October 4 – X-rays, Cuban Food & Football

Those three words pretty much sum up our Saturday…

We started the day off by going to the orthopedic doctor to have Patrick’s hand checked. We were thankful the ligament was okay, but we found out he had a fracture at the base of this thumb.

They put a splint on and will put a cast on later this week. He is hoping Coach will still let him play defense. This mom is not too sure about that! He even said he hoped they could mold the cast so he can still snap the ball. That’s my boy – doesn’t want to miss anything.

While we were in the beautiful city of Athens, we went to one of our favorite places to eat – Cali n Titos. It feels like you are miles away from the city even though you are right next to campus. The food was great and it was a beautiful day to sit outside!

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Not happy about his hand, but happy about yummy food!

I wish we could have stayed and gone to the game later that day, but we headed on home and spent the rest of the day watching football on TV. It was one of those crazy Saturdays ~ lots of top teams lost! We were just happy that our beloved Bulldogs won and TCU upset Oklahoma.

It was a fun Saturday ~ minus the broken thumb. I always enjoy days when we can relax and spend time together. I am a blessed woman!

October 3 – Friday Knight Lights!

I Love Football! I actually love everything about Fall ~ cooler weather, pumpkins, picking apples, going to the mountains to see the changing leaves, and Football!

I have to tell you that I wasn’t thrilled when my firstborn told me last Spring that he was going to play football and Varsity football at that. It really changes things when it is your baby out there.

Now I could not be more proud of Patrick and his team this year. They have worked so hard and it was fantastic to see them get their first win at their homecoming tonight! They went into this game 0-6, but you would never know it by their attitudes. They played hard each and every game and left it all on the field.

The BCA Knights are a great group of boys and they have coaches that push them, encourage them, and believe in them. I have watched my son grow up ~ literally and figuratively. He is more responsible and a fun teenager to be around. He told me it has a lot to do with being on his football team. I am very thankful for that!

The scary part of the night was watching my son come off the field and talk to the trainer and then see him holding ice on his hand. It felt like forever until I could talk to him after the game. Looks like a trip to the orthopedic in the morning. We pray that it is not too bad.

Win or lose I am proud of our BCA Knights ~ but it sure is fun to get a win!

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October 2 – So Much To Do ~ So Little Time

Do you have that problem too? Way too much to do, but not enough time to do it?

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I took the day off from work today so that I could try to catch up on some orders and work on the house. Well I got some orders done and a new shirt for my girl, but not a lot got done around the house.

Do you struggle to keep the house clean and neat? That is one thing that I struggle with each day. One of my children told me that the house will never be clean by my standards. You know what – He is right! It certainly doesn’t help when I get frustrated and start barking out orders to everyone.

We have started something new. I took popsicle sticks and wrote chores on each of them and even put a color on each one – one for each child. Instead of me telling them what they need to do, I just tell them to go check their popsicle sticks. It still needs some tweaking, but it has started to help.

I need to let go of the “perfect” house. Yes, there are some things that need to be done this weekend – like cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms and maybe finding homes for all the clothes in the basket in my room. Are my kids’ rooms ever going to look the way I would like them to – probably not.

I am working on relaxing more at home and just spending time with my family. My husband reminds me that once the kids are grown, then I can have my perfectly clean house. He is right!

I need to figure out the level of clean that I can live with and not stress over so that I can concentrate on the wonderful people I get to live with.

I hate to admit it, but I considered skipping Science Night at my son’s school tonight just so I could get some things done around the house. I am so glad I went with him instead. I got to hang out with my hubby, son, and daughter and do science experiments. Making Memories ~ That’s what life is about!

Do you struggle with the same thing? Do you have any tips for me?

(You can see that this post did not get posted on the 2nd. I told you – just not enough hours in the day!)

Blessings to You!
Melissa

October 1 – Am I Really Doing This?

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Hello October and Hello Friends! I have to be honest with you ~ I had absolutely no plans to participate in this challenge. I have way too much going on to blog each day this month, but God has other plans for me.

When I talked to my Father this morning, I told him that I am already leading a Praying for our Boys challenge, I have signed up for Teri Lynne Underwood’s 31 Verses to Pray for your Girl, and I am doing the 31 Days of Prayer Marriage Challenge over at The Time-Warp Wife (I am not reading the book yet – just can’t do that right now). I have dedicated this month to boldly praying for my family!

