showing honor toward the un-honorable

I was talking with a friend the other day who was sharing with me some very painful parts of her early childhood. An only child to an abusive father, a mentally-ill, perfection-driven mother…the loneliness, the shame, the pressure…the results and consequences of living through those circumstances…some of which still linger to this day…

She was expressing the desire to somehow start processing it….maybe she could write a book…or start talking to others….not only for her own healing process, but in order to encourage others. But after she finished sharing this with me, she stopped…pausing and staring blankly down at her feet…and then said, “but I guess it’ll have to wait until both my parents die first.”

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I recently spoke with another friend who was sharing her affection for an up and coming Christian author/speaker. She shared some high points about the things that she had been learning and some areas of growth she had been challenged in by that author. But at the end she mentioned that in some ways her respect for this individual has waned as she has continued to watch this speaker/author be so outspoken about the faults in others.  From the stage she emphatically and jokingly makes cutting remarks about those who have hurt her and holds back none of the details in openly mocking people who have done her wrong.

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I spoke with a man who has recently gone through a painful divorce. His ex-wife has taken the liberty to speak incredible poorly of him to his family, children and friends, yet he refuses to do the same. He feels trapped, not wishing to gossip or slander in return, but comes alive at the thought of allowing his pain to help others in their own divorces. But he is afraid of saying too much. He stays quiet. He refrains from helping others because he fears his words will be perceived as gossip.

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I wrote my article about hardness of heart and what’s happened in my family and have struggled immensely with similar thoughts. How do I speak of these circumstances, and yet not be disrespectful toward those involved? How do I practically show honor and share of my own journey through these hardships without drawing unnecessary attention to my father or my mother?

These types of questions are proving to be a challenge to work through…but I’m convinced there must be an option other than to stuff it away and remain in isolation, or just resort to blasting all details from the rooftops…

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For me personally, more than ever I am ready to move in, through, and on from this struggle.

Although I cannot speak for anyone in my family, I feel as though healing for me from my broken family relationships has and continues to happen more and more each day.

After 2 decades of struggle, the broken shackles of my wrecked family life are finally OFF. It’s weird in some ways, but it almost feels tangible, as if my body, soul and mind now knows to live free. I know now without a doubt that I am to be who God has made me to be no matter the choices of those in my family.

I am free to speak of Jesus and my life, without the fear of others perception of me. I’m ready to speak of the brokenness, most importantly my own, in order that Christ might be made known in the midst of this sorrow. Like the apostle Paul, if I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness (2 Corinthians 11:30) not the weakness of others.

In the midst of this, although I now know that I am free, I have to admit that I have absolutely no desire whatsoever to speak poorly of others. The word is clear that we are to show honor…and just as I wrote in my marriage article, showing honor sometimes means toward people that have not been honorable.

How can we share painful parts of our lives and still honor people who have hurt us?

How can we show respect toward people who are not living respectfully?

Is there a way to talk through the trials of life that involve other people but do so in a dignified way?

Or should we all just wait to process, wait to heal, wait to help others until that person dies?

If that person is no longer living does it now make it appropriate to share openly about what he/she has done wrong?

Does that change the “rules”? Or should we all stay quiet and silent until our own graves?

This is just as much “real time” for me as it is for anyone else…but I’ll share what I’ve got so far on these issues….

  1. speak from your perspective: There is freedom to make mention of what has occurred, but make every effort to quickly move past others’ specific actions to focus more on how you are processing things instead. Avoid bad mouthing as it will only cause more damage. Focus instead on you, what you’re learning and how the Lord is leading you.
  2. keep it generic:  For example, sharing generically about the things you have learned  in the midst of your struggle, encouraging others against common struggles and how you are growing in the midst of those struggles
  3. see your heavenly father as the only perfect one: In order to heal and move forward it is crucial to know God is the only one who will never fail. This gives us the freedom to forgive and the release to not hold anyone to a standard they cannot ever meet. When those we love fail, let it be a reminder to look upward.
  4. find ways to be thankful: There is likely something, even if it’s small, to be thankful for in the person who has hurt you or caused you harm. Find those few things and if you must speak of that person take the opportunity to voice those things instead of choosing to slander. “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
  5. give grace: It’s always easier to give grace when we are aware of how much we also need it. When we forget how much we have sinned it is easier to feel that we can hold someone else in contempt. But we have been forgiven MUCH, which means we can offer grace even when, especially when, it is not deserved.
  6. create something new: Maybe you had a broken home or major “daddy issues”, maybe you struggle to find anything good at all about your childhood or about your circumstances growing up, but instead of growing bitter, use those thoughts to focus your efforts on creating something new. Make your home into the grace filled, God honoring home you’ve always desired. As you continue to let go of the “old”, allow yourself to be creative to pour into the new. “Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” Isaiah 42:9
  7. serve others: Be intentional to use your words to edify and to encourage others. If you speak of painful circumstances or heartbreaking stories, find ways to encourage those listening and to build up and strengthen those who hear you. I cannot think of anything that is truly gained when we spend our time using words to tear down. Focus on building up and strengthening others instead.
  8. forgive: Forgive those who have hurt you, and after you’ve forgiven, forgive again and again and again. But be sure to define what forgiveness is: Forgiveness does not condone, excuse or permit. Forgiveness does not equal reconciliation and it does not mean you continue in a relationship…but it does give your heart freedom and allows the Lord to heal you. Forgiveness allows you to see what good the Lord can do in the midst of sorrow and takes the focus off the pain. Forgiveness comes at a high cost, but gives us hearts that are glad and hearts that are thankful. Revenge is not for us, that is not our burden to carry. “O LORD of hosts, who tests the righteous, who sees the heart and the mind, let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you have I committed my cause.” Jeremiah 20:12

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top 6 BEST early parenting books

I’m no longer in a season of having tiny infants in our home, but I wanted to pass along this list of my FAVORITE books that have helped shape the mother I am (or at least the one I strive to be). These books are all different and meet different needs, but if you’re heading into a season of starting a family, are expecting a baby now, are in the throws of motherhood (like me) or know someone who is in these early stages these books are great, great resources. I hope they are a blessing to you as they have been to me!

