I Am Not a Blogger

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Here’s a little bit of everything to catch you up, people.

2014 has been pretty great so far. We’ve been able to have some fun as a family in the unpredictable Florida weather, we’ve eaten a ghastly amount of cookies. I’ve learned-slash-admitted a few more things about myself. It’s been like having tiny lightbulbs flicker on while I do laundry or take a shower or talk to someone (I’m an external processor all.the.way.). It’s been a month of mini-epiphanies. Nothing huge or world-rocking, more just “hmmm, ya, I think that’s true/good/ok”.

Some of my gleanings:

-I am horrible at waking up.

-I am a professional guilt-carrier.

-The shared freedom in both of the above reminders is the realization that sleep is SUPER important to me (this is one of those “duh” kind of ideas, but my stubborn brain has tried to convince me that I can still run on four hours of sleep–a la college days–and happily take care of a family the next morning) aaaand that guilt sucks. It’s just stupid. And I tend to feel it most about things that truly don’t matter, like whether or not I woke up early in January. Fugget about it.

-Cookies made with oatmeal and applesauce–never mind what else is in them–are completely acceptable for breakfast. And your children will love you.

-People are walking miracles. Cue the sappy music, but c’mon! Good grief. Tons of miracles walking around. Seeing this truth is slowly growing a longer pause in my unthinking and graceless words.

-I complain. Even if it isn’t always out loud. It’s grody. The seeing miracles and living in and living out grace thing, though, gives me far fewer reasons to whine.

-I’ve been reading more and writing a little less. Not on purpose, it’s just worked out that way.

-I really love reading and I really love writing.

This podcast, listened to in three parts–while cooking dinner, cleaning up, and after kids were tucked in for the night–was so well timed that I goofy-grinned while shredding cheese that evening. I’m not a blogger. I love reading blogs and I love writing them, but I’m not a blogger. I am a writer. Even saying those words, thinking them, typing them out, makes me feel arrogant (or like I’m setting myself up for embarrassment), but I think it’s true. No matter what weird phases I’ve gone through, those two things, reading and writing, have been my constants.

-Blogs with tips, projects, and daily posts are amazing. I love visiting them and have learned some wonderful things from them, but I can’t do it. I’m far too flighty and forgetful to write something worth reading every day. Aaaand exhale…I did it. I admitted that I am not “good” at blogging. I don’t have a writing schedule or tons of helpful advice. And, when I have time to write in the evenings, all I really want to do is read, sleep, talk or watch The West Wing (we’re on Season 3 in case you’re wondering–pleated pants and shoulder pads for days).

-I don’t know what this blog will become or if it will fizzle out entirely. I never say never anymore. For now, I’ll keep reading, talking, and writing. I don’t know what about, but if I think it’s worth sharing, you’ll hear about it. Promise. Just as soon as I finish ooone more episode of West Wing.

Oh, and the “goal” for February is to be extra aware of and picky about what’s going on our calendar. Making space for that Philippians 4:8 stuff.

What’s New This Week 11.27.13

Hi, friends!
Tomorrow is the day! The whole month has been leading up to this. Thanksgiving. Let’s make it a day about giving thanks (duh!)…but really. Let’s not beat ourselves (or anyone else) up for not posting what we’re thankful for any of the 27 days before. Don’t fret over how ungrateful we’ll once again realize we are.
I was recently reminded by a friend (who shall remain unnamed for now, but who needs to start her own one of these blog things…her name starts with a B. ok that’s all I’m saying) that life is a vapor. So much of what we think is important or urgent or will improve our lives somehow just isn’t. Is it wrong to list what you’re thankful for? Heck no! Keep it up! Is it wrong to be a scrooge? Uh, yes. But let’s not forget that we each need a daily head-to-toe bath in grace.
Let’s just make it a far more regular tradition to gather together, to open our homes to those who have none, to cherish the ones we’ve been fit into this vapor with, to pray with humble and genuine hearts that God’s Hope, Love, Peace and Joy would change our perceptions of priority. Let’s live out thankfulness.
That’s my spiel. I love you all.
Now here’s what’s been happening in our house for the last couple of weeks:
Listening
  • The Rend Collective Experiment
  • “Cold Weather Music”. Mind you, this is NOT holiday music…just as close as I can get without anyone singing the word “Christmas”

Reading

Learning

Cooking

Our 2nd Annual Breakfast for Dinner Thanksgiving Feast! I say annual, but who knows if we’ll do it again. We tried it out with some equally exhausted fellow parents of a newborn a couple of years ago and loved it! Who doesn’t love bacon?!

Creating

  • Our super simple (and cheap!) advent calendar
  • An advent wreath (Also cheap…it’s kind of our thing)

Doing

  •  Looking for just the right little elf to encourage kindness and wonder in our home a la The Imagination Tree.

Enjoying

  • The feel of the rain on my head and in my shoes last night.
  • Money for good food.
  • People to share life with.

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Link Likes 7.6.13

Here’s your weekend glimpse into just how weird a bunch we have over here at the Cox House.
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(Part of yesterday’s Library Bounty. I’m on the left. Gabe is on the right. This was our date last night. And we liked it. I promise we can be super fun, but sometimes you just need to sit in bed and read about cooking without electricity.)
And now for the randomness:

Having a Big Family is Good for You! …and cheaper? @ The Telegraph

Amish: A Secret Life (what I’ll probably be watching tonight as I pour over my stack of cookbooks from the library). Holy goodness, what have I become? I would be more devastated if I didn’t like it so much…said the girl who used to stay out until 3 AM.

What’s New This Week 6.3.13

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Ahhhh. We, the Coxes, just enjoyed our first full dip in the Atlantic Ocean and it. was. mahvelous. The salt on my skin and the scent of sunscreen is keeping my mind at the beach (which is lovely since I’m here, in front of a computer, on the phone with our internet provider). It’s a beautiful way to kick off a week and it’s been a long time coming!

What’s good in your week right now?

Here’s what else we’re up to around here:

Listening

  • The Lumineers
  • Buena Vista Social Club (I owe a great thanks to my former roommate–and now forever sister-in-law, Lauren for introducing my ears to this pleasure).
  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp (I’ve wanted to read this for over a year now. When I found the audiobook at the library, I knew it was meant to be. SO good!

Reading

Learning

  • How To Budget On An Irregular Income! I’ll post my notes once we have our system down 😉

Cooking

Creating

  • A sign to gently ask friends to take off their shoes…we have white carpet. I don’t feel bad about asking at all. Another post to come.

Doing

  • Settling into the new digs. For me, this means putting something in “just the right spot”. And then moving it to a new perfect place. Get off me, I’m nesting.

Enjoying

  • The sea breeze tangling the ever-lightening hair of two precious girls, free pedicures and fun exercise courtesy of the beach!