Still ~ I felt him nudging me to do this. To come back to my blog and write. He must be planning to work on me through my writing this month. I will be praying and writing a lot this October!

I also felt His hand in this when He gave me the title for the month – 31 Days of Faith, Family & Fun. I feel that it gives me a hint for what is in store for us.

So here we go ~ I hope you will join me on this journey and I pray He will bless you this month!

Blessings to You!
Melissa

The Gift of Unconditional Love

As I sit here in front of the computer, I am trying to get hold of my thoughts and my heart. I am just blown away at the messages that I have gotten the past few days.

I just read Ann Voskamp’s post ~ How to Get Really Living Instead of Merely Existing. I feel the tears coming as I read the story about Maximilian Kolbe. And then I read this statement…

Because One died for me that I might breathe this breath…  It’s all a gift. 

And she asks these questions…

If we believe  we’re the lost who are saved — how can we lose our First Love? How can our bones not burn with thanks, with love, with the message of Who saved us? How can anything after His rescuing — be anything but appalling gift?

I am not here merely to survive each day – I am here to share God’s love, to make the most of each day!

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All of this after an emotional day yesterday.

I almost didn’t go to church yesterday. My husband didn’t feel well and my middle child just did not want to go. I felt that I HAD to go and I knew why once I got there.

I have read the passage of the woman that was caught in adultery before (John 8:1-11), but I have never heard a message like this one. It was about Unconditional Love – definitely something I need to work on. Here are some of the notes I wrote…

  • As a church (or as a Christian), we are more known for what we are against than what we are for. (Amen?)
  • What she did was wrong, but Jesus knew the motives of the Pharisees.
  • Other people’s wrongs remind us we are right.
  • It’s easy to spot sin (takes nothing to pick up a stone), but it’s just as easy to miss sin in our own lives.
  • Jesus dropped the rock and took the beating for her!
  • God’s law levels us all. We are all unworthy of His unconditional love, but He loves us no matter what. We are saved by grace.
  • Others should be able to recognize we belong to Him by our love for others.
  • It is the revelation of the love of God for us that produces love for God in us.

(Recording of the sermon)

What are our motives? How do we treat others? Can others see Christ in us?

Let me tell you – I can feel God grabbing hold of me and changing me. How about you?

I want to leave this world knowing that I accepted each day as a gift. I want to lose the drive to be right and judgmental. I want to love others unconditionally, because that is how my Father loves me.

Love & Blessings to you all!
Melissa

Lost ~ Five Minute Friday

LOST…

A good word to describe how I have felt lately. Lost, disappointed, worried, not sure of my path or purpose. Have you ever felt this way?

I left a job about 5 years ago to work at my son’s school. We went through some rough times, but I don’t regret the time I got to spend with him. I have missed the people I worked with and have looked for an opportunity to go back and then the “perfect” job for me was posted. I just knew this was what I had been waiting for. I went for an interview, felt good about my chances, and then I got the email. Yes, an email letting me know that they had selected a few others to move on to the next interview. I was crushed!

Then the next week, I thought I had finally found a teaching position that was a good fit for me. I wasn’t sure I wanted to go back to teaching full-time, but I felt really good about it after the interview. Nope ~ got the call yesterday.

If you know me then you know I try to be positive. I look for silver lining. I trust that God has a plan and His plan is so much greater than mine. Lately though, I have struggled.

Today is a new day and I am holding on to His promise…

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I will continue to praise and thank Him for what He has done and look forward to what He will do ~ in His own time.

Blessings to You!
Melissa

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Pillowcase Dress Drive ~ Orphan Aid Liberia

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Time to make some dresses! I have teamed up with Orphan Aid Liberia and they will deliver our dresses to some beautiful girls in Liberia. I don’t know about you, but I am so excited about this opportunity! Just think how loved those girls will feel knowing that someone made a dress just for them. Are you ready? (Update – I am also partnering with Sole Hope to get dresses to Uganda!)

