Missional Moms Blog Post

I wrote a blog for the Soma Family of Churches this month. Being a wife and mother are two callings in my life that I take seriously and love (it’s the hardest job I have ever had!) In this blog post I discuss the calling of being a wife and mom but also the idea that it’s not your only calling and how do you invite your kiddos to live on mission with you. Serving Jesus brings joy! There is nothing I would rather do with my life than give my life away for His glory.

SOMA FAMILY OF CHURCHES: MISSIONAL MOMS

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(My youngest helping me purchase snacks at Costco for football)

My Story – Give Life

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What does this mean? I feel like I am in the trenches of learning what this verse means right now. I am watching teenagers from Lincoln High School chase after things that they “think” will give them life, hope, self-worth, and happiness. I have so been that teenager.

I remember being a freshmen in High School and struggling with my identity. I didn’t know who I was so I started seeking after other things that could give me life, hope, self-worth and happiness. I was sad all the time and had even considered and joked around about suicide. Maybe I would be noticed or remembered if I ended my life? During the summer before my sophomore year in high school I was at a Christian summer camp. I remember praying one night at the campfire and God spoke to me. He said, “Turn from everything you are doing and follow me.” In that moment I responded to God’s call on my life. It was like a light switch had turned on. My heart desired to know Jesus more. I was a big sponge soaking in everything Jesus wanted me to learn and know about Him. It was amazing! I was confident in who Jesus had called me to be. I knew he had big plans for me. He did and He still does have big plans for me. What an amazing gift to know the life giver. What an amazing calling that God has on my life to speak life into teenagers because of the love of Jesus. The life that only Jesus can give. What an honor it is to serve the one who has given me life, hope, self-worth and happiness. Jesus is the giver of life.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:10

Good Friday, Easter and Puke

On Friday I was getting all of us ready to escape Tacoma for the weekend. I picked up books I had reserved at the library for my weekend reading. Little did I know that I would have a puking child hours later.

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When your 5 year old asks to go to bed at 8:30pm you know something is wrong. Sure enough Pearce puked all over the hallway. Yay! I got him settled in bed in which he puked two more times. Don’t you love puking stories. If you are a mom you totally get this. It’s just what we do. Rubber gloves, paper towels, bleach and ten minutes later the floor was spotless and clean (probably cleanest it’s been in over a year) and bedding in the wash.

Our plan for the weekend changed. We are quarantined from the outside world for a few days until this passes. All I had really wanted to do this weekend was be with all of my boys (this includes my husband) and read some books. Well, I got my wish. I have been stuck inside today caring for my feverish youngest while reading my library books. Todd and I both just said, “oh well, God has other plans for us this weekend.” You just learn to roll with it. Thankfully Pearce is on the mend and we are praying (sweet Jesus!) to not let any of the rest of us get this nastiness.

All that to say, I hope you all have a fabulous Easter! While you are dressed up, eating yummy food with family you can think of us and pray for our sanity as we are stuck in our house for another day. I think it was God’s crazy way of saying slow down, stay home, rest and be thankful. Happy Easter!

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What Do You Do With An Idea?

Today our boys had a day off from school. We also had two of their friends join us on our our adventures today. Yes, that’s five boys 10 and under. It was crazy but they were all really good.

We decided to take them on The Link downtown Tacoma. We parked at Freighhouse Square (FREE PARKING). We rode The Link until the last stop, hopped off and walked over to The Learning Sprout. Ever since my boys were little we have ridden The Link to the downtown toy store. It’s a tradition. It’s an adventure.

While we explored Tacoma’s favorite toy store I came across this book. I love books. Children’s books are one of my favorite kinds of books. As I was browsing the books this one popped out at me. I read it and oh my goodness! God gave me this book just when I was doubting my “idea.” You see I have this idea to care well for urban schools specifically football programs at schools that are underserved in the Seattle/Tacoma area. I just can’t get rid of this idea. I’m not sure what God is up to but I feel like I need to embrace this “idea” and see what God does with it. This book spoke to my heart in many ways.

