21 October 2014

I Like To Move It Move It

In our nearly 18 years of marriage we have lived in many places which means we've moved many times. How many? As near as I can remember I'd say fourteen. Yes, 14 moves in 17 years. Soon to be fifteen moves. That sounds crazy I imagine. And it is, even to me. However, this move - I hope - will be our last for a very long time. We are in the process of buying a home here in Wyoming. Actually, we are set to close this coming Thursday with the move happening on Saturday. 

Okay, I have a confession to make. I just packed the kitchen yesterday. Hello, my name is Julie and I'm a procrastinator. I also still have our clothes and bathroom stuff. And, don't get me started on the stuff that is sort of haphazardly in storage. Honestly, I kind of feel like I shouldn't sleep. I should just work straight through. Don't worry, I won't. 

The better part of today was spent tracking down various papers needed by the broker. Our insurance company, the IRS, and more. None of it was actually difficult to get but it was definitely time consuming. 

In fact, I cannot even believe I have spent this much time on the computer. I need to go and, you know, pack!

Earth to Echo Blu-ray Combo Pack #Giveaway

Love, Juliebug was given a copy of Earth to Echo from Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. 

Earthly Adventures with Echo

Earth to Echo is beaming down to Blu-ray and DVD October 21st!

Earth to Echo is a tale told through the eyes of Tuck, Munch and Alex, a trio of pals who make an out-of-this-world discovery. The best friends venture out of their neighborhood to find the true meaning of friendship. After receiving signals on their phones, they meet Echo, a small, but amazingly energetic, alien trying to make his way back to his home planet. As they race to help their new friend, the boys will discover that little Echo has touched their hearts in unexpected ways and changed their lives forever. To prepare you for this adventurous, exciting and heart warming film, we have compiled a list of the best ways to spend time with your friends- outside and away from your cell phones!

  1. Pick Up Games
            There is nothing like starting a sports pickup game with all your neighborhood friends. Between sitting in class all day and coming home to do homework, a quick game, whether it is hockey, baseball, basketball or soccer, will let you use up some of that energy you’ve been storing! Not only this, but this is an awesome way to make new friends.

2.                  Bike Rides
With your parents permission of course, take a cruise around the neighborhood with your friends! Also, make sure you wear a helmet. You can use your imagination and make fun adventures out of your journey!

3.                  Hide N’ Seek
A neighborhood game of Hide N’ Seek is the ultimate outside activity. With permission from your parents, and of course, using the buddy system when it comes to hiding, Hide N’ Seek is sure to be an awesome time.

4.                  Backyard Campout
Ask your mom and dad to set up a backyard camp out for you and your friends! Start by setting up a tent and marking your territory with your sleeping bag! You can spend the night telling scary stories and eating S’mores!

5.                  Chalk
The most underrated outside activity has to be chalk! It is so much fun to create fun pictures and even games with all your friends. You can play hopscotch or tic-tac-toe or use your imagination to draw wonderful pictures!

We are giving away a copy of this movie to one reader! To enter, use the rafflecopter below. Only one simple entry is mandatory. Any other entry methods are optional. One entrant per household. This giveaway will run from 10/21 - 10/28, 2014. The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected. This blog is not responsible for the delivery of said prize. 

16 October 2014

[Giveaway] Citrus Lane Gift Box Subscription

My Problems Are Greater Than Yours

There's been something bugging me for a while now. I hear a lot of comparing when it comes to the problems people face - and we ALL have them! I feel like it goes one of two directions. The first is when someone has a sort of pity party for themselves saying "Everyone has such an easy life compared to mine!" I think this view is very sheltered and self-oriented. I get that different people go through different problems but nobody's life is perfect. In fact, we all have seasons in our lives. Some seasons are cake. Some seasons beat the heck out of you.

The second view I see is even more problematic to me. It's the theory that nobody has the right to be upset over a season they are going through. For example, someone tells me I shouldn't have been upset to not being able to conceive a child for so many years because there are people at war in other countries. People dying from diseases. While it's true we could all use a little perspective with our circumstances, I don't think it's okay to dismiss our struggles that easily. 

Real. Read this a few weeks ago and it is so very, very true. The battle may be completely internal for that person, you may not understand it from your point of reference, or it may be something you might not have the chance to know of anyway. Irregardless, everyone is struggling with some issue - no one has it easy. No matter how it may "look."
We all have to play the cards we are dealt. All of us. It's not fair sometimes. It feels like we are being picked on. It feels like people shouldn't complain about their issues because these problems over here are so much worse. Can we stop judging each other? Can we support each other instead? Realize that we all have struggles and they are all hard. No comparisons necessary. 

14 October 2014

Why Starting Kindergarten Later Was Best For Us

This year is definitely different in comparison to last year. If you remember, we decided to pull her out of Kindergarten after it was suggested by both Kindergarten teachers. I worried, because that's what I'm good at, about every step of the way. Would it be more damaging to stay in and possibly get behind or to be pulled out after starting? Was she learning enough in Pre-K once we pulled her out of Kindergarten? Would this year be any different? The short answer for the last question is yes. Okay then, buh bye. 

Not enough detail? I thought not but didn't want to bore you with details if you weren't truly interested. This year is very different in fact. She is a leader this year, which I suspect also stands for bossy at times. She is in the top of her class for reading. I am so proud of this girl I could burst. Let's get serious though, I would be proud of her no matter what. It affirmed the decision we made last year. That difficult, worrisome sort of decision. I have come to the conclusion that all the power we give to our struggles is misplaced. What good comes from stressing over a situation and letting it nearly paralyze you with it's consequences? Nothing. 

My heart is full knowing that God has answered my prayers for our daughter so far. The prayers that were wrought with tears and full of a parents love. Prayers that God would meet us in the middle of our worry, our fears, and turn it all into something beautiful. And He so did and does so much more often than I deserve. That, my friends, is grace. 
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