Contentment

Being content is one of the hardest things to do. At least, I know it is for me! I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life for the next thing… waiting for a husband, a baby, or an adoption to name a few. We all look forward to what is to come, what might be, or what we wish would be. There certainly isn’t anything wrong with hoping for good things and good futures, but what about the right now?
Our church ladies and some friends are reading through a book about contentment. This contentment is primarily defined as a deep satisfaction with God’s will. We’ve only delved in as far as the first chapter, and I know this road on contentment isn’t going to be easy and it will never end, but I’m looking forward to having rest and peace in my heart. I like how the author compares it to a path, where we are not alone, and that we get pop quizzes where we either pass or fail but we continue down the path. We have to practice contentment so when those pop quizzes show up, we are ready for them.
Life is full of really difficult trials for some women who suffer with miscarriages, infertility, and infant loss. There are so many questions as to what’s wrong with me, why me, why is God doing this to me. But knowing that God is doing this for us, and not to us, is a correct perspective. Knowledge that contentment is going to help us get through our trial is almost a relief. “Understanding this helps us read what is happening to us as designed by our good Father who is growing us up in Christ. Difficulties are not for nothing. They grow us. And this growth is faster when we are stewarding the difficulties with contentment.” Being content isn’t going to happen overnight or after a simple prayer. It’s going to be work, and it’s going to such rewarding work because we will find rest there.

Mommy Wish List Making (or Dear Santa letter)

Help me fill my list!
Tonight I’m watching Star Trek, drinking wine, knitting, and writing this letter to Santa. The Christmas tree is lit, the candle is burning, and it’s supposed to snow tonight—not much else this girl needs. There is something about this time of year when people start asking what you want for Christmas, and a wish list is created and given. It makes me think about all the things I want, need, and hope for. Of course I want all kinds of fun things, but most of all I hope to bring home a baby. Of course I do, haha! We’ve been waiting to get matched for about a year, so the wait has been trying at times but the anticipation keeps growing.
But enough of that for now… I have been thinking about the things I’d still like to get for me or for the baby, and slowly making a mommy wishlist of sorts. I’d like to share with you a couple of my Instagram favorites and finds. Snuggle Me Organic Is a fabulous infant lounger made by a momma of 7. I’ve already got one! This is great to follow if you love to see adorable baby pictures!!
The Humbles Soles makes adorable leather sandals and shoes. I haven’t got a pair for baby yet, but it is on the wish list! Even if you don’t need shoes, their instagram has beautiful pictures and cute kid fashion.

If you are a future mom, mom of ten, supplier to moms, or anywhere in-between, please share with me your rare-find must-haves!

One Little Word 2018

I’m participating in a yearly class called One Little Word, and I’ve just picked my word for 2018. My word in 2017 is CREATE, and I’ve had a great experience exploring creating in my home and craft life. As I look forward to 2018, I am excited for all the ways MOVE will motivate and inspire me.
Want to join me on the One Little Word journey or find out more about it? Just visit aliedwards.com.

So this happened. Snow!

Yesterday morning we woke up to a light dusting of snow and after snow showers all day we officially have snow.

The season of autumn is already gone and despite my efforts to ignore the looming snow it came anyways.
Really though, why can’t I find candy corn in the grocery stores. Ok, I mean real Brach’s Candy Corn, not Jelly Belly or some other name I don’t recognize. This is a staple food of November, so I’m baffled by my need to hunt for it. #candycornhunt2017
In other news, I made #caramelcorn last night. First time making it and it turned out really yummy. Might have to eat some for breakfast on this chilly Sunday morning.