Admittedly it took me a bit to really figure out what kind of mother I desired to be. At first I simply took notes from those who started families before me and with how long it had taken us to become pregnant, over time I had built in my mind the image of the perfect mom I was sure to be…”oh I’ll NEVER do that” or “I’ll for SURE do that!”…”Oh I cannot believe she did THAT!”….and then once I actually became a mom, I quickly realized that motherhood takes far more than a pipe dream and a snap judgment. Motherhood has a way of breaking you, of making you realize that sometimes you have absolutely nothing left. Motherhood is glorious in all of its lovely ways…but it can also crush you at the same time.

These are some of my all time favorite absolutely necessary books for moms and motherhood. These books gave me perspective, hope, and the knowledge that I wasn’t alone. Obviously there are so many books in different categories of life that I can’t wait to recommend as well, but for now, this is just for the mamas!

I’ve put them in the order in which I feel they are needed due to stage of life. If you’ve read (or heard) of any of these please comment below and let me know what you think!

1. Baby Whisperer

This book was written by a woman who served as a nanny for over 1,000 babies. She was diagnosed with cancer and before she died wrote this book. It has radically changed my life. I don’t mean to sound dramatic in the least, but it honestly has. Aside from the Bible I cannot think of any other book that has so shaped me as a mother and woman. If I’m brutally honest it was actually just the prelude that did it!!! Weird right?!

Before having children I had this idea in my head that I was in control, that I could study enough or learn enough or try hard enough to create the family I wanted to have. I looked at other moms and how they were going about doing things and thought I’d be just like some of them and absolutely nothing like a few others.

This book taught me to look at my own home, what I had been give, and to view my children as humans…as in real life people with real life preferences and real life personalities. I wasn’t playing with babydolls anymore and I couldn’t mimic what I saw in others. I had to find my own way and this book gave me that encouragement. The lightbulbs came on early on with this one, and I cannot possibly recommend it enough to new mamas who are just starting a family.

**Note: The chapters on nursing is outdated. Since the author has died they cannot reprint, but there are groups online that comment on her advice concerning breastfeeding. Other than that I’d highly recommend it!

 

2. Baby Sign Language

Whoa, like whoa, holy moly! This book blew my mind. Well, not as much the book but the fact that my 8 month old started communicating with me!

I was given this book as a baby shower gift. As in the kind of gift I didn’t register for but was thankful-on-my-face for when I opened it. Signing for babies…whatever! They’re not that smart…C’mon….

Famous. Last. Words.

I haphazardly started teaching Kate when she was about 5 months old thinking it was all a joke just to get moms to look silly. It sort of became somewhat of a routine for me just for the fun of it but I had never expected much at all. Until one day…

The light bulbs in her wee little (in my mind still just an infant) brain just came on! One day she started signing back. And then by that night it was two signs…and before you know it I literally had to go out and buy a full on ASL pocket dictionary to carry in my diaper bag because she knew more than I did! She would point and ask the name of things…animals, temperatures, objects, feelings…It was beyond fascinating!!!!

Seriously, teach your baby sign language. I promise you will NOT ever ever regret it.

3. Give Them Grace

Honestly I feel like this book should be read and re-read about, oh…every year as a refresher.

I have purposely put this book next because I deeply feel that it should be read while you still have a tiny baby in your arms. The days are soon coming when you are no longer concerned about nipple confusion or getting enough sleep, but you are now trying to figure out what to do with the little devil that was once so cute and cuddly.

This book gives a great foundation on motherhood and parenting in a way that doesn’t just help us to survive our kids but gives us eyes to see beyond the immediate. We are raising individuals who will one day be adults and that end goal must be on our minds when we are still wiping poo off our shirts.

Bad habits are tough to break. If you begin with this style of parenting in mind you’ll save yourself a lot of re-do and un-do later on. Our kids need to see Jesus, not just learn to abide by the rules. And this starts sooooooo young!

 

4. Toilet Training In Less Than A Day

I found this book at a used bookstore on our way to dinner for a date night one evening. It was torn and the edges had been ripped off. It looked well used and considering the title it caught my eye.

Seriously?! Train your kid to use the potty in less than a day?!

Ya whatever. I set it down and started to walk away. I glanced back and happened to notice the price, $.50. Ahhh…what the heck…why not?! Here you go…here’s my two quarters…

Reading this book was one of the best things I’ve ever read. It taught me how to teach my kids one of life’s most important disciplines in a way that they would truly understand. They don’t even know how to pour a cup of water on their own yet, but I can teach them how to control their innards in less than a day?! Um…yes please.

If you want the cliff’s notes instead of buying the book then read my posts about potty training in a day. I’ve done this five times over and I could probably now write my own book…maybe one day….

