you know it's going to be a good week when...

You know it's going to be a good week when:

1. Amazon accidentally sends you a box full of yummy gluten-free carbs and then tells you to keep them. :D

2. You see an animal you've never seen before in your whole life. God never ceases to amaze me. I don't know how I missed the lion monkey, but what an intriguing {and strange} little creature he is:

3. You are pushing around a stroller at the zoo with this view:


I remember taking Elijah to the zoo for the first time with my mother-in-law 10 years ago, and feeling my heart flutter at the realization that I'm really a mama now. 10 years and 4 more children later and I still get excited when I have a little one to push around. :)

4. And then you know it's a great week when your husband works miracles in your backyard. :) 

We had a really informal get-together for the 4th and it was so fun to relax out in the backyard! Instead of hamburgers, we had a potluck sandwich bar on the grill:

The kids loved it {and so did the flies! :P}. I didn't manage to get a picture of them all together, but in four families, we had 17 of our 18 children present! :)

5. You also know it's going to be a fun week when you get to go on a date with these guys, and get to have your very favorite salad:

6. And then when you visit the Asian food store, and they have kabocha squash in stock:

7. And then? When you get to visit Chuy's and this is fajitas for one:

I didn't eat it all, but I could have. :)
And the name of Jesus is prayed on the silverware package :D:

8. And I'm pretty sure it's an amazing week when you're on a date and your husband stops in the park to buy you an ice cream- but you know he really stopped mostly because he wanted to share the Gospel with the park vendor. :D  Oh, my heart. Thank you Father, for redeeming my husband three years ago.

The Lord has been convicting and moving us out of our comfort zone so much this year, and I can't wait to share more about it soon. :) Our God is doing such mighty things!! 

9. And that best part of the week might have been a close tie with this one- our little children wanting to learn how to share the Good News on their own:


The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he that wins souls is wise. Proverbs 11:30

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19

Lord Jesus, may it be so in us. 

10. The good weeks and the bad weeks both come {one right after the other, in fact if your life is like mine?!}, and yet you know one thing will always be certain and unchanging:

For the LORD is good; 

his steadfast love endures forever, 

and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:5

How was your week? How has July been treating you? :)

Your favorite food lately?
I'm all in for fajitas, salads, and rare sweet squashes! At the moment, I am loving salad the most I'd say. It's so easy to eat them when it's hot outside. :P

Did you ever have a moment you really felt overjoyed to be a mama? :D


  1. This is beautiful, Mandy! How had July been treating me? These first 9 days have been busy, painful, hard, revealing, redeeming, stressful and wonderful! In other words, God continues to challenge, grow and refine me. Im so thankful for that!! I love your sweet insight as a momma! As mine are beginning to leave the nest (2 in college, 2 still home), I love reading your blog and remembering my time with little ones. Would appreciate your prayers as I get ready to go live with my own blog! Have been asked for years by friends to start a blog and I am finally doing it! I am nervous!! :)

  2. I love reading your blog and love all your pictures! You are such an encouragement. Thanks!

  3. forgot to answer your other 2 questions:
    Favorite food lately...PIZZA always.
    Have I ever had moments of feeling overjoyed as a mama? EVERY DAY!!!! :)

  4. Love this post and your blog!!! I too love salads during the summer.

  5. How has my week been? I had surgery. But, PTL I am healing just fine.

    My favorite food?
    I must say that fajitas for one looks mighty tempting. I love fajitas!

    When did I feel overjoyed being a moma?
    When I taught my boys to read. I cherish that moment, among others.

  6. Thanks for the encouraging post. I would love for amazon to mess up like that for me. =)

    My week has been great, for the first time this summer I haven't had to leave my house (other than small errands) all week. No vacations, no weekend trips, no camps...just home relaxing. Now if the July heat would just abate a little it would be great.

    Favorite food right now? Anything Creole inspired: jambalaya, shrimp creole, etouffee, gumbo, creole chicken ....

    I felt the momma pride swell this week watching my littlest play with her father and learning my oldest is now a 'woman'. Scary thought, very very scary thought, but it's amazing to see my baby grow and change like this.

  7. I wish Amazon would send us some gluten-free fun! :)

  8. It's been a rough July for us. My oldest who is almost three is being referred to a specialist for fine motor problems and possible mild autism. My new baby who is five weeks is on two different meds for reflux, neither of which are working so we are looking at some testing for him. However God is still good and I'm thankful for our blessings! He called me to leave my job and stay home last November and now I'm seeing why! Had I been working I probably wouldn't have recognized my oldest's issues and certainly wouldn't have been able to take hi to the therapy he is going to need! Praise The Lord for his perfect plans and love.

  9. I love this post so much! I love that you are finding things within your week that bring you joy :) I have enjoyed this summer more than any summer in years. It's been relaxing and we've had lots of fun and we've pulled a little of the weekends into the week nights. I mentioned to my husband the other day, how as adults we tend to wish away the work week in hopes of getting to the weekend. That means that we spend about 70% of our lives wish our life away and only enjoying about 30% of our lives. Isn't that sad? It was in that moment that we decided that we were going to work to bring a little of the weekends into our week nights so that we can enjoy a greater percentage of our lives. We may not enjoy it quite as much as the weekend, but at least we aren't wishing away 70% of our days. Pizza and a movie is no longer just for the weekends. Family game night is no longer just for the weekends. A quick trip to the driving range is no longer just for the weekends. I'm only given one life and a small amount of time with my kids, I'm determined to enjoy that time. My goal in the next couple of weeks is to find ways to continue to enjoy the week nights once school starts. Once sports and homework and school board meetings start to kick in, it's harder to find time for fun in the evenings, but I have to find a way to make it happen. Just like I don't want to spend 70% of my week wishing it away, I don't want to spend 9 months of my years wishing that it would pass quickly so that I can get to the three months of summer. It's time to start having some fun :)


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  11. Love this post! Sounds wonderful and I love how you include words from scripture.

  12. Mandy what version do your kids use? Trying to find a bible for my 9-yr old that is not too difficult but also accurate.

  13. I have three daughters (ages 4.5, 2.5, and 5 months). I am flying solo this week as my youth pastor husband is at mission camp with 30 students. Best moments as a mom: seeing my big girls play kindly together, and watching them love on the baby. I love how you said sometimes some of the greatest weeks come right after some of the most difficult weeks. For me, sometimes even the greatest moments come right after the most difficult moments. My two-year-old is dealing with a lot right now (missing daddy, giving up pacifier, summer schedule disruptions, etc.) and it is manifesting itself with temper tantrums and fighting sleep. We had a particularly rough evening, but after she had finally settled down, I laid down in bed with her and she wrapped both her arms around me as tight as her little 2-year-old arms could, and fell asleep. God knew I needed a little glimpse of his grace in her tonight.
    So, a related question...any tips for dealing with extreme whining and temper tantrums? It can be the most ridiculous of things that sets her off (e.g. the wrong color bib), and it may last up to 45 minutes. Any advice on how to be gracious, but also discipline firmly?


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