Day 2961 – How We Learned Some Life Lessons From Almost Eating An Entire Tub Of Ice Cream

A few nights ago, I had a dream about an ice cream sundae. That day, I purposed to buy the supplies for an ice cream sundae….and I did. Man, being an adult is great. I bought a regular sized container of ice cream. We enjoyed it so much, it was gone in like two days. I thought, never fear, I’ll just get some more. Little did I know, I would be purchasing a big threat. A 4.5 quart threat. We had some when I got home from the store. We had some that evening. The next morning. We would eat together and separate. Every time, the other would get a look of shame. Every time, we would make jokes. But here’s one thing I noticed, it felt very, very, very close to home when thinking back to the look of shame I held the morning after a big binge drinking night. I had to put a stop to the jokes, because it brought back such sad memories.

So, we have this huge tub of ice cream, and by the next day, we have eaten way more than two people should have eaten. Seriously, this tub should last two people a month, or at least a week or two. In a stroke of very good and convicting luck, I was chowing down on this ice cream while watching a film theory video about Wall-E. Seeing the gluttony of the humans was really helpful in the next thing that happened.

I asked Bret a few times around this point – “Do we need to dump this down the drain?” It was finally decided, yes, we definitely need to. Before we could change our minds, I turned on the water into the tub of ice cream.

I realized in that moment that I don’t think I was ever the one to dump my alcohol down the drain. It was dumped for me the day after my DUI. It was dumped by Bret after I went crazy on brand new bottles. It was such a surreal thought as I was running the water and garbage disposal. It was a humbling moment, but it was also an encouraging moment. We realized we had a problem and we took care of it somewhat quickly.

Who knew so much could result from a tub of ice cream.

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Day 2119 – Life Lessons In A Box…er…Boxes Of Pens

I would say I finished unpacking today. We were pretty much unpacked on the first day, but there were a few boxes to go through. Well, today Bret had some stuff to do after work and I REALLY wanted to finish up! So, I pulled EVERYTHING out, turned on Interstellar (second viewing) and went to town. I got about 3 boxes of trash, a crate of shredding and put everything else away. I even went through ALL of my pens. Now, this is a big deal, because I had a lot of pens. A big drawer, a little drawer, a little cup, a big cup and random ones laying around. Friends, I got the pens down to a little drawer (just for pencils, colored pens, sharpies and highlighters) and a big drawer….that previously would not close.

WHAT?

But here’s what I learned. If you tell yourself something and believe it, you can do it. What did I tell myself? I did not like writing with pens that have a cap. So I tossed them. Some pens write funny, I tossed them. Some pens DIDN’T write at all and I had kept them in the past! I tossed those too. I probably threw out half of my pens. But you know what, it feels really good. I know that what I have actually writes and I enjoy using them to write.

So set your mind to something, believe it and take the action you need to take.

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Day 2107 – Our New Home

Two and a half years ago, we moved out of our first home together and moved in my family. What followed was a wonderful season of growth, getting to know my family, growing closer to Christ than we have ever been in our personal lives and in our marriage. I am so thankful for the generosity of my family letting us, well, be a part of the family.

Yesterday, we moved out. There were a number of reasons for this, one of them was that we cut Bret’s commute from 45-60 minutes down to 12. Since the work I do can be from most anywhere, it didn’t matter where we lived. However, the biggest reason we moved is that Bret felt God was calling us to move out because of issues in his heart. He admits that he put off moving out because it was cheaper to live at my parents and because of enjoying the growth in his relationships with my family. But God continued to put on our hearts to move out. So at this time, while we’re not sure where all the money will come from and where God will lead us, we’re excited and having faith to see what He has for us, and the growth that will occur during this next part of our journey. Especially in Bret’s heart.

* Note – Bret was dictating this to me. 🙂

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Day 1725 – What How I Met Your Mother Taught Me About Life – No Spoilers

I watched the finale of How I Met Your Mother last night…I know there are two camps here….the “oh my gosh, I LOVED the ending!” and the “SERIOUSLY? That’s it???” I will say I am happy with how it ended. Again, no spoilers here, but the ending got me thinking about life in general. Here are a few of my thoughts.

1. Life never happens how you expect it to.
2. Your journey may start one way and you think it’s going to end a certain way. In someways, it will, but in others it will be far better than you ever imagined.
3. Some friends will stay in your life forever. Through every peak and valley. Every joy and every heartbreak.
4. Some friends will go away for a while. Some will stay away and some will come back. It doesn’t mean they were a bad friend or a good friend. But that’s just life.
5. You never know how something will end until the end.
6. Some things are meant to be, even if you deny them up and down.
7. Sometimes it takes someone else telling you something to make you believe it.
8. Nothing good happens after 2 a.m.
9. When you look back on your life, you can see how everything worked together.
10. Life can be absolutely hilarious and absolutely heartbreaking at the same time.

Hey, look, we actually took a picture of us….together…watching the show!!

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Day 1717 – What Back Seat Driving With Bret Taught Me About God

This post has been brewing for a few days. I’m constantly striving to trust God in my business and life. I look at my past, see the countless times God provided for us, gave us our daily bread…which includes times when I had NO idea how we would pay the bills…and yet we could pay, even if only the minimums, and had the exact amount…or a few cents to spare. I see how God used circumstances in my life to grow me into His character. Times when it was exceedingly difficult, crying myself to sleep, feeling utterly hopeless. I can look back and see God’s hand. I can see exactly what He wanted to grow or change in me in that circumstance.

When I look at my life I see a beautiful picture of a God who loves me very much…even if how He showed His love wasn’t what I thought was love.

I know these things. I can read my journals/blog posts/Facebook posts and think, “yep, I am very loved!”

But….oh you knew one was coming, right?

When I am in the midst of these times, I don’t see it. I have anxiety. I can’t sleep at night. Being a business owner leads to a lot of reasons to doubt opportunities to trust God.

What struck me this week is how much this whole situation is like me when I drive with Bret. Bret is a great driver. He truly is. Yet, when I am sitting in that passenger seat….he apparently becomes THE WORST driver! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said things like, “Babe! Turn here, do this, do that!” Or actually gripped the side of the car because it felt like he stopped too fast/almost hit the car in front of us. lol, this is another opportunity I have to grow in trust of my husband!

But then it hit me….when we’re driving cross country and I curl up in the back seat to sleep….I have full faith in my husband and his driving abilities. I don’t back seat drive…unless it’s giving directions to the hotel or somewhere else. I can sleep without a worry, because Bret’s got this. How much more true is this in my walk with my Lord?! When I sit back, relax and trust He knows where we’re going, it’s a much more pleasant trip….we also drive quite a bit further without incident.

During my devotions this morning, I flipped to Psalm 23 and the first verse hit me in a way I don’t think it ever has before.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1

A shepherd cares for His sheep. He makes sure they have food, water and shelter. That’s the bottom line that they need. Almost immediately after reading it, I had this picture of a sheep saying, “um, excuse me sir, but don’t you think the water is better over there?” or “Hmmmm, that sky looks pretty dark, shouldn’t we get to shelter?” The idea is almost laughable…a sheep talking back to the shepherd.

What about you? Are you back seat driving to God’s plan? Are you a sheep thinking he knows what’s up?

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