5. Don’t Make Me Count to Three


There are a few great books concerning the theory of gospel centered parenting…but very, very few on the “okay, shoot me straight, tell me EXACTLY HOW do I do that” kind of books.

This book is just that.

Getting your feet under you with the books I’ve listed earlier is necessary, but this one will give you the wings to fly.

6. Loving The Little Years

This book is one that will totally help with perspective. It is written by a mom who is in the trenches just like the rest of us, who understands how hard it is and who literally wrote this book with a child on her lap and a few at her feet. How in the world, right???

She’ll remind you all over again that although the days sometimes feel like eternity, the years fly by fast. Cherish these days and intentionally find ways to enjoy it. Her message runs through my veins as well and I couldn’t encourage you enough to read this to help with increasing joy.

 

I’m always up for a good read! Although free time is a hot commodity these days I would LOVE suggestions as to what books you’d recommend! Leave a comment below and share the love!

Vegas 2017

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Medieval Times Show | excalibur resort and casino | vegas vacation | meg marie and family | 2017


Ya know…this blog is has a number of difference facets to it…on one hand it’s a place where I can open up and share thoughts, it’s a place where I can tell stories, it’s a space where I can serve others and come alongside people who have questions, it’s a corner where I can talk about Jesus and just be real about what life looks like following Him, and it’s a spot where I can simply share the things I love, products, places or whatever is on my mind…but it’s also a space for sharing life. Just normal everyday life. This past month on our family Vegas vacation we had the best time together. We had lazy mornings eating huge homemade breakfasts, played duck duck goose around the hotel coffee table, visited the Mandalay aquarium (which I’d highly recommend), ate way too much at Steak N Shake, played in the pools for hours on end, went out to eat…and spent a ton of time going up and down escalators and swinging our kids in circles in the extremely large hotel lobbies!!! (which is SO FUN and FREE by the way!!!)

A few more of my favorite memories are man cub #4 eating too many M&M’s and throwing up…which is now the second time he has puked in a hotel room in Vegas (we are NOT off to a good start with that one….), aaaaalmost beating my brother in poker (he won it all on the last hand…but up until then I was killin’ it), late night couples date nights with my brother/sister and their spouses…with NO kids, swimming in circles for hours in the lazy river, snagging cushioned seats with umbrellas after some sweet people left and offered them to us (they paid a high dollar for those seats and then just left them for us!), learning how much my family all hates eating chicken off the bone as much as I do (except for one kid who started grunting like a caveman as he ripped the meat from the drumstick….ewwww….no utensils are given at the Excalibur show dinner/meal), Matt’s amazing facial expressions as he threw the kids in the pool, the kids facial expressions being throw into the pool, endless hours playing round after round of mini-golf, the kids drawing pictures and leaving notes for all of the extended family there with us, repeatedly running the stairs right next to the kids going up/down the escalators because I know how poorly I ate and I made working out into a game of trying to beat them up to the top, kiddo #5’s sweet snuggles when he dreamed he was being chased by a bumble bee, the princess asking me every morning to braid her hair, watching late night TV eating Oreos with all of us in one foldout hide-a-bed…

I do hope you enjoy the photos and can smile along with us at the fun memories made this summer!  I’d love to hear what everyone else did! School starts for us next week and I cannot WAIT to tell the kids about their incredible first day of school surprise…….I’ll be posting about it here too….so stay tuned!!!!! #gonnabeagoodyear

open back grey romper & family update

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 ROMPER: Revolve  || BRA: Free People || BACKPACK: Nordstrom  || SHOES: Superga  ||

HAT: Cruzy & Lulu


The past few weeks have been a little bit of a whirlwind, but in a good way! Last month we closed our church plant down (that part was really sad though) and we are now praying about where God would have us go next. It’s very possible that we stay in California, but I also know that when it comes to long term planning it is tough to imagine living here. Cali is so expensive and although I would completely consider myself a California girl, and our family LOVES it here, I also am having to come to terms that it might make a lot more sense for us to move.

Last week Matt flew to Nashville to check out a church that might be wanting to hire him. While he was there I asked on my Facebook page what people thought of Nashville and there was not one negative comment. That really tugs on my heart. If I’m going to have to leave Cali, a place I love so much, then it might be a bit easier or take some of the sting off if we end up somewhere that other people love so much.

Next weekend he’ll fly to San Antonio to check out another church. Now, when I mention San Antonio to people there seems to be mixed reviews. Some think it’s amazing and others just give a blank stare….I think the jury is still out on that one, but honestly I just don’t know much about it. I’ve only been there once, and it was a LONG time ago….I have very few memories to draw from about the actual city itself. I’ll put it out there now just in case but if any of you have feedback about living in TX, more specifically the San Antonio area I’d love to hear your perspective.

This season of travel and exploring new possibilities has a lot of exciting things to it. We are taking it one thing at a time, one opportunity at a time and are enjoying talking through where Matt is at, what he sees himself doing, where he could thrive and how he might use the gifts he has in preaching, leading and serving the church.

But I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t tough at times too. If I’m honest I wonder if he’ll find an amazing position somewhere that’ll be a struggle (as far as location) for me/the family to move to. Or worse still…we’ll pick a location based on where the family would love but Matt won’t thrive in the role/job/position. We are praying that one of these options will begin to rise above the others as a good fit for the whole family. Thankfully we aren’t in a hurry and we are really waiting on the Lord to direct and lead us.