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA?  By Kobi Yamada

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“I showed it to other people even though I was afraid of what they would say. I was afraid that if people saw it, they would laugh at it. I was afraid they would think it was silly. And many of them did. They said it was no good. They said it was too weird. They said it was a waste of time and that it would never become anything.”

This is where I have been at lately with the “idea.” This book was a breath of fresh air. It was a reminder that God knows and He has a plan for this “idea.” I am called to trust Him and walk in obedience daily. He knows what’s next. It’s the everyday things. The simple acts of kindness, love and I’m adding obedience to that as well.

(I’m also going to read this book to my children many, many, many times! They need to hear it. It’s so good.)

Stitch Fix Nailed It

Stitch Fix nailed it in my November box. They sent me a perfect box. Perfect meaning that I purchased every single item in my box. Most of the time I at least purchase one or two items but this time I purchased it all. It was so great! If you haven’t tried Stitch Fix you should check it out. At least try it once. Being a momma to 3 boys I don’t get out and go shopping. I love that I have someone else dress me and mail the clothing to me. You receive 5 items in each box and you get to pick and choose your price range, what you want, don’t want, likes and dislikes. It’s awesome. I highly recommend it.

Click here to check it out:

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Here are my items in my box that I kept. I wear all of my Stitch Fix items most of the time. They are great quality and the fit is great. They are my go to items in my closet. Half of my closet is Stitch Fix items and the other half is Lincoln High School Spirit Wear (seriously!)

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Floral top, KUT jeans and Navy Blue Chevron blouse

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Grey Elbow Patch Sweater and Long Sleeve Grey Sweater

Taking A Risk

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We are in an unknown season. Todd and I were talking the other day about our strengths and weaknesses. Our strengths are that we are responsible and are very convicted to be responsible with where God has us and what He has called us to do. We are also extremely loyal. Loyal to friends, family, our church family, and our jobs. Our weaknesses are that we are too responsible and too loyal. We don’t take a lot of risk. We are in a season of God asking us to step out in faith into something that we are passionate about.UnknownWe absolutely love serving Lincoln High School and working with the students on the football team. It is a huge passion and it has opened our eyes to so many opportunities and needs. This risk that we are considering has to do with this calling. It’s a calling to care for urban schools and specifically caring for urban schools and their football programs (to start.) We are wrestling through what this may look like and what steps to take next.

Jesus never said, follow me it’s going to be safe and comfortable. He actually tells us that following him is risky, it will cost you and it will be extremely uncomfortable BUT, the reward is great. We have taken some risks in the past but this one may ask a lot of us.  We are ready to take the risk and drop the fear while depending on Jesus every step of the way.

Where in your life is God calling you to take a risk?

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Affordable Kid Mattress

Since I am a mom to three boys I love to share a few things I have learned over the years. Todd and I had decided to not use a toddler bed for any of our boys. It just seemed like one more thing to purchase and have in the house. Instead we opted for twin beds. We had one good twin mattress for our oldest but needed another for our middle kiddo this last year. Then this year we decided to purchase one for our youngest as well. I did a lot of research.  I found this amazing product! Click below to order this product from Amazon (I love Amazon!)

Twin Mattress under $100 at Amazon

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Home Life Harmony 8 inch Mattress

I have ordered two mattresses from this company. It’s so cool. A mattress that comes squeezed into a box – so great. I don’t have to go to the store and shove a large mattress into my minivan or borrow someone’s truck to pick it up. It comes to me in the comfort of my own home plus my boys loved setting it up. My boys both love their beds. They are comfy and affordable. There is also a video on how it works. I have been so impressed. Watch this video on how to set up your new mattress. Amazing!

YouTube Video on the Home Life Harmony Mattress

(This is not me in this video but this is the video I watched to understand how a mattress can come in a box. I also watched this video to understand how it expands.)

 

 

Well With My Soul

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At Soma Tacoma we are going through the book of James every Sunday at our gathering. One of my favorite verses is…Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4

On Sunday we sang It is Well With My Soul, which is a hymn from the 1880’s. Todd reminded me of the story behind this hymn.

