fi on this break to blog a couple posts and maintain some continuity here in the Land of Lovings I’ve decided to really take off these few days and have nothing more pressing than cuddling my babies.

So, I’ll catch you guys next week. I promise to be back on Tuesday rested, relaxed, sunburned and full of great new content.

See you soon!

Why I broke up with BlogHer.

A few months ago I got an email saying a spot had opened up in the BlogHer ad network and since I was on the waiting list I got a chance to be a part of it.

I was pretty darn excited. See, when I started blogging it was to keep family that was far away in the loop on what was going on in our lives. Then a funny thing happened. It saved my sanity. I started to feel less like a prisoner of my children and more like the aspiring writer I promised myself I’d become when I graduated college.

And then I found out the most amazing thing. People actually make money blogging! **gasp**

So, I was pretty excited about signing up with BlogHer.

As with any partnership there are rules and guidelines. I gladly accepted them. After all, I was getting paid to blog! Hurray!

Then I got my first ad revenue check. And my second. I was getting $60-$70 a month in ad revenue. I was pretty darn happy considering before this I had been blogging about my public humiliation for free.

But, one day I got an email from BlogHer. They had, apparently, been overpaying me. By a lot. And, my actual monthly revenue? It was more like $6-$7 dollars a month.

And since numbers can’t be typed in all caps, let me phrase my reaction like this:

SIX OR SEVEN DOLLARS A MONTH?!?!?!?!

It occurred to me that in order to adhere to their rules I had to turn down giveaways worth more than I’d made in the last 4 months with them. And it also occurred to me that I had given up some control of my blog (albeit only a small amount) for 6-freaking-dollars a month.

And, so we broke up. Which is why there aren’t any ads on the side anymore. And I can blog as often or as little as I like now. And I can giveaway anything I want. Or not.

Now if only I can avoid drunk dialing this ex in the middle of the night…

Today is THE Day!

Check out the First Ever Carnival of Modern Home Dwelling over at Today’s Homemaker. It is going to have some amazing tips/tricks/projects from some totally great bloggers (and a few from me, too!).

This isn’t your grandma’s homemaking carnival. Did you grandma even have a homemaking carnival?

Nope. And if she did it could never have been this cool. (No offense Grandma!)

This is a totally modern, totally amazing homemaking carnival. Great for moms with kids, women without kids, women who work outside the home, and women who work within their home, people with houses, apartments, condos, and townhomes. Basically, it’s for everyone! Whether you be a novice homemaker or a pro, this carnival is sure to have something cool for you to take away.

So, why are you still here? Go there and check it out!

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