On a side note, this little romper I wore in Vegas has turned out to be one of the most worn, most versatile outfits I’ve bought in a long time! I wore it on a date night with some tall wedges, to the pool as a swim coverup, here in these photos with a hat for our last day wanderings around Mandalay Bay and also in the car for our road trip back home from Vegas to CA. It’s unbelievably comfortable, doesn’t fall off my shoulders and the fit is perfect. Mine is a size XS and I’m 5’4 in case you needed help with what to order…I get that sometimes the pics online make it tough to gauge.

And these shoes. I’d never heard of Superga before oh my word I love them! I normally live in running shoes (or flip flops) but sometimes an outfit like this needs something a little less clunky. I added my own insoles in the bottom and they were perfect for how much we walked around that day. Not one blister!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! And if you have any info/feedback on the San Antonio area and whether or not you feel our family would enjoy living there please let me know!

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P.S. Homeschooling mamas….if you’re out there and you happen to read this…I’ve got books on the way and extra curriculars all planned out…but I’m curious if you all have tips for giving kids their lessons each day? I’ve got some planners that I purchased for each child, but how far out do you give them their lesson plans? Meaning, should I set them up each night for the following day or plan out a week in advance? Any further than that and I’m afraid it’ll all be messed up when we have a day that doesn’t go as planned. Would love your thoughts. This year has to go better than last year!!! 😉

 

keep it simple mama: our kids only need two things

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I’ve never been good at gardening. Taking care of plants does not come naturally to me. What I really want is someone who understands the love language of nature to teach me what to do to keep my plants and flowers not just alive, but flourishing.

It is easy to think that motherhood is like caring for a garden and simply making sure our kids have what they need to stay healthy, clean, and fed. We exhaust ourselves meal planning, scheduling, homework helping, carpooling, cleaning and making sure we won’t run out of diapers before our next grocery run. We have lists and to-do’s and need-to’s and sometimes it can feel like just keeping our kids alive is overwhelming enough!

But how can we create a family that doesn’t just survive, but flourish?

Let me break it down as simply as I can.

Our children have two basic needs: milk and honey.

The “milk” refers to the basic needs of a child: food, drink, general hygiene, clothes, rest.
The “honey” refers to the sweetness of life, the treasured things that make life enjoyable, meaningful and special. The honey is the seed of oneness that when planted blooms into something altogether lovely. The honey is what memories are made of and where bonding begins.

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Just like a garden…oneness, togetherness, bonding and relationship in a family doesn’t just happen, it is cultivated. It takes intention, pursuit, effort and patience.

I want to pass along some ideas for how to not just focus on the “milk” but how to make “honey” and create sweetness in your home.

  1. One On One Time: We have a large family, so this may matter much more to me than to those of you who currently have one child. Regardless of family size, the idea is the same. Spending 5-10 minutes of intentional one-on-one time with just one child can lift the most downcast spirit, restore the most broken relationship, and can soften the most angry heart.
    Ex: take a short walk, sit on a curb in front of your house, take just one to the grocery store with you, pick some flowers together, put the other children to bed and keep one up a little bit later.    
  2. Don’t GOSSIP!: Be careful to hold your tongue on the negative, and be sure to let it loose often with the positive. As parents we must never ever speak poorly about our children. You can crush not only a spirit but kill the relationship with criticism, sarcasm, and ridicule. I know it’s easy to call it “relating,” or label it as “asking for help,” but may we never speak of our children in a damaging or belittling way. Guard your words carefully. Guard how you tell stories to other people. Instead, choose ways to speak well of them, not only outside of the home but inside as well.  Speak in a way that if overheard they would feel a sense of encouragement, pride, trust, love, and affection.
    Ex: If someone else tells a story and asks if you can relate with your own kids, respond in a way that keeps the focus on you, rather than exposing your child.”Yes, I can relate to that, but I know that when my kids behave that way I can really overreact.” or “Kate, that is so kind of you! Thank you for loving your brothers like that.” or “Corban is the BEST sharer! It melts my heart to see how generous he can be with his toys.”
  3. Get Silly!:  Don’t be afraid to put on some music and have a few dance parties. My kids love when I get on the floor and play “puppies” with them. Games like hide and seek or twister that get everyone involved can be so much fun! Letting them see you loosen up will be memories they’ll remember and talk about for a very, very long time! 🙂 Trust me! 🙂
  4. Let Them Help: I love to build, paint, and craft. Bringing my kids into those things that I love does slow it down for me, but it is so worth it. My two year old even knows how to bang real nails with a real hammer into a real piece of wood! He also knows how to empty the dishwasher and switch the laundry from the washer to the dryer. Letting (notice I didn’t say making) them help is a joy for them. Including them in a task or a project and taking the time to slowly teach creates amazing memories AND a helpful member of the family! 🙂
  5. Storytelling: Make up fairy tales and let them choose their own adventure. Did anyone else read “Choose Your Own Adventure” books as a kid? My family LOVED those! Begin with a description of that particular child and give them a pretend setting. And then let them choose their own adventure. When they stop talking, pick up where they left off and take the story to the next part of the plot. Stop when you think they could carry it again…and keep the adventures going!
    Ex: “There once was a little blonde haired girl who had blue eyes, a button nose, and loved unicorns. One day she decided to put on her best fairy princess dress to go out to hunt for a unicorn…”
  6. Speak Softly: Your tone matters and, yes, the volume does too. But when I say “softly” I am not talking about refraining from being firm or requiring obedience. What I do mean is speak to them in ways that you would desire to be spoken to. Speak to your kids in a way that is loving, gentle, and kind. Be mindful that your tone does not give the impression that they are in your way or that you could be doing something more important.
  7. Read To Them Often: Yes, reading books like Curious George or Winnie the Poo are great. Reading any book to your child is a win. But when talking about the “honey” of life, make an effort to pick books that are of good quality, that are written well, that really allow the kids’ minds to run rampant with imagination, that allow them to dive head on into the story as if they know the characters themselves.
    ****I’ll put together a list of recommended books that are age appropriate soon! Reading together as a family creates a oneness through shared experiences and shared characters.
  8. Create Nicknames: I once heard someone say that we only create nicknames for people that we love or people that we hate. And I think it’s true! I have a nickname for each one of my kids and it’s because they are my favorite people on the planet. Coming up with a special name, letting the child know the meaning behind it, and using it often can be such a meaningful thing. I find that when I call their nickname rather than their real name the response is not only quicker, but often times much more open to what I have to say.
  9. Enjoy The Frivolous: Create opportunities to get out the nice tea set or the fine china. Look for ways to spoil and enjoy. Create opportunities for the extraordinary. Ex: Decorating the house in a special way, or get dressed up and going on a family date together, plan a big trip or an unexpected trip to the toy store.
  10. Say Yes Instead Of No: I know, as parents we have to say “no” a lot. But look for opportunities to say “yes” as well. Whether it be an extra snack, or that toy they went crazy for at Target, or a picnic in the living room, or a later bedtime for tonight, surprise them with a “yes” every now and then!
  11. Enjoy The Ordinary: Let’s admit it, most of the time as mothers our days look the exact same. The majority is the mundane. The routine is the normal. Make the “regular” become the “honey” as you enjoy the little things and create fun from the simple.
    Ex: the tickle monster is going to grab their legs before they can get into their car seat, pretend to sit on them when they’re in a chair, accidentally bump into them just to be able to steal a hug…
  12. Give Grace: Yes to the kids, but let’s start with ourselves on this one. Sweet momma, sometimes we need to set aside the “milk” in order to give our kids the “honey.” The laundry can wait another day. Our kids need the “honey,” but…let’s be honest…we do too!!!! ♥