Can you sew? Yes? GREAT! No? That’s okay too. Here are two easy ways to make dresses…

Do you sew? 
If so, you probably already know that a pillowcase dress is one of the simplest sewing projects that exists. If you’ve never made one, you can find a tutorial here at Sew Like My Mom.

Don’t sew?
Never fear, you can also make a no-sew pillowcase dress…believe it or not, it’s simple and just as nice! Here’s a tutorial from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.

We need ALL sizes…you can use this quick size chart!

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Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Thank you and God Bless you!
Melissa

Smile because You Are Loved!

As you can tell, I haven’t posted much this year. My blog became more of a HAVE to and not a WANT to. We have also been very busy with the kids…baseball, softball, karate. I love it though! I enjoy watching my kids have fun and make new friends. I have also made some new friends at the ballfield!

Now here is what is on my heart today…

I just started the online study with Good Morning Girls ~ You Are Loved. It is only Day One, but I am already working through some issues. Maybe you feel the same…

How could God love me so much?
Doesn’t He see how I have failed in the past?
How can He use someone like me?

Two verses in our study today stood out to me…

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me! Psalms 139:17-18

It just amazes me how much God loves me! He thinks about me all of the time. He cares about every little detail in my life. He is always with me. He loves me more than I love my own children and that is hard to comprehend!

I have to remember that He created me ~ down to the last detail. So when I am overly critical of myself, I am being critical about His creation. I have to accept my past mistakes and move on. I have to look at my quirks and determine how those quirks can be used for His glory. I am sure He had a reason for making me like He did.

I have to change the way I think and that can be hard to do. The great thing is that He will always be there. He will forgive me when I mess up and will be there to give me strength when I need it. He will lead and guide me if I will let Him.

My friend, He loves you that much too! He created you the way you are and He has a plan just for you. We have to be patient and the best way to do that is to spend time reading His Word. He will comfort you, empower you, and show His plan and His love for you through those passages.

May you have a blessed day and Smile because You Are Loved!

Melissa

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14…How did he get here so fast?

14…How did he get here so fast? My sweet, little baby boy is now becoming a man. I’m caught off guard at times at his lower voice and I just can’t believe he is already my height. I can’t imagine how big he is going to be when he finally stops growing. But when I look at him, I still see that sweet baby face and a smile that warms my heart.

I have to tell you I am very blessed! Yes, he has his typical teenage moments…whining and complaining and a mouth that works a little faster than his brain, but he is a good kid.

I think back to those early school years when the teachers kept telling us he needed to learn self-control, but then told us that he had such a sweet spirit. I am happy to report that he is much better at self-control, but has never lost that sweet spirit. I love to watch him when he is playing one of his many sports. It makes me proud to see him helping and encouraging his teammates. I do wish I saw more of this at home with his siblings.

I pray for this young man of mine every day. He is at an age where there are so many temptations and Mom is not always around. I pray that God would lead him and use him. I pray that Patrick will look to Him for his character and direction. I pray for true friends and for ones that will hold him accountable. I pray for purity and for the girl that will steal his heart one day. I have learned that it does no good to worry, I just have to be diligent in my prayers.

I thank God for my Patrick! He gives the BEST hugs and still tells me He Loves Me every day! I am so proud of him and look forward to watching him become the man God created him to be.

Happy Birthday Patrick!! I Love You!!

I’ll love you forever.
I’ll like you for always.
As long as I’m living,
my baby you’ll be!

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Need a great resource for praying for your boy? Check out Brooke’s new book ~ Praying for Boys!

You Are Beautiful…just as you are

You…that reflection you see in the mirror…YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!

If you are like me, it is sometimes hard to see past the extra pounds, the wrinkles, and the hair that just won’t do what you want it to do. God sees past all of that and we should too.

He created us, every little thing about us. Our looks, our gifts, and yes, even our quirks. All of these things are what make us special and unique.

I know it sounds cliche, but it is truly our inner beauty that matters. That’s what people remember about us…a smile, a hug, or just being there to listen. Our beauty from within comes from Him…spending time with Him, reading His word, and trying to live like Him.

So the next time those negative thoughts start creeping in…remember who you are and whose you are. You are a child of God and…

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Blessings to You!
Melissa

I am linking up with Holley for the 2014 Encouragement Challenge – will you join us and help spread the encouragement love?!

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