Source of story – Share Faith

Horatio Spafford (1828-1888) was a wealthy Chicago lawyer with a thriving legal practice, a beautiful home, a wife, four daughters and a son. He was also a devout Christian and faithful student of the Scriptures. His circle of friends included Dwight L. Moody, Ira Sankey and various other well-known Christians of the day.

At the very height of his financial and professional success, Horatio and his wife Anna suffered the tragic loss of their young son. Shortly thereafter on October 8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed almost every real estate investment that Spafford had.

In 1873, Spafford scheduled a boat trip to Europe in order to give his wife and daughters a much needed vacation and time to recover from the tragedy. He also went to join Moody and Sankey on an evangelistic campaign in England. Spafford sent his wife and daughters ahead of him while he remained in Chicago to take care of some unexpected last minute business. Several days later he received notice that his family’s ship had encountered a collision. All four of his daughters drowned; only his wife had survived.

With a heavy heart, Spafford boarded a boat that would take him to his grieving Anna in England. It was on this trip that he penned those now famous words, When sorrow like sea billows roll; it is well, it is well with my soul..

Philip Bliss (1838-1876), composer of many songs including Hold the Fort, Let the Lower Lights be Burning, and Jesus Loves Even Me, was so impressed with Spafford’s life and the words of his hymn that he composed a beautiful piece of music to accompany the lyrics. The song was published by Bliss and Sankey, in 1876.

For more than a century, the tragic story of one man has given hope to countless thousands who have lifted their voices to sing, It Is Well With My Soul.

No matter what we walk through in life Jesus does not ask us to suck it up and do it on our own. We are encouraged to keep going but, with Jesus taking the burden of it all. Just like Stafford while he was grieving the loss of his daughters he reflected on what was still true. Jesus is the rock on which we depend through every trial in life. He calls us to cast our cares upon Him. Depend on Him. Trust in Him alone. He’s got it covered. It is Well With My Soul.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Preparing for Football Season

The prep begins now people. Todd and I, along with our Missional Community from Soma serve our local High School’s football team. Go Lincoln Abes! A few years ago I purchased a NorthFace Shell Jacket to keep me warm and dry. I usually use this jacket in the fall – as the sun goes down it gets cold. My current NorthFace jacket finally gave out. The sleeves were worn and it was overall just looking tired. This year I am looking at replacing that jacket with this one. Amazon has some good options for NorthFace products and I may have found a winner for this coming football season. This style of jacket comes in many color choices. I love that! Here is the link… check it out.

The North Face Apex Bionic Womens Shell Jacket

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The Woodmark Hotel Details

Todd and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary on March 1. Yay! We have survived 14 years of being married. Marriage is hard work but oh so worth it. We celebrated by snagging a Groupon for The Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, WA. We loved it! When we checked in they asked if we wanted a water view room for an extra $30. We declined but once we got to our room we decided to splurge and go for it. I called to the front desk and they said that it was complimentary since it was our anniversary. They met me at my door with new room keys. Pay the extra money for a water front room with balcony. It was beautiful.

We lived in Kirkland when we were first married. We are Northwest University Alumni. I had driven by this hotel many times while living in Kirkland and have always wanted to stay there. It did not disappoint. They also had a great restaurant in the hotel called the Beach Cafe. We ate dinner there with friends and the food was great and the restaurant overlooks Lake Washington.

I love details! Here are a few details that I loved about this hotel. I would definitely recommend this hotel and I hope to stay there again in the future.

Here is the link for the current Groupon if you need to plan a little getaway.

https://www.groupon.com/hotels/kirkland-wa-us/woodmark-kirkland-hotel

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Downstairs lobby – loved the comfy chairs, fireplace, books to read.

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Martini Bar in our room. Granted it cost a pretty penny but so cute and fun.

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Yummy snacks – local snacks.

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I always love when a hotel provides this in the shower.

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A bathrobe to lounge in.

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This lotion smelled amazing.

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The lobby of the hotel. I loved the dark navy colors and the bright red table.

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The perfect chair to sit and read a book overlooking Lake Washington.

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Lake Washington is beautiful.