keep it simple: our kids need two things

 

 

vegas | blue denim ruffle dress

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Vegas | Excalibur | blue ruffle dress | meg marie wallace

Vegas | Excalibur | blue ruffle dress | meg marie wallace

Vegas | Excalibur | blue ruffle dress | meg marie wallace

Vegas | Excalibur | blue ruffle dress | meg marie wallace

Vegas | Excalibur | blue ruffle dress | meg marie wallace

Vegas | Excalibur | blue ruffle dress | meg marie wallace

Vegas | Excalibur | blue ruffle dress | meg marie wallace

Vegas | Excalibur | blue ruffle dress | meg marie wallace

Vegas | Excalibur | blue ruffle dress | meg marie wallace

Vegas | blue ruffle dress | meg marie wallace


letter M logo   Last week I flew to Houston, TX for the Lee Labrada Classic and then drove to Austin for a massive jam-packed photo shoot with Jamie Eason and the two other Lean Body For Her teammates. We were pampered and spoiled and over the course of 4 days wore no less than 100 different outfits! I never in my life would have dreamed I could have been a model for anything.  I’m only 5’4 and I kept pinching myself the entire weekend that I was even there! The Lean Body team wants to promote fitness with class…meaning not the normal kind of booty showin’, bare bodied, sex appeal that most fitness companies do. I’ve been a part of the Lean Body team for 2 years now and have picked up on some of the values here and there…but being there, meeting everyone face to face and hearing the goals and the heart of the company in person was absolutely amazing. I’m sure I’ll be sharing a ton more as the weeks and months go on…but I just wanted to say I’m so honored to be a part of the Labrada family.

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After Austin I flew to Vegas and met up with my fam for a vacation. Matt drove ALL of the kids from Cali to Vegas by himself! I couldn’t believe he offered to do that but he really wanted me to get to be in TX. He and the kids so great! My mom booked a time share and my sister & her husband and my brother & his fam all joined us. I loved getting to sleep in the same place with sleeping bags on the floor and stuffed animals everywhere…seriously, I think we had about 50 stuffed animals with us!

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Our kids are notorious for losing their swim goggles, which meant everyone was sharing and a few of the boys ended up wearing pink goggles and borrowing adult goggles that were far too big for their faces. Crew finally feels more comfortable with swimming and seeing him jump in and literally scream his head off with excitement had us all giggling.

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Matt and I went to a night club for a date night out. As in a legit night club. When we first got married he told me he hated dancing, so we really just never did, aside from our wedding dance that is. But for whatever reason (maybe making the solo drive to Vegas gave him an added boost of bravery) he actually agreed to go with me and my brother/sister in law to this club. It was probably the most unlikely place you would have guessed we would be in…but once we got on the packed dance floor it was as if no one else was there. We had the best time and keep talking about how thankful we are that we are married and don’t have to date anymore! It was so obvious that every single person was on the prowl…and we loved being reminded that we don’t have to question who it is we want to spend our lives with. We were also joking that if this club only knew I was a pastor’s wife, mom of five, homeschooler, Christian blogger that they’d never have let us in! 🙂 But thanks to “Romeo” who got us all on the guest list and never asked any of those questions.

