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Thinking about // My goals. My dreams. They constantly tug and pull at me -- I am in a constant state of "What am I supposed to be doing next?" I know that there is something inside of me telling me to keep moving, keep working and keep searching, and I am always trying to solve the puzzle.

This is good, I think, on one hand. I always work really hard. But on the other hand, it's exhausting. I know that I choose this for myself - I let the dreams and the passions work me up and get my wheels spinning in my head. I can stop them, I can. I can set it all down and take a breather. But right now, I'm on fire. I want to keep moving. I want to keep working.

It's fun. Living passionately. Exhausting, but fun. These passions also make me want to be a better wife and mother and friend. I want to work hard for those around me, I want to never stop building community and building a church within my home. I want to be a passionate woman who teaches her daughters to never stop.

I know, though, that I need to pace myself. Take breathers whenever and wherever I can. That means, sometimes I don't answer my emails quickly enough, or I avoid Facebook like the plague, or I sit down and read a good book and avoid the outside world for a couple of days. But I need those moments like I need air. They revive me, reinvigorate me to continue discovering what it is that's next.

Reading // Nothing right now! Like I said a few weeks ago, I finished Hunger Games and totally loved every second of it. It was awesome. A few of you suggested Divergent and I think another series, so it's just a matter of remembering to pick something up next time I'm at the bookstore. Also, I want to read this (affiliate link). Has anyone read it? What are your thoughts? I want to see it before I see the movie.

Listening to // The World Cup in the background. Quiet calm as all three girls are napping. It is just a perfect moment. I am right here, right now, with no other distractions. I am soaking up this moment.

Thankful for // My family who works so hard and so generously to love on my daughters. We had Siena's birthday party on Saturday, and dang was it fun. We swam, we ate Chick-fil-A (delish), we had cupcakes, we opened an insanely large amount of princess-y gifts. I love that my girly-girl was loved on so much by our family and friends. She is blessed to have these people in her life. I am so excited to see her spirit grow within the safety and love of these people.

And you remember that post about the Pinterest ideas I'll never execute for her party? I actually think it turned out adorable!! It was all the Oh Joy Collection at Target's goodies. AND I got it all the Oh Joy stuff on sale because they were phasing out before the newest line, which I'm also slightly obsessed with, naturally.

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And this cake?? From the local grocery store!! Insanely adorable. I was really impressed and so happy that it turned out so sweet.

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Wishing //

LAST WEEK'S

  • Set up doctor's appts for the girls. Yay I did it!! Well checks are so pointless to me, but I'm glad to have gotten this done!
  • Meal plan. Oy, I had a hard time last week. I meal planned but then never went to the grocery store. Makes it hard to get the meals done without the right ingredients!
  • Organize the dang laundry room. // Definitely did not happen. I am so not motivated to start with the disaster of my laundry room! Motivate me, could you, would you?

THIS WEEK'S:

  • Schedule out at least three posts for the next two weeks. I need to get back to being more on top of things on this space.
  • Cook at least three meals at home this week.
  • Find a book and read the first two chapters.
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In between tweeting, reading books to my daughters, and [not] burning mac n cheese, I am the Founder + Creative Director of Blessed is She women's ministry + community.