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We took the kids to the Excalibur for the Medieval Times show. We sat in the Austria section and they served the food during the show. But to keep with the “theme” they serve food without any utensils. One kiddo, out of the five, really got into it and ate his chicken right off the bone while grunting like caveman. 🙂 But the others just looked at me funny and refused to touch it…and it was then that I knew we’d be giving them cereal for dinner after the show was over! The show was amazing though! The sword fights and horses, the explosions, and the lights! The kids loved it all! Especially when a horse pooped right in front of the kids and they spent the remainder of the show trying to guess which performer was going to accidentally step in it.

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We made so many memories playing 14 rounds of mini golf, trying sodas from all over the world, playing family games until 2 am, eating far too much at Steak ‘n Shake, the lazy river at Mandalay, the frequent Starbucks runs to keep us going, playing duck duck goose every morning around the breakfast table, seeing the sharks at the aquarium and riding escalators a gazillion times over in every hotel! (more pics of all our adventures coming later this week!) signature xo meg

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This dress I have on was from Marshalls. The name on the tag is Style Envy and it’s a size S. I’ve tried to find it for you online but I haven’t been able to yet.  I’ll update here if I do come across the exact one, but I’ve also linked a few super cute similar options below as well.

best of the 4th

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

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the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017

the fourth | meg marie wallace | lifestyle blog | 2017


We started the day off at our neighborhood parade. The kids can either choose to ride their bikes or scooters in the parade or sit and watch everyone else. Mine love to sit on the side because that means they can collect the candy the other kids are tossing to the crowd. 🙂

After the parade we came home for popsicles out on the driveway and some naps for the littles. I went to the gym for leg day and then for a short 3 mile run…then back to shower up and get everyone ready for the street party.

We had slip n’ slides, food, a big speaker blaring country music and kids running everywhere. Since we live at the end of a cul-de-sac it makes for the best place for parties. Between the cool summer evening air, the smell of the burgers grilling, the sounds of the kids squealing, the bright flares from their sparklers and the chatter of friends and family I found myself thinking that these are the perfect kind of days.

I left my camera at home for the fireworks show, but they lit up the night sky beautifully. We could see the reflection of them all perfectly over the lake.

The night finished with a huge reality check as tired kids with far too much sugar in their bellies and an exhausted mama equals something not quite so memory worthy…but thankfully bedtime is here, the memories from rest of the day were well worth it all and we can all start over again in the morning! 🙂

G’nite! Happy Fourth everyone!

pirate coast paddle boarding

pirate coast paddle boarding | summer fun | orange county summer camps

pirate coast paddle boarding | summer fun | orange county summer camps

pirate coast paddle boarding | summer fun | orange county summer camps

pirate coast paddle boarding | summer fun | orange county summer camps

pirate coast paddle boarding | summer fun | orange county summer camps

pirate coast paddle boarding | summer fun | orange county summer camps

pirate coast paddle boarding | summer fun | orange county summer camps

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pirate coast paddle boarding | summer fun | orange county summer camps

 

pirate coast paddle boarding | summer fun | orange county summer camps

 

pirate coast paddle boarding | summer fun | orange county summer camps

pirate coast paddle boarding | summer fun | orange county summer camps

pirate coast paddle boarding | summer fun | orange county summer camps

pirate coast paddle boarding | summer fun | orange county summer camps

pirate coast paddle boarding | summer fun | orange county summer camps

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 We spent some time last weekend paddle boarding for memorial day! And I have to say this has become one of our favorite kinds of family days together. We pack snacks, bring picnic blankets and make a whole day of it. I love watching the kids learn to steer their boards and try to figure out which way the wind is blowing. Last time we went they hadn’t quite figured it out yet and a couple of the kids drifted off down the bay. 🙂 Matt and I had to hop on the same board to go rescue them!

This time they all felt more comfortable and we couldn’t believe that Canon (kiddo #4) got out there all by himself! The place we always go to is called Pirate Coast Paddle Company and we love it because of the location and the staff. The spot where this is located could not be better. The water is calm and the kids can’t really get lost. It’s away from huge boats and there is plenty of space to really get some good rowing in.

Oh, and I almost have started TRYING to find someone that works there who isn’t kind and I just cannot do it! Every single person we have interacted with there has gone above and beyond to make our visit amazing. From teaching the kids what to do, getting our whole crew set up, going over safety instructions, to even asking to help take a family pic with of all of us out on the water together!

You just cannot have a bad time there. It’s so relaxing and every time we leave the kids ask when the next time we can go back will be.

If you’re local in the Orange County area and have kids between the ages of 8-12 and are looking for something fun for your kids to do this summer Pirate Coast has a super cool camp for kiddos. It goes from 9:00am-12:30 and there’s nine different week long sessions you can choose from.

There’s a direct link HERE to learn more about the kids summer camps.

And here’s a little clip of some of the past few years at camp have looked like!

P.S. Did you know that baby powder gets sand off of kids? Even wet sand! Been the best thing we’ve learned about since moving here! 🙂 We keep a ton of it in the back of the car and dump in on the kids feet to clean them up. I use a towel to wipe it all off of them. #workslikeacharm 

bubba turns nine

kai turns nine | meg marie wallace blog | birthday boy

kai turns nine | meg marie wallace blog | birthday boy

kai turns nine | meg marie wallace blog | birthday boy

kai turns nine | meg marie wallace blog | birthday boy

kai turns nine | meg marie wallace blog | birthday boy

kai turns nine | meg marie wallace blog | birthday boy

kai turns nine | meg marie wallace blog | birthday boy

kai turns nine | meg marie wallace blog | birthday boy

kai turns nine | meg marie wallace blog | birthday boy

kai turns nine | meg marie wallace blog | birthday boy

kai turns nine | meg marie wallace blog | birthday boy

kai turns nine | meg marie wallace blog | birthday boy

kai turns nine | meg marie wallace blog | birthday boy

kai turns nine | meg marie wallace blog | birthday boy

kai turns nine | meg marie wallace blog | birthday boy

kai turns nine | meg marie wallace blog | birthday boy

kai turns nine | meg marie wallace blog | birthday boy

kai turns nine | meg marie wallace blog | birthday boy

kai turns nine | meg marie wallace blog | birthday boy


My first born son. My sweet Kai. My Bubba.

I honestly can’t remember how we started calling him Bubba but it’s clearly stuck. 🙂

Kai turned nine today and I can hardly believe it. This boy is turning into quite the little gentleman. He is a helper to me, considerate of others and incredibly fast on the soccer field. This boy was our second miracle baby. The son we were most assuredly told we would never have. The child we were told over and over again we would miscarry. and the child that ended up being born in the most fantastic way, and despite the doctor’s warnings, perfectly healthy might I add.

Today we got to celebrate him. Well, of course, if you’re following along at all you’ll know that we’ve actually been celebrating him all week long. Our mommy/son trip to Canada was a combo to celebrate his birthday and my sisters birthday so he’s been getting free desserts at every restaurant for over a week now! 🙂

One thing I’ve learned from being a momma to Kai is that the little things matter. Every hug, every word of encouragement, every cheer, every special glance, every time I hold his hand in our secret way, every effort to truly “see” him and make sure he knows he is loved….every bit of it goes so far. I can tell from the look on his face that it matters to him. I may get busy and my attention can often be a thousand places at once, but I know that when I slow down to be intentional and give him the one on one interaction he loves, he soaks up every bit of it. Kai makes me want to be a better mom every single day.

I love you Bubba, Happy Birthday.

 

to the mamas: you're doing a great job

To the mamas:

Mother’s Day. It’s just around the corner. Mother’s Day is a good day. A day of honor for women everywhere who are in the trenches of raising little humans.

For me, in recent years Mother’s Day has become a day of pretty dresses, smiles, homemade kid gifts, and take out so I don’t have to cook. But it wasn’t always this way.

It used to be a day of pain…because there wasn’t someone to hold and I wasn’t yet a mother. I remember vividly standing in church, surrounded by women with new infants in every seat near me, weeping bitter tears as I longed for children I was told I’d never have. This day can be such a painful one for women struggling with infertility. But it can also be tough on those of us that do have kids too…

Mother’s Day can come with so many emotions. It’s a time when we are told we are “the best mom in the whole wide world,” yet our hearts can scream at us and tell us otherwise. I know for me personally so many of the days during the rest of the year I feel like I’m just not quite “there” yet. Life can get busy and things can slip through the cracks. I can so easily get off track or lose sight of what is most important. I can often get to the end of our days having worked hard for all of my waking hours, get into bed and only think of what didn’t get done. I can sometimes question whether or not I am doing the right thing or are focusing on the best things…and the doubt that can creep in can sometimes make me wonder if I’m doing a good job at this…and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one…

So, I wanted to take some time today to encourage. To write to my mom friends who have shared some of there most intimate thoughts and struggles on motherhood with me. Sometimes it’s difficult to gain the courage to say something that you know is uplifting or encouraging to another because somehow we find it a little embarrassing or a little “out there.” We can fear what people will think of us…that we’re weird or something for getting a bit sappy. But I don’t want to let those thoughts get in the way. In reality, words that are encouraging will only bring life to both yourself and the person you’re speaking to.

Sometimes I kinda think people just already know how or what I think of them. Yet I am learning more and more that they don’t. It’s so important to actually voice what it is we are thinking because words have power. They have the power to completely destroy or to entirely build up. I don’t want to let those moments pass and let an opportunity go by where I think something positive about someone and don’t say anything.

In this post I am writing about specific moms that I personally know. Real moms. Real friends. Real people. Moms who aren’t perfect, and have never claimed to be, but who give it their all each and every day. I know they can, at times, feel beat up and wonder like me if they’re doing a good job. I think that the mind games is one of the most challenging parts of mom life.

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To my friend down the street who has recently gone through a divorce, feels the pain every moment of every day and often cries herself to sleep at night…yet somehow manages to hold it together, having had to find a job, yet still finds every way to give her kids the best opportunities possible. I see you trying so stinkin’ hard to do well in all areas of life…and I want you to know that I truly believe…

You are doing a great job.

To my friend whose husband has been in school for the past 4 years and has worked ever so diligently to play both parent roles while supporting him and raising your kids in a city where you know no one…and still finds a way to put a smile on everyone’s face around her, using every breath to speak life and joy into your children as well as your friends.

You are doing a great job.

To my friend who feels your husband is emotionally a thousand miles away but who doesn’t want to settle and refuses to give up. I see your heart breaking for your family and I see your genuine desire to walk by faith raising your kids to honor Jesus despite the challenging marital circumstances. I know you feel desperate at times, and I know you often wonder if there’s any hope…but I see you as a fighter in all the good ways and I also want you to know this…

You are doing a great job.

To my friend who just had her third baby, is struggling with post-partum depression, yet you push through how you “feel” to love those around you every single day. You are constantly asking and seeking out a better way, challenging yourself to not stay where you’re at and keeping alive that eagerness to always be growing. You handle life well, because I see you worrying about all of the right things, but I know you feel overwhelmed, exhausted and never enough. You need to know this…

You are doing a great job.

To my friend who has 10 kids, some with severe medical issues, who often spends more time in doctors’ offices than you do your own bed. You have taken on a business to help even more people and have a massive heart to love and serve everyone you could ever come in contact with. I am confident more often than not you feel spread thin, yet I don’t know that for certain because not one word of complaining comes out of your mouth. I want you to know I see you, and I am so encouraged by your life. And I truly believe even on your worst day that…

You are doing a great job.

To the mom who just married off her first child and feels joy and sadness simultaneously…having completed the job of motherhood, but is not entirely ready to let go. I see your broken smile as you let go of your first “baby” and I see your dignity and strength as you try to hold it together while loosening up your grip on that son you’ve loved so well. I’m encouraged by your grace and strength as I imagine with a pit in my stomach one day having to be where you are and I want you to know…

You’re doing a great job.

To the mom who is trying so desperately trying to breastfeed after feeling that nursing with your first baby went terribly wrong. I see you as a woman who is strong and is willing to fight through pumping, soreness, exhaustion, confusion and mom guilt…yet still choose to smile and press on despite the voices all around telling you every which way you should go. You ask for help not because you’re weak but because you’re strong. You want what is best and I see you doing all you can to seek that out, even if that means humbling yourself and admitting when you don’t have the answers. You’re finding your voice and growing in strength and I say to you today…

You are doing a great job.

To my friend who feels never enough, b-class, never put together, always frazzled. Your kids sometimes are missing a shoe, or two, and life is crazy…and I see you sometimes try to make excuses for it or apologize for the nuttiness. Yet you need to know that having as many kids as you do is so stinkin’ hard and that I truly believe the REAL reason you feel undone is because you love. so. well. I see how you exhaust yourself for your family, some days without ever once looking in the mirror and I see your unwashed face as radiantly beautiful because what truly shines through is your selflessness. To you I say…

You are doing a great job.

To my full-time working mom friend who is amazingly great at sales and brings in an income big enough to not only relieve a ton of financial stress for your family but also finds ways to give so freely to others. I see you struggling with mom guilt not being able to be at home every moment of every second with your babies like every other “stay-at-home mom”…and you need to know this…

You are doing a great job.

To my friend who just had her 6th baby and is utterly exhausted and knows there is no way to be able to handle homeschooling five others and a brand new infant. I see your desire to soak up and cherish every single moment of these sleep deprived fleeting infancy days…and although doubts creep in of not being enough to handle it all I want you to know…

You’re doing a great job.

To my friend who IS a mom, at heart, and has been for 2 years now, but has not yet experienced the joy of her own children…who longs for a baby of her own more than life itself and through heartbroken, painful tears begs to see that test turn positive. My heart could literally crack in half at the pain and sorrow I know is yours, but please know that although there are days you want to punch a wall and days you feel are dark and hopeless, what I see is a woman who is strong and steadfast, one who at the end of the day says, “but I will praise Him” and one to whom I want to say…

You are doing a great job.

To my friend who feels that her kids are constantly disobedient and is having to spend 90% of her day trying to sort through issues of behavior or conflict. You are exhausting yourself for all of the right reasons and at times it is easy to grow weary. What you plant will have a harvest. Please don’t give up. And I want you to know that, although your road is hard…

You are doing a great job.

To my friend whose husband is in ministry and you now have three kids and you’re not sure where money is going to come from to care for your family…yet you stay strong, are a constant encouragement to your family and you never waver in staying upbeat and hopeful yet I know it weighs so heavily on your heart. Please know I see you, and am encouraged by your joy and…

You are doing a great job.

To all of the mamas who have not yet had a shower today, who brave crowded stores with all the littles to grocery shop to prepare food for your families, who fold laundry into the wee hours of the morning and who roam through Target aimlessly to take a breather…To the mamas who have poop on their pants and spit up on their shoulders and who haven’t made their beds in over a week. To the mamas who bathe all of the kids while longing and wishing for a quiet bath for herself. To the mama that just glanced at the clock hoping for bedtimes to hurry up and get here because you’re afraid you’re gonna explode. To the mamas that lay awake at night for hours thinking through all the things that went wrong and what to do different tomorrow. To the mama who has blown it and feels like a failure. To the mamas with disobedient children who throw fits in stores that somehow manage to keep composure when everyone else stops and stares. To the mamas up at 5 am trying to get a workout in to stay strong because you are unwilling to miss out on time with your kids…to the mamas who are having an amazing day and feel like you’ve got this…to the mamas who wonder if they’ll make it to lunchtime…to the mamas who spend hours putting together that same puzzle over and over again and can tell that same story with your eyes closed from having read it so many times. To the mama who knows she is soooo not perfect but chooses to continually find her identity not in her failures or her successes…to the taxi cab mamas who spend the majority of your day carting children from one event to another, to the mama who hasn’t left her house in 4 days…

You’re doing a great job. 

Let’s not end it here though…

Is there a mom you know that needs to be encouraged? Is there someone you can think of that is doing an amazing job and needs to be told so? If I could make one request it would be that we keep this going. Let’s not wait for opportunities to speak life to those around us, let’s create them. If you’re reading this and it reminds you of someone you want to encourage as well, then please comment below and write out your own words to the mom you know who needs to be built up…

 

 

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to all the mamas: you're doing a great job